Jan. 2020 Elementary School Math Newsletter
Hello Math Community,

Happy 100th Day of School! We hope your semester has gotten off to a smooth start, and that this week has been productive and meaningful in your school community. Read on for information about: 

  • Core Curriculum News
  • Featured Resource
  • Upcoming Professional Development
  • Opportunities for Educators 
  • Recent Activities

This information (and more!) is also provided on the SFUSD Math website at, and you can follow us on Twitter: @SFUSDMath. Feel free to share this newsletter.

Thank you for all that you do!

The Math Team

Educators from across the district attended Rachel Lambert's session on Jan. 30 on neurodiversity, Universal Design for Learning, and their implications for mathematics teaching and learning.

Core Curriculum News


All schools should have received materials for the spring semester by now. Please inventory the materials upon arrival and contact the math liaison assigned to your school if you are missing any materials or have extra.

Your feedback makes the curriculum stronger; please post resources, corrections, and suggestions to Google Classroom or to our feedback form:

The latest versions of the curriculum are always available online.

Spring District Assessment

The scores for the Spring District Assessment should be entered in Illuminate by February 27. If you have questions about the District Assessment for Math, or need materials, please contact the test coordinator at your site, or email Kathy Bradley in the Achievement Assessments Office.

District Milestone End of Unit Dates
Kinder: Jan 29
First: Jan 31
Second: Jan 30
Third: Jan 22
Fourth: Feb 7
Fifth: Jan 31

Featured Resource

Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative (SVMI) 

The Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative (SVMI) is a comprehensive effort to improve mathematics instruction and student learning. SVMI’s theory of action is: Student learning is a function of mathematics instruction. The teacher’s skills and knowledge are the keys to improving math instruction. San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is a district member with benefits that include:

  • Access to the SVMI Lesson Study Project and opportunity to apply for Research Lesson Mini-Grants for teams of teachers. ($2,500/team).
  • Participation in the Principal as Instructional Leaders series open to all principals and coaches (Fall & Spring).
  • Problem Solving and the use of SVMI’s Problems of the Month that are aligned to CCSSM.
  • SVMI’s Formative Assessment Cycle and Re-engagement Lessons.
For more information, contact the math liaison assigned to your school.

Upcoming Math Professional Development

Deepening Elementary Math Content and Pedagogy PLC

Join other Math Teacher Leaders (Site teacher leaders, IRFs, and MISTs) to learn together and deepen your math content and pedagogical knowledge. Together we will explore:  

  • Big ideas in math and how they fit in the K-5 progression
  • Beliefs about our students and about mathematics and how they influence classroom practice.
  • How we can help shift those beliefs to build classrooms where each and every student can make sense of math and contribute their math brilliance.

All sessions: 4:00 - 6:00 pm at Curriculum and Instruction - 750 25th Avenue (Cabrillo) Multi-purpose room 

  • Session #3: May 13
For more information, contact the math liaison assigned to your school.

Spring K-5 Post Math Milestone Task

The Achievement Assessments Office (AAO) will be hosting district-wide scoring and calibration events for K-5 teachers for the math milestone task district assessments. Please see the flyer for District-wide scoring for more information and register using the District-wide scoring registration form. You will receive 2 hours of extended pay. Bring your student work on the District Assessment Math Milestone Task and calibrate scoring of the Math Milestone Tasks using rubrics and sample work.

Calibration and Scoring

  • Tuesday Feb 11, 4:00-6:00PM, Leola Havard Auditorium (1520 Oakdale Ave.). Score Math Milestone Tasks in English, Spanish, or Chinese
  • Wednesday Feb 19, 4:00-6:00PM, Dolores Huerta ES (65 Chenery St.). Score Math Milestone Tasks in English, Spanish, or Chinese

Analysis and Next Steps

Your Math Milestones have been scored; now what? Should you move on? Re-engage with the whole class? Pull small groups? Join teachers from around the district to analyze your students’ work and determine your next instructional moves. Share this promotional video with your colleagues. 

  • Wednesday Feb 26, 4:00-6:00PM, Dolores Huerta ES (65 Chenery St.)

Math District Assessments Results are due by February 26.

Contact person: Kathy Bradley

Opportunities for Students and Educators

2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is the highest recognition that a K–12 mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Awards alternate each year between elementary (K–6) and secondary (7–12) teachers, and this year awards go to elementary teachers! Anyone -- principal, teacher, parent, student -- may nominate exceptional K–6 mathematics and science teachers who have taught for at least 5 years. Visit to nominate a teacher or to download an application for yourself! The nomination period is open until March 1st and the application must be completed by May 1st.

2020 STEM Symposium at San Francisco State

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education at San Francisco State is hosting its first annual STEM Teacher Symposium on March 7, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Educators from the SF Bay Area will be teaching workshops and leading panels and discussion groups about best practices and innovative techniques to further equitize science and mathematics teaching in grades K–12. Come and join us for a day of learning! The first 150 attendees will be guaranteed a $50 honorarium for attendance, or professional development hours for in-service teachers. Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees. Download the poster to share and register for the Symposium online.  

Please consider giving a workshop or talk at the STEM Symposium! Teachers who present a workshop or panel will receive an honorarium. The deadline to apply to present is February 7, 2020:

San Francisco Math Circle!
Spaces are still available for the San Francisco Math Circle's fall semester (2nd through 5th Grade)! The SF Math Circle is an extracurricular math enrichment program that gives students an opportunity to develop their mathematical thinking skills in a supportive, collaborative, and fun environment. We promote positive attitudes towards math and learning through engaging, hands-on puzzles and games that involve both creativity and critical thinking. For more information and to register visit

NCTM Grant for Enhancing Student Mathematics Learning through the Use of Tools and Technology

NCTM members are eligible to apply for this grant that encourages the innovative use of technology and other tools. For 2019–20, grants with a maximum of $3,000 each will be awarded to persons currently teaching mathematics in grades Pre-K–12. Materials may include, but not be limited to, books, calculators, tablets, computers, or related equipment as well as professional development in the use of the designated tools and technology.  The focus of the proposal should be on the mathematics being taught and innovative uses of the tools and technology. Proposals must include a plan for evaluating materials and the anticipated impact on students' learning. Applicants are encouraged to seek matching funds from internal and external sources. The deadline for submitting a proposal is May 1.

San Francisco Math Teachers' Circle (SFMTC)
The San Francisco Math Teachers’ Circle is a professional community of teachers and mathematicians who love solving fun, challenging math problems. The SFMTC offers monthly Saturday meetings for math teachers interested in exploring accessible, exciting topics in mathematics. All teachers are welcome to attend. Meetings include lunch, which is complimentary.
The next meeting is on Saturday, March 7 from 9:30 AM to noon at the Proof School. Check out the SFMTC website for more information and to register.

San Francisco State Master's Degree in Education Program
San Francisco State is seeking K–12 teachers who want to earn a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in Mathematics Education. They plan to accept a new cohort for Fall 2020. This two-year program is jointly run by the Departments of Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Mathematics. For more information,  email Professor Judy Kysh: or Professor Maria Zavala:

Recent Activities

Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School

Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School has been doing math PD cycles planned by the math Teacher Leaders and IRF, followed up by Grade Level Collaboration (GLC) time to plan for implementing PD topics. During the latest round teachers were each given a release day to assess their students using the Boulder Valley Mid Year Screener. That was followed up with a math PD that focused on counting routines and games to address a progression of standards aligned to the screeners. This week, teachers analyzed their data and planned Tier 1 Instructional Routines such as math talks, counting routines and learning stations to match students understanding and needs. The educators are committed to bringing access and rigor to their classrooms.

Thank you for all that you do!

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