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Are you getting ready to start back to school? Are you interested in knowing what to expect with your year 2 Academy implementation? Here is what you need to know.
We recommend that you get started early with Academy. As you know, students do not normally see growth gains in the Academy of Reading/Math until they have complete a significant portion of the program. Therefore, we recommend that you get started early in the school year so that your students have as much time on task as possible throughout the school year. We know that testing, attendance, school programs, etc will eventually impact your implementation time.
One suggestion would be to start your scheduling over the summer. You can use your spring Universal Screening data to set up your Academy classes over the summer. Not much will change in your student dynamics over the summer so using the spring data is normally a safe bet for pre-planning.
“But I have a really great teacher who will be doing Academy this year!”
That is wonderful and we can’t wait to work with them…BUT one thing to keep in mind is that the Academy programs are very intensive intervention programs that will take hands on intervention approaches from your teacher. If there are too many students in one classroom, even the BEST teacher will not have the time to be effective. Also keep in mind that students need to be scheduled on Academy 3-5 days a week for 30-45 minute sessions. That is per product! If students need reading and math intervention, you can discuss this with your TE21 Implementation Specialist for their recommendation for an effective implementation plan for this subgroup. We suggest that you follow the TE21 Recommended Best Practices for your most effective implementation.
After you have set up your Academy schedule and “pre-selected” your students…you can set up your classes in the management system. Over the summer you will see that your management system went through a transition in training period. All of your students have been increased by one grade level and all classes from last year have been deleted. This will allow you to structure this year’s classes to match your new schedule.
To set up your classes you will login to the management system. Select your program in the top left corner. Then click create new class on the left side of page. Enter the class name and grade. Click save and add new students.
When adding students to your classes, first check to see if the student already has an account set up in the default class. If you see your student(s) listed in the default class, click the box to the left of their name and click add to class at the bottom of the page. If you are still missing a few students, you will need to add them new to the system. After you enter your new student information, this student will need to be added to the class by following the steps in the paragraph above.
You will want to make sure that you know all student username and password configurations as well. You can access all usernames and passwords for your classes by clicking on the class registry list link and then click on each individual class name. Your student usernames and password will be listed. You can print this list by clicking the link at the top right hand corner of the screen. If you need to adjust any student information, you can click on the student name and adjust the information before printing.
Now your students are ready to Pre-Test. The Pre-Test is set AUTOMATICALLY each school year. You DO NOT HAVE TO SCHEDULE THIS TEST. When the students login for the first time, enter the classroom door, the test will be waiting for them. They will complete their adaptive placement test. (This test can take anywhere from 10-45+ minutes depending on the age of the student). After the test is completed the students’ individualized training program (ITP) will be created.
“What happens if I have a student who worked on the program last year?”
No worries. After the student completes the placement test they will have a modified training program created for them. This new training program will not include skills that were mastered last year. It will only include skills that are appropriate for the new grade and skill level based off the placement test results from this year’s test.
Now your student is ready to start their training! Good luck!!!
Check back next month to see how you can effectively assist your struggling students with Visual Match and Auditory Visual Match skills.
Please contact your TE21 Implementation Specialist with additional questions or you can reach out to our Director of Training, Emily Duplantis 843-834-2290 or email@example.com