New Advanced Lexile Professional Development Workshop

Take your Lexile Professional Development to the next level! We are excited to announce our newest Lexile workshop, The Lexile Framework in Action: Making Curriculum Content Accessible to ALL Students.

This full-day, advanced workshop will guide curriculum coaches, content specialists, classroom teachers and media specialists in the development of units of targeted text and resources. Our facilitator will lead the group in using resources already in place to support instruction that will target all learners. Current state standards, district curriculum pacing guides and recent student Lexile® measures will provide the foundation for developing customized lesson plans.

We also offer numerous other Lexile workshop options including half- and full-day introductory sessions. Learn more about this new offering and view our full range of workshops at www.lexile.com/pd/on-site-workshops/.

Interested in training on the Quantile Framework for Mathematics? Visit www.quantiles.com/content/professional-development/ to learn about our Quantile Professional Development workshops.

Summer Learning Tools From MetaMetrics

Fight summer slide with free tools from MetaMetrics!

Visit Lexile “Find a Book” to submit your Summer Reading Pledge and download our Summer Reading Log. Use the log to track a child’s reading throughout the summer break. Search our database of over 270,000 titles for books within a child’s Lexile range. Enter the child’s Lexile measure, and then narrow the search by selecting topics of interest. You can also use “Find a Book” to check the availability of books at local libraries or purchase titles from major booksellers. When school starts again, share the reading log with the child’s teacher to show his or her dedication to reading.

Keep math skills sharp with the Quantile Summer Math Challenge, a FREE math skills maintenance program based on grade-level standards that help prepare students for college and careers. The program is targeted to students who have just completed grades 1 through 8 and is designed to help kids retain math skills learned during the previous school year. The Summer Math Challenge lasts for six weeks and focuses on one math concept per week. From June 19th through July 28th parents will receive daily emails with fun activities and links to educational resources. When the program ends parents can print an award certificate to celebrate their child’s summer math accomplishment! To learn more, visit www.quantiles.com/summer-math.

Games Playlist for Students

Soon, we could see teachers prepare a learning games playlist for their students. In March, a DC based startup unveiled a free web service called Legends of Learning that would help teachers assign educator-vetted games to the classroom.

Vadim Polikov, the creator of the web service calls it, “Spotify for learning games” after the online music streaming service that provides users with unlimited songs and playlists they can create. Polikov grew up with classic games such as The Oregon Trail and Civilization, but has come to the realization that most games now do not align with academic standards or teach material that is appropriate to students. Educational games can also be too long to be played in the length of time of a class session.

With Legends of Learning, teachers can create a playlist of short five minute games up to longer forty minute games with over 500 titles. Science games can be played now, but titles will be available soon for English and Math (Grades K-12). Gameplay will also be tied to virtually all state academic standards.

Teachers will also have their own online dashboard which will show the progress of each student. “What we’ve focused on is making this for teachers and, really, by teachers,” says Polikov.

From article in ASCD SmartBrief March 28, 2017

See the Quantile Framework in Action at NCTM

Are you attending the National Council of Teacher of Mathematics Annual Meeting and Exposition this week in San Antonio? Take this opportunity to learn more about the benefits of the Quantile Framework for Mathematics. We’ll be visiting the conference and meeting with some of our partners whose products utilize the power of the Quantile Framework.

Quantile partners exhibiting at the conference include: Big Ideas Learning, The College Board, Curriculum Associates, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Imagine Learning, McGraw-Hill Education, Mentoring Minds and Origo. We hope to see you there!

New Partnerships Increase Use of Quantile Measures

A series of new partnerships have greatly expanded the reach of the Quantile Framework for Mathematics. In the last year, Quantile measures have been added to Pearson’s aimswebPlus and Istation’s ISIP Math. Quantile measures have also become available through state assessments in Kansas and to the 15 member states of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. These new partnerships are in addition to the numerous state level assessments and assessment products that already report student mathematical ability in Quantile measures, including Kentucky’s K-PREP, North Carolina’s NC READY, Curriculum Associates i-Ready, HMH Math Inventory and Imagine Math. Also this year, new materials and textbooks from Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Origo Publishing and Big Ideas Learning have been calibrated to the Quantile scale, adding to the dozens already featuring Quantile skill or concept measures.

Quantile measures accurately match students with instructional materials by measuring both mathematical capability and the complexity of mathematical skills and concepts on the same developmental scale. There are two types of Quantile measures: a measure for students and a measure for mathematical skills and concepts. The Quantile student measure describes what the student is prepared to learn next. The Quantile skill or concept measure describes the difficulty, or demand, in learning that skill or concept. Both measures are represented as a number followed by the letter Q (e.g., 640Q) on the Quantile scale. Quantile measures can improve mathematics teaching and learning by helping educators target instruction and determine if students are on track to pass year-end assessments and succeed in college and careers. Visit www.Quantiles.com for more information about the Quantile Framework.

Celebrate Pi Day with Rich Math Tasks!

Every year Pi Day is celebrated in classrooms across the nation. This year we are offering examples of rich math tasks on the topic of pi that have been calibrated to the Quantile Framework. Use these tasks in your Pi Day celebrations to help students make meaningful connections to the concept of pi. Visit quantiles.com/pi-day to access our Pi Day resources!

And with the roll-out of this new resource, we’re giving away a pie! What do you need to do to be eligible to win a free pie? Simply “Like” our Quantile Framework Facebook page by April 14th and you’ll be entered to win*.

*Pie giveaway for residents of the United States only. Winner will be contacted via Facebook.

Middle and High School Educators Needed For Reading Research Survey

Are you an educator who works with struggling readers in middle school or high school? Are some of your students reading at levels three years or more below what is typical for students at their grade level? We are interested in hearing from you! Please complete our online survey and participate in our research program.

We are currently conducting research designed to increase our understanding of how educators use reading materials intended to support struggling readers. This survey is just one component of our work. It is intended for educators who work primarily with middle and high school students. We are asking for your responses to these questions for two reasons—to help us understand better what various school systems and programs are doing in this area, and also to identify what appears to be “working well.”

Complete our survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MetaMetricsSurvey.

Research Grants Offered to Educational Institutions or Researchers that Evaluate and/or Interpret EFL Reading Comprehension

In partnership with the British Council Assessment Research Group, we invite applications for research which will contribute to our understanding of the construct of EFL reading comprehension and reading comprehension assessment.

The aim of the grants is to build insights into the interaction between features of text and reading tasks that impact comprehension and can inform teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation. These grants will support researchers around the world so they can conduct and disseminate the highest quality research. Two areas of interest have been identified for these grants, reading comprehension and growth in reading comprehension over time.

For more information on the grant proposals and how to apply, visit lexile.com/research-and-publications/grant-opportunities/.

Free Lexile Resource: Online Databases

Ever wonder how to access a variety of free text resources that match your child’s or student’s reading ability? In most states across the country access to periodical database services is made available to educators, parents, students and other citizens. Some of these periodical database services provide Lexile measures for millions of newspaper and magazine articles, as well as encyclopedia and reference content. Database providers include EBSCO, Gale, Grolier, ProQuest, and others.

Through these databases, texts are made available to educators, students and parents in each state. For a list of available databases containing Lexile measured texts by state, please see our Guide to Online Periodical Databases Offering Lexile Measures. Talk to your district media services coordinator about accessing these online databases and the Lexile measured texts they contain or visit your state’s database website for more information.

Want to keep up to date on the free Lexile resources available to you? Visit Lexile.com and sign up to receive our email updates.

Literature That Will Enrich Mathematics

Embracing literature to enhance mathematics instruction in the classroom or at home benefits students by providing a richer and more meaningful perspective of mathematics. Connecting children’s literature with mathematics is an effective avenue for promoting problem solving, communicating in mathematics, and make connections between the mathematics needed in multiple disciplines. The paper “Using Children’s Literature to Teach Mathematics” presented on The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics site offers teachers and parents helpful suggestions for identifying literature that will support mathematics instruction and engage students.

An appropriate book to enhance an effective mathematics lesson should have an authentic context that includes real-life experiences, multi-cultural components, and enjoyable plots that unite mathematics and literacy. A report titled “Making Informed Choices: Selecting Children’s Trade Books for Mathematics Instruction” by S. J. Hellwig, Eula E. Monroe, and James S. Jacobs (2000) offers suggestions for identifying books that will support instruction and create meaningful and explicit connections to engage students. The article offers pointers for choosing appropriate children’s literature with mathematics topics. An appropriate book should:

  • represent mathematics and other information accurately and depict mathematics relationships correctly.
  • presents factual information, uses terminology appropriately, and portrays mathematical principles accurately.
  • includes a format and presentation that are visually and verbally appealing.
  • offers interest and pleasure without overpowering the text with mathematical processes and terminology.
  • provides a context for learners to make meaningful connections between mathematics and personal experiences.
  • easily connects the mathematical process or experience to the resolution of the story.
  • presents concepts in a way that appeals to a range of audiences and abilities.
  • appeals to a variety of interests, cultures, and/or experiences.
  • offers layers of richness beyond the predictable or expected and presents exciting new views or ideas.
  • engages students with a story that layers the unexpected with original insights or surprising events.

The study of mathematics is not just about learning mathematical processes and memorizing facts and algorithms. Mathematics becomes more visible in everyday life when students discuss the uses and advantages of applying math in various situations and recognize the necessity of mathematics in careers, personal budgets, traveling, and even games. What better way to promote those discussions when so many children’s books are available to add fun and interest to topics in mathematics?

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