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

LightSail’s Reading Revolution Featured on the Harvard EdCast

January 9th, 2014

Last month on the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s EdCast, Jessica Marshall, Chief Strategy Officer at LightSail Education, explained to Harvard’s Matt Weber how the company’s adaptive, tablet-based literacy platform is revolutionizing how K-12 students are gaining 21st-century skills.

Click here to read more and hear the interview.  Read The Full Post

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