A connection to the world and to the people around us is life sustaining. But for some individuals with complex learning needs, that connection can be limited. More than 20 years ago, when speech-language pathologist Jacquie Clark discovered that students with autism and other unique learning needs lacked accessible materials connecting them to current events, she created the symbol-supported newspaper, News‑2‑You. Today, this online weekly newspaper, differentiated to four levels, is bridging the gap for students in more than 60,000 classrooms across the country.
Expand horizons and
inclusivity through current events
When students can engage in meaningful conversation with their peers and families about world events, the immediate result is a positive sense of belonging. But the issue-based learning in each weekly edition of News‑2‑You also comes with many long-term benefits: the standards-aligned articles and activities help students build life skills, become more motivated learners and even discover career options.
Access to a world beyond the classroom
As they experience new ideas through the content in News‑2‑You, students not only build comprehension and context relative to their community and world, they also develop new critical-thinking and communication skills—forming and expressing opinions about what they’re learning. They’re preparing to become productive citizens in life beyond the classroom.
Improved language and literacy skills
Research confirms that students who have access to newspapers in the classroom perform better on standardized reading tests. And for students with unique learning needs, the benefits of interacting with the informational text in each weekly edition of News‑2‑You are especially far reaching—expanding skills in reading, vocabulary, writing, digital literacy and more!
Enriching, relevant instruction and activities
Many classrooms across the country begin each day with “morning meeting,” and there’s no better way to spark conversation than with the day’s news and weather. News‑2‑You helps you build engaging class routines with easy access to Today’s Weather and Breaking News—plus a full range of engaging newspaper features and activities to supplement and enrich instruction all day long.
A flexible platform that grows with your technology
The News‑2‑You platform is both simple and powerful—easily working with the technology and n2y solutions you have now and seamlessly adaptable to the systems you’ll have in the future.
A one-year News-2-You license provides:
- Unlimited access for one service provider to the weekly online newspaper throughout the school year (monthly during the summer)
- New current events articles in each issue plus dozens of standards-aligned activities and recurring features
- Differentiation to four levels, with text supported by symbols from SymbolStix PRIME, plus one text-only version and the option for text to speech
- Access to regular updates and additions
- Easy delivery online or in print, and integration with other n2y solutions
I love News‑2‑You! I’ve been using it for nearly 20 years and have seen tremendous growth in my students. One of my favorite stories is about a little guy we had a while back, who had some significant disabilities, and after reading News‑2‑You, he returned to school and said, ‘Miss, I saw this on the news with my dad, and we talked about it.’ I thought, how wonderful, what a great communication opportunity for their family.
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