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Louisiana Department of Education Looks for Alternative to Textbooks

The department is working with XanEdu to create customized and cost-effective unit readers for students.

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) has entered a new partnership with XanEdu, a provider of custom content, technology and services for education leaders, to create high-quality and cost-effective unit readers, as an alternative to traditional textbooks.

The partnership accompanies the freely available English Language Arts Guidebooks 2.0. Teachers and schools in Louisiana “had to spend extra time seeking copyright permissions to legally reproduce the texts needed to implement the curriculum” before the partnership, according a news release. LDOE selected XanEdu for its expertise centered on publishing and technology solutions. XanEdu’s unit readers include book excerpts and online content in booklets that can be purchased, “thus reducing excess costs and removing the time teachers and schools need to spend gathering texts.

"The Louisiana Department of Education designed these guidebooks to be practical and teacher-friendly,” said Rebecca Kockler, assistant superintendent of academic content at the LDOE. “Our partnership with XanEdu allows us to make good on that commitment.”"

Further information about the unit readers is available on the XanEdu site.

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