Is your district or school looking for ways to support teachers with CPM curriculum beyond the first year or two of implementation? Are the teachers at your site committed to continuous improvement of their instructional practices and ready to critically examine and then move their teaching expertise forward in order to enhance student understanding and learning?

Then CPM Instructional Coaching might be for you! Research indicates that effective coaching changes practice. The initial support provided in the first year of implementation is often a window into the coaching process and an opportunity to determine that additional coaching support is desired. CPM’s coaching model includes intentional, ongoing, non-evaluative interaction between a math coach and a teacher, and is designed to be an effective means to support teacher growth and, in turn, increase student learning while using CPM materials.

CPM’s Coaching Model uses rounds of lesson planning, evidence collection during teaching, and reflection as embedded professional development. Through this work, teachers set goals based on the eight Math Teaching Practices (NCTM) and plan action steps in order to increase student engagement and learning in mathematics. The goal is for teachers to value and internalize the process, to continue working in collaboration with other math teachers, and to create a culture of growth for teachers beyond the CPM coaching experience.

Coaching cycles typically include several coaching rounds — planning, data collection, and reflection conversations — and can include professional learning sessions as well. The coach may work with individual teachers or teams of teachers. CPM coaching support is a perfect option for schools and districts striving for higher levels of student engagement and achievement through the implementation of CPM materials.

If you would like more information about CPM coaching or to receive a quote for coaching at your site, please read the information on the CPM coaching website page and/or attend one of the CPM Coaching Informational Webinars on either March 28, 2023 or April 19, 2023 at 9 am PT/12 pm ET. Register to attend HERE.

To request a coaching quote either complete this form or contact Misty Nikula, Coaching Coordinator, at coaching@cpm.org.

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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.