Monday, August 01, 2016

We've Moved

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Friday, March 11, 2016

New Faces at ESGI

ESG​I​ is excited to announce the expansion of our core team! Jim Bowler, Jayne Gammons and Matthew Wasko have joined us as we continue to provide critically needed resources for early childhood teachers and intervention specialists around the world.

Jim Bowler, CEO
Jim Bowler has accepted the position of CEO for ESGI.  Jim is a great leader who embodies the culture and values of ESGI, especially on our mission to “Save the Teachers."  Jim started his career as an educator, then was an administrator serving as a high school principal.   He continued his career path in the ed-tech space for over 20 years.  He is an accomplished business leader and former CEO of multiple leading ed-tech companies such as Adaptive Curriculum, Epsilen, and Harcourt Connected Learning/Classroom Connect.  We are excited to have Jim’s leadership and experience as we continue to grow.

Jayne Gammons, Marketing Manager
As the new Marketing Manager for ESGI, Jayne Gammons brings valued experience in both early childhood publishing and elementary education to our rapidly evolving marketing program.  Her initial focus will be working with the "Friends of ESGI" (custom content developers) as they continue to add their assessments to the program and make them available to all ESGI subscribers.

Currently, Jayne is a first grade teacher in the Georgia public education system who has taught almost every elementary grade, as well as preschool.  Although she loved them all, Jayne freely admits that Kindergarten is her favorite!  Jayne also worked as the Senior Managing Editor for The Mailbox for five years where she successfully oversaw the contributions of numerous authors, artists and junior editors to create a world-class magazine.  
Jayne also enjoys presenting to early childhood teachers around the country at SDE (Staff Development for Educators) conferences and events. She currently resides in Macon, GA with her husband and son.  She will continue to teach through the end of this school year​ ​while she works part-time for ESGI.  Jayne will transition to her full-time position as​ ​the new ESGI​ ​Marketing Manager in June.

Matt Wasko, Product Manager
Matt Wasko joins ESGI from Denver, Colorado and will be working on the Development Team​ ​as the new Product Manager.  His career started in the finance industry in New York and then Chicago, where he became Product Manager for trading software applications.  He most recently worked as Product Manager for a customer experience analytics company in Colorado.  

Matt lives with his wife, daughter and two dogs in Highlands Ranch, CO where they enjoy the great outdoors​.​  Matt is also a runner and triathlete, which is great news for the product development team as they race to the future with cool new features in ESGI!

"We are so excited to have this talented group of people join ESGI as we expand our team of dedicated educators and technologists," said Greg Gorman, Founder of ESGI.  "We are seeing thousands of new teachers using ESGI every month, and Jim, Jayne and Matt will help us continue our high quality support and promote growth so that many more teachers can benefit."

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

ESGI & Friends New Year, New Resources Mega Giveaway!

The Friends of ESGI, Aridan Books & ESGI are partnering up for an exciting New Year, New Resources Mega Giveaway. When we say mega we mean MEGA!!!!  12 lucky teachers will win $250 in prizes and one lucky teacher will WIN OVER $3000 IN PRIZES!

What can you win?

Each day you could win a FREE YEAR of ESGI and $50 worth of products from the blogger of the day.  Can you imagine all you can purchase with $50 from their stores?!?!  Listed below are the prizes for the 12 days of giveaways:

Day 1 Winner - January 9th

$50 of Kinder Gals products + 1 license of ESGI

Day 2 Winner - January 10th

$50 of Sharing Kindergarten products + 1 license of ESGI

Day 3 Winner - January 11th

$50 of Heidi Songs products + 1 license of ESGI

Day 4 Winner - January 12th

$50 of Kindergarten Kiosk products + 1 license of ESGI

Day 5 Winner - January 13th

$50 of  Smart Kids products + 1 license of ESGI

Day 6 Winner - January 14th

$50 of Mrs. Jump's Class products + 1 license of ESGI

Day 7 Winner - January 15th

$50 of Pre-K Pages products  + 1 license of ESGI

Day 8 Winner - January 16th

$50 of KFUNdamentals products + 1 license of ESGI

Day 9 Winner - January 17th

$50 of Differentiated Kindergarten products + 1 license of ESGI

Day 10 Winner - January 18th

$50 of Kreative in Kinder products + 1 license of ESGI

Day 11 Winner - January 19th

$50 of The Kindergarten Smorgasboard products + 1 license of ESGI

Day 12 Winner - January 20th

$50 of Mrs. Wills' Kindergarten products + 1 license of ESGI

Now comes the GRAND PRIZE!  Day 13 - January 21st 

One lucky teacher will receive 1 iPad Kiosk from Aridan Books + 4 iPads + 4 chairs + 1 license of ESGI.

What teacher wouldn't want one of these amazing iPad Kiosks in their classroom?!?! It's an engaging, secure iPad stand filled with apps just for early education along with access to web-based subscription learning programs.  If you’d like to learn more about the kiosk, just follow this link to Adrian Books and you can use promo code ESGI30 to save 30%.

What do you have to do?

  • Step 1.  Submit an active ESGI Username
Visit one of our Friends' blog posts, click on the ESGI logo and register for a 60 Day Free Trial.  (No credit card required to sign-up for the trial.)  When you do that, you will create a USERNAME & PASSWORD.  Head back to the Rafflecopter, enter your USERNAME, and then BAM, you're eligible for this incredible giveaway!  If you have an  ESGI account already, sweet, go ahead and enter your USERNAME in the Rafflecopter!  Once you've entered your USERNAME, you are entered for each days' raffle.
  • Step 2.  Earn EXTRA entry points by commenting 
All you have to do is hop from this blog to all the blogs listed above, leave a comment on one of their blog posts and then you can check off ‘I commented’ in the Rafflecopter.  Each blog that you comment on will earn you extra points.  There are 13 bloggers participating, so you can get up to 13 extra points if you visit every blog!  Make sure you comment though, because we will be checking!

Rafflecopter will help you with instructions & track your progress to make sure you are officially entered in the giveaway! (You can only win once during this giveaway.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What is ESGI?

ESGI is an online resource created by a veteran Kindergarten teacher to help teachers spend less time assessing and more time teaching. ESGI contains over 300 pre-loaded tests, or create your own assessments, to quickly gather student performance data and automatically generate multiple reports. The data in ESGI is also used for populating personalized parent letters & flash cards, identifying individuals or groups for targeted instruction, and customizing the learning environment to promote focus areas for academic growth.

Good luck! We can't wait to see all the comments and to see who WINS!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Making the Most of Your Math Small Groups: FREE WEBINAR

Join ESGI on Thursday, December 17th at 6pm (CST) for a LIVE webinar featuring guest speaker Kim Adsit!

Kim will share how you can effectively set up your small groups for interventions, on target, and enrichment groups so that ALL children are getting just what they need. Suitable for K-2nd.  Did you know that Kim's DI Math assessments are now being offered to all ESGI users?  Click HERE to get your 2 month FREE trial!

WHAT: Free Webinar: Making the Most of Your Math Small Groups

WHEN: Thursday, December 17th at 6pm (CST)

WHO: TK Teachers, Kindergarten Teachers, 1st grade Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Academic Coaches, Directors, and Principals

Click Here to Register for the Webinar Now!

Kim Adsit

Meet Kim Adsit!

Kim Adsit is an international teacher/presenter who brings her 30 years of Kindergarten experience to bear on helping other teachers become better teachers. Kim also spends her time developing curriculum and strategies that incorporate child-centered activities where she emphasizes the fun of kindergarten by tapping into the curiosity of young children.

Kim and her daughter Megan host a blog KinderGals where they share their everyday experiences as classroom teachers.

Kim has been selected as a Teacher of the Year, an Expert Teacher, and she serves as a teacher mentor. She has a Specialist Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as an At-Risk Endorsement.

Check out this post KinderGals wrote recently about small group math and claim your free unit of math assessments!

Friday, November 06, 2015

Kim Adsit's DI Math Tests and an iPAD Mini Giveaway! Does it get any better?

The ESGI Team is proud to announce our newest content partner and "Friend of ESGI," Kim Adsit!  Kim has created assessments to accompany her popular series DI: Easy as Pie, Small Group Math Activities. These assessments ensure effective instruction through appropriate grouping and are now available to ALL ESGI subscribers!  

If you already have an ESGI account, you can find all of Kim's DI Math assessments in the Test Explorer.  Please see the example below:

If you do not currently have an ESGI account, you can CLICK HERE to try Kim's Tests and ESGI FREE for 60 days, (No credit card required.)

OR you could win a full year's membership AND a new iPad Mini!  

To enter, please visit Kim's blog Kinder Gals and follow the instructions!  Good luck!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Halloween Giveaway

Attention all ghouls and gals. It's time for the 2nd Annual Halloween Costume Contest! We received such a great response to it last year, we could hardly wait to roll out this years challenge. And YES, there will prizes galore. ESGI will be offering the 1st place winner an APPLE WATCH and 10 teacher license bundle for their campus!(A $2000 value!) The top 10 Runners-Up will receive a FREE year of ESGI! Don't be scared! Entering is easy!

1. Post a picture of your favorite school-friendly Halloween costume on all of your social media sites.
2. Include the following phrase as part of your post: "Without ESGI, assessing students would be a nightmare! #ESGISoftware #ESGIcostume2015"
3. Post daily and increase your chances to win! The winner will be announced at 12:00 noon PDT on Monday, November 2nd.  Good luck and have a SPOOKTACULAR day!

Rules: Qualified entries must include the entire phrase as part of your entry. Multiple entries are accepted, but you may only enter one time per account per day. Odds of winning will be based upon actual entries.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Make Your Interactive Read-Alouds Come Alive: Live Webinar w/Deedee Wills

Join ESGI on Thursday, November 12 at 6pm (CST) for a LIVE webinar featuring guest speaker Deedee Wills!

Deedee will walk you through the process of planning a read aloud for deliberate instruction. Learn how to engage all readers in an interactive read aloud! A week's worth of reading comprehension, response to literature, and vocabulary instruction will be planned and given to all participants! Suitable for K-2nd.  Did you know that Deedee's Guiding Readers assessments are now being offered to all ESGI users?  Click HERE to get your 2 month FREE trial!

Deliberate Instruction
  • How do you teach emergent readers to become deep thinkers?
  • How do you engage students in focused discussions?
  • How do you scaffold students and support their attempts?
  • How do you help students transfer their learning to new situations?

WHAT: Free Webinar: Make Your Read Alouds Come Alive

WHEN: Thursday, November 12th at 6pm (CST)

WHERE: Everywhere! (home, school, on a yacht in the South Pacific)

WHO: TK Teachers, Kindergarten Teachers, 1st grade teachers, Special Education Teachers, Academic Coaches, Directors, and Principals Register Now!

Click Here to Register for the Webinar Now!

Meet Deedee Wills!

Deedee created Kindergarten CCSS & NEW GUIDED READING Assessments in ESGI to provide an easy and efficient way to track and report student progress, create small groups and develop effective intervention strategies using real-time item analyses.  She taught four years in second grade before she was asked to help launch their Balance Literacy adoption in her district. She served as a Literacy Coach for two years but missed having her own class. So when a kindergarten position opened up, Deedee begged and pleaded... and Mrs. Wills Kindergarten was created. Today, Deedee supports teachers through teacher best practices.  She is a national speaker and staff developer.

Friday, September 18, 2015

FREE WEBINAR: Bring Learning ALIVE! Using Augmented Reality To Engage And Assess In The Early Childhood Classroom

If you're a regular reader of the ESGI blog, you already know that we are HUGE fans of The Kindergarten Smorgasboard.  He's funny, smart, wears crazy clothes in the classroom everyday, and he's passionate about education!  He is constantly finding new ways to engage his students.

That is why we are excited to announce a FREE WEBINAR coming October 1st 6pm CT/7pm ET on Mr Greg's favorite things of tech in the classroom!

Attendees will:
  • Learn how to use augmented reality to bring learning to life in 3D
  • Learn how to make assessments and data easy and quick
  • Learn to use technology to differentiate learning 
  • Learn how technology in the classroom helps with classroom management 
Webinar attendees have a chance to win FABULOUS PRIZES!   6 winners will be chosen during the Webinar!  Each winner will receive a $75 credit to The Kindergarten Smorgasboard Teachers Pay Teachers store, an Alive Studios brand-new Augmented Reality Storybook Amos Alligator Arrives at the Airport, and a FREE year of ESGI!

Sign up TODAY and share this invite with your colleagues!

Greg Smedley-Warren


Howdy!  I am Mr. Greg from The Kindergarten Smorgasboard.   My real name is Greg Smedley-Warren.  I have been teaching for 10 years. Kindergarten is my passion and my calling. I plan to never leave the classroom as the kids are what drive me to continue my growth as a teacher and person.

I received my bachelors degree from Indiana University and received my ELL certification from David Lipscomb University.  At the beginning of my career I spent two summers teaching in Ecuador which only helped to fan the flames of my passion for teaching.   I enjoy blogging and conducting professional development sessions to help teachers around the world make their classrooms a more fun, effective and interactive place to teach.

When I'm not in the classroom, blogging and doing all things teach, I enjoy spending time with my family.  I live in Nashville, Tennessee with my husband (known as The Mister on my blog) and our dogs, Butters and LuLu.

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Joys of Construction Paper

Some may believe the art center to be a luxury in the early learning classroom. Not so! It is a necessity! One art center project that has numerous benefits is an activity I call Construct. Not only is this activity a great way to practice and master the Geometry Standards of the Common Core, it can benefit the child in many other ways.

As children are allowed to create products from part to whole they are allowed the freedom to experiment with the properties of geometry as well as practice analyzing, comparing, creating, and composing. As they do, they are building visual imaging skills that will increase cognition and develop spatial reasoning. Other benefits include: Fostering the ability to take risks, allowing for problem solving, creating opportunity for intrinsic reward, building concentration, fostering creativity, and developing fine motor skills.

The photos are a couple of our construct projects. These projects
are created by the child’s own imagination, looking at illustrations, real objects, studying finished products, watching other student’s creations in development, and/or looking at real photographs. So, what are you waiting for? Get out the construction paper and allow your students to enjoy that luxurious art center!  ________________________________________________________________________

Kathy Crane
Kathy Crane holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading, is a published author of thirteen books, a freelance author and developer of teaching curriculum, has been a teacher of kindergarten for twenty-two years, and publishes the blog Kindergarten Kiosk

Sunday, September 06, 2015

NOW AVAILABLE: Deedee Wills' Guiding Readers Series Assessments FREE with ESGI!

ESGI is super excited to expand our partnership with Deedee Wills to provide the online assessments aligned to her new Guiding Readers series!

If you are familiar with her Guiding Readers series, then you know she has written comprehension questions that you can use as an exit ticket.  The exciting news is that she has now teamed up with ESGI to put all of these book assessments into our online platform.  

If you already have an ESGI account, you can find all of the Guided Reading assessments by Deedee in the Test Explorer.  Please see the example below:

If you do not currently have an ESGI account, please sign up for a 2 month free trial!  Click on the box below and get started today!

OR you could win a full year's membership AND a Guiding Readers single unit of your choice!  

To enter, please visit Mrs. Wills' Kindergarten blog and follow the instructions!  Good luck!