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New Science Activities Crafted For FL NGSSS. In partnership with Duval County Public Schools and Osceola County Public Schools, Penda Learning is developing 200+ new science activities that will be specifically crafted for select Florida NGSSS standards for the following science courses:

- Grade 5 Science: 45 new activities (15 standards x 3 activities per standard)

- Grade 8 Comprehensive Science 3: 60 new activities (20 standards x 3 activities per standard)

- Grade 8 Physical Science: 60 new activities (20 standards x 3 activities per standard)

- High School Biology: 45 new activities (15 standards x 3 activities per standard)

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To better support FL State Science Assessment (SSA) and high-stakes assessment prep in accountability grade-level courses, 3 activities of varying cognitive levels will be crafted for each standard. The activities will be built to assess the three levels of "Evidence of Learning" criteria:

- Developing

- Achieving

- Excelling

The 200+ new Penda science activities will be available to students and teachers in August 2019.

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Teachers have spoken, and Penda Learning has listened! That's why all Penda science activities will become editable. As of June 1, 2019, Penda Learning's Content Development Team is working to upgrade the entire collection of 200 Revise (DOK Level 1) and 324 Revise+ (DOK Level 2) science activities making them all editable! Converting the 524 science activities, which contain over 14,000 questions, will give teachers the ability to freely edit any Penda science activity before they assign it to a class, classroom intervention group, or individual learner. This will better support teacher efforts in differentiating instruction (and scaffolding) for varying levels of learners.

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Just click on the paper/pencil icon to open the activity in PendaShare, and edit away!

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In Spring 2019, Penda Learning's CEO, Corey J. Peloquin, met with Florida teachers, school administrators, and district executives to better understand the practical use cases of Penda in districts, schools, and classrooms. Focused on understanding how districts/school are implementing Penda Learning (with fidelity), Peloquin uncovered a plethora of use cases ranging from district/school-wide STEM initiatives, school improvement plan goals in science, Response To Intervention strategies for Tier 2 and 3, classroom differentiation strategies, and SSA/EOC resources all while several educators reported being reactive during year # 1 of implementing new science textbook/resource adoption resources.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - June 4, 2019. The School Board of Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) has approved Penda Learning Science for the 2019 - 2020 academic year, marking four consecutive years of educational partnership between Penda Learning and Duval County Public Schools. Penda Learning, a science-focused intervention tool and supplemental resource, provides DCPS students in grades 5, 8, and high school biology courses with remedial practice and enrichment via standards-based activities built on a gaming platform. By authentically engaging students in research-based pedagogy, Penda Learning science has consistently increased student outcomes. Efficacy research independently conducted by Dr. Dale Mann of Columbia University and a 2018 impact evaluation white paper written by Dr. Brenda Conway, Ed.S. shows 78% of all grade 8 students who completed as little as 5 hours on Penda Learning achieved proficiency on the Florida Science State Assessment (SSA). Other key findings from these studies show there are statistically significant relationships between a student's use of Penda Learning and their subsequent state assessment performance in science - approximately 10 percentage points differential, including economically disadvantaged students. DCPS students previously demonstrated 56% proficiency on the Grade 5 SSA, 44% on the Grade 8 SSA, and 64% on the Biology End-of-Course (EOC) exam.

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Using Penda Learning Beyond The Traditional School Year (15:24)

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Penda Learning's Implementation & Support Services Team is excited to announce our top 50 school superstars! Not only have students at the below schools, on average, logged over 8 hours of engagement, but they have exceeded this usage goal.

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Since August 2018, students have been using Penda with 2 goals in mind:

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Hot off the press! Penda Learning's MAY ENEWSLETTER is now available! This edition is dedicated to end of the school year and summertime. Be sure to check out the 24/7 ONLINE ON-DEMAND VIDEO included in this months enewsletter for information on using Penda Learning to prevent "summer slide".

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HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

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Share your experience using Penda Learning during this academic year and enter for a chance to win a brand spankin' new Chromebook!

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Each month, Penda Learning highlights a goal to guide students and teachers so they get the most out of Penda. Monthly goals are based upon Penda Learning's EFFICACY RESEARCH and latest IMPACT EVALUATION CASE STUDY DATA.

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Hot off the press! Penda Learning's APRIL ENEWSLETTER is now available!