District seeks input on middle school math curriculum

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District seeks input on middle school math curriculum

Last school year, Olympia School District began a review of its middle school math curriculum.  The needs assessment revealed a need for an updated core resource that was aligned with Washington State Learning Standards and mathematical practices that meet the needs of our students.

Over the last year, teacher leaders representing all of our middle schools created a district middle school math philosophy, reviewed numerous potential resources, and recommended a strong resource for our teachers to review and pilot. Most of our middle school math teachers chose to pilot the materials (Illustrative Math), and we have now finalized the formal pilot.

Many of you have had the opportunity to see and interact with the materials that your children have brought home this school year and were able to informally ask questions and review materials along the way and during conferences.

 We have now received teacher and student feedback, and the input is overwhelmingly positive from both groups.  This is where you come in; as part of our adoption process we seek input from our parents and community members.

We would appreciate it if you could take some time to familiarize yourself with the materials, then complete a brief survey. The survey will be available today, January 16, 2018 through 4 p.m. on Friday, January 26, 2018.

To view the materials: 
The materials are available online at 
im.openupresources.org. For more specific guidance, please use the following links:

To view the different parts of a specific lesson:   The student lesson /  The practice problems  / The family materials
To view all student lessons:   im.openupresources.org   Scroll to the bottom right. Under "For Students", choose grade 6, 7, or 8 
To view all family materials:   im.openupresources.org  Scroll to the bottom right. Under "For Families", choose grade 6, 7, or 8
Access the survey here:  https://goo.gl/forms/k5DrR7NxyGVb2uZA2

If you would like to view printed versions of the materials, they will be available for viewing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 18 and Tuesday, January 23 in the Teaching and Learning Department at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia. The district’s secondary math specialist will be available to answer questions.

We value your input and appreciate your support in this process. If you have additional questions or need support, please contact Cheryl Matern, district secondary math specialist, at 360-596-6133, or Lauri Klancke, executive director of teaching and learning, at 360-596-8545.