ETA hand2mind Fractions Solution Helps Educators Adapt to Changing CCSS Math Requirements by 2014 Deadline

Learning by Doing the Foundation of New Fractions Products Built for CCSS Requirements

VERNON HILLS, Ill - April 18, 2013 hand2mind™ today released the new Common Core Fractions solution, a collection of flexible, scalable resources and tools designed to tackle one of the most significant shifts in Elementary Mathematics as directed by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). As the leading provider of hands-on learning solutions for P–12 teachers, hand2mind designed the collection to focus on professional development and training for teachers while creating both digital tools and physical manipulatives to help students see fractions as real numbers.

With less than a year left to implement new math requirements as part of CCSS, educators are running out of time to adapt their curriculum to include a stronger focus on fractions. Understanding fractions at the elementary level can help predict a student’s overall achievement in math on standardized tests in high school, so the Fractions solution was developed to nurture the student’s understanding of fractions concepts beyond problems and relate them to real-world applications.

"Most teachers are feeling unprepared for the implementation of the new, more rigorous standards," said Jude Rake, CEO of hand2mind. "This is a growing concern as more educators recognize the gap between their students' performance and the standards. Our new fractions solution is comprehensive and classroom friendly, providing teachers the fully integrated tools they need to elevate student achievement."

To aid in this process, the new Common Core Fractions solution includes instructional guides and tools for the classroom such as:

  • Fully aligned hands-on lesson plans created for differentiated instruction

  • Teacher-guided activities using manipulatives

  • Free digital interactive resources including the VersaMate iPad® App and Digital Classroom Lessons with embedded virtual manipulatives

  • Unique manipulatives and kits to support hands-on-learning

The new products from hand2mind will be showcased at the NCTM Annual Meeting in Denver. The conference, which runs through April 20, is the nation’s largest math education event with more than 700 sessions, workshops, and presentations.

About hand2mind
The mission of hand2mind is to support P–12 educators and partners in their quest to inspire learning, and champion learning by doing with research-based, proven hands-on solutions. The Vernon Hills, Ill.-based company's solutions in mathematics, science, and literacy are unique in the marketplace, providing instructional curriculum, custom-kit solutions for content providers, manipulatives, interactive digital applications, and teacher coaching and development. For more information, please visit