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1. What is READ 180 Universal?

READ 180 Universal is the leading blended learning solution that accelerates learning for struggling readers by merging the latest in brain science, adaptive technology, professional development, and knowledge for school and life. It is the result of five years of intensive research and development and over 15 years of groundbreaking innovation and efficacy. Informed by our experience serving over one million students a day in over 40,000 classrooms and a legacy of success that commenced in 1999 with READ 180, the new READ 180 Universal reflects the best practices observed in the most successful implementations across the country. A suite of new technology, data analyses, content, and resources is designed to maximize student engagement, teacher effectiveness, and leader empowerment. It represents the best of what is known about how to raise achievement for struggling adolescent readers and allows teachers to reach the goal of accelerating all students to grade-level independence.

2. What is included in a READ 180 Universal Upgrade Kit?

Each READ 180 Upgrade Kit includes all materials needed for a full stage. Materials include a Teacher Kit (print Teacher Bookshelf plus Teacher License), the READ 180 Universal

Independent Reading Library (Complete Paperback Collection and Audiobook Paperback Collection), ReaL Books, and student Upgrade Licenses with Reading Inventory and Phonics Inventory.

3. How many boxes are included in my READ 180 Next Generation Upgrade Kit?

There are 9 boxes in a READ 180 Universal 30-Student, Stage B Upgrade Kit: 1 box of Teacher Materials, 2 boxes of ReaL Books (15 books per box), and 6 boxes of Independent Reading Library books (5 paperback crates, 1 audiobook paperback crate).

A 60-student, Stage B Upgrade Kit ships in 11 boxes—all of the boxes included in a 30-student kit, plus 2 additional boxes of ReaL Books.

4. Will my teachers receive training on READ 180 UNIVERSAL?

READ 180 Universal includes a Getting Started course for up to 30 teachers that can be delivered as a full day, half day, web-based, or train-the-trainer model. The goal of the course is to help teachers “get started” with the program components and technology, instructional framework, lesson planning, assessment, and daily instruction.

5. What changes were made to the ReaL Book?

The ReaL Book has fewer Workshops than its Next Generation predecessor, but each Workshop dives deeper into a particular subject area with more texts that build knowledge about a topic. Accessible fluency texts, designed to meet READ 180 students at their current reading level, welcome students into each Workshop. Students then encounter texts that increase in complexity both within Workshops and across Workshops, as they acquire skills to tackle grade-level texts.

The ReaL Book provides students with multiple opportunities to respond to texts through writing, featuring explicit writing strategies from program authors Dr. Steven Graham and Dr. Karen Harris. Students have repeated opportunities to practice these strategies across workshops.

The ReaL Book also includes built-in language support, authored in partnership with Dr. Kate Kinsella, to help students develop academic language as they respond to and discuss texts.

6. What changes were made to the student libraries?

We have expanded the depth and breadth of our library to include high-interest texts that READ 180 Universal students will be excited to read.

Our library contains more noteworthy books than ever before. This includes award-winning winning titles such The Crossover, The One and Only Ivan, Rules, and Smile. Popular “buzz” books that students are likely to see their peers toting around outside the classroom are also featured; this includes The Lightning Thief, Divergent, How To Train Your Dragon and so much more.

In addition to our paperback offerings, we have expanded our digital reading platform to customize digital reading for each of our students. READ 180 students can now set their reading interests and receive recommendations based on their preferences, as well as their reading level. They can also take a Reading Counts! quiz from within the application, or complete their QuickWrites online. In addition, they have access to reading supports such as text-to-speech and dictionary definitions that will help them become truly independent readers.

7. What changes were made to the READ 180 Universal Student Application?

The structure of the content was changed such that there are no longer topics that organize the segments. Instead, the segments are organized by cluster, allowing the student to choose more freely.

The leveling story was changed such that we have 5 levels in A, 6 levels in B and C. This allows us to better target student Lexile and allow him to move up more quickly.

We added 3 new zones: The Explore Zone, Language Zone, and Fluency Zone (built from the Spelling and Word Zones). The Explore and Language Zones focus on building background and vocabulary knowledge.

  • We differentiated the student path such that levels 1-3 complete the traditional Success Zone path and levels 4-6 skip Context Task and instead complete the Stretch Read activity.
  • We added a comprehension strategy focus to each visit to the Reading Zone, which entails strategy-related supports and comprehension questions. The questions are also now aligned to Webb’s DOK levels, and student performance determines which DOK level they encounter.
  • We added opportunities for students to rate their performance and their understanding.
  • We added 2 new writing types to the Writing Zone. Previously, we had argument, but we now also have informative and narrative.
8. What are eReads?

eReads are nonfiction, digital articles that provide READ 180 students with opportunities for independent- reading practice. The articles are written at students’ grade level and cover high-interest topics that range from current events and technology to history and art.

In READ 180 Universal, eReads are integrated within the digital Bookshelf and can be accessed alongside eBooks and audiobooks.

9. What are the technology recommendations for READ 180 Next Generation?

See our Technology Recommendations click here.

10. Does Teacher Central replace Teacher Dashboard and SAM?

READ 180 Universal teacher will use Teacher Central instead of SAM and the Teacher Dashboard. Teacher Central will allow the teacher to plan and teach a class, run reports, find resources, and enroll students in class.

11. When I upgrade to READ 180 Universal, will my READ 180 Enterprise Edition and READ 180 Next Generation data migrate?

The current plan is to migrate the following data points from READ 180 EE and/or NG:

  • Current Lexile level
  • Number of Segments completed

Note that programs like Reading Inventory and Phonics Inventory are unchanged. So, historical data for those programs will still be available in SAM.

12. Where will my READ 180 Universal media files reside?

By default, all READ 180 Universal media files will reside on a CDN (Content Delivery Network) located in our data center. For any bandwidth-challenged districts, tech service can work with them to discuss other alternatives.

13. Can I still deploy READ 180 Universal in hosted or local environments?

READ 180 Universal can only be deployed in a hosted environment

14. What if I have specific questions about my implementation? Who can I contact for technical support?

The HMH Technical Support Help Desk may be reached by phone at 800-283-5974 or by email at edtech.techsupport@hmhco.com

15. How does READ 180 Universal Compare to READ 180 Enterprise Edition and READ 180 Next Generation?

See our Comparison Chart here.

16. How do I log in and get started with READ 180 Universal?

"Teachers receive a link from their district or school administrator that will allow them to access HMH Teacher Central (they also receive a link that will allow students to access their programs; see below).

To log in:
1. Open the link in a browser window.
2. Enter your SAM username and password
(see your district or school administrator for help if necessary).
3. Click Sign In to open the HMH Gateway.
4. Click the HMH Teacher Central icon.

To access READ 180 Universal teacher content, teachers will need to make sure that READ 180 Universal is selected under Manage Applications in the Class settings of the Class Management tab, and at least one student is enrolled in the program. Click here for more information, or see the Class Management section of the READ 180 Universal Technology User’s Guide for more information.

17. How do my students get started with READ 180 Universal?

Students will need to be enrolled in READ 180 Universal before they can access it. Use the Class Management tab in HMH Teacher Central to enroll students. See the Class Management section of the READ 180 Universal Technology User’s Guide for more information.

Once students are enrolled, provide the link received from the district or school administrator to students. Direct them to open it in a browser window and log in using their SAM username and password.

From their HMH Gateway screen, they click the READ 180 Universal icon to open the READ 180 content in HMH Student Central. From HMH Student Central, click Go in the Student App (Student App) field to launch the READ 180 Universal Student App.

See the Student App section of the READ 180 Universal Technology User’s Guide for more information.

18. Can I still deploy READ 180 Universal in hosted or local environments?

READ 180 Universal can only be deployed in a hosted environment.

19. Where will my READ 180 Universal media files reside?

By default, all READ 180 Universal media files will reside on a CDN (Content Delivery Network) located in our data center. For any bandwidth-challenged districts, please contact Tech Services or the Help Desk to discuss other alternatives.

20. How do I see if there are student licenses available?

Student and teacher licenses are requested and managed by your district or school administrator. You can see how many student licenses are available on the Enrollments screen under your Class Profile on the Class Management tab in HMH Teacher Central. If you need to have licenses added, contact your district or school administrator.

21. When I upgrade to READ 180 Universal, will my READ 180 Enterprise Edition and READ 180 Next Generation data migrate?

Only Lexile measures from READ 180 Enterprise Edition and READ 180 Next Generation will migrate. Note that programs like Reading Inventory and Phonics Inventory are unchanged. So, historical data for those programs will still be available in SAM.

22. What happened to all the reports I previously used in READ 180 Next Generation?

Click here to see a chart showing how the READ 180 Universal reports compare to READ 180 Next Generation reports.

23. What happened to rSkills?

Past editions of READ 180 were accompanied by the appropriate version of rSkills Tests. In READ 180 Universal, rSkills Tests have been replaced by the Workshop Assessments. The content and functions are very similar to rSkills, and assessment results are reported to HMH Teacher Central. Workshop Assessments may be accessed from the Assessment menu in HMH Student Central. rSkills College & Career may still be accessed through the HMH Gateway. While it does not share data with READ 180 Universal, Independent Reading, or HMH Teacher Central, it can still be used as a standalone program.

24. What happened to Reading Counts!?

Reading Counts! may be accessed through the HMH Gateway. It does not share data with READ 180 Universal, Independent Reading, or HMH Teacher Central, but it can still be used as a standalone program. The quizzes used in the Independent Reading rotation of READ 180 Universal are indeed Reading Counts! quizzes, but they are unrelated to the standalone program.

25. What changes were made to the student software in READ 180 Universal?

The structure of the READ 180 content was changed such that there are no longer topics that organize the segments. Instead, the segments are organized by cluster, allowing the student to choose more freely. Leveling was changed such that there are now five levels in Stage A and six levels in Stages B and C. This allows for better targeting of students’ Lexile measures and allows them to move up more quickly.

Three new zones were added: the Explore Zone, Language Zone, and Fluency Zone (built from the Spelling and Word Zones). The Explore and Language Zones focus on building background and vocabulary knowledge. The student path is now differentiated so that students in levels 1–3 complete the traditional Success Zone path and students in levels 4–6 skip Context Task and instead complete the Stretch Read activity.

There’s now a comprehension strategy focus to each visit to the Reading Zone, which entails strategy-related supports and comprehension questions. The questions are also now aligned to Webb’s DOK levels, and student performance determines which DOK level they encounter.

There are additional opportunities for students to rate their performance and their understanding.

There are two new writing types to the Writing Zone, with argumentative writing being joined by informative and narrative writing.

26. Can teachers print or access passages in the Reading Zone?

Yes. Go to the Student App section of Resources in HMH Teacher Central and you may access passages for each segment at all six levels. You can also download a Segment Overview study for each segment and writing prompts for the segments in a format where students can take notes to Plan, Organize, and Write their responses.

27. Are there written directions as well as spoken directions for the Student App activities?

A closed-caption option will be available in early 2017.

28. Can students bookmark their HMH Student Central login screens?

Yes, but there is a specific procedure for this. Click here for instructions on bookmarking HMH Student Central and HMH Teacher Central.

29. Where are the READ 180 Universal reports?

All READ 180 Universal reports live in the Data Dashboard tab of HMH Teacher Central. See the Data Dashboard section of the READ 180 Universal Technology User’s Guide for more information.

30. I’m having problems projecting the Digital Teacher’s Edition. What can I do to solve them?

Be sure that the mirroring function on your computer’s display is turned off. Instructions for this can usually be found in your Windows or OSX documentation. Contact your school or district technical administrator or HMH field technician for further help with this. Click here for updated instructions on projecting the Digital Teacher’s Edition.

31. How can a teacher project the student pages to the whiteboard if the Display and Responses buttons are greyed out?

The Display and Responses buttons are disabled until a specific lesson is chosen. Once a lesson is selected, both buttons should become available.

32. When projecting the Digital Teacher’s Edition, can I display answers one at a time?

Yes. Click here for updated instructions on projecting the Digital Teacher’s Edition. Also be sure the mirroring function on the computer’s display is turned off. Instructions for this can usually be found in your Windows or OSX documentation. Contact your school or district technical administrator or HMH field technician for further help with this.

33. Can I access other programs using HMH Student Central and HMH Teacher Central?

Yes. Assessment programs associated with READ 180 Universal (as well as English 3D and Do The Math) are found on the Assessment menu on HMH Student Central. All other programs on the district or school SAM Server can be accessed through the Gateway.

34. Is there a glossary available for the Academic Vocabulary/Content Area Vocabulary like in the old rBook?

Yes. Type “glossary” into the Resources search, and you will see a resource for each workshop.

35. Can teachers print lesson plans from HMH Teacher Central?

Yes. Click here to open the Digital Teacher’s Edition and click on a workshop from the Table of Contents. Scroll down and you will see printable lessons and pacing/planning guides on the right side of the page.

36. Can I use the READ 180 Universal content in HMH Teacher Central with a projector or interactive whiteboard?

Yes. HMH Teacher Central contains a Projection Mode function, which allows the content to be displayed to the class and controlled from the teacher’s mobile device. Click here for detailed instructions on projecting READ 180 Universal content in HMH Teacher Central, or see the Displaying the Lesson section of the READ 180 Universal Technology User’s Guide for more information.

37. Does HMH Teacher Central replace Teacher Dashboard and SAM in READ 180 Universal?

READ 180 Universal teachers will use HMH Teacher Central instead of SAM and the Teacher Dashboard. HMH Teacher Central will allow teachers to plan and teach a class, run reports, find resources, and enroll students in class.

38. Can I access READ 180 Universal on an iPad?

Yes. Teachers may download the Student App from the App Store and access HMH Student Central, HMH Teacher Central, and Independent Reading through the iPad browser. See the Mobile Access section of the READ 180 Universal Technology User’s Guide for more information.

39. Can I access READ 180 Universal through the iPad browser program or do I need to download the READ 180 Universal iOS app to access the Student App?

You need to download the READ 180 Universal iOS app from the iTunes Store to access the READ 180 Universal Student App. Click here for iPad access help.

40. Do I need an iOS app to access Student Central, the Independent Reading Bookshelf, or the digital ReaL Book?

No. You can access these program components by entering the same URL you use on all browsers into Safari on the iPad.

41. Can I also access the Student App without downloading the app from the iTunes Store?

No, the Student App is only supported on iPads when the app has been downloaded from the iTunes store and configured on the iPad to ensure full functionality with recording.

42. Is READ 180 Universal compatible with Android devices?

The READ 180 Universal components are not officially supported on Android devices.

43. Is READ 180 Universal supported on phones?

The READ 180 Universal components are not officially supported on phones due to the limited screen size.

44. What if I’m using READ 180 Universal with other programs for which we already have mobile applications?

Previously released HMH mobile apps can continue to be used alongside READ 180 Universal. For mixed model usage with System 44, the System 44 iOS app remains necessary for use on iPads.