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We're changing the way students read in the classroom - #nomoretextbooks

BirdBrain History will serve standards-based History and Social Studies to students at different reading levels, and we adapt the reading level they receive as they improve. No matter how far behind or ahead a student is, they'll be able to learn by reading AND grow their independent reading level.  We've already done it with BirdBrain Science.

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How it works:

Teachers choose a topic and BirdBrain serves that topic to their class at each student’s independent reading level.  All articles contain the same essential concepts, just at different reading levels.  We diagnose reading levels when students first login and they take a quiz after reading each article to help us to determine the appropriate reading level of their next article. Teachers spend more time planning awesome lessons and less time grading and searching for appropriate text.  All articles will be followed by Common Core aligned free response questions. BirdBrain is intended to give students the skills they need to be successful in and beyond your classroom. 

From the crucible of the urban classroom, came BirdBrain Science. Meet the founders!

Content area teachers are experts in their content.  We want to automate literacy growth in your classroom, so you can focus on planning awesome lessons and building relationships.  We want to create a tool that easily fits into existing lessons to help them give their students better independent reading, track improvement, and student understanding of key terms. 

Brendan Finch

A Teach For America alumni and classroom teacher for the last 7 years in urban Los Angeles, he is our classroom expert. Brendan conceived BirdBrain Science from his middle school classroom and the site has now served individualized content to over 40,000 students.

Grenard Madrigal

A passionate developer with 15 years of experience, he is our Tech Guru.  He is a first generation college student with an enormously diverse technical skill set and a passion for unlocking student potential. 

From launch day until the fully functioning site launches in May, we'll be adding articles to our demo site:  http://demo.birdbrainhistory.com/.  

All art will be shipped during or before Sept '15.  Here are samples:

Every year, millions of students graduate from high school too far behind in literacy to succeed in higher education. These students passed through 12 years of education, but only 3 of them are truly focused on building their reading abilities.

From 4th grade on, learn-to-read turns into read-to-learn. If students fall behind, their textbooks will continue to outrun them further and further. Outside of their English classroom, there is nothing for them to read. We want to give EVERY STUDENT the ability to read and to grow.


 

Risks and challenges

Our greatest challenge will be to make sure our articles fit within the intended standards that teachers are teaching. We intend to leverage our network of Social Studies teachers and to solicit feedback from our backers. Our intended method of accounting for different state's perspectives on history is to provide articles that show multiple perspectives. Teachers can pick and choose the articles that best fit within the standards they need to teach.

It will also be difficult for us to satisfy all teachers who primarily focus on state history, since our initial articles will be written on Ancient History, World History and U.S. History. We're committed to continually publishing new content through next school year, and will likely write most state history by teacher request.

In the end, we've already successfully created a very similar product with BirdBrain Science and believe that experience gives us a solid handle on the foreseeable issues in the creation of BirdBrain History.

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