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Responding to the “COVID Slide,” Mathnasium Launches Kickstart Program
Specialized learning plans target math concepts missed during school shutdowns.

LOS ANGELES, June 22, 2020 — Mathnasium Learning Centers — committed to changing lives through math — is launching the Mathnasium Kickstart Program to address the loss of math skills and comprehension that resulted when schools were closed for the final 10-12 weeks of the academic year. The learning loss students experienced, dubbed the “COVID slide” by academic experts, further compounds the loss typically associated with the “summer slide.”

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Elementary Schools to Pilot Illustrative Mathematics K–5 Math Curriculum and Professional Learning
More than 4,500 teachers and 77,000 students nationwide will pilot the problem-based core curriculum and professional learning this fall

Tucson, AZ — July 6, 2020Illustrative Mathematics (IM), the author and developer of the highly rated IM 6–12 Math curriculum, has announced that its new core elementary mathematics curriculum, IM K–5 Math beta, will be piloted in schools nationwide this fall.

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RAISING A READER HELPS SCHOOLS AND PARENTS BEAT 2020 COVID/SUMMER SLIDE WITH CHILDREN’S LITERACY TOOLS
Without any educational enrichment the average student loses up to three months of learning during summer; loss in 2020 expected to be significantly greater due to COVID-19 school closures

REDWOOD CITY, CA, July 1, 2020 – Education experts predict this year’s summer slide – when the average student loses as much as three months of academic skills from no educational enrichment during the summer months – will be exponentially greater this year due to school closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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STRONG START TO FINISH MAKES INVESTMENTS TO ADVANCE DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION REFORM
Grants total more than $5.3 million and expand initiative’s impact to nearly 5 million undergraduates

(DENVER) – June 24, 2020 – Strong Start to Finish (SSTF) has awarded a second round of pooled funding, totaling more than $5.3 million, to accelerate the developmental education reform movement. The grants expand the initiative’s footprint to nearly 5 million undergraduates in 96 universities and 277 community colleges across 12 states.

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DIMENSIONU PROVIDES FREE ESPORTS SUMMER LEAGUE FOR ALL NEW JERSEY STUDENTS
Department of Defense STEM Outreach Office Supports Free Gameplay for Learning, Protecting Third- through Ninth-Graders in New Jersey from Widening Achievement Gap

Richmond, VA (June 29, 2020) – Starting July 1, New Jersey youngsters in grades three through nine can join DimensionU’s Esports Summer League for free. The Department of Defense STEM Outreach Office at Picatinny Arsenal in Wharton, New Jersey, is supporting children’s gameplay on the new Esports for Education Platform. As a result, players can practice their math and literacy skills at no cost through August 31. Interested parties can go to www.dimensionu.com to create an account.

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SAN FRANCISCO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFERS READY4K TEXT-BASED LEARNING PROGRAM TO SUPPORT FAMILIES THROUGHOUT SUMMER
School district offering early education curriculum delivered through text messages to San Francisco families; addresses ‘digital divide’ to include underserved households without internet access or computers

Steve Honig
The Honig Company, LLC
818-986-4300
press@honigllc.com

SAN FRANCISCO, June XX, 2020 – In an effort to support San Francisco families and provide parents with at-home learning activities to keep their children on track academically, socially and emotionally, the San Francisco Unified School District is offering the text-based Ready4K program to families in the San Francisco area throughout the summer.

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UK children’s character Basil Brush joins forces with Famous British TV Property expert Martin Roberts from BBC property auction show Homes under the Hammer to provide whimsical entertainment and emotional support for kids in COVID lockdown or home school

Perhaps not surprisingly, one of the side effects of lockdown has been the huge pressure on the mental health of our children in the UK and USA alike. Charities like the UK’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (‘NSPCC’) and its Childline service have counselled thousands of children struggling to cope with the current situation. At the same time, schools are trying to find ways to help children continue their learning whilst at home. An unlikely celebrity pairing and a new initiative with a friendly fox at the helm should help with both issues.

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Illustrative Mathematics Appoints Kristin Umland as President
Two additional leadership team changes announced for key product strategy and program management roles

Tucson, AZ – June 9, 2020 — Today, Illustrative Mathematics (IM), the author and developer of IM K–12 Math core mathematics curricula and professional learning resources, announced that Chief Product Officer Kristin Umland, has been promoted to President. William McCallum, who co-founded IM with Umland and most recently served as president, will continue in the roles of CEO and board chair.

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Gaggle Becomes a Google for Education Premier Partner

Media Contact:
Charlotte Andrist, Nickel Communications PR
(770) 310-5244
charlotte@nickelcommpr.com

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (June 4, 2019) – Gaggle, a school safety company, announced today that it has joined the Google for Education technology program as a Premier Partner. Gaggle supports schools and districts that use G Suite for Education by monitoring Google accounts for early warning signs of students in crisis.