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Learning doesn’t have to stop when schools close. Prepare for distance learning with Newsela.

An instructional content platform that brings together engaging, accessible content with integrated assessments and insights to supercharge reading engagement and learning in every subject. Though most powerful as a digital platform, Newsela can be used without either devices or the internet with print options and offline access.

HundrED 2021


HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED 2021

HundrED 2018

Quality Education for all during Covid-19

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October 2017
We are aiming to improve reading comprehension, knowledge acquisition and reading motivation among students of all abilities.

About the innovation

What is Newsela?

Every teacher knows that students often tune out when reading at school. Young people are so used to interacting with great digital content outside of the classroom, but their experiences of reading static textbooks in school rarely measure up. 

With Newsela, reading can be every teacher's most powerful learning tool. This instructional content platform solves the problem of reading engagement holistically for students, teachers and principals. Newsela offers fresh, adaptive reads for every subject, combined with assessment tools such as quizzes, annotations and writing prompts. 

Learners can access dynamic, game-changing content from premier sources such as the Washington Post, Smithsonian and Biography.com, covering topics students care about. Every article comes in 5 reading levels, tailored to the skill level of each reader. As learners pick up new literacy skills, the language becomes more sophisticated.

Assessments are integrated directly into articles to help students engage with the content and to give teachers and principals actionable insights on students’ activity and progress that can be used to improve learning outcomes. The platform's most important function is to enable teachers to assess students' abilities in real time and then adjust their instruction right away. 

As well as improving reading skills in general, Newsela aims to boost learners' media literacy. By pairing news consumption with reading comprehension practice, Newsela helps students to develop the higher-order critical thinking skills they need to vet information on their own.

Newsela can be used without either devices or the internet with print options and offline access. 


Impact & scalability

Impact & Scalability

Newsela delivers an engaging digital experience to learners that is differentiated and relevant, deepens critical thinking, forges connections and helps students to make sense of what they’re learning. Already having a large impact in the United States, Newsela now plans to expand their reach globally.

HundrED Academy Reviews
The need of the hour! To be able to learn and excel rapidly, one needs to promote reading and this is exactly what Newsela is doing, this needs to given a shout out socially!
I like the fact that this platform combines media literacy, levelled reading, critical sources, and the ability for teachers to track performance. This platform can be great for older students whoa are second language learners that need a more simple reading level but still age appropriate.
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Implementation steps

Get set up with Newsela
Teachers interested in using Newsela in their classrooms can sign up on the Newsela website.

Educators can register for Newsela online and then create classes, add students and assign articles.

Participate in training
Training is on offer to help teachers to make the most out of Newsela in their classrooms.

A great place to start is the training session Newsela 101. All educators who are part of the Newsela community can take advantage of the training programmes Newsela offers.

Set students up for success
Newsela offers a wide variety of resources to supercharge students' reading and learning experiences.

Teachers can make use of a range of resources through Newsela. Head to the website for more details. 

Connect with peers
Join the Newsela community to collaborate and share ideas with other members.

Educators can collaborate with other Newsela teachers at their own school and further afield across the whole Newsela community. Newsela also run specialised webinars exclusive to educators. 

Assess, iterate and reassess
Newsela makes keeping track of students' progress easy.

Teachers can collect consistent data by assigning Newsela quizzes every week and monitoring progress through the Newsela platform.

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