Patrice Irby

Ms. Irby and her partners investigate how students’ backgrounds, cultures, and histories can serve as powerful curricular resources to master rigorous new language arts and mathematics learning standards. The team develops project-based instruction that uses culture to help students master relevant concepts. Teachers work with parents to pilot the new approaches in the classroom. To further engage families, the team implements family math and literacy nights to help parents understand learning expectations and to provide materials to reinforce classroom lessons at home.