George Lucas Educational Foundation

VocabularySpellingCity Mayor

I run an online education company devoted to helping students and teachers move ahead. We believe that technology is a huge part of the future and the challenge of helping teachers.

Science4Us is a K-2nd science curriculum built on the idea of cross-curriculum learning. It's build to build literacy and math skills while establishing a solid science foundation. In 2016, Science4Us won both the BESSIE and CODiE for the Best Science Instructional Program. Teachers like the simplicity of implementation. Science4Us is based on the BSCS 5E Instructional model and has hundreds of online and offline activities. Science4Us received a Dept of Education SBIR grant to help in the development of "game-inspired techniques for engagement and learning" (side note, in my previous career, I went platinum as a game producer on the Playstation). The efficacy study of Science4Us was performed by McRel. For more info:

Much better known is VocabularySpellingCity (previously We still offer the free spelling test which is so popular around the country and world (it seems that most elementary schools use it to a greater or less degree) but our development focus over the last five years has been on the premium membership which greatly impacts literacy and comprehension skills through vocabulary-building.

We've found that while most elementary schools recognize vocabulary as key to their success, very few understand what the research prescribes for a successful program. Vocabulary building requires an explicit instruction program directly integrated with classroom instruction but which also allows for the multiple encounters, aural and multimedia input, a broad array of uses of words, and a spacing across the several weeks required for vocabulary to be learned, not just encountered. More info:

Another passion of mine in working with deeply disadvanted elementary schools trying to build models for success within the public school systems which relies on a combination of best practices and community support I think a lot about this. I'm deeply involved with a community support program for a local school hoping to produce an effective model.

I was gratified to receive this email from a Edutopia featured blogger a few years ago:
"VocabularySpellingCity is a magnificent resource for teachers, parents, and students of all ages. It is hard not to learn when you use the site. So many free resources are available! The aural portion of your vocabulary building is perfect for ELL students but all student would benefit. The record keeping function for premium member is a great tool. The prices of the premium membership are phenomenal. Your site is particularly powerful for Response to Intervention strategies. Parents and especially home schooling parents will find this site a goldmine of resources. I see this as a valuable resource from which Edutopia readers will benefit greatly. Please do share this on the Edutopia Blog."

I also maintain my own blog:

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educational technology

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