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Roseburg Public Schools Approves STEMscopes Digital Science Curriculum for Middle School Students

June 22, 2017

Roseburg, OR – Middle school science is the first core subject within the Roseburg school district to adopt a digital curriculum instead of one that uses textbook. “Science makes sense for a digital adoption because it’s a field that changes frequently,” said Robert Emerson, the Roseburg Public Schools director of teaching and learning. “A digital curriculum means whenever there are changes in the science content, the curriculum can be updated immediately”...


Woonsocket Education Department Celebrates Teachers’ and Students’ Success with the Next Generation Science Standards at STEM Day Event on June 14th

June 14, 2017

Woonsocket, RI – Since Rhode Island became the first state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in 2013, K-12 districts and schools have sought out curricula that focus on a deeper understanding — and the application — of STEM content. On June 14, Woonsocket Education Department (WED) will celebrate teachers’ success in engaging students in inquiry-based, hands-on STEM learning at “STEM Day in Woonsocket”...


Leslie Rubio: Lessons Learned: Creating a STEM Classroom of Excellence

June 8, 2017

Houston, TX – By participating in a STEM certification program, I dispelled many of my own misconceptions about how much time and effort it takes to create inquiry-based, student-centered lessons. I’m now able to create and deliver lessons that two years ago I would have considered too time-consuming or challenging to even attempt. Now, in addition to helping students master our state standards, I’m supporting their development of STEM and 21st century learning skills. Even better, my students are falling in love with STEM because it’s more engaging...


North Richland Middle School in Texas Earns the National Certificate for STEM Excellence from the National Institute for STEM Education

May 30, 2017

Houston, TX – This month, North Richland Middle School (NRMS) will earn the National Certificate for STEM Excellence from the National Institute for STEM Education (NISE). School and district officials, along with parents, students and community members, will celebrate this accomplishment in a ceremony May 30th...


STEMscopes PreK-12 Science Curriculum Is Named Best Learning Resource by Association of American Publishers

April 11, 2017

Houston, TX – The STEMscopesTM PreK-12 science curriculum from Accelerate LearningTM has won the REVERE Award for the Classroom: Whole Curriculum-Science, Health and Environment category. Built from the ground up to help students meet today’s state standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), STEMscopes provides teacher and student digital resources, supplemental print materials, and hands-on exploration kits that build student engagement and excitement for learning science...


Waco ISD Students Who Used STEMscopes Early Explorer in Prekindergarten Show Higher Science Achievement in Kindergarten

March 2, 2017

Houston, TX – In 2014-15, Waco Independent School District (ISD) implemented STEMscopesTM Early Explorer district-wide in its preschool program. By the end of the school year, teachers reported spending an average of 36 minutes per day on STEM instruction, compared to two minutes a day before STEMscopes. In a follow-up study, which analyzed the performance of all kindergartners the following year...


Tech & Learning Features STEMscopes as a Solution for San Elizario (TX) ISD (SEISD)

Feb 21, 2017

Houston, TX – How do you get ELLs engaged in science when basic words like theory, lab, and experiment aren't yet part of their vocabulary? Many districts face this challenge, including San Elizario (TX) ISD (SEISD), where 51% of the nearly 4,000 students are coded LEP and over 95% are economically disadvantaged. Cortez says that “Accelerate Learning's STEMscopes has really paved the way for our science instruction” (a Spanish version is also available for K–5). Units are developed around the constructivist 5E Instructional Model—Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate—with additional modules for Intervention and Acceleration...


Use of the STEMscopes Science Curriculum Increases Passing Rates on STAAR Fifth Grade Science Test

Feb 21, 2017

Houston, TX – Districts using the online, comprehensive science curriculum also increased passing rates for students who are English language learners or economically disadvantaged. A new study, which included more than 360,000 students, examined the 2015-16 STAAR passing rates for 335 districts that used the STEMscopes curriculum and 829 districts that used a district-created science curriculum or purchased a different science curriculum. The results showed that the use of STEMscopes increased passing rates by 4.1 percent...


Accelerate Learning and the New York Hall of Science Partner to Create STEMscopes DIVE In Engineering for Grades 3–8

Feb 7, 2017

Houston, TX – Accelerate LearningTM and the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) have joined forces to develop a new solution called STEMscopesTM DIVE In Engineering which embodies the burgeoning Maker Movement, providing students with firsthand experiences driven by natural curiosity and creativity...


Tearing Down the Silos in K-12 Curricula

January 24, 2017

Houston, TX – Seven key drivers of the movement to remove age-old silos that are holding STEM teachers and students back in the 21st century classroom...


New East Aurora science labs ‘not your mama's science program’

December 8, 2016

Chicago, IL – Months after East Aurora School District 131 board members approved millions of dollars in new science equipment and materials, administrators are working to create new science labs at each of the district’s middle schools...


East Aurora School District 131 Expands STEMscopes NGSS Digital STEM Curriculum to All Elementary and Middle Schools

December 7, 2016

Houston, TX – The first public school district in Illinois, East Aurora School District 131, is once again blazing new trails — this time, in science education. This fall, East Aurora expanded its STEMscopes NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) implementation from kindergarten to grades 1-8, making it the largest implementation of the digital STEM curriculum in Illinois...


STEMscopes from Accelerate Learning Receives Fourth Consecutive Top 100 Product Award from District Administration Magazine

December 5, 2016

Houston, TX – For the fourth year in a row, the STEMscopes TM PreK-12 digital science curriculum from Accelerate Learning has been named a “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product” by District Administration magazine. The winners were selected by the magazine’s editors from among 1,500-plus nominations from the magazine’s readers — K-12 education administrators and leaders — for products they believe are helping school districts excel...


Digital Promise Honors Accelerate Learning for Its Use of User Research with the STEMscopes K-12 Digital STEM Curriculum

November 28, 2016

Houston, TX – Earlier this year, the nonprofit Digital Promise launched an effort to collect and evaluate quality examples of how ed-tech companies conduct and use research in designing and improving their products. Some 53 ed-tech companies shared an array of approaches in three submission categories: Learning Sciences, User Research, and Evaluation Research...


San Elizario ISD Raises Passing Rate on STAAR Grade 5 Science Assessment by 20 Percentage Points by Using the STEMscopes Digital STEM Curriculum

November 1, 2016

Houston, TX – In 2016, 77 percent of fifth graders in San Elizario Independent School District (ISD) successfully passed the STAAR® science test, up from 57 percent in 2015. What changed? During the 2015-16 school year, teachers began using STEMscopesTM Texas as their primary science curriculum...


Dr. Judith L. Zimny Is Chosen to Head the National Institute for STEM Education

October 24, 2016

Houston, TX – Responding to the overwhelming interest since its launch earlier this year, the National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) has named Dr. Judith L. Zimny to lead the national provider of competency-based STEM training and certification for educators...


Greenfield Union School District Expands the STEMscopes Digital STEM Curriculum to All Elementary and Middle Schools to Meet the NGSS for California

October 6, 2016

Houston, TX – After successfully using the STEMscopes California digital STEM curriculum at the middle school level last school year, Greenfield Union School District, a rural district in southern Monterey County, will now expand its implementation to all schools in grades K–8...


Practitioner’s Corner—Science Standards: A New Vision

October 4, 2016

Los Angeles, CA – The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) reflect a new vision for science education that requires significant changes in the classroom. Students and parents aren’t the only ones worried about these rigorous new student performance expectations — teachers are, too. It’s up to school leaders to make the transition as painless as possible...


STEMscopes Receives a 5/5 Outstanding Rating from Independent Reviewers at The Ed Tech Round Up

September 17, 2016

Houston, TX — The Ed Tech Round Up: STEMscopes offers a comprehensive prek-12 STEM curriculum that is hands-on, engaging, and authentic, at a price that is hard to beat. There are an enormous variety of high-quality resources, all aligned with the 5E model and CCSS and NGSS, and all supported by a robust collection of professional development resources...


Accelerate Learning Earns Place on the Prestigious 2016 Tyton Growth50 List

September 9, 2016

Houston, TX — Developer of the STEMscopes digital STEM curriculum is recognized as a top 50 growth-stage company in education sector achieving impact at scale...


5 Ways to Disrupt STEM

August 29, 2016

Houston, TX — The demand for professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) continues to outpace the supply of trained workers and professionals. Here are five ways we can disrupt the status quo — and change how teachers teach and students learn STEM today...


Troy Community Consolidated School District 30 Will Implement STEMscopes TM NGSS Digital Curriculum in All Elementary and Middle Schools

July 27, 2016

Houston, TX — Beginning this August, Troy Community Consolidated School District 30-C (TCCSD) in northeast Illinois will integrate Accelerate Learning’s award-winning STEMscopes NGSS digital STEM curriculum into its curriculum in grades preK-8, district-wide. One of 18 states to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) thus far, Illinois has directed schools to begin implementing the new standards in the 2016-17 school year...


Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development: Transitioning to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with STEMscopesTM

June 16, 2016

Los Angeles, CA — The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California represent an important step forward in preparing students for college and careers, but the implementation of these standards can be challenging for teachers—especially those who were not STEM majors...


Accelerate Learning, Leader In PreK-12 STEM Education, Raises $10M Series A From Owl Ventures

May 24, 2016

Houston, TX — Accelerate LearningTM today announced it has raised $10 million in Series A funding from Owl Ventures. Accelerate Learning is a leading provider of digital resources for preK-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, and was founded in conjunction with Rice University. Rice Management Company, the steward of the Rice University endowment, was the sole investor in the company prior to this round of funding...


STEM Education Gets Funding Boost in North Carolina

May 18, 2016

Haywood County, NC — Thanks to a $60,000 grant from the Tyson family and a $10,000 donation from Dr. Doris Hammett, students in Haywood County elementary schools are experiencing STEM education through hands-on learning. Both donations were made through the Haywood County Schools Foundation to support the students and staff of Haywood County. STEM education blends science, technology, engineering and mathematics through project-based learning and prepares students to be the next generation of innovators...


National Institute for STEM Education Partners with Chalk & Wire to Add Digital Portfolio Tool to STEM Certification Program for Teachers

May 17, 2016

Houston, TX — As a growing number of schools launch science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, teachers are looking for fast and effective ways to build their STEM teaching skills. The National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) has partnered with Chalk & Wire, a leader in higher education assessment, to provide teachers with a digital portfolio tool that allows them to quickly demonstrate their proficiency in the 15 teacher actions necessary to create a STEM classroom of excellence...


STEMscopes NGSS Digital STEM Curriculum Adds New Tools and Resources, Thanks to Suggestions from K–12 Teachers

May 4, 2016

Houston, TX — Fueled by teacher input, Accelerate LearningTM has enhanced its award-winning STEMscopesTM NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) product with several new resources designed to deepen student engagement. STEMscopes NGSS is a comprehensive online K–12 curriculum written by teachers, that helps students master the NGSS through scientific investigations, engineering challenges, content connection videos, claim-evidence-reasoning assessments, and more...


Accelerate Learning Opens Online STEMstore for PreK–12 Districts and Schools

April 27, 2016

Houston, TX — As a rapidly growing number of U.S. districts and schools increase their focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), educators need a quick and easy way to find tools and resources to bring high-quality STEM content and experiences to their students. With the launch of the Accelerate LearningTM STEMstore, educators can now discover a world of STEM resources at their fingertips...


East Aurora Spends Almost $7.3 Million on New Science, English Language Curriculum

April 21, 2016

Houston, TX — To cheers and claps from the audience, East Aurora School District 131 board members on Monday approved additions to East Aurora science curriculum and materials. The approval comes weeks after the board voted in favor of a new elementary English language arts curriculum and as the board considers a new math program for some grades. Total, the board has approved spending about 7.3 million dollars over several years on science and English language arts purchases...


STEMscopes PreK-12 Suite from Accelerate Learning Is Named an SIIA Education CODiE Finalist in the Best Science Instructional Solution Category

April 20, 2016

Houston, TX — For the second consecutive year, the STEMscopes PreK-12 Suite from Accelerate Learning has been named a finalist in the SIIA Education CODiE Awards. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 30 years...


Accelerate Learning Targets STEM Competency

April 18, 2016

Houston, TX — Electronic Education Report reports that Accelerate Learning, Inc. recently formed the National Institute for STEM Education serving to help teachers and administrators get STEM certified, to assist schools and districts in becoming certified as STEM learning centers, and to help teachers towards the pursuit of advanced STEM degrees...


EdTech Digest Awards Program Names STEMscopes a Cool Tool Award Finalist for STEM Solution and Parent/Student Solution

April 8, 2016

Houston, TX — The 2016 EdTech Digest Awards Program has chosen STEMscopesTM NGSS, a digital STEM curriculum for K-12 classrooms, as a Cool Tool Award finalist in the STEM Solution and the Parent/Student Solution categories. The EdTech Digest Awards recognize outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology. Featuring the best and brightest in edtech, the annual recognition program seeks to highlight and celebrate the most effective products and the most innovative, inspiring people...


National Institute for STEM EducationTM (NISE) Announces STEM Certification and Degree Programs for Districts, Campuses and Teachers

March 30, 2016

Houston, TX — As science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs continue to grow, the U.S. Department of Education has set a priority to increase the number of students and teachers who are proficient in these fields. Yet, as school districts launch STEM schools and programs, there has been no easy way to certify that they are actually prepared to teach STEM — until now. Accelerate Learning today announces the formation of the National Institute for STEM Education (NISE)...


STEMscopesTM from Accelerate Learning Is Named a Readers’ Choice Top Product Award Winner from District Administration Magazine

December 7, 2015

Houston, TX — Adding to an already impressive list of industry accolades, Accelerate Learning today announced its STEMscopesTM PreK-12 digital science curriculum has been named a “Readers’ Choice Top Product” by District Administration magazine. The winners were selected by the magazine’s editors from more than 2,000 nominations from the magazine’s readers — K-12 education administrators and leaders — for products they believe are making a positive difference in education...


Educators Build on Massachusetts STEM Program

November 26, 2015

Belchertown, MA — Teachers have learning down to a science after swapping roles with students during a recent STEMposium. Educators from the region gathered at Belchertown High School on Wednesday for a STEMposium hosted by Accelerate Learning. The company presented a K-12 digital curriculum called STEMscopes, which marries hands-on learning with science education...


Accelerate Learning Inc. Selects LoudCloud’s Competency-Based LMS For STEM Certificate Program

November 20, 2015

Dallas, TX — LoudCloud Systems announced today that Accelerate Learning Inc., a leading provider of STEM education to preK-12, has selected the LoudCloud Learning Management System for its STEM certificate program. The selection comes after an extensive process of vetting software-as-a-service platform providers and services organizations to support developing and delivering their certificate programs. That search process culminated with the selection of LoudCloud’s competency-based LMS...


Fifth Graders in Texas School Districts Using STEMscopesTM from Accelerate Learning Achieve Higher Passing Rates on STAARTM Science Test

November 19, 2015

Houston, TX — Accelerate Learning today announces the publication of a new study examining the 2014-15 State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAARTM) passing rates for school districts that used the STEMscopesTM curriculum. The study, which included more than 360,000 students, showed that districts using STEMscopes had higher passing rates on the fifth grade STAAR science test than districts that did not use STEMscopes...


Pasadena Unified School District Leads the Way in Improving STEM Education to Transition to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California

October 28, 2015

Pasadena, CA — Pasadena USD selects STEMscopes California to help students develop and deepen STEM understanding through inquiry-based learning...


STEMscopes NGSS by Accelerate Learning Helps States and Educators Transition Smoothly to the Next Generation Science Standards

October 5, 2015

Houston, TX — Instead of having students go to one class for chemistry, another for physics and so on, NGSS-aligned teaching uses disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts to encourage students to think of science as a process rather than a set of discrete facts. For schools and teachers accustomed to the traditional model of “siloed” classes, the transition to the NGSS is complex and problematic, but science curriculum company Accelerate Learning is helping them to better understand the NGSS and to quickly, easily and effectively put solutions into place. Instructional materials, new NGSS customization services and free guides make STEMscopes NGSS a one-stop resource for NGSS support...


Teachers Get Another Opportunity to Win A Dream Vacation in Round Two of Accelerate Learning’s “STEMscopes Field Trip Around the World Sweepstakes”

October 2, 2015

Houston, TX — From now through Oct. 8, 2015, U.S. preK-12 educators have another opportunity to win a $2,500 travel voucher — good for anywhere in the world — in round two of a promotion from Accelerate Learning Inc.™, developer of the STEMscopes™ digital STEM curriculum for preK-12 classrooms. The winner of the first round, which ended Sept. 4, is Aimee Lawson, a science teacher from Education Center International Academy (ECIA) Charter School in Sunnyvale, Texas...


Teachers, Win Your Dream Vacation! The “STEMscopes Field Trip Around the World Sweepstakes” Will Award a $2,500 Travel Voucher to One Lucky Educator

August 14, 2015

Houston, TX — Accelerate Learning’s new Facebook promotion celebrates the addition of 1,000 content connection videos to its STEMscopes curriculum for PreK-12 classrooms…


Accelerate Learning Inc. Announces 1,000 Twig World Videos Will be Embedded in the Award Winning PreK-12 STEMscopes Curriculum

July 9, 2015

Houston, TX — Embedding the Twig videos will give preK-12 teachers instant access to premium, standards-aligned videos that create real-world STEM connections and deepen students’ understanding…


American Association of Publishers Names Accelerate Learning’s STEMscopes the Winner in the 2015 REVERE Awards, Whole Curriculum Science Category

June 10, 2015

Houston, TX — STEMscopes, a 21st century digital STEM curriculum for preK-12 classrooms, has been named the winner of the 2015 REVERE Awards’ Whole Curriculum for Science category for the second year in a row…


North Carolina Recommends Accelerate Learning’s STEMscopes K-12 Science Curriculum for State Science Adoption

May 12, 2015

Houston, TX — Accelerate Learning today announced that STEMscopes-North Carolina, its comprehensive, digital K-12 science solution built specifically to meet the North Carolina science standards, has been recommended by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction…


STEMscopes PreK-12 Digital Science Curriculum from Accelerate Learning Is a Finalist in the AAP’S REVERE Awards Program

May 11, 2015

Houston, TX—For the third consecutive year, STEMscopesTM, thecomprehensive, digital preK-12 science solution, has been named a finalist in the Whole Curriculum for Science category in the REVERE Awards program…


Accelerate Learning – STEMscopes Named SIIA Education CODiE Finalist in the Best Science Instructional Solution Category

April 15, 2015

Houston, TX – Accelerate Learning – STEMscopes has been named a finalist in the 2015 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for its comprehensive online science curriculum, which meets the national Next Generation Science Standards as well as individual state science standards...


Accelerate Learning’s STEMscopes Online Science Curricula Named 2014 Digital Innovation in Learning Award (DILA) Winner

November 24, 2014

Developed at Rice University, the STEMscopes PK-12 Digital Science Program Supports Rigorous State and NGSS Standards

Houston, TX – STEMscopes, a comprehensive, digital K-12 science solution for pre-K through 12th grade students, has been named a winner in the inaugural Digital Innovation in Learning Awards (DILA). Organized by EdSurge and Digital Promise, the DILAs were created to celebrate accomplishments in education technology by educators, administrators, and education technology organizations...


Accelerate Learning's STEMcoach.com Receives A+ Rating from Internet@Schools

November 1, 2014

Houston, TX - STEMcoach.com, a free online resource for providing STEM teachers with science curriculum resources, hands-on investigations, ready-made research lessons, classroom tips, online chats with other teachers, videos, and more has been given five-star A+ report card by Internet@Schools.

One of the site’s strongest features is the ease in using the lesson plans. The Teacher Guide is concise and formatted in such a way that ready-made lessons can be immediately implemented in the classroom...


Accelerate Learning Launches STEMcoach.com, A Free STEM Professional Development Site for K-12 Teachers

June 27, 2014

STEMcoach.com Web Portal Features Lessons, Classroom Tips, Videos, Online Communities, and More to Help Science Educators Put STEM into Action

Houston, TX – With a shortage of an experienced workforce in STEM fields, now more than ever teachers are trying to find ways to foster student engagement and achievement in STEM subjects. To provide preK-12 districts with easy access to STEM resources for experienced and novice science teachers, alike, Accelerate Learning today announces the launch of a free professional development site, STEMcoach.com™...


Accelerate Learning Announces Nationwide Release of Award-Winning STEMscopes Online Science Curricula

June 24, 2014

Developed at Rice University, the STEMscopes PK-12 Digital Science Program Supports Rigorous State and NGSS Standards

Houston, TX – A solid understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is essential for college and career readiness. With the release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and increasing rigor of state standards, school districts are in search of curricula that focus on a deeper understanding — and the application — of STEM content. To provide preK-12 schools with a comprehensive, online science curriculum that meets all NGSS and state science standards, Accelerate Learning today announces the national release of STEMscopes™ NGSS and STEMscopes™ State Edition for K-12 students, and STEMscopes™ Early Explorer for preschool students...


Electronic Education Report

June 20, 2014

Accelerate Learning Brings Science Programs to Market Nationally

Accelerate Learning (Houston), the science curriculum company started at Rice University, is looking to build on the success it has enjoyed in Texas with the national rollout this summer of three products: STEMscopes NGSS, STEMscopes State Edition K-12 and STEMscopes Early Explorer...


STEMscopes Announced Winner in Prestigious REVERE Awards

June 9, 2014

STEMscopes Recognized as Best Whole Curriculum Program for Science

Houston, TX: The Association of American Publishers (AEP) recognized STEMscopes this past Wednesday at the REVERE Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. for its outstanding contribution to educational excellence. Named best whole curriculum program for science, health, and environment curricula in the Distinguished Achievement category, STEMscopes attributes this triumph to the teachers that have helped create the program. Chief Academic Officer and founder, Dr. Reid Whitaker, and CEO, Dr. Vernon Johnson, received the award on behalf of the Accelerate Learning team...


Waco ISD Approves Pre-K STEM Initiative with STEMscopes

June 4, 2014

STEMscopes Early Explorer Brings STEM to Waco ISD’s Youngest Students

Houston, TX: Beginning this fall, Waco ISD will be piloting STEMscopes Early Explorer, a new STEM curriculum solution from Accelerate Learning and Rice University that is designed to bring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to pre-kindergarten students. “It’s a model that provides students with engaging, hands-on discovery lessons so that they can explore the world around them, and expand their natural curiosity to build new concepts,” said Terri Patterson, executive director of elementary education for Waco ISD...

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