Kentwood Public Schools, Michigan
Lexia’s PowerUp Literacy Delivers Major 6th–12th Grade Literacy Gains
Learning to read can be tough—even more so if English isn’t your first language. More than one-fifth of the students in Kentwood Public Schools are Emergent Bilinguals [also known as multilingual learners (ML) or English Learners (ELs)] representing more than 80 different countries. Kentwood educators noticed students began to lag as they progressed through the EL program. Literacy shortcomings extended across the rest of the student body, too. Lexia® PowerUp Literacy® provided the perfect solution with targeted interventions that proved easy to incorporate into any student’s schedule. This adaptability and flexibility have made PowerUp a renowned literacy product in schools across the country—and it’s easy to see why.
Literacy Solutions Tailored to Adolescents
Lexia® PowerUp Literacy® supports students in grades 6–12 who are at risk of not meeting College- and Career-Ready Standards. Proven to be up to five times as effective as the average middle-school reading intervention, PowerUp enables students to make multiple years of growth in a single academic year. PowerUp’s engaging grade-level texts motivate students while saving educators time by providing data to identify gaps in skill level and create action plans to deliver the right instruction.
Representation and Speaking Practice Matter
Learning equity begins with respecting and representing who students are and the assets they bring to the classroom. Lexia’s language and literacy programs seek to convey equitable and multidimensional representations of people across lines of diversity including race, culture, language background, gender, ability, socioeconomic status, community, and national origin. The goal of our curriculum products—Core5, PowerUp, and Lexia English—is to integrate these representations throughout the program’s illustrations, photographs, and texts in ways that validate diverse experiences, promote positive self-images, and cultivate an inclusive understanding of the world.
Dive deeper into support for EL students
The key to supporting Emergent Bilingual students (English Language Learners or English Learners), is to blend language learning with subject knowledge while focusing on oral language development and grammar. Lexia® English Language Development™ is designed to support students K-6 in acquiring higher language proficiency levels of English in an encouraging and nonjudgmental environment that respects heritage language and culture. It meets all students where they are and targets speaking and listening skills at a level appropriate for each student’s proficiency, laying a strong foundation for reading.
“When I go in and teach in the classroom, the kids are engaged. They clearly enjoy it and that’s a real win in itself.”
—Melissa Mulder, Secondary ELA Intervention Coach, Kentwood Public Schools