Dr. Steven L. Paine, Former West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Elected to

Board of Directors of National Dropout Prevention Network

Clemson, SC—(August 27, 2015)—Dr. Steven L. Paine has joined the Board of Directors of the National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN).  Paine, who served for six years as West Virginia’s 25th superintendent of schools, is a nationally recognized educator credited with transforming the state’s public school instructional program.

“We’re pleased to welcome Dr. Paine as a new member of our Board of Directors,” said Bob Collins, NDPN Board Chair.  “He has dedicated his career to school system improvement and education public policy leadership for more than three decades.  His contributions and counsel are sure to benefit our current and future efforts to reduce dropout nationwide, and improve educational outcomes for all students.”

Paine is currently the educational innovation leader for BrightBytes, a San Francisco-based digital research company that has developed, among other technologies, an “early warning system” designed to predict, identify, and prevent dropout risk factors so that educators can intervene, drive graduation rates, and improve student learning outcomes.

“I’m pleased to be elected to the Board at such a dynamic time for the organization,” said Paine.  “I look forward to collaborating with the Board in furthering NDPN’s outreach to students, educators, and administrators in the ongoing effort to decrease dropout in every school district in the nation.”

A West Virginia resident for nearly 40 years, Paine earned an EdD in Educational Leadership Studies, and an MA in Educational Administration from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.  He also holds a BA in Education from Fairmont State College in Fairmont, WV.

Paine has also been a vice president for CTB/McGraw-Hill, a senior advisor to the McGraw-Hill Education Research Foundation, and Chief Administrative Officer for Engrade, a digital start-up that is now part of McGraw-Hill.  In addition to education advocacy; school system improvement; and school, district, and state technology planning; Paine’s expertise includes knowledge of federal law and public policy regarding programs such as No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

About the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N)

Established in 1986 with a mission to reduce dropout rates, the NDPC/N shares solutions for student success and dropout prevention through its clearinghouse function, active research and evaluation projects, publications, and variety of professional development activities and conferences. The organization’s website — — is the nation’s leading resource in providing effective, research-based solutions to engaging students and reducing dropout. The NDPC/N is housed in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University in Clemson, SC.



PCG Education Launches Paths to College and Career: A Comprehensive 6-12 English Language Arts Curriculum

English Language Arts curriculum explicitly developed to address the needs of teachers, students and schools to achieve the Common Core State Standards

August 26, 2015 (Boston, M.A.) – PCG Education is pleased to announce the release of its Paths to College and Career English Language Arts Curriculum for grades 6-12. Through its recent partnership with John Wiley and Sons, Inc., PCG Education will offer the curriculum in print and digital formats to educators nationally.

Paths to College and Career is the next generation of rigorous Common Core instructional materials. With engaging learning activities for students, helpful guidance for teachers, and a suite of tools to ensure student success, Paths is the first program for grades 6-12 that is built from scratch to support students’ achievement of today’s more rigorous learning standards.

Throughout Paths, students are supported as they gain critical knowledge and skills. Paths helps students learn to read closely and analytically, use evidence to make effective claims, research the answers to authentic questions, and synthesize ideas in writing.

PCG based Paths on its highly reviewed EngageNY curriculum, which has received accolades from teachers nationally and excellent results in independent reviews. “The PCG team is very proud to be able to expand access to this enhanced curriculum,” said Grant Blair, Director, PCG Education. “It’s an innovative program that deeply engages students and teachers, while contributing significantly to students’ readiness for college and careers. One important goal is to make both teachers’ and students’ jobs as manageable as possible by providing everything they need within the program.”

Wiley and PCG Education have taken the EngageNY curriculum to a new level, giving the materials a fresh, easy-to-read design. New components such as Teacher Resource Books and Student Journals and availability in digital versions improve the usability and convenience of the curriculum. To provide teachers with everything they need, reading selections used in Paths, articles, essays, poems, excerpts from novels, are reproduced and embedded in the curriculum.

The Paths to College and Career English Language Arts Curriculum will be available in fall of 2015. Learn more about Paths here: For schools and districts adopting English Language Arts curriculums for grades 6-12, please contact Sales Representative Chris Hegg at or call 800-225-5945 ext. 23068 to inquire about including the Paths to College and Career ELA curriculum for consideration in the adoption process. For curriculum implementation support, professional learning, or related services, or for media inquiries please contact Kate Theriault at or 603-957-5257.

About PCG Education

A division of Public Consulting Group (PCG), PCG Education offers consulting and technology solutions to schools, districts, and state education agencies across the U.S. and internationally to strengthen student achievement and improve organizations’ instructional and operational capacity. In partnership with clients, PCG designs and delivers training and technical assistance to build educators’ ability to improve instruction, develop standards-based curriculum, and meet the needs of diverse learners along the pathway to college and career readiness.  PCG supports practitioners at all stages of standards implementation. More information is available at

About Wiley

Wiley is a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in areas of research, professional practice and education. Through the Research segment, the Company provides digital and print scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services, and advertising. The Professional Development segment provides digital and print books, online assessment and training services, and test prep and certification. In Education, Wiley provides education solutions including online program management services for higher education institutions and course management tools for instructors and students, as well as print and digital content.

About Jossey-Bass™

Jossey-Bass, a Wiley brand, provides tools, services and publications that inform and inspire those committed to developing themselves, their organizations and their communities. Jossey-Bass’ publications feature the work of some of the world’s most respected authors in leadership, management, business, nonprofit, K-12 and Higher Education, and public health. For more information, visit


Texas School Districts Switch to Efficient, Integrated System with Skyward


The Virtual High School Expands Offerings: Adds Courses in Digital Citizenship,

Space Station Science and Climate Change to Engage Students


Registration for new real world courses open until September 15


Boston — Aug. 24, 2015 — The Virtual High School (The VHS), a non-profit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs, is offering new semester course offerings specifically developed to keep middle and high school students engaged and motivated in a virtual learning environment. The new courses, focused on digital citizenship, engagement with the crew of the International Space Station and climate investigations, hold students’ attention and enthusiasm by capitalizing on their budding interests. Fall registration for all courses is currently open through September 15. The fall semester begins on September 9.


“Our new courses use real-world scenarios and teach practical skills to keep students captivated with the subject matter,” said Carol Ribeiro, President & CEO of The Virtual High School. “That relevance also means that students are exploring potential college majors and career paths.”


One highly anticipated new offering is Digital Citizenship, which helps students develop crucial skills and behaviors needed to become responsible digital citizens. During the course, students review modern day concerns around use of the Internet and social media, gain an understanding of ethical and safety-related concerns and learn how to make good choices online.


Another engaging new course is Space Station Academy, which takes middle school students on a simulated mission to the International Space Station. During the “mission,” students will engage directly with astronauts and scientists who have worked on board the space station, learning how science research on the ISS benefits life on Earth and also investigating the planet with cutting-edge observation technology. Through these and other activities, students will learn about STEM subjects, with an emphasis on Earth, physical science and engineering, and life sciences.


Another offering targeting STEM-related careers is Climate Change, an honors level course with a curriculum that is anchored in the scientific investigation of carbon chemistry, the Earth’s energy budget, paleoclimatology and climate data sources. Students interpret current research, evaluate the latest news and then work together to investigate decision-making processes around public policy. The course instructor is an award-winning teacher who is a NOAA Climate Steward and whose science curriculum has been showcased at the North American Association of Environmental Education Conference, the National Science Teachers Association Conference, the Global STEMx Education Conference and the Massachusetts STEM Summit.


“These new courses offer an assortment of learning experiences to match the diverse backgrounds and interests of the students in our global classrooms,” added Amy Michalowski, Dean of The Virtual High School. “The new offerings fit in perfectly with The VHS mission of providing students with online access to high-quality educational experiences that inspire, ignite and deepen learning.”


About The Virtual High School

The Virtual High School (The VHS) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization has set the standard for quality online education. The VHS provides middle and high school online courses for students and professional development for educators. The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development, individualized course offerings, and support for blended learning initiatives. The VHS design and delivery standards are the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning.  The organization has 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 Associations (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, visit or call(978) 897-1900.


Media Advisory: AASA, Howard University to Host
Urban Superintendents Academy Inaugural Conference

Alexandria, Va. – Aug. 24, 2015 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association and Howard University are hosting the inaugural Urban Superintendents Academyconference in Alexandria, Va., and Washington, D.C., Aug. 28-29, 2015. The conference is a culmination of a partnership between AASA and Howard in an effort to bolster academic excellence and effective public school leadership in America’s urban settings.

What: The Urban Superintendents Academy Inaugural Conference


  • Pedro Noguera, a distinguished professor of education at the Graduate School of Education and Information at UCLA and the director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University
  • Jack Naglieri, a research professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, and senior research scientists at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children
  • Leslie T. Fenwick, dean, Howard University School of Education
  • Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA
  • Superintendents and other school district leaders from across the country who make up the inaugural cohort.


  • Aug. 28, 2015 / Westin Hotel, 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, Va. (12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • Aug. 29, 2015 / Howard University, Armour J. Blackburn University Center, 2397 6th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. (8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

All are encouraged to attend, as this conference is free and open to the public.

For more information about the AASA-Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy, visit the AASA website. For questions, contact Bernadine Futrell, AASA director, awards and collaborations at or 703-875-0717.


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit




MobyMax Launches Cognitive Skills Science Curriculum for K-8 School


Free Touch Curriculum™ Deepens Learning Through Exploration, Reasoning and 20,000 Cognitive Skill Manipulatives

Potomac, MD (Aug. 18, 2015) – MobyMax, innovator of personalized and blended learning curriculum for K-8 students, is kicking off the 2015-2016 school year by releasing a new Touch Curriculum™ technology that uses more than 20,000 cognitive skill manipulatives to deepen students’ mastery of science concepts.

By tapping on the manipulatives embedded in every layer of Moby’s Cognitive Skills Science curriculum, students will become better problem solvers, critical thinkers, and even “creative geniuses,” predict Moby’s co-founders, Wade Willett and Glynn Willett.

“Science is the core subject for learning cognitive skills,” said Wade Willett. “Learning science by using analogies or trying to figure out the solution with logic is very effective. But that is only half the story. Our Touch Curriculum™ technology is the engine that makes science truly engaging and captivating.”

Cognitive Skills Science is perfect for both personalized learning and the blended classroom. Students can discuss, learn, and retain science at a deeper level through exploring and discovering science concepts with cognitive skill manipulatives.

“Cognitive Skills Science is a great addition that will help teachers differentiate instruction, as well as assess students’ understanding of key concepts,” said Elizabeth Was, a teacher at Mark Fine Elementary School in Las Vegas. Was also values Moby’s big-picture approach to teaching. “MobyMax offers an all-in-one program, keeping students engaged and motivated by issuing awards, badges, and game time that reward them for their hard work.”

Cognitive Skills Science creates a solid STEM foundation in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) domains—life, physical, earth, and space science. Through cognitive skill manipulatives, Moby’s Cognitive Skills Science leads the way in providing a world-class STEM education for K-8 students.

For more information, visit

About MobyMax

MobyMax unlocks the power of personalized and blended learning to help students learn twice as fast. The company offers the only complete K-8 curriculum covering English language arts, math, and science. MobyMax identifies skill gaps with find-and-fix technology that targets instruction and helps students increase one full grade level in just 40 hours. Moby’s comprehensive system includes multiple motivation tools, test prep, assessments, messaging, parent portal, classroom clicker, and progress monitoring. MobyMax is used in more than half of all K-8 schools in the United States and has more than 11 million students registered.




Follett Partners With Dr. Susan B. Neuman’s

Acclaimed Early Childhood Reading Program

World of Words focuses on PreK-1, builds children’s vocabulary, comprehension


McHENRY, Ill., Aug. 17, 2015Follett announced today it is partnering with early childhood education expert Dr. Susan B. Neuman to become the exclusive distributor of World of Words (WOW), a new, research-based, shared book reading program for children at the PreK-1 grade levels. Developed by Dr. Neuman, who established the Early Reading First Program and Early Childhood Professional Development Education Program, WOW helps build vocabulary and comprehension.

“WOW builds content knowledge and connects word and world knowledge through a focus on oral language development through print,” Dr. Neuman said. “These books are fabulous for children – they accelerate learning and help children learn how to learn. Plus, children learn to better express themselves and are able to come up with ideas on their own.”

WOW offers an expert-curated set of books that follow a similar topic through a clear sequence that starts with easier, predictable books, and ends with more challenging information books. The scaffolded learning process is carefully organized to provide children with repeated exposure to content-rich vocabulary and, specifically, academic vocabulary. Classroom lessons are 12 to 15 minutes in length, while there also is parent outreach to encourage shared reading at home. For teachers, research-based, carefully tailored lesson plans are included with each series that help connect students to bigger ideas and key concepts.

“The Follett-WOW partnership offers educators pedagogically sound programs to positively impact literacy and cognitive skill development,” said Dr. Margarete Ronnett, director of research, Follett School Solutions. “This partnership brings together Dr. Neuman’s literacy expertise and Follett’s unparalleled educational resources, which includes a team of Masters-degreed professionals, and represents our commitment to delivering robust, effective, and outcomes-focused solutions.”

The WOW program utilizes critical principles to promote early childhood learning, including:

  •      *  Using text genre to children’s advantage;
  •      * Connecting learning both within and across other disciplines to build academic vocabulary and to create knowledge networks, or clusters;
  •      * Aligning titles with Common Core;
  •      * Using explicit instruction; focused selection of words, with repeated exposure;
  •      * Helping students understand words in context, through rich, engaging content; and
  •      *  Implementing special strategies for students needing additional support.

“This partnership is helping us to expand our role from the leading distributor of educational content to PreK-12 schools to a creator of curriculum-based instructional materials and programs,” said Tom Schenck, president, Follett School Solutions. “Like Dr. Neuman, our team of former teachers and librarians are passionate about the work they do to support educators.”

For more information about Follett, visit; for more information about World of Words, visit


About Dr. Susan Neuman|

An expert in early childhood education, Dr. Neuman is Professor and Chair of Teaching and Learning at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University where she specializes in early literacy development. She also is the co-editor of Reading Research Quarterly, one of the most prestigious journals in reading research. Before coming to NYU, she served on the faculty in Educational Studies at the University of Michigan, directing the Ready-to-Learn Research Program.


Previously, Dr. Neuman has served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education. She is especially proud of her work in establishing the Early Reading First program, the Early Childhood Professional Development Education Program, and enhancing accountability efforts to improve children’s achievement. Dr. Neuman is currently working on interventions that change the odds for children at risk, focusing her efforts on bringing content-rich instruction to children through shared books and media experiences.


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


About Follett Corporation|

Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on nearly 1,200 college campuses. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.


Students Complete Record Number of Reading Skills Activities on Lexia Reading Core5


BOSTON (August 13, 2015) – Lexia Learning®, a Rosetta Stone® (NYSE:RST) company, today announced that students using the Lexia Reading® Core5® pre-K–5 fundamental literacy program reached a significant milestone last school year—and they are poised to surpass that achievement in the upcoming year. In a recent national analysis of student progress from the 2014–15 school year, Lexia found that students mastered 15.3 million reading skills in Lexia Reading Core5.


“This milestone exemplifies the commitment of thousands of teachers who ensured that their students had access to the personalized learning necessary to reach their full potential,” said Nick Gaehde, President of Lexia Learning. “It’s a tremendous accomplishment for the students who have worked so diligently on Lexia Reading Core5 and have established an important foundation for their future academic success.”


The 15.3 million reading skills completed represents a 119 percent increase over the 2013–14 school year when students completed approximately 7 million skills. More than 430,000 fully engaged students on Lexia Reading Core5 mastered an average of 21 skills in the program, representing more than one grade-level of skills. These students used the program for at least 20 weeks and met the required number of minutes for at least five weeks.


Lexia Reading Core5’s dynamic, personalized learning paths engage students through 18 levels of age-appropriate, skill-specific activities ranging from rhyming and letter matching to complex analogies and passage comprehension. In addition to independent, personalized learning in the five areas of reading instruction — phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension — students receive scaffolding, explicit instruction and, if needed, teacher-led instruction using Lexia’s structured lesson materials.


Lexia’s unique embedded assessment technology, Assessment Without Testing®, gathers norm- and criterion-referenced student performance data without administering a test. This data is highly correlated to, and predictive of, student outcomes on commonly used measures such as DIBELS® and aimsweb®.  This technology identifies and prioritizes students for small group or individual instruction, providing teachers and intervention specialists with recommended instructional strategies and structured lessons, including the minutes-per-week of software usage each student needs in order to meet expectations on grade-level assessments.


For more information about Lexia Reading Core5, visit or call 1-800-435-3942.



About Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of the power of language and literacy education. The Company’s innovative, personalized language and reading programs drive positive learning outcomes in thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and for millions of individual learners around the world.Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning and is widely recognized today as the industry leader in providing effective language programs. The Company’s cloud-based programs allow users to learn online or on-the-go via tablet or smartphone, whether in a classroom, in a corporate setting, or in a personal learning environment. Rosetta Stone is also a leader in the literacy education space, helping millions of students build fundamental reading skills through its Lexia Learning division. Additionally, the Company’s Fit Brains business offers personalized brain training programs developed by neuroscientists and award-winning game designers to be fun and help keep your brain sharp.Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices and operations around the world.  For more information, visit  “Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.



Promethean Planet® Surpasses 2 Million Members

Award-winning collaborative community grows, supports educators globally

(ATLANTA – Aug. 17, 2015) – Promethean Planet, one of the world’s largest online collaborative communities for educators, today celebrates continued growth with membership surpassing 2 million educators from around the world. Created by teachers for teachers, Promethean Planet is an open community where educators can access and share digital resources as well as get ideas and advice from their peers on how to best utilize digital tools.

“As teachers prepare for back to school, Promethean Planet is an excellent resource community for lesson ideas, content and peer support,” said Scott Cary, Chief Marketing & Products Officer at Promethean. “With new technology entering more and more classrooms, teachers are increasingly looking for ways to incorporate interactive digital content into their curriculum. Promethean Planet not only offers resource sharing for a teacher’s content area, but also ideas from fellow educators about how to leverage technology and digital content to enhance collaboration, creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills in classrooms of all grade levels.”

Launched in 2006, Promethean Planet was created so teachers could collaborate, support one another, and find and share lesson resources created in Promethean’s ActivInspire® interactive whiteboard software. Today, Promethean Planet has evolved into one of the leading sites for teachers around the world to find digital classroom resources. Promethean Planet now includes 15 localized language sites and provides resources for every classroom, regardless of the technology products or services in use.

Teachers joining Promethean Planet will discover close to 100,000 resources that include video files, images, Microsoft PowerPoint® presentations, Microsoft Word documents, ActivInspire flipcharts, and more. The lesson resources on Promethean Planet are shared by highly credible and informed sources, including fellow teachers, renowned educational organizations and top publishers.

Promethean Planet has been continuously recognized with awards from leading industry organizations, including the:

2014 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators

  • EdTech Digest Awards: 2011 Trendsetter Award
  • 2011 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Education Community Solution
  • 2011 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Non-Traditional Education Solution
  • WorlddidacAward 2010
  • WorlddidacAward 2008

FrFor more information and to join the community, visit

About Promethean

Promethean (LSE: PRW) is a global education company that improves learning productivity by developing, integrating and implementing innovative 21st century learning environments that help make everyone more engaged, empowered and successful. Headquartered in the UK, with a US office in Atlanta, Georgia, Promethean World Plc is listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. More information about Promethean is available at


International Baccalaureate authorizes first Career-related Programme (CP) in the state of Arkansas

Career and Technical Education in Arkansas takes a leap forward with CP

August 17, 2015, Bethesda, MD – The students at Hot Springs High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas will soon have another option to choose from when it comes to high-quality preparation for college and career readiness. Hot Springs High School was recently authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate’s newest educational program, the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme, or CP.

The CP meets the needs of schools seeking a technical or career-related studies option that combines career-related skills with a rigorous academic program to prepare students for success in career or post-secondary education.

Lloyd Jackson, Principal of Hot Springs High School said, “We have been offering the IB’s flagship Diploma Programme since 2004 and are excited to bring on the CP as a way to broaden opportunities for our students who are ready to specialize in a career-related track and want the flexibility of going directly into the work force or onto university studies. The CP fits our student profile perfectly.”

Hot Springs High School students will be able to choose from seven options in the Career-related Programme. These include photography, digital communications, medical professions, criminal justice, introduction to engineering, advertising and design. Their career-related studies will be complemented by a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme courses, as well a CP core that includes an approaches to learning course, community and service, language development and a reflective project. The students will be able to choose from the following IB courses:  IB Literature and Composition; Biology; History; Physics; Business Management; Information Technology for a Global Society; Math Studies; French and Spanish.


Hot Springs High School is the only high school in the Hot Springs school district. The staff at Hot Springs High School is highly committed to making sure all students have equal opportunities for learning the necessary skills and course materials. Hot Springs High School students are challenged in their learning and are held accountable for becoming successful, productive citizens in the learning environment and in society.


Drew Deutsch, Regional Director for IB Americas said, “We want to congratulate Hot Springs High School on its achievement of becoming the first IB World School in Arkansas to offer the Career-related Programme. We anticipate that the CP will become one of the IB’s most popular offerings because its flexibility allows schools to cater the programme to the needs, backgrounds and contexts of their students and their community.”


About the IB


Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non profit foundation, which offers four high quality and challenging education programmes for a worldwide community of schools. For more than 45 years, the IB programmes have gained a reputation for rigour and high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalized 21st century and for helping to develop citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Currently, more than one million IB students attend over 3,700 schools in 147 countries.


Follett Unveils Lightbox — Interactive Multimedia Springboard for PreK-12 Learning

All-in-one, easy-to-use interface designed to inspire, engage today’s student


McHENRY, Ill., Aug. 13, 2015 – Follett today unveiled Lightbox, a fully interactive, multi-dimensional interface for PreK-12 teachers looking to improve student engagement, comprehension, vocabulary and literacy development. Designed with digital natives and the way they learn in mind, Lightbox supports instructors with varied approaches to teaching topics, while its built-in tools create an engaging, student-centered learning experience for even the most disengaged students.


“There isn’t another solution on the market quite like Lightbox,” said Nader Qaimari, senior vice president of content services and solutions for Follett. “Traditional ebooks tend to be recreations of print resources and do not take advantage of the benefits of modern technology.”


Qaimari added Lightbox is easy to use, affordable, aligned to state standards and can supplement any science, social studies or reading strategy/literacy program. Its objective, he stressed, is to stimulate students’ keen interest and immersion in a topic that ultimately leads to deeper mastery of the subject.


“While national surveys show students spend an average of 8 minutes with a traditional ebook,” Qaimari said, “our pilot districts are telling us their students are spending an average of 45 minutes in a Lightbox topic.”


Cotton Creek School, part of Wauconda Community Unit School District #118 in Island Lake, Ill., was among the districts to pilot Lightbox. “My students were very excited and motivated to use Lightbox,” said Susan Fluger, fourth-grade teacher. “They were engaged and enjoyed sharing their discoveries with one another.”


Lightbox delivers market-leading multimedia content from multiple sources in a single interface available on any device. For instance, if a class is studying glaciers, all elements of the lesson on the topic are aligned to the standards and built right into Lightbox, including:

  • Audio: High-quality narration using an advanced text-to-speech system to boost student comprehension
  • Video: Embedded high-definition video clips to make learning come alive
  • Activities: Printable PDFs that can be emailed and graded, ideal for assessing student progress
  • Weblinks: Carefully curated links to external, child-safe resources to enhance learning
  • Slideshows: Pictorial overviews of key concepts to engage and inspire visual learners
  • Google Maps: Interactive maps and satellite imagery to provide context
  • Quizzes: Multiple choice assessments that are automatically graded and emailed for teacher review
  • Key Words: Highlighted important terms matched with their definitions to enhance vocabulary and understanding

According to Darlene Baker, principal at Cotton Creek School, “The whole cycle of learning, testing and instructing is all together, in one place – Lightbox is fabulous.”


Textbooks, ebooks and other resources are supplemented with core content from renowned video providers, Google Maps, library collections in Follett Destiny Library Manager, and For more information or to purchase Lightbox, visit


For more information about Follett, visit


William Paterson University of New Jersey to Pilot Expansion to Undergraduate, Master’s Students

(August 6, 2015, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is expanding the AACTE Holmes Scholars® doctoral-level program to also support underrepresented students at earlier stages of their education careers. Beginning this fall, William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., will pilot the new programs for undergraduates and master’s-level students to help diversify the education workforce.

Currently, participation in the Holmes Scholars Program is open to all AACTE member institutions with doctoral programs in education. The newly expanded Holmes Program will reach high school students through the Holmes Cadets Program, undergraduates through the Holmes Honors Program, and master’s-level students through the Holmes Master’s Program. The peer network will continue to feature prominently across all levels, with doctoral Holmes Scholars mentoring Master’s and Honors students just as the scholars benefit from mentoring through the alumni network.

“The Holmes Scholars Program is an important asset to the profession, and a model that has the potential to be effective on a wider scope,” said Sharon P. Robinson, president and CEO of AACTE. “Expanding its reach to future teachers at the undergraduate and master’s levels—and even in high schools—will enable more institutions to participate, and contribute to a more systemic effort to remedy the persistent underrepresentation of minorities in the educator pipeline.”

Currently operating in 25 institutions in 16 states, the existing Holmes Scholars Program provides mentorship, peer support and professional development to education doctoral students from historically underrepresented backgrounds, especially racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities. Participating institutions may offer scholarships, fellowships or tuition waivers in addition to mentoring and financial support for scholars to attend national conferences. At the national level, Holmes Scholars participate in a summer institute, as well as the AACTE Annual Meeting. They also participate in regular communications through AACTE and benefit from close connections with the National Association of Holmes Scholars Alumni (NAHSA).

Since its inception in 1991, the Holmes Scholars Program has increased the diversity of the candidate pool for faculty positions in colleges of education, with hundreds of alumni now in tenure-track, clinical and leadership positions. By extending similar supports to secondary, bachelor’s and master’s students, the new Holmes Program will bolster another important candidate pool: minority students preparing to enter the PK-12 teaching workforce and graduate programs in education.

Under the leadership of College of Education Dean Candace Burns and Holmes Director Sharon Leathers, William Paterson will launch the Holmes Honors and Holmes Master’s programs in the 2015-16 academic year. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to further our efforts in diversifying the teaching workforce,” said Dean Burns. “Our Holmes students will have an extraordinary opportunity to participate in peer-to-peer support networks, both at William Paterson University and with colleagues across the country in partnership with the AACTE Holmes Scholars and the alumni network.”

“As the William Paterson Holmes director, I am pleased to coordinate the planning and implementation of the first Holmes Honors and Master’s programs,” said Leathers. “I am especially excited at the potential for these programs to highlight and promote student scholarship and learning.”

Jacob Easley II, dean of Eastern Connecticut University’s School of Education and Professional Studies/Graduate Division, is a Holmes Scholars alumnus and president of NAHSA. He encourages more students from underrepresented communities to take a broader view of their future options, including envisioning themselves as teachers or even professors. “An investment in the Holmes program is part of a comprehensive plan underscored by continuous improvement not only of our educator preparation programs, but of the profession at large,” Easley said.

For more information about the AACTE Holmes Program, visit

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


International Baccalaureate authorizes 100th Career-related Programme (CP) School:  Back of the Yards Preparatory High School

Career and Technical Education takes a leap forward with CP

August 13, 2015, Bethesda, MD – The International Baccalaureate, long recognized as an academic leader dedicated to developing the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills needed to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world, is proud to announce that Back of the Yards Preparatory High School is the 100th school to be authorized to offer their newest educational program, the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme, or CP.

The CP meets the needs of schools seeking a technical or career-related studies option that combines career-related skills with a rigorous academic program to prepare students for success in career or post-secondary education.  By combining challenging academics with hands-on experience in career pathways chosen at the local school level, the CP distinguishes itself from traditional vocational education programs and helps to shape students who are prepared for success in either career or higher education.

At Back of the Yards Preparatory High School in Chicago, Illinois, every ninth and tenth grade student participates in the Middle Years Programme.  The school will begin offering the Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme for the 2015/16 school year.  Back of the Yard’s dedication to shaping successful, responsible citizens makes them a fitting choice for this landmark CP authorization.

“At Back of the Yards College Preparatory High School, we aim to engage our students in holistic and rigorous studies that advance critical thinking and motivate students to become problem solvers who are prepared to make a great contribution to our global community,” said Head of School Patricia Brekke. “Our authorization as a CP school allows us to offer our students another pathway to success.”

Back of the Yards Preparatory High School students will be able to pursue a career-related studies option in digital media as part of their CP experience and the school has plans to expand their career offerings. Their career-related studies will be complemented by a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme courses, as well as a CP core that includes an approaches to learning course, community and service, language development and a reflective project.

Drew Deutsch, regional director for IB Americas said, “We want to congratulate Back of the Yards Preparatory High School on its achievement of becoming the 100th IB World School to offer the Career-related Programme. We anticipate that the CP will become one of the IB’s most popular offerings because its flexibility allows schools to cater the programme to the needs, backgrounds and contexts of their students and their community.”

About the IB

Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non profit foundation, which offers four high quality and challenging education programmes for a worldwide community of schools. For more than 45 years, the IB programmes have gained a reputation for rigour and high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalized 21st century and for helping to develop citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Currently, more than one million IB students attend over 3,700 schools in 147 countries.


Triumph Learning Launches State-Specific Waggle in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida

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State-specific versions of smart-practice solution provide aligned materials to help students master math and ELA skills

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Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools, unveils new versions of Waggle, its smart practice solution, to align with learning standards in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. The three state-specific versions help students master math and ELA skills and educators monitor real-time student progress.

“We researched for months looking for a product that closely aligned with the format of the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA),” said Angela Whiddon, principal of W.E. Cherry Elementary in Clay County, Florida. “We were at the point of giving up when we found Waggle. It is exactly what we needed to provide our students with daily practice and exposure to the format of the FSA.”

All practice skills for math and ELA instruction are correlated to each state’s standards. The New York and Florida versions of Waggle help students in grades 2–8 master math and ELA skills, while the Pennsylvania version covers grades 3–8. State standard codes and definitions appear throughout students’ practice and are included in educator reports. The “Find Instructional Material” functionality recommends lessons and resources that are aligned to each state’s standards from Triumph Learning’s Coach curriculum. Teachers can easily assign these lessons to students online within Waggle or use Coach print resources in their classroom.

“We recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all tool for education,” said Aoife Dempsey, CTO at Triumph Learning. “With these state-specific versions of Waggle, we’re able to address the needs of teachers and students in these states to successfully accomplish their learning goals.”

In addition to the new state-specific versions, Triumph Learning is expanding Waggle to include second grade curriculum for mathematics and English language arts. This will help educators track real-time student progress from an earlier age to ensure they are mastering foundational skills.

To learn more about the new state-specific versions of Waggle, visit

About Triumph Learning
Triumph Learning, LLC, is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials and effective literacy programs. Its state-customized products increased student achievement and raise scores on high-stakes exams for more than 6 million students in 36,000 schools in 2013 and 2014. Triumph Learning offers unique student solutions, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools and innovative student texts with products such as Coach and Waggle. For more information, visit


myON Launches 3.0 – Redefining Personalized Reading


 myON introduces new user interfaces and experiences for students and faculty,

new writing tools and updated reporting features



MINNEAPOLIS (August, 10 2015) –myON, a business unit of Capstone, is excited to announce a redesign of its award-winning personalized literacy environment for PreK-12.  Dedicated to providing learners and educators with innovative literacy resources, myON engaged administrators, teachers, library-media specialists and students throughout the development process to ensure their feedback was incorporated within the new design and features.


myON 3.0 includes new student and educator interfaces, advancements in content recommendations based upon individual student interests and Lexile® reading level, gamification, and improved enhancements to the state-of-the-art monitoring and reporting functions.  All schools and district currently using myON will gain access to these new tools at no cost.


The addition of the new writing tool further enhances the myON Literacy Toolkit, introduced in 2014, that includes a suite of close/active reading tools. Using the new writing tools, educators can create assignments –complete with their own writing checklists — that direct students to write   essays integrating their reading journal entries, graphic organizers and myON’s embedded dictionary, within the myON platform.


“We are extremely excited to launch myON 3.0” said myON President Todd Brekhus. “Now, each of the 6 million plus students and educators on myON will have access to even more engaging content, additional tools to support the connection between reading and writing, deeper insights into project-based learning, a new interface and so much more.  The feedback from our school, district and community partners, whose input guided our work, has been overwhelmingly positive.”


These enhancements to the award-winning myON environment are launching as the myON collection, consisting of more than 10,000 enhanced digital titles from Capstone and over 60 publishing partners, continues to grow on a regular, monthly basis. The collection is comprised of 70% non-fiction and informational text, 30% fiction, with 10% of the overall collection comprised of dual-language text.


Originally launched in 2011, myON has earned national industry recognition for its disruptive and innovative approach to providing students with 24/7 online and offline access to a complete library of “just right” books, which match their individual interests and reading levels.




About myON

myON, a business unit of Capstone, has created a  personalized digital literacy environment that transforms learning. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to the largest collection of more than 10,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments, and a growing Literacy Toolkit that enhances the myON literacy ecosystem. myON empowers students and teachers with real-time, actionable data—number and type of books opened and read, time spent reading, results of regular benchmark assessments, and more—based on embedded Lexile® assessments that measure student reading and writing growth. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction to propel them to new and unlimited learning opportunities.



Mac to School offers low-cost iPad 4 devices for the new school year

Recent-generation tablets available at up to 50% of the cost of new devices


(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) Aug. 11, 2015 — Just in time for the new school year, Mac to School—a leading provider of certified Apple technology for education—is now offering certified fourth-generation iPads to K-12 school districts.


Released in November 2014, fourth-generation iPads include a 1.4 GHz Dual-Core Apple Swift (Apple A6) processor, a much more powerful CPU than the 1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 in the iPad 3.


The certified iPads are available for 25% to 50% less than what schools would pay buying comparable devices directly from Apple.


“We enable schools to save on the cost of high-quality Apple equipment by reconditioning and recertifying used iPads, iMacs, and MacBooks and selling them to schools for a fraction of the price of new devices,” said Robert Baker, co-founder and president of Mac to School. “Cost shouldn’t be a barrier in getting the best technology into the hands of all students.”


Mac to School is selling iPad 4 devices with 16 GB of storage for $299. The company has many other certified Apple products available for sale as well, including;


  • iPad 2(16GB storage, Wi-Fi): $149
    MacBook Air 11-inch MC968LL/A (1.6 GHz i5, 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD): $399
    MacBook 13-inch MC207LL/A (2.26 GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HD): $299
    MacBook 13-inch MC516LL/A (2.4 GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HD): $399
    iMac 20-inch MB323LL/A (2.4 GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HD): $399
    iMac 21.5-inch MB950LL/A (3.06 GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD): $599

All of the company’s devices come standard with at least a one-year warranty, as well as customer service from a team of Apple Certified Technicians.


To learn more about Mac to School and its Apple products currently in stock, visit


About Mac to School:

Mac to School buys, sells, and recertifies all types of Apple computers and equipment. Mac to School serves the public and private education market, working with small schools up to large districts throughout all 50 states. The company’s mission is to deliver the best value to its customers while providing the highest level of customer service. Its team of Apple Certified Technicians employs customized tools to generate detailed audits and provide high-quality refurbishment.



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