Math Strategy Group to Tackle Potential of Technology-Enabled Math Education Programs

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Now funded in part with a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Sunnylands Math Strategy Group will pursue a study and design effort to help achieve the promise of emergent technology-enabled mathematics programs and determine what approaches are effective. Led by Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College, three meetings over the next year will engage top talent, expertise, and perspective to determine, design and set forth the best approaches for evaluating the efficacy of various emerging technology-enabled mathematics programs with the aim of establishing a central, trusted source for evidence of what approaches lead to improvements in student performance.  
The group has invited leading experts to help brainstorm the agenda for these meetings. Maria Klawe explained, "There is general consensus about what comprises high quality K-12 mathematics learning, and there is the wide and growing use of digital tools by students. We are seeing the invention and growth of many new technology enabled educational programs and at the same time, there is the desire among educators for coherent math curricula that align with the Common Core Standards that will be implemented in 45 states plus the District of Columbia in 2014." 
According to Geoffrey Cowan, then-president of The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, “The potential for impact in this area is huge and we are building upon the legacy of our founders, Walter and Leonore Annenberg. They left Sunnylands, their former winter estate, to be used for meaningful and impactful discussions, and they were vitally interested in public education.” 
The Sunnylands Math Strategy Group’s final retreat will be held at the Annenbergs’ historic Sunnylands estate in fall 2013. 
The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands was founded in 2001 to address important issues facing the nation and the world. The Trust established The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands to serve as a sanctuary for generations of high-level national and world leaders seeking the privacy, the peace, and "the pause" needed to address the most pressing issues of the day.

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