Curriculum Crafter and the Center for Educational Improvement Collaborate to Advance STEAM Resources and Heart Centered Education

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Collaboration to drive innovation and creativity to improve learning and expand 21st Century solutions

By teaming with the Center for Educational Improvement, Curriculum Crafter will have greater access to some of the foremost elementary and middle school principals in the nation. Donn Smith, CEO Curriculum Crafter

Curriculum Crafter LCC®, the only curriculum and planning management tool in the industry that offers the advantages of creating, aligning, and mapping classroom content all in one place, announced today its collaboration with the Center for Educational Improvement (CEI)—a leading nonprofit 21st Century learning organization that identifies, shares and applies learning innovations to guide school leaders as they improve their schools. Through the collaboration, an increased number of educators nationwide will have access to 21st Century learning resources for integrating science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM) using a project-based problem solving approach.

“By teaming with CEI, Curriculum Crafter will have greater access to some of the foremost elementary and middle school principals in the nation,” said Donn Smith, CEO of Curriculum Crafter. “We strive to develop the most functional and dynamic curriculum design platform on the market; we take the ‘Crafter’ part of our name seriously. Our offerings are customizable to allow educators to ‘craft’ their curriculum and plans to meet the needs of their local communities and students.”

James Henderson, with the Michigan Association of Public School Academies, who serves as a Quality Schools Facilitator across the state proudly endorsed and recommended Curriculum Crafter to all educational stakeholders, saying that “[he] learned quickly that the gold standard for a curriculum and curriculum support was Curriculum Crafter. Their ability to offer teachers an online customized platform aligned to grade/state level content expectations is unprecedented. In addition, the ability to share your curriculum and expectations with all stakeholders invested in quality educational outcomes is critical.”

Curriculum Crafter offers K-12 curricular resources aligned to the Common Core, curated open educational resources (OER) and more than 1,000 sample lesson plans, as well as assignment of standards, standards tracking and full mapping capabilities. “Teachers can use it to design, store and map their own lessons, and content is customizable to allow districts to respond to local needs, said Dr. Christine Mason, Executive Director of the Center for Educational Improvement. Mason was enthusiastic about the options for early childhood educational options as well, saying that, “developmentally appropriate lessons are especially critical to enhance early childhood learning.”

Curriculum Crafter and the Center for Educational Improvement are networking with a group of leading principals to consider the implications of their collaboration not only for academic learning, but also for CEI’s signature Heart Centered Education® which is designed to help schools make decisions about holistic education. CEI holds annual meetings with leading principals in the nation to get their input and to assure that CEI is responsive to the needs of principals.

For more information about the Curriculum Crafter Platform, visit http://www.curriculumcrafter.com. To learn more about how your school and/or district can participate in the Curriculum Crafter and Center for Educational Improvement Collaboration, contact CEI’s Executive Director via email at cmason(at)edimprovement(dot)org or visit http://www.edimprovement.org.

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