Harbison West featured in a national newsletter

Harbison West Elementary School is featured this month in a national publication celebrating the school’s success in math increases for students.

The district has partnered with DreamBox Learning, an educational technology provider, to bring about a change in the way students engage with math, bridging the gap between personalized digital learning and traditional classroom instruction.

DreamBox Learning is spotlighting Harbison West Elementary School in their August newsletter showcasing how the school saw significant growth in math proficiency using the tool last year.

The school requested and participated in an internal pilot using Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) assignments in DreamBox. The focus was to increase student achievement by providing differentiation for all students. Administrators, coaches, and teachers paid close attention to using DreamBox to its highest potential for the students. They correlated Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) MAP scores with the students’ assigned lessons to be more intentional when addressing unfinished learning.

“We chose DreamBox for its ability to adapt and meet the child where they are at, provide them with foundational skills, and build on those skills for accelerated learning achievement,” said School District Five Chief of Academics Tina McCaskill. “We are pleased that Harbison West Elementary is being celebrated for using this tool so effectively and are encouraged that other schools in our district are also seeing student academic growth while also using this learning tool.”

Districtwide there’s an emphasis on completing the recommended number of lessons to improve students’ abilities. Schools K-8 use DreamBox in conjunction with regular math curriculum to be a tool to help in differentiation and small group instruction.

All students are expected to complete at least five lessons a week. Harbison West, however, didn’t just focus on five lessons a week. In addition, many classes have in-class competitions to encourage increased engagement with the lessons. Teachers log in at least once a week (many almost every day) to monitor student progress and make sure that students use their DreamBox time effectively.

DreamBox Learning provides supplemental math and reading solutions for PreK–12 education. It supports 400,000 educators and about six million students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and throughout the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and Mexico.