Chestnut Debuts Unique Math Program
Springfield Public Schools in conjunction with the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership (SEZP) has partnered with New Classrooms, a national non-profit on a mission to personalize education by redesigning how a classroom works, to bring its first school-based learning model, Teach to One: Math (TTO) to Chestnut Accelerated Middle School: Talented & Gifted (TAG). This year, TAG’s 226 middle school students are receiving customized daily schedules, curriculum and learning experiences to meet their individual math needs through the learning model.
The adoption of TTO is part of an effort to personalize learning after teachers noticed students were entering middle school with different foundational math skills. Teachers faced the challenge of providing students with varying lessons, learning approaches and timelines so they could learn additional skills while also moving forward through the curriculum.
TTO provides teachers with a curated bank of high-quality learning resources that match students’ skill levels and address knowledge gaps. It assigns each student to one of nine instructional approaches, called modalities, daily based on the previous day’s assessment. The model was found to deliver 1.5 years of learning in a school year.
In Springfield, TTO’s implementation is being funded by Springfield Public Schools with support from the Barr Foundation, MassMutual and Strategic Grant Partners.