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Middle Grades Math: Why Algebra Matters & How Technology Can Help – Presentations of Digital Tools

Mike Cassidy, Columnist, San Jose Mercury News (Moderator)
Mike Cassidy is a columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. His column looks at the entrepreneurship, diversity and risk-taking that make the valley a place like few others in the world. He has regularly written about the intersection of technology and education.

Agile Mind (Presentation)
Agile Mind uses technology to help transform engagement, achieve-ment and persistence in mathematics among adolescent learners and to build teacher effectiveness and satisfaction, by integrating professional development, curriculum, formative assessment, test prep, assignments, and data analytics and reporting into one cohesive online system. www.agilemind.com

ALEKS (Presentation)
ALEKS is a web-based mathematics program that provides personalized assessment and learning for grades 3-12. Using artificial intelligence and adaptive questioning, ALEKS assesses a student’s knowledge and delivers instruction on the exact topics the student is most ready to learn. www.aleks.com

CFY (Presentation)
As a national nonprofit, CFY helps low-income students, together with their teachers and families, harness the power of digital learning to improve educational outcomes. CFY pursues this mission through the combination of!its K-12 learning platform, PowerMyLearning.com, and!its direct service initiative, the CFY Digital Learning Program. http://cfy.org

CK-12 Foundation (Presentation)
s a non-profit organization, the CK-12 Foundation’s mission is to produce free and open source K-12 materials aligned to state curriculum standards and customized to meet student and teacher needs. Current offerings include FlexBooks® digital textbooks, an SAT prep site, and an interactive Algebra I curriculum. www.ck12.org

Edmodo (Presentation)
Offered as a free and ssecure social slearning network fffor teachers, students and schools, Edmodo provides classrooms a safe and easy way to connect and collaborate, offering a real-time platform to exchange ideas, share content and access home-work, grades and school notices. www.edmodo.com

Key Curriculum Press (www.keypress.com/gsp, www.keypress.com/tinkerplots)
Key Curriculum Press strives to engage students with effective mathematics software and curriculum, support teachers with high quality professional development and advocate for excellence and equity in education. The dynamic environments of Sketchpad and TinkerPlots enable students to visualize and explore mathematical relationships and data. www.keypress.com

Mathalicious (Presentation)
Mathalicious provides teachers with materials that allow them to teach math using real-world topics. Lessons are aligned to Common Core standards and explore everything from the NBA to the iPad to the odds of finding life on other planets. www.mathalicious.com

Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE) (Presentation)
As a non-profit organization, the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education is committed to improving access to education through research, collaborative development and online distribution of media-rich, curricular digital resources. MITE’s cornerstone projects are the!National Repository of Online Courses, HippoCampus.org and Algebra 1—An Open Course. www.nrocmath.org

Motion Math (Presentation)
Motion Math creates fun learning games that let kids play with numbers. We turn screen time into learning time. !We’re creating mobile math game suites that are rigorously educational, stylish and awesomely fun. Our latest application is Motion Math: Hungry Fish. www.motionmathgames.com

World Wide Workshop (World Wide Workshop Foundation, Students Excel as Teachers, Understanding Mathematics)
World Wide Workshop develops applications for learning with technology that combine game mechanics and social networking to empower youth to be inventors and leaders in the global knowledge economy. Globaloria is a rigorous turn-key instructional solution for STEM learning, teaching students how to create educational webgames and interactive simulations. Our programs transform education by connecting youth to learning, community engagement and economic development through game production. www.worldwideworkshop.org

Middle Grades Math: Why Algebra Matters & How Technology Can Help – Tarkan Maner

Keynote Address – Tarkan Maner, President & CEO, Wyse Technology
Mr. Maner is President and CEO of Wyse Technology, the global leader in cloud client computing. He is one of the leading IT visionaries evangelizing the economic, social and technology benefits of social media, IT mobility and cloud computing. His leadership in technology innovation, customer and partner intimacy/advocacy and operational excellence has been crucial to the company’s growth, profitability and industry leadership. Mr. Maner joined Wyse in 2005 as chief marketing officer and served as president of worldwide field operations. !Previously, he led marketing, product management, business development and strategic alliance initiatives at Computer Associates and IBM. Mr. Maner received a bachelor’s degree in engineering management from Istanbul Technical University in Turkey, earned an MBA from Midwestern State University and participated in the AMP program at Harvard Business School.! He serves on the board of several innovative IT startups, Silicon Valley Leadership Group and TechAmerica Foundation’s State and Local Government Cloud Commission.

Middle Grades Math: Why Algebra Matters & How Technology Can Help – Access/Equity Panel

Dr. Tony Monreal, Porterville Unified School District (Moderator)
Tony serves as an Assistant Superintendent for the Porterville Unified School District. Previously, he was the Deputy Superintendent for the CA Department of Education under Jack O’Connell. Throughout his career as an educator, Tony has served as a counselor, teacher, assistant principal, principal and superintendent for various districts in the public, private and charter environments.

Manny Barbara, Silicon Valley Education Foundation
Manny is Vice President of Advocacy and Thought Leadership at Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Previously, he served for ten years as Superintendent of the Oak Grove School District. Manny has an M.S. in Applied Psychology from San Jose State University and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Educational Leadership at that university.
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Courtney Cadwell, Teacher, Los Altos School District
Over the past 17 years in education, Courtney has worked as a classroom teacher, curriculum writer, teaching mentor and currently serves as a Math Coach at the Los Altos School District. Courtney earned degrees from the University of Texas, Dallas Theological Seminary and Vanderbilt University.

John Danner, Rocketship Education
John!is the CEO/co-founder of Rocketship Education, the leading public school system for low-income elementary students. John’s prior experience includes Chairman of the Charter School Resource Center in TN, founding director of KIPP Academy Nashville, co-founder of San Jose’s Sacred Heart Nativity School and co-founder/CEO NetGravity.

Dr. Matt Rosin, EdSource
As Senior Research Associate at EdSource, much of Matt’s recent work has focused on the middle grades through community college, with regular attention to mathematics. Matt holds a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford University.
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Middle Grades Math: Why Algebra Matters & How Technology Can Help – Math Panel

Dr. Charles Weis, Superintendent, Santa Clara County Office of Education (Moderator)
Dr. Weis has served as Superintendent of Santa Clara County Schools since July 2008. Previously, he held a similar position in Ventura County. He holds several degrees from California’s state universities, including a doctorate in Educational Policy and Organizational Studies from UC Santa Barbara. He is a past president of the Association of California School Administrators(ACSA), with which he’s been associated since 1980.

Phil Daro, Senior Fellow, Mathematics of America’s Choice and Co-Director of Tools for Change, University of California at Berkeley
Phil is a Senior Fellow for Mathematics for America’s Choice where he focuses on programs for students who are behind in mathematics. He directs the Strategic Education Research Partnership between the University of California and Stanford with the San Francisco Unified School District to focus on math and science learning among students learning English. Phil chaired the Common Core Standards Mathematics Workgroup that is drafting common College and Career Readiness Standards and was a member of the writing team for the K-12 Common Core State Standards.
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Dr. Neal Finkelstein, Senior Research Scientist, WestEd
Dr. Finkelstein is an education researcher at WestEd who designs and implements rigorous field-based program evaluations and impact studies. His current research areas and interests include: high school completion patterns and the transition to postsecondary education, middle school mathematics teaching and learning, diagnostic uses of school-based data systems, school governance systems and educational productivity. Prior to joining WestEd, Dr. Finkelstein served as Director of Educational Outreach Research and Evaluation for the University of California Office of the President.
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Dan Meyer, Math Teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator
Dan taught high school math for six years to students who did not like math. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Stanford University in mathematics education. He speaks internationally and consults with publishers on their digital curricula. He was named one of Tech & Learning’s 30 Leaders of the Future and is an Apple Distinguished Educator.
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Middle Grades Math: Why Algebra Matters & How Technology Can Help – Dr. Ted Mitchell

Keynote Address – Dr. Ted Mitchell, President & CEO, NewSchools Venture Fund
Dr. Mitchell is President and CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy organization committed to improving public education, especially for the underserved. He has long been a leader in education reform in California and nationally. From 2008 through 2010, he served as president of the California State Board of Education. Prior to taking the helm at NewSchools in 2005, Ted was president of Occidental College, vice chancellor and dean of the School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, and professor and chair of the Department of Education at Dartmouth College. He has served on a number of policy commissions, including chairing the Governor’s Committee on Education Excellence and the Commission on Teacher Effectiveness for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of Khan Academy, New Leaders for New Schools, The Teaching Channel, ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career and The McClatchy Company. Dr. Mitchell received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.

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Middle Grades Math: Why Algebra Matters & How Technology Can Help – Welcome and Overview

Welcome – Muhammed Chaudhry, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation
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Overview – David Plank, Executive Director, Policy Analysis for California Education
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Middle Grades Math: Why Algebra Matters & How Technology Can Help

Videos and other materials from our recent conference are now available. The conference was held at Stanford on February 2, 2012. It was hosted by Silicon Valley Education Foundation, Policy Analysis for California Education and NewSchools Venture Fund. We thank our sponsor S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation for making this conference possible.

The conference provided an opportunity for educators and policy-makers to learn about digital tools and resources that can help improve teaching and learning in middle grades math, and to consider the policy changes that California must make to take advantage of these new opportunities. Policy leaders and experts in education technology presented their views on what’s becoming possible with the proliferation of digital technologies in California schools. Keynote speakers included Ted Mitchell from NewSchools Venture Fund, Tarkan Maner from Wyse Technology, and Jeremy Roschelle from SRI.

The conference also featured presentations from companies and organizations that have developed specific digital tools and resources for use in middle school mathematics, including Agile Mind, ALEKS, CFY, CK-12 Foundation, Edmodo, Key Curriculum Press, Mathalicious, Motion Math, Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), and World Wide Workshop.

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Welcome – Muhammed Chaudhry, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation
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Overview – David Plank, Executive Director, Policy Analysis for California Education
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Keynote Address – Dr. Ted Mitchell, President & CEO, NewSchools Venture Fund
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Math Panel
Dr. Charles Weis, Superintendent, Santa Clara County Office of Education (Moderator)
Phil Daro, Senior Fellow, Mathematics of America’s Choice and Co-Director of Tools for Change, University of California at Berkeley
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Dr. Neal Finkelstein, Senior Research Scientist, WestEd
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Dan Meyer, Math Teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator
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Access/Equity Panel
Dr. Tony Monreal, Porterville Unified School District (Moderator)
Manny Barbara, Silicon Valley Education Foundation
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Courtney Cadwell, Teacher, Los Altos School District
John Danner, Rocketship Education
Dr. Matt Rosin, EdSource
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Keynote Address – Tarkan Maner, President & CEO, Wyse Technology
Presentations of Digital Tools
Mike Cassidy, Columnist, San Jose Mercury News (Moderator)
Agile Mind (Presentation)
ALEKS (Presentation)
CFY (Presentation)
CK-12 Foundation (Presentation)
Edmodo (Presentation)
Key Curriculum Press (www.keypress.com/gsp, www.keypress.com/tinkerplots)
Mathalicious (Presentation)
Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE) (Presentation)
Motion Math (Presentation)
World Wide Workshop (World Wide Workshop Foundation, Students Excel as Teachers, Understanding Mathematics)
Keynote Address – Dr. Jeremy Roschelle, Director of the Center for Technology in Learning, SRI International
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Policy Panel
John Fensterwald, Journalist at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and Editor and Co-writer of “Thoughts on Public Education in California.”
Dr. Michael Kirst, President, California State Board of Education
Dr. Rick Miller, Superintendent, Riverside Unified School District
Pat Sabo, Teacher and California Teachers Association State Council Member
Gerry Shelton, Vice President of Education Policy, School Innovations and Advocacy
Wrap Up – Muhammed Chaudhry and David Plank

Developmental Students: Their Heterogeneity and Readiness

In the sixth of eleven PACE Working Papers, W. Norton Grubb et al. continue their analysis of basic skills education in California Community Colleges.

When one observes many developmental classrooms, the most striking aspect is the heterogeneity of students. Some are “brush-up” students, who simply need to remember skills they have already learned. Some have been misplaced by placement exams, and similarly need very little additional instruction. Many — almost surely the majority — have failed to learn certain academic skills in many years of K-12 education, for reasons that are hotly debated. Others have learning disabilities or mental health issues, and colleges have no way of either diagnosing or treating such conditions. The result is that the developmental classroom contains many students with different needs, while the instructor has only varying instructional approaches to offer.

While it may seem that community colleges are already highly differentiated, this working paper implicitly argues that they need to be further differentiated to respond to the variety of students and the enormous differences in their needs. The conclusion provides a number of suggestions for further differentiating colleges in order to serve all the needs of their enormously varied students.

Developmental Students: Their Heterogeneity and Readiness