California District Adopts ORIGO Stepping Stones for K-5 Math Instruction

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Santa Clara Unified School District to implement new curriculum for 2015-16 school year

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The program includes opportunities for formal and informal assessment and is driven by having students learn the concepts, rather than the procedures, which leads to deeper mathematical understanding.

Santa Clara Unified School District in California has selected ORIGO Stepping Stones as its new math curriculum for students in grades K-5 for the 2015-16 school year. This was the first year California districts were able to select materials not on the list of state-approved recommendations. Santa Clara selected Stepping Stones off-list due to its thorough Common Core instruction, embedded professional development for educators, and resources it provides for parents to understand how math is being taught differently in today’s schools.

“What sets ORIGO Stepping Stones apart from similar programs is that Common Core Standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practice are ingrained in every component of the curriculum,” said Kathie Kanavel, director of educational media and learning resources for Santa Clara Unified School District. “The program includes opportunities for formal and informal assessment and is driven by having students learn the concepts, rather than the procedures, which leads to deeper mathematical understanding.”

Stepping Stones is a comprehensive, web-based, core mathematics curriculum for grades K–5. Written by a team of experts, Stepping Stones delivers multiple ways to differentiate math instruction, offers Common Core aligned resources and develops students’ high-order math skills. The online math curriculum is used in more than 100 districts serving 450,000 students in the United States.

“Districts are recognizing that big names don't always equal big results,” said Melisa Bartlett, General Manager for ORIGO Education. “By going off-list and selecting the solution that was the best fit for its schools, Santa Clara and Stepping Stones are bringing teachers, parents and students together to deliver the best learning outcomes for math instruction.”

For more information about ORIGO Stepping Stones, visit http://www.origoeducation.com.

About Santa Clara Unified
Santa Clara Unified School District serves more than 15,300 TK-12 students, in addition to students in Preschool through Adult School. Neighborhoods in the Cities of Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, San Jose, and Cupertino comprise the District's 56 square-mile area. Santa Clara Unified prides itself on having teachers, classified employees and administrators who are dedicated, experienced professionals who care about each student's well-being and academic preparation. More information: http://www.santaclarausd.org.

About ORIGO Education
ORIGO Education covers all facets of elementary mathematics education, from traditional printed products to digital interactive resources and professional learning. ORIGO’s web-based curriculum, Stepping Stones, is a comprehensive, core mathematics curriculum for grades K–5. The technology-rich program blends online resources with traditional printed materials, resulting in a classroom that is engaged and provides differentiated learning. Professional development videos are embedded within the online program, giving teachers the confidence and knowledge they need to be successful. For more information about Stepping Stones, visit http://www.origoeducation.com/SteppingStones.

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