The State of Edtech

How Schools Are Changing: Last Part of a Year Long Series

As a nation, we obsess about education. Look at A Nation at Risk’s 1984 critique that public education would not bring about a competitive economy. Or maybe Eisenhower’s National Defense Education Act, aimed at increasing science education for national safety in 1958. Or go back to 1930 to Eleanor Roosevelt’s speech in Hyde Park when she called for an improvement in education to build better citizens.

This project invites you to try on different lenses when looking at K-12 education in the US. We will give you perspectives from different stakeholders on the trends and forces shaping how money is invested, how tools are created and how schools are designing teaching and learning experiences.

https://www.edsurge.com/research/special-reports/state-of-edtech-2016

 

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Curriculum Crafter and the Center for Educational Improvement Collaborate to Advance STEAM Resources and Heart Centered Education

Collaboration to drive innovation and creativity to improve learning and expand 21st Century solutions

Grand Rapids, MI, September 13, 2016 – Curriculum Crafter LCC®, the only curriculum and planning management tool in the industry that offers the advantages of creating, aligning, and mapping classroom content all in one place, announced today its collaboration with the Center for Educational Improvement (CEI)— a leading nonprofit 21st Century learning organization that identifies, shares and applies learning innovations to guide school leaders as they improve their schools. Through the collaboration, an increased number of educators nationwide will have access to 21st Century learning resources for integrating science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) using a project-based problem-solving approach.

“By teaming with CEI, Curriculum Crafter will have greater access to some of the foremost elementary and middle school principals in the nation,” said Donn Smith, CEO of Curriculum Crafter. “We strive to develop the most functional and dynamic curriculum design platform on the market; we take the ‘Crafter’ part of our name seriously. Our offerings are customizable to allow educators to ‘craft’ their curriculum and plans to meet the needs of their local communities and students.”

James Henderson, with the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, who serves as a Quality Schools Facilitator across the state proudly endorsed and recommended Curriculum Crafter to all educational stakeholders, saying that “[he] learned quickly that the gold standard for a curriculum and curriculum support was Curriculum Crafter. Their ability to offer teachers an online customized platform aligned to grade/state level content expectations is unprecedented. In addition, the ability to share your curriculum and expectations with all stakeholders invested in quality educational outcomes is critical.”

Curriculum Crafter offers K-12 curricular resources aligned to the Common Core, curated open educational resources (OER) and more than 1,000 sample lesson plans, as well as assignment of standards, standards tracking and full mapping capabilities. “Teachers can use it to design, store and map their own lessons, and content is customizable to allow districts to respond to local needs, said Dr. Christine Mason, Executive Director of the Center for Educational Improvement. Mason was enthusiastic about the options for early childhood educational options as well, saying that, “developmentally appropriate lessons are especially critical to enhance early childhood learning.”

Curriculum Crafter and the Center for Educational Improvement are networking with a group of leading principals to consider the implications of their collaboration not only for academic learning, but also for CEI’s signature Heart Centered Education® which is designed to help schools make decisions about holistic education. CEI holds annual meetings with leading principals in the nation to get their input and to assure that CEI is responsive to the needs of principals.

For more information about the Curriculum Crafter Platform, visit www.curriculumcrafter.com. To learn more about how your school and/or district can participate in the Curriculum Crafter and Center for Educational Improvement Collaboration, contact CEI’s Executive Director via email at cmason@edimprovement.org or visit www.edimprovement.org.

ABOUT CURRICULUM CRAFTER

Curriculum Crafter, originally developed by educators and curriculum professionals, provides online, Common Core-aligned curriculum, sample lessons, standards tracking and a platform for teachers to design, store and map their own lesson plans. The company’s educational resource planning platform includes fully aligned math, ELA, Social Studies and Next Generation Science curriculum for K-12 and thousands of sample lesson plans that are all customizable. Visit us at www.curriculumcrafter.com.

ABOUT THE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT

Founded in 2010, the Center for Educational Improvement’s mission is to support and uplift schools through 21st Century learning and leadership. We believe every child, regardless of zip code, deserves to attend a great school. CEI is dedicated to translating the latest education research into practical solutions elementary and middle school leaders can use to “fast track” academic progress. The Center supports school leaders as they work with their communities to create a 21st Century vision for their schools and a culture and context for students to become enthusiastic life-long learners and leaders. Visit CEI online at www.edimprovement.org.

© Copyright 2016 Curriculum Crafter, LCC®. All rights reserved.


 

 

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Northwest Evaluation Association Selects Curriculum Crafter as New Instructional Content Partner
Partnership increases educators’ ability to create, align, and map classroom lesson plans

Portland, OR (June 9, 2016) – The Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) announced
today that Curriculum Crafter LCC®, a cloud-based curriculum, and plan management tool used
to improve learning has joined the NWEA Instructional Content Provider program. The
partnership between NWEA and Curriculum Crafter will allow educators to find teaching
resources directly aligned to student results from the Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®)
assessment.
“NWEA believes that assessment should inform instruction, so we are especially excited to
partner with Curriculum Crafter,” said Matt Chapman, CEO of NWEA. “Our goal is for MAP
results to seamlessly add value to teaching and enrich learning.”
Teachers will have immediate access to K–12 curricular resources, and curated OER specifically
aligned by fellow educators to MAP Learning Statements—making it simple to quickly
individualize instruction based on MAP assessment results. Curriculum Crafter, originally
developed by educators and curriculum professionals, is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and
provides online, Common Core-aligned curriculum, sample lessons, standards tracking and a
platform for teachers to design, store and map their own lesson plans. The company’s
educational resource planning platform includes more than 700,000 units of instruction and
1,000 sample lesson plans.
“We are delighted to partner with NWEA to make a direct connection between students’ learning
progress and the content and resources that have been specifically aligned to RIT Ranges and
available through our platform,” said Donn Smith, CEO of Curriculum Crafter. “It’s our hope
that this partnership will help teachers streamline their planning process and better serve the
needs of every student.”
Curriculum Crafter resources are available to MAP partners via Curriculum Crafter’s cloud based
application. NWEA provides a wide range of integrated content resources for MAP users,
including Edgenuity, Odysseyware, Achieve3000, Triumph Learning, Compass Learning, Study
Island, Silverback Learning Solutions, Classworks, and No Red Ink.®
About Northwest Evaluation Association
Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) is a global not-for-profit educational services
organization known for our suite of assessments including our flagship Measures of Academic
Progress® (MAP®) and Skills Navigator®, a skills mastery, and progress monitoring tool.
NWEA is also the U.S. Test Service Provider for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development (OECD) assessment, the PISA-based OECD Test for Schools, bringing this
school improvement tool online for the first time for U.S. schools.
More than 7,600 partners in U.S. schools, school districts, education agencies, and international
schools trust us to offer pre-kindergarten through grade 12 assessments that accurately measure
student growth and mastery, professional development that fosters educators’ ability to accelerate
student learning, and research that supports assessment validity and data interpretation. To better
inform instruction and maximize every learner’s academic growth, educators currently use
NWEA assessments with nearly eight million students. Learn more at www.nwea.org.

About Curriculum Crafter
The Curriculum Crafter Tool® was originally developed by Kent Intermediate School District
(KISD) in Grand Rapids, MI and was recently acquired by Curriculum Crafter LLC. In
partnership with KISD, Curriculum Crafter LLC is committed to bring nothing short of the best
planning platform to educators everywhere.
Curriculum Crafter is the only Educational Resource Planning Platform in the industry that
offers both extensive resources and the functionality of creating, aligning, and mapping
classroom content all in one place. It was thoughtfully designed by teachers for teachers.
Because no teacher should have to plan alone. Visit us at www.curriculumcrafter.com.


Northwest Evaluation Association Hits Industry Milestone with Ten Instructional Content Partnerships

June 27, 2016, 11:01 a.m.

Northwest Evaluation Association Hits Industry Milestone with Ten Instructional Content Partnerships

Integration with MAP Provides Educators Greatest Flexibility for Instruction Informed by Assessment

Portland, OR (June 27, 2016) – Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) announced its 10th partnership with an instructional content provider, Curriculum Crafter, this month, signifying a new milestone for in-depth content integration in the industry. These partnerships allow educators to select appropriate teaching resources from a range of instructional content options – including open education resources – using a student’s RIT score from NWEA’sMeasures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment.

The integration of a breadth of instructional content with reliable, accurate MAP data allows teachers to deepen differentiated instruction through MAP Informed Learning Paths.  Teachers can personalize instruction for each student with a customized ILP that optimizes the individual student learning experience.

“NWEA believes that assessment should inform instruction,” said Matt Chapman, CEO of NWEA. “So we are dedicated to giving educators a wide range of high-quality instructional choices, so that they are able to use the resources best suited for their students’ individual needs. This milestone exemplifies our mission, partnering to help all kids learn.”

Resources and tools from these Instructional Content Providers are available to more than 7,800 schools, districts, and educational agencies currently using MAP assessments to measure student academic growth.

Achieve3000® enables educators to deepen differentiated instruction through MAP Informed Learning Paths, which support and strengthen the skills required for college and career readiness.

Compass Learning provides a complete solution for teachers’ instructional needs and produces individualized learning paths.

Curriculum Advantage integrates MAP assessment results to provide interactive, online K-8 math, reading, language arts, and science instruction as well as assessment and productivity tools.

Curriculum Crafter aligns MAP data with standards-aligned instructional content from a web-based curriculum management platform. Teachers have immediate access to thousands of K-12 resources.

Edgenuity integrates MAP assessment results with Edgenuity’s online courseware, creating data-driven individualized learning paths for each student.

Edmentum assimilates MAP assessment results with Study Island® content and instructional materials to create individualized learning paths for each student and helps K-12 students master the content specified in state and Common Core standards.

Learning A-Z integrates MAP assessment results with Reading A-Z’s literacy-focused curriculum resources, creating differentiated instructional recommendations for teachers to use with each student or groups of students.

NoRedInk uses MAP assessment results with NoRedInk’s popular grammar and writing software, creating personalized content recommendations for each student.

Odysseyware combines MAP assessment results with customized, flexible K–12 core, elective, and CTE curriculum and instructional tools.

Triumph Learning integrates MAP assessment results to create personalized learning paths for every student.

These partnerships are in addition to a wide range of Open Education Resources  (OER) that are also linked to MAP, such as Kahn Academy.  More information about NWEA’s Instructional Content Provider program is available online.


Curriculum Crafter Joins NWEA Content Provider Program

Curriculum Crafter, a cloud-based curriculum planning tool, has joined theNorthwest Evaluation Association’s (NWEA) Instructional Content Provider program, which was created to help teachers find learning resources aligned to student results from the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment.

The MAP assessment is NWEA’s computer adaptive interim assessment of reading, language usage and mathematics for students in grades 2-12. MAP partner schools, school districts and education agencies now have access to Curriculum Crafter’s resources through its online application.

Once students have completed the MAP assessment, teachers can use the Curriculum Crafter application to find learning resources to support individualized instruction based on students’ MAP results, according to information from the company. The partnership between NWEA and Curriculum Crafter makes “a direct connection between students’ learning progress and the content and resources that have been specifically aligned to RIT Ranges and available through our platform,” said Donn Smith, CEO of Curriculum Crafter, in a news release.

Curriculum Crafter includes K-12 curricular resources aligned to the Common Core, curated open educational resources (OER) and more than 1,000 sample lesson plans, as well as assignment of standards, standards tracking and full mapping capabilities. Teachers can use it to design, store and map their own lessons, and content is customizable to allow districts to respond to local needs.

Other integrated content resources available to MAP partner schools includeEdgenuity, Odysseyware, Achieve3000, Triumph Learning, Compass Learning,Study Island, Silverback Learning Solutions, Classworks and No Red Ink.

Further information about the partnership between NWEA and Curriculum Crafter can be found on the NWEA’s site.


GR Current backs online education platform

By Rachel Weick

December 21, 2015

An online-based comprehensive curriculum and plan management tool for teachers will receive business acceleration services through GR Current after applying to the Business Accelerator Fund program to launch its new website and marketing content to support its continued expansion throughout the Midwest.

The services

Donn Smith, chief executive officer at Grand Rapids-based Curriculum Crafter LCC, said during the last 14 months there has been tremendous improvement to the online platform, but the services will allow for a new design to reflect the release of its product and all new marketing content.

“The Business Accelerator Fund we were awarded is a little convoluted in that the money is awarded to GR Current, and they in turn pay for the services,” said Smith. “We needed a professional online image that could tell our story. The funds through GR Current are critical for us.”

Curriculum Crafter has signed contracts with third parties to upgrade its existing website and accelerate marketing strategies. Scot Dodd, startup analyst at GR Current, indicated as a grant from the state, the money is used to “contract with vendors on behalf of the company.”

“The next step, or milestone, is to commercialize their product outside of the state,” said Dodd. “They were a great candidate for the BAF program because they demonstrated a very clear path of where they are now, and with help, what they’ll be able to achieve in other states.”

Smith said the new version can “reduce the time and energy required of educators to create and manage curriculum on their own” and the online tool “has been a huge hit.”

“We have not gone out for any investment before this,” said Smith. “We have been organically growing it through renewal fees the existing customer base was providing, but our plan all along was to grow through the Midwest and nationwide.”

The tool

Curriculum Crafter provides teachers with content, lessons, resources, accommodations and assessments aligned with both Michigan Content Expectations and the Common Core Standards.

The cost of the online tool is based on the number of students, ranging from up to 50 students at $5,000 per district to approximately 10,000 students at $19,000 per district. Pricing allows access for all district teachers, two hours of onsite user training, and two hours of web-based administrator training.

The company

Smith indicated Curriculum Crafter began as a private-public partnership with Kent Intermediate School District in July 2014 to acquire the rights for the tool they had developed for teachers.

“They are an educational institution; they can’t proactively sell and market and act like a business,” said Smith. “They felt they had the foundations of a tool that was extremely valuable, but could be even more valuable if we could have economy of scale and build it out.”

Curriculum Crafter is already in use in more than 300 school districts and Smith indicated the company will be announcing partnerships with the Illinois Principal Association, Association of Wisconsin School Administrators and the Indiana Association of School Principals in the coming months.


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CURRICULUM CRAFTER AWARDED BUSINESS ACCELERATION SERVICES THROUGH GRAND RAPIDS CURRENT FOR EXPANSION

(PRWEB) DECEMBER 12, 2015

Latest Version of Educational Resource Platform Set to Debut

Curriculum Crafter, a one-of-a-kind web-based curriculum and plan management tool already improving learning at more than 300 Michigan schools, announced today that GR Current was awarded funds to provide Business Acceleration Services to Curriculum Crafter LLC to help launch its newest version throughout the Midwest.

“This is a significant achievement for Curriculum Crafter, as over the past 14 months we have made tremendous improvements to our platform,” Curriculum Crafter CEO Donn Smith said from CC’s headquarters in Grand Rapids, Mich. “and these services will enable us to spread our message well beyond our existing customer base, to thousands more schools.”

Noting that teachers have had tremendous demands placed upon their time due to increases in state and federal mandates, Smith emphasized that, “These services will be used to help raise awareness of how our latest version can reduce the time and energy required of educators to create and manage curriculum on their own. Our new platform allows educators to spend more time doing what they do best—teach.”

CC was awarded these services through GRCurrent’s Business Accelerator Fund (BAF), which provides capital in conjunction with services that focus on specific business milestones. GR Current manages the Grand Rapids SmartZone incubator program, providing space, tools and connections for West Michigan-based businesses seeking transformational growth.

“Curriculum Crafter has demonstrated that they have a product school districts need and teachers want, because it’s already being used in hundreds of schools across Michigan,” said Scot Dodd, an analyst with GRCurrent.

“The next step, or milestone, is to commercialize their product outside of the state. They were a great candidate for the BAF program because they demonstrated a very clear path of where they are now, and, with help, what they’ll be able to achieve in other states.

“What they’ve built so far has been through organic sales, with a minimum of marketing efforts. So it follows that with a sophisticated marketing plan, they could easily replicate in other states what they’ve already accomplished in Michigan.”

The services will update the company’s website, and develop new marketing tools that will allow the company to increase its scope, awareness and engagement of its platform throughout the Midwest.

“We’ve already made inroads into neighboring states, and the initial feedback has been incredible,” said Smith. “We’re discovering that teachers crave a rich, standards-aligned curriculum and content tool that is easy to use, intuitive and comprehensive—freeing them up to spend the bulk of their time with those who are the most deserving—their students.

“This award from GR Current not only allows us to hone and spread our message, but further validates us in the eyes of existing and potential customers as well as with the investment community.”

Dodd, on behalf of GRCurrent, added that “We’re excited to see what happens when Curriculum Crafter accesses these new states. We fully expect they’ll see the same sort of success they now enjoy in Michigan, only faster, because of a concentrated approach.”

CC already has signed contracts with third parties to upgrade its website and accelerate marketing strategies. The company also expects to announce partnerships with associations in neighboring states that will provide access to thousands of more teachers in coming months.

To set up a demonstration or for more information, email: info(at)curriculumcrafter.org or call (616) 219-0555. http://www.curriculumcrafter.com