Imagine Learning's New Impact Stories Spotlight District Transformations

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New series shares districts’ unique challenges, adopted solutions, and exemplary results

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“In our fifteen years of working with schools and districts of all sizes, we continually see the passion in educators and their drive to take the necessary steps to ensure students are equipped with 21st Century skills,” stated Jeremy Cowdrey, Chief Executive Officer of Imagine Learning.

Imagine Learning, a leading educational technology company providing digital curriculum for PreK through 8th grade students, today released a new series of Impact Stories. The stories highlight schools and districts achieving exemplary results in implementing programs leading to increased positive student outcomes. Each month, Imagine Learning will feature a school or district through a 4-6 page Impact Story, sharing the stories of significant and ongoing student achievements. These stories feature growth and gains in using Imagine Learning adaptive programs in literacy and math and detail the challenges, solutions, and results of the school or district from varying demographics.

“In our fifteen years of working with schools and districts of all sizes, we continually see the passion in educators and their drive to take the necessary steps to ensure students are equipped with 21st Century skills,” stated Jeremy Cowdrey, Chief Executive Officer of Imagine Learning. “We share these stories to create the opportunity for replication and collegial dialog for improving student outcomes.”

With a district-wide implementation of Imagine Language and Literacy, Meriden Public Schools, Connecticut, saw a 35% increase in the number of students in grades 3-8 scoring a Level 4, Exceeds, on the Smarter Balanced Assessment for English language arts. Due to these impressive results, Meriden Public Schools is featured in Imagine Learning’s first Impact Story and also named as the first Imagine Learning Impact District. To earn this honor, districts that qualified have displayed proven student achievement through multiple measures of program effectiveness and have completed a rigorous scientific research study with the Imagine Learning research team. This includes an analysis of reliable and valid student achievement data and demonstrated growth in district administered assessments. Selected districts cultivate a strong culture and innovative learning environments with administrators and teachers who are transforming learning in their schools. The data-driven stories unfold through the experiences of the teachers, principals, students, and key district personnel.

As one of the most disadvantaged and low performing schools in Connecticut, Meriden Public School leaders were dedicated to finding a solution that would provide all students the opportunity to excel. “The district really looked at, how do we improve engagement, how do we improve the opportunities for students to learn at a pace that’s more rigorous and more differentiated, and they made the decision to go all-in with technology, and it worked,” stated Daniel Crispino, Director of School Leadership, former Principal of John Barry Elementary.

Meriden Public Schools implemented an Alliance District Plan with five focus areas, including climate & culture, core curriculum, instructional practices, data-driven decisions, and support and accountability. To support these focus areas, district leaders broadened their existing partnership with Imagine Learning, expanding implementation of the supplemental digital curriculum Imagine Language & Literacy to all K-5 elementary schools supporting and improving literacy achievement.

With the new approach to literacy instruction, students were exposed to 90-minutes of daily class and small group instruction, practice on the Imagine Language & Literacy supplemental digital curriculum, and other activities such as researching specific topics or independent reading. Across four years, measurable improvement showed a 12% increase in grade-level performance across elementary grade levels. It was evident in both English language arts and mathematics achievement on the 2018-2019 Smarter Balanced Assessment. The gains Meriden Public Schools achieved are the direct results of dedicated leaders and educators who care about equity, quality, and teaching.

For more than fifteen years, Imagine Learning’s foundation has been helping students acquire, develop, and strengthen the language skills necessary to succeed in academic settings. Imagine Language & Literacy reflects The Imagine Learning Language Advantage™, a theory of action founded on more than 15 years of research and product development that promote the rigorous and equitable acquisition of the language skills necessary to succeed in academic settings.

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About Imagine Learning:
Imagine Learning is passionate about providing equity of access to learning for all students through teaching with technology. We are a leading educational technology company providing supplemental digital curriculum for PreK through 8th-grade students. Our adaptive suite of Literacy, Reading, Math, Espanol, and Assessment solutions are powered by the Imagine Learning Language Advantage™, a theory of action that promotes rigorous and equitable development of language, enabling students to have deeper comprehension, engagement, and enjoyment of learning. Over 3 million students nationwide benefit from Imagine Learning programs to accelerate their learning. Learn more at Imagine Learning http://www.imaginelearning.com
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