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K-8 Students Across US and Canada Completed Record Number of Math Lessons In 2016 DreamBox Learning Math Challenge

Participants Completed Over 2 Million Math Lessons

BELLEVUE, Wash. —January 4, 2017— DreamBox Learning®, the company that pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning™, announced today the winners of the DreamBox Learning Math Challenge. Students in participating classrooms across the United States and Canada completed a total of 2,091,807 DreamBox Learning math lessons in three weeks, a record number that reflects the enthusiasm for learning that is inspired by DreamBox.

The annual challenge encourages participating classrooms to spend more time on math education, allowing students to celebrate their love of math and demonstrate a growing fluency in the subject. To be named regional or grand prize winners, classrooms competed to complete the greatest number of standards-aligned lessons on the DreamBox platform.

“The results of this math challenge were truly extraordinary,” said Jason Bedford, senior vice president of client engagement and success at DreamBox Learning. “Students found extra time to complete these lessons by using DreamBox at home and opting to spend indoor recess doing DreamBox lessons on rainy days, among other things. It’s especially exciting because we know the real impact that more time on DreamBox can have on math learning for early elementary students.”

DreamBox’s technology and curriculum are informed by decades of research about children’s natural development and growth in mathematical reasoning. The program, long considered a favorite among students and teachers, received national attention over the past year when a Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University study, DreamBox Learning Achievement Growth, showed students who spent more time on DreamBox saw larger gains in achievement.

Teachers competing in the math challenge said that DreamBox helped students stay motivated by adapting to each learner’s individual needs.

“DreamBox does a great job providing a variety of representations and models that build on the teacher directed work and help students think about numbers and operations,” said Robbie Torney, teacher of a DreamBox Learning Fall Math Challenge grand prize winning class. “It was great to see students taking the initiative to learn more and complete more lessons as their interest in math developed during the DreamBox Math Challenge.”

“All children have brilliance. It’s up to us as learning guardians to activate learning and unleash that brilliance,” said Jessie Woolley-Wilson, president and CEO of DreamBox Learning. “We are excited to see that through the DreamBox Learning Challenge, students are developing a love for math and unlocking their own learning potential.”

Twelve regional winners and two grand prize winners were named by DreamBox. Grand prize winners completed the highest number of lessons in the country, while regional winners completed the highest number of lessons in their region. Regional winners will receive a math challenge prize pack that includes a T-shirt, bracelet and bag as well as a gift card for the teacher’s classroom fund. Grand prize winners receive regional prizes in addition to a virtual meet-and-greet with DreamBox creators and a trip for the teacher to attend the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

The DreamBox Fall Math Challenge Winners are:

Grand Prize Winners

  • Grand Prize Winner: Lighthouse Community Charter Lodestar Campus, Lighthouse Community Charter, CA. Teacher: Robbie Torney’s mixed K-2 class
  • Grand Prize Winner: Abner Creek Academy, Spartanburg 05, SC. Teacher: Ann Salway’s third grade class

Regional Prize Winners

  • Cameron School, Burnaby School District 41, BC, Canada. Teacher: Micheline Kamber’s sixth grade class
  • Sylvan Hills Middle School, Pulaski County Special School District, AR. Teacher: Shanon Hum’s sixth grade class
  • Harlem West Middle School, Success Charter Network, NY.  Teacher: Brittany Fried’s seventh grade class
  • Peeples Elementary School, Fayette County, GA. Teacher: Monica Thomas’ third grade class
  • Meadow Ridge Elementary School, Kent School District, WA. Teacher: Amy Kalmbach’s fourth grade class
  • Bush Creek Elementary School, Eagle County School District NO. 50, CO. Teacher: Michele Morrison’s fifth grade class
  • Sir John A. MacDonald P.S., Thames Valley District School Board, Ontario, Canada. Teacher: Craig Murrell’s mixed fifth and six grade class
  • Twain Elementary School, Houston Independent School District, TX.  Teacher: Francisco Martinez’s third grade class
  • Centennial Elementary School, Harrison School District NO. 2, CO.  Teacher: Vinessa Lopez’s third grade class
  • Longbranch Elementary School, Boone County School District, KY. Teacher: Meredith Larison’s fifth grade class
  • Garden Elementary School, Tulare City Schools, CA. Teacher: Stacy Sayre-Bostrom’s fourth grade class
  • Morehead STEM Academy, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, NC. Teacher: Kennan Goodman’s mixed sixth through eighth grade class

About DreamBox Learning

DreamBox Learning® was founded in 2006 in Bellevue, Wash. and the company’s pioneering Intelligent Adaptive learning platform has won more than 40 top education and technology industry awards and is in use in all 50 states and throughout Canada. The DreamBox Learning® Math difference is the combination of a rigorous K-8 math curriculum and a motivating learning environment that work seamlessly with the Intelligent Adaptive technology, which adapts to provide feedback and scaffolding in the moment of learning and over time. DreamBox is available for PC and iPad. For more information, visit http://www.dreambox.com/.


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