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C.O. Greenfield School


 

C.O. Greenfield School

Roosevelt Elementary Distirct

Contact Person: Stuart Starky

Email: Stuart.Starky@rsd.k12.az.us
Grades Served: 4-8 Total Enrollment: 585
Percent Free/Reduced Lunch: 99% Percent English Language Learners: 25%

Innovative Practice and Implementation Process:

  • Khan Academy computer programing and math: khanacademy.org

  • Coding
    • Greenfield the only 4th through 8th grade school which teaches code writing in Arizona
    • Based off of a structure from Khan Academy and supported by the philosophy of Code.org, our students are learning to write and implement code creating digital designed product using Java Script.
  • Math
    • Implemented a program in which each student has their own personalized math account using Khan Academy, Renaissance Learning’s Star Math and Math Live and Study Island our math classrooms are individualized from delivery of instruction to data collection and teacher support.
    • Each student is tracked as an individual and receives advanced placement or remedial help from their data.

Academic Gains/Evidence of Success:

  • Number of 7th graders taking high school algebra has increased from 6 to 46
  • Student enrollment has increased from 495 to 585
2011 2012 2013
Growth Points 47 53 52
Composite Points 53 56 62
Total Points 100 109 114

Eduprize School – Gilbert

Eduprize School – Gilbert

Eduprize Schools, LLC

Contact Person: Dr. Lynn Robershotte

Email: Lynn.robershotte@eduprizeschools.net
Grades Served: K-9 Total Enrollment: 1840
Percent Free/Reduced Lunch: 3.5% Percent English Language Learners: 2.90%

Innovative Practice and Implementation Process:

  • i-Ready adaptive diagnostic and blended learning instructional solution: i-ready.com
  • How are i-Ready diagnostics used?

    • The EDUPRIZE program is a science based, differentiated curriculum where students are taught at their own instructional level. The i-Ready diagnostics assist in this process by providing initial placement, data for benchmarking of individual progress and grouping information by skill in order to address individual areas of instruction. The on-going progress monitoring enables teachers to utilize data to check in on student response to instruction and make instructional decisions based on the data. This data also enables teachers to assess student progress against growth targets.

  • How in i-Ready do you regroup students/reassess?

    • Continuous data is available to the EDUPRIZE teacher through our adoption of multiple technologies which have allowed a 2 to 1 ratio of students to technological devise. “All in one” computers, iPads, Chrome books, desktops and laptops are used across our facility. Our new mega-tech center, “The Liberty Lab”, holds 130 computers plus 5 additional computer labs which are available for whole group administration for reassessing student progress. In addition to these labs each classroom in grades 1-6 have 8 chrome books which are used for instructional support, immediately following teacher direct instruction. The data collected through both methodologies provides continuous feedback on student progress used for daily grouping and instruction.

  • How is the i-Ready content used by staff and volunteers to differentiate instruction in small groups?

    • EDUPRIZE has always instructed at each student’s instructional level through differentiation by sub-skills per curriculum. This has been greatly facilitated through the use of i-Ready content. Students participate daily for 30 minutes in reading and in math with lessons and activities at their level. The many tests that are embedded in the i-Ready content modify the level and objectives for each child on an on-going basis. Meanwhile, reports can be generated and materials prescribed to assist teachers in small group planning and orchestration.

  • Can you give a brief description of cottages and project based learning?

    • EDUPRIZE continues to show unparalleled student growth which is attributable to our hands-on instruction and science-based “Cottage” experiences. These units ensure student motivation and purposeful learning in addition to allowing for transfer of knowledge to real world applications thus cementing sub-skills. Each student participates in a physical science, an earth science, a social science, and a life science every year. These thematic units such as Mineral Market, Physics Foundry, Greenhouse, and more are standards based and allow students to excel through multiple modality instruction. Student motivation for our science-based Cottages is evidenced in their enthusiasm to apply their skills in this project-based environment.

 

Academic Gains/Evidence of Success:

2011 2012 2013
Math – AIMS Passing % 90% 92% 89%
Reading – AIMS Passing % 95% 95%

96%

School Grade A A

A

Growth &Proficiency Composite Score
152 158 156

Palomino Intermediate

 

Palomino Intermediate

Paradise Valley Unified District

Contact Person: Robert Moore Email: rmoore@pvlearners.net
Grades Served: 4th-6th Total Enrollment: 422
Percent Free/Reduced Lunch: 94% Percent English Language Learners: 44%

 

Innovative Practice and Implementation Process:

  • ST Math and Music (Spatial Temporal) www.mindresearch.net
  • First implementation Fall 2011, 4th-5th grade
  • Utilize individual student notebooks for students to write down problems
  • Track progress within program daily
  • Celebrate and recognize student mastery
  • Award assemblies for whole grade level
  • Use student data to assign small group work

Academic Gains/Evidence of Success:

  2011 2012 2013
Math – AIMS Passing % 39% 47% 48%
ELA – AIMS Passing % 61% 55%

70%

School Grade C C

B

Growth and Proficiency Composite Score 106 116 132