Sun Empire Elementary School
The 4th-grade team at Sun Empire Elementary School in Fresno County created an intentional plan for how to make the instructional shifts called for in the Common Core State Standards.
First, they participated in a week-long intensive professional development program offered at Fresno State University called Cognitively Guided Instruction. CGI guides teachers to understand children’s intuitive mathematical thinking and to create opportunities for students to engage with each other and the content to build their mathematical conceptual understanding and practices. Building on this training, the team of teachers meets regularly to refine lesson plans and assessments. The team saw a significant increase in the percentage of English learners meeting grade-level standards in mathematics from 2015 to 2017.