WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Showing a continued commitment to provide a high-quality Pre-K program for its students, Dallas Independent School District has partnered with Hatch®, the leading provider of early learning technology, to implement 171 Hatch iStartSmart® Mobile tablets into its classrooms this fall.
iStartSmart Mobile is a research-based and child tested technology that provides children with English language Shell Squad Games that engage them in mastering the important literacy and math skills needed for kindergarten readiness. Along with providing kid-safe and durable hardware, iStartSmart Mobile delivers kid-safe software that protects children from accessing non-age appropriate areas of the tablet. The Hatch Report Management System offered on the iStartSmart system captures and monitors progress data while children play and learn, providing teachers with individualized, intentional teaching strategies. From this data, teachers and administrators can monitor device usage and ultimately refocus a child that may be having difficulty.
On September 9th, 2014, 60 teachers implementing the iStartSmart technology and supporting administrators will participate in all-day, on-site professional development training delivered by Hatch to provide support for the initial implementation into the classroom. To ensure the continued success of Dallas ISD teachers and children, Hatch will also be conducting on-site training for 16 education specialists who will offer support and professional development opportunities for teachers after the initial implementation.
“Success in the classroom is only possible through our continued commitment to support our teachers in their teaching efforts,” said Ginny Norton, President of Hatch Early Learning. “Hatch is dedicated to ensuring that professional development after introducing a product into the classroom not only boosts confidence in our educators and their use of technology, but gives educators the tools they need to transform learning in our Pre-K classrooms.”
“Kindergarten readiness has become essential in setting our children up for learning success now and later in life,” said Alan Cohen, Executive Director of Early Childhood Education. “By partnering with Hatch, their research-supported programs, and their commitment to supporting our teachers, we are ensuring that our Pre-K learners are given a greater opportunity to succeed in education, regardless of their circumstance or special need.”
In an effort to remain innovative and committed to providing heightened learning opportunities for all children, Dallas ISD expanded its partnership with Hatch to include the development of a Spanish language add-on to Shell Squad Games for implementation in Dallas ISD schools in 2015. With a significant and growing number of children under age 5 entering formal prekindergarten classrooms with Spanish as their primary language, there is a need to develop a Spanish language conversion of the currently existing Shell Squad Games. Complimentary to the Gomez and Gomez Dual Language Model currently used by Dallas ISD, Shell Squad Games Spanish will be the first Pre-K research-based Dual Language software of its kind that monitors child progress and school readiness in both English and Spanish.
About Hatch®, the Early Learning Experts:
Since 1984, Hatch® has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 children with technology and classroom materials that prepare them with essential skills to succeed in school and beyond. From interactive hardware to adaptive software and classroom supplies, Hatch is the leading early learning solutions provider nationwide. Child-appropriate hardware; research-based content tied to standards; and individualized progress monitoring tools combine to create complete classroom solutions that improve fundamental math, literacy, and social-emotional skills. For more information, visit www.HatchEarlyLearning.com.