CPM Back to School Highlights

September 2023

I would like to welcome you to our new information format, the CPM News You Can Use blog. Each month you will find new information opportunities organized by category and released in a timely manner. The goal of restructuring is to better serve your busy schedules, providing you with content in accessible chunks.

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CPM has been busy since our last writing. Here are some highlights:

  • Middle schools have begun to implement CPM’s multimodal curriculum for grades 6-8. The purchase of Inspiring Connections includes the digital license with new features, the Mathematician’s Notebooks, and professional learning to support the teachers.
  • CPM Purchase Agreement Terms and Conditions have been updated. Changes include revised definitions of goods and services to allow a nonrefundable store credit for unexpired digital licenses. Customers can use the credit toward additional licenses for an alternate product.
  • CPM exemplary customer service continues with our ticketing system and knowledge base.  Summer is traditionally a time for professional learning events and family vacations. You may have received a delayed response for emails you sent to a specific staff member. Sending your future query to support@cpm.org may result in a more timely response.
  • Student Data Privacy Agreements — If your technical or legal teams engage in these agreements, yours might be nearing expiration. CPM has signed Exhibits E and G for several states in the national registry.
  • CPM is preparing to launch a friendlier shop for quotes, orders, and browsing.


For me personally, summer provided opportunities to take some extended brain breaks. Both sides of our family had reunions where we shared a lot of stories. As different folks shared their own story of the same event it really helped us piece together what might have really happened. It all reminded me of students working collaboratively in CPM classrooms to make mathematical connections.

I hope your summer provided you with times of refreshment, too. Welcome to what will be another great year of more math for more people!

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Elizabeth Coyner, CPM Executive Director

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Algebra Tiles Session

  • Used throughout CPM middle and high school courses
  • Concrete, geometric representation of algebraic concepts.
  • Two-hour virtual session,
  •  Learn how students build their conceptual understanding of simplifying algebraic expressions
  • Solving equations using these tools.  
  • Determining perimeter,
  • Combining like terms,
  • Comparing expressions,
  • Solving equations
  • Use an area model to multiply polynomials,
  • Factor quadratics and other polynomials, and
  • Complete the square.
  • Support the transition from a concrete (manipulative) representation to an abstract model of mathematics..

Foundations for Implementation

This professional learning is designed for teachers as they begin their implementation of CPM. This series contains multiple components and is grounded in multiple active experiences delivered over the first year. This learning experience will encourage teachers to adjust their instructional practices, expand their content knowledge, and challenge their beliefs about teaching and learning. Teachers and leaders will gain first-hand experience with CPM with emphasis on what they will be teaching. Throughout this series educators will experience the mathematics, consider instructional practices, and learn about the classroom environment necessary for a successful implementation of CPM curriculum resources.

Page 2 of the Professional Learning Progression (PDF) describes all of the components of this learning event and the additional support available. Teachers new to a course, but have previously attended Foundations for Implementation, can choose to engage in the course Content Modules in the Professional Learning Portal rather than attending the entire series of learning events again.

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Building on Instructional Practice Series

The Building on Instructional Practice Series consists of three different events – Building on Discourse, Building on Assessment, Building on Equity – that are designed for teachers with a minimum of one year of experience teaching with CPM instructional materials and who have completed the Foundations for Implementation Series.

Building on Equity

In Building on Equity, participants will learn how to include equitable practices in their classroom and support traditionally underserved students in becoming leaders of their own learning. Essential questions include: How do I shift dependent learners into independent learners? How does my own math identity and cultural background impact my classroom? The focus of day one is equitable classroom culture. Participants will reflect on how their math identity and mindsets impact student learning. They will begin working on a plan for Chapter 1 that creates an equitable classroom culture. The focus of day two and three is implementing equitable tasks. Participants will develop their use of the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Meaningful Mathematical Discussions and curate strategies for supporting all students in becoming leaders of their own learning. Participants will use an equity lens to reflect on and revise their Chapter 1 lesson plans.

Building on Assessment

In Building on Assessment, participants will apply assessment research and develop methods to provide feedback to students and inform equitable assessment decisions. On day one, participants will align assessment practices with learning progressions and the principle of mastery over time as well as write assessment items. During day two, participants will develop rubrics, explore alternate types of assessment, and plan for implementation that supports student ownership. On the third day, participants will develop strategies to monitor progress and provide evidence of proficiency with identified mathematics content and practices. Participants will develop assessment action plans that will encourage continued collaboration within their learning community.

Building on Discourse

In Building on Discourse, participants will improve their ability to facilitate meaningful mathematical discourse. This learning experience will encourage participants to adjust their instructional practices in the areas of sharing math authority, developing independent learners, and the creation of equitable classroom environments. Participants will plan for student learning by using teaching practices such as posing purposeful questioning, supporting productive struggle, and facilitating meaningful mathematical discourse. In doing so, participants learn to support students collaboratively engaged with rich tasks with all elements of the Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices incorporated through intentional and reflective planning.