Thursday, July 13, 2017

"Summer Stride" Open to All Alabama Students

Calhoun County Schools benefit from Stride all year long. This summer, all Alabama students, regardless of school, can enjoy Stride.

This article explains more and allows students to sign up for free.

Feel free to spread the news to parents whose children attend schools that are not already using Stride.

Today, a National Public Radio spot highlighted the program. You can download that clip here.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Disregard the PMA Report That Came in Your Email

One of the things I like about the Stride reports is the ability to sign up for weekly email updates. Every Saturday, you get a link in the email that produces the School Summary Report (for administrators) or Classroom Summary Report (for teachers) for the previous week.

The automated report saves you from having to manually run it yourself. It also saves you from having to remember to run the report.

An enhancement that will be a good idea...

What if during PMA, you also got a weekly link that would produce the PMA Report? Again, the report would be delivered automatically via a link in an email.

If it worked.

Several weeks ago, I saw exactly what we just talked about. The only thing was that it only displayed the last two PMA periods. I had a couple of discussions with tech support.

I explained how confusing it was for schools to receive a report that looked incomplete. I also saw why the report was showing incomplete data.

As I looked at the long URL in the email, part of that URL made reference to a "start date" and another part to an "end date." When I manually edited the URL and changed the start date to August 1 instead of some February or March date, the report was perfect and included all PMA periods.

My understanding was this report was being pulled until the fall. Indeed, I had not gotten that report again.

Until this weekend...

There it was...only worse. Only PMA 4 is showing. That's not the worst part. If you click the link in the email, look closely at the URL it takes you to:


See the problem? 

You are getting a report that includes PMA work done between April 1 and April 30. Most students had completed PMA44 long before April 1. 

While you have that long URL in the browser, if you were to arrow to the end and change the start date from "04/01/2017" to something like "08/01/2016," the PMA Report would display correctly.

I am sure the development team will have the problem straightened out in plenty of time for the fall.

Being able to get a PMA Report delivered to your email every week during PMA will be a great thing. Like any other data, however, it's only useful if it's correct.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Might This Be the Next Programmer for Stride Academy?

Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames. Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like "Bustin Jeiber," a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers.


This video is 4 1/2 minutes in length. It's a great example of at least two things:

  1. Students are capable of creative thinking far beyond their years, and when they are interested in something, the results can be amazing.
  2. Students at this age can get up before audiences and present themselves confidently and in a way which captivates their audiences. When students see adults present, it's one thing. When they can see someone near their own age, it's another.
To view this talk at its original location, go to this link.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

PMA 4 Ends April 7

The final Progress Monitoring Assessment ends April 7.

As with previous PMA periods, you can run reports both at the school and the classroom level.

Running the PMA Report at the School Level:
  1. Use the school administrative login to access Stride Academy.
  2. Click the "Reports" tab.
  3. Click the blue "Generate Real-Time Reports" button.
  4. Click "View Reports."
  5. From the list of reports which appears, click "School PMA Report."
  6. The defaults on the next screen should be OK as is.
  7. Click the red "Apply" button.

Running the PMA Report at the Classroom Level:
  1. Use your KCC code and password to access Stride Academy.
  2. Click the "Reports" tab.
  3. Click the blue "Generate Real-Time Reports" button.
  4. Click "View Reports."
  5. From the list of reports which appears, click "Class PMA Report."
  6. The defaults on the next screen should be OK as is.
  7. Click the red "Apply" button.
The resulting graph will look much the same as the school graph displayed above. Clicking through the remaining pages will reveal data on each student.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Stride Newsletter for March

Laissez les bons temps rouler! 
South Alabama schools know how to make the good times roll—even while they're learning! Many schools in the southern part of the state enjoy a Mardi Gras holiday, and we were honored to see our Stride super-users participating in Mardi Gras themed contests during this time. Without further adieu, allow me to introduce this year's Mardi Gras Royalty and Krewe!
Elizabeth Fonde Elementary, Mobile
The top three students at Fonde Elementary, earning the most skill badges during the school-wide Stride Mardi Gras Contest, are pictured above:
♦  Megan Nguyen, 62 skill badges
  Melody Johnson, 41 skill badges
  Daniel Lopez, 34 skill badges
These fourth graders were appointed as Stride Mardi Gras Royalty, awarded 500 coins to their Stride accounts, treated to a lunch of their choice, and given a Stickbot Studio Pro Set! Congratulations!
Collins-Rhodes Elementary, Eight Mile
Collins-Rhodes Elementary has crowned their Stride Mardi Gras Queen, Ki'Nish Steele! 

Ki'Nish, a second grader, earned the most skill badges (42 total) during the school-wide Mardi Gras Madness Contest. Well done, Ki'Nish!
McIntosh Elementary School, McIntosh
McIntosh Elementary honored their Mardi Gras King, Queen and Court from the Krewe of the Timberwolves!
We are so proud of these McIntosh students for demonstrating outstanding work in Stride during the carnival season!
Ella Grant Elementary, Prichard
Ella Grant Elementary awarded new bicycles to their top students who competed in the school-wide Mardi Gras Break Contest, Feb. 24-Mar.5. Pictured from left to right are:
♦  King Jamar Campbell♦  Queen Miracle King♦  Princess/Runner Up Ramona Jones
Nice job! We know you worked hard to earn these awesome prizes!
George Hall Elementary, Mobile
Pictured above are exemplary Stride students from George Hall Elementary, who soared to the top of the rankings in their school-wide Stride Mardi Gras contest. Congratulations on a job well done!
Dr. Robert W. Gilliard Elementary, Mobile
Pictured above are Mardi Gras royalty representing Gilliard Elementary with the top Star Points earned in Stride during the contest period:
  Derrick Payne, Ms. Morrison's Fourth Grade: 116,958 Star Points 
  Laterrance Milton, Ms. Finch's Fifth Grade: 47,350 Star Points 
♦  Coreion Williams, Ms. Stacy's Third Grade: 13,723 Star Points  
O'Rourke Elementary, Mobile
Check out O'Rourke Elementary's top Stride users in their Mardi Gras attire! From left to right, the winners are:
 Madison Eagleson-Hardin, Third Grade
 Zee Abdulla, Fourth Grade
Congratulations, and way to get into the spirit of Mardi Gras!
Thank you to all Alabama educators for continuing to support your students in using Stride! We love to hear your success stories, contest highlights, and feedback on our program. Share your thoughts with me at the contact info below:
Amy Frith, editor
Stride Alabama e-News
Phone: 866.552.9192, ext. 1011

Thursday, March 16, 2017

What Are Your Success Stories?

The feedback I am getting as I visit schools is that students like Stride. That's good news, because if students like something, they will spend more time with it. You are sure to have some "success storied" to tell. "Success" can be defined in many different ways:

  • The student who understands academic concepts which were mysteries mere days ago.
  • The students who would rather work on Stride questions than watch TV, because of the engagement.
  • The parent with whom communication has been hard, but has become intrigued with Stride and the information the Parent Report provides.

We define success in different ways, but we each have stories to tell.

What are your stories? LTS, makers of Stride, is interested in hearing them. Send your thoughts, quotes from students, quotes from parents, pictures, and whatever constitutes the story you want to tell. You can send anything you wish directly to me. I will make sure the appropriate person gets them.

As a side-benefit, you can re-purpose your efforts. Take a picture and write a few lines, and you have also done all the work needed to get some newspaper coverage. While we often complain of how the media is slow to cover the good things which happen in school, those in the media say they don't know about those good things unless we tell them about it.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Enter to Win Our "College and Career Ready" Dream Board Contest!

"College and Career Ready"—how often do you use or hear these words as an educator? Have you ever paused to ask what "College and Career Ready" means to your students?
For students, those words should incite visions of their future: the college or university they hope to attend, the Fortune 500 company they want to work for, or perhaps the military branch in which they'd like to serve.
Let's Get Creative!
Stride™ is launching a nationwide contest that asks students to put their college and career dreams into pictures. Students will create their own "dream boards" on poster board to illustrate their future goals. Click here for details on designing a dream board!
Testing season is upon us, and we know this is a challenging time for students and teachers. Let's help students find perspective for why they continue to work hard in school and prepare for their tests—with the end goal of becoming College and Career Ready!
Contest Deadline is April 7, 2017!

How Can Your School Win?
  1. Share contest details with teachers and parents. Use this handy, printable take-home sheet.
  2. The national deadline for the contest is one month away: April 7, 2017. Set a deadline for your students to submit their dream board posters to you prior to this date. When all dream boards have been completed, find a central location in your school to take a picture(s) of your boards. You could choose to display them in a hallway, foyer or cafeteria; or have students hold them up in a group picture. 
  3. Submit pictures of your dream boards, along with a list of participating students, to no later than 5 p.m. CST on Friday, April 7, 2017. The winner will be announced the following week.
  4. The school with the best participation and most creativity will win national recognition, a beautiful plaque to display on your campus, student certificates for every participant, and other goodies from Stride and LTS Education Systems!
  5. If you plan to participate, please RSVP at the link below so we can stay in touch as your school's dream board campaign begins to take shape!
Count me in! I plan to participate.
Share Your Dreams!
Don't forget to share your school's dream boards on social media! Use hashtags: #CollegeAndCareerReady #WeAreTheFuture #DreamBoard #Stride