New Product: Lessonbee’s Adaptive Online Health Education

Is your district looking for digital materials to support the new Health TEKS? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Lessonbee’s Adaptive Online Health Education.

Lessonbee’s Adaptive Online Health Education is a fully digital content library to support health instruction and social and emotional learning in grades 7 and 8. The product is available in English. Learning List recently reviewed the digital format of this material as submitted for state adoption in Texas under Proclamation 2022 and the material’s platform as provided to Learning List by the publisher.

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New Product: QuaverEd’s Quaver Health

Is your district looking for elementary materials to support the new Health TEKS? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of QuaverEd’s Quaver Health.

QuaverEd’s Quaver Health is a fully digital, comprehensive health program for students in grades K-5. The material is available in English, with a few resources in Spanish. Learning List recently reviewed the product, as provided by the publisher. The material has also been submitted for state adoption in Texas under Proclamation 2022.

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New Product: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Saxon Phonics

Are your primary teachers ready for a new program to support foundational literacy skills? Take a look at Learning List’s review of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Saxon Phonics.

Saxon Phonics is a supplemental literacy program for students in kindergarten through grade 2. The program is designed to provide explicit instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency, as well as instructional support for handwriting, listening, and speaking.

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New Curriculum Review: Accelerate Learning’s STEMscopes Math for Florida

Does your district need math materials to support the Florida B.E.S.T. Standards? Take a look at Learning List’s review of Accelerate Learning’s STEMscopes Math for Florida.

Accelerate Learning’s STEMscopes Math is a comprehensive mathematics program for grades K-5. The materials are primarily digital, with a supplemental student print version and Teacher Print Kits available.  Learning List recently reviewed the materials, designed specifically for Florida. 

The program makes intentional connections to math concepts as they are found in the everyday world.  Scopes support student learning through a clear reflection of the Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) model. Lessons require students to think critically, reflect, and collaborate. The goal of the program is to provide meaningful learning experiences that focus on 21st century skills and support student success in STEM careers.

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New Product: MathWarm-Ups.com’s Countdown to the Math STAAR

Is your district looking for materials to support preparation for the STAAR Mathematics tests? Take a look at Learning List’s review of MathWarm-Ups.com’s Countdown to the Math STAAR.

Countdown to the Math STAAR is a supplemental test-preparation product intended to help Texas students prepare for STAAR mathematics assessments. Content is available in print format, in English and Spanish. Learning List recently reviewed the content for grades 3 and 4.

The materials focus on the specific Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) needed to prepare for the Texas STAAR mathematics assessments.  Specifically, Countdown to the Math STAAR provides STAAR-styled questions (e.g., multiple-choice, griddable) organized into multiple practice tests.

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New Product: Heggerty’s Phonemic Awareness

Do your teachers need additional materials to support phonemic awareness instruction? Take a look at Learning List’s review of Heggerty’s Phonemic Awareness.

Heggerty’s Phonemic Awareness is a supplemental set of lessons to develop phonemic awareness for students in kindergarten and grade 1. Materials are available in digital format or in print with some resources available for download on the publisher’s website. Learning List recently reviewed the English and Spanish materials.

The material is intended to support foundational skills instruction. Each lesson includes eight phonemic awareness skills and two early literacy skills. The lessons are designed so that instruction is primarily oral, incorporating the use of hand motions to support student learning. The lessons are logically organized in the teacher’s manuals, and all required materials are included. The material is well organized and easy to use.

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New Product: Mentoring Minds ThinkUp! Science

Is your district looking for new Science materials? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Mentoring Minds’ ThinkUp! Science.

ThinkUp! Teacher Edition

Mentoring Minds’ ThinkUp! Science is a comprehensive instructional material that supports TEKS-based instruction in grades 3 through 8. Learning List recently reviewed the content for grades 3-5, which includes a print teacher edition and a consumable print student edition. ThinkUp! Science is designed to help students develop critical thinking skills and connect science skills and knowledge to real world situations.

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New Product: Education Galaxy Mathematics

Are your teachers looking for ways to support students as they prepare for STAAR Math? Take a look at Learning List’s reviews of Education Galaxy for math.

Education Galaxy provides online test preparation for students in grades K-8. Learning List recently reviewed the content for grade 6 math. The intent of the program is to support student mastery of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and to provide practice for the State of Texas STAAR assessment. The program uses formative assessment to create personalized learning options based on the skills and concepts students need to learn.

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Effective Implementation: A Key to Success

Effective Implementation: A Key to SuccessThe effective implementation of a material is as critical to student success as the material’s alignment to standards. Learning List’s editorial reviews empower districts with information they need to not only to select materials but also to implement materials more effectively. They provide a qualitative analysis of each material’s instructional content and design. They point out the critical components of the product and the value each provides in the instructional process. They highlight the supports available for teachers and point out deficits in the material’s offerings. For example, the editorial reviews explain whether teacher resources include background in content and pedagogy, provide pacing information and/or lesson plans, and offer guidance in differentiating instruction. They explain the professional development opportunities in the material and note when a product contains additional supports for novice teachers, such as comprehensive discussions of the required content knowledge and pedagogy, and detailed lesson plans to support instruction.

Learning List’s alignment reports guide educators in their selection and use of standards-aligned materials. Our editorial reviews help educators understand the intended use and instructional components of each product so they can implement the product effectively. Together, these reviews empower educators to choose and use materials to fuel their students’ success.

A recent example highlighting the use of Learning List’s reviews to effectively implement instructional materials

An assistant superintendent of a subscribing district called to let us know that her high school math teachers believed that our reviews were too generous to a publisher by failing to mention the material’s lack of rigor. They felt the materials did not provide practice exercises to allow students to develop mathematical proficiency.

Rigor is an attribute we review materials for both in our alignment methodology and in the editorial review. After the call, we reviewed the alignment report for each applicable grade level and observed the following:

The materials were aligned to a high percentage of the relevant state standards, meaning that we found at least one aligned citation for the majority of standards in each grade level. [Read more…]

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How Learning List Assists Teachers in Developing and Achieving SLOs

Solid instruction begins with an analysis of student data followed by the development of targeted learning goals and instructional practices aimed at achieving them. Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes (SLOs) are growth targets set by teachers to help them plan instruction and drive learning throughout the year. SLOs provide schools and districts with a way to make best instructional practice a common expectation for all teachers and principals.

Here are five ways Learning List’s reviews and tools support teachers in creating high quality SLOs and achieving them:
Effective Practice
(1) After the focus of an SLO has been identified, Learning List’s alignment reports and alignment comparison tool make it easy for teachers to identify causal connections between students’ learning deficits and deficits in the alignment of the district/campus’ instructional materials.

(2) Learning List’s alignment comparison tool and alignment reports help teachers scaffold instruction using their existing materials to address students’ learning gaps that have persisted over multiple grade levels. [Read more…]

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