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  • July 23, 2015

    What Happens When Teachers Have Time to Reflect?

    What happens when teachers have time to reflect? Look here for a visualization that sheds some light on this question. This visualization was developed with teacher interview data collected in 2013 as part of a curriculum implementation research study funded by the National Science Foundation. The purpose of this study was to describe and explain similarities and differences in how and why teachers across different settings used and adapted the instructional materials from the Everyday Mathematics (EM) curriculum program.

    In the Spring of 2013, we interviewed a sample of 75 K-5 teachers from four school districts who had been using Everyday Mathematics district-wide for 5 or more years. We were interested in identifying the most important influences affecting why and to what extent these teachers used, or did not use, the various tools, activities, materials, and teaching strategies that were part of EM.

    The interviews began and ended by asking teachers to mention some of the main things that influence how they use EM on a day-to-day basis. In between, interviewers guided teachers through a 45-minute semi-structured conversation asking teachers to reflect on the multiple influences on their teaching practice. Across interviews, the teachers identified multiple influences, ranging from EM design features, to school and district policies, to state standards, to student characteristics, to individual characteristics of the teachers themselves.

    All teachers shared a unique story of learning, using, and adapting the EM materials to meet their students’ needs. The resulting visualization displays all influences identified by all teachers before and after the interview, in response to the first and last question. After having the opportunity to reflect, many teachers reported different influences at the end of the interview compared to the beginning. Depicting this data illuminates the complexities of curriculum use and highlights the need to attend to both the individual and the context in designing ongoing professional learning opportunities for teachers.

    To learn more about implementation research, please visit our website here.

    For questions about this study or for more information, please contact Amy Cassata, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator) at acassata@uchicago.edu.

  • July 21, 2015

    New Learning Gallery!

    A new gallery to deepen teacher's understanding of the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices(SMPs) has been added to the Learning Galleries.

    When you go to the Resources page on the VLC, you will notice a feature called Learning Galleries. These galleries make it easier for you to find resources on hot-button topics for EM teachers.

    In addition to the Standards for Mathematical Practice gallery, you can check out a gallery introducing the fourth edition of EM, or a gallery explaining a unique professional development practice called Collaborative Coaching.

    Check out these galleries--and suggest more that we might put up! And check back for new galleries on assessment and differentiation, coming soon!

  • June 17, 2015

    UCSMP Secondary Textbooks Are Now Available

    The University of Chicago has reacquired the publishing rights for the entire line of UCSMP secondary textbooks, which are now being offered through UChicagoSolutions. You will find information for ordering these popular and proven textbooks by clicking here. Additional information can be found at http://ucsmp.uchicago.edu/secondary/overview/.

  • April 8, 2015

    Free Summer Math Courses for Teachers: University of Chicago Polk Bros. Mathematics Program

    The Polk Brother Mathematics Program at the University of Chicago is offering free classes to CPS teachers or for a small fee to teachers out of network. See here for more information.

  • January 28, 2015

    Learning Galleries!

    When you go to the Resources page on the VLC, you will notice a new feature called Learning Galleries. These galleries make it easier for you to find resources on hot-button topics for EM teachers.

    Right now, you can check out a gallery introducing the fourth edition of EM or a gallery explaining a unique professional development practice called Collaborative Coaching.

    Check out these galleries--and suggest more that we might put up! And check back for new galleries on assessment and differentiation, coming soon!

  • September 4, 2014

    Attention EM4 Users

    If you are a user of the new fourth edition of Everyday Mathematics, you may wish to join two VLC groups:

    The Everyday Mathematics 4 (2014-2015) group: http://vlc.cemseprojects.org/groups/1122

    The EM4 Digital Users Group: http://vlc.cemseprojects.org/groups/1192

    These groups will allow you to ask questions that arise as you implement the new edition and to get answers quickly from EM4 authors and staff.

    The EM4 Digital Users Group also has "Quick Start Guides" for new users. You can also click on the Resources tab and search for "EM4 Digital Quick Start Guides".

  • July 15, 2014

    Everyday Mathematics Online Professional Development

    If you are new to Everyday Mathematics or just want to learn more, please check out our online professional development page. We offer several targeted, self-paced courses for a nominal fee.

    Please visit Online PD for more information.

    Note that individuals can register right here on the VLC. Principals and other leaders can contact us if they want to purchase registrations in bulk for a number of teachers.

  • February 5, 2014

    Spanish RSA Booklets

    You asked--and we listened! We have posted Spanish-language RSA (Recognizing Student Achievement) booklets for all grades and units. Download them now!

    If you notice any mistakes in the translation or format, please let us know!

    And, of course, we still have RSA booklets in English for all grades, for both 3rd and CCSS editions.

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