Boosting K-12 success

CASE STUDIES OF CURRICULUM IMPROVEMENT

Creative Change Educational Solutions has worked with school districts, higher education, and communities around the country. Here are three examples where we helped schools with curriculum improvement for K-12 success. If you would like to learn about any of our other projects, just ask – we are happy to share our reports, evaluations, and all that we’ve learned.

BAKER CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT (OREGON)

BSD5J_logoThe Baker City area has a local contaminated property (a brownfield) that is a concern for all citizens. Together with the school district, we created an innovative course for high school students that connected STEM and community redevelopment. The goal of the course was to lead students through the same process engineers, scientists and policy makers use when working to revitalize brownfields. We built the course around multiple Common Core and Next Generation standards. Evaluations showed significant gains on scientific concepts and the public policy aspects of redevelopment. REQUEST THE FULL EVALUATION REPORT.


YPSILANTI COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

YCSlogoYpsilanti Community Schools hired Creative Change Educational Solutions to create a semester-long course for 300 middle school students that tackled racial equity and sustainable communities. Interdisciplinary teams of teachers wove these topics into the language arts and humanities curriculum.  Students appreciated how race and discrimination were discussed, broken down, and understood in the context of history and the world today. One student said, “The teachers didn’t dance around the issue [of discrimination]. We saw how it’s affecting people then and how it’s still affecting people now.” Pre- and post tests showed the program boosted scores on key Common Core standards by up to 95%. REQUEST THE FULL EVALUATION REPORT.


RIVER ROUGE SCHOOLS

Panther_Head_LogoDuring the year 8th grade geography students explored the origins of food and global trade; 7th graders applied literacy skills to examine the life cycle of common foods; and 3rd graders used charts and graphs to document the neighborhood food system. The overall effort increased achievement in language arts and math by up to 47% as measured by classroom assessments. REQUEST THE FULL EVALUATION REPORT AND VIDEO.

CLIENTS

Selected K12 districts
Baker (OR) Public Schools
Leominster (MA) Public Schools
Oberlin City Schools (OH)
River Rouge (MI) Public Schools
Washtenaw Technical Middle College (MI)
Ypsilanti (MI) Community Schools

Universities/Colleges
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
The University of Michigan
Eastern Michigan University
Great Lakes College Association
Michigan State University
Purdue University College of Engineering
The University of Texas, Pan American
San Jose State University
Hamline University

Foundations and corporations
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
The James A. and Faith Knight Foundation
The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
The Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation

Nonprofit organizations and research institutions
Bioneers
The Oberlin Project
The World Resources Institute
The National Wildlife Federation
The United Nations Global Teaching and Learning Project

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