PHILADELPHIA (June 29, 2015) – Mentoring Minds, the national publisher of critical thinking-focused educational resources for K–12, makes its official ISTE 2015 debut this week in Philadelphia. Riding high on the success of Total Motivation, its hybrid print-and-digital supplemental curriculum, the company will showcase its innovative “You Get Both” model of educational tools in Booth #327 of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Expo Hall. ISTE 2015 is the world’s most comprehensive ed tech event and attracts upwards of 18,000 education leaders from around the globe.
“In the shift toward technology in education, schools should be able to access the same proven content both online and in print in order to accommodate the realities of each classroom. That’s why we created Total Motivation as a print and online solution—you get both,” said Robert Bush, CEO, Mentoring Minds. “Our mission is to create the resources that educators would dream up for themselves if they had the time to do it.”
At ISTE 2015, Mentoring Minds will highlight Total Motivation, an innovative print-and-digital supplemental curriculum featuring content that is 100-percent aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Currently available for Math and ELA at the elementary level, Total Motivation meets key needs for educators by offering proven content to help students meet rigorous standards and effectively build individual critical thinking skills. Because Total Motivation is delivered in a hybrid format with both print and digital access, educators can adapt the supplemental curriculum as a total solution to their classroom needs rather than patching together multiple resources in their transition to educational technology.
Launched at the beginning of the 2014–2015 school year, and currently used in nearly 16,000 schools nationwide, Total Motivation fills a void for educators by providing invaluable instructional support allowing teachers to more effectively identify learning gaps and teach state standards. The program has proven effective in the classroom, with students making incredible gains in their math and reading scores. An independent efficacy study released in November found that students who used Motivation resources increased their math scores by 23 points and their reading scores by 18 points.
“Each standard is easily unpacked and laid out the exact same way, and this consistency makes the students more comfortable when learning new concepts,” says Susan Smith of La Costa Meadows Elementary School in Carlsbad, California after using Total Motivation Math in her fourth grade classroom. “They’re able to feel a pattern throughout lessons which increases their confidence.”
One of the groundbreaking elements of Total Motivation garnering educator praise is its powerful progress monitoring tool which allows administrators and teachers to harness the power of technology to inform instructional change. Each activity is mapped to a Depth of Knowledge level, giving educators a bird’s-eye-view into student progress and learning gaps on a class, school, or even district level—all while the students remain focused on learning, not testing. This real-time insight allows teachers to pivot their lesson plans to match classroom needs on a daily basis and immediately respond one-on-one when intervention is needed.
Angel Rico, principal at T.J. Lee Elementary School in Irving, Texas, is particularly impressed by the online progress monitoring. “We used to do it all by hand. But now, it’s easy for the teachers to look online and identify the low standards, and see which problems they need to go back and re-teach. It’s so easy to track the students’ progress.”
Mentoring Minds is also focused on providing state-specific solutions for standards mastery, intervention, and formative assessment, all while placing critical thinking at the core of the learning environment. The company recently unveiled Total Motivation Math and Total Motivation ELA for California, both of which are 100-percent aligned with the California Common Core State Standards. Designed to increase student confidence when taking standardized tests and integrate critical thinking into daily classroom activities, these robust learning solutions reflect the rigor of Smarter Balanced assessments in order to meet the needs of students and educators in some of the country’s largest school districts.
For more information about Mentoring Minds, visit www.mentoringminds.com.
About Mentoring Minds
Mentoring Minds, the Critical Thinking for Life Company, delivers affordable, effective instructional resources that help students develop the skills to succeed both in the classroom and in life. Experienced educators create award-winning K–12 print and digital resources that integrate best practices for supplementary instruction, learning and assessment across a range of subject areas. Mentoring Minds is committed to empowering teachers and students, providing customized school-wide and district-wide solutions across the nation. For more information about Mentoring Minds and its educational resources, call 800-585-5258 or visit mentoringminds.com.