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Call to Action: Algebraic Literacy as an Alternative to Intermediate Algebra
Reform work in developmental mathematics has focused on the needs of non-STEM students (statistics, quantitative reasoning). What about the needs of students preparing for calculus and other STEM-like courses? We have pretty convincing data that intermediate algebra fails to prepare students for college algebra or pre-calculus. Algebraic Literacy is designed for this purpose. You can find more information about Algebraic Literacy on this wiki, as well as the www.devmathrevival.net blog. However, the best way to get the information is at the AMATYC conference session "Algebraic Literacy: A Bridge to Somewhere", which will be held November 21 (2015) at 11:55am (in the Bayside C room). The conference takes place at the New Orleans Sheraton.
[posted Oct 5, 2015]

AMATYC 2015 ... New Orleans ... Many sessions related to New Life courses and related work
The mini-program is available https://amatyc.site-ym.com/?2015ConfHome
Jack has a session on the Algebraic Literacy course ("A Bridge to Somewhere", S149, Saturday at 11:55).
Several others have sessions about Math Literacy; the symposium this year is about the Dana Center New Mathways Project (with whom we share many goals, ideas, and people).

The sessions at AMATYC 2014 -- now available

The slides and handouts from Jack's sessions at AMATYC 2014 are now available at

Information over on the DevMathRevival blog that you might find helpful:
Summary of the three Emerging Models for Developmental Mathematics (AMATYC New Life, Carnegie Pathways, Dana Center New Mathways):

Status of New Life Courses -- Implementations, colleges, sections (as of Fall 2014):

Common Core Mathematics and College Readiness:

Learn about the new courses at the 2014 AMATYC Conference in Nashville.
The Missing Link: Algebraic Literacy to Replace Intermediate Algebra -- Friday (November 14) at 8am
This session will provide detailed information on the new Algebraic Literacy course, which can replace intermediate algebra. The content of Algebraic Literacy is deliberately designed to help all students -- those pursuing STEM courses as well as others. [The Algebraic Literacy course is one of the two courses in the New Life Model.]

Accelerate and Improve Developmental Mathematics: The New Life Model -- Saturday (November 15) at 2:15pm
This session will provide an overview of the New Life Model -- designed to BOTH accelerate and improve the developmental mathematics curriculum. Some of this work is similar to the Carnegie Pathways and the Dana Center Mathways; we also look for broader changes. The content is designed to inspire faculty and students in the study of mathematics, and the inclusion of active learner-centered classrooms. Over 50 colleges ... over 500 sections and over 10000 students are in New Life courses this semester. Come and find out why!

Conference information at https://amatyc.site-ym.com/?page=2014ConfHome
Conference mini-program at

Michigan is holding a "Michigan Summit on Developmental Mathematics" as part of the MichMATYC fall conference this October. The event will be on Friday (afternoon), October 3 at Lake Michigan College. The program is below.

We will again have presentations relating to the New Life Project at the AMATYC conference in Nashville. If you are doing a session about Math Lit, Algebraic Lit, or related designs, please let Jack know (rotmanj@lcc.edu).

New Life Project Update
We had a meeting during the AMATYC conference in Anaheim (November 2, 2013). Our priorities for the work in the next year:
  • Emphasize the Algebraic Literacy course (many faculty are not happy with their intermediate algebra course)
  • Work with state and regional "summits on developmental mathematics"
  • Begin conversations about courses following developmental -- especially college algebra and pre-calculus
Resources to assist with the first two priorities are available on this wiki as well as:
the blog site page for "instant presentations" (http://www.devmathrevival.net/?page_id=116) and
the AMATYC 2013 presentations by Jack (http://www.devmathrevival.net/?page_id=1807)

National Summit on Developmental Mathematics
You can see presentations from the 1st National Summit on Developmental Mathematics at
One session was on our Math Lit course (Kathy Almy); another was on our Algebraic Lit course (the "Missing Link" by Jack Rotman).

Revision drafts for courses (Math Lit, Algebraic Lit) -- seeking comments and suggestions
Based on the work in the profession over the past 3 years, we are revising the "Goals and Outcomes" documents for our two courses. These drafts need your suggestions and comments -- and that is why we have an online community (this wiki). Please take some time to look over the drafts and provide suggestions and comments; you need to login to the wiki before you can do either. [If you are not a member of 'dm-live', use the link above to join.]
The documents are available by using the navigation to the left ... or you can use the links below:
Math Lit Outcomes July2013Revision
Algebraic Literacy Outcomes July2013Revision

Also: The Dana Center has a position for a curriculum developer -- see
[July 2013]

The Latest Thing from earlier:
A set of 5 'instant presentations' on the New Life model (about 5 minutes each), over at the blog:
(May 14, 2013)

Planning for AMATYC 2013 (Anaheim, CA)
We are collecting information on sessions related to the New Life work at the AMATYC conference this fall. Please pass along information on such sessions to Jack (rotmanj@lcc.edu) . I will be doing a general session on New Life on Friday afternoon (November 1).

The Developmental Mathematics Committee will have one business meeting at the conference; see the committee page at

The New Life Project will have a separate meeting during the conference so we can share information and plan our work. I will be setting up a meeting in a special 'spontaneous' meeting room, most likely on Saturday (November 2), possibly in the morning. The process involves signing up for the room onsite and posting a notice; remember to look for a notice about our meeting at the conference.

September 25, 2012 -- Positions at the Dana Center: see http://www.devmathrevival.net/?page_id=1050

For more information on reform in developmental mathematics, see the companion blog http://www.devmathrevival.net/

DM means Developmental Mathematics (broadly defined as mathematics preceding college level)

The New Life project is grounded in our professional standards (Beyond Crossroads, see http://beyondcrossroads.amatyc.org/). These standards call for us to take a broad view, and not just fine-tune the curriculum we have inherited. Therefore, we are not talking about a redesign of the current curriculum ... we are talking about something new; we hope you become as excited by the possiblities as we have become.

This wiki exists to support the collaboration of faculty in implementing the "New Life" vision for developmental mathematics, which is a product of AMATYC's New Life Project (includes members of NADE and MAA).

What are the goals of the New Life model?
  • First, to address the mathematical needs of ALL students (not just those who will take pre-calculus).
  • Second, to reflect the accumulated wisdom about mathematics; this refers to our professional standards AND to the work of MAA (CRAFTY in particular).
  • Third, to reflect the accumulated wisdom about learning mathematics; this refers to the theories and what is known about students as well as what it means to 'learn'.
  • Fourth, to have just one developmental math course for many students (those not needing a college algebra or pre-calculus course).
  • Fifth, to provide a second developmental math course for those students who need college algebra or pre-calculus (and some would only need that course).
We also have a goal of advancing the profession by building collaboration among all of us, encouraging solutions at the local and regional levels, and developing a collective expertise that will result in dramatic improvements for our students ... and a goal that we can maintain this work over an extended period of time.
added October 26, 2011

DevMathRevival.net -- a companion blog by Jack Rotman
The blog also has information on the New Life model.
The most recent videos deal with Placement for a New Life curriculum AND Instructional Materials ... you have good options, right now! See the video page at
Instant Presentations at DevMathRevival

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What is the New Life Vision? (posted October 28, 2010; updated February 12, 2011)
You can can explore details using the links on the left. Here is a very brief description ...
The New Life Vision describes two basic courses before college level; both courses differ in multiple ways from the traditional 'developmental' math courses we have been using. Not only is the content radically different, it is approached in a more complete manner .... building concepts, understanding connections, communicating, and procedures. The focus is on the needs of all students, regardless of whether they are taking traditional college mathematics or not.

Historically, developmental mathematics has its roots in 'remedial mathematics'. Because our professional standards (Beyond Crossroads) call us to examine our curriculum in terms of meeting student needs, we have developed a different conceptualization of our work. Rather than address student deficits within school mathematics, we look at what students need in order to be ready for success in college. Our first course deals directly with this 'mathematical literacy'; for some students, this one course would replace two old courses (beginning algebra and intermediate algebra). Our second course provides a bridge between "MLCS" and college-credit mathematics; we describe a basic version as well as a 'STEM-boosted' version for those needing pre-calculus.

Our curricular model builds on the professional work of many, from the last 20 years ... not just the AMATYC Crossroads & Beyond Crossroads (http://beyondcrossroads.amatyc.org/), but the MAA "CRAFTY" work as well (http://www.maa.org/cupm/crafty/). We have also included information on effective pedagogy based on a broad research base in the cognitive sciences. Our work has progressed beyond a simple redesign of developmental mathemetics, and has become integrative in the profession ... with connections within mathematics, other academic disciplines, and cognitive science.

Course 1 is "MLCS" (Mathematical Literacy for College Students") see Mathematical Literacy for College Students
Some colleges are implementing this just for students who are not proceding in the traditional math curriculum ("STEM"), while others are implementing it for all students. Many students would procede from this course directly to their required basic college course (liberal arts math, intro statistics, basic science, etc). MLCS can be 'side-by-side' with the traditional courses (such as beginning algebra)

Course 2 is "Transitions" (short for "Transitions to College Mathematics") see Transitions Course
This course is designed to be flexible. Colleges can implement a version for students who just need more mathematics than MLCS but who do not need "STEM" -- this might be a 3 credit course. Colleges can also implement a "boosted version" for students who are proceding to college mathematics -- this might be 4 credits. Transitions opens the door to general college mathematics (finite math, general statistics, etc) and general science courses.

Each course can be offered "side-by-side" with a traditional course; many of the people in our Project believe that the traditional courses need to be completely replaced by the new ones -- this will take time, and offering 'side-by-side' can be a good first step in the process.

Here is a summary table:

STEM Bound
4 credit
Beginning Algebra
4 credit
3 credit
Intermediate Algebra
4 credit
See the New Life Vision for a visual display of the design, and Curricular Model for a presentation on the components of the design.

The Basics Of New Life page provides a more complete description of the vision; the Guide to New Life page has a series of presentations on different aspects of the work.

To start implementing a part (or all) of the New Life vision, see the Implementer Central page.

For some presentations that have been made on New Life, see AMATYC Symposium 2009 and Presentations Local.

October 16, 2010 -- Presentation from "MichMATYC"
A new presentation on our project from the Michigan AMATYC affiliate meeting. See the "Presentations - Local" link on the left.

June 28, 2010 -- What's New?
A new page has been added on the 'curricular model' -- illustrated with a spinner, to capture the concepts of a 3-dimensional framework for the new courses. The primary content of this new page is a video (about 4:45 long).

April 24, 2010 -- What's New?

1) A page has been added (Basics Of New Life) to collect the basic documents in one place.

2) The Implementer Central page has been expanded.
This page now has a section on getting started -- providing you with some guidance on how to get started in this process..
In addition, this page now has information for those doing 'pilot' courses concerning data collection, and some information about faculty development assistance.

3) A local presentation (MDEC Presentation) has been added (temporarily)

Need an introduction to the New Life Project? Want an overview?
Try the "Guide to New Life" (link in the left column) -- this has a series of short presentations.
New!! The video recording of the Symposium Presentation (AMATYC conference, 2009) is now available. See the Symposium2009 page.

Needed!! Presentations at local and state conferences & meetings, to share the New Life vision for developmental mathematics. Resources for making a presentation are available on the **Symposium2009 page** ... and more information is available in the "New Life Wiki" (see bottom of this page for link).

Anybody can join, post and edit.
To Join, click on the "join this wiki" link (in left column). You will need to create a wikispace account, if you don't already have one.

Be respectful; it's better to add a comment or discussion post rather than delete somebody else's stuff.
Be helpful; we all want to improve our profession for the sake of our students. Everything is said with that goal in mind.
Any topic related to developmental mathematics can be dealt with; our focus is on implementing the "New Life" materials.
The wiki organizers can (if needed) delete material that does not support the goals of the wiki. (The current organizer is Jack Rotman.)

The "Symposium2009" page (see link on left) contains all of the handouts for the two sessions of the Developmental Mathematics Symposium (AMATYC Conference, Las Vegas ... November 13-14, 2009)

For other information on the New Life project, visit the New Life wiki (http://dm-new-life.wikispaces.com/) -- the New Life wiki has restricted membership, while this wiki (dm-live) is open; anybody can request to join dm-live! All it takes is an interest in our work.

DISCLAIMER: These pages represent the work of the New Life Project, and are not official documents of AMATYC.