Caywood Elementary School, Kentucky

 As Caywood Elementary students head into summer break, they’ll continue reading with myON to help avoid summer learning loss, bolstered by a seasonal reading challenge. Strong student and family engagement are evidence of the results-oriented implementation plan underway. Early data from the school, which serves 750 students in PreK-5, including a 15 percent ELL population of predominantly Hispanic-speaking students, is impressive. 

Administrators launched myON with a two-classroom pilot in late 2015 before expanding schoolwide during Spring 2016. Assistant Principal Kim Mott attributes the initial success of their myON implementation to the school’s teacher leadership model, outstanding staff and family involvement, along with features of myON that make it engaging and accessible for all students in and out of school time.

 

  "We see myON as one of those tools that help get kids involved designing and creating their own learning. The option in there to do projects makes it easy to create individualized learning for students."

Kim Mott, Assistant Principal

Pilot teacher leaders in first and fourth grades use myON extensively with their own students and deliver turnkey training to their colleagues. A PLC model with weekly grade-level teacher meetings offers opportunities for sharing and ongoing support. Encouraging teachers to make myON a part of their instructional day is another important factor. “Whether it’s part of read-to-self time or incorporated into their lesson planning, teachers have to be intentional,” Mott explained.

For Michelle Mersman, one of two pilot teacher leaders, myON is key to getting hard-to-reach boys in her first grade classroom excited about reading. To get all of her students started, she gave them an opportunity to log into their accounts and explore for the first couple of weeks. They loved the options available to them.

“Then I started making projects during Daily 5 centers, so students had certain books they had to read every week,” she said. “For our current module on animals, each student selected an animal to write about – from hedgehogs and grey wolves to sea turtles – and they found so much great information on myON that they are using in their writing pieces now.”

“Personalized learning and project-based learning are important components of our overall school and district plans,” Mott added. “We see myON as one of those tools that help get kids involved designing and creating their own learning. The option in there to do projects makes it easy to create individualized learning for students.”