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## The Math Learning Center Blog

MLC collaborated with the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) to establish a scholarship fund for elementary math specialists. ￼

"There is a growing consensus regarding the importance of math specialists at the elementary level" said Rick Ludeman, MLC President. "We were inspired to create this scholarship fund by a column on the topic written by J. Michael Shaughnessy during his tenure as NCTM President."

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Here are some of the districts that have adopted Bridges Second Edition this month:

Computational fluency means more than quickly producing correct answers. It requires conceptual understanding and is exhibited through efficiency, accuracy, and flexibility. As you guide your students to mathematical fluency, you will give them many opportunities to construct relationships among numbers to make sense of basic facts and be able to retrieve them.

**Working in pairs and small groups**

Giving students opportunities to collaborate helps build a strong sense of community in your classroom, and research shows that students learn better when they learn together.

The Common Core State Standards identify eight mathematical practices that characterize the ways in which mathematically proficient students engage with mathematics. The content standards describe what students are doing in mathematics, and the practices describe how they are doing it.