While a $217,751 purchase of math resources for kindergarten through the sixth grade will include books, there will be other items for students and teachers in the Leavenworth public schools to use.
“Some of this is digital materials,” said Brad Willson, director of curriculum and instruction for the school district.
The Leavenworth school board recently approved the purchase of the math resource materials.
The materials, which are part of the EnVision program produced by the Pearson company, are being purchased now, but they won’t be used in the classroom until the next school year. Willson said teachers will begin professional development training for the new materials during the second semester of the current school year.
Willson the main difference between the EnVision materials and the ones they’re replacing is that that the new resources are built on the foundation of the new Common Core standards which have been adopted by Kansas.
Willson said the purchase will include online resources as well as consumable materials and “manipulatives,” which he said are hands-on activities.
The purchase comes as part of a six-year adoption plan for curriculum resource materials that has been developed for the district. Elementary math was determined to be the district’s most pressing need, according to Willson.
A selection committee studied math materials that were available. According to Willson, the EnVision program was the majority favorite.
He said the old math curriculum materials were adopted about five or six years ago.