SEDL Monthly: An e-bulletin of SEDL / October 2012 /

 

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SEDL Wins Contracts for Southeast and Texas Comprehensive Centers
SEDL has obtained $8 million in funding for innovative technical assistance and school improvement work in six states. The awards to serve as the Texas and Southeast Comprehensive Centers will enable SEDL to collaborate with education leaders to address challenges such as college and career readiness, teacher evaluation systems, Common Core State Standards, and improvement efforts for low-performing schools. Read more.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
We're Looking for Cancer Survivors to Complete a 15-Minute Survey
Have you ever been treated for cancer? If so, researchers from SEDL would like to invite you to take a survey. The purpose of the study is to document the employment-related needs of people with cancer. We will use our findings to help employers, healthcare providers, and other people with cancer to be more aware of cancer survivors’ employment-related needs and how to address them. All personal data collected from participants is confidential, and NO employers will be identified in published reports.

Please e-mail dbtac@sedl.org or call 1-800-476-6861 and ask for Kathleen Murphy. All participants are offered a Target gift card.

Join Our Study
Has your state adopted the Common Core State Standards? Schools or districts that join our effectiveness study will receive free reading or math materials aligned with the new standards. Learn more.

Visit SEDL's library of free resources on the SEDL website.

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Making Math Meaningful
The Problem with Math Is English: A Language-Focused Approach to Help Students Develop a Deeper Understanding of Mathematics

Has this happened to you? A student solves a math problem but cannot explain how he or she reached the correct answer. For teachers, helping students make the leap to truly understanding a mathematical concept can be challenging. What if teachers took a different approach? What if they looked at math from a different perspective and didn’t see the subject as just numbers and procedures?

That’s what SEDL program associate ConcepciĆ³n Molina suggests in his new book, The Problem With Math Is English: A Language-Focused Approach to Helping All Students Develop a Deeper Understanding of Mathematics.

Read more.

Tips and Tools
Free Resources

Secondary School Content-Area Literacy
Instruction around adolescent literacy, or content-area literacy, is fundamental to building the kind of secondary schools that are necessary to support the nation’s social and economic health. The challenge is to connect literacy instruction to the rest of the secondary education improvement agenda. A recent briefing paper from the Texas Comprehensive Center explores how content-area teachers can develop students’ subject-specific reading skills.

Read the briefing paper.

Common Core State Standards Video Series: Mathematics
SEDL’s Southeast Comprehensive Center is collaborating with the states in its region to develop a series of videos designed to support states, schools, and teachers in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in mathematics. Each video clarifies the meaning of one specific standard and includes examples or illustrations to enhance understanding.

Watch the videos.

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