December 2019 High School Math Newsletter
Hello Math Community,

Welcome to December! We know this is an extremely busy time of the school year, and we appreciate all of your hard work and commitment to your students this semester!

Please read on to find out about: 

  • Upcoming Professional Development
  • Core Curriculum News
  • Featured Resources
  • Upcoming Opportunities
  • Recent Activities
This information (and more!) is also provided on the SFUSD Math website at, and you can follow us on Twitter: @SFUSDMath. Please share this newsletter with your colleagues.

Thank you for all that you do!

The Math Team

Beach, ocean, and stormy sky at Asilomar
Taking time to connect with colleagues and reflect during a break in the schedule and the weather at the California Math Council-North Conference at Asilomar.

Upcoming Math Professional Development

For a calendar of all of the high school math professional development activities, see the Math Department website. You can also refer to this Overview of our High School Professional Development Structures

Monthly Math Meetings 

The next meeting of Math Department Chairs and Math Representatives is on Thursday, January 30 from 4 to 6 PM at Ruth Asawa SOTA High School. 

Contact person: Elizabeth DeCarli 

Complex Instruction Program

Complex Instruction Course

The second follow-up day for the Complex Instruction Course, Cohort 11, is on Wednesday, January 15. Participating teachers have received an email from Angela Torres about substitute requests. 


Teacher Facilitators (T-facs)

The next T-Facs meeting will be on Tuesday, February 4 at a location to be determined.

Contact person: Angela Torres

Course Collaboration Days

The second set of Course Collaboration Days are coming up in February. Department Chairs and Math Representatives will receive an email with information about substitute requests before break. All of the days will be held in the Cabrillo Multipurpose Room at 750 25th Avenue. Sub requests will be due shortly after we return from break, so please note the dates below! 

  • Algebra 1 Collaboration Day: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 
  • Algebra 2 Collaboration Day: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • Geometry Collaboration Day: Thursday, March 11, 2020

Core Curriculum News

Core Curriculum Materials

Print materials (student workbooks and teacher materials) for spring semester units being delivered this week. All curriculum materials are available online through the SFUSD Math Portals

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

Contact person: Elizabeth DeCarli

Featured Resources

Your featured resources this month are your SFUSD colleagues! At the California Math Council North conference at Asilomar last weekend, we had the pleasure of learning from and with SFUSD math teachers from many different high schools, including Galileo, Lincoln, Mission, O'Connell, SF International, Wallenberg, and Washington! There were also teachers, IRFs, and at least two principals representing SFUSD elementary, K–8, and middle schools!

Additionally, some of our SFUSD teachers were presenters at the conference: Michelle Cody from Willie Brown MS and Nick Chan from SF International High School were both lead presenters, and Rori Abernathy (Denman MS), Brittany Ueno (SF International), and Megan Tangonan (Balboa) served on a panel engaged with how to make CMC North a more inclusive and welcoming place for Educators of Color. 

Nick Chan and full room of teachers
Slide from Asilomar 2.0 presentation with panel
Nick Chan presenting at Asilomar
Top: Nick Chan presents to a full room. Bottom: Panel featuring SFUSD teachers Megan Tangonan, Brittany Murphy, and Rori Abernathy; Nick Chan in action.

Opportunities for Educators

Alameda Contra Costa Council of Math Educators (AC3ME) social
AC3ME is holding its holiday social on Saturday, December 14, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. Meet, mingle, and play fun math activities with SF Bay Area Math Educators! The gathering is at Rosamunde Sausage Grill, 911 Washington St, Oakland, CA, just three blocks from 12th Street BART. Please RSVP to

Hollyhock Fellowship
Applications are due by January 15, 2020 for Stanford University's Hollyhock Fellowship Program, which is a free and fully funded fellowship for high school teachers with 2 to 7 years of experience who teach in schools where at least 50% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch. Any teacher who meets the eligibility requirements can apply. In addition, school leaders of the teacher teams accepted will be invited to Stanford University for a Hollyhock School Leaders Institute next summer. Read about Hollyhock’s impact and success

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:

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, January 25 from 9:30 AM to noon at the Proof School. Check out the SFMTC website for more information and to register.

LWEA (Living Wage for Educators Act)  
Your 18 Paid Professional Development Hours for Educators (known as Prop G or LWEA) are available to all paras and teachers in SFUSD! LWEA PD Hours are meant to differentiate, enhance, or customize learning for each individual (to extend, not replace site PD). How will you use yours? Remember to submit your hours from CMC-North if you attended!

For detailed information, including what qualifies as PD, how to utilize your hours, and a link to the Passport, see 18 Paid PD Hours for Educators.

Discounts for Teachers at Liholiho Yacht Club
The SFUSD parent and chef-owners of Liholiho Yacht Club, a fun Hawaiian and Asian-inspired restaurant on Nob Hill, love SFUSD! To express their gratitude for all you do, Liloliho has a special offer: please enjoy 50% off all food, for up to 4 guests, at all times (until further notice). This offer is good for any employee of SFUSD (proof of employment required). It is also honored in Gen-Gen Room (their little cocktail bar with food hidden below Liholiho). To book: Liho Reservations or Gen-Gen Reservations 

If you know of other upcoming opportunities for math teachers or students, please let us know! 

Contact person: Elizabeth DeCarli

Recent Activities

We've been excited to discuss Literacy and Mathematics with many high school administrators at their Assistant Principal and Principal meetings. We've introduced our Visions for Mathematics and for Professional Learning Communities, connected ideas from the Graduate Profile and the Standards for Mathematical Practice to literacy in math classes, and considered how a launch can support sensemaking and problem solving by all students. 

Complex Instruction (CI) Teacher Facilitators (T-facs) met for their third and last meeting of the semester on November 5. T-facs participated in a Building on Productive Beginnings Protocol to reflect upon their site learning goals with the support of colleagues. Then they looked at and refined their site learning goals with a lens of: What work do we need to do as T-facs or as a team to push our growth as a powerful adult learning community?

Math Department Chairs and Representatives met at the Monthly Math Meeting on November 21. Early this semester, we challenged teachers to share a launch or a closure on Google Classroom that they created for a lesson. Our Teacher Leaders shared their individual and team progress with this Launch and Closure Challenge. We also discussed our vision for adult learning communities, and our teacher leaders considered how they are working together to support rich math learning for all students. Teacher leaders then engaged in a rich math task together to do some vision building about what we want math to look like, build community, and learn new ways of thinking and representing mathematical ideas from each other. 

Slide of a launch for Roller Coaster Task
An example of launching with Multiple Abilities and Roles to support all learners in accessing rich mathematics.
At the CMC North Conference at Asilomar, many SFUSD teachers learned with math teachers from all over the state. During meals, walks, and discussions between and after sessions, our teachers built community within and across their site teams.
Teachers from C&I, Wash HS, and CCSF
Cross-site colleagues at Asilomar
Galileo math teachers at Asilomar
Teachers from Wash, OC, and Mission HS
Middle and High School teachers at Asilomar

Thank you for all that you do!

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