16 January, 2015
Volume 20 No. 3
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IAS/PCMI Applications Due for Summer 2015

MathMovesU Scholarship

Explained Visually


Online PD

Orientation Sessions

Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


IAS/PCMI Applications Due for Summer 2015


Reminder: apply by Saturday, 31 January, to attend the 2015 Teacher Leadership Program (TLP) of IAS/PCMI, the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI).

Through an intense mathematical experience, focused reflection on the practice of teaching, and leadership development around standards such as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or the Texas TEKS, teachers who participate in the TLP summer gain perspective about the work of teaching and develop their potential for contributing in meaningful ways to the field.

For 2015, TLP participants will take the math course "Some Applications of Geometric Thinking," as well as "Reflecting on Practice: Using Formative Assessment to Inform Instruction."

The Math Forum hosts information on PCMI's K-12 programs here, including the working sites of the Secondary School Teachers Program (SSTP) dating back to 2001:


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

"I knew the pattern, but I had a hard time getting it into an equation, but after writing this out in words, I realized that ..."
- Mary Grace, highlighted in the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution

MathMovesU Scholarship


"Morning, noon, and night — how does math move you or the world around you?" MathMovesU wants to know!

This initiative of Raytheon provides $1,000 awards to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students nationwide who respond to the prompt above with a PowerPoint presentation. Open to home-schooled students, awards can be used for "camperships" applied to tuition and fees at a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) summer camp, or to freshman year in post-secondary school. The middle school of each winning student also receives a matching grant of $1,000 for math-related programs.

Download, complete, and postmark the application by Saturday, 7 February:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the day

"Still baffled? Put it aside for half an hour, and then look at it again. You'll see it."
- Wouter, posted to the discretemath discussion

Explained Visually


Explained Visually (EV) turns out interactive visualizations to "make hard ideas intuitive."

Drag EV's sliders and select values to simulate and learn more about

  • pi
  • sine and cosine
  • exponentiation
  • Markov chains
  • conditional probability


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