Supporting ELLs through WIDA Professional Development

Due to new standards, English language learners (ELLs) have more language demands and teachers face the challenge of providing ELLs with more high-quality, purposeful content. In order for educators to best meet the needs of all ELLs in their classrooms, they need professional development training that supports this demand. Teachers must better understand the WIDA curriculum, instruction, and assessment standards required for ELLs of all skill levels. Hands-on professional development opportunities provide teachers with instructional strategies, different content delivery methods, and accountability systems necessary to effectively teach ELLs.

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Student success in Smyrna, Tennessee

Take a look at Smyrna Elementary where the school was selected to pilot Imagine Learning. As educators used Imagine Learning to personalize instruction, they saw students make tremendous gains and exhibit much more excitement about learning. Meet the principal, teachers, and students of Smyrna Elementary in their video story.

Kid Stories in Smyrna Elementary School, Tennessee from Imagine Learning on Vimeo.

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Booster’s costume creator: it’s a scream!

It’s officially October, and that means it’s time for putting up spooky decorations, carving pumpkins, and best of all—dressing up in costumes. Deciding on a costume can be downright scary when there are so many options to choose from, so we invite you to try Booster’s Costume Creator.

This interactive site will allow you to try several costumes and see which one works best for you. And because it’s both fun and educational, you can dress up Imagine Learning characters in fun costumes, both hysterical and historical. Learn about Cleopatra, Blackbeard, or Einstein as you craft your creepy creation. Choose a background, pick a message, and then witch your friends a happy Halloween by sending your masterpiece to them as an e-card.

Here’s how Booster’s Costume Creator works:

1. Pick a Person. Always wanted to be a brilliant scientist? Fond of famous pilots? With Booster’s Costume Creator, you have your choice of dressing up as a pirate, a vampire, an emperor, or several other options.

2. Choose a Costume. Want to add Shakespeare’s puffy shirt with Blackbeard’s silly pantaloons? No problem. Using three interchangeable panels, you can easily mix and match your favorite items from each character’s outfit plus a unique background to create a truly spook-tacular costume! You can even click the info buttons to learn about each character—from fearsome Blackbeard the pirate to disappearing pilot Amelia Earhart.

3. Share … and Scare! Now that you’ve picked the perfect costume, it’s time to scare somebody with it. Email an e-card of your boo-tiful character to friends and family, or simply print it off and hang it up somewhere. It’s a scream come true!

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Imagine Nation awards announced

This month, we’re celebrating top-performing Imagine Learning schools and districts through our customer recognition program, Imagine Nation. Schools are being recognized for outstanding usage, exceptional enthusiasm, and amazing Imagine Learning innovation for the 2013–2014 school year. Imagine Nation schools receive one of four prestigious awards: World-Class School, Top 50 School, Super School, and Top 10 Percent. For more information, see the official press release or view the lists of award-winning Imagine Nation schools.

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Celebrating ten years

This summer we celebrated ten years in EdTech! Imagine Learning started back in the summer of 2004 when a passionate group of educators and software developers became inspired to create better ways of teaching language and literacy to the children of the world. The vision was to develop adaptive software for a better, more individualized, student experience. The team did this by using some of the brightest minds in education to design and incorporate the type of engaging activities and games that draw students in, so children learn while having fun. This positive user experience helps students build confidence as they work through the content, experiencing success along the way. In early 2005, the first build of Imagine Learning was completed. It included first-language support to help English language learners (ELLs). As an ELL student becomes more confident in an English-only environment, first-language support gradually fades. Read more »

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