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LBUSD parent education event: All Roads Lead to Calculus/Statistics set for Nov 5 at Thurston School

On Wednesday, November 5, Laguna Beach Unified School District parents are invited to attend a parent education event, “All Roads Lead to Calculus/Statistics.” The intended audience includes parents of K-12 children and will be held in the Thurston Middle School’s Black Box Theatre from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

This year’s implementation of the Common Core State Standards Mathematics (CCSSM) is an exciting time in education. The CCSSM are a part of the California’s standards-based educational system, which aligns curriculum, instruction, professional learning, assessment, and accountability. In order to ensure all students master the standards, the CCSSM are aligned to support student attainment of the standards. Efforts to create engaging, real-life and rigorous K-12 math instruction to help prepare students to be college and career ready are key components of the implementation.

Renowned speaker and researcher Patrick J. Callahan, Ph.D. is the presenter. Dr. Callahan has extensive experience both nationally and in California education including his role as the California Mathematics Project Statewide Co-Director at UCLA and the CalTeach Executive Director for the University of California Science and Mathematics Initiative. He will explain the eight shifts required in mathematics instruction and explore the K-12 math pathways that will include four years of successful coursework resulting in either Calculus or Statistics in the senior year of high school.

Parents attending will learn how to assist their child in reaching his or her full potential in mathematics. Learning about the changes in CCSSM, parents will gain a working knowledge of the K-12 math pathways and the eight math shifts in instructional practices taking place in classrooms.

“Our goal is to prepare all of our students for college and career by providing pathways that ensure student success throughout their high school mathematics experience,” stated Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services Darlene Messinger.

The Thurston Middle School Black Box Theatre is located on the school’s campus at 2100 Park Ave.

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