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SUDDS February 2018 Newsletter

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What We’ve Been Up To Visit to Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle. On January 11-12, Dr. Confrey was an invited guest at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, for a meeting on teachers' use of curriculum. The meeting focused on how curricular use and models of curriculum are changing in digital worlds and asked the question, "What can be done to support coherence in these situations?” Preparing for upcoming conferences. We’ve just returned from the AMTE Annual Conference in Houston, where Jere, Meetal, and Will presented on “Leveraging What Students Know: Improving Teacher Noticing Using Real-Time Feedback on Progress along Learning Trajectories”. Jere and Meetal also co-presented a joint session titled “Activities that Support the Statistical Education of Teachers”. Next, we will be in Greensboro with our partners…
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SUDDS January 2018 Newsletter

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What We've Been Up To Dr. Confrey presents at London Seminar. In December, Dr. Confrey traveled to London to give a talk called “Centering Instruction around Student Thinking and Doing,” at a seminar in honor of renowned math education researchers Dr. Celia Hoyles and Dr. Richard Noss. Review the slides here. New published work. SUDDS researchers Drs. Confrey and Gianopulos, in collaboration with Dr. Alan Maloney, had their paper, “Untangling the ‘Messy Middle’ in Learning Trajectories” published in the journal Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives. SUDDS abroad! December was full of international travel for the SUDDS team, with Graduate Research Assistant Meetal Shah traveling to Australia, Lead Software Engineer Yungjae Kim visiting family in South Korea, and Project Director Dr. Jere Confrey working with colleagues in England.   International cruise liner at Sydney Harbor.…
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SUDDS November 2017 Newsletter

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What We’ve Been Up To Presentation at NC School/University Partnership Conference, Wilmington, NC. On October 21, Project/Outreach Coordinator Will McGowan and Graduate Research Assistants Meetal Shah and Mike Belcher presented with instructional coach Catherine Schwoebel and sixth-grade teacher Lissa Teston to describe our partnership with a nearby school. Attendees were excited about the mutual benefits of such partnerships. View the slides here. Presentations at NCCTM, Greensboro, NC. On November 3, Meetal Shah and Mike Belcher traveled to the NCCTM conference to give a presentation on using Math-MapperTM as a tool for student empowerment (slides here), as well as a workshop about our recent design study on ratio with our partner school (slides here). New study with a partner school. In October, our learning science team worked with three seventh-grade teachers…
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SUDDS September 2017 Newsletter

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What We’ve Been Up To   Summer work with our partner schools. Teachers from our partner schools met with SUDDS team members to review revisions (or updates) to student and teacher reports, and discuss best practices for using the data. Item development work with teachers. This summer, we assembled a small team of teacher item writers from across the country to work with us on developing additional items for our assessment system. Look for these teacher-written items in our cluster tests and practice modules. Improving our diagnostic assessments. Our psychometrics team has been analyzing testing data to identify items for improvement and to increase the predictive capabilities of our assessments. Gearing up for the new school year. We welcome back our partners from last year, and are excited to have…
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SUDDS Collaborates with Researchers from University of Haifa

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Last week, the SUDDS team hosted two days of meetings with Dr. Michal Yerushalmy and Dr. Shai Olsher, two prominent math education researchers from the University of Haifa, Israel. The meetings kicked off with the Joseph D. Moore seminar, during which Dr. Yerushalmy and Dr. Olsher delivered a presentation to faculty and students in the College of Education, titled “Mapping the terrain: Developing content & pedagogy meta-data categories for learning resources.” Following the presentation, Dr. Yerushalmy, Dr. Olsher, and the SUDDS team met to share insights from their work relating to digital formative assessment and learning trajectories, as well as to discuss potential areas for future collaboration. The discussions left the SUDDS team feeling energized and excited to find ways to continue to collaborate with Dr. Yerushalmy and Dr. Olsher, and their group,…
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SUDDS April Newsletter

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Ratio Design Study: What We Learned Last November, we conducted a design study with our partners at Highland Middle School, in which teachers used a SUDDS-designed curriculum and our cluster assessments to teach a sixth-grade unit on ratio. We spent a long time afterwards analyzing the data from the study, and have compiled some recommendations for teachers teaching ratio in a blog post. What's New in Math-Mapper A robust practice environment. This feature, available to students in our partner schools, offers real-time feedback on specific questions, so students can see their progress along the learning trajectory. Students can choose to practice a specific construct in the map and focus on progress levels where they need the most practice. For information on accessing and using practice, see this document. A curated…
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