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...

Are You Ready for Coronavirus?

Originally, this March 2020 newsletter issue was going to be about us. But in light of recent events, it's going to be about you.

Speak Agent Awarded Research-Based Design Product Certification

It's official! Speak Agent has earned the Research-Based Design product certification from Digital Promise. This new product certification process is intended to serve as a rigorous, reliable signal for K12 educators seeking verifiable evidence of a...

Close the ELL Gap Before WIDA and TELPAS Testing

WIDA ACCESS test scores in many states dropped again in May 2019. Now the latest NAEP Math and Reading scores are also showing stagnation or slight downturns. The 2020 testing window will soon be upon us. Now is the time to act and make a...

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...

Five Principles of Personalized Teaching

Todd Rose's book "The End of Average" has underscored the connection between learner variability and the opportunities for personalized learning afforded by education technology. To date, however, the conversation has largely omitted the perspective...

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...

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.

Why We Created Speak Agent

People often ask us why we decided to make Speak Agent. As co-founder and CTO, I wrote the first line of software code over three years ago. But the need has been around for much longer. Over the past decade the percentage of English Language...

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