Informed debate vs. skill and drill:
which would you choose?

Skill and drill vs. informed debate. Which approach helps students find learning? Watch as a class is separated to experience two dramatically different lessons. When every minute in the classroom counts, we have to use methods that keep all students engaged. Watch the short film to discover how real students and teachers react as their lessons unfold.

Learning Found with Newsela

Preview the four essential elements that every learning recovery plan needs with the video on the right. To learn how Newsela can support your district at every step, sign up for our Learning Found webinar series below.

Newsela vs. Skill and Drill

Lessons are the building block of effective learning. And great lessons start with great content.


Foster connections, engagement and confidence.

95%​ of educators say that student engagement is an important part of their learning recovery plans.* Empower teachers to build high-impact, engaging lessons that advance rigorous instruction, with real-world content that’s aligned to standards, accessible to all students and adapts as they build skills.

* EdWeek Research Center survey commissioned by Newsela, April 2021

Risk demotivating students with repetitive skills practice.

Broad-based remediation is not the answer. Repetitive skills practice with lessons devoid of context for students is only going to disengage and demotivate them further. Most educators agree, with 53%​ saying* self-paced computer intervention tools are neutral or ineffective.*

Now is the Time​ to​ Reimagine Learning

Let’s ditch deficit thinking and embrace the science of learning motivation.

“Teachers and students have gone through a grueling year. The last thing we should do is recreate learning environments that isolate students and feed them rote exercises with a catch-up mindset completely outside of the context of teacher-driven lessons. We must be focused on acceleration, not remediation so that every hour in the classroom counts,” says Newsela Chief Academic Officer Dan Cogan-Drew.

Featured Solutions

To power your learning recovery plans across subjects, choose content and instructional resources that support meaningful, teacher-led lessons and engage students.

What educators are saying

We surveyed 790 teachers and leaders about their learning recovery plans. Here's where they stand.

The importance of student engagement


of educators reported that student engagement is important in addressing learning loss. Only 8%​ believe improved test scores are a sign of student engagement.*

The role of state assessments


of district leaders and principals say state assessments play a role in their approach to addressing learning loss. 51% say they would change their recovery plans if state assessments were waived.*

The outsized reliance on remediation tools


of district leaders and principals believe their reliance on remediation tools will be the same or higher in this upcoming school year.*

The perceived effectiveness of
remediation tools


of all educators think remediation tools are neutral or ineffective. While more than half​ of administrators say this approach is effective, less than 1 in 3 teachers​ agree.*

* EdWeek Research Center survey commissioned by Newsela, April 2021

Webinars to keep you future focused

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Fostering deep learning through Optimal Challenge

​ Differentiation expert Dr. Rhonda Bondie will share how a focus forward leads to deep learning, why reteaching old stuff won’t work, and how the Optimal Challenge framework helps reach all students.

Learning Found Webinar Series

Dive into Newsela’s recommendations for learning recovery plans in our new 4-part webinar series. We’ll cover thoughtfully assessing where students are, plans for acceleration, engagement, and meeting students’ social-emotional needs.

Join the conversation

Be a part of the #learningfound community on social and share what engaged learning looks like in your classrooms.

Students spend over 1,000 hours in school each year. It’s time to make every hour count for every student. See what meaningful learning looks like. #LearningFound

In crafting recovery plans, we have a rare opportunity to redesign education systems to better serve all students. The best way to do is? Embrace the principles of learning science.

Read our whitepaper on reimagining learning, here: #LearningFound

In celebration of #LearningFound, we’ve created a number of custom GIFs for educators to use!
1️⃣ Open Twitter’s Search for GIFs
2️⃣ Type in “Newsela”
3️⃣ Choose your favorite GIF and post!
What does engaged learning look like in your classroom?

The best lessons start with the best content.

It’s time to choose growth over loss. Engagement over repetitive skills practice. It’s time to invest in helping students find learning.

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