Congratulations to this year’s IXL Elite 100! Our ninth annual Elite 100 list recognizes remarkable teachers who devoted the previous year to serving students and prioritizing personalized learning.
We’ve selected the list of 100 from 900,000 teachers worldwide who use IXL in their classrooms. The 2022 Elite 100 reside in 30 U.S. states, two Canadian provinces and one Chinese prefecture. For 70 educators, this is their first Elite 100 honor.
“Educators were entrusted with the difficult job of filling knowledge gaps, stabilizing test scores and cultivating students’ curiosity over the past year. Elite 100 teachers responded to these challenges by personalizing instruction to address the specific needs of each student and recover unfinished learning,” said Paul Mishkin, CEO of IXL Learning. “We look forward to helping even more schools tackle their most pressing challenges so that every student feels empowered to succeed and reach their full potential.”
How Elite 100 teachers use IXL to close learning gaps
As a result of disrupted learning and fluctuations in academic achievement during the 2021-22 school year, districts increasingly adopted IXL’s personalized learning platform to identify and close student knowledge gaps. IXL was a critical component of the Elite 100’s learning recovery efforts, which helped them better understand what students knew, what they were ready to learn and how they could make a greater impact immediately.
“IXL has been a game changer for our school over the past several years and I can’t imagine my classroom without it,” said Georgette Vanover, a 5th-grade teacher at Whitley East Elementary in Williamsburg, Kentucky. “I love that IXL helped me create personalized study plans for students based on their NWEA Map scores so that we could focus on the skills that they needed to practice more.”
IXL’s state-of-the-art assessment, the Real-Time Diagnostic, provided teachers with a comprehensive view of students’ knowledge, pinpointed gaps and provided specific next steps that helped each student grow. “Students gained confidence when they worked on IXL, especially after seeing the Real-Time Diagnostic results and how much they grew,” said Brenda Kauffman, a 5th-grade teacher at Clinton Christian School in Goshen, Indiana. “The diagnostic opened my student’s eyes to their progress—some even jumped up two grade levels!”
How Elite 100 teachers use IXL to engage students
IXL’s comprehensive curriculum helped teachers efficiently and effectively support any lesson or educational need. Educators also used IXL’s built-in instructional resources and classroom engagement tools, such as math video tutorials and leaderboard competitions, to support independent learning and foster friendly competition.
“There is such a broad range of content on IXL that inspires students and builds their confidence. My students lived for winning bragging rights during our weekly Leaderboard competitions, which was a great way to inspire learners to go above and beyond,” said Dayna Winczner, a 6th-grade teacher at Trillium Academy in Taylor, Michigan. “You can see my students’ smiles from outer space after using IXL!”
See the full list of Elite 100 teachers and learn more about their strategies here.