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The Empowered Learner Student-Centered Assessment Toolkit! NOW AVAILABLE!

Quality formative assessment puts students at the center by creating opportunities for them to take ownership of their learning.

The Empowered Learner Student-Centered Assessment Toolkit, the product of a wonderful collaboration between The Core Collaborative and Schoolwide, Inc., has been developed to create clarity in the classroom regarding standards-based instruction for students and teachers. When formative assessment is “done right,” students can identify where they are in their learning, where they need to go, and how they will get there.

All of the tools in the Student-Centered Assessment Toolkit have been designed to keep students at the center of the formative assessment process and INCLUDE:

  • Anchor Standard Vertical Progressions
  • Grade-Level Reading Inventories
  • Student-Friendly Target Rubrics
  • Holistic Rubrics with Goal Sheets and Graphic Organizers
  • Workshop Observation Checklists
  • Standards-Based Question Stems and Prompts
  • Reading Continuums 


New Guided Reading Collections

Schoolwide is happy to annouce the launch of our new Guided Reading Collections. Schoolwide's Guided Reading Collections are grounded in research-based best practices and the gradual release of responsibility model. They include high-quality, carefully selected fiction and nonfiction texts, model guided reading lesson plans, and more. Unique leveled collections are available in print and digital formats and can be combined for blended learning.

For more information or to request a sample click here.

To purchase Schoolwide Guided Reading Collections, click here.


Schoolwide will be at ASCD Annual Conference!

Schoolwide is excited to be exhibiting at the ASCD Annual Conference April 2-4 in Atlanta at booth 1252. Stop in to check out Zing and get free access to thousands of e-books for all of your teachers and students!

Press Release: Unlimited Access to Thousands of Incredible eBooks through Zing from Schoolwide, Inc.

Schoolwide, Inc., a leading provider of educational products and services since 1993, has announced that over 25,000 educators and parents, reaching over 500,000 students in grades PreK–10, have signed up in the last 2 months to receive free unlimited access to thousands of fantastic eBooks in both English and Spanish through the company’s new Zing website.

“We are extremely excited about the response we have received to Zing. We had expected a positive response, but the volume and enthusiasm have far exceeded our expectations,” said Schoolwide’s president and CEO, Jess Cohen. “We are striving to make this terrific free resource available to as many educators and parents as possible. Our goal is to reach 1 million educators and parents over the next 12 months.”

Zing is Schoolwide’s proprietary new eBook platform. Educators and parents can choose from Zing’s extensive selection of thousands of top-quality eBooks from a wide variety of publishers in order to create their very own personalized digital libraries. Zing can be used in school or at home—anywhere an Internet connection is available. Zing also includes numerous interactive educational tools, such as interactive teaching points written by literacy experts embedded directly into the eBooks, short multiple-choice quizzes about the texts, progress-monitoring reports and data to help educators, and a suite of interactive eReader tools that allow students to highlight and annotate text, place bookmarks, and access an interactive digital dictionary.

“I am literally crying right now. I just open the [Zing] library, and I know now that my ELL students will be successful. Thank you for making this program free for myself and my students,” said Marta Nangle, an ESL teacher from Cedar Ridge Elementary in Branson, MO.

Principal Tracy Taylor from Bruno M. Ponterio Ridge Street School in Rye Brook, NY, added, “I had a chance to look at Zing, and it looks great! I like the fact that it has rich texts, a wide variety of genres and interests, and books that are in a good range for students.”

Educators and parents can sign up for their own Zing accounts by visiting and clicking “Get Zing.”

About Schoolwide: Because reading and writing are critical for success in school, the community, and the workplace, Schoolwide, Inc. has a central mission to improve students’ reading, writing, and learning by increasing the tools teachers can use to teach effectively. Founded in 1993 and based in Holbrook, NY, Schoolwide is a leading provider of educational products and services.

Schoolwide Workshop Houston, TX

Schoolwide is hosting an upcoming workshop:
Nov. 6th Houston, TX
Focusing on Reading Like a Writer and the Qualities of Narrative and Expository Writing
Learn more and register:

Zing Reviewed by Free Technology for Teachers

Richard Byrne at Free Technology for Teachers reviewed Zing!

Zing! - Thousands of Free eBooks for Students


Zing is a new service offering thousands of free fiction and non-fiction ebooks to teachers and students. On Zing you can browse for books by topic, language, or reading level. You can read the books in your web browser on a laptop or tablet.


Read the full review at

Schoolwide Literacy Workshop Lombard, IL

Schoolwide is hosting an upcoming workshop:
Oct. 16th Lombard, IL
Focusing on Informational/Explanatory Units of Study for Writing and Promoting a Culture That Supports Balanced Literacy for Administrators
Learn more and register:

New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Adopts Reading Fundamentals

Check out what Superintendent Katulak of New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District has to say about Reading Fundamentals in The Island Now.



Zing! in May 2015 District Administrator

See District Administrator Magazine's write-up of Zing in this month's edition.  We love the pictures too.

Visit Schoolwide at ASCD 2015

Schoolwide, Inc. will be at Booth #641 during ASCD's Annual Convention this March 21-23. Join us in Houston, TX and let us introduce you to our new digital classroom library, Zing!


Find out more about the exhibits, speakers and registration here:

Schoolwide Donates Books to LI Schools

Over the past few months, Schoolwide collected unused books that could be put to better use in our Long Island community. We gathered over 300 books, including fiction, informational and Spanish titles. Schoolwide reached out to Wyandanch Union Free School District and arranged to donate all of our books to the La Francis Hardiman and Martin Luther King Elementary schools.

We visited the schools' shared library and helped their librarian display their new books. We were even able to meet some students who were very excited to start reading.

Schoolwide would like to thank Ms. Shamika Simpson, Principal at La Francis and MLK Elementary schools, for allowing us into their community.


You can view photos of Schoolwide at Wyandanch Schools here.

Join us at IRC 2014

Schoolwide, Inc. is proud to announce that Pat Pollack (Director of Professional Development) and Erik Lepis (Literacy Trainer) have been chosen to appear at the 47th Annual IRC (Illinois Reading Council) Conference. Join us at their presentation, “Deepening Content Knowledge Across Multiple Genres,” and discover how students can internalize and enhance their content understandings about engaging topics.


The 47th Annual IRC Conference runs from October 2-4, 2014 in Springfield, Illinois. Schoolwide’s presentation is scheduled for Thursday, October 2nd at 10:30 am.


Please visit the IRC’s website for further information:


Schoolwide, Inc. is pleased to sponsor a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Book sale fundraiser to benefit the Titans Basketball Program and SECCA (Southeast Concerned Civic Association).  The Book Sale will include a terrific selection of brand new books (hardcovers, paperbacks, and board books) discounted up to 75% off from a wide variety of publishers including Scholastic, Penguin and Random House. In conjunction with the Book Sale, the Titans Basketball Program will be hosting a full-day youth basketball tournament consisting of 6 games. Players range from grades 4-8 and represent such towns as Dix Hills, Deer Park, Brentwood, Commack, Bethpage, and Kings Park.

All proceeds as well as any unsold books will be donated to the Titans Basketball Program and SECCA, two wonderful not-for-profit organizations.

Come support your local community programs and these talented young athletes!  


Monday, January 20th (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)




Henry Kaufman Event Center

73 Colonial Springs Road

Wheatley Heights, NY 11798

Acceptable forms of payment:  Cash, Check, Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover and Amex)

Introducing the NEW Schoolwide Marketplace

On Tuesday October 19th, Schoolwide, Inc. launched a new e-commerce shopping site called the Marketplace. We're really excited about this change, as it allows us to bring the e-commerce arm of our business more in line with the rest of the company by selling all our curriculum and catalog products on the site along with our classroom libraries and book sets. All of your educational curriculum and supporting resources are now available to purchase in one place!

Schoolwide customers can easily browse and purchase the following categories:

Curriculum Products – Schoolwide’s CCSS- aligned Reading, Writing and Grammar Units of Study include a wonderful selection of mentor texts and binder of corresponding mini-lessons, teaching materials, assessments and access to digital resources.

Classroom Libraries and Book Rooms – Schoolwide has a great selection of leveled, CCSS-aligned classroom libraries and book sets. Choose from complete libraries or smaller book sets to build your own.

Bargain Bundles – Schoolwide’s popular discount book bundles are now available on the Marketplace! Choose from 50, 100 or 500 books for grades PreK-8 at prices as low as $1.40 per book.

To learn more visit the Marketplace at

Lake Zurich School District selects Schoolwide!

Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95 will pilot Schoolwide's Reading Fundamentals literacy curriculum with kindergarten through fifth grade students for the 2013–2014 academic year. The kick-off will begin with our Launching units and will then follow with the Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry units of study.

The District chose to pilot Schoolwide's curriculum because of its Common Core State Standards alignment, and ultimately the program sets the foundation for a model that gradually releases responsibility from the teacher onto the student through mentor texts, short shared texts, and texts offered at each student's independent reading level.

Click here to read more about this exciting adoption in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Click here to learn more about the reading program that was recently adopted by District 95 and how your school(s) can also begin this exciting journey.