The California Mathematics Project: North Coast (CMP:NC; formerly North Bay Mathematics Project) is one of 19 sites of the California Mathematics Project. Doreen Heath Lance serves as director, and Ben Ford, Professor of Mathematics at Sonoma State University, is the faculty advisor.

Since its founding in 2000, the math project has hosted numerous professional learning opportunities for K-12 teachers in California's Region 1 (Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties): Mathematics Professional Development Institutes, California Mathematics and Science Partnerships, AB466 institutes, and many more.

The work includes lesson study as the vehicle for transferring the information learned into classrooms. Joan Easterday is an international authority on lesson study implementation, and has led NBMP's Lesson Study efforts since the beginning.  Our region's widespread lesson study efforts is among the most robust in the U.S. The lesson study process has been supported by many national experts: Patrick Callahan, Clea Fernandez, Catherine Lewis, Elizabeth Stage, James Stigler, Akihiko Takahashi, and Makoto Yoshida. They have offered learning opportunities, pushed our thinking, and encouraged us to keep working.

Technology enhances, records, and distributes what we are learning. Lesson studies, professional readings, and presentations are posted on websites and downloadable onto iPods to enable teachers to enjoy flexible learning time.

The most invaluable and appreciated of all are the students, teachers, and administrators who generously share their time and thinking.
See details about our approaches to the teaching and learning of mathematics on the following pages:
  • Discourse in the Mathematics classroom
  • Lesson Study in Mathematics
  • Video archive from past projects
  • One-week institutes available for school/district scheduling