Research & Results

Our Knowledge is Your Power

Today’s students are deeply immersed in social learning. They are continually accessing and sharing information, communicating on multiple platforms, and consuming and creating diverse forms of media. StudySync leverages this contemporary experience, incorporating and embracing today’s technology to build knowledge and improve literacy skills across the curriculum.

StudySync was developed from a rich research base drawn from the most current studies in pedagogy, learning, technology, and student engagement. Unlike long-standing programs developed decades ago, StudySync was built with today’s learners in mind. Providing the highest level of academics, award-winning multimedia, a platform for collaboration, StudySync brings learning to life.

Read recent whitepaper on Student Engagement and Digital Technology

Our Lead Scholars:

Dr. Lawrence Baines, University of Oklahoma

“The National Assessment of Education Progress, which has administered criterion-referenced tests in literacy since 1971, reports that only one to two percent (1 – 2%) of American adolescents are able to read and write at the highest ‘advanced’ level every year. Instruction-as-usual seems unlikely to engender the kind of radical transformation that is needed.

New instructional approaches that focus on higher levels of student engagement, personalized instruction, and real-life, real-time experiences are essential if higher academic goals are to be realized. StudySync is just the kind of robust and relevant to the real world tool that will help students make the transition to success in college and careers.”

Read Dr. Baines’s whitepaper

Dr. Ruth Nathan, University of California, Berkeley

“Advanced reading ability is the key to the full range of ways of knowing. It can no longer be considered a luxury…. At the core of StudySync is an Internet technology-based learning system that accommodates the current generation’s need for instruction. It is customized, collaborative, and lives up to the need for information integrity in a highly digitized and connected world.  Its solutions leverage students’ experience and intelligence to advance them on a pathway to excellence through middle and high school and into college.”

Read Dr. Nathan’s whitepaper

Dr. Timothy Shanahan

Tim is a Distinguished Professor of Urban Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is Director of the Center for Literacy and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  Also a member of the Common Core State Standards development team for ELA, Grades K-12 and a Principal Investigator, National Title I Study of Implementation and Outcomes: Early Childhood Language Development, Tim is an inductee into the Reading Hall of Fame, 2007. Tim was also a past president of the International Reading Association and former director of reading for Chicago Public Schools.

Dr. Douglas Fisher

Doug is a prolific writer, respected teacher and professional development expert currently teaching as a Professor of Language and Literacy Education, School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA and is the Co-Director, Center for Advancement of Reading at California State University Office of the Chancellor, in Long Beach, CA. Doug is currently working on the creation of a new charter high school in San Diego while continuing to write numerous articles, books and book chapters on issues of literacy, language arts, school reform, and inclusive education. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and The California Reader and Remedial and Special Education. His recent publications include the following article and book chapters: Text Complexity: Raising Rigor in Reading (with Nancy Frey and Diane Lapp), Implementing a school-wide literacy framework: Improving achievement in an urban elementary school(with N. Frey, in press) The Reading Teacher; Lesson Study: An opportunity for teacher led professional development (with C. Podhorsky, 2007). In L.B. Gambrell, L.M. Morrow, & M. Pressley (Eds.), Handbook of Teacher Education: Globalization, standards and professionalism in times of change (pp. 445-456). New York: Kluwer-Springer.