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February 5, 2016 9:22 am - By in Math Learning

9 great African-American mathematicians that changed the world

1. Benjamin Banneker Source: Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Benjamin Banneker, born in 1731 and a descendent of African slaves, was a self-taught scientist, mathematician, farmer, astronomer, urban planner—you name it! In 1792, Banneker published the first of eight almanacs, based on…

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January 29, 2016 3:36 pm - By in Blogs, Professional Development

Professional Development Grants for Teachers

One of the goals of 21st century educators is to inspire students to be lifelong learners, and they should also be passionate lifelong learners themselves. And it makes sense: things are changing at an ever-increasing rate both in terms of…

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December 8, 2015 6:54 pm - By in Teacher Tips and Activities

Teacher Tip: Fight the Third Quarter Slump

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we can start our final countdown to the holiday break, which gives us teachers time to unwind, relax, and rejuvenate ourselves for the new semester. In my experience, the third quarter is always a…

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November 24, 2015 9:27 am - By in STEM

Girls + Math = More STEM Women

There’s no doubt that when it comes to women in STEM careers, there is a wide gender gap. According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Commerce, although women fill close to half of all jobs in the…

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November 19, 2015 9:49 am - By in Blogs, STEM

Teacher’s Perspective: Gender Equality in the Middle-School Classroom and Empowering Girls to Shoot for the STEM Stars

As I reflect upon how I ran my own math classroom, I start examining the difference between the girls and boys in middle school, and more importantly, how I approached them. I would like to say I treated all of…

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November 18, 2015 9:58 pm - By in Blogs, Data-Driven Classroom

Cultivating “Data Literacy” to Accelerate Math Achievement

A school district can have a vision for data use and the technology infrastructure to support data-driven decision-making, but if the staff lacks “data literacy”—the knowledge, skills, and capacity to use data effectively—the whole enterprise will be working in an…

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November 9, 2015 8:08 pm - By in Blogs, Math Minded

71 Math-tastic Jobs for Math Majors

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) forecasts a whopping 22 percent employment growth for mathematicians from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all other occupations. The BLS reports that a person with a PhD,…

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November 3, 2015 12:27 pm - By in Blogs, DreamBox News

Women and Math: Why We Need to Create Greater Equity, Access, and Support

One of the major efforts of The White House Council on Women and Girls is to engage girls in STEM, and I endorse the effort. As Michelle Obama has noted, “If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of…

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October 27, 2015 12:32 am - By in Blogs, Teacher Tips and Activities

17 Spooktacular Math Activities for Fall

1. Eyeball Estimation Fill three to five jars with slimy peeled grapes (or rubber balls), add a little red, purple, or orange food coloring, and ask students to estimate how many “eyeballs” are in each jar. For older students, have…

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