Success Stories


Ryan Norman-Teacher

After I finished my degree in English Education, I was pumped up to implement all the strategies I had learned in my “teacher school classes.” I loved the idea of portfolios, research assignments, and assessments that were product based and not multiple choices tests all the time.  However, when I got into the classroom, other English teachers were simply using this formula for instruction: Read a text, answer some questions on that text, and give a test on the text. Students rarely discussed or became engaged in the material they were studying. They were simply passive audience members in a classroom who became experts in completing those thick study guides with more questions than I ever wanted to grade.  I refused follow that, but it was a constant battle. SpringBoard, however, gave English teachers the tools to use to structure classroom instruction that involves all students at all times. Students become participants in curriculum that is relevant and create assessments they enjoy doing. Portfolios become vital parts of the classroom and research is seen as commonplace instead of a once a year, dreaded assignment. My favorite comment that students make since implementing SpringBoard, “This is the only class that goes by so fast while we are still working.” They forget that they are doing “work” because they are engaged in a text that doesn’t seem like a traditional school book. Students become excited about embedded assessments and can’t wait to start the next one to see who they will be working with and what product will be developed. Students are learning common core standards while still being engaged in material. A fully operational SpringBoard classroom is a beautiful visible learning experience where students become active learners.    Ryan Norman Newton High School 9th Grade Literature and Composition ELA Content Specialist for High Schools

Adam Phyall-Technical Data Facilitator

Social media and technology has changed the way educators must teach, how students should learn, and how teachers and students can communicate. Integrating technology into a classroom isn't a one-step process, nor is it an iPad in a students hand. Using technology in the classroom means without such technology, the lesson would not exist. By using the SpringBoard text, teachers are exposed to multiple ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. Springboard is designed with technology and media skills blended into each unit. By incorporating these skills into the classroom, teachers are on their way to building 21's century learning labs and preparing students to be college and career ready.