Singapore Mathematics Implementation Project

Singapore Mathematics refers to the math textbooks from

the small Asian country of Singapore.  Since 1995, it has been one of the top performing countries in mathematics in the TIMSS study. Their success is not just due to the quality of the books, but to the strong mathematical preparation of their elementary teachers. Richard Bisk professor of mathematics at Worcester State University, has provided content-based professional development for teachers using these books since 2000. His work focuses on improving the mathematical understanding of teachers and is valuable regardless of the textbook series that the teachers are using.

Dr. Bisk is a consulting author for Math In Focus and has also done extensive work using the Primary Math editions. He has given presentations on his work and provided professional development in the United States, Singapore, Korea, Thailand, Great Britain and Portugal.  He can be reached at  or 508-929-8962.

Math elementary textbooks series in use in the United States that use the Singapore approach.

1.  Primary Math – US Edition – Available from

2.  Primary Math – Standards Edition - Available from

3.  Math In Focus – Available from


Video - Presentation on Singapore Mathematics and Teacher Preparation at Utah Capital Building

MassMATE Conference May 23, 2012 - Common Core Mathematics Standards Influences From Singapore

Parent's Night Presentation -Shrewsbury, MA -  October, 2014

    Part 1    Part 2


Summer Institutes - 2015

1. Singapore Mathematics - Number and Operations Institute    The primary goal of this workshop is to deepen your understanding of the math you teach, regardless of whether you plan to use the Singapore books as your primary texts.  Strengthening your understanding will help you to be more effective as a teacher. This institute will provide a supportive, yet challenging environment for professionals working together.

Location: Worcester State University         
When: June 29-July 2, 2015
Time: 8:00 AM –  3:00 PM 

Registration is closed.There are no remaining seats.

Registration Information

Cost is $760 if registration is received by May 20. This includes continental breakfast, lunch and books. Housing cost for 4 nights in University Residence Halls - $170 total                                 

2. Singapore Math Workshop

Location: Staten Island Academy
When: July 27-29, 2015

3. Singapore Mathematics Summer Institute - Where Content Meets Pedagogy
Location: Worcester State University
When: August 11-13, 2015  

Cost is $750 cost with a 5% discount for groups of 5 or more.  $125 for college credit.  Housing at Courtyard by Marriott at $138/night.                      

Professional Development and Teacher Training Opportunities - Dr. Richard Bisk - - 508.929.8962

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