Learning Upgrade to give away 100,000 complimentary student licenses to online curriculum

EdTech provider aims to help students and educators with transition to Common Core

(SAN DIEGO) Aug. 19, 2015 – To help students and teachers make the transition to Common Core State Standards, Learning Upgrade is offering 100,000 complimentary student licenses to schools nationwide. Administrators and teachers can enroll each licensed student into any of Learning Upgrade’s Common Core aligned courses.

The new courses for grades K-8 were designed and created after the standards were released, ensuring each benchmark is addressed appropriately. Through engaging songs, video, and games, the interactive lessons help struggling students catch up on previous year standards, master current grade level standards, and perform well on the new computer-based year-end tests.

“Going back to school can be a stressful time for students, teachers and even parents. When you add transitioning to the Common Core into the mix, it’s downright overwhelming,” said Vinod Lobo, the founder of Learning Upgrade. “We want to make sure every student in America is equipped for success, and we feel that offering complimentary access to our full curriculum is a step in the right direction.”

Learning Upgrade’s new courses are designed with the Common Core State Standards in mind. Each grade-specific course features 60 interactive lessons, covering every standard for that grade. Teachers can quickly integrate the lessons into their classes using a simple one-page alignment, and can track every student’s progress on every standard with a graphical student monitor.

Educators from U.S. schools with at least 300 students who would like to take advantage of this offer should visit www.learningupgrade.com. Select “Start Free Trial,” then sign up for the school free trial.  Qualifying schools will receive a 20-student license for the 2014-15 school year at no cost.

About Learning Upgrade

Founded in 1998 by educators, musicians, artists and programmers in San Diego, Learning Upgrade produces innovative, engaging lessons designed to support struggling students in reading and math. Through the incorporation of song, video, games and educational research, Learning Upgrade has helped thousands of students reach and exceed grade level requirements.

For more information about Learning Upgrade, please visit them online at learningupgrade.com


SIIA Seeks Education Technology Innovators for Incubator Program

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SIIA Seeks Education Technology Innovators for Incubator Program

Selected participants will receive expert advice and guidance as well as a chance to present in front of the Ed Business Forum audience

Washington, D.C. (Aug. 18, 2014) – The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is accepting applicants for its Innovation Incubator program. Selected developers of promising technologies in the K-12 and postsecondary markets will be invited to participate in the SIIA Innovation Incubator program during the 14th annual SIIA Education Business Forum, December 9-10, at McGraw-Hill Conference Center in New York. The deadline to apply is September 26.

The SIIA Innovation Incubator program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in the development and launch of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006, and has helped dozens of companies enrich education through the use of software, digital content and related technologies. The Innovation Incubator program employs a peer-review process to identify the most promising digital education products. Successful industry leaders and peers also provide one-on-one mentorship before, during, and after the Forum to support the growth and success of identified innovators.

“The Incubator program is one of SIIA Education’s most successful programs, and we are proud to introduce these exciting new products and many times, new companies, to our audience at the Ed Business Forum,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the Education Division at SIIA. “I look forward to seeing what this cycle will bring.”

All education technology companies with innovations are encouraged to apply – from start-ups to established companies. A panel of SIIA member judges, consisting of prominent education technology industry professionals, will review and score each innovation, and collective scores will determine finalists and an alternate. Scores will be calculated based on:

  • True innovation
  • Market need/ Solving a problem in education
  • Ability to be successful

Finalists will be asked to give webinar presentations to educators and administrators nationwide for the Educators’ Choice and Faculty Choice Awards. Finalists will also present their products in person for Education Business Forum attendees. An additional winner and one runner-up will be chosen for the “Most Innovative” and “Most Likely to Succeed” categories based on the scores submitted by Forum attendees.

For more information about the Innovation Incubator program, or to apply, go to http://www.siia.net/ebf/2014/incubator.asp or contact Lindsay Harman at lharman@siia.net .

About SIIA The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents approximately 200 member companies that provide software, digital content, and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.


Triumph Learning Creates Comprehensive Instructional Program

Common Core Coach provides meaningful instruction and practice tools for math and English

NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) August 19, 2014

New evaluations of Common Core Coach, an inclusive learning program that adds depth, understanding, and practice to Common Core standards and skills instruction, find the program creates a comprehensive instructional program for math and English language arts (ELA) classes, backed by research. Created by Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools, Common Core Coach for Math and Common Core Coach ELA enable meaningful instruction and practice through rich and rigorous tools that support student assessment in grades three through eight.

“The changing K-12 landscape can make it difficult for teachers to find standards-based resources that are built for and fit their curriculum,” said Mike Morley, publisher at Triumph Learning. “Common Core Coach is an efficient and comprehensive solution built from the ground up that provides teachers with the tools they need to prepare students for the Common Core standards and skills.”

Maureen McSparran Ruby, supervisor of professional learning and career management for New London Public Schools in Connecticut, compiled a review of Common Core Coach ELA. It confirmed the program creates a formative assessment system for teachers and prepares students for college and career readiness benchmarks as described by the Common Core State Standards. By utilizing the gradual release of responsibility (GRR) model, an instructional framework designed to gradually transfer the responsibility of learning from teachers to students, Common Core Coach ELA helps teachers deliver reading, writing and vocabulary lessons, and guide, engage and motivate students to become independent learners.

Dr. Paul Gray, a member of the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics, compiled an evaluation of Common Core Coach for Math. The findings determined it offers specific instructional strategies teachers can implement to help students learn important math concepts and skills. With Common Core Coach for Math, students are given performance tasks and fluency and problem solving lessons that build math proficiency.

More information regarding the findings from the Common Core Coach evaluations is available in new whitepapers for Common Core Coach for Math, “Instructional Strategies that Build Mathematical Proficiencies,” and Common Core Coach ELA, “Providing Assessment-Driven Differentiated Instruction in Reading and Writing.” Common Core Coach is also integrated into the differentiated instruction toolset for teachers in Triumph Learning’s new Waggle personalized, smart practice solution.

About Triumph Learning
Triumph Learning, LLC, is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials and effective literacy programs. Its state-customized products increased student achievement and raise scores on high-stakes exams for more than 6 million students in 36,000 schools in 2013. Triumph Learning offers unique student solutions, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools and innovative student texts with products such as Coach and Waggle. For more information, visithttp://www.triumphlearning.com.