Our resources are divided into three courses aligned to the New York State Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics.
Each course is divided into 6 or 7 units which begin with an initial task, intended to help teachers find out what students know already about the math in the unit, and end with a balanced assessment, which is composed of a series of Regents-like multiple choice questions and a rich task. The core mathematics of each unit is developed through a series of resources linked to big ideas; as you move through the unit, keep students focused on how these ideas are connected and how they address mathematical problem solving. Before attempting the balanced assessment, students have an opportunity to synthesize their knowledge through a multi-day formative assessment lesson and teacher-designed re-engagment lessons.
One key component of our work is the use of instructional routines to structure classroom discourse and collaborative problem solving.
Our focus has been on creating resources intended for students to build conceptual knowledge of mathematics. With this knowledge, it should be easier for teachers to build procedural fluency and give students authentic opportunities to apply the mathematics they know. While we recognize the importance of practice exercises and weekly quizzes, we do not yet provide these kinds of resource as it our experience that teachers are able to create these resources for themselves.
For answers to frequently asked questions about our curriculum, please see this page.