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SEPT.18, 2018

FreshGrade Creates Professional Learning Center to Foster Platform Proficiency
FreshGrade offers courses, webinars, and custom professional development resources in new Professional Learning Center

KELOWNA, British Columbia (Sept. 18, 2018) – This back-to-school season, FreshGrade, the portfolio and assessment platform that deepens the conversation about learning, announces its Professional Learning Center. Designed to give teachers flexibility with their professional development (PD), the Center offers online webinars, modular courses, and customizable PD options to streamline educators’ FreshGrade’s practice.

“We really want to ensure that anyone can use FreshGrade and that all users understand what they’re using,” said Siobhan Nordstrom, a Professional Development Specialist at FreshGrade who also leads Professional Learning Center webinars. “The Professional Learning Center has opened many doors for teachers who felt left out at the first mention of ‘tech.’ Now everyone has the tools to engage in this facet of learning.”

To read the full release, visit: https://www.prweb.com/releases/freshgrade_creates_professional_learning_center_to_foster_platform_proficiency/prweb15767989.htm

For a full list of resources available through the Professional Learning Center, visit: https://learning.freshgrade.com/

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Discovery Educator Network Invites Educators Around the Globe to Attend 

the 2018 Fall VirtCon 

-Virtual event provides teachers and administrators new, actionable strategies for creating dynamic digital learning environments-

Silver Spring, Md. (September 19, 2018)– TheDiscovery Educator Network (DEN)invites teachers and administrators around the globe to participate in the 2018Fall VirtConon Saturday, October 20, from 8:45 AM to 2:30 PM ET. A virtual, professional learning conference, this peer-to-peer experience provides a unique, no-cost opportunity for teachers and administrators to learn new, actionable strategies for creating dynamic digital learning environments.

The DEN is supported by Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms. A global community of education professionals, the DEN 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 2018 Fall VirtCon includes a variety of engaging, online presentations and sessions from DEN members and Discovery Education staff designed to support the professional growth of  both longtime users of Discovery Education’s services and educators new to using digital content in the classroom.  Scheduled sessions include:

  • Maker Space, Mega Fun!Interested in starting a Maker Space but not sure how? Running a Maker Space but looking for new ideas? Learn how one Library Media Specialist developed a center for creativity, discovery, and community spirit.
  • Discovery Education’s Math Resources and You: See How They Add Up to Student Success!Learn about a new range of resources, including Discovery Education’s Math Techbook, and how they can multiply understanding of math concepts. Even with limited experience, it’s easy to coordinate tools in ways that create maximum learning experiences.
  • Extending the Love: How UDL Embraces the Needs of All StudentsLearn how one educator saves time and enhances their effectiveness by combining the tenets of Universal Design for Learning with appropriate apps and instructional strategies to ensure all students feel supported and valued.
  • Creating a Culture of STEM Teaching and Learning with Discovery Education’s STEM Resources.Go beyond STEM activities and explore ways to engage your students in real- world problem solving with resources such as Discovery Education Streaming Plus and STEM Connect, as well as new instructional strategies supporting the 4Cs.
  • Necessary New Letters for Your School Alphabet: AR, VR, AI, ML, MR.AI, AR, and VR will impact students’ adult lives in profound ways. Explore easy ways to get these technologies into classrooms and integrated into subject matter.

In addition to providing new perspectives and insights on issues important to today’s educators, Fall VirtCon offers participants the opportunity to connect with their colleagues, share ideas, and discover new digital resources and instructional tools they can immediately integrate into teaching and learning. Last year, approximately 3,500 educators participated in Fall VirtCon.

“The Discovery Education VirtCon is one of the most helpful and relevant conferences I attend,” saidHarvey Chambers, the Principal of Baltimore County Public Schools’ Windsor Mill Middle School.“I encourage any and all educators to participate. Whether you are new to integrating technology or are a guru, you will you learn new ways to engage students with digital resources that can be used in your classroom immediately.”

Members of the DEN will also host a number of local viewing parties where Fall VirtCon attendees can participate in-person. To register to attend in-person or virtually for 2018 Fall VirtCon, visit this webpage, and use the hashtag #DEPD to follow along with this event on Twitter. At the conclusion of the 2018 VirtCon, all sessions will be archived and available at the event website.

“Educators spend so much of their time focused on meeting the needs of the students they serve,” said Jannita Demian, Discovery Education’s Senior Director of Learning Communities. “However, Fall VirtCon is all about giving educators the opportunity to focus on themselves, connect with their peers, and develop their teaching craft. I invite educators around the world to join me and their Discovery Education Community for a day of exciting professional learning.”

For more information about the DEN, 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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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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EDUCATION ADVOCACY GROUPS URGE NEW JERSEY SUPREME COURT TO UPHOLD STUDENTS’ CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS

Washington, D.C. — The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) and TNTP submitted an amicus brief today in support of New Jersey students challenging the state’s last-in-first-out (LIFO) laws. In the case, HG v. Harrington, the students argue that the state violated their constitutional rights by preventing them access to a thorough and efficient education.

The New Jersey state constitution guarantees “the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of free and public schools for the instruction of all children in the State.” However, New Jersey’s current LIFO requirements can result in the termination of junior, competent teachers in the event of a reduction in force while more senior, ineffective teachers retain their positions. In addition, LIFO requirements have caused the Newark School District to spend millions of dollars per year on a “pool” of ineffective teachers who do not have classroom placements rather than engage in a reduction of force and lose junior, competent teachers over more senior ineffective teachers.

NCTQ and TNTP, organizations dedicated to improving educator quality, find that there is no in-school factor more crucial for providing a through and efficient education than effective teachers. Abandoning the LIFO requirements would help ensure schools could retain their most effective teachers and that critical education funding is not wasted on ineffective teachers who are not even in the classroom.

“Debates about layoff rules often play out as a false choice between two extremes: keep today’s broken policies exactly as they are, or eliminate job protections for teachers entirely,” said Daniel Weisberg, CEO of TNTP. “Our brief shows that it’s possible to create laws and policies that protect great teachers when layoffs are necessary while still valuing the experience teachers bring to their jobs. New Jersey’s kids deserve nothing less.”

NCTQ’s Managing Director of Teacher Policy Elizabeth Ross explained, “Great teachers help ensure that all students—including and particularly our most vulnerable students—have an opportunity for educational success. New Jersey students are ill-served by requirements that do not require appropriate consideration of teacher effectiveness in decisions about teacher layoffs.”

Alissa Bernstein, Executive Director of Partnership for Educational Justice, emphasized what is at stake. “The court filings from advocacy organizations and parents not involved in the lawsuit underscore the critical public importance of the issues raised in HG v. Harrington, and the need for the New Jersey Supreme Court to hear the plaintiffs’ appeal,” said Bernstein. “Every day that these Newark families are denied their day in court is another day that Newark schoolchildren are denied their constitutional right to a quality education—causing immediate and ongoing harm to children who are depending on the public school system to open the doors of opportunity. We are counting on the court to give these courageous families their day in court.”

In the amicus brief, NCTQ provides data from states demonstrating that implementation of lay-off policies that consider teacher effectiveness as measured by classroom performance have not significantly decreased the number of certified teachers in Colorado or Florida. TNTP provides data demonstrating that in Shelby County Schools (TN) and DC Public Schools (DC), school districts with policies that, among other policies, consider teacher effectiveness in layoffs and hiring policies have improved the quality of their teaching force and student achievement.

Contact:

Nicole Gerber
National Council on Teacher Quality
ngerber@nctq.org
(202) 393-0020 ext. 712

Maggie McKeon
Partnership for Educational Justice
Maggie@bluejacket.nyc
(315) 730-5101

Andy Jacob
TNTP
andy.jacob@tntp.org
(718) 233-2800

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About the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ)
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.

About TNTP
A national nonprofit founded by teachers, TNTP helps school systems end educational inequality and achieve their goals for students. We work at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning. Since 1997, we’ve partnered with more than 200 public school districts, charter school networks and state departments of education. We have recruited or trained more than 50,000 teachers, and redefined critical education issues through acclaimed studies like The Widget Effect (2009) and The Mirage (2015). Learn more at www.tntp.org.

About Partnership for Educational Justice (PEJ)
PEJ pursues educational equity through legal action to improve the quality of public schools. PEJ utilizes a variety of legal actions to achieve its mission, including pursuing impact litigation, amicus brief filings, Freedom of Information Act requests, and other law-related avenues that seek to achieve meaningful reforms of education laws or policies that fail to prioritize students’ rights. PEJ is an affiliate of the national education nonprofit 50CAN: 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now, which advocates at the local level for a high-quality education for all kids, regardless of their address. Learn more at www.edjustice.org.

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Digital Divide Compounds U.S. Education Equity Problem,

First-of-Its-Kind Survey Reveals

ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning Offers Policy Solutions Focused on Increasing Access

The digital divide, the gap between students who lack access to technology and those students who have it, is compounding equity problems within U.S. schools, according to new research from ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning. Underserved students with access to only one electronic device in their home — oftentimes only a cell phone — may face challenges that don’t exist for their peers in terms of completing schoolwork.

The research results, gathered in a survey of students who took the ACT test, show in stark detail how family income, racial/ethnic background, geography and other factors affect how many electronic devices a student has access to at home, which can impact the ability to work on assignments, as well as to complete a college application.

The report, “The Digital Divide and Educational Equity,” looks at the 14 percent of ACT-tested students who said they had access to only one device at home. It was a follow-up to the report “High School Students’ Access to and Use of Technology at Home and in School,” which examines overall survey results and results for selected subgroups.

To date, most research about the digital divide has focused on the U.S. population generally, with little attention paid to determining whether the divide exists among students in the education system.

According to the report, among students who have access to only one device at home:

  • 85 percent were classified as underserved (low income, first generation in college or minority).
  • American Indian/Alaskan, African American and Hispanic/Latino students had the least amount of access; white and Asian students had the highest. For example, 20 percent of American Indian/Alaskan Native students have access only to a smartphone, compared to only four percent of white students.

Nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of students whose self-reported annual family income was below $36,000 also reported having access to only one device—a gap of 19 percentage points compared to students from families with annual income above $100,000.

Of students whose parents have a college degree, the majority have access to more than one device at home; just 7 percent of this group have access to only one device and 3 percent have access only to a smartphone — a disadvantage of 15 percentage points for first-generation college students. These data highlight the importance of ensuring that first-generation students have technological tools available to help them access higher education and attain a college degree.

According to the report, taking a deeper dive into these data is important because students with access to only one device may deal with challenges not faced by students with access to two or more devices. For example, these students may need to share that device with other family members in their household, including siblings who may also need the device for homework and other school-related activities, all of which limits the availability of the device for homework.

In addition, students reporting access to only one device at home were far more likely to reside in a rural area than in an urban or suburban area or a town.

“Too often the talk about the digital divide focuses on adults. This survey shows us what it’s doing to young people and how it could affect their learning,” said Jim Larimore, Chief Officer for ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning. “When we question why we have education inequity, these insights about the digital divide should be kept in mind. We believe our policy recommendations provide a path forward by focusing on expanding device and internet access, as well as ensuring students can access materials needed for school-related activities via mobile technology.”

The following are policy recommendations included in the brief.

Expand Device Access and Internet Among Those Who Lack Them

 

Programs that help to rectify device and internet access imbalances — such as one-to-one laptop initiatives, Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach or the private-sector Kajeet — are helping to improve educational opportunity for those in greatest need as they prepare for the 21st-century economy. The center recommends expansion of such efforts.

Use Materials That Can Be Found with Mobile Devices and Don’t Burden Data Plans

Three out of every four students reported that they access the internet via a monthly cellular data plan and some differences emerged by racial/ethnic group.

Given that the most commonly reported device at home was a smartphone and that the most commonly reported home internet connection was a monthly cellular data plan, teachers should do their best to ensure that students can easily find, view and use required electronic materials via their phones.

Fast-Track Computer Accessibility in School

Even students with access to only one device outside of school tend to report that their home internet is of higher quality, and is more reliable, than their school’s internet connection. The most commonly reported accessible device in school is a desktop computer. The center recommends that districts and states should prioritize and fast-track making such access available in the most technology-challenged schools.

Survey Details

The research was conducted by ACT’s Raeal Moore, Ph.D.; Dan Vitale; and Nycole Stawinoga.

ACT conducted its survey of test takers in April 2017 (approximately 7,000 respondents); it analyzed the results and found that the respondents were representative of all students who took the test at that time.

ACT asked students numerous questions about their access to and use of technology specifically for educational activities, both at home and in school, including the number and kinds of devices they have access to, the kind and reliability of the internet connections available to them and the frequency with which they used electronic devices for school-related activities.

ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning supports research that focuses on closing gaps in equity and achievement. The center works to produce actionable evidence to guide thought leadership and inform changes in policy and practice that will lead to improved learning and achievement.

View all technology briefs and infographics here.

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2018 Support for Innovative Teachers Piloting Digital Learning Opportunities

CASTLE ROCK, COLO. (PRWEB) SEPTEMBER 13, 2018

The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning (FBOL) today announced the recipients of its 2018 Innovative Educator Prize competition. Teachers and school leaders representing a mix of traditional district, public charter, and Catholic schools in seven states and the District of Columbia will receive support to implement digital learning pilots during the 2018-19 academic year.

Amy Valentine, FBOL’s executive director, said, “The opportunity for classroom and school leaders to adapt to the needs of their students as individual learners is critical to the future success of our K-12 education system. These eight educators have identified a learning gap among their unique student populations and designed a digital learning pilot to help close it. FBOL is proud to support them as they move their inspired proposals from idea to implementation.”

In addition to a financial prize applied to their pilots, Innovative Educator Prize (IEPrize) recipients will participate in a year-long cohort to learn from their collective successes and stumbles throughout the implementation process. Their pilots will be profiled and shared with educators facing similar classroom obstacles to encourage replication and revision.

Jon Craig, an Instructional Coach at Harry S. Truman High School in Levittown, PA and 2017 IEPrize winner, said, “With FBOL’s support, we were able to design and build a digital content studio and curriculum library. The process has encouraged active participation from teachers and students in the creation of relevant and ‘always available’ lesson modules so our district can expand its blended learning initiative. The foundation and educator cohort supported us throughout the grant period, and continue to do so, which has added much to the experience.”

2018 Innovative Educator Prize recipients include:

Jim McGinity | Learning Gate Community School, Lutz, FL 
A partnership between an environmentally-focused charter school and the USF Florida Center for Instructional Technology to develop accessible OER data and lesson plans for blended environmental education courses.

Jennifer Kennedy | J. Marlan Walker Elementary School, Henderson, NV 
Development of a first grade blended learning model using adaptive math and ELA programs and project-based experiences to provide personalized instruction paths for students with special needs and IEPs.

Lauren Shelley | Memorial High School, Houston, TX 
Harnessing student interest in creating content using digital tools to establish a library of peer-produced digital modules to support struggling student populations, such as English Language Learners and those re-taking end-of-course assessments.

Todd Ide | Compass Middle School, Kalamazoo, MI 
Creation of a system of studios allowing Comstock Public Schools to produce original digital content for flipped instruction and transition traditional curriculum material for online learning opportunities.

Paige Mitchell | Anderson School District Five, Anderson, SC
Design of a mobile learning lab enabling teachers to incorporate STEM and PBL activities into standards-based lesson plans to enrich the student learning process, expand data-informed instruction, and close the opportunity gap separating students with broad cultural knowledge and travel experience and those without.

John Olague | Resurrection Catholic School, Los Angeles, CA 
Reinforcement of an established blended learning program to better support growth mindset, improve personalization, promote student ownership of learning, strengthen professional development, and align curriculum.

Rachael Smith | Academy for Classical Education | Macon, GA 
Collaborative music course designed to promote group composition and performance through scaffolded, project-based lessons and online platform access for expanded learning/creative time.

More information about FBOL’s Innovative Educator Prize can be found here.

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION FOR BLENDED AND ONLINE LEARNING

Through scholarships, grants, original research, and strategic partnerships with a diverse cross-section of leaders, the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning is working to close the gap between the pace of technology in daily life and the pace of change in education. By documenting and sharing their stories, our efforts to keep the student, parent, and educator experience central to the conversations about the future of education help ensure that “school” effectively serves all learners and students can achieve their unique and unbounded potential.

 

 

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SEPT 13. 2018

New Content Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services Boost Teachers’ Ability to Engage Students in Science, STEM, Social Studies, and More

 

–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students –

 

Silver Spring, Md. (September 13, 2018)–  Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today it has added new digital assets to its services that boost teachers’ ability to engage students in a variety of subjects including Science, STEM, and Social Studies. Among the new resources added to Discovery Education’s award-winning supplemental and digital textbooks are: 

  • All new Shark Week 2018 resources: Three new instructional resources from Discovery Channel’s Shark Week 2018 are now live in the Science Techbookand featured in a curated content collection within Discovery Education Streaming Plus. The new resources include Monster Tag, which follows a group of well-known athletes as they join forces with top shark scientists to learn about the ocean’s top predators; Great White Abyss, which features a team of experts visiting Great White hotspot Guadalupe Island to look for the biggest sharks of their kind; and Great White Shark Babies which follows experts as they head to a biosphere reserve on the coast of Baja, Mexico and use genetics to identify mother sharks and their pups.
  • Speak Truth to Power: To inspire the next generation of human rights defenders, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (RFK Human Rights) and Discovery Education have launched Speak Truth to Power– a new initiative to inspire global citizenry in students and teachers who stand ready to champion justice in their communities. The program offers multi-platform online learning tools, with digital resources including: an interactive map, video vignettes, biographies and thought-provoking classroom activities to help students further explore how to help prevent human rights abuses and violations around the world.Speak Truth to Power’s video vignette series, Defenders in Their Own Words, profile Sonita Alizadeh, an Afghan rapper who uses her story to speak out for girls’ rights and increase awareness about child marriage; Marian Wright Edelman, a leading voice in civil rights activism who has dedicated her life to protect children from abuse, neglect, poverty, and homelessness; and Ka Hsaw Wa, a Burmese human rights activist and co-founder of Earth Rights International. All three vignettes are now available in Discovery Education Streaming Plus and the Social Studies Techbook.
  • Energy 101 series: Now available in Discovery Education Streaming Plus and the Science Techbook, 22 new videos from the Energy 101 series highlight the next generation of clean, sustainable energy technologies. With these resources, students will learn about biofuels, electric vehicles, cool roofs, energy efficient data centers, clean energy manufacturing, and more.
  • This Is A.I.: New from the Discovery Channel, This Is A.I. looks at how artificial intelligence is changing the world, the scientists who are shaping it, and the lives affected by this nascent technology. The documentary examines the history of A.I., the ethical issues with autonomous technology, how A.I. has changed the workforce landscape, and A.I.’s potential to transform industries like education, business, and health. This Is A.I. is now available in Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, and STEM Connect.
  • Ignite My Future Webisodes: Computational thinking is not just about computers. Much like critical thinking, computational thinking equips learners with essential skills for solving complex problems to find innovative solutions through skills such as collecting and analyzing data, modeling solutions, or applying algorithmic thinking. In four new webisodes produced by Discovery Education and Tata Consultancy Services as part of the Ignite My Future program, educators learn practical strategies for helping students solve real-world problems using computational thinking. Available in Discovery Education Streaming Plus, the Science Techbook, and STEM Connect.
  • Siemens STEM Day Career Profile series: Available now in Discovery Education Streaming Plus, the Science Techbook and STEM Connect, four new additions to this career profile series feature a senior technical instructor, lathe operator, senior quality engineer, and project manager. Each individual describes how his or her passion, skills, and education paved the way for an exciting career in STEM.

“The beginning of each school year offers teachers the perfect opportunity to update their instructional materials,” said Jerry “Jay” McKinney, an educator with Louisiana’s Rapides Parish School Board. “With these new resources from Discovery Education, I now have even more content I can choose from to refresh my lessons and increase my students’ engagement in classroom activities.”

Discovery Education’s Techbooks are award-winning digital textbooks aligned to rigorous standards, supportive of a comprehensive curriculum, and updated regularly at no cost. The Social Studies Techbook uses an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy, analytical writing, and problem-solving skills, and includes primary source documents, digital investigations,  a multimedia reference library, interactive maps, and more.  Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the 5E model, Discovery Education’s Science Techbook helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientists through hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities.

Discovery Education Streaming 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. 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.

“Discovery Education is excited to add this engaging new content to our digital services,” said Marty Creel, Discovery Education’s Chief Academic Officer. “Today’s students are accustomed to interacting with high quality digital content in their lives outside the classroom and we believe their experience with content inside the classroom should be no different. The addition of these new resources to our digital services is part of our ongoing effort to ensure educators have the highest quality digital resources at their disposal as they create exciting and immersive learning experiences.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus, STEM Connect, or other digital services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com. 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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Learning Upgrade Debuts GED® Math and HiSET® Math Test Prep Courses

The courses help students to pass the math sections—the biggest stumbling blocks for adult learners—of the major high school equivalency exams

 

(SAN DIEGO, CA) Sept. 13, 2018 – Learning Upgrade, an innovative edtech company providing digital, differentiated literacy and math curriculum designed to support adult learners to create learning breakthroughs, today announced that it has launched math courses for the General Educational Development (GED®test and the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®).

The GED® Math and HiSET® Math courses prepare learners for success on these challenging tests with engaging lessons and problem-solving activities that teach the key math topics. The courses go far beyond simple practice tests to actually teach learners the math they need and give learners confidence to pass the test. Students move through 60 sequenced lessons that build up their math skills and then master a final challenge to prepare them for success on the test. Learners can complete lessons on their own smartphones using the Learning Upgrade App, or use tablets and computers.

“These tests, with sections on reading, writing, science, social studies, and math, are designed to give adult learners the equivalent of a high school diploma, but many are unable to pass the math portion,” said Vinod Lobo, the co-founder and CEO of Learning Upgrade. “A diploma is an important gateway to gainful employment and further education, but many adult learners have had to put their lives on hold after failing the math sections of the tests. We’re honored and excited to offer the tools they need to meet their goals with these new courses.”

Designed to help first-time test takers prepare for the exam or to help those who have previously failed the math portion learn math in a new way, each of the two courses has 60 lessons with detailed examples, practice problems, and video help covering different math topics from the GED® and HiSET® exams. Videos, games, and rewards make prepping for the tests fun and engaging, and students can practice taking a timed test as many times as they like before the big day.

In a trial at Sweetwater Adult Education in Chula Vista, CA, learners who had previously failed the HiSET® math section were able to pass the section and earn a high school equivalency diploma after completing a course of lessons using the Learning Upgrade app on their own smartphones at home.

Learning Upgrade has proven effective in a variety of literacy settings, including adult schools, libraries, community colleges, migrant education, public housing, refugee centers, and workforce training. After successful pilots, Learning Upgrade has expanded deployments at Queens Public Library in New York, Bunker Hill Community College Boston, and READ/San Diego Public Library.

The Learning Upgrade app is available now on the Google Play Store and iTunes. For more information about Learning Upgrade, please visitLearningUpgrade.com.

GED® is a registered trademark of the American Council on Education.

HiSET® is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service.

 

About Learning Upgrade

Founded in 1998 by educators, musicians, artists, and programmers in San Diego, Learning Upgrade designs innovative, engaging lessons to support struggling students in reading and math. Through the incorporation of songs, video, games, and educational research, Learning Upgrade has helped more than 1 million students make learning breakthroughs. For more information, please visit LearningUpgrade.com.

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Wisconsin’s School District of Brown Deer Launches New Professional Development Initiative in Partnership with Discovery Education

 

– Latest Phase of Four Year Partnership to Focus on Implementing New Professional Learning Model Driving Continuous Improvement and Transforming Education-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (September 11, 2018) – Wisconsin’s School District of Brown Deer (SDBD) announced today the launch of the latest phase of its four year partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.  In this new stage of collaboration, SDBD is introducing a new professional learning model for educators that drives continuous improvement and creates dynamic digital learning environments that help all students reach their fullest potential.

 

The SDBD is located in the northernmost portion of Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County and serves approximately 1600 students in the district’s two school buildings, Brown Deer Elementary School and Brown Deer Middle/High School.  Located in one of the most ethnically and racially diverse communities in Wisconsin, SDBD is dedicated to providing every student a dynamic, challenging, and technologically-infused curriculum that elevates the academic achievement of all learners.

 

To achieve this goal, SDBD’s educators are now participating in Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corpsprofessional learning model.  Featuring a unique combination of professional learning, pedagogy, and tools, Digital Leader Corps offers participating educators proven strategies and approaches for integrating educational technologies and digital media into classroom instruction.

 

These strategies and approaches are then practiced in educator created, student-centered Learning Labs. In these labs, teachers practice and adapt their new skills in a classroom setting before sharing their successes broadly with their colleagues. The Digital Leader Corps program provides teachers continuous customized, job-embedded consultation, with on-going modeling, coaching, and feedback from Discovery Education experts in the pre-planning, stakeholder communications, and implementation phases.

 

“One of the core principles guiding every single member of our team is the belief that all students deserve a quality education,” explained Dr. Deborah Kerr, District Administrator of the School District of Brown Deer.  “Through this new professional learning initiative, our educators are building a culture of continuous improvement that will help ensure they are always prepared to provide our diverse student population the best education possible.”

 

The implementation of Digital Leader Corps will also support the deeper integration of digital content into teaching and learning across the district.  Among the resources SDBD’s educators have used since 2014 to create a dynamic digital learning environment are Discovery Education’s award-winning Science TechbookSocial Studies Techbook, and Streaming Plusservice.

 

Discovery Education’s Science Techbook is a digital textbook that utilizes an inquiry-based format built on the 5E model, helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientists through hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities. Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook is a digital textbook that 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.  Finally, 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 across all subject areas.

 

SDBD’s educators will continue to 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.

 

“Through their investment in digital content and professional learning, the School District of Brown Deer has positioned itself to create powerful, flexible learning environments that will engage learners and improve achievement no matter their background ,” said Emily Keith, Senior Partnership Manager at Discovery Education. “We look forward to working closely with Dr. Kerr and the teachers of this world-class district.”

 

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

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About Discovery Education
As the global leader in standards-based digital 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.

SEPT 12, 2018

KinderLab Robotics Announces New KIBO Guidebook to Enhance STEAM Education
New curriculum guide provides lesson plans and setup instructions for self-directed robotics

activities for young learners in activity centers and makerspaces

(Waltham, MA) – KinderLab Robotics today
expanded its KIBO™ curriculum suite by introducing KIBO Activity
Center Guidebook: Activities and Setup Recommendations for a KIBO
Activity Center. For teachers implementing an activity centers-based
classroom, library, or makerspace, this new guide provides 10 lessons
that embed the KIBO philosophy of “Build – Art – Code – Play” in
student-directed, discovery-based learning experiences. Each lesson
includes facilitation suggestions, materials lists, center setup, and
academic standards alignment. The new guidebook supplements
Creating with KIBO, KinderLab’s core curriculum booklet that covers
programming, robotics, and the engineering design process with KIBO.

This KIBO Activity Center Guidebook helps teachers create a robotics center. The guide
provides suggestions for supplies and layout, general advice for facilitating activities, and 10
complete lesson plans. Each lesson plan provides specific setup suggestions, facilitation tips, and
information on addressing cross-curricular connections and academic standards.
KIBO is a robot kit that allows children aged 4–7 to build, program, decorate, and bring their
own robot to life without requiring any screen time in front of a tablet or computer. It serves as
an open platform on which students can envision and create their own robot. With art and
engineering, students transform KIBO into imagined animals, vehicles, storybook characters, and
more. Students plan a coding sequence using the programmable wooden building blocks, then
scan their sequence with KIBO, press its button—and the robot comes alive.
The guidebook helps teachers maximize the use of one or two KIBO kits within a larger class, a
makerspace, or a library. Students can rotate through the stations, whether independently or in
small groups. The lesson plans can stand alone, or they can reinforce whole-class curriculum
through hands-on inquiry into specific aspects of the material.

 

Activity lesson plans provided in the guidebook include:
 KIBO Bowling: Students use math skills such as measurement and estimation to
program KIBO to reach the pins.
 KIBO Dance Party: Students learning about world culture combine music, art, and
coding to create a KIBO dancer.
 KIBO Shape Search: Exploring geometry, students program KIBO to draw shapes they
find in the classroom.

Educators who have tried the activities have found them effective and engaging. Todd Burleson,
maker/teacher/librarian at the Hubbard Woods Elementary School in Winnetka, Illinois, as well
as School Library Journal’s 2016 School Librarian of the Year, describes KIBO Bowling:
“KIBO Bowling is a fun way to develop mathematical and logical thinking skills. Students built
a program that moved KIBO down their ‘lane.’ They used tally marks to record the number of
pins knocked down on their first attempt. Then, the students tweaked their program to try to get
the remaining pins. Students can explore starting KIBO at different spots along their starting line
and adding turns, spins and even flashing lights for fun!”
Jason Innes, the manager of training and curriculum development at KinderLab Robotics, Inc.,
said, “We are excited to make this new guidebook available to teachers looking to establish their
own robotics activity center. KIBO is a great fit for an activity centers-based classroom or
makerspace. With its combination of coding, engineering, and art, KIBO is a STEM center, a
blocks-building corner, and an imagination play area all in one! KIBO is a wonderful platform
for student-directed, hands-on inquiry, and the activities in this new guidebook encourage
independent, playful STEAM learning.”

 

The KIBO Activity Center Guidebook is available for $30 and can be purchased on the
KinderLab Webstore. Starting today, customers who purchase two or more KIBO robot kits will
receive the Activity Center Guidebook for free. KinderLab customers who already have KIBO
can purchase the guidebooks at a 20% discount, with a limit of one per customer. Both offers
expire on 9/30/18.

 

About KinderLab Robotics, Inc.
KinderLab Robotics is the creator of KIBO, a robot kit based on 15 years of child development
research, that enables young children to build, program, decorate, and run their own robot.
Developed by Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers at Tufts University specifically for teachers, KIBO is
used in 54 countries and has proven efficacy in helping kids learn STEAM—and get excited
about it! KinderLab offers a complete suite of teaching materials that help integrate STEAM
elements into a wide range of curricula, including art, cultural studies, and reading literacy.
KIBO is a GOLD Winner of the 2017 Parents’ Choice Award in the Toy Category, and a Finalist
in The Tech Edvocate’s "Best Early Childhood Education App/Tool" category.

 

For more information, please visit KinderLabRobotics.com.

SEPT 11, 2018

TypingMaster Launches TypeTastic School Edition
The gamified K–12 keyboarding curriculum offers a unique four-step process to help students play their way into typing

(Helsinki, Finland) September 11, 2018 —TypingMaster Inc., a leading provider of engaging keyboarding courses, today launched TypeTastic School Edition, which includes an entire K-12 keyboarding curriculum, as well as a suite of teacher tools.

“More than 1 million children have played their way into typing with TypeTastic, and School Edition was inspired by their positive feedback and customer requests,” said Petteri Väliaho, the co-founder of TypingMaster. “We are delighted to offer students in all grades a fun way to learn typing, and to help their teachers track their progress.”

The expanded curriculum introduces students to more than 250 entertaining new keyboarding activities that move from locating letters to fluent typing in four fun steps:

  1. Explore the Keyboard: Unique keyboard visualization splits the letters into nine color-coded groups so students see the keyboard like a map and can quickly find the correct letters.
  2. All Fingers Aboard: These games are designed to challenge kids to learn the fundamentals of typing. All sections are centered on finger movement, often first separated into either right- or left-hand activities, followed by more challenging games that use both hands.
  3. Ready, Set, Type!: Keyboarding activities take kids on an adventure through underwater coral reefs, thick jungle vegetation, and serene beach vistas to collect words and letters, with the goal of typing simple words and sentences.
  4. Master Those Keys: In the final step, students dig into the secrets of fluent typing, challenging themselves with more complex words, building up their typing speed, and discovering numbers and symbols.

For teachers, TypeTastic School Edition saves all scores in detail, making it easy to track students’ progress. Teachers can also deliver customized typing tests to assess students, or use the tests as extra material.

TypeTastic School Edition works on every device without apps or plugins. The program supports single sign-on, and it can be integrated using Active Directory Federation Services (SAML 2.0).

TypeTastic School Edition is available at prices starting from $99 a year for a class of 40. A free trial is available through the TypeTastic website, along with a selection of complimentary games to help K–5 students to get familiar with the keyboard.

About TypingMaster
Typing Master Inc., headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, is an edtech corporation founded in 1992. The company offers typing software and solutions for schools, corporations, and consumers, and it has more than 4 million monthly users globally. In addition to TypeTastic, other products include Typing Quest keyboarding courses for schools and TypingTest.com, the number one website to test typing skills. To learn more, please visit TypingMaster.com.

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St. Lucie Public Schools Purchases Reading Horizons to Improve Reading Performance

Ahead of recently passed legislation, the district will implement state-approved reading instructional materials in all 26 of its elementary schools

 

(Port St. Lucie, FL) September 11, 2018 — St. Lucie Public Schools in Florida has purchased Reading Horizons, a leading provider of literacy solutions, for all 26 of its elementary schools for this school year. The decision came after the Florida Senate passed a bill that requires instructional materials to incorporate evidence-based strategies, including a phonics-based approach to acquiring literacy skills, which improve reading performance for all students.

Reading Horizons will be integrated into St. Lucie Public Schools’ curriculum of every kindergarten through 2nd grade classroom, along with various 3rd grade classrooms. As part of the deployment, more than 400 educators were trained before the school year on how to best support their students’ growth using the platform.

“A solid foundation in phonics is essential to building students’ literacy skills across all subjects,” says Kimberly Jay, Director of Elementary Curriculum. “St. Lucie Public School teachers have been geared up to use Reading Horizons in the classroom. We believe improving our students’ foundational reading skills will be the stepping stone to better comprehension of any topic.”

The Florida Senate bill doesn’t require districts to pick up state-approved reading instructional materials until 2021, but leadership at St. Lucie Public Schools is working far in advance of that deadline to strengthen students’ scores on the Florida State Assessment by providing phonics instruction and curricula to students starting in kindergarten.

“Early intervention is crucial to students’ success in reading. We are excited that leadership within St. Lucie Public Schools has chosen to implement Reading Horizons ahead of the state’s schedule to help its youngest learners as soon as possible,” said Reading Horizons’ president and CEO Tyson J. Smith, “At the same time, they’ve offered teachers the comprehensive professional development they need to make the most of the platform. We look forward to impressive results from students within St. Lucie Public Schools.”

About St. Lucie Public Schools

St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) proudly serves students as the highest-ranking district on the Treasure Coast and fifth in Florida with a graduation rate of 90.1 percent. As a B-rated district, there are no failing schools, and SLPS is ranked among the top one-third of Florida’s districts for student achievement. The District also has the distinction of being recognized as one of St. Lucie County’s Best Places to Work. The mission of SLPS is to ensure all students graduate from safe and caring schools equipped with the knowledge, skills and desire to succeed. For more information, visit http://www.stlucieschools.org.

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.

SEPT 10, 2018

Samsung Launches the $2 Million Solve for Tomorrow Contest to Challenge Students to Use STEM to Develop Solutions to Issues in their Communities

Students and teachers from 10 public schools around the nation travelled to New York City for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow national finalist pitch event on Monday, April 9 where they presented their problem-solving STEAM projects to a panel of judges in the quest to be named one of the 2018 national winners.


RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 – Today, Samsung kicked off the 9th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, which challenges 6th – 12th grade U.S. public school teachers to submit ideas for how their students can use STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to solve problems in their communities. For the competition, Samsung is collaborating with DonorsChoose.org, the nation’s largest fundraising site for public school teachers, to provide funding directly to the first 3,500 teachers that apply today through October 30, 2018.

“Over the years, the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest has provided a glimpse into the issues facing local communities across the country. We’ve seen how some of the nation’s youngest citizens can rally their communities and ignite meaningful, lasting change through the real-world application of STEM subjects,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “By partnering with DonorsChoose.org, Samsung is providing a material impact to thousands of classrooms across the country, empowering teachers, engaging communities and changing children’s lives.”

When teachers enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, they will also be able to create a fundraising project on DonorsChoose.org, which they can use to engage citizen donors to contribute necessary supplies for their STEM-focused Solve for Tomorrow project. For the first 3,500 teachers who enter, Samsung will match 50 percent of their funding amount, up to $200 per teacher.

‘Solve’ Students take Winning Ideas to Washington

Samsung will also continue to award thousands of dollars to schools that progress through the contest. From the pool of applicants, 250 state finalists will be awarded a Samsung tablet for their classroom. From there, each teacher can submit a lesson plan for the STEM project they proposed, and 50 state winners will advance and receive $20,000 in technology and supplies, as well as a video kit to help showcase their project. Samsung will then announce the 10 national finalists, who will be rewarded $50,000 in technology and supplies along with a trip to the final event where they will present their project to a panel of judges. Finally, Samsung will announce the three national grand prize winners, who will receive $100,000 in classroom technology and supplies, as well as one Community Choice winner, elected by the general public, who will be eligible to win an additional $10,000 in Samsung technology.

Since its inception in 2009, the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest has provided more than $23 million in technology to more than 1,700 public schools in the United States. To enter the contest, and for contest rules, please visit samsung.com/solve.

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Good day,

Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education today announced the second annual Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Contest! The contest invites elementary school teachers and families to take a pledge to teach kids how to “earn, save, spend and donate” for a chance to win $10,000 for their local school – plus an additional $1,000 for the charity of their choice. Entrants may take the pledge up to once a day on behalf of their school from now through December 13, 2018. To view the full press release, visitHERE.

Thank you,

Discovery Education

 

Discovery Education Press Release  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

Friday, September 7, 2018

 

Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education Launch Second Annual

“Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids” Contest to Encourage Fiscally Fit Habits Among Youth

 

 Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Launches Second Annual Pledge Contest Awarding $10,000

to a Winning School, Plus $1,000 for a Charity of their Choice 

 

 Standards-Aligned Resources for Educators and Families to Help K-6 Grade Students

Become Financially Empowered Adults 

 

Silver Spring, Md. (Friday, September 7, 2018) – Jackson Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit with the mission to advance financial knowledge on a national scale and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms today announced the second annual Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids Contest! The contest invites elementary school teachers and families to take a pledge to teach kids how to “earn, save, spend and donate” for a chance to win$10,000 for their local school – plus an additional $1,000 for the charity of their choice. The winning school will receive a fun financial literacy event at their school featuring children’s educational media expert Dr. Alice Wilderproducer of Blues Clues and co-creator of Super WHY!, and the characters of Cha-Ching. Entrants may take the pledge up to once a day on behalf of their school from now through December 13, 2018.

“Anything we can do to help educators and families teach basic financial skills to young people is a win in my book,” said Danielle Robinson, executive director, Jackson Charitable Foundation. “Discovery Education brings Cha-Ching to classrooms across the country giving students access to these life-changing lessons. With this year’s pledge challenge, we’re hoping to reach even more students, making a positive impact in their futures.”

Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids is an engaging and fun financial education program designed to train the next generation of financially empowered adults. The program empowers youth with critical 21st-century skills by beginning high-quality financial literacy education in elementary school, where it can be fundamentally embedded in core learning experiences at a young age. Available at no-cost to classrooms nationwide, the program includes educator resources, family activities, animated videos and more.

“Cha-Ching, Jackson and Discovery Education are helping students develop money smart habits that will positively impact their families and future, said Dr. Trish Wallinger, St. Mary’s School Principal, winning school leader of last year’s Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids contest in Bellevue, Nebraska. “Encouraging students to retain strong money management concepts, and preparing them with the knowledge, tools and practice they need to lead fiscally disciplined lives will strengthen their ability to flourish as they mature.”

Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! program elements include:
Engaging Music Videos — Helping children learn money management concepts with lively cartoon characters from the Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! band. Storylines spotlight the importance of earning, saving, spending and donating, and help reinforce healthy money habits.

Classroom Activities — Providing K-6 educators with standards-aligned activities that pair with music videos to teach students how to be money smart.

Educator Guides — Enhancing educators’ background knowledge of financial literacy to better equip them to facilitate the classroom activities.

Family Activities — Offering parents, families and communities helpful tools to teach their children how to be money smart.

Sweepstakes — Promoting positive money habits and awarding deserving schools a $10,000 prize to build a brighter financial future, along with $1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

“Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids empowers educators to teach kids compelling ways to secure a financially liberating future,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Discovery Education is excited to continue a collaboration with Jackson Charitable Foundation to train a new generation of learners and future leaders the building blocks of financial literacy.”

Launched in April 2017, these resources are available at www.cha-chingusa.org and through Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on FacebookTwitterInstagramand Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About Jackson:

Jackson National Life Insurance Company® (Jackson) is a leading provider of retirement products for industry professionals and their clients. The company offers a diverse range of products including variable, fixed and fixed index annuities designed for tax-efficient accumulation and distribution of retirement income for retail customers, and fixed income products for institutional investors. Jackson subsidiaries and affiliates provide specialized asset management and retail brokerage services. Jackson prides itself on product innovation, sound corporate risk management practices and strategic technology initiatives. Focused on thought leadership and education, the company develops proprietary research, industry insights and financial representative training on retirement planning and alternative investment strategies. Jackson is also dedicated to corporate social responsibility and supports charities focused on strengthening families and creating economic opportunities in the communities where its employees live and work. For more information, visit jackson.com.

About Jackson Charitable Foundation:

The Jackson Charitable Foundation, the charitable-giving arm of Jackson, is a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation. Its mission to provide educational programming to increase the financial knowledge of Americans, reaches more than 1.5 million people annually. Follow the Jackson Charitable Foundation at jacksoncharitablefoundation.organd on Twitter at @JacksonFdn.

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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Ohio Department of Education Names Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic an Approved Assessment Provider

Award-winning assessment approved for use in four categories starting in the 2018–2019 school year

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., September 10, 2018—Curriculum Associates’ award-winning online program, i-Ready® Diagnostic, was named an approved assessment in four categories by the Ohio Department of Education. i-Ready Diagnostic is part of the i-Ready online diagnostic and instructional program, which has over 5.5 million users nationwide.

In its request for qualifications, the Ohio Department of Education “sought vendors with assessment tools that can fulfill multiple purposes to assist districts in selecting tools that will maximize their use of time and resources, and provide high educational value,” according to its website.  Assessments had to meet the minimum criteria in the RFQ in order to be approved for use.

i-Ready was approved for use in four categories:

  • Comparable Assessments to Ohio’s Diagnostic Assessments for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee
  • Teacher and Principal Evaluation: Qualifications for Student Assessments to be Used by Ohio Districts for a Portion of Teachers’ and Principals’ Evaluations (K–3 ELA; K–3 Math)
  • Prescreening and Identification for Students Who Are Gifted in Specific Academic Ability
  • Alternative Standardized Assessment for Third Grade Reading

“The i-Ready Diagnostic is designed to streamline assessment and give teachers more time to teach,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “We are proud to support Ohio educators with this tool, helping them identify students’ needs and individualize instruction.”

For more information from the Ohio Department of Education about the approved assessments, visit: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Common-Application-for-Requests-for-Qualifications.

About i-Ready

Built to address the rigor of the new standards, i-Ready’s mathematics and English language arts 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 is currently being used by over 15 percent of all K–8 students nationwide across all 50 states. To learn more about i-Ready, visit i-Ready.com/Empower.

About Curriculum Associates

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

SEPT 7, 2018

Illinois’ School District U-46 Expands Collaboration with Discovery Education to Maximize Investment in Educational Technology

– New Professional Learning Initiative Powered by Discovery Education to Help District Educators Transform Classrooms into Digital Learning Environments-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (September 4, 2018) –  Illinois’ School District U-46 (U-46) today announced it is expanding its collaboration with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.  In the latest phase of this partnership, Discovery Education will provide U-46 educators sustained, job-embedded professional learning that will help the district maximize their investment in educational technologies and accelerate the district’s efforts to transform its classrooms into dynamic digital learning environments.

 

Nearly 30 percent of School District U-46’s incredibly diverse student population are English Learners participating in the district’s acclaimed Dual Language program.  Earlier this year, U-46 partnered with Discovery Education to provide math teachers supporting the Dual Language initiative the company’s award-winning Math Techbook.  A digital textbook that connects students to math through real-world problems, Math Techbook is currently being used by students and teachers across the district’s high schools in both English and Spanish. Students are developing bilingualism and biliteracy skills with Math Techbook as they develop long-lasting mastery of mathematical concepts.

 

Recently, U-46 began implementing a new 1:1 initiative that will ultimately put 14,000 Chromebooks into the hands of students districtwide and create digital classroom experiences that mirror students’ interaction with digital content and technology in their lives outside school.  To support the deeper integration of digital content into the Dual Language program and to facilitate the district’s transition to 1:1 learning, School District U-46 will soon launch a new professional learning initiative from Discovery Education called Digital Leader Corps.  Featuring a unique combination of professional learning, pedagogy, and tools, Digital Leader Corps provides participating educators proven strategies and approaches for integrating educational technologies and digital media into classroom instruction.

 

These strategies and approaches are then practiced in educator created, student-centered Learning Labs. There, teachers practice and adapt new skills in a classroom setting before sharing their successes broadly with their colleagues. The Digital Leader Corps program provides teachers continuous customized, job-embedded consultation, with on-going modeling, coaching, and feedback from Discovery Education experts in the pre-planning, stakeholder communications, and implementation phases.

 

“We all know that today’s students need to become familiar with a wide variety of educational technology tools,” said School District U-46 CEO Tony Sanders. “But strong professional development for our educators must go hand in hand with technology in order to properly integrate new and emerging resources in the classroom so that we help all students succeed.”

 

Throughout this partnership, U-46 educators will continue to receive support from the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

“The team at Discovery Education is very excited to expand our partnership with School District U-46 as they continue transforming district classrooms,” said Emily Keith, Discovery Education Senior Partnership Manager. “We look forward to helping teachers maximize the district’s investment in their digital content and other technologies and to supporting the continued academic growth of all U-46 students.”

 

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

 

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About Discovery Education

As the global leader in standards-based digital 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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Carolina Biological’s New Innovators in Science Biographies Inspire Students with Diverse Scientists’ Accomplishments


            BURLINGTON, NC, Sept. 4, 2018 – In time for back-to-school, Carolina Biological Supply Company, the leading school science supplier, launched the new Innovators in Science digital literacy resource for students in grades K to 8. The online resource of biographies presents diverse examples of notable scientists and engineers as part of Carolina’s core science curriculum, which is enriched with opportunities for students to access informational texts, literature, simulations and media related to science and engineering. The goal of this new resource is to bring relevance to all students in science and engineering and the message that science is for everyone. This digital literacy resource is available now and instantly accessible to students and teachers as part of Carolina’s digital science curriculum programs. Carolina developed Innovators in Science as it was creating new science education products for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Calif. NGSS. These biographies specifically meet Calif. Science Framework requirements for diversity in science education. Teachers are invited to preview Innovators in Science at www.carolina.com/innovators.

Innovators in Science includes short, easy-to-read profiles of a diverse selection of 49 scientists from around the world, selected for their diversity, as well as interesting accomplishments and awards in many different fields of science. Carolina will continue to expand the resource by adding more profiles automatically and seamlessly online. Among the initial scientists profiled, 19 are women who are/were leaders in anthropology, astrophysics, botany, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, chemistry, invention, marine biology, medicine, physics, planet geology, primatology, seismology, theoretical physics, and volcanology. From a couple of popular names like Sally Ride and Jane Goodall, to lesser known names such as Youyou Tu from China who discovered the best medicine to treat malaria and Rosaly Lopes, a NASA scientist who discovered volcanos on the planet Jupiter’s moon, girls and young women can learn about many female innovators and role models.

Among the male scientists students will meet as they explore Innovators in Science is engineer Mark Dean, who helped design IBM’s first personal computer and the color computer monitor. In 1996, he was named an IBM fellow, the first African-American ever to receive the honor. Another unlikely science star had a lackluster academic performance at high school and may have had ADHD. He is Craig Venter, a veteran who became one of the most influential people in the world for identifying the human DNA genome with his team. His work can help treat major diseases. In addition to the same science fields explored by female scientists above, other fields introduced by male scientists’ profiles include biochemistry, biophysics, engineering, evolutionary biology, genetics, glaciology, mathematics, meteorology, nuclear engineering, and neurobiology.

“Carolina Biological’s goal with Innovators in Science is for students to begin to make meaningful connections between the importance of their science education and their everyday lives,” said Heidi Duty, Product Developer at Carolina. “As we prepared science curriculum for the NGSS, we saw an opportunity to create a resource that would provide students with exposure to the diversity that exists among the scientists and engineers. This digital literacy resource showcases relevant and notable people from all different walks of life, enabling students to understand that the diversity of individuals making contributions to the body of knowledge of science and engineering is a reflection of the diversity in our world.”

The digital literacy resource emphasizes the importance of science education to all members of society. As required and listed in California’s Science Framework, Innovators in Science includes examples of people who used their learning and intelligence to make important contributions to society through science and technology from different demographic groups, specifically including: Native Americans; African Americans; Mexican Americans and other Latino groups; Asian Americans; Pacific Islanders; European Americans; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans; persons with disabilities; and women.

Features

The profiles are correlated to each Carolina curriculum unit, so that teachers using those programs can easily see a list of whichInnovators in Science profiles relate to their current unit or any upcoming unit. Profiles can also be viewed as a table of contents, where all profiles are visible and listed alphabetically by the innovator’s name, noting their field(s) of science. Each innovator profile includes a photograph and several links from reputable organizations or sources to encourage students at higher grade levels to explore and learn more about each person. Teachers can also use the links for lesson planning, saving them time preparing for class discussions, assignments or activities.

The sources have been thoroughly researched and vetted by Carolina to provide the most appropriate and best quality of online background information about each scientist. Teaching students about reliable sources for research, they include education sites, universities, nonprofit organizations, government departments, museums, professional science and engineering associations, science organizations, science journals, encyclopedias, biography databases, and firsthand blogs or websites of the scientist profiled.

Some of the sites that students will visit if they explore the curated links at the end of each profile are Biography, Encyclopedia Britannica, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Nobel Prize, NASA, Scientific American, and Stanford University.

Digital Portal
           To meet the changing needs of the modern classroom, Carolina core science curriculum provides a digital experience for students and teachers through a newly updated online portal. Whether there is one computer in a classroom or 1-1 accessibility, teachers and students can access the programs in a digital format. This includes access to the new Innovators in Science digital literacy resource, the Teacher Guide, interactive Student Readers and Literacy components, digital simulations for every unit, interactive whiteboard activities and summative assessment for each product.

Availability

            Innovators in Science is available now as a new digital resource included in Carolina’s digital core science programs for grades K-8, including Building Blocks of Science™ 3D  (K-5) and Smithsonian Science and Technology Concepts Middle School. Prices start at $374.95 for one kit through Carolina. For information, visit Carolina’s website atwww.Carolina.com, call (800) 334-5551, or e-mail curriculum@carolina.com.

Carolina Biological Supply Company
           From its beginnings in 1927, Carolina (www.carolina.com) has grown to become the leading supplier of biological and other science teaching materials in the world. Headquartered in Burlington, NC, Carolina serves customers worldwide, including teachers, students, and professionals in science and health-related fields. The company is still privately owned by descendants of the founder, geology and biology professor Dr. Thomas E. Powell Jr.

 

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Impero Software partners with Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program to Provide Schools with Student Safety and MDM Software

 

Austin, TX, Sept. 6, 2018 – Impero Software, global specialists in remote monitoring and management software for education, has partnered with the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program, a statewide cooperative of Illinois K-12 educational entities, to provide Illinois schools with student safety software and mobile device management solutions.

The partnership offers Illinois K-12 schools exclusive pricing for Impero’s flagship classroom management, network admin and student safety solution, Impero Education Pro, and its education-specific mobile device management solution, Impero EdLink.

Impero Education Pro is a cross-platform solution consolidating classroom management, network management and student safety. It is compatible across Chromebooks, Windows, Mac OSX and iOS. The software provides real-time monitoring of student devices and keyword detection to help schools and districts identify potentially harmful or inappropriate content and activity. Impero has developed its keyword libraries by working with leading charities and specialist organizations, including Mental Health America (MHA), the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), SafeBAE and Hey U.G.L.Y.

When the software detects a keyword or phrase that may indicate risk, it captures the activity as a screenshot or video clip to provide contextual insight. School staff are able to respond to these incidents appropriately with counter-narratives and support. Schools can also use this insight to identify localized trends and issues in order to support teaching digital citizenship to Illinois students. The software also provides teachers with a suite of easy-to-use classroom control tools and enables school technical teams to streamline the management of a school network, including over multiple sites.

Impero’s mobile device management solution, Impero EdLink, is compatible with iOS, ChromeOS and Android. It supports geo-location and offsite filtering and is fully integrated with Impero Education Pro to enable schools and districts to manage mobile devices effectively.

Richard Fuller, CEO of Impero Software, comments, “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with the Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program to help provide K-12 schools in Illinois with the tools to facilitate digital learning and help protect students.”

Hope Hardin-Borbely, the Marketing Manager for ILTPP, adds “The relationship with Impero represents a powerful opportunity for ILTPP to significantly expand our presence in K-12 Illinois schools, a vibrant and very important market. Impero applies cross-platform solutions and expertise for real-time classroom monitoring. We’re excited to partner with Impero as we focus our combined energies toward serving a broader range of schools by providing industry-leading mobile device management solutions.”

 

About Impero Software

Impero Software offers remote monitoring and management software, relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5 million devices in over 90 countries. Impero is used by more than 1,400 UK high schools and in more than 500 U.S. districts.

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

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Epson Now Shipping PowerLite L-Series Laser Projectors

 

Award-Winning Compact Laser Projectors Deliver Incredible Value for Education, Corporate and Houses of Worship

 

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Sept. 6, 2018 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, announced it is now shipping its new compact PowerLite® L-Serieslaser projectors within the 4,500 – 6,000 lumen range. Weighing between 17 and 19 pounds, the PowerLite L-Series are compact, making them versatile for convenient portability and installation in educational institutions, corporate spaces and houses of worship with high ambient lighting.

“Epson’s new PowerLite L-Series answers a need for strong value laser solutions within the mid-lumen range in a convenient design,” said Remi Del Mar, senior product manager, Epson America, Inc. “We continue to drive laser projection with compelling solutions for the business and education marketplace. By combining 3LCD technology with state-of-the-art laser light source, Epson delivers uncompromising image quality, high color brightness and truly reliable performance.”

Epson’s award-winning laser technology delivers remarkable color accuracy, easy set-up and virtually maintenance-free operation with up to 20,000 hours2 of laser light source. In addition, the PowerLite L-Series supports advanced wired and wireless solutions, including HDMI and HDBaseT, and with the laser light source’s Instant Off power, users can achieve maximum brightness in seconds for quick presentation setup.

To support BYOD classrooms, the projectors provide enhanced wireless display technology, allowing teachers to connect the projector to up to 50 Chromebooks, PCs and Mac® computers, and iOS and Android devices. Educators can also simultaneously display up to four screens with the Epson iProjection™3 wireless display solution. The high-end PowerLite L610U and L615U models offer wireless screen mirroring from a smartphone or streaming device with Miracast®.

The new PowerLite L-Series laser projectors deliver powerful performance with vibrant, bright images, as well as advanced installation features and enterprise-level wireless security support for education and business applications. The projectors include the following features:

  • Solid-State Laser Light Source and Electrostatic Air Filter – Provide virtually maintenance-free operation up to 20,000 hours2

  • Versatile Connectivity and Control – Supports a full range of inputs, including HDBaseT, 3G-SDI, and is compatible with Crestron RoomView, AMX, Extron XTP, Control4, and Art-Net for easy integration

  • Professional Installation Features – Full 360-degree installation flexibility, including Portrait Mode, Instant Off power, quieter performance, and high contrast ratios

  • Quick and Easy Setup – Get up and running in no time with easy image adjustments, convenient controls and models with built-in wireless

  • Outstanding Service and Support – Epson’s unrivaled customer support goes the extra mile with a limited warranty of 20,000 hours of usage or three years, whichever comes first

 

PowerLite L-Series Specifications:

 

Product Color

Brightness4

 

White

Brightness4

Housing Color Resolution HDBaseT 360-degree installation Lens Shift Screen Mirroring MSRP
PowerLite L615U 6,000

lumens

6,000 lumens Black WUXGA (1920 x 1200) Yes Yes Yes Yes $3,499
PowerLite L610U 6,000

lumens

6,000 lumens White WUXGA (1920 x 1200) Yes Yes Yes Yes $3,499
PowerLite L510U 5,000

lumens

5,000

lumens

White WUXGA (1920 x 1200) Yes Yes Yes No $2,799
PowerLite L400U 4,500

lumens

4,500 lumens White WUXGA (1920 x 1200) No Yes No No $2,499
PowerLite L610W 6,000

lumens

6,000 lumens White WXGA

(1280 x 800)

Yes Yes Yes No $2,599
PowerLite L610 6,000

lumens

6,000 lumens White XGA

(1024 x768)

No Yes Yes No $2,399
PowerLite L500W 5,000

lumens

5,000 lumens White WXGA

(1280 x 800)

No Yes No No $1,999

Availability and Support

The new PowerLite L615U, L610U, L510U, L400U, L610W, L500W, and L610 models are available now through authorized Epson resellers. The projectors come with a limited warranty of three years or 20,000 hours, whichever comes first, with next business day replacement, including free shipping both ways5. For additional information, visit https://epson.com/LaserISE.

 

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

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 76,000 employees in 87 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

 

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

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

20,000 hours is the estimated projector life when used in Normal Mode in an ordinary environment. Actual hours may vary depending on mode and usage environment. The Pro L-Series projectors have a limited warranty of three years or 20,000 hours, whichever comes first.For wireless functionality, including via the Epson iProjection App, the projector must be configured on a network, either through the Ethernet port on the projector (check model specifications for availability) or via a wireless connection. Check your owner’s manual to determine if a wireless LAN module must be purchased separately to enable a wireless connection. Not all Epson projectors are able to be networked. The Epson iProjection App does not support all files and formats. See www.epson.com for details.

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

5 Expedited shipping not available in all areas. Road Service orders must be in by 3 p.m. Eastern Time for Next-Business-Day delivery.

Note: EPSON and PowerLite are registered trademarks. EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark and Epson iProjection is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Brighter Futures is a registered trademark of Epson America, Inc. Miracast® is a registered trademark of Wi-Fi Alliance®. Mac and iOS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android and Chromebook are trademarks of Google Inc. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks. Copyright 2018 Epson America, Inc.

AUGUST 31, 2018

Florida’s Franklin County School District and Discovery Education Team Up on New Effort to Engage Students in STEM Education  

– Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Resources and Innovative Professional Learning System to Support the Creation of a Culture of STEM Teaching and Learning Districtwide-

Silver Spring, Md. (August 28, 2018) – Florida’s Franklin County School District(FCSD) announced today that it is teaming up with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, on a new initiative supporting STEM education across the district.  Utilizing Discovery Education’s award-winning digital resources and innovative professional learning systems, this new partnership will empower district educators to create a culture of STEM teaching and learning in the district’s K-12 school and K-8 charter school.

Located in the heart of Florida’s Panhandle and serving the county’s approximately 4,250 households, the Franklin County School District seeks to create an educational atmosphere in the school system that inspires students to reach their fullest potential. Specifically, FCSD seeks to deepen students’ engagement in STEM education and nurture learners’ communication, critical thinking, creative, and collaboration skills by creating inquiry-based STEM classroom environments.

Among the resources the school system will use to create stimulating STEM learning environments is Discovery Education Streaming Plus.  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.

FCSD educators across the school district will also soon begin using Discovery Education’s STEM Connect to 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.

To help FCSD’s educators shift their instruction and utilize these new tools, the district will launch the STEM Leader Corps capacity building model.  Administrators and teachers from FSCD’s K-12 school and K-8 charter school 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.

“The teachers and administrators of the Franklin County School District are deeply committed to helping all our students develop the knowledge and skills they need to be successful no matter where their lives take them,” said Franklin County Schools Superintendent Traci Moses. “Discovery Education’s professional learning opportunities and digital content can help us meet that goal, and we are excited to team up with their experts to jointly build the culture of STEM teaching and learning that will prepare our students to succeed in the real world.”

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

“Discovery Education looks forward to supporting the great community of teachers and administrators at the Franklin County Schools as they embark on this initiative,” said Dan Gammage, Partnership Manager at Discovery Education. “We are 100 percent aligned on our belief that a strong culture of STEM prepares students for successful lives beyond school, and are excited to begin this effort.”

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

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About Discovery Education
As the global leader in standards-based digital 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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Carolina Biological Releases Version 3.0 of Carolina Science Online to Deliver Interactive Content Supporting Blended Science Teaching and Learning

 

Educator and student exposure to Carolina Science Online (CSO) increases student engagement and helps create a blended learning environment to support effective, three-dimensional science teaching

Burlington, North Carolina, August 29, 2018 — Carolina Science Online (CSO), a division of Carolina Biological Supply Company, launched a robust suite of digital education tools and content to enhance and extend the effectiveness of Carolina’s curriculum resources. Following Carolina’s aggressive yearlong effort to develop and deliver phenomena-based science curricula, teachers and students can access CSO, now live, to utilize digital resources and teaching tools designed to supplement and enhance Carolina’s Building Blocks of Science™ 3D K-5 science curriculum, the Smithsonian Institution’s Science and Technology Concepts™ K-8 program, Smithsonian Science for the Classroom for Grades 1-5, and an increasing number of Carolina’s hands-on high school science teaching kits, which also were enhanced with digital resources to support inquiry and practical science teaching.

To complement and extend the 18 units of Carolina’s Building Blocks of Science 3D, teachers and students who adopt the program can now enjoy a variety of digital media:  Phenomena videos, interactive simulations, interactive eBooks, and robust formative and summative assessments (scored electronically). In addition, teachers can develop assignments drawing from a variety of CSO resources that can be supplemented by teacher-created materials and content such as PDF documents, Word documents, and images. Carolina content, together with teacher-developed materials, offers a custom learning environment tailored to the unique teaching style and creativity of each teacher and student. Score Reports from CSO help teachers identify areas where students struggle and create sub-groups for reteaching and enrichment. Both the Building Blocks and Smithsonian programs offer eBooks with built-in text-to-speech readers, along with accessibility features to support struggling readers and English Language Learners.

Science educators from across the United States, and increasingly worldwide, rely on Carolina Biological as their source for resources and curricula to support science teaching in Kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms and at top universities and colleges. More than 150 large school districts and tens of thousands of teachers use CSO to augment Carolina’s science materials, embracing digital tools that are growing more prevalent in both the practice of science and science teaching. CSO supports multiple end-user devices and, as a web service, can be accessed anytime, and anywhere teachers and students have access to the Internet.

“The release of this substantially enhanced version of CSO is timed perfectly to support the rapid rise of student computing devices in education,” said Bruce Wilcox, Vice President of Carolina Science Online. “We can support Chromebook, Apple, Microsoft, and countless other browser-based devices. CSO is intuitive and easy to use, eliminating the need for training and professional development.”

“Carolina Biological’s ecommerce website, www.carolina.com, is a heavily-trafficked destination for teachers and science materials buyers who seek resources to equip a modern science teaching classroom,” continued Wilcox. “In these classrooms, student computing devices are often underutilized due to differences between the physical and digital worlds. We’re working to solve that problem by identifying digital tools offered on CSO that complement hands-on science teaching. We make it easy for teachers to shop for what they need on Carolina.com, such as a photosynthesis experiment. Just place an order and receive an access code. Then, using CSO, implement blended learning by combining the online content with the physical experiment shipped to their school room door!”

“We’ve relied on Carolina Biological for supplies to support our hands-on science and inquiry teaching,” said Dr. Sandy Ledwell, Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) Science Coordinator at the Alabama Department of Education. “However, these new digital resources help expand our teachers’ reach and engage students in a way that is meaningful and, more importantly, relevant to our tech-savvy students’ learning experiences. Our kids deserve the best, and these tools are a critical part of our initiative’s efforts to embrace our science standards.”

Availability

To learn more about Carolina Science Online go to  http://www.carolinascienceonline.com. To learn more about Carolina Biological and equip your classroom for blended learning, go to http://www.carolina.com. Visit www.carolina.com/bbs andwww.carolina.com/smithsonian to learn more about our K-8, hands-on science curricula.

Carolina Biological Supply Company
From its beginnings in 1927, Carolina Biological Supply Company has grown to become a leading supplier of science teaching materials. Today, from its headquarters in Burlington, North Carolina, Carolina serves customers worldwide, including teachers, professors, home-school educators, and professionals in health and science-related fields. Please visit our website, http://www.carolina.com, to learn more about our science and related products and services.

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TCS Partners with Discovery Education for Innovation Student Challenge

Tata Consultancy Services and Discovery Education’s “Ignite Innovation Student Challenge” Is a New Competition from the Computational Thinking Curriculum “Ignite My Future in School”

WASHINGTON, DC | NEW YORK, NY – Tata Consultancy Services, (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital education content and professional development for K-12 classrooms has announced the launch of the TCS Discovery Education Ignite Innovation Student Challenge. The brand-new competition gives young innovators an amazing chance to win $10,000 and receive virtual mentorship from a team of TCS technology experts to bring their winning idea to life.

The Ignite Innovation Student Challenge encourages sixth through eighth grade students to use computational thinking to create digital solutions that improve the world and solve problems impacting TCS’ social responsibility pillars of Our Planet, Health and Education.

Middle school students, up to four students per team, are invited to craft a digital concept and submit their entries by creating a written description or a one to two-minute video. Entries must define a problem in one of TCS’ three social responsibility pillars; explain how their answer solves a local, national, or global issue; identify the population being served; explain at least three benefits of the digital solution; identify at least two computational thinking strategies used to develop the solution; and present thinking and planning using visuals.

Submissions will be judged based on creativity, content, persuasiveness, and overall presentation. Ten winners will then be selected to receive prizes including the Grand Prize of a $10,000 scholarship and virtual mentorship with TCS mentors to bring their winning idea to life. Winners of the Top Pillar prizes in Our Planet, Health and Education will receive $7,500, and six Winner Circle prizes of $1,000 will be awarded. Winners will be announced in spring 2019.

All video and written description entries must be submitted online at www.ignitemyfutureinschool.org/Challenge no later than December 13, 2018.

Launched in 2017, Ignite My Future in School is an initiative that combines the best of digital content, lesson plans, career vignettes, and professional learning to help teachers prepare their students for careers of the future. The initiative offers educators instructional resources and year-round curriculum support to ensure that computational thinking is embedded into core subjects such as math, sciences, arts and social studies. This interdisciplinary approach helps students to obtain the necessary skills required for 21st century careers across all industries.

On a national level, Ignite My Future in School has a goal of engaging 20,000 teachers and one million U.S. students by 2021. As a first step towards this objective, TCS and Discovery Education have partnered with U.S. school districts in the Washington, D.C. area, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Michigan and Wisconsin as early adopters and launch sites of this transdisciplinary approach. Since launching, IMFIS has provided training materials valued at more than $2 million and engaged over 185,000 students and 3,300 educators in all 50 states. To learn more about Ignite My Future in School, go to www.ignitemyfutureinschool.org.

For more information on the TCS Discovery Education Ignite Innovation Student Challenge, including idea starters, project flow, four-week road map, planning guide, templates, and complete rules, please visit www.IgniteMyFutureInSchool.org/Challenge.Stay connected with Discovery Education on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.

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About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS):

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in their transformation journeys for the last fifty years. TCS offers a consulting-led, cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of IT, Business & Technology Services, and engineering. This is delivered through its unique Location Independent Agile delivery model, recognized as a benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest multinational business group, TCS has more than 400,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $19.09 billion for year ended March 31, 2018 and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. TCS’ proactive stance on climate change and award-winning work with communities across the world have earned it a place in leading sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), MSCI Global Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Emerging Index. For more information, visit us at tcs.com. To stay up-to-date on TCS news in North America, follow @TCS_NA. For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News.

 

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. Stay connected with Discovery Education on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.