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CCISD adopts new mathematical structure

PORT O’CONNOR – Calhoun County ISD administrators have introduced a mathematical framework that will be used throughout the county.

This structure came about through a grant from the Texas Education Association to help school districts “explain the reasons behind instructional decisions and create a framework for reconciling those decisions as we move forward,” said Maggie Hernandez, CCISD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. during the December conference. 12 meeting in Port O’Connor.

The district could choose between literacy and mathematics. The district decided to go into math and received an $80,000 grant.

Approximately 127 school districts participate in the grant program, of which 75 choose math and 52 choose literacy. A committee of 17 members was formed, ranging from teachers to administrators. The committee is to conduct six hours of face-to-face instruction on research-based teaching methods and the latest research in mathematics education.

“This is an innovative pilot program. We have been working hard with the committee to create a framework that will be used in the future to evaluate learning resources and make decisions based on what we want to see in our classroom when teaching math,” she said.

Christy Greaves, a district math education specialist, worked with Hernandez and the committee to develop the outline. “We have tried everything. It was hard work. The teachers get a lot of recognition for this as well as the committee. I’m proud of the work we’ve done.”

This work has been submitted to TEA for approval, due this month.

Greaves explained that one of the goals was to make sure everyone was on the same wavelength regarding instructions.

“Math learning doesn’t just happen between teacher and student,” Greaves said. “It also involves parents, community members, board members, administration—everyone, so we want to make sure everyone agrees on what to expect from teaching math.”

Another goal was to develop a structure where everyone knew what was expected “so that we can all be at our best,” Greaves said.

The purpose of the structure is to harmonize on campus as well as to move up to the next level of learning.

“In doing so, we want to encourage student achievement and access to prepare students for college or careers,” Greaves said.

Structure, she explained, is a clear idea of ​​what teaching mathematics will look like. This will include monitoring its effectiveness as well as follow-up actions.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to correct the name of Christy Greaves, District Math Education Specialist.

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