Introduction to the Publishers' Criteria for Mathematics

Author: Student Achievement Partners

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Overview: The Introduction to the Publishers' Criteria for Mathematics Module is a 1.5 hour module designed to support learning about the instructional Shifts required by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and how the Shifts are reflected in aligned instructional materials. Within the module, there are discussion questions and activities based on the criteria to illustrate what focus, coherence, and rigor look like in instructional materials. This module is designed for those familiar with the instructional Shifts in mathematics. If you are not familiar with the Shifts, you should first complete the Introduction to the Math Shifts Professional Development Module.  The objectives for this module are:

  • Understand the instructional shifts of focus, coherence, and rigor through a study of the Publishers' Criteria for Mathematics
  • Identify evidence of the Publishers' Criteria in instructional materials

How to Get Started: You are encouraged to customize any or all portions of this module to meet your needs or the needs of your audience if you are facilitating this module for professional development.  After completing this module, you are encouraged to engage with the key shifts required by the CCSSM through the  iTunes U Courses, created by teachers for teachers.

All times are suggested and can be expanded to incorporate more discussion as needed. Any portions of this module may be modified, reproduced, and disseminated without prior permission.