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Nationally, the number of English learners continues to grow, presenting district administrators with unique challenges. Blended learning that incorporates computer-adaptive assessments and instruction can be a vital resource to meet the needs of these students and to help them become proficient in English and succeed academically. 


When students can make sense of words, then they learn, grow and succeed. But, getting to this point can be a struggle when students need to overcome reading challenges. Studies have shown that if students learn strategies for unlocking multisyllabic words and academic vocabulary with fluency and confidence, then they will achieve long-term results.

By all accounts, Marysville School District in Michigan is a high-success, high-performance district. While the average state graduation rate hovers at about 78 percent, Marysville graduates 95 percent of its students. It’s a point of pride that students exit Marysville—a suburban community located 55 miles northeast of Detroit—prepared to meet the rigorous demands of higher education.

This software aims to remediate the underlying difficulties that keep struggling readers and English-language learners from making progress. Fast ForWord starts with cognitive skills such as memory, attention and processing speed, and works from the bottom up using the principles of neuroplasticity.


The Champaign (Ill.) Community Unit School District #4 serves more than 9,600 students at 18 school sites, and includes more than 1,400 staff members. Trevor Nadrozny has been the director of curriculum for the last three years and was an elementary school principal in the district for 11 years. When Nadrozny first came to the position, of primary concern was the district’s K5 English language arts curriculum. “We had struggled with reading, where we are dealing with a significant achievement gap,” says Nadrozny.

A teaching and leadership framework, Literacy First helps districts create a three-year strategy to boost student and teacher success in reading and writing. The Common Core-aligned program can be used to set benchmarks and measure achievement. The program includes school site visits from Literacy First experts, professional development, coaching, and curriculum materials.


This Common Core K5 writing program fuses best practices in writing pedagogy into a comprehensive program that gives teachers and students everything they need to develop a curriculum. WriteSteps includes daily lesson plans, demonstration videos, writing samples, and Common Core rubrics.


The Essential Guides to Writing is for grades 2 through 5. It’s designed to teach students to write with confidence and read with purpose. The program includes writing activities, detailed lesson plans with clear objectives, and foundational language arts lessons in all genres (narrative, expository, opinion, persuasive). Teacher guides and student writing samples are also included.

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Students need instruction on using vocabulary in context and extensive interaction with academic language.

Joseph Lopez, El Paso ISD’s associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction, talks with the district’s Texas Literacy Initiative administrators. The program has been implemented in 39 of El Paso’s 94 schools to promote better reading and writing skills.

With more than 30 years of education experience, Joseph Lopez brought grant money and state funding to help grow student achievement.