Continuing Education Webinars

Stride Continuing Education Webinars Presents:

NEW Technology-Enhanced Item Types!

Join us on Thursday, September 18th at 8:30am CST and 3:30pm CST!

Introducing Technology-Enhanced Items to Prepare Students for More Rigorous Online Assessments!

Are your students struggling in learning the required content for an upcoming technology-based assessment? Join us on September 18th at 8:30am CST or 3:30pm CST to learn how these upcoming releases can help your students succeed! Seats are filling up fast, so don’t miss out!

Stride Academy’s goal for this new release is for students in Grade 3 through High School to gain a deeper understanding of important content in Math and Reading through specialized interactions.

These new item types will give students the practice they need to prepare for the ACT Aspire, PARCC, Smarter Balanced and other technology-based assessments.

Our curriculum development team will be adding new Technology-Enhanced Questions to Stride Academy weekly throughout Fall/Winter 2014. Don’t miss your chance to understand how to assist your students with these new formats, should they have any questions!

Here are a few of the new Technology-Enhanced Item Types you can expect to preview in our webinar:

1. Multiple Selected Response – Student can select more than one correct answer or image.

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2. Math Drag and Drop – Student can drag images or text to match correct answers.

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3. Reading Drag and Drop – Student may be asked to drag information from one column to the next to match pairs, more images or information into the correct sequence, or locate evidence for a response and drag it into place.

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These are only a small sample of the new functionalities you will become familiar with through the webinar. To reserve your seat, please complete this form at the link below:

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Help Migrant Students Succeed with Stride Academy

Welcome Migrant Students

 

 

 

 

 

 Help them Succeed with Stride Academy.                                                                     Immediate, Affordable and Personalized Support for Migrant Students.

This year, 50,000 migrant students will enter U.S. schools facing major challenges. The Stride Academy online adaptive learning platform can help:

  • Overcome language challenges: Spanish and Simplified English translations of our Math and Reading curriculum (aligned to your state standards) support English Language Learners.
  • Immediately assess learning abilities: Take away the guesswork by quickly identifying what migrant students already know, and exactly where they need to begin remediating and growing skills in each subject area.
  • Build self-confidence in an unfamiliar environment: Continuous positive feedback and game-based rewards such as badges provide reinforcement and motivation.

Spanish and Simplified English Translations of Math and Reading Curriculum                    (PreK-Grade 8)

Our Spanish translations allow migrant students who speak little to no English the opportunity to begin immediately working on Math and Reading curriculum. Behind the scenes, their skill abilities are assessed and helpful data reports are instantly generated to inform teachers of their strengths and weaknesses.

See Questions in English

 

“See Question in English”: Clicking this button in the top right corner allows English Language Learners to quickly toggle between the Spanish translation and English.

 

 

English Language Learners have the burden of learning English at the same time that they are expected to learn subject matter content. ELLs can gradually work their way from using the Spanish translations toward using our Simplified English translations, which replace seemingly complex English terms with words that are likely to be familiar to ELLs. This allows them to more easily grasp the concepts being taught:

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Ease of navigation even for technology novices.

While technology may be new to many migrant students, Stride Academy is easy to navigate using only a mouse, or by touch on a trackpad, to click through content and select answers. Bold graphics and illustrations assist ELLs in navigating the program and understanding the content.

Stride Continuing Education Webinars

Stride Continuing Education Webinars Start Back August 14! Join us for “New Tools for Back to School.”

Dive Right In to Stride this Fall, with Exciting New Features!

Start off the school year right! Join us any Thursday morning from Aug. 14-Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m. CST, to learn what YOU can accomplish in your classroom this year using Stride Academy teacher tools!
Here are a few new features you can expect to preview in our “New Tools for Back to School” webinar:
1. NEW STUDENT ARCHIVE TOOL: Allows you to quickly import students who were enrolled in Stride last year, into your class for this year! Setting up your class in Stride has never been easier.
2. NEW STUDENT GROWTH REPORT: Generate this valuable new report whenever you want to explore student growth from one period to another (week to week, or month to month — you set the date range!)
3. NEW ACADEMIC BADGES: An added incentive for students to work hard and practice in Stride! Academic badges are awarded for mastery on every skill in Math, Reading and Science.

To reserve your seat at an upcoming webinar, please complete the form at the link below:
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Monitor Student Progress Continuously and Effortlessly with Stride Academy

Research shows that when teachers use student progress monitoring, their instructional decision-making improves, teaching becomes more effective, students become more aware of their own performance – and they learn more!

What if as a teacher, you could monitor your students’ progress in Math, Reading and Science week by week? Stride Academy offers a Student Growth Report to do just that. Generate a Student Growth Report in real-time, anytime, to explore the growth of your students on grade-level work from one date range to another (you set the dates!).

Stride Growth Report Sample

Student Growth Report statistics are the perfect data for parent meetings or one-on-one evaluations with your students. Motivate students to continue learning by keeping them informed on the growth they’ve already achieved!

Coming Soon for Fall 2014: New Dashboards

Take progress monitoring one step further with real-time teacher dashboards. Powerful and practical data continuously tracks how students are performing, day by day. Stride Academy will recommend actions, so you can quickly assign solutions to individual students.

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One Point of Access for Math, Reading and Science: PreK – High School
Stride Academy supports students in PreK – High School with online, adaptive Math, Reading and Science curriculum aligned to Common Core State Standards or your state’s adopted standards. The program is cloud-based for seamless implementation and accessible anytime (during and after school hours) on tablet, PC and Mac with automatic updates.

Thirty Minutes a Week of Self-Learning: An Rx for Success
Thirty minutes of self-learning in Stride Academy, 3x a week, relieves teachers from the complex work of differentiating for every student and enables the teacher to better focus group instructional time. This recommended prescription for success is also proven to help students improve achievement and test scores!

 

 

Stride Academy for PARCC Assessment Practice

As we all know, beginning this coming school year, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Career (PARCC) assessments will replace some states’ Achievement and End of Course math and ELA assessments.

It’s not too early to plan how you will prepare – and Stride Academy can help!

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Here are 5 Ways Stride Academy Aligns with PARCC Assessment: 

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1.    Practice curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards. 

This means that from Day 1 of the school year, your students are able to practice the exact standards and skills that will be assessed on the PARCC math and ELA tests – anytime, during school and after school, on any device.

2.    Data reporting, assessment and custom quiz building also aligned to CCSS!

Meanwhile, teachers and staff can access real-time data reporting, assessment and custom quiz building tools to see at any time how students are performing on these specific standards and skills. Focus your classroom instruction on prevalent skill gaps using the data from Stride Academy. The closer you get to PARCC testing dates, you can create “test run” practice assessments to get your students used to working efficiently on a timed test.

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3.    A variety of interactive, technology-enhanced item types to help students prepare for the different types of questions they will see on the PARCC tests.
We know that PARCC will include multiple choice, but also interactive technology questions that require students to drag and drop items, type an answer where no choices are given, or select from many options.

Stride Academy offers 10 innovative item types that require specialized interactions to assist students in demonstrating a deeper understanding of content, just as they will be required to do on the PARCC tests.

4.    Authentic texts and content-rich reading passages.
The PARCC passage selection guidelines state: “The texts students encounter on tests should be worthy of careful attention, be content rich and challenging, and exhibit professional published quality.”

Stride Academy’s literary pieces are from enduring authors such as William Shakespeare, Louisa May Alcott and Mark Twain. Our informational texts cover a variety of genres and topics from social studies, science and technology. All of our reading passages are measured for text complexity using validated readability methods to ensure vocabulary and word count are appropriate for each grade level. Just as it will be on the PARCC ELA/literacy assessments, our passages are reinforced by multiple choice and selected-response questions that will require students to provide evidence to support their answers.

5.     End of Course content for high school assessment.

As PARCC will also replace many states’ EOC tests in math and ELA for high school, Stride Academy provides high school students excellent practice in Algebra I & II, Geometry, and English I, II & III, aligned to your state’s standards. As of June 2014, Stride Academy also added U.S. History and Biology high school content to support the end of course tests in those subject areas that will not be covered by PARCC.

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The Rise of the Self-Learner

If you attended the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)’s 2014 Model Schools Conference June 22-25 in Orlando, you may have had the privilege of hearing Raymond J. McNulty speak about “The Rise of the Self-Learner.” Mr. McNulty is Chairman of the Board for the National Dropout Prevention Network, Senior Fellow at ICLE, and Advisor to LTS Education Systems.

McNulty urges teachers to give up some of the time they spend teaching to allow students to be self-learners, using technology. Why?  Because students learn at very different paces.

As educators, you know all too well that time and standards drive learning. Each year, the specific knowledge and skills that a student must learn by the end of the year is predetermined for them.

Time and Standards Drive Learning

  • “On Pace” Students will master this content in the given number of days for the school year.
  • Accelerated Students will master this content well before their peers, and become bored in class.
  • However, a significant number of Struggling Students will not have enough time in the school year to get where they need to be. They’ve carried with them skill gaps from the previous grade level(s).

From Raymond J. McNulty’s presentation: “The New Normal in Education: Creating the Schools We Need” 

How Does Stride Academy Support “Self-Learning”?
Stride Academy’s Adaptive Technology does quickly what it would take an educator so much longer to do. The program automatically identifies what skills a student is missing, then delivers appropriate curriculum to remediate and build strong core knowledge for struggling learners.  For students who are ready to move on to more challenging coursework, the program automatically accelerates.

Suggested Implementation
Thirty minutes of self-learning in Stride Academy, 3x a week, relieves the teacher from the complex work of differentiating for every student and enables the teacher to better focus group instructional time.

Student Stride Report

From this example of a Stride Academy Adaptive Learning Report, you can see the exact path Jenny Smith has navigated — scaffolding down to foundational skill practice before she can begin to scaffold back up to grade-level skills.

 

Clayton M. Wilcox, Ed.D., Honored With Nation’s Highest Technology Award

LTS Education Systems congratulates advisory board member Dr. Clayton Wilcox on his International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Outstanding Leader Award.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Dr. Clayton Wilcox, superintendent of Washington County Public Schools in Maryland and Advisory Board member for educational technology publisher LTS Education Systems (http://www.ltseducation.com), was awarded the Outstanding Leader Award by the International Society for Technology in Education on June 29 at ISTE 2014.

The annual ISTE conference and expo, held this year at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta, is one of the largest, most comprehensive ed tech events and draws an international audience of educators and education leaders who are compelled to transform learning, teaching and leading in the digital age.

The Outstanding Leader Award recognizes one leader outside of the classroom who exemplifies outstanding achievement and leadership in implementing technology to improve education. A former classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, superintendent at numerous districts and advisor at a leading educational technology company, Dr. Wilcox has dedicated his career to supporting teachers and advancing student achievement.

Under Wilcox’s leadership, almost 6,000 iPads have been added to the Washington County school system in the last two years, as well as more laptop and desktop computers. The school system has also added and increased the efficiency of wireless Internet hubs to support seamless access to the Internet for students on all devices.

“We are honored to have Dr. Wilcox on our advisory board. His experience and depth of knowledge in utilizing technology to drive achievement is unmatched in the U.S. education market today. The students, parents and teachers of Washington County benefit greatly with Dr. Wilcox as their leader. It is wonderful that ISTE recognizes Dr. Wilcox’s focus on technology,” said Brian M. Shulman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LTS Education Systems. LTS is publisher of the Stride Academy adaptive game-based learning platform.

Dr. Wilcox serves on the LTS Advisory Board with fellow national education authorities Bill Daggett, Ed.D., Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE); Raymond J. McNulty, Chairman of the Board for the National Dropout Prevention Network and Senior Fellow at ICLE; and Margaret Jorgensen, Ph.D., Chief Academic Officer at K12.

About LTS Education Systems 

LTS has spent 13 years engineering innovative, personalized and motivational online educational programming. LTS’ development team strives to enhance the 21st Century student’s learning experience through an adaptive, digital game-based learning methodology that has been recently recognized by Dr. Bill Daggett and the International Center for Leadership in Education as a major trend in successful educational practices to promote college and career readiness. For more information, visit http://www.LTSeducation.com or http://www.strideacademy.com.

Chalk It Up

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Sidewalk chalk ignites the imagination and is fun for all ages. Since summer is here, it’s time to get outside and create fun summer learning opportunities for your child.  Here are some fun and simple activities to encourage math, reading and science using sidewalk chalk.

Math: 

  1. Sidewalk Bingo: Set up a bingo grid on the pavement and watch your child identify numbers as he/she completes a bingo. Celebrate a bingo with a cool, summer treat!
  2. Counting Ladder: Draw a number ladder and have your child count as they move up and down the ladder.
  3. Whip Into Shape: Call out different shapes and have your child draw them on the pavement.
  4. Tick Tock: Create a large, outdoor clock using sidewalk chalk and two sticks for the hands. Call out different times and have your child move the hands to represent that time.
  5. Number Splash: Write out numbers on the pavement and have your child toss a water balloon to the number that you call aloud.
  6. Problem Solved: Write out numbers on the pavement and give your child equations to solve to improve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills.  Have your child toss a bean bag to the correct answer.

Reading:

  1. Jumping Letters: Write out letters of the alphabet on the pavement and have your child identify the letters as he/she jumps from letter to letter.
  2. Wordsmith: Have a list of words that your child can write out on the pavement to practice spelling.
  3. Storyteller: Write out a words on the pavement and ask your child to create a story using those words.
  4. Capitalization Connector: Write out upper and lower case letters on the pavement and have your child connect them to their match.
  5. Story Art: Have your child create their own piece of art using sidewalk chalk and ask them to describe what they drew by telling a story. For more difficulty, ask them to identify the characters, setting, plot, conflict, point of view and theme of their story.

Science:

  1. Shadow Art: Trace your child’s shadow early in the day and continue to check back throughout the day to see if it has moved.
  2. Life-sized Animals: Find out the sizes of different animals and help your child measure them on the pavement.  Ask them to use the sidewalk chalk to draw the body of the animal.

Garden-based Learning

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Learning outside of the classroom can be fun, especially when it’s a hands-on experience. Summer is a perfect time to try out-of-the-box ideas to engage your kids in learning and help avoid the summer slide. Most kids love summer because they get to play outside. Why not try incorporating some learning experiences into those fun outdoor activities? A great idea to engage your kids is planting a garden. Even though the summer has started, it’s not too late to get started.

To start, decide what you want and where you are going to plant. Talk with your kids about things they like to eat and see if you can grow that at your home. Here is a list of fruits and vegetables in season. 

Next, head to your favorite lawn and garden center – like a local nursery, Lowes, Home Depot or Walmart – to pick out your plants, seeds, pots, soil and other supplies. Taking your kids with you to pick out the supplies will help them learn about various plants and what conditions are best for them to grow. It should get them excited to start gardening.

It’s time to get started! Digging in the dirt together is a great way to make family memories. It’s also a valuable teaching moment to explain that food comes from the ground and not the grocery store. Talk about the type of plants you purchased; how weather, bugs, sunlight and water affect growth; and what the results will be over time.

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Benefits of planting a garden are that it allows your kids to have scientific discovery and learn basic life skills like nutrition, responsibility, patience, self-confidence, observation and exploration.

Kids learn about responsibility when they realize the work that must go into gardening. From planting seeds and picking weeds to daily watering, your kids will learn that hard work and being responsible are required for a thriving crop.

As your kids observe and discover the growth process of your plants, it allows them to anticipate and be patient as the evidence of their hard work unfolds before their eyes. Once your fruits and vegetables begin to produce, use this guide to help know when it’s ripe enough to pick.

Praising your kids for their hard work is a great way to reinforce confidence in them and help build character. Most importantly have fun and use this gardening experience as a way to have quality time with your kids!