New Curriculum for Adult Math Education: EMPower

January 13, 2005

The new EMPower curriculum has arrived to fill the tremendous need for a math and numeracy program for adult basic education. Developed by TERC and published by Key Curriculum Press, EMPower helps adults develop mathematical proficiency by combining the best teaching practices of the past two decades with insights culled from educational research and classroom practice.

EMPower focuses on mathematical reasoning, communication, and problem solving with strategies and approaches designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of learning styles. Each unit includes activities with clear mathematical goals and contexts that are engaging and useful for adult learners.

Development of EMPower was inspired by the fact that over 40 percent of the adult population in the US lacks the quantitative literacy skills necessary for societyÂ’s demands. Proficiency in math is one skill that translates directly to economic success. Approximately 4 million adult learners enroll annually in adult education programs based in community colleges, local school systems, community-based organizations, and prisons.

To find out about availability for EMPower and to obtain more information about the curriculum, visit or

Because EMPower calls for a number of changes in approach in basic math education for adults and young adults still in school, TERC is also providing a range of professional development workshops, institutes, and support with classroom implementation. Contact for details.