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Educator Newsletter, Issue 6 | Back-to-School 2018
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Welcome back to school, Wonders Community!

The start of a new school year is always so energizing and very busy. We are here to partner with you, providing resources that will help you start the school year off on the right foot. Check out our back-to-school resources and information on the Wonders Placement Diagnostic Assessment. We’re also excited to share with you updates to the Wonders ConnectED platform. Many of the changes are a result of feedback from you, our Wonders users, which we hope makes the platform an even better tool for you and your students.

Wishing you a very successful school year,

Daniela Perelli Balk
VP, Literacy Academic Design

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Back-to-School Resources
Back-to-school time is filled with enthusiasm and excitement about the year to come. There’s a lot to do, but Wonders back-to-school resources—including presentations, letters to parents, and how-to help—will assist in your preparations for the new year.

If you need technical support, visit our Digital Technical Support Site.

How-To: Grouping for Differentiation
The beginning of the school year is a great time to administer the Wonders Placement and Diagnostic Assessment to inform how you will group your students for differentiated instruction. From your Teacher Dashboard, click on:
  • Resources tab
  • Resource Library
  • Assessment option under the Keyword tab
  • Placement and Diagnostic Assessment under the Assessment results

For video tutorials on this assessment and grouping for differentiation, enter Quick-Start into the search bar in your online Teacher Dashboard to access the Quick-Start Course. Once you are in the course topic, select either the Create Small Groups module or the Week 3: Differentiated Instruction module, depending on which Wonders program you use.

Get ConnectED
ConnectED is a great resource for planning your lessons, assigning tasks to your class, and assessing your students. We’re constantly striving to provide the most relevant content and helpful tools. Some of the most recent ConnectED updates include:
  • SIMPLIFIED LOGIN for all McGraw-Hill Education (MHE) products: Do you use more than one MHE product? Signing in via my.mheducation.com will allow you to easily access all of your curriculum, regardless of the platform it’s on.

  • NEW LOOK to the Wonders Professional Learning Environment (PLE): A fresh look, with access to the same great Professional Development resources for teachers and administrators. To access, select:

    • Resources tab
    • Professional Development
    • Professional Learning Environment

    Professional Learning Environment

  • Teacher Dashboard Experience: The updated Dashboard is designed to offer you a more intuitive experience and quicker, easier access to all your digital resources. A walkthrough of the new Dashboard features and navigation structure is also available.

  • NEW Resource Library Search Capabilities: The search feature in the Resource Library section now allows for “multi-level filtering” and enables you to search by resources by each Unit/Week.

International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day is September 8. Check out the MHE Blog, Inspired Ideas, as we celebrate the importance of literacy for all learners.


In Your Own Words
“I love to use the fluency practice selections in the Wonders Your Turn Practice Book. I pair my readers so that they are closely matched according to their reading ability. They practice the reading passage as their partner encourages them and keeps them on track with the one-minute reading timer. They take turns and practice at least 3 times in a session. Then we celebrate their increased fluency. It feels like a game to them and they all benefit by challenging each other. I have witnessed great gains in oral fluency this year!”

Denise Cochran
4th Grade Reading Teacher
Lee Scott Academy
Auburn, AL

Do you have a success story, an "a-ha" moment, or advice for other teachers you’d like to share? We’d love to feature it! Email us at wondersnews@mheducation.com and it could be in our next newsletter.

Or, share how you use Wonders in your classroom and tag #ReadingWonders.

Looking For More?

Wonders Digital Walkthrough
Explore a few of the Wonders digital features that make technology purposeful, including the Data Dashboard.

McGraw-Hill Education YouTube Playlists
Looking for more helpful tips or thoughts from industry leaders? Check out a few McGraw-Hill Education YouTube playlists. Take some time to visit—it will be worth it!
Professional Development

Interactive Classroom Literacy Tools
On her website, Educational Consultant and Wonders Contributing Author, Kathy Bumgardner, offers her interactive classroom literacy tools that combine research-based instruction, best practices, and positive humor to promote engagement and support your classroom instruction.
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