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School Specialty Launches MCI (Making Connections Intervention)

Posted Jan 24, 2012
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EPS, School Specialty's Literacy and Intervention division, has unveiled its new blended learning solution, MCI (Making Connections Intervention), which provides literacy intervention for struggling readers in middle school and beyond. Based on the comprehension instruction from the print-only program, the new MCI integrates the best of teacher-led, face-to-face instruction with engaging, individualized online instruction to maximize the depth, intensity and effectiveness of the intervention, according to the announcement.

MCI incorporates the most current research on adolescent literacy and online learning to meet a wide range of student needs. Woven through the comprehension lessons are multiple opportunities to build students' vocabulary and fluency, as well as develop decoding and vocabulary skills and writing abilities.

The three levels of MCI - AQUA, GOLD and CRIMSON - cover key skills and strategies to support middle school literacy, with readability up to three grades below level and plenty of supports and scaffolding to assist struggling readers. MCI's adaptive software ensures that students are reading texts that are challenging, but not frustrating, to help them build their skill levels. The components of the new program include MCI Comprehension, MCI Word Study, MCI Writing and MCI Student Library, which provide all the necessary elements for an effective RTI intervention program for Tiers 2 and 3. 

MCI's online Management System automatically records student performance data from assessments and other online activities and provides teachers with a variety of reports for viewing, interpreting and using the data, allowing them to monitor progress, differentiate instruction and manage their RTI implementations. Other reports offer school administrators a tool for monitoring Adequate Yearly Progress goals and Student Gains.

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Source: School Specialty,

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