Mathematics – San Diego County Office of Education

Inspiring curiosity and creativity through mathematics
The San Diego County Office of Education provides direct services to districts, collaborates with projects and agencies, disseminates materials and resources to support K-12 mathematics literacy, and supports student achievement through district, region, and state professional development programs. These activities provide the ongoing training in methodology, curriculum, technology, and assessment that teachers need to provide students throughout the county with a quality mathematics education.
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Take advantage of SDCOE's professional learning opportunities to grow as a mathematics leader or educator.
Join Audrey Mendivil and Mark Alcorn in an asynchronous book club for teachers and leaders. Read along with us by either previewing or reviewing a chapter of the selected book in the podcast and continue the conversation on Twitter using #SumMathChat or email us at [email protected].
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​Standardized tests have been driving curriculum and instruction decisions in mathematics for decades, so how can we rethink our focus on big data in a way that transforms math teaching and learning and the experiences our students have in math class? Join us as we read and discuss Shane Safir and Jamila Dugan’s Street Data: A next-generation model for equity, pedagogy and school transformation with a math lens.
Join us as we take a second look at each of our previous reads. We will look back on what we knew when each season first aired, and share what we think now, along with new resources, connections and opportunities.
We've been name-dropping Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for seven seasons – it's time the topic got its own spotlight. Join us as we read and discuss UDL Now (3rd edition) and consider how UDL impacts the way we teach mathematics. 
Interested in exploring how we humanize math instruction and celebrate the brilliance of our multilingual learners? Join us as we read and discuss Teaching Math to Multilingual Students: Positioning English Learners for Success as we learn from case studies, activities, and practical approaches to build on the strengths of multilingual learners, partner with families, and position our learners for success.
What could happen if we approached any story with a math lens? This season, we’re reading Allison Hintz and Anthony T. Smith’s Mathematizing Children’s LIterature: Sparking connections, joy and wonder and exploring the ideas and strategies to thoughtfully mathematize learning experiences.
Join Audrey Mendivil and Mark Alcorn in an asynchronous book club for teachers and leaders as we explore Building A Curious School: Restore the joy that brought you to school by Bryan Goodwin in an asynchronous book club. Read along with us by either previewing or reviewing the selected text in the podcast and continue the conversation on Twitter.
When we leverage play in the context of patterns, shapes and numbers, we can create an environment that allows us to experience the joy and beauty of mathematics in a safe space, trying out new ideas without risk.  Math play can be structured (a game with specific rules) or unstructured (using shape tiles to create something), and, when designed thoughtfully, it can leave behind mathematical residue that can be drawn upon indefinitely. When we create the opportunity for students to play math, we open the door to endless possibilities, uncovering the mathematical connections that exist all around us.
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Learn more about the Play Math! card deck, who the authors are, and what the themes are all about or join us at an upcoming event to experience it yourself! Check out the Lending Library to download a complete card deck.
 
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Designed for math coaches, specialists, TOSAs or similar roles, this group meets monthly to discuss coaching, leading professional learning, and instructional practices. Contact Mark Alcorn or Audrey Mendivil to learn more.
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An opportunity for leaders to hear about and discuss the impact of decisions made by the State Board of Education (SBE), CAASPP/SBAC, University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and California Community Colleges (CCC) impact mathematics both from a leadership position and in terms of classroom instruction. Contact Mindy Shacklett for more information.
Open to all educators who support math teachers, including TOSAs and coordinators. The network meets every other month, and rotates locations throughout Southern California. Join the email list to get hear more about the dates, topics and locations.
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“A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction” is an integrated approach to mathematics that centers Black, Latinx, and Multilingual students in grades 6-8, addresses barriers to math equity, and aligns instruction to grade-level priority standards. The Pathway offers guidance and resources for educators to use now as they plan their curriculum, while also offering opportunities for ongoing self-reflection as they seek to develop an anti-racist math practice. The toolkit “strides” serve as multiple on-ramps for educators as they navigate the individual and collective journey from equity to anti-racism.
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The state mathematics framework consists of grade level, and course specific chapters designed to guide teachers in curriculum development and instruction. In addition, there are multiple appendices which provide support for all educators in the many facets of implementing the state standards for mathematics.
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A professional resource for teachers, coaches, and principals including problems of the month, performance tasks, and other resources.
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A carefully vetted collection of resources including high-level mathematics tasks, and videos that support understanding of the progression of mathematical ideas within the domains of the California Standards for mathematics.
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This website contains lessons and activities that have been developed in alignment with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
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These roadmaps in mathematics provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support that learning in grades K-8.
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Get the latest information about the new generation of English language arts/literacy and mathematics assessments.
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The world's largest mathematics organization that serves as the public voice of mathematics education.
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A community dedicated to promoting students' appreciation and competency with mathematics, and supporting educators in illuminating this vision for students.
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An interdisciplinary community of scholars at San Diego State University dedicated to advancing mathematics and science education at local, state, and national levels.
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Rethinking mathematics instruction to honor student thinking and dismantle oppressive systems is the work of forward thinking educators and organizations. Educators need tools and next steps to interrupt the inequities of traditional mathematics instruction. The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines can be used as a practical support for each and every student to access grade level mathematics standards. Focusing on the student, honoring the fountains of knowledge they bring, and using UDL as a foundation for shifting mathematics instruction, will prepare our students for the present and future world, in which problem solving and collaboration are the measures of success.
In our UDL professional learning, participants will:
We have designed asynchronous modules that can be embedded into your professional learning structures, and can provide further customization to each school or district, including in-person and synchronous virtual learning opportunities.
Contact Mark Alcorn for additional information.
View the workshop that Mark Alcorn and Audrey Mendivil presented at the 7th Annual CAST UDL Symposium in July 2021. 
The SDCOE Math Team is available to support you in your math materials review, pilot and adoption.  The process begins by articulating the current state of math teaching and learning in your LEA, a vision for math teaching and learning for the future, and then identifying particular needs in materials to support moving from the current state towards the vision.
Guidance for Math Materials Adoption
Frequently Asked Questions
You can find answers to general Instructional Materials FAQs from CDE, or check out our curated Math Materials FAQs below:
What books are on the recommended list from the state? 
What books do you recommend (to adopt or pilot)?
How does SDCOE support us through an adoption process?
How can we look at books?
What programs are other districts using?
Which program gets the best test scores?
Which program has the best EL support?
Which program do teachers like?
Which programs come with an intervention program?
Which program has the best technology options (can be used with specific devices…)?
What open resources are there?
When will there be a new list of materials (for the new math framework)?
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
 
What books are on the recommended list from the state? 
The list of approved mathematics curriculum for K-8 is available here. As of 2013, EC Section 60210 was added via AB 1246 (Brownley). It states the following: "(a) Notwithstanding any other law, a local educational agency may use instructional materials that are aligned with the academic content standards adopted pursuant to Section 60605 or 60605.8, including instructional materials that have not been adopted by the state board pursuant to Section 60200.” This means that LEAs can adopt materials not on the approved list. There is no complete listing of all mathematics materials, but EdReports does provide an extensive list of mathematics materials.
What books do you recommend (to adopt or pilot)?
It is impossible from our position to fully assess and recommend materials because of the uniqueness of each LEA, and the needs of the teachers, students and families. Each program has strengths and shortcomings. It is important to match these to the strengths and needs of your LEA at the specific time you are looking to purchase new materials. We believe that local teams hold the expertise needed to make these decisions, and we are available to support you on your journey. 
How does SDCOE support us through an adoption process?
We can customize our support to your needs during an adoption process. We’ve developed a tool to help guide you through important steps in the process, which you can access here. As you consider the process, please reach out to us for additional support. 
Mark Alcorn, for K-5 support
Audrey Mendivil, for 6-8 support
Mindy Shacklett, for 9-12 support
How can we look at books?
SDCOE operates the Learning Resource Display Center (LRDC) in Linda Vista which houses instructional materials available for viewing. You can make an appointment to view materials. We highly recommend that you ask in advance if there are particular programs you wish to review, to ensure their availability.
In addition, the staff at the LRDC maintains a list of publisher contact information, and can help you navigate getting review materials delivered directly to your LEA if you prefer.
What programs are other districts using?
We are unable to maintain a list of math materials used throughout the county due to the frequency that materials are changed. 
We also recognize that the uniqueness of each LEA, and the needs of the teachers, students and families need to be matched to their own materials. 
 
Which program gets the best test scores?
We don’t have any research that supports correlating a specific material to test scores. 
EdReports offers various reports to help indicate the degree to which the materials are aligned with CA Standards, both content and practices, which are the targets of the state assessments. A high degree of alignment might indicate a high degree of support for students in preparing them for state assessments. In particular, their reports on Gateways 1 (content standards) and 2 (practice standards) offer information about the materials’ alignment.
Which program has the best EL support?
We recognize the brilliance and needs of emerging bilingual students, but also that their strengths and needs are variable across the identity marker. We encourage you to consider with your students, teachers and families the unique strengths and needs of your emerging bilingual learners as you work through the important steps towards adoption. 
Which program do teachers like?
We recognize the brilliance and needs of all teachers, but also that their strengths and needs are variable across the county. We encourage you to consider with your teachers the unique strengths and needs they have as you work through the important steps towards adoption. 
In addition, EdReports offers various reports to help indicate the degree of usability of the materials (Gateway 3).
Which programs come with an intervention program?
We are unable to maintain a list of math materials that have intervention programs due to the frequency that materials are changed.
As you consider intervention, we recommend reading or watching one or more of the following:
Which program has the best technology options (can be used with specific devices…)?
We are unable to maintain a list of math materials that have technology options (or used with specific devices) due to the frequency that materials are changed.
As you consider technology use in mathematics, we recommend reading or watching one or more of the following:
Guide to Building Great (Digital) Math Activities by Desmos
Effective Technology Use in Math Class by Edutopia
Do We Have to Integrate Technology in the Math Classroom?  By Dr. Matt Larson
Effective and ineffective technology in the math classroom by Math Teacher Lounge
Demonstrating Conceptual Understanding of Mathematics Using Technology by Achieve the Core
Redefining Teaching and Learning with Technology by Jason Brown (TEDxNorwichED)
What open resources are there?
There is a list of open resources available here. In addition, EdReports continues to review new materials and maintains a list of new materials under consideration.
When will there be a new list of materials (for the new mathematics framework)?
The new mathematics framework is currently in process. You can view the timeline here. There will be a materials review after the final SBE approval of the new mathematics framework.
 
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