August 15th, 2014

Report on Advanced Learning in the Cambridge Public Schools

On July 29th 2014, the Cambridge Public Schools’ Academic Challenge and Enrichment Program Manager, Paula Feynman, presented to the School Committee and Administration on the state of advanced learning in CPS. Slides from her presentation are here.

The presentation was covered by Jean Cummings in The Cambridge Day, in her article “Difficulties handling ‘advanced learners’ […]

April 25th, 2014

New Math Pathways for Cambridge Middle School Students

On March 4th, 2014 the Cambridge Public School District administration and School Committee amended the Academic Challenge Policy to allow for two math pathways in the CPS middle schools. The CALA community has advocated for this change for two years, and supports this decision, as it better enables middle school math teachers to meet the […]

January 8th, 2014

Invisibility of Students with Exceptionally Advanced Learning Needs

The staff of ScienceDaily.com, a science reporting website, recently published a piece titled “Are Gifted Children Getting Lost in the Shuffle?” The story cites a 2013 research journal article by David Lubinski and Camilla Benbow, of Vanderbilt University called “Who Rises to the Top? Early Indicators”.

Here’s an excerpt from the ScienceDaily article:

September 4th, 2013

A Brief History of Algebra 1 Instruction in Massachusetts

Kenneth Chang’s article titled “Expecting the Best Yields Results in Massachusetts” takes a look at the history of middle school math and science education in Massachusetts. Here’s an excerpt:

“Some think it was the added money; others note that successful countries operate schools at much lower costs.

Some think high-stakes testing […]

October 21st, 2012

Education Models for Delivering Advanced Learning

How have education models for teaching students in need of advanced learning changed over the last three decades? Two education experts offer insight and data. They are: Joyce VanTassel-Baska, EdD, the Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Education and executive director of the Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary, where […]

September 1st, 2012

Introducing CPS’s new Academic Challenge Program Manager

I’m very happy to report that this week CPS Deputy Superintendent Carolyn Turk introduced the school district’s new Academic Challenge and Enrichment Support Program Manager. She is Paula Feynman, who has in recent years worked as a 6th grade science teacher in Sudbury, MA. She is very skilled in project-based learning and differentiating instruction, in […]

June 16th, 2012

Good Teaching Strategies for Advanced Learners

In this June 15th EdWeek article, Do We Know How to Teach Highly Able Learners?, Peter DeWitt explores approaches to teaching students with advanced learning needs. He recommends that teachers focus on individual student growth rather than achievement, as many highly able learners may achieve high or adequate grades without growing or stretching themselves at […]