Two individuals that have spent a great deal of our professional life in the educational arena founded XTRA Weekly in 2005. One of our founders managed a very successful Critical Thinking Skills program for the San Diego Unified School District.
We recognized the need for a very comprehensive and targeted critical thinking skills program that could be made available to the global education community at a very affordable price, that is easy to access on the computer, and is very easy to use and manage. This combination makes a very rewarding experience for participating teachers. Our programs are available in English for grades 3-5 and 6-8.
Our lesson plans are all state standards based, with a focus on developing questions based on state standardized test question formats. Where possible we use higher order questions and higher category words.
We are very proud of this rich and rewarding educational tool for those teachers sincerely interested in their students gaining a competitive edge using critical thinking skills.
Drew is the founder and President of XTRA Weekly. He has developed more than 50 curriculum guides for the San Diego Unified School District and the Copley Press as editor/curriculum developer/special projects coordinator for the San Diego Unified School District. Drew has been the Community & Public Relations Director/Consultant for The San Diego Union-Tribune and served as the company’s Newspaper In Education Manager. Drew was also an Adjunct journalism instructor at San Diego State University.
Mark J. Davis
Mark is the COO of XTRA Weekly. A digital media executive with more than 25 years of business experience, he pioneered online television listings as well as the Internet delivery of economic data and forecasts. He also led the launch of some of the earliest successful subscription Web sites. Mark has served as COO/CFO of Omnislash, Infocore, and The Wrap News, and was Vice President, Strategy and Interactive Media for The San Diego Union-Tribune. Mark has spoken on the challenges and opportunities facing the digital content business at industry and academic conferences and contributed a chapter to the e-Voter Institute book, About Face: The Dramatic Impact of the Internet on Politics and Advocacy. Mark served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps.
Curriculum Developer Anne Geiberger has collaborated with numerous schools and other educational organizations to develop and refine academic programs and curricula. Institutions she has worked with include University of California; Pearson Education; San Diego Unified School District; The Children’s Initiative; Discovery Education; AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination); Regis College; University of Minnesota; College–Hill Press; Universiti Malaysia Terengganu; Natural History Publications; Little, Brown and Company; Azbookvarik Publishing Group; Heron Books; Baylor College of Medicine; IDEA Health & Fitness Publications; Walter Foster Publishing; In2College Magazine; and San Diego County Regional Opportunity Program.