Resources for Educators

Our philosophy and programs are based upon findings from educational research. Here is a collection of peerreviewed studies that are relevant to improving and expanding educational outcomes for all students.

Websites with Resources for Math Educators
The National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Illuminations site includes online manipulatives, games, and interactive tools. Each interactive has the activity, instructions, suggested explorations, and related resources. For Elementary and Secondary K5 Math Teaching Resources provides an extensive collection of free resources, math games, and handson math activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
This PBS website has engaging media and integrated activities designed for middle school students of diverse learning styles and backgrounds.
The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners through rich math tasks and experiences.
For Elementary and Secondary The Problem Solving section of the nzmaths website has lessons organised by level and curriculum strand.
A number of free interactive math (and science) simulations are available here through the PhET Interactive Simulations project.
Wild maths, from the University of Cambridge, provides games, investigations, stories and spaces to explore mathematics: some have starting points, some a big question and others offer a free space to investigate.
Dr. Jo Boaler's website, www.youcubed.org, has many resources for teacher and student learning of mathematics.
For Elementary and Secondary 
New research shows that when parents and caregivers do a little math with their child every day, math learning is supported, even if the adults are mathphobic. Bedtime Math is a resource that provides a picture, a little bit to read, and an interesting math challenge at four levels (“Wee Ones” to “Sky’s the Limit”) every day. It can be accessed through their app or on their website.
For Elementary 101questions asks the viewer to identify a mathematical question that is asked by a visual (photo or video). This is the first step in mathematical modeling, and an important habit of mind for using math in everyday life.
For Secondary Graphing Stories provides short videos that ask students to graph something against time over 15 seconds. They provide the graphs to graph on, and the videos include one possible “answer.” Discussion of that answer, and how it is different from what students came up with, can be a great opportunity for students to critique the reasoning of others and justify their own thinking.
For Secondary Which One Doesn't Belong is a fun website full of thoughtprovoking puzzles. Many of them appear as Math Talks in our curriculum. They help to engage even your most reluctant students because of their openended nature. They also support a positive math community by building confidence and appreciation for the unique ways in which we all see things.
For Elementary and Secondary ThreeAct Tasks are sprinkled throughout the SFUSD Math Core Curriculum. Many folks have shared information about how to implement them online, and more examples of this kind of task. One place to look is Dan Meyer's blog and his list of ThreeAct Tasks.
For Elementary and Secondary Other sites with interesting and varied Math Problems and Puzzles to challenge your students:

Resources about the CCSS in Mathematics
Achieve the Core
A source for free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards. It includes practical tools designed to help students and teachers see their hard work deliver results. Inside Mathematics (K12)
A professional resource for educators passionate about improving students' mathematics learning and performance. This site features classroom examples of innovative teaching methods and insights into student learning, tools for mathematics instruction that teachers can use immediately, and video tours of the ideas and materials on the site. The Mathematics Assessment Project (712)
The project has designed assessment tools to support US schools in implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). The project creates tools for formative and summative assessment that make knowledge and reasoning visible, and help teachers to guide students in how to improve, and monitor their progress. The Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative is a comprehensive effort to improve mathematics instruction and student learning. The Initiative is based on high performance expectations, ongoing professional development, examining student work, and improved math instruction. The Initiative includes a formative and summative performance assessment system, pedagogical content coaching, and leadership training and networks.
SFUSD is a member district and SFUSD educators have access to member resources. Contact us for information on accessing these resources! 
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. Illustrative Mathematics (K12)
Illustrative Mathematics is a source of freely available online mathematics content aligned to the Common Core Standards for teachers, teacher leaders, assessment developers, curriculum writers, and teacher educators. NCSM (K12)
NCSM is the National Coalition of Supervisors of Mathematics. Their website features professional learning modules for K12 teachers covering the Common Core Content and Practice Standards for Mathematics. The Teaching Channel
Teaching Channel is a video showcase of innovative and effective teaching practices in America's schools. It features hundreds of helpful videos showing classroom practices that align with the CCSSM. 