Stride Dream Board Contest Results

Thank you to all contest participants!

Last month, as students entered spring testing to check their progress toward college and career readiness, Stride™ launched a contest asking students to put their college and career dreams into pictures. Our “College and Career Ready Dream Board Contest” drew participation from across the country—and selecting one school winner was especially difficult in light of the many creative and inspirational entries we received!

Congratulations, Alex Haley Academy in Chicago!


Our winner has been selected from the Chicago Public School District, where Alex Haley Academy had 53 students participate from grades 5-8! Principal Sherry Pirtle coordinated the school’s entry and reported: “I really enjoyed reading all of the boards.The students and teachers enjoyed and learned a great deal from the process.This was truly a great project to engage in prior to Spring Break.”

Principal Pirtle also shared: “The day we posed for our Dream Board group photos, our Mayor [Rahm Emanuel] announced Learn, Plan, Succeed which is a new initiative that requires high school students to have a post-secondary plan, and this activity was a great jumpstart for our students.”

Alex Haley Academy has demonstrated exceptional usage of the Stride online learning program this school year, with 561 students having answered more than 1.1 million questions as of April 2017! They currently rank as the No. 10 school in the country for highest usage of Stride. Thank you, Principal Pirtle and teachers, for leading your school in Stride as well as in this project!
















We’d like to recognize the following Alex Haley Academy students for their participation:

  1. Simba Bryant 8th grade
  2. Charles Johnson 8th grade
  3. Tahria Holley 8th grade
  4. Ranisha Gray 8th grade
  5. Caschay Tate 8th grade
  6. Bianca Tuckenberry 8th grade
  7. Jala Shaw 8th grade
  8. Jalen Shaw 8th grade
  9. Destiny Wagner 8th grade
  10. Asia Smith 8th grade
  11. Chaniya Jemison 8th grade
  12. Zakiya Kellum 8th grade
  13. Kenzaris Polk 8th grade
  14. Steven Brooks 8th grade
  15. Laila Hudson 8th grade
  16. Breonna Hill 8th grade
  17. Micah Gilmore 8th grade
  18. Yugi Hoskin 8th grade
  19. Jamie McCoy 8th grade
  20. Marshay Richardson 8th grade
  21. Khayale Britten 8th grade
  22. Marlene Triplett 8th grade
  23. Mykila Harris 8th grade
  24. Anton Byers 8th grade
  25. Raheem Potts 8th grade
  26. Seneca O’Connor 8th grade
  27. Aalijah Fulton 7th grade
  28. Taylor Shields 7th grade
  29. Kausoundra Clemon 7th grade
  30. Martianna High 6th grade
  31. Sarah Hogan 6th grade
  32. Jaylen Waites 6th grade
  33. Lakefe Woolridge 6th grade
  34. Damia Baker 6th grade
  35. Jailen Randolph 6th grade
  36. Azariyah Pickens 6th grade
  37. Lorie Pennington 6th grade
  38. Makiya Robinson 6th grade
  39. Kaliah Ellis 6th grade
  40. Amber Harris 6th grade
  41. Antonio McDonald 6th grade
  42. Breanna McCrary 6th grade
  43. Lela Cobb 6th grade
  44. David Ramos 6th grade
  45. Katherine Hassan 6th grade
  46. Ashyria Washington 6th grade
  47. Sarah Hogan 6th grade
  48. Tamia McCoy 6th grade
  49. Cortes Thornton 5th grade
  50. Jamarre Dillard 5th grade
  51. Keniya Bell-Proctor 5th grade
  52. Davion Grissett 5th grade
  53. Breonna Potts 5th grade


As our winners, Alex Haley Academy students will each receive a personalized copy of our winner’s certificate (pictured below), a “Stride Monumental Achiever” gold commemorative pin, and Stride sport backpack. Principal Pirtle and staff will receive a beautiful trophy for their school to display. Their winning entries are being highlighted on our Stride social media channels, so be sure to check them out on Twitter, Facebook, and InstagramCongratulations, Alex Haley Academy!


Share Your Dreams!

We want to highlight all of our contest participants for your hard work. Don’t forget to share your school’s dream boards on social media!

Use hashtags: #CollegeAndCareerReady #WeAreTheFuture #DreamBoard #Stride and be sure to tag us! You can find us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

February Teacher of the Month

In February, we highlighted Deb Grimes at Tom McCall Upper Elementary in Forest Grove, Oregon as our Teacher of the Month!  Deb has been a joy to work with and is incredibly committed to her students and Stride.  We appreciate all she does!

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Deb’s principal, Chandra Cooper, had great things to say about her:
“She is absolutely a leader with Stride which is why I have asked her to be my Stride expert! Deb has taken on the additional role this year of providing support and training to staff who need help with full implementation of Stride. She is truly awesome!”

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When our team nominated Deb for Teacher of the Month, our Director of Marketing, Amy Frith, said, “Deb is amazing, and I cannot think of anyone who deserves it more!”

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Deb works hard for her students and in helping make Stride better.  She always shares ideas and best practices with us, which helps other teachers using Stride, too!  Thank you, Deb, for all you do!

StrideXchange is Here!

StrideXchange has recently been released to all of our current customers!  We are so excited to share this feature with you that will allow you to share content directly with your students and interact with them in a whole new way in Stride.

What is StrideXchange?

StrideXchange is a new way to curate valuable instructional resources created by yourself and other educators in your school or district.  StrideXchange allows you to share resources between teachers and deliver them to students directly via the Stride online learning system.

How do I use StrideXchange?

StrideXchange is fully integrated with your existing Stride account.  To get started, gather up your best instructional resources (PDFs, videos, images, and more), then visit the “StrideXchange” tab within your Stride teacher, admin, or district login.


What can I share with my students?

Using StrideXchange, you can share PDFs, videos, images, and other files, like Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents.  These files will be sent directly to your students’ StrideXchange inboxes for immediate view.  You can also view stats on when your students viewed the content.


You can also create Custom Learning Modules (CLM) for your students.  CLMs allow you to create custom questions for your students to answer or custom slide shows that your students can view on their Stride account.


You can access a StrideXchange instructional guide within the Customer Support Gallery.  Please reach out to our support team at 866-552-9192 Ext. 2 or if you have any questions.

Instant Stats Ticker & Class Live Monitor

Have you seen the new “Class Live Monitor” in your Stride account?  Check out this new feature to get instant stats on your students while they’re using Stride!

Instant Stats

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In your teacher portal, you can view the Realtime Stats ticker at the top of your Dashboard.  At a glance, you know how many students are logged in and on-task.  Click on “Realtime Stats” to dig deeper.

Class Live Monitor

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As you investigate further, you can view information regarding:
-Who is currently online/offline in Stride?
-How long have they been working in their current session?
-How many items have they answered?
-How many items have they answered correctly?
-When did they answer their last item, and how long have they been idle?
-What game did they play most recently?
-What subject are they working in?

Student Session Live Monitor

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Meanwhile, a new real-time ticker in the Stride student interface helps each student stay accountable and on-task! As they answer questions correctly or incorrectly, they will see their number and percentage correct automatically adjust. They can also begin to see correlation between their pace (questions per minute) and their percentage correct –- discouraging them from guessing.

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Be sure your teachers, staff and students are aware of these new instant progress monitoring tools, and send us some feedback on how YOU are utilizing the new Class Live Monitor in your classroom!

Utilizing Quiz Builder

Have you tried using Quiz Builder yet?  Here’s a guide on how to best implement this feature!

The Ease of Building Quizzes

Stride makes it easy to build quizzes for your students.  All you have to do is select the standards you’d like to test on and the number of questions per standard you’d like on the quiz.  You always have the option to view our bank of quiz questions and select the specific ones you’d like, too.  This flexibility makes Quiz Builder simple to use but also gives you autonomy within the program.

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Quiz Options

Quizzes can be given during school hours or at home, online or in paper form.  You can choose to have students take a quiz during class using our proctoring options, or you can assign quizzes as homework by allowing the quiz to be taken outside of school hours.   Quizzes are also easily printed, so you can hand out a paper version of the test if the computer lab is unavailable.

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Pre- and Post- Testing

Quiz Builder has a cloning option, which would allow you to give an identical quiz twice.  Reports compare the two quizzes, showing growth from the first quiz to the second.  Teachers can use this feature at the beginning and end of a learning module to measure understanding going into and coming out of the lessons.

More Instruction

You can always find more information about using Quiz Builder in our Customer Support Gallery!  You’ll find the password to access the gallery under Help & Advice within your login.

Stay Connected

Please stay connected with us through social media!  We always love seeing pictures of and hearing stories about your students.  Use #MonumentalAchiever and #Stride across all platforms!


New Stride Games!

Have your students tried out the new Stride games yet?  We’ve added three new games available for all grade levels!


As the numbers 1, 3 and 9 appear in the queue, decide where to place them next to matching numbers. Three in a row (or more) of a number will cause them to add up to a larger number! …1+1+1=3, 3+3+3=9, 9+9+9=27, and so on! As you play, learn to become more strategic about where you place numbers, so you can add up to larger numbers and boost your score!  Available for all grades.


Crowded Tower

Climb the Crowded Tower to the very top floor — but beware of dangerous obstacles and creepy things that go bump in the night! Tap 1 time for a short jump. Tap 2 times for a high jump. See how high you can  make it up the Crowded Tower! Available for all grades.

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Catch the falling blocks before they hit the floor — but you must catch them with a diamond of the same color! Click and hold to move all of the the colored diamonds horizontally at the same time. Release to move them back to their starting places on the sidelines. How many falling blocks can you “catch” to rack up points and move to the next level? Available for all grades.

QuadLet us know what your students think of these new games!  Connect with us on social media!

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Brilliant Elementary School

The students at Brilliant Elementary School in Brilliant, Alabama, are all Monumental Achievers!!  Over the past year, their 173 Stride-using students answered 434,478 questions.  That’s an average of approximately 2,511 questions per student!

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Brilliant Elementary’s principal, Mr. McCauley, is extremely supportive of his teachers and staff and makes sure they have the tools they need to succeed.  In fact, he planned a training weeks before the school’s in-service date to ensure his staff was well prepared.  He also makes sure all classes have scheduled time for Stride each week.  This kind of dedication from Principal McCauley and all of the teachers and staff at Brilliant is what allows Brilliant Elementary to be a #MonumentalAchiever!

How do you get your teachers and students excited about Stride?  Do you use contests to drive results? Do you incentivize classes with more computer lab time, pizza parties, or other rewards?  We want to hear from you!

Email Morgen Jensen at with your ideas and success stories from your school!

2015 21st CCLC Summer Institute

Benj Sampson, Bill Heuer, and Morgen Jensen recently attended the 2015 21st CCLC Summer Institute in Dallas, Texas.  They had a great time and met so many wonderful people.  Thank you to everyone who was a part of the conference and visited them at our booth!


The theme of this year’s Summer Institute was “Back in the Saddle Again: Supporting 21st CCLC Programs — Today, Tomorrow and Beyond.”  This theme was truly showcased throughout all of the sessions and by all of the attendees and vendors.  Teachers, directors, coordinators, supporters, and everyone else were there working hard to make their after school programs the best they can be.

Did you meet us at the conference and get your very own Captain Captivator?  If so, be sure to share pictures of Captain Captivator’s adventures at your school or program with us via social media using #MonumentalAchiever!

Didn’t get to stop by our booth to say hi?  That’s okay!  Click here to learn more about Stride and request a demo!



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.

Captain Captivator with Logo

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

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The Adventures of Captain Captivator


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!  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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