TeachTown in New York City

Leading provider of K-12 standards-based, adapted core curriculum

TeachTown is FAMIS-approved and its K-12 adapted core curriculum, enCORE, is aligned to the Science of Reading, driving measurable student growth throughout New York City & District 75.

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Alignment to The Science of Reading & NYC Reads Campaign

With a primary focus in New York City public schools pointing to literacy and reading comprehension, the 5 tenets of the Science of Reading have been systematically embedded into the ELA domain of enCORE, from Kindergarten through the transition years:

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonics
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Text comprehension

Aligning directly to both Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks’ “NYC Reads” initiative, as well as Governor Hochul’s “Back-to-Basics” reading plan, enCORE K-12 is structured to promote literacy and inspire confident readers among our New York City students.

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What Does the Data from D75 Schools Indicate? Growth!

Data from 4,500+ students across D75 schools indicates impressive student growth, with a nearly 70% student growth rate between pre- and post-test scores in elementary, middle, and high school. Supporting personalized instruction and automated data collection aligned to your students’ IEPs and skill levels, NYC special educators can run reports in enCORE at any time to analyze student progress, monitor growth toward IEP goals, assess mastery of specific learning objectives and more.

Take a look at real data from your own District 75 peers below.

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Graph of lessons mastered by students using enCORE Elementary over the course of a year.

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Excerpt of an IEP Progress Report run in enCORE that offers insight into the student’s past, present, and future work towards meeting their IEP goals.

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A lesson report for a student working on Robinson Crusoe vocabulary over time demonstrating their growth, time in exercises, and average scores.

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Trailblazing Student Growth in New York City: enCORE in Action

enCORE targets the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards via socially and developmentally-appropriate, research-based instruction. Offering a strategic blend of hands-on, teacher-led instruction and technology-facilitated lessons, every single unit and lesson segment in enCORE is structured to flow through a gradual release of responsibility, guiding students from exposure to mastery.

To learn how other NYC 75 peers are using enCORE in their schools, watch the video below.

NYC Special Educators Discuss TeachTown Impact:

FAQs

TeachTown is the umbrella name for all of our programs. Depending on what your district has purchased for you, you will have access to one or more programs from our suite. The complete list of programs includes:

  • enCORE K-12
  • Basics
  • Social Skills
  • Meta-Play
  • Transition to Adulthood
  • Health and Wellness
  • BE SAFE
  • SLP Assist

enCORE is an award-winning K-12 standards-based, adapted core curriculum for students with moderate to severe disabilities. It includes leveled, differentiated content across English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies and includes content to fill all instructional time in these areas. enCORE incorporates traditional lesson plans as well as technology-based instruction to provide equity and accessibility to all students.

Through interactive content, visuals, illustration and storytelling, our adapted core curriculum enCORE represents the diversity and multiculturalism of the population of students it serves. Bonus – student engagement and knowledge retention skyrockets as a result!

enCORE’s advanced blended learning model includes hands-on, teacher-led lessons and technology-facilitated, individualized student-led lessons. Our teacher guides, student workbooks, adapted reading library and hands-on manipulatives and materials bring ease and efficiency to the lives of teachers.

enCORE Elementary is designed to serve students in grades K-5. This curriculum includes 36 units of instruction (18 units for K-2, and 18 units for 3-5) across ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Each unit contains a fiction and associated nonfiction book that anchors the instruction across all four domains. Lessons are completely scripted and differentiated with 3 levels of support for all students.

enCORE Middle School serves students in grades 6-8 and includes 27 units of instruction. Each unit contains an adapted chapter book and two corresponding companion texts. Science content covers Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Social Studies includes U.S. History, World History, Civics, and Government.

enCORE High School launched in 2022 for students in grades 9-12 and all lessons include high school-appropriate coursework, an expanded adapted library, and opportunities to work on transition skills.

TeachTown is a FAMIS-approved curriculum vendor. To purchase TeachTown enCORE on FAMIS, visit: https://www.finance360.org/shopdoe/login.aspx.

Yes. According to the Science of Reading, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and text comprehension, are all necessary components of becoming a skilled reader – which is why each of these are systematically embedded into the ELA domain of enCORE, from kindergarten through the transition years.

Phonemic awareness: enCORE Elementary includes age-appropriate phonemic awareness activities to support students learning to identify & manipulate individual sounds in words. Includes rhyming skills and follows a developmental progression.

Phonics: Each unit of enCORE K-12 contains phonics instruction, beginning with single sound-letter correspondence, short vowels, diagraphs, initial and final blends, common inflections and silent ‘e,’ progressing to vowel teams, vowel digraphs, r- controlled vowels, word patterns, and the most common prefixes and suffixes, and moving toward decoding and spelling.

Fluency: Repeated readings are embedded in the enCORE implementation guide within every unit, giving students the opportunity to read the literature (with or without icons), from the e-Reader OR have the e-Reader read to them.

Vocabulary: Every unit of enCORE K-12 focuses on vocabulary that is embedded within that unit’s literature, with vocabulary words embedded in the text multiple times so that students have multiple opportunities to engage with the words and develop deeper semantic knowledge.

Text Comprehension: Every segment in enCORE begins with anchored instruction to help students connect information in the text to their daily lives or to build background knowledge prior to reading. Each book, companion text, and/or chapter incorporates multiple comprehension activities to address text comprehension standards.

 

To learn more about The Science of Reading component in the enCORE curriculum, click here.

Yes. Aligning directly to both Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks, “NYC Reads” initiative, as well as Governor Hochul’s “Back-to-Basics” reading plan, enCORE K-12 is structured to promote literacy and inspire confident readers among New York City students.

Yes. enCORE is a state-aligned, adapted curriculum supporting New York State’s Next Generation Learning Standards via socially and developmentally-appropriate, research-based instruction.

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Real TeachTown Feedback From Your District 75 Peers

Unlock the power of firsthand experiences as you dive into real feedback from your District 75 peers.

NYC User Experience Session with P186X:

P12X Lewis & Clark School, NYC District 75 Experience:

Resources for NYC Special Educators

ERMA Requests

ERMA Requests can only be completed by principals and superintendents. Prior to initiating a request, make sure you have an excel file containing the serial numbers of all devices to which you would like the application deployed. The serial number may be listed as the Service Number on the iPad’s label. You can also find the serial number by going to Settings > About on the iPad.

For additional information and resources about requesting TeachTown Apps for DOE issued iPads, click here.

DOE Protocol

For DOE-specific instructions on how to add, delete, rearrange apps on a DOE issued iPad, please click here.

Our results speak for themselves!

Our special education curriculum software has been nationally recognized for driving growth in students with moderate to severe disabilities.

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