Fast ForWord program offered to all students in the largest
BALTIMORE, MD, September 17, 2009 – Connections Academy, a leading national operator of K-12 virtual public schools, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Scientific Learning to provide the renowned Fast ForWord® family of reading intervention products to Connections Academy customers.
Scientific Learning, whose motto is Fit Brains Learn Better, is the creator of the Fast ForWord family of products which accelerate learning by improving the processing efficiency of the brain. Developed by four internationally renowned research scientists, the program is based on more than 30 years of neuroscience and cognitive research. Fast ForWord simultaneously builds the cognitive skills of memory, attention, processing rate, and sequencing, along with the foundational reading skills of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Over 1.5 million product uses of Fast ForWord have occurred since 1997 leading to dramatic learning gains around the world. Most of these students accessed the products at their local schools as part of an intervention program for struggling readers or to address other special needs. Scientific Learning has also documented learning gains for students reading on or above grade level and recently launched BrainSpark Learning to address the needs of these learners. The company’s products were recently featured on a public television special, “The New Science of Learning: Brain Fitness for Kids,” that focused on brain science and its impact on learning.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to offer students the best quality curriculum and educational services, we are delighted to partner with Scientific Learning and the
“The benefits of online learning are well-documented and, in fact, nearly all 50 states now have programs in which students take most or all of their courses online. It’s a growing body of students that can benefit greatly from the Fast ForWord family of products,” said Andy Myers, president and CEO of Scientific Learning Corp. “As a leader in public virtual schools,
Some students will be provided access to Fast ForWord as early as October, with all CCA students expected to have access early next year. For more information, visit www.connectionsacademy.com and www.scilearn.com.
About Scientific Learning
Scientific Learning creates educational software that accelerates learning by improving the processing efficiency of the brain. Based on more than 30 years of neuroscience and cognitive research, the Fast ForWord® family of products provides struggling readers with computer-delivered exercises that build the cognitive skills required to read and learn effectively. Scientific Learning Reading Assistant™ combines advanced speech recognition technology with scientifically-based courseware to help students strengthen fluency, vocabulary and comprehension to become proficient, life-long readers. The efficacy of the products has been established by more than 550 research studies and publications. For more information, visit http://www.scientificlearning.com/ or call toll-free 888-358-0212.
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CONNECTIONS ACADEMY CONTACT:
Allison Bazin, Connections Academy Public Relations
SCIENTIFIC LEARNING CONTACT:
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Product Management
Scientific Learning Corporation