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Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Instructional Resources

The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and MCAS provide consistent standards and assessments. STEM works to support the implementation of standards-based high quality instruction, and to provide resources for schools and classrooms to enhance instruction. Instructional websites, bibliographies and glossaries are included in the Mathematics and Science and Technology/Engineering Frameworks.

Resources for the Professional Developer in Mathematics

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The Mathematics Learning Community (MLC):
The MLC materials are intended for long-term professional development. The primary focus of this set of materials is to develop teachers' content knowledge through examining students' work in professional learning communities. The Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP), the secondary focus of the MLC materials, are addressed within the context of the content (i.e., what practices might students be using while working on a particular problem or the content piece). The materials do include alignment between facilitator notes and standards of mathematical content and The SMP (i.e., which content standards and which math practices are connected to content within the student work portion).

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The Classroom Connections:
This professional development (PD) may be used by teachers individually or in grade-level teams. There are two modules provided for each of the grade bands 3-5, 6-8, and high school. The primary focus of the Classroom Connections PD is The Standards for Math Practice (SMP) but the content standards are discussed as well.

Multiple SMPs and mathematical content standards are evident within any single piece of student work, and the intersection of both of these are made explicit in the materials (i.e., a teacher would see where both important math content and important student actions interplay as students work on solving problems).

PowerPoint Presentations on the 2011 MA Framework for Mathematics

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Exploration: A Deeper Dive into the grade 6 Model Curriculum Unit (MCU) for Mathematics on Ratio and Rates.
This presentation was developed to support the implementation of the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics. The exploration begins with a summary of the key shifts in mathematics, discusses the Race to the Top (RttT) Model Curriculum Unit design, and provides a deeper dive into the publicly released grade 6 Ratio and Rates Model Curriculum Unit for mathematics.

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Exploring Fractions in the 2011 MA Curriculum Framework for Mathematics.
This set of materials shows the progression of fractions from grade 3 through grade 5 in the 2011 MA Framework for Mathematics. It includes a PowerPoint with hands-on activities, facilitator notes, rich math tasks, examples of the variety of visual models incorporated in the fractions standards and suggestions for customizing the presentation to different audiences.

Standards-Based Instruction

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Characteristics of an Effective Standards-Based K-12 Science and Technology/Engineering Classroom
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Characteristics of a Standards-Based Mathematics Classroom, October 2009 draft
The original 2006 document has been modified to increase its sensitivity for use in classrooms providing math instruction to English Language Learners. While most of the original (and many additional) indicators represent good practice for all students, many are imperative for effective teaching and learning for ELL students.

STEM Tiered System of Support

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Summary Review of Research Studies on the Effectiveness of Mathematics Intervention Programs

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The Massachusetts Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

Science and Technology/Engineering Strand Maps

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Strand Maps of the 2001-2006 Science and Technology/Engineering Standards

Science and Technology/Engineering Concept and Skill Progressions

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Science and Technology/Engineering Concept and Skill Progressions, November 2010

Instructional Support for Students with Disabilities

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Resource Guide to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Students with Disabilities

Connecting Math and Literature

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to offer a resource for K-8 teachers for creating a math library for children to connect math and literature. It includes a bibliography of books at each grade level that address the five strands presented in the Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks: number sense and operations; patterns, relations, and algebra; geometry; measurement; and data analysis, statistics and probability.



Last Updated: September 1, 2015
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