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    Director of Curriculum
    Jenna Barclay
    970-925-3760 Ext. 4017 


  • Aspen School District has the responsibility to ensure the courses available to students meet the rigor of the Colorado Academic Standards (which are inclusive of the Common Core Standards) and prepare all students for post-secondary success. The K-12 Mathematics vertical team has been meeting this school year to determine the best ways to meet the needs of all students in math. From these meetings, three action steps have emerged.


    1. Raise the rigor in all mathematics courses through tight alignment with the Colorado Academic Standards.
    2. Commit to ongoing professional learning to build teacher capacity in content knowledge and pedagogy, including differentiation and ability grouping.
    3. Design math pathways that lead to college-level mathematics for more students and follow research-based best practices.  


    Recently, there have been concerns expressed by parents of middle school students that changes in math course offerings will take place next school year. Although exploratory and rich conversations have occurred among the K-12 Mathematics vertical team, there are no middle school math course changes slated for the 2019-2020 school year.


    During school year 2019-2020, the K-12 Mathematics vertical team will continue to align their practices to the rigor of the standards, further develop understanding and implementation of differentiation, and determine equitable math pathways for all students--no matter when they hit math maturity-- to reach college-level mathematics by the end of high school.


    Please note, there will be opportunities for parents and the community to engage with the K-12 Mathematics team and provide feedback. Please look for these opportunities on the curriculum website and via email after the start of the new school year.


    In the meantime, feel free to check out the resources available on the curriculum website to find out how you can support your students in math.

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Curriculum Matters for Parents

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    Posted by Jenna Barclay on 5/8/2019

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    Posted by Jenna Barclay on 5/7/2019

    This is a short (5 minute) clip showing new brain evidence that all students can learn math to high levels.



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    Posted by Jenna Barclay on 10/9/2018

    Check out this great blog post by Wendy Ward Hoffer, PEBC Senior Director of Development and Innovation. Many of our Aspen School District teachers have been working with PEBC and continue to use their learning to transform their classrooms. 



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  • Ever Wonder How Your Child Progresses Through Math?

    Posted by Jenna Barclay on 9/28/2018

    Check out these great videos by Graham Fletcher to better understand how your child progresses through math concepts. 


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  • Parents’ Beliefs about Math Change Their Children’s Achievement

    Posted by Jenna Barclay on 9/11/2018
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  • 6 Ways To Support Your Kids in Math

    Posted by Jenna Barclay on 9/10/2018

    Have you noticed math looks different now than from when you were a kid? Are you ondering how to support your kids in math? Check out the resources below to learn how to best support your student's math education. 


    Advice for Parents, from Professor Jo Boaler

    Consejos para padres, de la profesora Jo Boaler

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Curriculum Cycle

  • In order to give each content area the deep attention it deserves, curriculum will be reviewed and analyzed using a cycle approach. This approach allows us to collaboratively dig-deep with laser-like focus into a handful of content areas at a time, study outcomes, revise, and review and align quality, engaging resources. It also allows us time to implement new resources and analyze their impact over a course of time. The cycle is in alignment with the adoption of the new state standards from the Colorado Department of Education.



    Math and ELA School Year 2018-2019. Science, Social Studies, World Language School Year 2019-2020. Specials, School Year 2020