Summer Math Curriculum Writing

June 15th is Right Around the Corner . . . .

We are less than two weeks away from our Curriculum Writing week. We are very excited about redesigning our curriculum maps and look forward to seven days of collaboration. If your plans have changed and you are no longer able to participate, please email ASAP.

Special thanks to Mrs. Susan Wilson, principal at Croft Community Elementary for hosting us!!!

Monday, June 15th, 8:30am-4:30pm

4911 Hucks Road

Charlotte, NC

We will meet daily (June 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, and 23rd) at Croft Community from 8:30 until 4:30 in the Media Center.

A Closer Look at Our Work:

Day 1 - June 15, 2015:

8:30 – 9:00: Welcome, Introductions, and Description of Project

9:00 – 11:30: Effective Teaching and Learning of Mathematics

11:30 – 12:30: Lunch

12:30 – 4:00: Effective Teaching and Learning of Mathematics

4:00 – 4:15: Gallery Walk

4:15 – 4:30: Putting the Pieces Together and Evaluation

Days 2 - 6 - June 16, 17, 18, 19, and 22, 2015:

8:30 – 9:00: Welcome & Logistics

9:00 – 11:30: Curriculum Writing

11:30 – 12:30: Lunch

12:30 – 4:15: Curriculum Writing

4:15 – 4:30: Gallery Walk

Day 7 - June 23, 2015:

8:30 – 9:00: Welcome & Logistics

9:00 – 11:30: Curriculum Writing

11:30 – 12:30: Lunch

12:30 – 2:30: Curriculum Writing

2:30 - 4:00: Finalize maps and place in Google folder

4:00 - 4:30: Next Steps & Project Evaluation

**Please feel free to bring your lunch if you prefer to eat onsite. There are several fast food restaurants nearby if you would like to grab something offsite.**

Preparing for Our Week

Standards, Unpacking Documents, Assessments, and Instructional Resources:

  • Google folders have been created for each design team and will house most of the resources you will need for the week. If you prefer to have hard copies, please print the materials in your folder and bring them with you each day.

Investigations Manuals:

  • Please ensure you are able to access the online version of your manuals using the Pearson E-text app. You will need access to view the units as you plan.
  • Please ensure you are able to access Pearson SuccessNet. We will use this site to link and/or create assessment items for the maps.
  • If you are unable to access either of the aforementioned resources, please click on the link below for a step by step video for how to gain access.

Materials to Bring Daily:

  • Laptop
  • iPad

Updated Curriculum Map

Thank you for providing detailed feedback about the components of the map you found most and least helpful. Your feedback along with feedback from other classroom teachers, facilitators, and specialists was used to create the final template. Please click on the link below to view the final map:

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Focusing Our Work as Curriculum Writers

The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (2014) provides educators with a set of strongly recommended, research-informed actions for all teachers, coaches, and specialists in mathematics. The principles reflect more than a decade of experience and new research evidence about excellent mathematics programs as well as significant obstacles and unproductive beliefs that continue to compromise progress. On Day 1 of our work, we will investigate each of the principles and discuss how they are aligned to the Common Core Standards, Investigations, and components of the curriculum map. Please take a moment to read each of the articles below to familiarize yourself with the research surrounding each of the principles.

NCTM Executive Summary:

Article #2:

Leinwand, S., Brahier, D. J., Huinker, D., Berry III, R. Q., Dillion, F. L., Larson, M. R., et al. (2014). Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at or call me at 980.343.2789. Enjoy the remaining 5 days of school. See you soon.