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Standards Documents

On our old site we gave access to an annotated table of contents that had the PARCC EOY standards mapped to each individual lesson. We also had the lessons mapped to the standards. We’ll get both documents back up, but I thought I would post them here just to have them on the site.

Table of Contents Annotated with PARCC EOY Standards

PARCC EOY Alignment with Common Core Algebra I by eMATHinstruction


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AMTNYS Conference

So, I’ve been at the AMTNY conference for the last few days and really enjoying it. I presented yesterday on “Building a Better Common Core.” It was well attended with about 80 people coming to hear me speak about the Common Core Algebra I project and how it came to be.

Besides the talk, my wonderful wife, Shana, and I have been hanging out at the eMATHinstruction booth and talking to so many great educators from around the state.



So many of the math teachers we have spoken to share the confusion and exhaustion that so many of us feel. It’s been a tough road these last few years and it doesn’t look like it will let up anytime soon. Still, together, I’m convinced that we can take control of the curriculum and help shape it in a way that both gives our kids a better mathematical foundation while not taking away their childhood in the process.



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New Website Coming Soon and AMTNYS in Syracuse

Hey All,

Soon our new website will be unveiled. It should be up and ready to go in a couple more weeks, tops. I am very much looking forward to it. A good friend and excellent website designer, Joey Shavelle, is doing the redesign. This discussion forum will be moving to the new site as will all of the older files from the original website. It will hopefully be much easier to use and more reliable in terms of downloads.

Also, on November 9th through the 11th, I’ll be up in Syracuse presenting at the state AMTNYS conference. I’m looking forward to hanging out in upstate New York. I am hopeful that there will be teachers who use the curriculum that will stop by the booth and say hi and chat about how it is going with the curriculum and videos. I will only be presenting once (November 10th at 9:15 am). With only an hour to speak, I imagine most of the interesting conversation will actually happen at the booth itself.

Please drop by if you are at the conference! Hope to see you there.


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Orders and Browsers

Hey All,

Well, we placed the first round of PO orders that we’ve received to our printers yesterday. They are quickly creating the CD’s that have the answer key and text on them (both in pdf and in Word). So, those will probably be shipped out in the middle of next week. The workbooks will be heading out by the end of next week and will arrive in the last week of August. Sorry they couldn’t be there sooner.

Warning: Any PO for workbooks that I receive from now until the end of August will most likely not get there until after Labor Day weekend. Be prepared to photocopy the first few lessons from this website or our original emathinstruction site.  Check with your business offices or send me an email to check. Orders of only the answer key will still get to you before Labor Day even if they arrive in the coming weeks.

On the browser issue. I continue to find that Chrome does not work well in terms of either this site or the original site. I just downloaded the most recent version of Firefox and it works great for both seeing this site, downloading files from it, and downloading from the original site. Internet Explorer has worked well for both all along.

Take care and continue to enjoy summer. Kirk

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A New Way to Share

Hey Friends of eMATHinstruction. I’m trying to find the best platform for teachers to share thoughts about the lessons in the curriculum. I’m experimenting with this new website on WordPress and think it has great possibilities. Ben Kirk, a math teacher at Ithaca High, gave me this suggestion and I wanted to thank him for it. Hopefully I will use it to its best ability. Right now I am setting up discussion topics by Unit so that people can post comments about individual lessons within the units. I’ll be spending time in August trying to come up with the most efficient system. If you have any thoughts or experience with WordPress, please consider replying to this post to give me advice.