Wednesday, December 19, 2012

An inside look at the habits of the modern student. [Infographic]

Sunday, December 09, 2012


The State of STEM in the LAUSD

The State of STEM
Michael Batie Ph.D.
President Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers

1. Importance (Musen, 2010)
· Students who had taken Algebra II in high school were twice as likely to earn a bachelor’s degree as students who had not taken this course but had also enrolled in college (Adelman 2006).
· Algebra I acts as a gateway to a bachelor’s degree.

2. STEM achievement data for Black students (see handout).

3.   Mathematics must be the focus.

4.   Where? (see handout)

5.   How?
· Move corporations to focus resources to include an emphasis on math.
· Create synergies among Black professional organizations around math in our respective programs.
· Agree on a set of core math expectations, and how to implement them within each of our organizational and program frameworks.
· Evaluate and disseminate results.
6.   The future
· Next Generation Science Standards
 The first step in a process to create new standards in K-12 science education.
 Engineering design.
 Links among engineering, technology, science, and society.

Musen, L. (2010). Pre-algebra and Algebra Enrollment and Achievement.  Taken from 12/6/2012

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Mathematics as a Civil Rights Issue

Many of us are aware that the majority of minority youth are unable to perform even the most basic of math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) with proficiency.

At present there are a number of institutes across the country focused on how to help our students understand fractions since over 80% of students of color struggle with this first foray into mathematics abstraction.

What is happening and how parents and communities can help our school system address these issues will be the focus of this blog.

Stay tuned as we start the conversation about mathematics as a civil right for the 21st century.

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Saturday, October 02, 2010



Attached to this site are a series of articles that present information on child rearing.

Click HERE for an article on children multitasking.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010


When is praise bad for children?

Connect to the link HERE to view a mind changing video on appropriate praise for children.

Monday, September 06, 2010


Math Help for Parents Brochures

The attached brochures present in abbreviated form the results of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel (NMAP). Commissioned in 2006 the panel's mission was to review the best available scientific evidence and make recommendations on improving mathematics education with a focus on readiness for and success in algebra.

The National Math Panel’s final report, Foundations for Success: The Final Report of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, was issued on March 13, 2008. It contains 45 findings and recommendations on numerous topics, including curricular content, learning processes, instructional practices and materials, teachers, assessments and future research priorities.

Pdfs of the NMAP brochures may be downloaded by clicking HERE

A copy of the final report in its entirety may be downloaded by clicking HERE

Friday, November 06, 2009


School Turnarounds

I found this article to be very interesting. Comments

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