November 2019

Secondary Math Updates

Math Pilot Update

We're ready to begin our pilots!

Thanks to everyone who expressed interest in piloting new materials. Products that will be piloted include:

* Curriculum Associates' Ready series for middle school

* Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's middle and high school materials

* McGraw - Hill's Reveal series for middle and high school

* Pearson's middle and high school materials

After the pilot phase has been completed, we will form a textbook committee to make a formal recommendation. Stay tuned!

DESMOS PD for the High School Math Teacher

High school teachers: Join us for a DESMOS PD to learn how to get the most out of this powerful program.

The PD will be held during our regular department chair meeting, but is open to all high school math teachers. We hope to schedule a middle school version soon. Stay tuned!

Date: November 6, 2019

Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm

Location: Linden-McKinley STEM

Sign up in PDS using section #15274

Edulastic Webinar

Register for a FREE webinar to learn how to effectively drive your instruction with digital assessment. Here's what's coming:

Edulastic for Math
Tuesday, November 12th @ 6PM Register Now

MS Accelerated Math

Over 400 students have been identified or recommended by a teacher to take part in the MS Accelerated Math Program. Parent nights have been scheduled to go over the program with Math 6 students and their parents.

Math 6 teachers wishing to recommend students for the program can fill out a form on our website. Students can practice a test in Edulastic and work on their Math 7 skills by using a new ALEKS account. All of this information can be found on our website as well.

ConnectED Issues

We are experiencing issues with how ConnectED communicates with Infinite Campus. You may have issues with the digital version of textbooks working. Kingswood and M-H are working on a solution. We're sorry and are working hard on correcting this.

Get PD in your building!

Want our ALEKS / ConnectED representatives to come to YOU?

View this flyer for information.

ALEKS courses

We started middle schools in the RTI version of their courses this year. We started high school students in Foundations of HS Math. Teachers can move students into other courses as desired. Use this first course to determine strengths and weaknesses, take the place of a traditional "Boot Camp", etc. Or, just move students right into another course. It's up to you.

Be very careful to move students into new classes following the steps in the ALEKS guide. If not, courses will not be aligned to Ohio's Learning Standards. Even if you already created courses the "old" way, you can still create new courses and move students into them.

Below is a flowchart of the recommended pathways and percentages of high school math courses necessary to move students forward.

ALEKS / ConnectED Support

Need help with an ALEKS or ConnectED issue?

For the quickest support, fill out a short form at the link below:

Clever and ConnectED

ConnectED is now accessed through Clever for teachers and students. For more information on using Clever, download the PDF below.

Department Chairs/Liasons

On Wednesday, November 6, our high school department chair will be held at Linden-McKinley STEM from 3:30pm - 5:30pm.

On Tuesday, November 19, our middle school curriculum liaison meeting will be held at Southland Center, 3700 South High Street, from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.

Click below for a flyer with dates and times.

Math Teachers: Fee Waivers Available!

Math teachers interested in ESL/TESOL endorsements: There are fee waivers available as this is a high-needs area. Please click the link below for important info on available fee waivers.

Algebra Tiles

ODE is focusing on Algebra Tiles for Algebra 1 instruction. It is our goal that each Math I teacher receive a set to begin using in the classroom right away this year. For help with using Algebra Tiles, we placed a document in the Digital Binder. For your convenience, it can be downloaded below.
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