Minnesota launches web site for teachers on meeting science and math standards

iStock_000010045687XSmallTo help keep Minnesota teachers focused on standards for science and math learning, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and SciMathMN, a non-profit business, education partnership, have launched a new website called Frameworks.

Frameworks was developed to help educators in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subject areas translate the Minnesota state standards into classroom practice and assist in student achievement of those standards. During the 8-month collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Education and SciMathMN, more than 170 Minnesota educators and experts worked to create the web-based tool that will support professional development, curriculum organization, and instructional planning.

Fifty Minnesota teachers were selected as writers, representing urban, suburban and rural school districts in all grades K-12. Post-secondary content experts served as reviewers and education and business leaders contributed to the planning and development process. The online tool includes explanations of the standards and benchmarks, common student misconceptions, examples of classroom best practices for standards delivery, resources for differentiation, sample assessment items, suggestions for administrators and parents, and the opportunities for users to provide feedback and connect to other online information and resources.

Some examples of math best practices described on the site include modeling word problems, maintaining high expectations, choosing mathematical tasks, and representing mathematical ideas. Some examples of science best practices include societal connections, cultural connections, inquiry and lesson design.

“The STEM Teacher Center was designed to provide all Minnesota teachers with online resources that will assist them in helping students gain the essential knowledge and skills necessary to master K-12 mathematics and science standards,” said Sally Standiford, Executive Director of SciMathMN.

Workshops on using the Frameworks have been offered around the state to help teachers incorporate it in planning instruction, developing curriculum and writing assessments.

Founded in 1993, SciMathMN is a non-profit, statewide education and business coalition advocating for quality K-12 science, mathematics and technology education based on research, national standards and effective practices.

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