Newport, RI - For over twenty years, the Newport Public Education Foundation, Inc. (NPEF) has provided support to Newport Public School teachers through Enrichment Grants for projects in and out of the classroom that would not otherwise be funded by the school department budget. The Foundation encourages educational and academic initiatives that promote literacy and high standards of learning.
This year, NPEF will fund three school-wide grants totaling close to $10,000 – one for Rogers High School, one for Thompson Middle School, and one for Pell Elementary.
Each school will receive a NPEF School Enrichment Grant to support math fluency and address the new Common Core Standards. Both the Pell School and Thompson Middle School will be receiving the ReflexMath online fact fluency program that allows students to meet Common Core fluency standards in a fun way. The online, individualized delivery of Reflex Math allows for students to work independently, at their own speed in a fun and engaging way.
Rogers High School will be receiving the IXL online program. IXL motivates students through interactive games and exercises while keeping teachers and parents informed and involved. With more than 2,500 math skills spanning pre-school through high school, IXL offers a dynamic and enjoyable environment suitable for any learning style. Both Reflex Math and IXL math can be used by the student both in school and at home, since they are both web based programs.
These supplemental math programs allow for enrichment as well as remediation, every student can benefit. “As we prepare for the rigor of PARCC testing in 2014-2015, it is imperative that we address the needs of each individual student and these online programs will help teachers do just that.” Dr. Jennifer Booth, Executive Director of Teaching, Learning & Professional Development remarked.
Dr. Booth collaborated with Pell school principals Jane Perkins and Dr. Kimberly Behan, and middle and high school principals Jaime Crowley and James Nelson in submitting the Math Fluency – Problem Solved! school based grants to address math proficiency in the district.
NPEF will soon be announcing the annual NPEF Community Enrichment Grants application process, which supports collaborative efforts between community agencies and organizations and the school staff.
Reflex Math http://www.reflexmath.com/
IXL Math http://www.ixl.com/
The Newport Public Education Foundation
The Newport Public Education Foundation, Inc. (NPEF) is a volunteer non-profit (EIN: 22-3137794) organization dedicated to the students of Newport Public Schools. Our mission is to support all children in our public schools by raising money and funding programs within the school that are not otherwise funded through the school budget. Every year we award an average of $20,000 in grants to classroom teachers and community groups to provide innovative educational experiences to the children of Newport. Website www.npef-ri.org on facebook.com/NPEF.RI and on Twitter @NPEF_RI