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9/22/14

North Carolina Adopts Triumph Learning’s Coach for Mathematics Instruction

Inclusive learning program recommended for Common Core support.

Triumph Learning

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 22, 2014

The North Carolina State Board of Education recommends instructional material by Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools. Department of Public Instruction for the Public Schools of North Carolina provided a list of recommended instructional material that the State Board of Education approved.

The list included Triumph Learning’s North Carolina Common Core Coach Mathematics for grades three through eight; North Carolina Common Core Support Coach, Foundational Mathematics, for grades three through eight; and Readiness for the Common Core for grades one through eight.

“Our Coach mathematics solutions are geared toward North Carolina’s specific standards,” said Mike Morley, publisher for Triumph Learning. “This adoption means educators will have the instructional materials they need to prepare students for their state standards and tests.”

Common Core Coach is an inclusive curriculum that adds depth, understanding, and practice to Common Core standards and skills instruction. Teachers guide students to master skills with structured, targeted lessons. Concepts are introduced in multiple ways, and the program provides ample time for assessment, student collaboration, and independent practice of all concepts and skills. Support Coach provides targeted instruction for students who are struggling and need more foundational support. Readiness for the Common Core is an online platform that complements the Coach series, where teachers can access hundreds of leveled lessons, assessments with Common Core test items, interactive practice sessions, and a versatile test generator.

Visit the mathematics adoption for North Carolina site for more information about Triumph Learning’s solutions.

About Triumph Learning
Triumph Learning, LLC, is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials and effective literacy programs, serving more than 6 million students in 36,000 schools in 2013. Triumph Learning offers unique student solutions, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools and innovative student texts with products such as Coach, Buckle Down, and Waggle. For more information, visithttp://www.triumphlearning.com.

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Follett Names Nader Qaimari

Senior VP Content Services and Solutions

 

MCHENRY, Ill., Sept. 19, 2014 — Follett today announced that Nader Qaimari has been named Senior Vice President of Content Services and Solutions for Follett School Solutions, the leading provider of integrated content and technology solutions to the PreK-12 education space.

Succeeding Todd Litzsinger, who was elected Follett Corporation Chairman of the Board in January 2014, Qaimari will oversee Follett’s content services and solutions, including publisher relations, textbook and supplemental materials, early childhood, digital products, library collections, and online classroom products.

“Nader’s leadership experience in publishing has given him a well-rounded, first-hand perspective of the challenges and opportunities we face in our PreK-12 market,” said Tom Schenck, president of Follett School Solutions. “Together with his team, Nader will drive the strategic alignment of all of our content services and solutions to best meet the needs of educators.”

Qaimari brings 15 years of education experience and a proven track record of success in driving inventive digital product and service solutions in the publishing and technology arena. Qaimari comes to Follett from Cengage Learning’s Gale business, serving in a variety of roles with progressive responsibility. Most recently, he was senior vice president of sales and marketing, where he leveraged a centralized product management and development organization to meet the needs of clients.

Qaimari holds a Bachelor of Arts from Kenyon College in Ohio and is pursuing his Master of Business Administration at the University of Michigan’s Stephen Ross School of Business.

For more information on Follett’s PreK-12 business, visit www.Follett.com.

About Follett School Solutions | follettlearning.com
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.

About Follett Corporation| follett.com

Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.

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Exclusive E-rate Event:
FCC, K-12 Leaders to Discuss Important Changes to the Program
Conversation Will Kick Off CoSN’s 2014-2015 Webinar Series, 
Tuesday, September 23 at 1 p.m. EDT
Washington, DC (September 22, 2014) – Join CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) tomorrow, Tuesday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET for a special one-hour webinar covering critical changes to the E-rate program. Patrick Halley, Associate Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Wireline Competition Bureau, will review the E-rate Modernization Order and other K-12 education experts will analyze the rules to help school districts discover what they need to know.
CoSN’s yearly webinar series features education technology experts worldwide for an interactive conversation on the challenges and opportunities facing K-12 educators and administrators.
WHO: 
  • Patrick Halley, Associate Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
  • Sheryl Abshire, Chief Technology Officer, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools (LA)
  • Reg Leichty, Partner, EducationCounsel
  • John Harrington, CEO, Funds for Learning
WHEN:
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
1-2 p.m. EDT
REGISTRATION: 
Webinar participation is open to CoSN members and the media. Members can click here to register.
Press should contact Michael Kaplun at michaelkaplun@cosn.org for details. 
FORMAT:
Featured guests will provide brief presentations then open up the discussion to webinar participants for questions.
For more information about the September 23rd event, please visit: cosn.org/events/webinars/new-e-rate-what-school-districts-need-know.
Learn about CoSN webinars at: cosn.org/webinars-all.
About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit cosn.org or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and eventsadvocacy and policy, membership, and the CETL certification exam.

 

9/18/14

Charter School Group Asks for School Improvement Grant Flexibility to Expand Access to High-Quality Schools

 THE ALLIANCE IS AN EDUCATION TALK RADIO GUEST 9/18 AT 9AM

9/4/2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released a new report with recommendations to help students more quickly access high-quality public schools. The policy paper outlines a set of proposals that would allow states to use School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds to open new and expand existing high-quality public charter schools.

In January 2014, Congress took action to broaden states’ uses of SIG funds. As the Department of Education considers how to best implement this more flexible authority, public charter schools are well suited to help states and districts provide more high-quality seats to the students they serve.

“Far too many students are trapped in low-achieving schools,” said National Alliance President and CEO Nina Rees. “This new freedom provided by Congress gives us an opportunity to rethink how we can improve our public schools and we encourage policymakers to consider our proposal. Charter schools with a proven track record of success are in a unique position to help ensure more students get the opportunity to attend a high-quality public school.”

Under current regulations, states can only use their SIG funds to make awards to Local Education Agencies to implement one of four SIG models. Regulations do not permit states to award funds directly to high-performing public charter schools to open new schools, and provide little flexibility to leverage turnaround funds to attract high-quality school leaders and develop district or citywide improvement strategies.

“Each year that a child spends in our nation’s lowest-performing schools is one year too many,” continued Rees. “We hope policymakers will take a serious and careful look at the ways we can improve the School Improvement Grant program so that more students are able to attend a high-quality public school.”

Click here to read Using School Improvement Grant Funds to Increase Access to High-Quality Public Schools.

About Public Charter Schools

Public charter schools are independent, public, and tuition-free schools that are given the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Since 2010, all but one independent research study has found that students in charter schools do better in school than their traditional school peers. For example, one study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University found that charter schools do a better job teaching low income students, minority students, and students who are still learning English than traditional schools. Separate studies by the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Mathematica Policy Research have found that charter school students are more likely to graduate from high school, go on to college, stay in college and have higher earnings in early adulthood.

About the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter sector. For more information, please visit our website at www.publiccharters.org. 

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The PublicSchoolWORKS Crisis Response Program Wins Silver
Stevie Award in 2014 American Business Awards

The automated school safety program named New Product or Service of the Year for Governance, Risk & Compliance Software Solution

 

Cincinnati, OH (September 18, 2014) — The PublicSchoolWORKS Crisis Response Program, an emergency preparedness solution for staff and students, has won a 2014 Silver Stevie® Award for New Product or Service of the Year – Software – Governance, Risk & Compliance Solution.

 

PublicSchoolWORKS is the only provider of school-focused safety and compliance online management solutions recognized both nationally and worldwide with five Stevie awards in three years for leadership, customer service and innovative solutions. This year’s 12th annual American Business AwardsSM received more than 3,300 entries judged by more than 240 U.S. executives.

 

The Crisis Response Program includes automated and managed online training and safety tasks ensuring that schools practice and are prepared to act in the event of a crisis or emergency, including active shooter situations, IED/bomb threats, natural disasters, or other crises.

 

“School emergency and crisis planning, preparation and test runs are tough to sustain because of administrators’ ever-growing lists of responsibilities,” said Al Gille, coordinator of health, safety and security at Great Oaks Career Campuses and user of the Crisis Response Program. “In order for a program to be effective, districts need high-quality training, clear communication with staff and first responders, and practice to ensure appropriate actions are taken. The Crisis Response Program takes care of this in one sweep.”

 

Great Oaks Career Campuses chose the PublicSchoolWORKS Crisis Response Program to ensure optimum preparation, as well as ensure consistency in its response to crises. The system automation manages training and the completion of safety tasks and drills, taking the worry and load off district staff and ensuring nothing slips through the cracks. Additionally, the system houses all necessary documents to complete any drills or tasks, as well as the records of completion.

 

With the Crisis Response Program, Great Oaks is able to not only deploy training to all employees, but to schedule and ensure completion of district and state-mandated  drills and other safety tasks to maximize staff and student knowledge to be prepared for any crisis.

 

“While no person or tool can prevent incidents from happening, preparing staff with relevant and reliable knowledge to act versus react is critical to providing for the best possible outcome when a crisis occurs,” said Tom Strasburger, vice president of PublicSchoolWORKS.

 

“The Crisis Response Program gives districts a system that automates the execution of tactical exercises or drills along with training content that increases awareness of potential crises,” said Strasburger. ”The combination provides for a level of confidence that our staff and students are prepare to act effectively in the event of a crisis situation.”

 

Details about The American Business Awards and the full list of Stevie Award winners are available atwww.StevieAwards.com/ABA. To learn more about the Crisis Response Program, visitwww.publicschoolworks.com/programs/crisis-response.

 

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About PublicSchoolWORKS

Since 2000, PublicSchoolWORKS safety compliance management solutions have focused on helping schools easily meet ever-changing compliance requirements, improve staff and student safety, cut costs associated with risk, and reduce administrator and staff time and effort. PublicSchoolWORKS is the only, complete K12 safety compliance management program created by and for schools, and is proud to provide districts with award-winning technology and support recognized by North American educators. For more information on how PublicSchoolWORKS can improve district safety programs, contact 1-877-779-6757 orsales@publicschoolworks.com.

 

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in six programs: The American Business Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, and the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide.  Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.

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2014 iNACOL Blended and Online Symposium

2014 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

iNACOL IS  pleased to announce the lineup of pre-conference workshop sessions scheduled to kick off the 2014 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium. These pre-conference sessions offer focused full- and half-day workshops that are highly interactive for administrators, educators and policymakers for blended, online and competency-based learning.
 
Registration for pre-conference workshops held on Tuesday, November 4th is limited to ensure small group interactions and discussions, so please reserve your place as soon as possible. Complete descriptions and presenter information for all 10 pre-conference workshops can be found at http://bit.ly/inacol2014precon.
 
Here is a look at two of the workshops available:
 
Developing Supports for Blended Learning Teachers: New Competencies

Kathryn Kennedy, Michigan Virtual University
Allison Powell, iNACOL
Beth Rabbitt, The Learning Accelerator

New blended learning school models are integrating great teaching with technology to change the ways in which adults and students work together. While much of what makes practitioners effective in traditional environments remains the same (for example, content knowledge and pedagogy), the shift to blended learning also creates new demands on teachers as they take on new, dynamic, and collaborative roles to implement these new approaches. In this session, participants will explore both what these new competencies are as well as how different organizations are taking on the challenge of developing supports for teachers to move towards using blended learning in their schools.
 
Points in Time in a Personalized Learning Implementation: Lessons Learned and Next Steps for Big Thinkers
Amy Jenkins, Education Elements
Jane Bryson, Education Elements

This workshop will feature leaders from several school districts – each of which has taken a different approach to personalized learning and each of which is at a different point in their transformation. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from these districts and from each other, gaining a better understanding of the different ways to get from Point A to Point B at each stage of implementation. Topics will include: roll-out strategies (opt-in versus top-down), digital content selection and procurement, instructional model design, accountability and sustainability of design iterations, professional development and teacher supports. Each of the participants will reflect on the degree of stakeholder participation as well as lessons learned around change management. Participants will leave with a set of tools and resources appropriate to where they are in their journey, as well as access to an online community of personalized learning practitioners for follow-up virtual sessions.

Complete descriptions and presenter information for all 10 pre-conference workshops can be found at http://bit.ly/inacol2014precon. Please register for pre-conference workshops in advance at https://www.regonline.com/iNACOL2014.
 
We look forward to seeing you in Palm Springs!

About the iNACOL Symposium

The 2014 iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium will bring together more than 2,500 experts and educational leaders exploring the leading edge of next generation learning in K-12 education from across the United States and around the world. iNACOL’s annual conference is the industry’s leading event for K-12 online, blended and competency-based learning and gathers experts, leading practitioners and educators, policymakers, researchers and innovators from throughout the field.
For questions, please contact Tracy Breithaupt, iNACOL Events Manager, attbreithaupt@inacol.org.
About iNACOL
The mission of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) is to ensure all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. iNACOL is a non-profit organization focusing on research, developing policy for student-centered education to ensure equity and access, developing quality standards for emerging learning models using online, blended, and competency-based education, and supporting the ongoing professional development of classroom, school, and district leaders for new learning models. To learn more about iNACOL, please visit http://inacol.org.

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Ed-Tech Visionary, Wendy LaDuke, Named Group Publisher for eSchool Media

Education technology industry stalwart takes the wheel of leading education-publishing group

Bethesda, MD September 18, 2014 – The eSchool Media publishing group (ESM) is proud to announce that Wendy LaDuke, ed-tech industry icon and former group publisher of 1105 Media’s T.H.E. Journal & Campus Technology, has signed on as their new Group Publisher. With more than 30 years in the education technology publishing market – and a father widely considered as the founder of the industry itself – LaDuke brings with her a profound love of, appreciation for and altruistic vision regarding the education technology arena. In her new role she will serve as Group Publisher for all 3 publications from ESM: eSchool News, eClassroom News and eCampus News, their higher ed magazine.

Edward Warnshuis, her father, began his career in the education industry with a clear vision – and LaDuke has furthered, and will continue to further, his passion of technology’s integral role in today’s classrooms.

After a widely successful and prominent tenure at T.H.E. Journal and Campus Technology (competing education technology publications), LaDuke joins the eSchool Media team with a deep understanding of how education has been transformed by technology and a determination to not only continue her father’s vision to foster innovation, but further establish and pursue her own belief that technology and innovation are two integral pieces of the education puzzle.

“One of the greatest things I learned from my father was to pursue your vision with conviction and to persevere against adversity to make that vision a reality,” says LaDuke. “Education is about making a difference in the lives of kids, setting them up for a lifetime of success, and it is a privilege to play a role in that process. Throughout my career as a publisher, educators have always been my focus. Leveraging my role to ensure that they have access to resources that will allow them to improve their practice is truly an honor.  I am thrilled to join such a talented and well-respected organization like eSchool Media. This opportunity will allow me to build on the reputation they have established and I am truly blessed to have the chance to further my father’s vision and to keep his ed-tech legacy alive.”

“All of us at ESM are excited to have Wendy in the driver’s seat,” said Rob Morrow, CEO at eSchool Media.  “Her knowledge of the industry, strong relationships, vision and dedication to the space will be invaluable to our suite of publications and websites. She brings the experience, passion and dedication to education technology, which our readers want, and our clients expect. Wendy knows how to ‘connect-the-dots’ in a way that allows our clients, readers and writers to make a positive impact in education. This is just the beginning of an outstanding new chapter for eSchool Media.”

Wendy LaDuke was a 2013 Folio100 award honoree in the category of “Under the Radar” agent of change, which is a testament to her equally avid admiration for, and vision of, the publishing industry.

Look for Wendy LaDuke at this year’s EdNET Conference September 28-30 in Baltimore, MD.

Visit the websites of eSchool NewseCampus News and eClassroom News to learn more about eSchool Media’s family of publications.

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About eSchool Media:

With a combined, unduplicated audience of more than one million education decision makers, eSchool Media Inc. is the parent organization of three robust print, digital, and eMail networks providing breaking news and vital information to brand-specifying buyers at every level of the education field:

  • eSchool News (K-12)
    With approximately 945,000 visitors and readers—is found in print and on the internet at http://www.eSchoolNews.com
  • eCampus News (Higher Ed)
    With approximately 94,000 visitors and readers—is found in print and on the internet at http://www.eCampusNews.com
  • eClassroom News (Teachers)
    With approximately 52,000 visitors and readers—is found on the internet athttp://www.eClassroomNews.com

 

The eSchool Media family of networks serves ed-tech decision makers throughout the world, primarily in Canada and the United States. Our audience includes executive educators (from principals and every U.S. superintendent) at the building- and district-level in elementary and secondary schools; administrators (from chancellors, presidents, and deans to provosts, vice-presidents, and department directors) in two- and four-year colleges, public and private universities, and state university systems; as well as instructors, teachers, and professors of all subjects at every grade level. eSchool Media strives to provide the best news, information, and resources to help K-20 decision makers discover, evaluate, and procure technology to transform education and achieve educational goals.

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New Analysis: Gender Gaps Exist in K-12 School Technology Leadership 
 
Data Released by CoSN from 2014 IT Leadership Survey Raises Important Questions Surrounding
Equity for Women in Leadership Roles
Washington, DC (September 17, 2014) – While women are better educated and have more experience, men earn more money and hold the majority of leadership positions in K-12 district technology leadership. This is the central finding from CoSN’s (Consortium for School Networking’s) new analysisreleased today examining K-12 IT leadership by gender.
CoSN’s data, which are based on a subsample of its 2014 K-12 IT Leadership Survey, start to address the issue of fairness, compensation and leadership for women in K-12 technology.
“Our findings reveal that, despite equity gains in recent years across industry sectors, gender disparity and bias exist right in our nation’s schools,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “The results should open the eyes of our school leadership and communities to the inequality with which many women technology leaders compete against in the field. At a minimum, this issue merits further research and action to ensure women are fully represented and treated fairly throughout their professional careers in K-12 education and elsewhere.”
The survey analysis drew the following results:
  • Representation. Women are less represented in K-12 IT leadership positions than men. Sixty-six percent of those surveyed identified themselves as men, whereas just 34 percent were women.
  • Earnings. Women in K-12 IT leadership positions earn less than men. Forty-eight percent of men earn $100,000 or more, whereas 36 percent of women earn that amount. At the low end of the pay scale, 15 percent of men earn under $70,000 versus 26 percent of women.
  • Job titles. Women in K-12 IT leadership positions have less prestigious titles than men. Compared to 15 percent of men, nearly one-quarter of women titles suggest intermediate positions, including manager, coordinator, school technology leader, or a director title. Additionally, compared to 63 percent of women, nearly three-quarters of men possess higher designations, such as chief technology officer, chief information officer, or district technology officer.
  • Educational attainment. Women in K-12 IT leadership positions have higher levels of education than men. Seventy-nine percent of women in school district leadership positions have graduate degrees compared to 68 percent of men.
  • Experience. Women have been in the K-12 IT field longer and held their positions longer than men. Eighty-five percent of women in school district leadership roles have 10 or more years of industry experience, compared to 73 percent of men.
Read the full analysis here.
For more information about CoSN’s IT Leadership Survey, please visit: www.cosn.org/focus-areas/it-management/it-leadership-survey.
About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit cosn.org or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and eventsadvocacy and policy, membership, and the CETL certification exam.

9/17/14

Exclusive E-rate Event:
FYI…Panelist John Harrington will be a guest on Education Talk Radio about E Rates  at 1030aET 9/17 (today)..show archived at our web site.
FCC, K-12 Leaders to Discuss Important Changes to the Program
Conversation Will Kick Off CoSN’s 2014-2015 Webinar Series, 
Tuesday, September 23 at 1 p.m. EDT
Washington, DC (September 16, 2014) – Join CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) on Tuesday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET for a special one-hour webinar covering critical changes to the E-rate program. Patrick Halley, Associate Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Wireline Competition Bureau, will review the E-rate Modernization Order and other K-12 education experts will analyze the rules to help school districts discover what they need to know.
CoSN’s yearly webinar series features education technology experts worldwide for an interactive conversation on the challenges and opportunities facing K-12 educators and administrators.
WHO: 
  • Patrick Halley, Associate Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
  • Sheryl Abshire, Chief Technology Officer, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools (LA)
  • Reg Leichty, Partner, EducationCounsel
  • John Harrington, CEO, Funds for Learning
WHEN:
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
1-2 p.m. EDT
REGISTRATION: 
Webinar participation is open to CoSN members and the media. Members can click here to register.
Press should contact Michael Kaplun at michaelkaplun@cosn.org for details. 
FORMAT:
Featured guests will provide brief presentations then open up the discussion to webinar participants for questions.
For more information about the September 23rd event, please visit: cosn.org/events/webinars/new-e-rate-what-school-districts-need-know.
Learn about CoSN webinars at: cosn.org/webinars-all.
About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit cosn.org or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and eventsadvocacy and policy, membership, and the CETL certification exam.

 

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PDK/Gallup Poll Shows Public Support for Quality Teacher Preparation

AACTE Members Addressing Key Concerns Through Rigorous Programs, Partnerships and Policy Initiatives

(September 16, 2014, Washington, D.C.) – AACTE member institutions across the country are leading rigorous and effective teacher preparation programs that echo the priorities of those surveyed in the 46th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. The 2014 poll includes a special section released today on teacher preparation and evaluation.The first report on the 2014 poll, released last month, showed that Americans are skeptical of federal policy influences on public schools and of the Common Core State Standards and standardized tests. The newly released second report delves into specific ways respondents think teacher quality and schools should be improved.

 

“We can see from this year’s PDK/Gallup poll that Americans are increasingly aware of the critical role that teacher preparation plays in supporting high-quality education for all students,” said Sharon P. Robinson, Ed.D., president and CEO of AACTE. “This report provides a unique window on Americans’ views about our field and an opportunity to showcase the important work happening in teacher preparation programs nationwide on issues of quality, certification and classroom experience, among other priorities.”

 

2014 poll respondents are particularly concerned with the quality of teacher candidates, with 60 percent of Americans saying that the entrance requirements for preparation programs should be more rigorous. Many citizens may not be aware that the students who enter baccalaureate teacher preparation programs actually have an average GPA of 3.24, and for postbaccalaureate programs the number is even higher. AACTE advocates for not only improving recruitment efforts but also setting a high bar for entry into the profession at the point of licensure, based on multiple measures and including a performance assessment such as edTPA.

 

AACTE member institutions are also focused on ensuring that candidates get adequate clinical practice-a priority for more than 70 percent of poll respondents, who said new teachers should spend at least a year practice teaching before licensure. In addition to the school-based programs already in place in collaboration with colleges of teacher education nationwide, many institutions have established year-long residencies through the federally sponsored Teacher Quality Partnership program. AACTE also supports the proposed Educator Preparation Reform Act, which would provide additional backing for teacher residency programs.

 

The poll also found that Americans overwhelmingly (81 percent) support board certification for teachers to mirror practice in other professions. Currently, just three percent of teachers hold certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, which is considered an advanced endorsement to be pursued after several years on the job. AACTE supports board certification as a key step in the professional continuum, and many member programs at the master’s level are modeled on the NBPTS standards and/or assist teachers in pursuing their advanced certification.

 

AACTE recently collaborated with teachers’ unions and several other organizations to release a state policy guide that addresses many of these issues. The guide, Excellent Teachers for Each and Every Child, provides a road map for state lawmakers to improve teacher quality through recruitment, preparation, professional development, evaluation and more.

 

“AACTE plans to use the results of this PDK/Gallup poll to inspire further reform and innovation in educator preparation,” Robinson said.

 

For more information on the PDK/Gallup Poll reports, visit http://pdkpoll.org.

 

 

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AACTE: The Premier Voice on Educator Preparation

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are ready to teach all learners on Day 1. Its over 800 member institutions represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. AACTE seeks to lead the field in advocacy and capacity building by promoting innovation and effective practices as critical to reforming educator preparation. For more information, visitwww.aacte.org.

 

 

 

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PR with Panache! hires acclaimed education journalist Lucille Renwick

(MINNEAPOLIS) Sept. 17, 2014 — PR with Panache! (PRP), an award-winning, Minnesota-based PR firm focused on the education marketplace, is proud to welcome Lucille Renwick as the firm’s newest modern-day storyteller.

Renwick has spent more than two decades in the education industry as a reporter, writer and editor. Her work has appeared in numerous education and mainstream publications including District Administration, The New York Times, and The Nation.

“Lucille is an enormously accomplished, acclaimed journalist who brings a tremendous depth of experience in education to our firm. We are thrilled to have someone of her caliber join our team,” said Sue Hanson, PRP’s founder and principal. “Her distinguished journalism career makes her a valuable addition to the ever-expanding PR with Panache! agency. Her experience, knowledge, and indisputable communications skills bring great value to the PR with Panache! global clientele.”

For most of Renwick’s career, she has written about and advocated for education and K-16 nonprofits. She first covered education as a journalist for the Hartford (Conn.) Courant and the L.A. Times and then as an editor for Scholastic’s Instructor and Administr@tor magazines as well as one of Discovery Education’s magazines.

She later worked as a PR professional focused on helping public, charter and private schools and education nonprofits tell their stories and spread the word about their good work.

“I’m excited to join the talented storytelling team at PR with Panache! and am eager to add to their stellar reputation for creating vital, engaging opportunities for clients within the education marketplace,” said Renwick. “I look forward to working with such a highly respected and trusted PR agency in education.”

To learn more about PR with Panache! and how they might tell your story, visit www.prwithpanache.com.

For more information about Lucille Renwick, visit our storyteller’s page.

About PR with Panache!

panache (p nash’) n. [Fr.]. style; flair; verve; confidant; dashing!

PR with Panache! is a bold, fast-moving public relations and media marketing agency for the education marketplace with an international reputation for smart, entrepreneurial communications, content marketing, product publicity and brand awareness.

Our success is built on the achievements of our clients. The team consistently delivers explosive results because there is no one-size-fits-all program for our client base. We speak the right language as we expand client brands, support PR and marketing or launch new products with long-established media relationships…so our panache is polished!

For more information, please visit www.prwithpanache.com.

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Mimio Launches New Webinar Series on Using Its Latest Interactive Technologies for Collaborative Learning

 

Hosted by Educators for Educators, Professional Development Webinar Series Helps Teachers Create Engaging, Collaborative Classrooms 

Cambridge, MA– Sept. 17, 2014Mimio, developer of the MimioClassroom™ family of interactive teaching technologies, today announced its second annual professional development webinar series designed to help customers make optimal use of its technologies. Educators who are expert with Mimio’s collaborative technologies will host the fall 2014 webinars. Each of the live 30-minute sessions is offered on two separate dates to accommodate attendees’ schedules.

“The best people to teach teachers are other teachers,’” said Paget Hetherington, Mimio’s director of global marketing. “All of our presenters have worked in and around classrooms for years, so they understand what session attendees have to deal with and will dispense realistic, useful advice.”

The fall 2014 series includes the following sessions:

Seamless Integration of Curriculum and Technology

This webinar explore how curriculum and technology work together seamlessly in the Mimio classroom. Attendees will receive the latest information on Mimio products that work with Apple and Android mobile devices to create an even more engaging and collaborative learning environment.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, September 25, at 4:00 p.m. ET. Jason Schmidt, who is Instructional Technologist for Bennington Public Schools in Nebraska, a Google Education Trainer, a Moodle Certified Course Creator, and a Mimio Certified Trainer, will host the session. Visit http://news.mimio.com/mimio-webinar-9-25-overview to register.

The session will take place again on Tuesday, December 2, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Charli Mullen, a third-grade teacher at Fredericksburg Elementary in Texas and a Mimio Master, will conduct this webinar. Visit http://news.mimio.com/mimio-webinar-12-2-overview to register.

 

Classroom Collaboration with Mimio

Students must acquire collaboration skills in order to be successful in school and in their lives. This webinar will provide tips and suggestions for using the many features of the updated MimioStudio™ software and MimioMobile™ app for Apple and Android mobile devices to facilitate and encourage collaboration in the classroom.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, October 7, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Dr. Roland Rios, the technology director at Fort Sam Houston ISD in Texas and a Mimio Certified Trainer, will be the presenter. Visit http://news.mimio.com/mimio-webinar-10-7-overview to register.The webinar will also be held on Tuesday, November 4,at 4:30 p.m. ET. Maribeth Lowe, a Mimio Master and a special education teacher with31 years of teaching experience in both private and public school settings, will host the session. Visit http://news.mimio.com/mimio-webinar-11-4-overview to register.

 

 

Getting More from Your Lessons with Mimio

Effective lesson design encourages student engagement, interactivity, and collaboration, and facilitates assessment. This webinar shows attendees how Mimio products can let them incorporate mobile devices in the classroom to make lessons even more engaging and collaborative. Attendees will also receive instructional design tips that will make students’ learning experience much more interactive.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, October 23, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Two educators will host this webinar: Lindy George, a Mimio Master and a Mimio Certified Trainer who works as an instructional technology specialist for the Collier County Public schools in Florida, and Claire Pavia, a Mimio Master and a first-grade teacher at Cross Lutheran School in Illinois. Visit http://news.mimio.com/mimio-webinar-10-7-overview to register.

The webinar will take place again on Thursday, November 20, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Lindy George and Claire Pavia will once again be the presenters. Visit http://news.mimio.com/mimio-webinar-11-20-overview to register.

 

About Mimio

Mimio is a global leader in interactive teaching technologies that offer a better way to learn and an empowering way to teach. Our award-winning, innovative, and affordable hardware, software, and curriculum increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement in K-12 classrooms.  For more information, visit mimio.com. Follow Mimio on Twitter @MimioTechnology and “Like” us on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Mimio.Technology.

 

9/15/14

American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools initiative aims to reduce disparities in CPR

Ross Dress for Less ® providing free CPR training resources to schools in need

September 15, 2014 Categories: Program News

(DALLAS, Sept. 15, 2014) — Kids learning bystander CPR may be the answer to reducing death from the 420,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital each year. Sadly, most of those victims die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR, or are afraid they’ll do something wrong. Further complicating the issue are the disparities among Latinos and African-Americans, who are 30 percent less likely to have bystander CPR performed on them in an emergency, according to a study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. People who live in lower-income, African-American neighborhoods are 50 percent less likely to have CPR performed. The AHA is training students, teachers and parents in CPR via its CPR in Schools initiative to help eliminate these inequities, exposing lifesaving skills to millions at a young age. Ross Dress for Less (“Ross”) is supporting AHA’s efforts to help save more lives in all communities by providing free CPR training resources to public schools in lower-income areas.

A September 2013 study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes is the first of its kind to examine underserved, high-risk neighborhoods to learn about CPR barriers and what should be done to increase bystander CPR. In focus groups, researchers learned that residents of these high-risk neighborhoods believe that teaching children about lifesaving CPR and then having them share this knowledge with their families and friends is a key way to spreading the message. While a small study, this initial research found that the biggest challenges for minorities in urban communities to learn and perform CPR are cost, fear and lack of information. These same issues are evident in other underserved, high-risk neighborhoods across the country. For that specific reason, the Ross stores program will support schools in underserved communities.

“Our continued research shows disparities exist in learning and performing CPR, and we are ready to move beyond documenting gaps to finding solutions to fix them,” said Dianne Atkins, professor of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa. “School is a great equalizer, which is why CPR in schools is an integral part of the solution and will help increase bystander CPR across all communities and save more lives,” said Atkins.

Ross and its customers have raised funds to train thousands of 7th and 8th grade students in lifesaving CPR across the U.S through its Help a Hero program supporting CPR in Schools. The American Heart Association’s goal is to pair each Ross Dress for Less store with a nearby public school that has at least 50 percent of their students receiving free or reduced lunch. More than 1,100 schools in the U.S. will receive a CPR in Schools Training Kit™, teaching materials to implement the program, and a school-based report card at the end of the year that shows how many students they have trained.  Teachers also have access to AHA resources, volunteer mentors and CPR in Schools staff throughout the program.

“Ross is proud to support the American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools efforts by providing resources to help schools implement training programs,” said Gary Cribb, Executive Vice President of Store and Loss Prevention. “In partnership with our customers and the AHA, Ross has invested in our communities to create a generation of trained and empowered students who can save lives through CPR.”

About CPR in Schools initiative

Since 2011, the American Heart Association has been working with communities and other organizations to prepare more students, their teachers and families to save lives with CPR in Schools. Lawmakers in 19 states are requiring all students be trained in psychomotor skill-based CPR before graduating from high school. That means more than one million students will be trained in CPR each year, resulting in millions of qualified lifesavers in our communities. Teaching students in school how to administer CPR will help increase the chance that a victim of cardiac arrest has the help they need until paramedics arrive. To learn more about CPR in Schools legislation, go to http://beCPRsmart.org.

To learn more about the American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools initiatives, call 1-877-AHA4CPR or visit heart.org/CPRinSchools.

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About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from cardiovascular disease and stroke – America’s leading killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit heart.org.

 

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NEWS FROM FILAMENT GAMES

Filament Games will be a guest on Education Talk Radio 9am ET  Weds 9/17

9/15/14
Today, Filament Games (@FilamentGames), award-winning developer of digital teaching games, kicks off its weeklong game-based learning initiative, Operation Play (#opPLAY14). The event celebrates the innovative educators implementing game-based learning in their classrooms and features social media giveaways, a video case study series, educator podcasts, a game-based learning community and of course, learning games
Operation Play partners include BrainPOP, GlassLab Games, MIT’s Education Arcade, Institute of Play, iCivics, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and GamesandLearning.orgWorkingExamples.org, the Gaming in Ed Conference of LearningRevolution.com and edWeb.net.

 

 

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BirdBrain Technologies’ Hummingbird Robotics Kit Wins a Learning® Magazine 2015 Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award for the Classroom

Panel of classroom teachers chose electronics kit based on its quality, instructional value, ease of use and innovation

Pittsburgh, PA, September 15, 2014 — BirdBrain Technologies’ Hummingbird Robotics Kit was named a winner of Learning® Magazine’s 2015 Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award for the Classroom, one of the most recognized and prestigious awards in the educational market. The electronics kit was chosen by a panel of teachers from across the country as one of only 37 winners based on its quality, instructional value, ease of use, and innovation.

“The Hummingbird Robotics Kit provides students of all ages with an engaging, hands-on way to learn about key STEM concepts, from robotics to programming to electronics, and more,” said Tom Lauwers, founder of BirdBrain Technologies and co-creator of the Hummingbird Robotics Kit. “This award further reinforces the impact our kits have in the classroom and is a particularly great honor since we were evaluated and chosen by actual classroom teachers.”

 

The Hummingbird Robotics Kit is a spin-off product of Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE lab. The kit is designed to introduce engineering and robotics activities to upper elementary students, while at the same time providing more complex robotics design opportunities to older students, through an innovative, arts and crafts-based approach. Students use the kit to make robots, kinetic sculptures, and animatronics built out of a combination of kit parts and crafting materials. Students can use the kits with intuitive software programs such as Scratch,Snap!, and the CREATE Lab Visual Programmer – or more advanced programming such as Python, Java, and Processing – to bring the construction materials to life.

 

“The Hummingbird Robotics Kit enables endless ways to integrate STEM innovations through creativity and inventiveness,” said Stephanie Cotsifas, STEM learning specialist at Institute on Teaching through Technology and Innovation Practice (ITTIP), who uses the kits with her students. “The age range and project ideas are endless with the different ways you can program the microcontroller. It is a great way to get students creating and designing.”

 

Building off the success of the Hummingbird Robotics Kit, BirdBrain Technologies will be launching the Hummingbird Duo later this year. This second-generation kit will include the addition of tether-less operation, Arduino mode, and more.

To learn more about the Hummingbird Robotics Kit, visit http://www.hummingbirdkit.com/.

About BirdBrain Technologies

At BirdBrain Technologies, we are committed to technological excellence for students and educators. Our passion is to instill an innovative maker mentality in students and to foster a project-based learning approach in everyday classrooms. We are devoted to integrating engineering and computer science with traditional core subjects by creating robots and electronics that can foster natural interdisciplinary projects.

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Kentucky School Improves Math Proficiency with Triumph Learning’s Coach

Middle School Uses Common Core Coach To Achieve Learning Goals

Triumph Learning

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 15, 2014

Lee County Middle School in Beattyville, Kent.improved student math proficiency after implementing Common Core Coach from Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools. Lee County Middle School used the program to help students master Common Core math skills.

“With Common Core Coach, we were able to prepare our teachers and students for the rigors of Common Core assessments,” said Karen Angel, principal at Lee County Middle School. “The results speak for themselves, with noticeable gains in student achievement from year to year.”

Lee County Middle School math teachers wanted to increase math proficiency scores on the end-of-grade Kentucky Performance Rating for Education Progress (K-PREP). The percentage of students performing at Novice level, Kentucky’s lowest achievement level, was approximately 30 percent in grades six and eight, and 45 percent for grade seven. Faced with the more rigorous standards of the Common Core, teachers also felt the need to provide students additional practice with higher-level math questions. After using Common Core Coach Mathematics, Lee County Middle School sixth, seventh and eighth grade students experienced a significant increase in math achievement. Between 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, the percentage of students performing at Novice level dropped by 13 percent in sixth grade, 25 percent in seventh and 16 percent in eighth. In the seventh and eighth grade, there was also a significant increase in the top two achievement levels, going from 18 percent to 44 percent and 26 percent to 43 percent respectively.

“Triumph Learning is committed to providing schools with the tools and resources they need to succeed under the Common Core State Standards,” said Mike Morley, publisher for Triumph Learning. “The improvements these schools have experienced using Common Core Coach speaks to the effectiveness of the program.”

Common Core Coach is an inclusive program that adds depth, understanding, and practice to Common Core standards and skills instruction. Teachers guide students to master skills with structured lessons. Concepts are introduced in multiple ways, and the program provides ample time for assessment, student collaboration, and independent practice of all concepts and skills.

Common Core Coach is also integrated with Waggle, Triumph Learning’s new personalized, smart practice solution. To learn more about the success Lee County Middle School has experienced with Common Core Coach, download the case study.

About Triumph Learning
Triumph Learning, LLC, is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials and effective literacy programs. Triumph Learning serves more than 6 million students in 36,000 schools with unique student solutions, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools and innovative student texts with products such as Coach, Buckle Down, and Waggle. For more information, visithttp://www.triumphlearning.com.

9/11/14

PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer Invites Teachers to Join the 30-Day Classroom Challenge to Help Prevent the Spread of Germs this Back-to-School Season

This challenge helps teachers fight germs in the classroom with improved hand hygiene education.

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Akron, Ohio (PRWEB) September 11, 2014

To prevent the spread of germs in schools, GOJO Industries, Inc., the makers of PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer, invites teachers to participate in the 30-Day Classroom Challenge, which asks them to pledge to educate their students about healthy habits to prevent the spread of illness-causing germs in the classroom.

This challenge is designed to help teachers gain a better understanding of how hand hygiene can help keep kids healthy and in the classroom throughout the school year. In fact, studies show that using PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer along with hand hygiene education in the classroom can reduce students’ absenteeism by 50 percent.*

“Hand hygiene plays an important role in keeping students healthy, productive and in school, and we want to provide teachers with the hand hygiene educational tools they need,” said Seth Taylor, PURELL consumer brand manager. “Participation in this challenge will encourage healthy hand hygiene through handwashing and hand sanitizing, which is one of the single most important ways to reduce the spread of germs that can cause infection.”

Teachers who join the challenge receive free resources, including grade-appropriate writing and math prompts, a ready-to-use school supply list, parent information sheets, valuable coupons and more. Plus, they will have a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card, $200 in PURELL products and $200 in PURELL products for a charity of their choice. Five runners-up will each win a PURELL Advanced Hand Sanitizer prize pack valued at more than $100. The sweepstakes runs through Dec. 31, 2014.

“I eagerly accepted the challenge,” said April Parker, a third-grade teacher in Greensboro, N.C. “Helping my students develop the everyday healthy habit of hand hygiene—while having the chance to win great classroom resources—is a wonderful opportunity for educators.”

To learn more or to join the 30-Day Classroom Challenge, visit http://bit.ly/1hTp2NB.

About PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer and GOJO Industries, Inc.

GOJO Industries, Inc. is the inventor of PURELL® Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer and the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings. The broad GOJO product portfolio includes hand cleaning, hand washing, hand sanitizing, and skin care formulas under the GOJO®, PURELL® and PROVON® brand names. GOJO formulations use the latest advances in the science of skin care and sustainability. GOJO is known for state-of-the-art dispensing technology, engineered with attention to design, sustainability, and functionality. GOJO programs promote healthy behaviors for hand hygiene, skin care, and compliance in critical environments. GOJO is a privately held corporation headquartered in Akron, Ohio, with offices in the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan and Brazil.

*American Journal of Infection Control. 2002; 30: 217-20. http://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553%2802%2968131-3/abstract

9/10/14

NEWS FROM EDWEB.NET

Join us for the next Emerging Tech webinar!

Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
RU Ready 2 Trust’ em? Why Access is Essential to Developing Citizenship among Millennials
Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT

In This Session
Citizenship, including digital citizenship, is not learned through osmosis. Millennials have formidable capacity for 21st century learning – communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. They excel in these areas when empowered to learn in an educational environment founded on respect and trust. Given the guidance to thrive, and permission to fail, students learn important lessons they will carry with them not just to college and career, but throughout life. In this session, participants will learn how trust can promote curiosity and transform learning.

To Participate in the Live Session
– This webinar will be recorded and archived in this community for viewing at anytime.
– As a member of the Emerging Tech community, pre-registration is not required.
– Login at www.instantpresenter.com/edweb2 at the scheduled time.
– Test your system for best quality: www.instantpresenter.com/systemtest

About the Presenter
Michelle Luhtala is the Head Librarian at New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Connecticut.  She is the winner of the 2011 “I Love My Librarian” Award, the 2010 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY), and the Connecticut Library Association’s 2010 Outstanding Librarian Award.

This program is sponsored by Follett.

Visit our Google calendar to view all webinars this month.
Follow us on Twitter @edWebnet to learn about upcoming webinars and special events!

 

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Wyoming Department of Education Selects PublicSchoolWORKS as Approved Suicide Prevention Training Program for 2014-2015

State Superintendent of Public Instruction recommends programs to address the state’s recent adoption of the Jason Flatt Act

Cincinnati, OH (September 10, 2014) — The Wyoming Department of Education has named PublicSchoolWORKS an approved provider of training on suicide prevention fundamentals and core competencies for all staff in school districts. As part of its adoption of the Jason Flatt Act,beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, Wyoming educators are required to receive a minimum of two hours of training each year to maintain their state teaching licenses. Wyoming is the 13th state to do so as part of its state-wide initiative to address suicide prevention for students. While requirements vary by state, the Jason Flatt Act supports state legislation that provides suicide prevention training and resources to teachers, parents and students.

 

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among U.S. youth ages 10 to 19 (National Association of School Psychologists). Because of this, suicide prevention is a priority for school districts and states. This has led to an increased focus on student well-being.

 

Wyoming created a Suicide Prevention Review Team comprised of credentialed and experienced professionals who vetted vendors to find and validate programs that met the Wyoming standard. Seventeen educational programs now are approved and recommended by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for use as suicide prevention training materials in the 2014-2015 school year.

 

The recommendation includes categorization of the programs into three tiers. Tier 1 provides fundamentals and core competencies training, such as those featured in the award-winning PublicSchoolWORKS EmployeeSafe Suite, and is recommended for all district staff, including teachers and administrators. Tiers 2 and 3 provide intermediate to in-depth or advanced training for counselors, nurses, clinicians, mental health professionals, and school psychologists.

 

“Our research and development team tracks legislation like the Jason Flatt Act and creates training courses that not only address the letter of the law, but also its intent,” said Tom Strasburger, vice president of PublicSchoolWORKS. “This diligence, on top of the built-in automation our online staff training system features, ensures that Wyoming districts are 100 percent compliant with state mandates like the Jason Flatt Act and also federal mandates.”

Three Jason Flatt Act-specific online training courses addressing suicide in students, suicide warning signs and responses, and suicide intervention are included in the PublicSchoolWORKS Student Safety, Wellness and Social Responsibility Catalog. The catalog includes additional topic-specific courses covering self-injury, self-asphyxiation or “The Choking Game”, suicide prevention, and more to help in dealing with student concerns. These courses are included in PublicSchoolWORKS’ extensive catalog of more than 400 online trainings available for school educators and staff.

 

The PublicSchoolWORKS online staff training system is programmed during implementation to auto-email employees to take their training and auto-sends reminder and late notice emails to those who have not completed training. Once the deadline passes, the system automatically sends non-compliance reports to supervisors and site administrators of those employees who failed to complete training.

 

PublicSchoolWORKS program includes a dedicated Research and Development team that stays on top of new and changing legislation. If legislation like the Jason Flatt Act is amended in any way that requires districts to take action, this team will add the necessary content, alert districts of the updated law and automatically deploy the new training.

 

Wyoming joins 12 additional states in passing the Jason Flatt Act, listed in order of the act passing: Tennessee, Louisiana, California, Mississippi, Illinois, Arkansas, West Virginia, Utah, Alaska, South Carolina, Ohio and North Dakota. In all instances, the passing of this act has been supported by the state’s Department of Education. For more information on championing the Jason Flatt Act in your state house, contact the Jason Foundation at 1-888-881-2323 or contact@jasonfoundation.com.

 

The PublicSchoolWORKS “set it and forget it” programs for staff and students were developed to improve safety in schools, cut risk-related costs, and reduce administrator time and effort, all while making district staff 100% compliant to local, state and federal requirements. For more information on how PublicSchoolWORKS can improve district safety programs, contact 1-877-779-6757 or sales@publicschoolworks.com.

 

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About PublicSchoolWORKS

Since its founding in 2000, PublicSchoolWORKS has been committed to providing top-quality, practical and cost-effective solutions to the constantly changing environmental, health and safety requirements affecting the nation’s educational systems. The company has gained an exemplary reputation for the innovation and technical superiority of its comprehensive and integrated safety and compliance management systems, which combine administrative software tools and resources to dramatically reduce the time and cost required to develop, implement, and sustain safety compliance programs. www.publicschoolworks.com.

 

 

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National Center for College and Career Transitions and Association for Career and Technical Education Partner to Develop CTE Program Consulting Resource

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the National Center for College and Career Transitions (NC3T) have announced the formation of a new partnership to bolster America’s CTE classrooms called the CTE Clinic. CTE Clinic offers a range of expert services to both secondary and postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) programs to ensure that they remain on the cutting edge of education practice.

The CTE Clinic was developed under the guidance of Hans Meeder, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education, as well as experts from the education policy community at ACTE. The service will provide these organizations’ unique expertise to programs interested in growing their success, and includes support in the following areas:

  • Workforce alignment, ensuring that CTE programs are strongly connected to the needs of local employers
  • Program quality reviews, allowing programs to operate at peak efficiency
  • Partnership development, helping programs connect effectively with local employers
  • Communicating the value of CTE, assisting programs in sharing their story with local stakeholders

“We believe in the power of career and technical education to transform students’ lives and put them on a path to success, and we’re committed to helping CTE educators as they work tirelessly on behalf of their students and their communities,” said NC3T President Hans Meeder. “CTE Clinic is a way for us to support the great work that’s already happening in schools and colleges across America, and we’re excited to work with an organization like ACTE that has played an indispensable role in making CTE what it is today, and continues to set the standard for what effective CTE looks like going forward.”

“Because I and my colleagues at ACTE recognize the crucial role that CTE has in revitalizing our nation’s economy and filling the skills gap, this partnership is a natural fit for our organization and something that we feel passionately about,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “By connecting America’s CTE professionals with the expertise and collaborative spirit of NC3T, we can improve our already robust CTE programs’ efficacy and streamline their lines of communication to the public and business community.”

To learn more about the CTE Clinic and how NC3T is partnering with ACTE to strengthen CTE classrooms nationwide, visit the CTE Clinic page on ACTE’s website here.

About NC3T
The National Center for College and Career Transitions (NC3T) has a twofold mission: “Every Teen with a Dream and a Plan, and Every Community with a Capable, Ready Workforce.” The organization works to connect schools, postsecondary institutions, and employers in order to introduce students to the array of options available to them, and to help them prepare for a successful future.

About ACTE                                      
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

 

 

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DynaVox Compass Arrives on iPad

Leader in AAC increases accessibility of Compass with affordable, single-purchase download

September 10, 2014 09:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DynaVox, a Tobii Technology Company and the industry-leading provider of speech-generating solutions and symbol-adapted special education software, announced today that its acclaimed DynaVox Compass software is now available for an affordable, one-time app purchase. The comprehensive AAC software can now be purchased directly on a user’s, caregiver’s or teacher’s iPad through the Apple App Store, making the DynaVox Compass App the most portable, comprehensive and accessible communication app for those with disabilities.

“The App can serve as a full communication solution for anyone who wants to use their iPad, but can also complement the use of other, touch-based dedicated AAC devices, such as the DynaVox T10 or T15.”

“The introduction of the DynaVox Compass App means that users can now have a complete version of the world’s leading AAC software on the iPad as a one-time purchase, giving them an affordable way to implement the best communication therapy strategy possible on their platform of choice,” said Bob Cunningham, chief strategy and clinical officer at DynaVox. “The App can serve as a full communication solution for anyone who wants to use their iPad, but can also complement the use of other, touch-based dedicated AAC devices, such as the DynaVox T10 or T15.”

As the world’s leading speech-generating software, DynaVox Compass provides research-based solutions for individuals of all ages and abilities who struggle to communicate due to conditions such as autism, ALS, stroke, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, general speech loss, or traumatic brain injury. Unlike similar communication app solutions, the Compass App is built by a team of leading clinicians, gives users a reliable pathway to communication success and further builds their confidence. The Compass App allows you to download all the same tools, pre-loaded messages, symbols, core word strategies, and supports found on a dedicated device directly to a personal tablet.

In addition, DynaVox Compass seamlessly connects with a personal “myDynaVox” account, free to those who purchase the DynaVox Compass App. The account gives users access to teaching and therapy supports and the ability to share content among family members, therapists, fellow users and other members of the support team, as well as communication file backup and restore features.

Along with its one-time purchase option, users will soon be able to purchase the DynaVox Compass App with two of the industry’s most well-known communication pagesets, PODD and Gateway to Language and Learning©.

The DynaVox Compass App is available for a one-time purchase of $179.99, but can also be purchased as a subscription for $19.99 a month for those who may require a short-term communication solution. For more information or to arrange a trial of the new DynaVox Compass App, visitwww.mydynavox.com/DynaVoxCompassapp.

Click here to purchase the DynaVox Compass App from the iTunes Store.

About DynaVox Systems, LLC

DynaVox Systems, LLC, is the leading provider of speech-generating devices and symbol-adapted special education software used to assist individuals in overcoming their speech, language and learning challenges. These solutions are designed to help individuals who have complex communication and learning needs participate in the home, classroom and community. Our mission is to enable our customers to realize their full communication and education potential by developing industry-leading devices, software and content, and by providing the services to support them. We assist individuals, families and professionals with an extensive field support organization, as well as centralized technical and reimbursement support. For more information, visit www.dynavoxtech.com.

About Tobii Technology

Tobii Technology is the global leader in eye tracking and is pioneering eye tracking in personal computing, has transformed research in many fields and has enabled communication for thousands of people with special needs. The company develops and delivers core eye-tracking technology as well as a comprehensive solutions for interaction and analytical applications. Tobii is headquartered in Sweden and operates through three divisions: Tobii OEM Solutions, Tobii Assistive Technology and Tobii Analysis Solutions, with offices in the United States, China, Germany, Japan and Norway and a global network of resellers. Founded in 2001, Tobii continues to achieve rapid annual growth and receive awards and recognition for its accomplishments.www.tobii.com.

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9/9/14

Watch the Living Flag at Fort McHenry Live on EarthCam

WHAT: Today, over 7,000 school students donning red, white and blue will create the Star Spangled Banner Living Flag at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, MD. The Living Flag is part of the 200thanniversary celebrations of the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.

Starting at 10:30am EDT, watch the living flag being formed with live views and real-time audio from EarthCam’s webcam located on the monument grounds. EarthCam partnered with the National Park Service to deliver these exclusive views to people around the world.

WHY:  Special events and programs are scheduled until September 16th, all designed to honor the legacy of two of America’s greatest symbols – the American flag and the National Anthem. Events include fireworks, living history, ranger-led programs, tall ships and an air show featuring the Blue Angels.

HOW: Join EarthCam for the Living Flag experience at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland with live webcam views atwww.earthcam.com/usa/maryland/baltimore/fortmchenry/.

 

Connect with EarthCam!

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ABOUT EARTHCAM
EarthCam is the global leader in delivering world class webcam content, technology and services. Founded in 1996, EarthCam provides high-definition live streaming video and complete managed services for tourism and entertainment clients in major cities around the world. Most recently, EarthCam launched EarthCamTV, a new 24-hour “TV channel” devoted to live views of scenic destinations around the world. EarthCam’s all-weather webcams, innovative software and mobile applications enable users to showcase unique views, increase exposure and generate positive public relations.

The Webby Award winning company hosts many highly trafficked tourism cams, which offer views of popular locations and landmarks such as Times Square, Miami Beach, Abbey Road Crossing in London, Petra in Jordan and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

To experience more of EarthCam, visit www.earthcam.com.

 

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Naiku, Inc. Releases Adaptive Learning Resources for Personalized Learning & Instruction

Latest update adds learning resources to next gen student assessment platform to further aid teachers in personalizing & individualizing instruction

(EDINA, MN) September 9, 2014 – Naiku, provider of award winning, next generation classroom assessment software, announced today the addition of adaptive learning resources to its cloud-based classroom assessment platform. These new tools are designed to help teachers to accelerate and further personalize student learning through better assessment.

Naiku‘s cloud-based software is used by schools and districts to quickly measure and track each student’s proficiency of standards in any subject and grade, and is used by individual teachers as well as by groups of teachers in PLCs or across a school or district with common assessments. Using metacognitive tools of confidence, justification/journaling, and reflection, Naiku uniquely provides teachers with a ready means of enabling teacher-student interactive feedback as part of everyday assessment to help drive student achievement.

Teachers can use data from existing assessments, share items and assessments with other teachers, create new assessments using Naiku’s item bank, or create their own items and assessments using the platform’s complete test generator.  In each case, question items can be aligned to one or more learning targets. Coupled with automatic scoring and live reporting, the cloud-based platform allows teachers to immediately see student performance and where they may need additional support.

“We’re excited about the addition of learning resources as another tool to help teachers inform and personalize their instruction” said Greg Wright, CEO of Naiku. “The addition of automatically supplied learning resources, chosen by the teacher, furthers the deep engagement in learning that Naiku offers with confidence, journaling, and student reflection.”

With these new resources, teachers have the ability to attach instructional resources to learning standards that aid in personalizing instruction. Resources selected by the teacher are automatically recommended to students based on individual proficiency achieved and criteria previously set by the teacher.

To learn more about Naiku visit www.naiku.com.

About Naiku:

Naiku is devoted to improving K-12 learning by providing next generation classroom assessment solutions on an open, SaaS based platform. Naiku provides educators the ability to readily measure and monitor student progress using any web enabled device and engage students more deeply through unique teacher-student interactive feedback tools. Naiku allows educators to create, share, import and deliver standards aligned quizzes and tests in any subject area. With automated scoring and built-in reports, teachers can inform and differentiate their instruction and data can be shared across the school and district to enhance best practices. With Naiku, Better Assessment leads to Better Learning. For more information, visit www.naiku.net/.

 

 

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CoSN Joins With the Council of the Great City Schools to Help
U.S. School Systems Save Dollars, Improve Efficiencies
Washington, DC (September 8, 2014) – The Council of the Great City Schools today announced an agreement that will provide CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) members access to a collection of information technology key performance indicators (KPIs) in the ActPoint® KPI Performance Management System.
“ActPoint® KPI was developed in response to our members asking for a way to improve district operations by measuring their own financial and operational performance against the best districts in the country,” said Michael Casserly, Executive Director of the Council of the Great City Schools. “We are excited to have CoSN members participate in this initiative using their information technology expertise.”
With this exclusive KPI accessibility, CoSN will have the ability to offer a business-class benchmarking and performance management system to its members with a focus on information technology. ActPoint® KPI benchmarking and data analysis tools will allow users to easily identify and share operational best practices. CoSN will leverage webinars, professional development experiences, and annual conference sessions to spotlight insights gained through the KPI system.
“Large and small school systems face ongoing pressures to advance their technology program and keep up with academic needs and testing requirements. CoSN’s teamwork with ActPoint® KPI will help our member districts provide the right service levels at the lowest possible cost,” said Tom Ryan, CoSN Board Member.
In 2012, the Council of the Great City Schools launched a commercial venture with TransACT Communications, Inc. to make its automated KPI Performance Management System available to public school districts nationwide, which is beneficial during widespread economic uncertainty. Since then, more than 500 KPIs have been developed for finance, operations, human resources, and information technology, all within the new ActPoint® KPI web platform.
For more information on the ActPoint® KPI Performance Management System, please visitwww.actpoint.com/cosn or contact Phillip Smith at 425-977-2120.
About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit cosn.org or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and eventsadvocacy and policy, membership, and the CETL certification exam.

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AZ District Successfully Makes Changes Affecting Nearly 50% of Students

Sunnyside Unified School District realigns boundaries, closes two buildings and moves sixth grade back to elementary using GuideK12™

Eagan, MN September 9, 2014 – After a recent override election for funding was not passed; Sunnyside Unified School District (SUSD or Sunnyside) officials faced a difficult decision last school year.  Enrollments were steady, but due to required budget cuts and a decision to make long-awaited configuration changes to the elementary schools by adding back sixth grades, administrators determined that they were going to close one elementary campus and one middle school campus, realign boundaries and change feeder patterns.  These changes could have been extremely disruptive, affecting more than 10,000 students in some manner and directly reassigning more than 2,700.

Determined to make the transition go as smoothly as possible, administrators chose the geovisual analytics software from GuideK12™ to strategically analyze and compare all of the potential change scenarios. The software provided the data that allowed SUSD to be transparent and strategic throughout the process, painting a clear picture of the affects of any potential change. GuideK12 proved to be a helpful tool in effectively communicating the logistics and overall plan to all stakeholders, both internal and within the community, leading to very little community opposition.

GuideK12™ is a web-based platform that assists school and district leaders in solving critical educational challenges by visualizing data on an interactive map.   Having the ability to link student information with household information, a district can save time and money while increasing transparency for everything from boundary planning, to resource placement and to student performance analysis.  School district administrators can run “what if” scenarios with real-time data that is more efficient, and accurate.

“GuideK12™ was an instrumental part of getting all stakeholders on board throughout what could have been an incredibly difficult process,” said Mary Veres, the director of public information for SUSD. “The innovative platform gave us the ability to show real-time maps of the potential scenarios within our district to increase all stakeholders’ understanding, help answer questions and gain their support by effectively translating data.”

“We knew the changes were going to be disruptive. We always keep families’ and students’ needs front and center during the process of making these kinds of decisions,” said Pam Betten, Sunnyside’s executive director of 1:1 and director of middle schools. “We did a significant amount of research and scenario planning to find the best solution for all involved. One particular point of focus was on communicating why we were making the changes, the benefits of said changes, the logic and strategy behind them and exactly what the plans were to all affected parties: students, parents, faculty, administrators, transportation officials and even members of the school board.”

Among the few things communicated about these changes clearly up front, was the reassurance to the parents that class size would not be increased, and promising the teachers that they would still have a job within the district’s other schools.

“We learned a lot through the process and felt it went extremely well overall, especially now that school is underway without a hitch,” said Betten. “We attribute much of the success to the strategic planning at the district office, the priority we put on transparency, the choice to use GuideK12™ and putting the best interest of our students and their families first. These are not easy changes for any district to go through, but Sunnyside has emerged stronger.”

Serving more than 18,000 students just outside of Tucson, Arizona, Sunnyside began discussions about these changes in January and used GuideK12™ to quickly move through the processes and effectively communicate to every student and family by mid-May.

For more information about Sunnyside USD, visit them online at: www.susd12.org

To learn more about GuideK12™ and Geovisual analytics for education, go to www.GuideK12.com or to schedule a demonstration contact Julie@Guidek12.com

About GuideK12™:

Based in MN, GuideK12LLC is a geovisual analytics software company. By visualizing information spatially, decisions on everything from boundary analysis, to policy changes to resource planning and forecasting enrollments can be faster and more effective. GuideK12™ has been the proud recipient of many industry leading awards: Selected as a 2013 finalist for SIIA’s education CODiE awards for Best K-12 Enterprise solution; NSBA Innovative Showcase Company ( 1 of 6); EdTech Digest  “Cool Tool”

Winner for Best District Data Solution; and one of the Top Products of 2012 by DA Magazine. GuideK12™ serves large metro, suburban and rural school districts throughout the United Sates. It is owned by private investors and a private investment group based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  For more about GuideK12™, please visit: www.guidek12.com

 

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edWeb’s Emerging Tech community hosts 50th webinar thanks to Follett’s ongoing support

PRINCETON, NJ, September 9, 2014 – edWeb.net’s first professional learning community Emerging Tech: Using Technology to Advance Your School Library Program hosted its 50th webinar in August thanks to the ongoing support of Follett. The 50th webinar Google Apps for Education had 1,475 registrations, 540 live attendees, and over 640 views so far.

Emerging Tech is a professional learning community (PLC) where school librarians can explore all the ways to integrate technology and 21st century learning into school library programs. The community launched in July 2010 with host and presenter Michelle Luhtala, head librarian at New Canaan High School in CT. Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net, got the idea of integrating webinars into online community while attending a presentation by Michelle at a CoSNconference in March of 2010. Since then, the Emerging Tech community has grown to over 7,000 school librarians.

Lisa Schmucki commented, “Michelle Luhtala and I worked together to develop Emerging Techcommunity and webinar series, and we received a lot of help from the first school librarians who joined the program. It was a truly collaborative effort. The model we created for free online professional learning has spawned more than 35 other programs on edWeb.net and has been recognized in a growing number of publications. The story of how we developed the program is included in the book, Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers. We could not have done this without the support of Follett who supported the idea from the beginning.”

Michelle Luhtala added, “I am honored to facilitate this kind of professional learning. The Emerging Tech community helps me grow as a teacher, a librarian, and a technology integrationist. I am deeply grateful to Lisa and Follett for making this community possible.”

School librarians and media specialists are invited to join the community atwww.edweb.net/emergingtech.

The next webinar will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time RU Ready 2 Trust ‘em? Why Access is Essential to Developing Citizenship among Millennials.

For more information, contact: 

Lisa Schmucki, Founder and CEO, edWeb.net
908-407-2755lisa@edweb.net

About edWeb.net
edWeb.net is a free professional learning and social network that makes it easy for educators to connect and collaborate, share information and best practices, and create professional learning communities. edWeb hosts online professional learning communities for educators to connect with peers and experts all around the country and the world on the most innovative and progressive areas in education. edWeb professional learning programs offer free webinars, online chats and discussions, archived resources, and CE certificates. Schools and districts lack the time, expertise, and funding to provide the professional development educators need – edWeb fills that gap. Learn more at www.edweb.net or follow us on Twitter @edwebnet.

 

 

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Nominations Now Open for the 30th Annual SIIA CODiE Awards

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Total of 14 New and Updated Awards Reflect Dramatic Growth in the Industry

Washington, D.C. (September 8, 2014) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and information industries, today opened nominations for the 2015 SIIA CODiE Awards. The 2015 CODiE Awards feature 14 new and updated categories, reflecting the dramatic changes in technology and business models impacting the software and information industries. The CODiE Awards have been the premier award for the software and information industries for 29 years. The awards program has three tracks organized by industry focus: Content, Education and Software.

Content: The SIIA Content CODiE Awards showcase the information industry’s finest products, technology and services created by, or for, media, publishers and information services providers.

Education: The SIIA Education CODiE Awards showcase applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the K-20 sector.

Software: The SIIA Software CODiE Awards showcase applications, products and services that are developed by independent software vendors (ISVs) for use in business, government, academic, or other organizational settings.

“For the past 29 years innovators in the software, education and content industries have showcased what excellence looks like,” said SIIA President Ken Wasch. “We are truly excited to see what they bring to the judges this year.”

Winners will be announced in May and June and celebrated during a special event for each category segment. More information on these events will be posted on the CODiE Awards website as it becomes available.

For more information about the SIIA CODiE Awards, visit http://www.siia.net/codies. To see how some recent CODiE Award winners describe their achievement, watch the Attributions to Success Video Series.

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit www.siia.net.

About the CODiE™ Awards
The CODiE™ Awards, originally called the Excellence in Software Awards, were established in 1986 by the Software Publishers Association (SPA), now the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), so that pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other’s work. Since then, the CODiE Awards program has carried out the same purpose – to showcase the software and information industry’s finest products and services and to honor excellence in corporate achievement.

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Knovation Conducts National Digital Content & Curriculum Survey

Findings highlight key implications for districts on the selection of digital resources

CINCINNATI, OHSeptember 8, 2014 – With districts across the country transitioning to digital learning resources, administrators and educators are looking for content that will align to Common Core and state standards while advancing their district’s overall digital strategy. Knovation, the leader in advanced personalized learning solutions, releases results of its 2014 National Digital Content & Curriculum Survey, which outlines the attributes of a K-12 digital curriculum strategy that are most important to educators.

The National Digital Content & Curriculum Survey, which compiled insights from 141 educators and administrators across 31 states, features information for districts on the selection, quality and rigor, organization and most important attributes of digital learning resources. Key implications for districts include:

  • Selection: A school district’s priorities should drive the selection of digital resources. Educators want to provide content that directly aligns with district initiatives, curriculum and state and Common Core standards.
  • Quality and Rigor: Ease of use is a top priority as districts select digital resources. If teachers cannot access and use a product easily and on a daily basis, the effectiveness of the digital resource is diminished.
  • Organization: Districts need to implement products that provide high-quality digital resources that are aligned to the standards and curriculum documents they are using. This personalized learning approach tailors the content to meet the different learning needs of students.
  • Attributes of Learning Objects: Digital content must provide both remediation and enrichment opportunities for students by embedding formative assessment within the learning resources. This assists teachers in implementing resources in classroom settings and matching them to the individual needs of each learner.

“Priorities and initiatives vary from district to district, but all place a strong reliance on state and Common Core standards when selecting digital resources for their curriculum,” said Joe Grieshop, president and managing officer at Knovation. “It’s important to partner with an organization that has strong correlations between standards and digital resources. More important is finding a partner that can customize the alignments to district-specific curriculum so teachers can easily implement the digital resources in their daily classroom instruction.”

All participants that completed the survey were involved in selecting and implementing digital resources within their district and/or developing their district’s curriculum strategy. To view the complete survey results, visitwww.knovationlearning.com/digital-curriculum-survey.

About Knovation

Knovation designs and implements advanced personalized learning solutions that reduce barriers to learning and allow districts to realize meaningful outcomes from their technology investment. The company’s portfolio includesnetTrekker, the trusted solution for delivering hundreds of thousands of educator-curated, state and Common Core standards aligned learning-ready digital resources; and icurio, the learning engagement solution for 21st century blended learning that helps districts implement their digital conversions. These two solutions are backed by a fully curated learning resource library built from tens of millions of online resources that pass a rigorous 127-point process. Knovation provides professional learning and consulting services, resource management and delivery services, and a curriculum service solution that aligns digital content to each district’s curriculum. Since 1999, the company has impacted more than 27 million students and over 1 million teachers in schools nationwide. For more information, visit www.knovationlearning.com.

 

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The Future is Now in Classrooms Around the Country With the Ultimate Immersive Learning Experience

More Than 10,000 Students Will Learn With zSpace 200 Next Generation Virtual Reality Solution

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Sept. 3, 2014 — In classrooms around the country this school year, students will have the ultimate immersive learning experience, dissecting human hearts, diving into volcanos and testing physics outcomes in Jupiter’s gravity. And they won’t have to worry about limited supplies or student safety when they learn with zSpace 200. The next generation of immersive virtual technology developed by Silicon Valley company zSpace, Inc. delivers a futuristic hardware and software system that brings abstract concepts to life.

“Last year, middle school students at Los Altos School District (LASD) in California piloted zSpace with extraordinary results. Students were engaged with learning science concepts at a much deeper level, collaborating in teams and using critical thinking skills to solve complex challenges,” said Paul Kellenberger, CEO of zSpace. “That collaboration between students, teachers and our software developers informed the development of zSpace 200, the next generation of our technology, which will make the virtual reality learning experience even more compelling and realistic.”

As excitement for zSpace grows around the country, here are six of the new districts that will kick off the 2014-2015 school year with zSpace STEM labs.

  • Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District in New York use zSpace across the district for health career preparation, middle school science enrichment and in its engineering courses.
  • Ross School District in California will implement zSpace in K-8 science classrooms.
  • In Texas, Houston Independent School District will deploy zSpace in four schools, and students at eight schools in the Brownsville Independent School District will learn with zSpace.
  • At Woodside Elementary School District in California, all science classrooms will have a zSpace lab.
  • Rochester City School District in New York will introduce zSpace at two schools.

“We are excited to be incorporating zSpace STEM stations into our science classrooms,” said Beth Polito, superintendent of Woodside Elementary School District. “We believe this is just the beginning of a fundamental change to how students learn.”

A zSpace STEM lab consists of a set of student virtual reality stations and a teacher station, each outfitted with a custom stylus as well as a wide variety of educational software. The system tracks head movements to provide the user with a personal and immersive virtual reality experience. Virtual holographic images can be “lifted” from the screen and manipulated with the stylus. Some applications provide multi-sensory feedback; for example, students working with a virtual heart can see the blood moving through it as well as feel it beating.

With zSpace 200, students will experience a 500 percent brighter display, plus a faster display response and stylus tracking. zSpace 200 also features an expanded software library, including:

  • zSpace Gallery, a curated set of more than 500 3D models covering a wide range of subjects from architecture and history to engineering and zoology.
  • zSpace Studio, an application that allows students to create a virtual world as they compare, analyze and explore rich models from the zSpace Gallery or models they create themselves in modeling software. Students can add labels to models, make annotations and take measurements. In addition, they can integrate multiple models to build a multidimensional scene and create video tours of their creations to share.
  • Additional software built by zSpace partner developers in education, medicine and design.

About zSpace

zSpace is a leading-edge technology provider that delivers a new way of learning with its flagship product, zSpace®. Focused on the learning market, specifically, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, medical instruction, corporate training and research, zSpace inspires and accelerates understanding through immersive exploration. zSpace is a privately held, venture backed company located in Sunnyvale, CA, and has filed more than 30 patents for its innovative technologies. For more information, visit http://www.zspace.com, or follow on Twitter @zspace.

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Industry Leaders Join Forces to Celebrate Game-Based Learning

Operation Play from Filament Games Brings Together Educators, Developers for Weeklong Event

  • Filament Games
Game-based learning is an effective strategy that expands a teacher’s toolkit, and allows students to learn in a way that other teaching resources may not be able to provide.

Madison, WI (PRWEB) September 08, 2014

Commencing Operation Play! The mission: to unite educators and learning game developers by celebrating game-based learning in the classroom. Educators’ interest in game-based learning is at an all-time high, and research shows that these games help students succeed. Filament Games, award-winning developer of digital teaching games, is hosting the weeklong initiative from Sept. 15-19, 2014.

Filament Games is partnering with leaders across the education industry to promote the event, including BrainPOP, GlassLab Games, MIT’s Education Arcade, Institute of Play, iCivics, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and GamesandLearning.org, WorkingExamples.org, the Gaming in Ed Conference of LearningRevolution.com and edWeb.net. Together the partners will compile resources for educators on implementing and supporting game-based learning in the classroom.

The initiative will kick off on Sept. 15 with the grand opening of the Operation Play Resource Center. Educators interested in game-based learning can visit the page for inspiration to implement game-based learning in their own classrooms by exploring research, articles, case studies, video series, and of course, readily available games and curriculum.

“Game-based learning is an effective strategy that expands a teacher’s toolkit, and allows students to learn in a way that other teaching resources may not be able to provide,” said Lee Wilson, CEO of Filament Games. “The goal behind Operation Play is to increase awareness about the benefits of game-based learning nationwide and encourage educators to use games in their classrooms.”

Additional Operation Play activities include podcasts featuring educators’ experiences with implementing games in their own classrooms, free sessions available for educators, researchers and game developers at the Gaming in Edconference, pre-recorded webinars, giveaways via Filament Games’ social media channels and a special Education Talk Radio interview with Wilson.

For a list of events and more information, visit the Operation Play Resource Center, Operation Play Facebook page,Filament Games blog, and Twitter accounts.

About Filament Games
Filament Games is a production studio that develops engaging teaching and learning games. The company’s games combine best practices in commercial game development with key concepts from the learning sciences, sparking inspiration through exploration and discovery. Filament Games works with teachers, parents and students to engineer authentic gameplay mechanics that assist educators with meeting Common Core requirements and specific learning objectives. For more information, visit http://www.FilamentGames.com.

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WEBINAR ALERT:

Three Critical Intervention and Prevention Strategies to

Help Increase Third Grade Reading Proficiency 

WHAT: A free webinar for teachers and administrators entitled “Three Critical Intervention and Prevention Strategies to Help Increase Third Grade Reading Proficiency” 

WHO: Liz Brooke, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Vice President of Education and Research, Lexia Learning 

WHEN: Thursday, September 18. 3:00–4:00 PM EST 

REGISTER: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/445458830 

BOSTON – Sept. 8, 2014 – Closing the achievement gap for students two or more years behind grade level can be challenging. Research has shown that an effective prevention plan in grades K-2 can help increase third grade reading proficiency rates as well as prevent failure at upper grades.

On Thursday, September 18, Elizabeth Brooke, Ph.D., Vice President of Education and Research for Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST) company, will introduce and demonstrate three critical, research-proven strategies for successful intervention and prevention models including:

  • How to establish systems to help support students before they fail
  • Utilizing the appropriate assessments to identify which students may need help, and
  • Structuring effective intervention to target individual student needs

To register, please go to https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/445458830 or visit www.LexiaLearning.com

 

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Ready, Set, Enter! Only One More Chance for Teachers to Win Classroom Supplies through Office Depot and The Education Center

‘Gotta Get It!’ Sweepstakes Offers Educators Free Curriculum, Educational Materials and the Chance to Win a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax Gift Card This Back-to-School Season

Boca Raton, Fla.  September 09, 2014

Time is running out for teachers to enter the ‘Gotta Get It!’ Teacher Awards Sweepstakes* from Office Depot, Inc., a leading global provider of school supplies, office products, services and solutions formed by the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax. Through September, teachers can download free back-to-school curriculum and educational materials such as teacher-tested ideas on organizing the classroom and school-related paperwork while entering for a chance to win a $500 gift card for school supplies. These are just some of the benefits available to teachers as a result of Office Depot’s partnership with The Education Center, LLC, publisher of The Mailbox® books and magazines.

The sweepstakes will award one lucky teacher with a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax grand prize gift card, and six runners-up will each win a $100 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card. The contest deadline is Sept. 30, 2014. ‘Gotta Get It!’ winners will be notified in October.

“With a huge back-to-school must-have list, I jumped at the chance to win a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card,” said kindergarten teacher Heather Graley of Blacklick, Ohio. “I was surprised at how easy it was to visit the website and enter.”

Graley is among thousands of teachers from across the country who have entered the sweepstakes, downloaded resources and taken advantage of special discounts available during teacher appreciation events held at various Office Depot and OfficeMax stores throughout the summer. The overwhelming response demonstrates how teachers often dig deep into their own pockets to purchase supplies for their students.

“I also could not believe all of the bonus materials available to me on the website, including great timesaving tips to help me get organized and save money and fun videos with creative back-to-school tips,” said Graley. “The best part? I was able to share these resources with my colleagues, getting bonus entries for myself each time I did.”

To access all of the educational materials and enter the sweepstakes, visit themailbox.com/teacherrewards. While on the website, teachers can also learn more about Office Depot Rewards® and MaxPerks® Teacher Rewards. These programs are free to join and provide teachers with savings on essential items, including ink, toner, paper, and copy and print products and services. Teachers can sign up for these special discounts at any time. To join, visitofficedepot.com/rewards or maxperks.com.

  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Starts 6/16/14 and ends 11:59 p.m. EDT on 9/30/2014. Open to current legal residents of the US/DC who, at time of entry, are age 21+, employed full-time or part-time as classroom teachers in preschool through grade 12, and are located in the United States. Residents of Rhode Island are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Visit http://www.themailbox.com/teacherrewards for rules. Administrator: The Education Center LLC, 3515 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27403.

About The Education Center, LLC
The Education Center was founded in 1973 by Marge and Jake Michel who, like many other educators, were frustrated by the lack of practical, ready-to-use materials for the classroom. So they created several products in their spare time, and the company grew from there.

Today hundreds of thousands of teachers across the country depend on The Education Center’s products to enrich their lesson plans, to speed up their planning time, and to leave them more time to do what they love best—teach. Learn more about The Education Center at TheMailbox.com.

 


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