Welcome to Unique Learning System
Unique Learning System® is an online, standards-based curriculum designed specifically for students with special needs. Unique Learning System’s differentiated materials have an array of components to support the special education classroom and provides a means of access to instruction for students with even the most complex needs. Users interact with differentiated, thematic units of study with text-to-speech capabilities, interactive components, hundreds of activities and multiple opportunities to show what they know.
This getting started guide will walk you through these areas of your subscription:
- Set Up Your Account & Choose a Grade Level Band
- Monthly Lessons
- Core Materials
- GPS: Data Collection Center
- Teacher Reference Materials
Set Up Your Account
Set up your new user account by registering for your n2y online subscription. After registering, you will have immediate access to your subscription directly from the n2y website at n2y.com.
To begin registration, click on the registration link provided in the email from n2y. If you are part of a group account, you will receive a registration email from the administrator. Complete the process with the following instructions.
- Click on the registration link
- Click “Sign In” when notified you were successfully registered.
- Fill in each field with your correct information (first and last name, phone number, organization name and address).
- Click the “Save” button to complete your registration
- Click on your email in the upper right-hand corner of the page and select “Logout”
- Log in with your n2y credentials and begin enjoying your subscription
Grade Band Selection
Students need to have access to the grade band that aligns with their chronological age. This provides them with access to the general curriculum as per IDEA and ESSA as this is a federal mandate and not something simply imposed by n2y. All of the activities within Unique Learning System have been differentiated to include all learners including level 1 learners who are still working on making a consistent choice or making a response. The expectations for the students vary according to their differentiated level.
Unique Learning System has provided teachers with standards based curriculum that aligns with the gen. ed curriculum but has reduced in depth and breadth to accommodate special education student with significant needs through the instructional targets. Each lesson has differentiated activities to include all learners. Each lesson plan highlights these expectations for the level 1 to level 3 learners.
So in keeping with the compliance of the federal mandates, we recommend that students have access to the materials that correspond with their chronological age.
You will receive a separate registration email for each product purchased (e.g. News-2-You®, Unique Learning System® and/or SymbolStix PRIME™ ). When registering the second product, select "Yes" when asked, "Do you have a login with n2y?", and enter the username and password you previously created.
Log into n2y
Once you have registered, visit n2y.com and sign in with your email address and password via the orange Login button in the upper left.
Unique Learning System's monthly lessons are presented as thematic units that follow a schedule of topics. Each unit is based on a social studies or science topic and incorporates reading, math, writing, science and social studies activities into the lessons. Each unit comes online one month prior to implementation and stays online for two consecutive months. Two monthly units are available online at a time for access.
Monthly tools support the unit topic by providing additional resources, supplemental lessons and a printing guide to assist with large printing jobs.
Lessons and Activities
The activity and lesson number follow a consistent format each month, while the content within each lesson changes to support the standards-based topic. This consistent format supports a routine schedule, with options for repetition blocks in the classroom. For more information about how to incorporate Unique Learning System’s Monthly Lessons in a routine schedule, see the Suggested Monthly Plan.
The monthly lessons are supported with a lesson plan which outlines the alignment to standards, description of the lesson, suggested differentiated levels and additional resources.
Interactive Document (iDoc)
Each monthly lesson opens as an interactive document, or iDoc, in which the teacher can print or interact with the activity online. The iDoc has several unique features that support classroom and individual participation. These features include:
- Accessibility on a variety of platforms including a desktop computer and interactive whiteboard
- Text-to-speech with a natural-sounding voice
- Speak page or click to speak functionality
- Text highlighting and rate of speech options
- Interactive components such as drag-and-drop, click (or touch) and type and choice interaction
- Answer incentives that include sound and highlighting, with the option to disable
- Ability to print as a hard copy and/or PDF format
- Ability to zoom in, out and pan for modification and visual support purposes
- Quick navigation to pages and levels with the go-to tab
Core Materials address routine daily instructional tasks that become the basis for transition planning. Materials and lesson plans include daily living skills, circle time activities, classroom jobs, snack time tasks, recreation and games, home reports, and daily sign-in procedures.
Create a personal binder for each student. The binder is a student management tool for collecting and storing information. This binder contains class information as well as information shared between home and school. As students advance into older grades, they assume increased responsibility in the use of the personal binder.
Search and Download
Use the search bar to quickly locate an activity in the Core Materials. These materials are available as either individual or bulk (one large) downloads. In most cases, Core Materials can be downloaded one time and used for the entire school year.
GPS: Data Collection Center
GPS is the data collection center in Unique Learning System. GPS stands for goals, preferences and skills. The data collection center has an array of assessment tools that can be administered to identify and monitor a student's goals, preferences and abilities in relation to the instructional practices within the Unique Learning System curriculum.
Skill Tracking allows a teacher to identify skills that should be tracked on individual students that directly correlate to an IEP goal and/or track subsets of students on a determined skill. Skills that are tracked within Unique Learning System give a complete summary of all the n2y resources that are related to a particular skill, including lessons, standards, the present level of performance and related assessments.
The Profile serves as an indicator of a student’s current abilities in the Preschool, K-12 Learning or Transition areas. Each profile provides suggested levels and strategies for differentiating instruction.
Monthly Checkpoints provide pre- and post-assessment measures of monthly unit content and skill learning.
Benchmarking Assessments enable teachers to gather baseline data and monitor progress in selected areas of reading, writing and math.
Core Rubrics address transition readiness skills in the areas of employability, communication, self-advocacy, daily living and social strategies.
Transition Planning is designed as a future planning tool for Middle School, High School and Transition-aged students.
How to Add Students into the GPS
Add your class to the GPS to get started using the data collection center.
1. Click on n2y GPS in the left menu
2. Select the Students tab to expand the student list
3. Select Manage Students
4. Click on the Add Student button to add each student
5. Fill in the appropriate information for each student, including a Student ID
The Student ID serves an important security purpose that will prevent duplication of students in the same account.
If you are picking up a student that already exists in your organization, select the student from the list of Existing Students Available to Add. This allows data to be continually tracked on the same student throughout their educational years.
Teacher Reference Materials
Teacher Reference Materials are the cornerstone for instruction and implementation of the Unique Learning System curriculum.
Printable templates for supporting the monthly instructional lessons:
- Math Packs: arrays, money, numbers, shapes, time
- Letter to Parents
- Sound Cards, Word Part Posters
- Communication Strips
Helpful references and teaching strategies for Unique:
- n2y Dictionary
- Active Participation Guidelines & Scripts for Level 1 Learners
- AT Decision Guide
- Instructional Tips
- Vocabulary, Phonemic Awareness & Word Study Guide
- Mathematics Guide
Alignment documents and targets for connecting the Unique lessons and materials to standards:
- Content Standards: ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Transition, Preschool
- Instructional Targets
- Alignment tools for states who did not adopt the Common Core
- Dynamic Learning Maps Essential Elements
- National Social Studies Standards
- Next Generation Science Standards