High School Math Professional Development Structures
Overall Purpose for High School Professional Development
To support site learning communities to collaborate to increase the amount that all students, including underserved groups, engage in mathematical discourse around the core curriculum in ways that give them access, challenge their thinking, and help them learn rigorous, grade-level math.
Department Chairs and Math Representatives
Every high school sends a Department Chair or a Math Representative to our monthly meetings. Our goal is to continue building a district-wide high school math learning community that addresses implementation of the SFUSD Core Curriculum at their own sites. This community will also share information and feedback about district policies, practices, and opportunities for math teachers and students. Find out more information about these monthly math meetings.
High School Collaboration Days
Course Collaboration Days: Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 teachers gather for Course Collaboration Days at the beginning of each semester. Teachers at each grade level do math together, build a vision of student strengths, and dive deep into the SFUSD Core Curriculum units and lessons. They also build relationships and learn with colleagues across sites. Find out more information about Course Collaboration Days. All math teachers from all high schools are invited to attend one Course Collaboration Day each semester.
9 High Schools, 6 comprehensive Middle Schools, 3 K–8's, and 1 Elementary school are part of the district Complex Instruction program. The Complex Instruction model aims to “disrupt typical hierarchies of who is ‘smart’ and who is not” by promoting equal status interactions amongst students so that they engage with tasks that have high cognitive demand within a cooperative learning environment. More information about Complex Instruction and our Complex Instruction Program can be found here.
With two High School Math Content Specialists, site based support is limited to support through induction, leadership coaching, and collaborative planning.
A summary of Professional Development Structures can be accessed through the button at the top of this page.