CoSN Statement on Congressional Support for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program
Washington, DC (March 22, 2018) – CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking)
CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement welcoming the level of funding Congress has included in the omnibus to fund the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAEG) program:
“CoSN strongly supports the decision made by Congress to allocate $1.1 billion for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant program, including the program’s vitally important education technology investments. While still below the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) SSAEG authorization level of $1.65 billion, this significant investment represents a great leap forward for the program.
“We appreciate that members of Congress recognize that SSAEG enables our nation’s school districts to decide how to best meet their students’ needs.
“Achieving ESSA’s goals will require smart investments in digital tools that support teaching and learning, and this additional funding will make a big difference for students everywhere.”
CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. For 25 years, CoSN has provided leaders with the management, community building and advocacy tools they need to succeed. Today, CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. Visit CoSN.org to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and events, advocacy and policy, membership and the CETL certification exam.
WE’LL HAVE GEORGIA PBS ON AIR WITH TUESDAY MARCH 27 AT 1030A ET.
Georgia Public Broadcasting Renews Long-Term Partnership with Discovery Education Creating Digital Learning Environments Statewide
–Continuation of 18-Year Collaboration Ensures Students and Educators Access to Engaging K-12 Digital Resources–
SILVER SPRING, Md. (March 22, 2018) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced a renewal of its 18-year partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB). This collaboration, which empowers educators across Georgia to create dynamic digital learning environments with high-quality content from Discovery Education Streaming Plus, has over its history delivered approximately 45 million digital learning objects to the state’s teachers.
GPB Education encourages lifelong learning through high quality, reliable content and their ability to connect educators, students, and families at all levels. GPB remains at the forefront of the effort to build dynamic digital learning environments for all students by creating, curating, and distributing quality educational programs and services through a state-of-the-art production facility, cutting edge digital media division, and a variety of innovative partnerships. Building on their reputation as a trusted content source, GPB Education supports educators across the state by producing resources that are specifically designed to meet individual needs of teachers and students throughout all of Georgia.
An award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, Discovery Education Streaming Plus helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information. Students can access a variety of digital assets including images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, articles, videos, interactives, and more, and are empowered to become content creators with a suite of content creation tools that help teachers and students safely and easily collaborate in real-time on virtual projects. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, interactive learning courses, and content collections organized around themes, as well as a collection of new STEM/STEAM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.
“GPB’s core mission is to provide informative and enriching programming and educational resources to citizens across Georgia,” said GPB Director of Education Laura Evans. “Our strong partnership with Discovery Education supports this mission and empowers educators across the state to create the digital learning environments we know will prepare Georgia’s students for future success.”
In addition to providing the state’s educators continued access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus, the renewal of this partnership ensures the Discovery Education Community will continue supporting educators served by GPB. 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 proud of its long-term partnership with GPB,” said Kelly Hines, Discovery Education Senior Manager of Community Engagement. “Together, we are providing educators across the state the tools and resources they need to prepare their students for a successful life beyond graduation. We look forward to next phase of this exciting and fruitful relationship.”
For more information on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s education division, visit http://www.gpb.org/education.
For more information about Discovery Education’s digital services, professional development resources, and more, 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.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. 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. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Explore the future of education at http://www.discoveryeducation.com/.
As one of the largest PBS stations in the nation, Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB Media), has been creating content worth sharing for over 50 years. With nine television stations, 18 radio stations and a multi-faceted digital presence, GPB strives to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of our viewers and listeners with programming that includes statewide radio news, current affairs, high school sports, educational resources for teachers and students and enlightening programs like Georgia Outdoors, On Second Thought, Two-Way Street and Political Rewind.
LocateMySchool Streamlines the School Boundary Communication Process
The web-based software-as-a-service uses GIS technology to simplify the sharing of important school boundaries, directions, bus stops, and contact information
(Morgan Hill, CA) March 21, 2018 —LocateMySchool™, a web-based, interactive, software-as-a-service developed by Planware, a division of Educational Data Systems, now provides 24/7 access to important school boundary information, directions from an entered address, and contact info in one application.
“LocateMySchool boosts school communication and simplifies the sharing of pertinent information with parents and the community that may not be easy for them to obtain otherwise,” said Caroline Fahmy, the CEO and president of Educational Data Systems. “Maps, boundaries, data points, and contact information often change, causing static PDF school boundary maps to go out of date fairly quickly. With LocateMySchool, our geographic information systems (GIS) staff checks in with district users on a quarterly basis to ensure that data is current. It’s one less thing districts have to worry about updating.”
After a quick implementation process, LocateMySchool provides:
- a single platform offering access to accurate,colorful, layered school boundary maps and customized locations such as bus stops, crossing guards, daycare or after-schoolcenters, and sports venues;
- a familiar Google Maps interface delivering walking, biking, or driving directions from any entered address within the district;
- multi-language support and Google Translate features; and
- live customer service and support.
LocateMySchool provides a customized link to school and district websites, making its wealth of information accessible from any device that is connected to the Internet, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
“The beauty of LocateMySchool is that it can be used independently from a school information system, learning management system, or transportation software, but has been built in a way that it can easily be integrated into other existing systems,” said Fahmy. It’s a valuable tool that has been shown to save districts time spent on phone calls related to transportation and school boundaries. We have had some district personnel tell us that they keep LocateMySchool open on their screen all day to address the calls as they come in.”
Because seeing an interactive visualization of school boundaries is often easier to understand than PDF maps, districts can also use LocateMySchool to provide a visual display of different or proposed boundary scenarios for presentation to boards, committees, parents, and the public for review. These alternate LocateMySchool sites can be publicly available or password protected for special planning committees.
For more information and pricing for LocateMySchool, please visit EdData.com/LocateMySchool.
About Educational Data Systems & LocateMySchool
For over 40 years, Educational Data Systems has been a trusted partner of educational organizations—public and private, large and small—providing industry-leading care in student assessment, research and evaluation, and school district planning services. They have been certified as a Green Business by the Bay Area Green Business program since 2002.
LocateMySchool software-as-a-service is a convenient online service to communicate school boundaries, directions, and other information about your schools and district to your community. It allows parents to access current school attendance areas online and get walking, driving, or bicycling directions to schools. It also provides other helpful information, from bus stop locations to a list of upcoming events and their locations. LocateMySchool helps school and district staff address inquiries, provide information to board members, and present various school planning scenarios in an easy to use format.
Permission Click Adds Capital and Readies for International Expansion
The company will use the new investment to expand across North America and into several new markets
(Winnipeg, Manitoba) March 21, 2018 — Permission Click, the global leader in K–12 school form automation, has closed a multimillion-dollar capital raise led by an international strategic investor. The new investment will allow Permission Click to significantly expand its school-facing organization across North America, while turning an eye to new markets overseas. The company is working to make more than a dozen new hires in sales, marketing, and product development.
Permission Click is best known for its School Edition, which delivers digital permission slips, forms, and payment collection for K–12 schools. It recently launched a premium, full-featured District Edition, which has quickly gained traction across the U.S. and Canada. Permission Click is already used by thousands of schools in more than 30 countries and 108 languages.
“School systems are facing widespread budget reductions, and we are seeing a big spike in district leaders focused on ways to do more with less,” said Chris Johnson, co-founder and CEO of Permission Click. “With Permission Click, schools can not only find massive efficiencies by going digital, but for the first time they have a tool to implement more comprehensive risk-management practices that are critical to managing child safety and containing costs in today’s increasingly litigious environment.’
Permission Click is built from the ground up to help K-12 systems manage risk and reduce liability by demonstrating that forms and processes have been consistently applied, that any required approvals (either internal or from parents) have been collected, and that documents have been securely archived.
“While we aren’t disclosing the identity of our new partners just yet,” said Johnson, “I can say we are thrilled. They share our vision to free schools from manual, paper-based processes and have invested in our company as a first step in our partnership. We are now working ahead to combine our award-winning platform with their deep education market expertise in their region to rapidly scale Permission Click in a whole new market.”
About Permission Click
Permission Click is an award-winning Canadian education technology company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The company was founded in 2013 and currently employs 15 people. As the leading platform for districts’ management of student permissions and internal workflows, Permission Click has thousands of users in most states and provinces in both Canada and the United States. For more information, please visit PermissionClick.com or call (844) PERMISSION (737-6477).
PikMyKid Offers 1,000 Free School Licenses for its Panic Button App
It is our responsibility to act.
In the event of a school or other emergency
the Kidio Safety application enables school staff to raise an alarm on any device with the push of a button
(TAMPA, FLORIDA) March 7, 2018 — Leading provider of school safety solutions PikMyKid today announced that it will be offering 1,000 free school licenses for its Kidio Safety Panic Button app. This feature on the PikMyKid platform enables school staff to raise an alarm on any device with one push of a button.
“In light of recent events, PikMyKid wanted to lend a hand in helping schools prepare for unexpected and unfortunate emergencies,” said Pat Bhava, the CEO and co-founder of PikMyKid. “We understand budgets are tight for schools, but that should not prevent schools from being prepared. We are proud to provide 1,000 schools with our Kidio Safety Panic Button app, which raises instant alarms to an entire school and its first responders.”
Interested educators can apply for the Kidio Safety Panic Button app by clicking here.
The Panic Button app delivers alarms silently to prevent panic at school. Users can create custom contact groups related to each incident, and protocols are quickly pushed to group participants.
The emergency notification system is connected to first responders, providing school staff with the ability to send instant alarms at the touch of a button. The app sends emergency responders an alert of the event as well as a digital blueprint for the school, providing them with exact layouts. The app also live-tracks the phone, sending continuous positional information of the person who pressed the panic button to emergency responders.
Along with the Kidio Safety Panic Button app, PikMyKid also provides a free Car Line Appdesigned to manage the car line more effectively during daily dismissals. The service improves student safety, offers peace of mind for parents, and saves time for school staff.
Since its launch four years ago, PikMyKid has grown to serve more than 100,000 users in schools in 26 states and five countries. In the beginning, PikMyKid was created to approach safety issues schools face surrounding daily dismissals. PikMyKid connects teachers, parents, and students by tracking every transaction with real-time alerts that are sent to parents exactly when their child is safely on a bus, walking home, or being picked up in the carline.
PikMyKid is a comprehensive school safety platform for smartphones, tablets, school portals, and district dashboards. Created to streamline communication and ensure dismissal is safe, it offers parents control over their child’s safety and gives staff tools and peace of mind when the dismissal bell rings. Districts can confidently control and manage emergency notifications or have a live view of dismissal at their schools. The platform prides itself on being safe, smart, and economical. PikMyKid’s solutions are FERPA, COPPA, and SOPIPA compliant. To learn more, visit Pikmykid.com.
Learning Upgrade Adds 60 New Algebra Lessons to its App
The new mobile lessons are designed to help a wide range of students master essential math concepts
(SAN DIEGO, CA) March 20, 2017 — To provide users with a fully mobile math curriculum, Learning Upgrade, an innovative edtech company providing digital, differentiated literacy curriculum designed to support both children and adult learners during learning breakthroughs, has added 60 new Algebra lessons to the Learning Upgrade app. Designed by educators, each standards-aligned lesson integrates exciting songs, video, and games that engage even the most reluctant students.
Aimed to serve students in Algebra 1 classes and those working to achieve a GED or high school diploma, the Algebra Upgrade course guides users through a series of interactive, differentiated, step-by-step lessons to help them meet the rigors of state and College and Career Readiness (CCRS) standards. Each lesson provides practice problems accompanied by immediate intervention and remediation with multimedia supports. Students can repeat lessons until they master them, earning a gold certificate when they are proficient on each of the standard’s benchmarks. Each full course takes students 20–25 hours to complete.
“Algebra is a gatekeeper, often preventing students from earning a diploma or GED, going to college, or passing an entrance exam,” said Vinod Lobo, the co-founder and CEO of Learning Upgrade. “The Algebra lessons, now included in our app, are designed to teach difficult algebra topics in a new format of rich instruction, practice, and remediation. We want learners to make a breakthrough in algebra so they can move on to academic success.”
The Learning Upgrade app was recently named a top eight semifinalist in the $7 million Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation, a global competition challenging teams to develop mobile applications for adult learners that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills in just 12 months.
Lobo added, “We know a majority of low-literate adults own smartphones, which is why the Learning Upgrade app is a great option for students looking to enhance their math skills. The app provides students the freedom to learn on the go and at their own pace until they reach mastery.”
About Learning Upgrade
Founded in 1998 by educators, musicians, artists, and programmers in San Diego, Learning Upgrade designs innovative, engaging lessons to support struggling students in reading and math. Through the incorporation of songs, video, games, and educational research, Learning Upgrade has helped more than 1 million students make learning breakthroughs. For more information, please visit LearningUpgrade.com.
enaissance Acquires myON to Expand Digital Literacy Solutions
Renaissance and myON come together to deliver a shared vision of literacy growth for all students
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (March 19, 2018) – Renaissance®, a leader in pre-K–12 learning analytics, today announced the acquisition of myON®, a leading provider of digital literacy solutions, from Francisco Partners.
myON’s expansive digital content library and literacy tools, paired with Renaissance’s complementary reading practice and assessment offerings, enables Renaissance to deliver a comprehensive, innovative suite of reading solutions to educators and students worldwide. myON provides students with unlimited, simultaneous access to a personalized library of more than 13,000 digital books at home or in the classroom. myON also provides daily news articles written for students with myON News™, including French and Spanish content.
“myON and Renaissance are coming together to accelerate the realization of our shared vision of instilling the love of reading in students around the world,” said Daniel Hamburger, CEO of Renaissance. “We look forward to working with the talented team at myON to deliver on this vision by providing students with unlimited access to literature that is relevant and timely. We have long admired myON and see it as the perfect accompaniment to Renaissance Accelerated Reader®.”
“Renaissance and myON are truly connected by our history of providing literacy solutions that encourage kids to experience the joy of reading while developing their literacy skills at the same time,” said Todd Brekhus, president of myON at Renaissance. “We are thrilled to work alongside the team at Renaissance to evolve our products and provide children with ‘just right’ books that foster a passion for reading and continued academic growth. We also look forward to leveraging the best-in-class Renaissance Star Assessments® to further deepen and enhance our measurement capabilities, giving teachers robust data and insights to improve student literacy outcomes.”
Together, Renaissance and myON serve more than 20 million students worldwide. In addition to the organizations’ alignment on providing students with unlimited access to texts, Renaissance and myON are focused on providing districts with real-time data to measure students’ reading achievement and growth. myON and Renaissance will initially roll out solution packages that include Accelerated Reader and myON, while continuing to offer products on a standalone basis.
“It has been a privilege to support myON’s growth. We love meeting passionate advocates for myON in schools around the world, and we wish the team well in its next chapter with Renaissance,” said Jason Brein, Partner at Francisco Partners.
myON was previously a division of Capstone, a publisher of children’s books and digital reading products and services. Capstone has also worked with Renaissance as a content publisher for Accelerated Reader. The myON platform will continue to provide over 6,000 quality titles from Capstone.
Bob Coughlan, principal and co-owner of Capstone shares in the excitement of the news, saying, “Capstone is proud to be an integral partner for myON and Renaissance. We are excited to see these two great, complementary organizations come together. We look forward to seeing how together we will impact literacy for children worldwide.”
As part of the organizations’ integration, Renaissance welcomes Todd Brekhus to its executive leadership team. Todd will report to Daniel Hamburger as the president of myON at Renaissance and will be focused on product development and the integration of the two organizations.
Macquarie Capital served as an advisor to Renaissance in the transaction.
Renaissance® is a leader in pre-K-12 learning analytics, enabling educators to drive phenomenal student growth. Renaissance’s solutions facilitate the ability to analyze, customize, and plan personalized learning paths for students, allowing time for what matters—creating energizing learning experiences in the classroom. Founded by parents, upheld by educators, and enriched by data scientists, Renaissance knows learning is a continual journey—from year to year and throughout a lifetime. Our data-driven, personalized solutions are currently used in over one-third of U.S. schools and more than 70 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.renaissance.com.
Discovery Education Teams Up with LG Electronics USA
to Launch ‘Discover Your Happy’ Program That Combats Youth Stress with Science-Based Happiness Curriculum
– Celebrating the International Day of Happiness, ‘Discover Your Happy’ Virtual Field Trip to
Expose Students and Educators to the Science Behind Happiness –
Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, March 15, 2018) – In celebration of the International Day of Happiness, LG Electronics USA has teamed up with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to launch Discover Your Happy – an exciting new program designed equip students nationwide with the skills for sustainable happiness. Studies assert that two out of three American teens are stressed and lack the tools needed to manage anxiety. On March 20, 2018, the International Day of Happiness, LG and Discovery Education will host a unique Discover Your Happy Virtual Field Trip at 1:00 p.m. ET to address this critical issue.
“Discovery Education is excited to partner with LG to help teach students that happiness is more than just a positive mood, it is an emotion and state of being that can be achieved through the practice of fostering mindfulness and contentment,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Research has shown that happy children do better in school and ‘Discover Your Happy’ invites them to explore immersive experiences that equip them with the skills necessary to lead healthy, successful and impactful lives.”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents age 12-17 in the United States. Research from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America shows that one in four children are affected by anxiety disorders; these youth are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences and engage in substance abuse. Happy people are healthier, live longer, earn more money, and do better in school and life.
Discovery Education’s Discover Your Happy program, designed to teach students that happiness is a learnable skill, is an extension of LG’s Life’s Good: Experience Happiness corporate social responsibility initiative. Discover Your Happy highlights six skills that sustain one’s ability to recognize that life’s good: mindfulness, human connection, positive outlook, purpose, generosity and gratitude. The goal is to create awareness that happiness is more than a fleeting feeling, that sustainable happiness is achievable, and that there are a set of skills that can be taught, learned and practiced to help anyone in their journey toward happiness.
The International Day of Happiness is a global celebration to recognize happiness as a fundamental human goal that lays the foundation for the well-being of people worldwide. The Discover Your Happy Virtual Field Trip, premiering on March 20, will enlighten students and educators across the country as experts fromThe Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, Inner Explorer and Project Happiness demonstrate how happiness impacts our physiology and psychology.
Accessible standards-aligned materials found on the Discover Your Happy website will help students identify actionable ways to start their journey toward sustainable happiness. The immersive experience will also inspire and encourage them to bring happiness to their communities.
“Many of us are focused on happiness as a momentary feeling, but our goal is to spread the message that sustainable happiness is what matters – though it takes effort to achieve,” said Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Ph.D, science director at the Greater Good Science Center. “LG’s dedication to this important mission will help empower our youth to unlock their potential by learning the fundamental, science-backed skills of sustainable happiness.”
Research shows that happy kids do better in school. Happy learners remember information better and happiness positively impacts grades. LG’s Life’s Good: Experience Happiness initiative, Discover Your Happy introduces skills and practices aimed at achieving sustainable happiness. These classroom tools are aligned with curriculum standards and are designed to provide engaging, hands-on activities for students to identify actionable ways to start their journey toward sustainable happiness and bring happiness to their communities through six sustainable happiness skills.
LG Experience Happiness | Discover Your Happy program elements include:
Classroom Activities — Providing standards-aligned, grades 9-12 classroom resources, curriculum will incorporate the six sustainable happiness skills and will frame curriculum around the science behind happiness.
Family Activities — Offering parents, families and communities helpful tools to teach their children to experience happiness.
“Helping my students identify actionable ways to thrive, by teaching them the science behind happiness, provides them with prosocial advantages at home, at school and in their communities,” said Brandon Wislocki, fifth grade teacher, Irvine (Calif.) Unified School District. “Providing them with an awareness that happiness is more than a fleeting feeling, that sustainable happiness is achievable, and that there are a set of skills that can be taught, learned, and practiced to help them in their journey toward happiness, centers their concentration and helps them to alleviate stress.”
These resources are available at LearnExperienceHappiness.com and will become available through Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.
About Life’s Good: Experience Happiness
Aiming to enrich the lives of 5.5 million youth in the United States over the next five years, LG Electronics USA has launched a unique new corporate social responsibility initiative called “Life’s Good: Experience Happiness.” Happiness skills can be learned, according to the Greater Good Science Center at University of California Berkeley, which has identified six skills that sustain one’s ability to recognize that life’s good: mindfulness, human connection, positive outlook, purpose, generosity and gratitude. LG’s science-based platform is designed to engage leading non-profit partners such as Inner Explorer and Project Happiness who help equip American youth with the skills for sustainable happiness. www.LGExperienceHappiness.com
About LG Electronics USA
LG Electronics USA Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $55 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions in the United States, all under LG’s “Life’s Good” marketing theme. www.lg.com.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. 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. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.
Insight ADVANCE Offers New Guide to Growth-Based Teacher Evaluation
(ENCINO, CA) March 13, 2018 — Insight ADVANCE, creator of groundbreaking tools for teacher observation, today announced the launch of a suite of professional learning resources, featuring a new eBook, From “Gotcha” to Growth: Teacher Evaluation Systems That Work. Written by Dr. Michael Moody, the CEO and co-founder of Insight ADVANCE, the in-depth ebook delivers practical solutions for schools and districts looking to improve their evaluation systems with a research-based approach to put the focus on educators’ professional growth.
Moody, a former educator, instructional coach and Chief Academic Advisor in D.C. Public Schools, begins by laying out the “3 Reasons Why Teacher Evaluations Aren’t Working…Yet.” He then examines the latest research and shares best practices from educators and instructional leaders who have successfully implemented teacher evaluation systems that focus on helping teachers improve. The eBook concludes with five simple steps to support school and district administrators in building their own growth-based evaluation systems.
“As someone who has worked in districts that have implemented new systems of evaluation and support,” Moody writes, “I’ve seen firsthand the impact they can have when implemented with the goal of improvement, but only when school leaders and other observers were equipped with the right tools (and mindsets) that allowed and encouraged a formative, teacher-led process.”
A powerful example Moody cites comes from Howard University Middle School in Washington, D.C., where Head of School Kathryn Procope “has helped her teachers actually love the evaluation process. Her efforts to provide more formative feedback, both in-person and via video, have transformed the conversation.”
As Procope put it in an article, “Our teachers are excited about using video, because more than anything, it removes the ‘gotcha’ piece of evaluation. I don’t like that kind of atmosphere. I want to create an atmosphere where teachers want to get better at teaching, and where I can be there to help them do their best.”
From “Gotcha” to Growth is Insight ADVANCE’s third eBook, following Feedback Strategies for Coaches & Administrators and A Game Changer: Using Video to Achieve High Performance in the Classroom. All three eBooks are available for download here. Dr. Moody and veteran educators also regularly blog about trends and ideas for growing great teaching through feedback, observation, and coaching on the Insight ADVANCE blog.
For Moody, video-based technology, such as the Insight ADVANCE Suite, offers educators an unprecedented opportunity to improve their practice, with the ultimate goal of improving student achievement. “The students in our classrooms every day deserve the best teaching we can provide,” he writes. “And the teachers in our classrooms today are their only hope. Teachers deserve our best thinking and support.”
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 in person, can generate data that powerfully drives professional growth. To learn more, please visit InsightADVANCE.com/AboutUs.
Discovery Education and Nutrients for Life Foundation Host Exclusive Virtual Field Trip at Texas A&M to Connect STEM Concepts to Curriculum and Real-World Agricultural Careers
– LIVE Virtual Field Trip from Texas A&M Offers Middle School Students Nationwide a Deeper Understanding of The Science Behind Sports Turf Management –
Silver Spring, Maryland (Monday, March 12, 2018) – The Nutrients for Life Foundation, an educational non-profit that educates students and the public about the vital role soil nutrients play in growing our world, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, will host a LIVE Virtual Field Trip for students nationwide from Texas A&M on March 15, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
The LIVE event, “Play Ball: The Science Behind Sports Turf Management,” will engage middle school students with an exclusive look at the scientific practices and innovative technologies used in sports turf management, showing the important role soil science plays in the world of sports.
“We are excited to partner with Discovery Education to provide innovative resources to 21st century learners that expand their understanding of the valuable role soil plays in developing our growing world,” said Nutrients for Life Foundation Executive Director Harriet Wegmeyer. “Sports start from the ground up with healthy soil, and we are proud to expose the next generation of scientists to exciting career paths in agronomics and soil science.”
Hosted live from College Station, Texas, this Virtual Field Trip is part of the Nutrients for Life Foundation and Discovery Education’s “From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil” multi-year education initiative. Designed to give middle school students a deeper understanding of the important role science and soil nutrients play in agriculture, “From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil” explores core science connections between soil nutrients, plants and crops.
During this live event, Nick McKenna, Assistant Field Manager of Texas A&M University, will share how he utilizes soil science and critical thinking skills in turf management. From soil chemistry to fertilizer production, McKenna and his team will provide students with an in-depth look into how Texas A&M sports fields are maintained and kept safe the university’s athletes. “Play Ball: The Science Behind Sports Turf Management,” will help students make connections between the STEM concepts they are learning in the classroom and real-world careers in today’s agricultural industry. Participants across the country may register at thescienceofsoil.com/virtualfieldtrips.
“Discovery Education is proud to continue a longstanding partnership with the Nutrients for Life Foundation to seed the curiosity of young learners, while encouraging them to explore and grow,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Connecting STEM concepts to real-world careers through an immersive experience like the ‘Play Ball’ Virtual Field Trip is transformative and empowers educators to reach their students through curriculum in breakthrough ways.”
To support educators beyond the Virtual Field Trip, “From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil” also provides middle school students, educators and families with a suite of comprehensive digital resources that uncover a deeper understanding of the role soil science plays in everyday life and the importance of soil nutrients in agriculture. These resources include dynamic interactive lesson plans, digital explorations, bilingual family activities and a ranging collection of agricultural career profiles.
“Highlighting the real-world application of science and technology in classroom instruction is my passion and integrating this Virtual Field Trip will provide my students the unique opportunity to explore STEM concepts in the context of real-world careers,” said Patti Grammens, science teacher at Lakeside Middle School, Forsyth County Schools, Georgia. “Offering my students a pathway to explore Texas A&M college, the science behind sports turf management, and an immersive educational experience helps me to connect exciting and enriching concepts to everyday life.”
For more information on “From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil,” visit thescienceofsoil.com and stay connected with Discovery Education onFacebook, Twitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd and @Nutrients4Life.
About Nutrients for Life
The Nutrients for Life Foundation spearheads the mission to educate students and the public about critical soil nutrients in our growing world. Since its formation in 2004, the Foundation has reached over 30 million students with resources such as “Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century,” the Smithsonian approved, STEM curriculum. Nutrients for Life’s partnership with Discovery Education began in 2013 and has added a new dimension of innovative, interactive digital resources for the modern classroom. The Nutrients for Life Foundation is a tax-exempt status organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. 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. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.
Funds For Learning Introduces ‘My E-rate Guides℠’ to Further
Support E-rate Applicants
Expanded services address in-the-moment needs of E-rate applicants who are seeking vital resources that connect students and library patrons to the internet
Edmond, Okla. (March 12, 2018) – In keeping with its mission to improve the lives of students by helping them connect to the internet, Funds For Learning has added a suite of new services. My E-rate Guides℠ brings monthly online learning events, a community Q&A forum, an on-demand archive and hourly consulting opportunities to applicants as they navigate the federal E-rate funding program.
“We know that not every applicant needs help from a third party,” said John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning. “Sometimes they just need one question answered or a clarification, a little information. My E-rate Guides℠ gives applicants the information they need, when they need it.”
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