Mentoring Minds - instructional materials to develop critical thinking skills

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

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.

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.

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.

Ed. Companies in Limbo as Florida Delays Curriculum Adoption Amid Standards Overhaul

Marketplace K-12

Florida has delayed its adoption of new instructional materials, a process that has huge implications for K-12 publishers. Companies in Limbo as Florida Delays Curriculum Adoption Amid Standards Overhaul appeared first on Market Brief.

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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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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.,

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.

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.

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

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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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Renaissance and Learning A-Z Partner to Promote Literacy

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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.

Twelve Years Later: What’s Really Changed in the K-12 Sector? (Part 1)

Edsurge

Some entrepreneurs were drawn to the sector after reading it—and made the paper part of their company’s onboarding practice. The company was renamed “Amplify.” Five years later, Berger led a management buyout of the company, backed by Emerson Collective. The new solutions result from an explosion of apps, companies, content and marketplaces over the past decade. The “Big Three” publishers have stumbled; new players have stepped in and up to become midsize companies.

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.

Twelve Years Later: How the K-12 Industry and Investment Landscape Has Shifted (Part 2)

Edsurge

Twelve years ago, Amplify CEO Larry Berger and I wrote about the “ pareto distribution ” of companies in the K-12 sector. Most revenue was generated by a few winner-take-all companies, then there was a long tail of subscale operators. Supply of new companies has reached a fever pitch.

Turn the Page: Looking Beyond the Textbook for Culturally-Responsive Curriculum

Edsurge

As the leader of an education company, it was a sobering reminder of the complexities and responsibilities involved in creating curriculum. So how can curriculum publishers and educational companies be meaningful partners in creating culturally-responsive classrooms?

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.

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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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.

Read This: Newsela Lands $50 Million From Spotify Investor

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That approach worked for Spotify, a company in the portfolio of growth equity firm TCV , where Marshall is a general partner. And now, it’s attracted TCV to an education technology company. On Wednesday, the firm announced it invested $50 million in a Series C round for Newsela , which offers an instructional content platform containing news and nonfiction articles at various reading levels. Few education companies have successfully pulled off a freemium business model. “It’s

Want to Boost Reading Scores? Build Silent Reading Stamina.

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Commonlit is a source for free, high-quality instructional materials designed to support literacy development (grades 3-12.). Remarkably, the Vermont-based company has been a leader in the field of literacy for nearly 100 years.

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.

How Edtech Can Help Build a Blueprint for Real Change in K-12

Edsurge

And edtech companies cater to this fragmentation in their product design and marketing. Curriculum and instructional materials live on websites, in the cloud, on paper, in LMS’s, in Google Drive or OneDrive. There are over 132,000 school communities in the United States.

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

In my own experience, I remember sitting through a class on differentiated instruction. So, when you have many ways of teaching material, nearly every student learns better. An Instructional Coach. ” Education does have “instructional coaches.”

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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).

Not “Just” a Teacher: Finding Your Voice as a Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

She’s the 2017 Texas Instructional Technologist of the Year. I am very honored to serve as one of the two national advisors for Future Ready Schools , representing the Instructional Coach strand. Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored podcast episode.”

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.

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

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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.

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.