January 2019

Updates for Secondary Math Teachers

Steve Hiner

Office of Teaching and Learning: Secondary Math Specialist


New Location

The Office of Teaching Learning has moved into the new South High St. location. Our new address is:

3700 S. High Street

Columbus, OH 43207

We have a lot of work to do to get everything up and running. We plan to have most of our PD and department chair meetings at this new location. The Geometry Academy and MS Visible Learning PD (see below) will also be held at this new location.


Email is always the best method, but you can reach Steve directly at: 380-997-0469

Geometry Academy

Over 30 teachers attended the December session of our Geometry Academy. We have one session left for each cohort. These sessions will be held at our South High Street location.

Cohort A: Jan 19th

Cohort B: Feb 9th

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MS Visible Learning Course

We have a great PD opportunity for math teachers of grades 5 through 8. Join us on either January 19th or January 26th for a day of Visible Learning in the MS Classroom. Participants will receive $125, CEUs, and around $200 worth of resources.

Sign up today at: https://goo.gl/forms/WOUnpYi7h6xnoQR63

Note that January 19th is also one of the dates for the Geometry Academy.

Click below for a flyer in PDF format.

MS Accelerated Math

Identified students should continue working in their ALEKS Math 6 accounts to prepare for the placement test in March. They should also be working in their special Math 7 accounts to prepare them for the 7th grade content portion of the placement test.

Each building will choose the date(s) to test in March.

Teachers may also recommend students. Please see this link.

For more details, visit our website at https://www.ccsoh.us/accmath

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Integrated / Traditional HS Math Focus Group

We will be assembling a focus group to discuss the Integrated Pathway (Math I, II, III) vs. the Traditional Pathway (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2). Watch for details soon!

HS PD Opportunity / Department Chair Info

Department chair meetings run from 3:30pm - 5:30pm, usually the 3rd Wednesday of each month (see dates at right).

Our next meeting will be held on January 23 at 3700 S. High St. Room 129.

This meeting will be open to all high school math teachers (not just department chairs). We will be presenting on Visible Learning and High Impact Strategies for HS math teachers. Participants will receive a copy of the book "Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom" and 0.2 CEUs.

To ensure we have enough space and copies of the book, please register at the link below.

Note: Department chairs are not required to sign up.


MS Math Curriculum Liaisons

For the last two years we have offered a MS Content Expert program. This year we have decided to return to a previous format where we had one teacher from each building serve as a contact between our office and his/her school. This is for ELA and Math only.

We have reached out to 6-8 principals to get our new Middle School Math Curriculum Liaison program started. If you are interested, please talk to your principal and the other math teachers in your school. For more information, see the flyer below.

Already sign up? Interested in hosting our first meeting?

As our new office is not yet ready, we may hold our first meeting at one of our middle schools. If interested in hosting, please let Steve know. We expect around 30 teachers.

Equatio Pilot

Have you ever used Equatio? This powerful Google extension allows teachers to easily insert math-type and equations into Google Docs, Sheets, Forms, etc. In addition, Equatio READS math to you. It can even read ALEKS screens!

Equatio is free for all teachers but costs for students to use. We are looking for 5-10 middle and high schools (or individual teachers) interested in piloting Equatio with their classes. Participant will have the opportunity to attend a webinar being planned for records day (January 16th).

Please email Steve if you are interested.

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