Personalized Learning Paths Address Students’ Needs Head-On
As one of the lower performing districts in Nevada, Clark County School District’s goal is to help their students succeed at grade level by inspiring learners to do their best. Within Clark County School District, Principal Dr. Christine Beaird believes that building strong foundational skills in grades K–5 is essential to success throughout a student’s academic career and life. Therefore, she focuses on providing students with individualized support in reading and math in her school, Laura Dearing Elementary.
In their partnership with Imagine Learning, the school offers Imagine Language & Literacy and Imagine Math curriculum to elementary educators for use in their classrooms. These programs identify individualized student learning gaps and give teachers the tools and data to design student pathways to help them progress in their grade level.
“You can’t close the gap for a student with only one intervention—it’s multiple and varied interventions over time.”—Dr. Christine Beaird
Individualized Support for All Students
At Laura Dearing, educators focus on delivering personalized instruction and multiple layers of support for students performing below grade level and those at risk of falling behind. Laura Dearing teachers identify specific areas where the student is struggling and use the appropriate resources to fill in necessary gaps.
With the help of the reporting and data within Imagine Learning, teachers can see specific concepts and skills that students are stuck on and assist them with reviewing the content to ensure concept comprehension. Math teachers are also using students’ NWEA® MAP® Growth™ scores to create and assign customized pathways. They can also go back into a student’s learning path and add specific lessons and assignments that can help reteach concepts the student finds challenging.
“You can’t close the gap for a student with only one intervention—it’s multiple and varied interventions over time,” said Dr. Beaird, which is why the school uses Imagine Learning as a supplemental tool for teachers to meet students at their learning level.
Motivating ELLs to Reach Grade Level
Imagine Language and Literacy is also used to support English learners at Laura Dearing. “[Students] have the ability. We just have to be able to tap into it, and sometimes they don’t always have the background supports that would have helped them, but we’re here to fill in the holes,” said Dr. Beaird.
Since they began to use these programs in their EL classrooms, data reports almost a 90% correlation between students’ STAR Reading Assessment scores and their Imagine Learning reading scores. With Imagine Learning, teachers can see where students are struggling in the curriculum and jump in to facilitate challenging concepts and tasks. They can also identify gaps based on their assessments and customize their individualized pathways to address their specific learning needs.
“[Students] have the ability. We just have to be able to tap into it, and sometimes they don’t always have the background supports that would have helped them, but we’re here to fill in the holes.”—Dr. Christine Beaird
Facilitating Learning In and Out of the Classroom
During the unpredictability of the 2019–2020 school year, Dr. Beaird learned that “the number one factor of student success is that they have an adult in their corner—somebody in their life that truly believes in them,” whether it be a teacher or a supportive family member. The students who found the most success this past school year were logged in almost every day and communicated their learning needs to the appropriate adults.
As students slowly trickle back into the classroom and return to school in the fall, Imagine Learning has helped Dr. Beaird identify learning deficit areas and develop a plan to address them with personalized learning paths.