ADE Math Standards

February 2022

Math Newsletter

Our goal is provide engaging and meaningful learning opportunities and resources to support mathematical growth for Arizona educators.

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Happy February Math Friends!

February may be the shortest month in our calendar year, but it is a vibrant month of celebrations!

Black History is celebrated the entire Month. Lunar New Year is celebrated for 15 days. Valentine’s Day and Arizona’s Statehood are celebrated on the same day. We also celebrate our past Presidents, on Presidents Day. We can find Mathematics, Science and/or STEM stories in all these celebrations. There is a rich history of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who have made lasting contributions to the Mathematics and Science community. How will you share these stories with your students?

As you think about your lessons and/or units this month - think about your students- are students in your classroom or schools that have YET to see themselves in the Mathematicians, Engineers or Scientist that are shared? History does not just belong to our Social Studies and World History colleagues. Are you sharing the diverse Mathematician of our past and present? Part of the joy and beauty of Mathematics are the stories that lead to the concepts, theories and formulas used today.

Students’ mathematical identities are just as important as the content they learn. Students will not learn at the high level we expect them to if they don’t see themselves as Mathematicians. How are you making sure that all your students are seeing themselves in Mathematics?

As always, please feel free to reach out to our ADE Math Team.

Take care,

Eboney McKinney

Follow me on Twitter @EboneyYMcKinney


School Counselor's Institute, Teachers' Institute, and Leading Change Conferences

Call for Session Proposals!

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting proposals for the 2022 Teachers' Institute & Leading Change Conference, which will take place Wednesday to Friday, June 8th -10th.

The theme for this year’s conference is

The Edge of Excellence: Reconnect, Integrate, and Motivate.

Do you enjoy sharing your passion and expertise with other educators? Do you have knowledge of effective strategies that support students in developing their agency and propel them to success?

If you are interested in sharing your expertise with other Arizona educators, the Arizona Department of Education invites you to submit a proposal to present at one of the many breakout sessions offered

Teachers' Institute and Leading Change Conference

June 8th, 9th and 10th

8:00am - 4:00pm

Click here to submit a proposal to be a speaker!

Applications are due February 6th!

The PAEMST program is pleased to announce that nominations and applications for the 2021–2022 awards cycle are open.

Your hard work is crucial to helping the PAEMST Team recognize exemplary teachers every year and we look forward to collaborating with you to discover talented teachers.

Use this link to finish applying today!

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FREE Trainings for all Arizona educators until August 31st, 2022!

The Arizona Department of Education has partnered with the Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers (CRR) to offer free professional learning opportunities until September 2022. The goals of the institute are to provide teachers an exciting opportunity for professional growth, to establish a rich community of teachers on which to derive support and encouragement, and to create ongoing support for lasting and durable changes to teaching and learning in each classroom.

Join the CRR for these upcoming learning opportunities:


AML Annual Conference with Steve Leinwand

Monday, February 14 at 8:30-3:30
Strengthening Mathematics Teaching & Learning: Practical Approaches for School & District Leaders

Join AML colleagues to learn more about the math program domains that must be strengthened and why. We will explore and model leadership strategies including advocacy, collaboration and starting small. Whether you join us in the room or in the Zoom, you can expect an engaging day of learning.

Click here for the AML Annual Conference flyer.
REGISTER for the Conference.

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Earn PD Hours Online!

If you are an educator, we know you are busy! In an attempt to better serve Arizona educators, we have developed our first online course so that you can earn PD recertification hours that work with your schedule. This course is one of many to come and is on-demand for you to take starting today.

Please click on the picture above to register for the course in ADEConnect. Each course requires you to answer 4-5 questions and score an 80% or better to earn credit. Once you pass the assessment you will be asked to take quick survey and then will be issued a certificate.

Our first course is:

  • Formative Assessment in the Math Classroom - Dimensions 1 & 2



The ADE Math team will be providing a special professional development series on the 10 Dimensions of Formative Assessment. Each session will address two dimensions and give participants a practical guide for incorporating these practices in the math classroom. It is highly encouraged that participants attend all sessions, but it is not required. Sessions will be on Wednesday’s each month for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. Sessions are designed for a K-12 audience.

Participants will earn 1.25 PD recertification hours upon the completion of each session.

Session Dates:

  • Dimensions 3 & 4 - February 16th, 2022, 4:00-5:15pm
  • Dimensions 5 & 6 - March 16th, 2022, 4:00-5:15pm
  • Dimensions 7 & 8 - April 20th, 2022, 4:00-5:15pm
  • Dimensions 9 & 10 - May 18th, 2022, 4:00-5:15pm

ADE Math Professional Learning with Discovery Education!

This is a special series featuring Discovery Education who will be joining us for each session.

  • K-5 Professional Learning February 8th, 2022 from 4-5:15pm
  • 6-8 Professional Learning February 9th, 2022 from 4-5:15pm
  • 9-12 Professional Learning February 10th, 2022 from 4-5:15pm

Participants will earn 1.25 PD hour for recertification.

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2022 Spring ADE ESS Math Professional Learning Offerings

Count Me In! Algebra Tiles Series

Algebra Tiles Part 2: Exploration of Substitution and Solving Equations

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Register in advance for Algebra Tiles Part 2.

In this webinar, we will explore the use of virtual algebra tiles to visualize substitution and to solve equations.

Algebra Tiles Part 3: Exploration of Algebra Tiles in Multiplying Binomials and Dividing Quadratic Equations

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 from 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Register in advance for Algebra Tiles Part 3.

In this webinar, we will explore the use of virtual algebra tiles to multiply binomials and to divide quadratics.

Algebra Tiles Part 4: Exploration of Algebra Tiles in Factoring Quadratic Expressions and Completing the Square

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 from 3:30.–5:00 p.m.

Register in advance for Algebra Tiles Part 4.

In this webinar, we will explore the use of virtual algebra tiles to factor quadratic expressions and to complete the square. Attendance at all sessions is recommended but not required. These sessions will not be recorded. A computer or tablet with the ability to access Google slides is not required but is strongly recommended to enable full participation in the session.

Participants can earn 1.5 hours of professional development credit per session attended.

Please email Jenifer Fernandez or email Rob Hilliker with any questions.

Count Me In! Developing Fluency with Whole Numbers

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 from 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Register in advance for the session on March 30.

What does it mean to be fluent in mathematics? In this webinar, we will examine the key components of fluency and make connections across mathematics standards that specify fluency as the intended end-of-year outcome in each grade level from K6. Additionally, we will explore instructional routines, strategies, and games that will help all students develop flexibility to solve contextual and mathematical problems involving whole numbers.

Note: Accommodations must be requested at least one week in advance of each webinar.

Please email Jenifer Fernandez or email Rob Hilliker with any questions.

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Your FREE Discovery Education Account is here!

We’re excited to share a new statewide partnership between the Arizona Department of Education and Discovery Education to provide educators and students with the tools and resources they need to stay connected to learning in-person, online, or in hybrid learning environments.

All Arizona educators and students will receive access to the award-winning Discovery Education Experience at no cost for this school year, as costs will be covered by federal recovery dollars.

For more information on how to log in and use Discovery Education: click here!

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Math Opportunities Around the Globe

Money Minutes Project Team High School Teacher Interest

Arizona Council on Economic Education and the Thomas R. Brown Foundation seek an experienced high school math educator to assist in completing the development and on-going update of Money Minutes. Money Minutes are short math exercises focused on a personal finance topic. All exercises are connected directly to an Arizona math standard and are designed to encourage cross-curricular, relevant mathematics instruction.

The Money Minutes team members work remotely, meet periodically via Zoom, and lead presentations for other educators. Ideal candidates embrace collaboration and processes for continual improvement. Team members earn $30 per hour and complete tasks on an as-needed basis. Estimate 2 to 4 hours a month on average.

Applications will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis, and be open till the position is filled.

Use this link to apply.

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Instructional Routines Resources

Instructional Routines are a great way to get all students involved and help them build their student agency. Try one of the FREE resources below with your students tomorrow.

Also check out the curated list from the CRR to find even more ideas.


Get Involved, join a professional math association!


Meet Your ADE Math Team

Eboney McKinney

Academic Standards:

Director of Math and Ed Tech Standards

Laurel Cherry

Academic Standards:

K-12 Math Specialist

Jenifer Fernandez

Exceptional Student Services:

Math Specialist

Rob Hilliker

Exceptional Student Services:

Math Specialist