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eNews July 2012 
Interim KCM Leadership     July 18, 2012

Welcome, Gina Foletta, Northern Kentucky University Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, who has been named as the KY Center for Mathematics Interim Executive Director.

 

New KCM Regional Coordinators     July 18, 2012
Farewell to Darlene Lotz and Wilma Rogers--you will be missed! Welcome, Beth Meiman, who will be coordinating the KCM's new preschool PD program and serving as Regional Coordinator for the Bowling Green region. Welcome, also, Becky Reister, who will be serving as the Regional Coordinator for Eastern KY University.

 

Jonathan Thomas is a STaR! (but you probably already knew that)     July 18, 2012
KCM Faculty Associate, Jonathan Thomas, has been selected to participate in the Service, Teacher, and Research (STaR) summer fellowship. Funded by the National Science Foundation,the STaR fellowship provides early-career mathematics education faculty members support in maximizing and coordinating robust research agendas and teaching practices. The 35 STaR fellows were selected from a national pool based on their scholarly record and recommendations from senior faculty members. Go, Jonathan!

 

KDE/MAF Personnel     July 18, 2012
Best wishes to KDE Mathematics Achievement Fund (MAF) Consultant Samantha Thomas who has accepted a position as an Educational Recovery Specialist. Until another consultant is hired, our MAF contact will be April Pieper. FYI, we expect the MAF District Assurance to be released in early August with instructions that it must be signed and returned to the KDE by August 31st.

 

2012 House Bill 69     July 18, 2012
was signed into Kentucky law by the Governor, April 11th: "AN ACT relating to early education assessment and intervention." Note the requirement for "district-wide use of a response-to-intervention system for students in grades kindergarten through grade 3... Evidence of implementation shall be submitted by the district to the department for mathematics by August 1, 2014..." Mathematics intervention teachers are leading the way!

 

Fluency and Response to Intervention in Mathematics     July 18, 2012
Speaking of response-to-intervention, Kentucky's Committee for Mathematics Achievement has adopted a position statement with advice for policy-makers on the meaning of fluency as intended in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and on the professional development and resources critical for growing teachers' abilities to develop fluency in their students.

 

Timed Tests?     July 18, 2012
Also, regarding the development of mathematical fluency, you may find the article by Joan Boaler very interesting.

 

The Kentucky Numeracy Project     July 18, 2012
Check out the cool new multiplication task groups and virtual demonstrations on the KNP resource page! The latest KNP Intervention Guide spreadsheet includes these newest task groups and it has been converted into a soon-to-be-live database, allowing teachers to search for differentiated lessons: by task group; Add+Vantage MR strands/levels; Common Core Standards; Fluency Benchmarks; or settings. The next phase of the programming will involve work toward providing teacher interface and graphing of student progress while piloting the new KNP Fluency Assessments.

 

Adult Education     July 18, 2012
In May 2012, the KET (Kentucky Educational Television) recruited the KCM to assist in producing, "Math Prep GED," supporting adults in preparing for the new test to be released in January 2014 by the Graduate Equivalency Diploma Testing Service. The KCM is contributing to the project by creating online, multimedia course material and consulting on the overall process and course outcomes.

 

Professional Development     July 18, 2012
Please consider joing us for an upcoming event, listed on the KCM Growth Opportunities webpage. Recently added was: the SNAP (Student Numeracy Assessment Progressions) course for teachers and teaching assistants of k/1 students and Improving Mathematics Learning for Students with Disabilities; Algebraic Thinking, Equations, and Expression s (Grades 6-8). Note that, due to potential grant funding (yeah!), the start dates of all sections of the Mathematics Response to Intervention (MaRTI) Network have been postponed until after November 1st. Stay tuned for more details on how to become a partner in the KCM's grant application process for MaRTI. New MITs, be sure to register today, if you have not already done so, for either the KY Numeracy Project Intensive Course or the Math Recovery Intervention Specialist Course!