In 2004, rookie
teacher Kristen Bowers faced mounting pressures to teach an overwhelming list
of novels, plays, and poetry, an intimidating catalog of writing requirements,
and a mounting number of necessary grammar and vocabulary skills to her 9th and
11th grade English students. The demands were clear; how to go about teaching
it all was not. Like many teachers, Mrs. Bowers struggled to find appropriate
materials to support her lessons and spent countless hours scraping together,
modifying, and refining inadequate, inappropriate “professionally-made”
materials to motivate and inspire her students, and at the same time, teach the
required proficiencies to address the California English Language Arts Standards
on which her students were assessed at the time. Frustrated, she finally
decided that if the right materials were going to be available to her and other
teachers, she was going to have to make them herself!
In 2005, Mrs.
Bowers set to work to create one of the most comprehensive and innovative
standards-aligned Literature Guide sets on the market. Joined by a middle
school teacher with 21 years of experience, Secondary Solutions began, and
eventually matured into a specialized team of intermediate and secondary
teachers who developed a set of materials unsurpassed by all others. By 2010,
demand for the same high-quality materials for the elementary classroom
inspired the development of sister company, Elementary Solutions.
By 2015, both
Secondary Solutions and Elementary Solutions had grown as separate entities,
both successful in their own right. Originating out of the need for a
streamlined operation and a unified solution for all English Language Arts
teachers, new parent company Simply Novel was conceived, broadening the vision
Mrs. Bowers had sought to produce ten years earlier.
Solutions for the Successful Teacher—strives to offer teaching materials that
are practical, innovative, and of the highest quality. Our materials focus on
time-tested, research-based best practices for teaching, while offering
extensive and rigorous coverage of the Common Core State Standards to which
they are fully aligned, and providing you with a comprehensive set of tools to
teach an understanding and appreciation of all aspects of English Language
Arts. Our products will allow you to focus on the most important aspects of
teaching—the personal, one-on-one, hands-on instruction you enjoy most—the
reason you became a teacher in the first place!
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