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What is Newsela?
Matthew Gross, Founder & CEO, 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.