Former Rahway High School Student Returns to Teach Her Teachers

Denita Richardson teaches her own former teachers how to utilize Study Island. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)

RAHWAY — During a professional development session, Denita Richardson, a member of the class of 1996 at Rahway High School, returned to introduce science and social studies teachers at her alma mater to Study Island software.

Richardson is the southern New Jersey consultant for Archipelago Learning, L.L.C., a firm whose products are used all over the United States, and in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Richardson grew up in Rahway, graduated from Rutgers Newark, and moved back to the city after beginning to work until a need to reduce travel time resulted in her relocation.

Study Island combines highly specific and dynamic content with real-time reporting to each teacher to allow creation of a customized assessment, diagnostic, and instructional program for each student, providing the opportunity for the student to attain mastery of New Jersey curricular standards. Rahway has been using Study Island for several years in order to help students prepare for the state-mandated High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA). This year, however, the high school expanded availability to a wider range of subjects and to all students. This web-based software can be used at school, home, and even the public library for reinforcement for AP courses, SAT preparation, and practice in history, science, language arts and mathematics.

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