Two local elementary schools honored by Imagine Learning

East Ridge Elementary School has been selected as a World-Class School, the highest distinction in the Imagine Nation customer recognition program. Only 26 schools met the rigorous usage standards required of World-Class Schools for the 2012–2013 school year. "We congratulate you on achieving this high honor through your consistent use of Imagine Learning and welcome you as a citizen of Imagine Nation," said Imagine Nation representatives."This achievement is the result of hard work and dedication on the part of many, including administrators, teachers, staff, students and parents. To your whole team, we want to say thank you—for your commitment, your enthusiasm and your perseverance."Imagine Nation World-Class Schools are the best of the best when it comes to using Imagine Learning English. These dedicated schools meet rigorous standards for weekly usage per student—for an entire school year.The criteria for Imagine Nation recognition is based on the following:• The average number of students using Imagine Learning on a weekly basis;• The average minutes on Imagine Learning per student per week;• The total weeks of Imagine Learning usage by the school during the school year• The average number of weeks of usage per student.To be considered for World Class status, 40 students must be using Imagine Learning for 110-146 minutes per week per student.In recognition of the accomplishment, the school has been spotlighted on the Imagine Nation website.Southeast Elementary School has also been recognized as a Top 10 Percent School by Imagine Learning for consistent use of the Imagine Nation Imagine Learning Reading program. Imagine Learning is a web based program helping students strengthen phonemic awareness, sight word recognition, word decoding and vocabulary.  The program features research based instructionally differentiated interactive activities, videos and games. Imagine Learning also includes a component for English Language learners and is aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Southeast students access the web based program from computers and iPads.