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Park High School math department shares lessons of success

The Park High School math department presented lessons learned over recent years to a group at the Minnesota Department of Education on November 9.

Over the past two years, a shift in teaching methodology is credited with increasing standardized test scores and student engagement. The department implemented innovative practices to get their results; increasing collaboration among students, the conceptual rigor of math lessons and providing students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate learning.

Recognizing their success with their progressive work, the Minnesota Council for Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) asked the math department to present their new practices and what they’ve learned at the MCTM Math Leaders Networking session. 

“We are committed to finding new, innovative ways to ensure our students’ success. The math team’s collaborative focus on continuous improvement is one example of that work paying off in the classroom,” said Sarah Scullin Stokes, Assistant Principal of Park High School. 

Stokes attended the presentation along with Kevin Larson, Megan Loahr, John McGowan, Carolee Peterson and Shannon Shea-Letourneau. Other members of the math team include Julie Anderson, Alena Behr, Jessica DeForrest, Megan Diediker, Scott Leonard, Andrew Spraetz and Mike Swenson.