Learning First! As educators we continue to learn, grow, and develop in order to help our students become life-long learners.
Math in Davis School District has four main principles our teachers work towards:
- Using the DESK standards to guide our instruction
- Selecting the best tools to deliver instruction
- Collaborating with others to improve our instruction
- Fostering environments that allow all learners to succeed
To support learning in the classroom any way we can. We are constantly working together to support, motivate, praise, and help teachers.
- DESK Standards
- Evaluate Davis Goals
- K-1 DSD Curriculum
- 2-6 Advantage Math
- Math Software
- Professional Learning
- STEM Olympiad
- Other Teacher Resources
Developed by the Utah State Board of Education math department, core guides provide a detailed description of the Utah Core Standards. These core guides include concepts and skills to master, vertical alignment, critical background knowledge, and suggested models and instructional strategies.
Progressions Documents for the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
"The Common Core State Standards in mathematics were built on progressions: narrative documents describing the progression of a topic across a number of grade levels, informed both by research on children's cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics.
The progressions can explain why standards are sequenced the way they are, point out cognitive difficulties and pedagogical solutions, and give more detail on particularly knotty areas of the mathematics. They would be useful in teacher preparation and professional development, organizing curriculum, and writing textbooks. Progressions documents also provide a transmission mechanism between mathematics education research and standards."
-From Achieve the Core
View the documents:
The teachers edition of Advantage Math can be accessed on iPad as well as through the DESK for Teachers OneDrive folder. To get the full functionality of Advantage Math, you will want to use both locations.
The DESK for Teachers folder on OneDrive can be accessed through your Office 365 account. In this folder you can access:
- student practice pages
- school-to-home connection
- in-class activities
- PDF version of teacher's edition (note: this version is not interactive)
View the curriculum here.
The iPad version of Advantage Math is interactive and intended for use during instruction. This version includes easy-to-present features such as:
- pop-out tasks and problems for class discussion
- formative checks in each lesson
- additional resources (videos, games, links)
- colorful photos
- writing prompts
To download Advantage Math to your iPad, follow these instructions.
Imagine Learning now has pathways tailored to Advantage Math! This is a great resource for tier 2 instruction, differentiation, and extension. You can choose to assign this pathway to the entire class, or to individual students. The Quick Guide will help you get set up.
Visit ST MATH
Rostering, log in, and tech support:
PD and implementation support:
Purchasing and sales:
Davis Collaborative Teams (DCTs) are an exciting way for educators across the district to collaborate on math and science. These meetings are beneficial for those who are looking for collaboration across the district, to dig deep into pedagogy, want to share resources, desire the latest news in STEM, and love talking about teaching. Participants of these meetings include teachers, coaches, and district support. Topics of meetings are generated by the needs and requests of participants. K-6 teachers will be meeting monthly at different schools across the district to discuss the four questions of the DCT process, new standards implementation, share ideas, and discuss rigor and relevance in instruction. The true purpose of these groups above all else is to build relationships between teachers across their grade level. These groups will be facilitated by grade level facilitators and managed by a district level coordinator. These groups will meet in Microsoft Teams as their online platform. All teachers are invited.
K-6 first meeting September 12 from 4-6 pm in the Administration Building Auditorium.
Where we've been
Our first two years of collaboration were during the 2016-2018 school year. Our groups were small but motivated, meeting in person for two hours each month. Collaboration began with truly understanding the Utah Core Curriculum in our individual science content areas. We then identified what student proficiency looks like (what should students know), how to measure student proficiency (how do we know what they know), and what to do about it (what do we do if they do if they don't get it). Each group was allowed to choose what this process looked like, set their own goals, and choose how to accomplish these goals within the Collaborative team framework.
Where we're going
The 2018-20189 school year marks our third year in this undertaking. We hope to build on what we have created, and expand our groups. This year we will invite teachers from around the state, communicating through Facebook. Join us! Research shows that meaningful collaboration among teachers is the best way to improve student learning and test scores.
Possible topics of DCTs:
- unpacking standards
- resources for new science standards
- digging deeper into Advantage Math
- additional math instructional resources
- assessment (formative, summative, end-of-year)
- blended learning
- integration of content areas
Site-based support is an a-la-carte approach to targeting professional learning. Formats and topics of this support are developed with the learners' needs as the central focus. We want this to be beneficial to educators and students and we are excited to support learning on a personal level.
Possible ways to utilize site-based support
- co-teaching and modeling lessons
- grade-level planning
- unpacking standards
- instructional strategies
- instructional coaching and feedback
- out-of-district professional learning opportunities
- integration of content areas
The possibilities are endless! If you are a principal, team, or individual teacher who would like support in math, please contact Valerie Boyles at email@example.com.
Math Endorsement- Algebraic Reasoning Fall 2018 Registration
This course is for individuals who have already started the math endorsement and are continuing the program. Individuals wishing to begin the program are invited to join the next cohort, beginning in January. Information on the new cohort will be sent later in the fall.
Instructions to register and the syllabus for the class are attached. You will need to register for the course called “Math for Teaching- Algebraic Reasoning MTHE 6760”. Participants must pay a registration fee of $40 and purchase their own textbook. For non-district employees, the cost of the course is $300 (cash or check) to be paid to Margo Hammond at the Teaching and Learning Department on the second floor of the Kendall Building in Farmington. Note the start date of the course says 8/29/18, but the first day of class is 9/5/18.
What: Algebraic Reasoning Fall 2018
When: Wednesdays, 4:15-7:45, 9/5-12/12
Where: Lincoln Elementary Math Lab
Instructor: Jennifer Roberts
How to register: https://continue.weber.edu/professional/teachertraining.aspx
Required text: Van de Walle, J. A. et. al., (2012). Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally (8th edition). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon
This professional development opportunity is offered in collaboration with Weber State University (WSU) and the Northern Utah Curriculum Consortium (NUCC) and sponsored by the STEM Action Center. Educators are invited to come and enjoy a year of studying the 8 Teaching Standards and 8 Mathematical Practices with grade level teachers from NUCC. There will be three cohort grade bands: K-4, 5-8, 9-12 with classes being held at WSU Davis Campus in Layton. The course will be taught by WSU Math Educators and Master Teachers from NUCC districts. This is a a three-year workshop that offers: stipends, two graduate credits (for a small fee), paid substitutes, new strategies, grade level tasks, and field trips. Sign up with a partner from your school, or come alone. Applicants are accepted to the program through an application process. Proposed Schedule: October 5th, November 3rd, January 24th 2019, March 23rd, 2019, May 2nd, 2019.
You can register for the 8x8 Project here.
Elementary - STEM Olympiad
The elementary Science Olympiad is developed by teachers in Davis School District. It is a competition for 4th-6th graders which seeks to develop STEM based skills in our students. The events change regularly and are broken in to 3 Science/Engineering events and 3 Math events. We will be hosting a coordinator meeting on September 19th from 4:00-7:00pm in the Administration Building Auditorium. Event rules will not be posted until after this meeting.
District ELEMENTARY Math & Science Olympiad Competition is on May 23rd, 2019 at Central Davis Junior High.
There will be two sessions that day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Each session will last approximately 2 hours, 9:00-11:30 or 1:00-3:30.
Your school will be assigned one session to attend.
STEM Olympiad Events
There will be six events at the Olympiad (three Math and three Science). Each event has a rule/information sheet. Please be sure to familiarize your students with the rules.
Teams who do not abide by the rules will be eliminated from competition. We desire for everyone to have an enjoyable and meaningful experience. Thank you in advance for following all rules and guidelines!
Meet the Directors
Math Olympiad Director
Cynthia Palmer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Science Olympiad Directors
Busing will NOT be provided by the District. You will need to make your own arrangements for transporting your students to and from Central Davis Junior High School.
One teacher will need to accompany students from each grade level.
Parents are not to chaperone students.
Each event is designed for a team of 2 students. Each grade level is eligible to send one team of 2 students in each event for their school. Note: Only one team per grade level per school is eligible to compete in each event.
Students may participate in more than one event if desired, but it is not mandatory.
Students who are waiting to compete, or who have finished their competition, are required to stay with their school chaperone and to be respectful spectators as the other students complete their events.
Please do not bring your entire class to the Olympiad. Only students competing in the Olympiad are invited to attend.
Competition and Awards
Students will compete against students on their same grade level from other schools.
Scores will be tabulated at the end of each event and winners will receive their awards.