Imagine More Confident Students: Imagine Learning Supports English Learner Success.
Cobb English Learners’ Language Proficiency Soars using Imagine Language & Literacy.
Sixty-five schools in the Cobb County School District (CCSD) are using Imagine Language and Literacy, a supplemental program funded by the ESOL/Title III Office through the Title III grant to accelerate language learning for students who are learning English. Students are benefiting district-wide: 1,143 elementary students at 57 elementary schools, 79 students at 6 middle schools, and 31 students at 2 high schools.
Dr. Kevin Carpenter, Principal at Cheatham Hill Elementary School, had this to say: “We are thankful that 40 of our students are able to access Imagine Learning at school and at home. This digital curriculum is a valuable resource for our students as they continue to strengthen their language. We know the children using this program are scaffolded across all subject areas. When utilized, the growth in their academic language greatly improves and gives the students confidence.”
The research-based program aligns with educational standards to provide interactive lessons that promote language development and accelerate learning across all subjects, transforming students into stronger, more confident learners. Imagine Language and Literacy assesses the student’s language skills and places them in appropriate language lessons and offers the students lessons in their home language and gradually releases their home language to English. A first-grade teacher whose students use the program commented, “My students use Imagine Language and Literacy every day in the morning, I can always see such an improvement with them learning the language. After a few weeks of the program I usually see an increase in oral language, and I see that confidence shine from within the child!”
Imagine Language and Literacy provides teachers with formative assessment data they can use to help them design instruction that addresses each child’s individual needs. A Kindergarten teacher focused on how this helps her meet student needs: “A key aspect that I enjoy is the data component. The program provides resources for small groups and differentiation at each child’s individual level. I am always reassured and excited when I see the child’s performance level on the program aligns with the child’s performance level in the class. If you ever have this resource, take advantage of the wonderful aspects!”
Cobb students consistently make language and literacy gains and pass the national average of other students using the program. Cobb students scored 23% above the national average for literacy and 21% above the national average for language, and Murdock Elementary was recently recognized as 9th in the nation in the Imagine Learning Literacy Bowl.
Parents are taking notice. A Milford Elementary mother remarked, “Imagine has helped my child tremendously especially with the audios that provides the practice of pronunciation. As a Spanish speaker it is hard to teach a child sounds, the program is fantastic about practicing sounds.” At Clarkdale Elementary, a mother shared, “I am happy about Imagine Learning because I have noticed that my child can read better. This has definitely helped him to get better grades.”
Ms. Erin Schularick, Assistant Principal Birney Elementary, is especially happy with the support that the program provides for newcomer students: “Using Imagine Language and Literacy consistently at Birney has allowed our English Learner newcomers to grow significantly in literacy, grammar, and oral vocabulary; all of which is transferring to reading and writing. The best news: our students are engaged and having fun, while growing their literacy skills!”
Murdock Elementary students using Imagine Language and Literacy and developing their language and literacy skills.
Eastvalley Elementary students enjoy Imagine Language and Literacy.
Dr. Kevin Carpenter, principal of Cheatham Hill Elementary, recognized the top performing Imagine Language and Literacy users.
Dr. Elizabeth Webb
Supervisor, ESOL & Title III
Contributing Author:Jeffrey Chandler, ESOL Consultant