Reality

ELL on the rise

1. 1 in every 10 students in the United States is an English Language Learners (ELL).

2. 71% of all ELL speak Spanish.

3. In Texas, Spanish speakers comprise 90% of all ELL.

4. The majority of ELL are born in the USA.

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Challenges

CHALLENGE 1: School administrators are addressing the needs of the growing number of ELLs reactively instead of proactively.

CHALLENGE 2: English Language Learners historically underperform when compared to English native speakers. The achievement gap between ELLs and non-ELLs has been discouragingly stagnant for 20 years.

CHALLENGE 3: Hispanic ELLs have the highest drop out rate in the nation.

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CALL TO ACTION

These factors merit an imperative necessity to design and implement instructional resources that ensure English Language Learners thrive and achieve at higher levels in more than one language. These resources must be available in a myriad of digital platforms, in order to make content accessible to all students all the time.

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Our Methodology

About us

Created by professional bilingual educators from Texas with over 150 years of combined experience, the Smash team of specialists have carefully developed the most innovative, comprehensive and differentiated cloud-based instructional program for English Language Learners. Smash is completely aligned to the TEKS, and it is designed to provide immediate feedback as students prepare for the STAAR exams in all subject areas in both English and Spanish.

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Students’ device:

iPad

Mac

Chromebook

BYOD

Computer lab only

Windows computer

Reading

Students will embark on a reading adventure, navigating through grade appropriate, high-interest, culturally relevant texts organized by genres.

Teachers can assign fictional stories, informational texts, biographies, fables, legends, dramatic plays and even poetry to align to their weekly lessons!

“The more you read the more things you know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.” –Dr. Seuss

Writing

Students will edit and revise authentic, culturally relevant, writing passages written on-grade level.

Writing modules are organized by genres, to expose students to develop different analytical skills for narrative or expository texts. Each question includes a simple explanation of the concept being evaluated, to help students scaffold their own understanding.

“Learn as much by writing as by reading.”–Lord Acton

Math

Students will be immersed in a problem-solving rigorous curriculum that challenges them to apply mathematical concepts required by the new Math TEKS.

All modules are organized by strands, to ensure teachers have the flexibility to assign activities directly aligned to their weekly instruction.

“Math teaches us that there is every reason to believe that for every problem there is more than one solution.” –Author Unknown

Science

Students will explore scientific concepts already organized by strands, to facilitate the assignment of a specific question correlated to the TEKS being studied in the classroom.

All science questions are followed by a brief explanation of the scientific concept selected, so students can have a clear understanding of such concepts throughout the learning process.

“Science is but an image of the truth.” –Fracis Bacon

Lectura

Los estudiantes se embarcarán en un mar de lecturas, donde navegarán por una serie de interesantes textos relevantes a cada grado, divididos por género literario.

Los profesores pueden asignar biografías, cuentos de ficción, fábulas, leyendas, obras de teatro, poesía y textos informativos en cada una de sus lecciones semanales.

“El que lee mucho y anda mucho, ve mucho y sabe mucho.” -Miguel de Cervantes

Escritura

Los estudiantes editarán y revisarán pasajes auténticos y culturalmente relevantes a cada grado escolar.

Nuestros módulos de escritura están organizados por géneros, para ayudar a los estudiantes a desarrollar diferentes habilidades analíticas tnato en textos narrativos como expositivos. Cada pregunta incluye una pequeña explicación del concepto que se está evaluando para ayudar a la comprensión de los mismos.

“La pluma es la lengua del alma.” – Miguel de Cervantes

Matemáticas

Los estudiantes estarán inmersos en un riguroso currículo de resolución de problemas que presenta desafíos constantes, en donde los estudiantes necesitarán emplear los conceptos matemáticos requeridos por los nuevos TEKS.

Todos los módulos están organizados por áreas de aprendizaje, lo cual da a los profesores la flexibilidad de asignar actividades directamente alineadas a sus objetivos semanales.

“La mente es igual que un paracaídas, sólo funciona si se abre.” –Albert Einstein

Ciencias

Los estudiantes explorarán conceptos científicos organizaos por áreas de estudio para facilitar la práctica de preguntas relacionadas a los TEKS que se estudian en el aula de clase.

Todas las preguntas están acompañadas de una breve explicación de los elementos científicos seleccionados, de esta forma los estudiantes podrán tener una mejor comprensión de los mismos durante su proceso de aprendizaje.

“La curiosidad es la mecha de la vela del aprendizaje.” –William Arthur Ward

Spanish and English content

Students develop full biliteracy by working on both languages across content areas!

Teachers have the highest quality resources for all subject areas, in both English and Spanish! They can start ELL students in their native language and move them gradually to English without loosing content quality or confusing them in the process.

Differentiated instruction

Every student is different. With Smash, educators can tailor the learning paths to the level and learning style of every student.

By providing native language instruction at the right level, we ensure ELLs achieve biliteracy across content areas.

Accurate reports

Our reports assess how teachers are doing in their classes, as well as how their students are progressing on conceptual understanding, in both English and Spanish.

With our accurate reports teachers are able to adjust their instruction based on students’ performance at the moment that it matters most.

Cloud-based program

Students and teachers can work at home on their computers, on their mobile devices on the way to school, or on their iPads in their classroom.

From mobile Android devices, Chrome books, iPads and Personal Computers, Smash is compatible with most devices.

Complete alignment to TEKS

SMASH is 100% aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, focusing on Readiness and Supporting standards, to ensure students are fully prepared for the STAAR assessments in both English and Spanish!

Student-centered, teacher-directed

Teachers have full control of the content assigned to their students, ensuring activities are aligned to classroom instruction in preparation for the STAAR.

Formative assessment

Smash provides teachers the opportunity to formatively assess their students on each readiness and supporting standard in preparation for the STAAR.

FACTS

  1. The Hispanic population is projected to increase 115% from 2014 to 2060.
  2. One of every 10 students in the United States is an English Language Learner.
  3. 71% of English Language Learners speak Spanish as a native language.
  4. In Texas, Spanish speakers comprise 90% of all English Language Learners.
  5. The majority of English Language Learners are born in the United States.

CHALLENGE

CHALLENGE 1: School administrators are addressing the needs of the growing number of ELLs reactively instead of proactively. Administrators are well aware of the demands that an increased number of ELLs mean for their schools. However, most of the approaches taken to address these students’ needs are reactive in nature (i.e. remediation, tutoring, homogenous grouping configurations). In order for English Language Learners to be successful in school, teachers and administrators must find more proactive ways to meet their needs (i.e. native language support, second language acceleration, biliteracy development across content areas).

CHALLENGE 2: English Language Learners historically underperform when compared to English native speakers. The achievement gap between ELLs and non-ELLs has been discouragingly stagnant for 20 years. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) examined the score differences between ELLs and non-ELLs from 1990 to 2009 and found the achievement gap between these two groups has not significantly closed throughout the years.

CHALLENGE 3: Hispanic ELLs have the highest drop out rate in the nation. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the drop out rate for Hispanics is about 18 percent, approximately three times the rate of Non-Hispanics and 8 percent higher than African-American students.


CALL TO ACTION

These factors merit an imperative necessity to design and implement instructional resources that ensure English Language Learners thrive and achieve at higher levels in more than one language. These resources must be available in a myriad of digital platforms, in order to make content accessible to all students all the time.

High-interest, culturally relevant Reading and Writing passages engage students in a variety of activities to ensure transfer of knowledge between languages. High order thinking skills are reinforced through well-designed problem solving activities in Math and Science to develop biliteracy across subject areas.

Smash© is an invaluable formative assessment resource for schools to monitor the academic progress of ELL students. With Smash©, teachers are able to access accurate live reports to monitor the teaching and learning process in their classrooms in a timely manner, thus closing the existing achievement gap between ELLs and Non-ELLs.

Today, a world-class education includes learning to speak, read and write in other languages in addition to English. At Smash©, we believe that our future world leaders should develop biliteracy and multiliteracy skills from an early age.