Introducing Scholastic Digital programs for PreK–6 literacy instruction

Brittany Sullivan  //  Feb 20, 2019

Introducing Scholastic Digital programs for PreK–6 literacy instruction

As school and district leaders across the country look ahead to the 2019–2020 school year, we’re excited to share a suite of new digital solutions designed to help all PreK–6 students become fluent, lifelong readers.

Innovative digital learning is a crucial part of an effective comprehensive literacy plan that is responsive to all students’ academic needs. As Dr. Karen Burke, Vice President of Data Analysis and Academic Planning at Scholastic, explains in her recent EDU blog post, “We believe in using highly adaptive personalized online resources to engage students in purposeful independent reading and phonics, allowing them to receive a personalized path through implicit vocabulary instruction and the opportunity to be immersed in text.”

Another important component in the framework for student success is data to inform and differentiate instruction. These digital programs are equipped with educator tools to provide with real-time insights. Using these language and literacy development growth indicators, teachers can adjust their classroom instruction in whole-class and small-group lessons.

Check out three of the new Scholastic Digital Solutions, below!

Scholastic F.I.R.S.T.™ (Foundations in Reading, Sounds & Text) An Adventure on Ooka Island (Grades PreK–2)

*2018 EDDIE Award Winner: Early Elementary Literacy Skills Website*

Based on educator and researcher Dr. Kay MacPhee’s more than 25 years of research linking reading difficulties to sound differentiation, Scholastic F.I.R.S.T. is a game-based foundational reading program. Scholastic F.I.R.S.T.‘s highly adaptive technology takes students on an interactive reading adventure through Ooka Island, focusing first on teaching the 44 sounds of the English language, followed by a systematic introduction to progressively more complex phonetic skills—creating effortless reading, comprehension, and fluency for all students.

Scholastic W.O.R.D. (Grades K–5)

Literacy educator and author Dr. Elfrieda Hiebert analyzed over 10,000 texts to uncover the 2,500 morphological word families that make up 90% of all texts students will encounter. Scholastic W.O.R.D. leverages Dr. Hiebert’s research to help students build a solid understanding of these core words through 10 thematic units, deepening student world knowledge and reading comprehension. Students strengthen their critical vocabulary skills as they complete game-based activities, while educators utilize the Scholastic W.O.R.D. dashboard to observe individual and class progress and identify opportunities for additional support.

Scholastic Literacy Pro™ (Grades K–6)

*2018 EDDIE Award Winner: Upper Elementary Literacy Skills Website*

Scholastic Literacy Pro is a new management tool that empowers teachers to provide students with 24/7 access to over 2,000 fiction and nonfiction ebooks for purposeful independent reading, in and out of school. Educators can monitor and track student reading activities, behaviors, and achievements through real-time reporting, while providing students with a sense of ownership as they select and read paperback and ebooks that reflect their personal interests using the Scholastic Literacy Pro reading recommendation engine.

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