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New math pays dividends in SF Schools - 10/29/18 - Op Ed in SF Chronicle, by Alan Shoenfeld and Jo Boaler - SF Schools made bold decisions about curriculum.
Historic shifts in Math show promise - Students significantly more likely to pass Algebra the first time 9/14/17 Press release.
Don't Track Algebra 7/3/18 - Robert Berry, the President of NCTM, applauds our de-tracking work and says: It's time to begin the courageous work needed to intentionally and systematically remove tracking's barriers and the associated instructional practices. Instead, we must move toward creating pathways for success in mathematics for each and every student.
San Francisco school finds key to raising math scores: Teacher training 7/3/18 - Carolyn Jones - Describes John Muir Elementary School math successes.
A bold effort to de-track algebra shows promise 6/12/18 - Stephen Sawchuk - Education Week, discussion of the goals and implementation of the math course sequence.
More SFUSD students ready for calculus 6/9/18 - Laura Rudnick - Medium More diverse SFUSD students are ready to take calculus.
Encouraging students to make mistakes to improve math outcomes
11/19/17 - Lizzy Hull Barnes - EdSource
Why groupwork could be the key to English learner success: 2/23/17 - Katrina Schwartz - Teachers at SF International High School engage English Language Learners in rigorous learning using groupwork.
Putting It All Together - 2017 - A case study from the Aspen Institute highlights how the SFUSD math curriculum integrates the development of students' academic, social, and emotional skills.
Lesson Study: When Teachers Team Up to Improve Teaching
5/25/16 - Katrina Schwartz - A report on Sanchez Elementary School's use of Lesson Study to improve Math.
Common-Core Algebra Seen as Tougher
6/2/2015 - LIana Heitin. Standards could challenge trend to put 8th graders in Algebra 1
KALW's City Visions: Are Common Core Test Results Cause for Alarm? 9/29/15 - Former Superintendent Carranza and Argonne teacher Kim Towsley.
How one city got math right - 10/9/18 / editorial - the Hechinger Report - Jo Boaler, Alan Schoenfeld, Phil Daro, Harold Asturias, Patrick Callahan, and David Foster detail the changes made in SFUSD over the past five years and the results seen so far.
Students create simulated roller coasters using algebraic equations
7/24/18 - Gavin Liang - Algebra 2 students held a “Polynomial Carnival” for preschoolers.
SFUSD high school graduates perform better in math and science (Chinese)
6/14/18 - This article in the Sing Tao Daily summarizes promising data about increased enrollment in advanced high school math and science courses.
Unlocking Learning II: Math as a Lever for English Learner Equity 3/2108 - Report highlights how students learning English are faring in math classrooms across the state.
SFUSD makes the grade in its new approach to math
9/25/17 - Dr. Vincent Matthews / Examiner / Chinese Translation from Sing Tao.
New Partnership Announced between SFUSD Math and Science and Tuva
6/1/2017 - Press release - Tuva will partner with SFUSD for the 2017–18 School Year to help bridge the gap between math and science education.
SRI Report - Year 3 SFUSD STEM Learning Initiative Evaluation 6/2016 - Teresa Lara-Maloy and Elizabeth Christiano. SFUSD’s eighth grade students ahead of peers in other school districts when it comes to math performance.
How A Strengths-Based Approach to Math Redefines Who Is "Smart" 5/23/16 - Katrina Schwartz -KQED's Mind/Shift reports on the use of Complex Instruction to support students' beliefs in themselves as math learners.
U.S. ranks No. 13 in new collaborative problem-solving test 11/17/17 - Jill Barshay - Hetchinger Report - American teens are much better at group collaboration than at individual academic work, according to PISA results.
Mathematics Education Through the Lens of Social Justice: Acknowledgment, Actions, and Accountability 2016 - Position paper from TODOS defines a social justice approach to math education and provides recommendations for how to work toward that approach, including eliminating tracking.
You’re all ‘math people,’ but you just didn’t know it 9/28/17 - Jennifer L. Ruef, San Francisco Chronicle. Here is what you can do to help your child with math: Listen to them.
The 'boys are better at math' mindset creates gender gap in sciences 10/12/16 - CNN - Jo Boaler talks about the importance of the messages we send to girls about math.
Memorizers are the lowest achievers and other Common Core math surprises 5/7/15 - Jo Boaler's Editorial in the Hetchinger Report
The Power of Dots 7/1/14 - Keith Devlin discusses the distinction between old-style procedural mathematics and the 21st-century need for mathematical thinking.
Math and Mindset: Toss out those negative misconceptions we’ve cultivated that we’re not good at math. 7/9/14 - USA Today - Kathy Liu Sun discusses three of the most damaging misconceptions about Math and ability.
Square Root of Kids’ Math Anxiety: Their Parents’ Help 8/24/15 - Jan Hoffman in the NY Times "Well" blog writes about how parents do (and don't) pass on their math anxiety to their kids.
The Stereotypes That Distort How Americans Teach and Learn Math
11/12/13 - Jo Boaler - The Atlantic
Why Kids Should Use Their Fingers in Math Class 4/13/16 - Jo Boaler and Lang Chen - The Atlantic
Why Do Americans Stink at Math?
- 7/23/14 - Elizabeth Green / NY Times
Describes how teacher-researcher Madeline Lampert replaces answer-getting with sense-making.