Big Shoulders Fund Grade 6 through High School Mathematics Initiative #2
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Initiated in 2015, Big Shoulders partnered with the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois-Chicago to extend the successes of the Everyday Math Initiative from the elementary to the secondary level. Anchor the work to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the College Readiness Standards, teachers and administrators learn how to integrate research-based best practices and highly effective strategies – math talks, MARS Tasks, and formative assessment lessons – to enhance their existing curricula.
In addition to the comprehensive offerings, Big Shoulders is also committed to ensuring schools have access to quality supplemental materials that further deepen the ongoing work in schools. In partnership with MIND Research, four Big Shoulders Fund schools piloted ST Math, a game-based instructional software designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning.
Marrying the forces of the overarching initiative and efficacy of rigorous supplemental resources has led to ever-rising test scores and increased teacher capacity. For instance, current eighth graders have moved from performing just below the 50th percentile in third grade to nearly the 70th percentile today. Today, more and more schools are eager to join the movement toward improving math instruction across the Big Shoulders Fund network, and we are thrilled to see it flourish!
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