The Power of Perseverance: Encouraging Multiple Ways of Problem Solving at Lake Forest School District

Lake Forest School District in Illinois adopted Bridges in 2013. Teachers credit Bridges with helping them teach valuable life skills such as communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and positive student interaction. Additional significant changes include students’ increased risk taking and recognition that there is more than one answer and strategy to a problem. Bridges is designed to foster skills like these that develop the whole student, preparing them for life.

“To see my kids enjoying and loving math as much as they do, it touches my heart because I think there are so many people who would describe themselves as, ‘I’m not a math person,’ and I don’t see my kids saying that. They’re math mathematicians that persevere,” said Jessica Volpe, first grade teacher at Sheridan Elementary School.