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Eisenhower Clearinghouse
Posted:
Aug 5, 2000 1:37 AM


The following is a response that I just posted to another education listserve. Seems appropriate here as well.
Wayne. 
This is a good suggestion but do make sure that any information that you get from this organization about math and science teaching materials, innovative ideas, and professional development is first run through your personal reality filter. Although they deny having had any more involvement than the statement indicates, and although they may even be correct in this disclaimer, the only words inside the back cover of the U.S. Department of Education's Mathematics and Science Expert Panel's report on Exemplary and Promising Mathematics Programs are, "Layout and Production assistance by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education."
I accessed the site and some references are reasonable but ...
Successful Programs
Connected Mathematics Program Delaware Teacher Enhancement Partnership* Professional Development Initiative QUASAR Teaching to the Big Ideas: Developing Mathematical Ideas Wilton, Connecticut, School District Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Manhattan, Kansas
Some of these are meaningless without some local information so I accessed * and among other things:
"Graphing calculators and computer technology (Strategy 14, Technology for Professional Development) were used as catalysts to change both how mathematics is taught and what mathematics is taught. Teachers worked in groups, reflected on problemsolving strategies and the new mathematics involved, formalized the mathematics, and developed related lessons appropriate for their grade levels."
Some I already knew about. Connected Mathematics Program was submitted to California for the 1999 adoption cycle and was rejected. QUASAR is another interesting one. It's the program/approach that killed eighth grade algebra at Spurgeon Intermediate in the Santa Ana district while the president of the NCTM at the time was praising its success at that very school to the nation's teachers in his 1995 annual presidential address to the NCTM. Again, use your natural fantasy filter.
The clincher ... I noticed a link to various state standards and frameworks for math and science: http://enc.org/professional/standards/state/
Guess which state has no link to either its framework or its standards let alone the Fordham Foundation's assessment of its standards (with California being #1) that is available at http://www.edexcellence.net/standards/math.html?
Your federal tax dollars at work. Wayne. 
At 07:23 PM 8/4/00 0700, Xxxx Xxxxx wrote: >I got the message below from another list that I belong to, and thought >that someone from this group might be interested in it as well.  Xxxxx > >The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) has recently launched an >allnew web site, ENC Online, at http://enc.org. Established by the >U.S. Department of Education, ENC provides K12 math and science >educators with a central source of information about teaching >materials, innovative ideas, and professional development. >



