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OCT 17, 2017

CEV Multimedia Releases CTE Course for Aspiring Teachers

Online learning platform offers 20 lessons to prepare future educators

LUBBOCK, Texas (Oct. 16, 2017) – There is no one better equipped to prepare aspiring teachers than teachers themselves. That’s why CEV Multimedia, the leading producer of CTE curriculum resources, announces the release of an instructional practices in education and training course to enable future educators to begin preparing for their careers sooner.

Offered through iCEV, an online learning platform, the instructional practices in education and training course offers 20 lessons which cover educational assessments, learning styles, special education and more.

To read the full news release, click here.

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Texas’ Corpus Christi Independent School District and Discovery Education Launch New Partnership Transforming Social Studies Education

 

– Award-Winning Social Studies Techbook to be Integrated into 8th Grade Classrooms Districtwide

 

Silver Spring, MD. (October 17, 2017) – Texas’ Corpus Christi Independent School District (CCISD) and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced the launch of a new partnership focused on helping students prepare for an active civic life. Through this new relationship, CCISD educators will soon begin integrating Discovery Education’s award-winning Social Studies Techbook™ into teaching and learning in 8th grade classrooms districtwide.

 

Committed to developing hearts and minds, CCISD serves over 38,000 students at 59 campuses within 68 square miles. With a mission to graduate lifelong learners prepared to continue their education, enter the world of work, and be productive citizens, CCISD enjoys an outstanding reputation as a strong school system focused on excellence in education.

 

Seeking to continue the district’s tradition of innovation in education, CCISD has embarked on an effort to prepare students for an active civic life by integrating high quality digital content into social studies teaching and learning. To kick start this effort, CCISD’s 8th grade educators will be empowered with Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook to create challenging and engaging instructional experiences that bring historical events, social concepts, and cultural phenomena to life in their classrooms.

 

Discovery Education’s Techbooks are breakthrough digital textbooks that 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. The Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips. 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 Social Studies Techbook series uses 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. Each subject area includes primary source documents and activities, digital investigations, multimedia reference library, interactive maps and informational texts. The Social Studies Techbook is organized around complex Essential Questions that students use to guide their inquiry, analyze issues, and propose solutions to better understand their world.   Aligned with the National Council for the Social Studies’ C3 Framework, the Social Studies Techbook helps students develop key literacy and writing skills and provides a multitude of resources to young people for college, careers, and civic life.  Currently, Discovery Education Techbooks are used by more than 3 million students in all 50 U.S. states and several Canadian provinces.

 

“The talented educators at CCISD are dedicated to preparing our students to become active participants in our democratic society,” said Corpus Christi Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Roland Hernandez. “We believe that providing robust social studies lessons in an engaging digital environment powered by Discovery Education will transform students’ perception of their role as participants in civic life and prepare them for success beyond the classroom.”

 

The Discovery Education Community will also aid CCISD’s educators’ 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 CCISD on their effort to create dynamic social studies learning experiences that help students learn more about their role in society,” said Discovery Education Director of Education Partnerships Phillip Mikula. “We look forward to supporting Superintendent Hernandez and his wonderful team of educators and administrators across the district as we begin this exciting project.”

 

For more information about Discovery Education’s Techbook Series, digital resources, 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
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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  FROM NCTQ.ORG

LOW PAY IS SHUTTING TEACHERS OUT OF SOME HOUSING MARKETS
In 80 percent of the largest school districts, a teacher with an MA and five years’ experience cannot
comfortably afford housing payments
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) released a report today that
highlights the serious challenge teachers face in being able to afford housing in the districts where they
teach. In its October Teacher Trendline, NCTQ used data from the Teacher Contract Database to compare
teacher salaries with rental and homeownership pricing data in 124 large school districts across the
country.
The findings show that while renting a one-bedroom apartment is within reach for new teachers working in
most districts, in about a quarter of the districts, it is not. Home ownership is even more difficult. In some
districts, saving up for the recommended down payment of 20 percent or meeting mortgage obligations is
beyond a teacher’s means, even for a teacher who is at the higher end of the salary schedule. That
problem is particularly acute in school districts located in the West and Northeast.
Perhaps the most surprising finding is that even in districts where saving up for a down payment on a home
is “doable”, making the monthly housing payment is well outside the comfortable reach of teachers. In 80
percent of the districts, a teacher with five years of experience still would need to expend more than the
recommended 30 percent of their income on housing payments.
Key findings of the Trendline analysis include:
● In one out of four of the largest school districts in the U.S., a starting teacher cannot afford to rent a
one-bedroom apartment.
● While the average length of time needed to accumulate a down payment of 20 percent towards a
median-price home is ten years, assuming a 10 percent savings rate, there is tremendous variation.
Texas is notably affordable with seven of its large districts–San Antonio, Aldine, Brownsville, Fort
Worth, Pasadena, Dallas, and Arlington–enabling a teacher to achieve a down payment on a
median-priced home in five years or less.
● At the other end of the spectrum are teachers in San Francisco, Capistrano (CA), Oakland, Fairfax
County (VA), and Hawaii, where it would take teachers over 20 years to save a comparable down
payment.
● Only in a minority of districts are monthly housing payments affordable, with San Antonio,
Baltimore City, and Philadelphia being the most affordable for teachers.
● A number of districts, such as Oklahoma City, Polk County (FL), El Paso, and Omaha, are in the
lowest quartile for monthly housing costs but have kept teacher salaries so low that
homeownership is still a struggle for their teachers.
● There are eight districts–West Ada (ID), Jordan (UT), Loudoun County (VA), Hawaii, San Francisco,
Oakland, Capistrano (CA), and Los Angeles–where a single teacher will never be able to dedicate
the recommended 30 percent or less of a salary to monthly housing payments, even when earning
the maximum possible teacher salary.
View the full report here. To view salary, rental, and homeownership pricing data for all the districts in
our sample, explore our interactive map.
The Policy View
These data make it clear that districts must consider cost-of-living when determining teacher salaries, but
more importantly, that the practice of school districts reserving the biggest pay increases to teachers only
at the tail end of their careers has serious consequences. Incremental pay raises over the first ten years of
teaching make it less likely that a teacher even in her forties can buy a home, a problem that deters
potential teachers from the profession and leads to higher turnover.
“The most important symbol for prosperity is home ownership. It doesn’t just fall to school districts to
ensure that teachers can achieve this goal in a reasonable time frame, but also their states,” said Kate
Walsh, NCTQ’s President. “On so many levels, teacher pay is in need of a massive overhaul, but we must
start at the beginning to fix this problem, ensuring that teachers can put a roof over their heads. ”
As some schools districts across the United States have difficulty recruiting teachers, a good place to start
tackling the problem is in considering housing.
For more, see NCTQ’s Smart Money report.
Methodology
To conduct this analysis, NCTQ examined teacher salaries against the average price of a one-bedroom
rental and the median price of homes in the school districts. It considered the time needed to come up with
a 20 percent down payment for a home and the ability of a teacher to afford a monthly housing payment,
which includes mortgage, taxes, insurance, and utilities.
The sample districts include the 100 largest in the country by student population, and the largest district in
each state, if not already represented. The salary data for these 124 districts are housed in NCTQ’s Teacher
Contract Database, and the analysis includes starting salary for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree, salary
for a teacher with five years’ experience and a master’s degree (which tends to qualify teachers for a pay
raise), and the maximum salary in each district. Median-apartment rent in each district was retrieved from
Zillow, while median-housing costs were retrieved from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development considers families who pay more than 30 percent of
their income on housing as “cost-burdened”, therefore the 30 percent standard was applied for calculations
of affordability.
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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 nstitutions with the greatest authority and influence over teachers. More information about NCTQ can be found on our website, http://www.nctq.org.

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Insight Education Group Awarded Educator Effectiveness Grant from U.S. Department of Education

Insight will use the funding to support networked improvement communities for 47 schools across four states

 

(Encino, CA) October 17, 2017 — Insight Education Group today announced that it has been awarded a Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program (TSL) Grant through the U.S. Department of Education. TSL funding will support Insight’s Empowering Educators to Excel (E3) program, a partnership which provides 47 schools across four states the opportunity to work together in a networked improvement community (NIC) context.

 

E3 will focus on the greatest school-related influencers on student achievement: the recruitment, development, and retention of teachers, teacher leaders, and principals. Educators will engage in a wide-range of wrap-around supports, including leadership academies, PLCs, and individual and peer coaching both face-to-face and virtual.

 

“A large percentage of school districts across the U.S. are comprised of 15 or fewer schools,” said Jason Stricker, CEO and co-founder of Insight Education Group. “Many of these school districts lack the resources and infrastructure of larger districts, but confront the same basic challenges. Through E3, these districts who share a growth mindset will be empowered to leverage the network and technology to forge partnerships across state lines which will lead to improved educational outcomes for students across the country.”

 

Insight Education Group will partner with and support five districts across four states: Colonial School District (New Castle, DE), Gainesville Independent School District (Gainesville, TX), Marion County School District (Marion, SC), Marlboro County School District (Marlboro, SC), and Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township (Decatur, IN).

 

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, the TSL grant is a new discretionary grant program that builds on the former Teacher Incentive Fund program. TSL promotes the implementation of performance-based compensation and comprehensive human capital management systems for teachers, principals, and other school leaders.

 

For more information on E3, please visit http://www.insighteducationgroup.com/tsl

 

Insight Education Group
Insight Education Group is an international educational consulting company that partners with education leaders to develop the strategy and confidence to lead bold change. Since 2000, Insight has provided wrap-around supports to K12 teachers, instructional coaches, principals, and district administrators that lead to increased educator effectiveness and ultimately student achievement.

 

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OCTOBER 11, 2017

MindRocket Media Group Announces Acquisition of American ED TV

Full service public relations, editorial, and business strategy firm acquires the leading news and entertainment company focused on American education.

Nashville, TN―MindRocket Media Group, the comprehensive multi-channel public relations and editorial firm, has announced the acquisition of American ED TV, the first television media company focused on American education. MindRocket will soon begin production on original television content to be broadcast into more than 70 million U.S. homes through local broadcast affiliates. The American ED TV team, led by its co-founders, Matt Cacciato, Emmy Award-winning executive producer Fred Cambria and Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning anchor Jack Ford, adds invaluable television industry experience and expertise to MindRocket’s media production capabilities, strengthening the firm’s positioning as the premier thought leadership and content provider in the education industry.

“We’re so excited to become a part of MindRocket Media Group and work together toward our shared mission in education media,” said Ford. “Our goal at American ED TV has always been to create quality content that galvanizes all stakeholders, including students, parents, educators, and concerned citizens, to improve the American education system, and we couldn’t have better partners than Rod Berger and the rest of the MindRocket team.”

“I have long been a fan of Jack Ford, following along with his anchor and correspondent work on many of the leading broadcast and cable networks in the nation. When the opportunity arose to acquire American ED TV and form a working partnership with he and Fred Cambria, another tremendously accomplished figure in the television industry, it was an easy decision for MindRocket,” said Dr. Rod Berger, President and CEO of MindRocket Media Group. “This is the essential next step for the MindRocket team as we increase our investment in visual media and open up new lanes of content distribution through broadcast syndication and over-the-top networks.”

The first program to begin production will be The Jack Ford Report, a 60-minute syndicated broadcast, digital, and on-demand education news program that will bring the real issues of education into 70 million homes―including the top 10 U.S. media markets―each week. The report will look at every factor contributing to student and educator success, including the latest in instructional strategies, curriculum enhancements, developments in education technology, and more. This news program will be hosted by Ford, a 30-year news veteran whose on-camera work has included time at NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN, and Court TV.

“MindRocket is now firmly positioned as the leader in education media and the American ED TV family is proud to be a part of this amazing firm,” said Cambria. Mr. Cacciato will continue as Lecturer/Instructor, Ohio University, College of Business, Sports Administration.

Education technology providers, curriculum developers, publishers, and professional development consultants can learn more about working with MindRocket Media Group at www.mindrocketmediagroup.com.

About MindRocket Media Group

MindRocket Media Group is a multimedia, multi-channel, production, marketing and public relations firm specializing in education industry thought leadership and strategy. MindRocket’s clients are education organizations and companies worldwide, seeking market exposure and influence through new media and high-fidelity assets. MindRocket also produces and distributes education news, event coverage, commentary and product review to third party media channels.

About American ED TV

American ED TV is the leader in delivering entertaining, trusted and empowering content to galvanize the community of educators, students, parents and concerned citizens for the purpose of improving our education system.

About Dr. Rod Berger

Dr. Rod Berger is President and CEO of MindRocket Media Group. Berger is a global education media personality and strategic influencer featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Scholastic, eSchool News, eCampus News, Edarabia, and edCircuit. Berger has interviewed many of the leading minds and influencers in education, including Sir Ken Robinson, Arne Duncan, Randi Weingarten, and Sal Khan, along with leading edtech investors, award-winning educators, and state and federal education leaders.

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Florida’s Santa Rosa County District Schools to Continue Expanding STEAM Initiative Through Broadened Partnership with Discovery Education

 

–Award-Winning Digital Techbooks and Sustained Professional Development to Help Continue Driving District’s STEAM Innovate! Initiative –

 

 

Silver Spring, MD. (October 10, 2017) – Florida’s Santa Rosa County District Schools (SRCDS) today announced a broadening of their ongoing partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. In the newest stage of a collaboration spanning more than a decade, Discovery Education will support the expansion of SRCDS’s world-class STEAM education program, STEAM Innovate!, in all high schools across the district with a unique blend of sustained professional development and high-quality digital content.

SRCDS is committed to ensuring every student has equitable access to instructional excellence. To achieve this mission, in 2015 SRCDS launched STEAM Innovate!, which is transforming all district classrooms into rich STEAM-infused learning environments that increase student achievement and nurtures students’ critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creative skills. While the first and second years of STEAM Innovate! focused on bringing sustained professional development and engaging digital content to K-5 and middle school classrooms, the third year of this effort will focus on providing high school educators the resources they need to create immersive STEAM classrooms.

 

Specifically, the latest phase of STEAM Innovate! will add 35 high school educators to the initiative’s professional development effort.  A comprehensive professional development system supported by Discovery Education’s STEM Leader Corps model, STEAM Innovate! supports the growth of teacher-leaders as they become change agents powering the district’s transition to a STEAM-focused education culture.

 

SRCDS is among the first school systems in the nation to implement a STEAM-focused capacity building model as part of its dedicated effort to provide each student an engaging STEAM learning environment.  Since the inception of the STEM Innovate! initative, SRCDS has been an international leader in STEAM education.  In January of 2017, SRDCS hosted the first-ever National STEM Symposium, which brought together STEM/STEAM thought-leaders from around the world for a unique professional development event that showcased SRCDS’s innovative STEAM education effort.

 

In addition, the third year of STEAM Innovate! will see all high school math and science teachers integrate Discovery Education’s Science Techbook™ and Math Techbooks™, into teaching and learning.

 

Discovery Education’s Techbooks are breakthrough digital textbooks that 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. The Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips.

 

Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the 5E model, Discovery Education’s Science Techbook, through hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities, helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientists.  In addition, the Science Techbook also features a variety of STEM resources that help educators create engaging STEM learning experiences in their classrooms.  Discovery Education’s Math Techbook is a digital textbook that connects students to math through real-world problems worth solving, combines conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application to help all students develop a long-lasting mastery of mathematics.

 

“Santa Rosa County District Schools’ STEAM Innovate! initiative is a critical component of the school system’s effort to ensure all students have an academic experience that prepares them for life beyond school,” said Santa Rosa County District Schools Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick. “The expansion of our partnership with Discovery Education will help us meet this important goal, and we look forward to continuing our work with the talented Discovery Education team.”

 

The Discovery Education Community will continue supporting SRCDS educators’ 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.

 

“Our tremendous partners at the Santa Rosa County District Schools are at the leading edge of the nationwide movement to STEAM education, and we are proud to support their work,” said Jason Sinquefield Director of Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We look forward to continuing to collaborate with teachers and administrators across the school system on this creative initiative and on our joint mission to help every student develop the skills they need to succeed in college, career, and citizenship.”

 

For more information about Discovery Education’s Techbook Series, Professional Development initiatives, 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
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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Curriculum Associates Supports Professional Advancement for Latino Administrators by Sponsoring ALAS Scholarship Awards

Scholarships will help two aspiring administrators earn advanced degrees in education

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., October 11, 2017—For the third consecutive year, Curriculum Associates has partnered with the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) to provide $12,000 in scholarship funds to help two aspiring Latino administrators earn advanced degrees in education. Through Curriculum Associates’ sponsorship, Debora Borges-Carrera of the School District of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA will receive $10,000, and Eugene Figueroa of Validus Preparatory Academy in Bronx, NY will receive $2,000.

“Leadership and education are crucial factors that impact the Latino community across this country. Through these generous scholarships provided by our partners at Curriculum Associates, we’re able to build greater leadership capacity among Latino educators,” said Nancy Lewin, executive director of ALAS. “Both Debora and Eugene are dedicated education professionals, and these scholarships will elevate the positive impact in the communities in which they lead and serve.”

 

Borges-Carrera is the assistant superintendent of Neighborhood Network One in the School District of Philadelphia. She received a Bachelor of Science in Early and Elementary Education from Temple University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from St. Joseph’s University, and she is currently pursuing her doctorate at Gwynedd Mercy University. She also recently completed the Superintendents Leadership Academy from the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS SLA). Borges-Carrera, who began her career as a teacher, has successfully advanced through the School District of Philadelphia as an assistant principal, principal, and now assistant superintendent.

 

“Receiving the scholarship from ALAS and Curriculum Associates is an honor and truly humbling. This scholarship is validation that there is a greater community of partners who are vested in the growth of Latino leaders and are committed to ensuring our Latino students have the most effective advocates for their education,” said Borges-Carrera. “I am grateful to have been selected and accept the responsibility to best serve my community that comes with earning my doctorate from Gwynedd Mercy University.”

 

Figueroa, the assistant principal of Validus Preparatory Academy, is currently pursuing his doctorate in educational leadership at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. His 25-year career has been focused on human services initiatives, correctional counseling with an emphasis on juvenile delinquency prevention, and education, all with a dedication to serving at-risk Latino youth in urban communities. Figueroa has worked for the New York City Department of Education as a bilingual special education teacher and dean and has obtained four master’s degrees throughout his career.

 

“We are proud to partner with ALAS to recognize these exemplary leaders and their dedication to the success of all students,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “With scholarships to support their educational and career growth, these remarkable leaders will continue to expand their positive impact on learning in the communities they serve.”

 

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.

OCTOBER 10, 2017

bulb Announces Key Partnerships, Key New Hires

Team and partners expanded to grow and serve education market for leading digital portfolio software company.

(AUSTIN, TX) October 10, 2017 –  bulb, the emerging leader in digital portfolio software, announces the appointment of industry veterans Aaron Sever as Director of Sales, and Account Executives Janice Bowen, Gwen Cheatham, and Aimee Schroeder. The company is also partnering to support Digital Promise, the bipartisan nonprofit formally launched by President Barack Obama in September 2011 to accelerate innovation in education.

Eric Goldreyer, CEO of bulb said of the new hiring, “Aaron, Janice, Gwen and Aimee bring decades of education experience to these newly created positions overseeing every aspect of deployment into the school district marketplace.” With respect to our new innovation partner, he said,“We are thrilled to partner with Digital Promise to spur innovation in education to improve opportunities to learn.”

Aaron Sever has 17 years of experience in education publishing and technology. At Perfection Learning, he led southern US sales and grew revenue in his region every year. Previously, Aaron helped the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt team exceed quota by gaining over 50% market share in Texas in multiple years. Aaron has a BS from Bowling Green and a MBA from TCU

Janice Bowen has 20+ years of sales experience. She was the No. 1 producer in the nation multiple years at Perfection Learning. Previously, she was the top sales producer for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, both statewide and nationally. Janice has a BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas.

Gwen Cheatham has 20+ years of sales experience and most recently worked in educational sales for 11 years as an Account Executive with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Gwen supported all curriculum and instructional needs for large urban and suburban school districts where she consistently grew market share and exceeded sales quota. She has a BA from The University of Texas at Austin.

Aimee Schroeder is an Educational Professional with 20+ years of experience in classroom teaching, educational sales, marketing, and professional development. Aimee has worked core academic subjects and specialty areas including career and technical education. She has a BS and teaching certification from Sam Houston State University.

As the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies, Digital Promise works at the intersection of education leaders, researchers, and learning technology developers. Partners like bulb, Bill & Melinda Gates, Chan Zuckerberg, Michael & Susan Dell, and William and Flora Hewlett support the mission of improving the opportunity to learn.

About bulb

bulb is an EdTech company specializing in digital portfolios. bulb is committed to the discipline of learning and the craft of teaching; we believe that technology should enhance and accelerate both rather than detract from them. bulb is the place where students and educators curate and create, share and showcase their smarts. bulb understands that form follows function, so we not only make bulb pleasing to the eye, we also make it super easy to use. At its essence, bulb is where ideas are cultivated into amazing work, which can be shared and refined over a lifetime. For more information, visit bulbapp.com.

OCT 6, 2017

Aperture Education Launches New Web Portal to Help Parents Understand and Teach Social-Emotional Learning Skills to their Children

 

New “parent portal” offers information and free SEL activities for families

 

Charlotte N.C. (Oct. 5, 2017) — Acquiring strong social-emotional skills can boost students’ academic achievement and set them up for lifelong success. When it comes to teaching these skills, parents play a key role. That’s why social-emotional learning (SEL) company Aperture Education has launched a new section on its web site dedicated to helping parents and families understand social-emotional skills, This “parent portal” provides information, resources and free activities on SEL to help parents practice and teach these skills at home. The parent portal can be accessed at www.apertureed.com/parent-portal/.

 

“Positive reinforcement at home is a huge component in helping children succeed in academics. The same is true for social-emotional learning,” said Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture. “We wanted to provide a place on our site to support parents in reinforcing these skills. By focusing on building strong SEL skills, parents can help create happier, healthier environments for their children at home, in school, and beyond.”

 

The parent portal introduces parents to eight SEL skills – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, goal-directed behavior, personal responsibility, decision-making, and optimistic thinking. It explains why these skills are important and provides free, downloadable resources and activities to help parents teach the skills at home. The activities are geared toward children in grades K-8.

 

The parent portal is part of Aperture’s mission to ensure that children (and adults) have the social and emotional skills to be successful, productive and happy. Research shows that students who participate in SEL programs score higher academically than their peers. They are also more likely to graduate from high school and college. Numerous studies also link evidence-based SEL programs to decreases in suspensions and other disciplinary issues.

 

“Building strong social-emotional skills has a positive impact on children in school, at home and in life,” said Adamson. “Our parent portal will provide an opportunity for families to learn more about SEL and practice these skills at home.”

 

About Aperture Education

Aperture Education is a social enterprise focused on addressing the whole child. Its social and emotional learning (SEL) solution, Evo Social/Emotional, is based on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of critical social and emotional skills such as personal responsibility, self-management, relationship skills and healthy decision-making. The Evo Social/Emotional online system includes both the DESSA assessment and the DESSA-mini, a brief, universal screener of social and emotional competence. Evo Social/Emotional also provides strategies to strengthen social and emotional skills. Version 2.0, now available, provides the data needed to help SEL program administrators measure the impact of their programs and to help educators understand students’ SEL needs and strengths. For more information, go to www.ApertureEd.com.

 

OCTOBER 5, 2017

Discovery Education Community Invites Educators Worldwide to Attend

the 2017 Fall VirtCon

 

– Virtual event provides teachers and administrators actionable strategies for deepening the integration of digital media into classroom instruction –

 

Silver Spring, Md. (October 5, 2017) – The Discovery Education Community invites teachers and administrators worldwide to participate in the 2017 Fall VirtCon on Saturday, October 21,  from 8:45AM – 3PM EST. The Discovery Education Community is supported by Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms.  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 professional learning, idea sharing, networking and inspiration.

 

The 2017 Fall VirtCon provides a unique, no-cost opportunity for educators at all levels to improve their teaching practice and gain inspiration through stimulating presentations and interesting conversations about building digital learning environments with their colleagues around the globe.  In addition to providing new perspectives and insight on issues important to today’s educators, VirtCon offers participants the opportunity to connect with their colleagues, share ideas and instructional tools, and discover new digital resources they can immediately integrate into teaching and learning. Last year, approximately 3,000 educators participated in the Fall VirtCon.

While the 2017 Fall VirtCon includes a variety of engaging online presentations and sessions, it also features a number of ongoing discussions, facilitated by Discovery Education Community members and the expert Discovery Education staff, on timely education topics, including:

 

  • Share the World with Your Students Through Content, Programs, and Experiences. During this discussion, participants will learn how to combine standards-aligned content, virtual field trips, collaborative projects and more to create engaging student-driven learning opportunities.
  • Reaching Diverse Learners.  This session will provide attendees with new and creative ways to engage diverse learners with multimodal digital content. Attendees will leave this session with five new resources for supporting diverse learners as well as new instructional strategies, fresh ideas and perspectives, and will learn new ways to continue the conversation within the DEN Online Community.
  • Supporting Literacy with Digital Resources. VirtCon participants attending this presentation will learn to incorporate digital literacy resources with new teaching strategies to strengthen the foundational reading, writing and communication skills of their students.
  • Building a STEM Culture. Through this conversation, participants will explore new approaches to fueling the growth of a STEM culture in their school they can immediately integrate into classroom instruction.

 

In addition to these sessions, Discovery Education’s team of experts will also take 2017 Fall VirtCon participants on an in-depth tour of Discovery Education Studio, the new suite of content creation tools recently added to Discovery Education Streaming. Empowering the next generation of content creators, Studio provides students everything they need to design, build, and collaborate on projects in real-time. Studio includes a variety of innovative features, including tools that help students formulate online, multiple-page portfolios, as well as digital spaces in which students can safely and easily work together with teachers and their peers on real-time virtual projects.

 

Studio also includes tools that help teachers develop and share lesson plans and other instructional materials with their peers, speeding up the creation process and saving valuable time. Additional teacher tools provide instant feedback on student progress, facilitate the assignment of small classroom work groups, differentiate classroom activities, and more.

 

“Discovery Education’s Fall VirtCon leads my personal ‘can’t miss’ list of annual professional learning events,” said Instructional Specialist Christina Baroldi of California’s Orange Unified School District. “I encourage every educator to participate in the Fall VirtCon, as it is among the best opportunities for educators to learn new strategies for creating digital learning environments they can immediately implement in their classroom.”

 

To register for the 2017 Fall VirtCon, visit this webpage and use the hashtag #DEPD to follow along with this event on Twitter.  At the conclusion of the 2017 Fall VirtCon, all sessions will be archived and available at the event website.

 

“The needs of the students we serve are always evolving, which is why Discovery Education is excited to once again offer the VirtCon as a professional learning opportunity for educators worldwide,” said Lance Rougeux, Discovery Education Vice President of Learning Communities and Innovation.  “This fun event offers participants valuable new insights on using digital content to create modern digital classrooms, so no matter your role or your familiarity with digital content and educational technologies, I invite all educators to make time on October 21 to attend.”

 

For more information about the Discovery Education Community, digital resources or  professional development initiatives, 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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IO Education Expands Leadership Team with New Chief Revenue Officer and Product Leadership Roles

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“The addition of Cindy and evolving roles for Doug and Hardin are natural next steps in our evolution as we look to capitalize on the significant growth opportunities for our business,” said Michael Williamson, Chief Executive Officer of IO Education.

IO Education, a market leader in helping educators use data to improve student outcomes, announces the addition of Cindy Yates as Chief Revenue Officer and the promotions of Doug Mesecar to Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Hardin Daniel to Senior Vice President of Student Achievement Solutions, effective immediately.

Cindy Yates joins IO Education with more than 20 years of education technology sales experience at companies including Blackboard, Schoolwires and Pearson. As Chief Revenue Officer, Yates will join an expanding leadership team to accelerate IO Education’s sales efforts.

“I’m excited to join the impressive team at IO Education and leverage my experience to help amplify the company’s exciting period of growth,” said Yates. “With its comprehensive solutions, IO Education is in a unique position to help schools use data in an impactful way to meet their goals related to student achievement, educator effectiveness and operational efficiency.”

In his new role as Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Doug Mesecar will oversee IO Education’s professional growth solutions including Educator Effectiveness, Professional Learning (CaseNEX) and Principal Leadership (VAL-ED). He will also help inform and direct IO’s strategic business direction across all products and functions. Before joining IO Education in 2015, Mesecar worked on Capitol Hill, at the U.S. Department of Education, Scholastic Education, and Sylvan Learning.

As Senior Vice President of Student Achievement Solutions, Hardin Daniel will lead IO’s Student Assessment, Early Literacy and IO Insights product lines. Daniel previously worked at Discovery Education and LongLeaf Solutions before its acquisition by IO Education in 2015.

“IO Education has grown tremendously the past two years. The addition of Cindy and evolving roles for Doug and Hardin are natural next steps in our evolution as we look to capitalize on the significant growth opportunities for our business,” said Michael Williamson, Chief Executive Officer of IO Education. “With continued investment in our products and people, we look forward to empowering more school districts to break down data silos and improve outcomes across student achievement, educator effectiveness and operational efficiency.”

About IO Education

As a leader in the education technology industry for over 18 years, IO Education is on a mission to empower educators to achieve their goals and improve educational outcomes. The solutions from IO Education are used in all 50 states by almost 8,000 schools and 150,000 educators, supporting instruction for over 6,000,000 students. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. For more information about IO Education, visit http://www.ioeducation.com.

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Vernier and NSELA Recognize Six Science Educators with ‘Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarships’

 

Educators received scholarships of $500 each to attend the recent NSELA Summer Leadership Institute

 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, October 4, 2017 — Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA) recently awarded six educators with a Vernier Emerging Science Education Leader Scholarship (VESELS). The winning educators received a $500 scholarship to attend the NSELA Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) earlier this year in Omaha, NE.

 

“The first VESELS cohort represents a group of truly outstanding science educators who are making—and will continue to make—an impact at their respective schools, districts, and universities,” said Gary Myers, Director of District Outreach at Vernier Software & Technology. “In partnership with NSELA, we are proud to recognize these emerging educators and help further support their professional growth.”

 

The VESELS recipients include

  • Sarah Adumat of Oshkosh Area School District in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Anissa Angier of Edmond Public Schools in Edmond, Oklahoma
  • Alfonso Garcia Arriola of ACCESS Academy in Portland Public Schools in Portland, Oregon
  • Heather Moll of Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Amy Murphy, Ph.D., of University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama
  • Joseph Simmons of Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Florida

 

The six recipients have held an emerging leadership role at their school, district, state, or an informal leadership role for three years or less. The recipients will work with an NSELA mentor and communicate to others in NSELA throughout the 2017–18 school year about how they are applying what they learned at the SLI.

 

To learn more about the VESELS, visit http://nsela.net/awards/vsels.

 

About Vernier Software & Technology

 

Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 36 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.

October 4, 2017

ASCD, Wonder Media, and Former Rugrats CEO Form Partnership to Launch Animated Series for the Global Institute for Habits of Mind

 

State-of-the-Art Animations “Bring to Life” Research-Proven Habits for Students in Kindergarten Through 2nd Grade

 

For press inquiries, contact Devin Boyle, devin.boyle@ascd.org

 

(Alexandria, VA) ASCD, in partnership with Wonder Media, presents a series of animations based on the renowned 16 Habits of Mind developed by Dr. Art Costa and Bena Kallick of the Global Institute for Habits of Mind. This groundbreaking collaboration offers a unique tool that empowers students in kindergarten through 2nd grade with creative and critical thinking skills for success in school and life.

 

The Habits of Mind Animations offer educators a revolutionary new tool in alignment with college- and career- ready standards to help students learn how to persist, how to manage their impulsivity, how to listen with understanding and empathy, how to strive for accuracy, and 12 other essential life skills. Research shows that young children form strong emotional relationships with animated characters, and using these characters to model behaviors helps break down barriers to students’ understanding of difficult-to-teach concepts.

 

“Young children’s minds are sponges, but to help them absorb complex concepts, we must ignite their curiosity by engaging them through mediums they find entertaining—such as animation,” said Deb Delisle, ASCD CEO and Executive Director. “Habits of Mind Animations open doors to teach kids important techniques for tackling difficult situations they will encounter in school and in life.”

 

The ASCD and Wonder Media partnership highlights the work of the Institute for Habits of Mind, a powerful education innovator dedicated to helping students reach their full potential both in school and as global citizens.

 

“Research has proved that young children model their behavior after animated characters,” said Terry Thoren, CEO of Wonder Media and former CEO of Klasky Csupo, producer ofRugrats and The Wild Thornberrys. “We have created engaging animated characters who model and reinforce each of the 16 Habits—the problem-solving, life-related skills necessary for children to operate successfully in society.”

 

“Since Art Costa and I introduced the 16 Habits of Mind more than 25 years ago, we’ve been seeking new ways for children to learn and practice these essential dispositions,” stated Bena Kallick, codirector of the Institute for Habits of Mind. “When we met Terry Thoren, the former Rugrats CEO, we were immediately struck by his passion for bringing the 16 Habits of Mind to life through animation.”

 

“Animation has no borders, and children across the world will quickly fall in love with the lifelike animated characters who will make it fun to learn and practice the 16 Habits of Mind,” added Art Costa, codirector of the Institute for Habits of Mind.

 

About the Institute for Habits of Mind

The Institute for Habits of Mind was founded by Bena Kallick and Art Costa, who have published many articles and books on the Habits of Mind and have worked internationally to create a more thoughtful society. The Institute is dedicated to transforming schools and workplaces into learning communities where the Habits of Mind, dispositions that empower creative and critical thinking, are taught, practiced, and infused into the culture. For more information, visit www.habitsofmindinstitute.org.

 

About Wonder Media

Wonder Media was founded by former Rugrats CEO Terry Thoren, famed software producer Rudy Verbeeck, and Emmy-nominated producer Ryan Cannon. Wonder Media works with various organizations to develop strategies and animated content aiming to affect students in a positive manner. They have created an education initiative called WonderGrove and produced 215 instructional animations to inspire students in preK, kindergarten, and 1st and 2nd grade to realize their full potential. WonderGrove uses engaging animated characters immersed in powerful stories to target eight crucial areas of growth essential for every child’s success:school readiness, social- and emotional learning, life skills, health and science, safety, nutrition, fitness, and creative play. For more information, visit www.wondergrovelearn.com.

 

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ASCD is dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Comprising 115,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 128 countries—the ASCD community also includes 51 affiliate organizations. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit www.ascd.org.

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CUE PROMOTES NET NEUTRALITY, EQUITABLE INTERNET ACCESS

September 22, 2017

– Advocacy Efforts Result in Passage of AJR 7 in CA State Legislature –

Walnut Creek, Calif., September 22, 2017  Current Federal efforts to rescind or block regulations and funding that protect equity of technology access and support for schools and homes are of major concern, and CUE, an education nonprofit based in California, is doing something about it. CUE has been working towards promoting net neutrality and Internet access to underserved homes and schools and today announced the success of their efforts  – which culminated in the passage of Assembly Joint Resolution 7 (AJR 7) by the California State Legislature. CUE initiated the resolution, which was authored by Assembly Member and Speaker pro-Tem, Kevin Mullin.

“We are thrilled that AJR 7 has passed. Its success underscores CUE’s focused advocacy efforts on preserving important programs and policies that insure equal access to the Internet and related technology,” said John Cradler, CUE Legislative Consultant.

AJR 7 urges the President and Congress to protect net neutrality and other important programs.

“In the coming weeks and months, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be debating a variety of issues and it is my hope that AJR 7 will encourage them to seriously discuss the importance of protecting net neutrality, the FCC’s Lifeline Program for low-income consumers and the E-rate program for schools and libraries,” said Kevin Mullins, Speaker pro Tempore. “It is my hope that members of Congress and the FCC Commissioners will work to protect these programs and AJR 7 provides them with ample rationale for their decisions.”

To access AJR 7, which is now enrolled and chaptered as Resolution 151, click here.

CUE is committed to leading the charge to help bring technology to students in all communities, and has been active with legislative and policy advocacy over the past 25 years.

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About CUE

CUE is a 501c3 Educational Nonprofit. Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE’s work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. www.cue.org.

 

 

OCTOBER 3, 2017

Reading Horizons to Host Online Dyslexia Summit

The live event offers up to three hours of free professional development for educators who are supporting students with reading challenges

 

(Salt Lake City, UT) October 3, 2017 — As part of its efforts to support beginning and struggling readers, Reading Horizons is hosting an Online Dyslexia Summit on Thursday, October 12, 2017. The event will focus on strategies for teachers and parents to support students with dyslexia and other reading challenges.

 

“Every reader can find success in the classroom—with the right supports in place,” said Tyson Smith, the president and CEO of Reading Horizons. “The goal of this event is to help educators discover the right strategies and tools for their own classrooms so that they can make sure every student has an equal opportunity to achieve their best performance.”

 

The summit begins at 2 p.m. EDT, with a live Q&A with Shantell Berrett, MA, and Donell Pons, M.Ed, MAT, SPED. Using her experience as an English teacher, reading/dyslexia tutor, and mother of a child with dyslexia and dysgraphia, Berrett provides consulting support for schools across the nation. Pons is a reading and dyslexia specialist, as well as a certified dyslexia screener and consultant. She started her career in education when her youngest son was diagnosed with dyslexia, and then went on to receive master’s degrees in education and teaching from Westminster College, along with a certification in special education.

The second session, Don’t Stop the Learning: Assistive Technology in the Classroom, broadcasts at 4 p.m. EDT and features Eric Price, M.Ed., who spent several years as a teacher and administrator in Title 1 schools in the Houston, Texas, area prior to taking his current position as a middle school assistant principal in Utah. Price was identified as a struggling reader at an early age, and three of his four children have been diagnosed with dyslexia and are currently on IEPs. He has presented at regional conferences and is passionate about helping struggling readers find success in the classroom through the use of assistive technology.

The day wraps up with a 6 p.m. EDT session led by Dr. Richard Selznick, entitled Essentials for Supporting a Child with Dyslexia. Dr. Selznick is a nationally certified school psychologist, adjunct graduate school professor, university professor of pediatrics, and school consultant. He is the founder and director of the Cooper Learning Center and oversees the assessment and treatment of a broad range of learning and school-based academic and behavioral problems. He is also the author of the books The Shut-Down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged ChildSchool Struggles: A Guide to Your Shut-Down Learner’s Success, and the recently published Dyslexia Screening: Essential Concepts for Schools & Parents.

 

Educators who attend the event live or who watch the recordings on the Reading Horizons site, can request a printable PD certificate for each session.

 

To register for the summit, visit ReadingHorizons.com/webcast.

 

About Reading Horizons 
For more than 30 years, Reading Horizons has dedicated its time and efforts to perfecting a reading system that makes learning to read simple and enjoyable for beginning and struggling readers. All of Reading Horizons’ products are based on a method that provides explicit, systematic, sequential decoding instruction. The Reading Horizons method has been proven successful for beginning readers, struggling readers, and students learning English. For more information, please visit ReadingHorizons.com.

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South Coast Region School District Earns Over 1,400 Certifications

 School districts continue to expand CTE program with grant funding 

LUBBOCK, Texas (Oct. 2, 2017) – In 2015, the South Coast Region Agricultural Education Consortium received $5.7 million in grant funding from the California Careers Pathways Trust Program to strengthen Career and Technical Education (CTE) instruction in their classrooms. By implementing iCEV, a CTE online learning platform from CEV Multimedia, students from the South Coast Region School District have earned over 1,400 industry-backed certifications in the last two years.

Students from 10 schools have earned 11 different industry-backed certifications. The most popular certifications among the students are Principles of Floral Design,Professional CommunicationsFundamentals of Animal ScienceVeterinary Medical Applications and Plant Science. Industry-backed certifications are endorsed and developed in collaboration with companies and organizations such as Southwest Airlines, Bayer CropScience, Elanco and others.

To read the full news release, please click here.

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Legends of Learning and PhET Interactive Simulations Partner to Bring Enhanced Experience to Science Learning

Washington, DC — October 3, 2017 — Today, Legends of Learning and University of Colorado Boulder’s PhET Interactive Simulations project announced a partnership that will bring educational games and simulations to middle school science students. Thirty interactive simulations for middle school sciences will be hosted on the Legends of Learning platform with more to be added.

Combined with Legends of Learning games, teachers now have a comprehensive library of engaging content and interactive exercises for their classroom. Spanning Earth and Space, Life and Physical sciences, Legends of Learning now offers thousands of games, simulations and assessment items for middle school science classes.

“Partnering with PhET Interactive Simulations expands the opportunities we can provide to educators,” said Dr. Vadim Polikov, CEO of Legends of Learning. “With any new school year comes new possibilities. Simulations take Legends of Learning one step further.”

“The partnership with Legends of Learning is a wonderful opportunity to bring our simulations to more teachers and students,” said Dr. Kathy Perkins, director of PhET Interactive Simulations. “We are excited to provide teachers with an easy way to share both educational games and simulations in one place.”

Legends of Learning joining forces with PhET Interactive Simulations, a nonprofit science and math educational project at the University of Colorado Boulder, will provide educators with high-quality simulations that actively engage students in science practices and align with the subjects that educators teach. The simulations will be available on Legends of Learning later this month.

PhET was founded by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman in 2002 to advance scientific literacy, and today its interactive, research-based simulations are utilized more than 80 million times a year by students and teachers. The simulations are designed to be highly interactive and engaging and to build real-world connections for students. For example, students explore forces, energy and motion as they engage in a tug-of-war, design their own skateboarding track, or shoot pianos out of a cannon.

Announced last week, PhET was awarded the 2017 WISE Award, recognizing and promoting innovative education initiatives around the world, by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a leading international initiative for innovation and collaboration in education, awarded.

“PhET is a fantastic resource,” said Teresa Cobble, an eighth-grade science teacher from Atlanta, Georgia. “After being in the classroom for almost a decade, I still find it difficult to find resources that work together, are appropriate for the content I am covering and are engaging for the students. My students love Legends of Learning and the addition of PhET simulations will give them an even richer experience.”

Legends of Learning was launched after Dr. Polikov co-led the largest research study of its kind, which revealed that students boosted their test scores by the equivalent of over half a letter grade in three weeks when their teachers used digital games in the classroom. The research, published by Journal of the Learning Sciences, demonstrates the benefits of game-based learning for students when compared to students who had no access to such games.

The company was featured in a USA Today article that explained how its platform can overcome a barrier to “getting high-quality learning games into K-12 classrooms.”

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About Legends of Learning
American children need new education heroes, teachers dedicated to using new, engaging methods to teach curriculum. Legends of Learning helps educators make their classrooms fun, engaging and productive learning environments through research-driven, curriculum-based games. We use ongoing original research to create a learning game platform filled with an epic range of lessons for stronger subject mastery and classroom engagement. All games are based on state curriculum standards. Teachers can don their capes with Legends of Learning at www.legendsoflearning.com.

About PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder
PhET Interactive Simulations, a project of the University of Colorado Boulder, was founded by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman in 2002. The project is known for its collection of over 140 innovative interactive simulations for STEM education. These powerful educational tools are based on extensive education research, and are used worldwide over 80 million times per year in K-12 and college settings. PhET is a registered trademark of The Regents of the University of Colorado.
https://phet.colorado.edu

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Tennessee’s Maury County Public Schools Expands Partnership with Discovery Education Creating Project-Based Learning Environments Districtwide

 

-Latest Phase of Multiyear Partnership set to Bring Digital Textbooks to all K-12 Classrooms-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (October 3, 2017) – Tennessee’s Maury County Public Schools (MCPS) today announced an expansion of their multi-year partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.  In the latest phase of this collaboration, Discovery Education’s Science Techbook™will be integrated into classroom instruction in K-12 classrooms districtwide, empowering educators to build challenging, problem-based learning (PBL) environments that support science instruction and improve students’ college and career readiness.

 

Maury County Public Schools’ expanded partnership with Discovery Education will continue propelling multiple initiatives currently underway districtwide.  The introduction of Discovery Education’s digital science textbooks lends additional support to MCPS’ efforts to create problem-based learning environments aligned to the district’s Seven Keys to College and Career Readiness, which outlines specific learning targets for students at various grade levels, and are used to guide the school system in aligning district resources to community needs and expectations.

 

The deepening of Maury County Public Schools’ collaboration with Discovery Education also aids the ongoing implementation of the school system’s DIPLOMA Initiative. Designed to improve the quality of teaching as well as equitable and individualized opportunities for learning, DIPLOMA is guiding efforts to extend students’ universal access to technologies that will enhance creativity and innovation and help them become responsible citizens.

 

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

 

The Science Techbooks series also includes valuable STEM/STEAM resources as well. STEM Project Starters encourage students to connect math, technology, and engineering to their understanding of science concepts to produce creative solutions to real-world problems. In addition, the STEM In Action resources helps students connect their work to STEM careers, which promotes a clearer understanding of how skills used in school can be applied to jobs “in the real-world.”  Embedded formative assessment opportunities that help educators monitor student progress are embedded into each Techbook, and like all Discovery Education digital textbooks, the Science Techbooks work on any device and can be implemented in any instructional setting.  Since 2016, MCPS has used the Discovery Education Streaming Plus digital content service as well as Discovery Education’s Professional Development Services to support the success of all learners.

 

“Our previous success in implementing Discovery Education’s high-quality professional development and digital content services was one of the key factors in our decision to deepen this successful partnership,” said Dr. Chris Marczak, Maury County Public Schools’ Superintendent of Schools. “We look forward to continuing to work with Discovery Education on our joint effort to improve the learning experience for the more than12,000 children we serve.”

 

The Discovery Education Community will continue supporting MCPS’s educators’ 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 excited to continue the transformational work underway in the Maury County Public Schools,” said Rob Warren, Vice President of Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “Together with Dr. Marczak and the talented Maury County team, we are creating the modern digital learning environments we know will prepare area students to be life-long learners, independent thinkers, fearless innovators and exemplary citizens.”

 

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources, professional development initiatives, 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 the Maury County Public Schools

Maury County Public Schools is a pre-K through 12 school district in Southern Middle Tennessee operating 21 schools.  Visit MCPS online atmauryk12.org, like MCPS on Facebook at facebook.com/maurycopublicschools, and follow the district on Twitter@maurycoschools.

 

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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Follett Book Fairs Launch This Week

New Offering from Company Met with Excitement by Schools, Librarians 

 

MCHENRY, Ill., Oct. 2, 2017 – Follett, the leader in PreK-12 education, today announced it is entering the school book fair market, a highly anticipated launch that will see the company maximize its existing partnerships with thousands of publishers to offer a vast selection of books for early education, elementary and middle school students.

The Follett Book Fairs launch begins for the 2017-18 school year on a regional basis, and then will expand throughout the country the following year. Librarians familiar with Follett have been eager to get their schools signed up.

“I have used Follett exclusively for my 20-year library career, so when I learned that they were getting into the book fair business, I was totally excited,” said Stacey Lang, a Library Information Teacher in Illinois. “Follett has always had the best customer service, the best quality of materials, and the best personnel to work with. I have used other book fair vendors, and I wanted to make sure that our book fair was truly a book fair. I want the best for my kids in selection, as book fairs are all about promoting reading and literacy, not gadgets.”

Follett has assembled a veteran team with more than 60 years of combined experience in the book-fair industry, according to Tony Hopkins, Senior Vice President of New Business Development for Follett. In addition to providing a deep selection of books from an array of publishers, Hopkins said Follett Book Fairs will provide schools the opportunity to be involved with the selection of product, allowing them to customize to their unique needs and demographics.

“Plus, our Book Fairs will be easy for schools and their volunteers to set up with pre-merchandised displays, quick and easy to carry out with simple point-of-sale technology, and break down when completed,” Hopkins said. “We also offer an online training program that allows the customer to prepare and plan for their book fair at their convenience.”

He added the schools (and/or school parent teacher organizations) will receive a generous portion of the proceeds from the Book Fairs to be redeemed for books and other materials on Titlewave, Follett’s e-commerce platform designed with K12 educators in mind.

Follett’s decision to enter the book fair market has been in the works for some time, Hopkins noted.

“Our goals with the Book Fairs are in line with the company’s mission,” he said. “We want to be a partner with our schools, get kids excited about reading, provide wide access to quality literature, help them become independent readers, and set the stage for lifelong learning.

For more information, visit www.FollettBookFairs.com. Schools interested in hosting a Follett Book Fair in the 2018-19 school year should call 877.857.7259or send an email toFollettBookFairs@follett.com.

 

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

 

About Follett Corporation follett.com

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, colleges and campus stores, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach, students to learn and fans to celebrate. A leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett currently works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett’s reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets. Today Follett Corporation is the world’s largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Follett is a $3.6-billion privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois.

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Mississippi’s Third Largest School District Uses Technology to

Assist Students with World Language Program

 

Rankin County School District Leverages Rosetta Stone

to Help Elementary, Middle and High School Students Compete at a Global Level

ARLINGTON, VA (September 27, 2017) – Featuring more National Board Certified teachers than any other district in the state and among the highest in the nation, Mississippi’s Rankin County School District (RCSD) has expanded the rigorous and high-quality instruction it is known for to include World Language Learning. Through a partnership with Rosetta Stone (NYSE: RST) now in its second year, students in 17 of Rankin’s 28 elementary, middle and high schools have access to the digital language learning program, helping them to develop reading, writing and speaking world language skills at an accelerated pace.

“Rankin County School District has always strived to provide our 19,500 students with the tools they need to compete at the global level, and this includes the incorporation of foreign language opportunities throughout the district,” said Dr. Sue Townsend, Superintendent of Education.  “With every instructional area, we regularly take a step back and evaluate the effectiveness of our teaching strategies and tools provided to our teachers.  After careful examination, we identified conversational language fluency as an area that we could improve on and Rosetta Stone as a tool to help us get to where we want to be.”

The district selected Rosetta Stone after researching several foreign language options; language teachers were then invited to evaluate the platform to determine efficacy. For the first time, every RCSD student taking a world language course will have the opportunity to utilize the globally recognized platform for learning foreign languages. Students in grades 5, 6 and 8 study Spanish; seventh graders are offered a sampling of Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Italian and German; and high school students can choose between Spanish and French (in select schools).

“When we began working with Rankin County, one of their primary requests was to have the program accessible to students outside of the classroom so they could continue to work on their language skills anytime,” said Matt Hall, vice president, Enterprise & Education, Rosetta Stone. “We love seeing that they are already making such great strides in the program and that their acquired language skills are having a real impact on their lives. We applaud Rankin County for recognizing how technology can positively impact learning in the classroom.”

 

The Rosetta Stone program is a flexible supplement to regular classroom instruction: Students in one elementary school and every middle and high school spend 40-60 minutes per week using the program with the assistance of language teacher in a classroom setting. But language learning doesn’t stop when class ends. Because the program is cloud-based, students can learn and practice from virtually anywhere using their laptop, smartphone or tablet.  Helping to make that possible is the district’s 1:1 initiative, in which students in grades 7-12 receive a Mac Book Air.

 

“We are now in our second year of implementation with Rosetta Stone, and there has been a welcome uptick in student usage, with nearly 2,100 hours logged during the first six weeks of instruction,” said Josh Frazier, who oversees Instructional Technology for RCSD and spearheaded the implementation of Rosetta Stone into the curriculum.  “The program is particularly appealing because the technology allows students to learn on the go – whether they’re at home or in class – and they can self-pace their instruction.”

 

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About Rankin County School District

Rankin County School District is home to some of the finest schools in Mississippi and the nation. Our educational standards are high and our goal is to educate the whole child. In addition to academic development and growth, the RCSD instructional program includes a wide variety of opportunities to develop the personality, character and leadership qualities of each student. Students may enroll in accelerated and advanced placement classes, dual credit college courses, and choose from a wide variety of electives, including art, music, computer science, business and career academies.  For more information, please visit https://www.rcsd.ms/.

 

About Rosetta Stone

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

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

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

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Edsby Deploys to More Than 120,000 Users at York Region District School Board
K-12 district chooses Edsby as district-wide solution for student and parent engagement

ONTARIO, Canada (October 3, 2017) – Edsby®, the most comprehensive learning and analytics platform available for K-12, is being introduced district-wide at York Region District School Board (YRDSB), one of the largest school districts in Canada.

With over 123,000 students in 177 elementary schools and 33 secondary schools, YRDSB serves one of the fastest growing areas in North America – the Regional Municipality of York located in the Greater Toronto Area.

YRDSB selected Edsby via competitive bid for an enterprise K-12 engagement platform. While seeking a system to engage students and their parents in the academic process, the district also sought capabilities that would support teachers with assessment and reporting capabilities aligned with the Canadian province of Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum and “Growing Success” model for assessment and evaluation.

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STEM Educators Nationwide Share Total Solar Eclipse Data Collected with Vernier Probeware

 

Data help fellow educators teach students about real-life physical phenomena

 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, October 2, 2017 – Vernier Software & Technology is highlighting examples of the data collected by educators nationwide during this summer’s total solar eclipse. The data, which were all collected using Vernier technology, are available for free on the Vernier website for educators to use to teach students about the scientific aspects of real-life physical phenomena such as a solar eclipse.

 

“The total solar eclipse provided a spectacular opportunity for educators to use data-collection technology to truly engage students in meaningful, hands-on learning,” said David Vernier, co-founder of Vernier and a former physics teacher. “Now, teachers can use the data shared on the Vernier website in their lesson plans throughout the year to teach students about the rare phenomenon and help them make real-world, scientific connections.”

 

Educators from Oregon to South Carolina used a variety of Vernier sensors during the eclipse to collect data, including the Stainless Steel Temperature Probe, the Light Sensor, and the UVA and UVB Sensors.

 

“It really was exciting to watch the light intensity change in three different ranges as a result of both the eclipse and the cloud cover,” said Benjamin Grimes of Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. “My students had a great discussion.”

 

In addition to educator data, David Vernier also shared the data he collected while experiencing the eclipse in Turner, Oregon, near the center of the zone of totality.

 

To view the data collected during the total solar eclipse, visit www.vernier.com/eclipse.

 

About Vernier Software & Technology

 

Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 36 years. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and employs educators at all levels of the organization. The company is committed to teachers and to developing creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With worldwide distribution to over 140 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to university. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students’ critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit http://www.vernier.com.