Venerated Teacher and Student Advocate Steve Zimmer to Give Opening Remarks at Shmoop’s First Conference in L.A.

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interSECT to Feature LAUSD Board of Education Vice President Zimmer and Other Notable Educators in Shmoop's 2-day EdTech Conference

Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Vice President Steve Zimmer will kick off Shmoop’s inaugural series of regional conferences with opening remarks on February 24, 2014 at 9 AM PST. Vice President Zimmer will be giving his remarks at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake, just a mile away from John Marshall High School, where he spent the last 17 years as a teacher and counselor before being elected to office in 2009.

To encourage discussion about using technology effectively and creatively in the classroom, interSECT ( will include speakers from:

  •     Award-winning California, Texas, and Philadelphia school district teachers
  •     Cal State University admissions officers
  •     Successful minority college admission consultant ‘Quetzal Mama
  •     Visionary internet-of-things tech company Electric Imp
  •     Shmoop’s own team of writers, product managers, and engineers.

After attending this unique professional development opportunity, educators will walk away armed with new English-language learner (ELL) strategies, new online resources for a variety of subjects, cutting edge ideas for STEM curriculum, and best practices for how to get students from underrepresented areas into college.

The event will be open to press. Please RSVP to Christina Kim by 4:00pm PST on Friday, February 21, 2014 to register, or visit the site for more information:

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About Shmoop
Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, and Teacher’s Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help teachers help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop has been an engaging and highly effective way for students to boost test scores and matriculation rates. A few of the results include:

●    Indio High School: Once named to the ‘chronically underperforming list,’ the school was awarded the Top High School Silver Award Winner from US News & Reports, and saw a 6x increase in the number of AP scholars (from 4 to 25) after implementing Shmoop. The school also saw the percentage of students scoring above the national average rocket from 61% to 80% in two years.
●    Northeast High School: Despite steep budget cuts, this Philadelphia school tripled college-eligible test scores and saw college matriculation jump 10% through cost-effective programs and solutions like Shmoop.
●    Tustin High School: After introducing Shmoop to its Advanced Placement classes, one out of 1.5 AP tests scored a ‘3’ or higher, compared to the the pre-Shmoop days (before 2011) when only 1 out of every 3 exams resulted in a college ready score.

Shmoop sees over 7 million unique visitors a month on its site, and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” for 2010 and 2011 by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES) in 2013. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

*SAT and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product.

*ACT is a federally registered trademark of ACT, Inc. Shmoop University is not affiliated with or endorsed by ACT, Inc.

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