Milford School District returned to hybrid learning on January 11 following Governor John Carney’s recommendation that school districts in Delaware once again begin in-person learning. On Monday, February 1, all students in Milford will begin concurrent learning where remote learning students will be in class at the same time as those who have chosen to attend in person.
“It is great to have our kids back,” Kate Marvel, Supervisor of Secondary Student Learning, said. “Our second marking period ends on Friday, January 29 with the third marking period beginning the following Monday. Our goal is to increase our instructional time, and for that reason, we will start district-wide concurrent learning. The high school has been doing this since November while the elementary schools and Milford Central Academy have been phasing it in. As of February 1, all schools will be doing it.”
Marvel explained that all staff has been provided professional learning around the concurrent teaching model. Training will be provided as needed as the district works toward bringing more students into the classroom.
In addition to working toward concurrent learning, the district is also moving forward with an elementary math pilot. The program is designed to replace the current math program used in the district as it will no longer be available after this school year. Dr. Bridget Amory, Director of Student Learning, stated that the piloting of the program was almost complete and that she would be bringing a recommendation to the board in February.
EnVisionMATH is a comprehensive mathematics curriculum for elementary students. The program makes allows teachers to blend printed, digitized or blended instruction while adhering to Common Core state standards. The program focuses on project-based learning, visual learning strategies and offers customization options designed to address the needs of all teachers and students.
Research indicates that when students connect ideas, they develop a better understanding. This math program is organized into clusters of topics so students can see relationships, ask questions and use a variety of approaches to solve problems.
The district has also reviewed Bridges in Mathematics which focuses on developing a deep understanding of math concepts, key skill proficiency and methods for solving complex problems. The program is also designed to implement state-required Common Core standards.