Secondary Math

December 2017

Steve Hiner * Greta Robertson, PhD

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Don't forget about the ALEKS Chrome book contest. Just record a short video (1 to 3 minutes) explaining how you use ALEKS in your classroom and you could win a classroom set of Chrome books! You can use your phone for the recording. Hurry, the deadline is December 15.

Ohio's Learning Standards - Extended

ODE is looking for your input into their Extended Standards for grades 3-8. These new extensions provide extra support for different levels of complexity. To view the standards and give your input, click on the link below. Surveys must be completed by December 11.

High School Department Chair Meeting

The next department chair meeting will be held on December 13th from 3:30pm to 5:30pm at the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. The address is 96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215.

ACT Support

For tips, information, strategies, and resources to help students prepare for the ACT, visit our website or click the link below:

ACT Support

Middle School AIR News

Below is a link that will take you to a directory showing the item analysis for Math 6, Math 7, and Math 8 from Spring 2017. You can view how the students in our district did on each item and each standard. In addition to the information provided by ODE, we have provided an analysis by standard to see which areas need more focus moving forward. The reports also show you which standards were not tested in Spring 2017, so you can expect them to likely be on the next AIR test.

Your building test coordinator can run reports for your individual building.

Accelerated Math update

Over 400 Math 6 students took the benchmark test in November, the first step to determine eligibility to participate in the Middle School Advanced Math Pathway. Students will receive results in January, informing them of what they should work on to improve their scores. In addition, an ALEKS class of Math 7 topics will be created for students to help prepare for the placement test in March.

For continuous updates, visit our website at:

Middle School PD Topics

Middle school math teachers, we need to hear from you!

Please let us know what professional development topics you would be interested in. You can fill out a quick survey at the link below.

Professional Development Opportunity

Beginning this year, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation is pleased to partner with Fund for Teachers to offer grants for pK-12 teachers’ self-designed professional development. This grant represents a unique opportunity for teachers to determine the trajectory of their teaching and their students learning.

More than 7,500 teachers have leveraged Fund for Teachers fellowships into classroom- and career-changing experiences. Whether one identifies as relevant a seminar across town or an odyssey across the sea, the goal is to bring back knowledge and experiences that elevate education. Last year, nine Ohio teachers pursued chemistry and culture, practiced mindfulness and sustainability and researched the French Revolution and global warming. What will you learn? Where will you learn it?

The first step in creating a grant proposal for Fund for Teachers is visiting its Application Learning Center, replete with resources to assist you. The second step is to register for a webinar hosted by the organization specifically for Ohio teachers; you can register for this December 13th event by clicking here. In the interim, let these FFT Fellows inspire you to think big and begin your proposal – due by January 31, 2018.

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