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DeSoto Parish School Systemin Louisiana adopted Bridges in 2013. With Bridges, educators and district leaders alike have witnessed the transformation of classroom environments. Students are engaged, working together, checking one another’s work and truly understanding concepts. Bridges is engaging students in math and teaching them to become creative problem solvers.
The Leander Independent School District in Leander, Texas, adopted Bridges in Mathematics in 2014. With Bridges, Leander students’ confidence in math is growing as they learn multiple strategies for problem solving. Teachers have seen improvement in students’ mathematical thinking, communication, and academic confidence that carries into other subject matters. As one educator put it, “Most importantly, we’ve seen an increase in students loving math.”
“We’re preparing kids to apply these bits of information to new situations instead of asking them to memorize the dictionary of math. That really allows them to be creative with their math and apply it to situations we can’t even think of yet," said Justin Brown, fourth grade teacher at Rutledge Elementary School.
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.
The Math Learning Center is committed to ensuring that all students have access to high-quality mathematics instruction. As the nation’s population of English learners grows, it’s important to offer instruction that is accessible, culturally responsive, and academically rigorous.
This year, we were pleased to collaborate with the English Learners Success Forum (ELSF), an organization dedicated to improving instructional materials for English learners. We worked closely with the ELSF team to pilot their guidelines and materials review process.