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3 Ways ASSISTments can Help You Maximize Class Time

Teachers will tell you that class pacing is quite the balancing act! Because of its flexible design, ASSISTments can support you in your teaching practice— whether that be through warm-ups, homework review or whatever is working in your classroom!

Britt Neuhaus joins The ASSISTments Foundation as Program Director

January 22, 2020

In this new role, Ms. Neuhaus will oversee our efforts to scale the ASSISTments online learning tool across the country, with particular attention to rural areas in collaboration with our partners at Lesley University, WestEd and WPI.

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How Can EdTech Tools Support All Learners?

December 2, 2019

Students all bring their distinct educational needs and styles into the classroom. Many teachers work hard to find a balance between supporting individual students and addressing the needs of the whole class. Teachers are tasked with educating classes of students with a wide range of abilities, needs and challenges. Read on to learn how teachers can leverage edtech tools to support all types of learners in the classroom.

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ASSISTments has Won $25 Million in Grants with next to no Business Structure or Marketing

November 26, 2019

While many edtech tools and solutions might show promising results in small studies or certain conditions, very few prove effective at scale. That is not the case with ASSISTments. Developed by former teachers Professor Neil and Cristina Heffernan, the free classroom assessment software has been shown to bring about remarkable academic gains. Read on to learn the story of how ASSISTments came to be and some of the challenges along the way.‍

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I Took a Break From the Classroom to Help Do Research. It Made Me a Stronger Teacher.

November 21, 2019

Andrew Burnett was in his 15th year of teaching when he was asked to join the ASSISTments team. His task was to help conduct a long-term educational study by training and supporting the teachers that were participating in an independent research project. Andrew communicated with 70 teachers all around the Northeast about implementing ASSISTments in their classrooms. Read on to learn Andrew's story and how he has transformed his teaching practices.

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Are teachers misusing homework? Beyond the question of whether or not to assign it

November 21, 2019

How much, if any, homework should elementary school students receive? It is an age-old and ongoing debate. But the discussion misses a fundamental part of the controversy: Teachers often don’t take advantage of homework as an instructional tool. Neil Heffernan weighs in about how homework can be utilized best to enhance student learning.

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U.S. Department of Education Awards Worcester Polytechnic Institute $8 Million to Scale and Expand ASSISTments

October 21, 2019

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), in partnership with The ASSISTments Foundation, has been awarded an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program.

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How We Protect Data at ASSISTments

October 17, 2019

Protecting student privacy is our top priority. At ASSISTments, we know that our students, parents, and schools have a clear and important right to their own data. Read on to learn how we protect our students' data.

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Persistence is not Always Productive: How to Stop Students from Spinning their Wheels

October 9, 2019

Students are often told to push themselves to the limit in the math classroom. But is this persistence always the most productive way for students to learn? ASSISTments founder Neil Heffernan weighs in about how students can move past spinning their wheels and start mastering math content.

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A New Nonprofit: The ASSISTments Foundation

July 26, 2019

The foundation adds potential to bring in new talent and scale ASSISTments

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Husband and Wife Duo: Neil and Cristina Heffernan

July 11, 2019

Co-founders of ASSISTments, the Heffernans seize every opportunity to discuss innovative ideas.

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