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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 17, 2014
CMP Staff in the Spotlight: Susan Friel
Meet Susan Friel. Susan is not only a CMP Author and Professor of Mathematics Education but also an avid gardener, grandmother and coordinated cat/dog namer! Learn more about Susan.
October 10, 2014
CMP Staff in the Spotlight: Erin Lucian
Erin Lucian joined CMP in May 2010 as an undergraduate Communications and Events Coordinator. She is an avid Michigan State basketball and football fan and loves spending as much time as possible with her english bulldog. Meet Erin!
October 3, 2014
CMP Staff in the Spotlight: Kevin Lawrence
CMP Staff Member, Kevin Lawrence not only is a skilled researcher in digital technologies and a 4th year PhD student but he also plays the cowbell. Meet Kevin Larence.
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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
Discover the Goals, Focus Questions, and Mathematical Reflections for each unit in CMP3 in these documents.
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 Videoes included.
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