Put Your District Fully in the Driver's Seat
XanEdu's Custom Content will put your district fully in the driver’s seat, working with you to create custom curriculum materials that meet the specific needs of your students. We listen and propose a solution to match your needs, vision, and budget. We supply the content and design experts to develop content, procure copyright permissions, design the layout, print, and ship you the physical books and materials. Saving you hundreds, if not thousands of hours.
Follow spotlights on three common challenges:
- Need for affordable curriculum
- Addressing state & local mandates
- Improving reading comprehension
Despite a high level of customization, the total cost for 56,000 readers was less than what the district had originally allocated for the project — less expensive than a comparable order of traditional textbooks.
“I thought custom curriculum development sounded great. However, a lot of things that sound great cost six times our budget and are simply impossible for us. As I continued meeting with XanEdu, however, their estimates actually were within our budget and it became clear that working with them would be possible. They asked helpful questions, which helped me solidify my vision so that we could create a product that fit our needs and budget."
- District Curricular Specialist
Using Local History to Address State Mandates
With state mandates requiring the teaching of ethnic studies, finding a resource to check all the necessary boxes – for the school board, administrators, teachers, and students – wouldn’t be an easy task.
For one district, they needed a unique resource that would support the African American Studies requirements, while at the same time introducing the contributions and experiences of local African Americans.
"Our students didn’t know about local African American history. They didn’t know that “Lift Every Voice and Sing” was written here, for example. That’s really what motivates me as an educator – seeing students in the classroom, engaging with and understanding not just history, but local history.
Watching students dive into the student book reassured me that we had created a resource that would capture our students’ attention and make them more interested in learning about local history.
XanEdu made it easy to bring my passion to life. They did the heavy lifting - I gave the XanEdu team my vision, and they worked their magic and delivered!"
- Supervisor for K-12 Social Studies
Improve Reading Comp
The Baseball Experiment
Knowledge about a topic has a greater impact on comprehension than “generalized reading ability.” In fact, with sufficient prior knowledge, this study demonstrated that students with lower reading abilities performed similarly to students with higher ability. In fact, the gap in comprehension isn’t solely a gap in skills, it is also a gap in knowledge.
Cognitive science has shown that the primary factor in whether you’re able to understand what you read is whether you possess relevant background knowledge and vocabulary.
If kids dive into history and geography beginning in the early grades, they’re likely to become better readers — and when it’s presented engagingly, they thoroughly enjoy it.
- Natalie Wexler, author of The Knowledge Gap
Our full suite of curriculum services meets your district’s specific needs
XanEdu's team of curriculum experts work with each client, understanding their unique needs, and filling content gaps that are aligned to their existing materials. We focus on primary sources to ensure neutrality while providing districts with valuable tools, unique assets, and localized content.
Our highly qualified team works with you to develop the precise content you need for your students.
Our content development services include:
- Address gaps in current curriculum
- Scope and sequence development
- Content sourcing and writing (assessments, lesson plans, articles, etc.)
- Leveling for readability
- Crosswalk creation
- Content audits
- Alignment to standards
Your assigned XanEdu project lead and permissions editor will assess your chosen content for the likelihood of permission to use. These team members lead the permissions charge from start to finish, keeping you fully informed of licensing request statuses, only licensing the content you want, and providing you with ongoing support for the duration of the license.
Our copyright permissions management services include:
- Content audits to determine copyright needs
- Rightsholder research
- Communication and negotiation with rightsholders
- Royalty, contract, and database management
Design and production
Our design team specializes in creating custom books featuring unique, engaging designs.
Standard design, format, and layout services can be supplemented with branded features like covers or note-taking areas, as well as additional services like editing, copywriting, proofreading, and scanning original documents.Speak to an expert
Our design, formatting, and layout services include:
- Prototype development
- Instructional design
- Custom illustrations
Fulfillment and distribution
XanEdu creates custom materials in print and digital formats, and handles the fulfillment and distribution from start to finish.
Our digital custom books are viewable with XanEdu’s secure, interactive digital reader. For print, our team will work with you to select the binding option, trim size, paper weight, and cover weight that aligns with your budget.Speak to an expert
Our fulfillment and distribution services include:
- Offset or digital print manufacturing
- Materials and specifications consultation
- Warehousing and pick and pack fulfillment
- Direct-to-consumer drop shipping
- Custom online storefronts
- Detailed reporting (order tracking, storefront demand, inventory, etc.)
Project managementXanEdu is committed to partnering with you to create engaging, compliant, budget-friendly materials. You control the content, quality, and cost of your custom materials, while your XanEdu team manages each step of your project. Speak to an expert
Our project management services include:
- Customized workflow development
- Budget tracking
- Program management with dedicated production coordinators
- Schedule management and implementation
- Project planning, documentation, and status reporting