Initiative Focusing on Executive-Function Skills to Boost Math Teaching
The EF+Math Program is focusing on improving the way students learn math. The effort, funded by NewSchools Venture Fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, aims to create strategies that develop students’ executive-function skills and boost math outcomes. The EF+Math Program supports bold approaches through inclusive discovery and development to dramatically increase math outcomes for students in grades 3–8, especially those students who have traditionally been underserved. The focus is on the foundational skills necessary for learning—executive functions, allowing students to have agency over their attention, emotions, and behavior to achieve their goals.
Plus: The Designing for Use Track taps the expertise of educators and puts them at the core of EF+Math Program’s work as thought partners. Through this track, educators and prototyping teams will work together to co-design adaptable solutions that build on learners’ assets and integrate with existing classroom practices. The Designing for Use Track incorporates two groups of educators: the Educator Leadership Council and District Co-Design Partners. The organization is currently accepting applications for the Educator Leadership Council. Applications will close on September 19; those selected will be notified in November 2019. School or district leaders who are interested in applying for a co-design partnership can provide their information to receive updates. The application period opened on September 12, 2019, and will close on October 10, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and districts will be selected and notified in November 2019.
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For more than 35 years, TheWhite House Office of Science and Technology has bestowed the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching(PAEMST) upon STEM teachers across the country and in US jurisdictions. More than 5,300 teachers have received PAEMST, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Awardees receive a trip to Washington, DC; a $10,000 award; and opportunities to network with colleagues from across the nation. To learn more about eligibility requirements, nominate a teacher, or apply yourself, visit www.paemst.org.
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