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Project Lead the Way PDF Print E-mail
PLTW_MIMathematics is part of the nationwide STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) movement.  One initiative is Project Lead the Way.  Michigan has its own PLTW website.  Be sure to visit here for information on this curriculum which incorporates hands-on learning, research, and more.
 
State Math Initiatives in Michigan PDF Print E-mail

MathScienceCenterLogoThe Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Network lists a variety of the major mathematics projects around Michigan.  If you've been hearing about Algebra for All or EMATHS (for example), and wanted more information, be sure to visit this site.

 

 
MAISA CCSS-M Work Progressing PDF Print E-mail

MAISA ELA, Mathematics Units Now Available for Review

The Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) has commissioned two work groups to create units of study for the CCSS-ELA and CCSS-M for grades K-12.  Work began in both subjects in 2011, with mathematics work being organized by Oakland Schools under the direction of their mathematics consultants.  For mathematics, one unit was fully developed for each grade in 2011.  Many more units were completed in 2012, with remaining units will be completed

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in 2013.  The result will be a curriculum outline for mathematics courses from kindergarten through high school.  All courses/grades will be fully aligned to the CCSS-M, including the Standards for Mathematical Practice.  The units include essential questions, resourses, teaching and learning strategies, at least one completely developed lesson per unit, assessment suggestions, and more.

The mathematics units can currently be preveiwed on Oakland Schools' public Atlas curriculum management software site.  To find the mathemtics CCSS units, set the BROWSE settings as follows and then hit the BROWSE button.

Please be advised:  These units are still being developed and many are in DRAFT form.  Have questions about this project?  Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at Oakland Schools.

 
Resources from ACHIEVE PDF Print E-mail

Resources Available from Achieve

You may be familiar with Achieve, the educational organization created by a number of U.S. Governors to promote high standards and a higher-quality high school diploma.  Achieve has a number of projects in the works.  Two that pertain particularly to mathematics education are below.

American Diploma Project (ADP)

The American Diploma Project Network has 35 states working together to ensure that every high school graduate is prepared for college and careers.

MathWorks Advocacy Toolkit

The MathWork advocacy toolkit is available FREE to those looking for resources to promote the case that all students, regardless of their post-secondary plans, need rigorous mathematics courses throughout their high school years.  The toolkit includes fact sheets, electronic presentations, and other resources for a variety of audiences.

 

 
NRC Science and Engineering Practices PDF Print E-mail

NRC Science and Engineering Practices

Looking for the National Research Council's Science and Engineering Practices?  These are found on page 42 of the book, A Framework for K-12 Science Education:  Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (2012) by the Board on Science Education (BOSE).  The book can be found at the National Academies Press.

The 8 practices have considerable overlap with the CCSS-M, and are as follows:

  1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  2. Developing and using models
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
  6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

 

 
Next Generation Science Standards PDF Print E-mail

Next Generation Science Standards

Now that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Mathematics are in place, attention is turning to Science. With content from the four core areas blending more and more, it's helpful to know what's happening in the other content areas as well.  Follow the development of the Next Generation Science Standards by visiting the websites below:

Next Generation Science Standards - the main website for NGSS information.

News from Achieve about the NGSS.

National Science Teachers Association news on the NGSS.

National Academies Press:  A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (2012)

Michigan Department of Education - Science Curriculum and Information



 


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