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Kiddom Announces Series C Funding

Kiddom Announces Series C Funding

Abbas Manjee

Abbas Manjee

Chief Academic Officer, Kiddom

Abbas Manjee is Chief Academic Officer at Kiddom. Before Kiddom, Abbas taught high school math serving at-risk youth in New York City. 

Today marks an exciting day for the Kiddom team! We’ve announced a $35M round of Series C funding that gives us room to invest in doing what we do best: building technology to unlock potential for all teachers and learners.

You’re welcome to review the details of this round of fundraising via TechCrunch or our press release. Internally, we’re thrilled to reach this milestone and to be able to celebrate what this means for the future. But here, we want to talk about how we’re going to use these funds to improve upon what we do for educators at Kiddom.

Why did we fundraise?

Since Kiddom was founded, we’ve been on fire about one thing and one thing only: building technology to unlock potential for all teachers and learners.

We specify “all teachers and learners” because educational equity is at the heart of everything we do – and yet, certain issues stand in the way of that mission.

diagram showing how lack of instructional materials leads to more work for teachers, greater burnout, and thereby greater inequities

67% of districts report having access to low quality curriculum. We see a dearth of pK-12 high quality instructional materials available to classrooms. This lack of access leads to decreased productivity – Teachers are stuck spending seven hours per week trying to author or find teaching materials. This results in overworked teachers and an inability to reach the students that need it the most.

It's no secret that these problems of access, teacher enablement, and equity have been exacerbated by the pandemic. In fact, the rush to solve these problems in response to the pandemic has made them worse.

Using these funds, we’re going to ensure more classrooms across the country and around the world can access high quality digital curriculum. We believe it’s our responsibility to ensure all classrooms can access the best instructional materials via technology designed for dynamic pedagogies and student engagement. 

What's coming next?

Offer Even More pK-12 Curriculum

At Kiddom, we believe the future of education lies at the intersection of high quality instructional materials for pK-12 paired with a platform that enables dynamic teaching and learning.  Kiddom has been fortunate enough to partner with some of the best publishers in the market: Open Up Resources, Kendall Hunt, and Fishtank Learning.

Using this latest round of funding, we’re excited to incorporate even more high quality instructional materials, which means we’ll be able to offer more curriculum in the Kiddom platform across grade bands and content areas. Our goal is for classrooms to be able to rely on one tool to find, contextualize, and share fantastic learning materials with students across pK-12.

creating classroom moments that really matter

Support A Wider Range of Learning Models

Now, more than ever, schools are thinking about the various ways students learn: in-person, blended, hybrid, and distance models are all in use in classrooms today and teachers need to be able to pivot between them. Kiddom will invest in technology to help classrooms operate with more flexibility to ensure students can learn as learning models shift and evolve.

More Teacher Requested Features

We pride ourselves on talking to the educators we serve on a near-daily basis. Every day, teachers let us know what’s going well and what could be improved. From those conversations, one thing is clear to us: there is much work to be done to help teachers get back to doing what they do best; connecting with and inspiring young people. As a result, we intend to deliver on new requested features faster. We’ll be introducing some of these new features, including more interactivity infused in lessons, as soon as this fall season!

student group distance learning on a virtual call

Grow the Kiddom Team 

With so much work ahead of us in improving the Kiddom experience for all, we’re going to need to recruit and hire new team members. We’re excited to grow the team with technical talent as well as seasoned leaders to help Kiddom help more teachers and learners faster.

Thank You!

Kiddom exists to serve educators; without the teachers and students who log in every day, we wouldn’t be here. We are delighted to continue on this journey, building technology that unlocks potential for all teachers and learners.

 

Want to join our mission?

We invite you to apply to our Educator Brain Trust and join us in our mission to fight inequities in education through technology and creative problem solving.

Kiddom seamlessly connects the most critical aspects of teaching and learning on one platform.

For the first time, educators can share and manage digital curriculum, differentiate instruction, and assess student work in one place. Learners can take assessments online, see student performance data with the click of a button, and teachers have the insight and tools they need to create individual learning paths.

 

Ready to bring digital curriculum to your school or district?

Connect with us in a 15-minute meeting to learn more about available pre-packaged curriculum, and how the Kiddom education platform can support your learning community.

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Illustrative Mathematics by Kendall Hunt Now Available in Kiddom

Illustrative Mathematics by Kendall Hunt Now Available in Kiddom

Abbas Manjee

Abbas Manjee

Chief Academic Officer, Kiddom

Abbas Manjee is Chief Academic Officer at Kiddom. Before Kiddom, Abbas taught high school math serving at-risk youth in New York City. 

Everything you need to know about the new Kiddom + Illustrative Mathematics by Kendall Hunt K-12 curriculum partnership.

The old saying goes, “To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.” But here at Kiddom, we believe that to be the best, you’ve got to partner with the best!

Which is why we’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with Kendall Hunt to offer the highly-rated Illustrative Mathematics K-12 Math Curriculum directly within Kiddom’s platform. Kendall Hunt is an official IM Certified partner. 

See What Digital Curriculum Can Do for You

Ready to see Illustrative Mathematics by Kendall Hunt in the Kiddom Platform? Connect with us in a 15m meeting to learn about the benefits of bringing a truly digital curriculum to your learning community.

Why Kiddom is Excited to Offer Illustrative Mathematics by Kendall Hunt

Being IM Certified is a big deal. Illustrative Mathematics is a fan-favorite curriculum because of its high EdReports ratings, well-respected pedagogy, and expert authoring team. When Illustrative Mathematics partners with a publisher, you know they’re the real deal – enter Kendall Hunt!

Kendall Hunt has been providing innovative educational solutions to schools and districts for over 75 years and offers the complete grades K-12 IM Certified curriculum along with a variety of resources, including full-color print materials, IM Certified Professional Learning, and an online community.

In partnering with Kiddom, Kendall Hunt is now able to deliver the digital IM curriculum through a more dynamic platform to enable teaching and learning, online or in person.

How Kiddom and Illustrative Mathematics by Kendall Hunt Work Together

Let's dive into some of those areas where together, Kiddom and Kendall Hunt can support better teaching and learning experiences from the Illustrative Mathematics curriculum.

1. Real-World Problems, Precisely Argued

The Illustrative Mathematics curriculum guides students to learn by doing math – solving problems and explaining their solutions using precise language.

The Kiddom platform helps this come to life by offering a variety of problem types – from multiple choice to short answer to multi-select and more – which allows students to solve problems and present answers in a variety of ways.

In addition, Kiddom has a number of tools that help empower discourse-driven instruction, including the ability for teachers and students to submit audio, video, and written communication, assignments, and assignment feedback. This allows students to work on constructing their arguments across a variety of formats.

2. Math For Me, For Us, and For All Of Us

IM lessons include independent, group, and whole class instruction and learning, giving students the opportunity to gain understanding and fluency across a variety of scenarios.

Kiddom’s platform has designed supports to enhance each of these scenarios. Individual students manage their own assignments via Kiddom’s timeline screen where students can see all the instruction and assessment that they’re responsible for.

With Kiddom, teachers can put students in groups that can communicate and collaborate. In addition, with chat and announcements, teachers can push messages to the whole class.

3. Full Service for Teachers

By choosing Illustrative Mathematics by Kendall Hunt paired with Kiddom’s platform, you’re getting the best of all worlds. Kendall Hunt offers a variety of professional learning options, along with an online community of IM teachers designed to make adopting and succeeding with the curriculum easier. Kendall Hunt also receives real-time curriculum updates as they’re made so you always have the most up-to-date materials.

With Kiddom, teachers have access to the curriculum in a dynamic, digital format that allows many options to customize the lessons for online or in-person, in their own unique way.

High-quality curriculum is one of the most powerful tools we can bring into our classrooms. And this last year has shown us that these materials need to be able to be seamlessly deployed in any learning environment. We’re excited to offer another great curriculum option that can come to life on the Kiddom platform.

If you're interested in bringing Kiddom and Illustrative Mathematics by Kendall Hunt to your school, speak with School and District Partnerships today by clicking the big red button below.

Kiddom seamlessly connects the most critical aspects of teaching and learning on one platform.

For the first time, educators can share and manage digital curriculum, differentiate instruction, and assess student work in one place. Learners can take assessments online, see student performance data with the click of a button, and teachers have the insight and tools they need to create individual learning paths.

Ready to bring digital curriculum to your school or district?

Connect with us in a 15-minute meeting to learn more about available pre-packaged curriculum, and how the Kiddom education platform can support your learning community.

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Kiddom Now Offers Fishtank Learning’s Highly-Rated 3-8 Digital Math Curriculum

Kiddom Now Offers Fishtank Learning’s Highly-Rated 3-8 Digital Math Curriculum

Abbas Manjee

Abbas Manjee

Chief Academic Officer, Kiddom

Abbas Manjee is Chief Academic Officer at Kiddom. Before Kiddom, Abbas taught high school math serving at-risk youth in New York City. 

Everything you need to know about the new Kiddom + Fishtank Learning digital math curriculum partnership.

Kiddom worked first-hand with teachers and administrators last spring as teaching and learning were turned upside down. One thing that the pandemic has made clear to our team, as well as the educators we've worked with, is that the future of education relies on learning materials that are both high-quality and flexible.

As part of our commitment to support educators in securing this vision, we are thrilled to announce another curriculum partnership - Fishtank Learning’s highly-rated, student-centered curriculum is now available in the flexible Kiddom platform.

Interested in seeing Fishtank Learning in the Kiddom platform? Click below. Or keep reading to learn more!

Why Kiddom is Excited to Offer the Fishtank Learning Curriculum

Fishtank Learning’s curriculum has some key central themes:

  • Students should be active participants in their own learning and construction of knowledge,
  • Teachers are the experts in their classroom and know how to best achieve desired learning outcomes, and
  • Thoughtfully and clearly connecting standards to curriculum make personalization more efficient and effective.

When the Kiddom team first started digging into the Fishtank Learning curriculum, it was obvious - this was a curriculum that needed to be brought to life digitally in the Kiddom platform.

Not only does Fishtank Learning share many of Kiddom's values (more on this below), but there are so many areas where Kiddom's features could enhance the intended curriculum experience for educators and students. We are so excited to get this powerful pair into the hands of teachers, via pilot, this spring!

How Kiddom and Fishtank Learning Work Together

Let's dive into some of those areas where together, Kiddom and Fishtank Learning can support better teaching and learning experiences from the curriculum.

1. Student Ownership of Learning

Fishtank’s curriculum drives learning by giving students problems that will spark their interest, encourage discussion, ask them to make new connections between concepts, and maybe even offer more than one avenue to a solution.

In every lesson, students are asked to communicate about their mathematical thinking, as a way to help solidify their learning and to give teachers more inputs as they check for understanding.

Giving students options for how to communicate was core to the suite of communication tools Kiddom launched in 2020 in response to the need for distance learning in the wake of the pandemic.

Students can now easily submit answers via traditional written response, verbally through embedded audio recording, or by capturing and uploading a video. Similarly, teachers can provide feedback in written, audio, or video form, and discussions and feedback can be given directly within the assignments.

Additionally, the Kiddom platform has designed student-friendly standards reports to give clarity to the exact skills which have been mastered or need more development, equipping students to take ownership of the exact target areas to improve.

2. Teachers are the Experts

Both Fishtank’s curriculum and Kiddom’s digital curriculum management platform have a common philosophy - that teachers are the experts in their classroom and know their students, teaching style, and desired outcomes best.

As such, Fishtank’s curriculum doesn’t script lessons, and instead offers flexible supports for teachers that allow them to confidently teach the content.

Kiddom gives teachers the opportunity to contextualize curriculum to meet the specific needs of their classroom by allowing teachers to edit the curriculum, adjust pacing or assignments, and differentiate with supplemental resources or examples. This is especially helpful for schools and districts who require more flexibility for hybrid and distance learning schedules.

Kiddom also gives teachers the opportunity to personalize learning to meet the needs of individual students in a variety of ways, including directly from the but more on that below! 

3. The Power of Standards

Fishtank’s curriculum was built from scratch to ensure the right vertical and horizontal alignments to the Common Core State Standards—and has received perfect scores from EdReports for alignment to standards.

Every lesson, assignment, and assessment is clearly tagged with its corresponding standard, making data analysis with Kiddom’s powerful reporting tool a snap.

And when students need remediation or enrichment, Kiddom’s extensive curated supplemental content library allows teachers to pull in additional vetted content, further personalizing the learning experience.

High-quality curriculum is one of the most powerful tools we can bring into our classrooms. And this last year has shown us that these materials need to be able to be seamlessly deployed in any learning environment. We’re excited to offer another great curriculum option that can come to life on the Kiddom platform.

If you're interested in bringing Kiddom and Fishtank Learning to your school, speak with School and District Partnerships today by clicking the big red button below.

Kiddom seamlessly connects the most critical aspects of teaching and learning on one platform.

For the first time, educators can share and manage digital curriculum, differentiate instruction, and assess student work in one place. Learners can take assessments online, see student performance data with the click of a button, and teachers have the insight and tools they need to create individual learning paths.

Ready to bring digital curriculum to your school or district?

Connect with us in a 15-minute meeting to learn more about available pre-packaged curriculum, and how the Kiddom education platform can support your learning community.

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Online Learning Resources for Classrooms Impacted by COVID-19

Online Learning Resources for Classrooms Impacted by COVID-19

Abbas Manjee

Abbas Manjee

Chief Academic Officer, Kiddom

Abbas Manjee is Chief Academic Officer at Kiddom. Before Kiddom, Abbas taught high school math serving at-risk youth in New York City. 

A warm hello from all of us at Kiddom -- we hope everyone is staying safe during this time of worry and uncertainty around COVID-19. Please take a moment to read this personal address and a helpful list of online learning resources from our Chief Academic Officer, Abbas Manjee.

 

At Kiddom, we’ve been closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 (a.k.a. the Coronavirus), which has caused many schools to consider temporarily closing their doors and attempt virtual learning. 

 

While it’s far from clear whether virtual learning will minimize the impact school closings will have on student learning, we are committed to help teachers and learners succeed. The free version of Kiddom offers most (emphasis on most) of the basic functionalities you need to set up a remote learning environment (this assumes your students have access to technology at home, or can gain online access through a local community center such as a library or another gathering place).

 

If you suspect your school or district will close (or has already closed) for preventative health-related reasons, we welcome you to leverage Kiddom’s free teacher product and tap our On-Demand Teacher Training Resource (use code “coronavirus”) to bypass the paywall for free until Friday, May 15, 2020.* 

 

Here are some ways to use Kiddom to support online learning instruction:

Search and assign videos, lessons, assessments, and more from our OER library of 70,000+ standards-aligned resources. Learn more here.

Design and build curriculum, unit plans, student-facing lessons, and comprehensive assessments with attachments using Builder and Planner. Learn more here.

Grade and deliver feedback on student submissions in real-time. Learn more here.

Analyze and act on beautiful, actionable data-rich reports on standards and skills. Learn more here.

Additional considerations around online distance learning

As you plan to transition to a virtual learning environment, consider what it will take to ensure an equitable learning experience for your students. Be sure to have a program in place for students to gain access to devices and WiFi. You might have to set up an adhoc partnership with a local library or other community organization to achieve this. It will take some work, but it is within the realm of what is possible.

To be clear, distance learning isn’t something you can buy off-the-shelf. It is an actual practice that requires a change in pedagogical style and delivery, thoughtful change management, and the right sets of collaborative technologies for your community.

More than anything, we recommend holding a critical view of education technology providers taking advantage of this crisis to market broad, unbased claims about being “the ideal solution” for virtual or distance learning. This isn’t something classrooms without practice can expect to scale in a single announcement, so we strongly advise you to be on the lookout for opportunistic profiteers.

We hope this note provides you with helpful resources during this difficult time. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to support your classroom. You can always get in touch with us using Kiddom’s in-app chat.

Be well!

More Distance Learning Resources for Instruction:

  1. COVID-19 Response: Preparing to Take School Online | Consortium of School Networking (CoSN)
  2. A Guide to Getting Started with Distance Learning | Better Lesson
  3. Everyone On: resources for at-home internet service at low cost or free for kids engaged in distance learning
  4. Comcast Free & Reduced internet for students during school closure
  5. Charter Spectrum free internet for 60 days during school closures
  6. Scholastic Learn at Home: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing
  7. KCET At-Home Learning: for Southern California students
  8. Using Education Technology to Keep Accountability | Kiddom
  9. Using Kiddom for Targeted Test Prep | Kiddom
  10. Supporting Student Learning During the COVID-19 Outbreak | The Learning Innovation Catalyst
  11. Preparing to Take School Online? Here Are 10 Tips to Make It Work | EdSurge
  12. A La Carte, Enriched Virtual, and Flipped Classrooms | Kiddom

 

Other Resources for Teachers, Administrators, and Families:

  1. Here’s what we know about children, infection rates, and COVID-19 | Chalkbeat
  2. Information is Beautiful: The Coronavirus Data Pack
  3. Explaining the Coronavirus to Kids | NPR
  4. 100 Art Projects for Kids ~ Inspired by Famous Artists | Teach Beside Me
  5. Ed Tech, Coronavirus And Disaster Capitalism | Forbes
  6. Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus | Tolerance.org
  7. Responding to the Coronavirus: Resources for Education Systems | Chiefs for Change

 

*If needed, we can extend this offer until your school reopens. Just send us your request here with supporting documentation.

Kiddom seamlessly connects the most critical aspects of teaching and learning on one platform.

For the first time, educators can share and manage digital curriculum, differentiate instruction, and assess student work in a centralized hub. Learners can take assessments online, see student performance data with the click of a button, and teachers have the insight and tools they need to create individual learning paths.

 

Are you thinking about bringing digital curriculum to your school or district?

Connect with us in a 15-minute meeting to learn more about available pre-packaged curriculum by Open Up Resources, and how the Kiddom education platform can support your learning community.

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Kiddom + Open Up Resources: Best-in-Class Digital Curriculum

Kiddom + Open Up Resources: Best-in-Class Digital Curriculum

Abbas Manjee

Abbas Manjee

Chief Academic Officer, Kiddom

Abbas Manjee is Chief Academic Officer at Kiddom. Before Kiddom, Abbas taught high school math serving at-risk youth in New York City. 

Introducing digital curriculum to meet the personalization needs of schools and districts

Competency-based learning models are reshaping and transforming the workplace. As a result, schools around the world are redefining what it means to learn skills by adopting flexible, skills-based curriculum to emphasize mastery over “seat time.” At Kiddom, we believe schools can prepare students to succeed in the changing global economy by investing in high quality curriculum, which research names as a critical factor in academic success, and the means by which to personalize the content for students. 

To that end, we’re excited to announce a partnership with Open Up Resources (OUR) to offer schools and districts best-in-class curriculum delivered via the Kiddom education platform. This partnership is the first time a full course OER curriculum will be offered in a digital environment that allows for personalization via technology, while at a lower cost than traditional textbooks. 

Our joint mission is to deliver flexible, high quality curricula to one million students equitably via technology (1) to help teachers personalize instruction using best-in-class curriculum and (2) enable schools and districts to measure the ROI on curriculum and ensure students are set up for success in the 21st century.

What Digital Curriculum is Now Available?

Our partnership with Open Up Resources offers schools and districts three distinct curricula, two of which recently earned high ratings from EdReports, an independent nonprofit that reviews K–12 curricula for standards alignment and quality. Under EdReports’ extensive review process, diverse groups of highly trained educators review and score each curriculum against detailed rubrics.

    Open Up Resources Math (Grades 6-8 & 9-12).

    This curriculum received an unprecedented high score from EdReports. In fact, it’s the highest rating for a math curriculum on EdReports, as well as the first and only middle school math series to receive the highest designation by EdReports in all three review categories.

    EL Education Language Arts (Grades K-5).

    This curriculum is another top-rated K–5 ELA curriculum on EdReports. It also earned a “Tier 1” rating by the Louisiana Department of Education. It has been proven to improve literacy outcomes, higher-order thinking, and teacher effectiveness when paired with professional learning.

    Reading with Relevance SEL (Grades 2-12).

    This curriculum was approved by the Center for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as an academically-integrated SEL program. It’s an evidence-based social and emotional learning program. Its modular nature enables teachers to adopt units independently or supplement ELA curriculum and/or after-school programs. 

    Three Ways the OUR:Kiddom Partnership Bridges the Gap Between Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

    1. Digitally manage OUR's high-quality curriculum

    Curriculum is centralized and connected to instructional delivery for real-time visibility into student and instructional data. Teachers save time on lesson planning, and use technology for data-informed instruction and intervention. No need to spend hours in Google Drive piecemealing together scope and sequence and unit plans.

    2. Enable teacher autonomy and student ownership

    Using Kiddom, individualization and differentiation is timely and targeted, with technology to assign standards-based OUR curriculum and supplemental resources, assess and track students by mastery, and create individual learning pathways. Great teachers connect content to their students' lives and this gives teachers the time to do just that.

    3. Keep students on track by acting on real-time data

    When curriculum artifacts like unit and lesson plans can be traced down to assessment results, educators gain the power to act in real-time. Insights into instructional and performance trends will make it easier than ever to measure implementation fidelity and ensure ROI, while also delivering the right data to every member of the learning community. When you can form an intricate web of support around students, intervention can happen at exactly the right time.

    Ready to go digital with your school's curriculum?

    Many states in the U.S. are spending less per student today than they were before the Great Recession. While some superintendents remain enthusiastic about the future of their district, they are less excited about the future of American public education. If education is to be the American engine of opportunity and mobility, schools and districts will need to get scrappier with their funds. The majority of school funding goes towards instructional staff and administrators. Rethinking how we support instructional staff and how to thoughtfully incorporate education technologies can create the conditions necessary to most optimally stretch dollars.

    Digital curriculum delivered via a centralized hub for teaching and learning offers cash-strapped schools and districts significant cost savings. It reduces reliance on expensive, quickly out-of-date textbooks, many of which do not meet individual student needs. In addition, our bundled curriculum and platform reduces the redundancies found in many district technology ecosystems. So as we work toward our joint mission, we’re excited to help more schools and districts achieve the wonderful things that were previously thought out of budget. To learn more about taking advantage of this partnership today, click here.

    Today marks an exciting milestone, but we’re just getting started. Thanks for being with us on this journey!

    Kiddom seamlessly connects the most critical aspects of teaching and learning on one platform.

    For the first time, educators can share and manage digital curriculum, differentiate instruction, and assess student work in one place. Learners can take assessments online, see student performance data with the click of a button, and teachers have the insight and tools they need to create individual learning paths.

     

    Ready to bring digital curriculum to your school or district?

    Connect with us in a 15-minute meeting to learn more about available pre-packaged curriculum, and how the Kiddom education platform can support your learning community.

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