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Meet Danielle Rubel What grades do you teach and/or what is your title/role? What school, district or institution do you work for? What location? I work as an instructional facilitator (coach) at Westmoor School in Northbrook, IL. In my role, I work with staff and students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Prior to becoming an instructional coach, I was a reading specialist and classroom...
Amber Cooper, Content Marketing
Meet Libardo Valencia What grades do you teach and/or what is your title/role? What school, district or institution do you work for? What location? I work as a mathematics teacher at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York. I also work as an adjunct lecturer at CUNY Lehman College in the Bronx, New York. During my career, I’ve had the opportunity to teach a wide range of subjects, from...
Amber Cooper, Content Marketing
Meet Angelica MedinaDual Language Elementary Educator at Oak Terrace Elementary in Highland Park, IL What grades do you teach and/or what is your title/role? Grade 3 Dual Language Teacher What school, district or institution do you work for? Location? North Shore School District 112 servicing Highwood and Highland Park, Illinois Who inspired you to become an educator? My third- and fifth-grade...
Amber Cooper, Content Marketing
The number rack helps build the bridge from counting to computational fluency by inviting students to think about numbers in groups of 2, 5, and 10. Its 2 rows of 5 red and 5 white movable beads allow students to see and slide beads in groups rather than 1 by 1. Just as we want students to move from sounding out words letter by letter to reading morphemes and whole words, we want students to move...
Shelly Scheafer
Meet Josh LabikElementary Educator at Parkside Elementary School in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania What grades do you teach and/or what is your title/role? What school, district or institution do you work for? Location? I am a teacher at Parkside Elementary, currently teaching fifth grade. We are in the Penn-Delco School District located in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania. Who inspired you to become an...
Amber Cooper, Content Marketing
Don’t let “at home” in the name fool you. The Math Learning Center’s Math at Home website has evolved into a robust collection of tasks and games that can be used on the playground, in the supermarket, or just about anywhere else—including the classroom. Though originally designed for use by families forced inside by the pandemic, teachers can use the familiar routines to launch a lesson, provide...
Patrick Vennebush, Chief Learning Officer
Kim Markworth, Director of Content Development
Physical manipulatives are locked away in classrooms, so teachers, students, and families are turning to The Math Learning Center apps to support understanding of visual mathematics in a remote learning environment. Usage of these free virtual manipulatives and models has tripled over the last six weeks. On Friday, May 1, more than 500 educators attended an MLC webinar on how the apps can be used...
Manistee Area Public Schools’ board approved a purchase of Bridges in Mathematics after lead teachers visited Montague Area Public Schools as well as Godfrey-Lee Schools in Wyoming to see Bridges in implementation. “Through those visits, those lead teachers really felt like we needed to move forward in this direction and they shared that with their colleagues,” said MAPS curriculum director Amber...
Students in the State College Area School District (SCASD) are exploring math in a fun, new way since adopting Bridges in Mathematics for the 2018–19 school year. But it’s not just fun and games—learning is happening too. On average, student test scores are up by 10% compared with any year since 2011. “We’re really pumped up,” Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education Vern Bock says. “What...
Collin Nelson
SEG Measurement, an independent third-party research firm, recently conducted a study of the effectiveness of Bridges in Mathematics using data from the 2015–16 and 2016–17 school years. Approximately 1,000 students from over 40 classrooms participated in the study. Students who used Bridges were statistically matched with students using another elementary mathematics curriculum in a different...
Collin Nelson