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OPINION: WE CAN’T BECOME A NATION OF EQUAL LEARNERS UNTIL WE BECOME A NATION OF READERS

June 4, 2018

How to level the literacy playing field, at last

Despite the claims of those who propose to “disrupt” education with video lessons and a well-intentioned emphasis on STEM, reading remains the backbone of a real education.

Unlike other species, humans use language as a kind of operating system for our big brains. Our intellectual abilities evolved in concert with our linguistic abilities.

Words act as handles that allow our minds to manipulate ideas, and written language invents syntaxes that go far beyond anything in spoken communication.

That’s why advanced reading correlates so highly with critical thinking skills. Mastering advanced syntax allows our brains to work on a higher level. When we read Charles Darwin, George Eliot, Stephen J. Gould, or Toni Morrison, what they say increases our knowledge, but how they say it makes us smarter. For rapidly developing adolescent brains, engagement with great minds through their words activates deeper cognitive abilities.

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ZINC PRESENTS AT THE 2018 ASU GSV SUMMIT

April 20, 2018

Check out Zinc’s founder and president, Matt Bardin, discussing Zinc’s Reading Revolution.

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ZINC IS A PROUD NEW MEMBER OF THE LEAP PILOT NETWORK

May 03, 2018

Zinc is thrilled to have been chosen as one of twelve education technology tools invited to join LEAP Innovations' Pilot Network. Read about their work and the upcoming pilots!

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DON’T IGNORE THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

December 5, 2017

Jay Willis recently interviewed Zinc’s founder, Matt Bardin, on the key element of education: literacy. “Most people think of test prep as a bunch of tricks and shortcuts, and I learned pretty quickly that those don’t work. What I came to realize was a lot of it came down to how people read and think, but mostly how they read,” Matt says. Listen to the full interview

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TOUGH TALK ON USING TECH TO ACHIEVE ADVANCED LITERACY TODAY

July 31, 2017

EdTech Digest recently interviewed Zinc’s founder, Matt Bardin, on his views on literacy, education technology and the future of reading. Check out the full piece.

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CLOSE READING EXPERIENCE BETA IS HERE

February 5, 2018

We’re excited to announce the launch of our newest literacy tool, the Zinc Close Reading Experience, which uses interactive, student-led video lessons to teach close reading with commonly taught texts, like Romeo and Juliet and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Through guided practice, the feature will help students learn and/or reinforce necessary skills for effective reading.

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DEMO NIGHT IN NYC!

December 19, 2016

Zinc was thrilled to demo at the NY Tech Alliance’s final event of 2016, a night devoted to innovative education technology solutions and presented in partnership with the New York City Department of Education’s iZone. If you weren’t able to attend, but want to see what you missed, you can check out the recording.

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ZINC & LITLIFE JOIN FORCES TO IMPROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL LITERACY

September 6, 2017

Great lit minds think alike.

Zinc and LitLife, a nationally recognized organization dedicated to innovative approaches in professional development for literacy education, announced we’ll be joining efforts to achieve our shared mission of improving adolescent literacy.

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ZINC GOES HOME

November 15, 2016

Zinc strives to support learners in all environments, so as more and more families are deciding to homeschool, we’re adapting to meet these users’ unique needs. We’re getting great feedback on how our diverse offerings complement what homeschooling parents have in place and help to prep students for standardized exams, like the SAT and ACT. And with our leaderboard showing all Zinc users, homeschooled students get to benefit from the healthy competition that our students in traditional classrooms experience.

Cathy Duffy, the renowned homeschooling curriculum specialist and author of Christian Home Educators’ Curriculum Manual weighed in on Zinc on her site. Read her full review

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ZINC TAKES ON DISTRICT DISRUPTION

April 25, 2017

Zinc’s experience with the New York City Department of Education’s iZone led to some big insight into how districts across the country can disrupt the education technology status quo. Check out these pearls of wisdom in an EdSurge article written by Zinc’s director of business development, Colette Coleman.

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ZINC IN EDTECHREVIEW

August 1, 2016

EdTechReview, the Delhi start-up for education technology news and community, whom EdSurge labels as their “Indian twin,” recently published a comprehensive Zinc review. Highlights include a reference to the program as “a great way for both educators and students to keep in a loop and work together,” and a suggestion that the reports allow all teachers and students to analyze “weak and strong areas and work accordingly.” Check out the full review.

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RESEARCH RECOGNIZED

November 15, 2016

Digital Promise, the organization known for its commitment to advancing educational innovation to strengthen learning, recently recognized Zinc for efforts to build our Reading Labs tools with a strong research foundation.

Zinc is unique in its combination of in-context vocabulary and diverse content and this mix wasn’t a random decision! We chose to link these two components because research consistently shows that students need to know at least 90—95 percent of words in a text in order to comprehend what they’re reading. Researchers also concluded that explicit vocabulary instruction is crucial, even for secondary school students. Our experiences as educators continue to confirm the importance of word and term knowledge for reading success.

To learn more about the adolescent literacy research upon which we based Zinc, start by checking out this report from the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

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ZINC GOES GLOBAL

July 5, 2016

We’re thrilled to contribute for the second year in a row to the SAT program at the I Know I Can Summer Academies (IKIC) at Ramallah Friends School in Palestine. This program, founded in 2011 by Teach For America alum and current manager of teacher leadership development Michael Madormo, works to prepare students in the region for the rigor of the SAT using a unique, finely crafted approach. Specifically, IKIC seeks not only to move scores but also to strengthen cultural connections and build critical consciousness. Given the diversity of topics in Zinc’s articles and their cultural relevance, our program is a great complement to IKIC’s admirable mission. In addition, the IKIC program emphasizes joy and teamwork as one of its three key values, a focus perfectly aligned to the Zinc philosophy that learning should be fun and engaging. Through gaming components, healthy competition, and fresh, authentic content, we seek to keep excitement in learning and even test prep. We’re eager to watch how IKIC students grow this summer with the support of their amazing and dedicated teachers and the Zinc tools.

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION

September 21, 2016

Zinc is based in the heart of Manhattan with offices right on Union Square, and as New Yorkers, we’re thrilled to have our programs expand into our hometown’s schools!

The New York City Department of Education (DOE), the largest district in the nation, serves over one million students in nearly two thousand schools. Given this massive reach, we’re thrilled to be part of the district’s Short-Cycle Evaluation Challenge (SCEC) run through the iZone a branch of the DOE which was created to use innovation to foster personalized learning and college readiness. The SCEC is one of iZone’s initiatives that helps schools to get the right technology into their classrooms quickly through a structured ninety-day pilot and is supplemented with professional development opportunities with the iZone team and Zinc.

This year, we’ll be working with math, history, and biology teachers at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn and English, ESL, and history teachers at the Business of Sports School in Manhattan. Throughout the pilot, the Center for Children and Technology will collect data, which will be synthesized at the close to determine Zinc’s efficacy and impact. This data will also contribute to the Learning Assembly Pilot Toolkit, which will benefit educators around the country. The iZone’s SCEC is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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ZINC WEIGHS IN ON THE NEW SAT IN US NEWS & WORLD REPORT

March 4, 2016

The exciting shift to the new SAT is upon us! Learn more about this change and hear insights from Zinc’s founder and president, Matt Bardin, a test prep expert with over twenty years of experience, in this article out of US News.

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VERITAS IS NOW ZINC!

August 15, 2015

We’re happy to announce that Veritas Learning Labs will now be known as Zinc Learning Labs.

We develop digital tools to improve reading comprehension, because we know that reading comprehension is the secret element that makes students succeed in school, on tests, and in life.

The mineral zinc, though unheralded, has been used for millennia to strengthen and transform precious metals. Zinc also plays a crucial but largely unnoticed role in the functioning of most proteins in our bodies. Over two billion people worldwide suffer from zinc deficiencies, which lead to weakness and lack of growth.

Nothing else is changing about our company. The Veritas URLs will redirect.

Henceforth, we’ll be known as Zinc.

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EDUCATION DIVE ON ZINC’S SPRINGBOARD INTEGRATION

July 21, 2016

Education Dive shared the scoop on Zinc and the College Board

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