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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

February 26, 2015
CMP Graduate Students Talk Research at CREATE Mini-Conference
CMP Graduate students participated in the 2015 CREATE Mini-Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was ENERGY for STEM. They submitted three posters that focused on formative assessment, student work, and the Arc of Learning.
February 20, 2015
CMP Staff in the Spotlight: Judith Martus Miller
It is with great sadness that the CMP office faces the retirement of Judith Miller. Judith has been the glue that has held CMP together from the beginning of the project. She is an outdoor enthusiast, mother and grandmother and a wonderful friend. Meet Judith Miller. 
February 13, 2015
CMP Staff in the Spotlight: CMP1
We could not be where we are today without those who have been apart of CMP in the past. These wonderful people have made CMP3 possible.
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Conferences & Workshops

June 22 to 26, 2015
8th Annual Leadership Workshop
Apply to attend or learn more about the 8th Annual Leadership Work, occurring on Michigan State Campus, June 22 to 26, 2015.
June 22 to 26, 2015
The 20th Annual Getting to Know CMP Workshops
Join people from all over the world at the 20th Annual Getting to Know CMP Workshops. The workshops are being held June 22 to 26, 2015 on Michigan State University Campus. Learn more or register.
2015 Users' Conference Photographs
Photographs from the 18th Annual Users' Conference are now available to view.

Teacher Support

Student Work from Grade 8 Frogs, Fleas, and Painted Cubes, Investigation 2
Take a look at different student strategies from Frogs, Fleas, and Painted Cubes, Investigation 2.
A Glenda Lappan Interview
Have you seen this interview? Watch Glenda Lappan answer ten questions related to the development, background, philosophy, and environment around CMP.
Student Work for Let's Be Rational Problem 3.3
These student strategies (from Let’s Be Rational Problem 3.3) are a teacher’s documentation of student thinking over many years using CMP. Knowing the ways that students may approach the problems can be helpful to teachers in a few ways.
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