EPS Literacy and Intervention Unveils Powerful Blended Learning and Assessment Solution at ISTE 2014

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EPS Literacy and Intervention Unveils Powerful Blended Learning and Assessment Solution at ISTE 2014

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We developed EPS E.P.I.C. to put the most powerful tools for accelerating student achievement at educators’ fingertips.

At ISTE 2014 next week in Atlanta, EPS Literacy and Intervention, a division of School Specialty, Inc., will unveil a powerful data-driven blended learning and assessment solution that combines in-depth instruction with skills and strategies to ensure students rapidly master critical concepts and close the achievement gap in reading and math. EPS E.P.I.C.–Exceptional Performance through Individualized Curriculum– integrates research-proven curriculum, technology, and teaching methods to create dynamic, systematic, and individualized instruction for every student. From universal screening through intervention, progress monitoring, reporting and professional development, EPS E.P.I.C. provides a complete and flexible solution to help districts increase achievement levels and enable student success.

“We developed EPS E.P.I.C. to put the most powerful tools for accelerating student achievement at educators’ fingertips,” said Rick Holden, President, School Specialty Curriculum Group. “Districts that are using this innovative approach to instruction report that their students are closing the achievement gap and realizing permanent gains in reading and math.”

The online universal screening module in EPS E.P.I.C. provides an indication of the proficiency level for each student, based on national percentiles, and identifies which students are most in need of intervention. Identified students are then placed in their own intervention plan and assigned instruction, supported by the learning materials in EPS E.P.I.C. For instance, non-readers receive systematic multisensory decoding, phonics and phonemic instruction, while struggling readers might receive a different range of literacy support including skills and strategies, and comprehension support. Data gathered in EPS E.P.I.C. allows teachers to see how students are progressing towards their goals and make informed instructional decisions about each individual’s intervention plan. The student experience is positive and engaging with individualized learning in reading and math foundational skills, vocabulary and fluency practice.

EPS E.P.I.C. includes a professional development portfolio of district and school planning, training and classroom modeling services for administrators and staff designed to ensure knowledge transfer and accelerate results. Ongoing support and mentoring is provided throughout the school year to enhance teacher effectiveness through best practices for intervention and data-based decision-making.

EPS E.P.I.C. will be featured in booth #2440 at ISTE 2014. For more information about EPS E.P.I.C., visit epsbooks.com/EPIC.

About EPS Literacy and Intervention
EPS Literacy and Intervention provides K–12 blended-media solutions that build core skills and close the achievement gap in reading and math. With powerful instructional tools and high-quality materials, the company’s reading and math intervention solutions are proven to help struggling students. From universal screening to interventions, progress monitoring to data-driven decision-making, and professional development, EPS offers an integrated approach to effective teaching and learning.

For more information on EPS and its proven programs Wordly Wise 3000®, Academy of READING®, Academy of MATH®, MCI, S.P.I.R.E.®, Path Driver for Reading™, Path Driver for Math™, Explode The Code® and EPS E.P.I.C., visit http://epsbooks.com.

About School Specialty, Inc.
School Specialty is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace. The Company designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and very best school supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential. For more information about School Specialty, visit http://www.schoolspecialty.com.

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