Game Day dedicated to literacy and STEM
The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation is thrilled to announce to focus areas that will benefit from Game Day 2015. These program are expected to serve over 8,000 local students annual.
Elementary Literacy: A Comprehensive Fountas and Pinnell System
The Hamilton Southeastern School district supports 12 elementary schools representing kindergarten to fourth grade levels. Due to explosive growth and limited funds, each elementary school has developed separate and occasionally disconnected approaches to assessing literacy. This has resulted in a fractured system where students, parents, and teachers are unable to speak a common literacy language. A disjointed system may also presents barriers to student achievement and faculty professional development. While a unified approach to literacy has been a long held goal of elementary teachers and principals, it has received additional attention due to recent redistricting.
The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System seamlessly links literacy assessment to instruction. This comprehensive and individualized system is utilized to identify current reading level as well as student progress along a gradient. It can be used to address reading plateaus at all levels, but is especially effective with struggling or discouraged readers. Specifically this system allows for:
- Determination of students’ independent and instructional reading levels.
- Determination of reading placement levels and group students for reading instruction.
- Selection of texts that will be productive for student’s instruction.
- Assessment of teaching outcomes.
- Identification of students who need intervention.
- Documentation of student progress across a school year and across grade levels.
Best standard of practice would place Fountas and Pinnell benchmarking kits in each elementary classroom at a cost of $119,250. Though this is currently cost prohibitive, the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation has set a goal of ensuring that one literacy benchmarking kit is available for each grade at each of the 12 elementary schools. To achieve this goal, HSSF needs to raise $15,975. HSSF has also committed to providing professional development to support teacher training at each school.
Additional information available at www.heinemann.com/fountasandpinnell. Do you want to fund a Fountas and Pinnell kit for your school? Contact Freedom Kolb today!
Project Lead the Way
U.S. Department of Commerce projects that STEM jobs will grow by 17% in the next 3 years. This nearly doubles growth estimates of non-STEM jobs. In fact, by 2018, the nation will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs due to lack of qualified workers.
As the leading provider of K12 curriculum for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Project Lead the Way has an answer. By combining well researched curriculum with high-quality teacher professional development, HSE students can develop the skills necessary to succeed in a global economy. The program is currently offered in more than 6,500 schools in all 50 states. PTLW boasts an impressive list of national partners including Chevron, General Motors, Dow Chemical, Lilly Endowment, among others. The success of the program has been recognized by numerous colleges and universities as well as Change the Equation, the Social Impact Exchange, and more.
The Hamilton Southeastern Schools District has leveraged grant and private funding to send several teachers at multiple schools to Project Lead the Way training. These instructors are now empowered to teach colleagues in a train-the-trainer model of professional development. The curriculum teaches students to identify a problem, find solutions, and lead their own learning.
Indiana-based research has shown that high school graduates who participated in PLTW were three times more likely to pursue STEM majors. PTLW was also significantly correlated with college persistence.
The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation is excited to bring Project Lead the Way to new schools and grade levels within the HSE district. HSSF hopes to provide a classroom set of age-appropriate STEM kits for each trained faculty member in the district. Kits average $375 and serve 4 students, requiring approximately $2900 per classroom.
Additional information available at www.pltw.org. You can make a difference and promote STEM learning! Contact Freedom Kolb and donate a kit to your school today!