5 June, 2015
Volume 20 No. 23
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In This Issue

Ignite Talks

SAT Practice

Professional Development with PBS TeacherLine


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Ignite Talks


What makes us passionate about math education?

What IGNITES us?

Earlier this week, we began posting daily a new five minute-long clip of a different Math Forum staffer or colleague, each speaking breathlessly about our passion for math education while 20 PowerPoint slides advanced every 15 seconds — ready or not!

With more yet to come down the pipeline, these five Ignite videos have already hit YouTube:

  • Max Ray: What We Talk about When We Talk about Teaching
  • Annie Fetter: Should You Roll Your Own? And Other Questions from a Pre-Service Elementary Teacher
  • Laurel Pollard: My Mathematicians
  • Jim Dooley: The Sum of the Parts
  • Norma Gordon: Make Math Stick in Post-it® Times

Check back for the next in this series of Ignite talks from the 2015 conference of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM).

For more fast, fired-up fun, watch our other Ignite talks from earlier conferences:


PoW taking place: math problem-solving moment of the week

"The second most popular method was ... by Anya, Dillon, and Andy. All three students did the same thing in a slightly different way. I really like the careful diagram that Dillon included. The third method we saw was ..."
- Annie, commenting on the FunPoW's Latest Solution

SAT Practice


On Monday, the College Board and Khan Academy unveiled personalized "anytime, anywhere" practice for the SAT college admissions test.

In addition to thousands of sample questions, the SAT Practice website freely offers

  • instant feedback on answers
  • personalized recommendations
  • short diagnostic quizzes to help students identify which skills to focus on
  • four official full-length practice tests written by the College Board
  • video lessons, reference articles, and detailed information about the redesigned SAT

With this, its first ever partnership, the College Board aims to level the playing field for test prep: unlike fee-based services, which promote cramming and test-taking strategies, the SAT practice at KhanAcademy.org supports and reinforces what students learn in classrooms by helping them focus on the knowledge and skills essential for college readiness.

To reach as many students as possible — especially those without a computer, Internet access, or a safe place to study — the two non-profit organizations have further collaborated with a third 501(c)3: Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). Together, they have already started using the SAT practice tools at five of BGCA's 4,100 Club locations, with a larger pilot program planned for the summer:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Max, love this post. It deserves several reads, but on my first go-through it's this that jumps out at me ..."
- Joe, posted to Max's blog

Professional Development with PBS TeacherLine


PBS TeacherLine's professional development for math teachers includes such online courses as

  • Achieving Learning Goals through Accomplished Mathematics Instruction
  • Developing Algebraic Thinking in Grades 3-5
  • Enabling Students with Special Needs to Succeed in Math Class
  • Teaching Math (Grades K-2): A Special Collection from Annenberg Learner
  • Understanding Numbers and Operations: Addition and Subtraction in Grades PreK-3

Most offer opportunities to earn graduate credits from institutions that partner with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); and many districts allow teachers to apply PBS TeacherLine courses towards continuing education units (CEUs) and professional development points (PDPs).

Now through Wednesday, 10 June, score a 20% discount off the cost of facilitated courses. Just enter the promo code found in PBS TeacherLine's tweet from two days ago:



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