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About this project

Our mission is to get every child in the United States reading at grade level or above by the end of third grade. We can do this by training teachers, augmented by software, to individualize instruction for every child.

Through our research at Learning Ovations, we have found that much like an orchestra creating a beautiful symphony, there are many components necessary to create an effective learning environment. Through nine years of research, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences and the National Institute of Health, our researchers have uncovered the four types of learning that occur in the classroom:

We enable teachers to divide students into dynamic groups, not by ability, but instead according to the type of instruction the child needs to be successful. Our data-management software and individualization algorithms can determine the type and timing of each child’s learning requirements. We then index the curriculum teachers are already using and are familiar with, giving teachers the power of a masterful orchestra conductor. These teachers don’t just bring their classroom up to grade level, but on average improve reading results to fifth-grade levels for their students leaving the third grade. Learning Ovations has proven successful across a wide range of economic and ethnic demographics. 

Teachers, sign up to have your classroom, grade, school or school district sponsored by our donors!

Want to learn more about the latest research and the A2i platform from Dr. Carol Connor? Watch our webinar:

Learning Ovation’s A2i technology platform is being implemented on a school or district level, unfortunately, making wide scale changes at a district level is a long and arduous process. Yet every year that passes in a classroom without this information and technology puts more students at risk of falling through the cracks. To address this need, Learning Ovations is asking your help in creating the innOvations Teacher App. Our app gives teachers the professional development, tools and resources they need to properly manage their classroom based on their individual student’s literacy skills, then the knowledge of how to assign the correct type and duration of instructional activity for each group.

We're utilizing mobile technology as a tool for teachers to begin using our research and methodology as early as the start of the 2014-2015 school year. The app we’re developing will give teachers access to all key aspects and essential components of the A2i research allowing teachers to individualize instruction for their students. However, building the limited version of this app will be $10 K, phase two will be an additional $27.5K and phase three will be $100K.

What Happens If a Student Doesn’t Learn at the Right Pace?

Research has shown that individualized instruction is four times more effective than whole class instruction. With whole class instruction, children who learn at a slower pace can quickly fall behind. If they don’t learn to read by the end of 3rd grade they will likely fall even further behind in the fourth grade when their instruction shifts to reading in order to learn. These struggling children are 23% more likely to drop out of high school, and among those students the incarceration rate is 63% higher than the rate for college graduates. On the flip side, children who are advanced readers often struggle with their education as well. If not challenged in the classroom, a child will become bored and find other ways to entertain themselves. This can lead to acting out, apathetic behavior and a general feeling of dissatisfaction with their education.

How will the money get spent?

Campaign Minimum - $10,000

This will create an app that can be pushed across the iOS and Android platforms. This app will give teachers a clear understanding of how to individualize instruction based on the latest research and proven techniques. It will include the ability to input test scores and view resources on how to interpret those scores, and then share the aggregated results. It will provide additional resources and information to better assist with classroom set-up, management and learning styles.

Stretch Goal #1 - $27,500

This will create an app for the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms and will ensure a more seamless experience for teachers. In addition to the features listed above we will include the ability for teachers to manually group students by the correct type and timing of instruction. It will be accompanied by a guide to help teachers structure their lesson plans for each group and additional graphs and resources. Teachers can then share these aggregated results with colleagues and parents.

Stretch Goal #2 - $100,000

If we accomplish this stretch goal we will be able to create a fully operational classroom setup option where teachers will be able to dynamically manage the individual instruction each child needs over time. This function allows teachers to input multiple test scores over time and view each student's progress, instruction requirements and easily develop lesson plans for each learning type.

Why Should I Bother?

Undereducated students have a lasting impact on families, companies and the economy as a whole. Whether or not a child can read at the end of third grade is a critical factor. Children who enter 4th grade and are proficient at reading only have a 9% chance of dropping out of high school. Conversely, the dropout rate for students who are below basic reading levels in the 4th grade increases to 23%. Dropouts are 63% more likely to go be incarcerated (Annie E. Casey Foundation) and 75% of all crimes are committed by high school dropouts (Education Week). Undereducated students who do graduate often grapple with long-term unemployment/under-employment and can be viewed as unemployable. McKinsey and Co. has shown that the education gap between workers’ potential had they been better educated and where they are today is a $2.3 trillion per annum economic loss- equivalent to an ongoing Great Recession.

With Learning Ovations’ technology, we have proven that we can teach every child to read by the 3rd grade, turning this crisis into an economic and societal opportunity on a massive scale. By joining our cause and supporting this Kickstarter campaign you get to be at the forefront of this change.

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Our Team 

Joseph A. “Jay” Connor, JD/MBA, Founder/CEO - Mr. Connor has held senior management, sales, marketing and operations positions is two Fortune 100 companies. He has both started and strategically re-launched successful ventures in all three sectors – generating over a $1 billion dollars in incremental revenue.

Elliot Amiel, BS/MBA Finance, Chief Financial Officer - Mr Amiel has had over 35 years experience in Finance and Operations in a major corporation in the service industry. His roles have included responsibility for national financial support, acquisition negotiations and integration, financial management training, productivity, performance and profitability improvement.

Carol McDonald Connor, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Research Officer, Professor, Arizona State University, Developmental Psychology and Senior Learning Scientist in the Learning Sciences Institute - Dr. Connor led the development of A2i software. She brings expertise in the areas of complex modeling including dynamic forecasting intervention models, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and statistics, including hierarchical linear modeling. She also brings expertise to developing and testing instruction, intervention and curriculum development, software development, professional development, and assessment.

Nick Voegeli, BS Engineering, Chief Technology Officer, Learning Ovations, Web Development and Project Management. Mr. Voegeli was a Senior Process Engineer and Software Developer with Microchip Technologies, responsible for software and technology that oversaw the production of over $3 billion in product.Currently he designs and developed web applications for clients utilizing agile development and modern web development practices.

Elizabeth Coyne Crowe, PhD Elementary Education, Director of Professional Development, Rubicon Partners, LLC. Florida State University. Associate Florida Center for Reading Research - Dr. Crowe is a former elementary school teacher. She was an A2i research interventionist, working in classrooms alongside teachers using A2i software, providing training as well as technical assistance. She also led the team who designed modules for on-line professional development.

Kanani Voegeli, Technology and Entrepreneurial Management Major, Arizona State University, Marketing Director, Learning Ovations, Inc. Mrs. Voegeli has served as the Marketing Director and Director of Administration for an education based non-profit with $42.8 million in revenue. She then turned her focus to early stage technology start-ups with an emphasis on app development and commercialization and has founded two app related start-ups.

Dr. Phyllis Underwood, Associate In Elementary and Early Childhood Education, School Support Manager - Dr. Underwood is a Associate in Elementary Education at the School of Teacher Education of The Florida State University. Her research focuses on the examination of culturally responsive teaching practices and the effect of these practices on reading skill growth of elementary grade students.

Sources and research:

Our Research Philosophy

A2i Journal Articles and Studies

All the baselines in our comparisons are from The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), The Nation's Report Card: 2013

Risks and challenges

Learning Ovations has brought together an extremely talented and capable group of professionals to implement this solution. Our team has proven through the years that we are dedicated and focused on our goal of all children reading at grade level by the end of third grade.

We understand there may be technical difficulties or delays during the development of this app and we have brought together a group of talented developers to mitigate potential problems. We are also connected to several freelance developers who can further assist to ensure our timeline is met.

We have an excellent marketing team and extensive connections in the public school and teacher arena to push the app out into the market in August for the 2014/2015 school year.

We also have a staff of well trained educators who can ensure the app is appropriately supported for teachers who chose to use it.

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    • Have the Learning Ovations CEO, Jay Connor, who has spoken to more than 100 community gatherings across North America, visit your town for a community event to discuss new technology and develop partnerships between the community and schools. This has the ability to broaden engagement of the larger community and achieve higher education outcomes.. Specifically Jay will be discussing successful funding strategies already utilized to help underwrite in whole or in part the opportunity to bring the full suite of Learning Ovation services to your community with our GUARANTEE of all children reading by the end of third grade• Plus everything listed in the $2,500 package.

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