MathWorks Grants CCR Funding for “21st Century Mathematics” Courseware

November 19, 2019 – The Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR) is pleased to announce it has received support from MathWorks to develop “21st Century Mathematics” courseware, aimed at assisting high, middle, and lower school teachers and students.   

The Mathematics courseware covers ten areas of change in PISA Mathematics 2021, stemming from recommendations the CCR produced for the OECD’s PISA 2021 and Australia’s ACARAThe courseware brings together into a single cohesive implementation, all of modernized knowledge (context, content and concepts), interdisciplinarity and projects, and skills, character, and meta-learning abilities. The design will allow for self-paced student work, significant teacher professional development, and demonstrate multiple pedagogical approaches to courseware publishers.

Andreas Schleicher, director of OECD’s Directorate for Education and Skills, commended CCR’s work for its contribution to PISA Maths 2021 in a recent letter, “Starting with the Stockholm conference in 2014 in conjunction with the OECD, followed by colloquia in East Hampton, NY and Cambridge, MA and culminating with the Geneva conference in 2018, CCR has doggedly pursued an agenda of relevance and modernization of education standards and assessments, applied to Mathematics in this case.”

The first module of ten that will be featured in the courseware will be available on the OpenEdx platform in March 2020.

Jack Little, president and cofounder of MathWorks, stated, “Evolving the way STEM subjects are taught and learned is critical to inspiring the future generation of mathematicians, engineers and scientists. MathWorks is pleased to support CCR’s courseware initiative.”

Charles Fadel, founder of CCR, added, “It is very rewarding when open-minded thought leaders recognize and embrace the need for moving Mathematics forward. This courseware reflects the needs of this century’s leading-edge mathematics professions such as Data Scientists, Algorithmics, etc. coupled with a far deeper understanding of fundamental math topics such as proportionality and number sense.  This comprehensive design will appeal to a significantly larger number of users, who are unfortunately too often turned off by the partial irrelevance of many mathematics subjects and the poor pedagogical practices associated with them.  We are very grateful to MathWorks for its clarity of vision and kind generosity, as this work will significantly extend and support the prior grant from Mr. Ray Stata.”

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