NYC HOLD Honest Open Logical Debate on math reform
What Can A Parent Do?
Ø Supplement your child's math education through:
¨ Skills practice workbooks. To determine which skills are expected or useful for your child to develop at your child’s grade level, you can review and compare:
· “What Did You Learn Today? What Every Student Should Know And Be Able To Do,” NYC Board of Education’s expectations by grade. These may be gotten from the Board of Education or found at http://www.nycenet.edu/dis/whatdidyou/.
· “Mathematics Content Standards for California Public Schools – Kindergarten through Grade Twelve,” which may be found at http://www.cde.ca.gov/board/pdf/math.pdf
¨ Mathematics Textbooks. Some recommended programs are:
· Singapore Math books. (These textbooks require a high degree of knowledge on the part of the parent. To get information on ordering, call SingaporeMath.com, Inc. at 503.722.5671 or go to the website at http://www.singaporemath.com.)
· Saxon textbooks. (These are reliable and easy to follow though the home schooling packages may be more costly than other texts. To get information on ordering, call Saxon Publishers, Inc. at 800.284.7019 or 405.329.7071 or go to the website at http://www.saxonpub.com.)
Math programs adopted by the State of
¨ Tutoring. The type and cost of tutoring programs
vary. Some centers that focus on skills
practice or development are
Ø Educate yourself
Ø Educate your school and community:
¨ Distribute information at PA/PTA and SLT meetings
¨ Write articles for school and PA/PTA newsletters
¨ Engage the press; write letters and Op-Eds for community and city newspapers
Ø Make written requests (or demands) for better programs to:
¨ Teachers and Principals
¨ School Boards
¨ NYC Board of Education
¨ Copy these requests to elected officials at the state and local levels
Ø Concerned parents may join in NYC HOLD efforts by:
¨ Joining our e-mail list to receive e-mailings of news, announcements, upcoming actions or events
¨ Building a network of parents in their immediate communities, organizing group letters or presentations of concerns to school and district officials
¨ Sharing experiences, knowledge and ideas with NYC HOLD
¨ Helping both to develop and participate in NYC HOLD's efforts to reach one overarching goal: the establishment of a viable means for the active participation of parents, educators, mathematicians & scientists in mathematics education policy and the development of strong mathematics programs and standards in NYC
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Shelley Harwayne, Acting Superintendent Lucy West, Director of Mathematics
Bea Johnstone, Deputy Superintendent Mathematics Initiative
Tanya Kaufman, Deputy Superintendent c/o PS/IS 89
phone: 212.330.9400 fax: 212.571.8739
fax: 212.330.9480 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Feuer, President Doug Robinson, First Vice President
phone: 212.674.5153 phone: 718.248.8073
Danny Yip, Second Vice-President Winnie Li, Secretary
phone: 718.871.6673 phone: 212.344.5878 ext. 16
Mary Somoza, Member Brian Ellner, Member
phone: 212.307.9010 phone: 212.373.3171
fax: 212.307.9010 e-mail: email@example.com
Gloria Martinez, Member Mae Gamble, Member
phone: 212.554.0426 c/o CSB#2 Office
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Harold O. Levy, Chancellor Richard P. Mills, Commissioner
Office of the Chancellor NYS Education Department
phone: 718.935.2794 phone: 518.474.5844
fax: 718.935.3383 fax: 518.473.4909
Councilmember Christine Quinn Councilmember Eva Moskowitz Councilmember Kathryn E. Freed
Attn: Peter Rider phone: 212.818.0580 phone: 212.788.7722
phone: 212.768.4344 fax: 212.818.0706 e-mail: email@example.com
fax: 212.767.4344 Tiffany Lacker, Legislative Aide
Assemblymember Sheldon Silver Assemblymember Steve Sanders Assemblymember Deborah Glick
District Office phone: 212.979.9696 phone: 212.674.5153
State Senator Thomas K. Duane State Senator Martin Connor
phone: 212.414.0200 phone: 212.298.5565
Town and Village Our Town
With your child’s math program are you concerned about:
· the de-emphasis on basic math skills?
· the lack of textbooks and standard student materials?
· the hours that your child spends writing and illustrating a problem that took your child fifteen minutes to solve?
· the level to which your child is challenged in math?
· the fact that it seems that officials in many NYC Community School Districts have a different view of mathematics than you do?
NYC HOLD believes that:
· basic mathematical skills are the foundation of an excellent mathematics program
· textbooks and standard student materials are important; they ensure quality, consistency across the program, and are necessary for parent involvement; they serve as a contract between a child’s family and the school, outlining the goals and expectations for the year.
· while writing in math is useful, the primary emphasis should be on obtaining mathematical skills
· officials in NYC Community School Districts should communicate extensively with their parent communities about proposed programs before implementing them
· parents and community members have the right to be heard and provide input to programs.
· we should work towards the development of collaboration between NYC educators and university mathematicians and scientists in the selection and development of mathematics programs, and the development of standards and assessments for city schools.