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10/30/14

 WEBINAR TODAY
October 30th K-12 Webinar: 
‘Leading the Digital Leap’ with AASA, CoSN, & NSBA
Washington, DC (October 29, 2014) – Join the leaders of AASA, The School Superintendents Association,CoSN (Consortium for School Networking), and NSBA (National School Boards Association) tomorrow, October 30th at 3:00 pm EDT for a free one-hour online discussion on how K-12 district leaders can take the digital leap.
AASA, CoSN, and NSBA are teaming to empower superintendents, district technology leaders, and school boards to build digitally-enabled learning environments through the sharing of knowledge, resources, and networks.
WHO: 
  • Dan Domenech, Executive Director, AASA
  • Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN
  • Tom Gentzel, Executive Director, NSBA
WHEN:
Thursday, October 30, 2014
3-4 p.m. EDT
REGISTRATION: 
Webinar participation is free and open to all association members and the media. 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 questions from webinar participants.
For more information about the October 30th event, please visit: cosn.org/events/webinars/leading-digital-leap-creating-digitally-enabled-ecosystem.
About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.
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.
About NSBA
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Learn more at: www.nsba.org.

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New Mexico Approves Triumph Learning’s Coach for High School Instruction

Common Core Coach recommended for statewide use in literature and composition.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015 districts in New Mexico can implement the learning program in three courses for supplemental instruction and assessment.

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 30, 2014

The New Mexico Public Education Department has approved Common Core Coach, an inclusive curriculum that adds depth, understanding, and practice to Common Core standards and skills training, for high school instruction in American literature, world literature and composition throughout the state. Developed by Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools, these Common Core Coach titles have been approved for use for up to six years within all public high schools in New Mexico.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015 districts in New Mexico can implement the learning program in three courses for supplemental instruction and assessment. Common Core Coach American Literature I and II and Common Core Coach World Literature I and II provide national and international topics with an emphasis on nonfiction texts and historical documents. To help students understand the research and writing process, teachers across the state can also incorporate Common Core Coach Composition I and II into their lessons. The series offers lessons on specific writing types using writing prompts and hints to spark comprehension.

“We are pleased to provide Common Core Coach for these subject areas to high schools across New Mexico,” said Mike Morley, publisher for Triumph Learning. “Our learning solutions provide teachers with the tools they need to prepare students for assessments in English language arts. Most importantly, Common Core Coach is a simple and comprehensive solution that is easy to implement in any classroom.”

Common Core Coach for American literature, world literature and composition provides direct instruction on key comprehension strategies and Common Core State Standards requirements. Teachers guide students to master skills with structured, targeted lessons. Concepts are introduced in multiple ways, and the program provides ample time for student collaboration, independent practice of all concepts and skills, and assessment.
More information is available at www2.triumphlearning.com/nmadoption.

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 and Waggle. For more information, visithttp://www.triumphlearning.com.

 

 

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Aegis Identity Software Names Jat Pannu as Chief Strategy Officer

Seasoned client success executive joins rapidly growing student identity and access management company

Denver, CO (October 30, 2014) – Aegis Identity Software, Inc. a leading provider of Identity and Access Management solutions for the Education marketplace, announces the appointment of Jat Pannu as Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, Pannu will lead strategic initiatives and partnerships to leverage and scale Aegis Identity Software’s proven capabilities for the success of its clients and larger programs.

Pannu is a seasoned Global Services and Client Success Executive with over 18 years of proven success in Management Consulting, Customer Success, Strategic Planning, Product Development, System Integration, Enterprise Software and Services Management.

Aegis Identity Software has built an enterprise-class software platform designed for managing digital identities in both the higher education and K12 education marketplaces. Pannu’s experience will be instrumental in bringing further awareness of Aegis Identity’s proven reputation in the identity management market to universities, colleges and K12 districts alike.

“Aegis Identity Software’s innovative approach to managing digital identities in a large scale and fast paced environment, such as education, provides a unique higher ed and K12 platform that empowers educators, students, administrators and parents,” said Pannu. “I am profoundly honored to join Aegis Identity Software in this newly created position, and very much look forward to working with this dynamic team to further enrich the platform and tools available to educational agencies for the advancement of student performance and teacher effectiveness.”

“Jat is an enormously accomplished client success executive who brings a tremendous depth of experience in both higher education and K12 to our firm. We could not be more proud to have someone of his caliber join our team,” stated Bob Lamvik, President, Aegis Identity Software, Inc. “He shares our values and our focus on innovation, and he places the same strong emphasis as we do on the customer experience. He has shown himself to be an extraordinary leader throughout his career and his proven track record in decisive leadership will enhance our ability to bring the most advanced product to university and district IT administrators.”

For more information about Aegis Identity Software, Inc., please visit http://aegisidentity.com/identity-software

About Aegis Identity Software, Inc.Aegis Identity Software is based in Englewood, CO and has built a sophisticated enterprise-class software platform to serve the needs of cyber-security, digital identity management and access management. In 3 years it has taken the education market by storm by gaining product adoption in both the Higher Education and K-12 markets. Aegis Identity has brought contemporary, open systems, technology to this market replacing higher-cost, legacy, and proprietary solutions increasing security and decreasing operational costs at these prestigious institutions and its rapidly growing customer base. Learn more at www.aegisidentity.com and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIN, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

10/29/14

Videos, robots prime features of
new TETRIX Robotics site

Redesigned website offers more helpful

content for teachers, competitors

Pitsco Education Logo

 

PITTSBURG, KS (October 29, 2014) — When Pitsco Education set out to update its TETRIX® Robotics site, it did more than just update the look. It set out to improve the user’s experience.

 

One of the highlights of the new site is the RoboBench video seriesTETRIX website screen shot

featuring Robotics Applications Specialist Tim Lankford. Designed to provide a format for visual learners, the series covers helpful tips, how to build robot components, and more. The first two RoboBench videos cover the assembly of the PRIME Gripper Kit and mounting the PRIME servos.

Lankford said the videos are part of an effort to keep new and helpful content that people would return to see on the site.

 

“We wanted TETRIX Robotics to be something that people included in their daily online regimen,” he said. “We wanted to provide fresh and valuable content in a format that people are used to seeing, and the short videos seem to be the the way to disseminate information.”

 

To further add fresh content to the site, a Build section was added to show step-by-step instructions for constructing a selection of robot models. Starting in November, at least one new robot model will be added every month by Pitsco staff, and a form will be available to enable TETRIX enthusiasts to share their models and instructions on how to make them.

 

Understanding the investment of money and time by schools in order to have a robotics program is one of the reasons the new site pushes for more relevant content, according to E-Commerce Manager Dan Eckelberry.

 

“Educators want easy access to resources to help them get the most from their system and unleash their students’ creativity,” he said. “That is our vision for TETRIXRobotics.com. It is a collection of value-added resources that’s always available. Get inspiration from our expanding build collection. Get helpful assembly tips in our RoboBench videos. View our parts in 3-D and download 3-D CAD files of parts to include in your own SolidWorks assemblies. These are just a few ways the website provides support.”

 

Another major change for the site is the addition of a store carrying all TETRIX MAX and PRIME sets and parts along with tools, storage options, and curriculum for robotics.

 

For more specific robotics environments, the Classroom and Competition sections provide resources and information helpful for educators and robotics competitors. The latter section provides insight into how TETRIX is a viable building system for many national and international robotics competitions.

To see these and other features and information for the TETRIX building systems, visit the website at www.TETRIXRobotics.com.

Pitsco Education is the leading provider of age-appropriate, student-centered K-12 STEM learning solutions. Our standards-based curriculum, products, equipment, and materials promote student success through positive and challenging learning experiences, and our hands-on solutions teach core concepts and career skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.

 

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DESIGNING LEARNING FOR INDIVIDUALS, NOT INSTITUTIONS

KnowledgeWorks releases paper outlining innovation pathways to transform personalized learning

Cincinnati, Ohio,– As education adapts to the same kinds of changes that have

disrupted other industries, redesigning and transforming the current public education system and

learning environment requires a reorientation that focuses on each students’ needs and adapts the

associated support systems.

Today, KnowledgeWorks released “Innovating Toward a Vibrant Learning Ecosystem: Ten

Pathways for Transforming Learning,” the organization announced. This paper, a follow-up to

KnowledgeWorks’ future learning forecast, lays out 10 pathways needed to help change the current

educational environment and impact learning for each student.

“My great hope is that this future learning ecosystem will be vibrant for all learners and not just for

those whose families have the time, money or other resources needed to customize or supplement

their learning journeys,” said KnowledgeWorks Senior Director of Strategic Foresight Katherine

Prince. “It’s our responsibility to make the future of learning both equitable and rigorous, and to

create a learning ecosystem that has the capacity to continue innovating and adapting to changing

The paper outlines key levers for systemic transformation, which fall into two categories:

transforming the core of learning, such as learning cultures and structures; and transforming

supporting systemic structures, such as policy and public will.

“If we want a future education system that is equitable for every student, we need to build supports

that foster those positive learning environments,” KnowledgeWorks President and CEO Judy

Peppler said. “This paper lays out actionable steps to build those supports.”

Prince shared insight on this new paper during “Transforming the Learning Ecosystem” during the

Grantmakers for Education conference last week. She also discussed the topic on last week’s

EduTalk Radio Show with KnowledgeWorks Director of Strategic Foresight Jason Swanson.

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ABOUT KNOWLEDGEWORKS

KnowledgeWorks is a social enterprise focused on ensuring that every student experiences

meaningful personalized learning that allows him or her to thrive in college, career and civic life. By

offering a portfolio of innovative education approaches and advancing aligned policies,

KnowledgeWorks seeks to activate and develop the capacity of communities and educators to build

and sustain vibrant learning ecosystems that allow each student to thrive. Our portfolio includes

EDWorks and StriveTogether. http://www.knowledgeworks.org

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October 30th K-12 Webinar: 
‘Leading the Digital Leap’ with AASA, CoSN, & NSBA
Washington, DC (October 29, 2014) – Join the leaders of AASA, The School Superintendents Association,CoSN (Consortium for School Networking), and NSBA (National School Boards Association) tomorrow, October 30th at 3:00 pm EDT for a free one-hour online discussion on how K-12 district leaders can take the digital leap.
AASA, CoSN, and NSBA are teaming to empower superintendents, district technology leaders, and school boards to build digitally-enabled learning environments through the sharing of knowledge, resources, and networks.
WHO: 
  • Dan Domenech, Executive Director, AASA
  • Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN
  • Tom Gentzel, Executive Director, NSBA
WHEN:
Thursday, October 30, 2014
3-4 p.m. EDT
REGISTRATION: 
Webinar participation is free and open to all association members and the media. 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 questions from webinar participants.
For more information about the October 30th event, please visit: cosn.org/events/webinars/leading-digital-leap-creating-digitally-enabled-ecosystem.
About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.
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.
About NSBA
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Learn more at: www.nsba.org.

 

 

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Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools

Michael B. Horn & Heather Staker

 

Blended gives concrete examples of how educators, parents and learners can move us all to a world where technology makes the classroom more human, not less.”

-       SALMAN KHAN, founder, Khan Academy

Today, the same digital transformation that altered the way we work, communicate and entertain is triggering a tipping point in K-12 schools. Yet for many, this sea change is raising more questions than answers.

 

Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker of the Clayton Christensen Institute are helping educators, system-wide leaders, parents and other stakeholders navigate the future of learning with their new book Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools(Jossey-Bass/Wiley), the first formal follow-up to the popularDisrupting Class.

 

Blended serves as a design manual for K-12 stakeholders to effectively embrace – and implement – a student-centered learning approach through online learning. Offering practical advice, Horn and Staker walk readers through the journeys of school systems, students and innovators, allowing them to see progress in practice while also highlighting common misconceptions. To start your own journey – or to learn more about the promising future of learning – click here. We also invite you to visitwww.christenseninstitute.org/blended for more information.

 

10/28/14

 

 

Changing education in middle Georgia

Cirrus Academy Charter School opening doors

in Macon, GA, September 2015

Pitsco Education LogoMACON, GA (October 28, 2014) — The newly formed Cirrus Academy Charter School plans to change education in middle Georgia, according to its board president, and Pitsco Education will help bring about that change with its science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum.The Georgia State Charter Schools Commission awarded a statewide charter to Cirrus Academy on September 24, 2014, which served as a green light to begin formal planning of the organization’s first school, which is scheduled to open in Macon, GA, in September 2015. An informational meeting for parents will be conducted on November 20, 2014.”Cirrus Academy is going to change the learning atmosphere in Macon and middle Georgia,” said Cirrus Academy Board President Pamela Cirrus Education logoBrown. In addition to relying on Pitsco for STEM curriculum, the school will partner with String Theory Schools for its arts programs. “String Theory and Pitsco are premier partners offering high-quality curriculum that’s been proven across the United States,” Brown added.

 

Wasting no time in starting up their year of planning that precedes the opening of the charter school, the Cirrus Academy board of directors selected Shekema Silveri to serve as the school’s principal. Silveri was a 2011 Milken Educator Award winner in Clayton County, GA.

 

“Ms. Silveri will guide all of our operations at Cirrus Academy during our planning year,” Brown said. “She is a passionate educator whose sole focus is student engagement and achievement.”

During its first year, Cirrus Academy will draw students in Grades K-8 from a seven-county area. Grades 9-12 will be added one at a time during the following four years, starting with the addition of ninth grade for the 2016-17 school year.

 

Pitsco Vice President of Education Matt Frankenbery said his company’s mission is similar to that of Cirrus Academy Charter School, making it a perfect match.

 

“Pitsco Education is pleased to be in on the ground level as Cirrus Academy Charter School plans its STEM curriculum offerings,” said Frankenbery. “The level of engagement and activity that students will experience in Pitsco labs and classrooms will give them a head start as they build 21st-century skills and explore career options in relevant and meaningful ways.”

 

 

Pitsco Education is the leading provider of age-appropriate, student-centered K-12 STEM learning solutions. Our standards-based curriculum, products, equipment, and materials promote student success through positive and challenging learning experiences, and our hands-on solutions teach core concepts and career skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.

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edWeb

 edWeb.net to host a webinar with Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Clint Romesha

Clint RomeshaedWeb.net and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (CMOHF) will present a special live webinar, “Heroism in the War on Terror: An Interview with Clint Romesha, Medal of Honor Recipient,” on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

Teachers are invited to bring their students and their questions as they listen to Medal of Honor Recipient, Clinton L. Romesha, Staff Sergeant Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the October 3, 2009 battle at Outpost Keating in the Nuristan Province of Afghanistan. Five years later, in this interview with Medal of Honor Foundation President Ron Rand, Romesha will reflect on that day and the direction his life has taken since.

Now a working civilian, husband, father, and one of the youngest of the 79 living Medal of Honor recipients, Romesha dedicates some of his precious free time to sharing his story with teachers and students. During this webinar, he will take questions from the audience and share his thoughts on his experiences.

To join this important event, teachers can register here. Teachers are encouraged to submit a question from their students for Mr. Romesha.

Lisa Schmucki, the founder and CEO of edWeb.net, commented, “This is a very special honor to host an online community where recipients of the Medal of Honor can speak directly to teachers and students about their experiences and the values of bravery, commitment, and self-sacrifice.”

edWeb.net and the CMOHF have created an online professional learning community that is free and will host webinars and online discussions on the important concepts of courage, commitment, sacrifice, patriotism, integrity and citizenship. The webinars will provide an opportunity for Medal of Honor Recipients to discuss the importance of character and speak directly with teachers and students on their experiences. The webinars will be facilitated by an educator from the Medal of Honor Foundation and will include demonstrations on how to use the curriculum in the classroom.

If you are an educator, join the free learning community, Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice: The Medal of Honor Character Development Program, to stay informed about upcoming webinars, join in on discussions with peers and experts, and gain access to valuable resources.

 

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Skyward Positive Attendance Improves Student Tracking

 

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Benchmark Education Provides New York City Schools Common Core Support with Early Childhood Literacy Professional Development

 

NEW ROCHELLE, NY, Oct. 28, 2014 – Literacy specialist Benchmark Education Company announced today that it is providing a series of professional development sessions to over 2,000 New York City Early Childhood teachers. The first “Early Childhood Language and Literacy” sessions took place last week in Brooklyn and Staten Island. More trainings are scheduled in the Manhattan, Bronx and Queens boroughs starting in November and January.

 

Training supports the city’s educators to address the needs of diverse learners to achieve Kindergarten Readiness based on the NYC preschool foundation for the Common Core State Standards. The series is sponsored by The Division of Early Childhood and is free to teachers and members of community-based organizations who would like to attend.

 

Benchmark Education’s professional development focuses on using interactive read alouds to engage all young learners and build their literacy foundations. Reading aloud to students daily helps teachers to achieve the outcomes outlined in the New York State preschool foundation for the Common Core. Strategies enable educators to support the range of students in a given classroom—low-performing or high-performing students,  atypically developing learners, English language learners, and students with disabilities. Strategies for engaging parents in reading to their children at home are also addressed.

 

“It is an exciting opportunity to work with New York City Schools in helping teachers improve strategies for preparing early learning students for success in literacy through our professional development series,” said Tom Reycraft Benchmark Education President. “Our training series is valuable to the school district because the early childhood classes are the first step in building the foundation for learning in primary and secondary grades.”

 

Each session includes content presentations, modeling/demonstration lessons, and hands-on experience to support proper implementation of interactive read alouds in the Kindergarten readiness classroom. The professional development sessions are designed for all instructional staff, including teachers, coaches and administrators.

 

Trainers model with fiction and nonfiction read alouds, and they share strategies for setting up classroom environments to promote language and literacy growth. Technology is integrated in order to meet the needs of all students present in the classroom. These strategies are aligned with the NYS Common Core Learning standards, and the national professional development standards for adult learning. Teachers are given read aloud classics and a subscription to over 250 digital texts published by Benchmark Education to help implement strategies learned in the training.

 

For information, visit www.benchmarkeducation.com or call 877-236-2465.

 

Benchmark Education has provided Professional Development and training services to all levels of educators since the founding of the company in 1998. The company’s PD division focuses on creating systematic change by providing ongoing teacher training in literacy development, differentiated instruction, English language acquisition, and the Gradual Release of Responsibility instructional model. It addresses effective Response-to-Intervention strategies, developing content-area concepts, metacognition, and successful comprehensive literacy instruction, based on careful observation of student’s reading, writing, language proficiency stages, and learning behaviors. Benchmark Education’s Professional Development has resulted not only in students showing significant achievement gains, but also in eliminating achievement gaps for at-risk populations in research studies.

 

 

10/27/14

Summer Slide Not So Slippery for myON Summer Reading Challenge Students

 

myMAGICALSummer reading challenge winners announced

MINNEAPOLIS – October 27, 2014 – myON, the leading provider of personalized literacy solutions for schools, held its myMAGICALSummer reading contest from May 12th to August 25th 2014. The results are in, and myON is proud to announce the winning school and students who read the most books as a collective campus and individual readers.

 

The summer reading contest was designed to minimize the summer slide while motivating students to find the magic in reading. Summer break is the perfect opportunity to continue exciting and engaging kids in reading.

 

myON awarded the top school that read the most number of books as well as four individual students who spent the most time reading over the summer. The top elementary school, Pershing Elementary School of Berwyn South School District 100 in Berwyn, Illinois, received a special myON banner that promotes reading, myON backpacks for every student as well as $500 dollars to be used as the school saw fit.

“I am overwhelmingly proud of the perseverance of our students as they develop as readers.  I’m equally proud of the commitment that our staff and parents provided to our students this summer so there would be no summer reading lag. Our students love the wide variety of genres available on myON. Accessibility to good literature coupled with supportive adults was the key to our students’ summer reading success!” said Marilyn McManus, principal of Pershing Elementary School.

“The Pershing School community should be commended for their unwavering commitment to literacy.  Through their involvement in our Virtual Summer School program and myON’s National Summer Reading Contest, they were able to challenge the notion that the “summer slide” is inevitable.  It makes me proud, as Literacy Director, that students who may not have otherwise had access to high-quality reading material were able to access a library of over 4,000 books this summer,” said Berwyn South School District’s Director of Literacy, Jeremy Majeski.

 

The student portion of the reading contest was broken up by grade level: Pre K-5 and 6-up. The student from the Pre K-5 group that spent the most time reading, Kevin P. from Sunset Park Elementary School, in Florida, and the winning student from the 6-up group, Edneisha B. from Turner/Bartels K-8 School in Florida, were each awarded an iPad, while a runner-up from each bracket, Nathan Z. from Annette Winn Elementary in Georgia (Pre K-5), and Schlindlyne B – Turner/Bartels K-8 School in Florida, were each given an iPad mini.

 

“It’s great to see so many young people discovering their excitement for reading, especially over the summer,” said Todd Brekhus, president of myON. “Literacy is the foundation of all academic success.  Each child reading on myON is given the tools to truly personalize their experience, reading what interests them and at a level that challenges them to be a better reader.  Using fun and engaging contests, like myMAGICALsummer, is another great opportunity to get kids excited about reading.”

 

myON has more than 7,000 titles kids can enjoy anytime and anywhere on the award-winning digital literacy platform. For more information, please visit www.myON.com.

 

About myON

myON, a business unit of Capstone is a personalized digital literacy platform that creates collaborative learning opportunities. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to the largest collection of more than 7,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments and close reading tools. myON empowers students and teachers with real-time, actionable data—number and type of books opened and read, time spent reading, results of regular benchmark assessments, and more—based on embedded Lexile assessments that measure student reading growth. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction.

 

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New ‘Smart’ K-12 Leadership Guide Helps Schools Plan, Manage IT Investments
Washington, DC (October 24, 2014) – School districts nationwide continue to face relatively constrained IT budgets following the Great Recession. The “SmartIT Leadership Guide,” a new CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) resource launched today, helps district chief technology officers (CTOs) and school leaders address this challenge by providing practical, strategic information and tools. The guide was developed and provided as part of CoSN’s Smart IT: Strategic Technology Planning & Managementinitiative.
“Planning and managing IT investments is an ongoing priority for school system technology leaders. However, CTOs, faced with tight budgets and the focus across districts on quick, short-term solutions, need thoughtful, proven guidance to build and execute their IT strategies,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “The ‘SmartIT’ resource made available today provides CTOs with advice on how to mitigate the adverse effects of constrained budgets and capitalize on the opportunity to position technology as a critical role in K-12 education.”
The SmartIT Guide specifically provides support and recommendations to CTOs regarding:
  • Strategically positioning the value of technology within a school district;
  • Enhancing IT efficiencies and effectiveness through efficient operations;
  • Making smart investments by identifying and quantifying a return on investment; and
  • Finding and utilizing additional funding sources through budget funds, grants and federal programs, among other channels.
In addition to the guide issued today, CoSN offers CTOs and school leaders interactive versions of its “Green Computing Energy Use Calculator” and the Value of Investment (VOI) methodology to measure the benefits of technology endeavors.
CoSN’s SmartIT initiative is supported by Amplify, Filewave, JAMF Software, and Sprint.
To read the guide and explore CoSN’s SmartIT resources, please visit: cosn.org/smartit.
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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Knovation Honors Top School Districts Using Digital Learning Resources

Digital Learning Award winners include districts from Georgia, Arkansas and Illinois

CINCINNATI, OHOctober 27, 2014 – Knovation, the leader in advanced personalized learning solutions, announces recipients of its Digital Learning Awards, which honors the top 100 school districts using digital resources to enhance their classroom experience. The program honors districts across the country usingnetTrekker, which delivers Knovation’s industry-leading library containing more than 360,000 digital learning resources that are curated, contextualized, tagged and standards-aligned to support personalized learning.

The Digital Learning Awards are presented to small-, medium- and large-sized districts based on their usage of netTrekker during the 2013-2014 school year. The top user overall is Forsyth County Schools in Cumming, Georgia. The top three school districts in each enrollment category include:

Large-Size Districts (more than 25,000 student enrollment)
  1. Forsyth County Schools, Cumming, Georgia
  2. Fort Bend Independent School District, Sugar Land, Texas
  3. Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore, Maryland
Mid-Size Districts (5,000-24,999 student enrollment)
  1. Fort Smith Public Schools, Fort Smith, Arkansas
  2. Akron Public Schools, Akron, Ohio
  3. Naperville Community Unit School District 203, Naperville, Illinois
Small-Size Districts (less than 5,000 student enrollment)
  1. La Grange Elementary School District 102, LaGrange Park, Illinois
  2. Canton Public Schools, Canton, Connecticut
  3. City Schools of Decatur, Decatur, Georgia

“As a district employing a BYOT model, we value digital content and learning tools that drive higher order thinking and increase student engagement,” said Dr. Jill Earman, coordinator of instructional technology at Forsyth County Schools. “We rely on tools such as netTrekker to help personalize learning and ensure academic success through vetted and curated digital learning resources. We are happy to partner with the professionals at Knovation who listen and respond to what we need to create an optimal learning environment for students at Forsyth County Schools.”

A national survey shows that 87 percent of educators expect their use of online digital content to increase over the next 2-3 years (Parthenon Teacher Survey). netTrekker helps teachers shift from print to digital by integrating with a district’s current digital learning environment to organize resources by grade level, content type, readability, subject and educational theme. The 2014 netTrekker Impact Study reveals that 92 percent of educators who use netTrekker are extremely satisfied with the digital learning solution, as it saves time in identifying online content and helps them achieve their goals and objectives.

“The Digital Learning Awards honors schools paving the way in digital conversions with netTrekker,” said Randy Wilhelm, CEO of Knovation. “These districts incorporate digital resources into their curriculum at a very high level, which creates an optimal environment for meaningful learning experiences to engage all learners.”

Leaders in each enrollment category received a donation to DonorsChoose.org on their behalf. You can view the complete list of Top 100 Digital Learning Award winners at: www.nettrekker.com/dla.

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.

10/23/14

October 30th K-12 Webinar: 
‘Leading the Digital Leap’ with AASA, CoSN, & NSBA
Washington, DC (October 23, 2014) – Join the leaders of AASA, The School Superintendents Association,CoSN (Consortium for School Networking), and NSBA (National School Boards Association) on Thursday, October 30th at 3:00 pm EDT for a free one-hour online discussion on how K-12 district leaders can take the digital leap.
AASA, CoSN, and NSBA are teaming to empower superintendents, district technology leaders, and school boards to build digitally-enabled learning environments through the sharing of knowledge, resources, and networks.
WHO: 
  • Dan Domenech, Executive Director, AASA
  • Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN
  • Tom Gentzel, Executive Director, NSBA
WHEN:
Thursday, October 30, 2014
3-4 p.m. EDT
REGISTRATION: 
Webinar participation is free and open to all association members and the media. 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 questions from webinar participants.
For more information about the October 30th event, please visit: cosn.org/events/webinars/leading-digital-leap-creating-digitally-enabled-ecosystem.
About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.
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.
About NSBA
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. Learn more at: www.nsba.org.

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Triumph Learning Named to ‘20 Most Promising Tech Solution Providers’ List

CIO Review recognizes company’s innovative blended learning solution for the education sector

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 23, 2014

Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools, has been named as one of the “20 Most Promising Tech Solution Providers” for the education sector by CIO Review. Selected from more than 500 companies, Triumph Learning was recognized for providing solutions for the education sector and helping its customers solve the challenges they face on a daily basis.

“This list represents the very best of what the education market has to offer,” said Pradeep Shankar, Editor-in-Chief of CIO Review. “Triumph Learning’s commitment to providing its customers with an innovative, personalized learning program such as Waggle embodies the spirit of this list.”

Triumph Learning was recognized for launchingWaggle, its new personalized, smart practice solution. The innovative tool personalizes learning pathways for each student, helping them engage in productive struggle and develop the skills they need to succeed in mathematics and English language arts. Waggle, together with supplemental resources from Triumph Learning’s Common Core Coach, create an ideal blended learning environment.

“We are always listening to our customers to understand their challenges and develop the solutions they need to help educators and students be successful in the classroom,” said Aoife Dempsey, Chief Technology Officer at Triumph Learning. “Being named to CIO Review’s list of ‘20 Most Promising Tech Solution Providers’ is a testament to the effectiveness of Triumph Learning’s offerings.”

CIO Review is a technology and business magazine for corporate decision makers of enterprise IT. Each year it publishes a special edition focused on the education sector, featuring the “20 Most Promising Tech Solution Providers” and the “20 Most Promising Tech Consulting Providers.”

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

10/22/14

ERIN KLEIN ON ‘FUTURE READY PANEL TONITE

A NOTE FROM ERIN….

Hi Friends,

I was asked by the US Dept of Edu Office of Ed Tech to serve on a panel tonight to discuss #futureready schools and classrooms.  It’s a free webinar.  I’d love if you could please share it out today.
Here’s the link:
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NEW INTERACTIVE MIMIOBOARD TOUCH BOARD ENHANCES CLASSROOM COLLABORATION

 

Newly Released Touch Board with Touch 360° Interactivity Allows up to Six Simultaneous Users

 

Cambridge, MA – Oct. 21, 2014 – With its entry into the interactive touch board market, Mimio has expanded its award-winning MimioClassroom™ suite of products to a full range of interactive teaching technology options for collaborative activities and lessons. The company’s newest addition, the MimioBoard™ touch board, features six-point Touch 360° interactivity – the highest number of standard touch points available – for best-in-class performance.

 

The Touch 360° interactive technology accommodates up to six single-point touch users or three dual-touch and gestures users. Whether users write or manipulate objects above, below, or parallel to one another, their control and touch experience will remain uninterrupted.

 

Available in 78-inch and 87-inch models (diagonal size), the MimioBoard touch board provides a 16:10aspect ratio for widescreen views. The Porcelain-on-Steel surface is classroom-rugged, projection-optimized, and erasable, so teachers can also use it as a conventional whiteboard.

 

“Mimio now has a complete selection of interactive classroom technologies – a selection broader than that of any other interactive white board company in the market,” said Mimio President Manny Perez. “The MimioBoard touch board comes with a higher number of touch points than competitors’ standard products, and its collaborative performance is beyond compare. We’ve entered the interactive touch board market with a product that’s erasable and lightweight, and that typically installs in less than 10 minutes. We think our touch board gives customers the biggest benefit for their money.”

 

The MimioBoard touch board is fully integrated with the MimioClassroom family of products and comes with the same award-winning, intuitive MimioStudio™ classroom software for creating lessons, collaborating, and performing real-time assessments.

 

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 and software increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement in K-12 classrooms. For more information, visitwww.mimio.com.

 

Follow Mimio on Twitter @MimioTechnology and “Like” us on our Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/Mimio.Technology.

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EdTech Icons Launch GreyED Solutions for the Education Marketplace

Dr. Julie Carter and Rob Dickson to provide personalized EdTech services to solution providers and educators

 

Minneapolis, MN (October 21, 2014) – Today the K-12 and EdTech industries are getting the solution they have been seeking with the launch of GreyED Solutions.  The new company, headed by nationally recognized education leaders, will help schools plan and execute their technology implementation and integration goals.  GreyEd will also supply EdTech providers with industry insight to aid in the development and refinement of their products and services.

 

GreyED Solutions was co-founded by Julie Carter, former executive director of technology for Minnetonka Public Schools, and Rob Dickson, current executive director of information management at Omaha Public Schools. Carter brings years of successful consulting experience in both the K-12 and EdTech industry. During her time at Minnetonka, she oversaw one of the best 1:1 computing efforts in the country and was named a Tech & Learning “Leader of the Year” as well as one of NSBA’s “20 to Watch” in 2010.  She has since continued consulting with districts nationwide to support various implementations.

 

Recently named 2014’s “20 to Watch” from NSBA, Dickson’s other accomplishments include leading the first VBlock cloud data center installation in K-12 education, launching one of the fastest growing virtual schools in the nation as well as advising district leaders nationwide with their technology planning and integration efforts.

 

“With the growth of technology and digital content in the classroom, EdTech vendors need to hear the voices of educators now more than ever,” Carter stated. “We facilitate the discussion between supplier and consumer; it is our mission to utilize the dialog to foster the development and improvement of EdTech products and services, thus ensuring the most innovative and successful technologies in the hands of students.”

 

Drawing from years of experience in technology and administration, GreyED Solutions’ industry expertise provides districts nationwide with technology implementation solutions, designed to empower today’s learners. Through their personalized LEARNing (Listen Engage Analyze Recommend Next Steps) process, GreyED Solutions helps schools and districts achieve their technology goals. By gathering leading national educators and administrators together for Feedback Forums, GreyED Solutions also aims to help organizations within the EdTech industry develop and refine their products and services based on current market needs.

 

“We could not be happier to make this announcement. As current and former district administrators, we recognize the challenges that administrators and EdTech service providers face in today’s tech focused environment,” said Dickson. “We are here to ease the strain on both sides.”

 

For more information about GreyED Solutions, please visit http://greyedsolutions.com/

 

About GreyED Solutions:

GreyED Solutions believes every school and organization has its own unique culture and fingerprint. We seek to understand your environment and your needs through careful analysis of people, processes and technology. We believe that the success of products, programs and implementations are driven by a personalized approach to embracing the individual needs of stakeholders. Instructors at heart, and technologists by trade, we at GreyED Solutions work from your level. We recognize that not every district or company possesses equal amounts of technology experience, maturity or leadership, and we design commensurate solutions suitable to your unique needs.

 

 

10/21/14

CoSN 2015: K-12 Leaders to Discover Making the Digital Leap
 
March 2015 Annual Conference in Atlanta Now Open for Registration 
Washington, DC (October 21, 2014) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) today announced that its 2015 annual conference in Atlanta, GA, is open for registration. Themed “Enabling Your Digital Leap,” the 2015 conference will feature K-12 public and private sector technology leaders from across the globe for a four-day exploration on making critical digital investments and the requirements for a successful digital leap.
Set to take place March 16-19, 2015, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, early bird registration is availablenow until December 12. Click here for registration details.
“Enabling your district to make the digital leap requires fundamental changes and a culture that is flexible and continuously improving,” said Pete Just, Chief Technology Officer, MSD of Wayne Township (IN), and Chair, 2015 CoSN Annual Conference. “At the 2015 CoSN Conference, we’ll explore the successful strategies that empower the transformational learning potential of digital resources and examine what it takes from school leadership to make this shift for our students.”
CoSN 2015 will comprise conference breakout and networking sessions, remarks from world-renowned education thought leaders, professional development workshops, and two site tours, among other activities.
Included below are key conference details.
Monday, March 16
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  • Opening Plenary Session: Rethinking Pedagogy for Deeper Learning, featuring Michael Fullan, OC, Former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
Tuesday, March 17
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
  • My Digital Leap / State of CoSN & Awards, featuring perspectives from leading district technology leaders on strategies they are using as their districts make the digital leap.
Wednesday, March 18
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Closing Plenary Session: CoSNx, featuring visionaries who will help participants move from the “why” of a digital leap to the “how.”
Learn more about the plenary sessions here. Explore the full list of breakout sessions covering the themes “Ubiquity and Access,” “Vision and Leadership,” and “Pioneering Innovation” here.  
Monday, March 16 
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Leveraging Technology in Education to Empower Girls and Women, featuring Carolina Belalcázar, Project Officer, Education Sector, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, among other premier leaders. Learn more here.
Monday, March 16
  • 8:00 am – Noon: Education Data and Student Privacy – The Trust Imperative, featuring Bob Moore, Founder, RJM Strategies LLC; and Jules Polonetsky, Executive Director and Co-Chair, Future of Privacy Forum.
  • 9:00 am – Noon: Leadership for Mobile Learning, featuring Marie Bjerede, Founder, e-Mergents.
  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Smart Education Networks by Design, featuring Marie Bjerede, Founder, e-Mergents.
  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Defining a Pilot Project Using Disciplined Entrepreneurship, featuring Eric Braun, CEO and Co‑Founder / Adjunct Professor, 30hands Learning / Tufts University.
Thursday, March 19
  • 9:00 am – Noon: Grant Writing Workshop: Funding EdTech Dreams, featuring Rita Oates, President, Oates Associates; and Sheryl Abshire, Chief Technology Officer, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools. Learn more here.
Tuesday, March 17
  • 6:00 – 9:30 pm: Monumental Impact! Advocacy Dinner & Auction, will take place at the historic Fox Theatre, providing a showcase of noteworthy transformational education and learning opportunities achievements. Learn more here.
Site Tours
Sunday, March 15
  • 9:30 am – 1:30 pm: Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site VIP Tour, an exploration of Dr. King’s home, Dr. and Mrs. King’s tomb, the visitor center, the renowned Ebenezer Baptist Church, among other sites. Learn more here
Thursday, March 19
  • 9:30 am – 1:30 pm: Henry County Schools Site Visit, an interactive visit to see how Henry County Schools is using technology in their commitment to create personalized learning opportunities for students. Learn more here
CoSN 2015 is supported by:
Platinum: Filewave
Gold: Gartner, Lightspeed Systems, SchoolDude
Silver: Amplify, Cisco, ENA, Google, iboss Network Security, iDENTiTY  AUTOMATiON, Ipswitch, JAMF Software, Presidio, Sprint, Verizon
Crystal: School Messenger
Bronze: Kajeet
Media interested in attending CoSN 2015 should contact Michael Kaplun at michaelkaplun@cosn.org
For more CoSN 2015 information or to register, please visit: cosnconference.org.
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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TeacherMatch Announces Elizabeth Fadil as New Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing

18-year IT business veteran will lead market expansion

CHICAGO  October 21, 2014 — TeacherMatch, a revolutionary teacher candidate assessment solution, is excited to welcome Elizabeth Fadil as the new Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Liz has joined TeacherMatch from SchoolMessenger, the nation’s leading provider of K12 mass notifications, where she was Senior Vice President of Sales. Liz brings fresh performance initiatives and new efficiencies to the TeacherMatch team.

Liz began her career at Xerox Corporation, where she developed a passion for working with K12 school districts, and other public sector entities. She continued to provide technology alternatives to the education marketplace at Sun Microsystems, and Information Builders

“I’ve always had a passion for expanding the use of technology in schools, and am very impressed with how TeacherMatch uses technology in the teacher hiring process,” said Fadil. “I firmly believe that in order to sell a product you need to have faith in its ability to improve the lives of your consumers. TeacherMatch does just that; it maximizes the administration’s ability to hire the most qualified and appropriate candidates. I look forward to expanding the market potential and helping school administrators.”

As the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Elizabeth will lead and oversee sales staff development, business processes, strategic planning and market expansion.

“Liz brings a tremendous amount of experience in education technology and a style that enriches our company’s values,” said Don Fraynd, PhD, CEO and co-founder of TeacherMatch. We are lucky to have her on our team and look forward to her leading our efforts to expand our reach to more and more partners across the education space.”

For more information about TeacherMatch, visit their website at www.TeacherMath.org

About TeacherMatch

TeacherMatch is a comprehensive education talent management system that facilities all stages of the teacher hiring process from recruitment and interviewing through onboarding and professional development. TeacherMatch offers an all-in-one solution to help schools find, hire and develop more effective teachers in an effort to give students the best opportunity to succeed. For more information, please visit TeacherMatch.org.

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Califone Offer Helps Districts Prepare for Common Core Testing Deadlines

Company guarantees audio equipment shipment in time for spring assessments

San Fernando, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2014) – The clock is ticking, and school districts are running out of time to acquire the audio equipment required to administer Common Core assessments this spring. Many districts have not ordered the tech resources needed for the new tests, and the longer they procrastinate, the more difficult it will be to procure the equipment. To make the process less stressful for district administrators, Califone International LLC is going the extra mile. The premier manufacturer of quality audio technology for schools introduces a new headphone, earbud and headset program guaranteeing in-time shipment of the essential audio equipment that districts need for spring assessments.

The stakes are high. Mandatory use of headphones for the English language arts testing sessions has been specified by PARCC, Smarter Balanced, and other key Common Core assessments, and to accommodate students who require such tools as text-to-speech in the mathematics tests. Under the new Califone program, districts that place orders through authorized Califone dealers by Nov. 21 will have their headphones, earbuds and headsets ship from Califone as early asMarch 3, 2015.  If a headphone or headset order is delayed past the ship date of their choosing (if March 3 is too early, from then until June 26), the order will be free of cost.

To view the full news release online visit, http://www.califone.com/blog/2014/10/20/califone-audio-equipment-shipped-in-time-for-spring-assessments/.

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CULTURAL EDUCATION GROUP Bridges of Understanding award dinner to honor fashion designer Reem Acra in New York City

New York, NY—Bridges of Understanding, a not-for-profit organization aimed at bridging the cultural divide between Americans and the Arab world, will honor Lebanese fashion designer Reem Acra with the Building Bridges Award for her work at a dinner and fundraiser chaired by philanthropists Cathie Black and Tom Harvey in New York City on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014. Steven Kolb, Chief Executive Officer of the CFDA, will present the award.

The organization focuses on education, including in-school initiatives such as YouthTalk: A Bridges of Understanding and Global Nomads Group Initiative, which pairs high school classrooms in the U.S. with their peers in the Middle East through a videoconferencing-based curriculum.

“The goal is just as much to educate American youth about the Arab world as it is for Arab youth to better understand Americans,” says Executive Director Faisal Al-Juburi. “Through showcasing student commonalities, the programming helps the next generation to overcome the culture divide, shift perception, and grow towards a more empathetic future among nations.”

Previously held in the greater Washington, D.C. area, this will be the first Building Bridges Award Dinner in New York City. The award honors those individuals who further the mission and ethos of the organization. Acra is a perfect example of just that.

Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Acra learned to sew by way of her mother. Defying the stereotype that women in the Arab world are not empowered, Acra’s success grew out of a basic cultural tradition that she later used to become an entrepreneur and one of the world’s top couture designers. She exemplifies the importance that the arts have on building an understanding between peoples, especially during times of sociopolitical unrest.

“The Council of Fashion Designers of America is proud to count Reem Acra among its prestigious membership of creative talent,” says Steven Kolb of the CFDA, “Fashion is an universal language of which Reem has a powerful voice. Her beautiful clothes empower women around the world and there is no better example that similarities of cultures are greater than their differences.”

The evening will include the presentation of the award by Kolb as well as the premiere of an original piece by Arab-American playwright Heather Raffo (9 Parts of Desire) in tribute to Acra and featuring famed Syrian opera singer Lubana AlQuntar.

Funds raised will in part allow Bridges of Understanding’s education programs to find a home in New York City. Later this year, a New York City public school in the Bronx will be the first school to bring YouthTalk to the area and will simultaneously pilot a new middle school curriculum, Bridges at School.

“As an educator and school principal, my role is to help students develop socially and emotionally, so that they can become thoughtful, engaged, global citizens,” says Brandon Cardet of the Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters, “Bridges of Understanding’s programs allow students to participate in rich content acquisition, while also strengthening their ability to interact and build relationships with young people from another part of the world—a part of the world that may often feel foreign for our students. Together, we are providing our students with global access through bi-national exchange; skills that will position our young people for success.”

The Building Bridges Award Dinner will take place at The Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Samuel B. & David Rose Building, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza (165 West 65th Street), New York, New York 10023. For more information, visit: www.bridgesofunderstanding.org.

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As Many as Two Million Students Could Receive Associate Degrees
through National Student Clearinghouse’s Reverse Transfer Project

Lumina Foundation Grant Awarded for Landmark Reverse Transfer Project

Herndon, Virginia, Oct. 21, 2014 – The National Student Clearinghouse™ has been awarded a Lumina Foundation grant to work on a landmark project to provide the first national automated solution for exchanging reverse transfer student data. Through this initiative as many as two million eligible students could be awarded associate degrees.

Reverse transfer of credits occurs when a four-year institution transfers student credits back to any two-year institution from which a student has transferred. It doesn’t matter if the student transferred to another associate degree granting institution first or a bachelor’s level institution, attended public or private institutions, or transferred across state lines. If eligible, the student is then awarded an associate degree.

Seventy eight percent of students transfer from a community college to a four-year institution without a degree, according to a Lumina-funded study. Eligible students will now have the opportunity to be awarded a first associate degree that reflects their educational achievement and allows them to compete more successfully in advanced higher education pursuits as well as the workforce.

Lumina seeks to encourage partnerships between community colleges and universities, thereby significantly expanding programs that award associate degrees to transfer students who complete the requirements for the associate degree while pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

“The Clearinghouse Reverse Transfer project is a major step in improving higher education outcomes, which will benefit us as a nation. More students will get the degrees they deserve. Community colleges will be recognized for the value they add to education. And – by granting more degrees — states will be better positioned to attract new business,” said Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, President and CEO, American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

“Reverse transfer also boosts college completions rates. Our research shows that those transferring to a four-year institution, after having received an associate degree, are more likely to complete,” added Dr. David Pelham, Vice President, Higher Education Development and Client Relations at the Clearinghouse

The importance of reverse transfer of credits has quickly gained national recognition. Many states are developing programs, including Texas, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee. More are expected to follow suit. This past summer, Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced the Correctly Recognizing Educational Achievements to Empower (CREATE) Graduates Act legislation to encourage states to establish or expand reverse transfer programs.

For its Reverse Transfer project, the Clearinghouse is creating a standardized, streamlined, and technologically enhanced process to assist four- and two-year institutions in transferring student credits more efficiently, securely, and successfully. There will be no fees for the service. The Clearinghouse is the largest education electronic data exchange service provider, performing more than one billion exchanges annually with its over 3,600 participating institutions.

During the initial phase of the Reverse Transfer project, four-year institutions will send academic data files to the Clearinghouse whenever a student who has provided consent reaches a specified number of credit hours, thus indicating his or her possible eligibility for an associate degree. Upon receipt of the file, the Clearinghouse alerts the appropriate two-year institution(s) that the record is available for downloading. Two-year institutions can download all records from all four-year institutions to which their students have transferred, for consideration of a reverse transfer degree. The Clearinghouse is working with institutions in Missouri, Texas, and Wisconsin on phase one development.

The second phase introduces enhanced data transparency tools, such as allowing individual students to access all information on them held by the Clearinghouse and providing mechanisms to dispute the information held. Because all data is provided to the Clearinghouse directly by institutions, students will be directed to the appropriate party at his or her institution to resolve any perceived discrepancies, as required today by FERPA. Also as part of phase two, the Clearinghouse plans to roll out a nationwide data mart to enable enrollment records to be cross-checked against the student’s academic records to ensure greater data accuracy.

“We’re pleased to support this effort to help increase associate degree completion through reverse transfer,” said Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation. “The data capacity of the Clearinghouse will allow institutions to assist students who have transferred from a community college in one state to a four-year institution in another state. Institutions will now have better data to conduct degree audits on students’ accumulated records and students will have recognition for achieving their associate degrees.”

Details of the project will be presented by Dr. Pelham on October 28 at the 2014 AACRAO Strategic Enrollment Management Conference in Las Vegas. Dr. Pelham will also participate in the Reverse Transfer Policy Summit, jointly sponsored by the National Student Clearinghouse and the Institute of Higher Education, University of Florida, in Orlando, Florida, on January 24 and 25. There national, state, and institution-level higher education officials from all 50 states will gather to learn about facilitating the reverse transfer of credits.

About the National Student Clearinghouse®

The National Student Clearinghouse (a nonprofit formed in 1993) is the trusted source for and leading provider of higher education verifications and electronic education record exchanges, handling more than 700 million verification requests and over 250 million education record exchanges annually. The Clearinghouse serves as a single point of contact for the collection and timely exchange of accurate and comprehensive enrollment, degree, and certificate records on behalf of its more than 3,600 participating higher education institutions, which represent 98 percent of all students in public and private U.S. institutions. The Clearinghouse also provides thousands of high schools and districts with continuing collegiate enrollment, progression, and completion statistics on their alumni.

Through its verification, electronic exchange, and reporting services, the Clearinghouse saves the education community cumulatively over $500 million dollars annually. Most Clearinghouse services are provided to colleges and universities at little or no charge, including enhanced transcript and research services, enabling institutions to redistribute limited staff and budget resources to more important student service efforts. Clearinghouse services are designed to facilitate an institution’s compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, The Higher Education Act, and other applicable laws.

In addition, the Clearinghouse provides accurate, timely enrollment and degree verifications to student loan providers, employers, student credit issuers, the U.S. Department of Education, and others who access its registry more than half a billion times annually.

For more information, visit www.studentclearinghouse.org.

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Expert Panelists to Tackle How to Keep

K-8 Libraries Relevant for Teachers, Students

Nov. 4 webcast co-sponsored by Rourke Educational Media

 

VERO BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 20, 2014) –An expert panel of educators will analyze how using technology, understanding informational text, and improving literacy are keys to keeping K-8 school libraries relevant for teachers and students as part of a webcast set for Tuesday, Nov. 4.

 

“Keeping K-8 Libraries Relevant” – co-sponsored by Rourke Educational Media and School Library Journal– is scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT. The webcast panelists will examine how to:

 

  • entice and engage students through quality informational text and technology;
  • use audio-assisted or interactive eBooks to support all students, including English Language Learners (ELLs) and striving readers;
  • select and use technology that promotes literacy strategies for reading digital texts;
  • curate a collection to find informational text to curriculum connections for teachers; and
  • connect teachers to digital resources.

 

The expert panel features Dr. Sandra Agle, current coaching specialist and former longtime director of media services in The School District of Lee County (Fort Myers, Fla.), whose entire career has been focused on education and lifetime learning; and Carl A. Harvey, school librarian at North Elementary School, Noblesville, Ind., who is a well-respected industry thought leader and author, as well as past president of AASL (American Association of School Libraries).

 

Rounding out the panel are Jenny Meyer, curriculum and professional development specialist for Rourke Educational Media, who as a certified teacher has worked with all types of learners including those in special education and ELL programs; and Ramana Earley, national library relations manager for Rourke Educational Media, who has spent his career assisting media specialists with the selection of educational materials. Webcast moderator will be Rocco Staino, former school librarian and current columnist and contributor for School Library Journal.

To register for the webcast, visit www.slj.com/rourke. For those who register but can’t attend the live webcast, an archived version will be made available later for on-demand viewing.

All webcast attendees will receive 500 Frequent Buyer Points from Rourke Educational Media, the equivalent of 12 library books.  To sign up for Rourke’s Frequent Buyer Points program, visit rourkeeducationalmedia.com/frequent-buyer-program.

About Rourke Educational Media
Rourke Educational Media, based in Vero Beach, Fla., helps to improve student learning through digital content, traditional print publishing, and response-to-intervention learning solutions that support the Common Core, Next Generation Science, and state and national standards.A global leader in educational technology, print, and distribution, Rourke Educational Media promotes literacy/reading, science and math for the preK-12 market, and offers interactive eBooks, assessment tools, print resources and other learning resources for the classroom, library and parental involvement.For more information, visit www.RourkeEducationalMedia.com.

 

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