DALLAS, February 18, 2016 — Istation is pleased to announce it has been identified as a supplemental reading program by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) in conjunction with the Colorado READ Act.
Passed in 2012, the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act) focuses on kindergarten through 3rd grade literacy and assessment as well as on students with a significant reading deficiency. The act also delineates requirements for parent communication and provides funding to support intervention. In conjunction with these efforts, the CDE is required to identify “quality reading instruction programs and professional development programs” that educational agencies can use.
Responding to the news that Istation would be included on the CDE’s Advisory List of Professional Development and Instructional Programming, Istation’s CEO Richard Collins said, “We are honored to have been selected by the state of Colorado as a trusted reading program. At Istation, we work collaboratively with educators to develop innovative approaches for personalized learning. The endorsement by the state of Colorado creates even more exciting opportunities for collective impact.”
The Advisory List comprises vendors that have been approved as comprehensive core programs, English language development programs, intervention programs, supplemental programs, tutoring programs and professional development. Identified as a supplemental program, Istation works cohesively with core curriculum requirements; develops language skills for early and advanced readers in English and Spanish; identifies the need for and guides educators through student interventions; employs a team of experienced educators who offer robust professional development and strengthens the school-to-home connection by offering the program at both a student’s school and home.
Founded in 1998 and based in Dallas, Texas, Istation (Imagination Station) has become one of the nation’s leading providers of richly animated, game-like, educational technology. Istation was named one of 2019’s “EdTech 1000: Companies Transforming Education” by EdTech Digest, and has received numerous national educational technology awards. The Istation program puts more instructional time in the classroom through small-group and collaborative instruction. Istation’s innovative reading, math and Spanish programs immerse students in an engaging and interactive environment and inspire them to learn. Additionally, administrators and educators can use Istation to easily track the progress of their students, schools and classrooms. Istation now serves more than 4 million students throughout the United States and in several other countries. The company celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2018.