Factsheet (pdf 212kb).
Informational presentation (pdf 2.8mb).
Susan H. Hull
Agile Mind, Inc.
866-284-4655, Option 1
The Intensified Algebra initiative has been made possible in part by grants from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Science Foundation under grant number DRL-0918434, and the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the author. We thank these funders for their generous support of this initiative.
The Intensified Algebra I program targets our country’s most at-risk high school students—those who enter high school significantly behind in mathematics but who face more rigorous mathematics graduation requirements. The program is designed to support 80 minutes of daily classroom instruction, and it presents a unique, coherent program that incorporates into algebra instruction ideas from social psychology and other areas that historically reside outside the domain of typical algebra classes but are fundamentally important to students’ success. Central to the design of the Intensified Algebra I program is the understanding that students who struggle in mathematics need more than just extra instructional time to be successful. Thus, in addition to a rigorous Algebra I core, our program addresses the social, affective, linguistic, and strategic cognitive and metacognitive dimensions of learning mathematics.
Scope and Sequence (pdf 367kb)
The Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas, the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Agile Mind, Inc., are collaborators for the project. Each organization has a long history of housing nationally recognized innovations in mathematics curriculum development, professional development for mathematics teachers, assessment, literacy research and development, the use of instructional technology, and other areas relevant to the project.
Development of Intensified Algebra I is done in conjunction with the Urban Mathematics Leadership Network, a network of mathematics leaders from 21 of the nation's largest school districts.
Intensified Algebra I is available by subscription. If you are interested in participating for the 2012-2013 school year, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.