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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…

Dec. 1st Parent Education Night – Common Core Math

On December 1st, the District held a parent education night concerning Common Core math.  This was the most recent in a series of parent meetings on this topic. Over 70 parents attended the parent education night, which was held in the PHS Library.  Although there have been many opportunities over the past year for parents…

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…

Math Task Force November Progress Report

The Math Task Force (MTF) was created to help inform decisions, to be made by the PUSD Board of Education later this school year, about the implementation of Common Core Math in this district.  The MTF, which is made up of math teachers, parents, students, and administrators, is charged with considering and recommending options for…

PUSD Readmont 2015

We are pleased to announce the official launch of Readmont 2015, Piedmont’s “one city, one book” project, now in its fifth year! All Piedmonters are encouraged to read The Smartest Kids in the World: and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley.  In this work of journalistic reporting, Ripley examines the high school education experience in Finland, South Korea, Poland…