The vision of Project Tomorrow is to ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. We believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century.
Project Tomorrow®, the internationally recognized education nonprofit organization, designed and implemented a large-scale, secondary data analysis study to examine potential correlations between the effective use of the Vocabulary.com product and student achievement and growth as measured by state standardized tests. Broward County Public Schools in Florida was invited to participate in the study based upon their implementation of Vocabulary.com in their middle and high schools. The study focused on the use and non-use of Vocabulary.com at 12 schools within the district. In total, 14,200 individual student records from students that took their state standardized tests in both the 2015/16 and 2016/17 school years were examined. Two study reports were prepared from this two year analysis: a comprehensive evaluation of the efficacy of Vocabulary.com usage within targeted middle schools in Broward County and a special case study brief which specifically examined the correlational findings between the use of Vocabulary.com and student achievement at one of the study schools, Margate Middle School.
Four middle schools within Broward County Public Schools were identified for inclusion in the data analysis based upon several factors including school demographics, current usage of Vocabulary.com within ELA instruction in grades 7 and 8 and the percentage of students who were scoring below the satisfactory level (Level 3) on the Florida Standard Assessments in English Language Arts. Click here for the Comprehensive report.
Margate Middle School is a (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) S.T.E.M. magnet school within Broward County Public Schools in southeast Florida. It serves as an ethnically diverse population of students, the majority qualifying for free or reduced lunch. They also have been lagging behind nearby schools in their English proficiency. In an attempt to better prepare its students for the 21st century, Margate Middle School has adopted the use of vocabulary.com as a technological tool for its students. Click here for the Case study brief.
Thursday, October 3, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Presented by Dr. Daryl Diamond, Director of Innovative Learning & Arts, Broward County Public Schools; and Dr. Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow
Hosted by Michael Freedman, Co-founder and CEO, Vocabulary.com
Sponsored by Vocabulary.com
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What’s the one thing most districts aren’t doing that can lead to significant literacy gains? Systematic vocabulary instruction. Learn how Broward County Public Schools, the sixth largest school district in the U.S., successfully implemented an adaptive platform for vocabulary instruction that resulted in widespread adoption by teachers and significant literacy gains on state ELA tests for students.
In this edWebinar, Broward’s Dr. Daryl Diamond will discuss how the district’s innovative model for professional development, combined with a cohesive approach to edtech that’s aligned with instructional objectives, led to success. Lead researcher Dr. Julie Evans of Project Tomorrow will review her study on the efficacy of adaptive vocabulary instruction in several BCPS schools. The results of her study showed that students in classes whose teachers consistently used this platform for vocabulary instruction had significantly higher achievement scores and experienced substantially more growth on state standardized ELA tests. Vocabulary.com’s Michael Freedman will talk about the advantages of implementing curriculum-integrated vocabulary instruction and walk through how the platform provides differentiated instruction that’s truly adaptive.
Vocabulary.com is a platform for systematic, lasting vocabulary improvement that goes beyond rote memorization to truly teach all the meanings and subtle nuances of words. Used in over 42,000 schools in the US, Vocabulary.com easily integrates with any curriculum and automatically adapts to each student’s individual ability. The heart of Vocabulary.com is an adaptive learning game that is backed by the world’s smartest dictionary. Each week, over 8 million students, teachers, and life-long learners across the globe use Vocabulary.com to master words, build a better vocabulary, and improve literacy. Click here to learn more.
About Project Tomorrow
Project Tomorrow’s mission is to support the effective implementation of research-based STEAM learning experiences for students in K-12 schools. Project Tomorrow is particularly interested in the role of digital tools, content and resources in supporting students’ development of college and career ready skills. For the past 15 years, the organization has focused efforts on national research projects and the design and implementation of evaluation, efficacy and feedback studies examining the impact of digital tools or technology-enabled learning models in the classroom.