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Resource Description
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Standards, Research, and Evaluation

Standards Alignment

  • Academic:
    To help educators address content standards, News-2-You provides lesson plan templates that identify instructional targets for different subject areas and grade levels. These instructional targets reflect the core skills laid out in state standards. In addition, the develop offers progress monitoring charts for tracking student progress.
  • Technology:
    This resource addresses multiple standards identified in the National Educational Technology Standards for Students, which were developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). For more information about these standards, see

Research Base

Studies informing the development/advancement of the resource:
Employing pictures and symbols to augment the written word makes reading material more accessible and has been found to increase literacy skills among students with disabilities. To make this point, the developer cites research including:

Downing, J. (2005). Teaching literacy to students with significant disabilities: Strategies for the K–12 inclusive classroom. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press

Staugler, K. (2008). Research review summary for unique learning system. Fort Recovery, OH: Unique Learning System.

Multiple studies show that newspapers have great potential to engage young people and increase their motivation to read and learn. With their focus on current events, newspapers ground academic concepts in a real-world context, which appeals to young people and makes their learning experiences more meaningful. The developer cites these research publications, among others:

DeRoche, E. (1991). The newspaper: A reference for teachers and librarians. San Diego, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Sullivan, B. L. & Allen-Thompson, P. (1998). The newspaper as an educative institution: Origins and rationale for using newspapers in education. San Francisco, CA: Use the News Foundation.

Online Training for Afterschool Staff
The Afterschool Training Toolkit is available online free of charge.

The following resources can be used with the online Afterschool Training Toolkit to give you the resources you need to build fun, innovative, and academically enriching afterschool activities.