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  ESL PROGRAM
When Houghton Mifflin needed a partner to write and produce 4,528 pages of SEs, TEs, and ancillaries for a four-color, three-level program, Black Dot Group completed the task in just seven months. We established a process for correlation to state standards during manuscript development. Black Dot Group created a workflow to accommodate one-month development of more than 1,000 pages of standards-based ancillaries. We worked closely Quality Assurance to ensure fact accuracy and standards inclusion and with Design/Production to achieve gender and ethnic balance in art. The result was a 100-percent compliant program adopted with little change.

MAJOR TESTING PROGRAM
In four short months, Black Dot Group teamed up with Houghton Mifflin to produce the first four-color test product for 13 levels (K-11). The project exceeded 3,000 pages and included more than 6,000 pieces of art. We worked with the Solutions group to create an extension for positioning answer bubbles accurately within one one-hundredth of a point. Black Dot Group developed a workflow for page and art counts and established an illustrator pool with specific expertise, establishing the brand through the organic look of the art.

FACT CHECKING
For a K-6 social studies program, Houghton Mifflin required that all concrete and interpretational facts be questioned and verified to ensure the program meets state hurdles for accuracy in the textbook adoption process. The client had to provide documentation to show either verification or possible revision for inaccuracies. It also had to meet a demanding schedule through several proof stages and provide information that re-checking is implemented for inaccuracies. Black Dot Group adapted existing in-house procedures and processes to meet the specific client needs and bound book dates. The program was approved by the state with no factual changes required.

CALIFORNIA READING-–TEACHER’S EDITION (2001)

Black Dot Group assisted Houghton Mifflin with the 20,000 page California Reading–Teacher’s Edition (2001). The project had a demanding schedule, budget constraints due to modification of the national program, and a large volume of annotations and ancillaries. Black Dot Group dedicated a team to this project that crossed multiple shifts. We developed a project map that included procedures for all services.

MATH GRADES K-4 PES AND GRADES 1-4 TES
A demanding schedule, large volume of artwork, and budgetary constraints challenged Black Dot Group to develop solutions for a complex Houghton Mifflin project. The client required scanning and image management for math grades K-4 PEs as well as composition and pre-press for math grades 1-4 TEs. The project included 8,000 page compositions, 6,000 images scanned, 7,000 PE reductions made, 10,000 CTP files created and 50,000 proofs. Black Dot Group developed customized project management software and assembled dedicated teams to assist. Multiple facilities and shifts were used to meet or improve schedules, and budgets were collaboratively developed between Houghton Mifflin and Black Dot Group. We interfaced with multiple development companies and coordinated scheduling.

LEVELED READERS–GRADES 5 AND 6, SPANISH READING TE, LECTURA TE, AND CA AND FL READING TES
Black Dot Group proved up to the task when Houghton Mifflin approached us to produce leveled readers for grades 5 and 6, Spanish reading TE, lectura TE, and CA and FL reading TEs. We produced a large number of pages under a demanding schedule and tight budget. The project required that numerous annotations and ancillaries be placed. We also interfaced with multiple development companies and coordinated scheduling. Black Dot Group dedicated a team to this project across multiple shifts and developed a project map that included procedures for all services.
 
     
 
 
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