Voyager/Sopris Learning Launches We Can Early Learning Curriculum:

      Voyager/Sopris Learning Launches We Can Early Learning Curriculum:

We Can prepares all children for success in kindergarten and beyond

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Aug. 13, 2013

DALLAS, Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Voyager/Sopris Learning announced today
the release of the We Can™ Early Learning Curriculum, an enhanced and expanded
edition of the We Can Early Childhood Curriculum that  was  originally
published in 2002 and used in PreK programs throughout the country to improve
the quality of preschool programming and learning opportunities for young


We Can Early Learning Curriculum is a comprehensive preschool program authored
by noted early childhood expert, Vicki Gibson, Ph.D. For nearly 30 years, Dr.
Gibson has owned and operated three preschools, providing thousands of young
children with a strong foundation for learning and positioning them for future
academic success. Using this hands-on experience along with her academic
expertise, Dr. Gibson developed the effective and transformational We Can

The release of We Can Early Learning Curriculum is well-timed as last week the
U.S. Department of Education and Health and Human Services announced that New
Mexico is one of six states to receive a supplemental award of $12,500,000
from the 2013 Race to the Top–Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant fund to
improve quality and expand access to early learning programs across the state.

"The need for quality early learning programs in this country is evident, and
we believe this additional funding will be a great opportunity to expand
access to high-quality early education programs across the state of New
Mexico," says George Logue, president of Voyager/Sopris Learning. "We are
extremely excited to be launching We Can Early Learning Curriculum and believe
it will play a pivotal role in our nation's mandate to strengthen early
childhood education for all children."

The newly released We Can incorporates the most recent research and
evidence-based practices proven to increase achievement and minimize learning
differences by developing strong foundational skills in all early childhood
domains. Aligned to the Common Core, the program addresses foundational skills
in math and literacy for kindergarteners and includes a high-quality,
comprehensive design that integrates instruction, assessment, and classroom
management. Special features include easy-to-follow daily lesson plans with
suggestions for differentiating teaching and enhancing learning and additional
literature selections with explicit guidance for modeling and engaging
children with print.

The We Can Early Learning Curriculum aligns with the Foundational Skills and
Kindergarten standards included in the Common Core State Standards and New
Mexico Content Standards, Head Start Child Development and Early Learning
Framework and position statements from the National Association for the
Education of Young Children (NAEYC). While including the pedagogical and
instructional integrity of the original We Can program, it has been enhanced
to help teachers:

  oEstablish classroom management routines that include whole and small group
    lessons and opportunities for children to choose learning centers
  oIntegrate content in social studies, language and literacy, numeracy and
    science using age-appropriate activities
  oTeach children to hear sounds and use letters for pre-reading and writing
    using the comprehensive phonological program, Letters, Sounds & Strokes
  oProvide blended learning formats including print and digital options using
    a new online component, The Learning Zoo

We Can is proven effective for developing readiness for young children's
subsequent school success. Evidence of effectiveness is documented in
longitudinal studies that report gains in 3 and 4 year old children who
attended half-day preschool in a full inclusion model and have sustained those
gains; now achieving high scores on the state assessments in reading and math
(Dubno, 2011; Dubno, Dugger & Smith, 2013). Significant reductions in
referrals to Special Education were also documented in these studies, adding
to the research validated practices in We Can.

Read about the Granite School District preschool success using ONLY the
management system and curricula in We Can in the Granite School District We
Can Case Study and The Voices of Utah Children report.

Learn more about the We Can Early Learning Curriculum at

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About Voyager/Sopris Learning
Dedicated to the success of every student, Voyager/Sopris Learning are members
of Cambium Learning Group, the nation's most comprehensive provider of
research-based education solutions and online learning tools—including
curriculum products, personalized professional development, assessment, and
school improvement/turnaround services. With the ultimate goal of advancing
student achievement, Voyager/Sopris Learning partner with preK–12 schools to
build teaching and leadership capacity, keep students on track, and accelerate
struggling students to grade-level proficiency. We are proud to represent the
life's work of world-renowned researchers and education leaders and have a
steadfast commitment to translating research into practice, with a proven
track record of helping schools and districts boost student participation,
improve test scores, and increase graduation rates. Voyager/Sopris Learning is
a business unit of Cambium Learning Group Inc. (NASDAQ: ABCD), based in
Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visitVoyagerLearning.comor

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