Dear Anne Wheelock and others expressing an interest in the CPM Change From Within Curriculum:
The Change From Within Curriculum includes three courses: Math 1 (Algebra 1), Math 2 (Geometry), and Math 3 (Algebra 2/Trigonometry). Obviously, this makes it high school curriculum (9-12), although our middle school (6-8) is attempting to offer the Math 1 curriculum in 8th grade. I'm not sure how successful this has been, however. Many students coming into 9th grade with the Math 1 background are re-taking Math 1 in summer school prior to 9th grade.
Currently it's only being offered to schools who are willing to pay for and send their teachers through a two week summer training session plus follow ups during the school year. Consequently, "no, it's not packaged for sale". It's considered by some to be drastically different from the traditional high school curriculum, although the Interactive Mathematics Project (IMP) out of Berkeley is considered much more "out there" than the CPM program. IMP is also not available without extensive training. However, I understand they will be releasing their curriculum to the general public in 2 years. Both of these projects have been very adamant about not releasing their curriculum without training. They feel that without appropriate training, the curriculum will be rejected by teachers who are used to and comfortable with the traditional curriculum. I have been through the training, and enjoy using the curriculum in my classes. I work with at-risk students who need alternative approaches to be successful. However, I am not a long-term geometry teacher, and the transition to the new materials was easy for me.
The curriculum is built around problem solving, includes a great deal of group work, develops reasoning and communication skills, develops concepts concretely and then later abstractly and in applied settings, requires calculators, and connects algebra and geometry. The seven "strands" which spiral through the geometry curriculum are algebra, graphing, ratios, geometric properties, problem solving, spatial visualization, and conjecture/proofs.
For more information, contact Brian Hoey c/o Christian Brothers High School, 4315 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95820-2797 or at (916) 733-3651.