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 mjensen@ltsed.com 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!

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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!

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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?

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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!

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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Castaneda Elementary
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Garcia Middle School
Lucio Middle School
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Russell Elementary
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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!