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Williamsville Central School District wins National District of Distinction Award for math program

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Posted at 11:12 AM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 11:12:43-05

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Williamsville Central School District has received national recognition for its math program.

The district announced it has received the National District of Distinction Award for the creation, development and implementation of MathLAB. The district says MathLAB is an instructional model that helps prevent learning gaps and improves student learning outcomes.

“As a District, we continue to focus on closing the achievement gap and supporting higher learning standards for all students,” said Acting Superintendent of Schools Dr. John McKenna. “I’m very proud of the hard work and efforts of our students and staff who continue to strive for excellence and make this possible.”

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Harry O’Malley, a Math Specialist at Casey Middle School, and Dr. Chris McGinley, K-12 Math Coordinator, developed the MathLAB program which is now being implemented at all four of the district's middle schools.

“Williamsville’s math program has earned a national reputation for being a leader in mathematics and is on the cutting edge of implementing research-based instructional strategies while creating structures to improve and provide all students with opportunities to achieve at the highest levels possible,” said Dr. McGinley. “MathLAB has shifted our academic support structures from one that is focused on intervention to one that includes prevention. Not only do struggling students continue to receive targeted support aimed at closing the achievement gap, but we have found a solution to preventing additional students from developing the start of new learning gaps if left unchecked.”

The Districts of Distinction award is a national recognition program created by District Administration magazine.