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Big News At Jubilee Park: More Than Twice As Many Kids Are Reading At Grade Level

The following article, written by Courtney Collins, was originally published by KERA on June 21, 2016.

This school-to-community partnership aims to boost summer reading

A strong history of collaboration exists between the Midland County Public Libraries and the Midland Independent School District in Texas. Project Literacy, supported by Wells Fargo and the Midland Reporter-Telegram, brings nationally renowned authors to Midland schools and libraries each September and provides a free book for each 1st grader in Midland County. Each spring the library works with administrators, principals, and teachers to host thousands of local students on field trips to the libraries and the Midland County Historical Museum. For the last two years the library has hosted a district-wide Student Art Show, exhibiting nearly 1,000 pieces of art. We are always looking for new and better ways to create an exceptional educational climate for local students.

Get Your Red Cape Ready! Istation Educator Conference: Orlando

We had such an amazing time meeting and collaborating with educators at the inaugural Istation Educator Conference that we’ve decided to take the show on the road!

Oak Grove Elementary Is One in a Million

Earlier this year, we wrote about Oak Grove Elementary’s efforts to build its school-to-home connection. The school had a strong implementation plan for Istation both at school and at home. With the principal, educators, and students all on board, the school closed the loop by including parents in educational efforts, too.

Become a Reading Role Model this Summer

Research shows that children who read fluently do better in school. It's not just teachers who make it happen, though. Parents play a key role, too. As such, it is important for parents to become reading role models for their children. To help get parents started, we've created a guide that outlines five things parents can do to this summer to prepare their children for school in fall. This guide not only shows you how to encourage your child to read but also outlines ways to turn television and games into literacy tools. 

Counting on Math: Nix the Tricks

Counting on Math is back with episode three, “Nix the Tricks”! In this episode, Kelly explores three common tricks and how we can teach these math strategies in a more valuable way. Research shows that using math tricks and formulas in isolation is ineffective in the long-term; without a concrete understanding of why a trick works, students miss critical opportunities for comprehension and skill-building. So join Kelly and nix the tricks! Watch the video to learn how:

“Innovation” Contest Winner: Debbie Herring

Debbie Herring is the winner of our “Innovation” Classroom Contest! From February 1 to April 30, 2016, we asked educators to tell us how they use Istation in exciting and innovative ways to help students grow. Read on to see how Ms. Herring is innovating with Istation:

“Innovation” Contest Honorable Mention: Brooke Marker

During our “Innovation” classroom contest, which ran from February 1 to April 30, 2016, we asked educators to tell us how they use Istation in exciting and innovative ways to help students grow. Read on to see how Honorable Mention winner Brooke Marker is innovating with Istation:

“Innovation” Contest Honorable Mention: Lizette Paceley

During our “Innovation” classroom contest, which ran from February 1 to April 30, 2016, we asked educators to tell us how they use Istation in exciting and innovative ways to help students grow. Read on to see how Honorable Mention winner Lizette Paceley is innovating with Istation.

Together We Can Tackle the Summer Slide

Did you know that low-income students can lose two months of reading proficiency during the summer? This learning loss is known as the “summer slide,” and the ramifications are serious. Research finds that two-thirds of the achievement gap among high school students is attributable to summer learning loss in elementary school.

Commit! Is Scoring Big with Data

Commit! — a partnership of over 135 organizations including Istation — has been working to address the future of education for children in Dallas since 2012. Each year, Commit! publishes a “Community Achievement Scorecard” that reflects how well the community is supporting its 750,000 students.