Teach to one: Math selected by Texas Education Agency as math innovation zone partner

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Teach to One: Math, the innovative creator and curator of personalized adaptive K-12 math curricula, was recently selected as an approved curriculum provider for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as part of that state’s Math Innovation Zone initiative, a program set up to help meet the unique needs of the more than 5.4 million Texas K-12 math students.

Teach to One modalities will help blend online and traditional classroom learning and make it easier for students to learn at their own pace in a way that’s best suited for their needs. Says Chris Rush, chief program officer for New Classrooms at Teach to One, “We are excited to bring tailored acceleration to schools and districts that share our belief about how students can learn best.”

This isn’t the first time that Teach to One: Math has worked with the Texas Education Agency. During the 2019-2020 school year, Teach to One partnered with Ector County (Texas) Independent School District (ECISD) in three district middle schools to help ease the transition between in-class learning and remote learning necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shuttering of Texas schools. The collaboration was a success, and Teach to One anticipates continuing with ECISD in 2020-2021.

Teach to One believes strongly that there is no single “right” learning path for math education for all K-12 students. Rather, the company believes that the best path varies from student to student. This approach to learning is supported by a recent study,  by MarGrady Research. This  study found that middle school math students enrolled in the blended learning program (with Teach to One: Math as part of the curriculum) saw 23 percent greater learning gains over three years than middle school math students nationally.

One of the hallmark’s of Teach to One’s dynamic learning modalities is that each lesson undergoes a comprehensive review to ensure high standards for each student’s personalized curriculum. As a partner in the MIZ initiative, Teach to One: Math learning modalities will be available to math teachers in all of the participating MIZ schools to “serve as a technical assistance provider to design, launch, and scale high-quality blended learning in Texas,” according to the TEA website.

About the Math Innovation Zone Initiative

The mission of the Math Innovation Zone (MIZ) initiative by the Texas Education Agency is to “sustain a high-quality blended learning model in math across the state,” Viewed by many as a model for what the future of national learning might look like, MIZ is the first initiative of its kind to be launched in Texas.

The four-year program is designed to incorporate at least some online learning, where the math student has control over the pace, time, path, and place of that learning. The balance of the learning will take place in a traditional, brick-and-mortar classroom setting. According to the TEA website, this blended learning model aims to “assist (math) teachers in diagnosing student prior knowledge, differentiation of academic paths for each student, and adjusting lesson execution based on real-time information about student mastery. “