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Video: How to help a struggling reader

By eighth grade, only one in four students is reading at grade level. This video shows how we can improve those odds: [jwplayer config="16x9" image="/sites/institutional/files/blog/2011/11/StrugglingReadersMG.jpg" file="http://sas-origin.OnstreamMedia.com/origin/imaginelearn/Blog/StrugglingReadersMG.mp4"]
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Video: the value of data

Educators are surrounded by data. What they do with the data is crucial. How do they make sense of it? What can they learn from it? How can it inform instruction and accelerate learning? In this short video, Superintendent Francisco Escobedo shows how he uses data and Imagine Learning English to achieve phenomenal results in Chula Vista, the largest elementary school district in California. Dr. Escobedo knows data is critical, and he has discovered that by making Imagine Learning English a priority, the schools in his district are achieving amazing gains and preparing their students for bright futures. [jwplayer config="16x9" image="/sites/institutional/files/blog/2011/10/JourneyThroughData.jpg" file="http://sas-origin.OnstreamMedia.com/origin/imaginelearn/Blog/JourneyThroughData.m4v"]  
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Help your students get the most from Imagine Language & Literacy

I recently asked Imagine Learning's director of training to share some of the challenges educators encounter that prevent their students from getting as much from Imagine Learning English as they could. I thought it would be instructive to share some of her observations and offer some tips that can help you overcome these roadblocks if you’re experiencing them too. The most common issue she hears is that scheduling frequently makes it difficult to give students enough time in the lab. Often it’s a tough decision of limiting the student’s exposure to another subject in favor of increasing their literacy or second language acquisition time. While it may be obvious to a student’s classroom teacher that more time spent using the program would be beneficial, if your school has specials teachers, more coordination between instructors may be needed to determine what will best serve the child. So how have other teachers addressed this challenge? Let me share two suggestions that have worked for many schools using Imagine Learning English.
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5 End of the Year Motivational Activities for Students and Teachers

It's that time again: the weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and students and teachers alike are looking forward to summer vacation. Such an atmosphere might make it difficult to stay motivated, but there's no reason to coast until the end of the year. In a child's education, every week counts. So how can you make sure that these last few weeks count for your students? Read on for some tips for helping both teachers and students stay motivated through the end of the school year.
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Differentiated instruction: The driving force behind Imagine Learning

To a student, Imagine Learning English looks like fun. To teachers and parents, Imagine Learning English looks like progress. But what does Imagine Learning English look like on the inside? In this two-part series, we're giving you an exclusive look at what's under the Imagine Learning English hood. Next week we’ll look at the program's powerful sequencing architecture -- the engine that differentiates instruction across skill areas, lessons, and individual activities. But in this first post, we're sharing the educational methodology that drives Imagine Learning English's revolutionary approach to differentiating instruction for all students.
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