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Why Variability Matters

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College and Career standards, like the Common Core State Standards (1), provide helpful benchmarks for education. However, they don’t provide an image of learning or an image of how instruction might support learning. Here at SUDDS, we are working to create tools to support students and teachers to meet and exceed these benchmarks by helping them better understand the teaching and learning behind the standards. In this series of three blog posts I’ll illustrate what this looks like using research we have conducted with 6th graders learning about variability and displaying data. Variability in Data In this first post, let’s consider the following standard from the CCSS-M: 6.SP.A.1: Develop understanding of statistical variability: Recognize a statistical question as one that anticipates variability in the data related to the question and accounts…
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Dr. Confrey Responds to Argument that CCSS-M K-3 Standards are not Developmentally Appropriate

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Critics of the Common Core Mathematics Standards have argued that the standards are not developmentally appropriate or internationally competitive. Dr. Confrey, who served on the National Validation Committee for the Common Core State Standards, responds, citing recent research to the contrary. Read Dr. Jere Confrey's article: Why CCSS-M Grades K-3 is Developmentally Appropriate and Internationally Competitive
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The Second Session of the Teacher Innovation Exchange is Tuesday, April 7

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We’re excited to announce the second session of the Teacher Innovation Exchange on April 7, 3:30-4:30 in our offices on Centennial Campus. The Exchange, open to middle school math teachers within driving distance of our offices, seeks to build an ongoing partnership between SUDDS researchers and teachers as we work together to bring innovation to mathematics classrooms on a large scale. The first session of The Exchange on March 3 was a success. Teachers shared their favorite digital resources using the virtual bulletin board Padlet, then explored one of our favorite resources for game-based exploration of statistics. We ended the session by sharing a prototype of our learning map with teachers to gauge whether our organization of the middle school math content was intuitive to them. Our work over the weeks since…
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Confrey rebuts Inaccuracies in James Milgram’s testimony to NC Standards Review Commission

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A Rebuttal to the Statement: “Missing, Delayed, or Muddled Topics in Common Core’s Math Standards” by R. James Milgram and Ze’ev Wurman Jere Confrey Joseph D. Moore Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics Education North Carolina State University Member, National Validation Committee for the Common Core State Standards Standards are negotiated agreements among experts and are designed to reflect diverse knowledge and experience. The CCSS-M Standards writing involved a variety of experts over 18 months of hard work. With this in mind, I seek to respond directly to the claims in the document provided to the Commission by R. James Milgram and Ze’ev Wurman. As a Member of the National Validation Committee and a citizen of Raleigh, North Carolina, I submit this statement in order to correct the record and challenge,…
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SUDDS Team Wins Gold at Triangle Startup Weekend

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"Educators and entrepreneurs converged during the latest iteration of Triangle Startup Weekend in Raleigh, NC, to brainstorm and launch ideas aimed at solving problems in the K-12 system. During the final hours of the event Feb. 22, 10 teams scrambled to finish demos of products designed to address issues such as student engagement, parent-teacher communication, and funding shortages. The winning team pitched Math !nFusion, an online program that would enable teachers to tutor students while learning how to better implement the Common Core State Standards math curriculum." Read more, or check out the EdNC article.
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Confrey and Maloney address EHR Program Officers at NSF Methods at Midday

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Jere Confrey and Alan Maloney presented a talk on Learning Trajectories in Mathematics and Science to the program officers in the Education and Human Resources division. The talk was well attended, both face to face and virtually, and gave these experienced PIs an opportunity to discuss the progress in this area of research. To look at the presentation, click here.
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How SUDDS Came to Be

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SUDDS (Scaling Up Digital Design Studies) came out of Jere Confrey’s extensive work in mathematics education in both academic and corporate settings. Although the software industry uses agile methods to engage in lean product prototyping, their development process often lacks an extensive and up-to-date research base. On the other hand, change often accrues gradually in academic settings, and valuable academic research progresses in isolation, without resulting in usable and scalable design solutions to persistent problems. The SUDDS team seeks to draw on the strengths of both corporate and academic environments, combining agility with theoretically grounded design studies to pioneer and investigate new learning environments. We carry out our work in interdisciplinary teams of content providers, teachers, visual designers, UX/UI specialists, software engineers, and measurement experts. We seek to develop effective…
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