How Garland ISD built background knowledge with Newsela Social Studies to bring lessons to life for all learners

The team at Garland ISD in Texas needed to support a new state-specific social studies course with resources that were accessible and aligned to standards. The district was struggling to find content that provided the depth and context necessary to support the curricula; traditional providers simply didn’t have the resources. The district needed a social studies resource that could provide students with knowledge on the variety of topics covered in social studies, including local histories, across grade levels.

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Key Takeaways

Support teacher adoption by showing them how the materials align to their scope and sequence.
Level the playing field with content that builds background knowledge on grade-level concepts while meeting students where they are.
Engage students with locally relevant, accessible content that connects history to the present day.

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