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Welcome to Secondary Mathematics!

"Tell me and I forget.  Teach me and I remember.  Involve me and I learn."
--Benjamin Frank

Please explore the resources below based on your role:

Secondary Math Educators

Course Progressions

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Core Curriculum

Standards for Mathematical Practice

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  4. Model with mathematics.
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  6. Attend to precision.
  7. Look for and make use of structure.
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.


Effective  Mathematics Teaching Practices

  1. Establish mathematics goals to focus learning.
  2. Implement tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving.
  3. Use and connect mathematical representations.
  4. Facilitate meaningful mathematical discourse.
  5. Pose purposeful questions.
  6. Build procedural fluency from conceptual understanding.
  7. Support productive struggle in learning mathematics.
  8. Elicit and use evidence of student thinking.

Register here to participate in a self-paced book study on NCTM's Principles to Actions to learn more about the Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices.

Core Guides

  1. Mathematics Focus by Grade Level:   (K-8) A deep focus on the major work in each grade level so that students can build a strong mathematical foundation.  These core guides are visually appealing and allow you to see major topics (green square), supporting topics (blue square), and additional work (yellow circle) organized by grade level.  

  2. University of AZ Progressions Documents: (K-12) A narrative, which includes visual solution strategies that students may have encountered in prior grades.  These documents are in-depth and contain a lot of detail about the progression of major topics in elementary and secondary math education.

  3. USBE Core Guides:  (K-12) A high level explanation of Utah-specific mathematics standards, including links to standards that students should come to class knowing and links to Utah standards that have yet to be learned.  Additionally, these documents contain links for curriculum resources that have been vetted by the USBE Mathematics Department. 


Professional Development Opportunities

8x8 Teacher Leader Program

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To register, click here.

Book Studies

Registration is open to any Davis School District Secondary Math Educator who would like to take the course—completing the courses as a group is highly recommended to foster collaboration, but individuals can use the group discussion board as their “group” if they wish!  Once you register, you will be sent the appropriate book for your book study at no cost.

  1. Mathematical MindsetsThis book study is strongly recommended to groups wishing to challenge personal mindsets around math and mathematics culture in their classroom and at their school.  Register for the Mathematical Mindsets Book Study here.


  1. Number TalksThis book study is strongly recommended to groups wishing to learn about a high-impact strategy to help build numeracy and number sense in students (wonderful for use in Math Lab classes as well as in traditional and honors math classes).Register for the Number Talks Book Study here.


  1. Principles to Actions: This book study is strongly recommended to groups who wish to dive in to the research-based best practices that catalyzed the “new” math core curriculum and sequencing. Register for the Principles to Actions Book Study here.

Reach for the Top

More information coming soon!


Secondary Math Course Progressions

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How to Support Your Math Student

Professor Jo Boaler of Standford University recommends these research-based best practices for parents to support their Mathematics learner at home:

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Article archive highlighting research-based best parent practices for supporting Mathematics learners in the home.

Summer Programs

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Summer Mathematics Resources

Request a textbook here for your student to use over the summer (we recommend requesting the textbook for the course the student will be taking the following school year).

High quality math problems to solve as a family over the summer can be found here.

Math 7 and Math 8 Independent Study Program

Students who wish to complete Math 7 or Math 8 in a self-paced and teacher led, online format using Edgunity for content to earn original course credit may apply to do so here.

Student Acceleration

Mathematics Acceleration Options

About ten percent of students are candidates for acceleration as they enter junior high, and Davis District strives to identify and support them where appropriate. 

The DESK Standards have been carefully structured to emphasize certain concepts during specific courses, therefore students may not ‘skip’ a math course as this would put them at a disadvantage in future courses.  Davis District supports a variety of paths for acceleration.  Please refer to the Secondary Math Course Progressions tab.

Accelerated students should take math every year while in high school.  Data shows that students who accelerate and then sit out a year of math in high school loose the advantage of acceleration.  The purpose of acceleration should be to enable students to take additional advanced math courses while in high school rather than complete the requirements early.  Data shows that there is a negative effect on mathematical knowledge when students miss a year of math classes before high school graduation.

To request more information on accelerating in mathematics, please fill out this form.




Lindsey Henderson
Secondary Mathematics Specialist
Office: 801.402.5288
Cell: 801.906.9404
Email: lhenderson@dsdmail.net
Twitter: @flippyfeets