NextLesson Gains Momentum by Supporting Interest-Based, Applied Learning in K-12 Classrooms

Over 60,000 Teachers Use NextLesson to Engage 2 Million Students Across the Nation

SAN FRANCISCO, April 19, 2016 -- NextLesson, a developer of K-12 applied learning resources that are personally relevant to students, today announced it is now used by 60,000 teachers and 2 million students nationwide. It now offers teachers access to 10,000 lessons, and recommends lessons to teachers based on the 1 million student interest ratings through its InterestID tool.

“We’re excited to see the traction that NextLesson has gained,” said Dion Lim, Founder and CEO of NextLesson. “We are solving a need in classrooms to better engage students and provide opportunities for applied learning. Over 30 schools and districts are currently licensing or trialing our product, mostly gained by word of mouth.”

Recent milestones include:

10,000 Lessons with 400,000 Downloads
NextLesson now offers 10,000 projects and lessons for teachers to engage their students in real world problem solving through topics they care about. This includes the multiple editions available for every Performance Task as well as projects that build into deeper PBL units. Over 400,000 lessons have been downloaded by teachers to date.

1 Million InterestID Ratings
Less than a year since its launch, NextLesson’s InterestID tool has now surpassed 1 million student interest ratings, including 1,500 new interests added to the tool by students. InterestID helps teachers engage their students by recommending relevant lessons based on topics their students find most interesting. NextLesson also develops resources based on the interests that students add to the tool to ensure lessons stay current with new interests and trends.

CALSA Focus on Results Shark Tank Win
NextLesson recently participated in and won a Shark Tank competition at the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) Focus on Results Symposium held in Monterey, Calif. In the competition, 22 educational technology companies presented to CALSA member “sharks” who decided whether or not they would adopt the products in their districts, with NextLesson garnering the most interest.

New Advisory Board Members
NextLesson expanded its educator advisory board with two new members: Dr. Clayton Wilcox, Superintendent of Schools at Washington County Public Schools, and Dr. Ayindé Rudolph, Superintendent at Mountain View Whisman School District. These leaders are passionate about preparing students for college and careers and support NextLesson’s mission.

"NextLesson is using technology to bring the real world into the classroom like never before,” said Wilcox. “I love the way it engages students and builds critical thinking skills."

About NextLesson
NextLesson is a developer of K-12 supplemental resources that are personally relevant to students. It is utilized by 2 million students and 60,000 teachers in school districts nationwide. NextLesson offers teachers 10,000 standards-aligned projects and lessons that are relevant, rigorous and based on real world scenarios. The company is privately held and based in San Francisco, Calif. Learn more at