A Piece of π: Celebrating PUSD Math

May/June 2016

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With this is our last communication of the school year, we have lots of exciting information to share as we prepare for the next school year. Please do not miss registering for summer professional development workshops. The descriptions and links are at the bottom of the s'more.

How Do You TenMarks?

This has been an amazing semester with the implementation of TenMarks! Thank you all for taking the time explore the system and get your students acquainted with it. We have just started and have more to come. Let's celebrate our accomplishments this year with our implementation efforts.

Encourage Continued Math Learning with TenMarks this Summer

Research shows that most children lose 2-3 months of math learning over the summer. To combat this learning loss, our district will be using TenMarks in the secondary grades to provide students with access to a powerful, personalized summer math program designed to help them reverse summer learning loss.


In the next week, a letter will be sent out to parents explaining the summer TenMarks. A brief grade level diagnostic will be available to all students should they decide to work in the program. They will automatically receive personal recommendations once they complete the assessment.


What can I do as a teacher?

  • Encourage parents to create an account by sending home the downloadable parent letter from the teacher’s account. This letter has instructions on how to create an account as well as a unique parent code for each student.
  • View the TenMarks Summer '16 Math Program video below to understand what parents will need to do.
  • Talk to your students about the importance of practicing math each day in the summer.
  • Have students set a goal of 15 minutes a day for practice.
  • If you have old unfinished assignments in your student accounts, clear them so students will not be confused and will have the most recent work available.


What can I do as an administrator?


  • Speak with your teachers about giving parents their parent code.
  • Send the TenMarks Summer letter to parents.
  • View the TenMarks Summer '16 Math Program video below to understand what parents will need to do.

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TenMarks is an online math program for students to practice and master math concepts deeply aligned to the Common Core standards. Content ranges from grades 1 through 12, covering concepts up through High School Integrated Math 3/Algebra 2. It can be used as a supplementary tool to reinforce math lessons taught in class or an intervention tool to assist students in filling gaps in their mathematical knowledge . Teachers can assign different problem sets to individual students or entire classes based on students’ skill level. The web-based program is accessible anytime, anywhere from schools and homes.

TenMarks Summer '16 Math Program: Keys to Supporting Growth at Home
Senate Bill 359 which also known as the Mitchell Bill goes into effect for the 2016 - 2017 school year and PUSD's Math Placement Policy has been approved by the Board.


The key components of SB 359 are outlined below:


The mathematics placement policy for pupils entering grade nine must meet the following requirements:


  • Systematically takes multiple objective academic measures of pupil performance into consideration;

  • Includes at least one placement checkpoint within the first month of the school year to ensure accurate placement and to permit reevaluation of individual student progress;

  • Requires an annual examination of pupil placement data to ensure that students are not held back in a disproportionate manner on the basis of their race, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic background;

  • Requires a report on the results of the annual examination by the local educational agency to its governing board or body;

  • Offers clear and timely recourse for each pupil and his or her parent or legal guardian who questions the student’s placement; and

  • For non-unified school districts, addresses the consistency of placement policies between elementary and high school districts.

PUSD's Placement Policy Rubric ( Draft )

This draft rubric not only addresses California's Math Placement Policy for students transitioning from elementary to middle school and from middle school to high school but also secondary math placement for students in general.


What do I need to know as a teacher?


  • Students will be assessed in the spring at the course level in which they are in to determine readiness of the ensuing course*
  • Students will be assessed within the first month of school in order to determine proper placement*
  • Students falling below level will be identified and targeted as Focus and receive remediated work within their math class setting




What additionally do I need to know as a counselor or administrator?


  • Student math classes may change within the first month of school based on the Fall assessment and supporting documents*
  • Parents have due process to challenge the placement within a given period*
  • Parents can go against the recommended placement but must sign a consent delineating the expectations of the student and parent



*Compliance with California's Math Placement Policy - SB 359

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Building Educator Assessment Literacy (B.E.A.L)

This two-day workshop provides opportunities for participants to learn about Smarter Balanced performance tasks and how they align with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Participants learn how the Smarter Balanced performance tasks are scored; read, score, and discuss student responses; and consider implications for teaching and learning.

Lunch will be provided


Who: 6th - 12th math teachers, principals, assistant principals

When: June 7th & 8th or July 25th & 26th

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Where: Pasadena High School,

Math 1 Planning with Purpose: New and Middle School Teachers

This one-day workshop provides opportunities for participants to learn about the selected MVP math materials used in Math 1 in addition to collaborating and planning with colleagues from various schools. This session will focus deeply on content areas such as functions and how teach them so as to meet the rigor of the new California math standards.


Who: Teachers who have not had training in Math 1; Teacher who would like refresher

When: June 9th

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Where: TBD

High School Math 3 Planning with Purpose

This one-day workshop provides opportunities for participants new to teaching Math 3 to understanding the MVP materials and how best to use them with your students for maximum results.


Who: Veteran teachers of Math 1 and 2; Teachers new to Math 2

When: June 10th

Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Where: TBD

High School Math 1 and Math 2 Planning with Purpose

This one-day workshop provides opportunities for participants to hone their understanding of the MVP materials for Math 1 and Math 2. Take this time to plan and collaborate with colleagues from across the district.


Who: Veteran teachers of Math 1 and Math 2; teachers new to Math 2

When: July 29th

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Where: TBD

Middle School Planning with Purpose

This one-day workshop provides opportunities for participants to collaborate and use current resources to plan out the school year. They will take time to plan and collaborate with colleagues from across the district.


Who: 6th - 12th math teachers, principals, assistant principals

When: July 28th

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Where: TBD

Using TenMarks for Differentiation




Who: 6th - 12th math teachers, principals, assistant principals

When:

Session 1:

Session 2:

Session 3: July 27th

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Where: TBD

Engage NY

This one-day workshop provides opportunities for participants to learn about the selected EngageNY math materials used in addition to collaborating and planning with colleagues from various schools. This session will focus deeply on content areas and how teach them so as to meet the rigor of the new California math standards.


Who: K-8th grade math teachers, principals, assistant principals

When: July 26th

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Where: TBD

College Prep Math

This one-day workshop provides opportunities for participants new to teaching College Prep Math to understanding the course and the requirements set by PCC. We will discuss possible pacing and the PCC assessments students must take as part of this class.


Who: 11th- 12th math teachers, principals, assistant principals

When: August 4th

Time: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Where: TBD

This Piece of π was brought to you by the Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development Department.

Our Purpose

The Pasadena Unified School District’s Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development department is driven by a commitment to prepare our students for college and career opportunities. We support student success by developing and refining curriculum, in conjunction with providing professional growth opportunities to our staff to ensure quality instruction for every child.