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DreamBox

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Successful Implementation

Getting Students Started on DreamBox 

DreamBox is a K-8 digital math solution that complements your classroom curriculum and offers your students interactive and engaging lessons and games that help to promote learning, deeper understanding, and math confidence. DreamBox automatically differentiates lessons based on individual student needs, strengths, and challenges by continuously gleaning insights into their learning—all without losing any time testing.  

DreamBox lessons can be completed at school and at home.  

Take these first steps to get your students off to a great start:  

  1. Log in to your DreamBox Dashboard. 
  1. Introduce DreamBox to your learners. If your students are new to DreamBox, use the Kick-Off with DreamBox Learning lesson plan to show your students how to navigate DreamBox. If your students have experience with DreamBox, use the DreamBox Learning Relaunch lesson plan to reintroduce them to DreamBox Learning and remind them about best practices for engaging with lessons. 
  1. Help your students log in and explore DreamBox!  

To maximize the full benefits of DreamBox, work to get students logged in and completing lessons within the first two weeks of school.  

For additional resources to support implementation, see: 

  • Why DreamBox: Information about how DreamBox can support you and your students.  
  • Implementation Checklist: Detailed guidance on getting started as well as tips for continued success.
  • Getting Started with DreamBox Course: Click on the DreamBox icon in the right corner of the Insights Dashboard to access short, targeted, on-demand sessions that guide implementation.  

Administrators and Implementation Leaders: 

Ensure that your rostering is complete and introduce DreamBox to your teachers. For additional information, access the Back to School Administrator Guide. Contact the implementation leader for DreamBox in your district with any questions.


Setting Expectations to Maximize Growth

DreamBox Learning’s digital curriculum has been shown to help students grow nearly 60% more than expected—no matter where they start. Consistent and ongoing student usage catalyzes this productive growth and development. Research shows that students who complete five or more lessons per week achieve significant growth.

Help your students get the most out of the DreamBox experience by encouraging regular usage: 

  • Students might complete the recommended five lessons per week in two 30-minute sessions or three 20-minute sessions. 
  • To best support student learning, build space into the school day and encourage home usage for consistent practice.   
  • Support early utilization by helping students work through questions as they get started and allowing time for exploration. As students work, encourage Healthy Habits for Success.   

Administrators and Implementation Leaders:  

  • Communicate with teachers about goals and expectations for student usage.  
  • Create recommendations for how your teachers might incorporate DreamBox into student learning.  
  • Use the Implementation Goals resource to guide your planning as you consider how DreamBox can best support your students this year. 

DreamBox Dashboard: See Progress and Take Action

The DreamBox Dashboard provides meaningful information and actionable insights that can support the important work you do.   

Familiarize yourself with the dashboard:   

  • Review the Total Lessons and Total Time columns to see how students are progressing toward DreamBox Learning’s recommendation that students complete at least 5 lessons per week. 
    • Take note of any students who have spent a lot of time working on DreamBox lessons, but do not have any lessons completed. For more insights, take a look at the Activity Feed Report. Check in with any students who might need extra support.
  • Check the Alerts and Achievements section. 
    • Check to see if there are any students who have been identified as May Need Attention. Conference with students to determine what support they need to move forward.   
  • Celebrate success as students complete lesson goals! 
    • Cheer on your students as they learn and grow with DreamBox. For some helpful tools, click on the Resources tab in the navigation menu on the top of the screen.

For additional tips on how to determine which students might need extra assistance, see How Can I See if a Student is Struggling? 

Administrators and Implementation Leaders: 

Throughout the year, encourage student engagement and monitor growth. To access the data, click on the Reports tab in the navigation menu on the top of the screen. Select Student Usage Report or DreamBox Impact Report to see relevant insights.  Learn more.


Connecting with Families 

Extending DreamBox usage into the home reinforces math skills, deepens understanding, and invites families into the learning process. 

Partner with Families: 

  • Introduce families to DreamBox early in the year. Use your dashboard to access resources (in English and Spanish) to share with families about getting started with DreamBox at home and logging in to their student’s account.  
  • Encourage families to create a family account. This will allow parents to see how their student is progressing throughout the school year.  
  • Include information about DreamBox in classroom communications and family conversations throughout the year.  
    • Highlight DreamBox at family events such as Open House or Curriculum Night.  
    • Share insights about student progress and learning from the DreamBox Dashboard at parent-teacher conferences. 

Administrators and Implementation Leaders: 

Early in the year, use school-wide communications to let families know that your school will be utilizing DreamBox to provide personalized lessons that complement your math curriculum in a fun and engaging way. Throughout the year, continue to send messages to remind families that regularly using DreamBox at home promotes skill development, fosters conceptual understanding, and builds life-long math confidence.  

Additional Video Resources:

Invite families to view these video resources to support DreamBox usage at home. The videos, available in English and Spanish, include tips on logging in, setting up a family account, and supporting and celebrating student engagement and growth.   

To further support your implementation, learn more about our Professional Development opportunities