February e-ClassNotes



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Classroom, Inc. and First Book Bring Literacy Games to Title 1 Schools!

We’ve partnered with another national award-winning nonprofit to give teachers in Title 1 schools access to our Read to Lead literacy games. “We’re thrilled to partner with Classroom, Inc. to make their cutting-edge interactive literacy learning games available to the children we serve,” said Kyle Zimmer, President and CEO of First Book. “We are thrilled to be partners with a pioneer who shares our mission of giving all students the opportunity to ‘be the boss’ of their learning,” said Lisa Holton, President of Classroom, Inc.

Already teachers and after-school providers from California, New York, New Jersey, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. have signed on! You can register for a First Book Marketplace Account here.

400+ Teachers Play Classroom, Inc.’s Literacy Games at Annual Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)

At this major national conference in Orlando last month, Classroom, Inc.’s Christina Oliver, Kathy Yu Burek, and Carissa Nolla showed teachers the value our digital literacy games bring to learning. Teachers flocked to our sessions, where they played After the Storm and Community in Crisis. They raved about the rigor of our games and the fact that students can “be the boss” and work toward literacy standards at the same time, since many struggle to find appropriate and engaging content for their students. At the session’s end, teachers were thrilled to receive free digital access to our newest games!

Join the many other teachers nationwide who have already gotten a free trial for their students to play our literacy learning games.

We Join 20 Education Organizations in Announcing a National Expanded Learning Middle School Initiative at the White House

Classroom, Inc. is thrilled to join other like-minded organizations to collectively invest more than half a billion dollars to enhance learning for over a million middle schoolers over the next five years. With the Afterschool Alliance and groups such as Citizen Schools and ExpandED schools, we will work to provide all students—particularly those from underserved communities—access to high-quality real-world learning opportunities that will help them be college and career-ready.

What we're reading

Take a look!

What Kids Are Reading: An annual report by Renaissance Learning based on what almost 10 million students using their Accelerated Reading program are reading. Their big finding is that even small amounts of additional daily reading time contribute to reading growth, especially for struggling students. Also read our blog post reacting to this report, and detailing how our digital reading games keep students engaged and provide this critical additional reading time.

Teachers Want Larger Role in Ed-Tech Decisions: This brief report is interesting because it is based on the responses of 4,300 teachers surveyed. Almost two-thirds of teachers want to be the primary decision-makers about ed tech in their classrooms, but 38% are not currently part of that process.

What we're reading

McCarthey-Dressman Foundation Teacher Development Grant
Deadline: April 15, 2016
Do you have an idea for changing K-12 instruction? Small teams of teachers can apply for grants to form and implement “groundbreaking K-12 classroom instruction” programs. These grants are available to help teachers integrate new ideas for encouraging critical inquiry and sharing results with the community.
Prize: Grants are available up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $30,000 over three years.

We are busy traveling and presenting over the next few months. Let us know if you want to meet up with us!

Email: CInewsletter@classroominc.org
Tweet at us: @ClassroomInc

Archdiocese of Chicago Leadership Event:
Chicago, IL, February 23

Alabama Community Education Association Conference:
Huntsville, AL, February 24-26

South by Southwest Education (SXSWedu):
Austin, TX, March 7-10

National Afterschool Association:
Orlando, FL, March 20-23