Recent Communications

Meet the CSA Team: Katie Rojo

Interviewer: What is your name? Katie: Katie Rojo Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Katie: Senior Director, STEM and Alignment Interviewer: What does that position entail? Katie: I oversee the content development teams for Math, Science, and Career and Technical Education (CTE), as well as our Alignment team.  Interviewer: How did you become a

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Meet the CSA Team: Kate Szadziewski

Interviewer: What is your name? Kate: Kate Szadziewski Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Kate: Executive Editor, Humanities and Assessment Interviewer: What does that position entail? Kate: I manage the content development for several Humanities and Assessment projects. This entails collaboration with our amazing clients, CSA internal staff, and freelancers to create and tailor

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Meet the CSA Team: Diana Nott

Interviewer: What is your name? Diana: Diana Nott Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Diana: Senior Project Manager Interviewer: What does that position entail? Diana: Coordinating project start-up, including schedules and external team logistics. Managing client communication, due dates, exchange of source materials and final materials, client system access. Monitoring budgets and tracking information

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STEAM Education Creates Synergy

The demand for STEAM curriculum is on the rise, as educators and students recognize its value in preparing for future careers. STEAM education not only fosters project-based learning across diverse disciplines, but it also creates an inclusive environment where students collaborate and support each other’s learning.

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CSA Education Knows Alignment

September 27, 2023 (rev) Staying on top of changing curriculum standards and alignment requirements can be a huge challenge. But having accurate alignment to standards and frameworks is so critical for creating effective educational materials. At CSA Education, we totally get that. Our dedicated Alignment team is deeply knowledgeable about all the different state standards,

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Meet the CSA Team: Gabriela Moya

Interviewer: What is your name? Gabriela: Gabriela Moya  Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Gabriela: Associate Director, World Languages Interviewer: What does that position entail? Gabriela: The World Languages department is new at CSA, which is exciting as I get to establish a solid foundation for its evolution and growth. In this role, it

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Meet the CSA Team: Bellamy Taylor-Pines

Interviewer: What is your name? Bellamy: Bellamy Taylor-Pines Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Bellamy: Alignment Manager Interviewer: What does that position entail? Bellamy: I work on projects for publishing companies so that their curriculum resources are aligned to various educational standards. Sometimes, I complete the alignments myself, but oftentimes, our fantastic crew of

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Meet the CSA Team: Homer Ortega

Interviewer: What is your name? Homer: Homer Ortega Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Homer: Design and Production Manager Interviewer: What does that position entail? Homer: Working with different teams to design and produce the educational content that CSA creates. I also get to learn new, advanced applications such as content management systems (CMS)

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Meet the CSA Team: Junior Barros

Interviewer: What is your name? Junior: Actually, my first name is Ronald, but no one except my mom (when she was angry) called me by that. So I grew up as a Junior, and that kind of matched my personality and stuck. Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Junior: Senior Multimedia Designer Interviewer: What

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Learning Outdoors with CSA

May 10, 2023 (rev) Outdoor education programs can happen anywhere, for any grade, and in all kinds of educational settings. By connecting classroom learning with the great outdoors, teachers can create awesome learning communities that truly immerse students in science and help them understand the material on a deeper level. Outdoor education offers curricular benefits

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Meet the CSA Team: Kerri Killeen

Interviewer: What is your name? Kerri: Kerri Killeen Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Kerri: Resource and Training Specialist Interviewer: What does that position entail? Kerri: My job is to ensure we have talented freelancers for all of our projects. This includes not only finding talent, but also providing training so individuals can improve

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Online Learning Engagement

The prevalence of online learning may have gained popularity as an emergency response to a global pandemic, but it has shifted to a viable learning option that is being adopted around the country. Even as the pandemic started to recede, enrollment in virtual schools and online learning grew to 176% of its pre-pandemic levels.  Your

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Meet the CSA Team: Andrea Stefanowicz

Interviewer: What is your name? Andrea: Andrea Stefanowicz Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Andrea: Project Manager Interviewer: What does that position entail? Andrea: As a Project Manager, I make sure all the pieces of a project meet the required schedule and budget expectations. I work with internal staff and clients to ensure material

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Meet the CSA Team: Amber Allen

Interviewer: What is your name? Amber: Amber Allen Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Amber: Associate Director, Business Development Interviewer: What does that position entail? Amber: I work directly with clients to learn and fully understand their goals and connect them with the teams and services that CSA offers. I collaborate closely with clients

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CSA Can Do That

You probably heard it in the classroom all the time: there is no such thing as a dumb question and you don’t get what you don’t ask for. CSA Education thrives on seeing clients’ eyes light up when we hear those wonderful words: “I didn’t know you could do that!” Our multidisciplinary staff is the

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Accessibility in Educational Design

When companies ask CSA Education to create online materials, we design them with accessibility for all learners in mind. We always consider different learning styles and physical abilities of students, making sure our clients’ programs leave no one out.  Examples of accessibility:  With the prevalence of online learning using digital products, publishers and content creators

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4 Benefits of Play-Based Learning

Play-based learning isn’t always easy to weave into curriculum, but it is arguably even more important now as educators face pandemic-related learning gaps. And, yes, play-based learning is important for middle-school students, too! Benefits of play-based learning include: If you need help incorporating play into your program’s lessons or creating a more balanced program, CSA

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Meet the CSA Team: Ron Watson

Interviewer: What is your name? Ron: Ron Watson  Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Ron: Director, Humanities and Assessment Interviewer: What does that position entail? Ron: I oversee curriculum development for K–12 Humanities projects, covering Social Studies as well as some higher-level ELA projects. I also work with other disciplines on Assessment projects as

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Meet the CSA Team: Via Baker

Interviewer: What is your name? Via: Via Baker  Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Via: Technology Services Manager Interviewer: What does that position entail? Via: A little bit of many different things, which suits me well. My primary responsibilities are most easily described as tech support and data management, but I also support other

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Phonics Instruction Is the Key to Reading Success

November 9, 2022 (rev) In education, the spotlight that shines on phonics comes and goes. Though the practice of connecting letters and sounds is the basic foundation of reading, its importance is often overlooked. A couple years ago, the spotlight was shining brightly on phonics, so much so that publishers and developers started to evaluate

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Supporting Struggling Readers

Among many other things, October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month. This reading disorder affects approximately 3–7 percent of the population, making it one of the most common learning disabilities. Dyslexia is a neurobiological disorder characterized by difficulties in word recognition and decoding, independent of intellectual ability. Research shows that explicit, systematic instruction in phonological awareness

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Meet the CSA Team: Chris Benson

Interviewer: What is your name? Chris: Chris Benson Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Chris: Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Interviewer: What does that position entail? Chris: I help develop all types of print and digital content related to Career and Technical Education. There are sixteen different career clusters in CTE that

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Meet the CSA Team: Karen Veit

Interviewer: What is your name? Karen: Karen Veit Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Karen: Director, Math and Instructional Design Interviewer: What does that position entail? Karen: I oversee all of the projects in the Math department and support any Instructional Design needs in all areas. I’m also always looking for opportunities to support

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Guided Readers

September 14, 2022 (rev) Students will always learn to read at their own individual pace. Some learn quickly but struggle to find interesting topics, while others have difficulty with simple sentences. For these and many other reasons, guided reading programs and leveled readers have become essential in building fluency and critical reading skills. It is

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Meet the CSA Team: Cathy Castle

Interviewer: What is your name? Cathy: Cathy Castle Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Cathy: Project Manager Interviewer: What does that position entail? Cathy: As a Project Manager, my role is to work with both the client teams and the internal CSA teams to ensure that projects run smoothly, that workflows and schedules are

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Differentiated Learning Makes for an Effective Curriculum

August 31, 2022 (rev) Over the last few years, a spotlight has fallen on a unique factor in education. While traditional schooling might have presented distractions, learning from home has helped some students thrive. Teachers and parents have seen how differentiated learning plays a role in student success. Each student has different interests, needs, and

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Meet the CSA Team: Kim Fletcher

Interviewer: What is your name? Kim: Kim Fletcher Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Kim: Marketing Director Interviewer: What does that position entail? Kim: I oversee all of the marketing efforts for CSA and identify guidelines for producing promotional content and interacting with our customers. Interviewer: How did you become a part of CSA?

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Meet the CSA Team: Angelique Chavez

Interviewer: What is your name? Angel: Angelique Chavez Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Angel: I am the Director of Project Management. Interviewer: What does that position entail? Angel: I provide leadership, direction, guidance, and coaching to the Project Management team and the broader project team in relation to approach, activities, risks, issues, and

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CSA Can Develop Your PD Materials

July 12, 2022 (rev) Teachers continue to face many challenges as they navigate in-person, online, and hybrid teaching. Education companies are stepping up to provide training and support to all teachers, and CSA is here to help. CSA Education has former teachers on staff, covering all subject areas and grades PreK–12 plus CTE. We understand how

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Five Reasons Clients Hire CSA Education for Alignment Services

June 29, 2022 Over three decades, CSA Education’s Alignment Services department has grown into an elite operation and the go-to alignment service for academic publishers and digital platform developers of every size. Here are five reasons why clients hire CSA for their Alignment Service needs: Accuracy: CSA’s subject-matter experts (SMEs) are well-versed in the ins

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Accessibility Reviews Ensure WCAG Compliance

June 14, 2022 WCAG compliance and various accessibility requirements are now a de facto necessity for virtually all school districts. WCAG guidelines, and other guidelines, provide a means for compliance. The challenge is that it is often not clear what compliance means for various products, and the educational settings they are in. That is where

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Universal Design for Learning

May 23, 2022 (rev) Publishers and Developers continue to work to make their curricula accessible to all students by offering a variety of learning experiences. While the one-size-fits-all program continues to be the convenient option, teachers are leaning towards adapting their lessons to the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to meet their students’ unique learning

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Meet the CSA Team: Joanna Merrithey

Interviewer: What is your name? Joanna: Joanna Merrithey Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Joanna: Senior Director, Humanities and Assessment Interviewer: What does that position entail? Joanna: I oversee the content development teams across Humanities, including ELA, Assessment, World Languages, and Editorial Services. Interviewer: How did you become a part of CSA? Joanna: When

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Meet the CSA Team: Chelsea Hutto

Interviewer: What is your name? Chelsea: Chelsea Hutto Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Chelsea: Project Manager Interviewer: What does that position entail? Chelsea: For my projects, I create the project schedule and tracker, manage budgets, take care of file management and posting files to the clients, and help out freelancers. Basically, I coordinate

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Digital Learning

April 19, 2022 (rev) Your digital lessons have become an essential part of education. Right now, more students are reaching for laptops than they are for textbooks. In attempting to provide additional interactive elements beyond flipping a page, more publishers are exploring engaging and memorable ways to enhance their programs. Gamification keeps students invested in

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Team CSA – Working Better Together™

April 5, 2022 Our Team CSA freelancers are the backbone of our company. Beyond our staff, we know our value and effectiveness relies on our ability to scale, which is dependent on the knowledge, experience, and resources we can bring to the table for our clients. In order to attract the best talent and resources,

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Meeting New Math Demands

Your products play a key role in a student’s positive view on mathematics. With new attention on personalized learning and digital programs, the growing demand for a diverse range of educational materials brings additional pressures. You are continuously exploring new avenues to present your products while continuing to keep them informative and engaging. This is

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English Language Learners

March 15, 2022 (rev) Effective communication is the essential gateway to learning, and your ELD programs provide the foundation each child deserves. The rising number of English language learners in the United States foreshadows a greater demand for this kind of curriculum. However, most teachers have little to no training in effective methods for teaching

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Meet the CSA Team: Corrie Thompson

Interviewer: What is your name? Corrie: Corrie Thompson Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Corrie: Senior Editor Interviewer: What does that position entail? Corrie: I work on editorial projects, and I do everything from answering freelancer questions to ensuring we are meeting due dates, writing content, editing content, and other project-specific needs. Basically, I

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Meet the CSA Team: Katie Delbridge

Interviewer: What is your name? Katie: Katie Delbridge Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Katie: Director, ELA Interviewer: How did you become a part of CSA? Katie: I worked for a major client of CSA years ago. I really enjoyed the experience and working with the CSA team. When this position opened, I went

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Meet the CSA Team: Liz Howe

Interviewer: What is your name? Liz: Liz Howe Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Liz: Project Manager Interviewer: What does that position entail? Liz: As a Project Manager, I’m responsible for coordinating all the moving pieces of a project, including project start-up, client and internal staff communication, deadlines, and exchange of materials. I’m also

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Meet the CSA Team: Teresa Roberts

Interviewer: What is your name? Teresa: Teresa Roberts Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Teresa:  Vice President, People and Culture Operations Interviewer: What does that position entail? Teresa: I am fortunate enough to get to work with and support the folks I call our “internal clients”—which are our staff and independent contractors. I consider

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Meet the CSA Team: Eric Placek

Interviewer: What is your name? Eric: Eric Placek Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Eric: Alignment Manager, Humanities Interviewer: What does that position entail? Eric: I receive alignment requests from educational publishing companies and fulfill those requests by explaining the project to a correlator, who will align the requested program and educational standards. In

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Meet the CSA Team: Jen Gavigan

Interviewer: What is your name? Jen: Jen Gavigan Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Jen: Associate Director of Editorial Services Interviewer: What does that position entail? Jen: This is a new position at CSA in which I will build and manage the team responsible for any Editorial Services that a project would need. This includes Copyediting, Proofreading, Indexing, Fact-Checking, Accuracy

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Meet the CSA Team: Andrea Woudenberg-Harvey

Interviewer: What is your name? Andrea: Andrea Woudenberg-Harvey Interviewer: What is your position at CSA Education? Andrea: Executive Editor of ELA and SEL Interviewer: What does that position entail? Andrea: I oversee K–12 ELA and SEL projects, create and edit materials, manage freelance writers and editors, and liaise with clients. My job is to solve

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Meet the CSA Team: Brian Kozlowski

Interviewer: What is your name? Brian: Brian Kozlowski Interviewer: What is your position at CSA Education? Brian: Director of Operations Interviewer: What does that position entail? Brian: The simplest way to describe the role is to say I am a “behind-the-scenes” part of the CSA team.  I’m involved in a little bit of everything from managing/monitoring systems, procedures, and internal projects

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Meet the CSA Team: Ingrid Benson

Interviewer: What is your name? Ingrid: Ingrid Benson Interviewer: What is your position at CSA? Ingrid: Vice President, Client Solutions Interviewer: What does that position entail? Ingrid: I work with our clients and the various CSA teams to learn about, estimate, and kick off projects. I also promote CSA’s services to help our clients match up their project needs with our

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Meet the CSA Team: Pam Garner

Interviewer: What is your name? Pam:  Pam Garner Interviewer: What is your position at CSA Education? Pam: Vice President, Learning Solutions Interviewer: What does that position entail? Pam: I have my nose in just about everything at CSA. I help with business development. I help with determining growth and where the growth should be. I also oversee the math department

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Successful Pre-K Curricula Emphasize Play over Academics

February 18, 2021 Preschool is often a child’s first experience in a school environment. These programs provide support for working parents while carefully introducing children to the school experience. With more cities and states designating additional funding for preschool curricula, publishers understand the importance of creating programs that strike a balance between basic academic skills

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CSA Education Makes Online Learning Engaging

December 30, 2020 Online learning has become a necessity, and there is an increasing demand for web-based curriculum. Your programs bring essential academics into students’ homes, but online lessons are challenging for those unfamiliar with the territory. Parents and guardians may find programs difficult to navigate, and teachers are struggling to keep students invested in

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