04-26-2011 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #26


Title
Math Solutions, a Division of Scholastic Inc. Proposal

Discussion

If students do not develop math expertise in K-2, their ability to be successful in higher level mathematics is greatly diminished.  Many students find the mathematical skills in higher grades extremely challenging without the foundational skills learned and strategies developed in K-2.

Third grade FCAT data provide evidence that Brevard students are not achieving the level of mathematical success expected.  In order to achieve and maintain a higher level of mathematical success, students must enter 3rd grade mathematically proficient in the content of the K-2 NGSSS.  They must have strong number sense and the ability to apply their knowledge to higher level skills.  All students, especially those in Tiers 2 and 3, must have the opportunity to develop true conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts.

K-2 teachers in Brevard need support in order to afford students the opportunity to attain the necessary depth of understanding of the mathematical content.  They need sustained high-quality professional development.  A comprehensive approach is needed to increase teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

Math Solutions, a division of Scholastic Inc., has provided a proposal to provide professional development for 120 K-2 teachers.  This includes:

  • 5 days on-site training
  • 2 on-site follow up training days
  • 18 online ePD Follow Up sessions
  • development of two customized videos for use in professional development opportunities with all of Brevard's K-6 teachers

The total cost for these services is $158,200.



Recommendation
Approve the proposal from Math Solutions, a division of Scholastic Inc., and allow Elementary Programs to contract with them to provide professional development for 120 kindergarten through second grade teachers as described above in the amount of $158,200.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 3/22/2011
Consent after Information4/26/2011

Authority for Action
PL107-110

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Special Revenue - Federal

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
11$158,200X43292104902016400312000

Contact

Sue Carver, Director of Exceptional Education (x520)

Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent-Division of Curriculum and Instruction (x300)

Lynn Spadaccini, Director of Elementary Programs (330)

Diane Gard, Elementary Mathematics Resource Teacher (x274)




Attachment:  Gard-Math Solutions.pdf
Attachment:  Contract_Math Solutions_Revised_4-25-2011.pdf