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How 'social emotional learning' is teaching Decatur Township students respect and responsibility

April 5, 2019 by Demi Vaughn

It's called social-emotional learning. And the concept is being taught through two district programs — one for students in grades K-8 (called Second Step) and another for high schoolers (called the Newsela SEL Collection).

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Newsela raises $50M to expand a content repository for K-12 learning that replaces traditional textb

March 13, 2019 by Ingrid Lunden

In the latest development, Newsela — which has created a platform that packages together different third-party content like primary-source documents, news articles and more to help teachers and students learn about a particular subject, more or less as a replacement for more traditional textbooks — has announced that it has raised $50 million in a Series C round of funding led by TCV.

Newsela Lands $50 Million From Spotify Investor

March 12, 2019 by Wade Tyler Millward

On Wednesday, [TCV] announced it invested $50 million in a Series C round for Newsela, which offers an instructional content platform containing news and nonfiction articles at various reading levels.

He wanted to help kids learn. Now, his startup serves 90% of classrooms

CNN Tech
June 15, 2018 by Shannon Gupta

When Matthew Gross saw his second-grade son struggling to read, he knew he wanted to do something to make learning more engaging and fun.

Why You’re Thinking About Efficacy All Wrong (And How to Fix It)

April 10, 2018 by Malvika Bhagwat

Newsela just released its own results on efficacy, supported by third-party researchers, and we uncovered a few key takeaways. In the interest of moving the industry forward, we’re sharing the hurdles we encountered, as well as proposing a few simple questions that can guide educators when it comes to efficacy.

The simple idea to make kids more empathetic? Get them reading the news.

Washington Post
April 3, 2017 by Colby Itkowitz

In any given week, Kelly Payton’s fifth grade students might read newspaper articles about immigration or Syrian refugees or climate change. Sometimes she assigns them the same stories, other times they’re instructed to go online and like the rest of the news-consuming world, click on the headlines that most appeal to them.

I taught my 5th-graders how to spot fake news. Now they won’t stop fact-checking me.

March 29, 2017 by Scott Bedley

It was a fall day in 2014, and my classroom was full of excitement. My students had transformed themselves into historical figures for a living history project. I was going to broadcast it online so other schools could watch our “Age of Exploration News Conference” live.

Media Literacy and the Role of Our Nation’s Schools

Pacific Standard
March 28, 2017 by Lindsey Tepe & Anne-Marie Slaughter

In early February, the New York Times announced a new program to provide subscriptions to public school students across the country. The impetus behind the program was an influx of unsolicited donations and offers to purchase large numbers of subscriptions, which have been pouring in since last November’s presidential election.

What Newsela CEO Matthew Gross is reading this week

CNN Money
March 27, 2017 by Shannon Gupta

This week, the guest curator for "The Big Idea" is Matthew Gross.

Bay Area teachers help students spot fake news

Monterey Herald
March 19, 2017 by Sharon Noguchi

Kayleigh Peterson and her classmates at Los Altos High think they can tell real from fake news. There are the plethora of ads, random pop-up boxes, misspelled words and way too many unbelievable claims. But Kayleigh still can’t help falling for click bait — she estimates she spends 70 percent of her internet-cruising time checking out fake stories.

Fake news: Teachers capitalize on kids’ interest

The Mercury News
March 18, 2017 by Sharon Noguchi

Kayleigh Peterson and her classmates at Los Altos High think they can tell real from fake news. There are the plethora of ads, random pop-up boxes, misspelled words and way too many unbelievable claims. But Kayleigh still can’t help falling for click bait — she estimates she spends 70 percent of her internet-cruising time checking out fake stories.

Teachers' new Catch-22: Students want to talk politics, but their parents don't

Christian Science Monitor
March 13, 2017 by Josh Kenworthy

It's the yin and yang of the election aftermath: civics is suddenly cool, and reports of bullying against minorities are up. Teachers trying to grapple with both issues are running into pushback from parents who want politics left out of the classroom.

Teaching Empathy in a Post-Empathetic World

Education World
March 7, 2017 by Keith Lambert

How do we teach "empathy"? It’s a fair question, followed up with, “How do we have the time to teach something like ‘empathy’ in our academically rigorous classes?” Often bundled up and pushed aside as non-compulsory “character education”, this sort of work can sometimes seem arbitrary and time-consuming. However, the science shows there is nothing further from the truth. In fact, an empathic school is a smarter school.

What the Newest Fitness Craze Can Teach Us About Personalized Learning

Feb. 28, 2017 by Jin-Soo Huh

Alternatively, programs like Newsela place the power to choose in the hands of students. Rather than an algorithm, Newsela allows students to self-select articles at their reading level from a digital library. Helping students understand their lexile level allows them to make appropriate choices.

Teaching Empathy

Feb. 16, 2017 by Ellen McGirt

A new program launched this week that aims to help students become more empathetic and connect peacefully with people who are different from them. It’s called "A Mile in Our Shoes," and it’s the latest from Newsela, a reading platform that is being used by more than 12 million students and one million teachers in the U.S.

Newsela Releases 'Mile In Our Shoes' Resource Designed to Help Students Open Their Minds

Education World
Feb. 10, 2017 by Nicole Gorman

Ed-tech startup Newsela announced this week that it has partnered with Teaching Tolerance (a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center) to provide teachers with text sets that are specifically designed to teach students to open their minds by exposing them to the lifestyles of the diverse groups living in America.

6 Questions From Newsela That Teach Students to Distinguish Between Fake News and the Real Thing

The 74 Million
Feb. 9, 2017 by Tim Newcomb

Newsela, a teaching tool that writes current events and prominent news stories into differing reading levels for more than 10 million students across the country, has created a Media Literacy Initiative to help more than 1 million teachers guide students in comprehending stories and navigating media.

A Simple Tool Meant For Children May Also Help Adults Cope With “Post-Truth” Trump

Good Magazine
Feb. 3, 2017 by Kate Ryan

There’s a reason the Oxford English Dictionary chose “post-truth” as 2016’s word of the year. From the fake story about Pope Francis endorsing Donald Trump to the “Pizzagate” conspiracy to the vast majority of Breitbart content, fabricated stories racked up millions of views this past year and befuddled Americans in the process.

Immigration Protests Cast Spotlight on Social Studies Teachers, Content Developers

Jan. 31, 2017 by Sydney Johnson & Tony Wan

One of the first things students learn about in social studies class is the pilgrims, and how different people fled to a new land to start new lives. It’s an oversimplified narrative, one that glosses over the unjust consequences in the aftermath of their arrival. Yet the moral of the story rings true for students and adults alike: the country was built on a respect for diversity, tolerance and opportunity.

This education startup is teaching kids how to spot fake news

Business Insider
Jan. 26, 2017 by Chris Weller

Jennifer Coogan puts it bluntly: If adults can't be trusted to spot fake news, how can we expect kids to know when they're getting duped?

Newsela Adds New Data and Real-Time Update Features for 'PRO' Subscribers

Jan. 19, 2017

For fans of nonfiction literacy platform Newsela, here’s a new feature—PRO users (a paid subscription that costs anywhere from $4,000 to $7,000 per school) now have access to real-time updates on assessment data, what students are reading, and the level they’re reading at.

For Ed-Tech Company Newsela, 'Fake News' a Big Challenge - and Opportunity

Education Week
Jan. 19, 2017 by Benjamin Herold

With 12 million registered users and counting, ed-tech startup Newsela is a major vehicle for connecting K-12 students to the news. Each day, classrooms using the platform receive a curated selection of articles from outlets like the Washington Post and The Guardian, edited to multiple reading levels.

Newsela Commits to Helping Students Decipher ‘Fake News’

Education World
Nov. 29, 2016 by Nicole Gorman

Educational technology company Newsela is committed to helping schools nurture media literate students.

A team of journalists is fighting media illiteracy by translating news for kids

Nov. 28, 2016 by Jenny Anderson

Imagine you are nine. You read something in class. You don’t understand it. Do you raise you hand and announce you are lost? Or do you pretend that you’ve got it, and move along?

Over 380,000 kids just voted to elect Hillary Clinton in a national student election

Business Insider
Nov. 2, 2016 by Chris Weller

More than 380,000 students in grades 2 through 12 have voted to elect Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States.

When Politics Goes to School: Students Share Opinions About 2016 Election

NBC News
Nov. 2, 2016 by Aliyah Frumin

No one can escape the heated 2016 presidential election, not even elementary school students.

How This Popular Education Startup Is Covering the Election in Terms Kids Can Understand

Oct. 18, 2016 by Kevin J. Ryan

After the second presidential debate aired October 9, reading a recap from just about any news outlet meant getting a refresher on the vulgar recording released two days earlier.

This startup is using journalism to make kids better readers

CNN Money
Sept. 28, 2016

Some may consider news cut and dry, but one entrepreneur wanted it to actually help kids improve their reading skills.

This education startup you've never heard of is in 75% of American classrooms

Business Insider
Sept. 14, 2016 by Chris Weller

A reading revolution is brewing in American classrooms, and one company is quietly leading the charge. Newsela, a 3-year-old startup that promotes literacy in K-12 education, gives teachers curated news articles to share with their students.

Passwords get the boot as students use their own QR codes

Sept. 13, 2016 by Natalie DiBlasio

New education tech applications are changing what teachers can do, who they can reach and how much power they take back from a standardized system. Others strive to give teachers a precious gift: time.

Newsela rolls out Library to help students read beyond the news

Aug. 22, 2016 by Lora Kolodny

When Newsela was created in 2012, the edtech startup aimed to help students master reading at their own pace, specifically with news articles adapted to different reading levels.

Have Politics Become So Ugly That Educators Are Afraid To Teach Civics?

Fast Company
Aug. 13, 2016 by Ainsley O'Connell

Mock-election student voters at schools across the country might expect to find useful information on the presidential candidates’ policy positions on Scholastic’s Election 2016 news site. Instead, Scholastic offers kids preparing to cast a classroom ballot a cheat sheet on Republican Donald Trump’s childhood...

App of the Week: Nonfiction reading for all levels

Feb. 29, 2016 by Stephen Noonoo

An innovative tool for delivering high-interest, cross-curricular nonfiction texts to students, right at their reading levels.

Super Tuesday Is For Kids, Too: Newsela Opens Voting To Students

Feb. 29, 2016 by Bernadette Tansey

From the start of the primary season, New York-based Newsela has been encouraging teachers to get kids involved in the presidential election through classroom reading assignments, discussions—and the chance to give voice to their generation’s political views in the online polls the company has set up for each state.

National Council for the Social Studies Endorses Newsela’s ‘Students Vote 2016’

Education World
Feb. 29, 2016 by Nicole Gorman

The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has officially endorsed Newsela’s 'Students Vote 2016,’ a ninth-month program that engages students in the on-going presidential election every step of the way.

New App Allows Students of All Reading Levels to Access the News

Education World
Jan. 21, 2016 by Nicole Gorman

Literacy-focused company Newsela announced today the release of an iOS app that will help students of all reading abilities stay up-to-date with the news through their mobile devices.

Get teched: Newsela’s new app puts education in your pocket

Built In NYC
Jan. 21, 2016 by Taylor Majewski

This week, Newsela, the edtech company that leverages daily news to help students build their reading comprehension skills, launched an app for iOS devices.

Newsela PRO – a Powerful Reading Comprehension Platform, Useful for Many Subject Areas

Emerging EdTech
Dec. 16, 2015 by Kelly Walsh

With Newsela PRO, you can analyze student performance on the quizzes that are available for each article. Did we mention that these quizzes are adaptive, changing as the reading level of the articles change? Higher reading level … more challenging quiz. Very cool.

Newsela – Robust Education Technology for Reading Comprehension Skills Development

Emerging EdTech
Dec. 15, 2015 by Kelly Walsh

How would you like to be able to give students reading assignments focused on current events that are geared to their reading level? Could you use sets of articles focused on topics in the sciences, social studies, law, health, arts, and other areas, or maybe even regionally-focused content, offered in multiple Lexile Levels so students of any reading level can comprehend them?

Newsela Puts Focus on Science, With Standards in Mind

Education Week
Dec. 8, 2015 by Sean Cavanagh

Newsela, a company that customizes news articles to build students’ literacy skills, is making a new push into science, in the latest example of providers attempting to meet schools’ demands for standards-aligned content in that subject.

Can Edtech Turn Post-Millennials Into News Junkies? Newsela’s Trying

Nov. 19, 2015 by Bernadette Tansey

Much has been written—and often lamented—about the supposed effect of Web technology on the Millennial generation. These digital natives care to read only in short snippets, the stereotype goes; they get all their news from their Facebook friends, and rarely subscribe to newspapers, some of their elders complain.

Three Ways Software Is Empowering Teachers

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Aug. 16, 2015 by Bill Gates

Forty years ago, Paul Allen and I started Microsoft because we wanted to help everybody get as much out of computers as we did. Back then, only big business had access, and we thought millions of…

What Cutting Edge Looks Like in a School 2015
Aug. 10, 2015 by Jenn Choi

Must-Have Gadgets For Every Cutting-Edge School Ready for a new school year? Your child probably spent the summer learning new skills or leveling up existing ones, be it coding, painting,…

Newsela Redefines the Student News Experience - Down the Hall

Scholastic Down The Hall Blog
May 7, 2015 by Dr. Rod Berger

May 7, 2015 | Posted At: 12:26 PM | Author: Dr. Rod Berger Student access to relevant information and news continues to expand with technology advancements. I had the opportunity to interview Matthew…

Digital Literacy Tools Drive Learning Gains

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
March 25, 2015 by Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 12:00am By: Kathryn Hunt

Teachers know that meeting students’ individual needs in a bustling classroom is a Sisyphean task. But the job may be getting easier, thanks to a variety of new digital literacy tools. Last…

Newsela teams up with the Washington Post

Education DIVE
March 25, 2015 by Allie Gross

Dive Brief: Ed Tech company Newsela announced a new partnership with the Washington Post on Tuesday. Through the relationship, the duo will work together to adapt WaPo articles and make them…

Literacy Startups Race to Get News

March 24, 2015 by Tony Wan

Traditional newsprint publishers struggling to capture a new generation of readers may have a new ally: companies with a knack for building powerful technology but lacking in content. An emerging…

The Level Playing Field

Oct. 8, 2014 by Annie Murphy Paul

Newsela in particular takes advantage of the nimbleness and speed of the digital medium, offering students high-interest stories about the issues of the day, from the domestic abuse scandal involving NFL football player Ray Rice to the bungled efforts by the Secret Service to protect President Obama.

Newsela Raises $4.1 Million to Help Students Master Reading

Wall Street Journal
Sept. 17, 2014 by Lora Kolodny

Schools or entire school districts are Newsela’s clients. The premium Newsela technology is used district wide in cities from Newark, N.J., to Palm Springs, Calif.

7 good questions with Newsela’s Jennifer Coogan

American Press Institute
March 5, 2014 by Kevin Loker

A story on the shutdown of the federal government might be a dry topic, but if the story mentions how thousands of middle schoolers’ field trips to the Smithsonian are on the line, that’s a high-interest hook that will draw them into an important topic.

TILE-SIG Feature: NEWSELA, a Resource Worth Reporting

International Reading Association
Nov. 1, 2013 by Angie Johnson

There are literally thousands of excellent websites available to educators these days, but every so often one comes along that provides something you've quietly wished for all your career. For me, NEWSELA, currently in beta and free, is one of those finds.

Venture spotlight shifts to K-12 tech

Oct. 16, 2013 by Judith Messina

In a sign that the K-12 education market is opening to technology innovation, four New York City-based ed-tech companies focused on elementary and secondary schools and teachers have banked venture…

Newsela: making news accessible for more learners

School Library Journal
Oct. 16, 2013 by Joyce Valenza

Face it.  The news is not written for most of our kids, especially those who are struggling readers or new English learners. I showed Newsela to my ELL and several of my ELA teachers early…

Newsela gets $1.2M to bring daily news & personalized learning to kids

Oct. 11, 2013 by Christina Farr

Newsela, a website with hundreds of news articles targeted to schoolchildren, has raised $1.2 million in venture financing.  Remember when you were at school, and learning to read or master a…

Newsela Raises $1.2M to Help Kids Read the News

Oct. 9, 2013 by Tony Wan

This just hot off the press: Newsela announced a $1.2 million seed round led by NewSchools Venture Fund, with participation from Kapor Capital, Kaplan Ventures and Silicon Badia. Angels include…

5 startups to watch from Kaplan’s TechStars-powered ed tech accelerator demo day

Sept. 11, 2013 by Ki Mae Heussner

When education giant Kaplan and startup accelerator TechStars announced a joint ed tech accelerator back in February, the plan was for the program to be a one-time thing. Now, though, the companies…

OPINION: A Teacher Walks Into a Demo Day (EdSurge News)

Sept. 11, 2013

This past February, Kaplan, Inc. announced the launch of the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, powered by Techstars. Based in NYC, the three-month program provides companies with funding, mentorship,…

Kaplan bets on 10 online learning startups

Crains New York
July 3, 2013 by Judith Messina

Updated: July 3, 2013 3:38 p.m. Degreed: tracks, scores and validates users' educational experiences (San Francisco).Flinja: Students list services they can provide to alumni and others in their…

Read Closely

Editor and Publisher
by Nu Yang

by: Nu Yang Even though Newsela founder and chief executive officer Matthew Gross has a long career in the education sector, it was also his role as a parent that prompted him to start the news…

Summer reading 2.0

Great Schools
by Carol Lloyd

By Carol Lloyd How did it happen? It’s late June already and our summer learning plan is AWOL. When school was still in session, I couldn’t raise the specter of summer learning with my…

10 Startup Lessons From Kaplan's EdTech Accelerator Demo Day
by Ashley Lee

Kaplan CEO Andy Rosen, standing in front of a picture of Stanley Kaplan Image credit: Devindra Hardawar/VentureBeat For many students, this week was the start of a new school year. For the 10…

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10.10.19 Survey: Educators Aren’t Prepared to Bring Complex Topics to Schools
08.13.19 Newsela Now Integrates with Schoology and Other LTI-configured Learning Management Systems
01.20.16 Newsela Launches iOS App to Unlock News at Any Level, Anywhere
11.19.15 Newsela Partners With Scientific American to Launch Science Literacy Initiative
10.06.15 Newsela Secures $15 Million Series B to Promote Literacy and Captivate Students and Teachers
06.01.15 Newsela Launches Annual Summer Reading Challenge for Students in Grades 2-12
04.14.15 Newsela Launches Text Sets for Teachers to Create, Curate and Share Personalized Collections of News Articles
03.24.15 Newsela Partners with The Washington Post to Publish Leveled, Nonfiction News for Students in Grades 2-12
09.22.14 Newsela begins publishing Scientific American content adapted for K-12 readers
09.17.14 Newsela Inc. Raises $4.1 Million in Series A Investment Led by Owl Ventures
10.11.13 Newsela Raises $1.2 Million in Seed Funding to Bring Daily News to Students at all Reading Levels