At Imagine Learning, we’re quite familiar with the variety of opinions surrounding the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Although our own programs are aligned with multiple state standards (and not just the CCSS), we know what most educators are thinking on the subject. Here, we share a few of our findings.
What the Data Say
In August of 2015 a nationwide PDK/Gallup poll revealed that a majority of respondents oppose the teaching of Common Core. Interestingly, black and Hispanic respondents showed a lower level of opposition, at just 35 and 50 percent respectively.
In an earlier (2013) poll by PDK/Gallup, 72 percent of those polled indicated that they trust public school educators. But the same respondents also assume most educators oppose the CCSS, a view not aligned with the data.
In reality, 75 percent of educators support CCSS standards. Read more »
Every year, the National Association for Education of the Young Child (NAEYC) celebrates early learners, parents, and teachers through a week-long celebration called the Week of the Young Child.
This year’s celebration will be April 11–15, 2016, and all children throughout the country are invited to celebrate!
In keeping with tradition, every day during WOYC has a special theme:
- Music Monday – encourages children to enjoy songs, dances, rhythms, and movement at home and at school.
- Taco Tuesday – inspires kids and family members to prepare and eat healthy foods and stay physically fit. This day is really about more than just tacos!
- Work Together Wednesday – gives children an opportunity to work together to build something fun–from any material, indoors or out.
- Artsy Thursday – allows kids to use their own creativity and imaginations as they create an art project.
- Family Friday – brings families together and invites kids to show and tell their family stories.
Teachers, students, and parents can use their ingenuity to come up with projects and activities for all ages to enjoy. This is a great time to involve even the youngest children in your family or your class! Read more »
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Imagine Learning is Acquired by Weld North
Provo, UT – April 07, 2014 – Imagine Learning, a Utah-based language and literacy company, announced today that it has been acquired by Weld North Holdings LLC, an investment company led by former Kaplan, Inc CEO Jonathan Grayer. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Weld North believes Imagine Learning is poised for substantial growth in a vibrant and growing EdTech market.
“Imagine Learning’s unique game-based solution engages children, makes it fun for them to learn and supports teachers in their pursuit of teaching English language and literacy skills to their students,” said Jonathan Grayer, Chairman and CEO of Weld North. “The company’s headquarters in Provo is situated in the midst of a rapidly expanding pool of excellent talent, and it has a long runway of growth ahead. We look forward to leveraging our expertise to facilitate that growth and positively impact the way children are learning in the classroom.”
Imagine Learning will remain in Provo, Utah, and there will be no immediate management changes. Over the past decade, Imagine Learning has grown from a fledgling start-up—led by founder and former CEO Susan Preator—to a flourishing multi-million dollar company, contributing to the thriving technology-friendly hub of Utah County. Imagine Learning is in the process of expanding its workforce and recently secured an additional 26,000 square feet of office space at its current location in anticipation of continued growth. Joe Swenson, Imagine Learning CEO, said the acquisition is evidence of Imagine Learning’s strong position in the digital education sector. “We want to recognize the incredible efforts of our founders, all of our coworkers, and our board members, including those from Sorenson Capital. Through their dedication and hard work over the past 10 years, Imagine Learning has become one of the most recognized digital English language and literacy programs in the country for K–6 students,” said Swenson.
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Here’s a link to some exciting news about the future of Imagine Learning!
External link: NY Times: Former Kaplan Chief Assembling a Digital Learning Company
Students at Bryant Elementary are among the most dedicated Imagine Learning users in the country. They recently received the Top 50 Award for top-notch usage and were featured on the Sioux City KTIV News. Struggling readers and English language learners are using the program to increase vocabulary and practice reading skills. The school is committed to ensuring that students use the program for at least 90 minutes each week. Teachers even allow kids to come before school to have extra time on the program, and the hard work is paying off. Teachers say test scores show that the kids are making great progress. Congratulations, Bryant Elementary!
Watch the KTIV News story.