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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.

Education.com Surpasses 5 Million Members as Teachers and Parents Support Learning Beyond the Classroom

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, December 16, 2014 -- Education.com, the nation's leading destination for teachers and parents, today announced that it has surpassed five million registered users, reflecting a national appetite for online learning tools. The company, whose site is accessed by one in four US teachers, added over two million members alone in 2014, highlighting the growing trend in childhood education where parents are more involved than ever, and teachers are turning to outside resources to aid and enhance classroom learning.

"We are thrilled that more than five million parents, teachers and homeschoolers are using Education.com's products to support their children's learning," said Rich Yang, Co-CEO of Education.com. "The rapid growth of Education.com points to a larger trend in education where new technologies create new ways for children to learn. As educators of all kinds turn to the internet to enhance learning at home, at school and throughout communities, we are proud to provide fun, engaging content for children from Pre-K through high school."

The site, accessed by more than ten million unique visitors in October, provides free and paid educational resources, including over 4,000 math, language arts, science, and seasonal activities and thousands of informative, entertaining articles from educational leaders and experts. Twenty million worksheets per year are downloaded from Education.com at a time where parents are facing increasing expectations to be involved in their child's education, and teachers are increasingly seeking resources outside of the classroom.

Using feedback from educational experts and valuable site data, the company also recently launched Brainzy, a systematic learning program for children ages 3-7 which provides over 300 educational games that cover the most essential skills aligned with the Common Core Curriculum State Standards for early reading and math.

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.

Education.com Launches First-of-Its-Kind Online Learning Program for Kids

Brainzy helps parents and teachers make screen time matter

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 25, 2014 -- Education.com, the nation’s leading destination for parents and teachers seeking supplemental learning materials, today announced the launch of Brainzy, a new kind of online learning program designed to build reading and math skills in children ages 3–7. Developed using rich data gathered from the 20 million worksheets downloaded each year at Education.com, Brainzy features hundreds of interactive games and activities that captivate young minds and delight parents weary of filling screen time with so-called education apps. Brainzy’s comprehensive program follows a methodical, building-block path created to spark curiosity, giggles, and grins while building more than 30 critical reading and math skills.     

The systematic approach of the new program sets it apart from the thousands of learning apps that take a one-off, episodic approach. Brainzy covers the essential skills teachers consider most important for early learning success while deeply engaging kids in a world rich with exploration. Guided by a lovable cast of original characters, kids cover a year’s worth of learning as they play through more than 300 fun games, videos, and read-along stories. 

With one in four educators nationwide using Education.com, the Brainzy team can harness real-time data that shows what parents and teachers are looking for in supplemental learning materials. That data plus years of industry-leading education expertise form the foundation of Brainzy, which is aligned with the Common Core Curriculum State Standards for early reading and math.

“Brainzy emerged from a longstanding dialogue with educators and parents about their supplemental education needs, and where current offerings fall short,” said Education.com president Greg Goff. “Brainzy started with a clean sheet—or make that, screen—yet one informed by that dialogue, data, and understanding of how education and entertainment can and should be partners. That is where Brainzy’s systematic approach came from, where kids’ progress can by charted as they methodically build and reinforce essential skills.”    

Brainzy transports kids to the Land of Knowhere, where they play and learn with new friends named Roly, Floyd, Tutu, Officer Ice Cream, Birdee, Cuz-Cuz, Muggo, and Penelope Pegacorn. Designed for children at Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade levels with additional levels planned up to Fifth Grade, Brainzy’s collection of original games and videos is constantly expanding and improving. Reading games include alphabet games, phonics games, and sight word games and videos like “Alphabet Demolition Bingo” and “Short E Rap.” Math games build skills in counting, number recognition, shapes, and addition/subtraction through games and videos like “Subtraction Ski Race” and “Stacking Up the Ice Cream.”

Each Brainzy account can accommodate up to three players, making it a snap for parents to customize Brainzy for multiple children. As kids master the math and literacy games, parents can track progress and performance. Brainzy also offers a classroom version for teachers that can accommodate up to 35 students.

Brainzy is available by monthly subscription ($6.99 per month) or annual subscription ($3.99 per month), and provides an ad-free environment safe for kids to explore on a tablet, desktop, or laptop computer. Visit Brainzy.com for more information and to sign up for a free 7-day trial.

ABOUT EDUCATION.COM 

With nearly 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.