Over 700 Sunnyvale students enjoyed a rich and vibrant learning opportunity this summer through the district’s partnership with the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP).
In the elementary summer program for incoming first through fifth grade students, the instructional focus was on improving students’ literacy and numeracy skills. This was accomplished by providing the students with multiple opportunities to experience success as they strengthened their problem solving and critical thinking skills. Music and movement, and oral language development were embedded in the curriculum as well.
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Our middle school summer program welcomed incoming sixth through eighth graders. The rich curriculum offering included language arts, math, science and history/social science. In language arts, the focus of study was on reading comprehension and identification of the theme of the story, and the thesis statement in a written essay. In science, the students learned about water conservation and studied content through the design thinking process. The reconstruction Period of American History was the focus of the social studies/history classes where students learned about the development of the historical analysis skills and differentiating between a primary and secondary source.
Math classes were conducted in partnership with 2 non-profit organizations –Alearn and Silicon Valley Education Foundation. The goal of the program is to develop the necessary math skills to help students attain success in Algebra and set them on a college trajectory.
Contributor: Mala Ahuja, Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator, Sunnyvale School District