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Terry Thoren

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Wonder Media is a mission-driven company that produces instructional animations and printable extension lessons for any child at risk of falling behind before 3rd grade. Wonder Media operates three distinct areas of business: it produces a global education website called WonderGroveLearn: it has a global partnership with the Institute for Habits of Mind and it produces instructional animation campaigns for large non-profit organizations.

 

WonderGroveLearn™ is a unique education tool, which offers instructional animations, focused on social and emotional learning, life skills and social skills paired with extension lessons for children ages 3 to 8. The website features engaging animated characters in 200 instructional animated stories and 1,500 printable extension lesson plans that are aligned to 85% of the Common Core State Standards. The instructional animations are available in English and in Spanish and can be used together to support dual language enrichment programs. The animations are also available with SymbolStix assistive captions, specifically designed for students with learning challenges, and with sign language by Signing Savvy, used specifically for students who are hard of hearing or deaf. Incorporating symbol support or sign language support into each WonderGrove animation is an industry first and adds context and understanding for younger viewers or individuals with intellectual disabilities. http://www.wondergrovelearn.com/

 

Wonder Media produced the education website and the instructional animations for the “16 Habits of Mind” with founders Dr. Arthur Costa and Dr. Bena Kallick. The Institute for Habits of Mind, is an international organization which helps educators, parents, and all who care for children to learn, practice, and infuse the Habits of Mind into their work and their lives. The vision of the institute is to create a more thoughtful, cooperative, compassionate generation of people who skillfully work to resolve social, environmental, economic and political problems. http://www.wondergrovelearn.com/lessons-habits-of-mind/

 

Wonder Media produces instructional animation campaigns for large non-profit organizations: including Head Start, the Betty Ford Center Children’s Program, Girl Scouts USA, the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, the Teri, Inc. Campus for Life, Stamp Out Hunger, a national coalition of Food Banks, the Festival of Children, the Wyland Foundation, the World Peace Caravan, the Shine A Light Foundation, Signing Savvy and the Hawn Foundation.

In May, 2015 The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center awarded Wonder Media a grant to produce a series of 12 instructional animations for a national campaign to launch in April of 2016 to coincide with National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The goal is to use the instructional animations and printable extension lessons to teach young children the warning signs of abuse and know what to do if they have been abused.

Wonder Media also works with the Betty Ford Center Children’s Program on an annual basis. Wonder Media teamed up with the Betty Ford Center for Children to create instructional animations to help children at risk avoid the effect of addiction and get to a hot line if they are in danger. Wonder Media is now in development of the third phase of this global initiative. Wonder Media also uses its Animation Now!™ technology to help raise funds for the Betty Ford Center’s annual fundraising campaign.

Terry was previously the co-founder and CEO of TeachTown, Inc., which provides education software and other solutions for children with special needs and autism, by addressing language learning, social skills, communications skills and emotional development. He provided the vision and developed the production protocols for all of the learning tools being distributed by TeachTown today. He was also the former CEO of Big Bad Tomato, an interactive studio specializing in kid and family-based experiences for webmobile, and social media applications. It won an Emmy Award in 2012 and was nominated again in 2013 for its transmedia success, producing SciGirls for PBS.

For 12 years, Terry was the CEO of Klasky Csupo, Inc. where he oversaw the production of $700 million of family values animation for Viacom, Paramount and Nickelodeon, including the multiple Emmy Award winning hit “The Rugrats,” the multiple Emmy Award nominated series “As Told By Ginger,” “The Wild Thornberrys,” “Rocket Power,” “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters,” and two Rugrats spinoffs. Klasky Csupo produced the first 65 episodes of the Simpsons.  Terry was also the creator of Animation Magazine, now in its 29th year of publication.

 

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