Announcing The Juice

We’re live! The Juice—an interactive learning platform built to develop critical thinking and encourage social discourse through current events—is now in early access.

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If you’ve read our website, you’ve probably noticed that we’re obsessed with critical thinking. Critical thinking has become increasingly important because we have more information now than ever before.

With the click of a button or swipe of a screen, we are inundated with information.  Unfortunately some of the information is nonsense, unsubstantiated, biased or just plain wrong. The ability ​to distinguish the signal from the noise, ask productive, fact-finding questions, and formulate thoughtful, rational conclusions has become fundamental to succeeding in the 21st Century. 

“Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal and the facts from the fiction.”

—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Simply put, critical thinkers think about how they think.

They create connections between facts, concepts and ideas in order to gain a deeper and broader understanding through “mental scaffolding.” They are empathetic and seek to correct and control for errors in their judgment. 

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”

—Albert Einstein

We are obsessed with critical thinking because it’s critical. Critical thinking is the key to having productive conversation and an engaged student body. Additionally, most employers identify critical thinking as the most important skill they look for when hiring. 

Powering critical thinking

We bet this isn’t news to you… So why is it still so hard to get our students to think critically?

Students need to be interested and engaged with the content we want them to think critically about.

If we cannot keep students engaged in the classroom (believe it or not, our attention span has dropped to 8 seconds!) or curious about our world, how are we supposed to get them to think broadly and deeply?

Textbooks are static, often go stale, and feel detached from the “real world.” When was the last time you read a textbook just for fun? Even if you can’t remember the last time you sat in a classroom, we bet you can remember wondering, “how does any of this relate to me or the real world?”

By pairing traditional curricula with topical and fresh content we can create learning opportunities that stimulate the brain, connect students to the world around them, and facilitate reasoned discussion in a safe, reliable, and dynamic manner.

The Juice

Our goal was to do exactly that: create a fun and engaging way for students to become better critical thinkers and better informed about our complex, ever-changing world, while also helping teachers meet their standards-based objectives. The Juice was our solution.

We believe that current events are topical, engaging, and relevant. So, current events are a core component of our intentional educational process to teach students to become better thinkers and problem solvers.

However, we recognize that bringing current events into the classroom is tricky. Teachers already have an extensive amount of content to cover and finding news stories that are classroom ready is nearly impossible. That’s why all our content is aligned with national standards and available at multiple reading levels.  Every evening our team of credentialed educators and award winning journalists craft our non-partisan, objective, and fact-based content so it’s fresh every morning for your students.

With The Juice, students read unbiased news, interact with informational text, practice digital media literacy skills, answer standards-based questions, practice reading comprehension, sharpen their critical thinking, all while becoming smarter about our world. And for teachers, it’s a plug-and-play, supplemental solution.

Follow our journey

Our early-access users are loving the platform.

We want to get our platform in the hands of as many students, teachers, and parents as possible. We’ll need your help along the way to make The Juice truly revolutionary. We have big plans for the future to further achieve our pedagogic, journalistic, and technologic goals.  It is your feedback, your support, and your criticism that will make our product worthy of being in every classroom.

We hope you are as excited as we are for this journey as we iterate our product and execute on our vision. Don’t forget to visit our blog for company updates, industry insights, and expert opinions.

Check back soon to learn more about The Juice, and remember to reserve your spot on our waitlist!

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Develop your students' critical thinking through current events, by joining our early access waitlist.

Need an account that can support more than 100 students? Just fill out this form and we'll get back to you with details shortly!

Sydney Teske

Social media and community manager

I earned my BA in Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the University of San Francisco, graduating Cum Laude while running Division 1 Track and Field. I continued my education at King’s College London, where I earned my MA in Cultural and Creative Industries.

I have experience in marketing, PR, and social media across several industries, including B2B tech, lifestyle, hospitality, digital advertising, and sports. I currently work as a digital marketing strategist for the New York Mets.

Outside of work I enjoy workout classes, travel, baseball (8 ballparks down, 22 to go), and reading as much as possible.

Need an account that can support more than 5 children? Just fill out this form and we'll get back to you with details shortly!

US Politics (Grades 11-12)

Biden Executive Orders Will Reverse Trump Policies

President-elect Joe Biden plans to sign a flurry of executive orders soon after his inauguration tomorrow. He plans to address what he’s calling the four crises facing the country. They are COVID-19, the economic downturn, racial injustice, and climate change.

An executive order is a written directive from the president carrying powers similar to a federal law. Presidents have historically used these orders to push policies forward quickly because they do not require approval from Congress. The downside of executive orders is that they are easily overturned by any new president. That is not true for federal laws.

Among other moves overturning Trump administration policies, Biden’s orders will return the US to the Paris Climate Accord and to the Iran nuclear deal.

Related to the pandemic, Biden will require face masks on federal properties and during interstate travel. Other orders will be aimed at safely reopening schools and businesses.

On immigration, Biden will order agencies to determine how to reunite children separated from their families after crossing the US-Mexico border. Another order will end travel restrictions targeting majority-Muslim countries.

Other orders will address “equity and support communities of color,” criminal justice reform, and access to healthcare.

Photo from Reuters.

Bold words are interactive vocab words in The Juice.

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Brendan Kells

VP, Education

After a career spent teaching students to become more sophisticated consumers of information in the classroom, I now serve as The Juice’s lead education specialist. I ensure our products are aligned with the educational promises we’ve made to the educational community.

Like many career educators, in addition to my 14 years as a classroom teacher at Cambridge Rindge and Latin, I served in many roles, including nine summers as the Principal of the Cambridge-Harvard Summer Academy. As a principal, teacher, mentor, advisor, and coach, I taught a wide range of subjects to a wide range of learners.

I earned my BA in History from Boston College and my Masters in teaching from Tufts University.

Robert Plotkin


I have over 30 years of experience in technology, software and Internet development. After starting my career building cutting-edge medical diagnostic equipment, I spent a decade at IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center developing and programming a parallel supercomputer, then worked on interactive and Internet streaming-media technologies and large-scale database applications. After that, I worked at an early-stage Internet company developing streaming video content and have been involved in technology assessment for private equity, venture and public company investment for more than 15 years.

I have been developing web properties for public and private companies as well as for not-for-profits since the 2000’s. I am the holder of multiple patents and am published in peer-reviewed technology journals. I hold degrees from Columbia University’s School of Engineering (BSEE) and NYU Polytechnic (MSCS).

When not working or spending time with my family, I can be found playing violin with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, working on my golf game or pursuing my passion for photography.

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