March 26, 2012
3rd Learning and Blue Ox Education Solutions Partner to Launch MSLearns – Mississippi’s Curriculum Management System

This online, standards-based system is designed to enhance the curriculum needs of Mississippi educators while aligning with Common Core

Buffalo, NY – 3rd Learing and Blue Ox Education Solutions today announce the launch of MSLearns, a standards-based, curriculum alignment system that will boost Mississippi teacher efficiency through a suite of online tools. The portal facilitates curriculum alignment, including Common Core Standards for each district, as well as access to tools such as a website builder, electronic planner and more.

MSLearns was custom developed by 3rd Learning, a technology-focused education organization, in conjunction with Ridgeland-based Blue Ox Education Solutions, LLC, who will work with Mississippi school districts to implement and support the system. 3rd Learning currently develops and manages similar portal projects for over 500,000 collective teachers in New York through, in Pennsylvania with their Standards Aligned System, in Texas and in multiple projects internationally.

“Our team is excited to partner with 3rd Learning to put this helpful tool into the hands of Mississippi teachers. With the customized build for Mississippi users, we know that educators across the state will benefit from this suite of tools,” noted John Yerger, Principal/Founder, Blue Ox, LLC.

In addition to teacher tools, such as the cloud-based storage ePortfolio and My Curriculum, which enables the building of custom teacher curriculum maps, MSLearns includes LINKS, a paperless Response to Intervention (RtI) and Teacher Observation system, developed by Blue Ox Education Solutions and the University of Mississippi’s Institute for Education and Workforce Development. LINKS connects effective classroom instruction, teacher observation and student achievement through access to data input, and is easily accessible for all educators using MSLearns.

“Through the use of technology from 3rd Learning and Blue Ox Education Solutions, MSLearns is such a system that delivers a process that we at the University of Mississippi’s Institute for Education and Workforce Development feel will assist school leaders and instructional staff to implement CCSS in a daily and weekly systematic process,” stated Susan M. Rucker, Ed.D., University of Mississippi Institute for Education and Workforce Development Director.

“We are thrilled to work with a well-respected organization such as Blue Ox on this important endeavor for the advancement of education in Mississippi. Our experience with portals like and give us the knowledge to align that same kind of quality with the needs of Mississippi educators. We are proud to deliver this great asset for school leaders and teachers alike,” said Donald Jacobs, Ph.D., 3rd Learning CEO.

MSLearns will be available for school districts in the fall of 2012. For more information, please visit

Key Facts / Highlights

  • 3rd Learning has been helping educators for more than 10 years with professional development and online coursework.
  • MSLearns will include over 100 Common Core curriculum maps developed by master educators that will meet new national standards set to go into effect for the 2012-13 school year.
  • In addition to other teacher tools, MSLearns will include LINKS, a paperless Response to Intervention (RtI) and teacher observation system developed by Blue Ox Education Solutions and the University of Mississippi’s Institute for Education and Workforce Development.

About Blue Ox Education Solutions
Blue Ox Education Solutions, LLC is an innovator and developer of business and educational software designed to improve effectiveness and enhance results. The company is located in Ridgeland, Mississippi. For more information on their services, visit

About PLS 3rd Learning
PLS 3rd Learning co-creates custom technologies to align standards-based content and resources, and offers professional development, to elevate the craft of teaching. The company provides educators with innovative resources and professional development to create and improve curriculum, instruction and assessment. Guided by the principles of passionate educators with decades of real-world experience, PLS 3rd Learning is helping teachers and schools worldwide reach their full potential. For more information, visit

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