CTA’s Curriculum and Instruction Committee arranged to have the recently approved Common Core math curriculum materials on display for State Council members.
“The committee felt it was important for our members to view these textbooks before they went public,” says committee chair Wendi Smith. “We wanted educators to get an idea of what kinds of resources were coming.”
These textbooks will be on display in select county offices of education as well as at the Good Teaching Conference South.
Smith, a third-grade teacher and Sunnyvale Education Association member, notes: “The publishers who submitted textbooks for review and possible adoption had to align their materials to the California Common Core Standards. And these textbooks had to meet all the criteria for approval before they can be recommended.” Many more were submitted, but not all were complete programs, she adds.
“Panels of teachers and other educators reviewed and recommended these books. In fact, our own vice-chair of Curriculum and Instruction on State Council, Yolanda Muñoz, served on one of these panels.”
Does the committee have any advice for local leaders who will be involved in choosing math curriculum materials? Committee members encourage teachers to get involved in the process of selecting textbooks for their district.
“I think the most important criterion that any teacher or school should consider is whether the math textbook is the right fit for their students' needs,” says Smith. “Schools should not choose a textbook for its looks or popularity in other school districts. The textbooks should enable the students to maximize learning opportunities and outcomes to become career and college ready.”
Click here to see the mathematics curriculum materials adopted by the State Board of Education.
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