September 24, 2014
Dear School District of Elmbrook Fifth, Sixth, and/or Seventh Grade Parent/Guardian,
First, I want to thank you in advance for reading this communication in its entirety.
The School District of Elmbrook has been reviewing a math program called Big Ideas. Reasons why the system is interested in this program serving as a possible resource to support students’ mathematical understanding includes (but is not limited to) the following:
Uses the Standards for Mathematical Practice as the foundation
Narrows the focus to promote deeper understanding of mathematical concepts as students are engaged via discovery and direct instruction
Affords students with different pathways with varying levels of pacing so each can grasp essential learning outcomes to help ensure algebra readiness by the end of eighth grade
Integrates essential questions to frame student thinking and further develop critical thinking skills
Provides an eText along with online tutorial sessions to further support students
That all being said, we would deeply appreciate you taking some time to review Big Ideas by going to the Big Ideas website [(click here) please also feel free to utilize the links on the left side of the page: e.g.,“Why?” and “Features”].
To review a sample text, please…
go to “Virtual Sampling” (link is on the left side)
click on “National 2014”
fill in all of the “required” areas (type and “Big Ideas” in the “Product” area) and “submit”
click on the “green pupil edition” to review
Then, after reviewing the resource, we would deeply appreciate you completing a short survey to provide us with input about this potential resource (please click here for the survey link). The link will be live until 4:00 PM on Wednesday, October 8th.
In addition, please note that you are invited to attend one or both of the following sessions (with a couple middle school math teachers and me) to provide feedback:
Tuesday, October 7: 6:30 - 7:15 PM @ Wisconsin Hills Middle School (location: library)
Wednesday, October 8: 7:00 - 7:45 AM @ Pilgrim Park Middle School (location: library)
*NOTE: You will be directed to the location upon entering the main entrance at each school
Thank you for your time and input!
Director of Secondary Instruction
School District of Elmbrook