Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials – From Brenda Doucette


Recently, we discovered a feature of Google Drive that has changed how we prepare and access materials and resources for our students. PDFs are just not editable in most situations, and this was an issue when it came to modifying and differentiating documents. Differentiating with Technology. The post Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials – From Brenda Doucette appeared first on EdTechTeacher.

Differentiating Instruction with Technology


Differentiated instruction is a method by which we can tackle this challenge and find new ways to help our students. Teachers need to acquire their own skills in using technology to provide accessible instructional materials and alternatives that will provide voice and choice for students. Using this approach, curricula are designed with flexible options that can differentiate instruction based on an individual students’ needs.


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Florida Department of Education Approves Lexia Learning for ELA Intervention Courses

eSchool News

The process saw education experts review the materials and ensure they aligned with Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Members of the public were also able to review the materials online for two weeks.

Indiana Department of Education Names Curriculum Associates a School Improvement Preferred Technical Assistance Partner

eSchool News

i-Ready makes the promise of differentiated instruction a practical reality for Grades K–12 teachers and students. It combines powerful assessments and rich insights with effective and engaging instruction in Reading and Mathematics to address students’ individual needs.

Savvas Learning Company’s enVision Mathematics Honored with Gold Stevie Award

eSchool News

Nationally recognized curriculum earns distinction for best “Mathematics Instructional Solution”. Teaching with high-quality instructional materials has a direct impact on student learning outcomes.

Curriculum Associates? i-Ready? Instruction Aligns to WIDA PRIME V2 Correlation Criteria for English Language Learners


June 13, 2018—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Instruction for Grades K–8 recently met all correlation criteria for the WIDA PRIME V2 Protocol for Review of Instructional Materials for ELLs (PRIME V2). i-Ready’s ELL support is built directly into the program’s instructional materials—it is embedded, not an add-on,” said Claudia Salinas, Vice President of English Learning at Curriculum Associates. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Curriculum Associates Launches i-Ready Standards Mastery for Virginia to Provide Insight into Learning Loss

eSchool News

To provide just-in-time information on students’ mastery of the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) and instructional recommendations to address specific learning loss, Curriculum Associates has created i-Ready Standards Mastery for Virginia.

Newark Public Schools Expands Use of Lexia Core5 and PowerUp to All of its Elementary Schools

eSchool News

The program was flexible enough to enable us to provide continuity of instruction to students remotely, targeting literacy gaps and even accelerating learning. Lexia Learning, a Cambium Learning® Group company, empowers educators through adaptive assessment and personalized instruction.

North Carolina State Board of Education Names i-Ready® as the Recommended Competency-Based Assessment for Summer Learning Programs

eSchool News

Award-winning Diagnostic, which is already widely used across the state, provides educators with actionable criterion-referenced and normative data to deliver impactful student instruction.

Rhode Island Department of Ed Names Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® an Approved Interim Assessment

eSchool News

And, it allows us to serve even more educators in Rhode Island to meet their assessment needs, as well as provide them with both practical and effective professional learning to support their ongoing instruction.”.

New i-Ready® Updates Help Teachers Support All Students in Reaching Ambitious Goals

eSchool News

August 17, 2021— Curriculum Associates has updated its award-winning i-Ready program to help educators address unfinished learning and continue to deliver engaging instruction as students work to meet ambitious goals this upcoming school year. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Washington OSPI’s Dyslexia Advisory Council Recommends Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic as a Literacy Screening Tool

eSchool News

The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) Dyslexia Advisory Council recently named Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Diagnostic to its list of Recommended Literacy Screening Tools.

New Curriculum Associates Website Weaves Customer Narrative into Product and Company Story


The site takes a deep dive into how the i-Ready tool makes data-driven classrooms, differentiated instruction for reading and mathematics, and blended mathematics curricula a reality as told through the lens of select district implementations. The i-Ready online Diagnostic and Instruction program is currently used by 5.6 NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Broward County Public Schools Selects Science A-Z As District-wide Supplement to K–5 Science Curriculum


13, 2018—After a comprehensive review of instructional programs for science courses, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has chosen Science A-Z to be part of its instructional materials adoption in science for grades K–5. In addition, BCPS is partnering with Learning A-Z to provide K–5 teachers with professional learning to help them integrate Science A-Z into their curriculum and use the resources to achieve instructional goals.

Curriculum Associates Enhances i-Ready® with Major Upgrades for Back to School 2018


The upgrades—including a newly-redesigned teacher experience, the addition of a new differentiated growth model, new and expanded K–5 reading and mathematics lessons, and an iPad-compatible student experience—will improve the teaching and learning process for the program’s 5.6 Rigorously tested with teachers, these enhancements help educators more easily monitor student progress, plan instruction, intervene using differentiated resources, set learning goals, and see student growth.

Oregon adopts K-8 Common Core math programs

eSchool News

The program uses a research-based, proven-effective, gradual-release instructional model that balances conceptual understanding and procedural fluency to build confidence and mastery of the Common Core math standards. Likewise, i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction combines a valid and reliable diagnostic measure and personalized instruction in a single online product. The reports and information that will immediately change and drive instruction are amazing.”.

Ohio Department of Education Names Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic an Approved Assessment Provider


We are proud to support Ohio educators with this tool, helping them identify students’ needs and individualize instruction.” i-Ready collects a broad spectrum of rich data on student abilities that identifies areas where a student is struggling, measures growth across a student’s career, supports teacher-led differentiated instruction, and provides a personalized instructional path within a single online solution. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

New Efficacy Research Demonstrates Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Meets Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Federal Funding Requirements, Including School Improvement Funds


February 21, 2018— Curriculum Associates’ K–8 i-Ready Instruction meets the federal funding requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Schools across the country can use Title I funding to implement the online diagnostic and instructional program as an evidence-based program as defined by ESSA. Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools.

5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

In my own experience, I remember sitting through a class on differentiated instruction. To further make this point, let’s discuss what differentiation is. So, when you have many ways of teaching material, nearly every student learns better. But during this class on differentiation, the teacher didn’t differentiate with us. All the content on differentiation was delivered in a non-differentiated way. An Instructional Coach.

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Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning—the technology enabler of many forms of personalized learning—leverages the flexibility of online learning to break the constraints of the traditional whole-class, single-pace instructional model to differentiate instruction more effectively to students’ needs. When it comes to the role of OER in education, the intent of my earlier post was not to advocate for teachers to build all their lessons and instructional materials from scratch using OER content.

Part 1: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Reading

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to a series that supports the use of technology in support of differentiated learning in and beyond the PBL classroom. Part 1: Tech Resources and Tools for Differentiated Learning … Reading. I was recently asked to provide a workshop that supported Differentiated Learning through the use of educational technology in the Project Based learning Classroom (PBL). This is a program that really does allow for whole class differentiation.

Mississippi Department of Education Approves i-Ready® as a Universal Screener for Grades K–3


The online diagnostic and instruction program is currently used by districts across Mississippi and more than 7 million K–12 students nationwide. “ i-Ready supports educators in Mississippi and across the nation by identifying specific student needs, delivering individualized instruction, and providing an effective way to monitor progress so students can make real gains,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Lexia Reading Core5 App to Integrate with Apple?s Schoolwork App


The combination of Core5 and Schoolwork, which launches later this month, will not only help streamline the classroom workflow for teachers and students by making it easier to distribute and collect instructional materials, it will also provide educators with useful and timely insight into each student’s progress to ensure learning is taking place.

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MetaMetrics Unveils Resource Centers to Help Educators and Parents Manage Multiple Student Reading and Math Measures


When a student gets a Lexile or Quantile measure from a test, that provides educators and parents with valuable information for differentiating instruction and accelerating achievement,” said Malbert Smith III, Ph.D., Materials in the Managing Multiple Measures Resource Centers for Educators include an informational flyer, answers to frequently asked questions and an archive copy of the educator webinar.

Most English lessons on Teachers Pay Teachers and other sites are ‘mediocre’ or ‘not worth using,’ study finds

The Hechinger Report

One of the most popular English lessons in the instructional marketplace Teachers Pay Teachers is a unit on how to teach William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” But otherwise, instruction in this Shakespeare unit rarely goes deeper than a surface understanding of the text.

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Florida’s Commissioner of Education Approves the Award-Winning Discovery Education Science Techbook for Classroom Use Statewide


October 10, 2018) – Following a comprehensive review, Florida’s Commissioner of Education, as recommended by the state’s Instructional Materials Reviewers, recently approved the adoption of the award-winning Discovery Education Science Techbook for statewide use as a core instructional resource through its state adoption process. Discovery Education’s Science Techbook series empowers educators to transform science instruction.


Kiddom’s Planner: A new (free) teacher tool to simplify planning for differentiation

The Cornerstone for Teachers

I shared with you before how much I love Kiddom as an easy tool for managing standards-based grading , and there’s a couple of new updates that you definitely need to know about if you’re spending too much time creating resources for differentiated instruction. I’ve heard from many, many teachers who have found Kiddom to be a really useful tool for helping them assign differentiated activities and track student progress progress.

Lexia Efficacy Research Meets the Highest Standards of Evidence as Defined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)


BOSTON (April 12, 2018) – As educators across the country strive to align their instructional plans with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. ESSA requires Title I schools to utilize evidence-based instructional programs that have demonstrated positive effects on student learning outcomes.

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To Succeed, Ed Tech Must Be Easy to Use, Good Fit, Analyst Says

Marketplace K-12

Existing practices in classrooms are unlikely to change dramatically anytime soon, he predicted, outlining several reasons for his conclusion that “ease of use” is the baseline differentiator for product success. Looking ahead, a long period of tech adoption is coming up as the print-to-digital transition continues because most K-12 instructional materials and assessments are still print-based. Marketplace K-12 differentiation ease of use Ed-tech edtech Traction

Utah State Board of Education Approves Lexia Reading Core5 as K–3 Reading Improvement Program


NYSE: RST) Company, today announced that Lexia Reading Core5® has been named by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) as an approved provider of early interactive reading software for literacy instruction and assessment for grades K–3. Following a scope and sequence built for rigorous state standards, Core5 provides explicit, systematic instruction through personalized learning paths in six areas of reading. BOSTON (April 19, 2018) – Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc.

Consistent Use of Lexia Reading Core5 Leads to Surge in Charter Schools USA Elementary Students Literacy Gains


BOSTON (March 12, 2018) – An analysis of more than 22,600 K–5 students within the Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) network found that incorporating recommended use levels of the Lexia Reading Core5® program into instruction resulted in substantial growth in reading skills during the 2016/17 school year, over and above that achieved with non-Core5 instruction.

Let Learners Get in Their Zone (of Proximal Development)


The lack of precision about what the term means—whether it’s about tailoring instruction for individual students or the technology that enables it—leads to confusion and inappropriate assumptions. “As Reyes recognizes that personalized learning overlaps with a number of long established instructional philosophies, frameworks and practices. He warns that differentiating expectations rather than supports maintains or exacerbates the opportunity gap.