Join EPS at the Virtual School Symposium. Oct 22 – 24, New Orleans, LA.

Booth 416

EPS is excited to participate in the

Virtual School Symposium

Visit EPS/School Specialty® Literacy and Intervention – leading publisher of K-12 blended-learning reading and math curriculum to build core skills and close the achievement gap for struggling students.  Here’s what we have in store for this important conference:

  • Daily giveaways (register at out booth)
  • * New Product * The Wordly Wise 3000 vocabulary program just got an update – come see the new online version
  • Solution: Online Universal Screening and Progress Monitoring Assessment Systems (or Tools)
  • Solution:  Universal Screening and how to do get efficient and accurate results with our new online assessment system
  • Solution: Reach struggling adolescent readers with the new, engaging MCI intervention program.  Blends teacher-led and online activities.
  • Solution: Path Driver Assessment Systems
  • Solution: Customized Intervention Solution of our proven blended, online, print & tactile programs
  • Solution: Academy online intervention software that increases student achievement

For EPS conference updates, follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ss_eps) and look for #VSS12.

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October 19, 2012 at 10:20 pm Leave a comment

October Giveaway! You Could Win a S.P.I.R.E. Level Set

This drawing has expired.  Check back soon for our November giveaway announcement!

October is National Dyslexia Awareness month, a month when parents, students, educators and other professionals raise public awareness about dyslexia.  The International Dyslexia Association reports that nearly 15-20% of the population show some signs of dyslexia.  Some common signs include difficulty learning to speak, organizing written and spoken language, learning letters and their sounds, spelling, and reading.

In honor of National Dyslexia Awareness month, EPS is holding a drawing where one lucky winner will receive a S.P.I.R.E.® Level Set.  See details below.

S.P.I.R.E.® is a comprehensive and multisensory reading intervention program designed to prevent reading failure and to build reading success through an intensive, structured, and spiraling curriculum.  It integrates phonological awareness, phonics, handwriting, fluency, vocabulary, spelling, and comprehension in a 10-Step lesson plan that is specifically designed for the way struggling readers learn.  The set is valued at $250!

Each set includes 1 Teacher’s Guide, 1 Blackline Master, 6 Student Readers, 6 Workbooks, and 1 set of Word Cards for the level, plus a corresponding set of Large Phonogram Cards, in a convenient storage box.

S.P.I.R.E.® is easy for any educator to implement.  Teacher’s Guides for every level provide explicit, detailed instruction and scripting for all lessons to support teachers at every step.

S.P.I.R.E.® instruction is matched to student need. Abundant resources for continuous assessment and reinforcement ensure every student has what is needed to master skills.

S.P.I.R.E.® Professional Development Workshops deliver the powerful, systematic instruction that can help you experience unprecedented results.

Entering is easy!  Simply provide your name and email address below and click “Submit.”  Your entry must be submitted by Thursday, October 25th, 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.  We’ll select a winner using www.random.org on Friday, October 26th.  Winner will be notified by email and announced on the EPS Facebook  and Twitter feeds.  Be assured that we will never provide your name and email address to a third-party.  Good luck!

References

October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month

October 2, 2012 at 6:01 am 23 comments

Teachers Offer Advice to Parents with Young Readers

EPS is lucky to have a great community of educators on our Facebook page.

Recently we made the following request: “Finish this sentence. The best advice I can give parents about helping young readers is…”Teachers Offer Tips on Helping Young Readers

The responses were fairly unanimous – read to them and devote time everyday for them to read!  Here’s what they had to say.

  • Read to them, read to them, read to them…
  • Read consistently. Even small amounts of time spent reading build knowledge and skill if it is done regularly. If you can’t read for an hour, read for 10 or 15 minutes every day. Talk about the passages. What do the passages make you see? How do they make you feel?
  • Read with/to your child & let your child see you reading/enjoying literature of all genres.
  • Make reading a daily an enjoyable daily activity. Be an example and let your child see you reading and the love of books.
  • Read with them every night! Have them read to you and re-tell what they read. Then you read to them and do the same!
  • Read to them and read with them. Be a role model and read!
  • Read every day even if it is only for 15-20 minutes Read every day!
  • Read. Then read some more. Then read even more!
  • Read, read, read!
  • Be their cheerleader.
  • Make it come alive with dramatic reading.
  • Have them read out loud to you when they’re very young…and make sure they read at least 15- 20 minutes a day when they get a little older.
  • Read great books to them every chance you get! Let them see how much you enjoy a great book yourself, as often as possible!
  • Don’t stress when they want the same book a million times, it will help!
  • Read, read, read!!! I heard that it takes 1,000 books for a child to be ready for kindergarten.
  • Read daily – tv and video games can wait!
  • Read with/to them for 20 min everyday!

Great advice! Do you have any suggestions for books that children enjoy reading or tricks to get children to read more often?  We’d love to hear them.

August 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm Leave a comment

Hunt for Treasure at ISTE 2012!

Fablevision Treasure HuntEPS is excited to participate in FableVision’s ISTE 2012 Treasure Hunt!  Visit booth 4722 to download a free app, and then voyage all over the conference floor for a chance to win great prizes.

You could win a school visit from Peter H. Reynolds, author/illustrator of the children’s books The Dot, Ish, The North Star, So Few of Me, My Very Big Little World and more.  You could also win a site license suite of his award-winning learning tools (a $17,300.00 value).

If you are interested in participating, follow this link to register http://bit.ly/Lx7FOi.


June 18, 2012 at 8:42 pm Leave a comment

EPS/School Specialty Announces 2012 Academy Star Award Winners

Awards Honor Students Who Overcame Challenges
to Build Reading and Math Skills
and Dedicated Teachers Chosen for Excellence

“I am amazed and inspired to learn about these hard-working
students who, even in adversity, achieve great success.”

EPS/School Specialty’s Literacy and Intervention division today announced the winners of its 2012 Academy Star Awards, honoring students who have overcome significant challenges to build proficiency in reading and math, as well as teachers who go above and beyond on a daily basis to provide their students with every opportunity to succeed. Five students were recognized as Academy Star Students of the Year, and three teachers earned Academy Teachers of Excellence honors.

“I am amazed and inspired to learn about these hard-working students who, even in adversity, achieve great success,” said Rick Holden, President, EPS/School Specialty. “And the teacher nominations represent the thousands of talented educators across the country devoted to making sure their students have the opportunity to succeed. It is a privilege to honor these students and teachers with the 2012 Academy Star Awards.”

Students recognized for their progress in building skills using the Academy of READING are:

Montasir Al Ferdous, Whitehall-Yearling High School, Whitehall, Ohio
Montasir Al Ferdous is a ninth-grader who moved to Ohio from Bangladesh less than two years ago. The nomination from his English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, Sara Levitt, detailed how he began the school year scoring at the second-grade level on the Academy of READING pre-test and by April achieved a ninth-grade-level score. In fact, Levitt said his progress has been so significant that it is unlikely he will be in an ESL class next school year.

Kaitlyn Johnson, Waterloo Junior High School, Waterloo, Ill.
Kaitlyn Johnson is a seventh-grader who was nominated by her teacher Jane Nold for her significant progress in learning with the Academy of READING, moving from below grade level in her skills to level 10 in just two years.

Ernest Harris, Holly Ridge Middle School, Holly Springs, N.C.
Ernie Harris was born in the Ukraine and, when adopted at the age of 11 by an American couple, was reading only minimally in Russian and did not speak any English. Nominated by Valita Papes, his intervention reading teacher, Ernie is honored for his diligent work at mastering 68 of the 75 required skills and for his significant progress in building both verbal and written English language skills.

Students recognized for their progress using the Academy of MATH are:

Shemar Douglas, River Oaks Middle School, Raleigh, N.C.
Shemar Douglas, a seventh-grader, was nominated by his math teacher, Jennifer Costin, for the progress he made learning with the Academy of MATH, moving from below grade level to exceeding his grade level in just five months.

Michael Manley, Quail Valley Elementary School, Missouri City, Texas
Michael Manley, a fifth-grader who earned 67 certificates this year, was nominated by his resource math teacher, Barbara London, for his hard work in building skills with the Academy of MATH.

This year’s Academy Teachers of Excellence honors go to Mary Adele Byrd, Forrest County Agricultural High School, Brooklyn, Miss.; and Stevonia Dixon, Chamberlain High School, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa, Fla., for their work teaching with the Academy of READING; and Helen Engelbrecht, St. Vincent de Paul School, Peoria, Ill., for her Academy of MATH teaching efforts.

Congratulations to the winners, all who were nominated and those who make a difference everyday in learning and teaching.

June 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Wordly Wise 3000® Online – A Program Overview

The same robust instructional content offered in the Wordly Wise 3000® print edition is now available in an online format.  The program is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and fits RTI Tiers 1 and 2.

Wordly Wise 3000 Online

So where do the vocabulary words come from?

Every word in Wordly Wise 3000 Online was selected to expand critical grade-level vocabulary and improve reading comprehension.  They are the words commonly encountered in grade-level literature, textbooks, standardized tests, including the SAT and ACT. Word selection was based on importance, usefulness, and/or difficulty. Knowledge of the selected words can greatly improve students’ reading comprehension as well as standardized test results.

Wordly Wise 3000 Online provides the same robust content as the Wordly Wise 3000® print edition, with a number of enhancements that make it ideal for a wider variety of students, including those who struggle or those who are learning English.

Wordly Wise 3000 Online features:

  • Full audio support for the complete program
  • Immediate corrective feedback for all activities
  • Appealing student interface with several types of word interactions
  • A reporting feature that puts progress monitoring at your fingertips
  • Full complement of reviews and tests
  • Teacher Resources including an online Teacher’s Guide

In addition to traditional classroom-based learning, the program makes working independently easy.  Students can use Wordly Wise 3000 Online anywhere an internet connection is available. Online Help provides all they need to progress through the program.  In addition, teachers can download graphic organizers to help students extend their word knowledge offline.

It’s ideal for:

  • After-school programs
  • Summer school
  • Tutoring sites
  • Homework and enrichment

Teacher materials in the online Teacher Resource Area include a Teacher’s Guide with strategies for vocabulary instruction and several downloadable PDFs for teachers to use with students.

• Teacher’s Guide
• Set-up and log-in instructions
• Information for using and interpreting reports • Word List
• Graphic Organizers
• Level Completion Certificate
• Program and lesson flowchart

There are a number of resources available to help you learn more about Wordly Wise 3000 Online.  Click any of the links below for more information.

Research Paper
Wordly Wise 3000® Online,  Kenneth Hodkinson and Sandra Adams (Books 2–12), Cheryl dressler (Books K–1)
By Ernest Balajthy, State University of New York 

Program Overview
Wordly Wise 3000® Online Program Overview – Levels 2-12

Pricing
Wordly Wise 3000® Online Order Form

EPS Literacy and Intervention web site
Wordly Wise 3000® Online

May 18, 2012 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

School Uses Academy of READING® – “Galactic Gains in a Short Period of Time”

A Harrisburg, South Dakota school used Academy of READING® to help students reach adult level reading proficiency.  The students who have benefitted from the program and the principal who appreciates the effectiveness were featured on a local news program.  According to the principal, Kevin Lein, “There are some real galactic gains in a short period of time.”

Harrisburg School Uses Academy of Reading

Learn more about the award-winning Academy of READING® and how the program delivers a powerful, completely web-based intervention solution that helps at-risk students achieve rapid, permanent gains in reading.

Academy of Reading efficacy study

April 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

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