For Teachers

What is eSpark?

eSpark is a differentiated, playfully personalized supplemental curriculum resource for PreK-8 math and reading . Unlike other programs with a similar scope, eSpark also uses the power of generative AI to tailor individual lessons to each students’ personal backgrounds and interests, a massive breakthrough in personalized learning. With eSpark, students learn at their own pace on independent adaptive pathways and teachers can assign pre-packaged Small Group Skills lessons to easily target specific standards and skills. You can browse many of eSpark’s activities here.

What makes eSpark different?

eSpark is built on the unique concept of “playful personalization,” a blend of play-based learning, choice-driven lesson design, and explicit instruction that keeps students coming back for more. You can see this vision brought to life in the all-new Choice Texts and Choice Math activities found throughout eSpark’s curriculum, in which students leverage the power of AI in a safe and secure way to build reading passages and word problems based on their interests. Learn more about Choice Texts here.

Can I try eSpark in my classroom?

Yes! Teachers can sign up for a free eSpark account here.

What’s the difference between eSpark Lite and eSpark Premium?

eSpark Premium includes unlimited Small Group Skills lessons, Choice Texts, full access to our progress and activity monitoring, lesson recommendations and alerts for remediation and intervention, and many other features proven to save teachers time and support stronger student growth. See the full feature comparison here.

How can I get eSpark Premium?

Premium memberships are available at the partial school, whole school, and district levels. There are several ways in which teachers can advocate to their admins for a Premium membership. Get the ball rolling here.

What devices does eSpark work on?

eSpark works on most classroom devices with an internet connection and web browser, including iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, and desktops. Learn more about supported devices and operating systems here.

How do teachers typically use eSpark?

Most commonly, we see eSpark used as a center — students work independently in the program while teachers meet with a separate small group. eSpark is versatile enough to complement any combination of core and supplemental instructional resources and can be used for enrichment, intervention, and acceleration as needed. Learn more about popular eSpark implementation models here.

What kind of reporting/progress monitoring do I get with eSpark?

The eSpark teacher dashboard provides information on what your students are working on, what they’ve accomplished, and how they’re progressing on their path to standards mastery. Teachers also receive weekly emails with progress data, suggestions for intervention/remediation, and celebrations of student success. Learn more about eSpark’s data and reporting features here.

How does eSpark support English Language Learners?

eSpark has been recognized by 3rd-party experts as a valuable resource for ELL students. All content is scaffolded in alignment with WIDA’s English Language Development standards, including audio support, interactive visuals, graphic organizers, explicit vocabulary instruction, and much more! See more examples and read a testimonial from an eSpark district with a high ELL population here.

For Administrators

Is eSpark evidence-based?

Yes! eSpark’s Theory of Learning is grounded in seven research-based pillars that are directly linked to improved student outcomes. Digital Promise has awarded eSpark their Research-Based Design Product Certification, validating these pillars. eSpark has been proven in multiple studies to improve student outcomes on independent assessments, and eSpark meets all the criteria for evidence-based interventions under ESSA. See the research here.

Which state standards does eSpark support?

eSpark is fully aligned with both Common Core and non-Common Core state standards throughout the country, including TEKS, VA SOL, FL B.E.S.T., and many, many more. View all of our existing state standard crosswalks here.

How does eSpark adapt to student levels?

This happens in a variety of ways. If you use NWEA Map Growth or Renaissance Star Assessments, we can set starting points for students based on their most recent results. If not, students will automatically take a placement quiz before they begin in eSpark to determine their appropriate starting point in each math and reading domain. Learn more about eSpark’s adaptive path here.

How long can my teachers try eSpark?

When your teachers sign up for eSpark, they automatically get a 30-day trial of eSpark Premium before being downgraded to eSpark Lite. Teachers on eSpark Lite can continue using the adaptive pathway with their students, but they lose access to Small Group Skills, Choice Texts, reports, and our proactive alerts and intervention recommendations. That’s where you come in. Bring the magic of eSpark to your school or district and experience the cultural shift that comes with engagement you can feel and results you can see. Learn more and request a quote here.

How can I purchase eSpark?

To request a quote, book a meeting with an eSpark expert, or schedule a demo, please visit our Administrators page here.

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