PENDA Science - Texas (TEKS)



High-Quality, Inclusive Science Instruction For Texas TEKS.

'Pivot' Between In-Person & Distance Learning Without Missing A Beat.

Keep Students Authentically Engaged Learning Science & Making Gains.


As you know all too well when COVID-19 hit, Texas districts struggled to make the leap to distance learning. Science supervisors were faced with adopted core science and hands-on curricula that were difficult to leverage. Some curriculum providers went dark or were unwilling to provide digital science cartridges/resources for distance learning use.


Texas schools and districts that partnered with Penda Learning for 2019 - 2020 leaned on Penda and made the transition to distance learning much smoother... and are once again using Penda this academic year as their main in-person and distance learning science instruction continuity strategy. With a successful track record of being a Texas educational partner, Penda is proven to help educators maintain strong science instruction, no matter where learning takes place.


- In-Person/Distance Learning At The Ready: Penda Science ensures science learning & instruction continue uninterrupted, even if the need arises again to transition from in-class to distance instruction. No more learning loss, COVID-slide, or need for 'looping.'


- High-Quality, Highly-Aligned Science Instruction: 850+ scaffolded, differentiated science activities cover Texas TEKS standard in grades 3 – 8, IPC, environmental science, and high school biology. Penda auto-assigns activities to students weekly that are aligned to your district's scope and sequence and auto-grades all responses. In fact, Penda Science's Pacing Assistance Service is a 'life-saver' for school admin faced with vacancies, 'out-of-field' teachers, long-term sub situations, and shrinking science instructional time in elementary schools.


- Immersive Reader & Language Translation Tool: Penda's immersive reader and language-translation tool (with read-aloud) supports Level 1 and 2 struggling readers, ESE students, students with disabilities (such as visually impaired and dyslexic students), and ESOL students no matter in-class or at home.


- Address COVID-19 Learning Gaps/Loss & RTI Intervention Needs: With full access to all grade-levels and Texas TEKS standard-based science activities, teachers can revisit or 'loop' quarter # 3 and 4 Texas TEKS standards from last school year, while teaching standards for this school year. Penda even includes a classroom intervention group feature, making RTI Tier 2 and 3 support, differentiated instruction, and continual progress monitoring effective and efficient.


- Seamless User Experience: Single Sign-On via ClassLink, Clever, OAuth, or other SSO protocols, makes for easy access, no matter at school or at home. OneRoster, from IMS Global Learning Consortium, allows for secure transfer of student information between a district's system and Penda, to speed up the onboarding of teachers and students into Penda. LTI 1.3 advantage makes for a seamless user experience right inside many learning management platforms. Penda plays nice with districts!

Learn more about Penda Science. 

ALIGN

Penda is the first-ever to align your scope and sequence automatically to standards-based activities, with no effort needed from district staff, administrators, or teachers.



ASSIGN

The scaffolded, online standards-based activities are assigned to students weekly on behalf of teachers, freeing teachers of yet one more thing to do.

ASSESS

As students complete activities, they receive immediate feedback about what they've mastered and where they still need practice.

ACHIEVE

Teachers receive a weekly email containing a class mastery report with student progress data to inform instruction and intervention.


  • "Students love Penda and use it every day - they love the avatars! The gaming platform is one of the primary student motivators and they've told me how much it increases their interest in science. Students want to do the work - not a typical reaction to science - and their scores have improved."




    "Students love Penda and use it every day - they love the avatars! The gaming platform is one of the primary student motivators and they've told me how much it increases their interest in science. Students want to do the work - not a typical reaction to science - and their scores have improved."



    DR. JO-ANN GREEN-RUCKER

    FORMER ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION, DESOTO ISD, TEXAS