Mentoring Minds - instructional materials to develop critical thinking skills

Educational Technology Guy

Mentoring Minds is an educational publishing company that develops K-12 instructional materials to help students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

MindShift

And while the materials he uses match his students’ level of English proficiency, Brock said he sometimes feels like he’s insulting their intelligence. Research has shown that a majority of the educators who teach English-language learners (ELLs) are creating their own instructional materials — often with little oversight — that don’t necessarily match the student’s grade level or the rigor required by state academic standards.

Digital instructional materials outpace print, study says

eSchool News

Teachers now are using more digital instructional materials than print materials in the classroom, according to a new study from Education Market Research (EMR)/Simba Information. Study reveals that the digital resource market is growing faster than the overall K-12 market.

Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

eSchool News

Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. When acquiring digital instructional materials, the cost associated with access to broadband and devices is a pivotal factor.

For two states, the digital transition requires an overhaul of the process

edWeb.net

Refocusing classrooms around up-and-coming digital materials requires more than just adding a new tech-based product or two as many processes for reviewing and purchasing instructional materials are still built around print textbooks.

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New Curriculum Associates Website Weaves Customer Narrative into Product and Company Story

techlearning

September 10, 2018—success stories from educators, administrators, and most importantly, students, which bring the company’s tools and service offerings to life. In its design, we put educators and students first in sharing how our company and tools support teaching and impact learning.”

Curriculum Associates Named One of the 50 Fastest-Growing Private Companies and One of the Largest Private Companies in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal

techlearning

May 24, 2018—The Boston Business Journal announced that Curriculum Associates has been named to their 2018 “Fast 50” list of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Massachusetts for the fourth consecutive year. Companies that did not show growth from 2016 to 2017 were excluded.

Curriculum Associates Featured on Inc. Magazine’s 37th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

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5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Not only have the companies on the 2018 Inc.

Carolina Biological Supply Company Announces California Close to Adopting New School Science Teaching Materials

techlearning

The state is reviewing new science instructional materials for the first time in 12 years to help science teachers succeed in teaching students the latest standards.

New Website Details State Policies for Acquiring Digital Learning Content

Marketplace K-12

The State Educational Technology Directors Association has launched an online tool to help ed-tech companies, states, and districts learn about digital instructional material procurement.

Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Instruction Aligns to WIDA PRIME V2 Correlation Criteria for English Language Learners

techlearning

June 13, 2018—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Instruction for Grades K–8 recently met all correlation criteria for the WIDA PRIME V2 Protocol for Review of Instructional Materials for ELLs (PRIME V2). NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Realizing Success in the Adult Basic Education Market

Digital Promise

When combined with other sources, one estimate places this figure as high as $10 billion annually, with $200 million of that spent on digital instructional materials. Highly fragmented, these organizations often serve small numbers of learners and have very limited budgets for instructional materials. Based on my experience, companies who have research that validates, or at least indicates, the efficacy of their products gain wider acceptance.

Renaissance and Learning A-Z Partner to Promote Literacy

techlearning

The companies are working together to provide personalized reading instruction. Renaissance ® announces Learning A-Z, a literacy-focused pre-K–6 educational provider of technology-enabled learning resources, as its latest Renaissance Growth Alliance™ partner.

EdReports.org Evaluates Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Mathematics as the Highest-Rated K–8 Mathematics Program

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Expert educators from EdReports.org, an independent nonprofit that delivers evidence-based reviews of instructional materials, found that Ready Mathematics met expectations for all evaluation criteria across all grade levels after concluding its recent review of the program.

ThinkCERCA Raises $10.1 Million to Build Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers

Edsurge

Helping students write and reason clearly, critically and concisely is the central mission at her company, ThinkCERCA. Today the Chicago-based company has raised $10.1 A core skill that Murphy wants to help students build is argumentation, and the company’s approach to teaching this is built into its name—Claim, Evidence, Reasoning, Counterargument, Audience (CERCA). This framework informs how ThinkCERCA designs its literacy instructional materials and lessons.

Do You Know the Edtech Adoption Rules in Your State? SETDA’s New Guide May Help.

Edsurge

A new report from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) aims to clear up the murky waters surrounding the adoption of digital learning materials, a process that varies wildly between states. Some, such as California, state that all digital materials must have a printed counterpart. In states that mix adoption and local control, like Utah, a commission reviews, vets and ultimately recommends instructional materials, although districts have final say.

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Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

With support from ED, state leaders, and new platforms for curation and discovery, there has never been a more exciting time to rethink traditional, static instructional materials. As with any instructional materials, quality is key.

New Interoperability Standard Aims to Ease Major EdTech Headache

FETC Converge

The education technology sector is eyeing a new remedy for one of its most persistent headaches: the messy flow of class-roster and account sign-on information between schools and companies. The hope is that all parties might coalesce around a single, open “interoperability” standard for streamlining the often-painful process of getting teachers and students set up with accounts so they can access the correct digital instructional materials.

New Interoperability Standard Aims to Ease Major EdTech Headache

FETC Converge

The education technology sector is eyeing a new remedy for one of its most persistent headaches: the messy flow of class-roster and account sign-on information between schools and companies. The hope is that all parties might coalesce around a single, open “interoperability” standard for streamlining the often-painful process of getting teachers and students set up with accounts so they can access the correct digital instructional materials.

Boston Business Journal Names Curriculum Associates a 2018 “Best Place to Work” Winner for the Fourth Consecutive Year

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In total, 80 companies were honored at the BBJ’s awards program on Wednesday, June 20 at Boston’s Symphony Hall. As in past years, honorees were divided among five company categories: Extra Small (20 to 49 employees), Small (50 to 99 employees), Medium (100 to 249 employees), Large (250 to 999 employees), and Extra Large (1,000 employees and over). “We Company rankings were also published in a special supplement in the June 22 edition. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

New Efficacy Research Demonstrates Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Meets Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Federal Funding Requirements, Including School Improvement Funds

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June 12, 2018—A new research study titled “ Ready Efficacy: Research on Ready Program Impact” demonstrates that Curriculum Associates’ Ready Mathematics and Ready Reading instruction for Grades 3–8 meets the federal funding requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Ohio Department of Education Names Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic an Approved Assessment Provider

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We are proud to support Ohio educators with this tool, helping them identify students’ needs and individualize instruction.” Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools.

David, Goliath, and the Future of the U.S. K-12 OER Movement

Doug Levin

Buoyed by examples of new and significant commitments to OER by companies large and small, governments of all levels, and schools, it is easy to see that the future of instructional materials over the next decade will look very different than it has over the last decade.

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California Evaluates New Science Instructional Resources for the First Time in More than a Decade

techlearning

August 14, 2018 –Today California-based K-12 publishing company, TCI , announced that its science programs,Bring Science Alive!California This is the first time in 12 years that California has reviewed new science instructional materials. MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–

Be Wary of Products Claiming to Be ‘Research-Based’

The 21st Century Principal

I receive countless emails during a given week from vendors of software, textbooks, and other instructional materials. If a company claims their product is 'research-based,’ then that company is obligated to provide those validating studies." We owe it to our stakeholders and our students to make sure our limited funds aren’t wasted on bogus educational materials or products.

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State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

edWeb.net

Many states provide guidance for the implementation of digital materials in districts to help ensure that they are available to all learners. According to the Brookings Institution there is strong evidence that the choice of instructional materials has large effects on student learning.

Lexia Reading Core5 App to Integrate with Apple’s Schoolwork App

techlearning

The program follows a scope and sequence built for rigorous state standards and provides explicit, systematic instruction through personalized learning paths in six areas of reading.

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Number of States Reporting Lexile and Quantile Measures Doubles

techlearning

More than just scores, Lexile and Quantile measures are a tool for educators to help personalize instruction and an easy-to-understand measure that can be discussed with parents and other stakeholders.

New Efficacy Research Demonstrates Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Meets Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Federal Funding Requirements, Including School Improvement Funds

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February 21, 2018— Curriculum Associates’ K–8 i-Ready Instruction meets the federal funding requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Doug Levin

Each of these broad purposes is valuable and important, and few would argue with the proposition that we need more high-quality information and research to guide decisions about school reform and improvement efforts and about how to personalize instruction. Four, we must ensure that all instructional materials – no matter their form or medium – remain available for public inspection and review. There simply is no room for instructional black boxes in public education.

Mississippi Department of Education Approves i-Ready® as a Universal Screener for Grades K–3

techlearning

The online diagnostic and instruction program is currently used by districts across Mississippi and more than 7 million K–12 students nationwide. “ NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., August 8, 2018— approved universal reading screener for Mississippi students in Grades K–3.

Many Online Education Marketplaces Have Sputtered. Will Quizlet’s Pass the Test?

Edsurge

Digital distribution and getting online materials directly to consumers, on the other hand, has proven tougher to crack. Last summer, the San Francisco-based company invited several dozen educational publishers and organizations to create and sell materials to Quizlet users, as part of a closed beta program. Today, the company announced it is inviting any content creator, including individual educators, to apply for its Premium Content program. Content may be king.

MetaMetrics Unveils Resource Centers to Help Educators and Parents Manage Multiple Student Reading and Math Measures

techlearning

When a student gets a Lexile or Quantile measure from a test, that provides educators and parents with valuable information for differentiating instruction and accelerating achievement,” said Malbert Smith III, Ph.D.,

Pearson Is Selling Its US K-12 Business—Despite Posting a Profit and Digital Growth

Edsurge

portion of its K-12 business, which includes print and digital curriculum and instructional materials. In its latest earnings update, the company confirmed that it is indeed moving ahead with such plans. Under his tenure, Pearson has embarked on a rocky transition to refocus Pearson as a digital-focused education company. The company’s revenue from U.S. a semester to access all of the company’s digital higher-ed materials.

Curriculum Associates Enhances i-Ready® with Major Upgrades for Back to School 2018

techlearning

The completely-redesigned teacher experience provides actionable data insights with simplified navigation, improved alerts, and streamlined reports that show teachers the immediate actions to help differentiate instruction and drive the greatest student gains. NORTH BILLERICA, Mass.,

Three Lessons from the Google Docs Phishing Scam: K-12 Education Edition

Doug Levin

This is how everyone should want companies to respond – in education and beyond – when presented with evidence of a potential security incident. After all, all software has bugs and can be exploited, and one test of the mettle of a technology company is how well it monitors and responds to incidents. Earlier this week, an unknown person or persons launched a short-lived, but clever cyber attack against Google Docs’ users.

Guides help teachers with NGSS transition

eSchool News

Resources include instructional materials, new NGSS transition customization services and free guides. Material from a press release was used in this report.

Fuel Education’s Stride and Summit Math Adaptive Solutions Win BESSIE Award

techlearning

These next generation Summit Math courses were developed as part of a digital-first curriculum for schools that want to engage and personalize learning for each student and empower teachers with powerful instructional materials,” said Sean P.

Game-Based Learning Meets Science Standards

EdTechTeam

We know there is a shortage of quality classroom material that will help educators teach to these standards in the important subject area of science,” said Josh Goldberg, chief strategy officer, Legends of Learning. “We

HMH launches marketplace to connect educators, developers

eSchool News

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has launched a Beta version of the HMH Marketplace , a new online destination that offers teachers, ed-tech developers and technology companies the opportunity to share resources and solutions for the classroom with a broad educator audience.