EDUCATION WEEK: Asst. Superintendent calls LightSail a “game changer for literacy instruction”

June 23rd, 2015

education weekPatrick Larkin, Assistant Superintendent in Burlington Public Schools, featured LightSail in his recent article, “Is Your District Missing the Digital Literacy Boat?” Larkin describes the most cost-effective ways to bring digital books into schools, and highlights LightSail in describing the opportunity to dramatically improve literacy outcomes with technology. Read The Full Post

LightSail Wins REVERE Award

June 15th, 2015

LightSail won the award for Best Supplemental Resource in Reading and Language Arts at the REVERE Awards Gala on June 3. Award winners were evaluated through in-person events and remote judging by 100 evaluators in the education and publishing industries. Judges called LightSail “very impressive,” and recognized it as an “incredibly responsive program” that was both “motivational” and “thoughtfully planned out.”

The REVERE (Recognizing Valuable Educational Resources) Awards recognize creative resources that engage 21st century teachers and learners. Read The Full Post

Straight talk from a star principal in ‘Blended Learning Gets Real’

April 13th, 2015

At Ashley Elementary, Zach Rahn implemented blended learning as part of a powerful school turnaround. Ashley was underperforming, under-enrolled, and slated for closure when Zach was hired to lead the school’s turnaround. He made technology a cornerstone of his new strategic plan, becoming the first 1:1 iPad school in Denver Public Schools. Read The Full Post

Jessica Reid Sliwerski debates renowned education entrepreneur John Katzman at SXSWedu

March 14th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 11.56.31 AMIn the session “Who Gets to See and Use the Big Data?” Jessica Reid Sliwerski asserted the value of student performance data for both teachers and administrators.

In Sliwerski’s eleven years of experience working in schools, as well as her experience with LightSail partners, school and district leaders use formative assessment data from tools like LightSail to support teachers in their development, improve and personalize professional development, and ultimately foster student achievement most effectively. Read The Full Post

LightSail Wins Digital Innovation in Learning Award

October 30th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 7.36.40 AMEdSurge and Digital Promise have selected LightSail as the winner of their Digital Innovation in Learning Award for Mindful Data, honoring the product that best “manages, translates and delivers data to users in a manner that is understandable and actionable.”

EdSurge received over 1,500 first-round nominees for the Digital Innovation in Learning Awards (DILAs). Read The Full Post

Bill Gates: LightSail a Breakthrough Tool for Teachers

August 18th, 2014

gates2Bill Gates featured LightSail as one of the 6 Tools for Teachers which he considers “especially promising.”

To read the piece on Bill Gates’s blog, click here. Read The Full Post

Common Sense Media names LightSail Top Pick

August 18th, 2014

Common Sense Media GraphiteLightSail was named a Top Pick for Back to School by Graphite, Common Sense Media’s review site for educators. Graphite selected products for this distinction based on their high marks from fellow teachers and strong alignment with the Common Core.

LightSail is among the highest-rated ELA tools on Graphite, with a 5-star review. Read The Full Post

Education Luminaries Join LightSail at SXSWedu: Our PanelPicker Nominees

August 15th, 2014

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 11.56.31 AMWe’re thrilled and humbled to be up for SXSWedu consideration alongside the most impressive minds in education.

In Who Gets to See and Use the Big Data?, Jessica Reid Sliwerski, LightSail Chief Academic Officer, is pitted against serial education entrepreneur John Katzman – founder of The Princeton Review, 2U, and Noodle Education — for a spirited debate about the best use of student performance data. Read The Full Post

EdTech Digest: Literacy Crisis? Digital Technology to the Rescue!

February 19th, 2014

LightSail CEO Gideon Stein, guest columnist on EdTech Digest, writes: Last month, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released a report that found that two-thirds of all entering fourth graders aren’t reading proficiently – and 80 percent of all low-income kids are struggling readers.  Read The Full Post

LightSail Named an “Inspiring Startup” of 2013

December 29th, 2013

LightSail is delighted to have made Noodle’s list of “incredible products” that entered the edtech market in 2013. Here’s to all the dedicated educators, engineers, and entrepreneurs working to bring educational excellence to every student in the New Year! See the whole list here. Read The Full Post

EDSURGE: LightSail Raises $3.5 Million for Digital Libraries

May 6th, 2015

edsurge logoEdSurge featured LightSail’s new funding announcement, highlighting the company’s plans with the new funding.

CEO Gideon Stein was quoted highlighting LightSail’s focus on efficacy research: “Because we are dedicated to efficacy and data integrity, we are currently conducting multiple efficacy studies with nationally-recognized research and academic firms, so that we can crystallize – and effectively communicate – the student achievement gains from LightSail use.”

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LightSail Announces Adaptive Learning Innovations, New Funding Led By Intuit Co-Founder Scott Cook

May 6th, 2015


Award-winning literacy solution attracts renowned Silicon Valley investor

NEW YORK, May 6, 2015 – LightSail, the adaptive K-12 literacy solution, today announced both further advances in its personalized learning technology as well as $3.5 million in a new tranche of funding led by Scott Cook, the co-founder and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Intuit. Read The Full Post

Oops, I gamified literacy – and it worked

May 4th, 2015

My life’s focus has been to improve student literacy outcomes, and I take that mission very seriously. After years devoted to literacy work in schools, I helped design LightSail based on extensive research, sound pedagogical practice, and deep experience.

I know that building successful readers starts with motivation, so I helped to create LightSail with student engagement at its heart: allowing students to choose from the VERY best books, for example. Read The Full Post

LightSail Wins ROE Award at ASU+GSV Summit

April 9th, 2015

LightSail won the 2015 Return On Education VentureED Award at the ASU+GSV Summit. More than 225 venture-stage companies presented over the three-day Summit, and a panel of Summit leaders selected LightSail as one of the top three companies, along with Tynker and Acrobatiq. Read The Full Post

THE AUBURN CITIZEN: Port Byron USD motivating readers with LightSail

April 5th, 2015

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The Auburn Citizen featured Port Byron USD’s success with LightSail while highlighting blended learning projects in the district.

“Student scores are tabulated immediately once tests are completed and there’s no waiting time before results become known. LightSail offers similar immediacy with reading modules and assessments. Read The Full Post

Poetry in the Classroom: Finding the Rhythm

April 4th, 2015

April is National Poetry Month, but if your students are anything like mine, it can be tough to get them excited about reading poetry. As I read to my 9-month-old last night, it occurred to me that our very first experience with literature comes in the form of poetry: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Brown Bear Brown Bear, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, and many more playful rhymes to sing and dance along to! Read The Full Post

Digital Libraries For The Win!

April 2nd, 2015

As classroom teachers, we’ve all had “that student”: the one that questions everything you say; the one that doesn’t like writing; the one that makes you do a little cartwheel inside when they’re absent… although this student never is, of course. Read The Full Post

GATES FOUNDATION: LightSail featured for student engagement

March 26th, 2015

gatesThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation featured LightSail in a piece on the potential of blended learning tools to engage readers. Kevin Doyle, a teacher using LightSail, noted, “The technology fosters a much more active stance on their part in relation to the text. Read The Full Post

EDSURGE: Literacy Startups Race to Get News

March 24th, 2015

edsurge logoEdSurge features LightSail as a leading literacy tool based on its strong content, highlighting LightSail’s exclusive publishing partnerships as well as its “‘adaptive’ system that recommends different levels of reading materials based on students’ performance on the assessments.”

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LightSail Announces Free Ebook Starter Library for K-12 Schools

February 5th, 2015


Hundreds of free titles add to LightSail’s industry-leading selection of content, including books from more than 400 publishers

NEW YORK, February 5, 2015 – LightSail, the K-12 literacy solution, announced the addition of a free Starter Library for all customers. Read The Full Post


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