The Math Learning Center gives back to the mathematics education community through our Bridges University Program and our sponsorship of Elementary Math Specialists scholarships.
Bridges University Program
What better way to prepare mathematics teachers than to use examples from innovative PreK-5 classroom materials? We offer access to the content of our elementary curriculum materials, Bridges in Mathematics, for use in university settings. This includes access to the core curriculum of both 2nd Edition and 3rd Edition as well as Number Corner, Bridges Intervention, and Concept Quests. University programs or faculty may request a free subscription to the Bridges Educator Site which contains this full suite of Bridges in Mathematics content in PDF format. You’ll also have access to a host of support resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the purpose of the Bridges University Program?
A: As a mission-driven organization we're interested in promoting equitable and effective mathematics teaching practices. By providing this free resource, we hope to contribute to elementary teacher preparation and professional development. In particular, we believe these Bridges materials may be useful for elementary mathematics content courses for teachers, as well as mathematics methods and field-based courses.
Q: Do participants incur any obligations?
A: No. There are no implied or explicit obligations beyond those described in the standard user agreement for the Bridges Educator Site. University contacts are required to manage account assignments to ensure the total remains within the agreed upon number of user accounts.
Q: Can participants use these Bridges materials outside the university setting?
A: The intention of the Bridges University Program is to provide a resource to support academic coursework and fieldwork. Accounts and the related content are not offered for the personal use of participants outside of this context.
Q: What is the process for getting set up?
A: The first step is to request a preview account to the Bridges Educator Site. After you have previewed the site and confirmed it would be a useful resource, contact us to transition from a preview account to a standard account. At that time you should also estimate the total number of concurrent accounts you would need within an academic year.
Q: If I know of a school district interested in Bridges how can they get more information?
Free Math Resources
Apps and App Activities
Many mathematics teacher educators know our apps and have used them to support their work with students and teachers. If you love using these, you might also be interested in our searchable set of app activities which are rich tasks that can be explored and represented with the apps.
Math at Home
Developed in partnership with Maier Math Foundation, this searchable collection of activities will help spark meaningful mathematical discourse. There you will find familiar routines with powerful images such as: What Comes Next?, Which One Doesn’t Belong?, Today’s Number, Would You Rather?, Same & Different, and Guess My Rule.
Free Lessons & Publications
We offer over 200 free resources from our Pre-K story books to the full text of previously published programs including Box It or Bag It, Opening Eyes to Mathematics, Math and the Mind’s Eye, and Visual Mathematics.
Math Teacher Leader Scholarships
In collaboration with the Association of Math Teacher Educators (AMTE), The Math Learning Center created a scholarship fund for aspiring elementary mathematics specialists. Winners receive $2,000 to enhance their mathematics knowledge, teaching and leadership by enrolling in university coursework that will result in becoming a certified mathematics specialist.