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  • 01/17/2023 8:23 AM | Anonymous

    Hi mathematics educators!

    We hope you had a restful holiday season and we are excited for 5 fantastic workshops over the next 5 months, starting with one led by our own Scott Kapralos in 2 weeks. This exciting session will utilize data science tools to analyze skin tone representation in the media. See below for registration link and more information.


     1/24 Registration


    Workshop Title: Quantifying and Analyzing Skin Tone Representation in Popular Media

    Date/Time: Tuesday, January 24th, 6:30-8:00pm (EST) via Zoom

    Presenter: Scott Kapralos, CREC

    Description: Data Science is a burgeoning field of both study and opportunities for employment. But what does data science look like in a math classroom and how does this intersect with Social Justice? Join us as we investigate how colorism may play a role in popular media by analyzing media “manually” and with data science tools. This will lead us to ask “Does a disparity in skin tone representation exist in the media? What does this mean? What other questions or lines of inquiry could we pursue with these tools?” While this workshop is intended for adult learners, the content can be adjusted to meet the needs of students and extensive resources will be shared if you want to incorporate this in more depth in your classroom.

  • 01/17/2023 8:13 AM | Anonymous

    Sacred Heart University (SHU), home to CS-PLAN offers an array of professional learning opportunities for K-12 educators. As a CODE.org Regional Partner, applications for the summer cohort of Code.org professional learning workshops are now open. Partial scholarships are available to teachers serving underrepresented students wishing to pursue professional learning for Computer Science Discoveries (CSD), Computer Science Principles (CSP), and Computer Science A (CSA). Use this link to apply for scholarships.

    Through CS-PLAN elementary teachers learn to conduct PD’s at their school for K-5 content teachers integrating computer science into core subjects. SHU also offers professional learning opportunities in Data Science Integration, Robotics and Automated Systems, and The Internet of Things. Districts can participate in CSforALL’s SCRIPT program, a workshop for teachers and administrators to design a K-12 CS pathway. 


    CS-PLAN Workshops will take place June 26-30, 2023 on the West Campus of SHU and some programming may be delivered directly on site in your district. To learn more about these programs please visit and apply on the CS-PLAN landing page or reach out to Susan Auchincloss at auchinclosss@sacredheart.edu.


  • 01/06/2023 11:07 AM | Anonymous

    Welcome back from break. Now that the new year is here the time is NOW to get your students excited about the 4th annual Lt. Governor's Computing Challenge! Not sure what to do or how to get started? CodeJoy is offering some exciting new ways to engage in the Computing Challenge, no matter your codeing experience level! These opportunities include interactive virtual field trips for students (requiring NO PREP from teachers!), and live virtual PD for teachers. Thanks to our sponsors, all of these experiences have been made available for FREE to Connecticut educators and classrooms! The attached flyer has more information and links to join. In addition, the Lt. Governor's Computing Challenge website is loaded with resources to help you help your students submit to the challenge so be sure to check it out!

  • 12/20/2022 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    The Teaching and Learning Unit of the Academic Office at the Connecticut State Department of Education is committed to keeping our stakeholders up to date on important information. Please see below for pertinent information:

     

    Lt. Governor's Computing Challenge: In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz launched the 4th annual Lt. Governor’s Computing Challenge at Smith Elementary School in New Britain, CT. The event can be viewed by selecting https://ct-n.com/ondemand.asp?ID=21203. The Challenge will accept submissions until April, 28, 2022. New this year is a partnership with CodeJoy that will provide free professional development for teachers as well as student sessions! See the attached flyer for more information. Go to www.ltgovcc.org to register for these sessions, to view additional resources and for more information about the Challenge. Let’s get all Connecticut students Coding for Good. 


    SDE Releases 2021-22 Next Generation Accountability Results: The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) released results from the 2021-22 Next Generation Accountability System on December 8, 2022. See full press release here: CSDE Announcement: Accountability Results Show the Pandemic Impacted Indicators Beyond Test Scores


    State Summative Assessment Calendar: To assist districts with planning their calendars, attached is the State Summative Assessment Calendar for Connecticut public schools for the 2023-24 school year. Please direct any questions regarding this assessment calendar to the Performance Office at 860-713-6860 or CTStudentAssessment@ct.gov.  


    Reminder: Fund for Teachers Application: Teachers from public schools, including those in Alliance districts, Turnaround and Focus schools, and Charter Schools are encouraged to apply for a grant for up to $5,000 for an individual professional learning experience and up to $10,000 for a team. The grant requires no support funding from the school district, nor does it require substitute coverage as the fellowships are to occur during the summer months.  

     Information about Fund for Teachers and the application process can be found at fundforteachers.org.  Attached is an informational brochure that may be distributed to your teachers.  Please share this information with your district and building administrators who might use it to inform teachers of this grant opportunity.  Grant proposals are due by January 19, 2023. For further information about Fund for Teachers, please contact Dr. Dale Bernardoni, FFT CT Managing Director, dale@fundforteachers.org, 203-671-3052. 

  • 12/14/2022 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    National Geographic Webinar: Scheduled for this Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 4:00 PM. The Webinar will be hosted by Dr. India White and focused on how to implement equitable math practices in the classroom. Dr. White is on the Board of NCTM and is the Equity Chairperson for the council. Please forward this email to any educators and administrators who might be interested. The webinar can be accessed through this link.

    In this webinar, educators and administrators will learn how to:

    • Define equity in the classroom
    • Ensure equitable math instruction
    • Advocate for equitable educational experiences that provide all with the opportunity to pursue the best versions of themselves.

    3M TWIST: The 3M TWIST program allows K-12, math, science, and technology teachers to spend six weeks during the summer working closely with a 3M host on an actual 3M research project. The objective is to provide active and challenging technical experiences for teachers in an industrial setting.  The attached the flier that gives some high-level information about the program.  The direct link to the application is TWIST2023.

    The target audience includes all teachers (K-12) in the science, math, and tech ed teachers, so feel free to spread the word to colleagues.

    You can also get information from the website:  www.3M.com/TWIST.

  • 11/29/2022 10:43 AM | Anonymous

    Lt. Governor's Computing Challenge: 

    Please see the attached flyer for information about the launch of this annual event. This is a great way take computer science education beyond CS Eduation Week and Hour of Code. This year there will be opportunities for live student events and teacher professional development so stay tuned and check out www.ltgovcc.org regularly.


    Milton Fisher Scholarship: 

    The Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity awards students who have found a distinctive solution to a problem faced by his/her family, school, community, or the world, or who have solved an artistic, scientific, or technical problem in a new or unusual way.  The Milton Fisher Scholarship is a FOUR-YEAR SCHOLARSHIP of up to $20,000 (up to $5,000 per year for four years).  It is open to HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS and COLLEGE FRESHMEN in Connecticut and the New York Metropolitan area, as well as students from outside the region going to college in Connecticut or the New York City area. 

    This is a wonderful opportunity for any creative and innovative high school students you may know.  More information and the online application can be found at mfscholarship.org.  Interested applicants must complete the online application on or before May 5, 2023.  Supplemental materials must be submitted electronically and include a school transcript, letters of support, financial information, a letter of acceptance from college (if applicable) and any other supporting materials. 

    Please feel free to contact  info@mfscholarship.org if you have additional questions

  • 11/22/2022 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    The Teaching and Learning Unit of the Academic Office at the Connecticut State Department of Education is committed to keeping our stakeholders up to date on important information. Please see below for pertinent information:  


    Remote Learning Commission Report  Pursuant to Section 387 of Public Act 21-2, June Special Session (JSS), the Connecticut State Department of Education established the Connecticut Remote Learning Commission to analyze and provide recommendations concerning the provision of remote learning to public school students enrolled in grades kindergarten to 12.  The Commission as a whole compiled all information into one report to guide future discussion. Attached please find a copy of the Commission’s final report that was submitted to the Connecticut General Assembly.  If you have any questions, please contact Chief Academic Officer Irene Parisi at Irene.parisi@ct.gov.  


    You may be aware that www.corestandards.org has been offline for several days. CCSSO, which manages corestandards.org, announced Nov. 16 that it has updated the web location for the Common Core standards. You can access the standards at Common Core State Standards | (ccsso.org). The standards are temporarily located on this page while CCSSO works to address technical challenges with CoreStandards.org. If you have questions, please reach out to communications@ccsso.org


    Illuminating Indigenous People, Cultures and Perspectives PD Playlist for Educators The CSDE Academic Office is working in partnership with educators, advocates and historical experts statewide to curate instructional resources to support district implementation of Native American studies. The CSDE--PD-PlaylistIlluminating-Indigenous-People-Cultures-and-Perspectives-2022.pdf  is a collection of existing resources for educators and their students to view, use and share to illuminate Indigenous People, Cultures and Perspectives to support understanding, teaching, and learning through the month. The PD Playlist is located in the Educator Learning Hub. Take time to understand the wisdom of resilient cultures through cross curricular learning opportunities. 

  • 11/15/2022 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    Samsung Solve for Tomorrow is the STEM contest worth your time. Again for the 13th consecutive year, we are hosting our $2 million national competition for public schools grades 6–12 in which students are asked to consider how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can be used to create change in their communities.  Educators apply for the contest, and work with students to develop meaningful ideas that can drive real change.

    The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest is now open. Application submissions will close on November 29. Entering begins with answering 3 questions about the project you would like to work on. Go to https://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/ to learn more and apply.

    If you want to learn about the contest experience from a past winner,  give a listen to the dailySTEM podcast to hear directly about the contest impact and experience. contest and how it impacted their students, and how they were impacted as teachers.

    Please consider participating. You can complete the easy application by Tuesday, November 29, at 11:59 PM EST.

  • 11/15/2022 8:24 AM | Anonymous

    Hi mathematics educators!

    MTC4SJ is excited for today's workshop with Dr. Shelly Jones from CCSU on her new book (coming out next month) Engaging in Culturally Relevant Math Tasks. See below for the registration link and more information.

     11/15 Registration

    Workshop Title: Supporting Students' Math Identities Through Designing Culturally Relevant Mathematics Tasks

    Date/Time: Tuesday, November 15th, 6:30-8:00pm (EST) via Zoom

    Presenter: Dr. Shelly Jones, Central Connecticut State University

    Description: Join us for a talk by author Dr. Shelly Jones, co-author of the book, Engaging in Culturally Relevant Math Tasks: Fostering Hope in the Secondary Classroom with Drs. Lou Matthews and Yolanda Parker. The book - to be released next month - details multiple approaches for (re)designing tasks to be culturally responsive. Shelly will share one teacher’s experience with using the Revising a Task to Be Culturally Relevant Template to revise an existing task from her curriculum. We will use the template in breakout groups to revise a cognitively demanding math task, using a social justice standard!

  • 11/09/2022 7:39 AM | Anonymous

    The Teaching and Learning Unit of the Academic Office at the Connecticut State Department of Education is committed to keeping our stakeholders up to date on important information. Please see below for pertinent information: 

    Nominations for the 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholar Program 

    Please consider nominating any student in your district (public, non-public, homeschooled) who will graduate in the spring of 2023 and who intends to engage in post-secondary education. As per the guidance received from the U.S. Department of Education, you may nominate up to three students – one male and one female for the General Component, and one student (male or female) for the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Component. Please see the attached letter for more information about the nomination process and selection criteria. All nomination letters must be received by Wednesday, November 16, 2022. For questions about the process, please contact Ada Kovaci-Kume by phone at 860-713-6855 or via e-mail at Ada.Kovaci-Kume@ct.gov

    Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) 

    The nomination/application cycle is now open. Anyone—principals, teachers, parents, students, or members of the general public—may nominateexceptional STEM teachers who are currently teaching grades 7-12 for the 2023 award year. Teachers may also apply directly at www.paemst.org. This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. 

    The nomination deadline is January 9, 2023, and the application deadline is February 6, 2023, for SECONDARY 7-12.  

    10th Anniversary of Hour of Code  

    In celebration of this milestone, Code.org is awarding $10,000 to one high school and one middle school in all fifty states + D.C. to assist districts with establishing a computer science pathway. To be eligible a school must commit to: 

    • Establish a new computer science course using Code.org

    • Describe how you plan to continue expanding access to CS in your school and/or district. 

    • Provide a short statement of support from district leadership for expanding CS opportunities. 

    • Organize a school-wide Hour of Code or other event/assembly for CSEdWeek

    In addition to the $10,000 award, the implementing teacher in each winning school will receive a no-cost scholarship to attend Code.org’s Professional Learning Program. More details are available at code.org/prize

    Solar Decathlon Pathways 

    The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the launch of Solar Decathlon Pathways, a new project to encourage high school students to consider pursuing clean energy careers by connecting them to the Solar Decathlon’s extensive network of competition alumni. Alumni will work with students on activities related to the built environment and renewable energy, describe their own educational paths, and highlight career opportunities in the clean energy and high-performance buildings sector. For more information please visit their website here: https://www.energy.gov/eere/articles/solar-decathlon-expands-bringing-zero-energy-programs-high-school-students-and-mid

    Linking District/School Websites to the Report Cards on EdSight  

    The Connecticut Report Cards on EdSight provide high-level, visual trends on some of the essential metrics regarding students, educators, instruction/resources, and performance. They are available for the State, and for every active district and school. Each report card has a unique website link. We encourage districts to link directly from their district/school webpages to their respective report cards. The Connecticut Report Card is an ideal report for members of the general public, including local board members, because it is a comprehensive yet relatively simple report that is also mobile friendly. To facilitate this linkage, the CSDE has whitelisted all district domains contained in Directory Manager. If there are any questions, please email the EdSight team at edsight.sde@ct.gov

    Grades K-3: Universal Screening Reading Assessments Frequently Asked Questions is Available 

    Pursuant to Section (Sec.) 10-14t(a) of the Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.), the Connecticut State Department of Education has revised the Approved Menu of Research-Based Grades K-3 Universal Screening Reading Assessments for mandated use by local and regional boards of education effective July 1, 2023. These reading assessments have been approved for use by districts to identify students in kindergarten to grade three, inclusive, who are below proficiency in reading, and to assist in identifying, in whole or in part, students at risk for Dyslexia, as defined in Sec. 10-3d of the C.G.S., or other reading-related learning disabilities. This guidance document entitled, Grades K-3: Universal Screening Reading Assessments Frequently Asked Questions, is the first in a series of guidance documents, and serves to provide local and regional boards of education with initial guidance on the selection of approved K–3 research-based universal screening reading assessments. 

    On behalf of New Hampshire Commissioner Frank Edelblut:  Holiday Cards for our Military Challenge! 

    It is that time of year again when we prepare to spread some holiday cheer and support the Holiday Cards for our Military Challenge! The New Hampshire Department of Education is encouraging schools nationwide to participate in this worthy endeavor to create holiday cards that will be sent to soldiers overseas. We encourage you to watch this video and share it widely with the school leaders in your states, in the hopes that students throughout the country will find some time to write a short message to a soldier. This is a simple way to make a profound impact.  

    The guidelines are easy – please address the card to “Dear Warrior,” and write a holiday greeting or personal note while signing your first name and hometown. Sign the cards mutually as a group, or individually. You may write as many as you want – the sky is the limit! Cards should be no larger than an 8x11-size paper folded in half. Envelopes are not required, however, if you have one, please do not seal it or address it. The deadline to send cards is Nov. 18.  

    They should be addressed to:  

    Laura Landerman-Garber  

    Holiday Card Challenge  

    PO Box 103  

    Hollis, NH 03049 

    If using FedEx or UPS, please address to:  

    Holiday Card Challenge  

    5 Hutchings Drive, Suite 100 Unit 103  

    Hollis, NH 03049 

    Please visit Holidays Cards for our Military Challenge for more information, or email holidaycardsnh@gmail.com. Thank you for taking the time to bring smiles to our soldiers this holiday season. 

    NEW CSDE Model Curricula Model Units Connected to Defined Learning Performance Tasks   

    The CSDE in partnership with Defined Learning has curated a list of real-world, project-based learning tasks aligned to the Connecticut Model Math units for grades 6-8 now available in GoOpenCT. Districts can use the CSDE Model Curricula Model Units Connected to Defined Learning Performance Tasks quick start guide to see the alignment of model units to Define Learning Performance Tasks. Superintendents are encouraged to share this new resource for implementing project-based learning in mathematics instruction with teachers and curriculum designer

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