Webinar: ELL Strategies for Digital Learning

Last year, Digital Promise hosted our first-ever professional learning webinar , and it made #1 EdWeb.net that week. This year, we are returning with an even more popular session. It focuses on research-based academic language learning strategies...

A New Resource: Guides to Education Technologies

As school districts move to remote and hybrid learning models, it can be difficult to find vetted, research-based digital learning resources and tools that operate seamlessly across physical and virtual classrooms, as well as home-based independent...

New Math+Language Strategies Workspace

Earlier this week we announced the launch of the ELL Digital Strategies Workspace, in partnership with Digital Promise. Now we have launched a similar resource for K-8 Math, the Math+Language Strategies Workspace. This new Workspace explores active...

Announcing the ELL Digital Strategies Workspace

The Speak Agent academic language learning platform applies 32 research-based instructional strategies across its varied activities. The research behind these strategies is compiled by the Learner Variability Project, a service provided by Digital...

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...

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