Back-office business: How Schools GET IT DONE
Greenwich High School creates a
customized science textbook
Challenge: “Because of the inquirybased,
rigorous nature of our Integrated
Science course [which combines chemistry,
biology, and physics], there wasn’t
a textbook that existed that truly could
serve as a resource for our students,” says
Sheila Civale, district science coordinator
for Greenwich (Conn.) Public Schools. “Yet
we knew that such a book would help our ninth graders improve their criticalthinking
skills and their understanding of the material on the state test and in
their future educational endeavors.”
Solution: Civale worked with Pearson, a group of colleagues, and a University
of Connecticut professor to develop an original, customized book and corresponding
digital text. The district surveyed students about their interests and
used the results to develop the course and text, which center on four themes:
survival, sports and human performance, space, and sustainability.
Florida elementary students achieve
dramatic increases in math performance
Challenge: Twenty-three schools in Florida’s
Orange County piloted MIND’s ST Math visual
math software program to help students learn
to reason their way through visual math puzzles.
Solution: Third-grade students at Ivey Lane
Elementary achieved a 26-point gain in gradelevel
math achievement on the 2011 FCAT (Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test). Ivey Lane students
also finished in MIND’s top 10 percent nationally
in completion of the Web-based math software.
Digital science come to Texas schools
Challenge: Texas high school teachers wanted a digital curriculum that
would cover the objectives adopted by the Texas State Board of Education and
would serve as full-course online content for physics and chemistry.
Solution: CompassLearning Odyssey Texas
Integrated Physics and Chemistry and
CompassLearning Odyssey Texas Physics now
provide science content that Texas teachers can
search by skill, topic, or keyword to create customized
lessons and assessments.
Challenge: Wylie (Texas) Independent
School District wanted to provide additional
math practice for fifth- and sixthgrade
Solution: The district piloted Time to
Know during the summer and saw math
and language-arts scores improve by
as much as 25 percent. Time to Know
is an online curriculum system that lets
teachers differentiate instruction.
Algebra for the
iPad comes to N.J.
Challenge: Edison Township School
District in New Jersey wanted to integrate
a curriculum on tablets.
Solution: This fall the district was
the first in its state to debut Houghton
Mifflin Harcourt’s HMH Fuse: Algebra
1 App with 60 high school students in
a year-long pilot program. Their progress
will be measured against a control
group in a traditional classroom.