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June

EnCoMPASS Summer Institute Photos (29 June 2013)
Photos from the Institute held Tuesday, June 25 through Friday, June 28 show some of the activities the Fellows engaged in during their time in Philadelphia.
 
Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT) (28 June 2013)
As a featured speaker at CAMT, Max Ray will present "When 2 Is Greater than 4: Listening TO Student Thinking." Both Max and Suzanne Alejandre will be in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 1035.
 
Summer Problems of the Week (8 June 2013)
While we get ready for another series of Problems of the Week (PoWs) starting at the end of August, we'll scale back our responses. But every two weeks from now until then, the Math Forum will continue to post challenging word problems and accept solutions to them.
 
Valuing as the Key to Unsilencing (7 June 2013)
"At the heart of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative is the valued learner, a learner with an active voice in his/her own learning." So writes Suzanne Alejandre, the Forum's Director of Professional Development, in one of her latest publications - this one, appearing in the spring, 2013 newsletter of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM).
 

May

NCSM and NCTM 2013: iPad and Prize Package Winners (17 May 2013)
Thanks to everyone who visited our table at the annual conference of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) and our booth at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
 
Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago (10 May 2013)
Annie Fetter presented "Ever Wonder What They'd Notice (If Only Someone Would Ask)?" at the May 10th Dinner Meeting at the Metropolitan Mathematics Club of Chicago.
 
Max Ray at NCSM Ignite (18 May 2013)
Max Ray gives a talk called "Tweet Me, Maybe?" at the McGraw-Hill Education (Key Curriculum) Ignite event at the 2013 NCSM conference in Denver.
 
Annie Fetter at NCSM Ignite (17 May 2013)
Annie Fetter gives a talk called "Hidden Decision-Making in the Math Classroom (Everybody's doing it. Why shouldn't you?)" at the McGraw-Hill Education (Key Curriculum) Ignite event at the 2013 NCSM conference in Denver.
 
Math Forum Ignite Talks (4 May 2013)
Ever wondered what the Math Forum is all about? What makes us passionate? What IGNITES us? Now you can find out! See how well we do with 20 PowerPoint slides advancing every 15 seconds, whether we're ready or not.
 
Our Forthcoming Book (4 May 2013)
Our focus on sense-making and communication in our Problem Solving Activity Series is so important, we wrote a book about it! Powerful Problem Solving: Activities for Sense-Making with the Mathematical Practices, authored by Max Ray, gathers what we've learned about helping students become proficient problem solvers, focused through the lens of the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices. Pre-order our book at Amazon.com.


April

Max Ray Appointed to Serve On NCTM Committee (29 April 2013)
NCTM President Linda Gojak informed the Math Forum that Max Ray has accepted her invitation to serve on the Emerging Issues Committee. To quote NCTM's website: "The Emerging Issues Committee explores and examines issues that emerge either from outside the Council or its leadership that impact the teaching and learning of mathematics. The committee identifies new or emerging issues that deserve greater attention." Max's service will be 2013 through 2016.
 
Conditional, Converse, and Bi-Conditional Statements, Oh My! (21 April 2013)
The activity by Sousada Chidthachack, Corey Fink, Eric Flam, Greg Guayante, Dave Herron, Teri Hulbert, Alexandra Lee, Vicki Lyons, and Leah Parnes was developed and then taught as an introduction to conditional, converse, and bi-conditional statements. The authors pre-taught the first half of the lesson to a group of summer math camp students (8th - 12th grade) and then taught the full lesson to a class of students at a junior high in Park City. View other PCMI resources for educators.
 
Software Engineer (14 April 2013)
The Math Forum is seeking a software engineer. The engineer will provide a wide variety of operational support and services related to software for faculty, staff, administrators, end users, and researchers within the Math Forum and the Goodwin College of Professional Studies of Drexel University. Read more about and apply for this full-time position by clicking the DrexelJobs site's "Job Title" pull-down menu and selecting "Supervisor, Software Development," requisition #5113.
 
Research Assistantships (14 April 2013)
The Math Forum seeks experienced mathematics teachers and mathematics education professionals for work while they pursue PhDs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at Drexel University.
 
Meet the Math Forum Staff: NCSM Booth 500, NCTM Booth 741 (12 April 2013)
Come meet the people behind the Math Forum at the annual conference of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) or the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) in Denver. Swing by NCSM booth 500 or NCTM booth 741 and talk to Max, Suzanne, Steve, Annie, Valerie, Erin, and/or Cheryl.
 
What Ignites the Math Forum? (5 April 2012)
Ever wondered what the Math Forum is all about? What makes us passionate? What IGNITES us? Now you can find out: one of us spoke at Key Curriculum's Ignite event at CMC-North in Asilomar, CA:
Suzanne Alejandre: Unsilence Students' Voices
Each speaker had 5 minutes to "talk about whatever lights them up," using 20 slides that auto-advanced every 15 seconds ... whether they were ready or not.
If you find Suzanne's topic intriguing, also view:
           journal article: Unsilence Students' Voices
           blog post: Learning from Watching
           blog post: Joining the Ignite! Club
 
Twitter Math Camp 2013 (5 April 2013)
Twitter Math Camp 2013 (#TMC13) will be held Thursday, July 25, 2013 (9 am start) - Sunday, July 28, 2013 (11 am finish) at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Team TMC13 includes Lisa (@lmhenry9), Shelli (@druinok), Max (@maxmathforum), Anthony (@aanthonya), James (@jacehan), and Jessica (@algebrainiac1).
 
Integrated Algebra - Graphs and Statistics (2 April 2013)
George Ludovici's activity addresses statistical components of the NYS Integrated Algebra Regents level course with accommodations for anticipated impact of the Common Core Standards. A product of the Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) Secondary School Teachers Program (SSTP), freely available as a PDF or Microsoft Word document, join dozens of other PCMI resources for educators.
 
Gina DiDomenic, AJ Froehlich, Casey Sneider (2 April 2013)
Three undergraduate Drexel University students joined the Math Forum staff to complete one of their six-month co-op terms. Read more about this feature of ungraduate programs here: Drexel University: Undergraduate Admissions.

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