Supplementary Articles for January 2008
In This Supplement:
- Supporting Math Reform in the NYC Middle Schools
- Exemplars Incorporated in NCREST-ISA Partnership
- Exemplars Science CDs Approved by NSTA Recommends
Exemplars is pleased to be working in collaboration with 200 New York City middle schools, to provide assessment and instruction material as well as professional development. Math coaches from these schools are participating in hands-on workshops that focus on using rubrics and anchor papers to assess student performance, making the link between assessment results and teaching and learning, and getting started with problem solving. The coaches, in turn, will work with their colleagues to share what they have learned.
We are pleased to announce that the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST) at Teachers College, Columbia University is using Exemplars math material for assessment, instruction and professional development in its project with the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA).
ISA works to help "underserved and underperforming high school students to succeed and go to college." It does this by partnering,
with schools and districts to create autonomous small schools and to transform large comprehensive high schools into academically rigorous, personalized learning environments, called small learning communities, that prepare all students for success in college and beyond.
The ISA-NCREST project includes 40 high schools in New York City, Buffalo, Atlanta and Baton Rouge. NCREST is responsible for assessing student progress, documenting schools' implementation and surveying student attitudes.
Exemplars has provided professional development for project math coaches. Problems from The Best of Exemplars Secondary CD are also being used for instruction and to assess student progress in the ninth and tenth grades. We feel honored to be part of such a valuable project.
Exemplars Best of Science K-5 and 6-8 CD-ROMs were recently reviewed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Both products are included in the digital and print publication NSTA Recommends, which determines the best available supplements for science teaching. Materials are reviewed by "top-flight" teachers and other science educators.