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Scott Burke is in his 20th year of being an administrator, classroom teacher, and innovative pioneer with contextual/integrated learning. Throughout his career he has collaborated with others to develop two contextual programs program called Geometry in Construction and AMPED on Algebra. Annually, students who are enrolled in the Geometry in Construction program build a house for a local family in need while simultaneously learning all of their rigorous math content. To date the Geometry in Construction program has been replicated in over 650 schools nationwide. In fact, NBC Nightly News featured the program during its newscast on June 3, 2018. https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/-geometry-in-construction-helps-students-learn-by-building-houses-1247410755701 Beginning in the fall of 2014 the same team of dedicated teachers lead by Burke launched a second contextual/integrated program called AMPED on Algebra that used the platform the Geometry in Construction program was built upon. The AMPED on Algebra program has been adopted as a superior way to teach Algebra 1 and is currently being offered in just over 250 schools nationwide. After relocating to the Denver metro area due to better job opportunities for his wife, Burke began working for Jefferson County Public Schools during the summer of 2018 as the Coordinator of Contextual Learning. Although the mentioned video segment, features Burke’s previous place of employment the details provided in this story are every bit as relevant today as they were in June of 2018. Lastly, Geometry in Construction has been featured on many news affiliates throughout the country including NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox News.
Through Burke’s current professional position, he is charged with bringing these two programs to all 22 high schools across the largest school district in Colorado over the next 5 years. Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year there will be 12 total high schools that are up and running with the Geometry in Construction and AMPED on Algebra programs within the Jefferson County School system. This is proof and testament that these programs are capable of maximum positive impact and scalability in both large, medium, and small school districts.