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This is the official online blog for the Shorewood School District. All content is created and published by Shorewood School District staff. The purpose of the District blog is to disseminate important information to the public in a timely and accurate way. The blog does not publish public comments, but does invite site visitors to submit comments, which are sent by email to District staff. Comments provide the District and the School Board with important feedback from community members regarding the blog posts, and then District staff respond as necessary to the feedback received. While all submitted comments are reviewed, the District does not reply to every comment that is submitted. Thank you for reading our blog.

 

District Math Curriculum Update

Thank you for all of your feedback and requests in regards to our math program in Shorewood.  After review of comments and concerns, we have developed a plan of action and wanted to share information about the direction that will be taken.

As you may know, the review and purchase of curriculum is a defined process (as outlined in board policy 330); therefore, before making a change in curriculum, we are reviewing what we have and how it aligns to Common Core State Standards  (CCSS). In an effort to make an informed decision, we plan to do the following:

Plan of action: 

  • The School District of Shorewood will hire a third party (mathematics specialist) to conduct a review of our curriculum. The findings of this review will be shared with the board and community upon completion. This review will include parent forums, teacher and student forums, visits to mathematics classrooms and review of current math instructional material.
  • In preparing for the new standards and assessment, the District’s Math Committee will continue the conversation about bridging gaps and reviewing new curriculum after the results are shared from the curriculum review. Please note: full adoption and implementation of new curriculum can take up to 24 months.
  • Since the state has granted local control in regards to CCSS, the District’s goal is to support staff members and teachers in first understanding the expectations set forth in CCSS math. This process will occur on early release Wednesdays.
  • SIS will begin the math CCSS curriculum alignment process on Curriculum Wednesdays and during their common planning time, which began in January of 2014.
  • In the fall of 2014, elementary teachers will begin the math CCSS curriculum alignment process. Teachers will also work full days and will provide classroom coverage in order to work with grade clusters K-1, 2-3, and 4-6.
  • SHS will begin the math CCSS curriculum alignment process on Curriculum Wednesdays and during the summer of 2014.
  • Kenneth Davis from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will be invited back in the fall of 2014 to review/present the unpacking/repacking process with elementary teachers.
  • CCSS quick reference flip charts from Align, Access, Achieve will be purchased for teachers as support materials to navigate Wisconsin’s new standards through our WTLC grant.
  • The District Math Teacher Committee will report on their progress at Curriculum Committee meetings (once per semester).
  • Dependent on the finding of the math curriculum review, discussions about new curriculum adoption and purchases may occur in the fall of 2015.

Additionally, if you have concerns about your student's progress in Math, we urge you to speak to his/her teacher, who would be happy to help you develop a plan.

Math and Common Core Standards in Shorewood FAQs 

What is Common Core?: The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts and mathematics were adopted by the state of Wisconsin in 2010. According to the state’s Department of Public Instruction (or DPI) website, the vision is “to provide the foundation for rigorous education designed to prepare all students for success in the global economy.” The standards adopted also provide the framework for the new assessment tools, including Smarter Balanced, which will replace the WKCE standardized tests in Shorewood, and across the entire state, next year. 

How Will The CCSS Change What Teachers Do?: CCSS will have varying degrees of influence for teachers. CCSS has replaced current state standards in English language arts and mathematics. They will unify goals and expectations for students across the country as well as align assessments. For more information about how the CCSS will change what Shorewood’s teachers do, click here or click here. 

How Will the CCSS Change What Students Do?: The standards address the math and literacy demands students will encounter in both college and the workplace.  Because the content and assessments will be the same from state to state, a unified system of measurement can be used to compare student growth from one part of the country to another.

The goal of CCSS will help solidify students’ progression to higher-level math, through real-world applications and conceptual understanding, not just procedural knowledge. Through thoughtful concepts, students will be able to go beyond reciting, memorizing and selecting the correct responses to weekly assessments to building sophisticated understanding of content areas and taking students to the synthesis, analysis and practical application of information.

Below are multiple resources that may be used in support of Math CCSS:

 

 

 

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