HEM-ming Up Mathematics

The team of Title I High, Elementary and Middle, (HEM), local school coaches met on September 19th to focus specifically on making connections with mathematics content and feeder pattern schools.

The day began with differentiated sessions (quarter 2 standards, hands-on quarter 2 stations, constructed response, best practices, and coaching collaboration) for elementary school coaches followed by a lunch and learn with ETA Hand2Mind.

In the afternoon, the middle and high school coaches joined with the elementary group to start the vertical collaboration process within feeder patterns. The impact of the HEM feeder pattern discussions will impact Title I schools exponentially.  Today’s session was the start of a feeder pattern specific vertical plan allowing coaches to determine the specific strengths and challenges of their students, K-12.

Coaches were “Sew obsessed” with this work during the “data dig” vertically, they were then able to create a walk-through form specific to their needs.  These walk-through forms will be utilized during scheduled walks that will begin in October.

As you can see, the work being done will undoubtedly support our plan to prevent the unravelling of our mathematics program K-12.  We are looking forward to the relationships being formed through a “tight knit community of collaboration”.

A hem in sewing is a garment finishing method, where the edge of a piece of cloth is folded narrowly and sewn to prevent unravelling of the fabric.


Delores Thompson, Supervisor
Title I

Contributing Authors:  Ashley Powell, Alison Fridborg, Vinnie Prasad – Title 1 District Academic Math Coaches

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