Newsela and VaSCL announce new partnership

Newsela and VaSCL announce new partnership

December 9, 2020

New York, NY – Newsela, a K-12 instructional content platform, announced today a partnership with The Virginia School Consortium for Learning (VaSCL) to connect educators in the state with high-quality, digital-first instructional materials across subjects. VaSCL is an educational consortium composed of more than seventy public school divisions from across Virginia. Through this partnership, VaSCL members will be able to access Newsela content, technology, and professional learning at a discounted rate.

Newsela offers authentic, relevant instructional content at five reading levels, ranging from current events and popular culture to primary sources, historical fiction, and examples of real world phenomena. VaSCL focuses on improving instruction and increasing student achievement through collaboration and professional learning. Together, Newsela and VaSCL will help Virginia schools and districts adapt to changing circumstances and standards – including the recent edits to the Virginia History and Social Science Standards of Learning pertaining to African American History. 

“Now more than ever, students need relatable, accessible content, and teachers need flexible instructional materials with built-in professional development,” said Chris Mezzatesta, Chief Customer Officer of Newsela. “We’re excited to deepen our connection with educators in Virginia through this partnership.”

“The opportunity for the Virginia School Consortium for Learning to partner with Newsela adds real value to our consortium’s ability to support professional learning for our members,” said Pam Moran, Executive Director of VaSCL. “Newsela’s resources bring strength to the work of teachers to plan and implement quality learning experiences for students, integrating core content skills and even social emotional learning across the curricula.”

Through this partnership, Newsela and VaSCL are excited to offer more Virginia educators access to high-quality instructional materials.