Eureka Math curriculum was recommended and approved by the Board of Education for kindergarten through 5th grade. Eureka Math was developed specifically to meet the Common Core Math Standards, which were adopted by the State of Illinois. EdReports.org, an independent non-profit that reviews curricula, gives Eureka Math the highest ratings in all categories (focus/coherence, rigor, and usability in the classroom). Eureka Math builds students knowledge logically and thoroughly to achieve deep mathematical understanding. Below are some of the important factors from Eureka Math that influenced the recommendation.
- Comprehensive K-5 resource that emphasizes the three major shifts (focus, rigor, and coherence) of the Common Core.
- Mathematical practices and fluency are embedded in the curriculum.
- Emphasizes conceptual understanding of math before procedural knowledge/conventions.
- Highly rated by D41 teachers who field tested Eureka Math using the Equip Rubric, Alignment Criteria Rubric, and Perception Survey.
In addition to the curriculum nights at all of the schools, there will be additional opportunities for parents to learn more about this curriculum in each of the schools at the beginning of the school year in the fall.
The district provides training for teachers and will monitor MAP data, IAR data, as well as common assessments to determine the impact of the resources.
We are excited about this opportunity to further support our teachers. If you have any questions, please contact your building principal.
District 41 is known for high academic achievement, a strong sense of community and active family involvement. We value what we have in common, learn from our differences and honor diversity in language, culture, and ability. We serve about 3,600 children from Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade in four elementary schools and one junior high.
Elements of a Math Workshop Model
The Math Workshop can be structured in a variety of ways, but it is built on the cornerstones of best practices in Math Instruction:
- Standards-based content
- Differentiated instruction
- Meeting the needs of our students with flexible grouping
- Formative assessments to help plan for small group instruction
Over the past decade, the workshop model has been shown to be one of the most effective differentiated instructional models. District 41 has used the workshop model in literacy since 2007. Using workshop in all content areas ensures that each student is highly engaged, the learning is differentiated, and students are working on "just right" materials as well as materials that will stretch their thinking. Workshop is a rigorous yet affirming educational model that can be outlined as follows:
- Mini-lessons are used to model skills or strategies.
- Students practice the skill or strategy together with the teacher.
- Students break into groups based on similar needs; the teacher works with each group in guided instruction.
- Students work independently or collaboratively to develop the skill or strategy, share their work with the class, and engage in class-wide discussion.