AASA, Discovery Education Launch Series of Case Studies Featuring Best Practices and Strategies for Building Dynamic Digital Learning Environments

—School Superintendents Leading the Digital Transition Provide Insight into Creating Engaging Learning Experiences—

Alexandria, Va. and Silver Spring, Md. – May 9, 2017 – The creation of dynamic, digital learning environments by superintendents across the country are profiled in a new series of case studies created byAASA, The School Superintendents Association, and Discovery Education.

The school district leaders showcased in this series are members of AASA’s Digital Consortium, which provides them with opportunities to work together and gain insights into emerging successful models for using digital materials to build engaging learning experiences that support the success of all learners.

“The highlighted profiles illustrate some of the best practices and strategies that have made the digital transition a reality in the communities served by members of our Digital Consortium,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “We’re thankful to the superintendents who participated in this series, and to Discovery Education for collaborating with us to create these case studies. Together, we’ve captured some great examples of the tremendous work school systems across the country are doing to build the dynamic digital learning environments today’s students need for success beyond graduation.”

Superintendents profiled in the AASA-Discovery Education Case Study Series include:

  • Kristine Gilmore, D.C. Everest Area School District, Schofield, Wisc.
  • Mike Lubelfeld, Deerfield Public School District 109, Deerfield, Ill.
  • Aaron Spence, Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia Beach, Va.

 

“By creating modern digital classrooms that mirror students’ use of technology in their personal lives, the superintendents profiled in these case studies are not only transforming teaching and learning in their school districts, but they are also leading a movement that is sweeping across the country,” said Mark Edwards, senior vice president of digital learning, Discovery Education, and the AASA 2013 National Superintendent of the Year. “Discovery Education and AASA are pleased to highlight the work of Superintendents Gilmore, Lubelfeld and Spence.”

The series also contains a powerful white paper entitled Stronger Together: How Superintendents PLCs Can Make Your Job Easier. This report focuses on how today’s superintendents are using AASA and Discovery Education to connect with peers nationwide to create their own professional learning communities.

The series concludes with A Transformation That Propels Advances in Student Learning, which profiles the impact of AASA’s Digital Consortium. Founded in 2014, the Consortium was created to support school district leadership in the areas of innovation, creativity and technology. Membership in the Consortium enriches the collective leadership experiences of participating superintendents through the review and careful analysis of evidence-informed practices. Both the case studies and the white papers are available at no cost on theAASA and Discovery Education websites.

For more information or to find out how to participate in the Digital Consortium, visit the AASA website or contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, at msherman@aasa.org.

For more information on Discovery Education’s programs and services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

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About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and more than 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the U.K., and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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DISCOVERY EDUCATION AND NUTRIENTS FOR LIFE FOUNDATION AWARD SIX MIDDLE SCHOOLS GRANTS IN NATIONAL “LET IT GROW CONTEST,” FOCUSED ON THE SCIENCE BEHIND AGRICULTURE

–St. Mary’s School of the Diocese of Omaha in Bellevue, NE Wins Grand Prize;

Special In-School Assembly To be Held On May 24, 2017 —

–Five Middle Schools Receive Grants and Prizes as Winners of National Earth Science Contest–

 

SILVER SPRING, Md. (May 11, 2017) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, and the Nutrients for Life Foundation, an educational non-profit that teaches students and the public about the vital role soil nutrients play in growing our world, announced the winners of the 2017 Let It Grow Contesttoday. The contest, now in its second year, awards more than $10,000 in prizes to six middle schools nationwide as part of From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil, an education initiative that offers middle school students a broadened perspective of the importance of soil science. Educators, parents and community members were invited to enter the Let It Grow Contest by answering soil-related questions and voting daily for a middle school of their choice.

Out of more than 40,000 entries nationwide, St. Mary’s School of Bellevue, NE received the votes needed to take home the 2017 grand prize.

 

“It is incredible to have St. Mary’s School named the grand prize winner of the Let It Grow Contest,” said Dr. Trish Wallinger, Principal, St. Mary’s School. “From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil has allowed our classrooms to dig into the science all around us with fun activities. I would absolutely encourage middle school educators across the country to include these resources into their classroom instruction to explore the role agriculture plays in providing nutrition and sustenance to our communities.”

In addition to St. Mary’s School, five runner-up schools will each receive a $1,000 agricultural grant. These schools include:

  • Hawley Middle School in Hawley, TX
  • Central Middle School in Eunice, LA
  • Academy for Change in Chino, CA
  • Sunrise School in Monroeville, PA
  • Blacklick Valley Junior Senior High School in Nanty Glo, PA

 

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Discovery Education and the Nutrients for Life Foundation will host the Let It Grow Contest grand prize winner assembly at St. Mary’s School featuring interactive science activities for students, educators and community members to experience. Following the assembly, the school will be presented with a check. Additionally, St. Mary’s School will receive an introduction to a local agronomist as part of their grand prize.

“Learning about crop nutrients and their vital role in food production is something these students will take with they as they grow. Through our partnership with Discovery Education, we are able to make these concepts of plant growth and soil health come alive,” said Nutrients for Life Executive Director Harriet Wegmeyer. “We are pleased to see so many students, educators and community members using these resources and learning!”

Launched in 2013, From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil offers middle school students, educators and families a suite of comprehensive digital resources including standards-aligned interactive lesson plans, digital explorations, bilingual family activities and agricultural career profiles. Designed to highlight the importance of soil, its nutrients and the science behind sustainable plant and crop growth, these resources are available at no cost and engage students of all learning styles.

“Discovery Education is proud to continue our partnership with the Nutrients for Life Foundation and salutes the winners of this contest which is part of a larger effort to give students a deeper understanding of core science concepts as they discover the complex world of soils,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president, Discovery Education. “From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil is an award-winning program that brings STEM to life through interactive curriculum and resources that engage today’s learners.”

 

To learn more about From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil’s free resources and the Let It Grow Contest please visit: http://www.thescienceofsoil.com/.

 

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

About Nutrients for Life

The Nutrients for Life Foundation spearheads the mission to educate students and the public about the importance of responsible fertilizer use in growing healthy crops, increasing food production, and feeding a growing population. Since formation more than ten years ago, the Foundation has reached over 24 million students with resources, such as Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century, the Smithsonian-approved STEM curriculum.  Nutrients for Life’s 2013 partnership with Discovery Education has added a new dimension of innovative, interactive digital resources for the modern classroom.  The Nutrients for Life Foundation is a tax-exempt status organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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More than 1,000 English Learners in Utah

Using Supplemental Online and Blended Learning Solution from Fuel Education

 

Students in grades 6-10 can access the online content anytime, anywhere, allowing them to learn the fundamentals of academic English, complete projects, and help accelerate their English language learning

 

Herndon, Virginia, May 11, 2017 — As part of its 5 Million Voices reporting project, NPR analyzed U.S. Department of Education data to determine the achievement of English Learners (ELs) across the country. In Utah, the average high school graduation rate for ELs is 62 percent, while the average for their native English-speaking peers is 83.9 percent.

 

In an effort to close this achievement gap for its EL students, the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) implemented the online English Learners solution from Middlebury Interactive Languages, now part of Fuel Educationâ (FuelEdâ). Starting this spring, approximately 1,000 secondary students spanning 12 high schools, eight middle schools, five charters schools and the USBE’s Refugee Educational Training Center will use the online solution as part of a blended learning model.

 

“We wanted to use an EL solution that allowed for blended learning in order to highlight our excellent teachers,” said Dr. Christelle Estrada, Education Specialist for Title III and Refugee & Immigrant Programs at the USBE. “Additionally, we wanted a solution that focused on academic content vocabulary and inquiry based learning in core content areas, and aligned to assessment standards.”

 

In addition to helping students learn academic English and hone their literacy development, the supplemental curriculum connects to students’ cultural backgrounds to build a context for the content. Students work on a combination of individual activities in English language arts, math, science and social studies to reinforce their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The activities can be modified for students of all proficiency levels. The curriculum also includes project-based learning activities during which students work in small groups. Allowing the groups to develop their projects’ topics and forms of delivery empowers them to take ownership of their learning while also reinforcing collaboration and English proficiency.

 

The curriculum aligns to the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) standards and the Common Core State Standards, and is correlated to the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WiDA) standards.

 

“The curriculum’s best feature is its alignment to the four WiDA standards for speaking, reading, writing, and listening,” said Matthew Emerson, Secondary Specialist for Title III at USBE. “The curriculum gives students an excellent base of language skills while simultaneously allowing teachers, the true pedagogy experts, to deepen instruction based on students’ needs when necessary. It’s an ideal marriage of complete curriculum and teacher input, and I believe it’s going to bridge the gap between engagement and focused language development.”

 

To watch a video and learn more, visit fueleducation.com/ell.

 

About Fuel Education

Fuel Educationâ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education serves more than 2,000 school districts, offering one of the industry’s largest catalogs of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. To learn more, visit fueleducation.com and Twitter.

 

©2017 Fuel Education LLC. All rights reserved. Fuel Education, FuelEd, and Summit are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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N.J.’s Freehold Township School District Implements Verso —

Rethinks Professional Development, Improves Student Engagement

 

FREEHOLD, N.J., May 10, 2017 — A K-12 school district singled out as one of the country’s 20 most innovative, and guided by a leader named New Jersey’s top superintendent, revealed this week it is transforming learning with a personalized professional development and student engagement solution that is helping teachers meet learners’ needs in unparalleled ways.

Freehold Township School District administrators said the introduction of  Verso – a cloud-based platform that supports educators with high-impact teaching strategies to promote deeper learning  – is one of the key reasons their teachers are newly focused and working differently, while students are noticeably more engaged learners. Additionally, the district reports those teachers using Verso are more routinely transitioning their students from surface to deep learning during lessons and through their homework.

“The professional development we’re seeing with Verso encompasses the entire student-teacher experience,” said Superintendent Dr. Ross Kasun, who was selected 2017 New Jersey Superintendent of the Year. “Verso is helping our teachers improve student engagement, provide visibility on student thinking, and transition students into a noticeably deeper stage of learning.

“We are on a path toward personalizing learning for all students with much more explicit awareness of their needs. Verso is the answer to many of the challenges we were facing.”

Freehold Township School District  – named one of the country’s 20 most innovative school districts by Washington, D.C.-based Digital Promise  – originally implemented Verso to help improve outdated homework practices. Verso offers questions and teaching strategies to:

  • help students solve problems;
  • allow them to own the opportunity to generate discussion; and
  • help gather more data on student thinking and behavior than they were otherwise receiving.

“By design, Verso facilitates conversation through effective questioning,” said Dr. Jeff Huguenin, principal of Freehold Township’s Joseph J. Catena Elementary School. “Given that, we use Verso to foster healthy dialogue that empowers the voices of teachers so our professional development and learning grows exponentially.”

Kasun said his teachers aren’t afraid to try new strategies in the classroom and further believes the district is on a strong path toward personalizing learning for all students with greater awareness of their needs.

“We find our students are asking better questions now; they’re collaborating and providing feedback by commenting on other students’ posts,” Kasun said. “Students who were previously reluctant to share have now found their voice, and many are now excited to obtain peer feedback.”

Huguenin reports his students have enthusiastically embraced the feedback element. “Participation is high, and the kids love it,” he said. “It’s a safe place to engage and kids want to collaborate. No one is afraid to raise their hand anymore.”

Another Freehold Township principal said Verso, “provides us with an opportunity to review highly effective pedagogy with our teachers so they can improve their practice on demand. Our teachers are working differently now; they have the data and teaching strategies (through the Verso support guides) to adjust lessons and move all students forward,” said West Freehold Elementary School’s Eddie Aldarelli. “Teachers are now focusing more on the ability to ask questions, the process of asking questions, how powerful those questions can be, and the art of instructional practices. It’s such a powerful tool.”

All district teachers were initially offered the opportunity to use Verso in class and as a homework tool. Administrators shared how teachers responded quickly as they discovered Verso’s powerful professional development, feedback and teacher-collaboration features.

“Our district continues to explore the capability of Verso as a teacher and student learning tool and we have been extremely impressed with how the platform provides an excellent balance between the two,” Huguenin said.

Freehold Township School District, based in Monmouth County, serves K-12 students, includes eight schools, 300 teachers and 3,950 students.

In use by more than 12,000 K-12 schools in over 100 countries, Verso is in its second year of marketing to K-12 districts in the U.S. with enterprise district-wide partnerships in half-dozen states. Moreover, it recently opened its first-ever U.S. headquarters, based in California. The key to Verso’s early success, according to its CEO/Founder Colin Wood, is recognizing the importance of reliable, easy-to-read data on how students are engaging and helping teachers with the best, research-based instructional strategies to deliver quality personalized learning.

For more information about Freehold Township School District, visit www.freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us. For more information about Verso, visit its website at www.versolearning.com.

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HEALTHY WEIGHT COMMITMENT FOUNDATION AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION AWARD MORE THAN $240,000 IN PRIZES TO DESERVING SCHOOLS NATIONWIDE AS PART OF HEALTHY LIVING INITIATIVE

 

— For the first time, Elementary School in Texas Awarded Grand Prize Giveaway for a

School Serving the Military Community —

 

Silver Spring, Md. (May 10, 2017) – The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), a broad-based not-for-profit organization whose focus is the reduction of childhood obesity, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced the winners of the 2017 Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes and Smart from the Start Awards, annually offered incentive programs from the Together Counts™ program. Designed to encourage students to lead healthy, active lifestyles, these programs strive to increase the impact of health and wellness programs both in and out of the classroom, and will award more than $240,000 in prizes to deserving schools nationwide.

 

The following schools have been chosen as this year’s grand prize winners:

 

Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes:

Grand prize winners:

–          Welch Elementary School in Newnan, GA

–          Sunset Park Elementary School in Wilmington, NC (*Title I)

–          Randolph Elementary School in Universal City, TX (*Military)

 

Selected from nearly 620,000 entries nationwide, these three schools are the 2017 grand prize winners and will be awarded $30,000 in cash and sporting goods and a new PlayCubesTM Playground from Playworld, a leading manufacturer of imaginative playground and fitness equipment (entire prize package valued at $60,405 each).  Randolph Elementary School was the first winner ever of the grand prize to a U.S. military base or installation for a school or community organization serving the children of active duty military. Sunset Park Elementary was awarded the grand prize for a school that qualifies for Title I funding due to the number of students receiving free or reduced price lunch.

 

“Welch Elementary is so excited about our Healthy Playground grant.  Our mission is, ‘We Ensure the Success of Each Student’.  In order for students to be successful, they must be well rounded and feel good about themselves.  This will give our students the opportunity to get fit and show their success.” – Janice Smith, Principal, Welch Elementary School

 

“As an urban school located near downtown Wilmington, qualifying for a 100% free breakfast and lunch program, many of our families struggle to initiate and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle. This prize will allow us to focus some of our energy and resources into assisting our students and families to learn how a healthy lifestyle will help them achieve their goals.  As you know, a healthy body and mind are keys to success.” – Diego Lehocky, Principal, Sunset Park Elementary School

“Wow!  A new playground for our kids!  A playground is the place for children to develop not only physically but emotionally.  It’s every child’s dream and for the military child, it’s the best place to be to meet a new friend.” – Allana Hemenway, Principal, Randolph Elementary School, Randolph Field Independent School District.

 

Smart from the Start Awards:

Grand prize winner:

–          Sacred Heart School in Camden, NJ

 

The Smart from the Start Awards empower preschool teachers to strategize wellness initiatives using the free Smart from the Start Pre-K curriculum in their classrooms. Sacred Heart School in Camden, NJ will receive a $20,000 grant for their action plan to focus on eating a variety of fruits and vegetables and incorporating more physical activity in and out of the classroom.  Sacred Heart students lack access to green space for physical activity and high rates of violence and crime make many parents hesitant about letting their children play outdoors.

 

To improve health and wellness habits for their students, Sacred Heart School used the Smart from the Startlessons to get their preschoolers moving more while also making efforts to include fresh produce in meals and snacks. In addition, parents received a newsletter on nutrition. Sacred Heart School will use the award grant to create an outdoor classroom, develop a Health and Wellness Library with resources for students to bring home, and purchase cooking equipment to enable the school to have family cooking nights.

 

“We are so grateful for this award and the long-term impact it will have! We are eager and excited to make investments in equipment and materials that will enhance nutrition and physical activity for our children for years to come, both at school and in partnership with their families.” – Cheryl Heatwole, Montessori Preschool teacher, Sacred Heart School.

 

To see a comprehensive list of all winners and prizes please visit, http://www.togethercounts.com/at-school/win-for-your-school.

 

Together Counts

 

Established in 2010, the Together Counts program is a comprehensive health and wellness initiative designed to encourage students, educators and families to live healthy lifestyles. Since the program’s launch, a total of more than $1.6M has been awarded to deserving schools across the country.  Available at no cost, the program offers educators and students nationwide standards-based curriculum, as well as the chance to win cash grants and equipment for their schools. Updated in 2016 to address overall wellness, lesson plans tailored to Pre-K, K-2 and 3-5 teach goal-planning skills and strategies for developing lifelong resilience. All lesson plans, family resources and incentive programs can be found at http://www.togethercounts.com/; follow @TogetherCounts on Twitter and Facebook.

 

“Empowering children to make healthy decisions that become healthy habits for life is a top priority in the battle to reverse obesity rates,” said Becky Johnson, Executive Director of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation.  “Rewarding schools that develop and implement innovative healthy lifestyle programs is the perfect way to honor their leadership and develop a compendium of best practices that can be adopted in other communities at the same time. We are proud to support these programs and congratulate all of the winners.”

“Discovery Education is proud of our continued partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to reward schools across America through the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes and Smart from the Start Awards for their impactful efforts on improving students’ health and wellness,” said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice President, Discovery Education. “These programs offer the opportunity to teach the importance of health and wellness, and help establish healthy habits for students early on.”

 

About Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) is a broad-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help reduce obesity, especially childhood obesity, by encouraging positive and permanent lifestyle changes among school-aged children and their families. The Foundation develops and implements innovative and collaborative educational, marketplace and community solutions with its coalition of 300 corporate and not-for-profit partners.  Through its free, award-winning Together Counts™ wellness curriculum, the Foundation has reached more than 44 million students in the U.S. As the first commitment to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative and verified by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, HWCF’s food and beverage company members gave consumers more lower calorie options by removing 6.4 trillion calories from their products– surpassing their pledge by more than 400 percent three years ahead of schedule. In June 2016 the program expanded internationally with the launch of the Latin American Commitment to a Healthy Future at the World Economic Forum in Medellín, Colombia.www.healthyweightcommit.org


About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

About Playworld
Playworld is a division of PlayPower® Inc. and believes The World Needs Play®. Play is vital to everyone’s health and well-being. It’s something you are never too young or too old to enjoy. We develop playground environments where creativity is king, belly laughs are welcome and children make the rules. Playworld equipment is designed to unleash the transformational power of play so bodies grow stronger, children play safely and imagination can take flight. For over 45 years, Playworld has created innovative, inclusive and meaningful outdoor play experiences for all ages and abilities. Visit Playworld.com.

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Two Esteemed Peer-Reviewed Educational Journals Publish Studies from Lexia Learning

Researchers on Using Blended Learning for Literacy Instruction

 

Reading Psychology Study Shows Effects of Teacher Engagement;

Journal of Educational Research Study Focuses on Outcomes for Diverse Students at a Title I School

 

BOSTON (May 10, 2017)Reading Psychology and the Journal of Educational Research, two highly acclaimed peer-reviewed education journals, have published findings from two different studies conducted by Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) company. The study published in Reading Psychology explores the influence of teacher engagement on the implementation of a blended learning reading program; the study published in the Journal of Educational Research discusses the effects of the blended learning program’s school-wide implementation at an urban Title I elementary school.

 

“The results of these two studies indicate there is a benefit to using a blended learning approach to literacy instruction for a diverse student population, particularly in the early grades, but such an approach requires teacher engagement to be truly successful,” said Dr. Elizabeth R. Kazakoff, senior researcher at Lexia, who participated in conducting of both studies. “Becoming a proficient reader by third grade is a key predictor of future academic and career success, including high school graduation, so understanding how best to help children make the transition from learning to read, to reading to learn is paramount. These two studies give educators a deeper understanding of how educators can use educational technologies most effectively with their students.”

 

Brief descriptions of each study are below.

 

Reading Psychology

More than 760 schools across the United States participated in this study by Lexia, “Exploring the impact of engaged teachers on implementation fidelity and reading skill gains in a blended learning reading program.” Lexia researchers compared the rate of reading improvement among 19,366 students with engaged teachers with that of 171,850 students in the same schools whose teachers were less engaged with the blended learning program.

 

Students of the engaged teachers not only began the study with significantly higher fidelity of use and more units completed than their peers in the second group, they continued the trend of higher fidelity of use and more completed reading units throughout the study. Consequently, study results showed significant improvements in reading skills during the analyzed period for students of engaged teachers as a result of their students’ consistent use of the blended learning program.

Journal of Educational Research

The study featured in The Journal of Educational Research, titled “Elementary school-wide implementation of a blended learning program for reading intervention in a Title I school: Implications for students who are English Learners,”examined the implementation of the blended learning program in a Title I urban elementary school during the 2014-2015 school year.

 

The study evaluated the program’s effect on the reading performance of 641 students in kindergarten through grade five via pre- and posttests on a standardized reading assessment called Group Reading Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GRADE™). Researchers found that student progress in the online component of the blended learning program was a significant predictor of their reading performance growth on GRADE even when controlling for student grade level, initial student skill level, and English Learner (EL) status. Students in kindergarten through second grade showed more substantial gains than students in later grades.

 

“The gains in reading for students who are English Learners were especially important because 18 percent of the school’s student population are EL,” said Dr. Kazakoff. “Only 24 percent of students who are English Learners in Massachusetts, the state in which the school’s located, scored proficient or above on the 2013-14 state reading and language arts assessment, far below the 69 percent overall proficiency average. That’s not a unique phenomenon. Teachers across the United States are looking for ways to support their students who are English Learners, and we have demonstrated that blended learning can indeed help them and, even better, make the greatest impact just before that crucial third grade transition point in literacy learning.”

 

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About Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning, a division of Rosetta Stone, empowers educators through adaptive assessment and personalized instruction. For more than 30 years, the company has been on the leading edge of research and product development as it relates to student reading skills. With a robust offering that includes solutions for differentiated instruction, personalized learning and assessment, Lexia Learning provides educators with the tools to intensify and accelerate literacy skills development for students of all abilities. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com.

 

About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company’s innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes for the inspired learner at home or in schools and workplaces around the world.

Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone’s language division uses cloud-based solutions to help all types of learners read, write, and speak more than 30 languages. Lexia Learning, Rosetta Stone’s literacy education division, was founded more than 30 years ago and is a leader in the literacy education space. Today, Lexia helps students build fundamental reading skills through its rigorously researched, independently evaluated, and widely respected instruction and assessment programs.

For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com.  “Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.

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SAFARI Montage and Schoology Partner to Simplify Digital Learning
Schoology establishes tight integration with SAFARI Montage’s leading K-12 Learning Object Repository (LOR)

New York (May 10, 2017) SAFARI Montage and Schoology have partnered to enable mutual K-12 clients to seamlessly integrate the SAFARI Montage LOR within Schoology’s award-winning LMS. The enhanced integration enables teachers to leverage SAFARI Montage LOR’s rich resources as well as district-curated learning objects while building engaging lessons and curriculum within Schoology.

For the full release, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

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