SOAR is the result of a partnership between the University of Northern Iowa, Princeton Review, Skills Tutor, and CORE K12. The partnership is committed to enhancing the educational experience of the children of our military personnel and the communities that serve them. Additionally, the resources help ease the transition as families move from one military installation to another, and support parents in valuing and enhancing the learning that occurs at home. SOAR is completely free of charge.Military children and their classmates now have access to SOAR (Student Online Achievement Resources) at www.soarathome.org.
Students can take an broad assessment on any of the state learning standards or mini-assessments on specific skills, receive immediate feedback, and be directed to a tutorial that will improve their skills, where needed. Parents can monitor the progress of their child from anywhere in the world. In addition parents are provided with resource materials that will assist their child in areas where they may need help.SOAR is not a placement program. It is a program that can assist students, parents and teachers:
Additionally, the University of Northern Iowa has developed Instructional Videos and Ancillary Resources in the following areas:Mathematics: Making Sense of Mathematics helps students make sense of challenging mathematics concepts and procedures. The videos build the viewer’s conceptual understanding of mathematics by working through interesting real-life situations. Supplementary resources give students the opportunity to check and extend their reasoning by solving problems similar to those in the videos.
Literacy: Making Sense of Literacy helps students make sense of challenging literacy concepts. Through engaging videos, the inquisitive Knowledge Seekers demonstrate how to examine the thinking that goes on inside their heads as they process or create text. By using the Thinking Aloud videos and supplementary resources, students develop the literacy strategies necessary to construct understanding and flexibly apply them to new situations.
Videos and Ancillaries are organized within the 5 strands of Language Arts: