Our A Mile In Our Shoes panelists shared how courage, authenticity, and trust are key to connecting and shaping culture.
Elizabeth joined Newsela in 2018 after six years of classroom teaching and experience bringing science products to market. As a Product Manager of Content, she collaborates across teams to create and launch products like Newsela’s Collections, which are bundles of curated content that support instruction of core and special subjects.
Earlier this month, Newsela hit publish on its 10,000th article. Just six years ago, we were birthed into cyberspace with 100 painstakingly curated, leveled articles. Since then, over 1.8 million teachers and 20 million students have turned to Newsela as a trusted source for captivating content across ELA, social studies and science that's accessible, safe, personalized, and lights the fire of learning.
When Jordan started at Newsela as a product designer in 2016, he joined the Newsela’s product team to design prototypes for new features and more recently, support content production for Newsela’s instructional platform.
A 2018 study by the U.S. Department of Education showed that nearly half of teachers felt underprepared to differentiate instruction in their classrooms. Curious about this statistic, we went back to former educators on our own team to revisit their experiences differentiating in disparate classroom environments.
Differentiated instruction, both in planning and in the classroom, is not just a prescribed set of strategies that you can implement. It’s about constantly responding to student needs and helping them get from where they’re at to their goal.
For Liz, empathy and meaningful relationships with students are the keys to creating the kind of welcoming classroom environment where differentiated instruction can succeed.
Differentiation was never straightforward, but Emily improved on her practice by discovering a key insight: It’s about more than just pedagogy. It’s all around you in the classroom, from the split-second interactions you have with students to how you lay out your desks.
The Newsela Team was excited to attend the National Council for Social Studies annual convention in Chicago, where social studies educators came together to learn from keynote speakers and teacher leaders from across the country. Here are the top takeaways from Community Team members Ted, Megan, JJ, and Lauren!
When it comes to implementing new educational technology (edtech), there are a variety of reasons schools start with a pilot. A district may want to see evidence of student and teacher engagement before committing to a license, or a pilot might be the best option to pursue innovation amid budget restrictions, allowing teachers to start using a technology before funding becomes available for full adoption.
NCTE’s 2018 conference, centering around student voice, brought together English educators from across the country for four inspiring days of sessions and speakers. Emily, Heather, and Leigh on the Community Team attended key notes and numerous sessions. We asked them them to tell us about important takeaways from the conference…
The strong emphasis placed on reading in U.S. schools, especially in the context of the Common Core, is widely accepted and applauded. Reading is the stepping stone to so many of the skills students need as they engage with different subjects, and reading ability is also highly measurable, making it easy to test and monitor.
Perhaps no educational role has evolved more quickly than that of the school CTO. With more applications being cloud based and students using their own devices, the “IT guy” is dealing less with maintenance issues, and more with synching technology with school learning goals.
When it comes to classroom observations, your role as a school leader can resemble that of a field researcher. You take detailed, objective notes. You observe everything around you, from the objects in the classroom to the behavior of teachers and students. You analyze your findings and draw conclusions using a rigorous, pre-established framework.
When students can engage with reading, think critically, and identify issues important to them, it prepares them for the final step to global citizenship: taking action.
Here are three (Marley-approved!) strategies to help diversify student reading in your classroom.
How Newsela closes the reading engagement gap to drive learning
Newsela just released our own results on efficacy, supported by third-party researchers, and we uncovered a few key takeaways. In the interest of moving the industry forward, we’re sharing the hurdles we encountered, as well as proposing a few simple questions that can guide educators when it comes to efficacy.