The Adventures of Captain Captivator – Continued

Captain Captivator, our #MonumentalAchiever, has been traveling all around the United States over the past week thanks to you!  Here’s a map of how far Captain Captivator has traveled:

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His adventures include many trips from Birmingham, Alabama, where our home office is located, all the way to California, where he relaxed on the shores in Santa Monica.

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Captain Captivator has a severe case of wanderlust and needs your help!  Help us let Captain Captivator travel across the United States!  Print out the picture below, snap a photo with him in your home town or wherever you’re traveling to, and post it to social media using #MonumentalAchiever.

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For each post, you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card from TeachersPayTeachers.com!

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The Adventures of Captain Captivator

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Last week at Model Schools, Captain Captivator made his debut.  The Captain is our ultimate #MonumentalAchiever and serves to represent those who make Monumental Achievements in education and the lives of others.

What does Captain Captivator mean to us?

The Captain is more than just a figurine.  He stands for quality growth.  Captain Captivator strives to always get better and to make a difference in the lives of others.  He’s a hero!

Educators are truly our heroes.  We know the sacrifices you make and the effort you put forth to make a difference in the lives of your students.  Thank you for all that you do!

Now for a contest…

We want to see how far Captain Captivator will travel this summer!  Print out the picture of the Captain (click the picture below), and snap a picture of him wherever you are. Post this picture to social media using #MonumentalAchiever, and be sure to include your location!

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We’ll share our favorites, but a special winner will receive a $50 gift card to TeachersPayTeachers.com!  Entries will be accepted between July 8th through July 24th.  The winner will be announced on July 27th!

Here are the links to our social media accounts:

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Model Schools 2015

Thank you to all who were a part of and attended Model Schools 2015!  It was a pleasure for the LTS team to meet and connect with teachers, administrators, friends, and speakers at our booth throughout the conference.  Model Schools 2015 was truly groundbreaking for educators, and we are looking forward to seeing its implications in schools across the country.

Listed below are all of the attendees that represented LTS:

Brian Shulman, Founder and CEO
Don Kidd, President
Kathy Posey, Vice President of Support Services
Benj Sampson, Executive Vice President, US Sales and Business Development
Brooks Keisler, Executive Vice President, National Partnerships
Kurt Fichtman, Vice President of National Sales
Bill Heuer, Strategic Account Manager
Lindley Parris, Key Accounts Manager

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Brian Shulman, Founder and CEO, and Ray McNulty, Senior Fellow, ICLE, led their session entitled, “Getting Smarter about Learning in a Digital World.”  This session helped educators better understand the implications of technology in the classroom and how to embrace the potential of Digital Game Based Learning.  Here’s Brian and Ray after Tuesday morning’s session:

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You can read more about the topics of this session in their white paper titled, “Digital Game Based Learning:  False Premise? Fun n’ Games? Or Future-Focused Learning?”
You can get your copy here

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Did you get Captain Captivator at our booth?  If so, join the #MonumentalAchiever community and share with us Captain’s travels with you!  Tag us on social media using #MonumentalAchiever and include your home state!  Will Captain travel to all 50 states?

Thank you, again, to everyone who was a part of Model Schools.  It was an honor for us to be a part of such a revolutionary and inspiring conference.  We hope to see you soon!

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Red Carpet Showcase at Hutchens Elementary in Mobile, AL

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Hutchens Elementary School in Mobile County, AL, recently celebrated their students’ Stride Academy success with a “Pop Platinum” Red Carpet Showcase and Talent Show. Hutchens Elementary has been recognized as one of the top five schools across the state of Alabama for highest usage with Stride Academy. The students were challenged to become a part of the Million Star Points Club by their principal, Mrs. Kathy Gallop. Over 60 students earned 1,193,435,427 points to become Millionaire Members. The top three Millionaire Star Points leaders in each grade level received an iPad Mini.

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The Millionaire Winners are:

Kindergarten:
1st Place: Josie J.
2nd Place: Cooper F.
3rd Place: Madison S.

1st Grade:
1st Place: Jason F.
2nd Place: Allen N.
3rd Place: Sebastien M.

2nd Grade:
1st Place: Hari Atmakuri
2nd Place: Steven B. 
3rd Place: Landon L.

The entire school was in attendance for this outstanding event, along with Mr. Jim Chesnutt, Legislative Coordinator for CLAS, and Joann Lindsey, CLAS Academic Specialist, as the students walked the red carpet, received medals and were honored. Teachers opened the talent show with a 90’s theme while students performed dance routines, singing performances, and musical and magical acts for the audience. We are proud of the students from Hutchens Elementary School and their accomplishments!

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Join Stride This Summer on Social Media for Your Chance to Win!

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As we close another school year and welcome summer, LTS Education Systems and Stride invite you to take part in our #AlwaysLearning #STRIDE campaign on social media!

While you set your sights on summertime, don’t forget to seize the many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. (And remind your students and your own children to do the same!) Summer is a big, blue sky full of possibilities to expand your horizons and bring back newfound knowledge to share when you return in the Fall!

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Join Stride in #AlwaysLearning on Social Media!

As in past summers, LTS and Stride will continue to support summer learning by sharing fun tips and activities on our social media channels. This summer, we want to encourage you and your students to share the unique ways that you are “always learning” by participating in our #alwayslearning #STRIDE campaign!

It’s easy. Simply show how you and your students (or children) are learning over the summer in summer programs, in your community, at home or on vacation. Post your summer learning pictures or video clips to our LTS social media channels (click on the links below), and be sure to use the hashtags #alwayslearning #STRIDE!

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Three Winners Will Receive Gift Certificates for Fandango!

LTS and Stride will award $25 Fandango movie gift cards for the BEST entries (pictures or video clips) in three categories:

  1. Most Original Summer Learning Idea
  2. Learning Through Travel
  3. Summer Learning At Home / In Your Own Backyard

Submit your entries through July 31, 2015. Winners will be determined by an LTS panel of judges on August 1, 2015. To submit an entry, simply post your picture or video to one of our LTS social media channels (shown above). You must use the hashtags #alwayslearning and #STRIDE to be considered. DOUBLE your chances of winning by tagging your friends in your post and challenging them to participate!

If you need assistance, please contact Amy Frith at afrith@LTSed.com.

We look forward to seeing your summer learning ideas, and wish you the best summer ever!

5 New Stride Games to Kickstart Summer

Congratulations to all students and teachers on the close of another great school year. It’s Summertime!  Please enjoy 5 brand-new Arcade game selections, available today (and all summer long!) when you login to Stride.

Star Burst

Solve math problems and aim your Starfish at the correct answer to score as many points as you can before time runs out!  Available for Grades K-5.

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Flappy Challenge

Navigate the Flappy Fly safely through a maze of hurdles — but take care, or she’ll go “splat!” Available for all grades.

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Diameter

Test your timing and reaction skills with this fast-paced, arcade-style game. Available for all grades.

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Klokz

This “survival” game requires you to use your sense of direction and timing to act fast and “stay alive” as you dodge projectiles coming at you from every direction! Available for all grades.

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Korridor

Be quick! Challenge your reaction skills to make it all the way through the fast-moving korridor obstacle course. Available for all grades. 

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Be sure your students are aware of these new game selections before school lets out for the summer!  If you need help, please feel free to reach out to Customer Support at support@ltsed.com or call toll-free at 866.552.9192, ext. 2.

A Team Effort at Brownsville ISD 21st CCLC

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In the Brownsville Independent School District, situated on the southernmost tip of Texas on the northern bank of the Rio Grande, students at nine 21st Century Community Learning Centers are using Stride Academy to reinforce skills being taught during the regular school day.

According to Mary J. Trevino, Project Director, “Individual student and class reports, based on current guided practice and progress monitoring, are used in conjunction with district timelines and benchmark data to differentiate and individualize instruction. The collaboration between the regular school day instruction and before- and after-school programming provides students with multiple opportunities to ensure student success.”

Kudos to the staff and students at these BISD sites for their hard work this year in Stride Academy!

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“Our School Growth Reports show that Stride Academy is a factor in school success. And, the success at each site is due to the commitment of each Site Coordinator and his/her staff. “ – JoAnn Marchan-Briones, Lead Teacher

Work First, Work to Earn, then Play!

Brownsville 21st CCLC teachers love the model of “work first, play later.” While every campus has their own unique strategies in place for Stride Academy, the Student Grouping Report is reviewed regularly, and then the Customized Instructional Resource pages are extended as whole-group or small-group “mini lessons” — or in some cases one-on-one instruction — which students must complete prior to logging into Stride Academy for “play time.”

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Brownsville students, pictured above, love the thrill of earning coins, points and badges! They have experienced a definite boost in self-esteem, as they realize the effect of persistent practice on their grades and benchmarks.

“Our English Language Learners, who use the Language Settings Tool [for translations], and students requiring additional support are feeling more confident about their abilities and striving to do better all the time,” says Ms. Marchan-Briones.

“Hey! How Come You Have More Points?”

60a687211cba073b622d9b1f_280x259Sometimes your students’ competitiveness in Stride Academy can be downright amusing! And other times, you may find yourself smiling with warm satisfaction in knowing that even the smallest strides are huge victories for them. Of all the feedback we receive about Stride Academy, the most memorable are often the honest and candid comments you send in, overheard from the students themselves!

The Brownsville 21st CCLC program shared some of the thoughts that can be heard from their before- and after-school students on any given day when using Stride Academy:

     ”Hey!  How come you have more points than me?”

     ”I didn’t know I could use the word like that… but now I know!”

     ”I don’t feel dumb!”

     (To their parents): “Aww, man – Do I have to leave early?”

Send in your candid comments from students using Stride Academy!

Academic Badges Inspire Student Achievement

Oscar Adams Elementary School in Gadsden, AL, motivates students and prepares for the ACT Aspire with a unique contest driven by academic badges earned in Stride Academy.

Contests are an easy way to get students enthusiastic about Stride Academy Oscar Adams Elementary School in Gadsden, AL, added their own flare to Stride contests by creating a “Show Your Badges” contest focused on academic badges. Stride academic badges are earned when a student answers 80% of the available questions in a skill category with 70% accuracy. Educators at Oscar Adams Elementary created this contest during the third nine weeks’ grading period to reward students who were mastering skills, encourage students to try their best, and help eliminate guessing at answers in Stride Academy. Each week, the K-5 student who earned the most academic badges during the week was presented with a certificate, a coupon for a free icecream, and recognition during the morning announcements.

At the end of ten weeks, the student who earned the most academic badges overall during the contest period would claim the Grand Prize. In the end, three students tied for the Grand Prize with 39 academic badges each. Each Grand Prize winner received a certificate, coupons for free popcorn or icecream, recognition during the morning announcements, and lunch with a staff member or friend of their choice.  The winners were photographed and honored on the school’s bulletin board and website.

Congratulations to the Grand Prize winners RaNyiah D. in Ms. Brooks’ 3rd grade class, Carlos S. in Ms. Johnson’s 2nd grade class, and Krystiana F. in Ms. Newton’s 2nd grade class!

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We would also like to congratulate the weekly winners at Oscar Adams Elementary:

Week 1: Jason L., Mr. Mason’s 2nd grade class

Week 2: Ashley F., Ms. Newton’s 2nd grade class

Week 3: Ariyuna M., Mr. Mason’s 2nd grade class and Hennessy P., Ms. Cooley’s 3rd grade class

Week 4: Kennedy F., Ms. Bone’s 4th grade class and Je’Brelon J., Ms. Baker’s 1st grade class

Week 5: Antaniyah L., Ms. Johnson’s 2nd grade class

Week 6: EmMaya F., Ms. Carlton’s 5th grade class

Week 7: Krystiana F., Ms. Newton’s 2nd grade class

Week 8: Joshua O., Mr. Mason’s 2nd grade class

Week 9: Bradley G., Ms. Bone’s 4th grade class

Week 10: Madison B., Ms. Baker’s 1st grade class

In conjunction with the “Show Your Badges” contest, teachers at Oscar Adams Elementary have used Stride Academy to help prepare for the ACT Aspire end of year assessment. Students involved in their afterschool program, EDGE, have been logging on to Stride Academy for extra test preparation. Beth Webster, Title I Resource Teacher, shared, “[Stride Academy] is a great resource for test prep!”  Since Stride Academy has 24/7 access, teachers have encouraged students to login from home for extra practice.

Thank you to the educators at Oscar Adams Elementary School for finding new and creative ways to encourage student use in Stride Academy! We are proud of your achievements this year!

If you would like your school featured on our blog, please email Cate Powell to share how you are using Stride Academy!

Teacher’s Daily Routine Includes Stride Academy

Mrs. Samantha Matthews at Hokes Bluff Elementary School in Gadsden AL, shares how she incorporates Stride Academy into her daily teaching routine.

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As you think about your daily routine, what are some of the regular things you check off your list? Wake up. Check. Brush your teeth. Check. Take a shower. Check. Eat Breakfast. Check. Drive to work. Check. Make a lesson plan. Check. Login to Stride Academy? For Mrs. Samantha Matthews, 4th grade teacher at Hokes Bluff Elementary in Gadsden, AL, Stride Academy has become an integral part of her everyday teaching checklist.

I adore Stride Academy! It has been perfect for me and exceptionally useful in my classroom. It has made my year more successful and easier [for me] to teach.” – Mrs. Samantha Matthews, 4th Grade Teacher

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Mrs. Matthews began using Stride Academy in her classroom to accompany her daily teaching of Alabama College- and Career-Ready standards, but it has been exceptionally beneficial over the last few weeks as she prepares her students for the ACT Aspire.

Throughout the school year, Mrs. Matthews has utilized the features within Stride Academy to help 20150410_100732reinforce the skills and standards her students need to learn. The new Video Library, available on the Teacher dashboard in Stride Academy, has been a great addition to her teaching routine. Prior to class, Mrs. Matthews selects a video from the Video Library that aligns with the standards she will cover that day. Using the Smart Board in her classroom, Mrs. Matthews lets the Stride Academy video introduce the lesson. After the video lesson, she takes over and teaches the curriculum to her students. Next, with the Stride Academy Quiz Builder, Mrs. Matthews creates two quizzes for her class aligned to the lesson. The first quiz is a group activity composed of five or six items that she works through on the Smart Board with the class as a whole. Once they have tackled each item together, her class goes to the computer lab to work on the second quiz individually. The second quiz is longer, with 20 to 25 questions that test students’ knowledge of the material covered in class. After students complete the quiz, they are allowed to work on their own in Stride Academy… and that means time for a little FUN with some game-based rewards and competitions!

The Quiz Builder is an excellent tool because it allows Mrs. Matthews to instantly view students’ results. For students who perform at 80% or below on the quiz, she spends some one-on-one time with them, reviewing questions they missed. If multiple students miss similar questions, she will go over the quiz results in a group and then retest the students with a cloned quiz. (Stride Academy’s cloning feature allows you to generate an exact replica of your quiz and assign it again to students.) Mrs. Matthews averages the scores of the two quizzes for a valid score. This gives students another opportunity to work hard to improve both their scores and their skills!

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Principal Charles Gardner, finalist for Alabama’s National Distinguished Principal Award, loves Stride Academy!

Because of Mrs. Matthews’ success and creativity in using Stride Academy in the classroom, she has been asked to lead a training for other teachers within her school on how they can incorporate Stride Academy as a teaching and assessment tool. Charles Gardner, Principal at Hokes Bluff Elementary, encourages his faculty to incorporate Stride Academy as much as possible throughout the day since the data from Stride Academy is consistently used to drive instruction.

Thank you, Mrs. Samantha Matthews, for sharing how you are integrating Stride Academy into your daily teaching routine! We are always thrilled to hear of new ways that Stride Academy is being used. If you have a fresh idea on how you are using Stride Academy at your school, we want to know! Please email Cate Powell to set up an interview.

Benignus Elementary is Bananas for Stride Academy


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 Brrrrrr-ing on the Winter Frenzy at Benignus Elementary!

Nothing beats the winter fun of a good old-fashioned snowball fight!  Benignus Elementary in Spring, TX (Klein ISD knows this to be true. That’s why for their “Winter Frenzy” school-wide Stride Academy contest, the Top 100 students got to toss some snow on February 20!

Students were a bit confused at first, since there was no snow on the ground. However, Benignus staff used chilled, felt balls for “snowballs.” According to Holly Mason, Assistant Principal at Benignus Elementary, “The kids loved it! It was so much fun!”

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Learning Fun All Year Long

Benignus has been extremely creative with their school-wide Stride Academy contests this year. In November, they held a “Turkey Trot” contest, with the top primary and secondary class winners each receiving spirit sticks and winning a spotlight on the school-wide video announcements.

Over winter break, Benignus students competed in the “Snowflake Showdown.” This time, the winning class got to host the school-wide video announcements from their classroom, and topped off their victory with a popcorn party.

We look forward to finding out what contests they will run this spring! Thank you for sharing these great contest ideas!

Weekly Incentives Motivate Students

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Weekly incentives are also very successful at Benignus Elementary. On the “Stride Wall” pictured here, the Reading Specialist highlights the top class from each grade level for the week (based on Stride Academy Reading performance).

beningus pic stitch “Stride Academy is hands-down the most user friendly program I have ever encountered.  The designers seem to have taken the time to see every possible challenge or question encountered by teachers.  They have created a program that fits seamlessly into our curriculum and classrooms.  Students learn while having fun, and teachers can administer prescriptive lessons or glean priceless data.” - Dede Dietzman, 1st grade Teacher, Benignus Elementary

Getting Ready for STAAR Testing

What are your strategies for using Stride Academy to help prepare for the STAAR tests this year?

Holly Mason, M.Ed., Assistant Principal at Benignus Elementary, reports:

“As testing has gotten closer, teachers are writing TEKS-aligned quizzes and assessments. Based on in-class formative and summative assessments, teachers are also assigning specific skills in Stride Academy to spiral back to and assist with TEKS/skill mastery.”

We Welcome Your School’s Contributions.

The everyday strides that your students and teachers are making in the classroom are the very reason Stride Academy exists! Your ideas and achievements help us build a better program. Let us feature you in our next blog post. Email Cate Powell at cpowell@ltsed.com to set up an interview.