Carnegie Speech partners with Sunburst Digital

New partnership will bring patented spoken English language learning technologies to K12 student populations
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New partnership will bring patented spoken English language learning technologies to K12 student populations

Pittsburgh, PA & Chicago, IL -- September 22, 2015 - Almost 8 million ELL students make optimizing spoken English language proficiency a red hot market for any educational technology provider serving K12.

Founded with commercialized technologies from Carnegie Mellon University and the Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Speech provides oral English language learning solutions to top graduate schools.

“Our Native Accent solutions have become the de facto standard for employers, governments and knowledge-based organizations intent on improving the English language grammar, fluency and pronunciation for their diverse populations of human capital who are non-native English speakers,” says Angela Kennedy, CEO of Carnegie Speech. “It was only a matter of time before we found the right partner for K12.”

Sunburst and Carnegie Speech have released two new solutions for K12: Carnegie ESL and Carnegie ESP.

“As we celebrate our 30th year supporting schools with innovative software programs, it is fitting that we are very excited to work with Carnegie to offer a game-changing set of applications that can improve the lives of countless English language learners and speech specialists,” says Ken Leonard, CEO of Sunburst. “Carnegie ESL, powered by their patented pinpointing technology, is a comprehensive program that research demonstrates improves a student’s fluency by more than two times in as little as 10-20 hours of use.”

Carnegie’s proprietary technologies include real time voice analysis of 110 native languages ensuring that each learner, regardless of where they are from, has an individualized, highly adaptive path to ESL success. “There is nothing currently available in K12 that compares with this technology,” says Leonard.

Carnegie ESP, or Early Speech Program, provides a turnkey program for students in K-5 who only visit school speech pathologists and language therapists 1-2 times per week.

“These in-school professionals face enormous obstacles in balancing how to effectively screen and monitor the growing enrollments of learners struggling with speech processing and developmental challenges,” says Kennedy. Leonard adds, “It’s altogether common that new immigrant populations can be misplaced in speech and Special Education programs, reflecting how difficult diagnosing their individual situations can be without the proper tools. With Carnegie ESP, that entire screening pain is mitigated and made much easier.”

Carnegie ESP & ESL are available now from Sunburst at:

About Sunburst: Sunburst has connected educators with instructional technology and digital content solutions for three decades. We sell, support, and provide curriculum services directly to schools. Our solutions are found in more than 95% of US school districts. We selectively work with educational development companies launching products by helping schools and partners take risk out of innovation. We believe implementing instructionally sound digital content solutions enhances teaching and raises outcomes.

About Carnegie Speech: Based on commercialized research and a rich body of intellectual property patents from Carnegie Mellon University and the Language Technologies Institute, Carnegie Speech is the world’s leading organization using speech recognition and analysis technologies to adapt and advance spoken language learning, including English as a second language. Carnegie technologies power Fortune 100, governmental, and knowledge organizations intent on optimizing their language training efforts. Visit for more information. 



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