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Walch Education, BoomWriter Merge for Curriculum Management

The companies announced the merger last week, combining BoomWriter’s applications for student writing and reading with Walch Education’s cloud-based curriculum management platform and services.

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Seeking to improve learning outcomes in the education technology space, a cloud-based curriculum management software company and a publisher of student writing and educational content have announced a merger. Maine-based Walch Education and Massachusetts-based BoomWriter Media said in a news release that the combination of their two companies, to be rebranded as BW Walch, will produce apps and other content for in-class instruction to help support core fundamentals of education.

Walch CEO Al Noyes, whose company has traditionally offered online resources such as consulting, curriculum-as-a-service and webinar-based trainings, said in a public statement that the addition of BoomWriter Media’s reading and writing tools to Walch’s catalogue of educational content is a “perfect merger of capabilities.”

“Walch has been a trusted provider of quality educational resources for over 80 years and most recently launched the Curriculum Engine, a cloud-based tool to help teachers and schools take control of and personalize their curriculum,” Noys said. “We are now adding engaging and effective applications for reading and writing in the classroom to our portfolio and joining forces with the talented BoomWriter team to help improve educational outcomes worldwide.”

The news release said the two companies combined have more than 1 million users, and it referenced March 2022 statistics which showed in excess of 6 million reading logs and roughly 72,000 books written using their writing tools.

BoomWriter, which caters to students in second to eighth grade, built up its portfolio in recent years with the acquisition of U.K.-based companies Squirrel Learning and Axe Edge, according to the news release. BoomWriter’s website says its publishing platform gives students an audience, purpose and end result for their writing, with a platform that combines creative writing and gamification to promote and develop creativity, writing, reading, critical thinking and other essential 21st-century literacy skills.

“With so many startups in the ed-tech industry there will be inevitable consolidation and lots of elimination of fledgling companies,” said Chris Twyman, founder of BoomWriter. “Bringing Walch and BoomWriter together gets us ahead of the curve and together we provide a greater portfolio of engaging educational solutions.”