Teachers Go To Class with Algebra Nation

SHS Teachers Angelia Roop and Jordan Williams learned how math resources could supplement what they are teaching in class.

Teachers Go To Class with Algebra Nation

SHS Teachers Angelia Roop and Jordan Williams learned how math resources could supplement what they are teaching in class. 

     Teachers from Northwest Mississippi attended an Algebra Nation workshop at DeSoto County Schools Central Services to learn how to use the program to assist students where they need it, when they need it. 

     Shauna Hedgepeth, assistant director of Algebra Nation and state lead for Mississippi, provided follow up training for teachers who used Algebra Nation last year and a separate session for new Algebra I teachers. 

     Fees for Algebra Nation are fully-funded by the Mississippi Legislature through the Mississippi Department of Education.  Aligned to the Mississippi Mathematics Standards by the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University, Algebra Nation is customized to help students succeed in Algebra I and beyond.   

Shauna Hedgepeth shows the new materials offered by Algebra Nation.  

     “This year we have added a new geometry course,” said Hedgepeth.  “Both Algebra Nation and Geometry Nation have videos that students and their parents can watch with supplemental workbooks.” 

     Another component of the program is "The Wall,” where students can visit from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. and get real-time help from teachers and others peers across Mississippi. 

     “DeSoto County Schools was the first advocate for us to add a geometry component to our program,” Hedgepeth said.  “I know these resources are going to be helpful when students are preparing for the ACT.” 

     Cara Turner, a math teacher at Houlka Attendance Center, said, "I have used Algebra Nation for the last three years. My students' proficiency and advanced scores have gone from 5.9% to 69%. The extra support by Algebra Nation has turned my program around."