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 September 22, 2017                             Vol. 22, No. 38


               Developing Powerful Problem Solvers
             Lathisms | Teacher Advisor With Watson




 Our next professional development course starts in ten days.

 "Developing Powerful Problem Solvers" will be led by Max
 Ray-Riek, the main author of "Powerful Problem Solving," with
 Suzanne Alejandre and Annie Fetter. Each week of this moderated
 course, intended for teachers of grades 3-8, addresses a
 chapter from that Heinemann publication, such as "Learning
 through Listening," "Noticing and Wondering," and "Change the
 Representation: Seeing the Big Picture."

 The only technical requirements are a web browser and
 Internet access.

 To see what teachers have said about past courses after
 completing them, check out

 Registration closes Monday, October 2, 2017.




 National Hispanic Heritage Month started last Friday. Celebrate
 it mathematically with a website that unveils a different
 Latin@ or Hispanic in the mathematical sciences every day
 through October 15.

 Last September, four mathematicians launched "Lathisms" (which
 stands for Latin@s and Hispanics in the mathematical sciences)
 to raise the visibility of the research and mentoring
 contributions made by Latin@s and Hispanics. At the same time,
 they wrote an article published in the Notices of the American
 Mathematical Society (AMS) with personal vignettes of six of
 their 31 subjects from National Hispanic Heritage Month 2016:


 AMS also produces and freely distributes an accompanying
 poster. To request it, email

 The 2017 Lathisms calendar is supported by the Department of
 Mathematics and Statistics at Williams College.




 A free virtual advisor for K-grade 5 math instruction left beta
 last Wednesday.

 Teachers have already vetted each of the thousands of open
 educational resources (OERs) available from Teacher Advisor
 With Watson. Those Teaching Strategy videos, lessons,
 activities, and other curated classroom resources come from
 such reputable sources as EngageNY, the Massachusetts
 Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Achieve, and
 the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

 But beyond its content, what sets apart Teacher Advisor lies
 under its hood: it runs on IBM Corporation's cognitive computer
 technology, Watson. This artificial intelligence made a public
 splash six years ago, when it appeared on Jeopardy! and bested
 the television game show's two greatest champions.

 With its ability to quickly parse natural language and process
 enormous amounts of data, Watson's smart search engine learns
 your teaching needs to offer targeted recommendations. It also
 pairs related resources together to speed up your lesson
 planning. Preview it with this video:


 Then sign up at no cost with an e-mail address.

 Teacher Advisor With Watson was developed after several years of
 input and testing from and by teachers in collaboration with
 the American Federation of Teachers, state education
 superintendents, national education leaders and education
 nonprofits, and with support from the Stavros Niarchos,
 Carnegie, and Ford Foundations.


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