Goal: To foster communities of learners & leaders to make mathematics teaching and learning more engaging, equitable, and joyful

TABLE OF CONTENTS (Even if a series is underway, please sign up! We'd love to have you join us!!!)

Available to all staff in SC County Schools! Participants encouraged to register as a team

WE ARE BACK IN PERSON!!!!!: 8:30-3:30 (Santa Cruz County Office of Education Tech Center, please arrange for a sub)

Follow-Up #1: 9/22/22

Follow-Up #2: 10/27/22

Follow-Up #3: 12/8/22

Follow-Up #4: 1/26/23

Follow-Up #5: 2/16/23

Also Available Virtual: 3:30-5:30 Zoom

Follow-Up #1: 9/22/22

Follow-Up #2: 10/25/22

Follow-Up #3: 12/8/22

Follow-Up #4: 1/24/23

Follow-Up #5: 2/16/23

Participants will deepen their understanding of the Five Dimensions of Mathematically Powerful Classrooms to create and nurture a classroom culture that fosters mathematics discourse to deepen conceptual understanding while integrating SVMI tools & resources.For questions about the password to SVMI's website, please contact Kevin Drinkard
Audience: Teachers, Instructional Coaches K-12. Participants are encouraged to enroll with a Team!

Joyful Math: A Math-Focused Community of Practice for 2022-23 (Stipend + 3 CEUs Available)

Kick-off: Saturday September 24, 9:00-1:00 at the COE Tech Center ($100 stipend for attendees, breakfast & lunch provided)
Even if you missed the kick-off, it's not too late to join us!

5 Tuesdays, 3:30-4:45, via Zoom: Oct. 4, Nov. 15, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 21 (3 CEUs available for purchase for application/reflection of learning in classrooms)
Math is innately human when we let it be - and when we make it so. During this CoP, we will join the amazing James Tanton, founder of the Global Math Project, to focus on ways to:
  • Rediscover and cultivate the joy of math for ourselves and our students
  • Guide all students to be the heroes in their own learning
  • Nurture discussion and teamwork
  • Focus on thinking
  • Have fun!!

We will learn a fun, visual approach that allows every learner (and every participating teacher!), to truly grasp, understand and enjoy the core of arithmetic and the foundations of algebra.
Audience: Teachers Grades 5-8; Teachers in other grades, including high school, will walk away with resources/ideas and are welcome to attend!

Book Study: Building Thinking Classrooms in Math (3 CEUs Available + Free Book)

A Countywide Book Study for Santa Cruz Educators

Mondays, via Zoom 3:30-4:30







Even if you missed the first session, it's not too late to join! Please register, and plan to join us in October!

Participants who join this book study will receive a free copy of this amazing book, and meet with like-minded teachers to dig into the strategies, implement them in classrooms, and reflect on the impact they have on student thinking. Participants who attend all sessions will have the opportunity to purchase 3 CEUs.
Audience: Teachers, Instructional Coaches K-12. Participants are encouraged to enroll with a Team!

Student Leadership Group: Facilitating Math Learning

For High School Students who want to help make a difference in the ways we learn, use and think about math!

Even if you missed our September meeting, please join us! Register below, and we'll see you October 12 on Zoom!

Helping others discover and cultivate wonder and joy in mathematics can be satisfying and fulfilling. It can also provide a context for high school students to learn important life-skills, such as:
  • Leadership and problem-solving skills
  • Practical job skills: tutoring, teaching
  • Helping change the way the next generation sees and experiences math; help build their identity so they can go out and solve problems with confidence and joy!

Strong math skills are not required to participate. We are looking for student-leaders who want to help younger students, and who want to help make a difference in the ways we experience and use math. The world's problems are complex - we need more confident, capable problem-solvers - help make that happen!
Group projects may include designing and facilitating fun, interactive "Math Festivals" for students in our communities.
Please Register today!!

California's Math Interim Assessments and Tools for Teachers

Session Repeats: Monday, October 17, Monday December 5

Zoom 3:30-4:45

Discuss practical strategies to use CAASPP Interim Assessments such as Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) and Focused Interim Assessment Blocks (FIABs) in order to generate formative assessment that informs instruction, and to familiarize yourself, your students, and their families with the CASSPP Math test format and test items. Learn how Tools for Teachers integrates with the Interim Assessments, and can support math teaching and learning
Participants will need password protected access to the Test Operations Management System Resources [TOMS] from their district
Audience: Teachers, Principals, Instructional Coaches

Promote Teamwork & Student Achievement with the Santa Cruz County Math Contest

Thursday November 17, Tuesday February 7,

Zoom 3:30-4:45

These Professional Learning offerings support educators in planning for a fun and fair 2023 Math Contest (for students grades 5-8). Become familiar with the Santa Cruz County Math Contest format, strategies and assessments. Strategize on ways to use the program to motivate collaborative team learning, and support student achievement. Teachers share best practice. Prepare to send a team or two to this year's Math Contest on Saturday, May 6, 2023!
Teachers, students and families who are interested in seeing the problems from the 2022 Math Contest, they are on our Math Contest Webpage .
Audience: Teachers of students grades 5-8, Principals

Just Announced Math Resources/Opportunities (Updated Weekly!)

The SCCOE Math Coordinator receives information about a wide variety of math-related events and learning opportunities almost daily. Many of them ultimately make it into our C&I Newsletter, but sometimes, the events are happening right around the corner! In order to share the most recent information available, please see the Just Announced Math Opportunities. Bookmark it, and check back often!
Just Announced Math Opportunities
Audience: Teachers, Instructional Coaches TK-12. Administrators

For more information, or for support tailored to your district, school, department, grade-level team, or classroom, please contact Kevin Drinkard, Math Coordinator.