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McGraw-Hill Education launches free project-based literacy instruction

February 8th, 2016

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SRA FLEX Literacy Projects Jumpstart promotes critical skills for at-risk elementary, middle and high school students, extends benefits of project-based learning to more U.S. classrooms

In an effort to reach all students with meaningful literacy instruction, McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, has launched SRA FLEX Literacy Projects Jumpstart, a free introduction to project-based literacy intervention for grades 3-12.

Released in conjunction with the 2016 National Title I Conference, the complimentary 15-day lesson plan covers all five stages of the SRA FLEX Project Experience in an easy-to-follow sequence, aiming to boost literacy skills through reading, writing-centered activities and group collaboration.

The free, introductory FLEX Literacy Projects Jumpstart bundle includes:

  • The FLEX Literacy Projects Startup Guide and Login Card
  • FLEX Literacy Projects resources for either Elementary (3-5) or Secondary (6 and above) classrooms
  • A Collaboration, Presentation and Writing Assessment Guide
  • A FLEX Literacy Projects ePresentation, among other FLEX Literacy Projects Resources

“Project-based learning is one of the most effective methods for instilling complex skills in students, and – since virtually no skill is as complex or as crucial as literacy – it’s vital that we make project-based lessons available to as many classrooms as possible,” said Christine Willig, president of McGraw-Hill Education’s K-12 group. “The FLEX Literacy Project Experience’s reading, writing and group activities help guide a far more meaningful learning experience by fostering higher-order thinking skills that are invaluable in the classroom and beyond.”

Project-based learning asks students to apply key knowledge and skills by solving real-world problems and performing exercises that push their critical-thinking abilities. The highly relevant, standards-based instructional support provided by project-based learning makes it ideal for struggling students.

Aligned with Common Core and state standards for reading, the FLEX Literacy Project Experience for grades 3-12 empowers educators to precisely adapt instruction to the needs of diverse of learners by addressing writing, speaking, listening, language and informational text. The program’s writing-centered projects include research, presentation and collaboration, providing a radically different way of learning.

Students discover the excitement of thinking critically, communicating ideas and collaborating with their peers to develop written and oral presentations. Students can apply their literacy and technology skills to science, social studies and health projects to make cross-curricular associations with projects that build community connections.

For more information about FLEX Literacy, visit: www.flexliteracy.com.

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