Think of it as a boot camp for the brain!

Whether you are looking to remediate struggling students or looking to give students a boost in the coming year, the DataWORKS StepUP Academy is designed to supplement your current academic program. It will fit perfectly as a pull-out program, afterschool program, Saturday school, or a full summer school program.

  • A Curriculum Coach is available to discuss your needs.

StepUP Academy is designed to accelerate learning through effective, research-based lesson design and delivery strategies. It is especially useful for English Learners and struggling students.

The StepUP program combines well-crafted standards-based lessons with a strategically paced curriculum to create a powerful, easy-to-use, short-term learning experience.

Expected results include:

  1. measurable gains by students in learning and confidence; and
  2. demonstrable improvement by teachers in effective lesson delivery.
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Flexible features to fit your needs:

Teacher Training

Teachers are trained in the use of engagement and checking-for-understanding strategies that they can use during the regular school year. They also receive interactive coaching sessions to help master the new skills.

Classroom Materials

All materials are provided to make it easy for the teachers and students. This includes: whiteboards, workbooks, posters, lessons, markers, erasers, and more.

Pacing Calendar

Every grade level will receive a digital, conceptually driven pacing calendar to save teacher planning time and maximize instructional time to cover the most amount of content. Each lesson will have a printed student workbook.

Online Lessons

The academy uses a customized group of lessons taken from our online lesson service, Teachers simply project the lesson and guide the students through the concept and skills. Works with any Internet-enable device.


Each academy is customized for your schedule and budget. It can be 3 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, or any other range of time. It can fit around any bell schedule and offer content for different grades in the same program.

Skill Mastery

To build fluency in math and reading skills, digital flashcards are provided along with word games, math stories, reading checklists, performance tasks, and assessments.

Customized to your budget, schedule, and time

Academies can be done during summer, winter recess, spring break, after school, or even during the school year. And, whether you have eight hours a day for two weeks or one hour a day for eight weeks, your StepUP Academy will be customized to fit your schedule and timeline.

Dual-purpose training

While students are learning, teachers also benefit from the lesson-based training and frequent interactive coaching sessions. This is a great opportunity for all teachers, but especially for those who are new to teaching or new to Explicit Direct Instruction.

No stress, turn-key

All materials and trainings are provided by DataWORKS. That means, schools can focus on recruiting teachers and students for the academy, and teachers can focus on perfecting their lesson delivery strategies.

A EDI Professional Development Client.

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Here are some of the StepUP Academies we have done:

  • K-5 ELA preview of upcoming school year
  • K-5 Math preview of upcoming school year
  • Algebra/Math I remediation
  • Review of key math concepts before national assessments
  • Review of reading and language concepts before national assessments
  • Close Reading Skills and vocabulary building
  • Intensive writing skills (Narrative, Informative, Persuasive)


average improvement in student scores from pre- to post-test*

5 steps of the StepUP Academy process:

Participating teachers are trained in the foundational Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) lesson delivery strategies.

Following the training, teachers participate in Lesson Demonstrations with gentle, interactive coaching from a DataWORKS consultant in real classrooms with students. Teachers identify and practice the components and strategies that go into the design and delivery of an effective EDI lesson.

A training day is held shortly before the Academy begins (usually 1-5 days prior to the start) where teachers are given all of their materials and taught how to facilitate the Academy.

Students and teachers receive kits with custom-paced materials including READY TO TEACH EDI® lessons, workbooks, flashcards, posters, and other materials. Students receive a lesson workbook, whiteboard, dry-erase marker, eraser cloth, and pencil.

During the Academy, DataWORKS consultants visit classrooms and provide gentle, interactive feedback to teachers.

At the end of each coaching day, the Academy teachers, site coaches, and DataWORKS consultants debrief. They discuss challenges and successes and plan for the next instructional day. Administrators are encouraged to attend as much of the Academy training as possible in order to support long-term implementation and build “local capacity.”

Questions about StepUP Academy?

Do you have questions about this service? Or are you ready to schedule a conference call to discuss a StepUP Academy for your school or district?

Call us now and we'll show you how DataWORKS will:

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–  Customize a professional development experience that meets the needs of your school or district.

–  Help your teachers improve lesson design and delivery and increase student engagement
so your students learn more the FIRST time they are taught.

–  Design and develop curriculum resources that your teachers will LOVE to use!

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