New Illinois Math Learning Standards
By emphasizing depth over breadth, the Common Core ensures that students have comprehensive understanding of key concepts. Illinois adopted the Common Core in 2010 and teachers and administrators across the state fully implemented the new standards during the 2013-14 school year. PBL schools have incorporated elements of the new learning standards into our curricula. The Common Core determines what educators should teach, not how they should teach. Teachers will continue to have the freedom to tailor lesson plans to the individual needs of their students. The Common Core’s higher standards and emphasis on applying knowledge to real world situations will better prepare Illinois students for the challenges facing them after high school graduation. Access the Math CCSS here
PBL has implemented a new math series that is aligned to the new, more rigorous standards. PBL students in grades K-8 are taught an integrated math curriculum known as math in-Focus. Math in Focus provides an authentic Singapore math curriculum—highlighting problem solving as the focus of mathematical learning. This complete program teaches concepts using a concrete–pictorial–abstract learning progression to anchor learning in real-world, hands-on experiences, supported by seamless integration of technology with the use of eBooks, Interactive Whiteboard activities, online student activities, online manipulatives, and a bar modeling app. Math in Focus in the classroom supports the goals of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Research-based pedagogy, focuses on classroom learning, discussion, and practice, & balances conceptual understanding, visual learning, and problem solving.
Watch this video to see some of the strategies used when teaching in-Focus mathematics.
There are on-line parent resources available! Parent log-ins and passwords are distributed at the beginning of each school year. Please ask your child’s math teacher if you did not get, or misplaced your information, they’ll be happy to assist you in getting access to the on-line resources.
You can find K-6 in Focus resources here
Access 7-8 resources here
PBL High School adopts College Preparatory Mathematics
PBL High School will enter the 3rd year of an integrated math pathway for high school students. PBL teachers & administrators, with the assistance of the district math consultant planned a three year implementation schedule which will be final in the 2016-2017 school year.
After careful review of available programs, the recommendation was made to the PBL Board of Education to purchase and adopt College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM).
Here are some highlights of the CPM program:
- Designated an EXEMPLARY MATHEMATICS PROGRAM by the US Department of Education
- New Illinois State Learning Standards aligned
- Textbook & support materials available online
- Funded professional development workshops for teachers
- Math practices are integrated into each lesson
- Students explore, develop, and connect concepts with prior learning, adopt formal vocabulary and conventions, and then practice applying this understanding throughout the rest of the course
- Course materials are based on 25 years of reports and studies that verify the effectiveness of the program
Please see the link below to view a video with more information about CPM.