Top 6 Blog Posts of 2015

This has been a busy year for us at Newsela. We’ve been hard at work improving the site and adding features that matter most to educators. We launched our blog back in May to keep you up-to-date with all the latest news, provide best practices based on data, and feature inspiring educator stories. Here’s a look back at the top posts this year.

6. What’s in a Name? For Newsela, it’s a Science

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One reason why we’re not News-E-L-A is that we’re not just for ELA teachers. In fact, more than 60 percent of Newsela educators teach subjects other than ELA. With new features like Español and Newsela for Science, it’s never been easier to make cross-curricular connections with Newsela. Read on to discover some of our all-time most read science articles.

5. Supporting Spanish-Speaking Students As Never Before

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Spanish language content was one of the most-requested features, and we’re happy to offer 200+ Spanish articles, with more being added daily. Read the post for more on why Newsela Español is close to our hearts.

4. 6 Ways to Encourage Students to Keep up With Current Events

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Inspired by a New York Times survey of students’ most-followed news topics, our staff tracked down some tried-and-tested methods for engaging students with current events. Find them here.

3. The State of Text Sets (or Vice Versa)

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We want to make sure you have the best possible resources to make cross-curricular connections through the news, and Text Sets are a big part of that equation. Our content team has curated Text Sets for literature, science, social studies and U.S. states. Check out the announcement and read how students applied these Text Sets in the Newsela In Your Community writing contest entries.

2. Share Your Newsela Goals

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Newsela educators of all stripes shared what they hope to achieve with Newsela this school year. Here are a few of our favorite #newselagoals:

“My grade 7-9 LA students are reading Newsela articles that connect what they are learning in science and social.” Noreen

“Next quarter, I hope to employ the Spanish articles to help my ESL students raise their overall reading comprehension.” Katie

“My goal is quite simple: To create lifelong readers! I especially want them to enjoy nonfiction.” Lori

1. Kathy DeBona’s Students Take Action and Give Back

One of our favorite stories of impact, this guest post from educator Kathy DeBona details an unforgettable experience for herself and her students, as well as a colleague.

“I think I’m always going to try new things now, because I never know if I can do it, unless I actually try to do it.”

Thanks for being part of our amazing community. We can’t wait to continue the journey with you next year.