We have been using GoMath as the core instructional resource in Grades K-5 since 2011. The contract is expiring at the end of this school year.
Our District Math Council engaged in a program review of three other resources: Bridges in Mathematics, Eureka, and Ready using specific criteria from EdReports and the Oregon IMET (Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool). The team selected Bridges to pilot.
Several teachers did a site visit in Middlebury, CT to see the Bridges program.
15 teachers at Berry, Rockwell and Johnson piloted a unit in Bridges.
The District Math Council unanimously recommended that we bring forward Bridges in Mathematics to the Board for several reasons:
Conceptual build
Use of consistent models K-5 in mathematics
Deliberate work with the math practices is embedded throughout each lesson
Multiple opportunities for application and transfer of learning within and across units
Major focus on discourse among students
Skills taught through layering of standards (not one standard at a time)
Use of relevant and authentic tasks to build understanding of concepts
The cost to fully outfit our K-5 classrooms with this instructional resource is $104,169.58
Includes classroom packages with student books and teacher manuals
Bridges Educator Site- 7 year free subscription including Spanish translations of student materials
Buildings would purchase consumables after the initial year
Students in Elementary Discrete Mathematics will have the opportunity to earn three College Math Credits through the University of Connecticut Early College Experience (UConn ECE) program. Topics of study will include, problem solving strategies, counting and probability, graph theory, deductive reasoning, number theory, voting methods, and the mathematics of money.
Adding Elementary Discrete Math to our Program of Studies will enable us to offer a college credit-bearing math course that is not restricted to students taking advanced math courses.
This semester course will be offered to juniors and seniors who have successfully taken Algebra II as a prerequisite course.
Summer curriculum work (2 days) will be needed to prepare for the launch of the course in the fall of 2019. The cost of this work is $826.80.
The UCONN ECE program restricts textbook choices to two specific textbooks. We recommend Mathematics Beyond the Numbers (2014), 2nd edition.
The textbook:
Supports problem solving using real world data and applications
Builds conceptual understanding
Integrates technology providing tech tips for teachers
We are requesting 30 copies of the textbook at the cost of $2924.44.