Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) elementary level teachers have invested part of their summer to learn and prepare for the new mathematics curriculum that they will be teaching their students come the new 2017-18 school year.
Close to 400 teachers have participated in several professional learning sessions designed by the school district’s elementary Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSA) to support all elementary level teachers as PAUSD rolls-out Bridges in Mathematics, which is the new curriculum adopted by the PAUSD Board of Education (BOE) in the spring of 2017.
“With all the work that we were doing, it was really to, with the objective to having a smooth transition into a new curriculum, understand how to address the common core standards, the mathematical practices, and really to empower teachers and in turn, empower students,” explains Mr. Joe Young, a PAUSD mathematics and STEM TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment), one of the teachers part of the team behind the professional learning program designed to support the elementary teachers.
Bridges in Mathematics is a comprehensive K–5 curriculum that equips teachers to fully implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners.
The curriculum focuses on developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. Bridges blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. It taps into the intelligence and strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful.
The BOE approved the recommendation from the Elementary Math Pilot Adoption Committee during its May 9, 2017, regular meeting. As part of the adoption, the Board also approved Eureka Mathematics as the supplemental materials for Spanish immersion and Mandarin immersion for K-5.
Mathematics Curriculum Roll-Out Professional Learning Sessions: