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