Eric S. Smith Middle School, Ramsey School District

New Jersey

Ramsey, NJ

eMATH Provides Opportunities for Critical Thinking in the Classroom

Scott Sirota, a 16-year veteran math educator at Eric S. Smith Middle School, says he began using eMATHinstruction (eMATH) materials because he was looking for a curriculum for Algebra I that encouraged critical thinking skills. The Algebra I teachers at the school have now used the curriculum for years and they have continued to see success with it. Scott says that students in the school always perform well on standardized tests, but the teachers have seen an improvement in the students' thinking skills since switching to eMATH, which is harder to measure.

Ithaca High School, Ithaca City School District

New York

Ithaca, NY

Standards Alignment and Customization Make eMATH Curricula the Obvious Choice

Ithaca High School (IHS) is home to a math department of 16 teachers, led by 30-year veteran educator, Steve Weissburg. He says the school found eMATHinstruction (eMATH) at just the right time. As New York was transitioning to the Common Core State Standards in 2011, schools like IHS were looking for new textbooks and curricula. The standards-aligned framework, online accessibility, and customizability of the eMATH materials impressed the search committee.