Reynoldsburg, Ohio, teams with Innovations for Learning

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Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 9.50.50 AMA suburb of Columbus, Ohio, is the next locale for Innovations for Learning.

The Reynoldsburg City Schools announced it will employ Innovations’ programs for boosting reading instruction next fall in  all six of its elementary schools, reaching 1,100 students in 46 kindergarten and first-grade classrooms.

“The state of Ohio has clearly recognized the importance of literacy in the early grades,” said Superintendent Stephen D. Dackin. “The Third Grade Reading Guarantee gives us the target — that every child be able to read on grade level before tackling more complex curriculum in fourth grade.

“Innovations for Learning is providing a set of tools to support our students and teachers in making good on the guarantee.”

The schools will use Innovations’ TeacherMate program, which uses tablet devices to teach vocabulary, word-building and book-reading skills; and the TutorMate program, which taps local corporate volunteers to tutor individual children remotely over the telephone and computer.

“We are delighted to be working with the Reynoldsburg school district,” said Barbara Gilbert, Innovations’ national education director. “This is a perfect match for us, and we are excited as our vision and goals align with the district.”

The program will launch in September at French Run, Herbert Mills, Rose Hill, Slate Ridge, Summit Road and Taylor Road schools. Training will begin this summer.

The district has purchased 380 iPads to begin the initiative.

Reynoldsburg will join six other school districts now using both the TeacherMate and TutorMate systems to give early learners crucial grounding in reading instruction: Chicago; Seattle, and Washington, D.C.; and Miami-Dade, Broward, and Duval counties in Florida.

Here’s the official press release:

Reynoldsburg City Schools Partners with Innovations for Learning

April, 2014 — Reynoldsburg, Ohio: Reynoldsburg City Schools has teamed with Evanston, Ill.-based Innovations for Learning, a non-profit, to implement their TeacherMate and TutorMate initiatives, the district announced today.

Kindergarten and first grade classroom, 46 in total, in all six district elementary schools will implement these programs beginning this Fall.  A total of 1,100 students will participate in this effort.

“The state of Ohio has clearly recognized the importance of literacy in the early grades,” said Superintendent Stephen D. Dackin. “The Third Grade Reading Guarantee gives us the target – that every child be able to read on grade level before tackling more complex curriculum in fourth grade. Innovations for Learning is providing a set of tools to support our students and teachers in making good on the guarantee.”

Innovations for Learning will assist the district in implementing a blended-learning model, combining technology and face-to-face teaching, focusing on literacy in kindergarten and first grade.

The schools will use Innovations’ TeacherMate program on tablet devices; and the TutorMate program, which taps local corporate volunteers in a unique way.

“We are delighted to be working with the Reynoldsburg school district,” says Barbara Gilbert, the group’s national education director. “This is a perfect match for us, and we are excited as our vision and goals align with the district.”

The program will launch in French Run, Herbert Mills, Rose Hill, Slate Ridge, Summit Road and Taylor Road schools. Training will begin this summer and the programs will launch in September, 2014.

The district has purchased 380 iPads to begin this initiative.

TeacherMate leverages technology to help teachers succeed with individualized instruction in the classroom, as well as provides the teacher and parents with information about how students are performing in their independent reading work.. Designed for iPads, iPod Touches and MP3 players, TeacherMate puts the teacher in the center of reading instruction, providing unparalleled control of all aspects of beginning reading instruction. TeacherMate makes small group instruction differentiated, engaging, streamlined, and more efficient. The technology makes individualized instruction a reality.

TutorMate allows corporate volunteers to dial into classrooms to share an interactive reading session with students using Skype technology and Innovations’ for Learning programs.

Volunteers connect with students virtually for 30 minutes, once a week from anywhere they have access to the Internet. Innovations for Learning provides the technology and software in the classroom to connect students to caring adults throughout the community to help them improve their learning.

 

 

 

 

 

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