Unique partnership to enhance pre-k learning in Detroit Public Schools with innovative new technology
ClassVINCI, the world’s first Blended Learning Program for early childhood education, and the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) have launched a new partnership in order to level the playing field for all students. As a result of this collaboration, VINCI will serve as NABSE’s pre-kindergarten to third-grade partner of record and will help NABSE’s network of teachers learn best practices in blended learning and technology for early learners.
At the NABSE 41st Annual Conference this week in Detroit, Nov. 13-17 at the Cobo Conference Center, ClassVINCI announced its donation to Detroit Public Schools. The donation will include 20 award-winning ClassVINCI tablets, a blended learning curriculum, a ClassVINCI Learning Management System, and one full professional development program for teachers. This donation will assist Detroit Public Schools in their early childhood education initiatives.
“We are excited to work with VINCI to bring the best of blended technological innovation to Detroit’s youngest learners,” explained Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin. “Early childhood education is one of the central tenants of our new 5-year strategic plan. This new partnership will help us not only meet our short-term academic achievement goals, but also our long-term strategic goals as a district. We are grateful to NABSE for helping to facilitate this donation from ClassVINCI.”
The primary mission of NABSE, a 43-year-old non-profit organization, has always been to increase academic achievement of all students, in particular students of African-American descent. ClassVINCI’s blended learning program combines traditional classroom methods and digital learning, and supports NABSE’s vision as it offers fully integrated learning programs that align with the Early Childhood Education (ECE), Common Core and State standards.
“At NABSE we are committed to working with organizations like VINCI to inform and inspire our nation’s leaders about important education issues and to provide ways for them to take action,” stated NABSE Executive Director Greg Roberts. “This partnership provides both of us with an invaluable opportunity to create and promote a healthy culture surrounding early childhood education across the United States. We couldn’t be happier to collaborate with VINCI in the fight to end inequity in early childhood education.”
“A partnership of this scale gives us an opportunity to do something important—to transform education opportunities for our early learners and teachers,” commented Dr. Dan Yang, creator of VINCI. “Our partnership with NABSE will set a new standard for how organizations can work together towards a shared goal.”
During the NABSE’s Annual Conference, Dr. Yang will host a workshop where she will help teachers and educators learn ways that technology can enhance each student’s individual success. The workshop is titled, “Beyond Technology: Blended Learning for Preventing the Achievement Gap.”
The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) is the nation’s premiere non-profit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation’s children—particularly children of African descent. Founded in 1970, NABSE is dedicated to improving both the educational experiences and accomplishments of African American youth through the development and use of instructional and motivational methods that increase levels of inspiration, attendance and overall achievement. For more about NABSE, visit: http://www.nabse.org
Rullingnet Corporation, the company behind the VINCI brand, has pioneered the creation of a new category of fun learning tools with the goal to engage, empower and educate young children. By using a scaffolding teaching method designed by developmental psychologists and education experts, VINCI’s products and solutions deliver play-based learning programs for the home and the classroom. ClassVINCI provides curriculum and assessment tools for educators, and comes equipped with a cloud-based Learning Management System which provides diagnostic reports on student progress. VINCI For Home provides leveled curriculum for at-home learning and covers a wide range of subjects such as math, language, and critical thinking. The VINCI For Home program was recently honored as a CES 2013 Innovation Award Honoree. For more about VINCI and its Blended Learning Programs, visit them online at: http://www.vincieducation.com/
About Detroit Public Schools:
Detroit Public Schools is creating Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools at 97 campuses with a mission to provide a comprehensive educational experience that is high-quality, challenging and inspires all students to make a positive contribution to society. DPS offers a wide variety of educational advantages to students and parents including Individualized Learning Maps for all students. New this year, arts/music and sports leagues for boys and girls are being offered at every elementary/middle school. Prekindergarten offerings have been expanded to 70 schools across the district for all qualified 4-year-olds. Twenty-one schools are now open as Community Schools, offering extended hours and services. Students in grades 8-12 enjoy take-home Netbooks and students in grades 6 and up have access to Netbooks in school. An outstanding Fine Arts program with instrumental music, vocal music and dance is also offered. Ongoing advantages include eight parent resource centers, Parent University and additional parenting programs, enhanced safety initiatives, a district-wide Customer Service focus, nine Detroit Rising College Preparatory Schools and DPS-authorized charter schools led by educators with proven track records of raising achievement. In 2013, DPS graduates earned more than $146 million in grants and scholarships. To learn more about Detroit Public Schools, visit http://www.detroitk12.org or call 313-240-4DPS.