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8/29/14

Francis Scott Key Goes Back to School at

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

 

Free Distance Learning Opportunity Brings the Bicentennial of

the National Anthem to Classrooms across the Country

 

Baltimore – Students and teachers returning to the classroom this month are invited to join a live, once-in-a-lifetime distance learning webcast on Tuesday, September 9 as part of the 200th anniversary celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner. The free, one-hour program will be broadcast live from Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, site of the 1814 Battle of Baltimore than inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the words that became our National Anthem.

 

During the webcast, which starts at 12 p.m. EDT, rangers from the National Park Service and historians will discuss everything Star-Spangled Banner and answer student questions submitted during the 60-minute broadcast. The broadcast occurs as more than 7,000 Maryland students at Fort McHenry will don red, white and blue to form the Star-Spangled Banner Living Flag, the largest ever created. Although the program is free, educators are required to register for the field trip at www.starspangledbannerlivingflag.org; click on “Connect” to register.

 

“The defense of Fort McHenry and the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner are defining moments in our nation’s history, when Americans rich and poor, black and white, male and female, free and enslaved banded together to defend their country’s young democracy,” said Tina Cappetta, superintendent of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. “We invite schools worldwide to join in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which will connect them with two of our nation’s greatest symbols of freedom and democracy – the American flag and the National Anthem.”

 

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has declared Tuesday, September 9 to be Star-Spangled Banner Living Flag Day in Maryland and governors in several other states across the country have issued similar proclamations.

 

As a complement to the online program, the website provides educators information on how to create a living flag at their school, plus links to grade-appropriate educational materials for primary and secondary students. The website also includes a wealth of information, including background on the War of 1812, historic photos,  and more from the Friends of Fort McHenry, National Park Service, the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, and Maryland Public Television and Star-Spangled 200.

 

The Star-Spangled Banner Living Flag distance learning program is a joint program of the National Park Service and the Friends of Fort McHenry.  Support is provided by the American Flag Foundation, Baltimore City Department of Education Social Studies Division, Baltimore National Heritage Area, EarthCam, Idaho Education Network, Internet2, Living Classrooms Foundation, Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, Polycom, Inc., and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.

 

Fort McHenry’s Star-Spangled Banner Living Flag is one of a weeklong series of events celebrating the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem.  The Star Spangled Spectacular, a free festival sponsored by Star-Spangled 200, Inc. and the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission is hosting a variety of bicentennial activities at other venues throughout Baltimore, including, the Inner Harbor, Martin State Airport and Pier Six Pavilion. For additional information on these and other events, visitwww.starspangled200.com

 

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About Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

During the Battle of Baltimore, September 13–14, 1814, the valiant defense of the star-shaped Fort McHenry against the might of the British navy inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”  The 15 broad stripes and 15 bright stars still fly over the fort 24 hours a day, seven days a week Most famous as the birthplace of our National Anthem, the fort was used continuously in a variety of ways through World War II. Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/FtMcHenryNPS and on Twitter, @FtMcHenryNPS.

 

About Friends of Fort McHenry

The Friends of Fort McHenry serves to support educational programming and living history activities, and the creation of interpretive exhibits and visitor facilities that engender the widest appreciation of the Fort and the enduring legacy of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” our National Anthem.  The Friends achieve this mission through generous support from those who value our heritage and the impact that history can have upon our young people.   

 

8/28/14

New Infographic Strengthens the Conversation on K-12 Student Privacy 
 
Resource Released Via Collaborative Effort Between CoSN and NSPRA 
Washington, DC (August 28, 2014) – With the school year commencing across the country, CoSN(Consortium for School Networking) and the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) today released a new resource empowering school leaders to discuss a critical issue: student privacy.
The infographic provides an explanation to parents and guardians of students about school privacy practices and why they are needed. This is the newest tool from CoSN’s Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning initiative.
“Collecting student information and data is a bit unsettling for parents and guardians. But these rising concerns make it essential that school leaders clearly articulate their student information and data practices. And, as importantly, tell them why these practices make a positive difference,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “This resource will help superintendents, administrators and teachers demonstrate their commitment to delivering a safe, transformational educational experience for students.”
Available in English and English/Spanish, the infographic answers the following key questions:
  • What data are collected and why?
  • How do education data support student success and school improvement?
  • How are education data protected?
The resource is customizable for the school or district, allowing school leaders to include specific information about a local situation. Additionally, the infographic points audiences to other sources of information about the legal rights of parents and guardians.
“Privacy of student data is one of those issues that begs for straightforward and clear explanation. Too often, misinformation creates concerns that are easily eased when parents fully understand how their child’s data are protected,” said Rich Bagin, APR, Executive Director, NSPRA. “We are pleased to join with CoSN in helping schools become more transparent through this infographic.”
The privacy infographic is part of CoSN’s Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning Leadership initiative with support from Lightspeed Systems and Microsoft. CoSN appreciates the review of the new infographic by the National PTA, as well as Common Sense Media and the Data Quality Campaign. CoSN accepts sole responsibility for all information provided in the infographic.
Earlier this year, CoSN launched an in-depth, step-by-step privacy toolkit and two complementary resources to support school system leaders in navigating the complex federal laws and related issues. The toolkit addresses compliance with laws such as the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and offers smart practices to better protect student privacy and their data.
Click here to view the infographic and related tips developed by NSPRA.
To learn more about CoSN’s privacy efforts, please visit: www.cosn.org/privacy.
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. Visitcosn.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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Students In Westside Union School District Improve Reading Skills By 8 Months After Using Fast ForWord For Only 2.5 Months

Southern California district will expand the use of the online reading intervention, developed by Scientific Learning Corp., to all schools this fall

Oakland, Calif. — Aug.  2014 — The Westside Union School District in California began using the Fast ForWord® program in four schools in 2013 to help English language learners (ELL), students receiving special education services, and other students who were struggling academically. After using the online language and reading intervention for two-and-a-half months, the students improved their reading skills by an average of eight months. Based on students’ success, the K-8 district will expand the Fast ForWord program district-wide to all 12 schools this fall.

“Like most California districts, we’re in the process of transitioning to the Common Core. We wanted to be sure we had additional support in place for students with disabilities and English language learners, so they don’t get lost in the shuffle as we move to even more rigorous standards,” said Marguerite Johnson, assistant superintendent of educational services for Westside Union. “What first drew us to Fast ForWord was its strong research base. Then, once we began using the program, the amount of growth we saw was pretty exciting.”

Developed by Scientific Learning Corp. (OTCQB:SCIL), the Fast ForWord program is used in schools across the nation to help students raise their reading skill level up to two years in as little as three months. In Westside Union School District, the program will be targeted to special education and ELL students.

“One of our principals summed up the Fast ForWord program best. She said they expected it would help students with their reading skills. What they didn’t anticipate was that once students used the program and saw they could be successful, their whole attitude and demeanor changed — they dressed differently, they spoke differently, they participated in class,” said Johnson. “With Fast ForWord, we aim to not only improve students’ reading skills but to set them up for a much more successful school experience all the way around.”

About Scientific Learning Corp.

Scientific Learning accelerates learning by applying proven research on how the brain learns. Scientific Learning’s results are demonstrated in over 270 research studies and protected by over 55 patents. For more information, visit www.scientificlearning.com.

 

8/27/14

MINNESOTA SCHOOL DISTRICT 197 ADDS PERFORMANCE MATTERS TO MANAGE ONLINE ASSESSMENTS AND PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO DATA

Winter Park, Fla. — Aug. 21, 2014 — As Minnesota gears up for the next generation of online student proficiency tests, districts are searching for new ways to help students prepare for the tests while giving teachers the data they need to improve instruction and student learning. To simplify the assessment process and provide an integrated solution for data-driven decision making, West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area Schools (District 197) will be the first in the state to implement the UNIFY assessment platform, part of the award-winning Performance Mattersassessment and data management system (ADMS).

“We didn’t have a classroom assessment tool that was used district-wide, and therefore no way to accurately view data from a district perspective,” said Cari Jo Kiffmeyer, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for District 197. “We needed a system that would allow us to conduct a standards-based, item analysis for our classroom assessments, and then compare that data to our district and state assessments. We also wanted to develop technology-enhanced items for our assessments. Unlike other systems we reviewed, Performance Matters allowed us to do all these things in one assessment and data management system.”

District 197 will launch the Performance Matters ADMS this fall. To begin, teachers in grades six through nine will use UNIFY to collaboratively develop and administer online assessments in mathematics. They will then use the ADMS to analyze their classroom assessment data, along with their state and district assessment data.

“Performance Matters will allow teachers and administrators to easily do their own data analysis, instead of having to ask someone to create a report,” said Kiffmeyer. “At the district-level, it will also allow us to conduct better program analysis as part of our Academic Return on Investment process. We use this process to compare a program’s cost to what the data says about its results.”

District 197 will complete its district-wide rollout of Performance Matters in 2015. For more information, visitwww.performancematters.com or call (407) 645-1800.

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New Animated Cool School™ Program Helps Teachers Provide Students with

the Tools and Strategies Needed to Stand Up Against Bullying Behavior

 

From the developers of “The Social Express®,” Cool School includes lesson plans, interactive videos, assessments and everything else teachers need to educate and empower students

 

Encinitas, Calif. – Aug. 27, 2014 – According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, nearly 1 in 3 students report being bullied during the school year.  States have implemented strict anti-bullying laws, but any educator will tell you that punitive action alone won’t extricate the problem.  Students need to be taught – from an early age – how to recognize bullying behavior and how to respond when confronted with or witnessing the behavior.

 

To help educators accomplish this all-important task, The Language Express®, developers of the award-winning The Social Express®, a web-based program that teaches social and emotional learning, have created Cool School™.  Click to Tweet.  This new, highly engaging and informative interactive software program will give schools an easy-to-use tool to modify anti-social behavior by promoting pro-social interactions.  Designed for elementary school learners, the program will be available for purchase beginning September 15, 2014.  Pre-orders can be placed by going to http://www.coolschoolcentral.com.

 

“There are numerous programs and campaigns aimed at addressing bullying in schools, but none provide what is an essential element of behavior modification: video modeling of effective and ineffective behaviors alike.  Interactive videos are the foundation of the Cool School program, and they serve as the touch points for student reflection, class discussions and exercises,” said Marc Zimmerman, founder and CEO of The Language Express®.
“I believe that the program is well suited for its target audience. I know the students will love the animation and the content aligns perfectly with our Positive Behavioral support programs already in place,” said Dr. Sherri Wexler, a school psychologist at Encinitas Unified School District in San Diego County.

 

The comprehensive, six-week Cool School program begins with a pre-assessment to help each student understand their place in the cycle of bullying, whether they have engaged in bullying behavior in the past, have been a recipient or have witnessed bad actions by others.  Students in grades K-2 will partake in one lesson a week at skill Level 1, students in grades 3-4 will also have one lesson per week at Level 2, and those in grades 5+ will engage in two lessons per week at skill Level 3.  Each lesson, which lasts approximately 40 minutes, consists of one interactive episode, followed by class discussion and then personal journal writing centered on strategies for developing and displaying appropriate pro-social behavior.  In addition, the program can extend beyond the six-week time frame as teachers are encouraged to give “Promo Passes” or badges to students who demonstrate pro-social behavior, making those students Cool School Agents.

 

“Giving students time to reflect by way of the journal writing offers a great way to gauge their comprehension of the content,” stated Zimmerman.  “And recognizing good behavior builds awareness.  It’s critical that we teach students about the effects of bullying behavior as early as possible as it often begins when students enter kindergarten and, sadly, continues for some through adulthood.  With our new Cool School program, we are providing teachers with an easy-to-implement resource that teaches and reinforces pro-social behavior and advocates against bullying behaviors.”

 

About The Language Express

Headquartered in Encinitas, California, the Language Express® was formed in 2010 and launched its first product, The Social Express® in 2011. The award winning Social Express® is an engaging, educational software solution for children and young adults with social learning challenges. The software is designed to teach users how to think about and manage social situations, helping them to develop meaningful social relationships and succeed in life. For more information, visit www.thesocialexpress.com or call 877-360-0155.

 

 

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TeacherMatch Launches Professional Development Profile Reporting Feature

The new feature allows administrators to evaluate data from a district level and support comprehensive professionally development plans for new hires

(CHICAGO) 27, 2014 – TeacherMatch, provider of the revolutionary teacher candidate assessment solution is proud to announce the addition of it Professional Development Profile (PDP) summary reporting feature to its platform. The new reporting function allows for a summary of the overall strengths and weaknesses of recently hired employees, giving administrators the ability to design comprehensive development plans for their new employees at the point of hire, even prior to these employees working in classrooms.

Founded by a group of passionate educators with the core mission to increase student academic growth while elevating the teaching profession, TeacherMatch uses predictive analytics to help place the most qualified teachers in the classroom. Using cutting-edge, evidence-based research, the innovative PDP feature is based on the results found when new candidates take the TeacherMatch EPI (Educator’s Professional Inventory).

The PDP report provides specific, actionable steps administrators can take to advance the skills of their teachers, setting them up for success in the classroom. The report provides a template with guidelines for preparing a customized, individual plan to target opportunities for improvement.

“We’re extremely pleased with the feedback we are already receiving in regards to our new PDP reporting feature,” said Dr. Don Fraynd, CEO of TeacherMatch. “It gives district leaders a summary of the strengths and weaknesses of their new hires before they even hit the classroom, allowing a district to target mentors to new teachers and create PD plans.”

Drawn from several decades of education research and data from studies of diverse school districts across the country, TeacherMatch offers a data-driven, people-powered formula for success for K-12 education talent management.

For more information about TeacherMatch, it’s PDP report and/or EPI please visit their website at www.teachermatch.org.

About TeacherMatch

In collaboration with NWEA, TeacherMatch developed the Educators Professional Inventory (EPI). The revolutionary platform is the first teacher candidate assessment solution that uses science to rate teacher effectiveness and provide new teachers with the tools they need to improve their practice and succeed in the classroom. For more information, please visit TeacherMatch.org.

8/25/14

Learning Bird’s New Release ‘Emphasizes Importance

of Educational Exploration, Learning Community’

 

MONTREAL, Aug. 26, 2014Learning Bird announced today it has released a new 3.0 version designed to improve user experience for teachers, students and parents. The new version features enhanced homepages, including the debut of a “Popular Lessons” section that showcases lessons users have rated positively.

The new version will allow teachers to upload lessons and view their stats directly from their personal Learning Bird homepage. This view also shows a teacher’s most recently uploaded lessons along with statistics for views/likes for all lessons. The new teacher homepage also includes a list of popular lessons they may like.

A redesigned homepage will give students the ability to work on a wider variety of screen sizes, and allow them to view a list of all lessons they have watched and found helpful. In addition, the widgets on the homepage are now collapsible so students can personalize their experience to view only what they want to see.

Parents are now able to add their children directly from their homepage. In addition, they can view their children’s most recent activity, along with a summary of their lesson views and likes to date. Lists of popular lessons for each child’s grade and lessons each child has recently watched are also newly available to parents.

 

“The new release emphasizes the importance of educational exploration and the learning community,” said Roxanne Desforges, Head of Academic Relations at Learning Bird. “With the addition of the ‘Popular Lessons’ section on the student and teacher homepages, when a lesson is rated positively the whole community benefits. With ‘Popular Lessons’ easily accessible on the homepages, we hope to foster a sense of curiosity in students and teachers and offer them a practical sense of the lessons that are helping.”

 

According to Henry Ryan, CEO of Learning Bird, “These important upgrades are the result of the feedback and recommendations we receive from our users on an ongoing basis.”

 

Ryan said the 3.0 release also marks the introduction of the company’s new media center page, “In The News,” which features press releases, media coverage and awards received, all in one easy-to-find location.

 

Learning Bird is a web-based resource that crowd-sources digital lessons made by real teachers and aligns them to their local curriculum, grade level and textbooks in order to match them to students based on their needs. This makes it easier for students to access a personalized range of perspectives that meet their local curriculum standards. The innovative e-learning application is dedicated to helping students succeed by providing the best lessons matched to regional requirements and textbooks. Teachers also get rewarded with revenue for the digital lessons they share.

 

For more information about Learning Bird, visit www.learningbird.com.

 

About Learning Bird | www.learningbird.com

Learning Bird is an innovative online learning tool for K-12 student success, powered by multiple perspectives. Its proprietary learning algorithm matches digital lessons from teachers to the local curriculum, textbooks and personalized recommendations for each student. Learning Bird’s new cross-curriculum alignment engine allows students grades K-12 to access a wider range of lesson perspectives in order to find that “a-ha” moment. When a lesson helps students understand, Learning Bird’s algorithm learns more about how they learn and also shares revenue directly with the teachers who added the lesson.

 

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ACTE Receives Gates Grant to Support CTE Teachers with Common Core Implementation

Emphasis on Integration of CTE & Academics Will Improve Understanding and Teacher Collaboration

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has been awarded funding by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of a robust, multi-network effort to help teachers across the country better connect to share instructional best practices and strategies to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The funding will help ACTE build a national online teacher practice network titled “CORE Community,” which will focus on supporting career and technical education (CTE) professionals to implement CCSS strategies aligned with their unique roles and abilities.

“We are thrilled to receive this Teacher Practice Network grant from the Gates Foundation,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “Teachers are asking for more support in the classroom to meet state and local standards. With support from our partners, the CORE Community will help ACTE to answer that call and build a stronger network of CTE educators nationwide, all focused on improving the quality of CTE instruction and improving collaboration across the curriculum.”

The University of Central Missouri (UCM) is a primary partner working with ACTE to provide the content to fuel the online program. UCM has a history of CCSS support in Missouri, and has worked with ACTE to share that support to a wider national audience. “”We are very excited to join ACTE with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to strengthen CTE teachers’ ability to address essential learning standards,” said Dr. Michael Wright, Dean, UCM College of Education. “The UCM, as part of its institutional mission, has a long history of serving CTE teachers and students. This is a tremendous opportunity for the CTE community to develop online collaborative learning communities, and we are pleased to be a part of this ground-breaking work.” Other important partners include the Association for Career and Technical Education Research, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium and National Center for Literacy Education.

ACTE has received the award during the second round of Teacher Practice Network grants, which will support 14 organizations working with more than 110,000 teachers. The first round of grants was awarded in 2013, and funded 21 organizations for projects supporting 350,000 teachers across the U.S.

Other organizations that are part of Teacher Practice Networks include the following: The Achievement Network, ASCD, Center for Teaching Quality, Constitutional Rights Foundation, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, International Society for Technology in Education, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, National Center for Family Literacy, National Council for the Social Studies, National Council of Teachers of English, National Math and Science Initiative, National Writing Project and New Visions for Public Schools.

Information about the project, including how CTE teachers can participate in the CORE Community, will be published onwww.acteonline.org/Corecommunity/ as it becomes available.

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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Triumph Learning’s Coach Helps Kentucky School Improve English Scores

Common Core Coach assists elementary school teachers and students implement English Language Arts assessments.

Triumph Learning
Common Core Coach helped our teachers match their lessons and assessments to the new standards, which allowed them to target specific standards through reading, speaking, listening and writing.

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 26, 2014

Eminence Elementary School in Eminence, Kent. improved student English language arts (ELA) scores in its third and fourth grade classes after usingCommon Core Coach from producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools,Triumph Learning. The school district selected the program as their primary teaching tool to assist in the implementation of ELA Common Core State Standards.

“Common Core Coach helped our teachers match their lessons and assessments to the new standards, which allowed them to target specific standards through reading, speaking, listening and writing,” said Principal Michael Doran. “Best of all, our students loved the challenge each lesson presented.”

After implementing the Common Core in 2011-2012, Eminence Elementary School was looking for an assessment-based resource that better aligned their ELA teaching to the new standards. Turning to Common Core Coach during the 2012-2013 school year, teachers saw improvement in student scores on the Kentucky Performance Rating for Education Progress state test. The percentage of students performing at the lowest achievement level (Novice) decreased from 46 to 33 percent in the fourth grade. In the third grade, the percentage of students performing at the Novice level decreased from 38 to 27 percent. In the third grade, there were also decreases in the Apprentice and Proficient levels that resulted in a significant increase in students at the Distinguished level, rising from 6 to 27 percent of the class.

Using Common Core Coach as their main curriculum, and supplementing it with additional materials, teachers found that the program offered greater flexibility than their previous resources. Teachers also were able to adjust the content based on each student’s needs and the school’s ELA requirements.

“Triumph Learning aims to help students achieve mastery of skills and standards in ELA and all core subject areas,” said Mike Morley, publisher for Triumph Learning. “We are proud to produce products like Common Core Coach that help teachers and students during their Common Core implementation.”

Common Core Coach is an inclusive learning program 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.

To learn more about the success Eminence Elementary School experienced with Common Core Coach, download the case study from TriumphLearning.com.

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, visit http://www.triumphlearning.com.

 

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SKILLS® Announces the Addition of a Fully Integrated Applied Behavior Analysis Data Collection Mobile Application

SKILLS® is the world’s most comprehensive and efficient end-to-end online solution in the treatment of autism.

LOS ANGELES (August 26, 2014) – SKILLS® today announced the launch of Skills® LogBook, a groundbreaking supplement to the comprehensive research-based SKILLS® tool comprised of assessment, curricula, functional behavior assessment, behavior intervention plan builder, automatic progress tracking and managed care reporting. Skills® LogBook rises to the demand and increasing need for integration between applied behavior analysis (ABA) curricula and data collection technology to ensure a truly efficient workflow in the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) worldwide. SKILLS® is now the most comprehensive and efficient end-to-end online autism solution.

Skills® LogBook maximizes treatment hours by presenting individualized treatment targets and behavior interventions with embedded digital data collection capability.  With this function, Skills® LogBook streamlines critical data collection by automating time-consuming graphing, generating and integrating updated graphs into treatment plans. Given the increased prevalence of ASD and long waiting lists of families seeking autism treatment services, Skills® LogBook is the natural solution for autism treatment centers that are feeling the pressure to be increasingly efficient in order to attend to more children in their communities.

“As a result of listening to the needs of the market, we are building customer-centric products that are taking the SKILLS® portfolio to a new level,” said Eliana Ferreira, director and general manager of SKILLS®.  About the market pressures treatment centers are facing, Ferreira said, “When we help an ABA treatment center become more efficient, we are increasing that center’s capacity to treat more children, and are therefore helping more children with ASD reach their fullest potential.  When we streamline treatment planning and data collection accuracy, we are ultimately fostering better outcomes.”

For more information, visit www.SkillsForAutism.com/LogBook.

About SKILLS®: The Online Autism Solution is a web-based tool that gives users the ability to assess an individual’s strengths and weaknesses, design individualized and comprehensive treatment, teaching and intervention plans, and track progress. The program is based on the scientifically-proven principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Although SKILLS® will automate lessons and recommend behavior interventions, it also allows users the flexibility to tailor the program to an individual’s unique needs. Each of the nearly 4,000 lessons also includes worksheets, visual aids, tracking forms, and video lessons. Launched in 2011, SKILLS® is used in school districts and managed care organizations nationwide, and autism treatment providers worldwide. For more information, visit www.skillsforautism.com.

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PARTNERS FOR EDUCATION AT BEREA COLLEGE SELECTS WIN CAREER READINESS SYSTEM

 TO PREPARE APPALACHIAN KENTUCKY STUDENTS FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL

 

Award-winning digital teaching and learning solution selected to help 20,000 students in school districts across 18 KY counties develop skills needed for college and career success

 

Kingston, TN – Aug. 26, 2014 – Committed to improving educational outcomes for Appalachian Kentucky students and putting them on the path to success after high school, administrators of Partners for Education at Berea College have chosen the WIN Career Readiness System as its digital teaching and learning solution for college and career readiness preparation. The award-winning, web-based solution from WIN Learning provides a comprehensive career exploration and planning system, college readiness assessments, and career readiness foundational academic and employability skills support.

“Many of our students come from generational poverty and they need encouragement and guidance as they aspire to career opportunities after high school, and develop a vision for attending a college or university,” said Dreama Gentry, J.D., executive director of Partners for Education. “We believe that to break this cycle of poverty, each student in rural Eastern Kentucky should engage in a strong academic and workforce preparation program.  With the WIN Career Readiness System, we provide students the tools to transform their futures.”

The implementation of the WIN Career Readiness System is being made possible through two, seven-year (2011-2018) GEAR UP grants that Berea College was awarded from the U.S. Department of Education. GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Berea College received its first GEAR UP grant in 1999 in partnership with Rockcastle County Schools. In 2005, Berea was again awarded a GEAR UP grant, this time expanding its work to include students from Estill, Jackson, Lee, and Madison counties. The 2011 GEAR UP grant follows a cohort of students from 6th grade to their freshman year in college and emphasizes academic success, career preparation, and building a college-going culture in schools.

“Berea College has a long history of community involvement in the Appalachian region, and the Partners for Education program is perhaps one of its most outstanding examples yet,” said Joseph Goins, executive vice president at WIN Learning.  “By helping students who would otherwise have little to no hope for success in college or a career, Berea is helping entire communities increase their chances for growth and economic success.”

Students from the participating schools will be introduced to the WIN Learning systems’ four modules, including myStrategic Compass. This component offers a personalized career-planning tool for each learner based on skill, work and career interest, and then provides a framework for the education and path to succeed, including: a class planning tool that maps required high school classes based on career interests; college and degree program profiles to support post-secondary education planning; and a searchable national scholarship and grant database.

 

Students also have access to the WIN College Readiness Courseware (CRC+), a digital test prep curriculum that helps learners achieve foundational college readiness in Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Reading and Writing/English. CRC+ includes five learning modules that provide students with practice and enable them to apply concepts commonly addressed in college placement exams. They will also work with the WIN Career Readiness Courseware, which reinforces the relevance between foundational skills in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information.  Additionally, learners have access to updated embedded placement test and post-test assessment items that are aligned with state and national career readiness standards.

 

“The teachers have commented that they appreciate WIN’s instructional content and assessments because they are aligned to the ACT WorkKeys®,” said Gentry. “This gives them a solution which can serve as a core instructional resource for WorkKeys and a supplemental curriculum for Common Core State Standards.”

 

The final module, WIN Soft Skills, will be used as a supplemental resource that teaches employability and social skills, including conveying professionalism, communicating effectively, promoting teamwork and collaboration, thinking critically, and problem solving.

 

“We know that employers want high school graduates who can think mathematically, communicate, create, work in teams and solve problems in an entrepreneurial environment,” stated Gentry.  “And those very same skills are needed to succeed in the military, a trade school or an institution of higher learning.  We believe that with WIN Learning as a partner, our students will benefit from the robust offerings and be prepared no matter what their postsecondary plans are.”

 

About WIN Learning

Since 1996, WIN has become the leading provider of career readiness solutions to help districts prepare pathways for students’ futures, whether they are college, trade school, military or workplace bound. To date, more than 10 million students worldwide have participated in the specialized career–driven courseware and education intervention initiatives as well as career-readiness certification programs.  For more information, go to www.winlearning.com or call 888-717-9461.

 

 

8/25/14

Triumph Learning’s Coach Helps Kentucky School Improve English Scores

Common Core Coach assists elementary school teachers and students implement English Language Arts assessments.

Triumph Learning
Common Core Coach helped our teachers match their lessons and assessments to the new standards, which allowed them to target specific standards through reading, speaking, listening and writing.

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 26, 2014

Eminence Elementary School in Eminence, Kent. improved student English language arts (ELA) scores in its third and fourth grade classes after usingCommon Core Coach from producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools,Triumph Learning. The school district selected the program as their primary teaching tool to assist in the implementation of ELA Common Core State Standards.

“Common Core Coach helped our teachers match their lessons and assessments to the new standards, which allowed them to target specific standards through reading, speaking, listening and writing,” said Principal Michael Doran. “Best of all, our students loved the challenge each lesson presented.”

After implementing the Common Core in 2011-2012, Eminence Elementary School was looking for an assessment-based resource that better aligned their ELA teaching to the new standards. Turning to Common Core Coach during the 2012-2013 school year, teachers saw improvement in student scores on the Kentucky Performance Rating for Education Progress state test. The percentage of students performing at the lowest achievement level (Novice) decreased from 46 to 33 percent in the fourth grade. In the third grade, the percentage of students performing at the Novice level decreased from 38 to 27 percent. In the third grade, there were also decreases in the Apprentice and Proficient levels that resulted in a significant increase in students at the Distinguished level, rising from 6 to 27 percent of the class.

Using Common Core Coach as their main curriculum, and supplementing it with additional materials, teachers found that the program offered greater flexibility than their previous resources. Teachers also were able to adjust the content based on each student’s needs and the school’s ELA requirements.

“Triumph Learning aims to help students achieve mastery of skills and standards in ELA and all core subject areas,” said Mike Morley, publisher for Triumph Learning. “We are proud to produce products like Common Core Coach that help teachers and students during their Common Core implementation.”

Common Core Coach is an inclusive learning program 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.

To learn more about the success Eminence Elementary School experienced with Common Core Coach, download the case study from TriumphLearning.com.

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, visit http://www.triumphlearning.com.

8/26/14

Triumph Learning’s Coach Helps Kentucky School Improve English Scores

Common Core Coach assists elementary school teachers and students implement English Language Arts assessments.

 
Triumph Learning
Common Core Coach helped our teachers match their lessons and assessments to the new standards, which allowed them to target specific standards through reading, speaking, listening and writing.

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 26, 2014

Eminence Elementary School in Eminence, Kent. improved student English language arts (ELA) scores in its third and fourth grade classes after usingCommon Core Coach from producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools,Triumph Learning. The school district selected the program as their primary teaching tool to assist in the implementation of ELA Common Core State Standards.

“Common Core Coach helped our teachers match their lessons and assessments to the new standards, which allowed them to target specific standards through reading, speaking, listening and writing,” said Principal Michael Doran. “Best of all, our students loved the challenge each lesson presented.”

After implementing the Common Core in 2011-2012, Eminence Elementary School was looking for an assessment-based resource that better aligned their ELA teaching to the new standards. Turning to Common Core Coach during the 2012-2013 school year, teachers saw improvement in student scores on the Kentucky Performance Rating for Education Progress state test. The percentage of students performing at the lowest achievement level (Novice) decreased from 46 to 33 percent in the fourth grade. In the third grade, the percentage of students performing at the Novice level decreased from 38 to 27 percent. In the third grade, there were also decreases in the Apprentice and Proficient levels that resulted in a significant increase in students at the Distinguished level, rising from 6 to 27 percent of the class.

Using Common Core Coach as their main curriculum, and supplementing it with additional materials, teachers found that the program offered greater flexibility than their previous resources. Teachers also were able to adjust the content based on each student’s needs and the school’s ELA requirements.    

“Triumph Learning aims to help students achieve mastery of skills and standards in ELA and all core subject areas,” said Mike Morley, publisher for Triumph Learning. “We are proud to produce products like Common Core Coach that help teachers and students during their Common Core implementation.”

Common Core Coach is an inclusive learning program 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.

To learn more about the success Eminence Elementary School experienced with Common Core Coach, download the case study from TriumphLearning.com.

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, visit http://www.triumphlearning.com.

8/26/14

 

New 1:1 Initiative Leverages State-of-the-art Technology Using Apex Learning Digital Curriculum

 

SEATTLE, WA — August 26, 2014The Metropolitan School District of Warren Township, a suburban school district in Indianapolis and a recipient of a Race to the Top Grant, implemented a new district-wide one-to-one initiative that provides Chromebooks to all students and staff.  Partnering with Apex Learning to provide teachers with digital curriculum that meets diverse student needs, the district is redefining the traditional education paradigm with the new initiative.

 

Access to technology coupled with a flexible, comprehensive digital curriculum is providing new, motivating options for students to meet graduation requirements.

 

“Our goal was to implement a curriculum that provides students with new methods of exploring, testing and applying their knowledge in a format that excites and motivates them,” said John Keller, the director of instructional technology and eLearning for the district.

 

Offering both Comprehensive Courses and modular Tutorials to meet individual student needs, Apex Learning digital curriculum is an instrumental piece of the district’s one-to-one learning program. Comprehensive Courses for original credit and credit recovery and Tutorials for targeted instruction address a variety of instructional needs.

 

Leveraging technology made available through the one-to-one Chromebook initiative empowers each student to determine how and when learning takes place. Students can complete coursework on campus or remotely through the district’s virtual school program.

 

“We are at a critical juncture in how we engage students in learning,” said Keller, “We want to extend learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom. Apex Learning digital curriculum enables teachers to engage one-to-one with their students in ways previously not possible, offering new options for supporting students with a wide range of needs.”

 

To learn more about the success at Warren Township, please visit http://www.apexlearning.com/documents/Success_Story_Metropolitan.pdf.

 

About Apex Learning

Nearly two decades ago Apex Learning emerged as a leader in digital learning for secondary education, developing online Advanced Placement courses to provide students who would otherwise not have access the opportunity to take rigorous, college-level courses. Recognizing the challenges schools face in meeting the needs of every student — from those struggling to stay on track for graduation to those capable of accelerating their learning — the company continues to develop innovative, digital learning solutions to support teachers and provide every student with the opportunity to excel beyond his or her expectations.

Today Apex Learning offers a comprehensive catalog of rigorous, standards-based online courses that meet high school graduation requirements. Apex Learning Comprehensive Courses are used by schools nationwide for both initial credit and credit recovery. The company’s latest digital learning solution —Tutorials — is a key component of effective blended learning, providing classroom teachers with the critical resources they need to meet the needs of all students including preparation for high stakes assessments, targeted intervention and just-in-time remediation and enhanced instruction for all students.

 

Apex Learning, headquartered in Seattle, is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission and its courses are approved for National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility. For more information, visit www.apexlearning.com or call1.800.453.1454.

 


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