CommonLit 360 Schools & Districts Top 4 Reasons Administrators Love CommonLit 360
Teachers have a lot on their plates. They have to balance planning, grading, supporting students, and more! As administrators, we know you want to give them the support they need to ensure student success. You have a lot on your plate, too! That’s why CommonLit 360 is here to help accelerate student success with our full ELA curriculum. Here are the top four reasons administrators just like you love CommonLit 360.
Reason #1: CommonLit 360 meets students where they are and engages them with rigorous content.
Each unit within CommonLit 360 is centered on an engaging theme and meaningful Essential Question. Each unit also features diverse, grade-level texts from a range of authors and genres, sure to provide appropriate rigor for all students. We know not all students cannot easily access grade-level materials yet and some students read well above their peers, so we also provide supplemental texts at various Lexile levels for each unit to support emerging readers and students who need more challenges to stretch their skills. There are also tons of scaffolds to assist students on their way towards mastery, like Read Aloud, translation, in-text comprehension questions, and digital annotations! Whether it is a reading lesson, writing lesson, discussion lesson, or a vocabulary lesson, CommonLit 360 helps students engage in meaningful and rigorous content.
CommonLit 360 is both vertically and horizontally aligned. Over the course of the year, students cover all grade level standards, while engaging with increasingly complex content and skills. Each unit features an engaging theme and culminates in a rigorous and authentic end of unit task.
Students also enjoy our lessons! There are tons of opportunities for real-life application, collaboration, and discussion, with a variety of end-of-unit projects as well. For example, in our research units (Unit 5s), students tackle contemporary issues such as the impact of social media, branding, and our world’s changing oceans, presenting their findings in detailed presentations, written arguments, and more!
Reason #2: CommonLit 360 maximizes teachers’ time.
Every high-quality lesson in CommonLit 360 comes with skills-focused text-dependent questions to provide ample opportunities for students to practice. The cherry on top? Lessons feature comprehensive and customizable resources that provide teachers everything they need to hit the ground running. Word walls, worksheets, and teacher guides are all included. Instead of spending time creating or purchasing resources, teachers can focus on meeting their students’ needs.
All of these resources and our comprehensive scope and sequence help teachers spend their time internalizing and collaborating on how to best serve students. Don’t take our word for it, though – check out these testimonials from teachers who have been leveraging CommonLit 360 to improve student outcomes in their own classrooms.
Reason #3: CommonLit 360 is supportive for new teachers and experienced teachers alike.
CommonLit 360 has everything you need to support your newest teachers in planning strong instruction during their first days in the classroom; however, there are also opportunities for experienced teachers to add their own flair.
We offer pacing support for unit planning, providing suggestions around which lessons are most essential to student outcomes. With a CommonLit partnership, you’ll unlock bite-sized professional development modules that guide teachers to internalize expected outcomes and make the unit their own. All of our lessons come with supportive teacher copies to help teachers hold students accountable for deep learning and analysis. We even include editable slide decks to aid both experienced and new teachers in tailoring materials specifically for their classes. Our wide range of supplemental texts within each unit also provides space for additional individualization and differentiation. The real-world themes in each 360 unit allow teachers to tie their instruction to contemporary events.
Need to help teachers collect thorough and actionable data? Our 360 Unit Skills Assessments and benchmark Assessment Series provide instant and comprehensive data to keep a pulse on student achievement and growth. Administrators can even access this data through our Admin Data Dashboard to identify high-level trends and support teachers in driving powerful instruction.
Reason #4: CommonLit 360 works in hundreds of districts across the country.
CommonLit 360 is already accelerating learning in hundreds of schools and districts across the country. Partnering with CommonLit gives teachers and administrators the support they need to roll out ComonLit’s comprehension literacy program effectively. The two studies below highlight the impact of CommonLit 360 on student learning.
Full implementation of CommonLit 360 in Blount County, Tennessee
Schools in Blount County, Tennessee, fully adopted CommonLit 360 as their ELA curriculum, and it led to enormous reading gains for students. When it came time for the end of year state assessment, results showed more students were reading on grade level and fewer students were reading below grade level. To top it off, teachers saw significant growth for historically underserved student populations, creating even more equitable outcomes to celebrate across the district.
CommonLit 360 Usage in New York City Middle SchoolsDuring the 2021-2022 school year, we partnered with 11 middle schools in New York City to roll out CommonLit 360. Overall, the students who completed more Commonlit 360 digital reading lessons showed greater reading growth than what is expected for typical middle schoolers. Additionally, there was an observed relationship between teachers’ participation in CommonLit professional development sessions and student growth. For example, one schools’ teachers attended four of our professional development sessions. The students in this school saw incredible growth – approximately 3x the average growth for middle schoolers.
School Essentials PRO Plus provides wrap-around supports for teachers and students to thrive.
We recommend the CommonLit School Essentials PRO Plus package to schools and districts utilizing CommonLit 360 to ensure success in rolling out the curriculum.
School Essentials PRO Plus costs just $5,500 per school per year and include access to:
Custom virtual professional development and on-demand modules
School Essentials PRO Plus includes tailored virtual professional development about CommonLit 360 over the course of the year, led by our instructional experts. These live, quarterly trainings are customized to fit individual school and district needs. Additionally, this package provides schools with access to our on-demand Professional Development Portal to give bite-sized trainings to teachers at just the right time.
Unit skills assessments and benchmark assessments
School Essentials PRO Plus also unlocks our formative 360 Unit Skills Assessments and our summative Assessment Series. With two Unit Skills Assessments in every unit aligned to each unit’s focus skills and topics, it’s easier than ever for teachers to collect formative data to effectively plan targeted instruction. Our benchmark Assessment Series includes a Pre-, Mid-Year, and Post-Assessment with grade level reading passages to provide immediate and actionable benchmark data of where students are compared to end of year goals.
School- and district-wide data tracking
Administrators also receive access to school- and district-wide data reports to make progress monitoring easy. You’ll see usage, performance, and growth data for all students. These dashboards are easy to filter by lesson, standard, class, and more. These reports are invaluable for identifying trends across schools and districts and setting instructional priorities with your team.
Seamless onboarding and consultative support
Throughout the school year, you’ll be partnered with a CommonLit Account Manager who is an expert on the 360 curriculum. They’ll be on hand to help craft an instructional plan, answer technical questions, and provide consultative support throughout your partnership.
Rostering and LMS integrations, including Canvas, Clever, ClassLink, and Google Classroom
Our instructional specialists work with your team to choose the best rostering solution for your teachers and students. CommonLit’s Canvas integration is a powerful time-saver that teachers love!
We’re eager to support your exploration of CommonLit 360!
If you want to discuss rolling out CommonLit 360 at your school or district,