Highline Schools’ Math Academies Help Confused Parents With New Curriculum; Next One Is Sept. 28th

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On Monday, Sept. 16th, a small group of parents gathered at Highline Public Schools offices in their own version of a classroom.

They were there to try and learn more about the district’s new algebra curriculum, which, as you can expect, has confused a lot of people, both young and old. Luckily, HSD brough in math teachers and specialists to introduce parents to the “Discovering Algebra” textbook series and the online support materials available to parents and students.

The “Discovering” series was adopted by the school board last spring, with some controversy.

At this new “Parent Math Academy,” parents learned what students will learn in the new curriculum (or at least tried to). They were shown how to access online help for students who are stuck on homework problems, and how to find the actual text online so a student can complete his or her homework if s/he leaves his book at school or is home due to illness.

“I’ve been pretty confused about the math and the way they have been teaching it previously, but this new program has a lot of tools,” said Valerie Constantino, who has a son in middle school and one in high school. At the parent academy, “I really learned how to help my kids with their math.”

The next parent math academy will be held on Monday, Sept. 28 at 6pm. at Highline Public Schools central office, located at 15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW in Burien. Additional academies are scheduled for Oct. 12th and Oct. 26th.

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