Texas School District Taps Stimulus Funding for Carnegie Learning Math Curricula & Teacher Development

PITTSBURGH, PA, August 24, 2009 – Crystal City Independent School District (ISD) in southwest Texas has purchased Carnegie Learning® Professional Development programs for teachers and Carnegie Learning® Math Curricula for the District’s five elementary, middle, and high schools. The three-year purchase was made entirely with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) education funds.

The goal of Crystal City ISD’s three-year mathematics initiative is to improve the passing rate on the math Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) standardized test, administered in grades 3-12. Carnegie Learning® innovative software, print, and professional development solutions will be integrated with the District’s existing CSCOPE curricula. CSCOPE programs were developed by Texas Education Service Centers to transform classroom practices by integrating improved curriculum and assessment, professional development, and innovative technology.

Crystal City ISD purchased six Carnegie Learning® Math Content Academies for teachers in kindergarten through 8th grade, including the workshops Developing Mathematical Understanding and Developing Algebraic Thinking, which provide teachers with the experience, insight, and support to grow as more reflective practitioners. For students in grades 6-12, Crystal City ISD is implementing Carnegie Learning® Bridge to Algebra, Algebra I, and Geometry software, print resources, and collaborative classroom activity.

“We are creating a mathematics turnaround in Crystal City ISD,” said Raymundo Villarreal, Jr., superintendent of schools for Crystal City ISD. “By enhancing our existing CSCOPE resources with Carnegie Learning® Math Curricula and teacher resources, we are stepping up our commitment to improving the futures of our students and our teachers. Our goal is to deliver a deeper understanding of math concepts, how to teach them more effectively, and how to learn them with sustainability and application to the real world as a path to graduation.”

Carnegie Learning® Math Programs include interactive software lessons, print resources, collaborative classroom activity, ongoing formative assessment of student and class progress, and Professional Development services. Based upon an artificial intelligence model, Cognitive Tutor® Software provides self-paced, differentiated instruction that identifies a student’s strengths and weaknesses and individualizes instruction. Teachers can re-sequence units to build a custom program that meets the unique needs of a class or an individual. Integrated print resources engage students in classroom activities that strengthen understanding of math as it applies to the real world, and collaborative classroom activities encourage students to work cooperatively to solve problems.

"Carnegie Learning® Math Programs are strongly aligned to the guidelines and objectives of ARRA funds for education,” said Dennis Ciccone, chief executive officer of Carnegie Learning, Inc. “Like many districts in Texas and throughout the country, Crystal City ISD is re-directing their math strategy to focus on scientifically based resources that integrate technology and e-learning to personalize and differentiate instruction and bring innovation to teaching and learning.”

About Carnegie Learning (www.carnegielearning.com)
Carnegie Learning, Inc. is a leading publisher of innovative, research-based math curricula for middle school, high school, and post-secondary students. Our curricula – Bridge to Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Integrated Math programs – provide differentiated instruction that helps 500,000 students in nearly 2600 schools throughout the U.S. to succeed in math as a gateway to graduation and the 21st century workforce. Carnegie Learning® Blended Math Curricula integrate interactive software, text, and collaborative classroom activity for core, full-year math instruction. Carnegie Learning® Adaptive Math Curricula Solutions feature Cognitive Tutor® Software that may be customized for Response to Intervention programs. All solutions are supported by Carnegie Learning® Professional Development Services. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Learning was founded in 1999 by cognitive and computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University in conjunction with veteran mathematics teachers.

Mary Murrin
Carnegie Learning, Inc.
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