• 21st Century Learning
     
    Over the last few years a number of teachers recieved training in a new program called Spring Board. Spring Board is a new Math and English curriculum offered by College Board, a non-profit organization which is also responsible for programs and tests such as the SAT, PSAT, Advanced Placement (AP) and others.
     
    It should be noted that College Board's stated mission is "to connect
    students to college success and opportunity." SpringBoard curricula and
    texts are designed to do just that - increase college success and
    opportunity - and research indicates that it is having a powerful
    impact. Yet it also offers important benefits for all students, such as
    its focus on teaching the critical thinking skills every educated
    citizen should have.

     
    The program is highly innovative, connecting students to real world
    problems and scenarios. And most importantly, it utilizes a range of
    research-backed strategies and critical thinking tools to guide students
    to success. An important strategy in the English curriculum, for
    example, is a tool called TP-CASTT, which SpringBoard utilizes for
    poetry analysis. Through this strategy students learn to analyze every
    poem for: Title, Paraphrase, Connotation, Attitude, Shifts, Title (in a
    re-examination), and Theme.

    We are very excited about the impact this program will have
    for all of our students, and it is already in use in many of our
    classes.



     
Last Modified on October 27, 2011