[Numeracy 611] Dreaming big this weekend...

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Susan Jones sujones at parkland.edu
Fri Nov 19 15:16:53 EST 2010

I've been speculating and surfing, wondering about grant funding for a satellite computer lab to provide help for students taking online courses, and help for designing and developing better math curricula and courseware, and I found http://www.hewlett.org/grantseekers (and another even longer shot that would take too much explanation). Of course, I googled "Kate Nonesuch" (if you're reading this, hello ;)) and foudn http://www.cc.viu.ca/writing/index.htm and thought, "There's my model." (The Math Manual is already printed out. I'd like to propose melding the ideas therein with some of the neat systematic transition from concrete to semi-concrete to semi-abstract to abstract that I'm picking up from David Berg's material, with influence from The Algebra Project (www.algebra.org ) and www.learner.org materials... )
There is both a "deeper learning" bunch of grants and "open source educational materials" grant. Now it's time to figure out what the idea would look like In Real Life... any thoughts? Any "been there, done that?" advice?

Susan Jones
Academic Development Specialist
Center for Academic Success
Parkland College
Champaign, IL 61821
sujones at parkland.edu