Message from CMC North President - April Goodman-Orcutt
In February, Rebecca Lewis, President-Elect for CMC-North, hosted a Leadership Conference for the Northern section in Santa Rosa. Tim Kanold conducted a full day of reflecting and working on our mission as affiliates and how we can grow and serve our members in a higher capacity. Almost all of our affiliates attended and we will be asking them to report out on their work in the interim at our May meeting in a couple of weeks. Board officers have agreed to support their local affiliates and attend events and meetings a few times a year. Some officers are traveling to attend affiliates outside of their area, in order to reach all affiliates. If you would like more information on your local affiliate you will find it here.
The theme for this year’s Asilomar conference is: Getting at the Core of Mathematical Practices. This year’s conference is being held on thesecond weekend in December: December 11-13, 2015. This is a one-time occurrence and we will be back to our first week in December for 2016. Speaker proposals are not being accepted at this time, but we are still accepting applications for exhibitors. You can find the application and information here. Please pass this information on to any interested parties or companies you think would be beneficial to our conference.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About the Common Core
Teachers are often asked questions about the Common Core by the parents of their students. It’s not easy being put on the spot to come up with good answers that will build parent support for your classroom instruction. Click here to download a set of frequently asked questions and answers about the Common Core you may find helpful when those questions come your way.
Digital Library Involvement Opportunity
The California Department of Education (CDE) is now accepting applications from California educators to join the Digital Library State Network of Educators (SNE). The SNE is a group of educators in Smarter Balanced member states who develop and review resources for the Digital Library. Participants must be available to complete 10-15 hours of self-paced online training, and must be prepared to begin developing resources, by mid-June 2015. The deadline for submitting the SNE application is Friday, May 22, 2015.
A link to the SNE application is available on the CDE Digital Library Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/diglib.asp. Questions should be directed to Jennifer Houle in the CDE Assessment Development and Administration Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Common Core Standards now California Standards
Read Tom Torklason's letter why he is now referring to "California Standards" rather than the Common Core Standards.
Mathematics Framework Chapters Update
Framework chapters are currently undergoing final editing and
graphic design in preparation for publication. As this work is completed,
chapters are being posted in a new and more user-friendly format. These
chapters are indicated by a 2015 posting date. As of the end of April, the
introduction and overview chapters and the grade-level chapters for
transitional kindergarten through grade seven have been posted in the new
format. The Grade 8 higher mathematics chapters and the other remaining
chapters and appendices of the Framework will follow. All of the chapters on
the CDE Mathematics Curriculum Framework Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ma/cf/draft2mathfwchapters.asp
Video to Introduce the
In collaboration with the California Comprehensive Center at
WestEd, the CDE has created a short video to introduce teachers and other
educators, as well as parents/guardians and community members, to the Mathematics Framework. This overview is