• 08/26/2014 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    We would like to talk with teachers interested in helping develop model news literacy lesson plans for math in grades 4 - 12. Teachers selected for the project will be compensated $3,000 each. The project is coordinated by the American Society of News Editors and the Journalism Education Association, and funded with a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
    Interested teachers would be provided with news literacy lesson plans and activities that could be modified and adapted for the math classroom or the teachers could create original lesson plans. Through this process, we hope to learn how math teachers view news literacy. We are also working on similar projects with national organizations and teachers in social studies, language arts and science.

    What is news and information literacy? Simply put, it is the ability to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports and information sources. In the information age, more data is produced in a single second than can possibly be consumed in a lifetime so the need for news and information literacy has never been more important. Research suggests that students who develop news and information literacy skills become more active and engaged citizens. Many schools across the nation already teach news literacy and more research on the impact of these efforts is underway.

    One way to approach news literacy is with the REALLY technique developed by Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute. 

    See REALLY? Teaching Students to Ask Critical Questions

    Is this REALLY the story? Is this REALLY the whole story? Is this REALLY physically possible? Is this REALLY what I need to know? What do my readers and listeners REALLY want to know? This approach uses five questions to focus on this intersection of skepticism, curiosity, openness, reporting, critical thinking and knowledge.

    1. Who said it?
    2. Can I trust the source?
    3. Is that person biased on this subject?
    4. Am I biased on this subject?
    5. Where can I get reliable information to help me frame my opinion?

    An overview of news literacy can be found in the Six Principles to Guide Producers and Consumers of News and Information. This guide and other news and information literacy resources are available at:

    Interested teachers should email Le Anne Wiseman at or call 573-884-2689 for more information.

  • 07/23/2014 3:17 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Educator,

    The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and Dow have come together to support STEM education in our schools. STEM education is absolutely vital for our children and our future. We need to encourage children to pursue science, technology, engineering and math related fields. Our real challenge lies in how to achieve our goal of improving STEM education.

    Take the Dow Teacher Challenge!
    Teachers of all fields are invited to submit their ideas for increasing STEM education in the classroom. The top 25 entries will earn a $1,000 grant to be used in the classroom!

    How do I participate?
    Visit to submit an entry. The deadline for all Summer Teacher Challenge submissions is July 30, 2014.

    The Fall Teacher Challenge will begin on August 4, 2014 and the deadline for all submissions is October 31, 2014. The top 50 entries will earn a $1,000 grant.

    Together we can build a STEM-strong future!

  • 07/23/2014 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    Dear K-12 Leads:
    Copies to Higher Education Leads, Executive Committee, and Executive Staff

    We have become aware that an organization called Snapwiz is marketing a formative assessment product called Edulastic that claims the following: “teachers can create standards-aligned formative assessments with interactive, free-form questions defined by Smarter Balanced and PARCC.” This product has no relationship to Smarter Balanced. Snapwiz did not seek permission to use the Smarter Balanced name. Further, Smarter Balanced does not endorse Snapwiz or its products.

    Please send this message to your districts, schools, and other concerned stakeholders so that we can minimize any confusion resulting from this marketing campaign.

    Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
    WestEd - Project Management Partner

  • 05/04/2014 5:23 PM | Anonymous
    Continuing its tradition of mathematics education leadership, NCTM has released Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All to define the principles and actions that are essential for a high-quality mathematics education for all students. This new landmark publication builds on NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics and the Council’s previous standards publications, and it supports implementation of the Common Core.
  • 04/14/2014 10:43 AM | Anonymous
    Visit us at to learn more about the Springfield Public Schools.

  • 01/22/2014 8:01 AM | Anonymous
    Stamford Public Schools is hosting a STEMfest in Mill River Park in Stamford on April 26th from 10am-4pm. 


  • 01/21/2014 2:23 PM | Anonymous

    MIT's Education Arcade and Scheller Teacher Education Program received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop an immersive virtual learning experience supporting high school math and biology instruction. 

    Working collaboratively with teachers, we have created The Radix Endeavor, a multi-player online game set on the Island of Ysola. 

    The game incorporates:

    A flexible web-based design – students can play anywhere, any time; in school or at home.

    Quest-based learning aligned with the current standards in
    Biology including Genetics, Ecosystems, Evolution, and Human Body Systems.

    Math including Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics & Probability.
    Teacher resources including video supports, classroom connections and student progress tracking.

    Interested teachers are also invited to attend a day-long PD session, Using Games in the Classroom, scheduled for Wednesday, February 19 on the MIT campus. To learn more about the game or participate in the large-scale pilot scheduled for the Spring of 2014, visit
  • 01/07/2014 3:30 PM | Anonymous
    The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is currently recruiting for the position of Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.  This individual will report to the Academic Division Director.    

    The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) Academic Office is currently recruiting for an Education Consultant / Associate Education Consultant to spearhead CSDE efforts in the area of Mathematics Education for the secondary school grades. The selected candidate will serve in the Academic Office’s Bureau of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction. The selected candidate’s credentials will determine the job classification.

    The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) Academic Office is currently recruiting for an Education Consultant / Associate Education Consultant to spearhead CSDE efforts in the areas of Social Studies and Literacy in History/Social Studies.  The selected candidate will serve in the Academic Office’s Bureau of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction. The selected candidate’s credentials will determine the job classification.

The ATOMIC Mission is to ensure that every Connecticut student receives world-class education in mathematics by providing vision, leadership and support to the K-16 mathematics community and by providing every teacher of mathematics the opportunity to grow professionally.

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