Leveraging Stimulus Funds to Increase Student Engagement and Enhance Assessment Strategies


Discover creative solutions to boost student engagement and learning success with allowable
uses of the American Rescue Plan funds.

ALLOWABLE USES OF THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDS

The Department of Education announced the allocation that each SEA will receive under the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund, totaling $122 billion in relief for K-12 schools. The Department will begin to make these funds available this month so that they may act to fund health and safety measures consistent with CDC guidance, address the disruptions to teaching and learning resulting from the pandemic—especially for students hardest hit by the pandemic—and get students back in the classroom quickly and safely.

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Address Learning Loss by Implementing ONPAR, a Formative Assessment Program

Understand where your students are every step of the way

  • Use ONPAR to understand student learning.
  • ONPAR concept-based formative assessment complements any middle school program.
  • A 3-dimensional formative assessment system that provides immediate feedback to both students and teachers along with strategies for moving student learning forward.

Support Extended Day and Summer Enrichment Programs

Implement a tailored selection of activities/units (Grades 6-12) that will help close the skill deficit gap

  • Evidence-based and research-proven programs that are highly engaging and embedded with equity and efficiency for all students.
  • Rich set of integrated STEM activities to appeal to all (Grades 6-12) students.
  • Flexible for use for extended day and summer learning programs that qualify for ESSER I (CARES Act), ESSER II (CRRSA Act), and ARP ESSER III (ARP Act) funding.
  • See featured programs below.

Deliver Remote & Hybrid Instruction with the Interactive Digital Edition

Activate learning everywhere

  • Developed remote learning lesson plans (RLLPs).
  • New teaching resources to support hybrid learning.
  • Student kits to support remote learning.
  • Seamlessly integrates with most Learning Management Systems (LMS).

FEATURED PROGRAMS

Activate Learning Digital Platform

The Activate Learning Digital Platform is the hub for all of our digital program solutions. We currently have an Interactive Digital Edition for Activate Learning PRIME (K-5), IQWST (6-8), Active Physics, Active Chemistry and EarthComm (9-12).

In Fall 2021, we're launching our brand-new user interface to give teachers an even better experience with our programs. Activate learning digital programs will be much more intuitive utilizing our new workflow:

Plan - Teach - Assign - Assess

Stay tuned for the upcoming release date!

ONPAR Formative Assessment

ONPAR uses innovative scoring algorithms so that students and teachers receive immediate score reports, and learning challenges can be addressed in a timely fashion. Feedback reports are action-focused, revealing individual students’ results on each aspect of a performance task.

Student reports. After students complete a task, the auto-scoring process results in an automatically generated score report. To support student learning, reports include not only scores but also detailed feedback on the three NGSS dimensions, as well as on common misunderstandings. Students view their own individual reports via the student portal; teachers review them via the teacher portal.

Classroom reports. In addition to individual reports for each student, the teacher portal includes whole-
classroom reports that provide a snapshot of how an entire class of students performed on a task.

IQWST

IQWST Concept Builders include:

    • Human Impacts on Earth’s Systems
    • Earth and Space Science
    • Macroevolution
    • Engineering Design

The Human Impacts, Macroevolution, Earth and Space Science concept builders include:

    • Approximately 2 weeks of activities (3-4 lessons designed for ten 50-minute class periods).
    • 1 kit with materials for 32 students to engage in all activities (1 section refill kit needed per class)

Across the Engineering Design concept builder, all of the NGSS Engineering PEs are addressed. It can be used with
or without IQWST. The unit includes:

    • 12 engineering activities – one to support the scientific principles addressed in each of the 12 IQWST units.
    • 12 readings, each of which connects in-class activities to life outside the classroom and the type of engineer (mechanical,
      biomedical, civil, etc.) who would do the kind of work.
    • 12 kits—one for each activity—to allow schools to purchase kits for the corresponding IQWST

Engineering the Future (EtF)

Leaders in many states and districts have recognized that job prospects for students in engineering, technology, and allied fields are already strong and growing rapidly. Consequently, they are looking for affordable curriculum materials to strengthen engineering and technology education at the high school level. Engineering the Future has been designed to meet that need.

Engineering the Future: Science, Technology, and the Design Process is a set of four design-based project modules, which can be taught as a one-year course or as four projects, that introduce students to the world of technology and engineering. Through practical real-world connections, students have an opportunity to see how science, mathematics, and engineering are part of their everyday world, and why it is important for every citizen to be technologically and scientifically literate.

Active Chemistry

A full-year, NSF-funded chemistry curriculum that embraces the three-dimensional learning of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for ALL students.

Three-Dimensional, Project-Based Learning

    • Science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas are seamlessly integrated.
    • Each chapter is anchored in an interesting and meaningful challenge.
    • Students use their new chemistry knowledge to creatively solve their Chapter Challenges.
    • Available as Chapter Books and support extended day and summer enrichment learning.

Active Physics

Three-Dimensional, Project-Based Learning

    • Embraces the three-dimensional learning of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), seamlessly integrating
        • science and engineering practices,
        • crosscutting concepts,
        • core ideas
    • Each chapter is anchored in an interesting and meaningful challenge.
    • Students use their new physics knowledge to creatively solve their Chapter Challenges.
    • Available as Chapter Books and supports extended day and summer enrichment learning.

EarthComm

A full-year Earth and space science curriculum developed by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI).

Three-Dimensional, Project-Based Learning

    • Embraces the three-dimensional learning of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), seamlessly integrating:
      • science and engineering practices
      • crosscutting concepts
      • core ideas
    • Each chapter anchored in an interesting and meaningful challenge
    • Promotes systems thinking about matter and energy flow over time and space

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