The 2018 Spring into Action Contest was launched to encourage educators and inform them how to effectively use Istation Reading as a supplemental resource. More than 400 contestants entered, and over 300 consistently met Istation Reading’s usage criteria from February 4 to March 3, 2018. They were entered into a drawing to win $500, and three winners from across the nation were chosen.
With that, Istation is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Spring into Action Contest:
- Baywood Elementary School of Grayson County Schools
- Highland Elementary School in Clovis Municipal School District
- Northside Primary School of Tift County Schools
Let’s hear their stories!
Baywood Elementary School of Grayson County Schools
Pictured: Baywood Elementary School celebrates their win.
For Baywood Elementary School in Galax, Virginia, Istation is part of the students’ routines. Bethany Handy, the 1st grade instructor who entered Baywood in the contest, was already aware of Istation and using it with fidelity. Her school uses a shared lab to get in their minutes. The instruction also correlates with Virginia’s state standards — just one of the many reasons why Istation is Baywood’s number one blended learning solution. A big congratulations to Baywood Elementary School!
Highland Elementary School in Clovis Municipal School District
Highland Elementary in Clovis, New Mexico, follows Istation’s usage recommendations daily and has been since they first began using Istation two years ago. At the beginning of each year, the staff meets and plans when, where, and how they will best utilize Istation. Their goal is to find a healthy balance of not over- or under-utilizing the solution. What the instructors at Highland find most beneficial is how ISIP™ Early Reading, Istation’s reading assessment for grades pre-K through 3, assists in guiding individualized instruction.
Alisha Riden, Highland’s Computer Lab Manager, entered the contest on behalf of her school. She invited everyone to participate through email, asking her fellow instructors and students if they were interested. In addition, Riden spoke with Highland’s principal, getting her on board as well. Once the school was ready to get started, Riden created an additional contest at the school to provide further motivation. If the younger students improved their usage time, they received thinking caps and stickers as prizes. Older students received stickers as well as dog tags. The class with the most gains won a pizza party! Very impressive, Highland Elementary School!
Northside Primary School of Tift County Schools
Tift County Schools in Tifton, Georgia, have used Istation for many years. This year Nikki Walker Weaver, Northside Primary School’s Academic Literacy Coach, was put in charge of helping her school use Istation with fidelity. Her choice to enter Northside in the 2018 Spring into Action Contest was a great incentive to implement best practices!
Pictured: Northside Primary students work on Istation Early Reading.
Weaver spread the news about the contest through emails and the school newsletter. The $500 prize motivated the students and teachers to work hard! Students were further excited by the purchase of an Istation cape for every classroom.
Throughout the contest, the instructors gauged whether the 30/60/90 weekly usage minutes worked for students. Learning more about Istation and how powerful it is for their classrooms has made Weaver and her colleagues even more invested in the program and its offerings. Way to go, Northside Primary School!
Pictured: Northside Primary School students celebrate their win, while wearing Istation red capes!