Resources for Families and Community
We've compiled a selection of high quality Resources for parents, guardians, families, and other community members to help support their children during the implementation of the new standards.
Web Resources for Families
NEW! The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (Grades K–8 only) in SPANISH! Los Estándares Estatales Comunes de Matemáticas están disponibles en español!
Multilingual resources for families from the state PTA are available here.
The Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs)
Download a parent's guide to the Standards for Math Practice here
These were provided by the San Diego Unified School District. The Chinese translation is from SFUSD.
Why is Math Different Now?
In this short video, Dr. Raj Shah explains why math is taught differently than it was in the past and helps address some misconceptions about the Common Core.
Common Core State Standards Initiative
The official site of the CCSS. The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
SF LOVES LEARNING MATH!
SF Loves Learning was a one-hour educational television show created by SFUSD in partnership with KTVU especially for PreK-2nd grade students in San Francisco.
You can see some clips that the Math Department has contributed to the show here.
Answering Parents' Questions About Common Core Math - KQED MindShift reporter Katrina Schwartz answers questions about California's Common Core math curriculum. Reporter: Katrina Schwartz
Fluency without Fear: What about Memorization?
This short paper, Fluency Without Fear, illustrates both the damage that is caused by the practices that often accompany the teaching of math facts – speed pressure, timed testing and blind memorization – and summarizes the research evidence of something very different – number sense. High achieving students use number sense and it is critical that lower achieving students, instead of working on drill and memorization, also learn to use numbers flexibly and conceptually. Memorization and timed testing stand in the way of number sense, giving students the impression that sense making is not important. One way to do this is via games and tasks in which students learn math facts at the same time as working on something they enjoy, rather than something they fear.
Resources from the California Math Council
The California Mathematics Council (CMC) is an association of over 6,000 teachers, administrators, parents, and teacher-educators from California, 45 other states, Canada, Australia, and seven other foreign countries who are committed to improving mathematics learning in the private and public classrooms throughout California, North America and the world! CMC offers Math at Home parent guides to mathematics education in English and Spanish.