SchoolSpire Acquired by Mentoring Minds
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Mentoring Minds has acquired SchoolSpire. According to the two companies, the deal will result in a streamlined way for school districts to incorporate the Mentoring Mind's critical thinking content into their curriculum and teaching. SchoolSpire produces EMPOWER, which it refers to as an instructional management solution, with modules for curriculum, assessment, item banks, reporting and analytics, professional development and program tracking.
Officials at Mentoring Minds said the company would spend the next several months migrating the resources from its own ThinkUp! Standards Mastery System to the new platform. The integration will help school customers plan lessons, manage their ThinkUp! Curriculum, deliver assessments and review data at granular and group levels.
"By pairing SchoolSpire's powerful technology platform with our critical thinking, curriculum, and assessment resources, we're able to provide entire school systems with a more meaningful and practical way to incorporate critical thinking into every aspect of teaching and learning," said Mentoring Minds CEO, Shad Madsen, in a statement. "We believe that critical thinking is absolutely fundamental to standards mastery and student success. SchoolSpire's team and technology allows us to bring these game-changing benefits to teachers and students everywhere."
The SchoolSpire team will join Mentoring Minds and founder and CEO Muhammad Wasay will now be the chief technology officer for Mentoring Minds.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. SchoolSpire is based in Plano, TX; Mentoring Minds is located in Los Angeles.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @schaffhauser.