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McGraw-Hill Education | Wonders - The Power of Connection

Educator Newsletter
Issue 3, September 2020
Wonders News!

Thank you, Wonders Community.

We’re starting a new school year, and we cannot thank you enough for making that happen for your students. We appreciate everything you have been doing, continue to do, and will do, under the most challenging of circumstances. Your commitment and dedication to your students and their continued education – no matter where, no matter how – is nothing short of heroic.

It’s hard work, and it requires a tremendous amount of your mental, emotional, and physical energy. We hope that you can take a moment, pause to breathe, and know that you are valued and appreciated. You make a difference, every day.

The focus of this issue is support: resources we’ve been creating to help you and your students’ families at Back to School time and throughout the year, guidance for Social Emotional Learning, and thoughts about processing trauma.

Stay safe and stay healthy.

- The Wonders Team.

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Remote & Hybrid Learning Resources
There’s still a lot of uncertainty about how this school year will play out. Some schools are starting in a fully remote setting, others are adopting a hybrid model, while others may start out doing one and switch to the other, depending on the needs of their students. We’ve created a variety of supports and guides to help you and will continue to add more resources as our team works to address the needs of districts across the country. Here are a few sites you can bookmark to get the latest news and updates on Wonders:
  • Supports for Teachers: implementation resources, guides for the student and teacher dashboard, videos, and more
  • Supports for Families: School to Home overviews and video guides on how to use the digital student workspace at home
  • Digital Technical Support: tutorials and FAQs about your digital teacher workspace, class management, planner, tools, and more
  • Guide to Resources: this PDF will be updated regularly to provide you with a list of the new supports you’ll find for Back to School within Wonders. See details below.
We encourage you to forward this newsletter and these resources to your peers to share the support.

New Supports for Back to School 2020
Your Resource Library now contains a new category to help you access all the Back to School supports we’re providing in a single, easy to find location.

Login to ConnectED, go to Resources > Resource Library > Back to School Support. In that category, you’ll find a selection of resources to help you, your students, and their families.

Please be aware that we are actively adding these resources and that you will see new resources appearing over the coming weeks. We’ll be updating the Guide to Resources on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to let you know when new resources and tools have been added.

The supports will include resources to strengthen key skills and address learning gaps, new School to Home Letters focused around remote learning (in 8 different languages), new coaching videos for teachers, alignments to Priority Instructional Content Standards and alternate pacing guides, guides to new assessment options, supports for Social Emotional Learning, and more.

Stay tuned as we continue to add to the Back to School Support section.

We’re Here to Help
Our support teams are available via phone, email, or live chat.

Contact Online Tech Support

Phone: (800) 437-3715

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST

Chat directly with a support agent and get immediate answers to your questions.
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM EST

New Online Workshops
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You have access to two new video-based online workshop modules that facilitate on-site training in close reading and small-group instruction. During the second year of Wonders implementation, these workshops may be helpful to teachers as self-paced learning modules. They include:
  • Expert and classroom videos, activities, discussion prompts, and reflection prompts curated in an easy-to-use module format.
  • Downloadable PDF Facilitator Guides and Participant Guides
You can find these new courses by navigating to: Resources > Professional Development > Overview > Ready-to-Teach Workshops

Inspired Ideas
Looking for resources to share with parents, research to inform your work, or inspiration from experts and peers? Visit our blog, Inspired Ideas. You’ll discover stories from educators, strategies from experts in reading instruction, and news from learning scientists and edtech experts. Here are three highlights to explore:

In Your Own Words
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.

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