MRWC is a new fourthyear high school mathematics course designed to prepare students for the expectations and rigor of college mathematics courses. It reinforces and builds on mathematical topics and skills developed in Integrated 13 (or Algebra 12 and Geometry) and is designed as a bridge to college mathematics courses required in either STEM and nonSTEM majors.
MRWC Target Student Population
MRWC is intended as a 4thyear option for any student who has successfully completed Integrated 13 (or Algebra 12 and Geometry) and is planning to enter a college or university.
 Prerequisites for MRWC
 C or better in Integrated 13 (or Algebra 12 and Geometry)
 Recommended for MRWC
 SBAC = 2 or EAP Not Yet Ready
 SBAC = 3 or EAP Conditional Ready
 SBAC = 4 or EAP Ready
 Not Recommended for MRWC
 D or lower in Integrated 13 (or Algebra 12 and Geometry)
 SBAC = 1
Features of the MRWC Curriculum Design
MRWC is designed around the recommendations for student performance as described in the Mathematical Practices and the ICAS Statement on Competencies in Mathematics Expected of Entering College Students authored jointly by the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California.
The MRWC Curriculum
 Reorganizes the traditional pathway of topics to emphasize the connections between algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, etc
 Focuses on deep conceptual understanding by making connections between multiple representations.
 Embeds the Mathematical Practices as an integral part of the curriculum.
 Uses mathematical puzzle activities as an educational discovery and engagement strategy.
 Focuses on understanding and making sense of mathematics through group discussion.
 Emphasizes procedural, symbolic, and numerical fluency.
 Promotes flexible and strategic thinking and critique of reasoning of self and others.
Features of MRWC Implementation
MRWC Team Approach
 2 Teachers
 1 Coach
 1 Counselor
 1 Site Administrator and/or District Administrator
20 Days of Professional Learning
 45 Days in Winter/Spring (PreImplementation)
 10 Days in Summer (PreImplementation)
 56 Days in Fall/Winter (During Implementation)
 Teachers and coaches attend all 20 days, administrators and counselors attend 2 halfdays.
Key Principles
The Mathematical Reasoning with Connections (MRWC) Curriculum Development Committee believes that any attempt to improve the college and career readiness of high school graduates must address three critical and synergistic elements that influence the extent and nature of mathematics learning in K12 classrooms. These elements are (i) the curriculum, (ii) the teachers, and (iii) the students.
The following key principles have served as guidelines for the committee's work in developing the MRWC curriculum:

Mathematics consists of many strands  arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, data analysis  and the power of mathematics lies in the interconnected fusing of those strands into a cohesive body of knowledge.

The Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice should be an integral part of every lesson and should be seamlessly woven into the curriculum.

Mathematics learning involves a productive struggle to develop conceptual understandings that when coupled with procedural fluency leads to robust knowledge.

Mathematics is far more than executing procedures that yield correct answers. It is a way of organizing information so as to extract and convey meaning. The expectation for mathematics should always be that it makes sense.

Fluency in the language of mathematics is an important component of discovering, exploring, and communicating mathematical knowledge.

Since acquiring mathematical knowledge is a social endeavor, classroom activities must include collaborative discussions and explorations that encourage individual and communal meaning and sensemaking.

The curriculum should highlight the beauty inherent in mathematics. This beauty is found intrinsically in the consistency, logic, and completeness of mathematics, and extrinsically in mathematics' ability to provide explanations for the complexity and orderliness of the world we live in.

The curriculum should provide opportunities for teachers to explore new mathematical connections so as to grow both mathematically and pedagogically.

All students can learn and enjoy mathematics provided it is taught in a meaningful way that logically and purposefully builds on previously acquired mathematical knowledge.
 All high school students should be provided with a strong foundational knowledge of high school mathematics that serves as a springboard to a broad range of college and career options in modern technological society.
For additional information contact, Lilian Metlitzky.
Resources for MRWC
Sample Teacher SurveyThis link will open a PDF file from an external website in a new tab.
Leadership Team:
Lilian Metlitzky
Cal Poly Pomona
Greisy WinickiLandman
Cal Poly Pomona
Josh Chesler
CSU Long Beach
Laura Wallace
CSU San Bernardino