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New Product Review: The College Board’s SpringBoard English Language Arts and Language Workshop

New Product Review: The College Board’s SpringBoard English Language Arts and Language Workshop

Learning List recently reviewed the College Board’s SpringBoard English Language Arts and Language Workshop middle school resources (i.e., grades 6-8), which were submitted for state adoption in Texas in response the Texas Education Agency’s Proclamation 2019 call for K-8 English language arts and reading (ELAR) products aligned to the new ELAR Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Both resources focus on developing English language arts skills through active learning. At each grade level, instruction emphasizes the development of the knowledge and skills needed for rigorous coursework, including Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Core content is presented in SpringBoard’s English Language Arts resource. Content at each grade is organized in four thematic units. For example, at grade 6, reading selections address the theme of change. Students explore the concepts of change and growth in their own lives and in the lives of real and imagined characters. Each unit includes a balance of literary and informational texts and opportunities for students to respond to non-print texts, such as photographs and clips from audio recordings and films. For the most part, units incorporate reading selections that present the experiences of diverse individuals and cultures. [Read more…]

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New Review: College Board’s SpringBoard English Language Arts: California Edition

[source: College Board]

[source: College Board]

Learning List has reviewed middle school and high school resources for the College Board’s SpringBoard English Language Arts: California Edition. The comprehensive program is designed for students in grades 6-12 and is available in print and digital formats. Courses have a consistent structure and focus on developing English language arts skills through active learning. At each grade level, instruction emphasizes the development of the knowledge and skills needed for rigorous coursework, including Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

Content is organized thematically and includes fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and non-print media related to the theme (e.g., change). SpringBoard uses the “Understanding by Design” instructional model. Each unit begins with an overview that frames new content with essential questions. Units are broken into sets of activities made up of several daily lessons that address related concepts. Each lesson establishes learning targets in student-friendly language. Lessons include “Suggested Learning Strategies” (e.g., summarizing, close reading, marking the text) that meet different learning needs and facilitate student ownership of learning and a “Making Connections” feature that connects content to students’ lives.

Lessons focus on developing close reading skills. Students learn to analyze texts using graphic organizers and strategies applied before, during, and after reading. They learn to interpret what they read and to support their interpretations with evidence from the text. Instruction emphasizes the effective use of language and the development of writing skills. Each unit includes step-by-step guidance in the writing process. Writing activities include prompts for expository and narrative pieces as well as opportunities for students to develop arguments and incorporate research.

About the College Board*

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

The information in this section is provided by or adapted from the College Board.

 

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Reviews: College Board’s SpringBoard Mathematics

The College Board’s SpringBoard Mathematics is a comprehensive mathematics curriculum for students in grades 6-12 available in print and online formats. Across grade levels, lessons have a consistent structure and focus on developing math literacy through active learning.  SpringBoard Courses 1-3 address middle school grades 6-8, respectively. At the high school level, SpringBoard offers courses for Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Precalculus.  Across grades, SpringBoard prepares student for success in college and careers by incorporating Advanced Placement (AP) instructional strategies.  Learning List has verified the alignment of courses to Texas, Common Core and Florida standards.

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Each SpringBoard course is structured using the “Understanding by Design” instructional model. Students “get ready” for learning by examining the types of assessment questions they will experience when instruction is complete. Lessons balance conceptual understanding and procedural fluency and provide opportunities for individual and collaborative learning experiences. Content is presented clearly and includes relevant visual elements, such as graphs and tables that support student understanding but do not distract from content. Problems are framed in terms of meaningful, real-world applications and examples provide step-by-step guidance toward solutions. The complexity of problems increases progressively allowing students to deepen and extend their learning.

SpringBoard teacher editions include planning and pacing guides and point-of-use correlations to standards (e.g., CCSS, MAFS, TEKS), support in implementing AP strategies, and guidance in meeting the needs of English language learners (ELLs) and struggling and advanced students. Teacher resources provide extra practice problems, lessons in prerequisite skills, and mini-lessons (instructional support for concepts related to the lesson).

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[Source: College Board]

About College Board*

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity.

Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.

Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from College Board.

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