Carnegie Learning Partners
Carnegie Learning's Cognitive Tutor is based on cognitive learning research conducted over 20 years at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) by Dr. John Anderson, Professor of Psychology and Computer Science. Anderson and his team developed teaching software that combined models of how people learn with powerful computing tools. In 1990, Anderson joined forces with Bill Hadley, the 1995 Presidential Math Teacher of the Year (now Chief Academic Officer of Carnegie Learning), expanding the software to create the first full-fledged Cognitive Tutor Algebra curriculum. Initially piloted at Langley High School in Pittsburgh, by 1998 the Cognitive Tutor was in use in 75 U.S. schools.
In 1998, Carnegie Learning was incorporated and licensed the Cognitive Tutor technology from Carnegie Mellon.
Our partnership today with CMU encompasses ongoing technology transfer and exchange of research ideas. The CMU Pittsburgh Area Cognitive Tutor (PACT) Center, directed by Dr. Albert Corbett and Dr. Ken Koedinger, continues to conduct empirical research validating the learning improvements achieved by students using the Cognitive Tutor, while also developing new Cognitive Tutor curricula. In January 2000, Carnegie Learning committed $2.7 million to the PACT Center for research and development of a new integrated math curriculum for grades six through eight.
For nearly 60 years, the RAND Corporation has fulfilled its mission by providing objective research and analysis to address challenges facing the world. The rigorous quality standards of research has earned RAND a world-class reputation.
As a nonprofit institution, RAND conducts RAND-initiated research and provides objective research services to public and private clients.
The Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center (PSLC)will address the widely recognized problem that education research has not yet produced research results that unquestionably work to produce robust student learning and that survive the transition from the lab to the classroom and from one domain, researcher, or developer to other domains, researchers, and developers. Although learning science has no shortage of rigorous laboratory results and associated principles and no shortage of realistic classroom design experiments and associated course innovations, there is a shortage of experimental results that are both rigorous and realistic. Our goal is to produce results that survive rigorous experimentation with laboratory-quality methods in real classroom settings. We call this paradigm in vivo learning experimentation. Such experimentation will focus on robust learning, that is, learning that is retained over long durations, transfers to novel situations, and accelerates future learning.
Founded by Pennsylvania school districts and the Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11 ten years ago to use videoconferencing technology to deliver specialty and elective courses to multiple classrooms, today blendedschools.net is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that provides K-12 online courses, videoconference courses, and professional development to more than 100 schools districts. blendedschools.net's mission is to create and deliver meaningful experiences that enhance flexible, blended learning opportunities for its member school districts and their students.
blendedschools.net hosts a robust, online learning management system, community portal and content system for delivering their own K-12 online courses in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, French, German, Spanish, Art, Music, Advanced Placement, and PSSA recovery. blendedschools.net's online courses provided instruction for 38,600 student course enrollments during the 2005 fall semester. More than 100 consortium-taught, videoconference-delivered courses connect students to teachers between school districts for classes otherwise not locally available. In the last two years, the blendedschools.net training staff delivered professional development to 3000 teachers on how to create and teach online instruction. To help school districts transform into 21st century teaching and learning centers, blendedschools.net hosts an annual conference.
The Iowa Educators Consortium, IEC, is an initiative of the Iowa Area Education Agencies. Iowa AEAs formed the IEC as an independent, tax-exempt, nonprofit institution supporting the mission of the Area Education Agencies. The primary function of the IEC is to provide a voluntary purchasing program for K-12 schools by bringing all statewide school purchasing programs under one legal umbrella and one fiscal management group. IEC purchases allow schools to take advantage of aggressive pricing based on the purchasing volume of many Iowa schools.
Design Science develops software used by educators, scientists and publishing professionals, including MathType, Equation Editor in Microsoft Office, MathFlow, MathDaisy and MathPlayer, to communicate on the web and in print. Carnegie Learning integrates Design Science WebEQ™ to produce and render formatted mathematical expressions for Cognitive Tutor curricula.