Three large school districts in the United States this semester have deployed Apangea Learning's SmartHelp as a part of their math intervention and remediation programs: District of Columbia Public Schools (Washington, DC), Atlanta Public Schools, and Chicago Public Schools.
Read Naturally has released a new version of its reading software, Read Naturally Software Edition (SE) Network Plus. The new 2.1 version incorporates support for ELL curricula and also adds new licensing options.
San Diego Unified School District in California is hoping to bump student performance in math with the help of a research-based multimedia math curriculum called Cognitive Tutor Bridge to Algebra. The district spent $177,000 on licenses to bring the algebra readiness curriculum to students in 11 of its middle schools.
Don Johnston Inc. (DJI) has expanded its lineup of Solo literacy tools with the release of Solo Writing Coach, an instructional framework targeting struggling learners in grades 3 through 12. Writing Coach is a component of the Solo Literacy Suite, a technology-based reading and writing scaffolding system.
The MIND Research Institute has released supplemental courseware aimed at improving success rates in Algebra I classes. Dubbed ST Math: Algebra Readiness Supplemental, the new title expands MIND's math offerings into the middle school level, building upon the elementary school-focused, foundational math skills-oriented Algebra Readiness.
The Idaho State Board of Education will use Reading Prep and Fast ForWord to Reading 1-5 from Scientific Learning's Fast ForWord to Learning Series, a software package designed for reading intervention. The state had already given the software a road test. In a study conducted during the 2005-2006 school year, 282 students from Idaho's Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25 used Fast ForWord software.
AbleNet and SoftTouch have formed a partnership to deliver computer and literacy tools to students with moderate to severe cognitive and physical disabilities. The partnership is designed to build on two of AbleNet's special ed curricula: Star Reporter and MEville to WEville.
PBS Kids is launching two new literacy programs for preschool beginning in early September--Super WHY! and WordWorld--as part of its Ready To Learn initiative for kids aged 2 to 8. The goal of the initiative, aimed especially toward students from low-income families, is to provide the tools young learners will need to acquire reading skills.
The Weekly Reader Publishing group and school technology provider HareBrain have partnered to launch the Learn to Read: Beginning Reading Program, which provides students in preschool through first grade with reading kits, including HareBrain's WhisperPhone line of devices designed to help students read.
- By Michelle Rutledge
Four districts in Georgia are gearing up to deploy Ombudsman Educational Services for the fall. OES, from Educational Services of America, is a program designed for students who have been expelled, who have behavioral problems, or who are otherwise deemed right for alternative education. It's targeted toward middle- and high-school students.