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Lake Superior School District Working on Finding Curriculum that makes a Difference

Under the guidance of Curriculum Direc­tor Dan Johnson and with the support, input and effort of teaching staff, the Lake Superior School District is working to acquire curric­ulum that supports student engagement and learning and that specifically addresses some of the concerns about learning deficits that resulted from the outbreak of Covid-19.

Much of the recent focus has been on find­ing and piloting research-based math curricu­lum at both the primary and secondary levels that have a track record of improving student numeracy skills. Across the country, math skills took the biggest hit for all K-12 stu­dents during the height of the Covid pandem­ic. District teachers who were part of the pilot program report that the results of their efforts have brought the majority of students who were part of the pilot up to expected grade level achievement.

The math curriculum that was approved by the Board for use with K-5 students is called Bridges Math. There were two curricula that were piloted with secondary students. The Carnegie curriculum was approved by the Board for students in 6th grade through the pre-calculus level. Both Curriculums are rig­orous and are designed to provide engaging student learning activities. Both not only ad­dress numeracy skills but include lesson ap­plications that help boost both reading and writing skills. In addition, both curriculums pair well with each other which will be bene­ficial to students in all grades.

The Board thanked both administrators and teachers for all the time and effort they put into finding and testing out the math curric­ulum materials. Moving forward, a similar process will be employed to acquire curric­ular materials for other academic disciplines.

A special meeting is scheduled for Sun­day, March 19th at 3:00 PM at Two Harbors High School. The meeting will be held in the school auditorium and will feature Senator Grant Hauschild and Representative Natalie Zeleznikar. The public is encouraged to at­tend.

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Rick Evans
Rick Evans
My wife, Marsha Kinzer (a proud DEHS Greyhound, class of ‘77) introduced me to the North Shore on vacation in 2012. It became our regular escape when the stress of our careers in education became overwhelming, and it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the breathtaking scenery, the nice people, and “salad” containing Jell-o and marshmallows. So you can either blame or thank my loving wife for my being here, because when we needed to choose a retirement hometown, Marsha advocated hard for her beloved Duluth, and here we are, six months later. Yes, this will be my first northern Minnesota winter. Yes, I welcome thoughts and prayers. Government, public policy, and social justice weighed heavily in the curriculums I taught at the high school level over a thirty-eight year career. In addition, we were a laboratory school focused on critical thinking in conjunction with technical and scientific writing. So when I found myself adrift on the great ocean of retirement and spied a raft, I jumped at the chance to take up what I’d left behind…minus the bad teachers’ lounge coffee. My position at the NSJ allows me to combine my passions for government and writing, and it’s helping me to feel less out of touch in new surroundings. When I’m not being “Cubby” (Marsha’s favorite new nickname for this green reporter) I enjoy pointing at eagles and saying, “Look, honey. There’s an eagle.” I’ve had an active side hustle as a professional musician for almost as many years as Charlie Parr. As a guitarist/singer/songwriter, I graced the stages of clubs and festivals around southern Wisconsin, including an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion. Should I even mention A Prairie Home Companion, or am I the only one here old enough to remember what that is? Look! An eagle!
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