Learning Ally | November 24, 2022
To increase reading preparedness in early learners, Learning Ally, a national education nonprofit known to double the rate of reading growth for struggling readers, is announcing its new Excite Reading™ PreK-2 Literacy Grant Program for eligible U.S. schools at no cost. Applications are now open until December 15, 2022. Excite Reading™ is an award-winning early literacy supplement to support PreK-2 teachers who want to share engaging children's literature, while developing emergent readers' comprehension skills. Research tells us that PreK-2 is a critical time for reading development.
"Children entering schools today have such diverse backgrounds and needs. Many come unprepared for learning with much less exposure to words and books at home. Putting Excite Reading™ in their hands will play a pivotal role in helping more children learn to read successfully; especially, those struggling in schools located in disadvantaged communities."
Lee Peters, Learning Ally's Chief Operating Officer
Districts may apply for the Excite Reading™ PreK-2 Literacy Grant Program from now until December 15, 2022. The program runs from January, 2022 to June, 2023. Educators in awarded schools will work with Learning Ally to implement the solution with fidelity and provide benchmark data and feedback. Implementation training, check-ins, and ongoing support are part of the Grant to ensure educator and student success. Early reading success requires evidence-based instruction in both decoding and language comprehension, which includes exposure to text-based vocabulary and background knowledge. Excite Reading™ complements any core literacy instructional curriculum delivered in any MTSS or RTI program framework. The visually stunning audiobook-eBook format includes access to more than two-hundred authentic human-narrated children's audiobooks and resources. Children can listen as they follow along visually, exploring themes including gardens, insects, music and more, with intentional cross-discipline focus on art, social studies, and science connections. Carefully designed language development lessons build vocabulary and background knowledge, with social-emotional components. Activities and discussion prompts create context to deepen comprehension. Corresponding teacher guides support a higher level of discourse, using relevant vocabulary to express questions, answers, and ideas to stimulate critical thinking. A school-to-home connection encourages family literacy. More than 450,000 U.S. educators work with Learning Ally to improve reading outcomes. The organization's PreK-12 Solutions are grounded in Whole Child Literacy™ – the best practices of the science of reading (brain-based learning), cognitive variables, and environmental and social emotional factors that influence each student's learning ability. Peters adds, "For a child who is not reading at proficiency by the end of third grade, the immediate and long term impact can be dire. Getting ahead of each student's potential struggle through early screening, evidence-based instruction, and an approach that considers the child through a holistic lens, is necessary to ensure all children are prepared to 'learn to read' and to 'read to learn' for their future success. In 2022, Excite Reading™ won the American Consortium for Equity in Education Excellence Award for Best Early Childhood Education Solution, Tech & Learning "Back to School" Award of Excellence in Primary Education, and the Readers' Choice Award in Early Literacy by SmartBrief on EdTech.
About Learning Ally
Learning Ally is a leading education nonprofit dedicated to equipping educators with proven solutions that help new and struggling learners reach their potential. Our range of literacy-focused offerings for students in Pre-K to 12th grade and catalog of professional learning allows us to support more than two million students across the United States.
DeepHow | January 04, 2023
UL Solutions recently announced selecting DeepHow's AI-powered video-based training platform to enhance and add a robust capability to the renowned compliance training learning management system (LMS), ComplianceWire, for life sciences companies.
All organizations in the life sciences need to provide their employees and contractors with mechanisms for continual skill development and competency management. UL Solutions' ComplianceWire is a platform that manages, tracks, and delivers qualifications and task-based technical capabilities in an environment driven by compliance. UL Solutions provides a comprehensive library of over 400 life sciences-specific courses, 110 of which were developed in collaboration with the FDA.
With the integration of DeepHow's video-based skills collection and delivery capabilities into ComplianceWire, UL Solutions' life sciences customers can now optimize their training delivery with captivating videos. DeepHow empowers training content managers to collect instructional content using a smartphone and turn it into engaging and impactful videos that enhance training delivery.
DeepHow integrates the most recent developments in artificial intelligence, computer vision, natural language processing, and knowledge mapping to transform the way in which knowledge is digitized, captured, and structured. The company has developed and distributes an AI-powered workforce readiness platform for workplaces where capabilities are required to conduct standard operational procedures. The company makes it easier to gather and share technical skills and knowledge, which cuts project time by a factor of ten, improves employee performance by 25%, and cuts overall training and development costs by a large amount.
About UL Solutions
UL Solutions, a world leader in applied safety science, converts sustainability, safety, and security concerns into opportunities for customers in over 100 countries. UL Solutions provides inspection, testing, and certification services, in addition to software solutions and consultancy services, to support business growth and product development. The UL Certification Marks represent an unrelenting commitment to improving the safety mission and serve as a recognized symbol of confidence in the customers' products. The company assists customers in innovating, introducing new products and services, navigating global marketplaces and intricate supply chains, and growing sustainably and ethically for the future.
DeepHow was founded in 2018 by a group of researchers and engineers who used to work at Siemens. They saw an unmet need in the skilled trades market to transfer knowledge. They created a platform for capturing and learning from video-based knowledge that is powered by AI and fills the skills gap in the manufacturing, construction, and service industries. DeepHow makes it easier to capture knowledge by using AI workflow indexing and segmentation.
Otus | November 10, 2022
Otus, a leader in K-12 student-growth edtech, today announced that CenterPoint Education Solutions’ Illustrative Math (IM) certified and EL Education aligned interim assessments, along with state standards assessments will now be available on the Otus integrated learning platform. With these assessments available on the Otus platform, educators and students will have instant access to high-quality assessments aligned with their curriculum or their state’s standards
Since its launch in 2016, Otus has been used by educators to optimize learning and help accelerate student growth for over 1 million students nationwide. Otus provides educators with one place to gather, visualize and act on data to maximize student outcomes. The all-in-one platform saves educators time by integrating traditional and standards-based grading, assessments, progress monitoring, data-informed instruction, and more.
“CenterPoint is excited to bring our aligned assessments to Otus; we hope more districts look toward incorporating assessments that are aligned with their curriculum and (state) standards, Aligned assessments allow educators to gauge both student understandings and misunderstandings paramount information to guide instructional planning. Otus’ learning platform gathers student-growth data and visualizations in one place, which models CenterPoint’s larger mission of monitoring student achievement around assessments.”
LJ Sylvester, Vice President of Growth at CenterPoint.
Interim assessments are administered throughout a school year and are key to supporting learning. They empower educators to measure student learning, identify where students are on their path to grade-level expectations, and provide data to drive instructional strategy. With Otus now hosting CenterPoint’s IM-certified, EL Education, and standards-aligned interim assessments, students and educators are provided with expanded access to high-quality curriculum-aligned assessments. Via Otus’ platform, CenterPoint’s assessments will make use of the existing assessment functionality, including technology-enhanced question types to heighten student engagement and real-time standards-aligned data reporting for teachers to inform instructional strategy. Otus is thrilled to add CenterPoint Education Solutions to its ever-growing network of partners and to be able to offer their top-notch, curriculum-aligned assessments to Otus users,” said Phil Collins, Ed.D., SVP of Client Success. “As Otus continues to expand its offerings of partner assessments available to users on the platform, we aim to provide high-quality, diverse options, and ultimately empower educators to make data-driven decisions that improve their schools. By integrating CenterPoint Education Solutions’ assessments into Otus, we are taking a huge step in that direction. Both the Illustrative Math and EL Education curricula are green rated by EdReports and have shown consistent results for student achievement. CenterPoint was the first organization to develop interim assessments aligned to these curricula to support the important work of teaching and learning at the ground level.
The following grades and content areas are licensed for use on Otus’ platform:
Illustrative Mathematics Aligned Interims Assessments: Grades 3-8, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry
EL Education Aligned Interim Assessments: Grades K-8
Eureka Math Topic Items: Grades K-8
CenterPoint Standards Aligned Interim Assessments in ELA: Grades K-11
CenterPoint Standards Aligned Interim Assessments in Mathematics: Grades K-8, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry
Otus significantly improves the way we support students by providing an all-in-one platform for educators to gather, visualize, and act on student data to ensure every child – no matter their learning level or background – is on a trajectory to achieve their true potential. Otus was created and built for teachers, by teachers. It saves educators time through the streamlined integration of assessment, performance tracking, and third-party data, while its gradebook and dashboard reports make it easy for teachers, administrators, and families to understand each student’s growth. Otus has delivered improved results for more than 1 million learners.