New OK math program for grades 5-8 at Westerly | Where is


WEST – School district teachers for grades 5 to 8 will begin implementing a new math curriculum in the 2021-22 school year that will be gradually integrated with other classes over the following years.

Implementation will follow the unanimous acceptance of the district’s new K-8 math curriculum by the school committee at its June 23 meeting. The new curriculum will begin teaching in grades 3 and 4 in the 2022-2023 school year and in K-2 in the 2023-24 school year.

The school committee approved a new English language teaching program in May.

The selection of the new program follows three years of studying and analyzing potential math programs for the district, said Stephanie Lenihan, head of the math department at Westerly Middle School. Lenihan served on a 17-member committee of teachers and administrators that worked to research a new program for the district.

State law passed in 2019 requires public school districts statewide to adopt “high-quality instructional materials for K-12 grades that are aligned with standardized testing, academic standards, and curriculum frameworks. statewide studies.

Members of the local math curriculum committee met for dozens of hours with officials from the state’s education ministry and Edreports, a non-profit organization that reviews educational materials. Committee members then visited schools where the ultimately selected materials were being used.

“We used anecdotal interviews and teacher testimonials and together analyzed which program matched our needs and vision,” said Lenihan.

The Bridges in Mathematics program will be used for grades K-5 and Agile Mind Middle School Mathematics will be used for grades 6-8. Lenihan said the Bridges program appeals to local teachers because it aligns with math standards and is “fair regardless of teacher, grade level or school” and because it requires students to “give meaning in mathematical ideas and processes “. The Bridges program has already been used in the district for students who need extra math help, Lenihan said.

According to a presentation to the school committee, Agile Mind Middle School Mathematics also aligns with math standards and complements the curriculum that will be used by younger students.

The Agile Mind program also “balances conceptual understanding, fluidity procedures and application” and “promotes math as a collaborative and social enterprise,” according to the slide presentation. The program also includes supports for students for whom English is a second language.

Teachers will undergo professional development training as the new curriculum rolls out and a system has been developed to track the implementation and ensure the integrity of the new approaches, Lenihan said. Student performance will also be monitored. New goals for teachers and students will be developed as the program is implemented at all levels.

School committee member Rob Cillino, who works as a principal in North Stonington and previously has been a public school math coach, said the Bridges program had received “near perfect ratings” from organizations that review programs.

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