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APRIL 24, 2017

Small Town Essex Plays Major Role in College  and 21st-Century Career Preparation

  

ESSEX, N.Y.  – (April 21, 2017) – Rick Dalton, President and CEO of College For Every Student (CFES), said in an interview with Education Talk Radio April 17 that the greatest need in our country is giving low-income youth access to postsecondary education and the support to complete higher education degrees.

From the CFES headquarters in Essex, N.Y., a community of 670 residents on the      western shores of Lake Champlain, Dalton said CFES will leverage an approach that has helped 100,000 students throughout the nation over the past 25 years, to ensure that all low-income students are prepared to enter the 21st-century workplace. The interview can be heard at www.blogtalkradio.com/edutalk/2017/04/17/college-for-every-student.

Dalton said support and guidance outside the classroom is critical for the success of all young people, especially students from low-income households. “Helping young people move toward college and careers is the responsibility of far more than teachers and educators in the school building,” Dalton said.  “We work with low-income students

because the need is so great. The fastest growing population in the United States, and globally, is low-income youth.”

CFES has committed to helping one million more students over the next decade.           The organization is accelerating the implementation of its research-based, adaptable     approach carried out in 800 schools over the past 25 years, and currently employed in   200 schools across the nation. This approach is based on building college-and-career pathway knowledge through student interaction with college and business partners in the CFES expanding network, and helping students build grit, leadership and the other      Essential Skills youth need to navigate and succeed in school, college and the workplace.

Ninety-nine percent of CFES students, known as Scholars, graduate from high school, and 95 percent go on to college.Citing statistics from “College For Every Student: A Practitioner’s Guide to Building   College and Career Readiness, the book he co-authored, Dalton said, “A young person from the top economic quartile is eight times more likely to get a college degree than a young person from the bottom economic quartile. That speaks to the talent waste, not only in the United States but globally. When we waste talent, we all pay the price.”

 

 

About College For Every Student

College For Every Student (CFES) is a global leader helping K-12 students from         low-income rural and urban communities become college and career ready. CFES         has helped 100,000 students since 1991, and today supports 25,000 students through partnerships with schools, businesses and colleges in 30 states and Ireland. The CFES Program engages students in three core practices — Mentoring, Leadership Through   Service, and Pathways to College and Career. These practices raise aspirations and       develop, grit, teamwork, resilience, leadership and the other Essential Skills that            advance social and educational uplift. Follow CFES at www.collegefes.org and on     Twitter at @CollegeFES.

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Panorama Education Launches Panorama Student Success, a Platform for Educators to Understand and Support the Progress of Every Student

 

Bringing together academic, attendance, school climate, and social-emotional learning data, Panorama’s platform allows schools and districts to track and support the holistic progress of groups and individual students in real time

 

(Boston, MA) April 20, 2017 — Panorama Education, a leading provider of social-emotional learning and student, family, and teacher feedback surveys, today announced the release of a new platform, Panorama Student Success, to help educators bring together academic and non-academic data and act in targeted, timely ways to support students. Panorama Student Success brings academic, attendance, and behavior data together with school climate surveys and social-emotional learning data to paint a full picture of every student’s progress.

 

Developed in partnership with school and district administrators, Panorama Student Success provides tools to monitor groups and individual students, tracking who is thriving, which students are on track for graduation and college/career readiness, and those who may be at risk. By organizing data from multiple sources into an easy-to-use interface, the tool equips educators with the insights they need to spend less time sorting through spreadsheets and more time with students.

 

With daily syncs to schools’ data systems and automatic notifications for important changes, such as when a student is newly struggling, Panorama Student Success enables proactive, timely student support and interventions. With Panorama Education currently serving 5 million students and more than 7,000 schools, Panorama Student Success is in use in several districts across the country.

 

“We are thrilled to see school teams using Panorama Student Success on a daily basis,” said Aaron Feuer, CEO of Panorama Education. “The educators I have spoken with talk about how powerful it is to see trends in students’ grades and attendance information alongside non-academic measures, like behavior data and social-emotional learning assessments. To us, this wider lens is key to fully understanding and supporting students’ long-term strengths and growth as people.”

 

Panorama Student Success is designed to meet the changing needs of school systems. For instance, the National Center for Education Statistics reports rising numbers of English language learners (ELLs) nationwide, and many districts are seeing significant local growth in the number of ELLs they serve. School teams can use Panorama Student Success to monitor the progress of ELLs with lower attendance and SEL indicators or keep track of intervention groups across each indicator. On the platform, students are automatically added or removed from these “smart groups” as the data updates on a daily basis.

 

Panorama Student Success is in use in several school districts across the country, including Waltham Public Schools in Waltham, Massachusetts. Liz Homan, Ph.D, administrator of educational technology, coordinated the launch of Student Success in Waltham’s schools. Reflecting on bringing Panorama Student Success into her district, Dr. Homan said,  “When our principals look at data, I don’t actually want them grappling with raw data. I want them to have a dashboard that lets them quickly glance and take action. So I’ve been really excited about the way our experience with Panorama Student Success has unfolded. With this platform, the data is actually capable of representing a full picture of success or struggle for our students. It’s really a different thing when a company helps you put all these things together to see a holistic view of a student.”

 

To learn more about bringing Panorama Student Success to your district to promote proactive, holistic support for every student, visit PanoramaEd.com/student-success.

 

About Panorama Education

Panorama Education partners with schools and districts to collect and analyze data about social-emotional learning, school climate, family engagement, and more. With research-backed surveys and a leading technology platform, Panorama helps educators act on data and improve student outcomes. This year, Panorama will support 5 million students in 7,000 schools across 40 states, including those in the Dallas Independent School District, New York City Department of Education, Seattle Public Schools, and San Francisco Unified School District. To learn more, please visit PanoramaEd.com.

 

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APRIL 20, 2017

Iowa’s Cardinal Community School District Announces Collaboration with Discovery Education Supporting School System’s New Instructional Framework

 

– Digital Streaming Service and Science and Social Studies Digital Textbooks Set for Integration Into Classroom Instruction Across the School System-

 

Silver Spring, MD (April 20, 2017) – Iowa’s Cardinal Community School District (CCSD) today announced a new partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. Through this collaboration, CCSD educators will support the district’s efforts to implement a new instructional framework by integrating Discovery Education’s award-winning digital content into everyday classroom instruction.

 

CCSD educators district-wide are currently implementing the Gradual Release of Responsibility Framework (GRRF), a research-based method of teaching that provides students more targeted, individualized instruction.  By delivering Discovery Education’s dynamic digital content through Chromebooks provided to students through the district’s 1-to-1 initiative, CCSD’s educators will be positioned to support the GRRF’s implementation with individualized instruction that develops the necessary skills and knowledge students need for future success.

 

Shortly, all CCSD’s educators will begin integrating Discovery Education Streaming Plus,  a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, into classroom activities. In addition, educators teaching grades four through eight will also soon begin incorporating Discovery Education’s award-winning Science Techbook™  and Social Studies Techbook™ into teaching and learning.

 

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

 

“At Cardinal Community School District, we are devoted to providing our students the necessary skills and knowledge to assure their success beyond graduation,” said CCSD Superintendent Joel Pederson. “We believe our new collaboration with Discovery Education provides our educators the rich, flexible content they need to build engaging, individualized learning experiences.”

 

To ensure each CCSD educator is fully supported in their transition to using this new digital content, Discovery Education experts will provide district educators robust professional development opportunities that will help them maximize their new resources to improve students’ academic achievement. Also, the Discovery Education Community will support CCSD’s educators’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

 

“Discovery Education is excited to support the Cardinal Community School District’s quest to foster a rich community of lifelong learners,” said Discovery Education Consultant Cara Delbaum. “We look forward to working with Superintendent Pederson and his entire team to create authentic digital learning spaces that support the successful implementation of the Gradual Release of Responsibility Framework.”

 

For more information about Discovery Education Techbooks, Discovery Education Streaming Plus, or other services and resources from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

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

 

 

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Fuel Education Reimagines Credit Recovery Curriculum to Motivate Students to Stay on Course

 

Designed for the “at-promise” student who needs to earn credit,

FuelEd’s new adaptive curriculum features rich multi-media and motivational learning objects 

 

Herndon, Virginia, April 20, 2017 — A student’s ninth-grade “status” is the best indicator of whether or not he or she will graduate. The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research found that students who are on-track after their freshman year are more than three and one-half times more likely to graduate from high school in four years than students who are off-track. To help engage and motivate students who need help staying on track for graduation, Fuel Educationâ (FuelEdâ) is launching a new, credit recovery curriculum for blended and online learning available this fall.

 

The new FuelEd Credit Recovery Curriculum features a modern design with interactive content, adaptive release technology, growth mindset and social emotional exercises to teach grit, and powerful analytic tools—all available in a mobile and accessible learning environment.

 

The courses are designed for students who need to recover credits in order to graduate, but learned enough to make a complete repetition of the course unnecessary. All courses are broken down into modules, each of which starts with a pre-test to evaluate the student’s existing knowledge. If a student demonstrates mastery during the module’s pre-test, the courses’ adaptive release of content allows the student to advance within the course to where he or she needs to be. For added support and motivation, FuelEd embedded content to teach students about grit and to help them develop a growth mindset and social emotional learning practices.

 

“We believe that ‘at-promise’ students sometimes need additional support to overcome obstacles in their education. With the new credit recovery curriculum, we are pleased to provide our school and district partners rich, interactive content and tools to help them better engage students so they can stay on the path to graduation,” said Gregg Levin, Fuel Education’s General Manager.

 

The new courses also include English Language Learners (ELL) support, including non-linguistic representation of content, audio demonstrations and pre-teaching of key vocabulary in both English and Spanish.

 

The FuelEd Credit Recovery Curriculum can be taught by district teachers or FuelEd’s certified teachers. Its advanced analytic tools include visual dashboards to make it easy for teachers to see how a class is performing as a whole or how individual students are progressing through courses. Teachers can generate personalized reports to drive targeted remediation for individual students or small groups.

 

The new curriculum will be released in phases, beginning with Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, English 9, English 10, and Spanish 1 in the fall, including updated health and physical education courses. FuelEd offers a total of 19 credit recovery courses. To learn more, click here to watch a video.  To view a short demo, click here.

 

About Fuel Education

Fuel Educationâ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education serves more than 2,000 school districts, offering one of the industry’s largest catalogs of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. To learn more, visit fueleducation.com and Twitter.

 

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myON Named Best Digital and Media Literacy Solution by the Association of American Publishers

The personalized literacy solution was selected as a 2017 REVERE Award honoree in the Classroom category

(Minneapolis, MN) April 20, 2017 – myON today announced that it has been honored by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) with the 2017 REVERE Award for the Best in Digital and Media Literacies. As one of many in a diverse group of innovative and rich educational resources in the Classroom category, myON’s win showcases the exceptional quality and vision of the personalized literacy environment that promotes literacy growth and students’ ownership of their learning.

For more than 50 years, the REVERE Awards (Recognizing Valuable Educational Resources) have identified the best content for educating learners on any platform: print, digital, or blended. The REVERE Awards’ evaluation process is rigorous, with both educator and industry professional judges evaluating each entry. This year’s finalists and winners, extensively vetted by educators and learning resource industry professionals, are exciting and engaging products that include classroom resources, whole curricula, magazines, and integrated marketing campaigns.

“We are truly honored to receive this award from an organization as prestigious as AAP,” said Todd Brekhus, president of myON. “This recognition reinforces myON’s continued commitment to providing students with the tools they need to succeed. We are dedicated to creating lifelong readers and truly making anytime and anywhere learning a reality for all.”

REVERE Award winners will be honored on May 25th at a special awards dinner, AAP Celebrates the Golden Lamp Awards and the Lamplighter Honors, held at the annual Content in Context (CIC) conference in Philadelphia. CIC provides practical, actionable insights on content, marketing, and business strategy for learning companies.

A full list of REVERE Awards winners can be found here.  Find out more about the REVERE Awards on Twitter using @REVEREAwards and #REVEREAwards.

 

About myON

myON develops personalized literacy solutions that create collaborative learning opportunities for students worldwide. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to a collection of more than 13,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, daily news articles, real-time assessments, and a suite of literacy tools. myON empowers students and teachers with real-time, actionable data—number and type of books and articles opened and read, time spent reading, results of regular benchmark assessments, and more—based on embedded Lexile® assessments that measure student reading growth and engagement. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction while empowering them to take ownership for their own growth. For more information, please visit myON.com.

About the Association of American Publishers

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) represents nearly 400 member organizations including major commercial, digital learning, education, and professional publishers alongside independents, non-profits, university presses, and scholarly societies. We represent the publishing industry’s legislative, regulatory, and trade priorities regionally, nationally, and worldwide. These include copyright and related intellectual property rights, piracy and enforcement strategies, digital growth and related business models, funding for education and libraries, fair tax and trade policies, and freedom of expression and literacy debates.

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Nepris for Schools Hosts Series of 4 Virtual Chats with AT&T Professionals

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 — Nepris is hosting a four-part series April 27-May 8 exploring careers within AT&T’s finance, retail, marketing, and instructional design fields. K-12 students will hear from employees about their career paths and the skills needed to launch successful careers.

Register at: http://bit.ly/2oldGXa for any of these four sessions hosted by AT&T.

Nepris virtually connects industry professionals with classrooms via online, interactive sessions that bring relevance and real-world application to lesson plans. Students get to ask questions and learn about topics and connect classroom learning to the world at work. Nepris offers a scalable way for schools to help students develop a path to careers in technical fields after graduation or be better prepared to enter college.

Teachers with premium Nepris access can sign up for any or all of these sessions. Teachers wishing to explore can set up a free account to engage with one live virtual session with their students and they may access unlimited pre-recorded sessions

AT&T Series: Careers in Finance
Jason M Zollmann shares his career journey to AT&T’s finance team and show students how to develop the skills needed to work in the field.
April 27 | 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT Audience: Grades 6-12

AT&T Series: Careers at an AT&T Retail Store
Charles Palisoc describes what it’s like to work in an AT&T retail store and why students may consider launching their careers in retail.
May 1 | 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT Audience: Grades 9-12

AT&T Series: Careers in Marketing and Communications
Bret Patterson shares the skills and education required to launch a successful career in the field of marketing and communications by talking about his career in employee communications at AT&T.
May 4 | 1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT Audience: Grades 9-12

AT&T Series: Careers in Instructional Design
Instructional design combines web development, video production, graphic design, and adult learning theory. Kristin Heath discusses her personal career in the field and demonstrates how to create a web-based training.
May 8 | 1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT Audience: Grades 6-12

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Follett to Host K-12 Literacy Conference June 22 in Illinois

Award-winning lineup of authors, hands-on professional development highlight event

 

MCHENRY, Ill., April 19, 2017 – Follett, in partnership with Northern Illinois University (NIU), will host a literacy conference event that features an impressive array of award-winning authors and is designed to give K-12 educators access to hands-on professional development. Titled “ReadingCon: Collaborating for Literacy,” the conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CDT) on Thursday, June 22 at NIU Conference Center in Naperville, Ill.

The conference will be led by Shannon McClintock Miller, a highly recognized and respected K-12 library leader who previously was a district teacher librarian in Iowa and is author of the blog, The Library Voice. Miller is a spokesperson for Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect, a national initiative sponsored by Follett to advocate for school libraries and elevate the role of the librarian in K-12 schools.

“The conference focus will be on literacy and how we, as education stewards, can make a difference in the students we serve,” Miller said. “We also want to bring educators together to discuss the topics that are trending in today’s K-12 market.”

Among the many authors confirmed to participate are writer-artist Gene Luen Yang, who was named the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2016-17; Kwame Alexander, a poet, educator and New York Times best-selling author; plus Tim Green, Jennifer L. Holm, Neal Schusterman, and many others.

The authors will participate in breakout sessions, giving attendees a chance to collaborate with both them and fellow educators about literacy strategies in K-12 schools.

Early-bird registration is available until Friday, May 5 for $75 per person, and includes:

 

  • Keynote speeches from Gene Luen Yang and Kwame Alexander
  • Literacy breakout workshops with featured authors and presenters
  • 7.5 clock hours of professional development credit (certificate provided)
  • Author book signings
  • Giveaways and education material handouts
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Bookstore (with author titles and more available for sale)

 

To register for the conference, or for more information, visit www.stemread.com/readingcon.

 

For more information about Follett, visit www.follettlearning.com.

 

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

 

About Follett Corporation | follett.com

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

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Schoology Adds New Enhanced Question Types to Assessments
Educators have more options for personalization when creating curriculum and assessments
 

NEW YORK (April 19, 2017) – Education technology is accelerating how we measure student progress and prepare students for the future. Schoology, the leader in learning management systems (LMS) for education, today announced a new feature that enhances the experience and expands the choice educators have when building curriculum and assessments. With these new features, Schoology provides educators the flexibility to assess and impact individual student progress more effectively than ever before.

For the full release, click here.
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North College Hill City Schools is Making Schools Safer and Reducing Risk with PublicSchoolWORKS StudentWatch Suite

The reporting and management tools are helping to streamline the district’s protocols for student behavior, bullying, violence and accidents

Cincinnati, OH (April 19, 2017) — How a district responds to student safety concerns can have great influence on the learning environment, the community’s trust in the district and the district’s insurance premiums and budget. To ensure it is prepared to act swiftly and effectively if bullying, threats of violence or harmful accidents occur, North College Hill City Schools has implemented the award-winning StudentWatch Suite from PublicSchoolWORKS. The system makes the reporting, investigation and resolution of these incidents easier for administrators to manage, thus making school sites safer and reducing risk for the district.

North College Hill City Schools was already using PublicSchoolWORKS’ online staff safety training to make sure all employees learned safety skills and the district was compliant with training mandates, but this is the first year the district is using StudentWatch.

“Administrators knew the value of moving processes online,” said Blalock. “That’s why I was surprised to find they were still handwriting behavior reports, as well as bullying and accident reports. At my previous district, I saw the positive impact of using StudentWatch for electronic reporting and tracking, so I knew we had to implement it here.”

StudentWatch’s Student Behavior Management System has streamlined the reporting and management of student behaviors. When a teacher submits a referral for a major infraction or a documentation report for a minor infraction, the system automatically emails a building level administrator to investigate. Once the administrator meets with the student and, if necessary, assigns a consequence for their behavior, the administrator can communicate resolution with the teacher who filed the report so everyone remains updated. The system also has a positive behavior report teacher use to praise students for exceeding expectations.

“When I log into the Student Behavior Management System, I see all the reports teachers and administrators have submitted, which allows me to track what’s going on in each of our buildings and get a lay of the land,” said Blalock. “I can look for trends in types of misconduct, as well as see if there are certain classrooms or grade levels in which infractions keep occurring. It’s already helped guide discussions about how we can better support students, and it’s going to help plan upcoming professional development, as well.”

StudentWatch’s Student Bullying and Student Safety Reporting Systems allow students and parents to report instances of bullying and other safety concerns online or by telephone.  Once a report is submitted, building administrators are immediately contacted to review the report and begin an investigation.  Students also have access to national crisis hotlines to provide support as appropriate.

“If students or parents contact us about bullying or any student safety concern, we immediately direct them to report it via the appropriate system because if it’s not in the system, I can’t ensure it is being investigated,” said Blalock. “We’ve had parents and students report bullying and rumors of a fight and because both were reported in the system, our administration was able to intervene.”

StudentWatch is also equipped with the Student Accident Management System to use in the event of a student, visitor or contractor accident. Teachers or administrators complete an online accident report including details of the accident, witness statements, other supporting information, and if any first aid was administered. As reports are submitted, the system immediately notifies key administrators to conduct follow-up activities such as contacting the student’s family, if appropriate. Administration can then analyze reports for trends or problem areas and use this information to implement preventative action.

About PublicSchoolWORKS

Since 2000, PublicSchoolWORKS safety compliance management solutions have focused on helping schools easily meet ever-changing compliance requirements, improve staff and student safety, cut costs associated with risk, and reduce administrator and staff time and effort. PublicSchoolWORKS is the only, complete K12 safety compliance management program created by and for schools, and is proud to provide districts with award-winning technology and support recognized by North American educators. For more information on how PublicSchoolWORKS can improve district safety programs, contact 1-877-779-6757 or sales@publicschoolworks.com.

 

APRIL 19, 2017

Council for Exceptional Children 2017 Convention & Expo to take place in Boston, April 19–22.

Thousands of educators will convene in Boston for the world’s largest special education professional development event. Arlington, Va., April 17, 2017 – Wednesday, April 19 marks the opening of the Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) 2017 Convention & Expo (CEC 2017) in Boston. CEC 2017 will host over 4,000 educators from around the globe, where they will gain insights and explore solutions to the most important and challenging topics facing special education today.

CEC 2017 will feature over 500 sessions and workshops highlighting the newest research and strategies in special education and the policy developments that affect teachers and their work every day. Presentations range from diversity and inclusion to universal design for learning, differentiated instruction, and positive behavioral practices. New to the convention this year are Teacher2Teacher Sessions and Learning Labs. Teacher2Teacher Sessions are opportunities for teachers to learn from each other, sharing ideas that have worked in a variety of classroom settings. Learning Labs provide an interactive, hands-on opportunity to explore products, services, and teaching concepts.

The Convention keynote speaker, Rick Guidotti, is an award-winning photographer; additional general sessions include a panel on disproportionality and culturally responsive instruction, and a celebration of 12 children and youth receiving CEC’s Yes I Can award. CEC is an international professional education association dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities through advocacy, standards, and professional development.

Learn more about CEC at http://www.cec.sped.org.

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Roberto Rivera Joins 7 Mindsets Leadership Team

Rivera is the founder of The Good Life Organization, which 7 Mindsets recently acquired

 

(Roswell, GA) April 18, 2017 — 7 Mindsets, the national leader in mindsets-based social and emotional learning, is excited to announce its new Chief Empowerment Officer, Roberto Rivera, along with the acquisition of The Good Life Organization (TGLO). Throughout 2017, The Good Life Organization’s curriculum, Fulfill the Dream, will be integrated into the 7 Mindsets Academy Portal. Both curricula can be used in schools, after-school programs, faith-based settings, and other community programs.

 

Roberto Rivera is a pre-doctoral Fellow with the Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Research Group at the University of Illinois at Chicago, specializing in the relationship of youth voice to social and emotional learning. As a Research Collaborator for CASEL, he studies the intersection of SEL, culturally relevant pedagogy, and youth voice.

 

As a teen, Roberto was labeled an “at-risk” and “disadvantaged” student with learning disabilities. As an adult, he overcame these labels and completed his college degree at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he created his own major entitled “Social Change, Youth Culture and the Arts.” Today, he holds a master’s degree in Youth Development with a focus on Social Justice, Urban Education, and Hip-hop from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has received awards from former President Bill Clinton and Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin.

 

“I’m delighted to join the 7 Mindsets team,” said Rivera. “My role will involve connecting research and practice in a way that expands the empirical base of our approach, while evolving a model that transforms schools and communities in the process.”

 

The Good Life Organization publishes multimedia educational tools and trains educators, youth workers, and parents in connecting positive youth development to community development. TGLO is best known for its Fulfill the Dream curriculum and its whole-community outcomes in Chicago and Milwaukee schools. Those outcomes include GPAs going up by a full point cumulatively in one quarter, attendance increasing from 55% to 96% in one month, and alternative schools reaching 100% graduation rates. This work has extended beyond school walls in urban communities, sparking gang peace treaties and inspiring community events that helped people save their homes.

 

“The mission of our new leadership team is to create an environment of hope in all schools across the nation.” said Lupita Knittel, the President of 7 Mindsets. “We’ve joined forces with The Good Life Organization as a major step towards that vision.”

 

For more information on Roberto Rivera, see his closing keynote from SXSWedu here.

 

About 7 Mindsets

Combining elements of relationship-based teaching and social-emotional learning, 7 Mindsets provides a framework that distills extensive research on the nature of happiness and success into tools, lessons, and training that provide a new language and operating system for schools and classrooms. With multiple courses of flexible, age-appropriate online curriculum for elementary, middle, and high school, 7 Mindsets Academy is an easy-to-implement, transformational program that has been established in 23 U.S. states. For more information, please visit 7mindsets.com.

 

About The Good Life Organization

The Good Life Organization is an international organization that builds capacity in local leaders to support the positive development of youth for the purposes of enhancing democratic participation and academic achievement. This vision is fulfilled by building capacity in local leaders through speaking events, trainings, and the use of practical curriculum and tools that enable dialogue, critical reflection, and creative action.

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New Professional Learning Book on Innovative Formative Assessment Practices to Check for Understanding with Technology

#FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scalable Formative Assessment with Technology, the new book by Dr. Monica Burns is now available.

 

NEW YORK, NY – April 18, 2017

Tech tools can transform the way teachers check for understanding in the classroom. When used purposefully, they provide a window into student thinking and make it easier to figure out who needs extra help. Formative assessment can be meaningful, sustainable and scalable when teachers have clear success criteria and use the digital devices in their students’ hands to check for understanding.

 

How do teachers check for understanding in their classrooms? What does formative assessment look like in in today’s schools? It’s not about taking a test, it’s about gathering information in real-time to make sure the needs of all students are being met. #FormativeTech provides actionable information to make formative assessment meaningful (so it counts), sustainable (so it lasts), and scalable (so everyone in your school does it too).

 

Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, EdTech & Curriculum Consultant and Founder of ClassTechTips.com. Monica has shared her passion for thoughtful technology integration speaking at SXSWedu, ISTE, EdTechXEurope, EduTECH, and numerous other national and international events. This is Monica’s second book published with Corwin and she is excited to continue her work supporting educators across the country this summer and during the 2017-2018 school year.

 

In #FormativeTech readers will find practical tips to check for understanding with technology during whole class, small group, and individual lessons. This professional learning book includes ideas for assessing project-based and inquiry-based approaches and ways to evaluate data and communicate results with families. #FormativeTech is full of Monica’s favorite tools for teachers and big ideas for any type of classroom technology.

 

Praise for #FormativeTech, from Dr. Robert Dillon, Director of Innovative Learning, School District of University City, “This book is an ideal read for educators looking to grow more agile in their use of data to individualize and personalize instruction.” As well as praise from Jennie Magiera, Educator and Author of Courageous Edventures, “Assessment can often be seen as a four-letter-word, but Monica Burns reminds us that if done well, it can be a tool in better supporting student learning and creating student empowerment. #FormativeTech is approachable and full of ‘use it on Monday‘ ideas.”

 

Contact: info@classtechtips.com

Web: classtechtips.com/formativetech

Free #FormativeTech poster: classtechtips.com/ftposter

Media Kit: goo.gl/KtXQnQ

Twitter: @classtechtips

Facebook/classtechtips

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#FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scalable Formative Assessment with Technology, is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Monica is currently booking speaking engagements and workshops for educators throughout the United States and abroad. To bring Monica to your school, district, or next event please contact:info@classtechtips.com

 

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Canvas Partners with Knovation to Bring Free Digital Content and OER to K-12 Classrooms
Partnership pairs OER and LMS services to provide educators with optimal, time-saving resources for diverse learners

CINCINNATI – April 18, 2017 — Knovation, provider of professionally vetted and aligned digital content and open education resources (OER), partners with Canvas, the open online learning management system (LMS) by Instructure that makes teaching and learning easier. This partnership distributes Knovation’s icurio application to current and prospective LMS subscribers, enabling teachers to easily embed relevant and engaging content into their Canvas classrooms, courses and lessons.

In response to undeniable demand from their LMS subscribers for access to standards aligned, quality learning resources, Canvas will accommodate teachers with OER services to meet the diverse needs of students.

To read the full release, click here.

 

APRIL 18, 2017

Discovery Education and Jackson Charitable Foundation Launch

Elementary School Financial Literacy Program “Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids”

 

 Engaging, Multi-Pronged Education Program for Grades K-6 Includes Classroom and Family Activities to Help Prepare Kids to Make Informed Money Decisions –

 

Silver Spring, Md. (April 17, 2017) – Teaching kids fundamental money management concepts and how to earn, save, spend and donate should start early. That’s why Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, has partnered with the Jackson Charitable Foundation, which provides educational programming to increase the financial knowledge of Americans, to offer elementary school classrooms nationwide a dynamic financial literacy program.

 

Developed for teachers, students and families, Cha-Ching™ Money Smart Kids! prepares students in kindergarten through grade 6 with knowledge, tools and the practice they need to make good financial decisions. The multi-year program includes no-cost classroom and family activities, educator guides, and more developed by Discovery Education’s award winning curriculum team, as well as colorful, animated videos featuring the cartoon band “Cha-Ching.”  These engaging activities can be used as stand-alone materials or can be integrated into elementary math and financial literacy lessons.

 

“When it comes to personal finance, we know that adult behaviors are influenced by childhood experiences,” said Jackson Charitable Foundation Executive Director Danielle Robinson. “Working with the educational experts at Discovery Education to introduce Cha-Ching in classrooms across the country, we hope to make a very positive impact on these students’ personal finance knowledge and future behaviors.”

 

Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Program Elements include:

 

  • Engaging Music Videos — Help children learn money management concepts with lively cartoon characters from the band and storylines around earning, saving, spending and donating; created by children’s educational media expert and Emmy-award winner Dr. Alice Wilder (Blue’s CluesSuper Why).

 

  • Classroom Activities —Provide K-6 educators with engaging activities to teach students be money smart.

 

  • Educator Guides — Help educators enhance background knowledge, make meaningful classroom connections, and leverage the Cha-Ching financial literacy videos and classroom activities.

 

  • Family Activities — Offer parents and families the tools and knowledge to teach their children to be money smart.

 

  • Sweepstakes — Promote positive money habits; launching during back-to-school 2017 for up to $10,000 in prizing.

Other program elements include a broad-based public service awareness (PSA) campaign running on Discovery Family; a financial literacy-themed professional development community event and a session at the Discovery Educator Network Global Virtual Conference.

“It’s never too early to introduce young minds to the concept of making smart decisions about money in both their public and private lives,” said Jackie Prester, Business and Technology Teacher, Mansfield Public Schools, Massachusetts. “With Cha-Ching, Discovery Education and Jackson are helping students in such a fun way – through classroom resources and playful songs.”

 

“Discovery Education applauds Jackson Charitable Foundation for their leadership in supporting our youngest learners with the tools they need to understand the building blocks of financial literacy,” said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice President, Discovery Education. “Cha-Ching helps young students engage with these important topics in a lively, cheerful way and empowers them with the information they need to make smart decisions.”

 

For more information about Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids!, visit www.Cha-ChingUSA.org.

 

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

 

About The Jackson Charitable Foundation

The Jackson Charitable Foundation, the charitable-giving arm of Jackson, is a 501(c)(3) Private Operating Foundation. Its mission is to provide educational programming to increase the financial knowledge of Americans. Our vision is for all Americans to have the strong personal finance skills that allow people to live fuller, more self-directed lives. The Foundation works with Jackson associates and world-class partners to provide economic opportunities that build strong communities. Follow the Jackson Charitable Foundation atwww.jacksoncharitablefoundation.org and on Twitter at @JacksonFdn.

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VariQuest Launches the First Educationally Focused Scan-to-Print Solution for the K–12 Market

The 36-inch Perfecta® 36000STP full-color poster printer is a robust yet compact printer that gives educators the freedom to print, scan, copy, and share

 

(Brooklyn Park, MN) April 18, 2017 — Varitronics, creator of the VariQuest® suite of solutions and leading provider of visual and kinesthetic learning tools for the K-12 market, is pleased to introduce its Perfecta® 36000STP full-color poster printer. This latest model has all the functionality of the award-winning Perfecta 2400, and the ease of use customers love about the ProImage® PosterPrinters and Poster Maker 3600. Its fully integrated scanner, mobile printing abilities, and direct USB printing and saving serve to improve school communication, differentiate instruction, bolster academic achievement, and enhance fundraising efforts.

 

The Perfecta 3600STP can scan documents up to 36 inches wide to convey a school’s brand, while giving the flexibility to scan small to big or big to small, all with minimal setup and a single power cord. Users also have the ability to print directly from a smartphone or tablet—and for connectivity there’s Wi-Fi Direct, enabling the printer’s own Wi-Fi hotspot that doesn’t require the use of a school’s network.

 

Perfecta 3600STP users have the option to bundle the printer with the VariQuest Design Center, preloaded with thousands of educationally relevant templates, graphics, and more. Teachers and administrators with any level of technical experience can use the Design Center to create instructional aides for the classroom, as well as eye-catching event banners and posters for school or district-wide initiatives.

 

“We’re proud to build on the legacy of our ProImage PosterPrinters and Poster Maker,” said David Grey, CEO of Varitronics. “The Perfecta 36000STP creates beautiful, large-scale projects without taking up too much space. It gives educators an easy way to communicate and connect with their students and the entire school community.”

 

VariQuest provides free resources for its customers through its online resource center. Printing tools include product-related content, poster templates and designs, professional development webinars, and workshop information. The resource center also provides product training and technical support.

 

For more information about the Perfecta 3600STP and other VariQuest products, visit VariQuest.com.

 

About Varitronics

Varitronics provides easy-to-use solutions that facilitate visual and kinesthetic learning. Our VariQuest® suite of products includes the award-winning Perfecta® Series Full Color Poster Printers, Trifecta™ 800 3D Printer with STEM curriculum, Design Center (powered by VariQuest Software), Cutout Maker, Poster Maker, Awards Maker, and Cold Laminator. Educators use the tools to differentiate instruction, improve student achievement, and increase student engagement. Our vision is to become a leading technology integrator for education and information purposes. For more information about VariQuest Visual & Kinesthetic Learning Tools, visit VariQuest.com.

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Haleyville Elementary School Receives the Third Charlotte F. Lockhart Award for Excellence in Literacy Education 


Reading Horizon honors Haleyville for its substantially increased achievement rate among young, impassioned readers   

 

(SALT LAKE CITY) April 17, 2017 — Reading Horizons, a multisensory curriculum used to rapidly increase reading skills, is thrilled to present the Charlotte F. Lockhart Award for Excellence in Literacy Education to Haleyville Elementary School. The award will be presented to Haleyville at a school board meeting on April 25th.

 

Since implementing Reading Horizons for all kindergarten and 1st-grade classrooms in the fall of 2015, this rural elementary school in northwest Alabama has seen its student achievement rate undergo a remarkable change. The most recent reports show that 100% of Haleyville Elementary’s kindergarten students are now on target for reading. And after expanding the implementation in 2016 to provide 2nd-graders with Reading Horizons Discovery®, a strategy-based reading program for K–3 students, more than 70% of both 1st– and 2nd-grade students have demonstrated improvement in reading since the fall.

 

The first two implementations were so successful that Haleyville is preparing to expand Reading Horizons Discovery® to the 3rd grade beginning in the fall of 2017.

 

“With the ability to read comes knowledge, and knowledge is power,” said Haleyville Principal Christy Bice. “Literacy is an invaluable, lifelong tool. Our classrooms are now filled with confidence and a renewed passion for learning.”

 

The staff at Haleyville Elementary, always dedicated to improving the reading opportunities for their students, took the foundation that Reading Horizons provides and built a school-wide literacy initiative responsible for these notable results. Combining their hard work and ingenuity with the curriculum, Haleyville successfully closed the achievement gap for its youngest kids and opened the door for their future.

 

“We are very impressed by the achievement rate among Haleyville’s students,” said Tyson Smith, President of Reading Horizons. “This highly qualified team has transformed the entire school literacy climate, improving not only their students’ school environment but going the extra mile to help strengthen their home and community environments as well. We love to see students’ passion for reading nourished wherever they go.”

 

After Haleyville’s literacy program was introduced two years ago, students’ success, interest in reading, and belief in themselves have soared. The teachers’ passion and vigor when working with the program equipped them to lay the foundation necessary for Haleyville’s reading efforts to succeed.

 

The Charlotte Lockhart award was created to embody the characteristics and core values of its namesake, Charlotte F. Lockhart. Nicknamed the “Biphonic Woman,” she was an exemplary educator and role model with a passion for teaching the world to read. The Orton-Gillingham-based method that Lockhart created is now the foundation of the entire Reading Horizons system. To honor her legacy, Reading Horizons grants the award to institutions and individuals who best exemplify the excellence in literacy education that she embodied and embraced.

The award is given on a quarterly basis. Previous winners include Neshaminy School District in Pennsylvania, which was honored for its renowned reading intervention program, and Stanton County Elementary School in Kansas, which was recognized for its blended approach to reading instruction.

About Reading Horizons 
For more than 30 years, Reading Horizons has been dedicated to perfecting a reading method that has proven successful for beginning readers, struggling readers, and students learning English. Reading Horizons products are research-based and use a multisensory system that provides explicit, systematic, and sequential decoding instruction. For more information, please visit ReadingHorizons.com.

 

 

 

APRIL 17, 2017

Book Retriever and Clever Partner to Support Classroom Libraries and Reading Programs

St. Louis, Missouri – April 17th, 2017 – Book Retriever announced today that it has become an official Clever partner, bringing classroom library management to K-12 schools across the country. Districts who use Clever to manage their student information systems can now integrate with Book Retriever. This gives their teachers control over their classroom libraries, dramatically reducing lost books and providing leveled book selection tools for supporting reading and literacy.

“Classroom libraries typically lose up to 20% of their books per year,” said Ken Mocabee, president of Capsa Labs. “Book Retriever reduces that loss rate dramatically, and our users report savings of up to 20 times the cost of their Book Retriever investment. Our new partnership with Clever allows schools and districts to quickly and easily onboard Book Retriever.”

Finding the right leveled book for young readers is critical. With over 600,000 leveled books in its database, Book Retriever helps teachers can find the perfect book for each student. “Book Retriever not only helps me manage my growing classroom library, but it also helps me find just the right books for students’ reading level and interest,” said Annette Kirk, English Language Arts teacher at Snook ISD.

The School and District levels of Book Retriever allow multiple administrators to manage the system. Administrators can view book inventories, lost books numbers and more. The admin portal also provides districts with aggregate reading statistics and trends of its students. Bookrooms are also supported as multiple teaches can also be assigned to one unifying library.

Schools and apps connect on Clever’s web-based platform to put next-generation software in the hands of students, helping teachers reclaim valuable learning time in classrooms. Half of U.S. K-12 schools and more than 225 apps connect on Clever to automate data integrations with online learning apps and simplify the login process for students and teachers.

About Capsa Labs

Capsa Labs is a technology company focusing on developing cloud-based applications for the education market. They are in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information, visit bookretriever.com.

About Clever

Clever was founded in 2012 by educators and technologists who knew that widely available educational apps could improve both teaching and learning, but that tools to deploy and secure the applications were simply unavailable. Today, half of K-12 schools in the U.S. trust Clever to secure their student data as they adopt learning apps in the classroom. In 2014, Clever won the ‘Crystal Clear’ award by the Digital Innovation Learning Awards. It is also the trusted provider of the American Federation of Teachers, who uses Clever to secure its own ‘Share my Lesson’ platform with its teacher members. Backed by Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Partners, Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, and GSV Capital, Clever currently has 100 employees and is based in San Francisco, California. For more information visitwww.clever.com.

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New Online Report Card Tool Demonstrates How States Can Provide Parent-Friendly, School-Level Data to their Communities

Washington, D.C. – Today, ExcelinEd launched KnowYourFloridaSchool.org, a model online school report card that serves as a prototype for states seeking to empower and inform parents and communities with transparent, understandable school data. As states work to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), KnowYourFloridaSchool.org is a real-world, replicable example of how states can reinvent school reporting and better communicate a variety of school-level data to parents.
“Transparent, user-friendly school report cards are a vital tool to empower parents with school data and the information they need to engage proactively with school leaders on behalf of their child. A school report card not only supports accountability requirements in ESSA, it also spurs improved school performance to ensure all children receive a quality education.”

Patricia Levesque, ExcelinEd CEO

Making Data Parent-Friendly
From student performance and school information to the details of Florida’s school grades, KnowYourFloridaSchool.org uses real data to put information about more than 3,000 local schools into context. It demonstrates how a user-friendly, online report card can help parents easily access, understand and utilize valuable school data. Highlights include:

  • “Parent empowerment statements” on each school page encourage parents to start conversations about their child’s education with teachers and principals.
  • Dynamic search and comparison features make it easy for users to find and compare schools.
  • Mobile-friendly design promotes widespread access and encourages social media and email sharing so parents can access school information anytime, anywhere.

Providing a Template and Resources for States
KnowYourFloridaSchool.org supports state implementation of ESSA by providing a real-world example of school-level accountability data presented in a parent-friendly format.

  • The prototype is built using open source code, meaning the code powering the tool is available free online.
  • Open source code allows developers at state education agencies to use KnowYourFloridaSchool.org as a framework to build their own online school report card, customized to fit that state’s accountability system and with potential cost-savings to taxpayers.
  • Know Your School Project has resources to support state implementation, which are featured on the site, including a series of case studies providing insights and best practices based on ExcelinEd’s work developing the prototype.

The Know Your School Project is a result of ExcelinEd’s My School Information Design Challenge, which was one of the first efforts to address the ongoing challenge for states on how to improve their data reporting and community engagement. The winners of the design challenge, Collaborative Communications Group and Social Driver, partnered with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and ExcelinEd to create Know Your Florida School, bringing the project full circle.

Watch the Know Your School Video or visit www.KnowYourFloridaSchool.org to learn more.

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The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) is a national leader in education reform. ExcelinEd is a hands-on, how-to policy and advocacy organization that designs and promotes model legislation and supports states with technical expertise, policy development and implementation strategies and public outreach.

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itslearning Announces Winners of “The Heart of Education” Award

Leading LMS Provider Honors Two Remarkable Teachers with $10,000 in Grants

 

NEW YORK, April 13, 2017- itslearning, a leading learning management system provider, is excited to announce the winners of “The Heart of Education” award program. This program honors K-12 teachers who are using technology in new and engaging ways to connect with their students. The two winning teachers will each be awarded a $5,000 grant.

 

Steven Isaacs, an 8th grade teacher from William Annin Middle School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, was selected as the K-8th grade winner for his creation of a unique quest-based game development curriculum. Through this new program, Mr. Isaacs provides his students with the opportunity to explore different aspects of game development including graphic design, storytelling, programming, and sound engineering. Experiencing these new disciplines encourages his students to find and pursue their interests in the context of a project-based learning assignment. Mr. Isaacs’ curriculum, which offers students a choice in learning pathways, demonstrates that student engagement is strongly driven by passion for the subject matter and the opportunity to own their personal education journey.

 

Joseph Fatheree, an 11th grade teacher from Effingham High School in Effingham, Illinois, was selected as the 9th-12th grade winner for his use of technology in the classroom to unlock the power of students’ creativity and communicate with varied worldwide audiences. This has allowed his students to learn about and appreciate diverse cultures while furthering their quest to become vibrant and active global citizens. As a result, Mr. Fatheree’s students have been invited to share their work at a wide array of events, including the International Summit on Human Rights, hosted by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in Paris, France.

 

“itslearning is inspired by the work of Joe and Steven, and their creative use of technology to help students make powerful and meaningful connections to their studies, to each other, and to the global community” said Tom Shoemaker, CMO, itslearning. “We are proud to honor these two amazing educators.”

 

itslearning is the only comprehensive learning platform designed by educators specifically for the way today’s K-12 students learn and interact.  As a single end-to-end teaching and learning platform, itslearning is trusted by more than 7 million teachers, students, and parents worldwide to provide a secure, streamlined, and user-friendly learning environment. By consolidating siloed systems and content resources, itslearning ensures technology becomes an essential educational asset.

 

 

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About itslearning

With over 7 million users, itslearning is one of the world’s largest providers of learning platforms for the education market. Our learning management system starts with the student and connects people to ideas, passions, and each other. Established in 1999, itslearning is headquartered in Bergen, Norway, and Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, visit http://itslearning.com.

APRIL 13, 2017

Aperture Education Launches Essay Contest with $1,000 College Scholarship Prize

 

Interested students submit an essay describing the non-academic skills that helped them get through high school

 

Charlotte N.C. (April 12, 2017) — Succeeding in high school and college often requires more than just good grades. Strong social and emotional skills are also important. To highlight this, Aperture Education has launched an essay contest asking high school seniors and college students to write about the non-academic skills that helped them get through high school. The public will vote on the essays and Aperture will choose a winner from the three essays receiving the most votes. This individual will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. Participants must submit their essay by July 31, 2017. For more information or to submit an entry, visit http://www.apertureed.com/funding/scholarship/.

 

To enter the contest, participants must answer this question in 300 to 400 words:

 

What non-academic skill helped you get through high school? How did you acquire this skill (maybe a sports team or a specific event in your life)?  How will you apply this skill to your time in college?”

 

Qualifying submissions will be posted online on August 4, 2017 and the public will be invited to vote until August 15, 2017 for their favorite.  The essay contest is open to students between the ages of 16 and 22 who are graduating from high school in 2017 or who are freshmen, sophomores or juniors in college.

 

“Social and emotional skills are so important to a child’s lifelong success,” said Aperture Education CEO Jessica Adamson. “Skills such as being able to make good decisions build healthy relationships and communicate well with peers, co-workers and bosses help students tremendously in high school, college and beyond. We hope this essay contest will get students thinking about these non-academic skills as they look toward the future.”

 

The essay contest is part of Aperture Education’s ongoing work to support students’ social and emotional health. Aperture Education works with educators, administers and out-of-school-time providers who are implementing social and emotional learning programs within their schools. Aperture Education provides strength-based assessments and resilience-building resources to help organizations address the whole child. Its goal is to ensure members of school and out-of-school time communities, including adults, have the social and emotional skills needed to thrive.

 

Aperture Education offers products and services to support SEL programs, including Evo Social/Emotional, a K-12 online assessment and intervention tool. It uses the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) to help educators measure students’ SEL skills and implement individualized, classroom and school-wide strategies for instruction and intervention.

 

 

About Aperture Education

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

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CEV Multimedia Launches Law Enforcement Course Materials

Cloud-based iCEV platform offers new resources to educate students in seeking careers in law enforcement 

LUBBOCK, Texas (April 12, 2017) – Over the last 30 years, law enforcement agencies and employment has grown by 35 percent, employing nearly 650,000 full-time personnel in approximately 18,000 state and local law agencies nationwide, according to the Bureau for Justice Statistics and U.S. Department of Justice. To continue to train and provide practical learning opportunities for prospective law enforcement and police officers, CEV Multimedia announces the release of a new law enforcement course that will help prepare students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.

Delivered through iCEV, an online learning platform, and created to align with state and national standards, the Law Enforcement course will offer lessons focused on public safety systems & agencies, criminal justice terminology, U.S. Constitution basics, criminal justice & court systems, community-oriented policing, evidence collection, vehicle traffic stops, arrest procedure and more.

To read the full news release, visit here.

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New Online Report Card Tool Demonstrates How States Can Provide Parent-Friendly, School-Level Data to their Communities

Washington, D.C. – Today, ExcelinEd launched KnowYourFloridaSchool.org, a model online school report card that serves as a prototype for states seeking to empower and inform parents and communities with transparent, understandable school data. As states work to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), KnowYourFloridaSchool.org is a real-world, replicable example of how states can reinvent school reporting and better communicate a variety of school-level data to parents.
“Transparent, user-friendly school report cards are a vital tool to empower parents with school data and the information they need to engage proactively with school leaders on behalf of their child. A school report card not only supports accountability requirements in ESSA, it also spurs improved school performance to ensure all children receive a quality education.”

Patricia Levesque, ExcelinEd CEO

Making Data Parent-Friendly
From student performance and school information to the details of Florida’s school grades, KnowYourFloridaSchool.org uses real data to put information about more than 3,000 local schools into context. It demonstrates how a user-friendly, online report card can help parents easily access, understand and utilize valuable school data. Highlights include:

  • “Parent empowerment statements” on each school page encourage parents to start conversations about their child’s education with teachers and principals.
  • Dynamic search and comparison features make it easy for users to find and compare schools.
  • Mobile-friendly design promotes widespread access and encourages social media and email sharing so parents can access school information anytime, anywhere.

Providing a Template and Resources for States
KnowYourFloridaSchool.org supports state implementation of ESSA by providing a real-world example of school-level accountability data presented in a parent-friendly format.

  • The prototype is built using open source code, meaning the code powering the tool is available free online.
  • Open source code allows developers at state education agencies to use KnowYourFloridaSchool.org as a framework to build their own online school report card, customized to fit that state’s accountability system and with potential cost-savings to taxpayers.
  • Know Your School Project has resources to support state implementation, which are featured on the site, including a series of case studies providing insights and best practices based on ExcelinEd’s work developing the prototype.

The Know Your School Project is a result of ExcelinEd’s My School Information Design Challenge, which was one of the first efforts to address the ongoing challenge for states on how to improve their data reporting and community engagement. The winners of the design challenge, Collaborative Communications Group and Social Driver, partnered with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and ExcelinEd to create Know Your Florida School, bringing the project full circle.

Watch the Know Your School Video or visit www.KnowYourFloridaSchool.org to learn more.

 

APRIL 12, 2017

California’s Fallbrook Union Elementary School District Launches New Partnership with Discovery Education Continuing District’s Instructional and Cultural Transformation

 

-Adoption of Digital Resources and STEM-Focused Professional Development Model to Support District Efforts to Build Upon Tradition of Teaching Excellence-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (April 12, 2017) – California’s Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (FUESD) today announced a new partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. This new collaboration provides educators district-wide the dynamic digital resources and sustained, job embedded professional development they need to create modern learning environments that engage all students.

 

FUESD serves students in transitional kindergarten through eighth grade at nine school sites, including two schools aboard US Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. FUESD schools have been recognized at the state level, receiving numerous California Golden Bell and Gold Ribbon Awards, as well as nationally for their work in creating an innovative and forward-thinking leadership culture that encourages and teaches children to be the leader of their own lives and to use their leadership skills to make a difference in the lives of others.

 

To continue building upon the district’s instructional and cultural transformation over the last six years, FUESD has partnered with Discovery Education to empower educators across the school system with the dynamic digital resources they need to create immersive learning experiences. To achieve this goal, all district educators will soon begin integrating Discovery Education’s Science Techbook™ and Discovery Education Streaming Plus into classroom instruction. Also, fifth through eighth-grade educators will begin incorporating Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook™ into teaching and learning and sixth through eighth-grade educators will use Discovery Education’s highly engaging Math Techbook™ to support math instruction.

 

In addition to gaining access to Discovery Education’s digital content services, educators at the district’s Fallbrook Street Elementary School will also become the first teachers and administrators in California to participate in Discovery Education’s STEMformation initiative. A comprehensive, three-year system of professional development, STEMformation helps educators strengthen and sustain a culture of STEM at individual school sites and guides educators as they master STEM instructional strategies.  With a focus on developing high-quality STEM lessons, creating transdisciplinary lessons and units, and vertically aligning STEM education school-wide, STEMformation provides the robust professional development, job-embedded coaching, and administrative leadership support necessary to create a center of STEM excellence.

 

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

 

Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the 5E model, Discovery Education’s Science Techbook, through hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities, helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientists. The Social Studies Techbook series uses an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy, analytical writing, and problem-solving skills that students will apply in the classroom and beyond. Each subject area includes primary source documents and activities, digital investigations, a multimedia reference library, interactive maps and informational texts. Discovery Education’s Math Techbook, a digital textbook that connects students to math through real-world problems worth solving, combines conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application to help all students develop a long-lasting mastery of mathematics.

 

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. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, and content collections organized around themes.  Students can access images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, books on tape, articles, and videos, and more.

 

“The Fallbrook Union Elementary School District is committed to providing pathways for all students to attain the expertise they need to become lifelong active learners who are successful both in their chosen field and in the larger society,” said Dr. Candace Singh, Superintendent at FUESD. “We believe that this new partnership with Discovery Education, providing our educators with the proper tools and skills to build creative and innovative classrooms, will help us achieve this mission.”

 

To ensure each Fallbrook Union Elementary School District teacher is fully supported throughout the transition to digital teaching and learning, Discovery Education experts will provide district educators robust professional development opportunities that will help them maximize their new hardware and digital content to improve students’ academic achievement.

 

In addition, the Discovery Education Community will support Fallbrook Union Elementary Schools’ educators in their efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

 

“Discovery Education is proud to be a part of Fallbrook Elementary School District’s efforts to build on its commitment to academic excellence,” said Andrew Bradigan, Discovery Education’s Regional Vice President. “We look forward to supporting educators across the district as they create unforgettable learning experiences for all students.”

 

For more information about the Discovery Education Techbook series, Discovery Education Streaming Plus, or other services and resources from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

 

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

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StudySync Debuts New Podcast Feature, Showcases Student Perspectives on 21st Century Learning

StudySync podcasts offer new way for students to use digital media content in the classroom,

while advancing listening and critical thinking skills

 

NEW YORK (April 11, 2017) – StudySync, powered by BookheadEd Learning, LLC, and McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, today announced the addition of a new audio podcast feature to StudySync, a comprehensive blended ELA (English Language Arts)/ELD (English Language Development) program for grades 6-12. The first podcast series, titled “School of Thought,” explores students’ views on 21st century learning, while helping students improve important listening and critical thinking skills.

 

“Most ideas on improving education come from administrators, parents and politicians, rather than from students themselves,” said Robert Romano, Co-Founder and CEO of StudySync. “Our new ‘School of Thought’ podcast series brings the voice and opinions of students directly into the classroom—their own ideas on the educational environment that directly impacts them. As in our popular ‘Blast’ feature, StudySync’s podcast provides students the opportunity to voice their opinion, in this case to offer thoughtful insights into what school should look and feel like in the 21st century.”

 

The “School of Thought” podcast series will feature six episodes, each four- to six-minutes in length, covering the following topics:

 

  • How schools should be designed
  • The importance of homework
  • What subjects should be taught in schools
  • How to improve school lunch
  • How school schedules should be structured
  • The importance of extracurricular activities

 

Each episode features interviews with students from across the United States and also includes opinions from teachers, experts and innovators in education. The podcasts will be weekly additions to StudySync’s daily “Blasts,” which are short reading and writing assignments that allow students to express their opinions on high-interest topics, sparking debate via a mediated, online social network. Students will be able to draw upon the additional podcast audio content as they craft written responses to the “Blasts,” as well as engage in thoughtful discussions on the various topics covered.

 

Christine Willig, President of McGraw-Hill Education’s School Group, added, “StudySync’s new podcast feature provides yet another relevant and meaningful way students can engage in digital content and practice 21st century skills. By placing student needs at the center of its learning solution and incorporating a mediated online social network, StudySync helps students explore current events and issues that are important to them, while also allowing them to connect with other students via an engaging and interactive online classroom community.”

 

In the months to come, additional podcast topics will be added to the “School of Thought” series and will be rolled out in the future to schools with the StudySync platform.

 

About StudySync

StudySync is a comprehensive 6-12 ELA curriculum that offers powerful digital instruction with full print support accessible for all learners. Flexible, engaging and literature-rich, StudySync brings together fiction and nonfiction texts with video and other multimedia elements to advance students’ reading, writing and critical thinking skills. StudySync — an anywhere, anytime, any device experience — offers literacy instruction, interdisciplinary collaboration, peer-to-peer review, assessment and a digital library that is searchable by genre, theme, grade and Lexile® level. For more information about the StudySync educational platform, visit http://www.studysync.com.

 

McGraw-Hill Education is the exclusive distributor of StudySync in the United States.

 

About McGraw-Hill Education

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

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STEMscopes PreK-12 Science Curriculum Is Named Best Learning Resource by Association of American Publishers

 

A winner or finalist for four consecutive years, STEMscopes wins Revere Award for the Classroom: Whole Curriculum-Science, Health and Environment Category

 

HOUSTON – April 11, 2017 – The STEMscopes™ PreK-12 science curriculum from Accelerate Learning™ has won the REVERE Award for the Classroom: Whole Curriculum-Science, Health and Environment category. Built from the ground up to help students meet today’s state standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), STEMscopes provides teacher and student digital resources, supplemental print materials, and hands-on exploration kits that build student engagement and excitement for learning science.

 

For more than 50 years, the REVERE Awards (Recognizing Valuable Educational Resources) have identified the best content for educating learners on any platform — print, digital, or blended. Sponsored by theAssociation of American Publishers (AAP), the REVERE Awards’ evaluation process is rigorous with both educator and industry professional judges evaluating each entry.

 

“The AAP and the REVERE Awards have a rich history of advocating for high quality resources that educate learners of all ages. To be recognized by such an esteemed organization is quite an honor,” said Vernon Johnson, president and CEO of Accelerate Learning. “More importantly, to be recognized four years in a row demonstrates that we aren’t resting on our laurels. We continually solicit the input of classroom teachers and use their recommendations to enhance STEMscopes. As the REVERE Award confirms, this ensures an up-to-date curriculum that increases engagement, rigor, and student achievement.”

 

REVERE Award winners will be honored on May 25 at a special awards dinner held at the annual Content in Context (CIC) conference in Philadelphia.

 

About Accelerate Learning

Founded at Rice University, Accelerate Learning has grown from a single product, STEMscopes, to a brand that now offers a variety of curriculum and professional development solutions that support early learning, Next Generation Science Standards, and state-aligned curriculum. STEMscopes can be used as a core science curriculum or as a supplementary or enrichment resource in traditional, blended, and 1:1 classroom environments.

 

For more information, visit http://acceleratelearning.com or call toll-free 800-531-0864.

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Hero K12 Looking to Grow, Hires Biz Development Chief and Launches Plan to Invest in and Acquire EdTech Companies

Hero K12 will invest in education technology that expands the breadth of solutions Hero K12 offers to K-12 schools, helping to make schools better, safer, more positive environments

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 — MIAMI LAKES, Flor. Hero K12 is launching a new growth initiative of investments, acquisitions, and integrations of early and mid-stage education technology companies. The result will be a set of integrated applications working to make schools better, safer places to work, learn, and grow. Education technology executive, Oliver Wreford, has joined the Hero K12 leadership team as chief product and strategy officer to drive Hero’s acquisition and investment efforts. Click to Tweet.

The intent of this effort is to build a platform of companies that work together to solve broader challenges schools face and which focus on connecting stakeholders within the school community. Equipping educators with new types of data, analysis tools, and process automation can help them foster positive school cultures with improved learner outcomes and stronger communities.

Wreford joins Hero K12 from PowerSchool where he developed PowerSchool’s ISV partner program and helped to orchestrate PowerSchool’s $350 million sale by Pearson to Vista Equity Partners. He was also the principal orchestrator of seven recent merger and acquisition deals with PowerSchool over the last 18 months.

“Hero K12 users tell us that having an integrated solution will help them connect with all education stakeholders to foster a collaborative effort around better behavior and safer schools,” said Mark MacDonald, CEO of Hero K12. “Oliver will help us bring together like-minded companies and grow this community-minded effort of connecting educators, parents, and students to the same goal,” said MacDonald.

About Hero K12
With Hero K12, schools create a positive school climate and culture. Hero is a school-wide system to capture and collect data, and with the data, allow schools to replace traditional discipline policies with initiatives that emphasize and recognize positive behaviors. Classroom teachers, administration, parents and the students themselves all have significant impact on learner development. Meet school heroes and see their turnaround stories at HeroK12.com

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