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Anderson Elementary School is in Lawndale, California. With 900 students in 38 classrooms, its makeup is 50% Hispanic, 20% Asian, 20% African-American, 10% white. According to the principal, the parents are supportive of school and provide some support at home. The staff provides a variety of reading interventions for low-achieving students, an afterschool program, and a rich curriculum.

Evelyn Chidsey [ photo ] is in her fourth year as principal of Anderson Elementary School, having been a principal at another Lawndale school for seven years, a math teacher for fifteen, and a staff development resource teacher for four years. Creating a new technology lab called the Dolphin Discovery Room, and integrating its use into the curriculum throughout the school has been a challenge for her as well as for her teachers.

Jessica Hoxie has a graduate degree from the University of San Diego. She is in her first year of teaching at the Anderson Elementary School, after three years of substitute teaching in Rhode Island and California. Her students are fourth graders with whom she has the opportunity to use her ESL strategies, and she enjoys introducing them to ways that computers can be used to expand their learning.

Terri Karsh [ photo ] is a long-time teacher at Anderson Elementary School, currently teaching in a self-contained sixth grade classroom. She finds the computer classroom very helpful for her students' learning.

Kelly Morphy [ photo ] is the math and science resource teacher at the Anderson Elementary School, whose current primary responsibility is the Discovery Room, a computer classroom. She works with teachers to supplement the unit they've been working on in their regular classroom.

Cranston Calvert School is in Newport, Rhode Island. Its population of 350 students, K-5, is diverse, and the 35 teachers reflect that diversity. It has been involved with the KITES program, Kits in Teaching Elementary Science, from its start.

Alice Clancy [ photo ] has been principal of Cranston Calvert School  for nine years. Before this position she taught remedial reading at various levels in the Newport School System.

Elaine Brown teaches kindergarten in the Cranston Calvert School. Her experience with the KITES program of science teaching in the early grades has been very positive. Elaine has been teaching kindergarten for 13 years and has had other teaching experience in grades 1-6. She has a B.A. from Rhode Island College in Elementary Education with a minor in Social Science and Music. Her advanced course work is centered around math, science and literacy in the early elementary grades. She has participated in developing and implementing the NCTM standards for the East Bay Collaborative in Rhode Island. She is an active participant in many institutes and conferences concerning literacy, math, and science and their implementation in the early childhood classroom.

Everett Alvarez High School [ Web site ] in Salinas, California, opened in 1995 as a new high school, beginning with 800 students in 9th and 10th grades and growing to 1750 in grades 9-12. It is aimed at college preparatory studies for a predominantly Hispanic population, about 40% of whom are ELL or "English Language Learners." Classrooms are heterogenously grouped, and the school operates on an intensified block schedule. The Interactive Math Program (IMP) has been implemented at the school since its opening. About one-third of the students are in that program, while the other two-thirds take the traditional mathematics curriculum.

Murry Schekman [ photo ] is principal of the Everett Alvarez High School. He has long worked in California schools, having been principal in a Watsonville middle school and in San Mateo. He spent time preparing for the opening of the new Alvarez High School by listening to community voices and hiring teachers who could work in heterogenous groups and would have high expectations for their students.

Gail Green [ photo ] is a mathematics teacher at Everett Alvarez High School and has been there since its inception. Before coming to Alvarez she taught at Salinas High School. She had prior experience with the Interactive Math Program and continues to be enthusiastic about it.

Leticia Lopez [ photo ] is a mathematics teacher at Everett Alvarez High School and has been there since its inception. Before coming to Alvarez she taught traditional mathematics at Salinas High School. She teaches the Interactive Math Program and finds that being the facilitator in the classroom instead of the dispenser of knowledge allows students to become engaged with their subject

Ted Slauson [ photo ] is a mathematics teacher at Everett Alvarez High School. He teaches both the Interactive Math Program and the traditional mathematics curriculum and is very enthusiastic about the IMP. Before coming to Alvarez he had taught at middle schools in Salinas and in Marina, California.

Sandie Gillian is a math teacher at San Lorenzo Valley High in Scotts Valley, California, and a parent. Kathy Anderson is a parent who teaches high school math and lives in Aptos California. Paul Sacco is a high school guidance counselor and a parent who lives in Boulder Creek, California. All three have deliberately chosen to have their children take the Interactive Math Program and feel that it has improved their childrens' problem-solving skills and their understanding of mathematics.



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