Every year, at the culmination of the Live Auction, we ask parents to “raise their paddle” to support programs at our schools that the Principals are passionate about. We are excited to share with you that this year’s Fund a Need is focused on raising directed support personalized learning and conferring at all three schools within the Larkspur-Corte Madera District schools.

What does this mean exactly and what does this look like in our schools? 

Student success in math and literacy starts with providing comprehensive support for teachers to meet the needs of all learners in their classrooms. Conferring is how teachers personalize the student experience so all students are challenged and supported, regardless of whether they are at, above, or belowgrade level standards. Artful conferring requires multiple years of study and by continuing to align with Readers Workshop and CGI Math (priorities in our district’s multi-year professional development plan), our schools can get closer to the goal of narrowing/eliminating achievement gaps. Classrooms will be turned into learning labs where teachers are coached by Momentum and UCLA to provide this sophisticated level of personalized instruction.

Literacy

Newly purchased classroom libraries for Readers Workshop teachchildren at their “just right” levels.

Math

Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) enables teachers to provide “just right” numbers (different levels of difficulty) for word problems,ensuring that all learners can access the curriculum in any classroom.