Transforming the STEM Classroom at WIDA

How can we better support diverse learners in STEM content areas? Our WIDA Annual Conference session tomorrow will explore practical, research-based strategies for explicitly teaching the language of learning math and science. We will examine Speak Agent's...

Academic Language Webinar #1 on EdWeb Last Week

Last week Digital Promise hosted our first-ever professional learning webinar Achieve Transformative Results by Teaching Academic Language on EdWeb.net. (Follow the link to watch it!) We were so pleased to hear that it was the #1 live webinar on EdWeb last...

Montgomery County After-School Program Finds 31% Gains in Reading Vocabulary with Speak Agent

Excel Beyond the Bell Elementary (EBBE), an after-school program in Montgomery County, Maryland, released its report “Leveraging the Power of Play” earlier this month. EBBE saw some exciting results with Speak Agent in reading! Their testing found 31.2%...

Reflections on the NSTA 2019 National Conference

“STEM teachers are not prepared to foster simultaneous content knowledge and language development,” states the National Academies of Sciences in their October 2018 report [1]. The science teachers we met at NSTA 2019 in St. Louis last week largely agreed....

Learn the Language of STEM at NSTA

Find Speak Agent's Language of STEM exhibit at booth 533 at the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) Area Conference on Science Education. The event takes place at National Harbor, MD from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2018. Come on down and visit with us!

Speak Agent to Present at 2018 WIDA Annual Conference

We look forward to showcasing the latest additions to the Speak Agent academic language learning platform at the WIDA 2018 Annual Conference in Detroit from October 23rd to 25th. 

Digital Promise Partners With Speak Agent to Bridge the Academic Language Gap

Digital Promise Global's Learner Variability Project has partnered with Speak Agent to further the mission that all students, regardless of their learner variability, master the academic language and vocabulary they need to succeed. Digital Promise is helping...

Rethinking Personalized Learning: The End of Average

I was recently at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum just outside of Washington, DC with my sons. We were looking at the amazing variety of planes and spacecraft including the Columbia Space Shuttle. As we were looking inside some of the older aircraft, we...

The Story Behind Vocab Lab

"Vocab Lab" is a word analysis game on Speak Agent that began with the problem of learning "tier two" words. Many experts classify vocabulary into three tiers. While these vocabulary tiers may not apply to English language learners (ELLs) in quite the same...

Reading texts are best aligned with content, not skill levels

An excellent article published by The Atlantic (view it here) captured key findings from NAEP reading panelists, who last week examined why reading scores have remained flat for two decades.

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