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Spark Reading Newsletter | October 2023

Hello Spark teachers!

Welcome to a new school year and a new version of Spark Reading. In this issue of the Spark Reading newsletter, you’ll find tips, ideas, and news to help you use Spark 2.0 to achieve your reading goals—whether you’re logging in for the first time or the 100th time.

Let’s see what’s new in Spark 2.0!


Curate book collections to share with specific classes, groups, or individual students. Then, use your collections for everything from curriculum units and book clubs to extra support or engaging reluctant readers.

Tips to get started:

  • Create collections by subjects such as Math and Science or curriculum units such as Weather and Simple Machines. 
  • Poll students on their interests, then create and share collections based on the topics that excite them.

Time-Savers and New Tools

We’ve added functionality to improve collaboration and save time and tools to support French classrooms. 

Tips to get started:

  • Add a co-teacher to your class so you can both use Spark when working with students.
  • Import students into Spark from your Google Classroom for faster setup
  • Display the Spark interface in French or English when working in French classrooms.

New For Students 

Introduce students to the student view in Spark—it’s filled with functional (and fun) features. 

Tips to get started:

  • Let students know they can use the “From My Teacher” tab to find the books you’ve assigned.
  • Use the Book tallies in the student’s view to motivate students to reach monthly and yearly reading goals. (Tallies count all the books students have read, including multiple reads.)
  • Let students know they can use the same annotation tools as teachers when reading books to reinforce their learning.

Get Started with New Help Videos

Our new help videos give you and your students a quick but thorough walkthrough of all the latest features so you can get up and running with Spark in no time. Use the links below to find all of our student and teacher help videos.

Student Help Videos   Teacher Help Videos 

Share Your Spark Stories and Win!

Tell us how you use Spark for a chance to win one of ten sets of four bean bag chairs for your class. Use these comfy chairs to create cozy reading spaces in your classroom, motivate students to read, and encourage small group work.

Entering is easy. Just fill out the super-short survey at the link below.

Watch for us to share your answers in future newsletters so others can try them in their classrooms.

Enter the contest now!