Last summer, three representatives from the CSRA Hub
attended a three-day Considering New Curricula Seminar at
Boston University Corporate Education Center. One goal of
the seminar, which was sponsored by the K-12 Mathematics
Curriculum Center, was to provide opportunities for school
districts around the country to learn about 13 newly
developed NSF-funded mathematics curricula. Presentations on
three elementary, five middle school and five high school
curricula allowed participants to see how teachers can offer
engaging mathematics experiences so that all students have a
better chance of meeting our more challenging curriculum
standards. One of the elementary curricula, Everyday
Mathematics (K-6), and one of the high school curricula,
Contemporary Mathematics in Context (9-12), are currently
being used with promising results in two Aiken County
schools. While there is no way of telling at this time, some
of these materials may be examined and approved for use in
South Carolina schools in the next few years. The textbook adoption cycles are being revised at the
state level so that approved books can be placed in the
schools in a more timely manner. Pre-calculus and calculus
materials were adopted by the State in the Fall of 1997 and
are expected to be funded and available in the classroom in
the Fall of 1999. The tentative new plan is to have the
state textbook committee review elementary mathematics
materials (K-8) during the summer of 2001 and get State
Board approval of a list of choices in the Fall of 2001. If
the new plan is implemented, new K-8 mathematics curriculum
materials will be available in the classroom in the Fall of
2002. The 9-12 mathematics materials will be reviewed and
adopted in 2002 and available in the classrooms in the Fall
of 2003. Teachers have an opportunity between now and then to
examine the NSF-recommended, standards-based materials for
themselves by going first to the web sites listed below to
get general information and then looking for presentations
on these materials at professional conferences. In addition,
the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center has samples of
some of these materials that may be reviewed by
teachers. The 13 NSF-funded mathematics curricula are: Everyday Learning Corporation 800-382-7670 http://www.everydaylearning.com Cuisenaire • Dale Seymour Publications 800-872-1100 http://www.awl.com/dsp/MainPages/Invest.html Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company 800-542-6657 http://www.kendallhunt.com Cuisenaire - Dale Seymour Publications 800-872-1100 http://www.awl.com/dsp/MainPages/CMP.html Creative Publications 650-988-1000 http://www.creativepublications.com/mathScape/ mathscape_frameSet/html Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation 800-554-9862 http://www.ebec.com/micprod.html Institute for Research on Learning 650-687-7918 http://www.irl.org/mmap/default.html McDougal Littell 800-323-5435 http://www.mcdougallittell.com/math/mathmtcs.html Everyday Learning Corporation 800-382-7670 http://www.everydaylearning.com Key Curriculum Press 800-338-7638 http://www.keypress.com/product_info/imp_1.html IT'S ABOUTTIME, Inc., Publixhers 888-698-8463 http://www.mathconnections.com South-Western Educational Publishing 800-824-5179 http://www.swep.com South-Western Educational Publishing 800-824-5179 http://www.swep.com Simon & Schuster Custom Publishing 888-339-0529 http://www.simmsnet.com

**The 13 National Science
Foundation-funded Mathematics Curricula**
**Elementary Grades****Everyday Mathematics (K-6)****Investigations in Number, Data and Space (K-5)****Math Trailblazers (K-5) (TIMS)****Middle Grades****Connected Mathematics (6-8)****MathScape: See and Thinking Mathematicall
(6-8)****Mathematics in Context (5-8)****Middle-school Mathematics Through Applications
(6-8)****MATHThematics (6-8) (STEM)****High School****Contemporary Mathematics in Context
(9-12)(Core-Plus)****Interactive Mathematics Program (9-12)****MATH Connections (9-11)****Mathematics: Modeling Our World (9-11) (ARISE)****Mathematics: Modeling Our World (9-11) (ARISE)****SIMMS Integrated Mathematics (9-12)**

Copyright © 1998 by the Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina.

URL: http://rpsec.usca.edu/newsletter/Dec98/programs.html (December, 1998)

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