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