Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Stride Academy Wins Two Awards

Stride Academy by LTS Education Systems Wins Two 2015 Best Educational Software Awards

Adaptive, Game-Based Learning Platform Wins in Online Multi-Subject Learning Platform and Teacher Productivity Tools Categories

LTS Education Systems (http://www.ltseducation.com), a leading publisher of adaptive, digital game-based learning technology, announced today that the Stride Academy™ program for Pre-Kindergarten through High School has been awarded a 2015 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE) in two categories: Online Multi-Subject Learning Platform and Teacher Productivity Tools.
The distinguished BESSIE awards competition is in its 21st year and recognizes innovative and content-rich software programs (including apps for iPad and Android) and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. Winning programs are selected based on academic content, subject approach, management system, technical merit, and potential for broad classroom use, among other criteria.
This year, the BESSIE competition placed greater emphasis on identifying winning programs that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, meanwhile offering high quality content, graphics and interactivity. According to The ComputED Gazette, sponsor of the BESSIE Awards, the CCSS-aligned programs can assist school districts with the challenge of bringing all students up to the CCSS standards in preparation for the Smarter Balanced tests, which some states will begin to administer this year.
Stride Academy Math and ELA curriculum is engineered to align directly to the CCSS, as well as individual states’ higher learning standards. As a Multi-Subject Online Learning Platform, Stride Academy offers Math, Reading and Language Arts content for Pre-K through Grade 8, as well as Science content for Grades 3-8 and End-of-Course High School content (including Algebra I and II, Geometry, English I, II and III; United States History and Biology). Stride Academy also offers Spanish translations to support English Language Learners.
Stride Academy provides a suite of Teacher Productivity Tools, which teachers can use flexibly in the classroom, including: automated online assessments (diagnostic and formative), automated online quiz-building and grading, adaptive technology to personalize interventions, curriculum assignment aligned to core standards, data analytics and real-time progress monitoring, and finally a game-based rewards system and automated contests for motivating students.
“LTS greatly appreciates being recognized as one of the best educational software programs available in such a highly competitive market,” said Brian M. Shulman, Founder and CEO. “It is a testament to the hard work of our team members and the valuable input of our customers and partners, which we take very seriously. We will continue to design our programs with the student and the teacher in mind every step of the way.”
To read more about ComputED Gazette’s 21st Annual Best Educational Software Awards, visithttp://computedgazette.com/page3.html.
About LTS Education Systems
LTS has spent 14 years engineering innovative, personalized and motivational online educational programming. LTS’ development team strives to enhance the 21st Century student’s learning experience through an adaptive, digital game-based learning methodology that has been recently recognized by Dr. Bill Daggett and the International Center for Leadership in Education as a major trend in successful educational practices to promote college and career readiness. For more information, visit http://www.LTSeducation.com orhttp://www.strideacademy.com.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Stride Academy Alabama e-News: April 2015

Stride Academy Alabama e-News: April 2015

Let's Get Busy with Spring! 

Ahhh... Springtime!  Just as temperatures are warming and Mother Nature is bursting all around us, your academic calendar may soon be overflowing with testing dates and scheduled activities!
From the crew at Stride Academy, we wish all of our Alabama students and educators well on their ACT Aspire this Spring!  Good luck!

Accelerated Achievers Contest Extended!

Don't miss your chance to win one of the coveted top spots in ourStride Academy Accelerated Achievers Contest! For the second year in a row, this statewide contest will recognize the Alabama elementary school, middle school and high school with the Top Overall Usage and the Top Afterschool Usage. The contest deadline has been extended through April 30th, so be sure your students log on to Stride Academy for the chance to compete for this honor!  Each category winner will receive a trophy to display at their school, and be recognized in our Stride Academy blog and May e-News. 

Nominate Your Super Principal and Teacher

It's time to nominate one principal and one teacher who have effectively or creatively used Stride Academy at their school for the chance to receive thePrincipal Impact Award and theTeacher Impact Award.  Each winner will receive a trophy to display at their school and will be featured on theStride Academy blog and in our May e-News. 
Impact Award Guidelines:
  1. Share how a teacher/principal has effectively or creatively promoted and applied the use of Stride Academy at your school in 500 characters or less.
  2. Submissions should be sent to cpowell@ltsed.com and must include the teacher or principal's name, grade level and school name.
  3. All submissions are due by April 24, 2015.
The winner for each category will be selected by a panel of Stride AcademyAcademic Specialists.  

Principal Spotlight

Dr. Donna Hudson, Principal at Lincoln Elementary School in Lincoln, AL, shares her personal experience with Stride Academy:
"I observed a teacher doing a reading assessment with Stride Academy this morning. I was very impressed with the ease at which she was able to make the test directly correlated with standards!" 
We love hearing how  Stride Academy is being used in the classroom. Thank you to the staff and students at Lincoln Elementary for your hard work in Stride Academy this year! 

Spring Break Can Wait! 

Assistant Principal Karri Findley at Saks Elementary School in Anniston, AL, looks on while students enjoy working on Stride Academy just before Spring Break. 

Star Point Standouts

Students at Conecuh County Junior High School in Castleberry, AL, have diligently worked on Stride Academy this year.  Jeffrey B.Ethan D.,James B.Samuel B.Lamont W.Sonija E., and Noah B. have each accumulated more than 2 million Star Points!  Outstanding job!
Do you want to share your school's Stride Academy success stories?
Contact: Cate Powell, Customer Experience Specialist