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Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2009
Ask a parent, politician, or school board member to describe the ideal qualifications of a math teacher, and most would probably rank having a college major in that subject high on the list. Yet when it comes to improving student learning in elementary and middle school, research shows that the value of that academic credential is limited--at…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics, Middle School Teachers, Majors (Students)
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2009
Three years after calling for a reordering of elementary and middle school math curricula, the nation's largest group of math teachers is urging a new approach to high school instruction, one that aims to build students' ability to choose and apply the most effective problem-solving techniques, in the classroom and in life. Cultivating those…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Problem Solving, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Student Relationship
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2008
A popular humorist and avowed mathphobe once declared that in real life, there's no such thing as algebra. Kathie Wilson knows better. Most of the students in her 8th grade class will be thrust into algebra, the definitive course that heralds the beginning of high school mathematics, next school year. The problem: Many of them are about three…
Descriptors: High Schools, Middle Schools, Textbooks, Graduation Requirements
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2008
As state and school leaders across the country push to have more students take algebra in 8th grade, a new study argues that middle schoolers struggling the most in math are being enrolled in that course despite being woefully unprepared. "The Misplaced Math Student: Lost in Eighth Grade Algebra," scheduled for release by the Brookings Institution…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Grade 8, Algebra, Low Achievement
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2008
The influence of a federal report calling for a more orderly approach to teaching mathematics in the early grades will hinge largely on whether its message is accepted by the nation's diverse and often fiercely divided math community. Released this week, the report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel recommends that schools present…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Teaching Methods, Advisory Committees, Change Strategies
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2008
Museums and cultural institutions have long provided a crucial resource for students and teachers in science classes. Many of those institutions consider working with schools to be a core part of their missions. This article describes Urban Advantage, one of the largest and most coordinated programs in the country which goes further than many…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Community Relationship, Cultural Centers, Museums
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2008
Lindsay E. Carlton has taught mathematics to students at different grades, with different ability levels. Now, the young educator's state wants to recognize her ability to work with one group in particular: 8th graders enrolled in introductory algebra. Carlton is one of many math educators across Arkansas who plan to acquire a new, unusual state…
Descriptors: Credentials, Grade 8, Algebra, Mathematics Teachers
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2007
Citizen Schools is an apprenticeship program offered outside school hours that seeks to build students' academic and leadership skills by connecting them with professionals from various fields. Launched in Boston in 1994, the program targets what some say is an underserved population in after-school education--middle school students--through a…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, After School Programs, Leadership Training, School Business Relationship
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2006
This article discusses the Bush administration's aim to improve mathematics education through a suggested reading model. The White House is focusing on research to shape how students across the country are taught the most basic mathematical concepts. This undertaking would be modeled on the government's action toward reading, which includes the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Educational Methods, Federal Government, Educational Research
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2006
More than 15 years after its publication of influential national standards in mathematics, a leading professional organization has unveiled new and more focused guidelines that describe the crucial skills and content students should master in that subject in elementary and middle school. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics released…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Academic Standards, National Standards, Elementary Education
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2006
The two city districts that made the greatest strides in math on the latest national assessment relied on similar strategies: building students' conceptual math skills and investing in professional development in that subject for elementary and middle school teachers. While administrators in Boston and San Diego say that many factors were at work…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Mathematics Education, Educational Strategies, Mathematical Concepts