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Contact ISIC Mathematics Coordinators

Elementary Mathematics:  Dan Kim, (213) 241-0122,

Secondary Mathematics:  Lisa Usher-Staats, (213) 241-0184,

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Welcome to the ISIC community of mathematics educators!

The transition to Common Core mathematics teaching and learning is supported throughout 2013-14 through focused, collaborative work within and across our more than 150 ISIC school sites.

Desired outcomes of our work together this school year, across the grades K-12, are:

>student use of Common Core Math Practices 1, 3 and 4

>teachers' use of improved quality and purpose of questioning

>evidence - through student language - of learners' sense-making of mathematics, supported by discussion techniques such as "Talk Moves" and teaching moves to orchestrate a productive student mathematics discussion

>standards-based activities, assignments and projects; especially in selecting tasks and planning lessons or units to transition to Common Core.


Focus allows each student to think, practice, and integrate each new idea into a growing knowledge structure.

Focus is possible when we reduce the number of topics taught in each grade,  increasing the time spent on each topic.

Focus is evident in students' depth of learning, which is carried out through the Standards for Mathematical Practice.


>The Eight (8) Standards for Mathematical Practice describe student processes and proficiencies developed K-12.

>"Progressions" documents describe the development of Common Core domains across grade spans.

>"Critical Areas" and "Clusters" in a specific CCSS grade or course connect and relate learning within a unit or school year.