Newsela for Illinois

When Illinois teachers need accessible, engaging, and culturally responsive content, content they turn to Newsela.

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Explore Illinois content #1 resource for elementary and middle school Social Studies in Illinois
Resources for Illinois educators

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Newsela knows Illinois

As Illinois education evolves, districts can adapt by leveraging Newsela’s flexible content.

  1. Engage students wherever they’re learning with authentic, relevant content from one trusted resource that supports your SEL initiatives and academic needs.

  2. Dive into new social studies standards and civics requirements with Newsela Social Studies found by the ISBE Black History Curriculum Task Force Survey to be the most popular social studies resource For Pre-K through 8th Grade.

  3. Makes content accessible to all students with an experience that is fully compliant with World Wide Web Compliance Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) - adhering to the new Illinois law (Public Act 102-0238). Learn more here.

  4. Adhere to state mandates with engaging content for LGBTQ+ instruction, Black History, and more.

  5. Enable culturally responsive teaching with representative materials from diverse sources.

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Check out examples of our Illinois content

Newsela curates thousands of relevant, engaging, standards-aligned texts for the classroom.
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Instructional supports to expand students' learning experience and engagement

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Curations, Lessons, and Customizations. Create custom activities, search for content by standard, curate Text Sets, and control the reading levels students experience.

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Quizzes, Writing Prompts, and Assignments. Create and share customizable assignments and give students access to reading comprehension quizzes, customizable writing prompts, and annotations.

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Aligned to Illinois State and Local Standards. Use Newsela to teach the standards and priorities of your school, district and the state of Illinois. We support leading frameworks, and commonly used curricula to ensure instruction is both engaging and driving learning.

  • Content aligns to Illinois Priority Learning Standards for English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies

  • SEL content and supports align to Illinois Priority Learning Standards for Social and Emotional Learning 

  • Curriculum Complements across subjects align to the scope and sequence of popular curricular materials 

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High-quality content to support learning

#1 for PK-8 social studies in IL

Statewide, IL educators are using Newsela content to broaden perspectives and challenge dominant narratives.

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Meet our trusted Illinois partners

We partner with educators and leaders from around the state to meet your content and PD needs.

Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program

ILTPP aggregates buying power and technology products for schools.
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Integrate NWEA MAP Growth data to set student reading levels.
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Large Unit District Association (LUDA)

LUDA represents many of the largest unit districts across Illinois.
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Resources for Illinois educators

Resources to help Illinois educators get the most from Newsela’s content solutions.

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How custom Newsela collections helped this Illinois district

Elmhurst partnered with Newsela on custom resources for new standards.
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Increasing engagement with just-right content

What U-46 did right with Newsela.
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Building a sustainable SEL strategy

How Indian Prairie rolled out digital resources.
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Content solutions across the curriculum

Meet the needs of your diverse learner populations with authentic, digital-first content.