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Texas Instruments and NCTM Launch New Resources to Help Teachers Implement Common Core State Standards

NCTM uses TI-Nspire™ technology to develop Common Core-aligned classroom activities

Oct 28, 2014

DALLAS, Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas  Instruments (TI), the most trusted brand in graphing technology, is excited to announce a collaboration with The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the public voice of mathematics education. TI and NCTM have joined forces to develop practical ideas and classroom activities to help teachers respond to the changing educational landscape and implement effective teaching strategies that allow all students to succeed in mathematics. The new activities will be unveiled at the 2014 NCTM Regional Conference, October 29 -31 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

NCTM and TI unveil a series of activities to help teachers explore new math standards, like representing and analyzing data with boxplots.

The new classroom lessons for middle grades through high school support the teaching practices outlined in NCTM's new publication, Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All.  This landmark publication supports implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM).  The activities use TI-Nspire™ technology to demonstrate for educators how to implement the eight essential Mathematics Teaching Practices in Principles to Actions.

TI and NCTM will also mark the collaboration by hosting a live Twitter chat to explore effective teaching practices to support standards-based learning. Participants include Peter Balyta, Ph.D., president of TI Education Technology, NCTM Past President Gail Burrill and current NCTM Board member Jon Wray, along with leading math educators Jill Gough and Jennifer Wilson. The chat will take place on November 6 at 8 p.m. EST. Participants can join @NCTM and @TICalculators by using the hashtag #NCTMP2A. 


The widespread adoption of college and career readiness standards, including the Common Core State Standards, presents an historic opportunity to improve mathematics education. The shift in math standards requires teachers to improve their teaching practices so they can engage students in tasks that require reasoning, problem-solving and communicating about mathematics.

"Math education standards and curriculum are evolving rapidly and NCTM is thrilled to partner with Texas Instruments to develop resources to improve student engagement and achievement," said Diane Briars, president of NCTM. "Together, we are working through the challenges currently facing the mathematics education community and embracing the opportunities for systemic improvement in mathematics teaching and learning that these challenges afford."


For decades, TI and NCTM have worked closely to provide mathematics teachers and administrators the tools and support to implement new standards, teaching practices and technology through research, professional development and regional and national conferences.

TI has long known the value of working with educators to improve math teaching and learning. For over 25 years, TI has collaborated closely with educators around the world to share and develop ideas for the most effective use of technology in the classroom. 

"New barriers have emerged as district landscapes change and we can overcome many of these challenges by working together to offer practical solutions and productive practices to improve mathematics learning for all," said Peter Balyta, Ph.D., president of Texas Instruments' Education Technology.  "Texas Instruments is committed to providing mathematics educators with an array of resources to ensure all students are ready for college and career success when they graduate from high school."

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The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is the public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. With 80,000 members and more than 200 Affiliates, NCTM is the world's largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in prekindergarten through grade 12.

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