MAP & LEAP Program

By: Ms. Barbara Schmidt
from Pressman Academy

Category:
Differentiated Instruction

Subject(s) of entry:
Computer Science, Literature/ English, Math

Pedagogy:
PBL - project based learning, IBL - inquiry based learning

Grade(s) to which this was taught:
2nd-5th

Grade(s) for which this will be useful:
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Elementary school, Middle school

The Pressman Enrichment Academy Program is designed for those children in grades 2-5 who demonstrate the ability to work beyond their current grade level and offers opportunities for appropriately challenging learning as an adjunct to instruction in the classroom. The program is an acceleration program which is designed to meet the rate at which the child learns and to meet the level at which the child shows academic competence. The program consists of two parts: Math Acceleration Program ( MAP) and Language Arts Enrichment Acceleration Program ( LEAP).

Entry Text

The Pressman Enrichment Academy Program is designed for those children in grades 2-5 who demonstrate the ability to work beyond their current grade level and offers opportunities for appropriately challenging learning as an adjunct to instruction in the classroom. The program is an acceleration program which is designed to meet the rate at which the child learns and to meet the level at which the child shows academic competence. The program consists of two parts: the Math Acceleration Program ( MAP) and the Language Arts Enrichment Acceleration Program ( LEAP). Our MAP and LEAP programs are home to innovative project-based, technology-rich educational opportunities that engage students in differentiated academic and social environments. Students in grade 2-3 and 4-5 meet in a combined classroom and are presented with projects designed to deepen comprehension beyond the general classroom and include: coding with Raspberry Pis, complex data analysis, and student-developed blogs and websites. Students set goals and self reflect on their progress. Currently in our 3rd year, the program has undergone changes to reflect the needs of the school community including: increase teacher collaboration regarding students needs, pull out coincides with subject being taught in the classroom and creation of after school Labs. We welcome the opportunity to be a part of the Kohelet Prize database and share our enrichment program with a broader audience so that others may have opportunity to gain insight regarding innovative instruction with this unique population.