The District

Build engagement and expertise with Newsela certifications

The Newsela Team
Sep 13, 2021

Districts across the country are encouraging their teachers and coaches to become Newsela Certified Educators (NCEs), seeing first-hand how the NCE program builds fidelity with their teachers and increases engagement for students.

Just ask Nancy Biddinger, an instructional technology resource coach for a large district in the southeastern United States. When describing her reasons for becoming an NCE, she said, “I needed to know as much about Newsela as possible so that I could support teacher planning, identify resources, offer suggestions to match the tool to the instruction, troubleshoot, and more.”

We know that teachers are every districts’ biggest asset, and after a tumultuous year of learning they need support now more than ever. By encouraging your teachers and coaches to become Newsela Certified Educators, you’ll not only empower your teachers, but maximize your investment in Newsela as well. 

Take a look at the top 3 advantages teachers gain by becoming Newsela certified.

1. Learn Newsela best practices and plan ahead

The Newsela Certified Educator course shows teachers how to curate and customize articles and Text Sets to build assignments that meet the needs of their students. With advanced knowledge of best practices on how to leverage Newsela in the classroom, teacher teams are able to integrate Newsela into their scope and sequence by planning ahead for their lessons and instruction. 

2. Provide students with dynamic and engaging lessons

When teachers plan to integrate Newsela into instruction, and work with colleagues to plan, students benefit most. Students receive more dynamic lessons, powered by Newsela’s engaging content, and facilitated by a teacher that can maximize the impact of Newsela to engage students in reading, writing, speaking, and thinking about engaging topics. 

3. Meet students’ individual needs

During the NCE course, Teachers learn to analyze assignment trends and student insights in the teacher Binder. This data informs teachers’ choices on upcoming lessons by providing insight into student performance and guiding teachers’ small group and one-to-one instruction.

The NCE program gives teachers confidence to return to Newsela again and again. This means that their capacity with the platform will continue to expand as they get more usage. It also means students will get even more benefits as their teachers become Newsela experts.

Secure a win for the whole school community

Great administrators know the importance of supporting faculty growth through professional learning. 

When teachers and coaches expand their knowledge and skills, they gain autonomy by addressing their own challenges. At the same time, they build stronger relationships by helping colleagues address their challenges, too. 

Leaders from the Richland One School District in South Carolina increased teacher adoption of Newsela by developing an incentive program to encourage their teachers to become certified. Their incentive program recognizes teachers who become NCEs with district PD hours, compensation and more benefits, encouraging teachers to discover the value for themselves along the way.

The biggest benefits go to the students who get the chance to learn from educators equipped to deliver engaging lessons every day. Across the board, investing in professional learning is a win for your school community.

This year, give your teachers and coaches the opportunity to provide more engaging instruction, build professional relationships and become school leaders. You can do all of this and more through the Newsela Certified Educator program. 

Learn more about the Newsela Certified Educator course today.

The Latest from @Newsela

Hey, educators. In the unpredictable landscape this year, we'd love to know: Is your school/district one-to-one? #teachertwitter
September 23, 2021, 9:03 PM
Join us for a hands-on workshop combining Newsela’s adaptive content and @PearDeck's engaging interactivity. Whether you’re new to Pear Deck and Newsela or an expert looking to brush up your skills, this webinar has something for everyone! Register here:
September 22, 2021, 4:00 PM
Teach U.S. History with "Hamilton" the Musical! 🎶 Using this collection of Newsela articles, students can gain an understanding of who Alexander Hamilton was and why the Founding Fathers are included throughout the play "Hamilton" ➡️
September 22, 2021, 1:00 PM
"Our orientation as designers of learning environments and instructional materials is to create the right conditions by identifying blockers and removing them," implores @dcogandrew. Read the framework written by Newsela's Chief Academic Officer:
September 21, 2021, 1:00 PM
Set students up for a year of meaningful learning with a Back-to-School Scavenger Hunt! 🔎 Students will familiarize themselves with Newsela and learn how to make the most of the many features. Check it out:
September 20, 2021, 6:30 PM
What's #SundayFunday without a giveaway? ⁠We're giving away 3 tumblers! ⁠ Here's how to enter: ⁠ 🍋 Follow @newsela⁠ 🍋 Tag 3 friends⁠ 🍋 Like our last 3 tweets ⁠ The winners will be randomly selected and announced on this post Wednesday. Best of luck! ⁠
September 19, 2021, 10:00 PM
When it comes to teaching literacy, content matters. We believe the best reader is an engaged reader, and content makes all the difference. ⭐ Bring context and relevance to any #ELA curriculum with Newsela ELA:
September 19, 2021, 6:00 PM
We know that teachers are every districts’ biggest asset, and the biggest benefits go to students who learn from educators equipped to deliver engaging lessons every day. This blog shares the top 3 advantages of becoming a Newsela Certified Educator. ➡️
September 18, 2021, 1:00 PM
Discussing identity in your classroom? Learn from @BEmerick6, our NCE of the month! 🎉 Use her Text Set to help students explore how they define their identities, the intersections at play, and how outside influences may shape identities.
September 17, 2021, 8:24 PM
Marvel's "Shang-Chi" moves beyond stereotypes and cliches to speak more accurately to the Asian American experience. Go behind-the-scenes of the family drama about a young Asian immigrant, using this article:
September 17, 2021, 4:00 PM

The best lessons start with the best content.

Ready to bring great instructional content to your students?

Contact Sales