Math+Language = Equity

Imagine there was a way you could more than double the lifetime earning potential of all your students. What would you give to make that happen? Well, there is such a way. And it has massive implications for the national conversation we are now...

Speak Agent for Smartphones Coming this Winter

Last month's post, The Students We Serve, explored many of the barriers facing Marginalized Learners that are widening the equity gap. Among those barriers is a lack of technology access. In that post, I promised to share how we would address this.

New Products Make Speak Agent More Affordable

Until now, Speak Agent has been best known as a provider of custom ESL and STEM supplemental programs. Customization has enabled us to meet highly specific curricular needs. It has, however, put Speak Agent out of reach for many school budgets....

Fighting the COVID Slide Among English Learners

Last week's post recounted the story of unopened boxes filled with unread packets of student work mailed in by thousands of families. In this post, I intend to share an alternative vision. To be clear, being physically present at school is...

July 2020 Newsletter

English Learners and Marginalized Learners are in crisis like never before. The first two articles in this issue discuss the nature of the crisis for ELLs, from an academic language perspective, and how Speak Agent aims to mitigate it. Then we dig...

The Widening Gap for English Learners

Last week I was on a webconference that examined the internet access gap. I was struck by one district administrator's story: For weeks, thousands of students had been diligently mailing in the packets of work they'd been assigned. All of those...

The Students We Serve

The past few weeks have caused our team to reflect on the students we serve and how their lives are being upended by the pandemic, the resulting economic crisis, the public safety environment, and the other issues we are facing at this time.

Product Update - June 2020

Speak Agent version 1.12.1 added several new beta activities and features that will be fully released during the Back to School timeframe.

The Language Deficit and the COVID-19 Slide

I was recently reading an article about the challenges the NYCDOE is facing in supporting their ELLs and how these students are faring in the "new normal." Here's how one Brooklyn teen described it:

Free Distance Learning During COVID-19

Speak Agent is now available FREE (with no purchase obligation) for use during school closings for a limited number of districts (as many as we can serve on a first-come, first-serve basis). Our goal is to give your teachers resources to engage...

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