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students studing“I believe that working to make sure that every child has the opportunity to reach his or her educational potential is our obligation and a critical investment in Georgia’s future. A stronger mathematics curriculum that strikes a balance among concepts, skills, and problem solving is a vital part of preparing our young people for the global economy of the 21st century.”  --Dr. Gary Schuster, Provost of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).

One of the key elements in improving a student’s mathematical education is building an understanding and a partnership with parents/guardians as to the nature and the depth of the mathematics content and how parents can assist at home.
 
To help with this effort, the Center for Education Integrating Science, Math, and Computing (CEISMC) at Georgia Tech, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Education, has developed one page letters which are intended to support students, parents, and teachers as they begin a new unit of mathematical study. While each letter does not cover everything that a student will study in the upcoming unit, it will provide an overview. 

Each letter provides glimpses of the content investigated in class, suggestions for activities to explore at home, vocabulary used in the unit, grade-appropriate readings related to the math content, and links to websites that contain additional background information or practice opportunities for skills development.

CSI Unit Diagram

Suggestions/Comments

If you have suggestions or would like to offer comments on the letters, please contact one of the CEISMC staff:

Jean Anderson: - (jean.anderson@ceismc.gatech.edu)

Marsha Sanders-Leigh: (marsha.sanders-leigh@ceismc.gatech.edu)

Marsha Shrago: (marsha.shrago@ceismc.gatech.edu)



Credits

The letters are based on the grade-level Mathematics Frameworks developed by the Georgia Department of Education (www.georgiastandards.org).  



Creative Design, Graphics & Web Support: Steven L. Taylor - CEISMC Georgia Tech



In addition to the CEISMC staff, the following individuals contributed to the content and links for the units:

 

Janie Cates, Ed.D. Douglas County Schools
Jessica Jetton    Forsyth County Schools
Billi Merk Forsyth County Schools
Thomas Morley, Ph.D.  Georgia Institute of Technology
Ann O’Mara Cherokee County Schools
Kim Rhodes  DeKalb County Schools  
Kim Sampson  Forsyth County Schools
Carmen Smith   Gwinnett County Schools

              

We are very grateful for their contributions and assistance.

 

 

Copyright 

The letters are copyrighted by the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).  A license has been granted to the Georgia Department of Education to allow these documents to be freely used by Georgia educators.  Anytime excerpts are taken from a letter, reference to the source should be cited.  No material from this website should be sold without prior consent of the Georgia Institute of Technology.