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Differentiated Instruction Conference in Las Vegas!

A total of 11 teachers from PHS, PMS, and tri-school, along with 4 administrators, attended the Differentiated Instruction Conference in Las Vegas in February.  Based on the work of differentiation expert, Carol Ann Tomlinson, presenter Cindy Strickland led 2 days of training that reinforced what many of us knew to be best practices in classroom differentiation but also…

Teachers Teaching Teachers: Staff Development Day on January 20th

On Tuesday, PUSD held the last of the 3 professional development days for the 2014-15 school year.  Some sessions were led by outside consultants, but many more were facilitated by PUSD teachers who shared new instructional practices with their colleagues that they learned from professional development workshops they attended outside the district this school year.  We would like…

Jo Boaler, Stanford University Professor, Advocating for Change in U.S. Math Classrooms

How math is taught in the United States is a hot topic right now.  One well-respected researcher and educator speaking out on this topic is Stanford University, Professor of Mathematics, Jo Boaler. Several PUSD math teachers and administrators heard Dr. Boaler speak at the Northern California Math Council Conference in December and were inspired by her message:…

Parent Math Nights: Doing the Math Your Children Do

A common theme this year for several parent math education nights and other meetings where our parents have been in attendance has been providing them with the opportunity to “do the math” that students are doing in their classrooms every day. If you didn’t attend the elementary parent math night in November or the middle school math night…

Why Do I Have to Explain my Mathematical Thinking?

“I hate math!”  “Math is too hard!” “Why do I have to explain my thinking?”  At every turn, students and now parents are asking this same question. Let’s step back a moment and remember our own frustration when we were in school and our teachers made us “show our work.”  In our day, “showing your…

Math, Math, and MORE Math!

Lots of work is happening in the area of math learning and instruction.  Here are a few of the highlights: Math Resources for Elementary Parents – On November 19th, approximately 60 elementary parents attended an evening event where they learned about 5 different math models and how teachers are utilizing these models to teach deeper conceptual…

K-12 Science Teachers Travel to Long Beach

Twenty-two teachers and administrators from PUSD traveled to Long Beach to attend the National Science Teachers Association regional conference on December 3-6.  In preparation for transitioning to teaching the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), science teachers attended over 100 sessions to strengthen their science knowledge base and improve their instructional practices. The conference is timely as the 2014-15…

Calling All Parents of Students in Grades 3-5!

Parents of students in grades 3-5 are invited to join us on November 19th from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Wildwood Auditorium to learn about several of the mathematical models being used to teach the Common Core Math Content Standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practice.  PUSD teachers, administrators, and staff from the Alameda County Office of…