About the Workshop
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
A-Plus Communications, Print Guide and Web Developer
In addition to providing overall management of The
Missing Link workshops, A-Plus Communications developed
and designed the print and Web materials. Founded in 1995,
A-Plus helps educators and education reformers communicate
more effectively with their many different publics. The company
provides a range of services including strategic communications
planning, communications training and materials development.
Adam Kernan-Schloss was the project director, with assistance
from Kathy Ames, Gisela Cintron, Susan Gillespie and Mark
Swift from KSA Group, which merged with A-Plus in July 2000
to form KSA-Plus Communications.
Lavine Production Group, Video Production
The Missing Link workshop series was produced by Lavine
Production Group. Based in New York City, LPG specializes
in education and arts programming. Recent productions for
Annenberg Media include New American Schools: Getting
Better by Design, which profiles designs for whole-school
improvement; The Synergy Project, a set of
video modules for policymakers to help them improve education
systems; and Implementing a Thinking Curriculum,
about the process of developing a mathematics curriculum.
Kaye Lavine was producer/director of The Missing
Link, and Miriam Lewin was producer.
On-Screen Workshop Leaders
Jan Robinson, Master Teacher
Jan is a mathematics instructional specialist in Wheeling,
Illinois, which is a member of the First in the World Consortium,
a group of school districts that have been using findings
from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study
(TIMSS) to strengthen their curriculum and instruction. Jan
has taught middle school math for more than 20 years. She
is a Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching
and is active in multiple local, state and national professional
development groups, such as the National Council of Teachers
of Mathematics and the National Middle School Association.
Shannon C'de Baca, Workshop Guide
The Council for Basic Education
Shannon is a classroom teacher in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and
serves as a consultant for the National Center for Education
and the Economy, Council of Chief State School Officers, and
PBS stations. She has received teaching awards from the Milken
Family Foundation, the National Science Teachers Association,
the National Education Association and the U.S. Department
The Council for Basic
Education (CBE), specifically Linda Plattner (Associate Director
of Standards), provided invaluable early support in the development
of the framework and curriculum for this series. Since 1956,
CBE has been a national leader in the movement toward rigorous
academic standards for all students.
Harold Asturias, director of mathematics assessment, New Standards
Pam Beck, curriculum and assessment developer, New Standards
Barbara Byrd-Bennett, chief executive officer, Cleveland Municipal
Jane Henderson, program officer, the Stuart
Foundation, San Francisco
Glenda Lappan, president, National
Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Hayes Mizell, program officer,
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Joan Richardson, communications director, National Staff
The Learner Teachers came from several
states in the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Northeast. All the
participants are listed in the Credits section, page 170.
School District 21, Wheeling, Ill.
Videotaping the Workshops
Community Consolidated School District #21, where we filmed
the middle school classroom scenes for the Discovery workshops,
is located about 30 miles northwest of Chicago. It serves
a diverse group of about 7,500 students in grades K8,
nine elementary schools and three middle schools, including
the two featured in The Missing Link: Oliver Wendell Holmes
Middle School and Jack London Middle School. The middle schools
average over 800 students in grades 6 through 8. The district's
enrollment is 72 percent white, 3 percent black, 18 percent
Hispanic and 7 percent Asian/Pacific Islander. About 17 percent
of the families are classified as low income, with 15 percent
of the population identified as Limited English Proficient
students, representing at least 25 languages.
The four Discovery workshops
were videotaped in January 2000 at the studios of Arlington
Educational Television in Arlington, VA, a suburb of Washington,
D.C. The four In Practice workshops were filmed in April 2000
at the Washington, D.C., studios of Reuters, an international
extend sincere thanks to the Learner Teachers who took
part in The Missing Link:
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
Brook Park, Ohio
Falls Church, Virginia
Frederick County, Maryland
Melanie Meadows Stuart
Montgomery County, Maryland
Prince George's County, Maryland
Rochester, New York
We also wish to acknowledge the assistance of KSA Group in
design, layout, copyediting and production, specifically Kathy
Ames, Gisela Cintron, Susan Gillespie and Mark Swift.
Teachers for Arlington (Virginia) Public Schools
and Seattle Public Schools provided very useful advice on
the rough cuts of the early workshops.
Oliver Wendell Holmes and Jack London Middle Schools in School
District #21 in Wheeling, Illinois, graciously allowed us to film
in their classrooms.
We gratefully acknowledge permission to use materials from
the following companies in The Missing Link workshops:
Proportionality & Similar Figures
Math materials for both lessons with permission of Connected
Mathematics Project (Prentice Hall).
Patterns & Functions
Charity Walkathons and Buying T-Shirts with permission
of Connected Mathematics Project (Prentice Hall).
Polygons & Angles
Angles and Hinged Mirrors lesson with permission of Cuisenaire
Company of America. Excerpted from A Collection of Math
Lessons, Grades 68, Marilyn Burns and Cathy Humphreys,
Sampling & Probability
Predicting M&Ms and Choosing a Sampling Size with permission
of Connected Mathematics Project (Prentice Hall).