## Posts in category Social Justice or Math?

# Liu: Dwyer’s statement should n...

Photo by Meg Learson Grosso From left, Board of Education members, Perry Liu, John Convertito and Jennifer Kennelly. By Meg Learson Grosso
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Fairfield Board of Education member Perry Liu has said that Phil Dwyer’s opinion piece, which ran in this newspaper last week, was “grossly inappropriate, [...]

# Settlement in Fairfield Schools book ...

Board of Education members, include Vice Chairwoman Pam Iacono and Chairman Philip Dwyer, met briefly in public session Wednesday — after closed-door discussions — to approve proposed settlement of a complaint filed against school officials over the use of a “pilot” Algebra text in the last school year. FAIRFIELD CITI [...]

# Editorial:How can school board justif...

Any time members of a town board want to go behind closed doors to discuss the public’s business, the public should pay close attention.
And it’s time to pay close attention to the Fairfield Board of Education. (scroll down for comment section)
The board remains mired in a controversy involving the use this school year [...]

# CT State Board of Education Finds Cau...

Core Connections CPM Algebra 1 Textbook
On April 24th, the State’s investigation into the complaint that Fairfield changed its Algebra 1 textbook without Board of Education (BOE) approval concluded that the “Fairfield Board failed to vote on the change of textbook for Algebra I classes, as required by C.G.S. Section 10-229.”
On Jun [...]

# Chinese 3rd Graders Falling Behind US...

CHESTNUT HILL, MA—According to an alarming new report published Wednesday by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, third-graders in China are beginning to lag behind U.S. high school students in math and science.
The study, based on exam scores from thousands of students in 63 participating countries, co [...]

# U.S. Students Still Lag Globally in M...

December 11, 2012 – NY Times
By MOTOKO RICH Clich here for link
Fourth- and eighth-grade students in the United States continue to lag behind students in several East Asian countries and some European nations in math and science, although American fourth graders are closer to the top performers in reading, according to test results r [...]

# DEATH of MATH

= Death of Math
There is a very good reason that there are so many charter schools in Alpine School District that use Saxon math. Thousands of parents fled the district starting around 2001 when the district wouldn’t listen to them that Investigations math was a disaster.
The district’s mantra was “all the studies show this is the best way [...]

# Will Common Core put an end to Math W...

EN: Will the Common Core put an end to what has sometimes been termed the “math wars”? In your view, do the math standards resemble those recommended by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and what do you make of that similarity (or lack thereof)?
WSW: The end of the math wars! You must be joking.
There will always be peop [...]

# Drop in % Completing CPM courses in S...

In the NY Times Sunday Review (February 2, 2013) “The Boys at the Back” , there arises the question as to why boys score as well as or better than girls on most standardized test, but are far less likely to get good grades in school, take advanced classes or attend college.
Similar articles, also point out the underachievement of [...]

# Rotten to the Core: Reader Feedback f...

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I have more installments of my Rotten to the Core series on the federalized national curriculum “standards” coming next week. (See parts one and twohere and here.) In the meantime, I’m sharing several of the e-mails pouring in from teachers, parents, and activists across the country who are fighting this juggernaut acr [...]

# After Implementing CPM in Mansfield A...

Mansfield School District piloted CPM (College Preparatory Mathematics) in 8th Grade Algebra I classes last year, yet scores did not improve.
Actually 8th grade CMT scores dropped in MATH for % AT/ABOVE Goal!
Hooray! CMT scores arrive- BUT are our kids stupide and WHO DO WE FIRE?
From September to March, Connecticut students practiced for the [...]

# Do We Need a New Way to Teach Math?

IMP (Interactive Math Program) is very similar to CPM (College Preparatory Mathematics). These Math Programs were used in the Railside Study. Click here.
Click here for “Do We Need a New Way to Teach Math?” and read the student comments about IMP program. Students (Jose M., Camila, Isabella, Carolina…) who studied under t [...]

# How Did the CPM “New Instructio...

CCLM is dedicated to supporting the development of all leaders of mathematics education.
What are the mathematic views/philosophy of the CCLM organization ?
Walter Wakeman ,the Math Elementary Curriculum Leader in Fairfield for at least 10 years, is the President of the CCLM.
Megan Staples is the University Representative of the CCLM
John Ke [...]

# Equitable Teaching Methods in the Mat...

Jo Boaler and Megan Staples reflect on the Railside Case Study. Read more…
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# Jo Boaler- Setting by Ability Does No...

According to her study in England Jo Boaler states setting by ability does not work
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# What’s Math Got To Do With It?

Jo Boaler’s opinions on Math in the Classroom.Mathematics in the “classrooms influence, to a high and regrettable degree, the confidence students have in their own intelligence. This is unfortunate both because math classrooms often treat children harshly, …..”
The 2004 controversial Railside Research Study (San Lore [...]

# CPM = Social Responsibility in Math C...

CPM teaches Social Responsibility in Math Class.
“Cooperative learning teams are successful only when every member has learned the material or has helped with and understood the assignment, It is important to emphasize and evaluate individual learning in MATH so team members can appropriately support and help one another. ” Word [...]

# Complex Instruction = CPM Instruction...

Learn more about the CPM instructional Model for Mathematics in our district. Two Professors Jo Boaler & Megan Staples mentions the CPM teaching model was used in their Railside Study.
Megan Staples has observed several Algebra I Math Classes in our district to ensure proper implementation of this new teaching method also called COMPLEX [...]

# Fairfield Secondary Math Presentation...

Fairfield Secondary Math Night Presentation used the following slide to prompt the new math program CPM (College Preparatory Mathematics) which is currently being implemented in all Algebra I classes across the district this year.
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# Promoting Student Detracked, Heteroge...

Megan Staples, UConn Prof/Researcher, has observed Math Classes in Fairfield to ensure proper implementation of our “NEW INSTRUCTIONAL CPM TEACHING MODEL” which uses the same guiding principles as “complex instruction”
Detracking and heterogeneous groupwork are two educational practices that have been shown to hav [...]

# Jo Boaler & Megan Staples –...

“The low and inequitable mathematics performance of students in urban American High Schools has been identified as a critical issue contributing to societal inequities. In an effort to better the field’s understanding of equitable and successful teaching, we report results from a four-year longitudinal study “- Railside Stu [...]

# CPM = Complex Instruction = Railside ...

College Preparatory Mathematics is built on the guiding principles of “Complex Instruction” ;an instructional method designed to make group work more effective as well as to promote equity in the classroom with the purpose of countering social and academic status differences in the classroom (Boaler, 2009).
The central part of CPM and CI ( [...]

# Jo Boaler’s Railside Study: The...

In the Jo Boaler’s Railside Study San Lorenzo HS dedicated itself to complex instruction (guiding principles of CPM), heterogeneous grouping, problem-based integrated math.
Boaler should not assert that San Lorenzo High is outperforming the other two shcools based on Freshman Algebra scores for many reasons- two being;
1) The freshman a [...]

# A Closer Examination of Boaler’...

The study followed the cohort of students at each school that started ninth grade in 2000, used a non-standard set of four tests, interviews, and a number of group projects to determing the mathematical competency of these students. The students at the two of the schools were said to have been taught mathematics using mainly “traditiona [...]

# Who is Jo Boaler? What is the Railsid...

The Railside Study dedicated itself to using College Preparatory Math (CPM) and IMP/other reform math at San Lorenzo HS. Jo Boaler, a Standord professor, conducted a longitudinal study of three schools that’ widely known as the Railside paper. She presented the results to a standing room only crowd at the National Meeting of NCMT in [...]

## Who decided what when? Math text cont...