Speak Agent FAQ

What is unique about Speak Agent?

Speak Agent is the only effective, research-based Academic Language Learning platform for K-12 school districts. The platform provides you with a supplemental interactive Math+Language or Science+Language program that directly aligns to your curriculum and fits right into daily classwork. Language is a critical part of math and science assessments and is embedded in the most challenging item types (reasoning, modeling, etc.) for many students.

Which students benefit from Speak Agent?
Any student with an academic language deficit will benefit. These include students identified as ELL or LEP, disadvantaged students, and students diagnosed with a learning disability. But it's not just special populations who will benefit. Academic language is no one's home language. Strong math and science language skills are needed for evaluating information, modeling, expressing logical reasoning, analyzing errors, explaining solution steps, arguing from evidence, communicating conclusions—language is embedded in all of the math and science practices! 
How do students learn academic language in Speak Agent?

Students learn using research-based instructional strategies that support Speak Agent's Academic Language Learning model.

Is it research-based?
Yes! Speak Agent is certified in Research-Based Design. You can explore the learning science, the research-based strategies, and the empirical evidence. You can also see how Speak Agent meets ESSA evidence criteria and qualifies for federal grant funding.
Is it dual-language?
Speak Agent currently offers its K-2 Math and Science multilingual product in English, French, and Spanish. We are able to tailor our other products for the language of your choice as part of our content development services.
Do you provide personalized learning?

Yes! Speak Agent provides personalization tools both for teachers and for students.

Which ESL/ESOL program models do you support?

All of them! See our ELLs page for details. We also correlate with WIDA PRIME V2 and meet ESSA evidence requirements.

Is it accessible for students with special needs?

Yes! Please visit our learning supports page to see Speak Agent's accessibility features in each language domain.

What technology do I need? 

Speak Agent runs in a browser on any computer, Chromebook, tablet, or interactive whiteboard with an internet connection (including a mobile hotspot). Teachers can also provide direct instruction using Speak Agent tools/activities via Zoom, WebEx, Blue Jeans, Google Meet, or any other web-conferencing tool. There is no need to install any software. See our tech specs here (PDF).

How do I use Clever with Speak Agent?

Speak Agent supports single sign-on using Clever.com. First, your district must enable a connection to Speak Agent. Next, login using your district's Clever portal. Then find our app using these instructions. Here is our app logo:

Speak-Agent-app-logo

 

How do I get help?

Visit our Knowledge Base for documentation and product training videos. A password is required and is typically provided on your district's custom webpage. Please contact support if you are unable to find it.

How long should I use Speak Agent?

The recommended dosage is typically 60 minutes per week, but this can vary by grade level and curriculum. More detailed information is provided as part of professional development.

How do I get a quote?

Please contact our consulting team. Schools may purchase a site license. Districts may either purchase multi-site licenses or English Learner seat licenses. Speak Agent meets ESSA requirements for Title I and Title III funds.

How do you protect privacy?
Where can I read the fine print?