PtA: Principles to Action Summer Opportunities

Hi Everyone,

     This next year will be an exciting year as we get ready for the Summer Mathematics Institute.  We know that the single thing that impacts the future of a student the most is the teacher.  For this reason, the primary focus and support that I can offer at the Iowa Department of Education, Standards and Curriculum, is Instructional.  Instructional Practices is at the forefront of everything we do.  This is why we have chosen to focus on Principles to Actions, and the 8 Effective Teaching Practices.  This launches in June of 2016 and please do not delay registering (Principles to Actions June Registration), as this event will fill.  This is a long-term initiative and it is the single most scale up that we can do to continue to improve instruction in the mathematics in the classroom for students.

     With the “pause” of Smarter Balanced, many are wondering what do we do.  We still want to continue to strive to implement the standards and mathematical practices.  We can still use the Assessment Targets to consider the focus, coherence, and rigor of our instruction.  See the Assessment Targets and this Guide to Alignment.

     Also, for those who are looking for aligned curriculum, OpenUp is getting ready to release their OER (Open Educational Resource) for 6th - 8th during the summer of 2017.  See the preview video.

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—April Pforts

State Mathematics

Consultant, Iowa

Department of Education