Fighting the mathematics blues... with a museum?
- In case you missed it, the Alliance for Excellent Education recently held a webinar discussing the results of the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB)’s 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) High School Transcript Study, America’s High School Graduates. Discussants included NAGB chairman David Driscoll and Jack Buckley, Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics. A video of the webinar is available here.
- The one-teacher-per-classroom model does not fit all, says the Center for American Progress in its latest study, Beyond Classroom Walls: Developing Innovative Work Roles for Teachers. The study examines two school systems in which teachers’ strengths are maximized through block scheduling, peer mentoring, delegation of role learning tasks, and other similar methods of improving student learning via teacher specialization.
- Wondering what implementation of the Common Core standards will look like in reality? Hillcrest High School in Queens, New York City, is trying the standards out through a pilot program, writes the New York Times, and is seeing its teachers make significant changes in their teaching methods as a result.
- Bored with math? Glen Whitney, entrepreneur and former hedge-fund quantitative analyst, believes he is creating a cure for the mathematics blues: MoMath, a museum that focuses on the intersections of math and art. Weighing in at $30 million, the project is no small investment, says Education Week, but Whitney hopes the museum will help children understand that math can be understandable and even fun.
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