Starfall Education Foundation
Starfall strives to create a love of learning in an environment of collaboration, wonderment, and play. We provide free and low-cost educational resources that promote understanding, diversity, and compassion.
Starfall is the brain-child of Stephen Schutz. At age 9, Stephen was still struggling to read. What came easily for his peers required many more hours of his work. As a reader, he was consistently toward the bottom of his class. Now a PhD in physics and a successful publisher and artist, Dr. Schutz, with the help of his dedicated team, created Starfall to ensure today's children have resources that can help.
Starfall.com "Learn to Read" opens with 15 books, 14 games, 5 movies, and offers free writing journals.
"It's Fun to Read", featuring the exceptionally popular new index "All About Me" debuts.
By the end of 2003, Starfall Education has shipped 10 million writing journals free of charge to children around the world. The Starfall Store opens with a mission to provide high-quality educational materials at low cost.
Starfall is the first website to be rated "highest" in their Early Elementary category by Children's Software & New Media Revue (Volume 12, Number 1, Spring 2004).
Starfall.com extends its content for younger and older readers with the "ABCs" and "I'm Reading" indices.
The Reading Teacher names Starfall.com one of "Five internet sites too good to miss" (Volume 59, Issue 8).
Starfall.com has grown to over 180 activities, free to the public.
Starfall Education releases its research-based, field-tested Kindergarten Reading & Language arts program, Starfall Kindergarten.
The Wall Street Journal reports that no other website respects children's privacy better than Starfall.com ("On the Web, Children Face Intensive Tracking", September 17, 2010).
Disney's Family Fun lists Starfall in its “Top Ten Fun Websites”.
Starfall enters the mobile age with Starfall ABCs for iPhone.
Starfall's subscription website more.Starfall.com opens with all the content from Classic Starfall, plus colors, numbers, math, songs, rhymes, and even more reading activities.
Time Magazine lists Starfall among "50 websites That Make the Web Great".
Starfall Learn to Read app and Starfall All About Me app available for Apple and Android devices.
Starfall doubles its Math and Reading content, meeting Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten and 1st Grade.
Starfall.com celebrates 10 years.
Starfall.com and Learn to Read and All About Me apps win "On For Learning" awards from Common Sense Media.
Starfall opens a First Grade Index on more.Starfall.com.
Starfall Education releases its field-tested, and research-based integrated curriculum: imagination and play—that's Starfall Pre-K!
Metis Associates delivers their Evaluation of the Starfall Kindergarten Curriculum in Roaring Fork School District. Results of the study, available for download, show that a significantly larger proportion of Starfall students achieved proficiency or higher than did non-Starfall students.
Starfall Education listed in the 70 Best Apps for Families by Parents magazine.
We're now a non-profit: Starfall Education Foundation
Starfall is supported by the Polis-Schutz family. Stephen Schutz and poet Susan Polis Schutz founded Blue Mountain Arts publishing company in 1970 and together with their son Jared Polis, created the popular e-greeting card company, BlueMountain.com. The Polis-Schutz family shares a passion for education. Susan Polis Schutz was a teacher in New Jersey and New York City in the 1960s. Jared Polis served on the Colorado State Board of Education (2000-2006). Although Stephen Schutz had difficulty learning to read, he went on to graduate from MIT and earn a PhD in physics from Princeton University.
Starfall is produced by a dedicated and talented international team of educators, writers, artists, designers, animators, musicians, and programmers led by Brandi Chase. Roger Wilson leads our computer engineering team. Jamison Hill leads our customer service team.
Joan Elliott, Pam Ferguson, Stephanie Riess and the Starfall Teacher Corps: Kathryn Andrus, Mary Deeley, Kathy Faber, Danielle Fox, Angela Frierson and Lourdes Milan
Artists, Designers, + Developers:
Brandon Barnes, Dale Beisel, Marc Buchanan, Kimberly Cooper, Craig Deeley, Faith Gowan, Ryan Hightower, Patrick Colin Hill, Raymond Hollowell, Terrence Keller, Kristofer Lee, Kevan Mills, Art and Gina Morgan
Randy Graves, Keith Heldman and Richard James
Steve Patschke and Greg Boubel
Kira Gowan, Connor Fleming, Martha Menk and the entire Boulder Office
Starfall would not be possible without the support of Kerry DeZell and the warehouse team at Blue Mountain Arts.
Over the years important contributions have been made by Karen Bidgood, Dr. Karen Cole, Judy Goetze, Stefan Gruber, John Hesterman, Heather Hogan, David Lebow, Debby Lee, Frank Lee, Darla Marquez, Michael Ramirez, Jared Ramos and Triska Wasser.
Starfall is committed to reducing our impact on the environment. For the products we manufacture, we choose non-toxic inks and recycled or sustainably sourced paper whenever possible. We design to minimize our use of plastics. We seek US manufacturers first. Our Boulder, Colorado office recycles, composts, and gets energy through solar panels on our roof. Our goal is to create the best possible product for you and the earth.
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