AT&T Aspire Accelerator Alumni: Where Are They Now? CommonLit's Story

By Michelle Brown, founder & CEO of CommonLit, 2016 AT&T Aspire Accelerator member

In the spring of 2016, CommonLit.org was a collection of about 100 individual PDF reading lessons that English teachers could download and use with their students. Despite its humble start, I had a big vision. 

I came to the AT&T Aspire team with a simple pitch: Create the best reading and writing program in America and make it available for free so that even the most vulnerable students could access it online.

Calling All Ed-tech Innovators: Apply Within


Ed-tech isn’t just about digitizing books and training manuals for a tablet. It’s about using technology to deliver new forms of learning and teaching. It’s about personalizing and accelerating learning for everyone, everywhere, at any time. 

That’s why we’re looking for game-changing solutions for real-world education challenges. If you’re an innovative ed-tech venture in the U.S., we want you to apply for the 2018 AT&T Aspire Accelerator

Voya Financial Congratulates Finalists for 2018 National Teacher of the Year Award

Today, the four finalists for 2018 National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) Award were announced. The finalists are:
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Voya is proud to support the NTOY program, which helps recognize excellence in the classroom, highlights the important, positive impact that skilled teachers can have on the lives of their students, and amplifies and empowers teachers’ voices. This year marks Voya’s 14th year supporting the National Teacher of the Year program.

New Resource for Educators Helps Kids Everywhere Advocate for Infinite Recess

By 826 National

SAN FRANCISCO, October 31, 2017 /3BL Media/ -  Imagine a classroom of students in Tulsa, Oklahoma working together to write a persuasive essay to change their bedtime, raise their allowance, or increase their candy quota. A new, pay-what-you-wish, online platform, 826 Digital (826digital.com), will make this type of engaged and creative learning possible anywhere in the world when it launches on November 1. The teacher-facing platform will enable students everywhere to experience the transformative power of writing at a price all educators can afford.

Only 10 Days Left for Teachers to Enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

Teachers from across the United States have until Nov. 9 to apply to win a share of $2 million in technology
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RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., October 31, 2017 /3BL Media/  Teachers only have 10 more days to submit their science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) ideas to the eighth annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. Now through Thursday, November 9, Samsung is calling on teachers to apply to the competition by briefly describing how their students can use STEAM to address a real-world problem in their community, for a chance to win a share of $2 million* in technology and other prizes.

Khan Academy Launches First-Ever National Learnstorm Education Challenge

More than 10,000 teachers across all 50 states register for the nonprofit’s free online learning event to combat summer learning loss and start the school year strong

Khan Academy announces today the start of the first-ever national LearnStorm, a free, six-week online learning challenge for grades 3-12. 

LearnStorm helps schools address the effects of summer learning loss and start the school year strong.

Voya Financial Supports Professional Development of STEM Educators with New Fellowship Program

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July 20, 2017 /3BL Media/  - Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), today announced the launch of a national fellowship program for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teachers, in partnership with the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY). The announcement was made during NNSTOY’s 2017 National Conference – presented by Voya – held this week in Washington, D.C.

Extreme Classroom Makeover: The Big Bad Wolf Won’t Blow These Houses Down

Pre-K classrooms are exposing students to technology and a healthy lifestyle with the help of DonorsChoose.org projects and flash funding by the PNC Foundation.

Perhaps one day, a preschooler in Sara Podvasnik’s class will look back at a classroom exercise featuring the Three Little Pigs as the day that sparked their engineering career.

Podvasnik’s class of 15 students, ages 4 and 5, come from a low socioeconomic area in Duquesne City, Pa. “They always come to school; they love learning at this age,” she said.

They’re some pretty great kids, and they deserve to have the same opportunities as kids in more affluent areas. I just want to be able to get any resources I can to help encourage their love of learning.

QoL Solutions Can Help Retain Teachers

By: Richard Hill

Every year, about 13 percent of the nation’s 3.4 million teachers transfer to different schools or leave the profession altogether, according to the Alliance for Excellence in Education in collaboration with the New Teacher Center. It’s estimated that over 1 million teachers move in and out of schools annually, with 40 to 50 percent of teachers quitting within five years.


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