Friday, April 6, 2012

Carnegie Learning Math

If you are a regular follower of mine you know that I have spent this past school year helping to lead our k-12 math curriculum review as part of my middle school math liaison responsibilities.  I am happy to let you all know that a few weeks ago we finally chose our new math curriculum for grades 6-8.

We chose Carnegie Learning.   After MANY meetings we agreed 6-8 to adopt Carnegie for next school year.  They are fully Common Core aligned and the whole program is built around the Standards for Mathematical Practices.  What a blessing to find such a perfect math program to fit our needs!  Another very exciting development was that the high school ended up choosing Carnegie too.  They will be phasing the program in because I think Carnegie is still developing their higher level HS courses.

The 6-8 program has a 2011 copyright so this school year is the first year it was available commercially.  I do not know of any districts in WI that are currently using it at the middle school level.  If any of you readers know of ANYONE using this middle school curriculum, I would love for you to share contact info.  
All the teacher books are soft-cover and three hole punched.
We are trying to pilot some of the materials for the remainder of this school year with our students, just to start wrapping our brains around how it works.  There is an online component, in addition to consumable student textbooks.  I love that the texts are consumable so we are not stuck with a text for 6 yrs.  They have the ability to update and change things on a yearly basis.

I am still very unclear how this personalized learning approach will play out in our classrooms.  In 7th grade we are starting the year in our separate three math classrooms, but by semester we plan on teaching as a large group (although there is no space for 90 kids to be in a room together).  It's a very exciting time to be a math teacher and I think that in the end we are starting something that will really be transformational math education.  

There will lots of inservicing and other training for us as we move into uncharted territory.  Our director of instruction and our principal are both huge supporters of what we are attempting to do.  I will be doing lot of work this summer to prepare myself for all the changes next year.  I am just so pleased to have what I feel is a great curriculum to support this major shift in delivery model.  Again if any of you have any connections or experience with Carnegie I would love to hear from you!  I plan on perusing these over Spring Break.

All the preview materials we were sent.  The student text comes in two volumes.


  1. We wanted to adopt Carnegie last year, but they hadn't finished writing all of their books yet. Looked like a great curriculum!

  2. This is my second year of using Carnegie Learning...I teach in Richmond County (Georgia)..our high schools have been using Carnegie for 3 years. It is fully aligned to our state standards as well as CCS.
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  3. I am a principal at a middle school that used Carnegie this past year. We used the books and the online component as well. As a former math teacher myself I was very eager to see the students use the carnegie curriculum.

  4. I student taught Algebra I with Carnegie, but that was 6 years ago, so I know plenty of things have changed. I'll be curious to hear how it goes for your school as I think my school will be looking for new resources for 2013-2014.

  5. I have used some form of Carnegie since I began teaching 5 years ago. They were definitely ahead of the curve when it came to rigor and emphasizing the mathematical practices. Due to the gaps for most of my students with the new standards, I did need to supplement with other materials from time to time. Good luck!

  6. The Whitley County School District (in Williamsburg, KY) has been using the Carnegie curriculum for the past six years. The Carnegie curriculum along with the program's methodology has and continues to have a positive impact on our test scores!


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