High-quality, scientifically based classroom instruction
The entire curriculum of Imagine Learning is founded in scientifically based research. Carolyn Denton, of the Children's Learning Institute, identifies five "overriding research-supported characteristics of effective instruction for students with reading difficulties":
- Teach essential skills and strategies.
- Provide differentiated instruction.
- Provide explicit and systematic instruction with lots of practice.
- Provide opportunities to apply skills and strategies in reading and writing meaningful text (with teacher support).
- Be sure students learn critical content—monitor student progress regularly and reteach as necessary.
Imagine Learning uses all of these methods in an environment with engaging art, music, video, and games.
Ongoing student assessment, both individually and in comparison with the peer group
One of the hardest parts of applying an RTI framework is continually assessing students' response in terms of achievement and growth. Imagine Learning conducts student-friendly assessments throughout the program, and it reports scores in Individual reports and a Class Summary report. Since performance is reported the instant a student completes an assessment activity, teachers and RTI administrators can retrieve up-to-the-minute status reports on their students' response to intervention.
Tiered instruction refers to the intensity of instruction devoted to a student in order to improve learning outcomes. In classrooms, it specifically applies to whether a student receives instruction as part of a class (Tier 1), a small group (Tier 2), or individually (Tier 3). Students' academic success determines whether or not they move from tier to tier. Students in any tier will benefit from Imagine Learning. It's likely that giving a Tier 1 student Imagine Learning would eliminate the need to switch to Tier 2 or 3. The type of instruction delivered by Imagine Learning imitates that offered at Tier 3, with one-on-one instruction, immediate feedback, and automatic differentiation of instruction.
Imagine Learning makes it easy to communicate with parents by providing regular printouts in each student’s home language. Printouts detail student accomplishments with reminders to practice and review important skills. Each skill is listed and translated, so parents will be able to help their children review and practice.