## What is CMP?

The Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) was funded by the National Science Foundation to develop a complete middle school mathematics curriculum, *Connected Mathematics*, for students and teachers. CMP is a problem-centered curriculum promoting an inquiry-based teaching-learning classroom environment. Mathematical ideas are identified and embedded in a sequenced set of tasks and explored in depth to allow students to develop rich mathematical understandings and meaningful skills. The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) and the Standards for Mathematical Practice are embedded within each problem.

The overarching goal of CMP is to help students and teachers develop mathematical knowledge, understanding, and skill along with an awareness of and appreciation for the rich connections among mathematical strands and between mathematics and other disciplines. The CMP curriculum development has been guided by our single mathematical standard:

*All students should be able to reason and communicate proficiently in mathematics. They should have knowledge of and skill in the use of the vocabulary, forms of representation, materials, tools, techniques, and intellectual methods of the discipline of mathematics, including the ability to define and solve problems with reason, insight, inventiveness, and technical proficiency.*

## Latest News

- October 31, 2014
- CMP Staff in the Spotlight: Funda Gonulates
- Funda Gonulates is a Ph.D candidate in PRIME, a researcher, a mom and travel enthusiast.

- October 27, 2014
- Resources to Help You Thrive in CMP
- As the school year progresses, we want to remind you of some resources available that might be useful for planning, teaching and reflecting.

- October 24, 2014
- CMP Staff in the Spotlight: Yvonne Grant
- Enthusiastic Spartan fan, Yvonne Grant is CMP's resident middle school mathematics teacher and CMP professional development coordinator.

## Conferences & Workshops

- February 20 to 21, 2015
- The 18th Annual CMP Users' Conference
- Register today for your spot at the 18th Annual CMP Users' Conference. Register on or before January 16 to receive early registration discount. Keynote speaker is Margaret (Peg) Smith!

- June 22, 2015
- 8th Annual Leadership Workshop
- The 8th Annual Leadership Workshop will occur on Michigan State Campus, June 22 to 26, 2015. More information will be provided later.

- June 23, 2015
- The 20th Annual Getting to Know CMP Workshop
- The Getting to Know CMP workshop will be occuring on Michigan State Campus, June 22 to 26, 2015. More information will be provided at a later date.

## Teacher Support

- Focus Questions for Each Unit
- The Goals, Focus Questions, and Mathematical Reflections for each unit are contained in one document to assist with planning and teaching.

- Teaching: Student Work from
*Shapes and Designs*, Problem 2.2: Angle Sums of Any Polygon - Student work from
*Shapes and Designs*, Problem 2.2 where students are asked to make an important generalization about the angle sum property for any polygon.

- Planning: Learning to Plan
- Jennifer Kruger, a CMP teachers for ten years, shares how she plans each of her lessons in an interview Videos included.