Lakewood, NJ – August 10, 2009 –Achieve3000, the leader in differentiated literacy instruction for students in grades 2-12, announced a new collection of science units designed to boost student’s individual understanding of key science concepts. Echoing the recommendations from a recently released report by the Carnegie Corporation of New York-Institute for Advanced Study Commission on Mathematics and Science Education, the new science offering uses non-fiction articles with real-world content to reinforce understanding of key science concepts along with content-area literacy skills.
Delivered via Achieve3000’s proprietary system, which automatically differentiates content for each student at the appropriate reading level, each science unit includes teacher resources that offer visual graphics, Web resources, videos and hands-on science activities that can be used along with the articles to engage students and to increase their knowledge of critical science concepts and frequently used science vocabulary and technical terms. The new content engages students in activities that will improve their critical 21st century skills – research, critical thinking, and digital literacy – while improving core reading, writing and comprehension skills.
Additional enhancements being launched for the 2009-10 school-year include:
o Career Connections: a new set of career-focused, feature articles that highlight career opportunities within sixteen of the most popular vocational education career clusters recognized by vocational education experts. The articles and associated activities featured in the Career Connection series will introduce high school students to a wide-range of possible career paths and help build the reading, math and literacy skills as outlined in the WorkKeys Foundational Skills assessment.
o Haitian-Creole Language Support: similar to the existing Spanish/English support version of KidBiz3000 and TeenBiz3000, the Haitian-Creole Support version will provide both text and audio support Haitian-Creole speaking students as they transition towards English proficiency.
“As a company, we are highly focused on providing materials that promote real-world literacy skills that can translate to success in content area classrooms and the workplace,” said Laura Sammons, Vice President of Marketing for Achieve3000. “Connecting to critical content areas like science and to career opportunities and job skills is a natural extension of what we do.”
Achieve3000 will also enhance its traditional offerings – KidBiz3000 and TeenBiz3000 – with new visual text features (e.g., graphs, charts, timelines, etc.) and functional documents (e.g., schedules, posters, recipes, etc) that are designed to improve students’ ability to interpret and understand visual data. Research shows that exposure to graphs, charts, and other functional documents – combined with the opportunity to use graph-specific vocabulary in a writing prompt – improves students’ reading comprehension and is a critical skill for 21st Century literacy.
Through KidBiz3000 and TeenBiz3000, the company provides research-based reading intervention and literacy acceleration solutions to districts across the country. In the 2008-09 school-year, Achieve3000 served more than a half-million students and 25,000 teachers, in more than 45 states and 525 districts. The differentiated curriculum comes with classroom resources and educational advisors provide professional development to assist teachers in using the differentiated, online curriculum to enhance individualize learning. Achieve3000 assists teachers in creating and using daily feedback loops to monitor, diagnose, intervene and coach student performance in reading, writing, critical thinking and technology.
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Achieve3000, founded in New Jersey in 2000, is the leader in online differentiated instruction. Its solutions deliver online differentiated literacy curricula proven to increase reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing proficiency for students in grades 2 through 12 and also for adult learners. Through its proprietary software engine, the company uses the Internet to provide tailored assignments to each student in the class based on his or her reading level. The company’s solutions are delivered in a non-fiction, current event format and are based on decades of scientific research. They include KidBiz3000 (a reading and writing program for grades 2 through 5), TeenBiz3000 (a reading and writing program for grades 6 through 12) and Spark3000 (a reading and writing program for adult learners). Achieve3000 is located in Lakewood, N.J., for more information, visit www.achieve3000.com or phone 800-838-8771.