• Getting Teachers Started
  • Ways to Create Accounts
  • All teachers, administrators, and students can create Newsela accounts. Some options for creating Newsela accounts involve administrator setup. To learn how to use one of the options at your school or district, select it from the list below (or select the “I don’t know” option). If you have a PRO subscription, the correct access will be added based on the school the teacher or administrator selects.

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    Teachers create and roster classes for their own accounts by following these steps. Administrators and any other staff members with valid school email addresses can create accounts in the same way.

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    Teachers create and roster classes for their own accounts by following these steps. They can choose whether to import a Google Classroom roster or to roster classes within Newsela. Administrators and any other staff members with a valid school email address can create accounts in the same way.

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    Using Clever with Newsela requires administrator setup. Your users can log in with their Clever credentials at newsela.com or navigate to Newsela from your Clever portal.

    Setting up the Integration:

    1. Navigate to Newsela’s page in the Clever App Gallery: https://clever.com/app-gallery/newsela-pro
    2. Click on “install” and follow the prompts.
    3. Share your data with Newsela.
    4. Review the fields you’re sharing and confirm they align with Newsela’s Required Clever Fields (see more details in the yellow box below).
    5. Review the Data Warnings section. If you have Data Warnings, resolve them.
    6. Once you share your data, it will take the Newsela team approximately a week to review your information and launch your Clever Newsela integration.

    Creating Accounts:

    • Teacher, student, and admin user accounts will be created automatically the first time a user logs into Newsela via Clever. 
    • To give the central district team access to Newsela, we recommend adding users to Clever as District Curriculum Leads. Clever created the district curriculum lead role specifically for this use case. It gives district teams the ability to log into apps and view reports, but it does not expand the number of people with system admin access to the Clever.

    When will my data from Clever import into Newsela?
    Newsela does not import data before users log in. Instead, Newsela imports data on demand. When a teacher logs in for the first time, we create their account, import their classes, and add students. When a student logs in for the first time, we create their account. Every time a user logs in, we update their information. From a user perspective, these imports are instantaneous, so it looks like their data was always in Newsela.

    How can I confirm the Newsela-Clever sync is working?
    If you want to check that the process is working as expected, we recommend asking a few users to log in, and confirming that they can log in and see classes.

    Rostering Classes:

    Each time a teacher logs into Newsela via Clever, classes will be automatically rostered.

    Additional Information:

    For additional details, please review these Clever articles:

    Required Clever Fields: When sharing data with Newsela, make sure that you share the following fields. Not sharing all of these fields will result in errors during the student and teacher experience.

    Required School Fields: Name, Street, City, State, Zip code

    Required Student Fields: First name, Last name, School, Date of birth, Grade. Email is optional but strongly encouraged for data validation

    Required Teacher and School Admin Fields: First name, Last name, School, Email (must be unique)

    Required Section Fields: Class name, School, Grade, Teacher(s), Student(s)

    Required District Admin Fields (for District Binder access): First name, Last name, Unique email

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    Using Canvas with Newsela requires administrator setup. If your school or district uses Canvas, your users will log into Newsela from Canvas.

    Requesting the Integration:

    Your district or school Canvas system administrator should contact Newsela through this form to schedule a Canvas integration call. When submitting the form, enter "Canvas Integration Request" as your subject. We will be in touch via email to assist you with completing the integration set-up.

    Setting up the Integration:  

    1. Log into Canvas as a system administrator.
    2. Generate an access token by navigating to Account → Settings and generating an access token. In the New Access Token screen, leave the expiration date blank.
    3. After Newsela sends you a key and secret for your organization, you will be able to add the Newsela App to your Canvas instance
      • In Canvas, navigate to Admin → Settings → Apps
      • Click View App Configurations
      • Click Add App
      • In the Add App screen select By URL as the Configuration Type. Enter the Consumer Key and Shared Secret generated earlier. In the Config URL field, enter https://static.newsela.com/eduapp/newsela.xml

    Creating Accounts:

    Users access Newsela by navigating to “Courses” → “Newsela”. Accounts are created automatically the first time a user clicks on the Newsela link in Canvas.

    When will my data from Canvas import into Newsela?
    Newsela does not import data before users log in. Instead, Newsela imports data on demand. When a teacher logs in for the first time, we create their account, import their classes, and add students. When a student logs in for the first time, we create their account. Every time a user logs in, we update their information. From a user perspective, these imports are instantaneous, so it looks like their data was always in Newsela.

    How can I confirm the Newsela-Canvas sync is working?
    If you want to check that the process is working as expected, we recommend asking a few users to log in, and confirming that they can log in and see classes.

    Rostering Classes:

    Each time a teacher clicks on the Newsela icon in Canvas, courses are automatically created and rostered in Newsela. You can find information for resolving class import issues on this page.

    Additional Information:

    For additional details, please review these Canvas articles:

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    Teachers create and roster classes for their own accounts by following these steps. Administrators and any other staff members with a valid school email address can create accounts in the same way. 

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    Using ClassLink with Newsela requires administrator setup. Follow the steps in these ClassLink support articles:

    When will my data from ClassLink import into Newsela?
    Newsela does not import data before users log in. Instead, Newsela imports data on demand. When a teacher logs in for the first time, we create their account, import their classes, and add students. When a student logs in for the first time, we create their account. Every time a user logs in, we update their information. From a user perspective, these imports are instantaneous, so it looks like their data was always in Newsela.

    How can I confirm the Newsela-ClassLink sync is working?
    If you want to check that the process is working as expected, we recommend asking a few users to log in, and confirming that they can log in and see classes.

     

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    Teachers and students at all schools can create Newsela accounts by going to newsela.com and clicking Join. If your priority is getting started right now, you can have teachers choose that option. 

    However, teachers can only use one of these options at a time, so it is important to get started with the right one. If your school or district might be using one of the integration options above, we suggest asking your tech administrator. It may be possible to roster classes automatically for your teachers with one of these integration options, or this may have already been done for you at the district level. Some districts may have their own names for these integration options (such as “Our District Portal” instead of “Clever”).

    Note: You can also contact us and we’ll let you know if we have a record of a preferred integration option for your school or district. If your school or district needs to change integrations or is considering multiple integrations, please contact us so we can help you find the best solution.