Mathematics 2023-24

Customized Professional Learning and Support

Don't see what you need listed here? Please contact Kevin Drinkard, Math Coordinator,, to discuss.  Professional learning is offered at no-cost to county schools and districts.

Introducing California's New 2023 Math Framework

Thursday August 31, 4:00-5:00 via Zoom

The State Board of Education approved the California 2023 Math Framework!!. What's new? What are some shorter and longer-term implications? Join an informational session on Zoom:

An excellent first step anyone can do right now is to read the first two chapters!

What resonates with what you already know? What pushes against your thinking? What questions emerge? 

Hope to see you on the August 31 Zoom!

SVMI Math-Focused Professional Learning Series for 2023-24
(CEUs Available)

Designing for Coherence, Focus and Rigor: Drivers of Investigation and Content Connections (New to the 2023 Math Framework!)

Available to staff in Santa Cruz City Schools, San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley, Soquel Union Elementary, Bonny Doon, Happy Valley, Mountain, Pacific, and COE Alternative Education.

Dates (Thursdays, 8:30-3:30 at the COE Tech Center, 400 Encinal Street in Santa Cruz). Plan to join one or more sessions. Teachers - please plan for a substitute teacher early. 

Additional Option: For teachers who prefer to participate virtually, SVMI offers Virtual Sessions from 3:30-5:30 on:

Thursday, September 21:  Session #1

Thursday, October 26:       Session #2

Thursday, December 7:      Session #3

Thursday, January 25:       Session #4

Thursday, February 15:       Session #5

Audience: Teachers, Instructional Coaches TK-12. Participants are encouraged to enroll with a Team!

Santa Cruz County Math Lesson Study Project

The Santa Cruz County Lesson Study Project leverages the expertise and leadership of those who know our schools and students best - the educators who work there - to improve student achievement, agency and math mindsets.

The brand new 2023 California Math Frameworks says (Chapter 10, p. 23): 

"Lesson Study is a type of professional learning where teachers engage in an inquiry cycle that supports their ability to experiment, observer, and improve their teaching by collaboratively researching, creating, teaching/observing, and revising a lesson. Lesson Study ... has been shown to be an effective model for professional development with its deliberate focus on planning and teaching practice, as well as inquiry, creativity, and collaboration."

SCCOE is partnering with SVMI to offer 4 Teams in select districts across Santa Cruz County schools, and can offer $3,000 Grants to participating teams. 

For more information, view this FLYER, and to apply, please contact Math Coordinator Kevin Drinkard at

Applications due within one month after the school year starts.

Audience: Team of Teachers, Instructional Coaches TK-12. Need a letter of commitment from district office. 

Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics Series (CEUs Available)

From our Partners at the Monterey Bay Area Math Project (MBAMP)

4 Saturday Sessions 9:00-12:00: September 30, November 4, February 3, April 27

Audiene: TK-12 Educators

Join MBAMP facilitators for four Saturday sessions to further break down the ideas presented in the book and work together to create the student-centered thinking classrooms of our dreams!!

Cost: $200 for the whole series. Two CEU units available for purchase. Meetings at Soquel High School. 

Audience: Educators TK-12

Register at

Math Teachers' Circle Series (from our Friends at the Monterey Bay Area Math Project, MBAMP)

Math Teachers' Circles are a space where math teachers, math enthusiasts, and professional mathematicians come together to develop community, engage, and explore interesting mathematical topics. 

6:30-8:00PM, In-Person + Hybrid Options. Tentative Schedule:

Please check  MBAMP's Website for updates, dates/topics: 

Visit a Student Math Circle!! (in Collaboration with XAcademy)

Winter Date, TBA, 11:00-1:00 at Cabrillo College

A student math circle is designed to make math accessible, inclusive, and fun for students. Join local educators and local non-profit XAcademy to learn how the Santa Cruz Math Circle provides extracurricular math enrichment that encourages students from across Santa Cruz County to develop their identities as math thinkers in a supportive, collaborative and fun environment.

Participants will:

Audience: Teachers, Principals, Instructional Coaches

57th Annual Math Contest Saturday May 4 (Save the Date!)

Saturday, May 4 2024 8:45-11:00, at a location to be announced (likely Aptos High School)

Who Can Participate?

What are the two main components of the Math Contest?

How will students register?

Participating schools will appoint a Lead Teacher who will handle school registrations. This will occur in April, 2024. For now, save the date.

For more information, and for sample tests, please see the COE Math Contest web page. 

To learn about ways to inspire students in your classroom or school to participate in the math contest, please reach out to Math Coordinator Kevin Drinkard

Audience: Families, students, teachers - focused on grades 5-8

(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.