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District Mission

Learning First! As educators we continue to learn, grow, and develop in order to help our students become life-long learners.

Math Vision

Math in Davis School District has four main principles our teachers work towards:

  1. Using the DESK standards to guide our instruction
  2. Selecting the best tools to deliver instruction
  3. Collaborating with others to improve our instruction
  4. Fostering environments that allow all learners to succeed
Our Goal:

To support learning in the classroom any way we can.  We are constantly working together to support, motivate, praise, and help teachers.

Resources for Parents and Students

DESK Standards

Curriculum Access

Instructions for Guardian Access to Advantage Math


Contact Us

Valerie Boyles

K-6 Math Specialist



Margo Hammond

Administrative Assitant



Utah State Board of Education- Mathematics

Visit the Utah State Board of Education Mathematics website under resources for additional parent support.

Resources for Educators

DESK Standards

DESK Standards

DESK Standards with Objectives

USBE Core Guides

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. 



Mathematical Practices

Visit this link for mathematical practice posters produced by Jordan School District. Each practice has several options available for different age groups.

K-1 DSD Curriculum

DSD Curriculum

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
  • assessments
  • in-class activities
  • teacher's edition

Follow these instructions to access DESK through OneDrive.

Manipulative kits


Pearson Investigations

Pearson's Think Investigations 3 has been adopted and will go into implementation during the 2019-2020 school year. Trainings will be held in the spring.

2-6 Advantage Math

Curriculum Overview

 The Big Idea

Each book contains a Big Idea.  There are five books per grade level.  The Big Idea includes research, vertical alignment, teaching practices, and other information that is pertinent to the entire book.


Chapter Preface

Each Chapter contains a Chapter Preface which includes a meta-analysis of the research behind the lessons within that chapter.  Insight is provided regarding research about student learning in relationship to the concepts taught within the chapter.  There is a vertical alignment including the foundational understandings from previous grades and how students will build upon grade-level standards as they progress through future math concepts.  Common misconceptions and mathematical content knowledge are addressed to maximize teacher, guardian, and student understanding.



Lessons follow a Plan, Teach, Check format.  Each lesson is based on extensive research of effective instructional practices and how students naturally progress as they learn new math concepts.  Teachers are provided with step-by-step instructions for facilitating the activities that build fluency through conceptual understanding.   Lessons include resources for teachers and students, many of which are external links.  Each lesson includes differentiation ideas for students who need a challenge as well as students that are struggling with the current concepts.  All materials for the teacher and the student are provided including assessments. 

Advantage Math Curriculum Overview

Third Grade Lesson Sample

Access to Advantage Math

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
  • assessments
  • in-class activities
  • PDF version of teacher's edition (note: this version is not interactive)

Follow these instructions to access DESK through OneDrive or follow the steps in these videos (view in presentation mode for videos to play).


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, you can find the instructions in the K-6 Mathematics folder on DESK (OneDrive folder). From there, locate the "general" folder for your grade level. The document titled "Curriculum Access and Support" will provide you with step-by-step instructions on downloading the curriculum. You can also find this file by watching these videos (view in presentation mode for videos to play).


Advantage Math Canvas courses for grades 4-6 coming soon!


Imagine Learning Pathways

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.

Professional Learning

Davis Collaborative Teams

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)
  • planning
  • 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 vboyles@dsdmail.net.  


Math Endorsement

Information coming soon!

8x8 Project

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.


Visit the Utah State Board of Education's website and Utah Education Network's website to see additional professional learning opportunities offered by the state.

STEM Olympiad

Information coming soon!

Other Teacher Resources