Mathematics Adoption Committee

Fallbrook Union Elementary School District

News About Piloting New Materials

Dear Adoption Committee Members,

We hope that you are enjoying summer vacation, and the opportunity for some rest and relaxation ... or at least a change of pace! Our department has been planning and preparing for the pilot of new instructional materials in mathematics. We anticipate that many of you have questions about the process as you begin to think about your new class and getting ready for the new school year.

K-6 Programs

Programs Selected

The committee chose two programs, Houghton Mifflin Expressions and Houghton MIfflin Go Math. We met with the publisher representative, who recommended that Expressions be piloted first.

Houghton Mifflin Expressions

The initial training will be on Friday, August 22 from 8:30 - 11:30 AM. Committee members will have the remainder of the day for planning and preparation. Classroom teachers should make arrangements for a full-day substitute. All teachers piloting the program will have their materials by the time of the training. A 12-week pilot is recommended. Following the pilot, K-6 committee members will evaluate the program.

Houghton Mifflin Go Math

Go Math training is likely to be scheduled in December, for a 12-week implementation beginning in January. At the end of the pilot period, teachers will evaluate the program.

Recommendation and Selection of Instructional Materials

In the Spring, 2015, Grades K-6 committee members may recommend one of the two programs that were piloted. The committee may also recommend that other programs be considered if it was determined that neither Expressions or Go Math adequately meet the needs of our students and teachers.

6-8 Programs

Programs Selected

The committee chose two programs, College Board Springboard and Carnegie Math. It has been decided to pilot Springboard first. One of the challenges of both programs that are being piloted in Grades 6-8 is that the programs use consumable materials - there is not a hardbound textbook - so we will use PDF's and on-line resources for the pilot.

College Board Springboard

We plan to host the initial training in August - committee members will meet with the publisher in the morning and then have the afternoon for planning and preparation. We will confirm the date with you as soon as the publisher communicates with us. Classroom teachers should make arrangements for a full-day substitute. All teachers piloting the program should have access to the materials by the training. A 12-week pilot is recommended. Following the pilot, Grades 6-8 committee members will evaluate the program.

Carnegie Math

Carnegie training is likely to be scheduled in December, for a 12-week implementation beginning in January. At the end of the pilot period, teachers will evaluate the program.

Recommendation and Selection of Instructional Materials

In the Spring, 2015, Grades 7-8 committee members may recommend one of the two programs that were piloted. The committee may also recommend that other programs be considered if it was determined that neither Springboard or Carnegie meet the needs of our students and teachers.

Other Considerations

The Grade 6 team will meet to reach consensus on how the pilot will be structured at that grade level. We are considering adding one teacher to the team for a total of four teachers - two will teach the K-6 program, two will teach the 7-8 program. During the evaluation, they will share their experiences and perceptions.


All committee members will begin the school year teaching CCSS Mathematics using the Course Outlines/Year At A Glance in The Synced Solution. Synced has undergone revision, and the grade level work with UCI has been added. So, your feedback on these changes will be valuable. As committee members, once you have attended the initial pilot training, you will begin to field test, or pilot the new mathematics materials. One of the criteria that will be used in evaluating the programs is how effective and adaptive they are to teach the grade level standards using our district's instructional timelines. When piloting, you have the freedom and responsibility to use what works best in the new materials, as well as referring to Synced to fill in any gaps that may come up. We'll discuss this in more detail when we meet in training.

Questions?

If you have any questions or need additional information, please email or call Lea Curcio or Eric Forseth in Educational Services, 760-731-5414. We look forward to working with you.