November 29, 2012

Shopko Grant Helps SCR-I School District Buy Island

The day after Thanksgiving, as hometown shoppers browsed through the aisles at Shopko on the biggest shopping day of the year, little did they know they were helping kids get smarter.

Earlier this year, the Shopko Foundation made a $2,500 contribution to the Scotland County R-I School District. That money has helped the educators buy an island. Last week, the district announced a two-year agreement with Study Island granting students and faculty members access to the award-winning web-based education tool studyisland.com.

The grant will allow junior high and high school students access to the core areas of curriculum, combining technology, social networking and entertainment to foster educational growth. In addition, high school students have complete access to college and career readiness applications that include ACT or SAT exam preparation, advanced placement, developmental learning, college-level study guides, and reading intervention through online graphic novels.

Study Island offers engaging content built from Missouri and Common Core Standards that allow students the opportunity to practice, review, and reinforce learning ongoing within the school district. The web-based work offers instant feedback and built-in remediation for the students as well as actionable, real-time assessment data.

"The assessment data can be invaluable for our staff," said High School Principal Ryan Bergeson. "Each time a student takes a practice test, the program tracks their progress. Teachers can review the progress students are making and identify individuals in need of intervention."

The system also provides differentiated instruction, understanding that not all students learn in the same manner. Equally as important, Study Island offers access 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Bergeson indicated the program's availability will make it a valuable supplement to the learning environment at the school. While classrooms will be able to visit Study Island through either of the district's two computer labs, the ability for individual students to log on while at home will be the key.

The principal added that the program's collaborative learning environment facilitates the creation of study groups and group projects, allowing students to work together from their own homes.

The SCR-I faculty recently completed an in-service on the new technology. The principal stated he expects the staff will soon begin utilizing Study Island in the classroom as well as making various homework assignments to help get the students familiar with the new learning tool.

A key component will be the Missouri End of Course (EOC) assessment tests. Study Island has a main component to ensure students are prepared for the EOC exams through its preparation programs built from the Missouri Grade Level Expectations/Course Level Expectations.

"When I was an administrator at the elementary school level, I witnessed firsthand the results Study Island produced for our students," Bergeson stated. "I expect it to have a similar, positive impact here at SCR-I."

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