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  • January 7, 2016

    Calling All Teachers Who Have Students with Learning Differences!

    A team here at the University of Chicago is developing an online tool for supporting parents, teachers, and schools working to help kids with learning differences (specifically, autism, ADHD and dyslexia) learn elementary mathematics. This team would like to chat with interested teachers about what features they would like to see in such a tool and how they might use it.

    If you are interested in talking with this team, please sign up. The team will contact you shortly to schedule a conversation.

    Teachers in Newark and New York, please reply as soon as possible as the team will be in the area early next week.

  • January 5, 2016

    New Learning Gallery on Goal Setting!

    A new gallery, Developing School Goals and Plans for Mathematics, has been posted. This gallery contains resources that will help mathematics leaders—be they teachers, administrators, coaches, or others—create and implement high-quality goals for mathematics instruction and learning.

    We hope you enjoy this learning gallery and the other galleries of resources we provide.

  • December 15, 2015

    McGraw-Hill Education is Looking for Interested EM Teachers! Become an EM Per Diem Trainer

    EM Educators,

    McGraw-Hill Education is looking for EM teachers who are interested in becoming per diem trainers for the program. Consider sharing your knowledge of EM with fellow teachers through implementation training and more. McGraw-Hill will train you and provide the outlines! Please contact Beth Minor at Dorothy.minor@mheducation.com for additional information. We are especially interested in acquiring new trainers in California and the western region but welcome all interested teachers.

  • November 17, 2015

    Everyday Mathematics 4 Home Link Support

    The Everyday Mathematics 4 Home Links for all units, Grades K-6, are now posted to The University of Chicago Everyday Mathematics website at http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/parents/ Please share this link with parents.

  • November 16, 2015

    An EM4 Journey Takes on Fractions!

    In her latest post, an EM4 Journey teacher discussed how she used fraction circle pieces in the classroom. Check out the video of fraction circle pieces in action, and add your own thoughts on the challenges of teaching fractions.

  • November 10, 2015

    Reminder: Free EM4 Webinars!

    Just a reminder that we are offering FREE unit planning webinars for Grades 3 to 6 throughout the school year. Click on your grade below for more information:

    Grade 3

    Grade 4

    Grade 5

    Grade 6

    If you've registered for a previous webinar, please note that you need to register again for the upcoming webinars in order to receive the link to attend. We are changing web-conferencing tools, so the old links will not work anymore.

  • October 30, 2015

    An EM4 Journey Continues!

    We hope you all are following this group as two teachers share things they are learning as they teach EM4.

    Join the ongoing discussion of issues that arise from their practice, such as implementing Quick Looks and helping kids make sense of their answers.

  • October 28, 2015

    Reminder: Opportunity to Share Your EM Success Stories

    The Everyday Mathematics publisher, McGraw-Hill Education, wants to hear about your success. Have scores in your class, school or district gone up since you’ve been using the program? Have you seen your students becoming more engaged and excited about learning math? McGraw-Hill would love to hear from you.

    If you’d like to talk to McGraw-Hill Education staff members about your success, please sign up here.

    [NOTE: VLC staff are passing along this opportunity on behalf of McGraw-Hill Education, but please note that we do NOT share your contact information with external parties, including McGraw-Hill Education, without your explicit permission to do so. This is why we are asking you to register.]

  • October 16, 2015

    Follow an EM4 Journey!

    This fall, two Everyday Mathematics4 teachers will be sharing their journey with the curriculum right here on the VLC. Join this group to follow their journey and to discuss key issues in the implementation of EM4.

    First topic: Best practices for using the writing and reasoning Math Boxes!

  • August 27, 2015

    EM4 Webinars!

    Attention EM4 teachers! We are offering FREE unit planning webinars for Grades 3 to 6 throughout the school year. EM4 authors at the University of Chicago will walk you through each unit and allow you to plan and ask questions.

    Register today if you wish to attend. Click on your grade for more information:

    Grade 3

    Grade 4

    Grade 5

    Grade 6

    Unit planning webinars for Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2 were held last year. You can find recordings of those webinars on the VLC Resources page.

  • 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/.

  • 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.

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Upcoming Events

  • EM4 Unit Planning Webinars - Grade 3

    Please join us for Everyday Mathematics4 unit planning webinars. Click here to browse the available sessions. The webinars are free but limited to 100 participants.

    • Feb. 22

      4:00 to 5:30 p.m. CST

      EM4 Grade 3, Unit 6.

    • Mar. 21

      4:00 to 5:30 p.m. CST

      EM4 Grade 3, Unit 7.

    • Apr. 4

      4:00 to 5:30 p.m. CST

      EM4 Grade 3, Unit 8.

  • EM4 Unit Planning Webinars - Grade 4

    Please join us for Everyday Mathematics4 unit planning webinars. Click here to browse the available sessions. The webinars are free but limited to 100 participants.

    • Feb. 23

      4:00 to 5:30 p.m. CST

      EM4 Grade 4, Unit 6.

    • Mar. 22

      4:00 to 5:30 p.m. CST

      EM4 Grade 4, Unit 7.

    • Apr. 5

      4:00 to 5:30 p.m. CST

      EM4 Grade 4, Unit 8.

  • EM4 Unit Planning Webinars - Grade 5

    Please join us for Everyday Mathematics4 unit planning webinars. Click here to browse the available sessions. The webinars are free but limited to 100 participants.

    • Feb. 25

      4:00 to 5:30 p.m. CST

      EM4 Grade 5, Unit 6.

    • Mar. 24

      4:00 to 5:30 p.m. CST

      EM4 Grade 5, Unit 7.

    • Apr. 7

      4:00 to 5:30 p.m. CST

      EM4 Grade 5, Unit 8.

  • EM4 Unit Planning Webinars - Grade 6

    Please join us for Everyday Mathematics4 unit planning webinars. Click here to browse the available sessions. The webinars are free but limited to 100 participants.

    • Feb. 24

      4:00 to 5:30 p.m. CST

      EM4 Grade 6, Unit 6.

    • Mar. 23

      4:00 to 5:30 p.m. CST

      EM4 Grade 6, Unit 7.

    • Apr. 6

      4:00 to 5:30 p.m. CST

      EM4 Grade 6, Unit 8.

Thread of the Week

Grading End of Unit Assessments

Has anyone created a rubric or system for a giving an overall grade/or score to End of Unit assessments? In first grade our team is trying to figure out how to share a score with families beyond Meets or Doesn't Meet. We would also like to be able to translate students' performance into something for report card use.

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