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Our middles schools are currently using Michael Merzenich's and colleagues Fast ForWord program in order to assist the students with vocabulary, punctuation and memory techniques. According to Scientific Learning, Fast ForWord is for struggling readers, English Language Learners and special education.
Fast Forword Current use
I know that students are currently using the program and the teachers utilize the program differently. The 8th graders are expected to complete 150 minutes whereas some 6th graders will use the program online and then rotate among the 6th grade ELA teachers to broaden and enforce the ELA concepts.
Another program that is currently being used on the district level is Empowering Writers. The purpose of this program is to help develop and refine writing proficiencies in all students.