Fighting the mathematics blues... with a museum?

  • In case you missed it, the Alliance for
    Excellent Education recently held a webinar discussing the results of the National
    Assessment Governing Board (NAGB)’s 2009 National Assessment of Educational
    Progress (NAEP) High School Transcript Study, America’s High School Graduates.
    Discussants included NAGB chairman David Driscoll and Jack Buckley,
    Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics. A video of the
    webinar is available here.
  • The one-teacher-per-classroom model does not fit
    all, says the Center for American Progress in its latest study, Beyond Classroom Walls: Developing
    Innovative Work Roles for Teachers
    . The study examines two school
    systems in which teachers’ strengths are maximized through block scheduling,
    peer mentoring, delegation of role learning tasks, and other similar methods of
    improving student learning via teacher specialization.
  • Wondering what implementation of the Common Core
    standards will look like in reality? Hillcrest High School in Queens, New York
    City, is trying the standards out through a pilot program, writes
    the New York Times, and is seeing its
    teachers make significant changes in their teaching methods as a result.
  • Bored with math? Glen Whitney, entrepreneur and
    former hedge-fund quantitative analyst, believes he is creating a cure for the
    mathematics blues: MoMath, a museum that
    focuses on the intersections of math and art. Weighing in at $30 million, the
    project is no small investment, says
    Education Week, but Whitney hopes the
    museum will help children understand that math can be understandable and even