SFUSD Mathematics Department
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SFUSD Math Summer Institute Keynote
All math teachers, including Special Education teachers, as well as site-based instructional leaders are invited to join the Math Department at the SFUSD Math Summer Institute Keynote to launch math teaching and learning for the 2017–2018 school year. The keynote speaker will be Dan Meyer, creator of many 3-Act Tasks and an inspiring advocate for improving math instruction. Check out his TED Talk for a preview! The keynote will be held on Wednesday, August 9, from 8:30–10:15 at Washington High School. RSVP on Cornerstone.
For more information about summer professional development, check out this flyer for Elementary and K–8 schools and the PD calendars.
Geometry Summer Course
Registration for Geometry Summer School has closed.
This summer, SFUSD is offering a twenty-eight day intensive Geometry course for incoming sophomores who are completing CCSS Algebra 1 in their freshman year and would like to take CCSS Algebra 2 (or Algebra 2 + Precalculus) during their regular academic year as 10th graders. This course satisfies SFUSD’s requirement for a full year (10 units) of CCSS Geometry. Class will meet from 8 am until 2 pm daily at Galileo High School, and will include nightly homework.
SFUSD processed over 200 applications for the course, and was able to accommodate 180 students.
Find out about the options available for High School students here: High School Pathways
Find information about the Math Validation Test here.
De-tracking has a positive impact on all students. Find out more with these Quick Facts about Math and Tracking. This document is also available in Chinese and Spanish.
A new position paper from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and TODOS: Mathematics for ALL explicitly recommends "eliminate[ing] tracking systems that sort children based on perceived ability and demographic profile" (p. 4). Read the full paper.
New Partnership Announced between SFUSD Math and Science and Tuva Labs
Tuva, the leading data literacy platform for K-12 education, will partner with SFUSD for the 2017-18 School Year to help bridge the gap between math and science education and enable math and science teachers across the district meet the rigors of the new NGSS and the Common Core Math Standards.
This partnership will provide SFUSD math and science teachers access to the growing collection of authentic, scientific datasets, Tuva's research-based, interactive graphing and statistical tools, and inquiry-based activities, lessons, and assessment tasks to serve more than 25,000 middle and high school students across San Francisco.
The National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and TODOS: Mathematics for ALL have just published a new position paper entitled, "Mathematics Education Through the Lens of Social Justice: Acknowledgment, Actions, and Accountability.
In this paper, they define a social justice approach to math education and provide recommendations for how to work toward that approach. One of those recommendations is to "eliminate tracking systems that sort children based on perceived ability and demographic profile" (p. 4). Read the full paper.
Why groupwork could be the key to English learner success: Teachers at SF International High School engage English Language Learners in rigorous learning using groupwork.
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High school math teachers reflect on their experience with the first year of heterogeneous Algebra 1 classes in 9th grade.
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