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Vote for Learning List in the #1776Challenge Cup Competition!

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Vote for Learning List for the #1776Challenge [Source: 1776]

Learning List has been nominated to compete for the “People’s Choice” position in the international 1776 Challenge Cup competition. Only four education startups internationally have been afforded this opportunity. The competition will take place in Washington DC early next month; we need your vote to get there.

Please take a minute (literally) to vote for Learning List: Click HERE to vote.

The publicity Learning List would receive as the People’s Choice contender would amplify our subscribers’ voice with publishers and garner publicity for the publishers whose products we’ve reviewed.

Please forward this link to others in your district/company to vote as well. Every vote counts!

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“A Resource Review Service By and For Educators™” – Meet Learning List’s Reviewers

20141016 expertLearning List is a “resource review service by and for educators™.” We recognize that our reviews are only as good as the educators we hire to do the reviews. We are often asked, “Who are your reviewers?” The bios of our Leadership Team members and of our Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are available on the Our Team page of our website.

Our Leadership team has deep and diverse experience in education law, policy, research and practice, as well as in the education publishing and high tech industry. We currently employ over 40 highly qualified SMEs to review materials for alignment and for the editorial reviews. Our reviewers:

  • Must have at least five years of teaching experience, though on average, our SMEs have an average of 17 years of teaching experience;
  • Must be certified in the grades and subjects of the products they review; 73 percent of them have either a master’s or Doctorate degree, and almost half of them (48%) are ESL certified; and
  • To maintain the independence of our reviews, our SMEs cannot have worked for a publisher or online content developer within the prior two years of working with us or during their tenure with Learning List.

Verifying a product’s alignments is an inherently subjective process. To reduce the subjectivity, at least two and often three SMEs, as well as our Director of Alignment, sequentially contribute to Learning List’s alignment verifications. The same SMEs provide feedback for the product’s editorial review, so those reviews reflect the perspectives of multiple educators.

While each SME must have experience aligning materials to standards, Learning List provides rigorous initial training and individual feedback after each alignment is completed. Having reviewed over 500 materials in the four core subjects, our SMEs are experienced product reviewers.

To learn more about SMEs or to join the Learning List team, click here.

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Learning List and Publishers Collaborate to Benefit Educators and Students

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Teaching and Learning [source: classroom picture via U.S. Govt. work (CC)]

As the industry-leading instructional materials review service for schools and districts, Learning List has designed a robust review process specifically intended to inform educator choice. As one curriculum director observed:

“Learning List was built from the ground up to respond specifically to educators’ needs. And it does.”

Learning List is a standards-neutral, independent review service accountable only to subscribing schools and districts. However, the service creates value for publishers, as well.

Learning List’s reviews are descriptive, not critical. The reviews do not rate products or determine which materials are best or most appropriate. Learning List believes that educators are the most qualified to determine which materials would be best for their students. The reviews help each school or district select the standards-aligned instructional materials that will lead to the greatest success of their particular students.

Though our reviews are independent, Learning List partners with publishers to provide rigorous, clear, and complete assessments of instructional materials. Publishers preview the editorial reviews before they are published to ensure their factual accuracy. Publishers are also afforded an opportunity to respond to Learning List’s alignment decisions before alignment reports are posted. By working together, Learning List and publishers ensure that the reviews are more valuable to educators and the instructional materials are more valuable to students.

Today, anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of information technology and no actual content knowledge can publish materials and claim alignment to standards. Conversely, in today’s world of high-stakes testing, districts have a greater need than ever before for instructional materials that are truly aligned to the content, context, and cognitive demand of their state’s chosen curriculum standards. Through collaboration, Learning List and publishers can help educators navigate the increasingly chaotic instructional materials market by providing districts with the timely and accurate information they need to find the instructional materials that are best for their students. For more information about the benefits of Learning List, you can schedule a webinar via this link.

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Tasha Barker Joins Learning List As Director of Alignment

Barker,TashaWe are pleased to announce that Tasha Barker has joined Learning List as the Director of Alignment. Prior to joining our team, Tasha served seven years as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction with Lindale ISD and has held several leadership roles in the area of curriculum and instruction, elementary education, and teaching. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas chapter of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

Being the wife of an active duty Army soldier resulted in many moves throughout her career. Having worked in school districts as large as Austin ISD and Lake Travis ISD, Tasha recently joined Learning List from a small school district. She noted, “As a result of working in a wide range of districts with a diversity of size, location and demographics, I look forward to leveling the playing field across the country to enable all districts to access instructional materials resources that will best meet their students’ needs.”

Having used the service in her most recent district, she also shared how Learning List can make a difference, “As a subscriber of the Learning List service, our team quickly recognized the benefits it provided as we were making decisions because it saved us time and costs by streamlining the selection process for instructional materials. It was a nice complement to our standardized process, for it enhanced the credibility and objectivity required to select standards-aligned materials.”

Tasha received her Associates of Arts degree from Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas and her Bachelors of Science in Political Science and History from the University of Texas at Tyler.  She also earned her Masters in Education from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor.

About Learning List

Based in Austin, Texas, Learning List is the industry-leading K-12 instructional materials review service for schools and districts. Our subscribing districts serve over half a million students and our library of reviews include instructional materials from over forty publishers. Think of Learning List as a combination of Consumer Reports® and Angie’s List™ for K-12 instructional materials and online courses.

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Compass Learning Launches New Suite of Accelerated Learning Products at ISTE

image001This past weekend at ISTE*, Compass Learning unveiled its new suite of accelerated learning software to help teachers tackle some of today’s biggest education challenges. The new offerings focus on blended learning, intervention and credit recovery with software that includes:

  • Pathblazer a reading and math intervention program for elementary and middle school students,
  • Hybridge a blended learning solution for elementary and middle school, and
  • Gradbound, a credit recovery program for high school.

Compass Learning is also launching new professional development courses, including its Leveraging Data course, which will support educators in implementing data-driven instruction. While these products are new, Compass Learning has been building on more than 40 years of innovation by providing rigorous products to support accelerated learning experiences that enable K-12 students to succeed.

Last year, Learning List reviewed Compass Learning’s comprehensive Odyssey program.  Odyssey provides interactive, accelerated, online instruction in mathematics and English language arts/reading for K-12 students. Across grade levels, Odyssey’s flexible resources support a range of instructional needs, including self-paced learning, remediation, tutorials, and credit-recovery programs.  Lessons are highly customizable and use video, audio, text-based, and interactive learning experiences to accommodate differences in student learning styles. At each grade level, Odyssey’s multimedia content illustrates and explains concepts in humorous, visually appealing segments appropriate to students’ age and attention spans.

Each Odyssey course is structured to facilitate easy access to lessons and associated content. Lessons are indexed by sequence, skill, and learning standard, and lessons titles include accurate and thorough descriptions of content and activities. Teachers may customize instruction by adding offline or other web-based resources to existing course materials. Odyssey’s Test Builder tool allows teachers to develop customized assessments using test bank items indexed by learning objective. Teachers may set mastery levels, timed testing windows, and other testing criteria.

Like the new suite of products, Odyssey’s reporting tools support data-driven instruction by providing teachers with detailed reports in more than 20 formats. Report data may be aggregated by class, grade, school, and multiple schools and disaggregated for particular student groups, such as English language learners. You can look forward to reviewing the resources on Learning List  after the resources become available for the new school year.

*International Society for Technology in Education

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