Mentoring Minds Acquires SchoolSpire, Brings Critical Thinking into Digital Realm

Acquisition integrates standards-aligned resources into comprehensive technology platform

TYLER, Texas – December 10, 2019 – Mentoring Minds, the leading provider of K-12 critical thinking materials, has acquired SchoolSpire, a K-12 software platform that integrates a district’s existing systems, allowing configurable and modular solutions. The companies will join forces to provide school districts with a streamlined way to incorporate the 9 Traits of Critical Thinking™ into curriculum and instruction.

Over the next three months, Mentoring Minds will migrate its ThinkUp! Standards Mastery System™, which offers rigorous and standards-aligned resources, to the new technology platform that hosts all of the same features and capabilities of a learning management system. The solution will enable teachers and administrators to communicate and collaborate with all stakeholders, plan lessons, manage their ThinkUp! curriculum, and deliver assessment. Teachers and administrators will also gain insight through advanced analytics, which can be viewed at various levels of detail – from individual student data to district-wide data.

“By pairing SchoolSpire’s powerful technology platform with our critical thinking, curriculum, and assessment resources, we’re able to provide entire school systems with a more meaningful and practical way to incorporate critical thinking into every aspect of teaching and learning,” said Shad Madsen, CEO at Mentoring Minds. “We believe that critical thinking is absolutely fundamental to standards mastery and student success. SchoolSpire’s team and technology allows us to bring these game-changing benefits to teachers and students everywhere.”

The entire SchoolSpire team will join Mentoring Minds, with SchoolSpire Founder and CEO Muhammad Wasay continuing as Chief Technology Officer for Mentoring Minds.

“Joining the Mentoring Minds team is an excellent way to leverage the functionality of our platform while staying true to our mission to provide the best quality education for students,” Wasay said. “This is an opportunity to bring the value of critical thinking to the classroom by streamlining the teacher experience – which is what we do best.”

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About Mentoring Minds, the Critical Thinking for Life company
Mentoring Minds is on a mission to put critical thinking at the center of K-12 education. Founded by teachers, Mentoring Minds provides print and digital resources that empower educators to infuse critical thinking skills into standards-based instruction. Students learn the 9 Traits of Critical Thinking™ through the ThinkUp! Standards Mastery System, which provides rigorous materials that elevate achievement among all students. Mentoring Minds’ commitment to education extends beyond the classroom, as well; the company proudly sponsors forward-thinking administrators across the U.S. and supports community-based education initiatives. For more information, call 800-585-5258 or visit

About SchoolSpire
SchoolSpire is a leading K-12 provider of instructional products and services. Our EMPOWER product suite includes a complete Instructional Management System with fully integrated modules for Curriculum, Assessment, Item Banks, Reporting/Advanced Analytics, Professional Development, and Program Tracking. At SchoolSpire, our primary focus is on providing diagnostic and directive solutions for our customers and their constituents. SchoolSpire offers solutions that deliver school districts both the information and the tools needed to meet their ever developing and challenging goals of providing the best quality education for staff, students, parents, and community.

For more information, press only: Kelsea Kierstead, (608) 216-7300, ext. 24, [email protected].