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As Teachers Go Back-to-School, Education.com Announces New And Affordable Resources For Educators

Thousands of Lesson Plans Available for Preschool to Fifth Grade

SAN FRANCISCO, AUG. 12, 2015 -- Education.com, the leading online education destination for teachers, parents, and homeschoolers looking to help their kids succeed in school, announced today that it will have over 1,000 new teacher-created lesson plans available for educators.

As teachers get ready for Back-to-School, many will be spending hundreds of dollars' worth of their own money on classroom resources. According to a study conducted by The National School Supply and Equipment Association, teachers spend nearly $500 on supplies and instructional materials. With a one-year subscription to Education.com Pro, teachers can access thousands of classroom resources, educational games, and lesson plans for less than $75, saving hundreds of dollars on instructional expenses.

"One in four U.S. teachers rely on Education.com for various classroom and lesson plan related materials, and we understand the importance of providing an abundance of these resources to educators in one portal," says Rich Yang, Co-CEO of Education.com. "As we continue to release new lesson plans over the coming weeks, we feel reinvigorated as an educational brand and are looking forward to the feedback of trusted educators in all school settings."

New this school year, the lesson plan offering at Education.com includes hundreds of plans for educators of preschool through fifth grade students, in subjects including math, science, reading, social studies, and more. Developers are adding dozens of new lesson plans every week, and over 1,000 will be available in early October. Every lesson plan is made by an experienced teacher, for teachers, and provides an outline, estimated time frame, learning objectives, list of materials, preparation description, worksheets, supplemental games, ideas for differentiation, and key terms.

In addition, to help continue to combat the financial burden teachers in Title 1 schools face, Education.com is extending its nationwide effort to support teachers in underserved schools with $1 million worth of free subscriptions to Education.com Pro. This subscription also includes access to Brainzy, an award-winning early math and reading program. The no-charge access is available to any eligible teacher at a Title 1 school who registers at Education.com by October 1, 2015: education.com/give.

For more information on Education.com Pro please visit: education.com/education-plus

Parent And Teacher-Trusted Education.com Surpasses 6 Million Members, Driven By Do-It-Yourself Summer Camp

SAN FRANCISCO, June 30, 2015 -- Education.com announced today that it has surpassed six million users, just six months after hitting the five million user benchmark. The company, which serves as the nation's leading online education platform, credits its success to the breadth and depth of its early education content. As users continue to join Education.com, the company continues to see progress in its singular mission of helping teachers, parents, and homeschoolers help their kids succeed in school.

"As our user base continues to grow past six millions users, we are focused on continuing to provide the best on and offline educational content possible, both in and outside of the classroom," said Rich Yang, co-CEO of Education.com. "At Education.com, we know millions of parents, teachers, and homeschoolers rely on our valuable resources, and we strive to make learning fun and accessible to all."

Education.com, accessed by more than eighty million visitors in 2014, continues to innovate and advance the educational landscape. With over 15,000 engaging worksheets, free online games, math and reading program Brainzy, and a Do-It-Yourself Summer Camp, the site is constantly updating resources for parents, teachers, and homeschoolers. Specifically, the DIY Summer Camp contains 14 weeks of themed activities, both on and offline. Themes like "under the sea," "animal adventures," and "summer superheroes" provide kids with free resources on all subject areas including math, reading, science, and more.

One in four U.S. teachers use Education.com as a classroom resource, and in the coming months, those teachers will be able to use the site as a lesson plan resource as well. The Education.com lesson plans are made by teachers, for teachers.

About Education.com With more than six million members and millions of visitors each month, Education.com is the leading one-stop destination for parents and teachers to find the guidance, inspiration, and materials they need to help kids succeed. From printable workbooks to Brainzy learning games to insightful articles and everything in between, Education.com delivers content kids love and resources educators rely on. Education.com is based in San Mateo, California, and was founded in 2007 by a group of parents dedicated to making learning fun inside and outside the classroom. Learn more at www.education.com.

Education.com Donates $1 Million Of Educational Resources To Teachers Of Underserved Schools

Nationwide donation to teachers of Title I schools underscores crucial need to bridge the educational technology gap

SAN FRANCISCO, MAY 4, 2015 -- In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Education.com, the nation's leading online destination for teachers and parents, today announced an ambitious nationwide effort to support teachers in underserved schools by offering $1 million worth of free subscriptions to Education.com Pro, which also includes access to Brainzy, an early math and reading program. The no-charge access is available to any eligible teacher at a Title 1 school who registers at Education.com by September 1, 2015: www.education.com/give.   

The majority of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, according to an analysis of federal data from 2013. As the nation becomes increasingly aware of the educational disparities between children in affluent areas and those in impoverished ones, many schools are looking to technology to bridge this gap, installing computers and other technologies in classrooms nationwide. Through this donation, Education.com strives to support teachers with free access to its entire platform of educational resources, while extending awareness of the systemic, income-based inequities.

The Education.com Pro donation will provide unlimited access to the Education.com platform, including more than 20,000 worksheets in all subjects, the Brainzy Math and Reading Program for younger students, over 5,000 learning activities and science projects, the ability for teachers create custom worksheets for their classes, plus soon-to-be-released lesson plans.

"At Education.com we encounter countless teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students receive the best education possible, but we understand that a lack of resources in some schools can be a barrier to success," says Rich Yang, Co-CEO of Education.com. "By offering $1 million worth of subscriptions, we want to support teachers in underserved communities and help them by providing high quality educational resources to their students."

With an estimated one in every four teachers across the U.S. accessing Education.com, the site is a crucial resource for educators looking to enhance classroom learning and provide students with fun educational content.  The site expects another historic year of growth after surpassing five million new members in 2014, as the demand for the online resources of the kind and quality that Education.com provides has never been higher. 

Education.com Names Former Adobe and Yahoo Executive Culligan to COO Post

New COO prepares early education leader for next phase of growth

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 29, 2015 -- Surpassing 70 million visitors in 2014, Education.com has named Burke Culligan its Chief Operating Officer (COO). Culligan previously served in senior product management roles for Adobe Systems Digital Documents group and Yahoo's Global HomePage group.  As Education.com's COO, Culligan oversees product strategy, product execution, and overall end-to-end customer experiences for the leading early education and learning platform.

"Burke brings deep expertise in building and monetizing large platforms," said Todd Schwartz, Co-CEO. "We are excited to have Burke grow our platform further, enabling millions of teachers, parents and teachers help their kids excel in school."

Near-term, Culligan and his team are preparing Education.com for new teacher focused solutions that are expected to roll out this spring. Other priorities include simplifying Education.com's core Plus (Worksheets) and Brainzy (Games) experiences, as well as developing a curated early-education shopping experience.

Before joining Education.com, Culligan served as VP Product Management for Adobe's Digital Document franchise, where he led the transformation of the traditional desktop software group towards a cloud-based subscription business – in the process, growing cloud subscription revenues to a $100M+ annual run rate within the first two years.  Prior to joining Adobe, Burke was VP Product Management of the Global HomePage group at Yahoo!, driving experiences for hundreds of millions of daily users across 50-plus countries. Burke's early focus on creating great web experiences began at Excite@Home before moving on to Netscape/AOL and Intuit, among others.

"There's so much potential to use technology to help craft and personalize a young child's love for learning," said Culligan. "I'm ecstatic about how we're envisioning the application of modern web technologies to create an essential tool and community for parents and teachers and their wonderful journey in preparing our children for the future."

Culligan is a new addition to an expanded, seasoned management team at Education.com. Earlier this year, Education.com appointed Todd Schwartz and Rich Yang as Co-CEOs and Graham McNicoll as CTO. More information regarding Education.com leadership team is available online.

"We're committed to hiring, and have been successful attracting the very best talent to advance Education.com strategically and operationally, supporting our rapid growth and serving parents and teachers worldwide," Schwartz said.

ABOUT EDUCATION.COM

With more than five million members and millions of visitors each month, Education.com is the leading destination for parents and teachers to find the guidance, inspiration, and materials they need to help kids succeed in school. From printable workbooks to Brainzy learning games to insightful articles, Education.com delivers content kids love and resources educators rely on. Education.com is based in Redwood City, California, and was founded in 2007 by a group of parents dedicated to making learning fun inside and outside the classroom. Learn more at www.education.com.

National Study Finds 70% of Teachers Expect Active Involvement from Parents in Their Kids' Education

Today's parents rising to the occasion: nearly 80% spending more time with homework than previous generations

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 13, 2015 -- Education.com, the nation's leading online destination for learning materials, today released new research that provides insights from parents, teachers and homeschoolers into the nature of parental involvement in homework, attitudes about the US education system and Common Core State Standards, and other current academic issues. More than 12,000 teachers, parents and homeschoolers responded and revealed a growing trend toward deepening, hands-on parental involvement in K–12 education, along with teachers expecting such commitments of parents.

When asked how often parents should be helping their kids with schoolwork, 70 percent of teachers answered "sometimes," "frequently," or "most school nights." Four out of five parents are meeting these expectations—79 percent reported they spend more time helping their kids with schoolwork than their parents spent with them. Notably, 42 percent of the same respondents reported spending at least 75 percent more time than the prior generation spent with them.

Other key survey findings include:

  • Over three quarters of parents (77 percent) rated the quality of education their child is receiving at their school as good, very good or excellent; but nearly one half (45.5 percent) believe the quality of education at schools nationwide is only satisfactory, fair or poor.
  • Teachers have a more positive outlook on US education, as almost nine in 10 (85 percent) rated the quality of education at the school where they teach as good or better, and a hefty majority (66 percent) believe the quality of education nationwide to be good, very good or excellent.
  • Parents remain mixed on the Common Core State Standards and how it will affect their child's education: 25 percent believe negatively or very negatively; 35 percent believe positively or very positively; and 40 percent are on the fence.
  • While some parents may be coming around to the Common Core, many teachers still lack the support needed to properly implement the new standards. Over a quarter of teachers (26 percent) said they are receiving no guidance from their school or school district on how to implement Common Core in the classroom.

Education.com fielded the research to gain deeper insights into the needs and attitudes of the millions of parents and teachers who download more than 20 million of its supplemental education materials annually. "The data reveals that parental involvement with their child's education has grown dramatically, driven by increased teacher expectations," said Rich Yang, co-CEO of Education.com. "Their increased involvement and expectations mirror the growth of our educational products, and it's inspiring to see the daily commitment teachers and parents make to help their kids succeed in school."

ABOUT EDUCATION.COM

With more than five million members and millions of visitors each month, Education.com is the leading one-stop destination for parents and teachers to find the guidance, inspiration, and materials they need to help kids succeed. From printable workbooks to Brainzy learning games to insightful articles and everything in between, Education.com delivers content kids love and resources educators rely on. Education.com is based in Redwood City, California, and was founded in 2007 by a group of parents dedicated to making learning fun inside and outside the classroom. Learn more at www.education.com.