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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).

    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! 💜

    Click here to learn more about digitized curriculum via Open Up Resources. 

    At a typical Kiddom school, hands are in the air, there’s a buzz in the room, and teachers and students are energized. Kiddom was designed to help improve teacher retention and increase student performance and graduation rates.

    For the first time, the most important parts of teaching and learning are connected and simplified in Kiddom. Curriculum lives in one place and is easily measured and refined, instruction is personalized to meet the needs of each student, and data serves as a powerful system of support for every member of the learning community to keep students on track.

    What People Are Saying

    “Kiddom is great for assessing data and then assigning appropriate work based on individual student performance. I love that it's very easy to attach standards and rubric to every assignment.”

    Jackie Curts, Middle School Teacher

    “Using Kiddom has made me stop and ask, ‘Am I just letting this student repeat what they already know, or am I really challenging them?’”

    Ann Leghorn, High School Literacy Specialist

    “I can see where my class and any student is at any moment in their educational journey. This way, I can take action to assist them to work towards mastery.”

    Mr. Albrecht, High School Teacher

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