SOURCE: The Pi Project

The Pi Project

January 14, 2010 13:24 ET

The Pi Project Brings Singapore Math to the Bay Area

Peninsula Educators Seeing Results With World-Class Curriculum

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - January 14, 2010) - The Pi Project, a consulting company that works with elementary and middle schools to implement Singapore Math, has seen widespread success in student achievement over the last year. This Bay Area company comprises veteran teacher, Kathleen Jalalpour, and former teacher from Singapore, Corrinne Lieu.

Kathleen Jalalpour, co-founder of The Pi Project and Math teacher at Keys School in Palo Alto, first encountered Singapore Math six years ago, after returning to California from teaching in Germany. She found that Singapore Math best matched the depth and rigor of her European textbooks and observed that all of her students now enter 8th grade ready for Algebra, a much higher rate than before adoption.

"What's been particularly fascinating about Singapore Math is the way that it's able to engage students who are strong in math," said Ms. Jalalpour. "It offers challenges and extensions that really make them think. At the same time, it is the only math program I know of that truly reaches the students who used to struggle with math. It authentically develops number sense and an understanding of word problems."

"Corrinne and Kathleen have done an excellent job of mentoring the implementation of this math curriculum. It's given our students more confidence plus a deeper understanding and appreciation of math," says Michael Thompson, head of Keys Middle School in Palo Alto. "Students enjoy it, teachers are enthusiastic and parents appreciate the visible increase in conceptual math understanding and mental math flexibility."

"Math is about discovering patterns, forming connections and understanding relationships so that problem solving can take place. It isn't about memorizing formulas," said Corrinne Lieu, co-founder of The Pi Project. An experienced teacher from Singapore, Ms. Lieu carried out the teacher training at Keys School when it first adopted the curriculum six years ago. "Now that I'm raising my own children here in the US, I feel a strong need to try to make a difference in the way that math is taught and learned in Bay Area classrooms."

Singapore Math

Singapore Math is an internationally successful, high-quality math curriculum from Singapore. It is based on developing problem-solving, visualization, and number skills, and is written in English. The program has become more popular since the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study repeatedly show Singapore scoring at the top of the world in mathematics. In November 2007, the state of California approved Singapore math for adoption by California schools.

The Pi Project

The Pi Project is a consulting company that works with elementary and middle schools to implement Singapore Math. The Company offers training to schools and parents. For more information, please visit

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    The Pi Project
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