Applied linguistics

Literacy Nonprofit Offers Pay-What-You-Can Course to Teach Children to Read

Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 5:00pm

to teach children to read.

Key Points: 
  • to teach children to read.
  • In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, LearnUp shifted its in-person classes to an online pilot program last May.
  • The strength of the program is two-fold: it enables anyone to master teaching children to read, and it enables children to begin reading at an accelerated pace.
  • To sign up, visit http://bit.ly/readingworkshopmarch21
    LearnUp was founded in 2016 to change how we teach all levels and types of learners to read.

New Mexico Public Education Department Names Curriculum Associates' Ready® Reading a Supplemental Instructional Material for Structured Literacy

Monday, March 1, 2021 - 4:28pm

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., March 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) recently named Curriculum Associates' Ready Reading program and the accompanying online Teacher Toolbox to its 2020 Adopted Multiple List for K2 Structured Literacy .

Key Points: 
  • NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., March 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) recently named Curriculum Associates' Ready Reading program and the accompanying online Teacher Toolbox to its 2020 Adopted Multiple List for K2 Structured Literacy .
  • This list, compiled by the NMPED's Instructional Material Bureauafter completing a Request for Applications, includes supplementary instructional materials that local education agencies can implement to reinforce, enrich, or enhance instruction driven by core instructional material.
  • "We are committed to supporting New Mexico educators with their instruction and being part of the state's literacy solution," said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates.
  • Ready Readingengages students in opportunities to practice close reading strategies with authentic text and features a scaffolded instructional design that builds students' confidence in reading over time.

Pandemic Is Putting More Kids at Risk of Not Learning to Read

Monday, March 1, 2021 - 4:05pm

Compared to last year, there are now twice as many Black kindergarten students at great risk for not learning to read.

Key Points: 
  • Compared to last year, there are now twice as many Black kindergarten students at great risk for not learning to read.
  • The opportunities to learn that students have lost due to COVID may have life-long consequences if they are not provided with additional instructional support.
  • These efforts will support students as they catch up and grow into the strongest readers they can be.
  • DIBELS is a widely used series of short tests that assess K-8 literacy developed by the University of Oregon.

Lexia Learning’s PowerUp Literacy Program is 2.5x More Effective in Helping English Learners Close Critical Reading Gaps

Monday, March 1, 2021 - 11:00am

However, a recent study on the Lexia PowerUp Literacy (PowerUp) adaptive blended learning program found that PowerUp users outgained non-users by nearly 30 points.

Key Points: 
  • However, a recent study on the Lexia PowerUp Literacy (PowerUp) adaptive blended learning program found that PowerUp users outgained non-users by nearly 30 points.
  • In fact, the program was more than 2.5 times more effective than typical interventions for both EL and non-EL middle school students.
  • Developed to address the decades-long gap in reading proficiency across the nation, Lexia PowerUp Literacy is designed to enhance core English language arts instruction for struggling readers in grades 6-12.
  • Lexia partnered with a mid-sized, Title 1 school district located in the Boston metropolitan area to evaluate PowerUp versus an alternate blended learning reading program.

Janine Walker Caffrey Named Chief Research Officer at Reading Plus

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 6:07pm

WINOOSKI, Vt., Feb. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reading Plus, an evidence-based online program that uses personalized instruction to improve students reading proficiency, today announced the appointment of Janine Walker Caffrey, Ed.D., to chief research officer.

Key Points: 
  • WINOOSKI, Vt., Feb. 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reading Plus, an evidence-based online program that uses personalized instruction to improve students reading proficiency, today announced the appointment of Janine Walker Caffrey, Ed.D., to chief research officer.
  • Janine has dedicated her whole career to improving education and is an excellent addition to our executive leadership team, said Steven Guttentag, CEO of Reading Plus.
  • Prior to joining Reading Plus, she was the chief executive officer at digital reading assessment company Lexplore, Inc.
    One of my greatest passions is helping children become stronger readers, said Walker Caffrey.
  • Reading Plus develops comprehension, vocabulary, motivation and stamina, while also going beyond the offerings of other literacy programs by addressing silent reading fluency.

Free Bilingual Texting Service Helps Parents Worried About Their Child's Speech and Language Development

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 6:05pm

Speech and language disorders are among the most common disorders that young children experience.

Key Points: 
  • Speech and language disorders are among the most common disorders that young children experience.
  • Most speech and language disorders are highly treatable, but the earlier parents and caregivers seek help for their child, the better.
  • However, parents absolutely know their child best, and we always encourage them to trust their gut on matters related to their child's speech and language development.
  • http://www.asha.org/
    Bright by Text is a nationwide text messaging service that helps parents and caregivers of children prenatal to age 8 make the most of everyday interactions.

Reading Plus Announces Virtual Presentations on Building Student Silent Reading Skills

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 2:05pm

Reading Plus is proud to have a voice at these respected conferences, said Steven Guttentag, CEO of Reading Plus.

Key Points: 
  • Reading Plus is proud to have a voice at these respected conferences, said Steven Guttentag, CEO of Reading Plus.
  • When we give students the tools to properly develop and refine their reading skills, we set them up for success in all learning.
  • Reading Plus develops comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, motivation and stamina, while also going beyond the offerings of other literacy programs by addressing silent reading fluency.
  • The Reading Plus program is used in more than 5,000 schools nationally, helping over 1 million students become efficient, confident, lifelong readers.

Reading Plus Announces Webinar on Using Stimulus Funding to Reverse Student Learning Loss

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 2:37pm

WINOOSKI, Vt., Feb. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reading Plus, an evidence-based online program that uses personalized instruction to improve students reading proficiency, today announced its upcoming webinar for education professionals, Using Stimulus Funds to Reverse Learning Loss .

Key Points: 
  • WINOOSKI, Vt., Feb. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reading Plus, an evidence-based online program that uses personalized instruction to improve students reading proficiency, today announced its upcoming webinar for education professionals, Using Stimulus Funds to Reverse Learning Loss .
  • During the webinar, Gentz will provide a comprehensive overview of the stimulus package and answer common questions, including:
    What are allowable uses for stimulus funding?
  • To learn more or sign up for the Using Stimulus Funds to Reverse Learning Loss webinar, visit the registration page .
  • Reading Plus develops comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, motivation and stamina, while also going beyond the offerings of other literacy programs by addressing silent reading fluency.

Reading Plus Announces Session on Supporting Literacy Learning to Take Place at the 2021 National ESEA Conference

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 3:39pm

Reading Plus, which improves student reading proficiency between 2.0 to 2.5 grade levels in a single school year, is used by more than 1 million students.

Key Points: 
  • Reading Plus, which improves student reading proficiency between 2.0 to 2.5 grade levels in a single school year, is used by more than 1 million students.
  • Hosted by the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators, the 2021 online conference is themed Educating for Tomorrow and takes place February 8-11.
  • Reading Plus develops comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, motivation and stamina, while also going beyond the offerings of other literacy programs by addressing silent reading fluency.
  • The Reading Plus program is used in more than 5,000 schools nationally, helping over 1 million students become efficient, confident, lifelong readers.

SyncWords Live Virtual Event Captioning and Translation Integrate with PheedLoop's Event Management Platform

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 1:38pm

Now virtual event production companies can schedule and utilize SyncWords' media localization technology for translating and captioning in over 100 languages.

Key Points: 
  • Now virtual event production companies can schedule and utilize SyncWords' media localization technology for translating and captioning in over 100 languages.
  • When setting up a live session, users will have the option to include SyncWords Live captioning and translation.
  • SyncWords also provides live technical support and monitoring of live event captioning and translation.
  • "SyncWords Live solutions make captioning and translation of virtual conferences simple with our PheedLoop integration," said Giovanni Galvez, SyncWords Vice President of Business Development.