Over the past year and a half, the majority of students have experienced learning disruptions, but upper elementary students and those transitioning into middle school appear to be struggling the most. Because of this, the U.S. federal government ushered in unprecedented federal funding to implement digital resources that accelerate learning, and districts are looking beyond the crisis for opportunities to incorporate digital tools into instructional practice, now and in the future.

About the Study

Gale partnered with Project Tomorrow® to carry out a nationwide school study that examined the efficacy of using cross-curricular educational databases. Educators and students shared their experiences, including how databases like Gale In Context: Elementary support literacy, emerging research skills, and daily instruction.

Key findings:

  1. Digital tools designed specifically for elementary students build confidence during formative learning years.
  2. Access to Gale databases helps teachers differentiate instruction, increasing student engagement. 
  3. Students and teachers highly value Gale databases to improve the quality of learning.


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