Mathematics

Emma: Building Mathematical Structure in Kindergarten

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Paul Goldenberg has over 40 years of experience in K–12 mathematics curriculum development, research, and professional development. He leads a wide range of EDC projects that foster a love of and enthusiasm for mathematics in learners from early childhood through adulthood, and has taught self-contained elementary (Grades 2 and 4), middle and high school mathematics, and college and graduate school mathematics and psychology. This post is the third in a series in which Paul invites readers to take a look inside children's early mathematics thinking and learning. In the post, Paul shares a story about a surprising discovery he made while observing Emma, and challenges us with a question: "How can we run a school in a way that gives teachers the time and support to watch and listen actively and to recognize, understand, and help children build on the underlying mathematical ideas?"

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Ella in Kindergarten: Building on Strengths

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Paul Goldenberg has over 40 years of experience in K–12 mathematics curriculum development, research, and professional development. He leads a wide range of EDC projects that foster a love of and enthusiasm for mathematics in learners from early childhood through adulthood, and has taught self-contained elementary (Grades 2 and 4), middle and high school mathematics, and college and graduate school mathematics and psychology. In this post, part  of a series that invites readers to take a look inside children's early mathematics explorations and epiphanies, Paul discusses the rich mathematics learning that occurs when you follow children's leads and build upon their strengths. 

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EDC Studies Impact of Transition to Algebra Mathematics Course

Transition To Algebra Curriculum

A new four-year National Science Foundation-funded project is enabling EDC to research the impact of Transition to Algebra, a year-long mathematics course taken concurrently with Algebra I to provide additional support for students who are underprepared for Algebra.

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Oral and Written Mathematics: A Story from Kindergarten

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Paul Goldenberg has over 40 years of experience in K–12 mathematics curriculum development, research, and professional development. He leads a wide range of EDC projects that foster a love of and enthusiasm for mathematics in learners from early childhood through adulthood, and has taught self-contained elementary (Grades 2 and 4), middle and high school mathematics, and college and graduate school mathematics and psychology. In this post, the first in a series that will invite readers to take a look inside children's early mathematics explorations and epiphanies, Paul describes the connection between oral and written mathematics through the eyes of six-year-old Aaron.

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What Did Teaching Teach You?

Former teachers and current EDC staff members Kirsten Peterson, Rebecca Lewis, Tony Streit, and several others share what they learned in their classroom that they bring to their current work as instructional designers, project leaders, and professional developers.

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EDC Newsroom

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Wed, 10/05/2016

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Leana Nordstrom

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Leana Nordstrom

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Leana

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Nordstrom

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Leana Nordstrom brings a diverse set of communications and project management skills to an array of STEM education initiatives. Through her efforts, a broad range of projects advance their strategic plans and expand their public information outreach.

Nordstrom manages CADRE (Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education), the National Science Foundation (NSF) resource network for the Discovery Research PreK-12 Program. In this role, she oversees the project’s social media outreach and other communications, contributes to the project’s website content, and manages the logistical aspects of CADRE’s work.

As the communications lead for EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute (ODI), Nordstrom disseminates the work of ODI’s portfolio of projects through newsletters, a website, blogs, press releases, and social media. In addition, she heads up communications efforts for Science Fairs Under the ‘Scope, an NSF-funded project studying middle-school science fairs.

Since joining EDC in 2010, Nordstrom has contributed to cross-sector NSF-funded STEM forums (STEM Smart and Next Generation STEM Learning for All) and informal education (Exploring Trees and Ponds), research (Elementary Science Specialist Study), and professional development (Electronic Teacher Guide and NPASS2) initiatives.  

Before joining EDC, Nordstrom was a staff member at Public Interest GRFX, the in-house communications department for the Fund for Public Interest, and served as an Environmental Education Extension Agent in Senegal, West Africa for the Peace Corps.

Nordstrom has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

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Project Associate

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

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617-618-2767

Continuous Improvement in Education: What Is All the Buzz About?

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Sheila Rodriguez, an experienced researcher and evaluator, develops tools and provides technical assistance that enable state education agencies, districts, and schools to use data and current research to improve outcomes for students. She specializes in facilitating training for and providing coaching to state and district stakeholders on data-driven continuous improvement strategies, logic modeling, and program evaluation. Currently, she is a researcher for the REL Northeast & Islands at EDC, as well as an evaluator for the EDC-led Home Visiting Action Improvement Team (HV-ImpACT) initiative. On October 4, Sheila and her colleague Karen Shakman will present a free REL Northeast & Islands webinar, “A Practical Approach to Continuous Improvement in Education.” In this post, Sheila discusses continuous improvement and shares some of her recent work. 

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5 Math Games to Inspire Young Minds

This feature article spotlights the work of EDC's Games for Young Mathematicians project and describes five games that teachers and families can use to build young children's mathematics skills: "Playing math games with children—even ones that we adults perceive to be simple—can help spark important mathematical ideas,” says EDC’s Paul Goldenberg. “Even better, children love them.”

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EDC Newsroom

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Wed, 09/28/2016

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Debunking Myths about the Standards for Mathematical Practice

Thu, 09/01/2016

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Victor Mateas

This article, published in Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, aims to debunk five myths about the SMP and provide suggestions to help teachers align instruction to the SMP in ways that are productive, manageable, and true to the intentions of CCSSM.

Debunking Myths Standards for Mathematical Practice SMP

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