Meet the 2021 & 2020 Classes!

Congratulations to These Extraordinary Educators!

Join us in celebrating these Extraordinary Educators! Check out the information below to learn about these inspiring teachers and how they drive student growth and learning.

Be sure to check out our Class of 2020 too!

Class of 2021

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Brandi Adam, Instructional Coach/Teacher

Red Bank Elementary School, TN

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
motivated, fun, family

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
A student's education is one of the most valuable tools they will ever be given, so instructional decisions should not be based on what someone merely thinks or believes. Something as valuable as education should be based on FACTS that we KNOW, therefore the use of data to drive instruction is imperative to ensure a quality learning experience.

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Mackenzie Adams, Teacher—Grade K

Glenwood Elementary School, WA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
welcoming, uplifting, teamwork

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Data can show a teacher a multitude of learning, whether it is how individual students are progressing or how a whole class is performing. Breaking down data can show areas of growth and area of success.

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Amanda Arevalo, Teacher

Discovery Elementary School, ID

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
loving, focused, dedicated

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Students need to be involved with their own data. When students can see where they're at, what they need to learn, and where they're going next, they are more likely to try and go above and beyond those goals than when they're given a worksheet with no concept of the "why" behind it.

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Vonda Ashley, Math Teacher

Winterboro High School, AL

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
structured, task-oriented, collaborative

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Data is an important tool in determining next steps for instructional planning and setting goals. Data chats, goal setting, and feedback help students take ownership of their data and monitor their progress.

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Andrea L. Baney, Teacher—Grade 4

Liberty Valley Intermediate School, PA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
Empowering driven leaders

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Data-driven instruction continuously takes place in my guided math classroom. I use PSSAs and i-Ready data to ensure my students are receiving instruction at their academic level by providing fluid small groups that meet each child's needs.

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Anne E. Barbour, Teacher—Grade 3

Metcalf School, RI

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
exciting, busy, engaging

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Data drives the instruction in my classroom! My motto is called, "Analyze, strategize, act!" Using the data I collect from i-Ready helps me form RTI groups, gives me next steps for instruction when tutoring, and shows me how to push kids ahead on their learning path.

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Courtney Barondeau, Teacher—Grade 4

Frontier Valley Elementary School, CO

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
positive, focused, encouraging

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
i-Ready has made it easy for me to dig deep into my students' data and individualize instruction in a way I didn't know was possible before we started using these assessments. I believe that being able to meet my students where they are at and work with them to achieve their goals has made all the difference in their education and my growth as a professional.

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Shaia Belt, Teacher

Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy PCS, DC

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
high energy, loving, competitive

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
My number one rule to learning is to know yourself. I share all my data with the scholars. As soon as they are finished with their growth checks, they are eager to hear and know their areas of growth. This motivates them to perform better on their weekly lessons and monthly growth checks.

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Frinzetta Boman, Teacher

Leinkauf Elementary School, AL

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
innovative, nurturing, imaginative

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Data is the starting point, not the end. Therefore, it will drive and guide my instruction.

Curriculum Associates Inspire Award
Elizabeth Neuendorff, Instructional Coach
Jacksonville, NC

Elizabeth was selected as an exemplar of the strong bonds with school-based visionaries who take i‑Ready to its highest heights in their work.

How did you take your work in the classroom and apply it to your district role?
I was the sixth grade math lead at HCMS in the 2019–2020 school year.  While in this role, I led campus-level and district-level professional development in regards to mathematics instruction.  In the 2020–2021 school year, I was given the opportunity to further my leadership role by becoming an Instructional Coach.  While in this role, I have already led professional development and provided coaching cycles to teachers.

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Ryan Booth, Math Teacher—Middle School

Agnes Stewart Middle School, OR

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
collaborative, challenging, community

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Data-driven instruction focuses on teaching students what you want them to learn from where they are at currently. It's all about meeting the students where they are, and i‑Ready helps me assess that really quickly and efficiently.

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April Bridges, Teacher—Grade 4

Pinnacle Classical Academy, NC

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
Believe you can!

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Data-driven instruction is an invaluable tool in determining what can further enhance cognitive development of students. I am quite sure there are certain anomalies with data, but in the long haul, it has surely driven me the distance in all my years of studying data to drive my instruction.

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Jamie Cooper, Reading Teacher

Singing River Academy, MS

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
patient, caring, understanding

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
I use i-Ready data to drive instruction. I will look at this data and determine my students' needs. The data provides me with an overview of what my students know at that time. I am able to pinpoint what they specifically need from there.

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Emily Cortes, Math and Science Teacher—Grade 5

Oak Park Elementary School, FL

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
inclusive, whole-hearted, journey

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
My principal's motto is, "Everyone learns every day." Our students deserve instruction that is designed to meet their needs and will catapult them toward reaching their greatest potential. i-Ready is a tool that provides data specific to the individual with resources and solutions available to close achievement gaps.

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Mariette Dargan, Teacher

Lamar-Milledge Elementary School, GA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
exciting, academically challenging

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Data-driven instruction helps me see where I need to apply more focus. For example, if my students are higher in phonics and low in comprehension, I will be able to apply more attention to comprehension.

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Meagan Davis, Teacher

Park Place Middle School, WA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
engaging, collaborating, empowering

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Effective analysis of data must drive instruction and inform planning and assessment! Monitoring students' growth—Stretch Growth® has been particularly encouraging for my struggling readers!—and progress on Lesson Quizzes has allowed me to successfully intervene.

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Michael DeRiggi, Teacher—Grade 5

North Dover Elementary School, NJ

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
Trust your mind.

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
It is pretty simple—the data i‑Ready provides makes small group and individual lessons more effective. The Prerequisite Lessons are also an effective tool.

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Julie Dossantos, Teacher

Glendale Elementary School, FL

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
Practice makes progress!

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Our classroom motto is, "Practice makes progress." I apply that to all areas of my classroom, including providing data-driven instruction.

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Joe Flick, Math Specialist

Brook Avenue School, NY

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
We learn together.

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
As an educator, even before data-driven instruction was all the buzz, I was and still am continuing to monitor output from my students—whether it be formative or summative—and let that guide where I need to go next. I am the navigator and my students are the drivers on the road to higher mathematics.

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Marine Freibrun, Teacher—Grade 5

East Canyon Elementary School, ID

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
positive, community, relationships

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
I always try to plan with the end in mind. I look at what standards my students will be assessed on at the end of a unit, or even just one week of study, and ensure that they're prepared for the outcome. Data-driven instruction gives us as teachers the tools to monitor student progress and show a progression toward mastery while celebrating student success.

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Melinda Geer, Teacher—Grade 3

Glenwood Elementary School, MI

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
engaging, safe, hardworking

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Data-driven instruction leads to effective teaching, resulting in higher student achievement. When we are able to see what our students know and where the gaps are, then we can adjust our instruction to meet the students' needs.

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Shalini Jayawardana, M.Ed., NBCT, Certified Teacher—Grade 3

Holbrook Language Academy, CA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
progress, connection, mastery

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Closing achievement gaps through the use of programs like i‑Ready involves tools that use research and data to improve my practice and celebrate accomplishments!

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Jennifer Sharlene Kidd, Teacher—Grade 1

Straub Elementary School, KY

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
exciting, rigorous, family

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
My motto on data-driven instruction is simple. A teacher must use his/her formative, summative assessments to drive the instruction for the whole group and for each individual child. By using the data that is given from the i-Ready Assessment and Growth Monitoring, you teach exactly what it tells you each child needs. Success will happen.

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Lindsey King, Teacher—Grade K

New Prospect Elementary School, GA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
loving, celebratory, growing

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Instruction must be driven by accurate and applicable data. Data from Common Formative Assessments, i‑Ready, and Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills are then used to create groups to reteach, support, and challenge students.

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Eris Knott, Teacher

Woodley Elementary School, MS

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
cool, calm, collected

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
In order for me to know where to go, I need to look at my data map. My data map will lead me in the right direction for each child specifically.

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Jason Lagpacan, Teacher

Pearl City Elementary School, HI

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
family, choosing love, resilient

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Data-driven instruction: Data is black and white. Analyze the data, create your action plan, implement your action plan, assess your plan, review results, and repeat.

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Krista Matrishon, Teacher—Grade 1

Hillcrest Elementary School, MA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
safe, fun, engaging

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Using data to drive my instruction helps me home in on where students need the most help. It allows me to pinpoint their lessons and practice to move them along in their learning.

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Trifon Perges, Special Education Teacher

Suitland Elementary School, MD

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
positively interactive, engaged classroom

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
I have found nothing quite as influential to my practice as using data to drive instruction. Collecting student data throughout the school year to understand how students are learning and what skills they have mastered allows me to cater to the individual needs of my kids and recognize skill and learning gaps that may exist.

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Suzanne Pleskin, Teacher

Palmetto Elementary School, FL

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
safe, involved, accepting

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
When I use data to drive my decisions and plans, I am able to respond to problems more effectively, construct new teaching methods, and advance skill sets faster.

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Tracie M. Porter, Teacher

Holden School, LA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
Mistakes cause learning.

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Data-driven instruction is like a map. I tell my students when we do data talks that even though we start at different places (i.e., scores/levels) on the map, our goal is to move in the right direction to get where we are going. As a teacher, it shows me not only where the student starts but what needs to be focused on along the journey.

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David Quintero, Teacher—Grade 4

Mary Chapa Academy, CA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
kind, compassionate, progressive

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Consistency, concern, conferencing, and intervention raise pride in achievement.

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Felita R. Reed, Literacy Specialist

Central High School, AR

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
collaboration, respect, high expectations

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
I believe that data-driven instruction allows educators to deliver tailored instruction with a laser focus designed to meet the diverse learning needs of our students. The instruction is tailor-made for each student.

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Ronald Robertson, Teacher

J.H.S. 383 Philippa Schuyler, NY

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
engaging, welcoming, productive

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Data drives instruction. I’ve used i-Ready to improve student growth after taking Diagnostic tests to ensure that students are logging in and working on the enrichment lessons or scaffolding lessons. Students are conferenced with regularly to monitor their growth and discuss next steps based on live data collected.

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Ann McCall Salway, Teacher—Grade 3

Abner Creek Academy, SC

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
inviting, challenging, engaging

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
"Data leads the way" is my motto for data-driven instruction. Based on information gathered from formative and summative data, I plan differentiated lessons geared toward those who need remediation and those who need enrichment.

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Candace Leigh Sanders, Math and Science Teacher—Grade 6

Halls Elementary School, TN

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
focused, engaged, caring

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
This year of all years, each second of instruction time is sacred because one cannot guarantee tomorrow’s in-person learning. Through the use of data-driven instruction provided by i‑Ready components like the Diagnostic test, Lesson Quizzes, Unit Assessments, and Quick Checks, I am able to provide my students with effective instruction based on the needs of the students.

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Ashley Powell Schneider, GT Teacher—Grade 5

Pritchardville Elementary School, SC

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
engaging, organized, differentiated

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
I believe that the strongest way to reach students and make the most growth is by using the data on individual students. When looking at i‑Ready and other data, I am able to have students grow from that point and work with them to have their instruction grow and stay engaged, as the material is right where they need it to be.

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Tracy Senf, Teacher—Grade 2

Outley Elementary School, TX

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
safe, happy, differentiated

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
I believe data-driven instruction should provide a clear, goal-driven instructional path for each student. I believe data should also provide measurable instructional goals that i‑Ready provides when it pinpoints exactly what the child knows and what they need to learn. The use of i‑Ready's groupings is perfect for providing focused instructional interventions.

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Crystal Strong, Elementary Teacher

Andrea B. Williams Elementary School, GA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
positive, higher-learning, fun

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Data drives instruction! Data from i‑Ready plays a huge part in how I differentiate and remediate my instruction. i‑Ready data breaks down learning targets for whole group and individualized instruction, which is very essential when you are developing lesson plans for whole group and small group instruction. If I don't have data, then I don't have growth/progress.

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Paul Tarasevich, English Teacher

Martin Middle School, RI

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
positive, student-led, and focus on learning

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
i-Ready data gives us a checkpoint of how are our students are performing. Then we can plan instruction based on these results.

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Megan Tegerdine, Special Education Teacher

Ackerman School, MO

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
leadership, community, voice

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
My motto for data-driven instruction is, "Without data, it won't matter." Data should be collected and used daily in order to inform our teaching practices and best support student learning.

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Shane Twamley, Language Arts Teacher

Kraemer Middle School, CA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
rigorous, relevant, relational

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Data-driven instruction gives my students solid, unbiased information that allows us to target their needs and goals together. i‑Ready data allows me to adjust and adapt their instruction so each individual can achieve their own personal capacity.

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Wayne Ulrich, Teacher/Coach

Long Beach Middle School, MS

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
energetic, engaged, high expectations

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
We have a common set of expectations for all of our students. However, the data from benchmark assessments, Standards Mastery, and the students' ILP guide the instructional process in my classroom.

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Maria Vollrath, Teacher—Grade 3

Vineyards Elementary School, FL

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
positive, motivating, engaging

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
It is critical to analyze my students' performance on i‑Ready lessons, Diagnostic measures, Growth Monitoring, and Standards Mastery to make instructional decisions and groupings in my classroom. I use the Teacher Toolbox and Tools for Instruction resources for interventions, and I implement goal-setting paired with a Data Wall to track our individual and team goals for our i‑Ready and Standards Mastery each week and throughout the year.

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Bobbi Voss, Teacher—Grade 1

Miriam McCarthy School, MA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
enthusiastic, engaging, encouraging

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
"First graders can do virtually anything!" We do hard things in first grade and practice with perseverance. Between the i‑Ready and Securly data points, I am able to confirm Time on Task, comprehension, and achievement. Additionally, I am able to communicate with the students and their adults—sharing their successes and areas of learning opportunities.

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Sarah Zeller, Math and Science Teacher—Grade 5

Strong Foundations Charter School, NH

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
respectful, supportive, energized

Describe your motto on data-driven instruction. Consider how you use i‑Ready or other data.
Data is the basis for what I teach, when I teach it, and how I teach it. Every learner is different, and the more data points I can gather for each one of them, the better I am able to do my job as their teacher.

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Cathy Anderson, Grade 4 Math Teacher

Thames Elementary School, MS

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
safe, creative, respectful

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
I am a firm believer that it is vital for students to own their data. Getting students to own their data occurs by having data chats and viewing their weekly progress. Students earn points at the end of the week for having their time (45 mins. and above) and making 100.

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Rose Becker, Grade 4 Teacher

Neinas Dual Language Learning Academy, MI

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
positive, goal-driven, fun

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
The iReady Mathematics 80 and Up club: During the week, students who score an 80% or higher write their name on an anchor chart in the classroom. On Friday, they receive one raffle ticket for each time they wrote their name.

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Anna Bone, Teacher

Boaz Elementary School, AL

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
focused, supportive, energetic

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
I use Tier 1, Tier 2, and intervention small group instruction depending on need, daily Online Instruction in reading and mathematics, and student data chats regarding progress, growth, performance, and goal setting.

Megan Boyter, High Ability Teacher, Grades 4–6

Knapp Elementary School, IN

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
motivated, innovative, collaborative

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
I create a motivational system in which I have a garden of sunflowers under my front chalk board. Each flower stands for five lessons passed. The students each decorate a bee and a butterfly. As they pass their Reading and Mathematics iReady lessons, they get to move their bees and butterflies through the flowers.

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Kyle Cantrell, Grade 5 Math and Science Teacher

John Pittard Elementary School, TN

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
teamwork, growth, purpose

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
I have a data wall that I use to display Online Instruction data and total lessons passed for each class and to shout out students who are reaching their goal of 45 minutes on iReady and at least one lesson passed. This empowers students to take ownership of their data.

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Cynthia Chapman, Grade 5 Teacher

Elsie C. Johnson Elementary School, IL

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
kind, determined, supportive

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
iReady growth folders; class goals; Friday celebrations for passing online lessons; certificates of 100%

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Carrie Claypool, i‑Ready Incentives Coordinator and Math Teacher

Lakeside Middle School, CA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
supportive, persistent, collaborative

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
I have taken the lead role in coordinating and organizing the iReady incentives program. Our incentives program engages students with iReady by rewarding progress and achievement.

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Heather DeJordy, Grade 2 Teacher

Brophy Elementary School, MA

Describe your classroom culture in one word.
growth

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
iReady bucks: Classroom incentive program that allows students to not only gain praise for a job well done, but is also tangible motivation that can be exchanged for rewards. We have red iReady bucks that are earned through achieving 100% on a lesson and yellow iReady bucks that are earned through achieving an 80%–99% on a lesson.

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Larry Edward Duncan, Teacher

Hawkins Elementary School, MS

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
supportive, student-centered, interactive

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
I use the Teacher Toolbox to pull up the FUNNY interactive videos that go with each lesson. I LOVE how I can pull up their Standards Mastery test and go over it on the board with common misconceptions. I can sum this up by saying three words: iReady learning paths!

Curriculum Associates Inspire Award
Cari Stanley, Special Education Program Specialist
Etiwanda, CA

Cari was selected as an exemplar of the strong bonds with school-based visionaries who take i‑Ready to its highest heights in their work.

How did you take your work in the classroom and apply it to your district role?
I have been continuing the work in a different capacity—ensuring we have specialized programs for our students. We could not do the work that we are doing here without the use of the iReady Diagnostic. Our teachers feel empowered to adequately target instruction due to frequent reporting with data that aligns with every student’s individual needs. Therefore, we have seen a significant improvement in academic performance and self-efficacy.

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Megan Ford, Teacher

Flat Rock Middle School, NC

Describe your classroom culture in two words.
data-driven, differentiated

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
Personalized seating based on needs in the classroom; Discussions about growth and goal setting; Small group instruction during classroom lessons

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Blakely Fore, Teacher

Popp's Ferry Elementary, MS

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
safe, fun, interactive

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
They are engaged through classroom competitions (between each of my classes on who scored the highest on their Standards Mastery) and with growth stickers (students have these on their desks to show their growth goal for their next Diagnostic).

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Tricia Goodyear, Teacher

Farmersville Elementary School, IN

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
flexible, engaging, student-centered

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
My students participate in iReady incentive programs to help encourage them to achieve 80% or higher on lessons. For example, with iReady Madness, the students were put into brackets and competed for the highest growth percentage on the end-of-year Diagnostic.

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Sachiko Green, Teacher

Pelham Oaks Elementary School, AL

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
safe, diverse, supportive

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
We utilize the PowerPoint® in each session within the Teacher Toolbox in whole group (some parts are with a partner) or in small group (Try–Discuss–Connect). I use the reports to monitor progression and growth and/or to adjust my instruction.

Sandra Humphreys, Grade 7 Math Teacher

Haywood Middle School, TN

Describe your classroom culture in two words.
motivated, goal-oriented

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
I begin each lesson with students working through the activities in the prerequisite videos. This is accomplished in whole group. Based on the students’ performance with the prerequisite videos, I either move into the lesson or check the progression chart to identify which lessons will help build students’ capacity for new learning and group students accordingly.

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Amanda Jane Kipnis, Specialized Academic Instruction Teacher

San Altos Elementary School, CA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
dynamic, meaningful, fun

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
I use independent practice, one-on-one instruction, and whole group instruction/ discussion for certain lessons that tend to stump the whole class.

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Meghan Mayer, English Language Arts Teacher

Woodland Middle School, FL

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
nurturing, energized, creative

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
We have weekly incentives where students receive school currency “paw cards” for each lesson they pass, as well as a 100s club where students receive special prizes when they pass at least five lessons with a 100% pass rate. We also have class parties that are leveled, so every week students earn a different part of their party. 

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Christi Moore, i‑Ready Reading Skills Plus Interventionist

Harold E. Winkler Middle School, NC

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
supportive, structured, student-driven

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
Have students use the iReady tracker I have created to show the difference between completion and mastery. I also use iReady conferences to compare completed lessons to passed lessons, see the data, and have conversations with students.

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Mindy Newell, Grade 6 English Language Arts Teacher

Union Middle School, OH

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
safe, engaging, rigorous

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
Setting and tracking iReady goals; Completing iReady intervention lessons; Using Teacher Toolbox for instruction

Kathy Nguyen, Teacher

Outley Elementary School, TX

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
inviting, safe, understanding

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
Students have a schedule during the math block period they get on iReady so they can reach their week’s goal of 30 minutes. Classroom incentives are given when students pass lessons. If the class passes a certain number of lessons, they are rewarded with a small class incentive.

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Nelida Pagan, Teacher

P.S. 160—The Walt Disney Magnet STEAM School, NY

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
engaging, student-centered, collaborative

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
Individual goal setting using iReady punch cards; Race to 100 lessons passed with 100% class challenge; Allowing students to complete iReady lessons for homework instead of traditional homework options

Lorraine Pascarella, Grade 6 Teacher

Elmcrest Elementary School, NY

Describe your classroom culture in one word.
safe

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
Utilizing the Think–Share–Compare routine for students to explore new and unique strategies of mathematical thinking. This is the most beneficial time, as I love to highlight student mistakes as a learning experience and in a safe environment for students to understand common misconceptions in the mathematical world. 

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Rebecca Ray, Grade 4 Teacher

Elbert County Elementary School, GA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
structured, friendly, consistent

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
Individual lessons: Students who keep a 70% average and have good time each week get to play the Learning Games; Whole group: Work together on Teacher-Assigned Lessons with a watch, stop and discuss, apply technique.

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Anna Redding, Grade 4 Teacher

George Welch Elementary School, LA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
positive, trusting, engaging

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
Using the Guided Math approach in my classroom, I teach a small group of students with the Ready Instruction book along with the slides on the Teacher Toolbox, while the other group is engaged in an iReady lesson. When I am working with my small group, my students are engaged in productive math talk by using the Math Discourse Cards.

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Alicia Renaud, Grade 3 Math Teacher

Drew Elementary School, LA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
engaged, intentional, energetic

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
The instructional routine, Think–Share– Compare, supports student engagement through whole group, small group, and independent activities. The Math Discourse Cards initiate student discussion, debate, and deeper mathematical thinking and reasoning. The online Interactive Tutorials are a fun and engaging way to give students additional support during free time or center time in my classroom.

Caitlin Robbie, Grade 3 Teacher

Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School, MA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
engaging, encouraging, rigorous

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
I like to use iReady lessons to push students who are above grade level by giving them a fourth grade lesson on whatever third grade topic I am teaching. Differentiation is so much easier with iReady, and it certainly helps push students who are ready for a challenge.

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Kimberly Robinson, Teacher

Literacy Leadership Technology Academy, FL

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
interactive, engaging, mindful

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
Positive affirmations, step-by-step engagement with each lesson passed and failed, weekly reward systems (visit from Snargg), pictures with the iReady data board, and moving your stars as you pass your lessons

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Olivia Ruggirello, Grade K Teacher

Johnston Elementary School, GA

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
welcoming, exciting, nurturing

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
I encourage students to meet the recommended 45 minutes a week with iReady. I eat lunch on Fridays with anyone who meets this goal. It has helped my students not only challenge themselves on iReady, but also build relationships in my classroom between myself and students and relationships between themselves.

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Adam Schuch, Grade K Teacher

Columbus Africentric Early College, OH

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
differentiated, independent, fun

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
Students compete in the classroom and display their passed lessons on a sticker chart; Using iReady data, students are given mini-lessons to reinforce struggling areas; After a group has finished their weekly iReady time, the whole class celebrates each sticker earned together!

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Tina Skukan, Grade 1 Teacher

St. Hilary School, IL

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
engaging, safe, fun

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
I use iReady during both reading and math centers. We also go to the computer lab once a week in order to work on some lessons.  Whenever we have extra time throughout the days, I allow the students to go on iReady.

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Brook Marie Veldkamp, Grade K Teacher

Challenger Elementary School, MI

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
gritty, communal, empowering

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
I motivate students with fun and engaging iReady competitions. An iReady Rockstar chart is displayed in our classroom. Students who earn this award get their picture posted on the board.  We choose a variety of ways our students can receive this recognition to celebrate all learners.

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Amy Wright, Teacher

Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy, TX

Describe your classroom culture in three words.
respectful, connected, focused

How do you engage students with iReady and/or Ready in your classroom?
Identify and remediate gaps in mathematical understanding that is foundational to the current year’s instruction. Refresh and extend students’ prior knowledge about a concept before beginning instruction. 

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