Everyday Speech Earns 2019 Academics’ Choice Smart Media Award
Social Learning Platform Offers Full SEL Curriculum, Personalized Dashboard, and Instructional Supports
Boston, Mass. — Dec. 3, 2019 — Everyday Speech is pleased to announce that its Social Learning Platform has been honored with a 2019 Academics’ Choice Smart Media Award, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media and toys. The independent Academics’ Choice Awards program and its seal of excellence are recognized worldwide by consumers and educational institutions as a mark of genuinely effective learning tools that stimulate the mind and provide potential for the student to fully develop higher-order thinking skills.
“The entire team at Everyday Speech is extremely grateful and appreciative to receive this award,” said Co-Founder of Everyday Speech, Cal Brunell. “We’ve worked hard to create the most effective and well-researched teaching materials available for social-emotional learning and remain committed through our solution to make a positive difference in the lives of students and teachers.”
The Academics’ Choice Advisory Board consists of leading thinkers and graduates from Princeton, Harvard, George Washington University, and other reputable educational institutions. Product-appropriate volunteer reviewers, combined with the brainpower of the Board, determine the coveted winners. Entries are judged by category (i.e. mobile app, toy, book, website, magazine, etc.), subject area, and grade level, and evaluated based on standardized criteria rooted in constructivist learning theory.
The Social Learning Platform provides centralized access to SEL video lessons, printable activities, and online games. The online platform includes a full SEL curriculum with hundreds of new, ready-made SEL lessons at teachers’ fingertips, so they can spend less time searching for materials and prepping lessons, and more time teaching. Using the evidence-based strategy of video modeling, the lessons help students develop and improve and SEL skills while fostering carryover and generalization of these skills to different contexts.
In addition, premade lesson bundles, coupled with more than 1,000 resources, take the guesswork out of teaching SEL skills by providing everything needed to introduce, practice, apply, and review targeted skills. The lesson bundles are organized by skill and the goals within each skill to make it easy to find the right content for students. The Social Learning Platform can be used with individuals, groups, or an entire class. It works on any computer, laptop, or iPad, and runs entirely in the web browser or iPad app, so there is nothing to install. Educators can also download videos for use offline so they can access their materials anywhere they go.
The full list of winners is posted online at www.AcademicsChoice.com. The hundreds of submitted products that are not chosen by the Academics’ Choice Awards team (and many that are chosen) are donated to a variety of worthy charities and other organizations across the globe.
About Academics’ Choice
Academics’ Choice helps consumers find exceptional brain-boosting material. Academics’ Choice is the only international awards program designed to bring increased recognition to publishers, manufacturers, independent authors and developers that aim to stimulate cognitive development. A volunteer panel of product-appropriate judges, including parents, educators, scientists, artists, doctors, nurses, librarians, students and children, evaluate submissions based on educational benefits such as higher-order thinking skills, character building, creative play, durability and originality. Only the genuine “mind-builders” are recognized with the coveted Academics’ Choice Award.
About Everyday Speech
Everyday Speech, a leader in social-emotional skills education, developed the Social Learning Platform to provide the most comprehensive video-based SEL curriculum in preK-12 education. All of the video lessons within the curriculum leverage power of video modeling, an evidence-based practice for teaching social-emotional skills. The Social Learning Platform is used by thousands of school-based professionals, private practices and organizations, and parents around the world. For more information, visit https://everydayspeech.com.