What is Newsela?
Newsela takes authentic, real world content from trusted sources and makes it instruction ready for K-12 classrooms. Texts are published at five reading levels, so content is accessible to every learner. Today, more than 3.3 million teachers and 40 million students have registered with Newsela for content that’s accessible to everyone, aligned to standards, and attached to activities and reporting that provide visibility into what students are learning and how teachers are leveraging the content in instruction. With more than 15,000 texts and multiple new texts published daily across 20+ genres, Newsela has the content to help educators fill the gaps in their core materials. Teachers love that Newsela helps them create more engaging lessons that meet students where they are, and administrators love having the assurance that every content choice teachers make is vetted, aligned to standards, and contributing to learning.
Does Newsela work?
Yes, Newsela works. Newsela products are rooted in research and learning science, and proven to drive learning outcomes by a growing number of efficacy studies conducted by Newsela and third party evaluators. Newsela’s efficacy has been proven via well-designed and well-implemented quasi-experimental research meeting ESSA standards for “Tier 2 - Moderate” research. Visit our research page for more information.
How do you pronounce Newsela?
This is a passionately debated topic! While we know many like to think of us as “News-ELA” (it started as a news platform for ELA teachers, after all!), the accurate pronunciation is actually one word: New-sel-a. Like umbrella or mozzarella.
How do I access current events/news on Newsela?
Newsela has a range of online resources for teaching, including thousands of leveled news articles available for free! But first, to access any content on Newsela, you must create an account. Click here to get started.
What grades/subjects does Newsela support?
Newsela provides engaging, differentiated content for ELA, social studies, science, and social-emotional learning instruction for grades 3-12, making it best suited for students who are reading to learn (rather than students who are learning to read). All content is aligned to state standards, and instructional curations provide ready-to-teach lessons and resources to help teachers create engaging lesson plans.
Does Newsela support social & emotional learning?
The Newsela SEL Collection includes activities and resources for social-emotional learning aligned to the CASEL competencies. Elementary, middle, and high school teachers can all use this collection as part of their school or district’s social-emotional learning curriculum. This collection can be purchased as an add-on to one of Newsela’s subject products. To learn more, visit The Newsela SEL Collection page.
Is Newsela a good option for virtual learning / remote teaching
Newsela’s flexible platform can support any of your teachers’ lessons, whether they are teaching virtually, in-person, or have a hybrid learning model. And while we know that teaching remotely can have its challenges, Newsela has a variety of distance learning resources that meet the needs of all virtual learners. To learn more, visit Distance Learning with Newsela.
Is Newsela free?
Newsela offers access to differentiated, current event articles free for all teachers and students. Newsela also offers solutions to support core instruction across subjects. To learn more about our premium core subject products, visit our solutions page.
How much does Newsela cost?