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Dorchester School District Two, SC

Glenn Huggins - Assistant Superintendent: [00:00:05] We had a shift in our district from teaching to now student learning.

Joseph Pye - Superintendent: [00:00:10] Personalized learning has really shaped a complete transformation here in our district.

Julie Kornahrens - Assistant Superintendent: [00:00:15] We know that personalized learning is increasing student outcomes by our continual yearly rise in test scores, our rise in graduation rate, and our everyday student successes.

Scott Matthews - Principal, River Oaks Middle School: [00:00:28] Our students are more motivated in this model because it's more related to 21st century: the graphics, the technology, the rigor. I think our students were challenged.

Ann Sanderson - Curriculum Interventionist: [00:00:40] The rigor that I see in the Apex material, from the coursework to what we work with, with our recovery students to the tutorials, you know, really gives a good glimpse of where we need to take our students in the future.

Julie Kornahrens - Assistant Superintendent: [00:01:01] We can't wait until somebody gets to high school to identify that they have not gotten the skills that they need to be successful.

Kelly Purvis - Middle School Curriculum Coordinator: [00:01:10] They've got the writing skills, they've got the reading skills. They've got the literacy skills.

Camilla Liferidge-Pinckney - High School Curriculum Coordinator: [00:01:13] Students learn in different ways. They have different learning styles. They learn it, you know, at a different pace. Every child is not the same.

Ann Sanderson - Curriculum Interventionist: [00:01:21] The biggest challenge is that teachers face is being able to meet the needs of each individual kid. So many of them come into their classroom at so many different levels.

Mike Troxel - Teacher: [00:01:31] Some students get three quarters of what you're trying to give them. Some get half of what you're trying to give them. And it's hard to teach and reteach to those groups of students at the same time.

Scott Matthews - Principal, River Oaks Middle School: [00:01:44] Personalized learning helps our students learn more because the learning is geared to where they specifically are.

Elena Furnari - Director High Schools: [00:01:50] Teachers must understand where students are in their learning and they must adapt their instruction to the students.

Kelly Purvis - Middle School Curriculum Coordinator: [00:01:58] I had time in my day to go and work with students, to use an instructional program that pinpointed for me where students weaknesses were. I didn't have to second guess and I was able to progress monitor through pretest and posttest.

Kelly Purvis - Middle School Curriculum Coordinator: [00:02:11] What we're doing is we're providing you with instructional technology so that students are able to work at their level and get their needs pinpointed.

Elena Furnari - Director High Schools: [00:02:19] The Apex student success manager is an integral part of our success. We have support from coaches who come in and provide additional help for teachers.

Kelly Purvis - Middle School Curriculum Coordinator: [00:02:29] We do a lot of Webexes so that we can say, hey, we need you to pinpoint this data and show us, where do we go next.

Camilla Liferidge-Pinckney - High School Curriculum Coordinator: [00:02:36] We feel so supported in this endeavor.

Joseph Pye - Superintendent: [00:02:39] Our partnership with Apex Learning has just been phenomenal. Whatever we've we asked for, they seem to be able to deliver it. So when we talk about personalized learning, they're personalizing with their customers. For that we're very grateful.