Guiding Curriculum Decisions for Middle-Grades Mathematics

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Which mathematics curriculum will sustain the interest of my middle-grades students? How can I be certain the curriculum meets state standards? How will it help me reach all my students, even those who need extra help? How can I learn how to use these materials?

These questions are on the minds of many middle school teachers, principals, and curriculum leaders as they respond to growing pressure to produce better-educated students. This authoritative handbook was designed to ...

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Which mathematics curriculum will sustain the interest of my middle-grades students? How can I be certain the curriculum meets state standards? How will it help me reach all my students, even those who need extra help? How can I learn how to use these materials?

These questions are on the minds of many middle school teachers, principals, and curriculum leaders as they respond to growing pressure to produce better-educated students. This authoritative handbook was designed to guide them the through the mathematics curriculum selection process, helping them choose and use curricula that promote high standards of student achievement.

Drawing on the expertise of the authors as well as interviews with dozens of practitioners, Guiding Curriculum Decision for Middle-Grades Mathematics presents a framework for decision making, provides an overview of the curriculum decision-making process, and contains detailed information on a variety of mathematics curricula and curriculum resources.

The authors pose a set of critical questions for curriculum decision making that corresponds to a framework focused on three priorities: academic rigor, equity, and developmental appropriateness. Vignettes drawn from interviews with practitioners suggest not only what exemplary curricula look like in action, but also the kinds of professional development that help teachers implement them. Also included are profiles of high-quality curricula that illustrate the qualities identified in the framework, as well as information about additional curricula and professional development resources available in print and online.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780325004167
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 10/8/2001
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 8.35 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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The Education Development Center, Inc (EDC) specializes in creating and implementing professional development programs for teachers, health care professionals, and other workers; designing technology tools and curriculum materials dedicated to inquiry-based, hands-on learning; and conducting applied research on learning in a wide variety of settings.

For over fifteen years Ilene Kantrov has been developing curriculum, software, and other resources to support the professional development of teachers. She is currently the Managing Director of the Center for Learning, Teaching, and Technology at EDC, having previously taught at Tufts University and Wheelock College.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Aiming for Academic Excellence in Middle-Grades Curricula 1
Ch. 1 Critical Questions in Curriculum Decision Making 23
Ch. 2 Overview of the Curriculum Selection Process 67
Step 1 Create a Curriculum Selection Committee 67
Step 2 Assess Resources and Needs 71
Step 3 Choose Curricula for Review 76
Step 4 Assemble and Apply Selection Curricula 78
Step 5 Pilot Test and Curricula 83
Ch. 3 Profiles of Exemplary Mathematics Curricula 89
What's Common to the Curricula Profiled in This Guide? 90
Contents of the Profiles 92
Connected Mathematics (CMP) 93
Math Alive! 104
Mathematics in Context (MiC) 115
MathScape 127
MATH Thematics 140
Ch. 4 Annotated Resources 151
Curriculum Materials 152
Additional Resources 159
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