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Tennessee district sees dramatic achievement gains by engaging Thrive™ Math

Upon receiving a special School Improvement Grant to implement a Tennessee-approved turnaround model in 2013, leaders for Shelby County Schools in Memphis selected seven sites to transform. These schools, designated by the district as i-Zone schools, fall in the bottom 5 percent in the state. Douglass K8 Optional School is one of the selected schools.

With students coming to the classroom with a variety of backgrounds and skill levels in math, it can prove difficult to meet each of their needs. By combining high-quality curriculum, instruction and digital tools, blended learning has the potential to meet each student’s individual needs at their own pace. In this webinar, educators from the United Nations International School (UNIS) in New York City discussed how the school has transitioned to a 21st century math program by combining Cathy Fosnot’s Contexts for Learning Mathematics with adaptive technology to give students more autonomy and to inspire them to take ownership of their math learning.

Using effective strategies to personalize the math learning experience is key to reaching all levels of learners, especially Spanish-speaking English Language Learners who vary in their English language abilities, math proficiency and personal circumstances. In this web seminar, originally broadcast on February 17, 2015, educators from an innovative school with an 85 percent Latino population in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, discussed the success they’ve had combining face-to-face instruction with online learning to drive math achievement for their ELL students.

In middle school, students are being readied for higher level math concepts. Educators must engage learners to achieve deeper understanding, as well as prepare students for high stakes assessments. This web seminar, originally presented on April 16, 2014, featured an education expert and sixth grade teacher who discussed using technology in practical ways to achieve ideal middle school math instruction.

Nigel Nisbet 
Director of Content Creation
MIND Research Institute

Blended learning is constantly growing and evolving, and transforming education to be more of a student-centered environment. This web seminar, originally broadcast on May 13, 2014, featured blended learning expert Michael Horn, who outlined disruptive innovations and the subsequent impact on education. Also, an administrator discussed how her district made the transition to a blended environment, keys for a successful implementation and results so far.

By integrating technology into mathematics classrooms to complement face-to-face instruction, educators can provide uniquely individualized learning for all students. This web seminar, originally broadcast on August 28, 2014, featured administrators and a blended learning expert, who shared successful approaches for implementing this technique, including strategies, tips for modeling blended learning for elementary mathematics, and as well as first hand comparisons of student growth with the amount of time digital tools are used in each classroom.

Publication Date: 
1/7/2015

Research has shown that participation in professional development increases self-efficacy and potentially overall mathematics scores.

For the 21,000 students of Federal Way Public Schools near Seattle, the goal of the district’s administrators is to involve as much interactive technology in learning as possible. 

Educators can customize LearnZillion’s Common Core-aligned math curriculum and close reading/writing program. Math activities include practice sets based on skill level, guiding questions and a formative assessment. Students learn language arts skills through written, oral and interactive lessons.

Reader Testimony: 

"LearnZillion has allowed our teachers to gain a deeper understanding of the Common Core. Their lessons are right on target with the standards, and the online lessons are also a great resource for parents and students who are owning their education at home.” — Jessica Wright, ELA MS teacher/department chair, LISA Academy, Ark.

Year: 
2014

Built for the Common Core, this program combines valid and reliable student growth measure and individualized instruction in a single online product. For reading and mathematics classes, i-Ready pinpoints student needs down to the sub-skill level, and its ongoing progress monitoring reveals if students are on track to achieve end-of-year targets.

Year: 
2014

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