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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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