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Sprig Learning Apps are a Part of Apple’s Education Partner Program

Sprig Learning, a leading developer of evidence-based early learning resources and assessments is happy to announce its inclusion in Apple’s prestigious Education Partner Program.

The Sprig team was recently invited to Apple Playground at the Reading for the Love of It 2024. It was an opportunity for all participants to explore the innovative possibilities of Apple technology in education.

The event buzzed with energy as educators from diverse backgrounds engaged with Apple’s cutting-edge technology, particularly iPad, exploring its potential to enhance learning experiences for K-6 students. It was thrilling to witness firsthand how teachers are leveraging iPad capabilities to craft dynamic content and design immersive learning journeys.

Jarrett Laughlin, CEO of Sprig Learning says, “As a part of the Education Partner Program, we are committed to empowering educators and communities worldwide. Together with Apple, we strive to level the playing field for every child, fostering success through engaging and evidence-based educational experiences.”

With schools globally harnessing Apple technology to revolutionize learning, Sprig Learning is honoured to contribute to this transformative journey. 

The partnership underscores a shared dedication to equipping educators with tools that drive student success and promote inclusive learning environments.


What is the Education Partner Program (K-12)?

What is the Education Partner Program (K-12)?

Apple’s dedication to education shines through its motto, “Inspiring Every Kind of Mind,” prominently featured on its dedicated education page

This ethos, shared jointly by Sprig Learning, emphasizes the belief that each individual possesses unique learning styles and creative expressions. 

By leveraging Apple technology and resources, educators and students of all backgrounds are empowered to explore, create, and chart their paths to success.

Apple’s Education Partner Program showcases apps compatible with Apple’s tablets, laptops, and smartphones. 

In the classroom, the journey towards a better world begins with versatile, user-friendly tools prioritizing privacy, accessibility, and sustainability. Apple’s products and resources are meticulously crafted to foster personalized, creative, and inspiring learning experiences.


Collections of Apps In Apple’s Education Partner Program

There are two collections of apps in Apple’s Education Partner Program, the K-12 collection and the Higher Education collection. 

The categories in its K-12 collection are Accessibility, Foundational Literacies, Educator Capacity and Assessment, Workflow, College and Career Readiness, Coding for Early Learners and Social and Emotional Learning.


Categories Featuring Sprig Apps

Categories Featuring Sprig Apps

Sprig Language and Sprig Math are featured in the Foundational Literacies category. 

Sprig Math is additionally featured in the Educator Capacity and Assessment category. 

This recognition highlights Sprig Learning’s dedication to enhancing foundational literacy skills in both language and math, while empowering educators with robust assessment capabilities.


The Intuitiveness of Using Sprig Apps on Apple Products

The Intuitiveness of Using Sprig Apps on Apple Products

The iPad is very versatile. Its lightweight design and long-lasting battery life ensure uninterrupted connectivity throughout the day, empowering teachers to instruct, assess, and collaborate wherever they go. 

Meanwhile, Mac’s intuitive interface simplifies navigation and empowers educators to manage their classrooms with confidence and ease. 

With robust security measures in place, both devices prioritize the protection of student data, ensuring a safe and secure learning experience at every turn. 


What This Means for Sprig Learning

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Sprig Learning celebrates its inclusion in Apple’s Education Partner K-12 program. As classrooms embrace technology like never before, the synergy between hardware and software empowers educators to enhance instruction and assessment for early literacy effectively. 

Sprig Reading is being developed as an iOS app for Fall 2024, joining Sprig Language, Sprig Math, and other apps that are a part of the app store. The aspiration is for all our apps to become part of the Education Partner Program.

This ensures visibility and accessibility for teachers seeking evidence-based early literacy solutions that seamlessly integrate with Apple devices, fostering efficient and secure learning environments for all students.

Designing Toolkits for Revitalizing Indigenous Languages

In the quest to revitalize Indigenous languages, educational toolkits can play a pivotal role, not only in educating but also in preserving and promoting linguistic diversity. 

Among these efforts, the “It’s Our Time: The AFN Educational Toolkit” stands out as a beacon of innovation and collaboration between the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and Apple Canada. 

This toolkit not only enriches educational content but also contributes to the broader goal of language revitalization among First Nations communities.


The Origin of the Toolkit: Need for New Perspectives To Foster a Spirit of Understanding 

The Origin of the Toolkit- Need for New Perspectives To Foster a Spirit of Understanding

In response to the challenges faced by educators and students in accessing reliable resources on culture and history, the AFN and Apple Canada began working together on an ongoing project aimed at providing digital resources on First Nations history. 

Renee St. Germain, Director of Languages and Learning at the AFN, says “Teachers and students struggle for reliable resources around culture and history.” There is a need for new perspectives to be integrated into the educational system, which foster a spirit of understanding.

To this end, she is collaborating with Apple Canada on an ongoing project to offer digital resources on First Nations history. The outcome is an online and downloadable toolkit called “It’s Our Time: The AFN Education Toolkit,” offering hands-on educational materials on First Nations’ rights, culture, and history. 


The Purpose of AFN’s It’s Our Time Education Toolkit

The Purpose of AFN’s It’s Our Time Education Toolkit

This free toolkit includes interactive Apple Books designed to assist both Indigenous and non-Indigenous educators in integrating new perspectives into their classrooms, promoting cooperation, understanding, and action.

Available on Apple Books and web browsers, the toolkit features 22 learning modules. They have been “designed to enhance the understanding of important First Nations topics to ensure both students and teachers are learning in and out of the classroom.


Humbled To Play a Role in Supporting Language Revitalization

Humbled To Play a Role in Supporting Language Revitalization

Educators can now effectively incorporate First Nations content into their curricula, fostering increased dialogue surrounding this history.

Renee stresses the toolkit’s Indigenous leadership by saying :“Equity is at the forefront of everything the AFN does, and the toolkit is First Nations–led.”

She further emphasizes the significance of accurately representing First Nations students, noting their presence in nearly every classroom. 

As systemic change gains momentum across Canada, the toolkit is further advancing efforts to ensure educational equity for First Nations students and generations to come.

Sprig Learning is humbled to be a part of this important work, supporting the design of the Apple Books and modules. 


Ongoing Efforts in Supporting Language Revitalization

There is more work to be done in developing further resources and supporting language revitalization. Renee is continuing her work with public school boards across Canada to broaden the toolkit’s outreach. 

Recognizing the diversity among First Nations people, Apple Canada and the AFN are collaborating with First Nations education leaders to create language and region-specific modules of the toolkit. 

The idea is that these specific modules will authentically reflect the diverse traditions, languages, and cultures within each respective region.

Sprig Learning is Selected for Measures for Early Success Initiative to Advance Equitable Early Childhood Assessments!

Ottawa, May 23, 2023. Sprig Learning is thrilled to announce its participation in the Measures for Early Success initiative led by MDRC with funding support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This groundbreaking initiative envisions a future where early childhood assessments play a crucial role in promoting equitable learning outcomes for all young children.

Reliable and unbiased information about children’s needs, progress, skills, and classroom experiences is essential in building high-quality and equitable early learning systems. As part of the Measures for Early Success cohort, Sprig Learning is committed to developing a holistic and innovative math assessment tool for pre-K educators, children, and families to support more equitable early learning outcomes.

Sprig Learning Co-Founder and CEO, Jarrett Laughlin, states that, “Our team is encouraged by the immense potential of this initiative for all young children. It is an opportunity to reimagine the landscape of early learning assessments, where we leverage the power of equity driven design to support the unique gifts and ways of knowing for every early math learner, ultimately shaping a brighter future for early childhood education”.

Through this initiative, Sprig Learning seeks to address the existing gaps in collecting reliable data on children’s needs, competencies, progress, and classroom experiences in pre-K mathematics. The ultimate goal is to empower math educators with actionable insights to tailor instruction and support to meet the unique needs of every child, while also minimizing bias and administrative burdens.

Faud Khan, Sprig Learning Co-Founder and CTO, says “Being recognized as one of a handful of education solutions (and the only Canadian company) that is able to design and develop such an innovation in early learning assessment is truly an honor! At Sprig, we are committed to developing transformative technology that promotes equitable learning outcomes for all young children”. 

Relishing the opportunity to expand upon our proven success in Canada, Sprig Learning eagerly looks forward to collaborating with our partners at Zeno Math, St. Francis Xavier University, Mighty Play and Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey to turn this initiative into a reality for early learners throughout the United States. 

Dr. Lisa Lunney Borden, professor of mathematics education who holds the John Jerome Paul Chair for Equity in Mathematics Education states that, “It is important to design learning and assessment tools that are asset based and focused on understanding children’s strengths. This initiative fosters the development of culturally enabling assessment resources that honor and value the culturally and linguistically diverse communities we aim to support”. 

To learn more about the Measures for Early Success initiative and our involvement, please visit  

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About Sprig Learning

Sprig Learning

Sprig Learning builds evidence-based, personalized and culturally relevant early learning assessments and resources that provide every child a fair shot at success.



Data in the Classroom—Efficient Practices for Growing Classrooms

As class sizes continue to grow and caps are removed, it’s never been more important to make the most of the personalized data available to educators. 

With the right tools and strategies, we can turn data into actionable insights that drive positive change for students in our classrooms.

Education administrators, teachers, and parents have the power to revolutionize the classroom. Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock the full potential of your students. Read on to learn more about effective data-driven education practices.

A new report by Sprig Learning reveals the power of data in the classroom. 

Learn how to harness the wealth of student information available to create a dynamic school culture that prioritizes personalization, supports individual learning styles, and drives positive outcomes. 

With the use of data, educators can streamline their workload and make informed decisions that benefit each student. 

Get the report now! Who’s Driving Who? Data-Informed Decision Making in Education. 

Some key findings are highlighted below:


The power of data-informed decision making in early education is irrefutable. 

  • To get the most out of this data, teachers need access to comprehensive student datasets. 
  • Over 96% of teachers find benefits from using EdTech, with 44% noting significant time savings.


In today’s classrooms, data management practices play a critical role in student success. 

  • Using data dashboards, whether digital or physical, helps administrators and educators to assess how they can best support their students. 
  • Designating specific “data days” provides teachers with the opportunity to review, interpret and apply data to enhance their instruction and differentiate it to better meet students’ individual needs.
  • Education technology solutions make it easier to collect, visualize and understand data, further streamlining data management practices in the classroom.


Example of data dashboard for teachers: Sprig Language

 Example of data dashboard for teachers: Sprig Language

Example of data dashboard for teachers: Sprig Reading

Example of data dashboard for teachers: Sprig Reading


 Vince Hill, Principal in Grasslands School Division in rural Alberta experienced the benefits first-hand when data management practices were implemented in his school.

“I cannot stress enough how much time holistic, data-driven EdTech tools have saved our teachers and administrators since we first introduced them into our curricula,” says Hill. “The insight gained has an undeniably positive impact on student-teacher engagement and overall class progress. It also allows for continued development and growth at home, in the classroom and even within our surrounding communities.”

Jarrett Laughlin, Founder of Sprig Learning believes parents and caregivers have an important role to play. “Families are critical stakeholders for learning, and they need to and should be given the opportunity to understand how data is being used to inform the decisions regarding their child.”

The data collected is most effective when holistic learning methods and new-age data-driven EdTech work together in harmony. 

Sprig Learning has taken the necessary measures to ensure the data collected through its technology is safe, reliable and accessible for all teachers.

Education technology and data-informed decision-making are still in their early stages, so it’s crucial for schools and teachers to take the lead. 

By using innovative learning tools and programs, we can optimize instructional decisions and support student growth and success. 

About the Authors

Jarrett Laughlin, CEO & Founder, Sprig Learning

Jarrett has worked with educational organizations across the world developing holistic and innovative approaches to measuring success in education.

His recent passion involves mobilizing research into action through socially innovative, community-based projects through his educational technology company, Sprig Learning.

Vince Hill, Principal, Grasslands School Division

Vince has been involved in Indigenous education since 1991. His experiences have ranged from working in First Nation communities in the Northwest Territories and Northern Saskatchewan.

Currently, he is principal in rural Alberta at Bassano School.

2022 Review. Sprig’s Mission to Increase Equity in Early Learning. Innovations. Conversations. New Beginnings.

For many reasons, 2022 was a fantastic year for Sprig Learning. 

Sprig is better equipped than ever to address the early learning issues facing schools and districts, particularly those involving literacy disparities in both language and math. 

Between every collaborating teacher, team member, and partner organizations, a lot has happened this year. Attempting to summarize it all in one article would not do it justice. 

Instead, to give you a sense of what has been going on, we pick a few key moments from the year.  


Augmented Reality— Innovation

Sprig takes pleasure in consistently delivering innovative early learning solutions that will improve student engagement and provide the greatest teaching impact to educators.

So to begin 2022, our team developed augmented reality capability that could be added to our animated storybooks to make them three dimensional. 

This feature continues to be under development and has not been deployed yet.  We are working with our existing schools, teachers and technology leads to finalize these features and boost student engagement in early literacy and language development.


Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (OAME) Event— Conversation

OAME Event

Sprig Learning presented its work at the Ontario Association for Mathematics Education golden jubilee event in early May. It was an amazing and interactive discussion with math educators on the need for early assessments, and teaching underlying math concepts which are predictors of subsequent math achievement. The event consisted of both a Sprig Math presentation and virtual booth. 

Sprig gave away a Sprig Math Classroom Kit in a live in-session draw to an attendee, containing manipulatives which have been shown to improve understanding of foundational math concepts in the early years. 

On the subject of numeracy, Sprig Math continues to experiment with play-based technology which leverages game-based learning to help both teach and assess math concepts. 


Partnership with Joyful Literacy Interventions and  Launch of Sprig Reading— New Beginnings.


Perhaps the biggest news of the year, Sprig officially announced its partnership with Joyful Literacy Interventions in June. The partnership was in the works for sometime, and it was an amazing moment in time to partner with an organization who was equally as committed to the improvement of literacy equity in North America. 

On the trails of that partnership, Sprig Reading was unveiled to the world in August. Sprig Reading is an evidence-based interactive tool for Pre-K to 3 teachers to teach the foundational reading skill sets. It was an amazing launch party, featuring presentations from leading early literacy experts such as Dr. Janet N. Mort and discussing effective reading strategies from experienced teachers that have consistently raised at-grade reading levels in their classroom.


Sprig Reading Professional Development Workshops

With many changes in curriculum and teaching practices, the need for relevant and timely professional development is greater than ever before. Recognizing this need, Sprig Reading launched its multi-part series of workshops that aims to help educators understand and implement best practices using Sprig Reading.

The inaugural workshop was free to attend for the public. Let us know if you are interested in the Early Reading Assessment, Instruction and Planning workshop, and we will send you an unlisted link. 

We have reviewed the components of professional development for excelling in reading instruction, and all Sprig Reading workshops are deliberately constructed to meet those benchmarks, so educators feel adequately supported to meet their school’s vision and improve literacy for their students. 


Giving Tuesday Teaching Awareness Drive

Giving Tuesday Teaching Awareness Drive

Following Sprig’s tradition, we wanted to give back towards the end of the year in November! One of the key themes in our Sprig Blog posts is emphasizing the relevance of all the many teaching and teaching staff positions that contribute to the success of a student. 

Recognizing all of their efforts, we organized a giveaway contest in which we encouraged teachers to raise awareness of the complexities of teaching and entered them into a prize draw when they did so. We held the giveaway draw  on the Tuesday following American Thanksgiving, and picked a winner to  receive our entire puppet and storybook set, as well as a set of language cards.


What 2023 Holds for Us


A lot has happened in 2022, but the thought of what’s coming up next is what further motivates us to continue working to provide every child a fair shot at success.

Sprig Reading has reached over 100 teachers and classrooms in North America in just six months. We look forward to collaborating with other school districts and education professionals around the world that want to improve early reading instruction and increase student achievement.

We are eager to continue providing professional development to our schools and educators who are using Sprig Language and Sprig Math. In the latter half of the 2022-23 school year, the emphasis for training will be on analyzing student data from holistic assessments and using that data to drive instruction and assist early interventions.

Based on the fantastic and ongoing feedback we get from our Sprig educators, we look forward to releasing additional functionality and features for our core early years platform.

Happy holidays and best wishes for a prosperous new year from the Sprig Team! Tomorrow, our staff will leave for a break and return on January 3rd, 2023. We’ll see you again, at the start of the new year!

Sprig Learning Partners With Joyful Literacy To Develop a New Evidence-Based Early Literacy Teacher App

Post-pandemic, there are sporadic glimpses of learning recovery across Canada and the US. But progress is slow. Many young learners in preschool, kindergarten and the early elementary grades are still struggling from missed or interrupted learning opportunities. Now more than ever, research indicates that many students are not reading at grade-level. It is estimated that 25% of Canadian students, and 65% of American students, are not reading at grade level by the end of grade 3 and 4, respectively. Low literacy rates are even higher for marginalized students and the last few years of the pandemic have exacerbated the low literacy challenge.

Sprig Learning was purpose-built to help provide every student with a fair shot at success. To date, we have worked with schools across North America to improve the assessment process in the early years, support teachers and provide all young learners with the chance to succeed in both school and in life. We have helped thousands of early learners acquire the fundamentals of early literacy and numeracy.  

Sprig Learning’s early literacy tools are built around the Science of Reading. To take the next big leap in early literacy innovation, Sprig is excited to partner with Dr. Janet Mort and her Joyful Literacy team to bring you Sprig Reading: Powered by Joyful Literacy! Joyful Literacy is a proven, evidence-based literacy framework that has consistently improved classrooms to 90% grade-level literacy achievement. Wherever it is implemented, the results soon follow! 

Dr. Janet Mort, founder of the Joyful Literacy Framework says, “Our team spent eight years developing and implementing the Joyful Literacy Intervention Framework to prove we could achieve literacy proficiency for struggling early learners. Partnering with Sprig Learning allows us to take the next big step in advancing the cause for early literacy, making it easier for teachers to support a classroom full of diverse learners.”

With Sprig Reading: Powered by Joyful Literacy, teachers will now be able to assess and track all of the Foundational Literacy Skills required for JK to Grade 3 learners to become strong and confident readers. The early literacy platform makes it easy for teachers to formatively assess students and differentiate them into groups according to their need for practice or instruction.

“All students across the world deserve the right to read. When we learned about the Joyful Literacy methodology, and its repeated success locally in British Columbia and in Washington State, we immediately saw the potential to integrate our holistic learning technology, provide scale to the solution and bring this opportunity to all young learners across the world”, says Jarrett Laughlin, Founder and CEO of Sprig Learning. 

Sprig Reading will be available for purchase for the 2022-23 school year. 


Why Now? Impetus for Action.

Why Sprig Reading Now

The pandemic has widened the literacy gap, but it is not responsible for the great divide in reading skills between students reading at grade level and those students falling behind reading standards.

Literacy inequity and access to high-quality early learning education is at the core of the literacy gap that has emerged.

Not enough early learners have access to the type of reading content, instruction, environment and assessment that will increase their likelihood of becoming proficient readers.

With Sprig Reading, teachers will be appropriately equipped to take immediate action. 

With the power to track every foundational reading skill over the course of a student’s early learning experience, every young learner’s potential to ready successfully is maximized, including those who need the extra help, and students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.


What Makes Sprig Reading Special? Time-tested Proven Strategies That Improve Early Literacy.

Why Sprig Reading in Special

Sprig has often written about how to help struggling readers. Topics range from the keys to literacy development in the early years, to thoughtful considerations for building early literacy skills in schools.

Ultimately, there is consensus on what works in achieving early literacy. 

To summarize, there are three main strategies that have proven to turn children into successful readers by the time they complete Grade 3. There are subsets, but these are the three most important strategies. 

  1. Explicit, Systematic and Sequential Instruction.
  2. Extensive Practice With Literacy Skills and Shared Reading Experiences
  3. Assessment and Tracking

Sprig Reading is fully immersed in all three. 

The following three paragraphs address Sprig Reading’s connection to each strategy. 


Explicit, Systematic and Sequential Instruction

Research shows that in order to teach reading, actual reading concepts and skills must be taught in a system that is explicit, systematic and sequential. Such skills and concepts have been identified by researchers in renowned literacy journals.  Organizations like The National Early Literacy Panel have published reports listing all the foundational early literacy skills. 

Sprig Reading focuses on the following seven Foundational Skills that require mastery: 

  • Phonics.
  • Phonemic awareness.
  • Shared reading and concepts of print.
  • Rapid automatized naming.
  • Vocabulary, oral language and word study.
  • Fluency.
  • Comprehension.

In this interactive teacher platform, the act of reading is broken down to its various components, and those components are assessed and taught by the teacher. This is also referred to what is known as the Science of Reading. Hundreds of essential literacy skills are presented in foundational skill-sets and in a science-based sequence.

Explicit, Systematic and Sequential


Extensive Practice With Literacy Skills and Shared Reading Experiences

Without the actual habit of reading, the lessons taught about reading do not blossom into the ability to read. The skills and concepts taught in class must be practiced, assessed and practiced again, so the child improves on all Foundational Skills. 

The application of reading skills is also related to studies which say that early learners must be exposed to a certain number of words growing up, and their parents must be involved in their education and read to them. It’s when children get this combination of practice and exposure, that they begin to flourish as readers.

Sprig Reading ensures that every student gets enough practice in all of the skills in the foundational skill-sets. Educators are able to effortlessly track all these skills and celebrate progress with parents. They can recommend activities that work on certain reading skills to parents, which can be practiced at home with their children.


Assessment and Tracking

Assessment and Tracking

Children must learn hundreds of reading skills by the end of Grade three to read fluently.

The Sprig Reading App, powered by Joyful Literacy, allows teachers to readily assess and track all essential skills and group children for targeted instruction.

Formative assessments and targeted instruction have been two major pillars of success when it comes to early learning. Sprig Learning has written extensively on both. 

Sprig Reading’s circle charts empowers educators to both formatively assess and differentiate instruction. In the app, they are given instructions on how to assess students for each skill, and they are able to plan weekly, organizing children according to skill mastery, need for more practice, and need for explicit instruction

It’s a complete reading skill curriculum based on the Science of Reading, packed into a powerful app that can be accessed anywhere at any time. This data-driven tool allows educators to digitally plan, assess and track skill mastery for diverse classrooms. Learning is accelerated and interventions are applied as necessary. Every child makes progress, even those vulnerable in preschool and kindergarten. 


More Reasons Why Sprig Reading Is Unique

Why Sprig Reading is Unique

Sprig Reading is a comprehensive early literacy teacher app, designed by educators using both practical classroom experience and academic research experience. 

Dr. Janet Mort packs years of invaluable experience designing a Science of Reading-based curriculum into the creation of the Sprig Reading app. Dr. Mort was awarded the Order of BC for her early learning literacy achievements. Teachers feel confident about the connections between the existing research-based best practices and their instruction in the classroom.

Every last Foundational Skill is thoroughly defined and teachers are provided instructions for teaching strategies and follow-up assessments for those foundational skills. 

What previously needed the purchase of several instructional materials and resources, can now be digitally implemented for schools and classrooms with a subscription only. Further training in the form of professional development is available to those who require it. 

Sprig Reading takes the direct, explicit, sequential and diagnostic way of teaching, and simplifies it into an intuitive ready-to-go solution that benefits both the teacher and the student.

The end result is that every child makes meaningful progress. They are given access to a state-of-the art reading program based on the Science of Reading. The educator is also put in a position to help every struggling reader, including those with dyslexia and other learning disabilities, leading to what we hope is true literacy equity. 

Sprig Learning is thrilled to partner with Joyful Literacy to provide teachers with the tools that help solve this all-important issue of reading mastery. More details, announcements and exclusive previews will be released over the next several weeks.

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Further Resources:

To access further information about the Joyful Literacy framework, see Dr. Mort’s books as listed below. 

The Joyful Literacy Interventions Framework: Closing Literacy Skill Gaps

Joyful Literacy and Parent Power: You can teach your child at home.

Joyful Literacy Interventions: PART ONE Early Learning Classroom Essentials

Putting on the Blitz: Our Breakthrough Methodology!: Joyful Literacy Interventions – Part Two