K12 Inc. Deploys D2L’s Brightspace Across High School, Middle School and Fuel Education

KITCHENER, ON–(Marketwired – August 11, 2016) – D2L, a global learning technology leader, today announced that K12 Inc., one of the largest virtual schools in the U.S., is continuing to expand the use of the Brightspace LMS. Following a successful rollout to thousands of students across the country enrolled in K12’s high school, K12 is now making Brightspace available to thousands more middle school students.

In addition, K12’s Fuel Education will use Brightspace for the distribution of its curriculum. Fuel Education will begin rolling out Brightspace in December with a full rollout scheduled for the first half of 2017.

D2L’s Brightspace platform was embraced by K12 due to a fundamental distinction: Brightspace delivers a personalized learning experience, not the one-size-fits-all model utilized by traditional LMS offerings. Brightspace was designed with modern students in mind and offers a clean, responsive user experience as well as integrated social media, game-based learning, chat and advanced video features. The new Brightspace Daylight experience lets students and teachers use smartphones, tablets or any browser-enabled device, eliminating barriers to learning. Teachers also favor Brightspace because engagement data — offered via real-time learning analytics </strong–< can help them improve student outcomes.

“D2L’s customers such as K12 Inc. care deeply about the educational experience and want a more personalized, engaging learning platform to help each learner learn their own way,” said John Baker, CEO of D2L. “Brightspace is an easy, flexible and smart LMS that was built from the ground up to do exactly that. We are very pleased that K12 and Fuel Education learners will benefit from this personalized approach and learn on their own terms to achieve their academic goals. We look forward to continuing to broaden the scope of our partnership.”

“Our goal in considering a new LMS was to improve student engagement, retention and outcomes while advancing our effort to deliver a more mobile-ready curriculum,” explained Lynda Cloud, Executive Vice President of Products at K12 Inc. “After thorough evaluation, K12 chose D2L to power K12’s next-generation online high school and middle school. The Brightspace platform has enabled us to provide students, learning coaches, and teachers with an innovative, engaging and collaborative learning experience that puts tools and resources right at their fingertips. Parents find that both they and their students have better visibility into what students need to do each day, allowing them to spend more time learning.”

D2L’s track record of innovation has been widely recognized. In March, Fast Company ranked D2L #6 on the Most Innovative Companies of 2016 list in the Data Science Category, amongst Google, IBM, Spotify, Costco, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. eLearning Magazine recently rated D2L as #1 in Adaptive Learning, and Brightspace was recently named the #1 LMS in Higher Ed by Ovum Research.

To learn more about Brightspace, visit http://www.d2l.com/products/learning-environment/.

ABOUT K12 INC.

K12 Inc. (LRN) is driving innovation and advancing the quality of education by delivering state-of-the-art, digital learning platforms and technology to students and school districts across the globe. K12’s award winning curriculum serves over 2,000 schools and school districts and has delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 is a company of educators with the nation’s largest network of K-12 online school teachers, providing instruction, academic services, and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and directly to families. The K12 program is offered through K12 partner public schools in approximately two-thirds of the states and the District of Columbia, and through private schools serving students in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. More information can be found at K12.com.

ABOUT FUEL EDUCATION

Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers one of the industry’s largest catalogs of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visit getfueled.com and Twitter.

ABOUT BRIGHTSPACE

D2L’s Brightspace is a digital learning platform that helps schools and institutions deliver personalized learning experiences in a classroom or online to people anywhere in the world. Created for the digital learner, Brightspace is cloud-based, runs on mobile devices, and offers rich multimedia to increase engagement, productivity and knowledge retention. The platform makes it easy to design courses, create content, and grade assignments, giving instructors more time to focus on what’s most important – greater teaching and learning. At the same time, analytics reports track and deliver insights into the performance levels of departments, courses, or individuals.

ABOUT D2L

D2L is the software leader that makes learning experiences better. The company’s cloud-based platform, Brightspace, is easy to use, flexible, and smart. With Brightspace, organizations can personalize the experience for every learner to deliver real results. The company is a world leader in learning analytics: its platform predicts learner performance so that organizations can take action in real-time to keep learners on track. Brightspace is used by learners in higher education, K-12, and the enterprise sector, including the Fortune 1000. D2L has operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore. www.d2l.com

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Pikes Peak Early College Teams with Fuel Education to Help Students Earn College Credit and Professional Certifications during High School

Students across Colorado can apply to enroll for the 2016-2017 school
year now to get a free community college education

August 08, 2016 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to a
report
from the Georgetown
Center on Education and the Workforce
, by 2020, 65 percent of all
jobs in the economy will require post-secondary education or training
beyond high school. Therefore, students who still experience barriers to
achieving this level of education will have limited workforce options.
To help students overcome these barriers, Pikes
Peak Early College
(PPEC) helps students start working toward
post-secondary degrees and certifications in high school.

“A college degree or a professional certification doesn’t have to be
this elusive thing students can’t grasp”

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PPEC provides students online core, elective and career technical
education courses from Fuel
Education
™ (FuelEd™). The program uses the personalized learning
platform PEAK™, in combination with personalized college and career
counseling, to create a customized degree plan based on each student’s
interests, strengths, and goals for the future. PPEC works with both
FuelEd online teachers, as well as district-employed teachers, to
facilitate a blended learning model.

“Many of our students are first-generation college students or are part
of populations that are under-represented in post-secondary
institutions,” said Dave Knoche, Executive Principal at PPEC. “PPEC
provides these students with the monetary, academic, and emotional
support they need to achieve their goals after high school. If we didn’t
help these students, it would be an enormous disservice to our youth and
our society.”

PPEC students focus on getting more than just a high school diploma.
They are working toward an associate’s degree, 60 credits to transfer to
a four-year college or a professional certification all while completing
their high school requirements. To determine what route is best for each
student, PPEC’s college and career counseling staff members conduct
individual meetings to determine each student’s interests and then
create an appropriate degree plan. This individualized degree plan takes
into account their current college and career readiness skills, their
passions, and their plans for the future. Throughout their four to six
years at PPEC, students receive personalized advisory services to make
sure they are on track with their degree plan, that their plan continues
to fit their skill level and future interests, and that their credits
will transfer to the post-secondary institution or certification program
of their choice.

Once their degree plans are made, students begin working on their high
school coursework using FuelEd
Online Courses
. Students take a combination of online core classes
to meet graduation requirements and online elective courses to help them
hone their interests for college study or their future career. The
school also plans on using FuelEd’s Career
Readiness Pathways™
for students interested in a career technical
education. Courses center around one of four Career Clusters: business
management and administration, manufacturing, health science, and
information technology.

Because they can complete their coursework online, students only attend
a physical school three days a week. When students are on campus,
teachers lead project-based learning activities to compliment the FuelEd
Online Courses. The remaining two days are open for students to study at
home, participate in internships or shadowing opportunities, or attend
classes on college campuses. In addition to being the only early college
with a blended model in Colorado, what makes PPEC so unique is that each
student can take up to 15 credits per semester at no cost to them, thus
greatly alleviating the financial burden of attending college for
students and their families.

However, not every student is ready to start taking college courses as a
freshman. For students who need remediation prior to taking
college-level courses, PPEC creates custom skill-enhancement classes.
Using PEAK, PPEC determines which skills each student is missing and
designs a custom course by piecing together units and lessons from
various FuelEd Online Courses to ensure each student learns the concepts
they need prior to taking college-level courses . Traditionally, any
college student who needs remediation must pay for and take remedial
courses, which do not count for credit. By completing remedial courses
during high school, PPEC is, once again, helping students save money and
streamline the college experience.

“A college degree or a professional certification doesn’t have to be
this elusive thing students can’t grasp,” said Knoche. “In addition to
our personalized counseling and flexible learning environment, we are
guiding students in the direction of a four-year college, but in a
fiscally responsible way so students aren’t riddled with debt. We’re not
just educating, we’re changing lives.”

To learn more about PPEC, visit d49.org/ppec.
Students from all over the state of Colorado are eligible to apply. To
learn more about the enrollment process for the 2016-17 school year,
click here.

About Fuel Education

Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized
learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the
classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through
12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and
blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning
Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own
content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open
educational resources. Fuel Education offers one of the industry’s
largest catalogs of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction,
professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped
2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve
diverse student populations. To learn more, visit getfueled.com and Twitter.

©2016 Fuel Education LLC. All rights reserved. Fuel Education, PEAK,
and FuelEd are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates. All
other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contacts

Fuel EducationBeth Halloran, 703.436.3263bhalloran@getfueled.comorRachael
Ballard, 410.975.9638Rachael@kehcomm.com

Blended and Online Learning Solutions from Fuel Education Recognized by Education Industry’s Leading Awards Programs

PEAK™ and LearnBop® chosen in 2016 BESSIE, CODiE, Cool Tool, International Distance Learning, and Revere awards programs

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HERNDON, Va., May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Personalized learning solutions provider Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) has won two education industry awards and was named a finalist by three additional award programs for online and blended learning solutions PEAK™, its personalized learning platform, and LearnBop®, its interactive math learning system.

“Our school and district partners have seen tremendous success as they have implemented our solutions and technology to create innovative instructional models,” said Gregg Levin, General Manager of Fuel Education. “We are honored to be recognized by these award programs and look to further the use of digital learning to meet the individual needs of more students.”

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PEAK, FuelEd’s personalized learning platform, won a 2016 BESSIE Award for Best Teacher Tools from ComputED Gazette. The BESSIE Awards, now in its 22nd year, target innovative and content-rich programs, apps, and websites that provide parents and teachers with the technology to foster educational excellence. PEAK was also a finalist in SIIA’s 2016 CODiE Awards for Best Cross-Curricular Solution, which recognizes the best software tools for students, educators, or administrators that can be used in multiple curriculum areas in the preK–12 or postsecondary market.

LearnBop, FuelEd’s interactive math program, won a Platinum 2016 International Distance Learning Award from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) for Best Distance Learning Programming. This prestigious award is presented to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs. In addition to the company winning a platinum award, the founder of LearnBop, Bharani Rajakumar, won USDLA’s Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the Field of Distance Learning Award for 2016.

LearnBop is also a current finalist in the Association of American Publishers’ 2016 Revere Awards in the Supplemental Resources for Mathematics category.  The REVERE Awards, which will be announced June 8, 2016, honor high quality resources that educate learners of all ages, in all media, and in all educational environments, both in and beyond the classroom.

In addition, both PEAK and LearnBop were recognized as finalists in EdTech Digest’s 2016 Cool Tool Awards for Best e-Learning, Blended, or Flipped Solution. EdTech Digest recognizes the best tools, people, and trendsetters in and around education for transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. 

PEAK is FuelEd’s open technology platform featuring personalized dashboards that provide a unified view of online program metrics for administrators, teachers, and students, including single click access to teacher and learner tools, and an interactive display of student progress and performance. Using PEAK Library, the platform’s course customization tool, teachers can incorporate self-authored content, as well as third-party content from Khan Academy® and YouTube® Education, to quickly develop or customize assessments, lessons, or courses.

FuelEd’s exclusive partner LearnBop is an online math program that provides students in grades K–12 with instant step-by-step tutoring via guided hints, video, and adaptive feedback to teach students how to solve problems on their own. Because every step of each program is tagged with a core concept, teachers can immediately detect a student’s missing prerequisites.

About Fuel Education

Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers the industry’s largest catalog of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visit getfueled.com and Twitter.

©2016 Fuel Education LLC. All rights reserved. Fuel Education, FuelEd, LearnBop and PEAK are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Preview: Idaho School District Wins 2016 Fuel Education™ Transformation Award

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In-Depth Analysis of Blended and Online Learning Programs Identify Key Characteristics for Success

Evergreen Education Group details academic outcomes of nine different programs using Fuel Education™

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HERNDON, Va., May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Over the past year, digital learning policy research and advisory firm Evergreen Education Group conducted in-depth analyses of nine schools that use online curriculum and platforms from Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) as the instructional foundation of their programs. After observing and interviewing groups of students, faculty, staff, and school leadership at each of the nine schools, Evergreen Education Group identified certain key characteristics make blended and online learning programs successful, including student relationships, online curriculum as the primary source of instruction, and a variety of instructional support.

As a result, the Evergreen Education Group, in cooperation with FuelEd, has published an executive summary and nine full case studies titled, “Outcomes of Blended and Online Learning Programs in Schools Using Fuel Education Curriculum.” The purpose of the report is to further the understanding and potential benefits of blended and online learning programs among schools demonstrating strong academic results, and to highlight the commonalities in instructional models, practices, measurements of success, and outcomes. To download the executive summary and the case studies, visit: getfueled.com/OnlineBlendedOutcomes.

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Evergreen Education Group Report on Nine Successful Online and Blended Programs

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Of the nine online or blended learning programs, five were whole school programs and four were credit recovery and remedial programs. While all differed in size, demographics, community types, location, and status of program development, the research team found important similarities. Each program reported improved student outcomes despite serving a broad spectrum of students–from failing and struggling students to mainstream and advanced students seeking a personalized educational experience. In addition, the programs used different measures of success, such as scores on year-end tests, graduation rates, and college attendance rates.

Teachers, administrators, and students attributed the success of their programs to several factors:

  • Better relationships with students—All schools felt establishing deep and meaningful teacher-student relationships was an essential component to success and thus made it a priority. When teachers had a better understanding of both a student’s academic capability and his or her personal and family situations, they were better able to tailor their teaching and counseling activities to fit that student’s individual needs. Students agreed and felt that their teachers genuinely cared about them and would help them succeed.
  • Online curriculum as primary source of instruction—Using the FuelEd curriculum allowed teachers to work more directly with students in both one-on-one and small group formats. Many students felt they received more personal attention from teachers in these programs than in traditional schools. Schools cited one of the benefits of the FuelEd curriculum was its comprehensive catalog of content for kindergarten through 12th grade, including core courses, electives, advanced courses, credit recovery, and remediation. Teachers from all schools reported that the online courses were appropriately rigorous and provided a highly engaging learning experience for students. Students worked on these courses at their own pace, and most reported this flexibility as one of the major reasons for their success.
  • In-person and virtual instructional support—Most students interacted with their teachers frequently each day, whether the interaction was in-person or virtual.  Many students reported that they received more personal attention from their teachers in these programs than in a traditional school setting.

In the report, the Evergreen Education Group noted, “Overall, the research team was struck by the upbeat, positive attitudes of students, teachers, and staff, and by the different but impressive results within each program. The most noted keys to success were the strong relationships between individual teachers and individual students supported by the comprehensive and flexible online curriculum provided by FuelEd.”

“These nine programs are excellent examples of how schools are successfully using blended and online learning to meet the unique needs of their students and to improve academic outcomes,” said Gregg Levin, General Manager of Fuel Education. “We are pleased to team with Evergreen Education Group to document these different implementation approaches and best practices to share with other schools and districts looking for innovative ways to better engage students, empower their teachers, and boost achievement.”

About Fuel Education

Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful blended and online learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers the one of the industry’s largest catalogs of digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visit getfueled.com and Twitter.

©2016 Fuel Education LLC. All rights reserved. Fuel Education and FuelEd are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Fourth-grader finds success with online school

Nine-year-old Gabe Neis had a tumultuous third-grade year at Bridgewater Elementary School.

With attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, he had trouble in the noisy atmosphere of a classroom full of nearly 30 other children.

He was bullied and didn’t get along with the teacher. Confidence, ability and progress withered.

“He hated school; it was the last place he wanted to be,” said Heidi Neis, his mother. “There was a sense of hopelessness.”

Since wrapping up the third grade, however, Gabe has made strides. Next year he’ll join his school’s student council as fifth-grade class representative.

During his acceptance speech, Gabe said he thought he was stupid, but now knows he’s smart. That he thought he couldn’t do anything, but now he knows he can be successful.

What happened this year, then?

Gabe joined Bonneville Joint School District 93’s online school.

“It’s fun. I get to stay at home — it’s like having a sick day but you’re still at school every day,” Gabe said.

Serving about 100 students, the K-8 Bonneville Online School was created for children who can’t find success in traditional schools.

This month, Fuel Education, an online education provider, presented Gabe and the school with its 2016 Transformation Award. The reward is reserved for schools and students that demonstrate excellent use of Fuel’s framework.

“We really pride ourselves on innovative learning for each individual,” said Shelley Andrus, the online school’s lead teacher. “For some students with different learning, behavioral or health needs, that flexibility is super important to them.”

Students enrolled are pulled from brick-and-mortar schools and taught at home by a “learning coach,” usually a child’s mother. The learning coach gets a crash course in teaching from district personnel.

Still enrolled in public school, the students take state-mandated standardized tests when necessary. The online school provides a curriculum and constant text, phone, email or video interaction with district teachers.

“I’ve improved with learning. The fall was tough but I’m starting to get facts easier,” Gabe said. “But it isn’t just me, it’s with the support of my teachers and mom.”

For many students, the online school allows a level of involvement that’s logistically difficult to swing in a traditional classroom.

“When you have close to 30 students, some that may have disabilities fall to the wayside. They don’t get the attention and accommodations they may need,” Neis said.

During warmer months, Gabe and his mother take advantage of the sunny weather and run through lessons outside. Sometimes at the table on their porch, other times on the trampoline in their backyard.

The one-on-one nature of a home-based education allows Neis to know whether Gabe needs to take a five-minute break on the trampoline or a spin on his bicycle to burn some energy. The flexibility of the schedule, meanwhile, allows those breaks to happen when they need to.

Figuring those habits out, however, was a difficult learning process for Gabe and his mother, who hadn’t had any experience teaching.

“There was a lot of tears and frustration,” Neis said. “Feeling like Shelley had to talk me down off a ledge or something, I was so overwhelmed in how I was going to do this.”

Throughout the process, Neis learned more about her child’s disabilities and how to set up him up for success. Reading instructions aloud, for example, or dialing back math work to a lower grade level.

“I didn’t have a clue how much his dyslexia impacted him,” Neis said. “You don’t just jump into a primary teacher role without figuring it out. I’ve had to learn as much as he has.”

Neis can text the district’s online school teachers in times of struggle and swap teaching tips with other parents during monthly learning coach meetings.

Students also have access to optional weekly Thursday gatherings with online school teachers and other kids in the program. They participate in games and activities. Sometimes guests come to present.

Though the gatherings offer a good chance at socialization, that isn’t necessarily their main purpose — many of the online school’s students still participate in faith communities, Boy Scouts, et cetera.

Instead, the weekly meetings show the children that others also have problems with traditional education.

Andrus said students get to see they aren’t the only ones who struggle to learn in crowded classrooms, while parents also see other families are going through the same situation.

Neis only began to feel comfortable teaching about a month into the school year.

Gabe, meanwhile, has worked during weekends along with winter and spring breaks to catch up on the courses he toiled with at the year’s beginning.

He may not be ready to rejoin a traditional school anytime soon. Still, the quiet porch outside of Gabe’s homehelps himsucceed in a way the schoolhouse couldn’t.

“He’s gained confidence in his own ability to work again; he’s really driving his own education,” Neis said. “I’m excited to see where he goes. And if he’s an online learner through high school that’s fine with me.”

Reporter Kevin Trevellyan can be reached at 542-6762.

Idaho School District Wins 2016 Fuel Education™ Transformation Award

Bonneville Joint School District recognized for innovative use of online learning to address students’ individual needs

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HERNDON, Va., May 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Not all students excel in a traditional brick-and-mortar school. Whether a student is home or hospital-bound because of a chronic illness, has behavioral or learning challenges, or has other unique needs, they still need access to high-quality education. The Bonneville Online School, in Idaho’s Bonneville Joint School District, uses the power of online learning to address the needs of its students outside of the traditional education environment.

Personalized learning solutions provider Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) has named Bonneville Online School (BOS) its 2016 Transformation Award winner. Schools and districts using FuelEd solutions were encouraged to submit success stories to demonstrate how they have used innovative online or blended learning programs to transform education for their students. Bonneville was selected from dozens of entries for providing K–8 students with a flexible school structure that enables them to have a successful academic experience from home.

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“We are very pleased to honor Bonneville Online School as an outstanding example of how school districts can use online and blended learning to help students overcome education barriers,” said Gregg Levin, General Manager of Fuel Education. “Fuel Educations primary goal is to help our school and district partners to personalize learning for each student—regardless of their personal circumstance—so they can achieve their academic goals.”

When 9-year-old Gabe enrolled at BOS in fall 2015, he had been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, and had been exhibiting behavioral issues with his principal and teacher at his previous brick-and-mortar school. Gabe started working on his FuelEd courses at grade level, but his learning coach—his mother—immediately realized his skill levels were well below grade level. With the support of his teacher, a modifiable curriculum, and his learning coach, Gabe is now a dramatically different student. He is confident and enthusiastic about school and puts in the extra effort needed to stay on track, even working on some Saturday mornings and school vacation days. Gabe has pride in his accomplishments and sees himself as an online, at-home learner until he graduates.

Gabe is just one of the more than 100 students enrolled in BOS. BOS was founded in 2010 at the request of a group of local parents who wanted an in-district online school that offered a curriculum approved by the superintendent. Students have the flexibility to complete FuelEd courses at their own pace with guidance from a learning coach and one of BOS’ three teachers. BOS takes an innovative approach to the mastery of content. If students score between 70-79 percent on an end-of-lesson test, students review missed questions with their learning coach to prove they know the material instead of retaking the test. For instructional support, teachers and students connect via phone, email, text, Class Connects and Google Hangouts for one-to-one or group instruction. Every Thursday, students can attend an optional face-to-face session with their teachers and peers.

BOS measures student success based on their participation in Thursday sessions, the level of direct communication with teachers, and growth and proficiency assessments. Nearly 60 percent of students attend the optional Thursday sessions. Students and their learning coaches are in almost constant communication with teachers.

The 2016 FuelEd Transformation Award submissions represented districts with diverse demographic, economic, and geographic backgrounds and identified specific challenges such as increasing graduation rates, providing flexible scheduling, and differentiating instruction for at-risk students. Despite their different backgrounds and goals, each district was able to use FuelEd’s digital curriculum to effectively address these challenges.

To read more about BOS and their program, as well as past FuelEd Transformation Award winners, visit www.getfueled.com/resources-results/transformation-awards.

About Fuel Education
Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers the industry’s largest catalog of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visitgetfueled.com and Twitter.

©2016 Fuel Education LLC. All rights reserved. Fuel Education and FuelEd are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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K-12 Dealmaking: Ariz. State Launches Ed Tech Partnership; K12 Inc. Acquires LTS Education Systems

In recent dealmaking news, K12 Inc. purchased a publisher of digital game-based learning technology while Arizona State University partnered with investors to get new ed tech to the market faster.

K12 Inc. Buys LTS Education Systems: The online education provider recently acquired ed-tech company LTS Education Systems for $20 million, according to a transcript of the company’s third quarter earnings call last week.

CEO Stuart Udell said K12 has been looking to make multiple strategic acquisitions and partnerships that expand the company’s distribution, enhance its product set and improves K12’s technology platform, and that LTS fits these requirements, according to the call transcript from Seeking Alpha.

Udell called LTS a “proven educational technology company that provides flexible learning solutions at 1,500 school and afterschool sites” with a core product, Stride Academy, an SaaS offering that “blends instruction, assessments and games into a mobile field practice and test readiness solution.”

“It is adaptive, it’s gamified, it’s engaging and it’s mobile, all of which we know works and it’s where we’re heading as an organization,” Udell said about the product.

LTS’s customer base has very minimal state or client overlap with K12’s current FuelEd customer base, Udell noted. “Therefore, we will be able to take advantage of cross-sell opportunities with FuelEd solution set,” he said, referring to Fuel Education, a personalized learning solutions provider which operates as a separate legal entity owned by K12. Click here to read more about the 2014 rebranding.

Udel added that “while LTS is an already profitable company with $8 million in revenues at the onset, we believe the growth prospects for Stride Academy and the cross-sell potential for FuelEd’s product set will make this acquisition a strong growth driver for K12 in the future.”

Fuel Education and LTS last week announced an exclusive partnership that will aim to enable FuelEd to deliver schools and districts supplemental options for skills practice, assessment, and test readiness across all core subjects, according to a press statement.

ASU Launches Ed Tech Partnership: Arizona State University has launched an initiative with venture capital firm Draper Associates and GSV, a consortium of education-technology investors, to help get education technology to the market faster, according to a statement from the university.

The initiative — the ASU Draper GSV Accelerator — will source, fund, pilot and credential new products created by higher-education technology companies and allowing new ventures to be tested by students and faculty.

Applications to join the program will be available on EdTechAccel.com on May 1.

Other higher education institutions have become involved in trying to shape the ed tech market, and ease the path for companies that have difficulty finding educators willing to test their products.

The Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, for instance, is advising the Jefferson Education Accelerator, a commercial project that gives ed-tech companies that ability to have their products tested in K-12 systems and colleges.

Pearson to Sell GlobalEnglish Corp.: Education and publishing company Pearson is planning to sell GlobalEnglish Corp., a cloud-based software to teach English to business users, according to Sky News. Pearson purchased the company in 2012 for $90 million in cash.

Spin Master Acquires Toca Boca and Sago Mini: Canadian children’s entertainment company Spin Master Corp. has agreed to acquire digital toy company Toca Boca and Sago Mini, a creator of mobile apps for children ages 2-5 from the Bonnier Group of Sweden. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Be sure to check back on Marketplace K-12 for updates on mergers, acquisitions, fundraising, and other dealmaking. Also see EdWeek Market Brief, a service that gives companies operating in the market insights on the needs and priorities of school officials.

Gaming

FuelEd Partners with LTS for Game Based Learning Integration

Fuel Education (FuelEd) has partnered with LTS Education Systems to integrate LTS’s adaptive, game-based supplemental learning system, Stride, into FuelEd’s PEAK personalized learning platform.

Stride
is designed for students in grades preK-11, covers all core subjects
and is aligned to state and national standards, according to
information from the company. Teachers can assign Stride modules to
individual students or a whole class, and students can complete the
modules at home or at school. Students earn virtual coins for answering
questions correctly and can redeem their coins for gaming time within
Stride. The system’s questions are adaptive, automatically increasing
or decreasing in difficulty based on student performance. The system
also allows teachers to generate real-time reports to monitor student
progress and inform their instruction.

With this partnership,
administrators, teachers and students can access Stride through
FuelEd’s PEAK personalized learning platform, giving them a unified
view of online and blended learning activities across both systems. LTS
Education Systems is the latest company to partner with Fuel Education.
Other FuelED content and technology partners include
K12,
Middlebury Interactive,
eDynamic Learning,
YouTube,
Britannica School,
Khan Academy,
LearnBop,
Clever and
Blackboard Learn.

Further information about Stride can be found on the LTS Education Systems’ site.

About the Author


Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

Fuel Education and LTS Education Systems Partner to Deliver Personalized, Game-Based Digital Learning Solution to Schools and Districts

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from Fuel Education LLC

HERNDON, Va., April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Personalized learning solutions provider Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) today announced that it has formed an exclusive partnership with LTS Education Systems® (LTS), a provider of proven adaptive, game-based learning solutions for students in pre-K–11th grade. The partnership enables FuelEd to deliver schools and districts more robust supplemental options for skills practice, assessment, and test readiness across all core subjects, in a highly engaging format that motivates students and inspires persistence.

LTS offers Stride™, an award-winning supplemental learning solution that is aligned to state and national standards. Through Stride, teachers easily assign modules to students, either as a class or individually, and students can complete the modules at school or at home. As students answer questions, they earn ‘coins’ which can be redeemed for gaming time within Stride. The more questions that students answer correctly, the more coins they earn. Additionally, the Stride question engine is adaptive. Questions cycle up or down in difficulty, depending on how the student is doing.  Teachers can generate real-time reports to monitor progress and inform instructional decisions.

FuelEd to Provide LTS Education System’s Stride(TM) Game-Based Digital Learning

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LTS was founded in 2001, and has grown to provide Stride at 1,500 schools and afterschool sites in 37 states, serving more than 350,000 students. In a 2014 independent study by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, student test results in grades 3–8 were 10 to 14 percent higher in reading, and 13 percent higher in math, as a result of using Stride to support learning. In addition, the results were strong across subgroups, indicating that the solution helps close the achievement gap.

“The addition of LTS Education Systems’ Stride product to Fuel Education’s portfolio of personalized learning solutions means our school and district partners have yet another proven, innovative way to help boost student achievement,” said Gregg Levin, General Manager of Fuel Education. “The Stride supplemental learning solution for all core subjects uses gamification to deliver meaningful experiences to students, who become motivated to move up the learning continuum. We are very pleased to be able to offer this highly engaging, game-based digital learning solution to schools and districts.”

“Like Fuel Education, LTS Education Systems has always been committed to enabling schools to provide students highly personalized learning experiences. With game-based digital learning, students want to continue their learning after school hours, which, as studies show, can result in significantly improved outcomes,” said Brian Shulman, Founder of LTS Education Systems. “We look forward to offering FuelEd’s innovative district partners our standards-aligned, supplemental learning solution.”  

Fuel Education will integrate Stride with its award-winning Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, an open, easy-to-use technology platform that provides a single, unified view of online and blended learning activities across multiple solutions for administrators, teachers, and students. PEAK provides intelligent reporting and analytics to help districts reduce system complexity and simplify administration as they adopt more digital and online learning solutions.

For more information about LTS and Stride, visit the company’s website at ltseducation.com and strideacademy.com.

About Fuel Education
Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers the industry’s largest catalog of digital K–12 curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visit getfueled.com and Twitter.

©2016 Fuel Education LLC. All rights reserved.  Fuel Education, FuelEd, and PEAK are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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