An Opportunity to Support True, Collective Innovation in Education

Medium September 16, 2020
This spring, we witnessed thousands of different distance learning pilots running in schools all across the country... This is an opportunity for educators to embrace and emulate the rapid iterative prototyping approach that has become the mainstay for advancement and innovation in our start-up-driven economy, while leveraging technology to expand the way our children develop and learn. As an example, four high-poverty middle schools in New York City working with the EdTech nonprofit, CommonLit, used the spring to improve not only how they deliver instruction virtually, but also how they engage families.

A Coronavirus AMA: 31 questions and answers about COVID-19

GatesNotes: The Blog of Bill Gates March 19, 2020
It is a huge problem that schools will likely be shut down for the next few months. I am impressed by the creative approaches that many teachers are coming up with to teach remotely. (If you are a teacher reading this, thank you for the work you’re doing.) But I know that not everyone is set up to teach remotely. There are a lot of good online resources out there, including Khan Academy, CommonLit, Illustrative Mathematics, Zearn, and Scholastic.

D.C. Students Learn New Skills In An Old Building: Washington Leadership Academy

Forbes February 24, 2020
WLA has worked closely with nonprofit CommonLit on a reading and writing application used in ninth and tenth grade English. Grade level reading is available in thematic units with voiceover text available for students who benefit from it. Formed by middle school teacher Michelle Brown in 2014, CommonLit's free reading platform has been accessed in over 60,000 schools. It includes 2,000 high-quality reading passages for grades three through 12 supported with assessments, data, and teacher professional learning. The organization has been recognized with awards and funding from leading foundations.

New Certification Rewards Education Products Backed by Research

EdSurge February 19, 2020
In an effort to help educators, parents and other education technology consumers make better choices about the products they use, Digital Promise spent the last year developing a “research-based design” product certification. And earlier this month, the nonprofit announced that 13 education companies had become the first to earn the distinction... companies that have received this certification are Actively Learn, Amplify, BrainQuake’s Wuzzit Trouble, Cignition, CommonLit, The Concord Consortium's CODAP, Goalbook, Lexia Core5 Reading, Microsoft’s Immersive Reader, Speak Agent, ST Math and Woot Math.

Michelle Brown

EdLab July 1, 2019
Michelle is the founder and CEO of CommonLit, an award-winning nonprofit organization dedicated to improving adolescent literacy rates. Under Michelle’s leadership, CommonLit has become a robust, free online reading program that has reached over 10 million teachers and students. In addition to being an experienced classroom teacher, Michelle holds a B.A. in English Literature and Spanish from Butler University, and a master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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