Session 8 : CPM Math

CPM Educational Program, a California non-profit corporation, has provided problem-based instructional materials and professional development for teachers since its inception in 1989. “College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM)” was originally an Eisenhower-funded grant program. CPM teaching strategies focus on how students best learn and retain mathematics. Teaching strategies rely on the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and are based solidly on the methodological research in teaching mathematics. The research-based principles that guide the course are:

  • Students should engage in problem-based lessons structured around a core idea.
  • Guided by a knowledgeable teacher, students should interact in groups to foster mathematical discourse.
  • Practice with concepts and procedures should be spaced over time; that is, mastery comes over time.

CPM Math is informed by research and is a CCSS-aligned curriculum that builds upon 25 years of experience writing problem-based, student-centered curriculum embedding the mathematical practices within lessons focused on big ideas and mathematical connections.  Learning strategies and pedagogy are research based.  Included in the textbooks are appendices designed to help teachers and students with standards that might otherwise be missed or require supplementing in the transition to the CCSS grade level standards.

Programs offered by CPM:

  • Core Connections, Courses 1-3 for grades 6-8
  • Core Connections Integrated I-III
  • Core Connections Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2
  • Transitions to College courses

Grades 6-8 Core Connections

High School Core Connections

High School to College Courses

Other CPM Resources

Homework Help – click the course you want to explore

CPM Videos

CPM middle school class video

Course 2 Video Using 5-D Process

Student View of the CPM Program (Calculus)

Explore and analyze the resources for your respective grade/course and make notes to share with the math committee.