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New Mobile Computer Science Apps Course at PHS

Starting next year at Piedmont High School, a new computer science course, Mobile Computer Science Principles, will be offered to students. The course focuses on learning computer science concepts while designing mobile apps that promote social good and serve a purpose in the community. Students will be encouraged to think outside the box, developing skills in problem solving…

Elementary Math Curriculum: Bridges in Mathematics and Number Corner

On May 13th, the PUSD Board of Education adopted Bridges in Mathematics and Number Corner as the new Common Core aligned math curriculum for all elementary students, grades TK-5. Bridges in Mathematics and Number Corner (2nd edition) is a comprehensive Common-Core aligned math curriculum. Teachers who piloted Bridges and Number Corner describe the curriculum as…

Connected Learning in Action – Camilla Thayer

 In this series, teachers working with students in the Connected Learning 1:1 program share how they use the tools to impact student learning. Camilla Thayer is an enthusiastic user of the chromebooks in her sixth grade science classes.  While ninth and eleventh grade PHS students are only 1:1 in English and social studies classes, every sixth…

Connected Learning in Action – Lucas Denman

Mr Denman

 In this series, teachers working with students in the Connected Learning 1:1 program share how they use the tools to impact student learning. Though new math curriculum and adoption has been the focus of his department this year, 6th grade math teacher Lucas Denman has adopted the use of chromebooks in his 6th grade Common Core…

Connected Learning in Action- Mercedes Foster

Ms. Foster

In this series, teachers working with students in the Connected Learning 1:1 program share how they use the tools to impact student learning. High school English teacher Mercedes Foster declares the Chromebooks to be “an excellent tool for use in my classroom.”  She has her freshmen are using Membean, an online vocabulary site, to learn…

Connected Learning in Action – Rosie Reid

In this series, teachers working with students in the Connected Learning 1:1 program share how they use the tools to impact student learning. PHS English teacher and English Language teacher Rosie Reid uses the Chromebooks in her classes to actively engage in the writing process. For example, during a recent class Reid had students identify a paragraph…

Common Core Math – Recommended Courses and Pathways

The California Department of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on August 2, 2010, with full implementation planned for the 2014-15 school year. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics replaced the California State Standards for Mathematics (1997). The CCSS require a specific sequencing of mathematics concepts, and demonstrated proficiency in applying those…

Dan Meyer Speaks to Piedmont Teachers

by Karen Bloom, PMS Math Teacher On Tuesday, January 27, 2015 right after school, a large group of Piedmont teachers were learning from Dan Meyer, self described worker, learner, go-getter, writer, speaker. He was a high school math teacher and is now on a mission to change the traditional “go over homework, teacher lecture, examples…

Spotlight on Common Core Math

The mathematics curriculum taught in the Piedmont Unified School District is changing due to California’s state-wide adoption of the Common Core Mathematics Standards.  This special edition of the PUSD Spotlight is devoted to the changes now underway in the District’s math program, and issues to be decided in the coming months concerning the next phase…

Spotlight on PMS Math Educators

The key to successful implementation of Common Core Math is the educators.   David Foster, the Executive Director of SVMI, and District consultant Cheryl Holzmeyer, Ph.D., both emphasize that what matters most is the professional training and instructional practices of teachers, and classroom implementation.  As Foster has stated, “All that ever matters is teaching.” In…