# New Product Update: Cosenza’s TEKS Companion

Does your district need a resource to support intervention, preparation for STAAR, or independent instruction in middle school math? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Cosenza’s TEKS Companion.

Cosenza’s TEKS Companion is a supplemental resource for grades 3-8 and Algebra I.  The material is available in print and consists of a student workbook and a brief teacher’s manual. It is designed to support TEKS-based instruction, providing background information on the student expectations and numerous practice problems.

# New Product: Cosenza’s Algebra I TEKS Companion

Do you need a resource to support intervention and preparation for STAAR? Take a look at Learning List’s review of Cosenza’s Algebra I TEKS Companion.

Cosenza’s Algebra I TEKS Companion is a supplemental resource for grades 3-8 and Algebra I. Learning List recently reviewed the material for Algebra I. The material is available in print and consists of a student workbook and a brief teacher’s manual. It is designed to support TEKS-based instruction, providing background information on the student expectations and numerous practice problems.

# New Review: Cosenza & Associates’ Algebraic Reasoning

Learning List has reviewed Cosenza & Associates’ Algebraic Reasoning. This comprehensive product supports instruction in Texas algebraic reasoning courses. Content is available in print and digital formats and includes additional online tutorials. Instruction is inquiry based and covers the attributes of functions, systems of equations, modeling with functions and data, and approaches to solving equations. Teacher and student materials contain clear links to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPs).

Algebraic Reasoning is organized in eight chapters: (1) Algebraic Patterns, (2) Analyzing Functions, (3) Inverses of Functions, (4) Function Operations, (5) Algebraic Methods, (6) Matrices, (7) Solutions of Equations, and (8) Data Modeling. Content is presented using the 5E model of instruction (i.e., engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate) and is presented simply with a clear writing style that should be accessible for high school students. Frequent examples provide clear, step-by-step guidance in problem-solving strategies followed by “You Try It!” practice problems.

Resources include blackline masters of four versions of mid-chapter and end-of-chapter assessments, including a modified version for students with special learning needs. Editable versions (i.e., Word versions) of a mid-term and final exam and a culminating course project are available. Each test includes multiple-choice and free response items. The culminating project requires students to independently identify and analyze a data set related to a topic of interest.  Teachers also have access to the ExamView® assessment software that allows users to create customized assessments.

Cosenza & Associates, LLC, is based in Dallas, Texas, but offers consulting services nationwide. Cosenza & Associates provides:

• Instructional resources for K-12 mathematics
• Curriculum-instruction-assessment design and alignment
• Professional support for classrooms, schools, and districts
• Professional development for Texas Gifted and Talented 30-hour and 6-hour update requirements

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Cosenza & Associates.

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# New Reviews: Cosenza’s STAAR Mission Math (K-8 and Algebra I)

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Cosenza & Associates’ STAAR Mission Math is a supplemental, accelerated program to help students master the TEKS and prepare for STAAR math exams in grades K-12. The online program includes printable resources and supports instruction in blended learning environments. Learning List recently reviewed STAAR Mission Math products for grades K-8 and Algebra I.

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At each grade of these grade levels, STAAR Mission Math provides sets of lessons that support students in mastering specific TEKS and preparing for standardized tests. Lessons are organized using the 5E instructional model (i.e., Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate) and include videos, activity sheets, hands-on activities, and opportunities for formative and summative assessment. Instruction incorporates multiple representations of concepts and math journals in which students keep track of new vocabulary, record their conclusions, and reflect on what they have learned.

Teacher resources include a downloadable one-page lesson plan for each lesson, blackline masters of student handouts, and answer keys. Lesson plans include an overview, links to the relevant TEKS, and step-by-step guidance in implementing the 5E lesson cycle, including steps to prepare the lesson and discussion questions.

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Cosenza & Associates, LLC, was founded in 2010 by Gary Cosenza and Dr. Paul Gray. They founded the company in order to provide a better organizational structure for putting their expertise to work for schools and districts across Texas and around the nation.

What is STAAR Mission™? STAAR Mission™ is a flexible, condensed curriculum for Grades K-12 Mathematics, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. Based on the 5E instructional model, STAAR Mission™ lessons are teacher tools that harness the power of multimedia, including engaging audio and video documents, to deliver instruction that reinforces conceptual understanding so that students can become proficient with important skills.

STAAR Mission™ lessons emphasize succinct, tailored instruction centered around students’ use of a daily math journal. Each lesson includes high-yield strategies cited by Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock (2001) such as summarizing, using graphic organizers, and note-taking. Lessons also include hands-on activities, digital and printable activity masters, and detailed teacher directions. Visit the STAAR Mission™ website, to learn more about how STAAR Mission can help make students successful!

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Cosenza & Associates.