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December 2007 

.doc Considerations for Selecting a Primary Grades Mathematics Diagnostic Intervention Program.  Vendors of Primary Mathematics Diagnostic Intervention Programs are invited to submit detailed answers to the questions provided in the downloadable document.  Please send your answers in digital form to gabbardal@nku.edu and send a complete set of program materials to:  Alice Gabbard, Kentucky Center for Mathematics, Northern Kentucky University, 504 Johns Hill Road, Highland Heights, KY  41099.  Please allow 6—8 weeks for confirmation and posting of your responses for access by all Kentucky schools.

Posted December 12, 2007

Opportunity Knocks, Kentucky Teachers!

Update:    Greetings from Bob Fortney, Senior Consultant with the KVHS team:
We are still looking for a few 8th grade math teachers and 7th grade English Language Arts teachers to participate in this online PD research study. You must still have students in session and be willing to begin an online PD course in a couple of weeks. Additional information and the link to register is below.

The Kentucky Virtual High School is involved in a major Federal grant called e-Learning Kentucky that is helping to provide online PD courses free and with a highly qualified and well trained facilitator. 75% of the e-Learning money is set aside for research on the effectiveness of Online PD to change teacher practice. This money has helped develop 6 new math and English, Language Arts, online PD courses. These courses will be used to help test the effectiveness of online PD with changing teacher practice.

Participants from grades 4th & 7th (English/LA) and 5th & 8th (math) will take three online courses during 07 Summer, 07 Fall or 08 Spring sessions. These same teachers much take 2 online surveys and also survey their students with another online survey. The student survey data will be instantly available for the teacher to use for making instruction decisions. For their successful participation in the research project participants will be paid $300. In addition they also can receive another $50 for recruiting a colleague. If needed the courses offer graduate credit (tuition is not paid) as well as 24 hours of PD each

Why am I telling you about this?  We need your help to place this information in the hands of folks who need to know about it and may follow through and sign up for the research study. We are in need of at least 60 Kentucky educators. If you meet the requirements above you can also apply!  Please help us and the e-Learning Kentucky initiative by getting this time sensitive information out.

 

Who:     4th grade or 7th grade English/LA teachers
              5th grade
or 8thgrade Math teachers

What:    Participate in a research study sponsored by the US Department of Education*

When:   Spring 2007 through Spring 2008

Registration deadline: December 14, 2007

Where: In your classroom and at a computer

How:   
  • Be randomly assigned to an experimental or control group with other KY teachers
           
  • Administer three online tests to your students (computer lab and 1 class period required for each test)
 
  • If you are assigned to the experimental group, you must take 3 online PD courses in your subject area in Spring or Summer 2007and Fall 200 and Spring 2008. (These courses focus on both content knowledge and pedagogical practices, offering information and techniques that you can directly apply in your classroom! They are targeted towards subjects where students tend to struggle and are based on state and national standards. )
 
  • If you are assigned to the control group, you can take free online PD courses in areas other than math and ELA
Why:
  • Help answer the question: Does high quality online professional development improve classroom instruction?
 
  • Receive instant feedback from student tests
 
  • Are eligible for 24 hours of PD credit for each online course you take. (Graduate credit is   available at a reasonable per credit fee.)
 
  • Receive a $300.00 stipend for successful completion and an additional $50 for recruiting an additional participant
  • e-Learning Kentucky is part of e-Learning for Educators, a multi-state collaboration between eight state education agencies and associated public broadcast stations. e-Learning for Educators is funded through a $4.6 million US Department of Education Ready to Teach grant. Grant partners include Education Development Corporation and Boston College. Kentucky partners include KDE, KET, EPSB.

For more information:
Boston College Research partner site: www.bc.edu/efe
e-Learning Kentucky office: elearningkyinquiry@education.ky.gov
1-866-432-0008 ext. 4540 or 4541; 1-502-564-4772 ext. 4540 or 4541
To sign up: www.bc.edu/efe. Look for the red box.

Updated May 16, 2007
Posted February 9, 2007

NCTM is now offering expanded topics in its popular E-Workshop series.

Gather your colleagues at your school for the workshop to share ideas among yourselves while sharing with fellow teachers around the globe. For only $95 per computer hook up, one site license will allow your group to get together in one room and join in via computer and speakerphone with other groups of teachers like you. 

These E-Workshops provide an interactive overview of grade-band specific expectations as defined in NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Using selected activities from NCTM’s Navigations series and NCTM’s journals, the E-Workshops will provide insights into ways of using these materials in the classroom. 

Registration fee of $95.00 includes one computer sign in for your entire group. This allows the group to gather in one room and discuss the ideas and how they can be implemented across the board, not just in one teacher's classroom.

Visit nctm.org/eworkshops (news.nctm.org/t.aspx?n=45&l=279for a full list of the E-Workshops, including the 2008 dates! 

Available fall 2007 E-Workshops (see below for full descriptions):

Date

Time

(pm in ET)

Grade Band

Topic

Workshop Leader

Initial

Follow-up

Sept. 25
(http:/news.nctm.org/t.aspx?n=45&l=231)

Oct. 16

4:00-5:30

9-12

Reasoning with Data & Probability (http:/news.nctm.org/t.aspx?n=45&l=231)

Fred Dillon

Nov. 1

7:00-8:30

6-8

Jen Seay

Nov. 13

7:00-8:30

9-12

Fred Dillon

Nov. 14

4:00-5:30

PK-2

Emily Hendricks

Dec. 5

4:00-5:30

3-5

Ellie Ennis

Jan. 17

7:00-8:30

PK-2

Wendy Schudmak

Jan. 31

7:00-8:30

3-5

Wendy Schudmak




Click on date or title to register. Registration Fee: $95.00 for one site connection* 

*Registration includes one Internet and phone connection to the live program and one electronic copy of the activities for classroom implementation, as well as participation in a follow-up session. In order to participate in the E-Workshop, you will need an Internet connection (must be a connection speed of 56k or faster) for the visual component AND a separate telephone line for the audio component. All U.S. and Canadian participants will be provided with a toll-free phone number. A phone surcharge will be added for International participants. Please click here for a list of specific system requirements. 

Registration is limited and the E-Workshops will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All registrations are final. Once processed, registration fees for the E-Workshop.  If you have questions, email e-learning@nctm.org

E-Workshop Descriptions: 

Reasoning with Data and Probability

This is the 2007-08 Professional Development Focus of the Year.Explore ideas of mathematical reasoning with data and probability as defined in NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. These pairs of 90-minute E-Workshops will offer investigations of concepts within the data analysis and probability standard and provide activities for classroom implementation. Where appropriate, E-Workshops include references to Curriculum Focal Points and highlight instructional strategies that will foster student understanding of the Data Focal Point. Methods of data collection, statistical analysis, evaluation, and understanding and application of probability will be explored using several instructional approaches, including utilization of virtual manipulatives. 

Implementing the Algebra Standard

Gain an interactive overview of the algebra expectations as defined in NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. These pairs of 90-minute E-workshops will offer approaches and techniques for integrating algebraic concepts in the classroom and provide activities for classroom implementation. Where appropriate, E-Workshops include references to Curriculum Focal Points and highlight instructional strategies that will foster student understanding of the Algebra Focal Point. Patterns, representations, modeling, and analysis of change will be explored using a variety of formats, including utilization of virtual manipulatives. 

Geometric Thinking

Gain an interactive overview of the geometry expectations as defined in NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. These pairs of 90-minute E-Workshops will offer approaches and techniques for integrating geometric concepts in the classroom and provide activities for classroom implementation. Where appropriate, E-Workshops include references to Curriculum Focal Points and highlight instructional strategies that will foster student understanding of the Geometry Focal Point. The activities included will promote student understanding of shapes, spatial relationships, transformations, and visualization, using resources that will enable connections among geometric properties and theorems.

Posted August 21, 2007