Resources and Key Organizations

Professional Assocoiations and Resources

California Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
CAMTE promotes and supports excellence in the preparation and professional development of K-12 mathematics teachers throughout California.

California Mathematics Council
CMC represents teachers and teacher-educators who are committed to improving mathematics learning in the private and public classrooms throughout California.

Mathematical Association of America (MAA) 
Offers membership, professional development, and a series of national student competitions.

The Math Forum Teachers Place

Created by Drexel University, this site provides a variety of classroom resources and links to organizations and professional development opportunities.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
A professional and educational association dedicated to the improvement of mathematics education and to meeting the needs of teachers of mathematics.

An internet magazine published five times a year which aims to introduce readers to the beauty and the practical applications of mathematics.

Education Week Spotlight on Algebra 
A collection of articles picked by EdWeek editorsthat provide:strategies to help students struggling in algebra, research on mandating algebra, how teachers introduce algebra concepts in the early grades, interest in creating common algebra assessments across states, and computer-aided instruction in pre-algebra and algebra.

Augmentative Key Organization Resources

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: College-Ready Education

Through effective teaching, personalized learning, and with college-ready expectations the Gates Foundation's College-Ready Education initiative prepares future teachers by efficiently integrating common core state standards and pedagogical resources into curriculum. To learn more information please visit the College Ready website.

Innovative Tools and Collaboration for Common Core - varous pedagogical resources and tools, some of which are made by teachers for teachers, to efficiently integrate CCSS (Common Core State Standards) into classroom environments.

Teachers Know Best - No one knows teaching like teachers, so more than 3,100 educators were surveyed and asked what kinds of digital instructional tools are essential to help their students be prepared for college and careers in the 21st century.

Tools for Teachers by Teachers - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invested $152.8 million dollars to support teachers in deepening their practice. These investments are anchored by two collaboratives--the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) and the Math Design Collaborative (MDC)--that focus on codesigning and implementing high-quality tools for rigorous literacy and math instruction.

Feedback for Better Teaching - This PDF highlights a set of guiding principles from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to inform the design and implementation of high-quality teacher support and evaluation systems based on three years' of work by the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project, its partners, and other leading school systems and organizations.

Taking Stock: The Impact of Effective Teaching Systems - The First Five Years - In 2009 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation commited to invest up to $300 million in three different school districts and a consortium of four Charter Managment Organizations (CMOs) willing to take on an audacious goal: improving teaching across the entire school system. This PDF brief highlights what was learned in the first five years of work.

Engaging Students Where They Are - Because Students live in a technological world, using technology helps engage students where they are. Instructional coach Nick Sun describes how he teaches teachers to use apps like Prezi, Nearpod, and Tellagami to enhance their students' experiences in the classrooom.

Math Education Resources Web Sites

California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (PDF; 3MB) (Modified January 2013 Publication Version)

CCSS Professional Learning Modules for Educators
Information about the CCSS professional learning modules.

2013 Revision of the Mathematics Framework
The California State Board of Education adopted the Mathematics Framework on November
 6, 2013. This version of the Mathematics Framework will remain posted while it is edited for publication. Publication is anticipated by summer 2014.

Common State Standards Initiative
Resources from the CaCCSS-M Task Forces, composed of members of the California Department of Education, California Math Council, California Mathematics Project, and California County Superintendents Educational Services Association's Mathematics Subcommittee of the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, that professional development providers can use to strengthen teachers' content knowledge to teach the newly adopted mathematics standards.

Grade Level Curriculum
The grade-level curriculum documents are organized by individual grade levels and include information about the CCSS. There are also archived webinars for the kindergarten through g
rade six documents, which highlight the curriculum across the featured grade level with special focus on the CCSS.

Acheive the Core 
Free, high-quality resources compiled by Student Achievement Partners, writers of the CCSS, for educators implementing the CCSS, including professional learning modules, handouts, presentations, sample lessons, lesson videos, and much more.

California Common Core State Standards-Mathematics (CaCCSS-M) Resource 
Resources from the CaCCSS-M Task Forces, composed of members of the California Department of Education, California Math Council, California Mathematics Project, and California County Superintendents Educational Services Association's Mathematics Subcommittee of the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, that professional development providers can use to strengthen teachers' content knowledge to teach the newly adopted mathematics standards.d

Progression Documents for the CCSS Mathematics Standards
Narrative documents describing
 the progression of a topic across a number of grade levels, informed by research on children’s cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics.

The Illustrative Mathematics Project
The project aims to illustrate each of the standards using high quality reviewed tasks from teacher leaders. The site provides guidance to all stakeholders implementing the CCSS by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students will experience, and other implementation tools. The Web site is under development, with illustrated standards added on a regular basis. Contributors and advisors to the project include CCSS authors William McCallum, Jason Zimba, and Phil Daro.

Inside Mathematics 
This site features classroom examples of innovative teaching methods and insights into students learning, tools for mathematics instruction, and video tours of the ideas and materials on the site. Their expanding list of resources include connecting to the CCSS for mathematics. To illustrate the CCSS for mathematical practice, links are provided for each individual practice standard correlated to excerpts of mathematics lessons, demonstrating examples of successful strategies to launch and sustain the practice of standards in the classroom.

The Mathematics Common Core Toolbox
The Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin and Agile Mind, Inc. have created a resource designed to support districts working to meet the challenge and the opportunity of the new standards. Here you will find tools and instructional materials that help to better understand and implement the CCSS for Mathematics.

Math Common Core Coalition 
The Mathematics Common Core Coalition works to provide expertise and advice on issues related to the effective implementation of the CCSS for mathematics. Members of the coalition include National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), and the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM),

The MARS Mathematics Assessment Project
The Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS), a collaboration between the Shell Center team at the University of Nottingham and the University of California, Berkeley, is working to design and develop assessment tools to support U.S. schools in implementing the CCSS for Mathematics, including lessons, tasks, tests, and professional develop

Education Development Center Implementing the Mathematical Practice Standards 
Learn more about the CCSS for Mathematical Prac
tice and how they can be connected to the content standards. Use illustrations, centered on student dialogues, to see the Mathematical Practices in action.


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The Digital Ambassador Program

The CSU Digital Ambassadors Program seeks to transform teaching and learning opportunities within the CSU system through the increased use of digital technologies. With particular attention to pre-service science and math teacher preparation at the undergraduate and credential level, the Digital Ambassadors (DA) are faculty leaders who champion the use of educational technologies within their respective campuses, engage faculty and educational stakeholders in the sharing of best practices and strategies for campus-specific and K-12 outreach initiatives, and function as a centralized resource for their academic and educational communities. The work of the DA program grew out of theprojects designed and funded through theGoogle Faculty Institute (2011-2012).

Report on CSU Digital Ambassadors' Program

The Digital Ambassadors program is described in a comprehensive report,Supporting Technology Integration in STEM Teacher Preparation: Case Studies from Across California State University Campuses

Digital Ambassadors’ Resource List

The vast resources the Digital Ambassadors used during 2012-2013 included platforms, software, applications, and tools. They were instrumental in helping these educators think about exciting new ways to teach and new opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning. An annotated list of these resources has been created.