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Other NSF-Funded Curriculum Projects
The K12 Mathematics Curriculum Center
Established in 1997 by Education Development Center, Inc., the K12 Mathematics Curriculum Center (K12 MCC) supports school districts as they build effective mathematics education programs using curricula that respond to and align with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics. The K12 MCC receives support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and works with the three NSF-funded grade-level mathematics implementation centers.
The K12 Mathematics Curriculum Center offers a variety of products and services to assist district leadership teams with curriculum selection and implementation. From 1998 through 2000, they offered a series of three seminars repeatedly nationwide; the seminars address the selection and implementation of new curricula, professional development for successful implementation, and leadership for curriculum change.
Additionally, the K12 MCC provides many print resources, including these Curriculum Summaries: a collection of Curriculum Perspectives from teachers and administrators who have used the 13 reform curricula; Choosing a Standards-Based Mathematics Curriculum, a guide that suggests a process for selecting and implementing curricula and describes how these reform curricula differ from traditional materials; a series of short Issues Papers that explore contemporary issues in mathematics education; Discussion Cases and facilitator guides that parallel the topics of the seminars; Curriculum Connections, a newsletter produced three times annually that provides curriculum and resource updates, feature articles, and upcoming-seminar information; and a Curriculum Reader, which compiles literature pertaining to the consideration of reform mathematics programs.
Another offering of the K12 MCC is their Web site (www.edc.org/mcc), which contains up-to-date information about the Center, the 13 curriculum programs, upcoming events, and resources, as well as links to other useful sites.
The K12 Mathematics Curriculum Center will also assist district administrators and teachers as they consider curricula, by making referrals to resources, materials, and other educators who have experienced the selection and implementation process.
For more information about any of their materials and services, or to receive a brochure or seminar information, feel free to contact them:
National Grade-Level Implementation Centers
Alternatives for Rebuilding Curricula (ARC)
The ARC Center is a collaboration between the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) and the three NSF-supported elementary mathematics curriculum projects, Investigations in Number, Data and Space (TERC); Math Trailblazers (University of Illinois at Chicago); and Everyday Mathematics (University of Chicago). The aim of the collaboration is to promote the wide-scale and effective implementation of reform elementary mathematics curricula.
Show-Me Center (National Center for Standards-based Middle Grades Mathematics Curricula)
The Show-Me Center, in partnership with five NSF-sponsored, middle-grades curriculum development satellites (University of Wisconsin, Michigan State University, University of Montana, Institute for Research on Learning, and Education Development Center) and their publishers, provides information and resources needed to support selection and implementation of standards-based middle-grades mathematics curricula.
COMPASS (Curricular Options in Mathematics Programs for All Secondary Students)
COMPASS is a secondary-school implementation project funded in part by the National Science Foundation. The COMPASS implementation center partners with a satellite site for each of the five secondary-level curricula.
The COMPASS project informs schools, districts, teachers, parents, administrators, state offices, and other groups about these innovative curricula; aids in the first general phases of implementation; and coordinates requests for additional information and assistance from the satellite sites. Each satellite provides additional information about its curriculum to these same constituencies as well as professional development opportunities for schools interested in adopting its curriculum.