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Phillips Academy Andover Selects Canvas as New Learning Management System

ANDOVER, Mass., June 12, 2014 – Instructure today announced that Phillips Academy Andover, the nation’s oldest private boarding school, has selected Canvas as its learning management system (LMS). After weighing a number of options to provide a better learning experience at Andover, the school selected the cloud-based platform for its intuitive, easy-to-use experience.

“The Canvas platform is fairly intuitive and gentle, even for teachers who typically shy away from online tools,” said Christopher Odden, math instructor and chair of Andover’s Academic Committee on Technology. “The interface supports many different teaching styles, but it also serves as an invitation to try new techniques. Canvas provides several convenient ways of interacting with students. As one colleague puts it: ‘Canvas is connected learning.’”

Established in 1778, Andover attracts youth from every quarter on a need-blind basis. Its 1,100 students represent 36 countries and nearly every state in the U.S. Among its alumni are George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Dick Wolf, Olivia Wilde, Dana Delany, Bill Belichick and Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Canvas K-12 is a one-stop shop LMS that helps teachers easily manage assessments, grading, state standards, analytics and other teaching tools all in one place. The platform is designed to remove technological barriers that often impede instruction in its purest form. It speeds up what can often be laborious administrative processes and helps educators get back to what they do best. Canvas K-12 also aims to close the loop around each student by enabling communication and visibility for parents and other teachers, as well.

“We are thrilled to be working with Andover by providing them with a more seamless learning experience through Canvas,” said Jared Stein, vice president of research and education at Instructure. “Having an institution of Andover’s caliber encourages us to re-invest in the things that matter most to educators and that reflect our company values, particularly the work we're doing to reduce barriers to teach in innovative ways with technology.”

Instructure launched Canvas in February 2011 and has since attracted more than 800 institutions, including hundreds of K-12 school districts and private schools. Today it serves more than 12 million teachers and students from around the world.

About Instructure
Instructure, Inc. developed the Canvas learning management system to make teaching and learning easier for everyone, everywhere. Canvas empowers learning in every context with open, usable SaaS technologies. And through Canvas Network, Instructure provides a cloud platform where teachers, learners, and institutions worldwide can connect and chart their own course for personal growth, professional development, and academic inquiry. Learn more at

About Andover
Founded in 1778, in Andover, Mass., Phillips Academy is one of the nation’s first independent, residential secondary schools. Situated on a 500–acre hilltop campus, “Andover” is an intentionally diverse community that seeks to educate youth from every quarter—of the U.S. and abroad. In 2008, it became one of the only private secondary schools in the nation to adopt a need-blind admission policy.

Devin Knighton
Director of Public Relations at Instructure
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