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Dear Academic Approach Families and Colleagues: 

First off, as we begin Teacher Appreciation Week, a huge THANK YOU to our TEACHERS, who are working so hard and so creatively to keep our students engaged. The value of high quality teachers—if it went underappreciated—will emerge from all this forever elevated.

As a parent, I’m impressed by the effort and creativity of my own children’s teachers to help them maintain academic progress and stay engaged. As an educator, I’m impressed by the rapid innovations at schools, adapting and evolving quickly to maintain academic progress.

One area of instruction—and the current innovations in teaching it—that interests us most is math. Personally, it’s the homeschool topic du jour in my house. I’m seeing my children’s teachers utilize a range of tech platforms and creative project-based learning assignments to keep math learning engaged and visible. Professionally, it’s the subject that our data show require the greatest supplemental support to advance significantly.

We’ll be spending this week with math on our minds, sharing research and some instructional solutions we’ve designed to help.

Be well,
Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D., Founder & CEO

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