As you start gearing up for next year, check out our updates for back to school 2019. We just launched a series of articles that go into detail about the planned changes that you’ll see in Amplify ELA when you come back from summer break. We made these updates largely based on feedback from educators like you, and we’re excited about these enhancements to the Amplify ELA experience. Learn more!
Also, Amplify ELA just launched a brand new Facebook group and you’re invited!
At Amplify ELA, we know the value of ongoing learning. We also realize that teachers and administrators are often without the time they need to attend professional development sessions. For these reasons, Amplify ELA is proud to provide several free webinars that cover a wide range of topics and can be viewed at a time that is convenient for you. Please enjoy these from the comfort of your own desk or as a group during PLC times. (FYI, there are more to come!)
Principles of true engagement in middle school ELA: You’ll learn actionable principles to help you in supporting students to meet key developmental needs and become confident, active learners.
Empower students to become critical thinkers: Learn strategies for supporting and encouraging a culture of original thinking in your classroom.
Reporting and Gradebook: Navigating through the Gradebook and Reporting tools to find and assess student work.
Assessments: The where, when, and how of assessments in Amplify ELA.
From Start to Finish: Watch a veteran instructor model lesson navigation, review planning techniques, and walkthrough a lesson from start to finish.
Differentiation strategies: Learn differentiation strategies that drive learning and maximize growth for students of all levels.
Feedback strategies: Learn how to provide timely and effective feedback that is actionable and helps develop student strengths.
We are excited to announce a new assessment available in Amplify ELA! End of unit Reading Assessments are now available starting with the second unit in each grade level. These summative assessments serve three important purposes:
- To assess student understanding of content from the unit
- To assess student mastery of specific skills and standards covered in the unit
- To provide practice for students with the types of questions and activities they may encounter on end-of-year state and national assessments
For more information about these Reading Assessments, check out the Unit Reading Assessments Guide. And, keep an eye out for information about Reporting for unit reading assessments, available by the end of the year.
We are pleased to bring you information about an exciting new feature available now in Amplify ELA! The new automatic writing evaluation tool (AWE) will automatically provide scores for the foundational skills of Focus and Conventions, allowing you to prioritize scoring Use of Evidence.
AWE scores appear in Gradebook and you can always override them with your own Focus and Conventions scores if you'd like.