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JULY 19, 2018

7 Mindsets Launches New Teacher Portal to Manage SEL Content and Curriculum

The comprehensive platform gives teachers access to training, resources, and metrics to teach themselves and their students to be happier and more productive

(Roswell, GA) July 18, 2018 —7 Mindsets, the national leader in mindsets-based social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum and activities, today announced a new portal to house its curriculum and SEL facilities for teachers to use. The portal makes the platform more accessible and adaptable, and provides an easier way for teachers to connect with their students.

“To inspire you need to become inspired,” said Jeff Waller, the CEO of 7 Mindsets. “This platform enables teachers to find the resources and content that are perfect for the moment by being culturally relevant and timely in a way that allows them to engage with their students. The program is so powerful when a teacher uses their story to set up a mindset.”

With the addition of the teacher portal, 7 Mindsets has added the following features for elementary, middle, and high school:

  • Curriculum for staff meetings;
  • A parent portal with best practices, dinner table conversations about 7 Mindsets, newsletters, sample presentations, community best practices, and more;
  • A resource hub, which includes a library of SEL media based on the book The 7 Mindsets;
  • Self-paced professional development;
  • A list of 10 core competencies; and
  • The Leadership Zone training platform, which included tools for principals and teachers.

Through the training process, 7 Mindsets provides teachers with the tools to facilitate the program rather than to simply teach or explain it. The new platform continues to focus on the curriculum’s three key areas: simplicity, flexibility, and connection.

“As educators, we know that basic recall of a concept is one thing, but once a student is able to apply that understanding to critical real-life situations, it becomes a part of how they see and interpret the world,” said Julie Spierto, an educator at South Forsyth High School. “The design of our lessons is geared toward students using their understanding at higher levels and generating and formulating plans that will have a positive impact on those around them.”

With the new portal, 7 Mindsets continues to effectively manage SEL in the classroom in a way that empowers teachers to build a meaningful relationship with their students.

“Prior to developing any new feature, content, or functionality we ask ourselves, ‘Is this going to allow a teacher to more deeply connect with a student?’” said Waller. “Our portal contains 15 years of curriculum. The single objective is to connect teachers and students in an environment that makes them feel safe to learn and provides the tools to both strengthen and build grit and resilience.”

Educators who are interested in learning more can sign up for a demo here.

About 7 Mindsets

Combining elements of relationship-based teaching and social-emotional learning, 7 Mindsets provides a framework that distills extensive research on the nature of happiness and success into tools, lessons, and training that provide a new language and operating system for schools and classrooms. With complete courses of flexible, age-appropriate online curriculum for elementary, middle, high and virtual schools, 7 Mindsets is an easy-to-implement, proven, and transformational program that has been established in schools across the U.S. and internationally. For more information, please visit 7Mindsets.com.

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Texas’ Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District Selects Discovery Education to Support Long-term Strategic Plan

 

– Discovery Education´s Digital Resources and Professional Learning System to Play a Key Role in Meeting the Goals of District’s Strategic Plan, Transforming Learning for Global Achievement –

 

Silver Spring, Md. (July 19, 2018) – Texas’ Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District (HCISD) has launched a new partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. HCISD’ new three-year relationship with Discovery Education brings award-winning digital content and professional learning services to the district’s STEM2 Preparatory Academy, empowering educators to help students develop the important critical-thinking and solution-seeking skills needed for college and career success.

 

HCISDis located in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, which is among the fastest growing regions in the nation.  To help prepare district students for success in the area’s rapidly expanding economy and beyond, HCISDrecently began implementing a new strategic plan entitled Transforming Learning for Global Achievement.Discovery Education’s unique combination of dynamic digital resources and sustained, job-embedded professional development was specifically chosen by HCISD’s leaders to support this plan’s key goals, which include providing all educators the tools they need to maximize student success and delivering to all students the high-quality instruction and individualized learning that results in maximum achievement.

 

Discovery Education Streaming Plusis among the new digital resources that will be rolled out in classrooms across HCISD’s STEM2 Preparatory Academythis coming school year. A 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 such as images, primary source documents, podcasts, articles, and videos, then 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, and content collections organized around themes, as well as a collection of STEM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.

HCISDeducators in the STEM2 Preparatory Academy will also soon begin using Discovery Education’s STEM Connectto enhance core curriculum and bring STEM to life in classrooms.  A cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource built on a 4Cs STEM skills framework, STEM Connect helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation. Featuring flexible, modular learning units, STEM Connect provides students an easy-to-follow educational experience that includes real-world challenges, career connections, and hands-on activities.

“The Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District was seeking a partner that shared the vision we set out in strategic plan, Transforming Learning for Global Achievement,” said Harlingen Consolidated Schools’ Chief Academic Officer Alicia Noyola. “Discovery Education shares our vision for the future of education, and we look forward to working with their team at to transform teaching and learning at the STEM2 Preparatory Academy.”

To facilitate the integration of dynamic digital resources into classroom instruction, the STEM2 Preparatory Academy’s educatorswill also participate in a professional learning initiative from Discovery Education calledSTEMFormation.  A three-year system for professional learning designed to build and sustain a culture of STEM teaching and learning, STEMFormation helps create a shared STEM vision, develops educators and administrators, cultivates inquiry-based, transdisciplinary instruction, and prepares our future workforce.

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

“The commitment to teaching and learning embodied in Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District’s strategic plan articulates an exciting vision for the future of teaching and learning in South Texas,” said Phillip Mikula, Director of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We are proud to be a part of this exciting initiative and look forward to working with the dedicated educators in the STEM2 Preparatory Academy to support the success of all learners.”

 

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

 

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Carolina Biological Supply Company Announces California Close to Adopting New School Science Teaching Materials


First time in a decade state reviews new grades K-8 materials to teach latest standards

Curriculum experts including Smithsonian re-envisioned science class and created phenomena-based science programs for California’s Next Generation Science Standards

            SACRAMENTO, CA, July 17, 2018 – California science classes are about to get a surge of new resources to support an energetic, student-driven, hands-on, and phenomena-based vision of the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS). The state is reviewing new science instructional materials for the first time in 12 years to help science teachers succeed in teaching students the latest standards. The California Department of Education (CDE) accepted submissions for science material adoption for grades K-8 this spring and will make recommendations for materials adoptions this month for formal adoption in the fall. Teachers have been working hard to adapt to positive, but major changes in science education as the state took a leadership role two years ago when it created its own new “Science Framework.” Many teachers have older books that were not written to the standards and therefore don’t cover the new content. Schools need new high-quality materials to address the new forward-thinking standards that now require phenomena-driven three-dimensional learning, instruction across the curriculum, and learning that is relevant to students’ lives.

Almost 20 expert science publishers, including leading school science supplier Carolina Biological Supply Company working together with expert curriculum developers from the Smithsonian Science Education Center, welcomed the challenge. They have submitted new print and digital science materials that were written specifically to align with the state’s new standards. Both Carolina’s and Smithsonian’s three-dimensional science investigation-based programs turn students into scientists during short 30-minute (grades K-5) or 45-minute (grades 6-8) investigations that easily fit into the school day. Phenomena-rich investigations and meaningful engineering design challenges put the experience in students’ hands. Carolina’s Building Blocks of ScienceTM|3D (K-5) and Smithsonian Science and Technology Concepts Middle School (STCMS™) make science engaging as students work in groups to drive their own investigations of science phenomena and learn through hands-on physical experiments and digital simulations.

Adoption recommendations will be made in July and finalized in November by a special committee, appointed by the CDE. The full list of potential new programs is posted on its website. Schools do not have to buy state-adopted resources, but if they choose to, the process is a lot faster and easier.

“Elementary teachers have been especially challenged for the first time to fit science instruction into their day,” said Kristen Mayfield-Evanishyn, Marketing Manager at Carolina. “Investigations that can be completed in 30 minutes give teachers an immediate and manageable take away. Carolina’s Building Blocks of Science|3D  was designed to meet the full intent of California’s Science Framework and reflect its vision and philosophy. We digested the information and worked the criteria into our program. We were careful to meet every facet of CA NGSS.”

The California State Board of Education adopted its Science Framework for California Public Schools in Nov. 2016 to address NGSS, but implementation at the school level has taken time. With the review process for science instructional materials to help teachers finally under way, implementation is another step closer.

“NGSS asks students to focus on the process of learning, not just the product,” said Dr. Brian Mandell, Division Director of Curriculum and Communications at the Smithsonian. “NGSS asks students to plan and conduct their own investigations, look for patterns in data they collect, and arrive at an understanding of the content based on their own evidence the way a real scientist or engineer would. NGSS represents an extraordinary challenge for curriculum providers and I believe STCMS, and the research grounding its development, meet that challenge head on.”

Smithsonian STCMS

With instruction that goes beyond meeting the CA NGSS, Smithsonian developed STCMS and partnered with Carolina to publish and distribute it to schools. STCMS steps up to the challenge of meeting the full intent of the standards:  1. Three-dimensional learning; 2. Coherent learning progressions; 3. Students making sense of phenomena and designing solutions; 4. Science content aligned with English language arts and mathematics; and 5. All standards, all students. The program is in use at schools throughout the country and teachers at schools such as Westmore Oaks K-8 Elementary School in West Sacramento, Calif., have reported positive impact on their classes.

“I was observed by my principal last month for a formal evaluation,” said Jennifer Garcia, a teacher at Westmore Oaks K–8 Elementary School. “I had her come into the 7th grade class. The curriculum I am using with my students, Smithsonian Science and Technology Concepts Middle School, really helped me do a lesson that addressed all areas of good teaching, all aligned to NGSS and Common Core State Standards! I had an amazing lesson 2.1 and amazing observation.”

The Smithsonian also demonstrated through a five-year study funded by a US Dept. of Education Investing in Innovation grant (U396B100097), that its curriculum is successful in improving students’ performance in science, math, and language arts. The evaluation was conducted by the Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP) at the University of Memphis. In a control trial with 60,000 students using the Smithsonian curriculum in several states, reading, math, and science test scores increased for all students. Students in the most underserved subgroups in science, such as English Learners, students receiving free-and-reduced-price lunch, and girls showed both statistically significant and educationally meaningful test results, even in the middle school where test-score increases are the most challenging.

Three-dimensional learning is the critical innovation and heart of the NGSS. Developed in collaboration with the science experts at Smithsonian Science Education Center, STCMS is research-based and supports teachers and students by weaving together the three dimensions: disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts to address Performance Expectations over time.

CA NGSS

An enormous part of CA NGSS calls for phenomena-based, hands-on science investigations by students. It is not possible to teach the new standards without investigations going on. Students are actively engaged in hands-on activities and note-booking throughout Carolina’s programs in every lesson.

Science content overall was shifted and assigned to different grades. There are new topics, such as waves, and a change in topics that are covered. Engineering is a requirement of the new standards, with engineering-specific core ideas. To fully address these standards, engineering and science concepts should be taught together, not separately. The Smithsonian Science Education Center and Carolina integrated engineering into lessons together with science topics into both of their programs.

Gone are quiet science classes. There is a shift from teacher-led to student-led learning that increases students’ responsibility as they advance in grade levels. It is ideal to hear kids talking and buzz in the classroom. Teachers now want to see groups of kids all on task talking, engaged in discourse, working, engaged in what they are doing. They can float around their room and talk with a group, knowing others are still on task. Teachers seat kids together to work in pairs or fours and facilitate and encourage collaboration and discourse among students.

Building Blocks of Science 3D (K-5)

 

Carolina’s new Building Blocks of ScienceTM|3D hands-on unit kits are for students in grades K to 5. This complete, phenomena-based program integrates engineering into every grade and includes everything teachers need for their entire class for every lesson with hands-on materials, print, and digital simulations and components for one all-inclusive price. The program is a core curriculum that combines interactive investigations, literacy components, and digital resources to teach students science content and investigative skills. The program’s 99 digital simulations give a straightforward and quick way for teachers to assess student understanding. The custom-created simulations are directly tied to the phenomena in the units.

Students investigate real-world science phenomena. They need to be able to explain phenomena. They are given opportunities to understand and explain. Providing explanations shows teachers their level of understanding.


Leaders in the Field

Both the Smithsonian Science Education Center and Carolina programs support teachers with everything they need to teach all students. Clear directions for each activity help teachers who are teaching new topics to quickly get started. Guiding questions are provided to help move through investigations. Tips, different ways to teach, addressing misconceptions, and differentiation strategies are also provided.

 

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Vernier Software & Technology Wins a Tech & Learning ISTE 2018 Best of Show Award

 

Judges recognize Go Direct® Sound for its promise to bring real-world science into the classroom

 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, July 16, 2018 — The newest sensor to join Vernier Software & Technology’s family of wireless sensors, Go Direct Sound, was named a winner of Tech & Learning’s ISTE 2018 Best of Show Awards for showing the greatest promise in the classroom. With sound-triggered data collection, the Go Direct Sound Sensor provides students with an easy way to capture and evaluate waveforms, along with sound intensity.

 

“Go Direct Sound is a versatile tool that can be used for so many different experiments and explorations in science and STEM classrooms,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “We are continuously expanding our Go Direct family of sensors to provide educators the ability to integrate more hands-on experiments into their curriculum. Being recognized by such a prestigious award for the impact this sensor will have on classrooms lets us know we’re on the right track.”

 

The Tech & Learning ISTE 2018 Best of Show Award winners are chosen by a Tech & Learning anonymous panel of educator judges who scoured the exhibit hall floor during the recent ISTE conference in Chicago. The judges rated their impressions on a sliding scale, evaluating areas such as quality and effectiveness, ease of use, and creative use of technology. They then met to decide which technologies will have the most impact in the classroom and deserved to be named Best of Show for 2018. A total of 46 products, including Go Direct Sound, were recognized.

 

Go Direct Sound allows students to collect sound data wirelessly with the snap of their fingers. Students can measure wave amplitude and sound level at the same time to investigate the decibel scale, or take the sensor outside the classroom to discover sounds in their natural environment. The robust, rechargeable battery offers long battery life. Using the free Graphical Analysis™ 4 app, Go Direct sensors connect to students’ computer, Chromebook™, or mobile devices via Bluetooth® wireless technology or USB.

 

For more information about Go Direct sensors, see www.vernier.com/go-direct.

 

About Vernier Software & Technology

 

Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 37 years. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and employs educators at all levels of the organization. The company is committed to teachers and to developing creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With worldwide distribution to over 140 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to university. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students’ critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visithttp://www.vernier.com.

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Illustrative Mathematics Announces Newest Cohort of Educators Accepted into the IM Certified Facilitator Training Program

Tucson, AZ – July 16, 2018 — Illustrative Mathematics (IM) today announced its newest cohort for the IM Certification™ program, which trains qualified mathematics educators to deliver scalable, high-quality, author-developed professional learning experiences that support adoptions of the acclaimed Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math curriculum.

IM Certified Facilitators undergo a rigorous, application-based qualification process and attend intensive, ongoing trainings to gain mastery in delivering impactful professional learning experiences from the authors of the curriculum. Acceptance is reserved for educators with considerable expertise in teaching or coaching mathematics, active interest in leading high-quality PD, and the ability to commit to an ongoing, intensive course of study.

“Our IM Certified facilitators continue to represent the very best in mathematics coaching and professional learning. Beyond having the skills to support exceptional professional growth in educators, our certified facilitators represent the level of quality and expertise that our customers have come to expect from IM,” says Illustrative Mathematics CEO Lisa O’Masta.

IM’s comprehensive suite of professional learning services are developed and continuously refined by the authors of the curriculum to ensure deep alignment to the materials, and all IM services are delivered by IM Certified Facilitators. Upon program completion, facilitators will deliver professional learning that supports the organization’s middle school curriculum, Illustrative Mathematics 6–8 Math, enabling them to work with teachers and coaches implementing the materials.

“Going through the IM Certification process has definitely helped me grow my skills and confidence as a facilitator,” says Belinda Thompson, a current IM Certified Facilitator. “To know that the content I’m delivering is mathematically and pedagogically sound, and that I’ll get to train others to use it while also growing and learning along with the participants, makes traveling to different places and meeting new faces a fantastic experience.”

You can view a full list of facilitators, as well as information on our IM Certification program.

About Illustrative Mathematics

Illustrative Mathematics is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where learners know, use, and enjoy mathematics. We develop and deliver core mathematics curriculum along with deeply integrated professional learning experiences that ensure students receive engaging, high-quality mathematics instruction. Learn more at www.illustrativemathematics.org.

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JULY 16, 2018

SchoolCity® and Texthelp® Announce Partnership to Provide Best of Class Accessibility Accommodations in Support of Equity in Education

 

PRESS RELEASE PR Newswire

Jul. 13, 2018, 09:30 AM

SANTA CLARA, Calif.July 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — SchoolCity, a premier assessment solution provider, announced its partnership with Texthelp, provider of Read&Write and SpeechStream literacy and language support solutions for education. This partnership brings together two companies dedicated to providing literacy accommodations, accessibility and designated supports to students with defined needs.

SchoolCity integrates support tools from Texthelp’s SpeechStream solution that includes text to speech read aloud, single word translation, dictionary and picture dictionary in the SchoolCity SUITE product line. This seamlessly embedded feature set allows SchoolCity partner districts to respond to the needs of students with defined Individual Education Plans (IEPs) special needs such as visual impairments, dyslexia, and English Language Learner literacy support and vocabulary building. It has also become a standard feature set in support of early education.

“Our district serves a student population of nearly 50,000 students, 13% of whom receive special education services and nearly 8% of whom are English Language Learners. Assessment accommodations and accessibility tools are critical for offering equitable testing conditions that collect optimal student achievement data. The recent upgrades from SchoolCity reflect their attentiveness to these needs and include text to speech with rate controls and options for Spanish content read aloud in a Spanish voice,” notes Daniel Sanchez, M. Sp. Ed., M. Ed., Instructional Data Intervention Coordinator, Tucson Unified School District.

“The Texthelp team continues to innovate in visual and auditory accommodations that allow educators to personalize the learning experience for students of all capabilities and needs. We are proud to incorporate these features into SchoolCity SUITE,” says Vaseem Anjum, CEO and founder of SchoolCity.

“We at Texthelp are delighted to be working with SchoolCity to provide these important accommodation tools to support students and their continued achievement,” says Jack Dolan, President of Texthelp Inc.

For more information on how SchoolCity provides these important accommodations in support of students with identified needs, please call 800-615-0254 for a custom demo or visit https://www.schoolcity.com/accommodations.

About SchoolCity
SchoolCity provides innovative personalized learning solutions for students by using assessment and analytics to drive the selection of resources that help students gain mastery of knowledge and skills necessary to attain college and career readiness. Integrating seamlessly within the K-12 ecosystem, SchoolCity delivers intuitive tools to help students and educators monitor progress and make data-driven decisions that improve educational outcomes. We proudly back our industry-leading product lineup with comprehensive customer care that engages users from district to classroom. For additional information, visit http://www.schoolcity.com.

About Texthelp Inc.
Texthelp creates smart, easy-to-use support technologies that enable young people and adults to read, write and communicate with confidence and independence. Working closely with many of the world’s major educational publishers, in addition to solutions tailored directly to schools and districts, they provide literacy and STEM support solutions to classrooms. Texthelp’s learning software is used daily by millions of students and educators in schools, colleges and universities worldwide. For additional information on Texthelp’s SpeechStream solution please visit https://www.texthelp.com, or contact us at prosol(at)texthelp(dot)com.

 

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SETDA Announces Vermont’s St. Albans City School,
2018 Student Voices Award Winner
Students will present details about their project-based digital learning experiences to over 250 state and national education leaders and policy makers in November 2018.
July 10, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) – SETDA, the principal membership association representing U.S. state and territorial digital learning leaders, announced St. Albans City School of St. Albans, Vermont, as the 2018 Student Voices Award Winner. SETDA recognized St. Albans City School for leveraging technology to dramatically improve educational experiences and achievement for their students. Students at St. Albans City School (SACS) are immersed in digital learning environments to support equitable learning opportunities for all students. Students participated in a schoolwide, project-based learning unit around Economics, Community, and Business which incorporated multiple content areas and provided the opportunity to collaborate with community leaders and non-profit organizations. Each team in the school was in charge of creating their own business, utilizing digital tools to plan and execute their project. In addition to this honor, SETDA awarded St. Albans City School the Elsie Brumback Scholarship, which supports sending a delegation of students & staff to present during the Education Forum at the annual SETDA Leadership Summit on November 5 in Washington, DC.

For the past eleven years, SETDA has honored one school annually across the U.S.; this is the first time a Vermont school has received the award and the first PreK-8 school to win the award. Five finalists were selected from a large slate of innovative programs from across the country including:

  • Armorel High School, Arkansas (1st Runner Up)
  • Effingham County CEO Program, Illinois
  • Noblesville High School, Indiana
  • Meadow Park Middle School, Oregon
  • St. Albans City School, Vermont (Winner)

“Congratulations to St. Albans City School for being recognized by SETDA as a leader in impact technology,” shared  Heather Bouchey, Acting Secretary of Education, Vermont Agency of Education. “Their whole school, multi-team project-based learning model gives students the opportunity to have a say in what they study and how they master it through digital learning. This is a great example of innovative pedagogy in the context of personalization and flexible pathways,” Bouchey continued.
“SETDA is proud to celebrate school and student successes,” stated Dr. Tracy Weeks, Executive Director, SETDA. “We look forward to learning more about St. Albans City School at the Education Forum and to hearing directly from students about their project-based learning experiences.”
“St. Albans City School is thrilled to be recognized for the impact that technology, specifically our maker-inspired project, has brought to our students’ education. The opportunity to present our story at the SETDA Leadership Summit will provide our students with an authentic audience where they can demonstrate the transferable skills that are the focus of our learning and share their knowledge and inspiration for the School Mall, a project that has opened many new doors,” said Joan Cavallo, Principal, St. Albans City School.
Learn more about the Student Voices Award and past winners here: http://www.setda.org/outreach/awards/student-voices/ 

Press Release online:http://www.setda.org/outreach/press-releases/press-release-2018/pressreleasestudentvoices/

Support
Thank you to AT&T Aspire for supporting the Student Voices 2018. AT&T invests in education and job training to create a skilled and diverse workforce that powers our country for the future. Technology is making it easier for everyone – regardless of age, gender, income or geography – to learn anytime, anywhere. Through the AT&T Aspire initiative, AT&T brings together the power of its network – its employees, its technology and organizations – to connect people to opportunities through education and job training. Since 2008, AT&T has committed $400 million to programs to help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world. Learn more at att.com/aspire.
About SETDA
The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), founded in 2001, is the national non-profit association representing the interests of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leadership. SETDA’s mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice.
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New Mexico’s Carlsbad Municipal Schools Extends Partnership with Discovery Education to Support New K-12 STEM Strategy

 

– Carlsbad the Latest District in New Mexico to Combine Digital Resources with Sustained Professional Learning to Prepare Students for Success in the Local and Global Economies-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (July 12, 2018) – New Mexico’s Carlsbad Municipal Schools (CMS) announced today it is extending its partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, for 3 more years to support a new K-12 STEM strategy set for implementation in 10 district schools. With Discovery Education’s combination of award-winning digital resources and STEM-focused professional learning, educators in participating CMS schools will soon be creating dynamic learning experiences that improve academic achievement and prepare students for success beyond the classroom.

 

“We are excited to partner with Discovery Education to support STEM Education in the Carlsbad Municipal Schools, as it is an important part of our comprehensive strategic plan for increasing student engagement as we introduce our scholars to the many careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Superintendent of Carlsbad Municipal Schools Dr. Greg Rodriguez. “This is not just another initiative in Carlsbad, but rather a partnership to build capacity, improve student engagement, and ultimately, prepare students for success beyond their time as a student at the Carlsbad Municipal Schools.”

 

The Carlsbad Municipal Schools are located in the Permian/Delaware Basin, which is the second largest oil field in the world behind Saudi Arabia’s Ghawar field. By empowering students and teachers with Discovery Education STEM resources, district leaders are creating a vibrant culture of STEM teaching and learning within the school system that will help students build the communication, critical thinking, creative, and collaboration skills they need for success in either the local or global economies.

 

For a number of years, CMS’ educators have used Discovery Education Streaming, the award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, to create dynamic digital learning environments.  However, thanks to the deepening of the district’s partnership with Discovery Education, district classrooms will soon begin integrating  STEM Connect into classroom activities.

 

Discovery Education’s STEM Connect enhances core curriculum and brings STEM to life in classrooms.  A cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource built on a 4Cs STEM skills framework, STEM Connect helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation. Featuring flexible, modular learning units, STEM Connect provides students an easy-to-follow educational experience that includes real-world challenges, career connections, and hands-on activities.

 

In addition to STEM Connect, CMS will soon launch the STEM Leader Corp capacity building model.  Both district administrators and teachers will participate in STEM Leader Corps’ professional learning opportunities, which support the adoption of new strategies and best practices for building and sustaining a culture of STEM in their schools and guide them as they master new STEM instructional approaches.  With a focus on developing high-quality STEM instruction, creating interdisciplinary lessons and units, and vertically aligning STEM education district-wide, this initiative provides the robust professional development, job-embedded coaching, and administrative leadership support necessary to create centers of STEM excellence.  In addition, STEM Leader Corp will also help CMS’s educators integrate Discovery Education’s digital content services deeper into classroom instruction.

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

“The Discovery Education team is honored to be partnering with Superintendent Rodriguez and the entire Carlsbad team on this important undertaking,” said Discovery Education Director of Education Partnerships Phillip Mikula. “We look forward to working closely with the district’s dedicated educators to build an exciting STEM learning environment across the district.”

 

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

 

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About Discovery Education

 

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Course Hero, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Announce First Class of Excellence in Teaching Fellows

New Fellowship Created to Honor Higher Ed Teaching Excellence; Provide “Genius” Grants to Tenure-Track Professors to Help Balance Scholarship, Teaching

PRINCETON, NJ (July 12, 2018) — The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and Course Hero today announced the first recipients of their Excellence in Teaching Fellowship, a new program developed to support emerging faculty leaders in higher education classrooms across the country.

“This fellowship was created to honor teachers who go above and beyond what the profession calls for to find innovative ways to teach students lessons that stick with them for a lifetime,” said Andrew Grauer, cofounder and CEO of Course Hero. “This inaugural class of recipients embodies these values of excellence and innovation in teaching, expanding the walls of the classroom and opening the minds of their students to new ways of learning. We sought to honor excellence in teaching, and we are incredibly impressed by the applicants for this year’s award.”

The inaugural class of Course Hero–Woodrow Wilson Excellence in Teaching Fellows include:

 

  • Max Berkelhammer, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), researches the natural and anthropogenic processes that influence the atmospheric branch of the water cycle. Dr. Berkelhammer received a PhD in earth sciences from the University of Southern California and postdoctoral training in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Berkelhammer recently received the Silver Circle Award for Excellence in Teaching UIC.
  • Adam Bjorndahl, assistant professor of philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University, conducts work on epistemic modal logics and their applications in game theory and decision theory. Dr. Bjorndahl received a PhD in mathematics from Cornell University. Bjorndahl received a Wimmer Faculty Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University to enhance teaching through course redesign.
  • Jazmin Brown-Iannuzzi, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, conducts research that seeks to understand why disparities (racial and economic) may persist, and in some cases grow. Dr. Brown-Iannuzzi received a PhD in social psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brown-Iannuzzi’s teaching was recognized with an Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Teaching honor at the University of Kentucky.
  • Lauren D’Innocenzo, assistant professor of organizational behavior in the Department of Management at the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University, examines team effectiveness by exploring emergent dynamics, shared leadership, cross-level influences, and temporal factors. Dr. D’Innocenzo received a PhD in management from the University of Connecticut School of Business.
  • Ellen Matson, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester, conducts research with a synthetic inorganic chemistry perspective to address current global issues related to energy storage and production. Dr. Matson received a PhD in chemistry from Purdue University and postdoctoral training at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Created by Course Hero and administered by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the new fellowship program supports rising postsecondary educators who demonstrate excellence as educators in and beyond the classroom and are poised to shape their fields. Designed for scholars working toward tenure, the Course Hero–WW Fellowship is conceived as a “genius grant,” emphasizing the balance between scholarly excellence and commitment to outstanding undergraduate teaching practice.

“It is essential that we provide robust opportunities to ensure strong scholarship and research for those seeking a career in higher education,” said Stephanie J. Hull, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. “Each of these Course Hero–Woodrow Wilson Fellows exemplifies excellence and innovation in teaching at the undergraduate level, while inspiring students to achieve their own postsecondary education dreams. These fellows represent the very best of what is to come in higher education.”

A panel of distinguished university scholars selected the five 2018–19 Course Hero–Woodrow Wilson Fellows from a large pool of qualified candidates. Panel members included:

  • John Branch, clinical assistant professor of business administration at the University of Michigan
  • James Johnson, professor of political science at the University of Rochester
  • Willie Rockward, chair and associate professor of physics at Morehouse College
  • Amy Dru Stanley, associate professor of history at the University of Chicago
  • Emily Wiley, professor of biology at Claremont McKenna College

All Course Hero–Woodrow Wilson Fellows are tenure-track faculty either in the arts and sciences or in a business school, and they have successfully completed their institutional review at the midpoint of their progress. Each fellow provided evidence of excellence and innovation in teaching at the undergraduate level, as well as of outstanding progress in developing a research dossier for tenure. Fellows receive one-year, one-time fellowships of $40,000; the majority will support the engagement of a graduate assistant, and the balance will be used for research and travel. All fellows will be invited to attend the Course Hero Education Summitlater this month, where they will collaborate with Course Hero’s Master Educators.

For more information on the Course Hero–WW Fellowship, please visit www.woodrow.org/coursehero.

About the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Founded in 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (www.woodrow.org) identifies and develops the nation’s best minds to meet its most critical challenges. The Foundation supports its fellows as the next generation of leaders shaping American society.

About Course Hero

Course Hero is an online learning library where members can access over 20 million course-specific study resources contributed by a community of students and educators. Find practice problems, study guides, videos, class notes, and step-by-step explanations for every subject students are studying—from economics to literature, biology to history, accounting to psychology, and everything in between. Course Hero has been recognized as one of the 2017 Technology Fast 500 by Deloitte. Learn more at www.coursehero.com.

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Follett Acquires Fishtree Adaptive Learning Platform

Adds Personalized Learning Platform to Follett’s Leading Content and Data Services for Schools and Districts

 

MCHENRY Ill., July 12, 2018 — Follett today announced that it has acquired Fishtree, a leading adaptive learning platform that streamlines both the technical integration and educational adoption of personalized learning in school classrooms. Follett will integrate the machine-based learning tools of Fishtree within Follett’s industry leading Destiny content and resource management platform used by more than 70,000 schools and school districts across North America. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Fishtree platform brings together district-wide resources for every subject, aligns them to any standard or competency and then personalizes the experience for each student based on specific learning profiles, while providing a streamlined user experience for the educator and administrator.

“Fishtree’s AI platform offers a powerful solution to our customers looking to scale personalized, adaptive learning in classrooms across their districts, while demonstrating real outcomes and return on investment,” said Nader Qaimari, President, Follett School Solutions. “Integrating Fishtree’s adaptive learning tools within Destiny will extend the use of Destiny into the classroom and home, giving educators the ability to easily create a unique pathway for every student in ways that drive learning success. The Fishtree team has built some of the most advanced technology to date built for the education market.”

Fishtree’s ability to scale personalized 1:1 instruction with adaptive instruction is driven by specific learner profiles. Educators can build highly engaging lessons with resources from digital texts, user developed content, open resources and even real-time content. These resources are automatically aligned and lessons personalized with deep insights into achievement gaps and efficacy. Teachers can build their own assessments, draw from other assessments, and auto-build assessments from content. Teachers have reported more than 50 percent time savings on building rich and personalized lessons, and students have seen performance gains of over 10 percent after three months.

Terry Nealon, Fishtree’s former CEO who will lead the Follett initiative, believes Follett and Fishtree are a perfect match. “We built Fishtree to help educators engage students using machine learning and the latest technologies to do it in the most scalable way possible. Follett offers the opportunity to deliver this solution to thousands of customers globally with world-class implementation. This acquisition helps advance our original vision of making it easier for teachers to create compelling, individualized experiences for each and every student.”

Co-founded by Nealon and Jim Butler, the Fishtree team was supported by Arcady Bay Partners, DLA Piper in the process. Follett was supported by Jones Day LLP (US).

About Follett’s PreK-12 BusinessFollettLearning.com, Facebook, and follow on Twitter (@FollettLearning).
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 Follett.com

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

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Workbench Education Expands Partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools

Through this partnership, the district is utilizing the Workbench platform and services to deliver the resources teachers need to successfully implement 21st Century learning

 

Baltimore, MD – July 12, 2018 – Edtech company Workbench Education today announced the expansion of a partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) for the 2018 – 2019 school year. After successfully piloting the Workbench solution during the 2017 – 2018 school year, the district is expanding the use of the Workbench Education platform to an additional seven of the district’s 21st Century Schools.  Workbench enables schools to implement Project Based Learning (PBL), STEM/STEAM, and Making into their curriculum.

In August 2017, Workbench began its initial pilot phase with a multi-day Professional Development (PD) workshop for teachers from Wildwood Elementary/Middle School (formerly Lyndhurst Elementary/Middle School). This PD focused on educational technology hardware and software, including hands-on instruction on using the Workbench Education platform to manage classes and create standards-aligned PBL content. Hardware training involved learning how to use products from industry leaders in the maker education market, including programmable robots and drones (Sphero, Parrot), along with Arduino and circuitry kits (Makey Makey, Circuit Scribe). An emphasis was placed on using these products to provide students with a hands-on, PBL learning experience.

The expanded partnership will provide similar PD sessions with the additional seven schools, which include Arundel Elementary, Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle, Dorothy I. Height Elementary, Forest Park High, Ft. Worthington Elementary/Middle, Pimlico Elementary/Middle, and Academy for College and Career Exploration.

“Today’s students need high-quality experiences using various forms of technology.  To do this, we need to provide hands-on, quality training for instructional staff in the use of tech gear and how it can be used to enhance engineering challenges and other lessons in our core curriculum,” said Dawn Shirey, Director of 21stCentury Learning for City Schools.

Since 2010, City Schools has worked to address the problem of outdated infrastructure, and the 21st Century School Buildings Program was born out of this endeavor. The ambitious plan has provided renovated facilities and state-of-the-art equipment, resources and support, and spaces that foster collaboration and learning by doing.

The Workbench mission is a natural fit for the goals that City Schools has set forth to achieve through its 21st Century initiatives, with an approach that includes methods and tools to help schools improve in areas such as:

  • Teaching with projects and hands-on learning
  • Student engagement
  • Future-ready skills
  • STEM/STEAM education
  • Parent and community involvement
  • Teacher confidence and collaboration

“Baltimore is going through a rejuvenation involving industry, community, and education,” said Chris Sleat, founder and CEO of Workbench. “City Schools is making great strides with initiatives like the 21st Century Schools to prepare students for jobs that are being created here today in industries like manufacturing, hospitality, robotics, and software. Partnering with them to help teachers incorporate skills like programming, troubleshooting, design, and problem-solving into their core curriculum is one way Workbench can support their efforts to create future-ready learners.”

 

Through this City Schools’ partnership expansion, Workbench will also provide educational technology products that support a hands-on learning environment where students can learn coding skills. Workbench helped City Schools curate gear for each school based on factors like goals, grade levels, and specializations in STEM, PBL and Making.

With the addition of these seven Baltimore city schools, Workbench Education continues to grow its partner network of schools, districts and libraries to spread its mission of helping teachers at all levels provide meaningful educational experiences in a way that is both easy and scalable. This partnership will provide integration with Google’s G Suite for Education, including the option for single sign-on with Google and Google Classroom sync.

About Workbench

Workbench Education is an online platform to create, discover, and share standards-aligned projects and curriculum. The Workbench mission is to make teaching with projects easy and scalable in schools, districts, and libraries across the globe. The Workbench solution reduces the burden on teachers who want to teach with projects by providing a straightforward framework for authoring projects so teachers become contributors to the growing collection of easily accessible content that Workbench provides. Additionally, teachers can use their district Workbench to assign lessons and track student progress. Workbench projects are designed to turn students into makers and help educators teach anything. To see examples of Workbench projects, visit https://edu.workbencheducation.com/cwists/category/.

Workbench not only provides districts with equipment for maker education and a secure hub to access, create, and share projects, it also serves as the backbone for many of the maker education industry’s top learning communities including Sphero, Parrot, Makey Makey, Dexter Industries, SAM Labs, Circuit Scribe, and SparkFun Electronics.

To learn more about Workbench Education, visit edu.workbencheducation.com.

JULY 9, 2018

Discovery Education Chosen by New Mexico’s Hobbs Municipal School District to Accelerate STEM Education in District Middle School 

 

– Discovery Education´s Digital Resources and STEM-focused Professional Development System to Create Authentic Learning Experiences for Middle School Students –

 

Silver Spring, Md. (July 5, 2018) – New Mexico’s Hobbs Municipal School District(HMS) today announced that it has expanded its relationship with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, by selecting the organization to support the acceleration of STEM education in the district’s Heizer Middle School. Through Discovery Education’s unique, combination of award-winning digital resources and STEM-focused professional development, educators in the Heizer Middle School will soon be creating dynamic learning experiences that bring STEM education to life for the district’s middle school students.

 

Devoted to providing a world class education to the children of the community it serves, the Hobbs Municipal School District was recently recognized as one ofthree most improved academic districtsin the state of New Mexico by Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera.  Seeking to continue the district’s upward trajectory and accelerate student engagement in the critical field of STEM education, Heizer Middle School teachers will soon be empowered to create digital STEM learning environments using Discovery Education’s Streaming Plusand STEM Connectdigital services.

 

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas that helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information. Students can access a variety of digital assets such as images, primary source documents, podcasts, articles, and videos, then 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, and content collections organized around themes, as well as a collection of STEM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.

Discovery Education’s STEM Connect enhances core curriculum and brings STEM to life in classrooms.  A cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource built on a 4Cs STEM skills framework, STEM Connect helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation. Featuring flexible, modular learning units, STEM Connect provides students an easy-to-follow educational experience that includes real-world challenges, career connections, and hands-on activities.

These new resources will be used alongside the Math and Science digital textbooks, or Techbooks, from Discovery Education which were recently purchased by the school system.

“Engaging middle school students in STEM education is critical, as a good STEM education helps grow the communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative skills that are important to each student’s future success,” said T.J. Parks, Hobbs Municipal Schools Superintendent.  “We look forward to continuing to work closely with Discovery Education on our joint mission to support the success of all learners.”

To facilitate the integration of dynamic digital resources into classroom instruction, educators from Heizer Middle Schoolwill also participate in a professional development initiative from Discovery Education calledSTEMFormation.  A three-year system for professional learning designed to build and sustain a culture of STEM teaching and learning, STEMFormation helps create a shared STEM vision, develops educators and administrators, cultivates inquiry-based, transdisciplinary instruction, and prepares our future workforce.

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

“The team at Discovery Education is inspired by the work of the talented educators at the Hobbs Municipal School District’s Heizer Middle School, and look forward to kicking-off the latest phase of this partnership soon,” said Phillip Mikula, Director of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education. “Together, we will build exciting digital learning experiences that will accelerate student engagement in STEM education and serve as an example for other districts in the region looking to build vibrate communities of STEM teaching and learning. ”

 

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

 

 

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About Discovery Education

 

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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New Survey: Only 4 in 10 U.S. College Students Feel Well-Prepared for Their Future Careers; Perceptions of Preparedness Vary Widely By Gender

McGraw-Hill Education survey finds overall perception of career readiness is rising year-over-year

NEW YORK, June 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Only 41 percent of U.S. college students overall (and 43 percent of seniors) feel “very” or “extremely” prepared for their future careers, according to the fifth annual McGraw-Hill Education Future Workforce Survey. The percentage is a significant increase from 2017, when 29 percent of students reported feeling very prepared.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8289051-mcgraw-hill-education-future-workforce-survey-2018/

The 2018 online survey of 1,000 U.S. students was conducted in partnership with MMR Research Associates during March and April 2018. It reflects the perspectives of students from across all regions of the country, different institution types and all years of study. McGraw-Hill Education conducts the study each year to better understand how college students feel about their preparedness for both college and their careers.

The full Future Workforce Survey report is available at: www.mheducation.com/future-workforce.

Highlights from this year’s survey:

  • College preparedness: A minority of students feel prepared for the time management and financial obligations associated with college, 39 percent and 41 percent, respectively. Only a slim majority feel prepared for social life (51 percent), course load (53 percent) and faculty interactions (53 percent).
  • Career preparedness: Men continue to report feeling significantly more prepared for their careers than women. A larger portion of male students (50 percent) say they are “very” or “extremely” prepared for their careers vs. female students (36 percent).  Non-traditional students, those who did not enter college directly from high school, also reported significantly higher levels of confidence; half of these students said they felt well-prepared, compared to 34 percent of traditional students.
  • Workforce skills: Fewer than half of students report feeling they’ve gained the critical skills needed to transition to the workforce – such as solving complex problems (43 percent), resume writing (37 percent), interviewing (34 percent) or job searching (31 percent).
  • College resources: Students are seeking additional help in preparing for their careers, with 51 percent indicating they would like more internships and professional experiences. Although the majority of colleges offer career services, fewer than half take advantage of them. Those students who do use these services overwhelmingly find them helpful.
  • Jobs and employer perceptions: There is a big gap between student and employer perception of preparedness, especially when it comes to professionalism and work ethic. Most notably, 77 percent of students felt confident about their professionalism and work ethic. Conversely, the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) Job Outlook Study recently surveyed employers and found only 43 percent felt recent college graduates were proficient in these areas.

“While it’s encouraging that student perception of career readiness is up year-over-year, much more work is required to ensure that students graduate with the confidence, skills and resources needed to enter the workforce,” said Bill Okun, president of higher education at McGraw-Hill Education. “To successfully transition from college to employment, students need help applying knowledge in a real-world context and developing the critical thinking and communication skills that they’ll need on the job. This is a major area of focus for McGraw-Hill as we work with educators to unlock the potential of each individual learner.”

About McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education is a learning science company that delivers personalized learning experiences that help students, parents, educators and professionals drive results. McGraw-Hill Education has offices across North America, India, China, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions available in more than 60 languages. Visit us at mheducation.com or find us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter.

About MMR Research Associates

MMR Research Associates is a passionate team of forward-thinking experts who provide customized, decision-focused marketing research. Since 1999, clients have relied on the well-tenured team at MMR to design and execute versatile, tailored solutions that shape business direction and inspire confidence.

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Boston Business Journal Names Curriculum Associates a 2018 “Best Place to Work” Winner for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Curriculum Associates Placed Second in the Large Category (250 to 999 employees)

 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., June 27 2018 – The Boston Business Journal has recognized Curriculum Associates as the second Best Place to Work in Massachusetts in the Large Category (250 to 999 employees), marking the fourth consecutive year Curriculum Associates has been ranked on this elite list.  In total, 80 companies were honored at the BBJ’s awards program on Wednesday, June 20 at Boston’s Symphony Hall.  Rankings were revealed at the ceremony.

              The Boston Business Journal announced its list of honorees for the 2018 Best Places to Work in Massachusetts on Thursday, April 12Click here to see the full list. The BBJ received more than 350 nominations for this year’s list. As in past years, honorees were divided among five company categories: Extra Small (20 to 49 employees), Small (50 to 99 employees), Medium (100 to 249 employees), Large (250 to 999 employees), and Extra Large (1,000 employees and over).

“We are extremely excited to recognize and honor the companies that clearly value and appreciate their employees and have backed that up by putting into place wonderful programs to keep everyone motivated and happy,” said Carolyn M. Jones, the Boston Business Journal Market President and Publisher.

Curriculum Associates’ mission has always been to make classrooms better places for teachers and learners, and the company’s culture is heavily tied to this mission.  Curriculum Associates believes successful companies must have a higher purpose and promote a culture in which employees are driven by that purpose to succeed. As a result, employees at every level are committed to making a true difference in education.

In addition to instilling shared values to foster company culture, the company has also implemented several innovative employee-focused initiatives that have had a positive impact on the company, supporting its growth while increasing employee satisfaction and retention. Curriculum Associates has hired 136 new employees to date this year. For more information on open positions, visit http://www.CAInc.com/WorkForUs.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as a Best Place to Work for the fourth year in a row. Ensuring that our employees are happy, supported and have the opportunity for growth has always been among our top priorities,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “Our talented, hardworking team is the driving force behind Curriculum Associates’ success and is why we remain an innovative leader in the education technology industry.”

The winners and their final rankings were determined by Quantum Workplace, which conducted an online survey of the employees for each company asking them to rate their respective work environment, work-life balance, job satisfaction, advancement opportunities, management, compensation and benefits.

This is the 14th year that the Boston Business Journal is publishing its Best Places to Work list. Company rankings were also published in a special supplement in the June 22 edition.

 

About Curriculum Associates

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

About the Boston Business Journal
The Boston Business Journal is Greater Boston’s leading source of business news, information and events, reaching readers through the weekly print publication, the website BostonBusinessJournal.com and e-mail products. The BBJ also prints the annual Book of Lists—the region’s top resource for business decision-makers seeking information about potential clients, suppliers, and partners. The Boston Business Journal is published by American City Business Journals, the nation’s largest publisher of metropolitan business news.

JUNE 28, 2018

Funds For Learning Trends Report Reveals Demand for Reliable Internet 

Responses sourced from E-rate applicants in eighth annual nationwide survey emphasize the continued value of E-rate funding for schools and libraries

 

EDMOND, OKLA(June 26, 2018) –The Federal Communications Commission soon will evaluate funding regulations for broadband internet in schools and libraries to consider how connectivity demands align with program utility and efficiency.

 

In order to provide direct feedback to the FCC and understand how E-rate funding can best serve applicants, Funds For Learning releases its annual E-Rate Trends Report. Applicant survey results reveal that schools and libraries remain reliant on E-rate funding to provide and sustain broadband connectivity.

 

To read the full release, please click here.

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FreshGrade Expands Offering with School-based Platform

‘FreshGrade for Schools’ extends portfolio and assessment features while simplifying building-level use of the platform

KELOWNA, British Columbia (June 25, 2018) – FreshGrade, the portfolio and assessment platform that deepens the conversation about learning, today announced the upcoming release of FreshGrade for Schools. The new offering supports principals’ pursuit of improved learning outcomes, engaged students and parents, and reduced teacher workload.

FreshGrade for Schools provides all the features of FreshGrade for Districts, without the need for Student Information System (SIS) integration. Instead, educators can upload students to the platform with a simple spreadsheet. FreshGrade makes it easier for teachers to communicate learning with parents and students. Using a single tool, teachers create a richer understanding of student achievement and progression.

Read the full release here and visit ISTE booth #1586 to see it in action.

 

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Boston Business Journal Names Curriculum Associates a 2018 “Best Place to Work” Winner for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Curriculum Associates Placed Second in the Large Category (250 to 999 employees)

 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., June 27 2018 – The Boston Business Journal has recognized Curriculum Associates as the second Best Place to Work in Massachusetts in the Large Category (250 to 999 employees), marking the fourth consecutive year Curriculum Associates has been ranked on this elite list.  In total, 80 companies were honored at the BBJ’s awards program on Wednesday, June 20 at Boston’s Symphony Hall.  Rankings were revealed at the ceremony.

              The Boston Business Journal announced its list of honorees for the 2018 Best Places to Work in Massachusetts on Thursday, April 12. Click here to see the full list. The BBJ received more than 350 nominations for this year’s list. As in past years, honorees were divided among five company categories: Extra Small (20 to 49 employees), Small (50 to 99 employees), Medium (100 to 249 employees), Large (250 to 999 employees), and Extra Large (1,000 employees and over).

“We are extremely excited to recognize and honor the companies that clearly value and appreciate their employees and have backed that up by putting into place wonderful programs to keep everyone motivated and happy,” said Carolyn M. Jones, the Boston Business Journal Market President and Publisher.

Curriculum Associates’ mission has always been to make classrooms better places for teachers and learners, and the company’s culture is heavily tied to this mission.  Curriculum Associates believes successful companies must have a higher purpose and promote a culture in which employees are driven by that purpose to succeed. As a result, employees at every level are committed to making a true difference in education.

In addition to instilling shared values to foster company culture, the company has also implemented several innovative employee-focused initiatives that have had a positive impact on the company, supporting its growth while increasing employee satisfaction and retention. Curriculum Associates has hired 136 new employees to date this year. For more information on open positions, visit http://www.CAInc.com/WorkForUs.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as a Best Place to Work for the fourth year in a row. Ensuring that our employees are happy, supported and have the opportunity for growth has always been among our top priorities,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “Our talented, hardworking team is the driving force behind Curriculum Associates’ success and is why we remain an innovative leader in the education technology industry.”

The winners and their final rankings were determined by Quantum Workplace, which conducted an online survey of the employees for each company asking them to rate their respective work environment, work-life balance, job satisfaction, advancement opportunities, management, compensation and benefits.

This is the 14th year that the Boston Business Journal is publishing its Best Places to Work list. Company rankings were also published in a special supplement in the June 22 edition.

 

About Curriculum Associates

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

About the Boston Business Journal
The Boston Business Journal is Greater Boston’s leading source of business news, information and events, reaching readers through the weekly print publication, the website BostonBusinessJournal.com and e-mail products. The BBJ also prints the annual Book of Lists—the region’s top resource for business decision-makers seeking information about potential clients, suppliers, and partners. The Boston Business Journal is published by American City Business Journals, the nation’s largest publisher of metropolitan business news.

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Bloomz Adds Student Role to Target All School Communication
The free app will showcase the new role and its new integration with Clever at ISTE 2018

 

(Seattle, WA) June 25, 2018 — Today, the award-winning parent communication appBloomz took a major step towards becoming the all-in-one solution for schools’ and districts’ communication needs by announcing the addition of student user accounts. Starting in August, teachers can invite students to sign up for a free Bloomz account and receive communication from their teachers and school administrators through the app. Students will then have the experience that Bloomz has offered to parents and teachers in its rapidly growing user base in more than 25,000 schools.

With Bloomz, teachers and school administrators will be able to share important class-related content and learning resources with students. For example, teachers can share assignment updates, test reminders, and other class files with students through the app—at the same time as they send daily updates, photos, and videos to parents. Sharing will be streamlined for educators, as they will be able to share to both parents and/or students, to the whole school, or a specific classroom with one simple post.

“While Bloomz is expanding and seeing demand in higher grades, now is the perfect time for students to take more ownership of their learning and become more involved in classroom communication,” said Chaks Appalabattula, CEO of Bloomz. “Parents and district leaders made it clear in their feedback that they wanted their middle- and high-school students to be a part of the app, and we listened.”

As part of its promise to save time for teachers and students, Bloomz is also partnering withClever to participate in its recently announced Library, a way for teachers to discover and sign up for instructional technology. As part of this program, teachers will be able to discover the communication app through the portal, then use their Clever credentials to sign up for a free account and import their classrooms and students with one click.

Bloomz continues to enhance and update its experience with the addition of Clever integration, making it easier for teachers to juggle the countless apps, and even connect Bloomz with their LMS or SIS to complement their tool set. With its focus on strengthening teacher-parent and now teacher-student communication, Bloomz continues on its path to building more connected and engaged school communities.

At the ISTE conference on June 25th–27th, Bloomz will be demonstrating their Clever integration and providing more details in booth #685.

About Bloomz
Bloomz is the free mobile and web app that connects educators with parents and students in a secure, social, and private environment. In Bloomz, parents feel more connected than they ever have to their children’s world, and teachers and administrators save more time than ever before, because they have everything they need in one simple-to-use tool. Learn more atBloomz.com.

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Bold New Program Helps Teachers and Students Explore the Power of AI

ISTE, GM Partner to Prepare Teachers to Bring Artificial Intelligence to K-12 Classrooms

 

CHICAGO – June 25, 2018 – Taking the lead on exploring the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in education, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and General Motors (GM) have partnered on a multi-year initiative that includes professional learning for teachers and hands-on school based pilots. More than 25 districts have benefitted since work began in September 2017, and both educators and students from some of those districts are showcasing the results at ISTE 2018, June 24-27 in Chicago.

 

The partnership between ISTE and GM includes a number of initiatives over two years, including hands-on training at schools. Highlights of this groundbreaking collaboration include:

 

–          Educators from Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois and Michigan participated in a new 10-week online course that focused on how AI can facilitate learning and solve problems in schools and communities.

–          Educators from schools in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Virginia and Wisconsin introduced AI chatbots to students. Students were then challenged to program an AI chatbot solution for a classroom or schoolwide need.

–          Development of an online course, Artificial Intelligence Explorations and Their Practical Use in Schools, focused on AI for learning, project-based computer science (CS) learning and next generation skills. In the upcoming school year, this course will be offered to over 600 teachers, technology coordinators and instructional coaches.

–          Development of an AI and STEM Career Exploration Network of higher education and industry partners to provide participating educators with:

●       Exposure to AI and machine learning research and development.

●       CS and engineering career awareness explorations.

●       Hands-on workshops and mentorship.

●       Networking with experts who share insights and industry knowledge.

 

“ISTE sees artificial intelligence as a critical component of the STEM curriculum and in this work with GM, our aim is to shift students from consumers of AI technologies to creators of AI technologies that address real problems,” says ISTE CEO Richard Culatta. “The professional learning and student opportunities we are creating through this partnership with GM are incredible and put ISTE at the forefront of AI in education.”

 

“We started the program with ISTE asking two key questions: How do we bring machine learning and AI into classrooms to prepare the next generation for the AI-driven present and the future of work? And, how can AI technology enable innovative ways of teaching and learning in the classroom? As the program enters its second year and as we scale our efforts and continue to try to answer these questions, we’ve been impressed by the level of enthusiasm and the high quality of project output by teachers and students,” says Hina Baloch, Manager, Global Social Impact and STEM Education for GM.

 

An important goal of the program is to provide exposure and awareness of AI/STEM career opportunities to underserved student populations. To achieve this, ISTE recruited schools with STEM initiatives serving underrepresented students. Organizers also aim to develop an AI teacher and student coaching and mentorship network with the active participation of AI experts from corporate research and development teams (including GM), STEM higher education faculty and K-12 subject-matter experts.

 

ISTE’s work on AI continues with the upcoming release of Teaching AI: Exploring New Frontiers for Learning, a book that explores what AI is, how it works and how educators can use it to better prepare students for a world with increased human-computer interaction.

 

Schools participating in the collaboration are:

Atlanta International School, Atlanta, Georgia

Back of the Yards College Prep High School, Chicago, Illinois

Burlington High School, Burlington, MA

Chandler Traditional Academy – Freedom Campus, Gilbert, Arizona

Chandler Traditional Academy – Independence Campus, Chandler, Arizona

Curie High School, Chicago, Illinois

Eastside High School ,Coeburn, Virginia

Egg Harbor Township HS, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey

Fulton Academy of Science and Technology, Roswell, Georgia

Helen Keller Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois

Jones College Prep, Chicago, Illinois

Kenwood High School Academy, Chicago, Illinois

Lake View High School, Chicago, Illinois

Lane Tech College Prep High School, Chicago, Illinois

Latin School of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center, HS Warren, Michigan

Monticello Middle School, Monticello, Illinois

Roosevelt High School, Chicago, Illinois

Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, Chicago, Illinois

Sun Prairie High School, Sun Prairie ,Wisconsin

Sunny Hills High School, Fullerton, California

Sunset High School, Portland, Oregon

The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Chicago, Illinois

Troy High School, Fullerton, California

Walt Disney Magnet School, Chicago, Illinois

 

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About ISTE

ISTE is a nonprofit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation. Our worldwide network believes in the potential technology holds to transform teaching and learning.

 

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

 

About General Motors

General Motors is committed to fostering smart, safe and sustainable communities around the world. Our vision and mission emphasizes impact that supports our business and society by mobilizing our time, talent and financial resources for Science Technology Engineering and Math education (STEM), Vehicle and Road Safety and Community Development. General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found atwww.gm.com.

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Hoonuit Integrates Analytics with Aligned PD to Make Data More Actionable

New enhancements showcased at ISTE 2018 conference

 

MINNEAPOLIS (June 25, 2018) – Hoonuit, the leader in PK-12 student performance analytics and educator professional development, has introduced the first of its kind integration of student achievement data with aligned professional development. To enable the success of educators in individualizing and maximizing performance of all learners, the company has embedded educator learning experiences directly within the data visualization workflows to drive usage and adoption of data. This integration will be available in time for the new school year.

“We are focused on helping districts and education agencies develop data-driven cultures,” said Shivani Stumpf, Hoonuit chief technology officer. “This transformational offering unlocks the power of data by combining student performance metrics with practical knowledge to drive positive change in schools and classrooms.”

Read the full release here and visit Hoonuit in the ISTE Microsoft Partner Showcase at booth #1116.

 

Statement from Kate Walsh, President, National Council on Teacher Quality, on the decision in favor of Janus in Janus vs. AFSCME
 

Today’s decision to end unions’ ability to collect “agency fees” from nonconsenting employees puts the onus squarely on teachers union leaders to demonstrate relevance and value to today’s teachers. Union leaders should use this decision as an opportunity to revisit the reforms they’ve long resisted. It is a time to step back and look at where the teaching profession is today and where it needs to go instead of how things worked in the past. This is a powerful opportunity for union leaders to hit the reset button and show their members and the public that the number one priority is putting effective teachers in the best position to provide students with a quality education.

Union leaders in this sector have too often confused their protection and advocacy forsome members with their obligation to the profession at large. The two are not the same and are often at cross purposes. Therefore, in many ways this decision represents an opportunity for union leaders to critically assess past decisions, putting first the broader interests of the profession and our education system.

While this decision will require unions to obtain affirmative consent from teachers prior to collecting funds, in our view it does not hearken the demise of teachers unions. Despite the financial implications of this decision, collective bargaining will continue for the foreseeable future to play an important role in shaping teacher policies. We encourage union leaders to use this moment to breathe new life into the teaching profession, which will ensure that teachers will be even more engaged in the future.

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To schedule an interview with Kate Walsh, President of NCTQ, please contact Nicole Gerber at (202) 393-0020 ext. 117.

About the National Council on Teacher Quality:
The National Council on Teacher Quality is a nonpartisan research and policy group, committed to modernizing the teaching profession and based on the belief that all children deserve effective teachers. We recognize that it is not teachers who bear responsibility for their profession’s many challenges, but the institutions with the greatest authority and influence over teachers. More information about NCTQ can be found on our website,www.nctq.org.

JUNE 21,2018

USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education Announce 2018 IWitness Video Challenge Winners

– Fifth Annual IWitness Video Challenge Inspires Students to Take Action to Counter Hate, Bias and Intolerance Nationwide –

 

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, June 18, 2018) – In an effort to spark a social movement against hatred in all forms, USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education – and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced the winners of the 2018 IWitness Video Challenge. A group of Chicago, Ill. students have inspired their classmates and community to embrace each other’s unique differences, specifically as it relates to the challenges of American immigrant communities. This year’s first-place winners of the short video contest, which invited students to be inspired by testimony of survivors of genocides and mass atrocities to make a positive contribution to their communities, are FanXuan PengIsrael GomezJennifer Tegegne, and Yannie Wang of Northside College Preparatory High School (Chicago Public Schools). The team will be generously donating their $5,000 grand prize to Northside’s “DREAMers & Allies Club” to be put towards educational initiatives and programming related to immigration.

Initiated by USC Shoah Foundation in 2013 and designed to provide actionable ways to promote empathy and empowerment while also challenging bias and intolerance, the 2018 IWitness Video Challenge encouraged students to make a change in communities nationwide. To participate in the contest, students first listened to the testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide. They then completed a research-based and standards-aligned activity, which inspired the development of community action projects to counter hate. To enter the Challenge, students were required to document their experiences in video essays for submission. This year’s winning video essay starts with the testimonies of two Holocaust survivors, Herman Cohn and Liesl Loeb, who immigrated to the United States as children.

“Following our reflection on the IWitness testimonies, we were propelled to improve our school community by helping immigrants avoid experiencing fear and discrimination,” said FanXuan Peng, Northside College Prep student and IWitness Video Challenge winning team member. “The perception of America shouldn’t be of a divided country between natives and immigrants, but rather a melting pot where different ethnicities have endured some form of discrimination yet have thrived.”

After viewing the testimonies, FanXuan, Israel, Jennifer, and Yannie were inspired to create a project that brings awareness of the ongoing struggle immigrant students and their families face, and tackles the important topic of discrimination in modern society.

The winning “Stronger Than Hate” project showcases an “immigration timeline” that connects historical experiences of bias, intolerance, and marginalization from one community to another, with the overall goal of demonstrating how discrimination is a collective struggle rather than a personal one. The project ultimately underscores how impacted communities have managed to lead fulfilling and successful lives after migrating to the United States.

“The students from Northside focused on the timely subjects of immigration and discrimination with great sensitivity,” said USC Shoah Foundation Director of Education Claudia Ramirez Wiedeman. “I was particularly impressed with how inclusive their work was by demonstrating that any group can be marginalized.”

This year’s contest, the fifth annual, offers prizes for scholarships and additional money for educators and schools. In all, $10,000 in prizes are being awarded courtesy of Ford Motor Co., which sponsors the event as part of its commitment to innovative educational outreach. The contest was open to middle and high school students across the U.S. and in Canada, with the exception of Quebec.

Also helping to make this year’s challenge successful was the Institute’s partner Discovery Education, which administered the Challenge, and helped maximize reach and impact through its deep partnerships with school systems, administrators and educators worldwide.

In addition to splitting a $5,000 college scholarship, the winning students have secured a $2,500 grant for their school to be used to improve their community. Their teacher,Charles Milbert, will receive a $1,000 grant to help cultivate tolerance and empathy among the student body.

A $1,000 scholarship went to second-place winners Anthony McArdle, Kristian MorrisShawnee Cranfill and Trenton Grace of Northern High School in Dillburg, Pa. (Northern York County School District). Their “Northern High School Pen Pal Project” aided students in leveraging the power of the pen to celebrate each other’s similarities instead of one another’s differences. After uniting project participants, students felt more connected and enjoyed getting to know students they otherwise may not have met. A $500 scholarship also went to Bernadette Carney, Emma Foursha, Kiera Songhurst, and Rebecca Bornstein from Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Moorestown, N.J. for their project “Acceptance,” which encouraged students to anonymously reveal their struggles and work together to publicly accept and celebrate their differences.

“Discovery Education’s collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation connects students with powerful ways to promote equality and challenge bias through immersive, peer-to-peer educational experiences that motivate them to build a better future, said Discovery Education Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President Lori McFarling. “We congratulate this year’s IWitness Video Challenge winners for underscoring that discrimination and intolerance is not a personal struggle, but rather a collective one, and we applaud their thoughtful approach to discouraging bigotry in all its forms.”

The contest is based on one the more than 200 activities found in IWitness, USC Shoah Foundation’s free educational website. The website brings the human stories from the Institute’s Visual History Archive – the world’s largest repository of testimony from survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides – to teachers and their students via engaging multimedia learning activities.

Last year’s winners inspired their fellow classmates to celebrate their diverse identities with a project called, “Who Are You? Embracing Identity in Our Community.” Previous winners wrote kind notes to every student in their school, while the first winner documented her determination to stand up for undocumented workers after being moved by testimonies of Holocaust survivors who described their struggles being undocumented immigrants themselves.

“I have observed growth, development and an enhanced understanding of the importance of human rights and advocacy after encouraging my students to participate in the IWitness Video Challenge,” said Karen Wells from Midland High School in Pleasant Plains, Arkansas. “For many students, participating in the experience is transformative and has proven to be a catalyst for stronger relationships within our school community.”

For more information, visit the IWitness Video Challenge website.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit DiscoveryEducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.

To read the full press release and for IWitness Video Challenge images, visit HERE and HERE.

 

 

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About USC Shoah Foundation:

USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education is dedicated to making audio- visual interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, a compelling voice for education and action. The Institute’s current collection of 55,000 eyewitness testimonies contained within its Visual History Archive® preserves history as told by the people who lived it, and lived through it. Housed at the University of Southern California, within the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Institute works with partners around the world to advance scholarship and research, to provide resources and online tools for educators, and to disseminate the testimonies for educational purposes.

 

About Discovery Education:

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Symbaloo Introduces Workspaces at ISTE 2018

The visual content-integration platform now gives all teachers and students access to features that were once available only to premium users.

(Chicago, Ill.) June 19, 2018 — Symbaloo today announced the release of Symbaloo workspaces. With the update, Symbaloo allows all teachers and students to collaborate through a suite of new features.

Symbaloo saves teachers time by providing them a way to easily select, organize, and blend online resources. Schools and districts can compile webmixes, or collections of resources andLearning Paths, into a private gallery. Learning Paths are sequenced tiles in a board-game style that help educators create lesson plans, deliver assignments, and personalize learning. With 11 million users around the world, Symbaloo has been popular with educators for 10 years.

“After conversations with teachers, students, tech coordinators, and district and state administrators, we concluded our users needed more flexibility in how they can collaborate and share,” said Klaas Lameijer, the CEO of Symbaloo. “The challenge for every teacher is to connect the right content to the right student at the right time in the learning process. With so much digital content available, Symbaloo’s mission is to make any kind of content available for every student in the world, while keeping to our philosophy of simplicity.”

The new Symbaloo workspaces feature a user-friendly design and streamlined tools for managing content and students. New integrations with OneRosterClasslinkClever, andIlliniCloud help teachers share content and data with their peers, students, and administrators. With these integrations, all teacher accounts, classes, and students can be imported and synced. Symbaloo workspaces are available in PRO versions for teachers, schools, and districts.

Lameijer concluded, “With Symbaloo, we deliver teachers a platform that will help them select the content that makes every student learn in the most efficient and effective way, based on learning talent and engagement.”

At ISTE 2018, educators can experience hands-on demos of the Symbaloo workspaces at booth 1174. Symbaloo will also be hosting its annual EdTech Karaoke Party, visited by approximately 3,000 teachers.

About Symbaloo
Symbaloo is a content-integration platform where teachers use webmixes to store and share, and Learning Paths to blend their resources. Webmixes allow teachers to create visual bookmarks that help them organize their resources, save them in the cloud, and access them from anywhere, with any device. Symbaloo Learning Paths are customizable progressions that incorporate both instruction and assessment, and enable teachers to track students’ progress in real time. With Symbaloo PRO+, schools and districts can share all their resources on one or multiple personalized domain(s) and enable teacher collaboration to create and deliver personalized content for every student. To learn more, please visitSymbaloo.com.

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Discovery Education and Arconic Foundation Launch ‘Manufacture Your Future Teacher Challenge’

— Nationwide challenge invites educators to design an in-school experience that inspires the next generation of manufacturing leaders —

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, June 19, 2018) – The accelerated advancement of technologies like 3-D printing, robotics and artificial intelligence welcomes a new realm of career possibilities in manufacturing for K-12 students. Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms andArconic Foundation, the independently endowed philanthropic arm of Arconic, announced today the first-ever Manufacture Your Future Teacher Challenge. The program calls upon educators to inspire students in grades 3-12 to take the first step toward exploring and pursuing modern manufacturing careers.

Teachers working alone or in teams will create a video pitch and a written proposal for an in-school experience that will bring manufacturing careers to life for their students, and support them in exploring different career pathways in advanced manufacturing. The winner will receive a $5,000 grant to put the proposal into action at their school.

As manufacturing continues evolve and require new skill sets, employers are in need of qualified workers who are passionate about the industry. The Manufacture Your Future Teacher Challenge empowers educators to connect classroom-based STEM lessons to enriched, real-world career experiences so that students have opportunities to gain valuable workplace skills prior to graduation.

“Innovation is fundamental to manufacturing and this challenge aims to open students’ eyes to the endless possibilities available to them in advanced manufacturing,” saidArconic Foundation Vice President of Global Communications and Program Development Suzanne van de Raadt. “Teachers foster design thinking and creativity in the classroom that lends itself to innovation. We’re proud to partner with a like-minded organization like Discovery Education to inspire next wave of future manufacturing leaders.”

Written proposals from applicants must include the following:

  • A description of the proposed in-school experience;
  • A description of how a $5,000 grant would be used to implement the experience;
  • Information about the individuals who will plan and host the event;
  • A description of the intended student audience for the event;
  • A list of critical resources, including at least one Manufacture Your Future resource; and
  • An explanation of how the students will benefit from the experience, including how it will inspire them to explore different career pathways in advanced manufacturing.

“Learning experiences that encourage students to imagine unique solutions for their world outside the classroom are those that last a lifetime,” said Discovery Education Vice President of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education Kristin Hirst. “The ‘Manufacture Your Future’ program embodies our mission to transform learning by partnering with a leading organization like Arconic.”

In the fourth year of the program, the Arconic Foundation and Discovery Education escalate a collaborative effort to inspire the next generation of manufacturing leaders and innovators by introducing the teacher challenge. Through the Manufacture Your Future partnership, Arconic employees will also guide students through the development of 3D printed parts for commercial and space vehicles during a Virtual Field Trip on October 5 in honor of Manufacturing Day.

The Manufacture Your Future Teacher Challenge opens on June 18, 2018 and closes on October 19, 2018. To learn more, visit: manufactureyourfuture.com. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.

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About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

 

About Arconic Foundation:

Arconic Foundation supports programs that help prepare the 21st century engineering and advanced manufacturing workforce. Arconic Foundation is an independently endowed foundation with assets of approximately $320 million and is the charitable arm of Arconic, Inc. – which works in close partnership with customers to solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through collaboration with our nonprofit partners, our initiatives make quality STEM education opportunities available to students; support engineering and technical skills training through community colleges, technical schools and universities around the world; and help to create access for underrepresented individuals to the STEM fields. The work of Arconic Foundation is further enhanced by the thousands of Arconic employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in their communities. Established in 2016, Arconic Foundation is active in 26 countries around the globe.

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3DBear Challenges ISTE 2018 Attendees to Build a Martian Colony in AR

At the Northern Illinois STEM Read event, teachers and students will rescue a stranded astronaut using augmented reality

(Chicago, Illinois) June 20, 2018 – At ISTE 2018,  3DBear is offering educators a thrilling challenge right out of a Hollywood movie: A U.S. astronaut is stranded on Mars. How are you going to save him? And as a teacher, what science could you teach your students as they try?

Students and teachers will have the chance to save that astronaut in augmented reality (AR) during the Northern Illinois STEM Read Professional Development Party in Space. The event will feature Andy Weir, author of the best-selling novels The Martian and Artemis.

 

Using 3DBear’s app and a virtual gallery of objects in Thingiverse, teams will develop 3D objects and create a colony on Mars. They will also consider the scientific principles behind growing plants and recycling water on their colony, and will use a Makerbot 3D printer to bring their 3DBear AR design to life.

 

“This gamified experience will allow educators to see a whole different side of teaching students everything from creativity to STEM topics,” said Jussi Kajala, the CEO of 3DBear, Inc. “When students are allowed to use their imagination and create their own objects, the possibilities are endless.”

3DBear, a leading provider of engaging AR solutions for education, allows students to create three-dimensional scenes right on their mobile devices. Students of all ages use 3DBear to actively design and create mixed-reality scenes, then bring their models to life using a 3D printer. 3DBear’s integration of AR, 3D modelling, and 3D printing is a fun, technology-enriched way of engaging learners across all subjects.

 

To register for the STEM Read event, click here. Discounts are offered to ISTE attendees.

 

Teachers can create transformational learning experiences for students by joining 3DBear’s AR Innovator Program. The program is a community of AR innovators, and also includes in-classroom professional development sessions. For a limited time, 100 schools can get 50% off the program fee as a grant. The program runs from May 2018 until June 2019. Schools can join until September 2018.

 

About 3DBear

3DBear provides schools and educational institutions with relevant, contemporary content and game-like software that make learning engaging and fun.It does this by integrating 3D modelling, AR, and 3D printing into the classroom. Its engaging pedagogical modules complement the offerings of hardware and CAD software providers, setting them apart from gaming and conventional e-learning platforms.

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A Humanoid Robot Inspires All Students to Explore STEM, Coding, and Programming

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For ISTE 2018, RoboKind introduces Jett and his STEM curriculum, which provides students with autism equal access to pursuing careers in technology

(Dallas, TX) June 20, 2018 — RoboKind, the creators of robots4autism and Milo, today introduced Jettthe coding and programming robot, along with the robots4STEM curriculumdesigned to teach all students, including those with disabilities, the skills they need to ignite a lasting interest in STEM. Jett is the younger sibling of RoboKind’s facially expressive robot Milo, and provides all students, including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the opportunity to explore STEM, coding, and programming.

The CDC recently announced the number of students identified as on the autism spectrum is rising, and 70–75% of those individuals are either unemployed or underemployed. Jett directly tackles one of the biggest challenges in STEM education for all students, including ASD individuals, and ultimately the workplace: the critical shortage of students who say they want to pursue careers in technology.

“Jett has the power to create neurodiversity in the workplace, which allows for a rich work environment when recognized and accounted for,” said Dr. Gregory Firn, the chief operating officer of RoboKind. “Individuals with ASD often thrive in process-driven, repetitious settings, which aligns with skills needed to learn coding and programming. With Jett, we’re empowering all students to be agents of their own education, and giving a number of traditionally underserved groups the access to coding and STEM that they deserve.”

Jett includes an entire curriculum of ready-made lessons that don’t require teachers to become coders or have any previous experience or background with coding. The project-based, self-paced continuum of learning starts with simple lessons and progresses to complex topics. Students self-direct their learning. They don’t depend on or require interaction with others, which has proven to be successful for students on the autism spectrum because it provides a safe, non-judgmental, and engaging environment. To get started, each student learns visual/block-coding basics through programing their virtual avatar, and when the code on-screen is correct, the student sends the commands to the robot, which executes what it has been told to do.

“As a result of interacting with Jett, users report more girls are interested in signing up for computer science courses at the middle school level, and are starting to picture themselves in STEM careers,” said Firn. “In addition, more students of color are having positive coding and programming experiences, and parents have been impressed with their students’ ability to learn coding and programming so quickly.”

At the ISTE conference on June 25th and 26th, RoboKind will share Jett with the education press at the PR with Panache! Storytelling Suite. To make an appointment, please contactChris Piehler. Educators can also see Jett in action at booth #2238.

To learn more about Jett, sign up for a free trail and a demo. Also, follow Jett on Twitter orFacebook.

About RoboKind 
RoboKind is a Dallas-based company whose mission is to create cost-effective and inclusive education for all. Working closely with the ASD community, RoboKind has developed robots4autism and Milo, the most advanced, facially expressive humanoid robot, who has proven effectiveness in engaging learners with ASD over 80% of the time, as opposed to the 3% for traditional therapy. Milo never gets tired, never gets frustrated, and is always consistent, which is important when teaching through repetition. His friendly demeanor and patience encourages learners with ASD to step out of their shell and gives them the courage to interact with their environment. The company also recently launched a new robot, Jett, along with the accompanying robots4STEM curriculum teaching elementary school students to code even if their teachers don’t know how.

RoboKind is dedicated to opening and creating pathways for all ages and groups so they can thrive in the real world through cost-effective means. To learn more, please visitRoboKind.com and follow Milo on Twitter or Facebook.

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Tennessee’s Hamilton County Schools Selects Discovery Education to Drive Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning Initiative in all Middle Schools and High Schools

 

– Award-Winning Digital Services and Professional Learning to Support the Development of Life-Long Learners-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (June 20, 2018)–  Tennessee’sHamilton County Schools(HCS) today announced it has selected Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms to support its inquiry-based teaching and learning initiative.  This new five-year partnership will bring Discovery Education’s award-winning digital services, as well as sustained professional learning, to all Hamilton County Schools’ middle and high school students and teachers.  This unique combination of rich digital content and professional learning will drive HCS’s efforts to help all students become life-long learners.

 

The Hamilton County School community is committed to creating an effective and high performing public education system that creates a great quality of life for a thriving community. Serving approximately 45,000 students, speaking 125 languages, across 576 square miles in southeastern Tennessee, HSC has chosen inquiry-based learning to activate the innate curiosity of its middle and high school students.  With Discovery Education’s unique blend of dynamic digital content and professional learning, district educators will be empowered to build digital, inquiry-based learning environments that create new pathways and opportunities for middle and high school students, helping them prepare for their post-secondary educations and careers.

 

In addition, HSC’s new partnership with Discovery Education also supports the district’s Future Ready Preps initiative.  This new effort seeks to personalize learning in the middle grades to meet every child where they are academically, expose them to a variety of potential careers, and support their social and emotional learning.  Academic performance in district middle grades will be the focus, and teachers will spearhead the instructional and cultural shifts required to achieve the new vision for the middle school experience. This vision also extends to high schools through the Future Ready Institutes.

 

Among the new resources soon to be available to district middle and high school educators are, Discovery Education’s innovative ScienceMath, and Social Studies Techbooks.  These digital textbooks are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and are updated regularly at no cost. The series encourages all learners through interactive features that change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud. Discovery Education’s Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips. Additionally, the Techbooks are platform neutral and can be used in one-to-one or one-to-many configurations and in any instructional environment.

 

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

 

In addition to the Techbooks, HCS’s educators and students will also shortly begin using the Discovery Education Streaming Plus and STEM Connectservices as core instructional resources to support their efforts to promote inquiry-based instruction.

 

Discovery EducationStreaming Plusis a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas that helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information across all subject areas. With Streaming Plus, students can access a variety of digital assets including images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, articles, videos, and more.  In addition, students using Streaming Plus 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, and content collections organized around themes, as well as a collection of new STEM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.

 

Discovery Education’s STEM Connect enhances core curriculum and brings STEM to life in classrooms.  A cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource built on a 4Cs STEM skills framework, STEM Connect helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation. Featuring flexible, modular learning units, STEM Connect provides students an easy-to-follow educational experience that includes real-world challenges, career connections, and hands-on activities.

“The team at the Hamilton County Schools understands that students who are motivated and interested in learning are more successful, confident, and experience higher achievement,” said Dr. Bryan Johnson, Hamilton County Schools Superintendent. “Our new partnership with Discovery Education will help us achieve the culture shift we need to create even more rewarding learning experiences that we know will lead to higher engagement and greater student success.”

 

In addition to integrating a new host of digital content into classroom instruction, HCS’s middle school and high school educators will also participate in sustained, job-embedded professional learning from Discovery Education’s expert faculty that will help the educators evolve their teaching practice and effectively use their new digital resources in the classroom. The Discovery Education Community will also support all HCS teachers’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

 

“Discovery Education is honored to collaborate with the talented team at the Hamilton County Schools as they create modern, inquiry-based learning experiences that will engage every child, every day,” said Anna Strassner, Discovery Education’s Senior Manager of Education Partnerships. “We look forward to supporting superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson and his entire team as they begin this exciting new journey.”

 

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

 

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About Discovery Education

 

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Insight ADVANCE Launches Updated Video Coaching Software for Educators at ISTE

Groundbreaking updates to the award-winning ADVANCE Suite allow educators to collaborate and evaluate classroom instruction best practices, all in one platform

(Encino, CA) June 21, 2018 – Insight ADVANCE, creator of groundbreaking tools for teachers’ professional growth, today announced a collection of updates to its award-winning observation, coaching, and evaluation software. Their video-based suite of products is designed to improve educators’ professional growth through collaboration and feedback.

The Insight ADVANCE Suite, including ADVANCEcalibrate®ADVANCEfeedback®, and ADVANCElearn, offers educators the opportunity to improve their practice and, ultimately, student achievement through video-based self-reflection, peer-to-peer collaboration, and coaching. Educators can use uploaded videos of their practice – classroom instruction, coaching conversations or professional development – to share with colleagues and coaches for detailed and specific feedback. State departments of education, school districts, and universities across the country use the ADVANCE Suite, and now will be able to network with one another to leverage a broader set of coaching resources. For example, the ADVANCE Suite supports the Empowering Educators to Excel (E3) program, which provides five school districts across the country the opportunity to grow as a networked improvement community.

“As part of E3, we’re focusing on coaching, professional development, and leadership development in order to positively impact student achievement,” said Dr. Danny Mendez, director of secondary education at MSD of Decatur Township in Indiana. “The Insight ADVANCE suite of products will not only support these efforts within our district, but also connect us and facilitate collaboration with districts in Texas, South Carolina, and Delaware.”

ADVANCEcalibrate® users complete video-based calibration exercises, ensuring that those who provide feedback have an aligned understanding of best practices for classroom instruction. Consistent feedback is feedback that teachers trust. ADVANCEfeedback® is designed to support educators in connecting on a deeper level using video and data to study best practices. Users can connect with peers within their district or branch out and see what peers around the country are doing in their classrooms.

New features in ADVANCEcalibrate include:

  • Easier tracking of results from broad assessments of observer alignment;
  • Immediate feedback available to participants upon completion of a video rating exercise;
  • Data designed to inform professional development and calibration practices for observers.
  • Using alignment data to inform targeted areas of improvement.

New features in ADVANCEfeedback include:

  • The ability for administrators to create inter-organizational groups of users to collaborate;
  • Increased flexibility in user management and permissions;
  • Improved video management tools and workflows for observations; and
  • Configurable pre- and post- observation surveys.

“We’re confident that the functionality included in the new release of the ADVANCE Suite will ensure that our K-12 and higher education partners are supported through our platform to expand their own practice, leveraging our software to streamline their data management and professional development programming into one powerful workflow to drive growth,” said Nancy Goodman, vice president of product for Insight ADVANCE.

At the ISTE Conference in Chicago from June 24–27, Insight ADVANCE will be exhibiting and demonstrating the ADVANCE Suite at booth 2286.

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/about-us.

 

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DISCOVERY EDUCATION AND 3M ANNOUNCE NATIONAL FINALISTS IN YOUNG SCIENTIST CHALLENGE

— Ten Young Inventors Compete for $25,000 and the Title of ‘America’s Top Young Scientist’ in the Nation’s Premier Science Competition —

  

Silver Spring, Md. and St. Paul, Minn. (Thursday, June 21, 2018) – Young minds dream big, and when given the opportunity, they have the innate ability to spark change for the betterment of communities large and small. Today, Discovery Education (@DiscoveryEd) and 3M (@3M) announced 10 finalists from across America as part of its Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge (#YoungScientist). This competition recognizes students in grades 6-8 who exude curiosity in the scientific process and inspire peers to solve the biggest challenges of the present and future.

Students were invited to submit short videos that describe a new invention or idea that could solve or impact an everyday problem. Of hundreds who entered, judges selected 10 finalists for their exceptional science acumen, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills demonstrated in their entry videos. The finalists   ̶ seven boys and three girls, ranging in ages from 12-14  ̶  include those from public and private schools all across the nation.

The 10 Finalists:

(in alphabetical order by last name)*:

  1. Mehaa AmirthalingamSugar Land, TX, Sartartia Middle School, Fort Bend Independent School District
  2. Sriram Bhimaraju, Cupertino, Calif., Harker Middle School, Private
  3. Anna Du, Andover, Mass., Andover School of Montessori
  4. Julia GelfondChevy Chase, Md., Silver Creek Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools
  5. Zachary HesslerVero Beach, Fla., Gifford Middle School, School District of Indian River County
  6. Rishab Jain, Portland, Ore., Stoller Middle School, Beaverton School District
  7. Theodore Jiang, Santa Monica, Calif., Paul Revere Middle School, Los Angeles Unified School District Local District-Northeast
  8. Cameron SharmaGlen Allen, Va., George H. Moody Middle School, Henrico County School District
  9. Krish WadhwaniAlpharetta, Ga., DeSana Middle School, Forsyth County School District
  10. Leo WylonisBerwyn, Pa., Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School, Tredyffrin-Easttown School District

“The Young Scientist Challenge has not only supported students in achieving their dreams, but it has also provided the 3M team with the opportunity to contribute to the future of science in a special way,” said Paul Keel, senior vice president of Business Development and Marketing-Sales at 3M. “As we look toward the next chapter of 3M’s involvement in youth development, we are tremendously proud to be a part of shaping our next educators, entreprenuers and inventors.”

Finalists will have the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with 3M scientists during a summer mentorship program to develop their ideas into a working solution that has potential to positively impact their family, community or the global population.

Students meet virtually with their mentors, who provide guidance from concept to prototype. 3M is a company rooted in scientific exploration, and the belief that every problem has a solution. These practices offer students’ complete experience of the scientific process and how to apply it to solve a real world problem. Throughout the program, each student will have access to resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education.

“Year after year, we have been honored to witness firsthand the ingenuity and charisma of nation’s youngest generation,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Discovery Education. “3M shares our unwavering support for children who, no matter their age, seize the opportunity to solve real-world problems and who encourage their peers to explore the power of science.”

All 10 finalists receive $1,000 and a trip to 3M Headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., to participate in the final competition at the 3M Innovation Center during October 2018. A panel of judges will evaluate finalists on a series of challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Judges will score each challenge independently. The winner will receive $25,000, a trip to watch the taping of a Discovery Network show and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

3M has been a title sponsor of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for more than 10 consecutive years. The program has produced 10 brilliant winners and 90 finalists who have gone on to give TED Talks, file patents, found nonprofits, make the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange and compete in the White House Science Fair. These young innovators have been featured in Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Business Insider and more.

For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including photos and bios of the 10 finalists and a list of the 34 state merit winners, please visit www.youngscientistlab.com/challenge.  On Twitter, follow @3M and @DiscoveryEd and join the conversation using #YoungScientist.

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About Discovery Education:

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

 

About 3M:

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 91,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.

JUNE 14, 2018 , HAPPY FLAG DAY

Smoothwall acquires Future Digital

The acquisition adds to Smoothwall’s market-leading web filtering and safeguarding solutions as it expands its presence in the UK, US and internationally – now covering over 10,000 schools.

CHARLOTTE – Smoothwall, the market-leading developer of web filtering and monitoring solutions, has today announced it has acquired digital safeguarding company Future Digital. The acquisition comes as Smoothwall continues to grow its presence in the student online protection sector in the US and internationally following the appointment of former Tesla director Georg Ell in May this year.

In acquiring Future Digital, Smoothwall is adding to its existing portfolio of safeguarding and filtering solutions, cementing the company’s position as the number one provider of safeguarding technology in the US and UK education sectors. Future Digital provides real-time, cloud-based, monitoring solutions with highly visual and intuitive dashboards. This perfectly complements Smoothwall’s Safeguarding suite which offers additional reporting functionality and monitoring of internet behavior. By offering both solutions, Smoothwall is now able to provide customers with a range of student safeguarding options, suited to their needs.

“We are thrilled to incorporate Future Digital into Smoothwall, with our two product sets complementing each other well. This will allow us to offer a bigger range of safeguarding and filtering services based on our customers’ requirements,” said Georg Ell, CEO of Smoothwall. “Smoothwall has a great reputation across a number of sectors and bringing Future Digital into the fold only strengthens that. In Education alone, we will now be serving over 10,000 schools globally. We believe that keeping students safe online is a fundamental duty in educational organizations of all types and sizes and our mission is to support that with robust, powerful, user-friendly solutions.”

Future Digital’s 2000+ existing customers will see no disruption in service and support. Smoothwall will continue to innovate as it combines the two teams and enhances the product offering.

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About Smoothwall Since 2001, Smoothwall has provided world-class internet security and content filtering solutions to protect and empower millions of users worldwide. By allowing filtering, monitoring and reporting on actual web content, Smoothwall allows educators to protect and empower students online at school and at home. Visit us: us.smoothwall.com
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THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION NAME GRAND WINNER OF OPERATION PREVENTION VIDEO CHALLENGE

 

— Utah teen to receive $10,000 for his public service announcement on dangers of youth opioid misuse —

 

Washington D.C. and Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, June 14, 2018) – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the DEA Educational Foundation and Discovery Education awarded Porter Christensen of Pine View High School in Utah (Washington County School District), the grand prize for the annual Operation Prevention Video Challenge. Christensen’s public service announcement entitled “Waiting to Die” elicits the visceral experience of opioid misuse while taking viewers inside the mind of one teen’s decision making.

Teenagers across the nation were invited to submit 30-60 second video public service announcements that capture their unique voice in order to communicate the opioid epidemic as a national crisis. In “Waiting to Die,” Christensen connects peer-to-peer by displaying self-talk that can lead to poor choices teens later regret. His character in the video urges viewers to “please don’t make the same mistake.”

“Having to operate the camera while being the actor is challenging, but incredibly satisfying when I see my finished product. I hope that through my writing, editing and music, my peers are able to comprehend the emotion I tried to convey,” said Christensen.

The second-annual video challenge is a part of a joint nationwide education initiative titled Operation Prevention that educates students about the science behind addiction and its impact on the brain and body. Available at no cost, the initiative’s resources help promote lifesaving discussions in the home and classroom.

“Teens are agents of change, and their actions speak volumes to peers. Together, we can work toward raising awareness, and most importantly, prevention, among our youth population,” said Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson. “Congratulations to Porter for lending his voice to an important cause and producing a powerful portrayal of the pain opioid misuse causes.”

The winning video was chosen by a panel of educators and judges at Discovery Education, the DEA and DEA Educational Foundation. The other winners include:

  • Second Place: Palmer Williams of Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, Georgia (Cobb County School District) will receive $5,000 for the video “One Bad Choice.”
  • Third Place: Calvin SimonElijah MitchellHassiara McNeal, and Jessica Ohlsen of Atlantic County Institute of Technology in Atlantic County, N.J. (Atlantic County Vocational School District) will receive $1,000 for their contribution titled “This Isn’t You.”
  • People’s Choice Award: Garrett MillerAyanna FourteRobert Smith and ZaQuan Muhammad of Kenwood Academy in Chicago, Ill. (Chicago Public School District) earned the most votes in the People’s Choice Award category for “Don’t Do It.” Selected through a period of public voting online, the People’s Choice Award winners will receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the DEA Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

The prizes awarded to the first, second, third place and People’s Choice Award winners are provided courtesy of the DEA Educational Foundation.

The videos of the winners can be viewed at operationprevention.com/video-challenge. Winning public service announcements will be featured across DE and DEA digital and social media platforms.

“Porter’s ‘Operation Prevention’ video submission communicated an honest, connected and proactive stance on dangers of drug abuse,” said Kelly Thomas, fine arts teacher, Pine View High School, Washington County School District. “It’s vital that we raise conversations and inspire solutions in the fight against the opioid epidemic. He continues to use his art to help the world become a better place.”

“Congratulations to all challenge winners for starting an important conversation with teens across the nation. We’re humbled by the students, families and educators who have joined this tremendous effort to promote drug-free living in our communities and schools,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education.

To learn more about Operation Prevention, visit operationprevention.com. For more information about Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus services, digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.

To review the full press release, visit HERE. For photo and video assets, click HERE.

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About the Drug Enforcement Administration

The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.

About the DEA Educational Foundation

Established in 2001, the DEA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preventing drug abuse. The foundation supports the DEA through advocacy, outreach, and educational programs.

 

About Discovery Education

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

JUNE 13, 2018

Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Instruction Aligns to WIDA PRIME V2 Correlation Criteria for English Language Learners  

 

Third-party review of the online reading and mathematics program identifies how i-Ready represents the components of the English Language Development Standards and WIDA Standards Framework for EL students in Grades K–8

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., June 13, 2018—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Instruction for Grades K–8 recently met all correlation criteria for the WIDA PRIME V2 Protocol for Review of Instructional Materials for ELLs (PRIME V2). The PRIME V2 offers educators a methodology to determine how instructional materials are correlated to the WIDA Standards Framework, connected to English and Spanish Language Development Standards, and relevant for both US domestic and international audiences to meet the academic needs of English Language Learners (ELLs).

i-Ready’s ELL support is built directly into the program’s instructional materials—it is embedded, not an add-on,” said Claudia Salinas, Vice President of English Learning at Curriculum Associates. “The alignment to the WIDA correlations underscores our company’s commitment to helping all students succeed and will greatly assist educators in making informed decisions as they select instructional materials for their reading and mathematics programs.”

The WIDA PRIME V2 correlation process identifies how the components of the 2012 Amplification of the English Language Development Standards (K–12) and the Spanish Language Development (SLD) Standards (K–12) are represented in instructional materials. The PRIME V2 specifically examines instructional materials’ asset-based philosophy, academic language, performance definitions, and strands of model performance indictors and the standards matrices.

Built to address the rigor of the new standards, i-Ready’s mathematics and reading programs help students make real gains. i-Ready collects a broad spectrum of rich data on student abilities that identifies areas where a student is struggling, measures growth across a student’s career, supports teacher-led differentiated instruction, and provides a personalized instructional path within a single online solution.

i-Ready supports different levels of language proficiency and specifically engages EL students through text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world instruction. The vocabulary words used throughout the instructional program include Tier 2 high-utility words that are specifically chosen to maximize EL students’ vocabulary.

i‑Ready is currently being used this school year by nearly 15 percent of all K–8 students nationwide across all 50 states. To learn more about i-Ready, visit www.i-Ready.com/achievement.

To learn more about i-Ready Instruction’s alignment to PRIME V2, visit the WIDA website https://www.wceps.org/widaprimev2/.

About Curriculum Associates

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