Penda Learning | November 16, 2022
Penda Learning, a Learning 2020 company, announced today that it has finalized an agreement with Scantron for the use of more than 14,500 assessment items in 11 assessment banks that span all science disciplines. These items will be used to expand the assessments currently available with Penda Science — a game-based science curriculum for grades 3–8, physical science, environmental science, and biology. — to include all NGSS performance expectations and state-specific science standards. Unlike traditional assessments, Penda Science interactive assessments challenge students to achieve high scores that earn them points to unlock virtual worlds, customize their avatars, and more. Teachers and administrators can use the line item analysis data to pinpoint learning gaps and personalize instruction within the Penda Science platform for small groups and individuals to help students achieve science mastery.
"This agreement will dramatically accelerate the development of comprehensive assessments within Penda Science. High-quality, validated assessments are critical for teachers to make informed decisions about instruction and intervention in order to support science learning success for all students. We are excited to be able to offer students a more interactive and engaging assessment experience and educators the reliable data they need."
Brad Baird, President/CEO of Learning 2020
The new assessment development is slated to be completed by April 2023. Assessments will be available for diagnostic, formative, and summative purposes. Also new to the Penda assessment suite will be a "quick check" assessment for teachers to use before, during, or after a unit to gauge student learning in order to plan or modify instruction to align with student knowledge.
About Learning 2020
Learning 2020, parent company to Penda Learning, is dedicated to identifying pressing, unfilled needs within the K-12 education market and developing technology solutions that solve these challenges in innovative and cost-effective ways that will positively impact teaching and learning. Formed in early 2019 by Brad Baird and Bill Tudor, experienced education technology entrepreneurs, Learning 2020's current focus is on ensuring all students have access to high-quality STEM instruction whether learning at home or in school.
Penny AI | November 02, 2022
Penny AI, a global leader in data-driven direct sales enablement, is launching Learning Solutions, to empower social sellers with engagement-based micro-learning.Having raised $27 million in Series B funding, Penny is committed to investing in onboarding, continuous learning and social commerce to innovate how sellers are set up for success from day 1. Today’s launch is the industry’s first micro-learning experience embedded into a social sales enablement platform. Learning Solutions delivers big wins in small doses right in the flow of work.
To lead the development of the Learning Solutions product, Penny AI brought in Lauren Mason Carris, Ph.D. for her expertise in adult learning and skills-based personalized learning software. Lauren built out a product team to develop a behavior-based digital learning experience that marries how adults actually learn with what social sellers need in order to succeed.
“The hardest part of building a business is juggling learning while doing. Our new Learning Solutions delivers continuous training in the place of work (Penny) allowing sellers to learn about the industry, their company and business-building activities all while completing tasks. In effect sellers are learning while doing, For learning to work, it must be effective, relevant, just enough, and just in time. So that’s exactly what we’ve built.”
Lauren Mason Carris, VP of Product at Penny.
Learning Solutions is the natural next step to support social sellers as they build their business with Penny. It’s the first platform in the market that combines learning science with in-the-flow application of learned material. Learning Solutions include:
A best-in-class social selling curriculum
Gamified learning experience
Micro-doses of content
Skills application for revenue-focused tasks
Insights into learning retention and business impact
The ability for partners to turn their own content into behavior-based learning modules
Learning Solutions is designed to solve corporate and sellers onboarding challenges, ensuring every seller receives the right training at the right time, so they can successfully build a business. When I talk to anyone in the social sales community, be it corporate teams, leaders or sellers, one of the top challenges to organizational growth and long-term success is the staggering levels of seller churn because of ineffective onboarding and training,” says David Abbey, CEO & Co-Founder of Penny AI. Software done right changes lives and I believe that with Penny Learning Solutions we’ll see time to revenue for new sellers decrease, seller retention increase, efficiency and overall confidence increase, and as a result the life time value of the end customer increase.
Penny is an AI-powered platform built for modern social sellers. Focused on customer-centric processes that help the field build and grow their businesses with simple, repeatable steps in small pockets of time, Penny is customized to suit the unique business needs of each client.CEO & Co-founder, David Abbey and CTO & Co-founder, Chirs Noble created Penny to support David’s wife’s global social sales business when all other online tools were lacking the customer-centric approach so crucial to social sales success. Fast forward to today, Penny is transforming the social sales industry having identified a gap in the $200 billion industry for digital innovation that drives revenue growth, seller retention and customer satisfaction.
Lexia Learning | January 13, 2023
While literacy is essential to success in all disciplines, many upper elementary and middle school kids lack the necessary literacy abilities to learn efficiently. In fact, according to the most recent NAEP findings from 2022, 69 percent of eighth-graders cannot read at a competent level, and 67 percent of fourth-graders cannot read at a proficient level. Lexia, a Cambium Learning Group subsidiary, recently introduced Lexia AspireTM Professional Learning to assist educators in accelerating students' literacy skills throughout the curriculum in grades 4-8.
Lexia Aspire Professional Learning is a digital solution that is flexible, self-paced, and anchored in the science of reading. It is the first professional learning solution built exclusively for educators of adolescents. It emphasizes the shift from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." This new curriculum expands Lexia's award-winning professional learning solutions, including the industry's gold standard, Lexia LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling).
The professional learning suite of LETRS, empowers educators and administrators with in-depth expertise in the science of reading as literacy and language specialists. LETRS teaches the skills required to master the fundamentals of reading, such as phonological awareness, fluency, vocabulary, phonics, writing, comprehension, and language.
Liz Brooke, Lexia's Chief Learning Officer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, said, "Lexia Aspire Professional Learning gives educators the agency and flexibility to choose content that's most relevant to improving their students' literacy outcomes. The courses are practical and immediately transferable to the classroom."
(Source – Business Wire)
Lexia Aspire Professional Learning is intended to assist all upper elementary and middle school teachers, including classroom teachers, content area teachers, speech pathologists, interventionists, and English language arts teachers.
About Lexia Learning
Lexia, a Cambium Learning Group subsidiary is the authority on structured literacy. The organization has been entirely focused on literacy for more than 35 years, and it now offers a comprehensive range of solutions for both students and teachers. Lexia empowers more students to confidently read, write, and speak with its broad capabilities for individualized instruction, personalized learning, professional learning, and assessment.