Math+Fun+Data=Dreambox

When EEF has the opportunity to throw support behind an excellent program that will impact EVERY SINGLE student in Eugene School District 4J, we get really excited. That’s why I’m thrilled to share that this year, because of your support of EEF, we’ve had the opportunity to fund an incredible math program called DreamBox for every single kindergarten through 5th grade student in 4J!

We’re featuring an interview between EEF Executive Director Rebecca Sprinson and 4J K-12 Curriculum Administrator for Math and Science Sue Wilson, who is going to share why DreamBox is so fantastic.

Rebecca Sprinson: How has EEF helped expand access to DreamBox?

Sue Wilson: We are excited to share that every 4J K-5 student now has access to DreamBox both in school and at home. We were/are also usingDreamBox to support middle and high school intervention; however, the thought is that if we can better support students to not develop gaps during K-5 grades, we will decrease the need for intervention in the upper grades.  Additionally 6 of 8 middle schools have purchased seats, with Cal Young, Roosevelt, and Monroe providing seats for all 6th graders. Without EEF’s $22,500 in funding for DreamBox, we would not have been able to spread the program to all kindergarten through 5th grade classes!

RS: How does DreamBox work?

SW: DreamBox is an adaptive computer platform that provides online, interactive math lessons/tasks that are aligned to standards.  The lessons are student centered, and focused on building visual conceptual understanding, key components of our elementary math adoption.  Based on student data (success/non-success with the various lessons), it  responds by providing lessons at individual rates and levels.  It provides a game-like environment with age appropriate gameification.   Additionally, it is available entirely in both English and Spanish.  Beyond the adaptive engine, teachers are also able to assign lessons that are aligned to classroom content and based on their previous DreamBox performance. The platform encourages productive struggle (hard enough to challenge, but not so hard they shut down) and is responsive to their answers.  For this reason, adults are encouraged not to provide answers, but instead to help clarify directions and/or ask questions that ask students to describe their thinking.  In  just 3 15-20 min sessions a week, students are able to make considerable growth with their mathematics understanding.

RS: Why is DreamBox the best program for our students?

SW: This platform is standards aligned AND builds conceptual understanding through use of multiple representations and math manipulatives.  The data and lessons support teachers to pull small groups to support in class differentiation, even with a large number of students.  The program identifies gaps and adapts immediately, provides teachers with tools for setting and monitoring goals, and makes math accessible for all students.  In addition, TAG students and families have found that this product meets their needs as well, as it adapts to the current rate and level of students and provides lessons in further grade levels for each standard, rather than having to complete all of current grade before getting access to advanced concepts.

RS: Thanks, Sue!

SW: Thank you so much to all EEF donors who made this possible!

You Are the Rising Tide for Public Education!

0IMG_1190Wow. Wow. Wow! That’s all we can say.

On March 6, EEF donors helped raise over $100,000 for EEF’s enrichment programs and grants for every single school in Eugene School District 4J. It is only because of your generosity that we are able to make such a huge difference in the educational experience of our students. Thank you!

Many thanks to our wonderful speakers: Jeff Geiger, Dr. Gustavo Balderas, Mike Johnson, Peggy Blair, and student Marissa Rinen.

If you attended the event and made a gift, your donation receipt will come in a separate email, and we’ll send you a link to view photos as well!. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Thank you again for joining the rising tide for public education.

Parents, Schools, and EEF: Powerful Partnerships

EEF is proud to partner with schools and part groups across the district to support their efforts to fundraise for specific needs for their schools, including staffing. EEF works with dozens of schools to make fundraising drives, jog-athons, and other events successful, and helps securely steward hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.

Our professionally-trained fundraising staff is here to support your school! Working with EEF minimizes financial risk for parent volunteers and gives you access to the support and benefits of a full-time 501(c)(3). Among the many services we can offer you are:

  • Banking services: We can receive and deposit your checks and cash through our partnership with Pacific Continental Band, and transfer the funds to your school account with 4J.
  • Provide you with a list of donors and contacts
  • Editorial support for your fundraising letters
  • Donation remittance envelopes
  • Online donation pages just for your school or event
  • Square credit-card services at your event

Please contact Dana Fleming, Fundraising Manager and Schools Liaison, to discuss how we can support your school.