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Our Book Has Come Out! (30 September 2013)
Powerful Problem Solving has hit the shelves, and with it, an accompanying website. Whether you've purchased the book or not, watch our free YouTube clips of Max and the rest of the Forum team as we teach at a school near us here in Philadelphia, using Problems of the Week (PoWs) and the many activities from Powerful Problem Solving. To order Max Ray's publication, purchase directly from publishers Heinemann or via

Farewell Party (20 September 2013)
The Math Forum Staff hosted a potluck luncheon for Gina DiDomenic, Brianna Guidos, and Casey Sneider who have just completed their Co-ops with us. Read Gina's and Casey's blogs to learn about their experiences!
Delaware State University's SMILE Project (17 September 2013)
Max Ray is working again this year with Dr. Mazen Shahin helping to train the Peer Leaders participating in the SMILE Project.
Macalester Problem of the Week (13 September 2013)
MacPOW is back! After a semester's hiatus, Stan Wagon, of Macalester College, has resumed posing a mathematics problem to his undergraduates every week. The Math Forum posts these puzzles and keeps an archive of past challenges - almost 380 of them, dating back eighteen years.
PoWerful Ideas (11 September 2013)
The fourth issue of our newsletter focused on the Problems of the Week includes the feature Math Forum: The Co-Op Perspective. DrexelNow wrote a feature Math Forum: The Co-op Perspective for their September 13, 2013 issue.
In Memoriam, Kay Gilliland (10 September 2013)
Kay Gilliland passed away peacefully Tuesday morning. Kay was a long-serving champion of equity in mathematics and science education. Early in her decades of directorship of the EQUALS Project at the Lawrence Hall of Science, Kay saw to the production of EQUALS materials in Spanish to include Hispanic Latinos. She went on to serve as the president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), which established a lecture series in her honor just last year. View this YouTube video of the presentation of the 2013 Ross Taylor / Glenn Gilbert Awardee: Kay Gilliland. View Kay's interview Moon Memories recorded August 10, 2009.


Videos of Doing and Teaching Math (30 August 2013)
Max Ray recently added to his growing annotated compilation of videos that "deepen inquiry into teaching math, and student inquiry into learning math." Want to talk about videos that feature math teachers and students? Leave a comment on Max's blog.
Early Reviews (20 August 2013)
Check out some of the early reviews for Powerful Problem Solving: Activities for Sense-Making with the Mathematical Practices.
Problems of the Week 2013-2014 (19 August 2013)
The Problems of the Week (PoWs) have kicked off for the 2013-2014 academic year! See when submissions open, solutions post, and free mentoring opportunities become available by consulting the PoW calendar. Teachers with Full Memberships or higher can still view PoWs from the 2012-13 academic year:
Differentiated Math Instruction: Using Rich Problems to Reach All Learners (16 August 2013)
Our next professional development course starts this coming Thursday, 22 August, 2013. Participants facilitated by Max Ray will participants will
  • enhance their understanding of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the role of rich problems in addressing them.
  • learn problem solving strategies that allow all students to grow.
  • learn how rich problems help teachers differentiate instruction for learners with diverse developmental levels and learning styles.


Twitter Math Camp 2013 (#TMC13) (31 July 2013)
Twitter Math Camp 2013 (#TMC13) was held Thursday, July 25, 2013 (9 am start) - Sunday, July 28, 2013 (11 am finish) at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Team TMC13 - Lisa (@lmhenry9), Shelli (@druinok), Max (@maxmathforum), Anthony (@aanthonya), James (@jacehan), and Jessica (@algebrainiac1)
Park City Mathematics Institute, Summer 2013 (26 July 2013)
The 2013 Summer Session of the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute (PCMI) wrapped up in Utah last week. More than sixty teachers from around the US and world participated in PCMI's three week-long Secondary School Teachers Program (SSTP), which consisted of three strands:
  • Math Course: Probability, Randomization, and Polynomials
  • Reflecting on Practice: Making Tasks Count
  • Working Groups that focused on an activity related to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics or to related state standards
Having hosted the SSTP working sites since 2001, the Math Forum maintains an index of all its classroom resources here:

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