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Monday, December 14, 2015

MARK NOSS AND STEVE INGERSOLL: Together Again...Or Never Really Apart?

There's an app for that!

In its March 31, 2015 motion for a restraining order, the government asked that Steven Ingersoll be restrained from transferring his interest in real estate and “intellectual property that generates an income stream”. But it appears that Ingersoll had already concealed his interest in a curriculum mapping app that replaced his Icon Curriculum Management software, enlisting Mark Noss in his effort to conceal the app’s true owner.

And while official United States Patent and Trademark Office records reveal Steven Ingersoll is the owner of the
“Icon Learning” trademark, and Mark Noss is Ingersoll's partner in the Michigan business entity (and Excel Institute assumed name), Icon Learning Org, an new app recently debuted in Apple's iTunes store named 'Icon Map App'. 

And while Steven Ingersoll created an educational model including Integrated Visual Learning and Icon Curriculum Mapping, Ingersoll's son, Josh, claims the app trademark.

But was Josh Ingersoll really the developer of the app, or was its development bought and paid for by Steven Ingersoll's Smart Schools? 

Does Josh Ingersoll actually own any trademarks, or was the app just a device to funnel revenue generated from Steven Ingersoll's intellectual property to a family member...and away from federal seizure?

It appears that may be the case, as an extensive search of the US PTO shows Josh Ingersoll, unlike his father, owns no patents.

Information uncovered by Miss Fortune reveals that an Interactive Graphic Designer was hired by Smart Schools in August 2014 to produce an "effective interactive learning package" based on Steven Ingersoll's Icon Curriculum Mapping software. 

On his resume, the project's designer claims his responsibilities included working with staff to identify requirements, developing design concepts, writing code and testing functionality, providing production support, producing visuals for each page and complying with education regulations and institutional standards.

In addition, the app's logo is identical to the design Steven Ingersoll used for his Icon Curriculum Mapping, appearing as recently as late December 2013.

So I can hear you asking yourself: maybe this app is crap, and why should I care about this?

Here's why: even though a dedicated site has yet to launch, Mark Noss acquired the domain name 'iconmapapp.com' back on September 6, 2014. 

It could have been just a quid pro quo, I suppose. 

After all, on April 7, 2014, Josh Ingersoll registered the domain name, www.fullspectrummgmt.com with web hosting company GoDaddy...on behalf of Mark Noss.

So much for "cutting ties".


  1. Had to go find this and look at it myself. It's the same crappy artwork being used in some javascript-type nonsense. The part that is the worst? The crappy artwork has nothing to do with context.

    The social studies sample starts with the preamble to the US Constitution. It's obscure images tossed together to approximate the sounds of the words.

    What the hell does this have to do with the context of the preamble as a document enshrining the principals of our constitutional democracy and rule of law?

    Let me guess, they're charging twice as much for this crap than a thoroughly researched graphic-based curriculum like Unique Learning System?

    1. The main point still being the cover-up of the app's true owner, Steven Ingersoll, and the contributing role of Mark Noss.

    2. "The Efficacy of the Curriculum is Relevant to the Charges," takes on whole new meaning.

    3. It sure does! The curriculum (if you want to call it that) is probably non-proven, non-peer reviewed, and the price is most likely way too high!

    4. There is one never peer-reviewed study done over 20 years ago in Livingston County where Ingersoll's first charter school was located. Considering what he was doing for research, I'm sure the results of his study were always going to prove miraculous results of IVL.

      This curriculum mapping software is based on IVL. The problem with it (other than it isn't curriculum mapping at all), is that it uses weird looking pictures to approximate sounds of words, while throwing context out the window. Where is the data to show it's effective? How is it standards based? How many grade bands does Ingersoll's graphics software incorporate? Can the student use it independently? He better have answers to all of these questions.

  2. Wow, now if that doesn't tell the government what kind of man they are dealing with nothing does. Ingersoll needs to be slapped with some extra years for all the manipulation he has done. And take his buddies along with him.

  3. it sounds like the good old fashion game fish would serve the same purpose....