Charleston County Schools Selects Open Up Resources and Kiddom to Provide K-8 English Language Arts Blended Learning Program
With Blended Learning, Charleston is Prioritizing High-Quality Curriculum and Flexibility of Instruction As Schools Rebuild From Pandemic Learning Losses
Charleston County Becomes One of the Largest Districts to Adopt Open Up’s Nationally-Acclaimed EL Education Program
CHARLESTON, S.C., May 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Open Up Resources, a nonprofit increasing equity in education by making the highest quality curriculum accessible to educators, and Kiddom, the first all-in-one education platform for high-quality digital curriculum, announced today a new partnership to bring the top-rated EL Education K-8 English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum to Charleston County School District (CCSD) in support of the district’s blended learning efforts.
The partnership will provide teachers the ability to utilize the ELA curriculum on Kiddom’s platform to share assignments digitally, communicate with students, and deliver personalized feedback on submissions, while prioritizing student reading proficiency and content knowledge of science and social studies. Additionally, the partnership will equip CCSD with a full-service, multi-year professional learning plan from EL Education to support teachers, plus access to peer-to-peer communications within Open Up’s K-8 EL Education digital community.
“Putting students at the heart of this work has been our tagline for a while, but we watched schools make the decision to opt-out of what’s easier or more comfortable and that's the true evidence that we are putting students first,” said Emilie Woody, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Charleston County School District.
“Charleston County School District understands the tough challenges students and teachers are facing in this unprecedented moment. That is why they are moving forward with a research-based English Language Arts curriculum that is both innovative and effective in teaching the next generation of students. The fusion of the high-quality curriculum Open Up offers with Kiddom’s easy-to-use digital platform will give teachers and students across 80 CCSD schools the tools they need to successfully increase reading proficiency and reverse learning losses during these uncertain times,” said Jessica Reid Sliwerski, CEO of Open Up Resources.
“The last couple years have brought so many classroom challenges into focus and we believe that high quality curriculum and digital tools that add value to teachng and learning are the solutions to those challenges,” said Ahsan Rizvi, CEO of Kiddom. “We’re thrilled to work with the Charleston County School District as they implement EL Education and Kiddom to address these challenges head on by providing a platform that streamlines workflows for teachers and students, gives teachers actionable insights on student progress, and offers flexibility to differentiate learning as needed.”
"By delivering hands-on, curriculum-aligned professional learning, we can empower teachers to make the most of our Language Arts curriculum. They'll be ready to bring the materials from Kiddom and Open Up to life in their classrooms, with practices designed for student engagement, growth, and equitable achievement," said Scott Hartl, President and CEO, EL Education.
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