Mathematics Update

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Join us for Math and Science Leaders Advisory Meeting: November 4th, 9-12

During this half-day session, current issues concerning the curriculum and assessment of mathematics and science will be addressed. Math and science coordinators, specialists, and campus leaders will have the opportunity to network with each other and will receive the most current information from TEA.

Click here to register!

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2016-2017 Texas Regional Collaborative (TRC) Math and Science Informational Meeting 1/11/16 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

The Education Service Center Region 11 is in the application process for the 2016-2017 Texas Regional Collaboratives (TRC) for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching grant opportunity. District, charter, and private school administrators and teachers are invited to this informational meeting where project directors will outline requirements for grant participation. Our focus areas are 4th-8th grade Math (emphasis on 6th grade) and middle school Earth Science. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. This meeting may also be attended remotely using RETN or videoconferencing. The session will also be recorded. If you plan to participate in this session via videoconference within your district, please be sure to contact your district/campus RETN Distance Learning Site Manager (you can look up their information here http://retn.esc11.net/RETN_info.asp or call our Help Desk at (817-740-7616).

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MATH4TEXAS

Math4Texas.org. showcases the Math TEKS by grade level with tips, examples, digital tools, and videos to help parents understand the math concepts and skills that their children are learning. As grade level content development continues, similar resources for teachers will be added.

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Proclamation 2017 Instructional Materials Review Panel Nominations

The Division of Instructional Materials and Educational Technology (IMET) needs assistance from teachers and others across the state interested in reviewing new instructional materials that are submitted in response to Proclamation 2017. Proclamation 2017 calls for instructional materials for languages other than English, career and technical education, Special Topics in Social Studies, Statistics, and Algebraic Reasoning. The materials are scheduled to be reviewed during the summer of 2016, adopted by the SBOE in November 2016, and available for use beginning in the 2017‒2018 school year. Nomination forms for those interested in serving on the state review panels for Proclamation 2017 are available on the IMET website.

If you have any questions, please contact (512) 463-9601 or review.adoption@tea.texas.gov.

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New Resource – Supporting Information Documents

Supporting Information documents for the Revised Mathematics TEKS are currently in development for grades K–8. Documents for grades K-5 and 8 are currently available on the Gateway. The documents are arranged by the current (or revised) TEKS and provide further explanations of the information in the Side-by-Side TEKS Comparison documents. The Supporting Information documents for grades 6 – 7 will be available on the Gateway soon. The Side-by-Side TEKS Comparison documents for grades K – 8 will be removed from the Gateway on January 1, 2016. If you would like to retain a copy of these documents, please download and save them before the end of December.

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Nominations and Applications for the 2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The 2015-2016 nomination and application windows for grades K-6 mathematics and science teachers for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program are now open. The PAEMST awards are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. The 2015-2016 nomination window will close on April 1, 2016, and the application window will close on May 1, 2016. Teachers may be nominated for the award or may apply themselves.

Since 1983, the PAEMST program has recognized more than 4,300 teachers for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. Additional information is available at www.paemst.org.

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2016-2017 Testing Calendar Posted October 13, 2015

Comments about the calendar can be sent to Test.Calendar@tea.texas.gov.

Change made to Question #11 on MATHEMATICS Grade 7 2015 Released Test Questions

If you downloaded the original MATHEMATICS Grade 7 2015 Released Test Questions, please note that Question #11 has changed! Julie Guthrie, Director of Math and Science Assessments at TEA notes, "The replacement item is a better representation of the seventh grade skill."

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TI Building Concepts in Mathematics

Building Concepts uses an approach that gives teachers interactive visuals, questions that push students’ thinking and guidance to help their students build a coherent understanding of important mathematical ideas.

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Get Whitepaper Here

In her newly published whitepaper, Dr. Gladis Kersaint, Ready® Mathematics author, examines why discourse plays such an important role in furthering student understanding of mathematical concepts.

RSTEM Research Study 2015-2016

The Rice Office of STEM Engagement is recruiting math and science teachers to participate in ongoing research studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. Please complete the application at www.rstem.rice.edu/researchstudy_2015 to determine if you are eligible.

Participation may involve completing an informed consent form, obtaining consent from your campus principal, taking online surveys and tests, collecting parental consent forms from your students, possibly administering online surveys to your students, and providing blinded STAAR scores of your students. You can complete everything electronically, so there is no need to come to Rice University campus. Stipends for participation range from $150 to $500, depending on the nature of the study.