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Teaching Empathy

Fortune
02.16.17 by Ellen McGirt

A new program launched this week that aims to help students become more empathetic and connect peacefully with people who are different from them. It’s called "A Mile in Our Shoes," and it’s the latest from Newsela, a reading platform that is being used by more than 12 million students and one million teachers in the U.S.

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Newsela Releases 'Mile In Our Shoes' Resource Designed to Help Students Open Their Minds

Education World
02.10.17 by Nicole Gorman

Ed-tech startup Newsela announced this week that it has partnered with Teaching Tolerance (a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center) to provide teachers with text sets that are specifically designed to teach students to open their minds by exposing them to the lifestyles of the diverse groups living in America.

6 Questions From Newsela That Teach Students to Distinguish Between Fake News and the Real Thing

The 74 Million
02.09.17 by Tim Newcomb

As fake news permeates American culture in a more pungent manner, teachers have realized the need to teach media literacy to students obsessed with social media. In response, Newsela, a teaching tool that writes current events and prominent news stories into differing reading levels for more than 10 million students across the country, has created a Media Literacy Initiative to help more than 1 million teachers guide students in comprehending stories and navigating media.

A Simple Tool Meant For Children May Also Help Adults Cope With “Post-Truth” Trump

Good Magazine
02.03.17 by Kate Ryan

There’s a reason the Oxford English Dictionary chose “post-truth” as 2016’s word of the year. From the fake story about Pope Francis endorsing Donald Trump to the “Pizzagate” conspiracy to the vast majority of Breitbart content, fabricated stories racked up millions of views this past year and befuddled Americans in the process.

Immigration Protests Cast Spotlight on Social Studies Teachers, Content Developers

EdSurge
01.31.17 by Sydney Johnson & Tony Wan

One of the first things students learn about in social studies class is the pilgrims, and how different people fled to a new land to start new lives. It’s an oversimplified narrative, one that glosses over the unjust consequences in the aftermath of their arrival. Yet the moral of the story rings true for students and adults alike: the country was built on a respect for diversity, tolerance and opportunity.

This education startup is teaching kids how to spot fake news

Business Insider
01.26.17 by Chris Weller

Jennifer Coogan puts it bluntly: If adults can't be trusted to spot fake news, how can we expect kids to know when they're getting duped?

Newsela Adds New Data and Real-Time Update Features for 'PRO' Subscribers

EdSurge
01.19.17

For fans of nonfiction literacy platform Newsela, here’s a new feature—PRO users (a paid subscription that costs anywhere from $4,000 to $7,000 per school) now have access to real-time updates on assessment data, what students are reading, and the level they’re reading at.

For Ed-Tech Company Newsela, 'Fake News' a Big Challenge - and Opportunity

Education Week
01.19.17 by Benjamin Herold

With 12 million registered users and counting, ed-tech startup Newsela is a major vehicle for connecting K-12 students to the news. Each day, classrooms using the platform receive a curated selection of articles from outlets like the Washington Post and The Guardian, edited to multiple reading levels.

Over 380,000 kids just voted to elect Hillary Clinton in a national student election

Business Insider
11.02.16 by Chris Weller

More than 380,000 students in grades 2 through 12 have voted to elect Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States.

When Politics Goes to School: Students Share Opinions About 2016 Election

NBC News
11.02.16 by Aliyah Frumin

No one can escape the heated 2016 presidential election, not even elementary school students.

This startup is using journalism to make kids better readers

CNN Money
09.28.16

Some may consider news cut and dry, but one entrepreneur wanted it to actually help kids improve their reading skills.

This education startup you've never heard of is in 75% of American classrooms

Business Insider
09.14.16 by Chris Weller

A reading revolution is brewing in American classrooms, and one company is quietly leading the charge. Newsela, a 3-year-old startup that promotes literacy in K-12 education, gives teachers curated news articles to share with their students.

Passwords get the boot as students use their own QR codes

USA TODAY
09.13.16 by Natalie DiBlasio

New education tech applications are changing what teachers can do, who they can reach and how much power they take back from a standardized system. Others strive to give teachers a precious gift: time.

Newsela rolls out Library to help students read beyond the news

TechCrunch
08.22.16 by Lora Kolodny

When Newsela was created in 2012, the edtech startup aimed to help students master reading at their own pace, specifically with news articles adapted to different reading levels.

Have Politics Become So Ugly That Educators Are Afraid To Teach Civics?

Fast Company
08.13.16 by Ainsley O'Connell

Mock-election student voters at schools across the country might expect to find useful information on the presidential candidates’ policy positions on Scholastic’s Election 2016 news site. Instead, Scholastic offers kids preparing to cast a classroom ballot a cheat sheet on Republican Donald Trump’s childhood...

App of the Week: Nonfiction reading for all levels

eSchoolNews
02.29.16 by Stephen Noonoo

An innovative tool for delivering high-interest, cross-curricular nonfiction texts to students, right at their reading levels.

Super Tuesday Is For Kids, Too: Newsela Opens Voting To Students

Xconomy
02.29.16 by Bernadette Tansey

From the start of the primary season, New York-based Newsela has been encouraging teachers to get kids involved in the presidential election through classroom reading assignments, discussions—and the chance to give voice to their generation’s political views in the online polls the company has set up for each state.

National Council for the Social Studies Endorses Newsela’s ‘Students Vote 2016’

Education World
02.29.16 by Nicole Gorman

The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has officially endorsed Newsela’s 'Students Vote 2016,’ a ninth-month program that engages students in the on-going presidential election every step of the way.

New App Allows Students of All Reading Levels to Access the News

Education World
01.21.16 by Nicole Gorman

Literacy-focused company Newsela announced today the release of an iOS app that will help students of all reading abilities stay up-to-date with the news through their mobile devices.

Get teched: Newsela’s new app puts education in your pocket

Built In NYC
01.21.16 by Taylor Majewski

This week, Newsela, the edtech company that leverages daily news to help students build their reading comprehension skills, launched an app for iOS devices.

Newsela PRO – a Powerful Reading Comprehension Platform, Useful for Many Subject Areas

Emerging EdTech
12.16.15 by Kelly Walsh

With Newsela PRO, you can analyze student performance on the quizzes that are available for each article. Did we mention that these quizzes are adaptive, changing as the reading level of the articles change? Higher reading level … more challenging quiz. Very cool.

Newsela – Robust Education Technology for Reading Comprehension Skills Development

Emerging EdTech
12.15.15 by Kelly Walsh

How would you like to be able to give students reading assignments focused on current events that are geared to their reading level? Could you use sets of articles focused on topics in the sciences, social studies, law, health, arts, and other areas, or maybe even regionally-focused content, offered in multiple Lexile Levels so students of any reading level can comprehend them?

Newsela Puts Focus on Science, With Standards in Mind

Education Week
12.08.15 by Sean Cavanagh

Newsela, a company that customizes news articles to build students’ literacy skills, is making a new push into science, in the latest example of providers attempting to meet schools’ demands for standards-aligned content in that subject.

Can Edtech Turn Post-Millennials Into News Junkies? Newsela’s Trying

Xconomy
11.19.15 by Bernadette Tansey

Much has been written—and often lamented—about the supposed effect of Web technology on the Millennial generation. These digital natives care to read only in short snippets, the stereotype goes; they get all their news from their Facebook friends, and rarely subscribe to newspapers, some of their elders complain.

Three Ways Software Is Empowering Teachers

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
08.16.15 by Bill Gates

Forty years ago, Paul Allen and I started Microsoft because we wanted to help everybody get as much out of computers as we did. Back then, only big business had access, and we thought millions of…

What Cutting Edge Looks Like in a School 2015

Forbes.com
08.10.15 by Jenn Choi

Must-Have Gadgets For Every Cutting-Edge School Ready for a new school year? Your child probably spent the summer learning new skills or leveling up existing ones, be it coding, painting,…

Newsela Redefines the Student News Experience - Down the Hall

Scholastic Down The Hall Blog
05.07.15 by Dr. Rod Berger

May 7, 2015 | Posted At: 12:26 PM | Author: Dr. Rod Berger Student access to relevant information and news continues to expand with technology advancements. I had the opportunity to interview Matthew…

Digital Literacy Tools Drive Learning Gains

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
03.25.15 by Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 12:00am By: Kathryn Hunt

Teachers know that meeting students’ individual needs in a bustling classroom is a Sisyphean task. But the job may be getting easier, thanks to a variety of new digital literacy tools. Last…

Newsela teams up with the Washington Post

Education DIVE
03.25.15 by Allie Gross

Dive Brief: Ed Tech company Newsela announced a new partnership with the Washington Post on Tuesday. Through the relationship, the duo will work together to adapt WaPo articles and make them…

Literacy Startups Race to Get News

EdSurge
03.24.15 by Tony Wan

Traditional newsprint publishers struggling to capture a new generation of readers may have a new ally: companies with a knack for building powerful technology but lacking in content. An emerging…

The Level Playing Field

Slate
10.08.14 by Annie Murphy Paul

Newsela in particular takes advantage of the nimbleness and speed of the digital medium, offering students high-interest stories about the issues of the day, from the domestic abuse scandal involving NFL football player Ray Rice to the bungled efforts by the Secret Service to protect President Obama.

Newsela Raises $4.1 Million to Help Students Master Reading

Wall Street Journal
09.17.14 by Lora Kolodny

Schools or entire school districts are Newsela’s clients. The premium Newsela technology is used district wide in cities from Newark, N.J., to Palm Springs, Calif.

7 good questions with Newsela’s Jennifer Coogan

American Press Institute
03.05.14 by Kevin Loker

A story on the shutdown of the federal government might be a dry topic, but if the story mentions how thousands of middle schoolers’ field trips to the Smithsonian are on the line, that’s a high-interest hook that will draw them into an important topic.

TILE-SIG Feature: NEWSELA, a Resource Worth Reporting

International Reading Association
11.01.13 by Angie Johnson

There are literally thousands of excellent websites available to educators these days, but every so often one comes along that provides something you've quietly wished for all your career. For me, NEWSELA, currently in beta and free, is one of those finds.

Venture spotlight shifts to K-12 tech

Crain's
10.16.13 by Judith Messina

In a sign that the K-12 education market is opening to technology innovation, four New York City-based ed-tech companies focused on elementary and secondary schools and teachers have banked venture…

Newsela: making news accessible for more learners

School Library Journal
10.16.13 by Joyce Valenza

Face it.  The news is not written for most of our kids, especially those who are struggling readers or new English learners. I showed Newsela to my ELL and several of my ELA teachers early…

Newsela gets $1.2M to bring daily news & personalized learning to kids

VentureBeat
10.11.13 by Christina Farr

Newsela, a website with hundreds of news articles targeted to schoolchildren, has raised $1.2 million in venture financing.  Remember when you were at school, and learning to read or master a…

Newsela Raises $1.2M to Help Kids Read the News

EdSurge
10.09.13 by Tony Wan

This just hot off the press: Newsela announced a $1.2 million seed round led by NewSchools Venture Fund, with participation from Kapor Capital, Kaplan Ventures and Silicon Badia. Angels include…

5 startups to watch from Kaplan’s TechStars-powered ed tech accelerator demo day

GigaOm
09.11.13 by Ki Mae Heussner

When education giant Kaplan and startup accelerator TechStars announced a joint ed tech accelerator back in February, the plan was for the program to be a one-time thing. Now, though, the companies…

OPINION: A Teacher Walks Into a Demo Day (EdSurge News)

EdSurge
09.11.13

This past February, Kaplan, Inc. announced the launch of the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, powered by Techstars. Based in NYC, the three-month program provides companies with funding, mentorship,…

Kaplan bets on 10 online learning startups

Crains New York
07.03.13 by Judith Messina

Updated: July 3, 2013 3:38 p.m. Degreed: tracks, scores and validates users' educational experiences (San Francisco).Flinja: Students list services they can provide to alumni and others in their…

Read Closely

Editor and Publisher
by Nu Yang

by: Nu Yang Even though Newsela founder and chief executive officer Matthew Gross has a long career in the education sector, it was also his role as a parent that prompted him to start the news…

Summer reading 2.0

Great Schools
by Carol Lloyd

By Carol Lloyd How did it happen? It’s late June already and our summer learning plan is AWOL. When school was still in session, I couldn’t raise the specter of summer learning with my…

10 Startup Lessons From Kaplan's EdTech Accelerator Demo Day

Entrepreneur.com
by Ashley Lee

Kaplan CEO Andy Rosen, standing in front of a picture of Stanley Kaplan Image credit: Devindra Hardawar/VentureBeat For many students, this week was the start of a new school year. For the 10…

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Releases

01.20.16 Newsela Launches iOS App to Unlock News at Any Level, Anywhere
11.19.15 Newsela Partners With Scientific American to Launch Science Literacy Initiative
10.06.15 Newsela Secures $15 Million Series B to Promote Literacy and Captivate Students and Teachers
06.01.15 Newsela Launches Annual Summer Reading Challenge for Students in Grades 2-12
04.14.15 Newsela Launches Text Sets for Teachers to Create, Curate and Share Personalized Collections of News Articles
03.24.15 Newsela Partners with The Washington Post to Publish Leveled, Nonfiction News for Students in Grades 2-12
09.22.14 Newsela begins publishing Scientific American content adapted for K-12 readers
09.17.14 Newsela Inc. Raises $4.1 Million in Series A Investment Led by Owl Ventures
10.11.13 Newsela Raises $1.2 Million in Seed Funding to Bring Daily News to Students at all Reading Levels