JogNog Education Experts Featured at New England Middle School Conference

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Best practices for digital learning tools shown effective and easy to use.

Stephen Smith of Lynnfield, CEO of, and Kris Carlson, Director of Educational Content at were presenters at the recent 31st Annual New England League of Middle Schools Conference held April 2nd and 3rd in Providence, RI. The conference theme of “Found in the Middle: A Toolbox of Middle Level Best Practices” brought together teachers, administrators, higher education students and professors, and others committed to educational growth and improvement.

The conference focused on effective instruction, improved student outcomes, positive school cultures and learning strategies. Approximately 100 sessions were held relating to topics such as advisory, literacy, math & science, common core curriculum, technology, anti-bullying, professional learning communities, differentiated instruction, student motivation, assessment and leadership.

Steve and Kris presented a session entitled Digital Learning with Video Games to Improve Student Test Scores. The presentation illustrated best practices of 21st Century learning in middle school classrooms, including efficacy data from a five-district experiment using the learning game JogNog for improving test scores. Participants in the JogNog session also engaged in hands-on activities for the planning and implementation of curriculum, instruction, formative/summative assessment, and data analysis. Steve commented that “the session was extremely valuable for the participants, who learned how effective and easy to use many of the new learning technologies were.”

Brenda Needham, NELMS Executive Director said “Today’s students must receive the best possible education so they can assume their role as tomorrow’s leaders, and that requires outstanding teachers in the middle level. Events such as this conference provide educators with strategies and ideas that help them build powerful programs for the young adolescents that will increase learning. The conference continues to be successful because those involved come to learn, solve problems and share best practices.”

The New England League of Middle Schools is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the educational experience for young adolescents. To learn more, please visit or call the League office at 978-557-9311.

JogNog provides competitive learning games that motivate kids to learn in an engaging and fun way. Specifically designed to meet teachers’ needs to address standard curriculum for grades 2 through 12, JogNog uses the latest in educational research to create competitive learning games that motivate and engage students. For more information about JogNog, visit

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