September 24, 2017 1:03 PM ET

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Company Overview of NextLesson Inc.

Company Overview

NextLesson Inc. offers a project management platform where students, teachers, and parents can learn, discover lessons, collaborate, plan, track, and achieve progress toward individual or group goals in a visual, and collaborative way. It offers standards aligned K 12 projects and lessons that engage students in real world problem solving through various topics. It offers various lesson type, which includes performance tasks, worksheets, activities, projects, and rank & reasons. NextLesson Inc. was formerly known as PacerRabbit Inc. and changed its name to NextLesson Inc. in May, 2013. The company was incorporated in 2013 and is based in San Francisco, California.

28 Second Street

Suite 501

San Francisco, CA 94107

United States

Founded in 2013



Key Executives for NextLesson Inc.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Executive Director
Head of Sales
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2017.

NextLesson Inc. Key Developments

NextLesson Expands Interactive Lessons into English Language Arts

NextLesson announced the expansion of its interactive Performance Tasks into English Language Arts. The expansion of its digital platform fills ELA-specific needs, including greater student differentiation according to lexile level, model-text annotation and editing, depth of knowledge (DOK) indicators, and online assignment and grading of lessons. With hundreds of interactive lessons spanning thousands of editions, NextLesson now supports digital learning in grades 3-12 for both Math and English Language Arts. The lessons combine NextLesson's approach of engaging students in real world problem solving through topics they care about, such as movies, books, sports, and celebrities, with features that personalize learning for students and save teachers time. On the NextLesson platform, teachers now have multiple ways to make learning more personally relevant for students. In addition to choosing a high-interest topic (e.g. movies), they can now assign unique editions to each student and set the lesson at the appropriate reading level. All ELA Performance Tasks are available at three reading levels based on lexile mapping: At Grade, Above Grade, and Below Grade.

NextLesson Announces Updated Interactive Lesson Platform

NextLesson announced the general availability of its interactive lesson platform. The NextLesson platform supports digital classrooms by enabling lessons to be assigned, completed and graded online. NextLesson's unique solution engages students in real world problem solving through topics they care about such as movies, books, sports and celebrities. Complementing core adoptions, NextLesson enables students to develop deep understanding of skills and concepts in authentic contexts. In response to feedback received in beta, the platform now offers a more intuitive interface with new features to support students and teachers. For students, lessons now have text-to-speech audio and glossary terms with accompanying images to provide additional support for all learners. Students can also submit responses as they progress and receive feedback from their teachers. For teachers, a new student Submissions View provides a better way to assess student progress. Teachers can view timestamped responses listed by question or student, see suggested answers, score student work and download responses as a CSV file. All users will benefit from a toolbar with easy access to lesson navigation, tools, sharing and download options. An initial set of Performance Tasks is now available on the new platform with the migration of Rank & Reason®, Projects, Activities and Worksheets to follow.

NextLesson Expands Leadership Team and Advisory Board with New Appointments

NextLesson announced that Thomas Motter, has joined the company as Head of Sales. In addition, Robin Richards, Chairman and CEO of CareerArc Group and former Chairman and CEO of Blackboard Connect, has been appointed to the company's Advisory Board. Previously, Motter advised early-stage edtech companies and served as President and COO at Blackboard Connect where he worked collaboratively with over 2,500 districts. Richards joins NextLesson's Advisory Board as a proven entrepreneur with 30 years of senior leadership in technology. Prior to CareerArc, he was Chairman and CEO at Blackboard Connect alongside Motter. Earlier in his career, Richards founded or led Vivendi Universal Net USA, and

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