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CompassLearning Introduces Enhanced Version of Renzulli Learning
CompassLearning — Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Strengthening Teachers’ Ability to Focus on Common Core Standards; New Features Streamline Access to Tens of Thousands of Resources Aligned to Common Core
AUSTIN, Texas--(via BUSINESS WIRE)--Recognizing that teachers need help preparing students for the Common Core Standards and assessments, CompassLearning today announced the 2012 version of Renzulli Learning™ that helps teachers develop students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills, thus preparing them for college and 21st century careers.
“Across the nation, states and districts are raising the bar to ensure their students graduate ready for college and 21st century careers,” said Arthur VanderVeen, vice president of strategy for Compass Learning. “The Common Core Standards ask students to think critically, reason deeply, and write to defend a point of view—in short, to demonstrate the kinds of skills they will need to be successful in a globally competitive world. As we ask more of our students, we place new demands on our teachers, who need new tools and resources to help students achieve and demonstrate this deeper learning.”
The enhanced Renzulli Learning makes it easier than ever for teachers to quickly search, sort, and select from Renzulli Learning’s database of 40,000 online resources to create engaging lessons and projects that ask students to apply, deepen, and extend their learning. Renzulli Learning automatically differentiates the lessons based on student strengths, interests, learning and expression styles.
New features, available today, include:
• a streamlined process for designing and assigning lessons,
• QuickView of each student’s differentiated resources,
• an improved teacher dashboard for managing student assignments, and
• more intuitive navigation.
Streamlined Lesson Design
A streamlined workflow for developing Renzulli Learning lessons makes it easier for teachers to preview, select, and add resources to differentiated lessons. Teachers can now QuickView resources that have been differentiated to each student’s personal learning profile, making it easier to customize differentiated lessons to each student’s interests and learning needs.
With the streamlined lesson design, teachers can now:
• Set min-max resource matches to control how many differentiated resources students receive
• Multi-select to quickly require or exclude resources
• Seamlessly access “Favorites” and add them to differentiated lessons
An improved teacher dashboard gives teachers one-click access to all their lessons, enabling them to more easily manage lesson assignments and monitor student progress. Teachers can now search the Renzulli Learning resources or create a new lesson directly from the dashboard.
The new Teach tab organizes all of the differentiated lessons, projects, and assignments in one location.
What Teachers Are Saying About Renzulli Learning’s New Features
“Renzulli Learning has always been a powerful solution in helping me engage students around their interests and styles. The new user interface and features make it even easier to use so that I can spend more time creating the best learning environment possible for each student.” Mike Calder, Fort Worth ISD
“Knowing a student’s interests, learning and expression style improves our ability to engage that student in learning and support their academic and personal growth. The new Renzulli Learning user interface simplifies and speeds up the administrative tasks freeing more time to focus on teaching.” Leigh Brown, SEARCH Teacher, Spout Springs School of Enrichment
“Renzulli Learning System has been my go-to resource for years. The new interface is sleek and organized allowing quick access to lessons, assignments, and units saving valuable teacher time. Differentiation and true personalization of learning has never been easier!” Christie Ray, Gifted Teacher/Mentor, Pride Elementary, Tampa, FL
“I am loving the new dashboard! Having immediate access to the assignments I created is so convenient. It's so easy to monitor my students and to develop great lessons for my kids through Renzulli Learning System!” Diana Favata, Gifted Lead Teacher, Riverhills Elementary, Tampa, FL
Eric Loeffel, chief executive officer for CompassLearning added, “These enhancements to the new Renzulli Learning will give teachers the tools and resources to develop students’ deep conceptual understanding and critical thinking and reasoning skills, thus preparing them for college and 21st century careers. As they do this, they will also prepare their students to meet the more rigorous demands of the Common Core Standards and assessments.”
See Live Demonstrations at ISTE 2012
Compass Learning will be providing live demonstrations of the new version of Renzulli Learning as well as the new version of CompassLearning Odyssey™ in booth #2416 during the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in San Diego, June 25-27, 2012.
For more information on Compass Learning’s Renzulli Learning visit: http://www.compasslearning.com/why-compass-learning/renzulli.php
About Renzulli Learning from Compass Learning
Renzulli Learning™ helps teachers build students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills, preparing them for college and 21st century careers. Students complete a personal profile based on more than 40 years of research and a proprietary algorithm that identifies each student’s interests and preferred learning and expression styles. Renzulli Learning recommends personalized learning activities from a curated database of more than 40,000 resources and activities based on each student’s learning profile. Teachers quickly and easily incorporate these resources into standards-based lessons that are differentiated to the individual learning needs of each student in their class. Students apply, deepen, and extend their learning as they complete the Renzulli Learning lessons independently or in differentiated small groups.
About Compass Learning
Compass Learning® provides K-12 educational software that empowers teachers to unlock every student’s potential for academic success and personal growth. Compass Learning takes a student-centered approach by providing comprehensive solutions that address the needs of every student and student-type to create personalized learning and differentiation programs that reach, engage, and inspire students to succeed. Teachers and administrators can more efficiently and effectively manage and measure progress, freeing time to focus on delivering academic results. Both of the company’s software solutions, CompassLearning Odyssey® and the Renzulli Learning® System deliver academic rigor that is based on more than 40 years of research into how students learn and are aligned to state and Common Core Standards to support classroom and district accountability. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Compass Learning serves more than 7,500 schools across the United States.
Contact: CompassLearning, Tad Druart, 512-481-3483, email@example.com