Secondary Math Newsletter

March 2016

In This Issue...

Meet our new Math IC

Exit Criteria

Coming soon - New Process for TDG

Resource Adoption Update

HS Quarter Planning Guides

MS Unit Planning Guides

Rocky Mountain Teacher's Circle Flyer

Meet our new math IC: John Buch

Hello, I am very excited to be working in APS. I have been teaching at Castle View High School in Castle Rock for the last 6 years. I am most proud of my work in the Mosaic Collective. While I have seen many instances of education not meeting the needs of kids, I am inspired by the tremendous stories of success and dedication of teachers. I consider education to be an overwhelming task that requires creativity and desire to be successful. Feel free to reach out with questions about anything or with problems you want to solve. I enjoy watching sports and spending time outdoors when I am not at work. @JohnDbuch
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Exit Criteria

Exit Criteria are coming in AUGUST! As you may have heard, there is a current initiative to create grade level exit criteria for every content area. The exit criteria will be the guiding principle as to the content of each grade level. These documents are being put together with input from schools that have already begun this work as well as our state standards(CAS) and PARCC. The instructional model and exit criteria, when combined, will provide a framework for designing engaging learning experiences. There will be a draft of the exit criteria prior to the end of school with opportunities to give informal feedback and/or attend a listening session. We are very excited to be able to have a unified learning framework while maintaining the flexibility to meet the needs of each and every student.

Coming Soon! A New Process for TDG

In an effort to use our professional development dollars wisely, we will be changing the way the district offers PD from the Teacher’s Development Group (TDG). Next month we will be accepting applications from schools who wish for some or all of their teachers to be a part of studio cycles next year. From these applications, we will select participating schools and host sites to fill five studios. There will also be an option for schools to apply for a couple of resident coaching days with a TDG consultant to assist them in planning to implement studio experiences for their teachers independently. We would like to encourage schools to begin having conversations about their plans for supporting the best practices work in their buildings. Be on the lookout for the application coming soon!

Resource Adoption

Many of you are probably wondering about the upcoming math resource adoption (set for implementation in the fall of 2017). Here is a report of our progress. As indicated in the January newsletter, we have convened a small group of teachers and administrators who have been talking to teachers and students with the purpose of exploring 21st Century learning in a math classroom. We have been discussing the role of resources (curriculum resources as well as professional learning and coaching) in supporting teachers in creating engaging learning experiences for students. Our next steps are to develop a process to not just select a new textbook - but to design a more encompassing support system for teachers.


HS Quarter Planning Guides

The planning and pacing guides have been undergoing revision the last few years. Two years ago Integrated 1 was updated and last year Integrated 2 was updated. These updates were to create a better alignment with PARCC as the Colorado Academic Standards had been changed but the core books had not. At the end of the spring last year, we found out that PARCC would only be at the 9th grade level, but we left the Integrated 2 QPGs aligned to the PARCC. At this point, it would be time to update the Integrated 3 planning and pacing, however, we are considering a few issues. First of all, we will be exploring new resources for the 2017-2018 school year. This process has started but is in the early stages and you can expect further communication about this before the end of the year. This does effect what work we do with the QPGs for next year knowing that it is only for one year. We are also aware that there are students in the pipeline and if there are no changes made, then some students may see repeated content. With these moving parts, what makes sense for next year, and what is most helpful for you? We understand that your use of these documents may be limited, but would appreciate any feedback you can provide. We are encouraged by the work happening in your buildings and value your input as we consider the best options for all of our schools. Please take a moment to complete this brief survey before then end of the week so we can better meet your needs. Thank you for your time!

http://goo.gl/forms/rcIbZIrXlg

MS Unit Planning Guides

The planning and pacing guides have been undergoing revision the last few years. Most recently, the supplemental units have been revised. These updates were to create a better alignment with PARCC as the Colorado Academic Standards had been changed but the CMP books had not. As we will be exploring new resources for the 2017-2018 school year we have decided to not update the Unit Planning Guides for Math 6, Math 7, and Math 8. There has been feedback from teachers that the documents for the Accelerated pathway could use some revision. We understand that your use of these documents may be limited, but would appreciate any feedback you can provide. We are encouraged by the work happening in your buildings and value your input as we consider the best options for all of our schools. If you would like to be part of the group to make revisions to the accelerated guides or would like to provide written feedback, please let Gretchen Hazelwood or John Buch know by the end of the week.

Rocky Mountain Math Teacher Circle Summer Opportunities

See the linked flyer for some summer learning opportunities from the Rocky Mountain Math Teacher Circle. (Sorry - one of the application deadlines has passed).


Link to flyer