Total Motivation Science for the Next Generation Wins Academics’ Choice 2016 Smart Media Award

Supplemental Print-and-Online Science Resources Honored as a Premier Thinking-Based Classroom Resource

BOSTON – Mentoring Minds, national publisher of critical thinking-focused educational resources, today announced its science resource, Total Motivation Science for the Next Generation, is a winner of a 2016 Academics’ Choice Smart Book Award, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media and toys. The independent Academics’ Choice Awards program and its seal of excellence are recognized worldwide by consumers and educational institutions as a mark of genuinely effective learning tools that stimulate the mind, and provide potential for the student to fully develop higher order thinking skills.

“Launched less than six months ago, Total Motivation Science for the Next Generation exemplifies our commitment to integrating the development of critical thinking skills into every subject area,” said Robert Bush, CEO, Mentoring Minds. “We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition and proud to be in the company of the country’s best education resources.”

Award program reviewers hailed Total Motivation Science for the Next Generation for its “. . . emphasis on critical thinking and hands-on activities [and] ability to mix online and offline content. The content is engaging, standards-aligned and there are multiple ways to assess student growth.”

Total Motivation Science for the Next Generation is a supplemental curriculum that fully supports the NGSS and STEM connections. Delivered in both print and online formats, this innovative resource integrates 21st-century critical thinking skills to deepen students’ understanding of science. Total Motivation Science for the Next Generation also helps students expand their understanding of science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts, preparing them for future careers and inspiring curiosity about the natural world.

The Teacher Edition provides robust instructional support aligned to the 5E Learning Model that aids educators as they transition to the NGSS. The Student Edition introduces subject matter with hands-on investigations, activities and assessment items that are coded to the NGSS; Science, Technology, Society and the Environment (STSE); Nature of Science; Engineering Design; and the state standards for Math and English/language arts. To incorporate an extra layer of rigor, all instructional activities are also coded to Depth of Knowledge (DOK) and Bloom’s Taxonomy (Original and Revised).

The Academics’ Choice Advisory Board consists of leading thinkers and graduates from Princeton, Harvard, George Washington University and other reputable educational institutions. Product-appropriate volunteer reviewers, combined with the brainpower of the Board, determine the coveted winners. Entries are judged by category (i.e. mobile app, toy, book, website, magazine, etc.), subject area, and grade level and evaluated based on standardized criteria rooted in constructivist learning theory. Criteria for evaluation includes educational benefits such as higher-order thinking skills, character building, creative play, durability and originality.

About Mentoring Minds, the Critical Thinking for Life company

Mentoring Minds is a national K-12 publisher with a mission to put critical thinking at the center of the classroom in order to support student achievement and empower educators to teach to higher standards. Mentoring Minds’ award-winning, research-based resources are designed to be flexible for classroom needs, supporting technology integration and standards mastery for Math, ELA, and Science. Mentoring Minds’ commitment to education extends beyond the classroom, as well; the company proudly sponsors groundbreaking administrators across the nation and supports community-based education initiatives through MindShare, an employee-driven grant program. For more information, call 800-585-5258 or visit

About Academics’ Choice™

Academics’ Choice™ helps consumers find exceptional brain-boosting material. Academics’ Choice is the only international awards program designed to bring increased recognition to publishers, manufacturers, independent authors and developers that aim to stimulate cognitive development. A volunteer panel of product-appropriate judges, including parents, educators, scientists, artists, doctors, nurses, librarians, students and children, evaluate submissions based on educational benefits such as higher-order thinking skills, character building, creative play, durability and originality. Only the genuine “mind-builders” are recognized with the coveted Academics’ Choice Award™.

For more information, press only: Shaun Wiley, L. Wolfe Communications, 847-644-0237, [email protected].