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Here are a few tidbits we thought our readers might find interesting >>>

First, Education Week is offering free access to a premium report called, Educators Craft Own Math E-Books for Common Core.

Concerned about what they see as a dearth of instructional materials aligned with the Common Core State Standards in math, several educators in Utah, with support from the state office of education, are taking matters into their own hands. They’re in the early stages of developing a set of e-textbooks for high school math that will be freely available.

In fact, two-thirds of the first e-book, for 9th graders, is already online for schools to use, with the rest expected later this fall.

“There was not a textbook out there that we felt reflected the common core,” said Janet M. Sutorius, a math teacher at Juab High School in Nephi, Utah, who is a co-author. “We felt like the textbook companies were just reorganizing the chapters of their old books.”

She added: “We wanted to teach our students in a different way, to make sense of the mathematics and make connections.”

Finding strong materials has been especially challenging, those developing the e-textbooks say, because Utah has adopted a statewide policy of using an “integrated” model of high school math under the common core, dispensing with the traditional Algebra 1-Geometry-Algebra 2 pathway in favor of blending math subjects in each course.

So, Utah public schools are grappling not only with new standards, but also a reconfigured set of courses the state calls Secondary Mathematics I, II, and III.

(Sound familiar?!)

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Additionally, Education Week is offering a critical Webinar on the Common Core Curriculum for elementary teachers.

Transitioning to the Common Core: What Elementary Teachers Need to Know

Two experienced instructional leaders at the elementary level — one in language arts and one in math — will take educators inside the common standards and offer strategies for adapting instruction to new content-coverage and conceptual-learning goals. The session will include practical tips on planning lessons, adjusting instructional practice, and overcoming common obstacles.

Live Presentation Date: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

Click here to register for this brand new presentation for just $49. There are several components to the series on the Common Core.


The Aha! Newsletter brings us a job posting that many teachers may wish to pursue.

Science Curriculum Writer Wanted!

Club Scientific, LLC is a science enrichment company for children ages 4-14. We specialize in offering science themed day camps, after school clubs, in-school field trips, birthday parties, scouting and pre-school workshops.


Masters Degree in Science Education.
3 or more years of classroom teaching.
Excellent National Science Standard Based knowledge and creative writing skills-including grammar and spelling.
Excellent research skills.
Proficient using Word, Excel, and Power Point.
Proven ability to meet deadlines.
Follow directions-listening skills.
Detailed and organized.

All candidates must submit to a full criminal background check

Apply: and click on “Join Our Team”


Classes Make Virtual Science Trek to Mt. Kilimanjaro

For the fifth time in as many years a group of scientists, teachers, and students are heading up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to research mountain biomes and share what they discover with students online. Virtual aspects of the “GLOBE Xpedition” will include the sharing of data collected on the trip as well as two live webinars hosted from the mountain during times when students elsewhere in the world will be able to tune in.

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