Archipelago Learning Director of 21st Century Learning Selected to Participate on Digital Learning Council

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Former K-12 teacher and administrator Greg Smith to help promote digital innovation to reform U.S. schools

Greg Smith, director of 21st century learning at Archipelago Learning, has been selected for membership in the Digital Learning Council. Formed this summer by Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, and Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia, the Council is an advisory group of leaders from education, government, philanthropy, business, and technology whose mission is to identify policies that will integrate current and future technological innovations into public education.

“Technology has the power to customize education for every student in America,” said Jeb Bush, co-chair of the Digital Learning Council. “Providing a customized, personalized education for students was a dream just a decade ago. Technology can turn that dream into reality today. The Digital Learning Council will develop the roadmap to achieve that ultimate goal.”

Indeed, Archipelago Learning’s flagship e-learning system, Study Island, has been demonstrating the power of individualized learning for the past 10 years. Used by more than 22,800 schools across the country and 10.5 million students, Study Island offers web-based instruction, practice and assessments in math, reading, writing, science and social studies, and is built directly from state standards and the new Common Core State Standards. Additional features include classroom management tools, school-to-home communication tools, and professional development resources that can be accessed any time, from any computer with an Internet connection.

“Educators around the country have documented outstanding results by students who use Study Island’s engaging online content, which automatically adjusts to their individual needs and pace,” commented Smith. “But as a nation, we are still in the early stages of seeing the true power of technology-based learning systems help each and every student. I’m honored to be invited to serve on the Digital Learning Council and look forward to playing a role in helping states create equitable access to a high quality education for every student.”

A career educator, Smith joined Archipelago Learning in 2008 and is responsible for strategic planning, customer initiatives and product development. Prior to that he worked for 15 years as a school administrator, most recently as principal of Robert S. Hyer Elementary (Highland Park Independent School District) in Dallas, Texas, where he used Study Island effectively to significantly improve both teacher performance and student outcomes. Smith also served as a principal in Garland Independent School District, where he was awarded Elementary Principal of the Year in 2002. As a teacher, Smith taught gifted and talented students and was honored with the Teacher of the Year award in 1991. He received his bachelor of science in education from Southwest Texas State and his master’s degree and mid-management certification from Texas A&M Commerce.

About Archipelago Learning
Archipelago Learning is a leading subscription-based online education company that provides standards-based instruction, practice, assessments and productivity tools that improve the performance of educators and students via proprietary web-based platforms. Study Island, the core product line, helps students in kindergarten through 12th grade master grade-level academic standards in a fun and engaging manner and is utilized by over 10.5 million students in approximately 22,800 schools in the United States and Canada. EducationCity, used by 8,200 schools in the United Kingdom and 4,800 schools in the United States, provides online K-6 instructional content and assessments for reading, mathematics and science. Northstar Learning, for the post-secondary market, offers online instructional content and exam preparation products across a variety of core curriculum and vocational topics.

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