ADE Math Standards

January 2022

Math Newsletter

Our goal is provide engaging and meaningful learning opportunities and resources to support mathematical growth for Arizona educators.

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Happy New Year Math Friends!

We hope you all enjoyed your Holidays!

With the start of the new year comes new plans, goals, and resolutions…we hope that as you move through 2022 that you set new habits, reach those goals, and follow through with your resolutions. Back in September I shared some of my goals with you all…Excited to report, my plant is still alive and thriving! And I even added some new plants! Weight watchers…let’s just say I’m recommitting to that, starting next week.

Laurel and I are currently reading, The Impact of Identity in K-8 Mathematics Rethinking Equity-Based Practices by Julia Aguirre, Karen Mayfield-Ingram, and Danny Bernard Martin. We are halfway through the book and have had some great discussion and ah-ha moments. If this book is not on your bookshelf, we highly encourage you to add it. Be on the look out for professional learning opportunities around this book in future.

The next book is Invigorating High School Mathematics: Practical Guidance for Long-Overdue Transformation by Steve Leinwand. We have the pleasure of engaging with Steve through the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM) and are very excited to have him in Arizona in February at the Annual AML Conference. Steve is a wealth of knowledge and a dynamic presenter. If you haven’t registered for the conference, you should! Or consider joining the AML book study. Click here to JOIN an AML Book Study Group. Click here for more information about the AML Bookshelf.

Enjoy the beautiful Arizona winter wherever you are in the state!

As always, please feel free to reach out to our ADE Math Team.

Take care,

Eboney McKinney

Follow me on Twitter @EboneyYMcKinney


Applications are due February 6th!

The PAEMST program is pleased to announce that nominations and applications for the 2021–2022 awards cycle are open.

Your hard work is crucial to helping the PAEMST Team recognize exemplary teachers every year and we look forward to collaborating with you to discover talented teachers.

Use this link to nominate someone today!

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FREE Trainings for all Arizona educators until August 31st, 2022!

The Arizona Department of Education has partnered with the Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers (CRR) to offer free professional learning opportunities until September 2022. The goals of the institute are to provide teachers an exciting opportunity for professional growth, to establish a rich community of teachers on which to derive support and encouragement, and to create ongoing support for lasting and durable changes to teaching and learning in each classroom.

Join the CRR for these upcoming events!


AML Annual Conference with Steve Leinwand

Monday, February 14 at 8:30-3:30
Strengthening Mathematics Teaching & Learning: Practical Approaches for School & District Leaders

Join AML colleagues to learn more about the math program domains that must be strengthened and why. We will explore and model leadership strategies including advocacy, collaboration and starting small. Whether you join us in the room or in the Zoom, you can expect an engaging day of learning.

Click here for the AML Annual Conference flyer.
REGISTER for the Conference.

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Content Specific PL Opportunities

For the 2021-2022 school year we are adding content specific professional learning opportunities for elementary, middle school and high school classrooms. These sessions will be in addition to office hours. Please use the links below to register. We hope to see you there!

January Events:

  • Middle School Math - Ratios and Proportions, January 12th from 4:00-5:15pm
  • High School Math - Functions, January 13th from 4:00-5:15pm

February Events:

  • Elementary (K-5) Discovery Education, Tuesday, February 8th from 4:00-5:15pm
  • Middle School (6-8) Discovery Education, Wednesday, February 9th from 4:00-5:15pm
  • High School (9-12) Discovery Education, Thursday, February 10th from 4:00-5:15pm



The ADE Math team will be providing a special professional development series on the 10 Dimensions of Formative Assessment. Each session will address two dimensions and give participants a practical guide for incorporating these practices in the math classroom. It is highly encouraged that participants attend all sessions, but it is not required. Sessions will be on Wednesday’s each month for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. Sessions are designed for a K-12 audience.

Participants will earn 1.25 PD recertification hours upon the completion of each session.

Session Dates:

  • Dimensions 1 & 2 - January 19th, 2022, 4:00-5:15pm
  • Dimensions 3 & 4 - February 16th, 2022, 4:00-5:15pm
  • Dimensions 5 & 6 - March 16th, 2022, 4:00-5:15pm
  • Dimensions 7 & 8 - April 20th, 2022, 4:00-5:15pm
  • Dimensions 9 & 10 - May 18th, 2022, 4:00-5:15pm

**Special Session** Grades 2-7 Math Office Hours

This is a special office hours and NWEA will be joining us to present on Formative Conversation Starters, this session is designed for grades 2-7. FREE Resources will be shared!

  • January 27th, 2022 from 3:30-4:15pm

Student understanding is more about growing than it is about getting. As educators, we might speak of some students “getting it” and other students not. This conclusion, though, is not fair to students. A student who may not seem to “get it” does understand something, even if that something may not yet have grown into a robust web of thinking. To reach students’ full knowledge, we can use guided conversations: Formative Conversation Starters.

Purpose: The purpose of Formative Conversation Starters is to help teachers reveal student
understanding about key ideas in mathematics and to identify their students’ ways of thinking.
Audience: The intended audience is teachers, who will use these questioning strategies with students.
Application: Teachers may wish to use these conversation starters in one-on-one conferences with students or in small groups.

Formative Conversation Starters approach student knowledge by presenting a single standards based assessment item and leveraging the item to elicit conversation through clustered questioning. The goal of this activity is not to tell students what to think, but to help teachers better uncover how students are currently thinking about mathematical concepts. The conversations provide opportunities for students to communicate how they are thinking about mathematics.

The ADE Math Team has scheduled office hours to allow educators to

meet together to network, problem-solve, and develop solutions to allow all Arizona teachers and students to continue to feel supported and to be successful. Grade-band meetings are provided for all math teachers, including special education teachers! These grade-band meetings will include opportunities for networking, problem solving, and sharing different implementation models. Office hours are one hour long with an additional 30 minutes at the end for a Q & A session. Participants can earn one hour of professional development credit for each session attended. Note: accommodations must be requested at least one week in

advance of each webinar

** Note: accommodations must be requested at least one week in advance of each webinar.

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2022 Spring ADE ESS Math Professional Learning Offerings

Count Me In! Developing Fluency with Whole Numbers

Choose one of the following dates:

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Register in advance for the session on January 18.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 from 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Register in advance for the session on March 30.

What does it mean to be fluent in mathematics? In this webinar, we will examine the key components of fluency and make connections across mathematics standards that specify fluency as the intended end-of-year outcome in each grade level from K6. Additionally, we will explore instructional routines, strategies, and games that will help all students develop flexibility to solve contextual and mathematical problems involving whole numbers.

Note: Accommodations must be requested at least one week in advance of each webinar.

Please email Jenifer Fernandez or email Rob Hilliker with any questions.

Count Me In! Algebra Tiles Series

Algebra Tiles Part 1: Exploration of Algebraic Expressions

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Register in advance for Algebra Tiles Part 1.

In this webinar, we will explore the properties of virtual algebra tiles and the use of these tiles in simplifying expressions and adding and subtracting algebraic expressions.

Algebra Tiles Part 2: Exploration of Substitution and Solving Equations

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Register in advance for Algebra Tiles Part 2.

In this webinar, we will explore the use of virtual algebra tiles to visualize substitution and to solve equations.

Algebra Tiles Part 3: Exploration of Algebra Tiles in Multiplying Binomials and Dividing Quadratic Equations

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 from 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Register in advance for Algebra Tiles Part 3.

In this webinar, we will explore the use of virtual algebra tiles to multiply binomials and to divide quadratics.

Algebra Tiles Part 4: Exploration of Algebra Tiles in Factoring Quadratic Expressions and Completing the Square

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 from 3:30.–5:00 p.m.

Register in advance for Algebra Tiles Part 4.

In this webinar, we will explore the use of virtual algebra tiles to factor quadratic expressions and to complete the square.

Attendance at all sessions is recommended but not required. These sessions will not be recorded.

A computer or tablet with the ability to access Google slides is not required but is strongly recommended to enable full participation in the session.

Participants can earn 1.5 hours of professional development credit per session attended.

Please email Jenifer Fernandez or email Rob Hilliker with any questions.

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Your FREE Discovery Education Account is here!

We’re excited to share a new statewide partnership between the Arizona Department of Education and Discovery Education to provide educators and students with the tools and resources they need to stay connected to learning in-person, online, or in hybrid learning environments.

All Arizona educators and students will receive access to the award-winning Discovery Education Experience at no cost for this school year, as costs will be covered by federal recovery dollars.

For more information on how to log in and use Discovery Education: click here!

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Math Opportunities Around the Globe

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Instructional Routines Resources

Instructional Routines are a great way to get all students involved and help them build their student agency. Try one of the FREE resources below with your students tomorrow.

Also check out the curated list from the CRR to find even more ideas.


Get Involved, join a professional math association!


Meet Your ADE Math Team

Eboney McKinney

Academic Standards:

Director of Math and Ed Tech Standards

Laurel Cherry

Academic Standards:

K-12 Math Specialist

Jenifer Fernandez

Exceptional Student Services:

Math Specialist

Rob Hilliker

Exceptional Student Services:

Math Specialist