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Reading Horizons launches teacher platform to manage blended learning

August 2nd, 2016

Accelerate integrates digital curriculum and features lesson planning tools, PD resources, and a community forum

Reading Horizons has introduced Reading Horizons Accelerate™, an educator platform designed to provide free resources for teachers and implementation support for Reading Horizons products in a blended learning environment.

The new Reading Horizons Accelerate platform fully integrates with and supports the digital curriculums for Reading Horizons Discovery® (K-3) and Reading Horizons Elevate® (Grades 4-12), making implementation simple, sustainable, and successful.

“Reading Horizons Accelerate is the next step in blended learning planning and instruction for educators using our literacy curriculum,” said Tyson Smith, the president and CEO of Reading Horizons. “We are dedicated to providing educators and students with the best possible solutions to increase literacy skills and reading comprehension. With clear and easy-to-follow lesson summaries, on-demand professional development resources, a lesson planning tool, and the addition of online forums, teachers can focus on teaching their students rather than spending hours on planning, tracking, and reporting.”

Accelerate provides online support for teachers in four unique ways. The Lesson Planner allows teachers who are using Reading Horizons to generate timelines that pace instruction for days, weeks, and months in advance. The calendar view provides the instructional plan for any specific day and compares individual and class progress to the timeline, ensuring that all students are on track.

The lesson plan can be designed for an entire class and customized for special groups such as English language learners or intervention groups. Student data is gathered directly from the software allowing teachers to view results by lesson, by student, and by class. This digital dashboard gives educators a quick view of student progress in order to make informed decisions when planning and to determine which students need intervention.

Reading Horizons Accelerate also includes lesson summaries that display each section of a lesson, its content, and the materials to accompany the lesson. Each lesson links to teacher manuals and instructional videos that support implementation and downloadable lesson materials.

Reinforcement and differentiation activities are available as printed practice pages and aligned to the software.

A limited version of Reading Horizons Accelerate is available free for educators and includes access to the Resources page and the Community Forum. The Resources page provides professional development assets such as videos on a variety of reading skills in addition to teacher downloads for games, reading records, assessments, practice pages and much more. All downloadable activities are printable and the videos present a detailed walkthrough of the Reading Horizons method with explanations for implementing reading instruction with fidelity.

The Accelerate Community Forum is another free resource for teachers and provides opportunities to ask questions, share reading best practices, and highlight tips for instruction. This professional community, open to all Accelerate users, allows educators to post questions or share ideas that will be available to everyone.

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