EMPower is designed to give adult learners and out-of-school youth mathematics skills for daily life. Developed and field tested by the Education Research Collaborative at TERC with support from the National Science Foundation, EMPower combines insights from educational research and classroom practice. This program works in adult and workplace education, alternative high schools, correctional settings, and GED/high school equivalency programs. Students who need help transitioning to college also benefit from EMPower's dynamic approach.
Rather than focusing on memorizing formulas, students develop useful mathematics skills through engaging exercises that relate to their lives. They investigate concepts, work collaboratively, share ideas orally and in writing, and discover multiple ways to solve problems. The full program comprises eight non-sequential units emphasizing whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, proportions, geometry and measurement, algebra, and data and graphs.
- Many Points Make a Point: Data and Graphs
- Seeking Patterns, Building Rules: Algebraic Thinking
- Over, Around, and Within: Geometry and Measurement
- Using Benchmarks: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
- Split It Up: More Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
- Everyday Number Sense: Mental Math and Visual Models
- Keeping Things in Proportion: Reasoning with Ratios
- Operation Sense: Even More Fractions, Decimals, and Percents