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Marlo Thomas Asks: Can Digital Games Impact Students?

Lisa Holton, president of Classroom, Inc., sat in the hot seat with the one-and-only Marlo Thomas! Lisa answered questions on the Common Core, how digital learning games affect children’s studies, and how to help all students reach their fullest potential. This is a must-see.

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After the Storm Wins Serious Play Award!

After the Storm was awarded the coveted bronze medal in the International Serious Play Awards competition. The program recognizes outstanding examples of games that deliver high-quality engagement and learning opportunities for students, employees, or other education/training solutions.

Ending the School Year on a High Note!

We’re singing the praises of all the school partners we were honored to work with this school year. Our programs provided 17,000 students in 110 schools and 16 cities with learning games and lessons designed to build literacy, leadership, and 21st century skills. Notable moments include:

  • Piloting virtual coaching and support for educators in New York, Ohio, and Kentucky
  • Gaining acceptance into the highly-selective LEAP Pilot Network, a nonprofit organization that curates promising edtech products in public, charter, and parochial Chicago schools to help scale solutions that work
  • Receiving a spot on Education Dive’s “8 K-12 Tech Tools to Watch in 2015” list
  • Winning finalist spots for the 2015 Edtech Digest Cool Tool Awards and the Association of American Publisher’s 2015 REVERE Awards

“All Means All”

This month, Board Members Cynthia Vance and Lorraine Shanley hosted an intimate conversation with former Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville on behalf of Classroom, Inc. Mr. Reville now directs Harvard’s Graduate School of Education’s Redesign Lab.

“All means all.” Sometimes the simplest statement resonates in the most profound way. Mr. Reville repeated this refrain throughout his brief talk to generous donors, board members, and friends of our organization. He charged the group with continuing to focus on access to opportunity for all children, no matter the life circumstances those students might find themselves in.

Find out what Mr. Reville thinks is the most powerful aspect of our learning games.

It’s officially summer! For those of us that endured an extended winter, it probably seemed as if this season would never come.

But it’s not all celebrations, BBQs, and unplugging. Summer is a fantastic time to keep on learning in fun and engaging ways. And the summer months are a critical time for students—especially those who might already be behind.

Literacy + Learning + Digital Game = Your Summer Learning Solution

After the Storm is perfect for a range of students from middle school through early high school. Keep kids learning year-round!

Already thinking about the school year? Our learning games fit nicely into school-day curriculum too. Find out more or contact us.

What we're reading

Check out the full list of news, blogs, and reports that caught our eye this month in our June RoundUP.

The Truth About America’s Grad Rates, NPR: The news organization has been working on an investigation into the historically high 81% graduation rate that was released earlier this spring. And it found that from the district to the state level, dubious strategies like mislabeling students and easing grad requirements are taking away from real progress made by schools that are putting in the effort to make real improvements.

Nation’s Report Card to Gather Data on Grit, Mindset, Education Week: NAEP is working to include a diverse set of measures of these factors in the background information collected with the tests beginning in 2017.

Can We Really Prepare Kids for College & Career? The Hechinger Report: The article takes a look at California’s linked learning initiatives, which aim to connect schooling to careers in authentic ways.

We’re making our plans for next month. Want to meet up with us?

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Games Learning Society:

Madison, WI, July 8-10