Learning List has reviewed The Charles A. Dana Center’s Advanced Mathematical Decision Making (AMDM). This is a comprehensive product that supports instruction in Advanced Quantitative Reasoning courses in Texas high schools. Content is available in print format. Instruction is discovery based and engages students in authentic problem solving that emphasizes real-world contexts, including statistics and finance. [Read more…]
AMDM presents content in seven teaching guides. Each guide comprises a unit of instruction that focuses on particular concepts and sets of skills (e.g., using functions in models and decision making). Units are broken into “sections” made up of lessons. Each guide opens with a brief introduction to AMDM, the TEKS for Advanced Quantitative Reasoning, and an overview to the specific mathematics and TEKS addressed by the unit, as well as an overview of each section’s content. Each section begins with learning objectives, pacing information, prerequisite skills, overviews of student resources (e.g., activity sheets), new vocabulary, and the required instructional materials (e.g., graphing calculator).
The 2010 teacher materials are available at no cost to Texas teachers; student materials must be purchased. Student materials are made up of two volumes of worktexts that contain the course’s student activity sheets. The Dana Center hosts five-day institutes to support teachers in the use of AMDM materials. An online community of AMDM users is available at no cost to institute participants. Teachers new to the course are advised to participate in one of the Dana Center’s professional development institutes.
About the Charles A. Dana Center*
The Dana Center team brings a wealth of experience and education—and a deep commitment—to our work to enable all students to achieve postsecondary success. We have multilayered expertise in mathematics and science education, leadership, research and program evaluation, literacy, policy and systemic reform, and services to high-need populations.
Many of us have advanced degrees in mathematics, mathematics education, engineering, curriculum and instruction, or education administration or policy. Dana Center staff bring to our work a rich collective expertise in classroom teaching, instructional leadership, education administration, curriculum development, and national leadership in organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Academy of Sciences Mathematical Sciences Education Board, and the Advisory Committee of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices in STEM Education.
*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from The Dana Center.
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