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

We’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

LightSail Education Closes Another $1 Million from Serious Change and Existing Investors

June 4th, 2014

Award-Winning Digital Literacy Platform Usage Also Surpasses 100 School Mark

NEW YORK, June 4, 2014 – LightSail Education, a provider of K-12 digital literacy solutions, today announced that it has raised another $1 million from Serious Change as well as existing investors. Read The Full Post

LightSail Announces Clever Partnership

February 25th, 2014

LightSail Education Partners with Clever to Integrate Student Information System with Award-Winning Digital Literacy Platform

Collaboration Expedites Access to Largest Adaptive eLibrary

NEW YORK — (BUSINESS WIRE) — LightSail Education, a provider of K-12 digital literacy solutions, today announced that it signed a strategic partnership with Clever to seamlessly integrate student information system (SIS) data with its award-winning LightSail literacy platform. Read The Full Post

ThinkFeed: Helping Students Up the Text Complexity Staircase

February 24th, 2014

LightSail CAO Jessica Reid writes: There was a shelf of books in our living room when I was growing up, and it contained all of my mom’s vintage Nancy Drew books. As a first grader I asked her when I would be able to read those books and she told me, “When you’re in second grade.” I wasn’t even a fluent reader yet, but I pined for those yellow books with the pretty detective on the cover like they were season 6 of Breaking Bad. 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

EdSurge: LightSail Partners With World’s Largest Book Distributor

February 12th, 2014

 LightSail Education, whose tablet-based literacy platform has nabbed a series of awards and grants since its founding in 2012, is adding another notch to its belt. On Feb. 5, the New York City startup is partnering with Baker & Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of books and entertainment products (420,000 titles and counting). Read The Full Post

LightSail Internships: Operations

February 11th, 2014

LightSail interns play a critical role in our fast-moving team, working with district and charter school partners and supporting the continuous refinement of our reading and writing platform. If you have a sense of humor, a flexible mind, a ferocious work ethic, and a commitment to harnessing technology to improve education, you’ll fit right in – and have a wonderful time on the new frontier of literacy instruction. Read The Full Post

ThinkFeed: No Format Too Small for Big, Rigorous Ideas

February 10th, 2014

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LightSail Chief Academic Officer Jessica Reid writes: Among all the attacks on the Common Core, the one that is the most offensive – and destructive – is the one that suggests that the standards are too high for kids. It’s not true – and I can prove it. Read The Full Post


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