Language arts curriculum approved for Virginia

January 24, 2019 | Carnegie Learning, Inc.

Carnegie Learning’s EMC School (EMC) division, a leading provider of digital and blended literacy solutions, announced that the Virginia Board of Education recommended Mirrors and Windows for the 2019 language arts state adoption for grades 6-12, giving middle and high school educators statewide the opportunity to review the program for implementation starting in the 2019-2020 school year.

Mirrors and Windows offers middle and high school students authentic reading and writing inspired by contemporary, diverse, and traditional texts. Through an exclusive, evidence-based Gradual Release of Responsibility approach, Mirrors and Windows develops students’ independence with comprehension of complex texts required for success in high school, college, and the workforce. Text-dependent questions develop critical thinking skills, while mentor texts model effective strategies for student writers to hone their skills.

Knowing that today’s students must be prepared to communicate using 21st century technology, Mirrors and Windows is delivered on the exclusive Passport platform, an immersive, personalized environment that engages students in collaborative literacy learning. Using Passport, students may respond to texts in new and creative ways, such as through online video discussions using Flipgrid. Multimedia annotation capabilities and social media sharing enable students to build meaning collaboratively, online or offline. Online novels and leveled libraries provide rich resources for self-selected, independent reading. Passport gives teachers tools for easily differentiating instruction and monitoring students’ progress with formative assessment data.

Mirrors and Windows provides flexible options to accommodate the diverse needs of Virginia classrooms, with hardcover print student editions, consumable worktexts, classroom libraries—including EMC’s ACCESS Editions that make great literature accessible for all learners, both in print and online—and digital licenses that allow districts to customize a curriculum that best fits their instructional model.

“We are committed to providing the highest quality resources to educators so they can take student learning to new heights,” said Barry Malkin, CEO of Carnegie Learning. “We appreciate the Virginia Board of Education for their rigorous review that has recognized the quality and standards alignment of our ELA curriculum, and we’re excited to partner with Virginia schools and districts to achieve deeper student learning and improved outcomes.”


Carnegie Learning is a comprehensive, dynamic and progressive learning technology company. Advocating a belief in teaching and determination to help students develop as learners and thinkers, Carnegie Learning is seeking to re-define the role of technology across the K-16 landscape. Its mathematics and STEM division delivers research-proven mathematics curriculum and the MATHia platform for grades 6-12, developmental math support for 2- and 4-year colleges, project-based digital solutions for STEM, and best-in-class K-12 professional learning services. Its EMC School division offers blended learning solutions for world languages, literature, language arts, and computer science. For more information please visit: and

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