Current Curriculum Work

ARHS Math Update


1/22 Update

On Wednesday 1/21 a meeting was held to present the math department's curriculum recommendation for the 2015-16 school year and potential course titles. 

Please click here to see the presentation

Please click here to see tentative course names and 8 - 12 math course sequence.

Click here for research about the Interactive Mathematics Program.

Please click here to see our response to FAQs about the ARHS Math Review, including those concerning our own internal math data.

To see past presentations and information about the ARHS Math review please look below.

If you have questions please contact Dr. Ian Stith at stithi@arps.org or Jane Mudie, ARHS Math Department Head, at mudiej@arps.org


1/6 Update

Based on the Public Comments/Feedback from the 12/17 meeting we identified a number of commonly asked questions. Please click here to see our response to these questions and other FAQs about the ARHS Math Review.

  • What types of colleges were contacted regarding admissions?
  • How will the suggested course sequences be impacted by a potential schedule change at ARHS?
  • Why are electives suggested between courses?
  • Why isn’t there a transition elective later than 10th grade?
  • In what ways will writing be a part of a typical math class at ARHS?
  • Do the 2011 Massachusetts Math Frameworks dictate specific teaching methods?
  • How do the potential changes in the math courses connect with the ARHS vision?


12/18 Update

On Wednesday 12/17 a meeting was held to present potential new Math course sequences for ARHS. Both an integrated course sequence and a traditional course sequence were presented. Participants were asked for feedback. Please click here for answers to some commonly asked questions. Also see below for more information concerning the textbooks under review.

The potential course sequences are available here: DRAFT ARHS Math Course Sequences

The 12/17 presentation slides are available here: 12/17 Presentation

Public comments/questions is available here: 12/17 Public comments/questions

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Ian Stith at the Office of Teaching and Learning atstithi@arps.org or Jane Mudie, ARHS Math Department Head, at mudiej@arps.org.



12/10 Update


On Monday 12/8 a meeting was held to guide parents/guardians through the math curricula currently under review for adoption at ARHS. The meeting started with a brief presentation of the review process to this point. See the presentation here: 12-8 Presentation

 Parents/Guardians spent the majority of the session learning about the four curricula under review:

  • Center for Mathematics Education Project
  • Core-Plus Math
  • College Preparatory Math
  • Interactive Mathematics Program  

All are available for public review in the central office reception area at ARMS

Click here to see some of the parent/guardian feedback from the 12-8 meeting

For more information about these curricula please use these links and resources:

Click here for answers to the Questions below:

  • When did the review process begin?
  • Will Honors courses still exist?
  • Will my student be able to take Calculus at ARHS?
  • What students will this change effect?
  • What are “integrated” and “traditional” curricula?
  • What criteria is the ARHS department using during this review process?
  • How were these curricula chosen for review?

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Ian Stith at the Office of Teaching and Learning atstithi@arps.org or Jane Mudie, ARHS Math Department Head, at mudiej@arps.org.

Next Meeting

Wednesday (12/17)  6:30 – 7:45  ARHS Library

The purpose of this meeting is for parents/guardians to see potential math course sequences (Integrated or Traditional) and course names for grades 9 – 12. Parents/guardians will be asked to provide comments for the ARHS math department.






12/1 Update 

 

Over the last two years the Amherst Regional Public Schools have undertaken a comprehensive review of the 7 – 12 math curriculum. The purpose of this review has be to align with the 2011 Massachusetts Mathematics Frameworks, improve access to and success in higher level math courses for all students, and to provide  a rigorous, meaningful, and engaging math curriculum for all students. The department is preparing to implement a new curriculum for current 8th graders and students currently in Algebra/IMP 1 at ARHS for the 2015/16 school year.

Note: Students currently enrolled Geometry or IMP 2 and beyond at ARHS will finish out their course sequence as planned. The content of these meetings will NOT affect these students.

 Below are Curricula under review:

  • Center for Mathematics Education Project
  • Core-Plus Math
  • College Preparatory Math
  • Interactive Mathematics Program  

All are available for public review in the central office reception area at ARMS.

These curricula are under review based on their alignment with the 2011 Massachusetts Frameworks, historical positive impact on student performance, and our research of curricula currently in use in other school districts.

        

The Office of Teaching and Learning, Principal Jackson, and the ARHS Math Department would like to invite you to three upcoming evening events concerning the Curriculum review.

 

Monday (12/8)  6:30 – 7:45  ARHS Library

The purpose of this meeting is for parents/guardians to explore the curricula (textbooks), do some of the math, and provide comments for the ARHS math department.

Wednesday (12/17)  6:30 – 7:45  ARHS Library

The purpose of this meeting is for parents/guardians to see potential math course sequences (Integrated or Traditional) and course names for grades 9 – 12. Parents/guardians will be asked to provide comments for the ARHS math department.

Wednesday (1/21)  6:30 – 7:45  ARHS Library

The purpose of this meeting is for parents/guardians to see the recommended math course sequence and curriculum for grades 9 – 12.

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Ian Stith at the Office of Teaching and Learning at stithi@arps.org or Jane Mudie, ARHS Math Department Head, at mudiej@arps.org.



11/9 Update

 

Highlights of ARHS Math Curriculum Review process to date:

  • 5 day norming departmental understanding of the Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Department went through design process to create a program review criteria, based on the review criteria used ARMS.
  • Department spent one full day reviewing each of the following curricula
    • College Preparatory Math (CPM) – with New England Regional Coordinator for Professional Development
    • Center for Mathematics Education Project (CME) – with Sales Representative and ARHS teacher
    • Core-Plus – with program expert and professor from local university
    • Interactive Mathematics Program (IMP) – with ARHS teachers
  • Another program was reviewed for part of day, Carnegie Learning – with ARHS teachers
  • Department members integrated materials from the above curricula into their lessons to gain insight into the use of the materials and share with the department
  • Three ARHS teachers participated in professional development at a nearby school using College Preparatory Math and reported back to the department
  • Three ARHS teachers visited a local school using the Core-Plus materials.

Textbooks are available for public review in the central office reception area at ARMS.

  • College Preparatory Math (CPM)
  • Center for Mathematics Education Project (CME) 
  • Core-Plus 
  • Interactive Mathematics Program (IMP)

Please see the Teaching and Learning update, below, starting on page 21, from June, 2014 for a description of the process to that point. 

Teaching and Learning Update June 2014

 



How to Learn Math for Teachers and Parents

This past summer, Math teachers 7 – 12 and math coaches were given an opportunity to take an on-line course, "How to Learn Math: For Teachers and Parents"  through Stanford University.   The course was taught by Dr. Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University.  The following link is to a video that gives a brief introduction to the underlying principle explored in this course.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN34FNbOKXc   In the coming weeks, there will additional posts making connections between this course and our district initiatives including Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and curriculum alignment with the 2011 Massachusetts Frameworks.  

Week of 11/10 update:

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Grade 8 Math Update

On January 15, 2014, an informational session was held at Amherst Regional Middle School regarding the design of eighth grade math courses for the 2014-2015 school year.  Dr. Rhonda Cohen, Director of Teaching and Learning, Dr. Ian Stith, K-8 Math/Science Coordinator, and Jane Mudie, Mathematics Department Head, provided an overview of the program, and parents were given an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. Beginning in September 2014, the proposed eighth grade math sequence will offer two courses to students—Algebra 8 and Algebra 8+. To learn more, please visit the following links:


Grade_8_Math_presentation_January_15_2014.pdf
HowAlgebra8and8PlusAlignwithARHSMathCourses.pdf

FAQ about the Grade 8 Math Proposal.pdf

7th grade math presentation_parent handout_3-26-14.pdf

7th grade math presentation_slides_ 3-26-14.pdf


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