Weekly Spotlight on Mathematics

Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month - April 23, 2021

ESC-2 Math Awareness Effort

Mathematics is a beautiful, useful, and foundational field of study. As the world continues to advance technologically, the need for well-educated mathematicians is more important than ever before.

Join ESC Region 2 Service Center in observing Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, and help us promote appreciation for the field. For the month of April, we will be publishing a Weekly Spotlight on Mathematics to celebrate excellence in the field. Please share our flyer and enjoy!

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$$$$$ $25,000 $$$$$

$$$$$ $25,000 $$$$$

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Effective Math Teaching is Priceless!!!

But couldn't you use an extra twenty-five thousand dollars?

This weeks spotlight focuses on the Rosenthal Prize offered by the National Museum of Mathematics.

General Award Info

The Rosenthal Prize recognizes and promotes hands-on math teaching in upper elementary and middle school classrooms. The prize is issued annually and carries a cash award of $25,000!

The Rosenthal Prize for Innovation and Inspiration in Math Teaching has four goals:

  • To recognize and reward exceptional math educators around the world who employ innovation(s) appropriate to the upper elementary or middle school classroom.
  • To demonstrate to the education profession and the general public that innovative math teaching exists and can successfully reach the middle grades.
  • To replicate the successful innovative activity of the winning teacher, distribute it to classrooms across the country, and positively impact math education in the United States and beyond.
  • To encourage innovation and incorporation of hands-on methods in classrooms around the world.

The Application Process

The initial application process simply involves responding to several short answer questions. After the initial application, applicants may be asked for the following:

  • a description of the activity
  • a letter of recommendation
  • a video of the lesson implementation in the classroom (grades 4-8)
  • a short essay as to how the lesson impacted the overall class or one particular student
  • a detailed lesson plan.

The Prizes

The cash award of $25,000 is for the single best activity. There are also up to five additional monetary awards for other innovative activities. The winning teacher(s) will have the opportunity to share their innovative activities with educators around the world.

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2020 Rosenthal Prize Winners

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Towers & Dragons by Doug O'Roark

Discover a stunning connection between paper folding and a classic disc-moving puzzle.

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Engagement with Ratio and Proportion: Building a Tool to Deepen Understanding by Lauren Seigel

Learn to appreciate ratios by making calipers and applying them to objects, photos, and geometric figures.

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Qtr4 Project DARTBOARD Explanation
Bringing Similarity Into Light - Rosenthal Prize Entry 2017
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ESC-2 Math and Science Team

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