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FEB 13, 2019

Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready®Wins a Tech & Learning TCEA 2019 Best of Show Award

Panel of tech-savvy educators selected online diagnostic and instructional program for showing the greatest promise in today’s classrooms


NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., February 12, 2019—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready was recently named a winner of Tech & Learning’s TCEA 2019 Best of Show Award. Chosen by a panel of tech-savvy educators, the awards recognizeexemplary products and services exhibited at the TCEA Convention & Exposition for showing the greatest promise for teaching and learning. The award-winning i-Ready program serves more than 6.5 million students nationwide and is currently being used by more than 15 percent of all K–8 students across all 50 states.

“Each of our winning products were evaluated by some of the country’s most innovative educators,” said Christine Weiser, content director for Tech & Learning. “Being selected as a winner is a true stamp of approval that these products are making an impact in the way schools teach and learn.”

i-Ready combines powerful assessments and rich insights with effective and engaging instruction in reading and mathematics to address students’ individual needs. It makes the promise of differentiated instruction a practical reality by providing teachers with the tools needed to ensure all students are on the road to proficiency, while motivating students by providing them with their own personalized path to growth.

“We are honored to see i-Ready recognized by one of the industry’s leading edtech publications,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “This distinction is particularly meaningful since winners were chosen by educators, underscoring our commitment to service, ease of use, and continual improvement in response to the needs of classrooms.”

To learn more about i-Ready, visit i-Ready.com/Empower.

About Curriculum Associates

Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.

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New Book Helps Parents Better Understand and Support Their Children’s Learning Issues and Behaviors

‘The ABCs of Learning Issues’ by Dana Stahl, M.Ed. provides a practical guide
and concrete strategies to help children reach their full potential at school
NEW YORK CITY (October 15, 2018) — Educational expert and learning specialist Dana Stahl,
M.Ed. recently released a practical guide to help parents understand various learning disabilities
and behaviors that they may observe at home and hear about from their children's teachers.
Published by Palmiche Press, Inc., The ABCs of Learning Issues also offers effective teaching
strategies that can be used in school and at home, and a list of professionals who can assist in
treating specific learning issues.
Stahl understands the struggle learning disabled students face and the plight parents have
when trying to advocate for their children as she faced similar issues in school as a dyslexic
student. To facilitate a dialogue addressing parents’ questions and concerns, Stahl will
personally answer questions via the ‘Ask Dana’ tab on her website at
http://www.EducationalAlternativesLLC.com. This unique and personal dialogue underscores Stahl’s
commitment to helping parents and professionals work together to support children with learning
disabilities.

“It can be a daily challenge for parents to properly support their children with specific learning,
attention, and anxiety issues – many parents don’t even know how or where to begin the
process of receiving help,” said Stahl. “The ABCs of Learning Issues provides parents with this
much-needed starting point. It helps bridge the gap between the home and school and
promotes a common language between parents and educators so that every child, regardless of
their disability, can reach their full academic and social-emotional potential.”

The ABCs of Learning Issues explores 24 of the most commonly observed learning issues,
including immature social-emotional development, decoding skills, and academic anxiety. The
book describes each learning issue in layman’s terms, as well as provides clinical and educator
definitions. It also offers a robust ‘Resource’ section that includes a glossary, tips for parents to
effectively communicate with their children’s school, and a list of organizations that can provide
assistance.

“This magnificent contribution to understanding and embracing the diversity among people with
disabilities will prove a timeless resource on the issue of multicultural and global importance,”
said Dr. George Hagerty, president of Beacon College.

The ABCs of Learning Issues is available for purchase at Amazon.com for $39.99. A Spanish
version of the book will be released in 2019.

About Educational Alternatives, LLC
Dana Stahl, M.Ed. grew up learning disabled and became a learning specialist to help children
with learning issues reach their social-emotional and academic potential. Stahl's practice,
Educational Alternatives, LLC, focuses on educational advice, advocacy, and school
placements. She additionally provides life coaching and counseling for children with learning
disabilities, ADHD, and Autism, as well as career and vocational counseling. Learn more about
Stahl and her services at http://www.EducationalAlternativesLLC.com.

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Arizona’s Dysart Unified School District Launches New Partnership with Discovery Education Focused on Driving Deeper Student Engagement in Elementary and Middle School Science Lessons

-High-Quality Digital Science Curriculum to Help District Educators Create New Academic Pathways Aligned to State Standards-

 

Silver Spring, MD (February 12, 2019)– Discovery Education is excited to announce a new partnership with Arizona’s Dysart Unified School District (DUSD). Discovery Education is the leading provider of digital curriculum, content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.  In this new collaboration, DUSD’s educators will soon begin creating engaging science lessons powered by Discovery Education’s high-quality digital curriculum and aligned to Arizona Science Standards in all elementary and middle school classrooms across the district.

 

Ensuring students are equipped with the skills necessary to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century society is at the heart of DUSD’s mission.  Serving 24,000 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students in the Northwest Phoenix Metropolitan area, DUSD offers one of the largest selections of academic pathways in the state and provides each student a personalized learning experience.  The desire to further personalize each student’s learning experience with new academic pathways, as well as Discovery Education’s reputation as a publisher of high-quality digital curriculums that are easy to integrate into classroom instruction, were among the reasons DUSD chose the Science Techbook for district use through its competitive RFP process.

 

Currently used by approximately 5.6 million students across all 50 states and Canada, Discovery Education’s award-winning Techbooks are fully interactive, comprehensive digital textbooks.  Updated regularly at no cost, the Science Techbook adopted by DUSD is aligned to the Arizona Science Standards, provides educators a complete digital curriculum that includes detailed lesson plans, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher supports that immerse students in instruction.

 

Discovery Education’s Science Techbook series empowers educators to transform science instruction. Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate (5E) model, each Science Techbook includes rich, standards-aligned content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Additional student features include bilingual text-to-speech and leveled reading tools and note-taking and highlighting capabilities.

 

The Science Techbooks series also includes valuable STEM resources as well. STEM Project Starters encourage students to connect math, technology, and engineering to their understanding of science concepts to produce creative solutions to real world problems. In addition, the STEM In Action resources help students connect their work to STEM careers, which promotes a clearer understanding of how skills used in school can be applied to jobs “in the real world.”  Embedded formative assessment opportunities that help educators monitor student progress are embedded into each Techbook, and like all Discovery Education digital textbooks, the Science Techbooks work on any device.

 

“The talented team at Dysart Unified School District is constantly working to create personalized learning experiences for all our students so that each individual graduates with the skills and knowledge they need for whatever path they choose in life,” said Dr. Michelle Benham, District Director of Innovation in Teaching and Learning. “Through this new partnership with Discovery Education, we are building an exciting new science pathway for our students that we believe will prepare them for the world beyond the classroom.”

 

DUSD educators will also be supported by the Discovery Education Community as they transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

 

“Discovery Education looks forward to supporting the teachers and administrators at the Dysart Unified School District as they create engaging, immersive science learning environments,” said Discovery Education Educational Partnerships Manager Anna Poulos. “The combination of Discovery Education’s digital curriculum and the gifted teachers across DUSD will create a powerful force that will benefit students across the district.”

 

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum and resources, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

 

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About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum and content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving more than 5 million educators and 51 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the UK, and more than 90 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Insight ADVANCE Launches Live Video Tools for Instructional Coaching at NCE 2019

The newest updates to the award-winning ADVANCE Suite empower instructional coaches to provide feedback or host group meetings in real time

(Encino, CA) February 12, 2019 – Insight ADVANCE, creator of groundbreaking tools for teachers’ professional growth, today announced a collection of updates to its award-winning observation and instructional coaching software. The company’s video-based suite of products is designed to improve educators’ professional growth through self-reflection, peer collaboration, and frequent feedback.

With the latest update, the award-winning product ADVANCEfeedback® will offer robust live video features and functionality. ADVANCElive, the new synchronous video feature, allows users to schedule, launch, record, and archive live coaching events. The new feature is designed for several use cases: post-observation one-on-one coaching for teachers, specialized professional development or instructional coaching for small groups, and conducting meetings and trainings for professional learning communities.

 

“As research continues to affirm the fact that instructional coaching has the greatest potential for improving practice, it’s critical that we continue to find ways to ensure teachers have access to ongoing coaching opportunities,” said Dr. Michael Moody, the co-founder of Insight ADVANCE. “ADVANCElive aims to deliver on our promise of bringing coaching to all teachers with greater frequency, transforming what PD looks like in classrooms every day and, ultimately, improving outcomes for students our teachers serve.”

 

A one-stop online solution for instructional coaching and professional learning, ADVANCEfeedback now allows observers to provide framework-aligned feedback and coaching using recorded video or while sitting in a classroom and performing a live observation. Coaches and administrators will now have the ability to offer live feedback and coaching to an individual or a group, with the option to tie it to an existing observation.

“We continue to be inspired by the educators we work with and their use of asynchronous video in ADVANCEfeedbackfor self-reflection, peer feedback, and coaching,” said Don Rescigno, CEO of Insight ADVANCE. “With the addition of synchronous video, we’re giving them more opportunities for instructional coaching. And, we’re doing it all in one platform.”

This latest update will help schools train and retain teachers—plus improve teacher practice—

through more frequent feedback and coaching without increased costs. Other benefits of the Insight ADVANCE suite of products include:

  • Increased self-reflection and peer collaboration among educators;
  • More effective coaches;
  • The ability to track teacher growth data;
  • Real-time differentiated support for teachers so they know who to focus on and what they need; and
  • Improved student achievement.

“As one of five districts focused on the recruitment, development, and retention of teachers and school leaders by way of the E3 Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, we are already seeing the benefits of using the ADVANCEfeedbackvideo software for instructional coaching and improving teacher practice,” said Dr. Kandace Bethea, superintendent of Marion County Public Schools in South Carolina. “The ability to provide additional opportunities for coaching and professional learning using ADVANCElive in the same platform will be a game-changer for our rural district, as well as other districts in our networked improvement community.”

Attendees at the National Conference on Education taking place in Los Angeles from February 14 to 16 can experience the new features in person at booth #423.

For more information or to schedule a demo, please visit InsightADVANCE.com.

About Insight ADVANCE

As a team of former teachers, coaches, school leaders, and district administrators, Insight ADVANCE is passionate about changing the status quo when it comes to supporting educator growth. Based on years of on-the-ground experience in states, districts, and schools across the country, Insight ADVANCE has developed a suite of products that connects self-reflection, coaching and peer collaboration, observation, and evaluation to permanently impact how all educators involved in teacher growth are supported. The ADVANCE Suite of tools breaks new ground in proving how educator observations, whether on video or in person, can generate data that powerfully drives professional growth. To learn more, please visit InsightADVANCE.com/about-us.

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FEB 10. 2019

February 13th K-12 Webinar: CoSN Conference Sneak Peek
Conference Themed ‘Envision 2030: Leadership for Learning,’ 
April 1-4 in Portland, OR
WHAT:
Join CoSN for webinar on Wednesday, February 13 at 1 p.m. EST for a preview of the association’s Annual Conference (April 1-4 in Portland, OR). Themed Envision 2030: Leadership for Learning, the global conference will explore how school leaders can prepare students and kindergarteners – the high school graduation class of 2030 – to succeed in the rapidly changing technology environment. 

Webinar participants will hear from two education technology experts and thinkers who will headline the conference’s opening general session.
WHO:
  • Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor, University of Kansas School of Education (Opening General Session Keynote Speaker)
  • Melissa P. Dodd, Chief Technology Officer, San Francisco Unified School District (Opening General Session Speaker)
WHEN:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
1-2 p.m. EST
REGISTRATION:
Registration is free for media. To register for the webinar, or to sign up for the conference, please emailMichael Kaplun (mkaplun@fratelli.com).
 
Check out CoSN.org to learn more about the webinar series and Annual Conference. To keep up with forthcoming conference announcements, follow CoSN’s Twitter and #CoSN2019.
The CoSN Webinar Series is sponsored by: Amazon Web Services, CDW.G, Cisco, ClassLink, Clever, Crown Castle, DellEMC, Diamond Assets, Ed-Fi Alliance, ENA, FileWave, Fortinet, Google, HP, iboss, Identity Automation, itslearning, jamf, Juniper Networks, Kajeet, Lightspeed Systems, McGraw Hill, Microsoft, Pearson, PowerSchool, Safari Montage, SchoolDude, Schoology.
About CoSN 
CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. cosn.org

FOR THE WEEK OF FEB 4

Great Minds® Unveils Geodes™, Groundbreaking Books for Emerging Readers

Monday, February 4, 2019Great Minds, developer of highly rated grades PK–12 curricula, today unveiled Geodes™, a groundbreaking new category of accessible, knowledge-building books for new and emerging readers.

Developed in collaboration with Wilson Language Training®, publisher of the evidence-based foundational reading and spelling program Fundations® for students in grades K–3, Geodes combine carefully selected language with highly engaging content and illustrations from top artists. These books build students’ confidence in their ability to read and inspire curiosity with knowledge-building topics.

“Each Geodes book is a gem. Students learn about topics as far-flung and fascinating as Icelandic winters, the origins of the Bolshoi ballet, the Badlands, and how to measure the strength of the wind—all while practicing their phonics. These books are so compelling, kids will not notice what sound-spelling pattern they are practicing,” said Lynne Munson, founder and CEO of Great Minds. “Geodes are an entirely new experience. Gone are the days of tedious, repetitive texts with minimal line drawings. New readers deserve better—they deserve Geodes.” 

Barbara A. Wilson, the president and cofounder of Wilson Language Training, said, “All too often, books for emerging readers fail to provide the practice needed, while also lacking interest, complexity, beauty, and other qualities likely to compel readers of any age. We wanted to provide students the opportunity for a rich and rewarding reading experience while practicing the very decoding skills they are learning in the classroom. We tapped into our two organizations’ core strengths to do just that. Wilson Language Training’s expertise in foundational reading skills instruction and Great Minds’ experience at building students’ knowledge is a strong combination. We could not be prouder of the result.”

Geodes are named for modest-looking rock formations that contain countless crystals inside. Each Great Minds’ Geodes book holds a surprising amount of knowledge in a slim volume. A Geodes library comes with a natural geode for teachers and students to examine together, as they build excitement for their reading experience. A video capturing students’ delight in unboxing a Geodes library collection for the first time is available here.

With Geodes, Great Minds introduces a new type of book—Readables™—into the marketplace. Unlike traditional decodables, which focus solely on the application of sound-spelling patterns, Readables give students opportunities to practice language while building and extending knowledge, vocabulary, and more. As a result, budding readers enjoy wonderfully accessible yet rich books.

Geodes align with the module topics in Great Minds’ grades K–8 English language arts curriculum, Wit & Wisdom®. They also align with the scope and sequence of Wilson Fundations®, a structured literacy program for grades K–3 that is supplemental to the core and provides a systematic approach to comprehensively address foundational skills as well as spelling and handwriting. Schools may useGeodes with any systematic, research-based phonics instruction program.

Geodes for Level 1 are available now. Geodes for Level 2 will be available in fall 2019.Geodes for Level K will be available in fall 2020.

Geodes join Wit & WisdomEureka Math™, and PhD Science™ in the growing portfolio of offerings from Great Minds.

Learn more about Geodes and see a book preview here.

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About Great Minds: The organization recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, evolving from a startup to a provider of the highest quality materials to schools nationwide. A group of educators founded Great Minds to define and encourage knowledge-rich, comprehensive education for all students. Eureka Math and Wit & Wisdom both earned near-perfect scores from independent nonprofit reviewerEdReports.org. Great Minds is the only curriculum developer to have earned three Tier 1 ratings, the highest possible, for Wit & WisdomEureka Math, and PhD Science, from the Louisiana Department of Education, which is widely respected for its curricula leadership. A RAND Corporation survey of teachers found Eureka Math is the most widely used math curriculum in the nation. Learn more at greatminds.org.

About Wilson Language Training: For over 30 years, Wilson Language Training (WLT) has been dedicated to “Literacy for All.” Wilson is a provider of multisensory, research-based reading and spelling programs addressing three tiers of instruction: Fundations®, a prevention and early intervention program for grades K–3; Just Words®, an intervention program for grades 4­–12; Wilson Reading System®, an intensive program for grade 2 through adult; and Wilson Fluency®/Basic, a supplemental fluency and comprehension program. Wilson Language Training empowers individual educators, schools, and districts to achieve literacy with all students in their care through its many quality professional learning offerings, working collaboratively with school districts to develop teacher-leaders and achieve sustainability plans. This work is in keeping with WLT’s goal to provide educators with the support they need to help all students become independent readers.

 

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ISTE and Discovery Education Launch New Partnership Offering Members Innovative and Engaging Digital Resources that Bring STEM to Life in the Classroom

– ISTE Members are Now Eligible to Receive Access to STEM Connect, Discovery Education’s Newest Digital Service-

Silver Spring, MD (February 6, 2019)– The International Society for Technology and Education(ISTE) a global education organization with a bold vision that technology can transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation, and solve tough problems in education, today announced a new partnership with Discovery Education. Through this collaboration, Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms, is offering all ISTE members access to its newest service, STEM Connect, at no cost through July 31, 2019.

ISTE members interested in accessing STEM Connect today can visit this websitefor details and information on how to enroll in this exclusive member benefit.

Discovery Education’s newest digital service,STEM Connect is an innovative and engaging interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource built on a 4Cs STEM skills framework. Built to bring STEM to life and enhance core curriculum, STEM Connect helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation. Featuring flexible, modular learning units, STEM Connect provides students an easy-to-follow educational experience through high-quality interdisciplinary resources that can be used in a wide variety of classrooms and across all subjects.

Among STEM Connect’s key features are:

  • Real-World Challenges– Inspired by the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges for Engineering and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, STEM Connect’s Real World Challenges inspire younger students to pursue solutions to personal, local issues while middle school students explore possible solutions to more complex, global problems.
  • Career Connections– STEM Connect provides students with opportunities to learn about diverse STEM careers in context and connects the skills they are using in the classroom to real situations around the world.
  • Content Connection Activities– Ranging from math and literacy to the arts and health, the Content Connection activities ask students to apply appropriate grade-level skills in various disciplines.
  • Hands-On Activities– By blending dynamic digital content with engaging opportunities for students to build, design, make, and create, STEM Connect offers a variety of hands-on activities for all students.
  • Global STEM Solution Seekers– STEM Connect users are part of a global community working to solve important real-world challenges. In select units, students connect via GlobalLab, a global student laboratory, to share data and collaborate with others around the world.

STEM Connect’s dynamic digital content also supports educators’ efforts to meet existing literacy goals.  Through informational text infused with fictional stories and characters, STEM Connect challenges students to solve relevant and engaging real-life problems as it deepens student engagement and builds depth of understanding.

ISTE is excited to launch this new partnership with Discovery Education” said Richard Culatta, ISTE’s CEO. “Innovative services like Discovery Education’s STEM Connect can play an important role in engaging students in teaching and learning, and we are proud to bring this robust digital resource to our members.”

To help educators quickly and seamlessly integrate STEM Connect into classroom activities, Discovery Education will host a series of webinars that will highlight the service’s features and provide ISTE members an overview of the many ways it can be integrated into classroom activities.  A full schedule of webinar dates and times will be available soon on the Discovery Education/ISTE partnership website.

“We cannot accurately predict what jobs will be available in the future for the students currently in our K-12 schools, but we do know today’s students will need to be problem solvers and lifelong learners,” said Cindy Moss, Vice President of Global STEM Initiatives at Discovery Education.  “To help teachers equip their students with the skills, knowledge, and mindset they need for future success, Discovery Education created STEM Connect.  We are beyond excited to bring this immersive resource to ISTE members and look forward to continuing to partner with ISTE in their effort to help all educators realize technology’s tremendous potential to support the success of all learners.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Discovery Education
As the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving more than 5 million educators and 51 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the UK, and more than 90 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

About ISTE
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation. Our worldwide network believes in the potential technology holds to transform teaching and learning.

ISTE sets a bold vision for education transformation through the ISTE Standards, a framework for students, educators, administrators, coaches and computer science educators to rethink education and create innovative learning environments. ISTE hosts the annual ISTE Conference & Expo, one of the world’s most influential edtech events. The organization’s professional learning offerings include online courses, professional networks, year-round academies, peer-reviewed journals and other publications. ISTE is also the leading publisher of books focused on technology in education. ISTE is celebrating its 40thanniversary this year.  For more information or to become an ISTE member, visit iste.org. Subscribe to ISTE’s YouTube channel and connect with ISTE on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.

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Independent Study Finds Waterford UPSTART Most Impactful School Readiness Program

 

According to the HQSR-E report, the kindergarten readiness program was the only option that had a statistically significant positive effect on early literacy development

 

(SALT LAKE CITY, UT) January 31, 2019 — Waterford Institute, the nonprofit provider of the Waterford UPSTART kindergarten readiness program, announced today that an independent study of the Utah High-Quality School Readiness Expansion (HQSR-E) Program has found Waterford UPSTART so effective that it recommends the program be made available to all children in high-quality public and private PreK schools.

 

To access the full report, click here.

 

The study was conducted by the Evaluation and Training Institute (ETI). A key finding was that Waterford UPSTART was especially effective among at-risk children, closing performance gaps at a 67% rate. That’s 17 percentage points higher than children only attending public PreK schools and 21 points higher than those attending only private PreK schools.

 

Children enrolled in Waterford UPSTART made similar gains in social-emotional development and early math skills to their peers in public and private PreK programs, but, according to the report, traditional high-quality preschool “does not have the same positive impacts on specific literacy skills that the Waterford UPSTART program does.” The report’s other key literacy findings included the following:

 

• Statistics show that Waterford UPSTART was the only program to have significant positive effects on early literacy development, with an impressive effect size of .78. That means the average Waterford UPSTART student outperformed nearly 80% of children who did not use the program.

• 77% of Waterford UPSTART children demonstrated average or above-average literacy quotients, compared to 71% of public-school attendees and 69% of private school attendees.

• Waterford UPSTART children achieved “significantly higher” scores on subtests of critical predictors of future reading achievement, including letter knowledge, listening comprehension, and phonological awareness.

• 77% of Waterford UPSTART children met benchmarks for listening comprehension, compared to 65% of private-school children and 61% of public-school children.

 

“Every child deserves access to high-quality school readiness experiences,” said Benjamin Heuston, PhD, president and CEO of Waterford. “We’re honored to be part of expanding access to as many children as possible, particularly at-risk children and rural children who lack access to other early education solutions. Waterford UPSTART is uniquely positioned to partner with and support parents in order to provide all children the best possible opportunity for academic success.”

 

Waterford UPSTART launched in Utah in 2009 and has grown from 1,631 participating children in that first year to more than 14,000 in 2018. Designed to overcome traditional barriers to site-based PreK such as geography and transportation, UPSTART offers parents an option for preparing their children in the home by tapping into the potential of parents as children’s first teachers. Waterford UPSTART’s online curriculum includes more than 2,500 online reading, science, and math lessons, along with 360 digital books, 330 animated songs, and more than 450 instructional hours.

 

HQSR-E, now in its second year, prepares children in Utah for academic success by offering high-quality preschool experiences through grants funding of three models: traditional private schools, traditional public schools, and home or computer-based models.

 

The full HQSR-E report is available here.

 

About Waterford Institute

 

Waterford Institute is a nonprofit education partner that creates personalized, cloud-based instruction through award-winning curriculum, content, and assessment for children in PreK to 12th grade. As a nonprofit, Waterford seeks to blend the best aspects of learning science, mentoring relationships, and innovative technologies to form community, school, and home programs that deliver excellence and equity for all learners. To learn more, visit Waterford.org.

 

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Impero Software Releases New Cloud-based Device Monitoring and Management Solutions for Education

New Impero Education Pro cloud series includes an enhanced web-based interface for intuitive, simple navigation

 

Austin, TX, Jan. 22 2019 – Impero Software, a specialist provider of student safety and device monitoring and management solutions, announces the upcoming launch of a new cloud-based product portfolio comprised of three core modules – EdTeach, EdProtect and EdAdmin. This new cloud version of Impero Education Pro (version C1.1), available on a SaaS basis, includes an enhanced web interface to provide schools with intuitive, simple navigation.

 

“At Impero Software, we strive to make sure we are meeting the evolving needs of school districts and providing them with the most secure way to manage their school networks, engage students and enhance student safety and well-being,” said Richard Fuller, CEO of Impero Software. “Hosting our software in the cloud offers improved data security and means that our software is always running with the latest updates. The new cloud solution will be available to new and existing customer on a SaaS basis.”

 

To view a video featuring the Impero team and their journey to the cloud, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tiy__6ND-tQ. While cloud hosting offers several benefits, if a school would prefer to continue to host the software on site, they have that option as well.

 

The new web interface of version C1.1 can be accessed from any browser using the internet. Impero Education Pro combines three core modules into a single, seamless user interface designed to offer schools and districts the three essential elements for digital learning to thrive – classroom management, network management and student online safety. It provides intelligent search functionality, intuitive navigation and integration with other Impero products. The three modules are:

 

  • Impero EdTeach for classroom management provides multi-device monitoring, including the ability to remotely view, manage and control devices such as Chromebooks, Windows, Mac and iOS to support schools with 1:1 programs. Teachers can monitor students’ screens in real time, share content with students, and control or lock student devices to keep students focused. EdTeach integrates with Google Classroom and provides messaging and live chat features.

 

  • Impero EdProtect for student safety allows counselors, teachers or administrators to receive real-time alerts if students type or search for keywords and phrases that may indicate concerns around bullying, self-harm, suicide, mental health and more. Impero works with charities and specialist organizations such as Mental Health America (MHA), the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), and SafeBAE to develop comprehensive keyword libraries covering a broad range of safeguarding and student welfare issues. Screenshots and video recordings of these captures provide contextual insight so schools can provide counter narratives, support, and can intervene before an incident escalates.

 

  • Impero EdAdmin for network management allows schools to remotely track, monitor, and manage resources across a school network, remotely reset passwords, and set computers to power on or off at certain times.

 

In addition, Impero recently announced the launch of EdAware, a next-generation digital student safety solution. Schools use Impero EdAware to record, analyze and store multiple types of student safety information, from depressive episodes to risky online behavior, to help identify potential safety risks and enable informed counseling sessions, behavior management conversations and safeguarding interventions. Impero EdAware integrates with the Impero EdProtect module, making it a comprehensive safeguarding solution for both online and offline safety concerns.

 

Contact:

For further information or to schedule interview opportunities, contact:

Jessica Axt – KEH Communications

Jessica@kehcomm.com

410-975-9638

 

About Impero Software

Impero Software offers remote monitoring and management software, relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5 million devices in over 90 countries. Impero is used by over 1,400 UK high schools and in over 600 U.S. districts.

 

Impero’s cutting edge EdTech software consolidates a range of powerful classroom, network and device management features enabling schools and colleges to reduce costs and improve both staff and student productivity. Impero’s sophisticated online safety functionality uses keyword detection technology to help schools safeguard students online. For more information visit: www.imperosoftware.com.

 

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British Columbia’s West Vancouver Schools Broadens Partnership with Discovery Education to Support the Creation of Engaging and Immersive Math Lessons

-District Math Teachers of Grade 6 and 7 Students Set to Integrate Award-Winning Digital Curriculum Into Teaching and Learning –

 Silver Spring, Md. (January 31, 2019) – British Columbia’s West Vancouver Schools (WVS) today announced a broadening of their multi-year partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms worldwide.  The latest phase of this partnership supports WVS’s grade 6 and 7 teachers’ efforts to create more immersive classroom lessons that drive deeper student engagement in math instruction.

One of Canada’s highest performing school systems, WVS uses a mixture of digital resources and educational technologies to support a richly woven learning experience that educates the “whole child”.  Since 2012, Discovery Education has partnered with WVS to thoughtfully integrate digital content into classroom instruction, and the district believes the expansion of this partnership bolsters its already strong reputation for offering students a level of academic excellence that exceeds independent school and provincial results.

To support their efforts to drive greater student engagement in grade 6 and 7 math instruction, the district, selected Discovery Education’s Math Techbook.  Discovery Education Techbooks are currently used by approximately 5.6 million students across the US and Canada. The award-winning Canadian Math and Science Techbooks are fully interactive and comprehensive digital textbooks.  Updated regularly at no cost, Discovery Education’s Techbooks are aligned to Canadian provincial expectations and provide educators a complete digital curriculum that includes detailed lesson plans, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher support that immerse students in instruction.

Through interactive features that change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud, the Math Techbook encourages all learners. The Math Techbook connects students to mathematics through real-world problems worth solving, combines conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application to help all students develop a long-lasting mastery of mathematics.  The Math Techbook has been independently verified by EdReports.org to meet the highest levels of mathematical content and pedagogy.

The Math Techbook is the second Discovery Education Techbook to be selected by WVS for classroom use. Currently, WVS educators teaching 1-8 students use the Discovery Education Science Techbook to support science instruction.  A digital textbook featuring hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities, the Science Techbook helps teach students how to read, write, and think like scientists.

“At West Vancouver Schools, we work hard to ensure our academic programs are supported with the tools, technologies, and content students are interacting with outside the classroom,” said Chris Kennedy, Superintendent of West Vancouver Schools. “The expansion of our partnership to support math instruction is the natural next step in our longstanding relationship with Discovery Education, and we look forward to getting these resources into the hands of students and teachers soon.”

To ensure the WVS educators using Math Techbook are fully supported throughout the implementation of the new math curriculum, Discovery Education experts will provide robust professional learning opportunities to district teachers.  Through these interactive professional development opportunities, participants will learn best practices for integrating technology and digital content into teaching and learning in ways that will maximize the power of their new resources, increase student engagement in math instruction, and improve students’ academic achievement.

The Discovery Education Community will continue supporting WVS’s teachers as they transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

“Discovery Education is honored that West Vancouver Schools selected the Math Techbook to support its effort to drive deeper student engagement in math instruction,” said Jason Buccheri, Educational Partnerships Manager at Discovery Education. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate with teachers and administrators on our joint mission to prepare every student for future success.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving more than 5 million educators and 51 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the UK, and more than 90 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Epson Announces New PowerLite U50 WUXGA Projector For K-12 Classrooms

 

New Ultra Bright Projector Delivers Brilliant Widescreen Images and Easy Collaboration Tools to Classrooms

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (FETC 2019, Epson Booth #1417) – Jan. 29, 2019 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today announced its new PowerLite® U50 WUXGA 3LCD projector – an ultra-bright classroom projector that offers up to 10,000 hours of lamp life in Normal Mode2. Featuring 3,600 lumens of color brightness and 3,600 lumens of white brightness3, plus WUXGA resolution, the PowerLite U50 shines bright even in well-lit rooms. The projector offers enterprise-level security via integrated wireless networking, and teachers can wirelessly share content simultaneously from multiple devices4, providing an ideal collaborative display solution for any classroom. Epson’s PowerLite U50 and other education solutions will be on display at FETC 2019 in Orlando, Florida from Jan. 27-30 at Epson’s booth, #1417.

 

“At Epson, we understand how incredibly important it is to have display solutions in the classroom that deliver vibrant images and easy wireless networking for engaging students and inspiring collaboration,” said Veronika Knight, product manager, Projectors, Epson America, Inc. “With teacher’s strategies evolving, Epson strives to continue providing affordable and reliable display technology that seamlessly integrates into their classrooms.”

 

The new PowerLite U50 leverages Epson’s proprietary 3LCD technology and offers the latest advancements of a long-life lamp, brilliant, bright widescreen images, powerful sound with a built-in speaker and vivid color to engage every student. It also comes equipped with simple setup and position flexibility for easy installation. To support BYOD classrooms, the projector provides enhanced wireless display technology allowing teachers to connect the projector to up to 50 devices, including Chromebook, iOS, Android, PC and Mac® screens4. Educators can also simultaneously display content from up to four devices with the Epson iProjection™4 wireless display solution.

 

More about the PowerLite U50

The PowerLite U50 provides advanced quality, flexibility, and easy maintenance for educators, with features including:

 

  • Widescreen, Ultra-Bright, Vivid Images – 3,600 lumens of equal color and white brightness3, plus WUXGA resolution delivers big, bright images even in well-lit rooms

 

  • Ultra-Long, Lamp Life – Up to 10,000 hours of lamp life in Normal Mode and up to 16,000 hours in ECO Mode2, plus the air filter provides up to 10,000-hours5 for virtually maintenance free operation

 

  • Easy Classroom Collaboration – Integrated wireless networking with enterprise-level security

 

  • Wireless Sharing with Epson iProjection4 – Connect up to 50 devices, including Chromebook™, iOS, Android, Mac® and PC screens4 and simultaneously display content from up to four devices4

 

  • Remote Management and Control Tools – Compatible with Crestron®, AMX®, PJLink for remote projector management, presentations over the network, and more

 

  • Simple Setup and Positioning Flexibility – Includes 1.2x optical zoom and ±30 degrees horizontal and vertical keystone correction

 

  • Versatile Connectivity – Offers 2x HDMI support for multiple high-definition A/V devices

 

  • Powerful Sound – A built-in 5W speaker delivers quality sound for engaging presentations

 

As a leader in innovation and partnership, Epson also offers the Brighter Futures® program, a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for a total of three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors and associated accessories.

 

About Epson Education Products

Designed with educator input, Epson’s advanced presentation display and projector technologies make bright, collaborative learning environments a reality. Compatible with a wide range of devices and widely-used software, Epson presentation displays make it easy for teachers to share content to engage students, no matter where they sit in the classroom. Epson’s unmatched technology, service and support ensure educators are confident that vivid, bright images and multimedia are available in the classroom every day.

 

Availability, Pricing and Support

The Epson PowerLite U50 will be available in August through national resellers, pro audio/visual dealers, mail order, distribution, Epson.com, and the Brighter Futures program. Epson PowerLite projectors come with a two-year limited warranty (three years for Brighter Futures customers) that includes two elite technical support services – Epson PrivateLine® phone support with direct access to an expedited support telephone line, and a Road Service replacement program that includes product exchange in one business day with paid shipping. For additional information, please visit: www.epson.com/education.

 

About Epson
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, watches and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 81,000 employees in 85 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (facebook.com/Epson), Twitter (twitter.com/EpsonAmerica), YouTube (youtube.com/EpsonAmerica), and Instagram (instagram.com/EpsonAmerica).

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1 Epson is the #1 projector brand worldwide and in the U.S. according to most recent quarterly data from PMA, a leading high-tech market research and publishing firm specializing in the display market

2 Rated to last up to 10,000 hours in Normal Mode, up to 16,000 hours in ECO Mode.  Lamps are warranted for 90 days.

3 Color brightness (color light output) and white brightness (white light output) will vary depending on usage conditions. Color light output measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4; white light output measured in accordance with ISO 21118.

4 For wireless functionality, including via the Epson iProjection App, the projector must be configured on a network, either through the Ethernet port on the projector (check model specifications for availability) or via a wireless connection. Check your owner’s manual to determine if a wireless LAN module must be purchased separately to enable a wireless connection. Not all Epson projectors are able to be networked. The Epson iProjection App does not support all files and formats. See http://www.epson.com for details.

5 10,000 hours is the estimated life of the air filter when the projector is used in normal mode in an ordinary environment. Actual hours may vary depending on mode and usage environment.

 

Note: EPSON and PowerLite are registered trademarks, EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark and Better Products for a Better Future and Epson iProjection are trademarks of Seiko Epson Corporation. PrivateLine is a registered trademark of Epson America, Inc. Mac is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android and Chromebook are trademarks of Google LLC. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks. Copyright 2019 Epson America, Inc.

 

 

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NBA and Discovery Education Invite Teachers and Students Nationwide to
Game Plan For the Future: An All-Star Virtual Field Trip 

 

Charlotte Hornets Forward Marvin Williams and NBA Executives to Host No-Cost Virtual Field Trip Focusing on How the STEM Skills Students Learn Today Can Lead to Future Career Opportunities

 

Silver Spring, MD (February 4, 2019)– The National Basketball Association(NBA) and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today invited teachers and students nationwide to participate in Game Plan For The Future: An All-Star Virtual Field Tripon Thursday, February 14th at 1:00 PM EST.  During this immersive virtual experience, teachers and students will join NBA players and executives to hear how they use the STEM skills learned in school to bring the excitement of regular season games, playoffs, NBA Finals, and NBA All-Star to life for fans around the world.

 

Classrooms nationwide can register here for this no-cost event, which will include a live Twitter chat from NBA All-Star in Charlotte, North Carolina featuring a number of special NBA guests.

 

Game Plan For The Future: An All-Star Virtual Field Tripfirst takes participants to the NBA’s headquarters in New York City.  There, VP and Head of Referee Training and Development Monty McCutchen, will take attendees inside the NBA’s Replay Center to discuss his career and how technology impacts referees’ jobs on and off the court.  Next, students and teachers will meet the Digital Content Strategy analyst Iveta Karapetian and learn about how STEM impacts the way fans experience the game of basketball.

 

Attendees will be transported to Charlotte – the site of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game –to meet Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams.  A 14-year NBA veteran, Williams uses a variety of STEM skills to create a competitive edge, and he’ll share some of his secrets with students.  Finally, participants will be introduced to Arena Events and Operations team members Trista Langdon and Alex MacKenzie, who will explain how they use math and engineering to make sure all events at Spectrum Center run smoothly, including the NBA All-Star game.

 

“Virtual experiences like the All-Star Virtual Field Tripspark my students’ imagination and engagement like few other classroom activities,” said Rodney Crouse, a 5th Grade teacher in North Carolina’s Guilford County Schools.  “I am looking forward to sharing this unique learning opportunity with my students.”

 

Game Plan For The Future: An All-Star Virtual Field Tripis part of a multi-year partnership between the NBA and Discovery Education to strengthen middle school students’ engagement in learning nationwide.

 

In 2016, interactive math problems derived from NBA and WNBA game footage and statistics such as points, rebounds, assists and more, were integrated into Discovery Education’s award-winning Math Techbook.  Since then, these dynamic, interactive resources have supported students as they use real-world basketball experiences to deepen their understanding of core math and science concepts.A new basketball-themed content collection that includes a variety of powerful Lesson Starters, as well as an Educator Companion Guide was recently added to Discovery Education’s curriculum resources and digital content services, and additional content will join Discovery Education’s services later in 2019.

 

During the month of February, all users of Discovery Education’s digital services will receive special access to the NBA Analysis Tool.  Currently exclusive to Math Techbook users, the NBA Analysis Toolhelps students create their own formulas and visualize math concepts through histograms, scatter plots and box plots using NBA and WNBA statistical categories such as points, rebounds, steals, assists and blocks.

 

“Each day, members of the NBA family – from players and front office staff to league referees – use a variety of STEM skills in all aspects of our game and business,” said NBA Senior Vice President, Social Responsibility Todd Jacobson.  “The NBA is excited to continue our partnership with Discovery Education to share with millions of students how the STEM skills they are developing in the classroom today can lead to a variety of exciting career opportunities in the future.”

 

Currently used by approximately 5.6 million students across all 50 states and Canada, Discovery Education’s award-winning Techbooks are fully interactive, comprehensive digital textbooks.  Updated regularly at no cost, Discovery Education’s ScienceMath, and Social StudiesTechbooks provide educators a complete digital curriculum that includes detailed lesson plans, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher supports that immerse students in instruction.  Discovery Education’s STEM Connectis a cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource that helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation. Discovery Education Streaming Plusis an award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas.

 

“Discovery Education is incredibly proud to partner once again with the NBA to bring this compelling event to teachers and students,” said Discovery Education President of K-12 Education Scott Kinney.  “This type of experience, which connects what’s going on in the classroom to exciting career paths beyond graduation, provides a unique opportunity to ignite students’ interest in STEM.  We invite all educators to join us for this exciting virtual field trip.”

 

Following the broadcast of Game Plan For The Future: An All-Star Virtual Field Trip, it will be archived in Discovery Education’s Virtual Field Trip Library, which can be accessed here.  For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum resources and content, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

 

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About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Serving more than 5 million educators and 51 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the UK, and more than 90 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

 

About the NBA

The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League.  The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2018-19 season featured 108 international players from 42 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.5 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

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Vernier Software & Technology Releases New Activity Module to Help Teach Middle School Students Key Physics Concepts

Ready-to-use experiments in ‘Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct Sensor Cart’ use data-collection technology to investigate key STEM concepts

BEAVERTON, Oregon, February 5, 2019 — Vernier Software & Technology has released the Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct Sensor Cart downloadable activity module to engage students in hands-on learning as they investigate key STEM concepts. The seven ready-to-use experiments found in the activity module explore frictional forces, motion, and simple machines, such as the lever, ramp, and pulley, all using the award-winning Go Direct® Sensor Cart and other materials typically found in the classroom. The new activity module will be on display at the TCEA Convention in San Antonio, Texas, from February 5 to February 7, 2019 at Vernier booth #1078.

“The new activity module provides teachers with engaging hands-on activities they can easily incorporate into their science curricula and lesson plans,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “The activities use the Go Direct Sensor Cart in a variety of ways—from testing a lever to simulating a car crash—to help students make meaningful learning connections as they collect and analyze data.”

With the Go Direct Sensor Cart, students can collect force, position, velocity, and acceleration data directly on their devices using Bluetooth® wireless technology, without the need for any additional equipment. This latest addition to the popular Vernier dynamics cart system incorporates built-in wireless sensors to reduce setup time and makes data collection in basic experiments easier and quicker. In addition, the cart can collect data on or off a track. Experiments in the activity module that utilize the Go Direct Sensor Cart include Investigating Friction, Levers as Machines, Ramps as Machines, and Newton’s Second Law, among others.

The activity module provides teachers with electronic access to the most up-to-date versions of all of the experiments, as well as word-processing files of student pages so teachers can edit the experiments to match their teaching styles. It also includes helpful teaching tips, suggested answers, and sample data and graphs.

The Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct Sensor Cart activity module is available for $20. To learn more, visit https://www.vernier.com/msb-cart-e/.

About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 38 years. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and employs educators at all levels of the organization. The company is committed to teachers and to developing creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With worldwide distribution to over 140 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to university. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students’ critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit http://www.vernier.com

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Cheddar Partners with Discovery Education to Deliver the Latest Tech and Business News to Classrooms Nationwide Through Award-Winning Techbook Series

– New Content Added to Digital Curriculum Used By 5.6 Million Teachers Supports Educators’ Efforts to Integrate Current Events Into Teaching and Learning-

Silver Spring, Md.(January 24, 2019)Cheddar, the leading post cable networks company, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today launched CheddarK-12, a new collaboration delivering the latest technology and business news to educators and students nationwide. Through this new partnership, Cheddar’s relevant, real world content will be integrated into Discovery Education’s award-winning Techbook Series,simplifying educators’ efforts to integrate current events into classroom instruction.

CheddarK-12’s standards-aligned content includes a weekly compilation of educationally-relevant technology and business news briefings broadcast from the New York Stock Exchange floor. This content will be initially accessible from each Discovery Education Techbook user’s personal MyDE page and will also include lesson starters and strategies for teachers to help them readily incorporate current events into lessons and activities. In the coming months, additional CheddarK-12 content will be added to Discovery Education’s series of Techbooks.

“I believe that one of the ways educators can help prepare students for success beyond the classroom is by helping them learn how to analyze and interpret current events,” said Mark Case, a high school science teacher in North Carolina’s Southern Guilford High School.  “The CheddarK-12 content coming to Discovery Education’s Techbook and other services will be a “go-to” resource I can integrate into the lessons I prepare that will help my students develop the critical thinking skills they need for success now and in the future.”

Discovery Education’s ScienceMath, and Social StudiesTechbooks are currently used by approximately 5.6 million students across all 50 states and Canada.An immersive digital curriculum, Discovery Education’s Techbooks are aligned to rigorous standards and updated regularly at no cost. Each Techbook provides educators detailed lesson plans, embedded formative assessments, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher supportsthat deeply engage students in learning.

Discovery Education’s Science Techbookis built on the 5E model and helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientists through hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, data analysis activities, and powerful STEM resources.  The Math Techbookis a digital textbook that connects students to math through real-world problems, helping all learners develop long-lasting mastery of mathematical concepts. The Social Studies Techbookuses an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy, analytical writing, and problem-solving skills that students will apply in the classroom and beyond.

“Cheddar’s content is educational and informative. It helps viewers understand not only the current events of the day, but also how business and technology will impact the economy, society, and our lives in the future,” said Daniel Schneider, Vice President at Cheddar. “We are excited to partner with Discovery Education to bring engaging and informative news to educators nationwide through CheddarK-12 and look forward to continuing to build on this partnership.”

A custom Cheddar Content Collection–featuring a mix of interviews with today’s newsmakers, long and short form business and tech videos, and innovativeinstructional strategies educators can use to seamlessly integrate CheddarK-12 content into teaching and learning, will also be added toDiscovery Education Streaming Plus.  A comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, Streaming Plus helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information.   

“Discovery Education is very pleased to announce this new content partnership with Cheddar,” said Discovery Education President of K-12 Education Scott Kinney.  “The addition of these dynamic resources to our award-winning Techbooks and other services not only support teachers as they plan instruction that stimulates student interest in the people, places, and events driving today’s news, but also provides students timely, relevant information that mirrors their interaction with current events outside the classroom. This is another example of Discovery Education’s ongoing effort to provide the school systems we serve the high-quality digital curriculum teachers need to engage students and drive academic success.”

Teachers using CheddarK-12 content accessible through their Discovery Education digital services and curriculum will be supported by the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration that helps transform teaching and learning.

For more information about Cheddar, visit www.cheddar.comand follow on TwitterInstagram, andLinkedIn. For more information about Discovery Education other digital resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Cheddar

Cheddar is the leading post-cable networks company. Its programming is available on Sling TV, DirecTV NOW, Hulu, YouTube TV, Sony PlayStation Vue, Snapchat, fuboTV, Philo, Amazon, Twitch, Twitter, 60% of smart TVs in the U.S., and Facebook. Cheddar currently broadcasts two live video news networks: Cheddar Business, covering the most innovative executives, founders, products, and technologies transforming our lives and economy, and Cheddar News, a fast-paced, young, non-partisan general and headline news network. The company broadcasts from the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, its street level studio in the glass corner of the Sprint Store in the Flatiron Building, WeWork in Los Angeles, and the White House. Cheddar was founded by Jon Steinberg, President and Chief Operating Officer of BuzzFeed from 2010 to 2014. Its investors include Lightspeed Venture Partners, Raine Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Liberty Global, Comcast Ventures, AT&T, Amazon, Antenna Group, Ribbit Capital, The New York Stock Exchange, Altice USA, 7 Global Capital, and Dentsu Ventures.

About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content and the largest professional learning community of its kind.Serving more than 5 million educators and 51 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the UK, and more than 90 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

 

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Verso Learning Launches New Student-Teacher Feedback Tools at FETC
The classroom collaboration platform will introduce Exit Tickets, along with other student feedback features, in two sessions at the conference

(Orange County, CA) January 23, 2019Verso Learning, a leading provider of classroom feedback and collaboration tools, will be showing educators how they can supercharge student feedback in their classrooms, schools, and districts at this year’s upcoming FETC conference.

Designed to increase student engagement and collaboration, Verso enables students to receive feedback from peers and teachers, while providing educators visibility into authentic student voice. By enabling students to discuss classroom topics and share feedback anonymously, Verso encourages students to give other students feedback on their ideas and provides them access to new ideas to extend their thinking.

In its latest update, Verso has added a new feature designed to collect student-to-teacher feedback at the end of a lesson to enable formative assessment. Exit Tickets elicit student responses to pedagogically designed questions related to a lesson or activity and provide the teacher with immediate feedback on the extent to which their students have understood a learning intention, what strategies were most effective in the lesson, and even how the students felt about their learning. This allows teachers to more fully understand where their students are from a learning perspective, and then adjust their teaching accordingly.

An improved teacher dashboard provides visibility into the impact of their instructional practice at a class and student level, opening yet another avenue for personalized feedback that supports each student’s journey from surface to deep learning. Verso also enables teachers, coaches, and mentors to share insights and provide structured feedback for other teachers. Teachers build lessons using Verso’s pedagogically designed lesson builder, then use feedback from all of those sources to refine and improve their pedagogical approach and lesson designs.

“Professor John Hattie has identified feedback as having one of the greatest effects on student learning,” said Phil Stubbs, Verso’s director of  education. “Verso is designed to deliver feedback not only from teacher to student but, critically, also from student to student and student to teacher. Exit Tickets, along with our improved impact dashboard and a focus on explicit learning intentions, create an environment where students and teachers are all constantly reflecting on their learning and focusing on improving.”

At FETC, Mr. Stubbs will be presenting two sessions about how this cycle of feedback gives students ownership over their own learning:

 

 

Verso representatives will be on hand to help administrators and teachers see how their platform facilitates feedback among students, teachers, and administrators.

About Verso Learning
In 2015, a small team of edtech pioneers with a strong pedagogy and evidence focus set out to design a new suite of mobile web tools that would support visible change in schools. The result was Verso Learning. The company combines feedback and data with digital technologies to develop effective teaching strategies capable of transforming the relationship between teachers and students. The Verso Learning platform has been designed to collect evidence and data from the classroom to better target and personalize professional development. Today, Verso supports thousands of schools in more than 100 countries. To learn more about Verso and to sign up for a free trial, please visit VersoLearning.com or app.VersoApp.com.

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LEARNING OVATIONS EQUIPS MORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WITH RESEARCH-BASED, ESSA-STRONG LITERACY TOOL

U.S. Department of Education partner welcomes two new leadership members to achieve national literacy priorities

January 17, 2019 — IRVINE, CA — Learning Ovations is proud to announce that in 2019, the ESSA-strong, research-based A2i Professional Support System, will debut in second grade classrooms within current partner districts in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education. As a result of the organization achieving the highest level of research, proving all children can achieve literacy outcomes, Learning Ovations will diligently roll out an expansion plan to partner with new states and more communities under the leadership of two new Executive Directors of District Partnerships, Blythe Adreon and Lisa Ashley.

“Blythe and Lisa are critical to Learning Ovations’ future and will help us bring individualized instruction into additional general education classrooms to support educators, so that we can radically improve reading outcomes on a systematic level,” said Jay Connor, Founder and Chief Executive at Learning Ovations. “A2i is the only elementary education system that has applied such highest level of research rigor, conducting seven separate randomized control trials, so we are confident we will achieve outcomes in new communities.”

Blythe Adreon, Executive Director of District Partnerships, leads efforts in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, West Virginia and Florida. Blythe brings extensive experience as an education solutions provider and classroom teacher. Blythe held roles at Calvert Education, Pearson Education, Edgenuity, Hatch Early Learning and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Lisa Ashley, Executive Director of District Partnerships, leads efforts on the West Coast. Lisa has experience teaching multiple subjects in the elementary classroom, along with 18 years of educational sales and marketing experience. Lisa held roles with Pearson Education, EdgeMakers, Inc, and Mentoring Minds.

The organization successfully launched A2i in Fall 2018 and debuted in four states, 114 schools, 850 classrooms to serve 22,000 students. This was the beginning of the United2Read project, a five-year Education Innovation and Research expansion grant totalling $14.65 million from the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with Digital Promise, UC Irvine (UCI) and MDRC.

About Learning Ovations

Learning Ovations’ mission is that all children read, at or above, grade level by the end of third grade.  This social benefits corporation was founded to bring evidence-based and rigorously tested interventions and instructional practices to schools with the aim of raising learning outcomes for all students. Learning Ovations combines technology and professional development to provide educators with the tools, data, and know-how to effectively individualize literacy instruction from kindergarten through third grade. The patented, A2i technology platform, coupled with professional development is proven to raise reading achievement for all students to at or above grade level by the end of third grade. The A2i professional support system links language and literacy assessment results to recommendations for specific amounts and types of reading instruction thru evidence-based algorithms

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31 EdTech Startups Set to Compete in 2019 FETC Pitchfest

 

Best-of-the-best industry startups will present their cutting-edge products and services to a panel of judges and conference attendees

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.―The National Future of Education Technology Conference® (FETC®) has announced 31 edtech startups that will compete in the 2019 FETC Pitchfest, in which founders and creators will have the opportunity to share their product offerings and innovations while engaging directly with educators, analysts and investors. Participating companies in the FETC Pitchfest represent the best-of-the-best startups featuring cutting-edge tools and services, and each company will present its products and services to the conference’s educator attendees and a panel of judges, who will combine to determine the hottest tools and resources coming to the edtech market. Pitchfest is presented in partnership with Arc Capital Development.

“The FETC Pitchfest is annually one of the most exciting events of our conference, giving participants the opportunity to see what’s new and what’s next in cutting-edge, high-impact products and services,” said James Callan, Vice President of Event and Media Sales, LRP Media Group. “This year, we have a record 31 startup companies competing. We eagerly await their presentations and look forward to the judges’ and audience’s determination of the winner!”

The preliminary rounds of the 2019 FETC Pitchfest will take place on Tuesday, January 29, followed by the final round on Wednesday, January 30. All rounds will take place in the Trailblazers Theater, booth #2805 in the Expo Hall. A unique panel of judges, including superintendents, administrators and CIOs, is selected from a broad range of backgrounds in education and education technology. In each round of the event, judges’ voting will account for 70 percent of the final score, while audience voting will contribute the remaining 30 percent. The 2019 participants are:

Round 1 ― Tuesday, January 29, 1-2:15 p.m.

  • 2gnoMe ― 2gnoMe (To know me) personalizes professional learning for teachers at scale by  enhancing skills awareness and clarifying who needs what kind of learning.

  • BlocksCAD ― The BlocksCAD 3D modeling software and curriculum help K-12 schools teach math and coding fundamentals.

  • Bridg-it ― Bridg-it creates safe schools using community-sourced communication and real-time analytics.

  • Cirkled In ― Cirkled-In is a secure digital profile and portfolio platform that helps students showcase their work in a holistic way.

  • ClassroomSync ― ClassroomSync’s Synchronize is a suite of tools enabling students to use their phones within classroom settings and connecting their personal devices with teachers’ computers.

  • codeSpark ― codeSpark Academy with the Foos introduces fundamental computational thinking concepts to learners in grades K-5 through interactive puzzles, game design and creative storytelling.

  • CrossFlight Sky Solutions ― CrossFlight Sky Solutions provides drone training, education and curriculum.

  • DreamRider Productions ― DreamRider Productions uses live theatre and the best of the digital classroom to engage, inspire and empower kids to become agents of change in their families and communities.

  • DyKnow ― DyKnow is a classroom management software for MacBooks, Chromebooks and PCs that helps educators monitor devices, defeat distractions and keep students on-task.

  • Edu-Together ― Edu-Together creates live online classes, enabling schools to provide affordable academic solutions for every student without compromising the school’s high academic standards.

  • Enable My Child ― Enable My Child is the complete turn-key solution for HIPPA-secure online pediatric therapy services.

  • Funtronic USA ― The Funtronic Floor is an interactive projector that is used for physical and occupational therapy, executive functioning skills and early childhood education.

  • Future N Focus Dream Catcher Enterprises ― Dream Catcher Enterprises provides a career development curriculum that helps students explore and discover their purpose, set purpose-driven goals, identify career choices based on their purpose and giftings, create action plans and more.

  • Immersed Games ― Immersed Games empowers students to learn STEM through its game, Tyto Online, in which students solve authentic problems like fixing invasive species or helping increase food crop yield.

  • InkSmith ― InkSmith provides 21st-century immersive technology to educators and Makerspace enthusiasts across Canada.

Round 2 ― Tuesday, January 29, 3-4:15 p.m.

  • Kinful ― Kinful is a social-emotional learning program powered by student-created virtual reality.

  • Lennections ― Lennections provides resources, activities and reporting to improve student achievement using formative assessment.

  • Lincoln Learning Solutions ― Lincoln Learning Solutions is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization offering personalized online learning solutions and support services.

  • Lucerna Studios ― Lucerna Studios has built a library of VR/AR experiences that empower learning through students’ passion for games.

  • MathBRIX ― MathBRIX, LLC is the developer of a cloud-delivered platform for ages 4-8 that helps children learn to think mathematically and problem-solve.

  • My School Dance ― My School Dance is a free online platform for schools to plan and manage all aspects of dances and other events.

  • NoteAffect ― NoteAffect is a software app that uses built-in polling and quizzes to improve engagement and knowledge retention, while providing professors and administrators with analytics to make data-driven decisions to improve student satisfaction and success.

  • PerfectCoaches ― PerfectCoaches enables one classroom or an entire school system to master new skills with its affordable, easy-to-use app incorporating virtual motivation coaching.

  • SchoolBzz ― SchoolBzz is a cloud-based platform for school communications that streamlines how schools share information with everyone involved in a student’s learning journey.

  • Screenleap, Inc. ― Screenleap for Education allows teachers to easily share their screens with their students and record it to view later from any web-enabled device.

  • Scrible ― Scrible Edu is an advanced, Google-integrated research and writing platform for schools that lets students curate, annotate, manage and collaborate on articles in the cloud.

  • Squiggle Park ― Squiggle Park provides bite-sized video games that develop mastery of foundational reading skills through practice and play.

  • STEM MINDs Corp. ― STEM MINDs Online Academy is an online learning platform that ignites curiosity and a love of learning in today’s youth.

  • Study Edge ― Study Edge delivers 24/7 access to live exam review sessions for 30 individual subjects at the university level through its Facebook, iOS and Android apps.

  • The Mindful Scholar ― The Mindful Scholar has built a platform for K-12 schools that uses mindfulness to increase students’ emotional intelligence (EQ) and offers teachers a mindful assist to suggest exercises catered to each class’s specific needs.

  • Wyebot ― Wyebot provides WiFi assurance, augmenting an organization’s existing infrastructure by automatically analyzing and optimizing networks for education.

Participating companies will have three minutes to present in the preliminary rounds, with two companies from each round selected to advance to the final on Wednesday, January 30, from 9:45-10:30 a.m. Each of the four companies in the final round will have five minutes to present and up to three minutes to answer questions from the judges.

The Pitchfest winner will have the opportunity to present to the conference VIP group, comprised of superintendents, CIOs, and other administrators, in the FETC VIP Lounge on Wednesday, January 30 during lunch. The winning company will also receive a complimentary 10’ x 10’ exhibit space at FETC 2020 in Miami, Florida.

FETC 2019 will include more than 600 diverse learning opportunities, including more than 175 intensive workshops and 425 targeted sessions in five updated program tracks: Future of Ed Tech Educator, Future of Ed Tech Administrator, Future of Ed Tech Information Technology, Future of Ed Tech Inclusion & Special Education and Future of Ed Tech Early Learning. FETC’s industry-leading expo will include a Startup Pavilion where attendees can learn more about Pitchfest participants, along with an Early Learning Pavilion, Game Based Learning Pavilion and Hands-On Technology Lab.

Registration is still open for the 2019 Future of Education Technology Conference. For additional information and to register, visit fetc.org/register or call toll-free 1-800-727-1227.

About the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)
The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) annually attracts thousands of education and technology leaders for an intensive, highly collaborative exploration of new technologies, best practices and pressing issues. With basic to advanced sessions tailored to the needs of each role in the digital transformation, FETC is known as one of the nation’s premier preK-12 education technology events. FETC provides school and district administrators, classroom teachers, IT professionals, special education directors, curriculum and media specialists, and other educators with roles or interest in ed tech, the opportunity to explore the most effective integration of technology across the curriculum. FETC offers a balanced blend of administrative, instructional and technical content through targeted sessions, intensive workshops, hands-on demonstrations of the newest products, and more. Visit fetc.org for more details.

About LRP Media Group
LRP Media Group, founded in 1977 by Kenneth Kahn, is an innovative media giant serving millions of business and education professionals worldwide. Specializing in education administration, education law, education technology, federal employment, human resources, workers’ compensation and disability, LRP produces thousands of books, pamphlets, newsletters, videos and online resources. The company also produces five industry-leading print and digital magazines for key decision-makers: District Administration, Human Resources Executive®, HRM Asia, Risk & Insurance® and University Business. Additionally, LRP annually delivers top-quality training and professional development to more than 80,000 professionals through its 13 award-winning conferences and tradeshows in China, Singapore and the United States. LRP currently employs more than 500 professionals in its Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania, Singapore and Washington, D.C. offices. Headquartered in Palm Beach County since 1996, the company has more than $70 million in annual revenue. For a complete list of LRP resources, eCourses and conferences, please visit www.lrp.com.

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Charter School K5 Students at or Above Grade-Level Literacy Nearly Double After One Year with Lexia Core5 Reading 

BOSTON (Jan. 22, 2019) – According to a new report from Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone® (NYSE: RST) company, during the 2017-18 academic year, the Lexia® Core5® Reading (Core5) blended learning program demonstrated positive results for more than 105,000 K–5 students in 927 charter schools across the United States. Students of all abilities made substantial progress in Core5, and the proportion of students working in or above grade level had nearly doubled from 49 percent in September to 91 percent by June.

“In addition to that impressive surge in literacy gains, we found that over two-thirds (67%) of the students in the study reached their grade-level benchmark in Core5,” said Lexia President Nick Gaehde. “Students who started the year below grade level substantially reduced their risk for reading failure, ending the year working on skills in or above their grade-level benchmark in Core5. In fact, the proportion of students who were below grade level fell from 51 percent to just eight percent.”

“Core5 adapts to every child and provides much more individualized instruction than I possibly could,” said Brittaney Hernandez, a kindergarten teacher at Clay Charter Academy in Middleburg, Florida. “The program accelerates learning for my students who struggle and even my high flyers can advance and continue to learn.”

Lexia Core5 Reading is a research-proven, technology-based program that accelerates the development of fundamental literacy skills for students of all abilities in grades pre-K–5. Following a rigorous scope and sequence built for college- and career-ready standards, Core5 provides explicit, systematic instruction through personalized learning paths in six areas of reading. Core5 seamlessly adapts with student performance, targeting skill gaps as they emerge, and equipping teachers with the data and instructional resources they need to personalize instruction for every student. Embedded assessment technology predicts students’ year-end performance and provides ongoing norm-referenced and actionable data to help teachers prioritize and plan instruction with the offline instructional materials.

“This latest study is one of many that demonstrate Lexia’s track record of accelerating literacy gains for students of all reading abilities,” said Gaehde. “We look forward to continuing to partner with schools and districts across the nation to help every child succeed in school and beyond.”

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About Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone company, empowers educators through adaptive assessment and personalized instruction. For more than 30 years, the company has been on the leading edge of research and product development as it relates to student reading skills. With a robust offering that includes solutions for differentiated instruction, personalized learning, and assessment, Lexia Learning provides educators with the tools to intensify and accelerate literacy skills development for students of all abilities. For more information, visitwww.lexialearning.com.

About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company’s innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes for the inspired learner at home or in schools and workplaces around the world.

Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone’s language division uses cloud-based solutions to help all types of learners read, write, and speak more than 30 languages. Lexia Learning, Rosetta Stone’s literacy education division, was founded more than 30 years ago and is a leader in the literacy education space. Today, Lexia helps students build fundamental reading skills through its rigorously researched, independently evaluated, and widely respected instruction and assessment programs.

For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com. “Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.

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Follett’s New Service Helps K-12 Libraries with Genrefication

Making the Transition from Dewey Simplified with ‘Follett Genre Solutions’

 

McHENRY, Ill., Jan. 17, 2019 – Follett, a longtime leader in the K-12 library space, has unveiled Follett Genre Solutions to help simplify genrefication for librarians and media specialists seeking to make the transition from the Dewey Decimal System to a more bookstore-like layout based on genres.

“Follett Genre Solutions can help schools create a library space that allows students better access to the books they love and the ability to explore new genres with ease,” said Steve Siegel, Senior Vice President Global Product and International, Follett School Solutions. “Genrefication makes it easy for kids to find books by their favorite genre, which increases reading and student literacy while at the same time freeing librarians to devote more attention to students needing more personalized attention.”

“Plus, those librarians who have genrefied their libraries often tell us how pleased they are at the large jump in circulation of their collection,” Siegel continued.

As genrefication has become more popular over the past few years, especially for the fiction collection, Siegel said schools and districts have looked to Follett to provide support for a wide range of their genre needs. The needs range from best practices assistance for flipping from Dewey, to simplified ordering, and even advice on which genres make most sense for use in the school library.

Eight months ago, Follett formed a Genrefication Advisory Board, comprised of 27 experienced librarians and media specialists already using genres in their libraries.

“The Advisory Board, along with our internal team of librarians, evaluated more than a thousand genrefied libraries,” Siegel said. “We then created an efficient way to help streamline the genrefication process for our customers.”

In addition to producing a guide that explains how Follett Genre Solutions help a librarian or media specialist execute a successful genrefication transformation, further support is provided by the company through:

  • Do-It-Yourself Genre Starter Kits
  • Colorful labels and signage that Follett provides to all its genre customers
  • Titlewave improvements that allow genres to be automatically assigned to book orders
  • Tips for how to maximize the available features through Follett’s market-leading Destiny Library Managerand Titlewave solutions.

For those who don’t have the time or resources to “flip” their libraries, Follett also offers genre consulting services.

“I would absolutely recommend Follett’s genrefication services to other schools,” said Cara Fitzgerald, librarian/literacy coach and academic coordinator, Equality Charter School in Bronx, N.Y. “If you have a clear vision of the reading experience you want to offer your students but aren’t entirely sure how to make it a reality, the Follett team will help you navigate the logistics to ensure that your dream comes to fruition.”

For more information about Follett Genre Solutions, visit www.titlewave.com/main/about-follett-genres. To view of video of how Follett recently helped a junior high school with the genrefication of its library in Katy, Texas, visithttps://bit.ly/2Fk6Dtt.

For more information about Follett, visit www.FollettLearning.com.

 

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

 

Find Follett on Facebook, and follow on Twitter (@FollettLearning).

 

About Follett Corporation Follett.com

Follett Corporation is the world’s largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett provides education technology, services and physical and digital content to millions of students at 70,000 schools and more than 2,850 physical and virtual campus stores in North America. Through Baker & Taylor, Follett’s reach also extends to the public library and global retail markets.

 

JANUARY 18, 2019

 Counter Hate Offering $10,000 in Scholarships and

Prizes with ‘Stronger Than Hate Challenge’

New video challenge inspires students and educators to fight against discrimination, injustice and hate by using the power of testimony to create a brighter future

Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, January 16, 2019) – In an effort to spark a social movement against hatred in all forms, USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced the Stronger Than Hate Challenge as part of Teaching with Testimony. The Stronger Than Hate Challenge provides an actionable way to promote equality, challenge bias, discuss tolerance and engage students in a service-learning project that inspires action. Launched on January 14, 2019 and running through May 6, 2019, students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to participate, individually or in a group, by having their educator or parent register them for this powerful challenge at teachingwithtestimony.com/challenge. This important opportunity for youth to counter hate, and inspire their friends, school and community to join them in this mission, also comes with the chance to win scholarships and grants totaling in $10,000. In addition to being open to U.S. students, students in Canada and the U.K. are also eligible to participate.

“Every year, USC Shoah Foundation continues to advance the mission of engaging students in themes around discrimination, genocide and identity to help young people build the necessary skills to counter hate,” said USC Shoah Foundation Director of Education Claudia Wiedeman. “By expanding our partnership with Discovery Education and connecting students with real testimonies, we are able to inspire communities of leaders to act in positive and meaningful ways.”

 

In the Stronger Than Hate Challenge, students will listen to powerful testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide, and create opportunities to effect change in their schools and communities. Students are asked to complete research-based and standards-aligned activities, culminating in taking action against hate. The challenge also asks students to capture their journey in a video essay purposed to help them in sharing their message globally. Previous winning entries have included the testimonies of Holocaust survivors Herman Cohn and Liesl Loeb, who immigrated to the United States as children, as well as the testimony of Armenian Genocide survivor Haig Baronian, who reflects on the complex nature of identity.

Stronger Than Hate Challenge prizes will be distributed as follows:

  • National First Place Winning Entry:
    • Student(s) will receive a $5,000 USD scholarship awarded in the form of a check.
    • The school associated with the national first place winning entry will receive a $2,500 USD grant awarded in the form of a check to implement change in their community.
    • The teacher associated with the national first place winning entry will receive a $1,000 USD grant awarded in the form of a check to implement change in their classroom.
  • National Second Place Winning Entry: Student(s) will receive a $1,000 USD scholarship awarded in the form of a check.
  • National Third Place Winning Entry: Student(s) will receive a $500 USD scholarship awarded in the form of a check.

“Discovery Education is proud to support USC Shoah Foundation by providing students with an opportunity to glimpse into the past through educational testimonies that promote equality and challenge bias,” said Discovery Education Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President Lori McFarling. “The ‘Stronger Than Hate Challenge’ will enable students to not only use their voices to stand against all forms of discrimination and intolerance, but will also encourage them to develop conflict resolution and social emotional skills.”

The Stronger Than Hate Challenge is one actionable way to use Teaching with Testimony in middle and high school classrooms. Along with the challenge, Teaching with Testimony is comprised of a series of standards-aligned resources and videos that empower students to employ empathy, build critical-thinking skills, and become inspired to create a brighter future after listening to first-hand accounts from survivors and witnesses of genocide.

“As an educator, it is important to create a safe environment for students to explore challenging topics that extend beyond the classroom and into the world around them,” said Library Media AP English and Journalism Instructor Karen Wells from Midland High School in Pleasant Plains, Ark. “I am excited to demonstrate for my students how communities can come together to encourage positive change.”

Teaching with Testimony resources are available at no-cost at TeachingwithTestimony.com. Thiscontent is also deeply integrated into Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook, Streaming Content Collections and Professional Learning offerings. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest@DiscoveryEd.

 

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About USC Shoah Foundation:

USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education is dedicated to making audio- visual interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, a compelling voice for education and action. Its mission is to develop empathy, understanding and respect through testimony. The Institute’s current collection of 55,000 eyewitness testimonies contained within its Visual History Archive preserves history as told by the people who lived it, and lived through it. These testimonies form the backbone of the Institute’s work in education, filmmaking, research and community outreach, efforts that connect testimony to a wide audience. Housed at the University of Southern California, within the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Institute works with partners around the world to advance scholarship and research, to provide resources and online tools for educators, and to disseminate the testimonies for educational purposes.


About Discovery Education:

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 5 million educators and over 51 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the UK, and more than 90 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Student Data Privacy Seal Awarded to Houston-based Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

Third School System in the State of Texas to Receive CoSN’s National Privacy Designation

CoSN today awarded the national Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Houston, TX. The district, which is the third school system in Texas to receive the Seal, earned the distinction for demonstrating a commitment to protecting student data through modern, rigorous policies and practices.

Located in the northwest corner of Houston, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD has 91 campuses and provides instruction to 116,500 students. It is the third largest district in Texas and the 23rd-largest in the United States.

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD joins 16 other school districts in small, large, urban and rural communities that have earned the Seal: Baltimore County Public Schools (MD); Boulder Valley Public Schools (CO); Butler County Schools (AL); Cambridge Public Schools (MA); Denver Public Schools (CO); Fulton County Schools (GA); Highland Local Schools (OH); Lewisville Independent School District (TX); Loudoun County Public Schools (VA); Miami-Dade County Public Schools (FL); Park Hill School District (MO); Raytown Quality Schools (MO); Round Rock ISD (TX); Satsuma City Schools (AL); Zionsville Community Schools (IN); and Bozeman Public Schools (MT).  

 “Cypress-Fairbanks is honored to have received the Trusted Learning Environment Seal distinction. We have worked diligently with district leadership, staff and students to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to secure information,” said Dr. Mark Henry, Superintendent of Schools, CFISD. “Our team understands that earning this distinction is not the end of this process, but only the beginning. We will continue to implement and improve security measures regularly in order to deliver a ‘Trusted Learning Environment’ for our community.”

 “Congratulations to Cypress-Fairbanks for their proven leadership in carrying out critical, impactful privacy work. They join a unique group of districts that have earned this national Seal, and we are excited about the Seal’s continued growth in Texas and across the country,” said Keith Krueger, CEO CoSN.

The school district’s mission is to maximize every student’s potential through rigorous, relevant learning experiences that prepare students to be 21st-century global leaders. The district received the Seal for demonstrating strong student data privacy practices in the following areas:

  • Leadership, by providing the guidance, frameworks and resources to direct the use and governance of student data in a manner that is transparent to all stakeholders.
  • Business, by establishing vetting processes and contracts for technology providers that, at minimum, address applicable compliance with laws while supporting innovation.
  • Data security, by implementing strong data protection practices across all media and auditing regularly to maintain high thresholds over time.
  • Professional development, by requiring school staff to conduct privacy and security training and offering related resources to all stakeholders in the community.
  • Classroom, by implementing educational procedures and processes to ensure transparency and build privacy knowledge while advancing curricular goals.

As a Seal recipient, the district will be required to maintain their commitment to improving their student data privacy practices and reapply for the TLE Seal every two years.

Developed for K-12 school systems of all governance structures, the TLE Seal was formed through decades of experience and expertise from 28 school system leaders nationwide, as well as the Program’s lead partners: AASA, The School Superintendents Association; the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO); and ASCD. Their collective input identified the steps schools should take – in addition to regulatory compliance – to help ensure student data privacy and security.

Learn more about the TLE Seal Program at: trustedlearning.org.

About CoSN 

CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. cosn.org

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Major League Baseball and Discovery Education Team-Up to Add Dynamic New Baseball-Themed Content to Science Techbook to Fuel Deeper Student Engagement in Science and STEM  

-In Support of Core Instruction, Multiyear Partnership Introduces Career Explorations, Curricular Tools, and Classroom Project Starters Based on MLB’s Vast Archive and State-Of-The-Art Tracking Technology- 

-Baltimore County Public Schools Host National Launch Event-

Silver Spring, Md. (January 15, 2019)– Major League Baseball(MLB) and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital curriculum, content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced the launch of a new, multiyear partnership that brings Major League Baseball’s dynamic content into Discovery Education’s Science Techbooks. The partnership launched during a special event in the Baltimore County Public Schools’ Deep Creek Middle School, during which Nicole Sherry, Head Groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles,worked alongside area students as they analyzed turf samples taken from Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Through the collaboration between  MLB and Discovery Education, educators using Discovery Education’s Science Techbooks have been empowered with new digital resources that help students connect the world of baseball to key science and STEM concepts through real-world data and exciting gameday experiences that fuel deeper engagement.  During this initial phase of the partnership, a variety of MLB-themed content has been integrated into Discovery Education’s STEM Connect and Steaming Plus services.

“Continuously finding new and exciting ways to engage my students in science and STEM lessons is one of the biggest challenges I face as an educator,” said Michael J. Fuchs, the 7thgrade Science Teacher whose classroom hosted today’s event at Deep Creek Middle School. “The new Major League Baseball-themed content now available in Discovery Education’s digital services give me some powerful new tools and resources I will use to create immersive science lessons for my students.”

The new resources, which have real-world applications and are now available to teachers and students nationwide through the MLB- Discovery Education Partnership, include:

  • Major League Baseball-themed Career Videos
    • The videos, which were produced by Discovery Education, showcase a variety of MLB careers and help students connect what they are learning in school to multiple career options in Major League Baseball, such as a groundskeeper, data analyst, and baseball operations executive. These resources will be available in the middle school and high school editions of Discovery Education’s Science Techbook, Discovery Education’sSTEM Connect, and the Discovery Education Streaming Plussupplemental content service.
  • STEM Project Starters
    • Features authentic data from MLB’s StatCast, the state-of-the-art tracking technology that allows for the collection and analysis of a massive amount of baseball data. The baseball-focused STEM Project Starters challenge students to solve real-world questions, such as “how does stadium altitude affect the number of home runs hit there?”or “how does playing surface impact player speed?” These resources will also be available in themiddle school and high school editions of Discovery Education’s Science Techbook.
  • STEM in Action
    • Leveraging information from baseball-focused STEM career videos and other primary sources, students are challenged to solve authentic problems as a professional in the “real world” would. In this series, they must design a way for players and coaches to communicate in real-time in order to accomplish the following:  inform player performance, use data to compare field conditions at different ballparks, and answer questions about subsystems that are needed to run a stadium.  These resources will be available in the middle school and high school editions of Discovery Education’s Science Techbook.

In addition, Discovery Education Streaming Plus will be home to a new MLB-focused Content Collection, which will house a variety of baseball themed curriculum assets—including “best of” videos and images from the MLB archives—all available for educator use and their seamless integration into classroom instruction. Additional dynamic content will be available in Spring of 2019.

“Major League Baseball is excited to launch this innovative partnership with Discovery Education, which reflects our shared goals of engaging students across the country, particularly in science and STEM,” said Barbara McHugh, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Major League Baseball. “We believe this high-quality digital media learning tool will offer educators an opportunity to drive greater understanding of science and STEM, particularly in their application to careers within our sport, and help students discover the beauty of our game year-round.”

“At Discovery Education, we believe a strong background in science and STEM is critical to today’s students’ future success,” said Discovery Education President of K-12 Education Scott Kinney. “Major League Baseball shares this belief, and we are honored to partner with their talented team to bring students and teachers unique, relevant, real world content that drives the deeper student engagement in science and STEM that we know leads to improved academic achievement.”

Currently used by approximately 5.6 million students across all 50 states and Canada, Discovery Education’s award-winning Techbooks are fully interactive, comprehensive digital textbooks.  Updated regularly at no cost, all Techbooks are standards-aligned and provide educators a complete digital curriculum that includes detailed lesson plans, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher support that immerse students in instruction.

Discovery Education’s Science Techbook series empowers educators to transform science instruction through rich content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Additional student features include Spanish/English text-to-speech and leveled reading tools and note-taking and highlighting capabilities.  The Science Techbooks series also includes valuable STEM resources including STEM Project Starters that encourage students to connect math, technology, and engineering to their understanding of science concepts to produce creative solutions to real world problems. In addition, the STEM In Action resources help students connect their work to STEM careers, which promotes a clearer understanding of how skills used in school can be applied to jobs “in the real world.”

Discovery Education’s STEM Connectis a cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource that helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation. Featuring flexible, modular learning units, STEM Connect provides students an easy-to-follow educational experience that includes real-world challenges, career connections, and hands-on activities.

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is an award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. The Streaming Plus helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information through a variety of digital assets including images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, articles, videos, interactives, and more.  A powerful suite of content creation tools within Streaming Plus help students create their own content, and additional tools help teachers and students safely and easily collaborate in real-time on virtual projects.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curricular resources and professional learning services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

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About Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S. and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. Major League Baseball is the best-attended sport in North America, and since 2004, MLB has enjoyed its best-attended seasons in the history of the game. Led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB currently features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports. MLB remains committed to making an impact in the communities of the U.S., Canada and throughout the world, perpetuating the sport’s larger role in society and permeating every facet of baseball’s business, marketing and community relations endeavors. With the continued success of MLB Network and MLB digital platforms, MLB continues to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America’s National Pastime and a truly global game. For more information on Major League Baseball, visit www.MLB.com

About Discovery Education
As the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum and content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving more than 5 million educators and 51 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the UK, and more than 90 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Follett Releases New Version of Market-Leading Destiny

Wednesday Webinar Will Showcase All Destiny 16.5 Enhancements

MCHENRY, Ill., Jan. 14, 2019 – Follett has released Destiny 16.5, a new version of the market-leading solution featuring enhancements to Destiny Library Manager, Destiny Discover, and Destiny Resource Manager. Destiny solutions serve more than 65,000 schools and libraries and are used in 23 of the 25 largest U.S. school districts.

A “What’s Coming in Destiny 16.5” webinar is set for 3 p.m. EDT on Wednesday (Jan. 16). To register, visithttps://bit.ly/2GZNek0. Registrants can either view the webinar live or later at their convenience.

Destiny 16.5 highlights include:

  • Collection Playlists. With Destiny 16.5, and as part ofCollections by Destiny, classroom teachers will now be able to create favorite playlists (similar to music playlists) and easily share them with their students. Designed to support personalized learning and differentiated instruction, multiple playlists can be created for the same lesson, with students progressing through at their own pace.
  • Genrefication Improvements. As Follett continues to increase its genrefication support to help librarians and media specialists flip their libraries to more of a bookstore-like model, Destiny 16.5 features four new features, including one that allows for easier management at both the school and district.
  • Revised Job/Report Manager Functions. This enhancement will allow both Destiny Library and Resource Manager users to navigate directly to the report output they wish without the need to manually refresh the page.
  • Assess Fines for Resource Components. Destiny Resource Manager already allows users to track components such as power cords, chargers, and laptop cases. Users will now be able to quickly and easily assess a fine when a component is lost or not returned.
  • Global Renew Enhancements. Resource Manager adds functionality to its global renew feature. Users can save significant time and effort by batch updating renewal dates on items based on a variety of criteria, including the patron’s graduation year, grade level or patron type.

For a complete look at all that is new in Destiny 16.5, visit https://bit.ly/2QC75VZ.

For more information about Follett, visit www.FollettLearning.com.

 

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

Find Follett on Facebook, and follow on Twitter (@FollettLearning).

About Follett Corporation Follett.com

Follett Corporation is the world’s largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett provides education technology, services and physical and digital content to millions of students at 70,000 schools and more than 2,850 physical and virtual campus stores in North America. Through Baker & Taylor, Follett’s reach also extends to the public library and global retail markets.

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Nominations Now Open for 2019 National Junior Honor Society
Outstanding Achievement Award

 

Student essay, new to the nomination requirement

 

Reston, VA – To help students jump-start their higher education goals, the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) will recognize 500 middle level students with the NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award and a 529 college savings account valued at $500. NJHS advisers can submit nominations through February 25 for students who demonstrate the five pillars of excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.

 

The NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award, instituted in 2016, addresses the importance of early college planning. Research shows that students with at least $500 saved for education are three times more likely to enroll in college—and are four times more likely to graduate from college—than their counterparts with no college savings accounts.

 

“By awarding a college savings fund, NJHS aims to emphasize the importance of college aspirations for our student members,” said Nara Lee, director of National Honor Societies at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), which founded and administers NJHS.

 

NASSP established NJHS in 1929, following its establishment of the National Honor Society in 1921, and is the nation’s premier organization recognizing outstanding middle level students. Today, it is estimated that more than 1 million students participate in official Honor Society activities. Membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop their leadership further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

 

New this year, students will be required to write and submit an essay on citizenship. The essay topic asks students: “What does good citizenship mean to you, and why is it important as a pillar of NJHS?” Students are asked to elaborate on the question and use examples from their personal lives or school experiences.

 

To provide additional details on the award criteria and changes to the 2019 NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award nomination process, NJHS will hold an informational webinar for advisers on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. (ET). NJHS advisers can visit www.njhs.us/oaa to register for the webinar.

 

Recipients of the 2019 NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award will be announced in the spring. For more information on the NJHS Outstanding Achievement Award and to submit a nomination, please visitwww.njhs.us/oaa.

 

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About NASSP

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is the leading organization of and voice for principals and other school leaders across the United States. NASSP seeks to transform education through school leadership, recognizing that the fulfillment of each student’s potential relies on great leaders in every school committed to the success of each student. Reflecting its long-standing commitment to student leadership development, NASSP administers the National Honor SocietyNational Junior Honor SocietyNational Elementary Honor Society, and National Student Council.

 

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e Virtual High School’s Online Program Earns Loyalty and Increased Participation from Schools Around the World 

Newest survey highlights educators’ satisfaction with student outcomes and overall VHS experience

 Boston – Jan. 14,  2019 – According to the latest survey data, schools in 44 countries (up from 33) around the globe and 45 states (up from 40) within the United States, plus Guam and Puerto Rico, partnered with The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.) to bring online courses to students during the 2017-18 academic year. Additionally, 92 percent of partner schools from the previous academic year have continued to work with VHS in the current academic year. In fact, over the past three years, on average 94 percent of schools have stayed on as partners of the leading nonprofit online provider, year over year.

 
“Our high rate of retention reflects what we’ve been hearing from educators – they enjoy working with us and they value the resulting learning outcomes for their students,” said Jane Gallagher, Vice President of Operations at The Virtual High School. “Not only did 97 percent of teachers say they were satisfied or very satisfied with their VHS experience this academic year, but we are also pleased to report that we had a 91 percent student pass rate, which is the percentage of students who finish the course and receive a grade of 60 percent or higher.” The average VHS student pass rate for the past three years is 90 percent.
 
VHS has gained a reputation for its high standard of educational quality, including rigorous professional development for teachers. In addition to all teachers being required to complete The Virtual High School’s graduate-level Online Teaching Methodologies (OTM) training course to learn best practices for online instruction and learning, VHS teachers have strong backgrounds in education, with 81 percent possessing a master’s degree or higher.

VHS design and delivery standards were the model used by the National Education Association when they created the first standards for online learning. VHS has also won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology, and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices.

There were more than 18,000 student enrollments in VHS courses in the 2017-18 academic year. Courses are open to students through their local school’s participation in the VHS program, and are also available to homeschool and other students who choose to enroll in VHS courses directly. With more than 200 unique online courses, including 23 Advanced Placement (AP) options, the program is typically used as a supplement to give students additional course choices.
 
About The Virtual High School
The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the organization has set the standard for quality online education. VHS prepares students for college, careers, and life through supportive, instructor-led online and blended classroom experiences.  The nonprofit organization provides student courses taught in global online classrooms, as well as online professional development for educators.  Custom course development and offerings can be tailored to meet each school’s unique needs.The Virtual High School is accredited by both Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), and AdvancED. Courses are approved for initial eligibility by NCAA. For more information, visit www.vhslearning.org or call (978) 897-1900.
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Voyager Sopris Learning, WeAreTeachers Announce

Grand-Prize Winners of #IAmMore Contest

Texas Elementary School, Massachusetts High School Singled Out

 

DALLAS, Jan. 10, 2019 – Hawkins (Texas) Elementary School and Andover (Mass.) High School are the grand prize winners of the “#IAmMore” contest, Voyager Sopris Learning and WeAreTeachers jointly announced today. Earlier this school year, the #IAmMore movement was introduced, designed to embolden educators and students to effect change, believe in the power of literacy, and allow them to claim their strengths and potential.

Both Andover High School, with 1,738 students, and Hawkins Elementary School, with 325 students, each win a $1,000 cash prize, to be used at their schools. The contest had a total of 1,030 entries. Teacher Daniel Brennan submitted on behalf of Andover; Principal Stephanie McConnell submitted on behalf of Hawkins.

The contest’s premise was to give educators and students a voice, allowing them to illustrate what makes them “more,” and to share their untapped potential. Educators were asked to print posters and distribute them to their students to fill out, answering the sentence, “I am more than…” Participants were then asked to take a photo or video with their poster and upload it to Instagram or Twitter or the contest landing page.

Andover High School’s winning video can be viewed here — https://vimeo.com/user20525249/review/300553247/e18df9c03c

 

Hawkins Elementary School’s winning video can be viewed here — https://vimeo.com/user20525249/review/300553043/fbb0637879

“As the Principal, I was excited for my campus to enter the contest and thrilled to know our video was selected,” Hawkins Elementary’s McConnell said. “The students and teachers were so involved in the project.  I love all of the positive messages on the wall and in the video. The entire school enjoyed watching the first viewing of the video. When students hear and share empowering messages, it makes our school a stronger family.”

In addition to the two grand prizes, 25 runners-up were named. Each of the schools will receive a bundle of classroom goodies, including an Instax camera and film, art supplies, and more.

“We had great expectations coming into the contest, and we are thrilled to say they were wildly exceeded,” said Ileana Q. Rowe, senior vice president of marketing for Voyager Sopris Learning. “Educators and students seized upon the important elements of ‘I Am More’ and provided thought-provoking and poignant responses. And it’s important to know this contest is just the beginning of the #IAmMore movement as it will continue to move forward.”

For more information about Voyager Sopris Learning, visit voyagersopris.com. For more information about WeAreTeachers, visit www.WeAreTeachers.com. To access the contest website, visitwww.weareteachers.com/contest/iammore.

 

About Voyager Sopris Learning

Voyager Sopris Learning® is an education partner committed to unlocking the full potential of every teacher and every student. We believe that the best way to meet and exceed standards in education is to address the underlying systems of teaching and learning, and to nurture those systems at their most fundamental levels. Our programs and services are based on research and classroom evidence, ensuring they are easy to implement, teacher friendly and effective. We offer a variety of digital and blended instructional tools, programs, and professional development, all of which are designed to help every teacher deliver nothing short of the highest-quality instruction to every student. Voyager Sopris Learning is a business unit of Cambium Learning® Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ABCD).

 

For more information, visit www.voyagersopris.com, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

About Cambium Learning Group, Inc.

Cambium Learning® Group (Nasdaq: ABCD) is an award-winning educational technology solutions leader dedicated to helping all students reach their potential through individualized and differentiated instruction. Using a research-based, personalized approach, Cambium Learning Group delivers SaaS resources and instructional products that engage students and support teachers in fun, positive, safe and scalable environments. These solutions are provided through Learning A-Z® (online differentiated instruction for elementary school reading, writing and science), ExploreLearning® (online interactive math and science simulations and a math fact fluency solution) and Voyager Sopris Learning® (blended solutions that accelerate struggling learners to achieve in literacy and math and professional development for teachers). We believe that every student has unlimited potential, that teachers matter, and that data, instruction, and practice are the keys to success in the classroom and beyond.

 

Come learn with us at www.cambiumlearning.com.

 

JANUARY 10, 2019…NICE NEWS FROM GIRLS THINKING GLOBAL

Girls Thinking Global Gifts Assets to the Women’s Education Project

With the donation of assets, Girls Thinking Global will formally dissolve

 

(CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS) January 9, 2018 – Girls Thinking Global (GTG), dedicated to connecting nonprofits that serve adolescent girls and young women around the world, is gifting its assets to the Women’s Education Project (WEP). The two organizations have worked together closely over the past two years. Combining their respective strengths into one organization was the natural outgrowth of that relationship.

 

In addition to the gifting of assets to WEP, Kathy Hurley (CEO) and Deb deVries (President) of Girls Thinking Global will be donating their expertise and experience to the organization. Hurley will be joining WEP’s Board of Directors, while deVries will serve on the organization’s Advisory Council.

 

“We’re excited about merging with WEP, which will allow us to work directly with the girls and young women who benefit from our advocacy and support efforts,” said Hurley. “Furthermore, we respect the leadership of WEP’s founder and executive director Zoe Timms, who not only has a passion for the girls and young women of India and South Asia, but also has the NGO relationships and drive to fulfill our shared goals of equipping girls and young women in historically challenging areas of the world with the skills they need for college and career training, as well as leadership roles in their communities.”

 

Timms commented, “The Women’s Education Project is thrilled to receive the generous assets being gifted by Girls Thinking Global. While their assets will help us continue to grow as an organization, we are equally excited that Ms. Hurley and Ms. deVries will be sharing their years of experience with the organization to help us continue to fulfill our mission.”

 

The gifting of assets includes:

  • The GTG Visualization Tool, along with the specifications and requirements map to further expand the tool to capture all organizations that serve girls and young women around the world;
  • The edWeb.net GTG Webinar Community of 1,250+ members dedicated to the leadership; development of girls and young women;
  • The Girls Thinking Global documentary, The Heart of Everything:  Jungle Mamas – Changemakers in the Amazon; and
  • The expertise and experience of the Chief Executive Officer and President.

 

Girls Thinking Global and the Women’s Education Project are now both members of the Global Girls Alliance, which is organized and operated by the Obama Foundation.

 

About Girls Thinking Global

Based in Newton, MA, Girls Thinking Global (GTG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to creating a global community of organizations serving girls and young women by leveraging technology to create a collaborative space that connects best practices, knowledge, and expertise between non-profits.

 

About Women’s Education Project

Women’s Education Project (WEP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit in its 15th year of operation. WEP is a pioneer in NGO collaboration, providing the higher education component for three NGO partners at centers in Hyderabad, Kadapa and Madurai, India. WEP Centers offer academic enrichment, tutorials, study space, a computer lab, library, fitness program, and I am a Leader, a field trip curriculum guiding students towards meaningful careers. Since 2002, WEP has placed 64% of its more than 1,000 alumnae in formal-sector employment.

 

JANUARY 9, 2019

Vernier Software & Technology Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 Engineering Contest

Middle school, high school, and college educators encouraged to apply for chance to win the $5,500 prize

BEAVERTON, Oregon, January 8, 2019 — Vernier Software & Technology is accepting applications for its 2019 Engineering Contest. This annual contest recognizes one middle school, high school, or college educator with a prize valued at $5,500 for innovatively using Vernier technology to introduce engineering concepts or practices to their students.

“Using Vernier sensors with Scratch to introduce coding, to integrating sensors with Arduino™, or creating sensor-controlled LEGO® robots are just several ways instructors can incorporate hands-on technology into their engineering instruction,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “The Vernier Engineering Contest provides a great way for educators to highlight their best practiceswhile vying for cash and technology prizes.”

Applications for the Vernier Engineering Contest are due by February 15, 2019, and the winner will be announced on the Vernier website and Facebook page in March. To enter, educators must complete an online application and produce a video showcasing the entry, the Vernier technology used, and the engineering concepts addressed. The Vernier sensors may be used in conjunction with any Vernier software titles or with Arduino®, LEGO®, Scratch, LabVIEW™, or other system.

Applications will be judged by a panel of Vernier experts based on innovation, engineering objectives, and the ease by which other instructors can replicate the project. One winner will receive $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier technology, and $1,500 toward expenses to attend the 2019 National Science Teachers’ Association (NSTA) STEM conference or the 2019 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conference.

“Winning the Vernier Engineering Contest in 2015 kick-started our engineering program here at our school,” said Tate Rector, a teacher at Beebe Junior High in Arkansas. “While my 7th and 8th grade students used to think it was just fun or cool to see things explode or fly, evaluation of the data we collect using Vernier technology has helped them see the reason why we do the experiments.”

For complete information on the 2019 Vernier Engineering Contest and to submit an application, visithttps://www.vernier.com/grants/engineering/.

About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 38 years. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and employs educators at all levels of the organization. The company is committed to teachers and to developing creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With worldwide distribution to over 140 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to university. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students’ critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit http://www.vernier.com.

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New COSN Report Tackles Top Hurdles Impacting K-12 Innovation

 

CoSN’s First of Three Reports, Along with a Professional Toolkit, on Pressing Ed Tech Challenges and Opportunities

 

Washington, D.C. (January 8, 2019) – As part of the Driving K-12 Innovation initiative, CoSN today published a new report that explores the top five hurdles affecting technology in K-12 learning environments. The hurdles, which were identified recently by an international advisory board of 111 education technology experts, are: Sustaining and Scaling Innovation; Digital Equity; the Gap Between Technology and Pedagogy; Ongoing Professional Development; and Technology and the “Future of Work.”

 

Driving K-12 Innovation is the successor to the New Media Consortium’s “Horizon K-12” reports – a decade-long forward-looking series that ended in 2017. CoSN served as the project’s co-founder and lead partner, and “Hurdles: 2019” is the first of three reports focused on hurdles, accelerators and tech enablers in K-12.

 

“Technology is changing at a breakneck speed – and the pace only continues to accelerate,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “Building on the important work of the ‘Horizon Report,’ the Driving K-12 Innovation series will help education leaders keep up with the digital ecosystem so they can improve learning settings and opportunities for all children. This entails tackling the major hurdles that are discouraging innovation.”

 

According to CoSN, hurdles are challenges that make educational participants slow down, evaluate, practice and then make the leap to better support teaching and learning. In addition to providing an overview of the top hurdles, the report examines the following two challenges – featuring real examples of how schools and practitioners are addressing them:

 

  • The Gap Between Technology and Pedagogy. This challenge encompasses cultural, leadership, pedagogical, curricular and procedural issues. Continuing advances in technology create disconnects between the needs of students and the skill sets of teachers. Technology can accelerate teaching practices – good or bad –and necessitate instructional shifts to effectively support improved student learning.

 

  • Technology and the “Future of Work.” This hurdle pushes educators to start thinking now about what emerging technologies mean for education. Artificial intelligence (AI), “deep learning” and robotics are among the game-changing technologies that are beginning to alter the nature of work and, thus, workforce demands. While schools clearly face many hurdles in preparing students with skills they need to succeed today, emerging technologies could bring even steeper challenges for educators.

 

CoSN members are invited to submit their own examples of hurdles, accelerators or enablers by January 25, 2019. Select examples will be showcased on the Driving K-12 Innovation website and in future publications.

 

The Driving K-12 Innovation project is made possible through the following sponsorship support: ClassLink and Google (Gold sponsors), Amazon Web Services, Dell EMC and Kajeet (Silver sponsors) and ENA (Bronze sponsor).

 

For more information on the series and to read the reports, visit: cosn.org/k12innovation.

 

About CoSN 

CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. cosn.org

 

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Impero Software Brings New Tool to Support Student Safety to U.S. Schools

Impero EdAware allows schools to record and analyze multiple types of student safety and wellness information to identify early warning signs

 

Austin, TX, Jan. 8, 2019 – Impero Software, a specialist provider of remote monitoring and management software for education, introduces Impero EdAware, a new next-generation digital safeguarding system to provide schools with a holistic view of students’ wellbeing and potential safety concerns.

Schools use Impero EdAware to record, analyze and store multiple types of student safety information, from depressive episodes to risky online behavior, to help identify potential safety risks and enable informed counseling sessions, behavior management conversations and safeguarding interventions. Impero EdAware integrates with the provider’s Impero EdProtect module (also available as part of the Impero Education Pro suite), making it a comprehensive safeguarding solution for both online and offline safety concerns.

“More and more schools are adding student mental health as a key component of the services they offer and the first step in offering these services is to understand when a student is having issues. By adding Impero EdAware to our product portfolio, we are now able to provide schools with a multifaceted view of each student’s wellbeing,” said Richard Fuller, CEO of Impero Software. “By seeing what is happening in a student’s life both online and off line, Impero EdAware helps schools minimize risk and enhance student safety.”

Impero EdProtect alerts teachers or administrators if students type or search for key words and phrases while on the school network that may indicate concerns around bullying, self-harm, suicide, mental health and more. The software also provides classroom management features that allow teachers to monitor students’ screens, share content with students, and control or lock student devices to keep students focused.

Schools using Impero EdAware create a profile for each student to record multiple types of data relating to students’ health, wellness and safety. For example, schools can add health and nutrition records, or notes on any wellbeing concerns such as if a student has a history of panic attacks. Impero EdAware integrates with Impero EdProtect to provide a holistic approach to managing student safety incidents and risk indicators – whether they occur in the physical world, the digital world, or both. The software can push keyword alerts from Impero EdProtect into Impero EdAware, for example, a history of internet searches that could indicate possible suicidal ideation.

Impero EdAware provides schools with resources and guidance around school safety legislation and student privacy regulations. Impero EdAware integrates with a school’s student information system and provides granular reporting making it a rich and easy-to-use tool to support student safety.

Impero EdAware arose out of Impero Software’s recent acquisition of Safeguarding Monitor, a developer of applications to help schools and colleges meet their safeguarding responsibilities. The types of student information tracked within EdAware include:

  • Online alerts from Impero Education Pro
  • Student medical data and family information
  • Documents and memos on school policies and government legislation surrounding school safety and student privacy
  • Records of interventions, actions and resolutions
  • Alerts that have been sent to the student body

“Impero EdAware is a comprehensive tool that helps to inform school counseling sessions and identify potential concerns early so that schools can ensure students are getting the support they need,” said Fuller.

For more information or to see a demo of Impero EdAware, visit https://www.imperosoftware.com/us/impero-edaware-for-student-safety-and-wellbeing/

 

About Impero Software

Impero Software offers a range of student safety and remote monitoring and management software, relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5 million devices in over 90 countries. Impero is used by over 1,400 UK high schools and in over 600 U.S. districts.

Impero’s cutting edge EdTech software consolidates a range of powerful classroom, network and device management features enabling schools and colleges to reduce costs and improve both staff and student productivity. Impero’s sophisticated online safety functionality uses keyword detection technology to help schools safeguard students online. For more information visit: www.imperosoftware.com.