Detroit Public School Community District Adopts Magnetic Reading from Curriculum Associates to Help Accelerate Learning and Develop Students’ Critical Reading Skills

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., September 1, 2021—Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) in Detroit, MI recently adopted Curriculum Associates’ Magnetic reading program for students in grades 3 to 5. This additional program, which will be used by approximately 12,000 students in 74 schools in the district, helps teachers facilitate lively classroom speech and engage all students with grade-level content while building confidence and mastering their skills. in critical reading.

“A strong foundation in reading is essential for continued student success,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “As part of our ongoing partnership with the district, we look forward to supporting DPSCD teachers in their work to accelerate learning and improve reading outcomes for their elementary students.”

With Magnetic reading, teachers receive actionable data and insights, knowledge-rich learning, culturally and linguistically relevant pedagogy, and scaffolding to support learner variability. The program works seamlessly with I-Ready® evaluation, a program used by DPSCD to provide data-based information about each student’s skill level. Using data from i-Ready, as good as Magnetic readingin the grade-level scaffolding report, teachers are able to develop a success plan for each student, student group, or strategic match by assigning Magnetic reading units and lessons.

Each unit within Magnetic reading focuses on engaging, interdependent and culturally relevant texts and focused questions to guide learning. As the students continue to read in Magnetic reading, they develop their knowledge reserve, relate knowledge to new culturally and linguistically relevant texts and develop their metacognitive reading skills, while exploring a wide range of topics and ideas.

Built using universal design guidelines for learning, Magnetic reading also notably helps all pupils to engage with high quality grade level texts. Within this framework, the program offers three types of scaffolding: resources for pre-teaching, integrated supports for students and opportunities for formative assessment. Strategic supports for English learners are also integrated into the texts.

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About Curriculum Associates

Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online educational materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and exceptional customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources to teach diverse student populations and foster learning for all students.

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