A valuable approach for addressing COVID “learning loss” or “learning gaps” is the utilization of expanded learning time for students. Such opportunities can be provided through expanded school days, including educational time before/after school or over the summer.
Exemplars materials provide resources for expanded learning time recovery programs that have been included in school and district LEA ARP ESSER Use of Funds Plan proposals. Additional resources beyond the school’s traditional math curriculum are be required to revisit mathematical concepts covered but not yet mastered by the students.
Exemplars is considered a supplemental math resource, engineered to ask students to apply their individual tool-kit of mathematical understanding to solve multi-step problem-solving tasks, while also providing an engaging environment to learn new concepts through discovery, discussions, student collaboration, and direct instruction.
Exemplars also allows educators to engage students in developing their reading, math, and writing skills while solving one rich task. An example of this can be seen in the article, “A Game-Changing Practice Fuses Math and Literacy” published in Edutopia. This success story features the improved learning outcomes of one of the lowest-performing schools in New York City, which grew to become one of the highest-performing schools after 3 years of utilizing the Exemplars program.