Frequently Asked Questions and where you can find answers on the site 
What is the ShowMe Project?  
The ShowMe Project disseminates information regarding four curricula, responds to requests for information, provides support services, and technical expertise related to implementing NSFsponsored standardsbased middle grades mathematics curricula. For a more complete description go to the ShowMe Project page. 
How is the ShowMe Project organized and who is involved?  
The ShowMe Project functions at five sitesthe ShowMe Center, at the University of Missouri, Columbia (Barbara Reys, Director) and four Satellites:
The ShowMe Center coordinates all project efforts, maintains the ShowMe Web site, sponsors conferences showcasing the four standardsbased curricula, and responds to requests for support either directly or by directing to the appropriate satellite. The satellites offer curriculumspecific support, including training for implementation districts. Throughout the year, they also offer numerous conferences/workshops around the country. 
What is meant by standardsbased mathematics curricula?  
The phrase "standardsbased mathematics curriculum" refers to curriculum, including guiding frameworks and student and teacher materials,
reflecting/enacting recommendations for mathematics curriculum and instructional practice outlined in the National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics (NCTM) Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM 2000). Standardsbased mathematics programs have the following characteristics:
(Definition adapted from Trafton, P. R., Reys, B. J., & Wasman, D. G. (2001). Standardsbased mathematics curriculum materials: A phrase in search of a definition. Phi Delta Kappan, 83 (3), 259263. Full paper available 
Do students using these materials perform better on achievement tests?  
There is a growing base of research documenting the impact of these curricula on studentachievement in mathematics. The studies show promising results for students using standardsbased curriculum materials. In particular, students using standardsbased curricula outperform students using traditional curricula on problem solving instruments and show no significant differences on concepts and skills instruments. For a summary of research evidence click on the Curriculum Resources link and download the ShowMe Project Brief: Research on Use of StandardsBased Middle Grades Curriculum Materials, February 2003. Specific peer reviewed journals on which this evidence is based are found from the Publications link. 
What are the similarities and differences between and among the four curricula?  
Each curriculum has distinct features, including content sequencing and format. The best way for you to begin to identify characteristics of these curricula is to go to the Curricula Showcase feature on our homepage. This page enables you to pick a strand of mathematics, or a topic, and compare across the four curricula. In addition, you can download sample lessons and see the different approaches to a particular topic. 
How can I find out more general information about these curricula?  
For getting the most information about these projects, it is best to attend a workshop on the curriculum. Each project hosts "new user" conferences that are several days
in length and orientate participants to specific units, as well as the broad goals of the curriculum. There are also shorter workshops throughout the year at NCTM meetings
and at other conferences. For previewing the dates of any of these upcoming workshops, click on the Conferences link.
If you know which curriculum you are interested in, select the name of the curriculum on our homepage, and your browser will take you to a page on which you can learn about scope and sequencing, sample lessons, philosophy of the project, and so on. If you are not sure which curriculum to select, click on the Curricula Showcase and you will be able to find the same information about any or all of the projects. 
Where can I see how teachers use these mathematics curricula?  
There may be some teachers near your school that you might visit. A satellite director or publisher representative may be helpful in locating a school and teachers.
There are also video tapes of actual teachers teaching their students some of the lessons. These video tapes were developed as part of the Modeling Middle School (MMM) Project. The tapes are available and portions of these tapes can be seen on the ShowMe website. To locate a video select Video Showcase. That will take you to a screen where you can choose specific videos by topic or by mathematics curricula. 
What standardsbased curricula are available for elementary and secondary schools?  
On our home page click on the feature titled, Related Projects. The first three projects listed are similar to the ShowMe Center, but each with a different
gradelevel focus. You can link to their sites from this page. These three sites are:

How can I contact the publishers of these four standardsbased curricula?  
The Publisher Contact Information is consolidated under the Satellite Contacts link off the homepage. 
Where can I find out about professional development opportunities/workshops/conferences in my area related to these curricula?  
Throughout the year there are workshops, conferences and showcases related to the four curriculum projects. For dates and locations, select the Conferences link. You can view all the presentations and workshops that are coming up in the next year, or you can limit the search by selecting one of the projects, or a particular state. This site is updated regularly, so check it often! 
What upcoming conferences are the ShowMe Project sponsoring?  
Workshops for people interested in conducting research related to middle school mathematics curriculum  see
Researchers' Workshop link for information.
The Annual ShowMe Conference are held and you can use the Curriculum Showcase link for details. Showme staff also offer workshops at many of the NCTM meetings, and other conferences. To view the upcoming conferences, go to the Conferences and select all. 
Does the ShowMe Center provide inservice opportunities for districts selecting or implementing these curricula?  
The ShowMe Center helps coordinate conferences focused on introducing the new curricula. If you are interested in developing a conference introducing two or
more of the curricula, contact us showmecenter@missouri.edu
or check out the Conferences.
If you are interested in attending a workshop on a particular curriculum, contact the Curriculum Development Satellite (CMP, MiC, MATH Thematics, MathScape). They offer "new user" sessions at each of their locations, and teachers who are implementing are encouraged to attend. 
How can I find out if there are other schools in my area using or planning to use these materials?  
You can view the map of implementation sites located on the web page under Sites & Stories and decide if one of these schools is near. Otherwise contact the local publisher representative for the curriculum project(s) to learn of schools in your area using a particular mathematics curriculum. 
Where can I find scope and sequence information about these curricula?  
Click on the Curricula Showcase link on the home page. Then select Unit Goals. Under Project select the curriculum you would like to investigate. Click Search. It will give you a sequential list of the units/modules and the process and content goals for the selected curriculum. Grade and Strand options allow you to look at a specific gradelevel, follow a strand through levels, and compare information across curricula. 
How can I get samples of these materials?  
Click on the Curricula Showcase link on the home page. To see materials from a particular mathematics program, select a specific "Project" and click on
Sample Lessons
to view actual student pages. Click on a page to see it in full view, or use the arrows to navigate through the sample lesson. You can also use the "Grade" and "Strand"
features to help search for specific types of lessons. You can also view the corresponding pages from the teacher edition by selecting Teacher Pages.
If you actually want the books in your hand, then you need to contact the local representative for the publisher that represents each curriculum project. Publisher information is available through the contact info link. 
Where can I find further information on standardsbased mathematics programs?  
Click on the Related Links for information about K12 mathematics curricula. You can also contact the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics at www.nctm.org 
Where do I go if I still have a question?  
Click on the Contact Us feature at the bottom of our home page. This request goes to the ShowMe Center and is either immediately responded to by a ShowMe staff member, or is forwarded to a satellite director, or whoever can best respond to the request. You can also call the ShowMe Center at 5738842099. 