District also supporting teachers’ adjustment to remote teaching with professional learning resources
Newark Public Schools (NPS) has approved expanding implementation of Lexia Learning’s Lexia® Core5® Reading (Core5) and Lexia® PowerUp Literacy® (PowerUp) throughout its K-5 and K-8 schools. This decision comes after the district’s trial subscription successfully helped teachers both within their classrooms before the pandemic and with remote learning that began in March. In all, the strong ESSA rated literacy solutions will now be serving almost 20,000 students in 41 schools. The district has also decided to support their educators through this critical time by ensuring strong, ongoing implementations of Core5 and PowerUp via yearlong Success Partnerships with Lexia.
“We were using Core5 in just six of our elementary schools prior to the pandemic,” said Dr. Mary Ann Reilly, assistant superintendent for Teaching and Learning. “When COVID-19 hit and our schools transitioned to remote learning, we were able to quickly expand Core5 to all our elementary schools. The program was flexible enough to enable us to provide continuity of instruction to students remotely, targeting literacy gaps and even accelerating learning. We’ve been impressed with the programs and how helpful Lexia has been with the transition. We’re confident that our students will continue to make gains with good teaching and Lexia.”
The district’s purchase also includes Lexia Academy, the company’s eLearning platform offering on-demand professional learning courses. The academy gives the district’s educators access to “anytime, anywhere” support that helps them develop best practices for meaningful instruction when using Lexia products. Newark educators have embraced courses on topics like Structured Literacy, remote teaching strategies, and effective reading instruction for students with dyslexia.
“We use Lexia Academy to help the teachers understand the ‘why’ behind our use of the programs,” said Theresa Finkelstein, the vice principal at Franklin School, a pre-K-6 school within the district. “Teachers also really like how user-friendly the educator platform is. The reports make it easy to see which skills the students need to work on, and provides the instructional materials to reinforce them.”
“We are proud to be furthering our partnership with Newark Public Schools in so many ways,” said Lexia President Nick Gaehde. “The district has already seen value in Lexia Academy and the Science of Reading online courses we offer, and we’re looking forward to helping them successfully navigate this school year both while they’re out of the classroom and when students and teachers are back in their normal settings.”
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