SpringBoard delivers a highly engaging, student-centered mathematics program in print and online. These key differences set the SpringBoard program apart:
- Teacher input: SpringBoard’s challenging content and unique design are continuously informed by practicing teachers to work in the context of today’s classrooms.
- Integration: The program is vertically aligned from grade 6 through precalculus so that all students benefit from coherence, rigor, and a consistent culture of high expectations.
- Smart technology: SpringBoard Digital provides teachers and students with functionality that supports mathematical reasoning, standards alignment, and enhanced communication.
These SpringBoard Mathematics courses are available now:
- Courses 1–3 (Grades 6–8)
- Algebra 1
- Algebra 2
These courses in development will be available for school year 2016-17:
- Integrated Mathematics I
- Integrated Mathematics II
- Integrated Mathematics III
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SpringBoard Pedagogy and Design
SpringBoard students are savvy, active learners who take responsibility for their education. They work toward clear learning targets and know why the skills they’re developing matter. The program is characterized by:
- Focused instructional design: Based on the “Understanding by Design” model, SpringBoard’s scaffolded instruction is built around embedded assessments that are back-mapped to specific standards and learning targets.
- An emphasis on learning strategies: Students learn how to use a methodical approach to learning new content. They are equipped with a range of strategies and can choose the one most suited to a particular task and their learning style.
- Connections to Advanced Placement®: Aligned with the skills and knowledge identified in AP course descriptions, SpringBoard helps students prepare for college-level work.
- Interactive professional learning: SpringBoard partners with districts to help them build capacity by providing educators at every level with active learning opportunities. Learn more about Professional Learning.
These SpringBoard elements guide students toward success:
- A balance of investigative, guided, and directed activities build content knowledge, encourage exploration, modeling, collaboration, practice, and application.
- Embedded Assessments allow students to demonstrate understanding and mastery.
- Daily Lessons focus on problem solving, critical thinking, and reasoning.
Every lesson is enriched with features that encourage deep student involvement:
- Learning Targets identify the relevant standards in student-friendly language.
- Suggested Learning Strategies promote student ownership of learning.
- Meaningful Problems provide real-world contexts.
- Cross-Curricular Connections call out academic applications.
- Mathematical Practice Standards are integrated into every lesson.
- Check Your Understanding sections formatively assess student knowledge at the point of instruction.
The Teacher Edition lesson format helps teachers deliver rigorous instruction and is consistent with AP instructional practices. There are four distinct phases:
- Plan focuses on standards, materials, and pacing.
- Teach shares strategies, teacher-to-teacher suggestions, and recommendations for differentiated instruction.
- Assess suggests formative assessments.
- Adapt looks ahead and explores recursive opportunities.