This is a Binding Addendum to the Boom Learning Public Author Terms of Service. By enrolling in the Premier Publisher Program you accept these Premier Publisher Program Terms of Service. 


Effective May 22, 2024

1. Program Purpose

The purpose of the Premier Publisher Program is to identify Publishers of superior pedagogy, design skill, and knowledge whose materials meet the curricular, privacy, and security requirements of public schools. Premier Publishers are included in programs requiring stricter criteria, including large school and organizational sales. These terms supplement all other applicable Terms and Conditions applicable to Publishers.

Participants in the Premier Publisher Program will participate in the Boom Passport subscription product, marketed and sold by the Boom Learning sales and marketing teams to districts, schools, and organizations. This is an opportunity to earn additional, new revenue from curricular resources that would otherwise be out of reach for the individual Publisher. Boom Learning takes care of the legal, vendor, security, and other requirements necessary to make these sales happen. 

2. Program Participation

Participation in the Premier Publisher Program is by invitation and application. To be selected you will be evaluated against a selection criteria rubric. We may from time to time invite external parties with relevant education, experience, and expertise to assist with evaluations. The final decision is at the sole discretion of Boom Learning. You may decline an invitation to join the program. 

3. Selection Criteria

Selection criteria will be applied on a non-discriminatory basis. Failure to meet the selection criteria at any time after acceptance into the program will result in immediate termination from the program. We rely on a combination of self-reporting, administrative review, and random auditing to confirm that Publishers meet and continue to meet the selection criteria.


CategoryElementMinimum Standard
Pedagogy and materials qualityThe use of sound, evidence-based pedagogy in the development and implementation of the materials.Product descriptions must include relevant standards (if applicable), instructional targets, and/or pedagogical methods. All products must have a meaningful description.

Example: "Fun game to teach math facts" would NOT qualify.

"Fun game to teach math facts to satisfy 3rd-grade math fact fluency under [state the standard]" would qualify. As would "fun game to teach math facts using CVI design for low vision students." Be specific about how it meets the needs of students if it is not a general ed product.

In the first year, we are looking for Publishers who commit to making steady progress on marking relevant content with standards as soon as our standards marking tool is released.

Materials that teach basic reading skills for English first learners must follow the science of reading principles. "Balanced literacy, whole language, embedded phonics, and cueing" are all concepts that are not permitted. We encourage authors who teach reading using phonemes, graphemes, phonemic awareness, and analytic or synthetic phonics to apply. Sight word materials should focus on phonics-based learning of high-frequency words. 
Materials produced align with the research relied upon.If there is a claim of research alignment, a review of the materials establishes that the research underlying the concept is implemented in the materials.
Factual accuracyAll factual claims are accurate and verifiable from reputable sources.
Does not use discredited or harmful methods.In particular, reading instruction methods (such as guesses and use of cues) proven to have adverse outcomes on reading are prohibited. Specifically, we will not accept reading materials that are based on the following philosophies: whole language method, look-say, whole-word, balanced literacy, cueing, and embedded phonics. Reading instruction materials must align with the science of reading principles and include one or more of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.
Credentials





If the Publisher produces materials in an area with enhanced credentials or special training (such as Reading Intervention, CVI, or SLP), the Publisher has received the applicable credential and has maintained it if active maintenance is required. If the author is retired, the author must demonstrate how they have remained informed of current developments in the practice area. Publishers must have three years of experience delivering services or instruction in the listed area.Includes a description, where applicable, of the relevant credentials to create the materials in all author descriptions.

If claiming a credential:
Providing proof of current credentials OR
Providing proof of prior credential, loss of credential for failure to maintain and not for disciplinary reasons, and proof of attendance at continuing education in the field since the loss of the credential.

A Publisher may not include material outside of credential or experience area. So for example, if you claim to be an elementary ELL specialist, your store will be disqualified if you add middle school science content without relating how your skills and abilities apply to the new content.

Be sure your category use complies with the requirements for special categories specified in our Optimizing Your Content FAQ. Tagging outside your expertise in a field requiring special qualifications will disqualify your application.

To make our catalog useful to school practitioners certain products can only have one Subject special credentials tag.

We know speech-language pathologists sometimes work beyond core speech and language services. If the material would be searched for and used by a speech-language pathologist and was created by a speech-language pathologist - it must be tagged "Speech and Language" and may not be cross-tagged as Special Education & ABA.

If the material would be searched for and used by a special education service provider who may or may not be a speech-language pathologist, such as behavior materials, and the material does not require speech-language pathology skills to deliver, it may be marked as "Special Education & ABA" instead of "Speech and Language" if created by a speech-language pathologist, but may not be cross tagged as "Speech and Language". Choose the tag carefully. We will require proof from any SLP tagging with SPED that they have at least 3 years of experience providing special education services that are not merely core speech and language therapies, such as autism behavioral therapies.

Only trained and certified Occupational Therapists with the required 3 years of experience may use the "Occupational Therapy" subject tag. Subtags under Occupational Therapy such as "Handwriting" may be selected if you have the requisite experience and you do not tag the top level Occupational Therapy subject.

Special Education Educators may use the subtag of Pre-Vocational skills under the OT category, but should not select the top-level OT category when using the Pre-Vocational skills subcategory.

The Publisher can provide proof of at least 3 years of active classroom or therapy experience.Proof of the required experience. The Publisher must describe the years of experience and fields of experience in the Publisher description (your biography).
If the Publisher claims other credentials of high quality, such as significant experience as an author in the education or textbook space, the Publisher provides proof of such credentials.Satisfactory proof of the claim. The basis of the claims should be included in the Publisher description.
Other claims.
The Publisher makes no claims that cannot be verified. All claims are subject to audit at any time.
Profile required.The Publisher must complete their profile the Settings/Grade page of the Boom account by answering all of the following that apply: Subjects I teach, Grades, Author Grades, Role that best suits you.
Design Quality

Images are self-made or licensed and credited.All images used are either self-made or licensed and credited. Use of Pixabay, Canva, Pexels, FreePix, or other stock sources will require proof of a license to use the materials for commercial use.

AI images must follow our AI FAQ guidelines and must be disclosed as AI generated images with the generating tool named. 
Minimum store size22 deck minimum
The products have a consistent and common visual design.The materials have a consistent and common visual design in each material. There are no discordant design elements.

There may not be routine formatting errors in covers or decks, such as text overflow, blurry images, or distorted images. If errors are identified, the Publisher demonstrates prompt error correction.
The design is age and subject-appropriate.The design of the materials should be appropriate to the targeted developmental age of the students to which it is directed.
AccessibilityMaterials either use all accessibility features in the student player or the author commits to bring materials into accessibility compliance.The Publisher has updated materials to include all available accessibility options, including but not limited to: all videos have captions, all images have all text, all sounds have text captions, and z-order supports tabbed navigation.

If materials are not accessible, the Publisher commits to add accessibility elements at a steady pace during the participation period, with a focus on the most popular materials first.
Author ReputationNo strikesPublishers who have received strikes for violating the Acceptable Use Policy (copyright, DMCA, keyword stuffing, harassment) are barred from the program. With sufficient passage of time (at least one year), Publishers who have been barred may be considered at the discretion of the Integrity Department. Among other factors, Integrity will evaluate whether errors were inadvertent or deliberate, the level of cooperation in correcting materials, the seriousness of the offense relative to school requirements, and the risk to Boom of a repeated offense. The decision of the Integrity is final and is not subject to appeal.
No controversyAuthors must not be engaged in public controversy on social media, in the news, or in other offline formats. Accusations of controversial behavior shall be investigated and a determination of whether the conduct is unsuitable for the program shall be made in the sole determination of Boom Learning and is not subject to appeal.
ComplianceNo HREF links (hyperlinks) in publisher or product descriptions.

No reference to other marketplaces.
Any live links added to author or product descriptions make an author immediately ineligible for the program due to security commitments.

References in the description, biography, or other location to any external marketplace will immediately make a Publisher ineligible. The only permitted reference to an external marketplace are links added to image acknowledgments to comply with credit requirements imposed by the image author.
No advertisements in decksAny links to videos that serve an advertisement are immediately disqualifying. No YouTube videos.
No content that teaches a religion as a religion.The target for this program is secular purchasing entities that require that content be secular. It is okay to include a survey of world religions content. It not okay to include content that teaches the theology of a particular religion. Publishers who make religious studies content can participate if they exclude all religious studies content.
Not biased or discriminatoryContent must not make claims that are biased or have discriminatory content.

Review your materials for use of outdated content, particularly concerning American and First Nations Indigenous peoples, and for evidence of explicit or implicit bias.

No content may assert the superiority of a class of individuals over other classes based on immutable characteristics such as race or sex.

A report to Integrity of any single deck for biased content will result in withdrawal from the program and require a full review of all decks and certification of full review along with an Integrity team review before the Publisher can reapply.
Other failures to meet the needs of public schools.School regulations and laws change from time to time. If a rule or law changes that make content no longer suitable, it will be withdrawn from the program.


4. Benefits

Authors selected for the Premier Publisher Program will receive the following benefits:

  1. A badge on their products and listings inside the Boom App
  2. Quality nudges in search results.
  3. Inclusion in the Boom Passport product sold to schools and organizations.
  4. Opportunities for recurring revenue through the Boom Passport program
  5. Enhanced support.

The Premier Publisher badge is reserved to the exclusive use of Boom Learning and may not be reproduced on any external website.

5. Marketing

Premier Publishers agree that we can use their names and product names in marketing materials to schools. They further agree to provide curriculum maps, teacher guides, and other supporting materials upon request to the Boom sales team. They agree that Boom Learning may offer free trials of Boom Passport for up to 90 days (a "pilot") to schools who are considering the program and that there will be no compensation for usage during the free trial.

6. Compensation

Premier Publishers are required to participate in the Boom Passport subscription product. Boom Passport is sold to schools, organizations, and select resale arrangements involving platforms. It is a flat-rate product advertised, marketed, and sold by Boom Learning. Proceeds from the sales are split between Boom Learning and participating Premier Publishers. Boom Learning is responsible for all marketing, sales, contracting, collection, and related duties.


Premier Publishers are compensated from a royalty pool distributed among participating Premier Publishers account-wise based on use. "Account-wise" means that each Premier Publisher is compensated from the pool created by buyers who use the Premier Publisher's product. To prevent misconduct, we do not publicize which accounts a Premier Publisher participates in. "Use" means a product was used by a teacher or student for instruction, uses include assignments, Fastplays, and Presentations. To prevent misconduct, we do not publicize our full criteria for what is credited as a use. 


Pool payments will be distributed monthly. The amount of the pool to be distributed each month will be based on usage. A true-up distribution of undistributed amounts is made at the end of the 12-month period to eligible Premier Publishers.


Example:

  • Kinder-PP and SLP-PP join the program.
  • TherapyNow Co and Giga School buy Boom Passport.
  • TherapyNow Co uses only use SLP-PP content.
  • Giga School uses Kinder-PP and SLP-PP content.
  • SLP-PP will be paid for use in from the TherapyNow Co and the Giga School pools. Kinder-PP will only be paid for use in the Giga School pool.
  • Giga School does not use the product in June, July, and August. The July and August pool amounts rolled forward until distributed on a relative use basis between SLP-PP and Kinder-PP. The June amounts and any other roll forward amounts from low usage in May were distributed by looking back over the 12-month period and allocating the remaining funds based on relative usage over the 12-month period between SLP-PP and Kinder-PP.

Premium Publisher royalties are listed as their own line item in your Sales report.


7. Leaving the Program

Program commitment is a minimum of twelve months. Scheduled entry will be at the beginning of a month and will end at the end of a month. More details on how to join and leave will be forthcoming. We can terminate your participation in the program in our sole discretion, and at any time, if you violate our Acceptable Use Policy for Public Authors or otherwise no longer meet Selection Criteria.