I am the creator of the Lab Gear (algebra manipulatives, available from Creative Publications) and a co-author of the textbook _Algebra: Themes, Tools, Concepts_.
These materials are being used in middle schools and high schools; in high and low tracks and heterogeneous classes; in traditional and block schedules. I have heard some stunning success stories from many users of these materials, but many expressed the wish to get more support.
In order to learn from the successes, and so that we can support each other, I am thinking of setting up an email discussion group for users of the Lab Gear and ATTC. We can compare notes, answer each other's questions, exchange teaching ideas, and so on. If you are interested in participating in such a group, please send me email.
I am also trying to convince Creative Publications that it would be useful to publish an occasional newsletter for Lab Gear and ATTC users who are not on line. If you would like to receive such a newsletter, or know someone who would, please let me know.
Henri Picciotto firstname.lastname@example.org 1805 Monterey Avenue (510) 524-3311 Berkeley, CA 94707 fax: 527-3386