Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blended Schools Partners with School Improvement Network on Student Centered Learning

Blended Schools Network Partners With School Improvement Network

Jul 23, 2014-- AUSTIN, TX, United States, - - Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB:SIBE), (www.siblinggroup.com) (the "Company"), an educational technology holding company, announced today that its Blended Schools Network division has signed an agreement to provide K-12 online instructional content through a national partnership with School Improvement Network as they develop their Student-Centered Learning product.

School Improvement Network's personalized learning (PL) model, as already used in urban public schools, has helped dramatically increase student achievement and engagement among all demographics. PL drives personalized educational experiences by allowing teachers to meet students at their current level of understanding and optimal learning style as the students learn and provide evidence of mastery of skills and proficiencies defined in the Common Core State Standards Initiative. The content will be delivered through School Improvement Network's new GAGE system, a dynamic digital teaching and learning platform designed to support personalized learning in any school or system. GAGE supports students in building a learning path through which they progress based on individual mastery of learning objectives. The Blended School Network content will be integrated into the GAGE system to enable students to achieve mastery of learning targets.

"A personalized learning approach that empowers each student to drive their own optimal learning style and pace is essential for every student to master the 21st century skills they need to succeed in college and career," said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. "We are pleased to partner with the Blended School Network in creating these learning environments, and positively impacting the success and preparedness of thousands of students in schools and classrooms across the country."

GAGE, combined with a substantial library of BSN online lessons, bridges virtual and physical media, enabling peer-to-peer interaction and engagement of students at all levels. Students are presented with tools to monitor their progress, tools to organize and prioritize tasks, and the community to support success. Teachers and students are both supported as learners within the system.

Blended Schools Network's online content is currently used in over 160 school districts with over 300,000 course enrollments last year. BSN have over 212 different K-12 courses with over 15,000 lessons, 12,000 videos and 8,000 distinct modules. Schools and districts rely on the highly engaging content to create a blended learning environment for their students to help foster opportunities for success.

"This is an excellent partnership of two organizations focused on fully leveraging technology to driveindividualized learning with rich, engaging content to ensure student success," stated Maurine Findley, CEO of Sibling Group Holdings. "With the combined strength of extensive sales and marketing efforts many more districts should have access to the K-12 online content from Blended Schools Network."

The organizations will work together to assist school districts with implementing the new product for the 2014-2015 school year and have already worked on a joint proposal for a large school district in the southeast.

About Sibling Group Holdings, Inc.: Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB:SIBE), through its wholly owned subsidiary Blended Schools Network (BSN), provides benchmark quality online curriculum for the K-12 marketplace, a complete hosted course authoring tools, professional development for teachers and industry-leading learning management system (LMS) environments. Sibling Group Holdings is focused on pursuing market expansion and new product development to meet the global trend towards leveraging educational technology to improve student performance.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning the plans and expectations of Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. to provide a student-centered learning product with School Improvement Network. Actual events or results may differ materially from those described in this press release due to a number of risks and uncertainties. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, that the anticipated benefits of the transaction with School Improvement Network may not be realized. More information about potential factors that could affect our business and financial results is included under the captions, "Risk Factors" in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 which has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and available at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.

CONTACT: Richard Marshall, Chief Development Officer

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Blended Schools Network partners with School Improvement Network!

Great new partnership announced last week that brings the amazing content from Blended Schools Network into a brand new student centered system from School Improvement.  The Blended Schools Network acquisition by Sibling Group Holdings (OTC: SIBE) has been completed and this is a great start to the expansion - - more to come!

Personalized Learning Solution for Students with the Soft Launch of GAGE

THE GAGE PERSONALIZED LEARNING PROGRAM IS AVAILABLE TO SELECTED SCHOOL DISTRICTS THIS FALL FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR. 

Our personalized learning solution GAGE is now scalable across any school or system. GAGE provides everything needed to transform a traditional school or district into a personalized learning environment, and gives districts the ability to provide personalized, mastery-based learning along with real-time professional development resources for educators combined into a single system.

"True personalized learning has the potential to revolutionize education by allowing educators to meet the precise and unique needs of 100 percent of students, but has never before been possible because educators have not had the tools and resources to implement a sustainable model," said Chet D. Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. "Now, the personalized learning transformation powered by GAGE provides the technology and curriculum students need bundled with the training, support and reporting educators need to engage students in a higher level of thinking and learning, making personalized learning a scalable reality for any school or system."

Personalized learning with GAGE shifts pedagogical practice to help students take ownership of their learning experience, including how, when, and where they learn. Beginning at their current level of understanding, students are able to use a range of activities based on their personal interests, learning styles and goals, ultimately leading them to subject mastery at their individual pace. By teaching students "how to learn," this personalized learning transforms education into a lifelong learning experience by equipping students with the skills they need to compete in a modern global economy, and continue learning and finding solutions to problems independently.

GAGE is delivered on the Agilix xLi platform, a proven and scalable learning platform, and was field tested and proven in multiple schools and districts before becoming available to all districts and systems.

"Education is moving to personalized learning because it has been shown to be a more effective model," said Curt Allen, CEO of Agilix. "School districts need the platforms, tools, and professional development support required to provide these new opportunities for their students. School Improvement Network's personalized learning solution GAGE pulls all these elements together in an integrated, scalable and sustainable way. We are pleased to provide the platform for the delivery of this solution."

GAGE includes content from multiple curriculum partners, including Compass Learning®, Blended Schools Network, The NROC Project, and Qlovi. These resources, combined with School Improvement Network's tools, give districts and school systems everything they need to launch and sustain a personalized learning environment, including an engaging K-12 centric user experience, a digital library of K-12 curriculum aligned to the Common Core or any states standards, data-driven dashboards and analytics, and the most robust professional development resources and educator community available.

The new solution also provides the flexibility for districts to customize and supplement the digital curriculum library with their own resources, OER, or content from other publishers such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson, Compass Learning, and others.

The GAGE personalized learning program is available to selected school districts this fall for the 2014-2015 school year. District administrators interested in being considered for inclusion in this program should contact the School Improvement Network at gage@schoolimprovement.com.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Sibling Group Holdings goes Blended Learning!

Sibling Group Finalizes Blended Network Transaction

ATLANTA, GA, May 30, 2014 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (otcqb:SIBE) (www.siblinggroup.com ) (the "Company") announced today that it has finalized the acquisition of Blended Schools Network ( www.blendedschools.net , "BSN"), with agreement from both companies Board of Directors. BSN will operate as an independent business unit, and be a key element of Sibling Group's K-12 strategy for high quality content development, professional development, and for emerging educational technologies.
Blended Schools Network was founded in 2002 by Pennsylvania school superintendents in order to bring high quality online learning to all students. Currently, BSN serves over 160 school districts and has over 300,000 course enrollments for this past school year, and has historically generated around $3M in annual revenues. They have developed over 190 online courses, 15,000 lessons, 12,000 videos and over 8,000 modules.
Dave Saba, Sibling Group Holdings President, commented, "Industry experts have projected that by 2019, 50 percent of all high school courses will be delivered online*, and BSN's positioning in this market should give us solid growth potential. Moreover, with other acquisitions under consideration, it can be strongly leveraged, for increased scale and market presence."
Leaders from both organizations have worked closely together over the last six months to position BSN for substantial growth. BSN has already experienced success through expansion into new states like Nevada, California, Wisconsin, Ohio and New Jersey, and is focused on expanding potential national partnerships for distribution of both student-facing content and teacher professional development.
"We are very excited to be able to take this incredible resource for teachers and students and bring it to so many more schools in the U.S. and around the world," stated Saba. "Building a high performing lifelong learning company around this exceptional team of education professionals is the perfect next step for Sibling Group Holdings and sets the tone for long term success."
The BSN team is already working to re-launch Sibling's Special Education, and Social Emotional Learning products under the BSN brand. BSN is also working with Sibling experts on bringing a Childhood Development Associate certification product to market in 2014.
* Source - Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns by Clayton Christensen, Curtis W. Johnson and Michael B. Horn.
About Sibling Group Holdings, Inc:Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (otcqb:SIBE) (www.siblinggroup.com ) intends to acquire, on a global basis, advanced technology and education management operations in order to enhance and accelerate the delivery of 21st century learning. By accessing funding from the public capital markets and melding them into a unified strategy, Sibling seeks to accelerate the improvement of education across the globe. The results: better educated children and adults, a sustainable and cost effective instructional model and reduced dependence on governmental funding. Our current operations include professional development for the teaching profession and educational technology offerings including classroom management tools. The Company's executive offices are in Atlanta, Georgia.
Blended Schools Network will be an independent business unit of Sibling Group Holdings, Inc., and will continue to operate providing online curriculum with 192 master courses for the K-12 marketplace, all Common Core compatible; a complete hosted course authoring and learning management system (LMS) environment featuring both Blackboard and Canvas; the new Language Institute, with online courses in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, Japanese, Latin, Russian, German and Hindi, all oriented to meet today's ESL requirements. The Blendedschools.net staff provides online, and on-site training for Blended Learning training methods, conversion planning, and implementation. For more information, go to www.blendedschools.net , or call Sheri Border, at 814-542-2501 x181, or by email at sborder@blendedschools.net.
Safe Harbor: This press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties and are made pursuant to the Safe Harbor Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. is subject to risks detailed from time to time in its publicly filed documents available atwww.sec.gov . Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that it may make to conform to actual results. All current and potential shareholders are asked to read all filings for the Company at the Securities and Exchange Commission web site, www.SEC.gov .


Monday, May 5, 2014

Digital Mind Maps

I have been speaking with Tim Heckel over at slatebox.com about his open source mapping tool an the next interation that is about to come out. Very cool application - but even cooler to see a teacher using it with students and appreciating the fact that the technology is very easy to understand and use.

And of coures the students just dive right in! http://hollymueller.blogspot.com/2014/05/digilit-sunday.html

Take a look and let Tim know your thoughts - very cool stuff.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Word of Mouth and #35

Had the pleasure of visiting my 35th state capitol this week and got to have the most amazing breakfast at The Word of Mouth Neighborhood Bistro.  INCREDIBLE!!  People were just amazing and all raving about the food - and it lived up to their hype. I will be back.