Jeremy Lin Reading Challenge FAQ

Everything you need to know about the Jeremy Lin Foundation Reading Challenge

*Exclusive to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

This one month reading challenge will encourage students to read from a collection of Jeremy Lin Foundation aligned articles around Bringing an End to Bullying. The ultimate goal is that this Challenge raises awareness in ending school bullying while encouraging students to read closely and deepen their reading comprehension.

Below are answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Jeremy Lin Foundation Reading Challenge. If you don’t find the answer to a question you have below, please email community@newsela.com and we’d be happy to help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which schools are eligible to participate and does my school need to sign up for the Challenge to begin participating?

Any school in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is eligible to participate, no additional sign-up is required.

What is the duration of the Challenge?

The Jeremy Lin Foundation Reading Challenge lasts 4 weeks.
Start date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
End date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Who is eligible?

Any student attending a school in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is eligible to participate.

Do my students need to have a Newsela account?

Yes, your students need a Newsela account to participate. If your students do not have already have an account, please follow these instructions to help them create one.

Is there any cost to participate?

No, there is no cost to participate.

Do teachers need to do anything to have their students participate?

Once students have their Newsela accounts, they can participate independently.  We will be offering unique prizes to schools that have the highest participation. Teachers are encouraged to help students participate in the Challenge and discuss the topic of anti-bullying any way they can. Check out this page for ways to use Newsela in your classroom.

Is there a deadline for my students to begin participating?

No. The Challenge begins January 19, 2016 but students will be able to begin participating any time up to the end of the Challenge on February 16, 2016. The sooner students begin to read, the greater the opportunity they have to earn points.

Why did Newsela create the Jeremy Lin Foundation Reading Challenge?

Newsela partnered with the Jeremy Lin Foundation a non-profit organization with the goal to to make an impact in bringing an end to school bullying.

How can I help my students succeed with the Challenge?

Teachers are encouraged to help students participate in the Challenge and discuss the topic of anti-bullying any way they can. You can also check out this page to learn more about implementing Newsela in your classroom and  increasing student participation during the Challenge.

What is my students’ goal in participating in the Jeremy Lin Foundation Reading Challenge?

Every student’s goal for the Jeremy Lin Foundation Reading Challenge is to read as many articles as they can. Points are awarded to students based on quizzes taken and correct quiz questions answered. Additional points are earned when students read articles in the Bringing an End to Bullying Text Set.

In addition to earning points and reading articles, the goal of this Challenge is to increase awareness around the harmful effects bullying.

How will my students earn points?

  • Students will earn 1 point for each quiz taken on Newsela
  • Students will also earn 1 additional point for each correct quiz answer
  • Students will receive 2 points for taking a quiz from any of the articles in the Bringing an End to Bullying Text Set  and for every correct answer in this text set

How does my school win?

The school with the highest Jeremy Lin Foundation Reading Challenge score at the end of the challenge wins. Here’s how we calculate each school’s score:

The total number of student points are divided by the number of students enrolled at each school.

Here’s an example:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School 1:

Reading Challenge Score = 10,000 points divided by 500 students = 20

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School 2:

Reading Challenge Score = 12,500 points divided by 700 students = 17.8

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School 1 wins

How do I know how many points my schools has?

Throughout the challenge, Newsela will determine Reading Challenge Scores for schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. We will be posting updates throughout the duration of the challenge. Check out this page if you are interested in seeing school rankings.

What are the prizes?

First Place:

A visit from Jeremy Lin: The school with the highest score will receive a visit from Jeremy Lin. Lin is a professional basketball player of the NBA and plays for the Charlotte Hornets.

Free PRO School Subscription: BONUS! Not only will your school receive a visit from Jeremy Lin, the school that has the highest average number of points and highest percentage of students registered will win a free Newsela PRO subscription for the following school year.

Additional prizes are as follows:

Second Place: More information to follow, stay tuned.

Third Place: More information to follow, stay tuned.

How can my school participate if we do not have 1:1 digital devices?

There are many ways to participate, even if your school does not have a 1:1 digital devices for students. Check out this article for more ways on how your students can participate.

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