DreamBox Learning Introduces Spanish Language into Math Program
Spanish offering available for K-8 curriculum for 2014-2015 school year
BELLEVUE, Wash. (June 26, 2014) – DreamBox Learning (www.dreambox.com) today announced the integration of native Spanish language into its K-8 math curriculum coming Fall 2014, combining both English and Spanish content in a single program. This new expansion makes DreamBox Learning’s award-winning curriculum and Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ technology accessible to a greater number of students with more personalized experiences than ever before – allowing more students to learn in the language environment they feel most comfortable.
Addressing the Growing Need for English Language Learner Support
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), there are currently 4.7 million students in the United States classified as English Language Learners (ELL), with approximately 76 percent of these students speaking Spanish. In many schools, teachers struggle to keep up with ever-growing class sizes, and often do not have the resources to adequately help students who might be experiencing language-related challenges. Many of these students are learning both the English language and mathematical concepts simultaneously, struggling with vocabulary or syntax.
With lessons offered in Spanish, DreamBox Learning has further removed language roadblocks to learning math for ELLs, adding Spanish voiceover within lessons, with each element carefully evaluated by student focus groups and lengthy consultation with Spanish-speaking teachers. For students, all content and user experience will be fully available in Spanish.
“It’s critical that all students have the support and opportunities to acquire the skills needed to succeed not only in math, but also in life,” said Jessie Woolley-Wilson, president and CEO of DreamBox Learning. “DreamBox Learning delivers personalized learning paths that motivate and guide all levels of learners, regardless of where they live or whether English is their first language, to achieve math proficiency. The addition of the Spanish language option supports our commitment to help every student realize a deeper understanding and life-long confidence in math.”
Building upon Current Success and Committing to the Future
Along with DreamBox Learning’s current support for Spanish language with native speaking customer support team members, the integration of Spanish math lessons is a natural extension for a program that is already driving successful results for ELL students to date.
“We are committed to providing appropriate instructional programs that ensure academic progress and success for all students across our diverse and multilingual population,” said Brian Kilduff, math intervention teacher specialist of Frederick County Public Schools. “With its highly motivating and visual environment, DreamBox Learning aligns with our commitment to help eliminate achievement gaps due to factors such as language barriers. We’re excited to see the addition of Spanish language as one more way to do this.”
As part of the company’s long term commitment to the support of all learners and educators, DreamBox Learning is working with the Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (ALAS) to build connections with the organization that will support academic achievement and increase awareness within its constituency. In addition, DreamBox Learning is a sponsor of ALAS’ annual conference in Atlanta and will be in attendance at the October event. DreamBox Learning is also a proud sponsor of the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) and will be involved in its 13th Annual Summer Institute in July.
“CALSA is proud to welcome DreamBox Learning into the organization as a company that is striving to meet the needs of all learners,” said Dr. David Gomez, executive director of CALSA. “Their latest work to provide math instruction in Spanish provides increased access to learners to develop the math skills that they will need to be successful in school and life.”
For more information, please visit http://www.dreambox.com/ or Booth #2866 at the ISTE Conference from June 28 through July 1.
About DreamBox Learning
DreamBox Learning was founded in 2006 in Bellevue, Wash. and launched its first online learning software in January 2009. The platform has won more than 35 top education and technology industry awards and is in use in all 50 states and throughout Canada. DreamBox Learning Math™ offers a groundbreaking combination of Intelligent Adaptive Learning, a rigorous K-8 mathematics curriculum and a motivating learning environment. The innovative DreamBox platform captures every decision a student makes while working in the program and adjusts the student’s learning path appropriately, providing millions of individualized learning paths, each one tailored to a student’s unique needs. DreamBox Learning Math is available for PC and iPad. For more information, visit www.DreamBox.com.
Shmoop Earns CLRN-Certified® Status, Offering Unique Breadth and Depth of Courses
Shmoop’s 9th-grade ELA course, Introduction to Literature, has been certified by the
California Learning Resource Network (CLRN).
June 27, 2014, Mountain View, CA. – Shmoop University (www.shmoop.com), a digital curriculum company aimed to make learning fun and accessible, has earned CLRN certification for its 9th-grade English Language Arts Online Course. By year end, Shmoop plans to submit for certification a variety of courses in English Language Arts, Math, Science, and History.
To earn certification, courses are required to meet rigorous California Department of Education Standards and Common Core State Standards. They are also required to meet 80 percent of iNACOL’s National Standards for Quality Online Courses. Shmoop blew the requirements out of the water, receiving a rating of 95 percent for Content Standards and 88 percent for Online Standards for its English Language Arts Online Course.
David Siminoff, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Shmoop, remarks, “Shmoop is a one-stop shop for education. Students love us. Teachers love us. And this CLRN-Certified® status proves that we offer more than engaging materials and a goofy sense of humor—we are a premier provider of best-in-breed academic resources.”
Shmoop’s full course catalog includes Common Core-aligned courses in all subjects, including,
- Business and Career Preparation;
- College Preparation;
- Health, Physical Education, and Counseling;
- History and Social Sciences;
- Life Skills;
- Technology and Computer Science;
- Test Prep; and
They offer traditional courses, like a full suite of Core ELA and Math courses for grades 9-12, along with special interest courses like Young Adult Literature and an entire course devoted to Breaking Bad. Each of Shmoop’s courses—written by teachers and content experts—digs deep into the content matter, all while helping students develop the skills they need to succeed.
Shmoop will be at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2014 Conference and Expo in Atlanta (June 28 – July 1) at booth 3341, where educators can learn more about the wealth of resources Shmoop has to offer.
Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.