The Brandywine School District, the only district in Delaware to implement the rigorous Singapore Math curriculum, hosted a reception in honor of Dr. Scott Baldridge, professor of mathematics at Louisiana State University and one of the country’s foremost authorities on Singapore Math. Dr. Baldridge was in Wilmington leading two 35-hour workshops for BSD elementary math teachers. Educators from Kuumba Academy and Red Clay’s Baltz Elementary School also attended the workshops, held over two weeks for grades K-3 and 4-6. Thanks to the generosity of the Delaware Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education, the professional development was offered on Wilmington University’s main campus at no charge to the District.
With the support of the Delaware Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education, the Brandywine School District adopted the Singapore Math curriculum for grades 4-6 during the 2010-2011 school year; the curriculum was expanded to grades K-3 during the 2011-2012 school year. As a District, DCAS scores increased by an average of 10 percentage points in grades 3-6 from the spring of 2011 to the spring of 2012.
“Dr. Baldridge has been working with our teachers since 2007,” said Dr. Mark Holodick, Superintendent of the Brandywine School District. “He has helped our teachers deepen their content knowledge and strengthen their instructional practices when teaching this phenomenal elementary math curriculum. By adopting an elementary mathematics curriculum that is not only aligned to the Common Core standards but in some cases exceeds it, we are able to prepare more of our students to take Algebra 1 in eighth grade. This is a goal of our District Success Plan, as it opens the door for more rigorous math courses, paves the way for taking higher level science courses, and ensures that our students possess the underlying mathematical concepts and skills to take full advantage of our District STE(A)M initiative.”