March 2020 Elementary School Math Newsletter
Hello Math Community,

Happy March! We hope you are looking forward to Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences and wish all a happy Women's History Month and a happy upcoming Pi Day! 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

Denise Kleckner, a Spanish Immersion teacher, taught a math lesson during the Public Lesson at Bret Harte Elementary School.  

Core Curriculum News


We are beginning to look ahead to next year’s printing of the SFUSD Math Core Curriculum. Please look for an email in April requesting confirmation of the printing numbers for your school. 

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.

Featured Resource

Technology Resources  
Technology is incorporated throughout the Core Curriculum. The guiding question for SFUSD technology and math integration is: How might we support intentional use of technology to prioritize both discourse and target mathematics? ​

Each unit has a list of technology resources. Some of those resources are part of a specific lesson, but there are also additional digital resources that can be used to re-engage with concepts. The technology resources can be accessed through each grade level portal and are also linked inside each unit at the top of the Resources table with this icon:

Upcoming Math Professional Development


Math and Special Ed. Working Group: Cultivating Problem Solvers through IEP Goals

How can we support students with disabilities to engage in meaningful and rigorous math experiences? Join PK-12 educators in this working group to explore how math IEP goals based on the Standards for Math Practice can encourage students to approach problems like mathematicians.

All sessions: 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Location TBD

  • Session #1: Wednesday, April 22
  • Session #2: Monday, May 18
Please see the flyer for Math and Special Ed. Working Group: Cultivating Problem Solvers through IEP Goals for more information and to register. 

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.

Opportunities for Students and Educators


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! Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees. Download the poster to share and register for the Symposium online.  

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.

Celebrate Pi Day with the Alameda Contra Costa Council of Mathematics Educators (AC3ME)
Kick off the celebration of Pi Day with a presentation by Dan Meyer on the topic: When Will I Use This: The Mathematics of Breaking a Guinness World Record. The presentation is on Saturday, March 14 at 10:00 AM at the Lawrence Hall of Science, 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley.
This event is free to all teachers, administrators, and MATH lovers—you are invited to join us. Those attending the 10:00 AM presentation will be admitted free to the Lawrence Hall of Science (parking is extra, so plan on carpooling). Dan's presentation and Q&A will end by noon. Afterwards participants are welcome to stay and visit the many wonderful math and science exhibits at the Lawrence Hall of Science!

San Francisco Math Teachers' Association (SFMTA) Panel Discussion 
The SFMTA invites you to join fellow educators for a candid look at the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in the 10 years since their adoption. What has changed in Math Education and what hasn’t? Where do we go from here?  Panel includes Maria Zavala, Asst. Professor, SFSU, Angela Torres, High School Math Content Specialist, SFUSD, Rori Abernathy, middle school math teacher, SFUSD, and others. The event is on March 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the County Fair Building, 1199 9th Ave, Golden Gate Park. The event is free for SFMTA members, and $10 for non-members to join. Light dinner will be provided. Learn more about the event and register through the link on this flyer.

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.

Recent Activities

El Dorado Elementary School

Teachers at El Dorado Elementary have been using Lesson Study to analyze and improve their practice and lessons. The K-2 team is looking at how they can help students develop their use of strategies and tools to deepen their understanding of math concepts. This week they did a public lesson to test their ideas in a classroom. 

Thank you for all that you do!

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