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Adaptive Curriculum At-Risk Students Make Gains with Real World Lessons Case Study of Besteiro Middle School

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http://www.ccsprojects.com/ - CCS Presentation Systems partner Adaptive Curriculum was brought into Besteiro Middle School in Brownsville, TX where 75% of the students were at-risk. The Principal …

http://www.ccsprojects.com/ - CCS Presentation Systems partner Adaptive Curriculum was brought into Besteiro Middle School in Brownsville, TX where 75% of the students were at-risk. The Principal implemented the program with the students before the teachers and the students loved it and were able to understand concepts using the program that they could not understand through their teacher. The students were motivated to “teach” their teachers how to use the program, which in-turn motivated the teachers in seeing how enthusiastic the students were.

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  • 1. Adaptive Curriculum Case Study: At-risk Students Make Gains with Real-world LessonsBesteiro Middle SchoolBrownsville, TX Demographics: • 42% Hispanic • 39% WhiteRemembering Concepts • 14% BlackIn 2007, when Principal Alma Cardenas-Rubio • 3% Asian saw Adaptive Curriculum at a technologyconference in Atlanta, she knew immediatelythat this was something she wanted for herschool, where almost 75% of the studentsare at risk. technology applications,” says Alma, “so, with the exception of one science teacher, we began“What I liked from the start were the real- our implementation with the students.”life scenarios,” says Alma. “Often whenwe teach something in class, students For the first year ofhave nothing to relate it to in the implementation, before thereal world. So they forget it. I could teachers were trained, studentssee that Adaptive Curriculum used the program independentlywould help them remember in the computer lab. Theconcepts because it connects to strategy was to let studentsreal applications.” explore the interactive Activity Objects and report back to the teachers. “Our students didn’t haveBuilding Motivation to use Adaptive Curriculum,” saysUnlike many schools, Besteiro Middle School Alma. “They were motivated to use it.”began its Adaptive Curriculum implementationwith the students, not the teachers. “It can bedifficult to get teachers to buy in to new Fostering Understanding According to Alma, “Students reported that Adaptive Curriculum helped them understand lessons they hadn’t understood in class. One Our science scores have gone up student told his teacher, ‘I didn’t get it your way, six or seven points a year, and our but I got it when I did it in Adaptive Curriculum.’ math scores three or four points a year. It was also very rewarding for students when they were able to show teachers how to do -Alma Cardenas-Rubio, Principal something in Adaptive Curriculum, and it was very motivating for the teachers to see how enthusiastic the students were.”©2011 Sebit, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 2. “When students get online with AdaptiveCurriculum, that’s the moment they really startthinking and using their brains,” says Alma. I didn’t get it your way, but I got it when I did it in Adaptive“They often mention real-world scenarios that Curriculum.”they say helped them understand something,such as the paint rollers in the lesson on -Sixth-grade StudentCalculating the Circumference of a Circle.” math. Now more parents are helping students with math and science, and they are seeing the benefit of the software. Adaptive Curriculum is helping us create an instructional setting at home.“ Improving Test Scores “Now when students get to the test, they have an image in their minds—something they can remember and relate the question to,” says Calculating the Circumference of a Circle Alma. “And that is reflected in our test scores. Over the last two years, our science scores have gone up six or seven points a year, and our mathExtending the Implementation scores three or four points a year.”Teachers were trained over the summer before Based on its successful implementation so far,the second year of implementation. They are the school is planning to move to a campus-now integrating the software into whole group wide implementation next year, using Adaptiveinstruction in the classroom, often pulling out Curriculum across all grades in labs, classrooms,sections of lessons to introduce concepts, and homes.reinforce instruction, or provide additionalpractice.Every student also has access in the computerlab and at home. According to Alma,“Previously, our students did not have muchsupport from parents at home, especially in Now when students get to the test, they have something they can remember and relate the question to. For more information on Adaptive Curriculum: -Alma Cardenas-Rubio, Principal Call us at 1-888-999-9319 E-mail us at sales@adaptivecurriculum.com Visit us at www.adaptivecurriculum.com©2011 Sebit, LLC. All Rights Reserved.