by Terry Rogers
Milford School District Board of Education adopted a new secondary math curriculum at their recent meeting. The district chose to purchase enVision Math after a pilot group of Milford Central Academy and Milford High School teachers along with several administrators overwhelming chose the curriculum.
“The original quote provided back in February has remained the same,” Dr. Bridget Amory, Director of Student. “One of the things we did confirm with the company is that it does indeed include the onboarding professional development that we were seeking. We will continue to work with the company as well as with the state of Delaware Math Coalition should we need to have additional professional development for our teachers beyond the initial onboarding.”
Dr. Amory explained that professional development offerings would be available at the end of the school year in anticipation of implementing the curriculum the following year. The district will also offer summer work opportunities for staff who are interested in participating as well as professional development at the start of next school year to be sure staff is comfortable with the new curriculum.
The cost of the curriculum for grades 6 through 8 is $138,536.45 while 9 through 12 grades will cost $126,197.34. The cost includes print materials for the next six years, site licenses and the initial professional development element. When the information about the curriculum was presented to the board in February, Dr. Amory provided details on why the staff overwhelmingly chose the enVision program.
“Math non-negotiables guided our process,” Dr. Amory said at the last board meeting. “These were non-negotiables that we established with our math task force throughout the district when we started the process three years ago.”
According to Dr. Amory, the enVision program was built with Common Core standards and allows students to look at math in new ways while also providing teachers with flexible choices in resources. There is supplemental information designed to help struggling students as well as components that allow students to use math concepts in real-live applications. The district also piloted Reveal Math which includes an intervention aspect called ALEKS Math which the task force also liked. Dr. Amory explained that the district may look at purchasing that portion of Reveal Math in the future for students who need additional help at the secondary level.
The board approved the new curriculum unanimously.
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