City Today - April 2010

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City Today – Schools
Thu, 04/22/2010

Welcome to the April 2010 edition of The City Today, bringing you all the latest from!

Special Education Preference
Giving teachers the option to re-name the grade levels throughout makes the new Special Education Preference something worth noting! Found in the Teacher Area, under “Schoolwide Settings”, this new
preference allows you to change the grade levels to more ambiguous labels such as colors, shapes, animals or even student names. This new feature will change the grade names throughout the entire resource so students are unaware of the grade level they are working at, making it perfect for special education classrooms.
News & Community Section
You’ll notice something a little different when you click on the Teacher Area…a brand new News & Community page! This new page gives you snapshots of the last 30 activities we’ve added to and allows you a short demonstration of each one. In addition, you’ll find easy access to our forum, blog and news items. Use the forum to exchange ideas with other teachers and make some new friends! Check out our blog and news posts to find out what’s happening in the City! is constantly evolving and we want to keep our teachers in the loop every step of the way.


To support our teachers as they meet the diverse needs of their students, we have been developing Learn English for English language learners. Learn English is an ELL program that targets students at different levels of English proficiency ranging from beginning to intermediate in 3rd through 5th grade. Learn English focuses on language development and grade-level content instruction. The context has been designed for use by both the ESOL teacher and the regular classroom teacher in a wide range of contexts.
Learn English will be released in October 2010. We are now accepting schools for our Learn English pilot program beginning this month and continuing through the launch in October. As a participant in the pilot you will:
·         Have free access to all Learn English materials
·         Have free personalized web training
·         Agree to send regular feedback via our online, easily accessible feedback forms
·         Agree to participate in a half-hour phone survey at the beginning and end of the pilot
Your participation will help us measure the effectiveness of our current content, understand how the content will be used in schools and by whom, and gather opinions and information to guide development through the launch.
Active participants will receive six months free access when Learn English is launched. If you’re interested in piloting the program, please send an email to
“My students are really enjoying using this site to enhance learning. I appreciate the Topic Search – it is so user-friendly in helping me match objectives to areas of study in our third grade class. Also, the fact that teachers can use whiteboards with the lessons is great!”
-Gladys McCardle, 3rd Grade Teacher, Long Beach, MS
We love to hear your feedback! If you have a comment you would like included in an upcoming City Today, please email us at
UPCOMING EVENTS will be at the following upcoming events. Join us for an online demonstration or a quick update on what’s new. We look forward to seeing you there!
May 2-5           MSA – Magnet Schools of America National Conference, Tampa, FL
June 27-30      ISTE – International Society for Technology in Education (formerly NECC), Denver, CO
See you next month!
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