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Westfield High School Project ASCENT Team Receives Award

The Project ASCENT team from Westfield High School—Cortlyn Bristol, Mary Constantino, Jessica Finley and Rory McGlinnen—received a Team Excellence Award in Growth from Fairfax County Public Schools. This team is leveraging improvement science to close the achievement gap between English Language Learners and general education population biology students at their school. To tackle this issue, they developed a five-station Blended Learning Lab (BLL) model that requires students to use various learning skills required to be successful science learners. BLLs contain highly structured activities that require students to access information independently and/or collaboratively, rather than through direct instruction. One year after implementation, the test scores of affected ELL students have increased by 6%. Originally intended to impact only one classroom of 30 students, their model is now being used by six teachers at their school.

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