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Battling Learning Loss, Company Debuts Free Teacher Training

The company Winsor Learning will offer free professional development resources for teachers to help combat declines in K-12 reading and math test scores that have steepened during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Amid efforts to combat learning loss during the pandemic, Minnesota-based education training and ed-tech company Winsor Learning has launched a free professional development resource for administrators and teachers.

According to the announcement, Winsor’s Science of Reading training webinar is available for teachers, tutors, administrators and other educators to download. The announcement noted that the training aims to help teachers address a recent decline in elementary-level math and reading scores. According to recent data from the National Association of Educational Progress (NAEP), math and reading performance among 9-year-old students has dropped to levels “not seen in more than two decades.”

"We cannot afford to lose a generation of proficient readers," said Amanda Burnette, president and CEO of Winsor, in the statement. "As a company, we are working to do all we can to support teachers, parents and schools as the nation seeks to recover from the devastating impacts of the COVID crisis. Reading is the gateway to all else, and our mission — first and foremost — is to make sure every student becomes a successful reader."

According to the news release, Winsor Learning has also previously provided a slew of professional development resources for educators in response to COVID-19. So far, it said, more than 10,000 educators have participated in Winsor’s training, with registrations from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada.

The online info resource comes shortly after other education technology companies have launched similar training programs for K-12 and higher ed instructors in response to an increase in remote learning during COVID-19, such as an AI-driven skill-building program from Edthena launched this year and ed-tech training from Tech Goes Home, among others.