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Worcester County Board of Education 01/26/2018

By Kara Hallissey | Jan 25, 2018

(Jan. 26, 2018) The Worcester County Board of Education discussed the following at its monthly meeting on Jan. 16:

Engrade at SHHS

The use of Engrade, a software and online-based learning management system, has allowed for personalized student learning and “differentiated instruction” (providing different students with different avenues to learning) and that has transformed teaching, said April Schaub, an English teacher at Snow Hill High School.

Students have access to their coursework 24 hours a day, and can work at their own pace in the classroom or at home.

She also said students are more inclined to ask questions because they are no longer disturbing the rest of the class. Teachers have more one-on-one time with students and can personalize the lesson to particular students’ needs, Schaub said.

All assignments are recorded in Engrade. This allows teachers to see how long it took the student to complete the work and how many questions were answered correctly.

The learning management system also shows how the class did overall and can put students into groups based on needs.

President elected

Bill Gordy was nominated and reelected president of the Worcester County Board of Education. In addition, Eric Cropper was nominated and elected vice president.

After-school programs

The after-school CARE Academy at Snow Hill Elementary School is serving about 20 percent of its students, which targets first, second and third graders in addition to students on free or reduced lunches and others needing additional academic support.

Meals and transportation are provided during the program, where students receive help with their homework or coursework in addition to participating in service work and learning important life lessons.

Some of the activities offered are ballet, coloring, math, reading, sewing, gardening and coding.

Special education plan

Since the special education strategic plan was developed in 2013, Worcester County has continued to focus on narrowing the gap for children with disabilities from birth to 21 years old and their nondisabled peers, Windy Phillips, coordinator of special education, said.

Results are measured using five strategies to help implement the plan: family partnerships, professional learning, strategic collaboration, data-informed decisions and evidence-based practices.

School buses

Members of the school board approved the purchase of three new school buses and 15 inspected buses were given an extension.

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