Adaptive Curriculum 21st Century and STEM Learning at Kihei Charter School


Published on - Kihei Charter School in Hawaii brought in CCS Presentation Systems partner Adaptive Curriculum into their unique innovative 21st century STEM school where the kids learn in class 4 days a week and virtual assignments from home on Fridays. The teachers select a few Adaptive Curriculum Activity Objects to support the standard they are teaching that week and assign them to the students to be completed at home by the end of the week. Adaptive Curriculum helps the students learn independent problem solving & about taking on responsibility as well as working remotely.

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Adaptive Curriculum 21st Century and STEM Learning at Kihei Charter School

  1. 1. Adaptive Curriculum Case Study: 21st Century and STEM LearningKihei Charter SchoolKihei, HI Demographics: • K-12 SchoolSupport for Blended Learning • Title IKihei Charter School is an innovative 21st • 55% Whitecentury STEM school with a clear mission—“to • 21% Asianprepare students for the world of work they areheaded for while reducing ‘bricks-and mortar’ • 6% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanderexpenses,” according to executive director Mark • 15% MixedChristiano.In support of its mission, the school has adopteda blended learning program in which studentsspend one to four days a week in regular classes experience while ensuring the appropriate levelat school, depending on grade and ability level, of rigor, according to Mark.and the rest of the week they work with At the start of each week, middle schoolvirtual assignments from home. math teacher Peggy Temple selects“Adaptive Curriculum addresses one two or three Adaptive Curriculumof our major goals because it’s a Activity Objects to support thehigh-quality tool that can be used standard she is teaching andboth at home and at school,” assigns them to be completed atsays Mark. “It provides activities home by the end of the week.students can do virtually that add Her middle school studentsvalue to classroom instruction.” spend four days in school each week and work remotely onAnother of the school’s goals is improve student performance onhigh-stakes tests throughout the year and Filling in the “Little Holes”on 2011 end-of-year exams, by deepeningstudents’ understanding of math and science Peggy uses Adaptive Curriculum for skillconcepts. reinforcement tailored to each student’s level of understanding.Science teachers are assigning AdaptiveCurriculum Activity Objects to be completed at “In Hawai’i ‘pukas’ means little holes. That’s whathome, extending the hands-on science lab we call them. I like Adaptive Curriculum because it lets me find the pukas in each student’s understanding and fill them in,” she says. “If Adaptive Curriculum is a high- one student doesn’t pass, I can see why. If a lot of students don’t pass, I can see what I need to quality tool than can be used both re-teach.” at home and at school. “I really like that I can access the high school as -Mark Christiano, well as the middle school Activity Objects,” says Executive Director Peggy, “so I can assign algebra activities to any of my students who are ready for algebra. Most©2010 Sebit, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  2. 2. middle school math teachers can’t do that. Andmost teachers can only tailor the curriculum to In Hawai’i, ‘pukas’ means little holes.lower achieving students. Adaptive Curriculum I like Adaptive Curriculum becauselets me tailor the curriculum to the higher it lets me find the pukas in eachachieving students as well.” student’s understanding and fill them in.Saving Teacher Time -Peggy Temple“Adaptive Curriculum is a wonderful teacher Math Teachertool,” says Peggy. “So much work is done forme. It takes away a lot of the paperwork, takescare of the assessment, and saves me a lot oftime compared with the old way. And it supports work at our school,” she says. “After studentsevery standard. We are always working on a have finished their project work, they know theyparticular benchmark, and Adaptive Curriculum can always go to the computer and begin workgoes right along with that and supports that.” on Adaptive Curriculum.”Peggy uses the Adaptive Curriculum reporting “If students don’t grasp a concept, Adaptivefeatures to determine if students have Curriculum gives them another opportunity tocompleted each activity, how much time they understand,” according to Peggy. “I often hearhave spent on each one, and exactly where they them say, ‘Now I get it!’ And another benefitmight have had difficulty. She also uses it to is that a lot of software programs don’t letprovide encouragement and support to students students get back in easily once they log out—not on target. Adaptive Curriculum is not like that. It’s always“If students don’t pass the end-of-week available to them, and they love it.”Adaptive Curriculum assessment, I look backover their work for the week and speak with the Building 21st-Century Skillsparents if necessary about the amount of timestudents are spending on the virtual activities at Peggy emphasizes to students that it is theirhome,” she says. responsibility to spend at least 30 minutes on each activity at home and complete all assignedEngaging Students activities before the end-of-week assessment. “Adaptive Curriculum helps students learn“My students enjoy Adaptive Curriculum,” says about independent problem solving and takingPeggy, “because it’s interactive and interesting. responsibility, as well as working virtually, saysWe’ve had software before that was boring forstudents, but this is the opposite.” Peggy. “We are targeting 21st century skills in our school, and Adaptive Curriculum supportsPeggy uses Adaptive Curriculum in class when that effort.”students have finished their project-based classwork. “We don’t believe in worksheets and busy My students enjoy Adaptive Curriculum because it’s interactive and interesting. I often hear them say, ‘Now I get it!’ For more information on Adaptive Curriculum: -Peggy Temple, Call us at 1-888-999-9319 Math Teacher E-mail us at Visit us at©2010 Sebit, LLC. All Rights Reserved.