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

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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


BAKER, TAYLOR, SAILOR:
 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

LightSail Partners with Baker & Taylor to Deliver Deepest Digital Library

February 5th, 2014

NEW YORK, February 5, 2014 – LightSail Education, a provider of K-12 digital literacy solutions, today announced an exclusive partnership with Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products.  Now schools using the award-winning LightSail adaptive literacy platform will have access to Baker & Taylor’s robust KnowledgePoint content management solutions and their portfolio of hundreds of thousands of digital books. Read The Full Post

ThinkFeed: Why I Love Diary of a Wimpy Kid – and You Should, Too

February 4th, 2014

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LightSail’s Chief Academic Officer Jessica Reid writes: One of the titles I’m most proud to feature in LightSail’s library is Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

“You can hide that, right?” principals will earnestly inquire.

“Ugh, I hate that book!” almost every teacher will say while swiping through the LightSail library. Read The Full Post

ThinkFeed: Teacher Innovators Build Better Innovations

January 31st, 2014

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LightSail Chief Academic Officer Jessica Reid writes: I’ve noticed that, for a lot of educational technology, the technology part seems to have come first. I’m all for cool software – but most teachers don’t have time to fool with something that doesn’t promise a clear advantage over their current practices. Read The Full Post

ThinkFeed: More Dismal Reading Scores? No More Excuses

January 29th, 2014

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LightSail Chief Academic Officer Jessica Reid writes: I’ve spent most of my career helping schools adopt best practices in literacy instruction. There’s no magic to it – I share research-proven practices with educators, oversee their implementation, and children’s reading comprehension improves. Read The Full Post

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