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4/24/15

Link Between Poverty and Education Will Be Explored in ASCD Panel Event

Alexandria, VA (4/23/2015)—ASCD is pleased to announce the Spring 2015 Whole Child Symposium, which will explore the crucial connection between poverty and education. The symposium will take place May 6, 2015, 1:30–4:30 p.m. eastern time, in the Knight Studio at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and will be streamed live for free at www.ascd.org/wcsymposium.

Socioeconomic status is considered one of the major determinants of academic success. In this panel event, education leaders and practitioners will take a close look at this timely topic and discuss its relevance to school reform and education improvement efforts.

“As a recent report by the Southern Education Foundation has pointed out, more than half of U.S. public school students now come from low-income households,” said Sean Slade, ASCD director of whole child programs. “It is essential that we bring together experts from across the education world to explore this topic from every angle, as this issue has increased rapidly in recent years. The Whole Child Symposium panels will put educators in front of the debate to not only dissect the effects of poverty’s place in our schools, but aim to highlight what can be done to ameliorate the effects of poverty in our classrooms.”

With the amount of attention and funding spent on educational reform efforts over the past decade, should greater gains have been made in student achievement and graduation rates? The symposium panels will answer this question and more. The panelists hail from all areas of education and include the following:

Educators can watch the event at www.ascd.org/wcsymposium and follow @ASCD on Twitter using the hashtag #WCS15 to hear more about the topic and share their input.

Teacher Leadership Report From the Fall 2014 Whole Child Symposium
The Fall 2014 Whole Child Symposium addressed teacher leadership, another timely topic. In that event, panelists including ASCD authors Peter DeWitt and Robyn Jackson, NEA vice president Becky Pringle, and U.S. Department of Education teaching fellow Maddie Fennell discussed why collaborative, shared leadership is essential to meet increased student expectations and determined that frameworks for teacher leadership are needed, although overstandardization should be avoided. To learn more, access the fullfall 2014 Whole Child Symposium report here.

For more information about ASCD’s Whole Child approach, visit www.ascd.org/wholechild. To learn about ASCD books that explore the effects of poverty on education, including those by Eric Jensen and Kathleen Budge and William Parrett, visit www.ascd.org/books. You can also find out more about ASCD’s other programs, products, services, and memberships at www.ascd.org.

Contact Information 

  • Ross Romano, publicist, 1-703-575-5607 or by e-mail.

  • Alexandra Fenwick, associate communications specialist, 1-703-575-5482 or by e-mail.

ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit www.ascd.org.

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SchoolBondFinder Launches Online Education Bond Tracking Solution for K12 Marketplace

This comprehensive, cloud-based tracking solution provides education companies a unique opportunity to track and act on K12 funding and bond initiatives nationwide

Minneapolis, MN April 22, 2015 SchoolBondFinder, a service of the Amos Group, has launched www.SchoolBondFinder.com,  the first comprehensive, interactive database that tracks school district’s capital improvement projects across the United States.  It has been developed specifically to enable education partners the opportunity to offer the right solutions at the right time to districts

Billions of dollars are marked each year for capital improvement projects from school districts across the nation.  SchoolBondFinder provides companies the ability to filter funding projects specific to their solutions, providing invaluable insight in to current and future needs of districts across the county.  The proactive platform provides notifications to its users when something new is entered in to the system, such as a large technology bond just announced.

Navigating the funding process is a daunting task.  To ensure companies understand how to utilize bond information most effectively, SchoolBondFinder has partnered with Dr. Paula Love, a renowned funding expert in the education industry.  Known as “The Funding Doctor” she has decades of experience delivering grant strategies for non-profit and for-profit organizations, educational agencies and schools.  She provides analysis and insight that is key to navigating the twists and turns bond funded capital projects undergo.

“SchoolBondFinder will soon be our sales team’s best friend.  It focuses our time, energy and effectiveness on the right opportunities at the right time,” said Cathy Zier, EVP of Promethean Global Solution Sales & Alliances.

“The Amos Group is thrilled to bring such a unique offering to the education marketplace.  SchoolBondFinder allows for sales and marketing teams to make decisions based on the needs of schools and districts across the country, making interactions between vendors and decision makers much more meaningful,” said Chuck Amos, founder and CEO of the Amos Group.  “Time is one of those things we cannot create more of, we look to save both educators and vendors as much of it as possible by providing insight in to funding that facilitates actionable conversations more quickly and effectively.”

 

About SchoolBondFinder:

SchoolBondFinder, a service of the Amos Group, is the first comprehensive online database tracking K12 bond funded capital improvement projects in the United States.  This online tool enables education partners the opportunity stay informed on relevant bonds along with changing the conversation to be more meaningful at the district level.   With SchoolBondFinder organizations become more proactive and can be a more informed, helpful resources at the right time for districts, helping shape, smart decisions.   For more about SchoolBondFinder, please visit www.schoolbondfinder.com.

 

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ETIN of SIIA to Hold Education Industry Summit May 3-5

For Immediate Release
SIIA Communications Contact: Allison Bostrom, +1. 202.289.7442, abostrom@siia.net
PR Contact: Lauren West, C. Blohm & Associates, 608.216.7300, lauren@cblohm.com

ETIN of SIIA to Hold Education Industry Summit May 3-5
Nation’s premier education technology industry conference to explore what’s coming next in the teaching and learning process in a post-PC world

Washington, D.C. (April 23, 2015) – The 12th annual Education Industry Summit (EIS), hosted by the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), will be held May 3-5 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. EIS is the nation’s leading industry conference for the K-12 and postsecondary education technology marketplace, featuring content-rich sessions on the ed tech market and connecting industry executives through networking sessions.

This year, the Summit’s theme is “Navigating the New.” Sessions will focus on preparing conference attendees with what’s coming next for teaching and learning in a mobile and global world by providing the skills to build the infrastructure, products and services to suppose the changes that schools want and need. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in speed networking, attend the Innovation Incubator Program and the CODiE Awards Dinner and presentations and meet the honorees of the 2015 Ed Tech Impact and Education Lifetime Achievement Awards.

During the conference, industry leaders will provide strategies, case studies and success stories about best business practices on strand-based topics, including: Game-Based Learning; Privacy Enhancing Technologies; Market Data and Trends; Leveraging Social Media; Trends in Learning with Mobile Devices; Building New Learning Models for our ‘Next-Gen’ Students; Doing Business in Texas, NY and CA.

Monday’s opening keynote will feature conversation by Minnie Bredouw, design lead at IDEO, on “A Human-Centered Lens to Digital Tools”. Bredouw is a Design Lead for IDEO’s Education Studio. She focuses on its digital portfolio, supporting creative strategy, user research, experience design, and digital build. Her projects range from designing a mobile app & coaching program that supports first generation college students transitioning from high school to college, to building a digital platform that helps Fortune 500 executives apply creative skills in the workplace. Recently, projects she has led have won the Robin Hood prize, an Edison Award, and an IDSA Award.

Tuesday’s keynote will feature David Hoffer, head of design, San Francisco, McKinsey and Company, discussing “Design is Free: Rethinking Design for the 21st Century”. Hoffer has worked both within and for Fortune 500 companies providing strategic design perspectives to build product or serve client needs. Working with clients as diverse as AT&T to Xoom, Dave has led efforts to conceptualize and craft new experiences in service design, physical product, in-store experiences and of course Digital efforts from websites to enterprise software to mobile. Dave spent 5 years at Frog Design, a leading global design consultancy, where he worked closely with the Healthcare vertical. In addition to the numerous projects at Frog in the mobile space, Dave was also the Director of User Experience at a startup called OpenPeak where he led efforts for proprietary implementations of Android and iOS secure software. 

As part of collaboration between SIIA and Digital Promise, more than a dozen leading educators will help identify best practices for product pilots. A breakfast roundtable will feature lessons learned from successful educators and will inform joint publication of a sector best practices guide.

SIIA, in collaboration with Future of Privacy Forum and ReThink Education, is offering a one-day, interactive workshop on Student Privacy & Data Security for K12 School Service Providers. Workshop participants will emerge with a comprehensive framework for safeguarding student data, including with regard to legal requirements, conducting a data map and audit, product design, security protocols and contract terms. Information and required registration.

For more information on the 2015 Innovation Incubator Program, visit siia.net/eis/program/InnovationIncubator.aspx. To learn more about the CODiE Awards program, visit siia.net/CODiES.

Conference Details

What:     The SIIA Education Industry Summit
When:    May 3-5, 2015
Where:   The Palace Hotel, San Francisco

To register for the conference, visit siia.net/eis/register.aspx. Members of the media are invited to attend. For more information or to register for the conference, members of the media should contact Allison Bostrom at abostrom@siia.net.

SIIA thanks all 2015 Education Industry Summit sponsors. To learn more about this year’s sponsors visit, siia.net/eis/sponsors/EISsponsors.aspx.

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit www.siia.net.

About ETIN
The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN of SIIA, visit siia.net/etin.

 

 

 

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Tennessee Lawmakers Send Bill Creating New School Funding Accounts for Students with Special Needs to Governor Haslam

State could become fourth in nation with special-needs “education savings accounts”

Nashville—Last night, on the last day of its session, the Tennessee Legislature passed SB 27, the Individualized Education Act. Governor Haslam will have 10 days to sign or veto the bill once it reaches his desk. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Dolores R. Gresham and Rep. Deborah Moody.

 

This new law will create state-funded accounts of approximately $6,500 that families of special needs students can use to pay for educational therapies, tutoring, online curriculum and even private school tuition.

 

“Children with special needs across Tennessee—children that families and policymakers and the media in that state have known for years were falling through the cracks—now will have better educational opportunities,” said Jonathan Butcher, the education policy director at the Goldwater Institute. “This new program gives these children the chance at a brighter future.”

 

Tennessee becomes the fourth state in the country to pass these unique accounts for families with special needs students. The law was first put into place in Arizona five years ago and was adopted last year in Florida. Arizona’s program is open to students with special needs, students in failing schools, and from active duty military or foster care families. Last month lawmakers passed an expansion of the program to include all students living on Native American reservations. About 1,200 students in Arizona are using the program this school year. About 1,800 special needs students are using Florida’s program. Mississippi lawmakers passed a similar program just weeks ago.

 

The Goldwater Institute proposed the idea of a state-funded bank account for K-12 education expenses a decade ago, and has continued to research, develop and refine the idea and legislative language. The Institute regularly hosts delegations of state lawmakers so they can learn about these “education savings accounts” and see first hand the impact they are making on families lives. Lawmakers from Tennessee visited Arizona in 2014 to learn more about the program. This year, lawmakers in a dozen states are considering similar accounts.

 

“The groups working on the ground in Tennessee—especially the Beacon Center, Senator Gresham and Rep. Moody—deserve a tremendous amount of credit for the work they have done to bring this policy to the Volunteer State. Special needs students will be the beneficiaries of their hard work,” said Butcher.

 

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About the Goldwater Institute

The Goldwater Institute drives results by working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and strengthen the freedom guaranteed to all Americans in the constitutions of the United States and all 50 states. With the blessing of its namesake, the Goldwater Institute opened in 1988. Its early years focused on defending liberty in Barry Goldwater’s home state of Arizona. Today, the Goldwater Institute is a national leader for constitutionally limited government respected by the left and right for its adherence to principle and real world impact. No less a liberal icon than the New York Times calls the Goldwater Institute a “watchdog for conservative ideals” that plays an “outsize role” in American political life.

 

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ParentSquare CEO Named Finalist for Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award
Anupama Vaid recognized for achievements in the science and technology industries
 
Santa Barbara, Calif. (April 23, 2015) — Anupama Vaid, CEO of ParentSquare, a simple and secure communication platform designed to reach and engage every parent, has been named a finalist in the 205 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards. Thirty-three women were named finalists and will be recognized in Santa Barbara County for their achievements in their respective fields. Vaid is a finalist in the science and technology category.
The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards were created by the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation and are designed to recognize the contributions of women entrepreneurs supporting the Santa Barbara County economy, as well as support the future economic growth through recognition and education of student entrepreneurs.
To view the full list of finalists, please visit the foundation’s website. To learn more about ParentSquare and Anupama Vaid, visit https://www.parentsquare.com/about.

 

4/23/15

CEV Multimedia Announces Partnership with Bayer CropScience for Certification Program

World’s leading crop science innovator backs new Plant Science Certification

LUBBOCK, Texas (PRWEB) April 23, 2015

CEV Multimedia, a leading producer of Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum resources, announces its partnership with Bayer CropScience to expand the industry-backed certification program available through iCEV, an online platform that produces and delivers comprehensive educational content. Bayer CropScience is the latest organization to join CEV Multimedia’s list of distinguished industry partners offering certifications supporting CTE initiatives and programs.

Delivered through iCEV and endorsed by Bayer CropScience, the Plant Science Certification addresses major topics in the plant science industry, including water resources and measurement, plant nutrition and evaluation, fertilizer and pesticide safety, pests and diseases, and scientific classification. Training for the Plant Science Certification is designed for students at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels interested in natural sciences.

“There are very few opportunities for students today to achieve a plant science certification aligned with secondary education,” said Jeff Lansdell, president of CEV Multimedia. “Bayer CropScience is the perfect match for this certification as both companies look to enhance and expand education for future generations of plant scientists.”

Industry collaborations play an important role for all CTE programs by offering hands-on training as students complete their program of study and explore their individual interests. Through iCEV, students enhance their career training with certifications from industry partners by completing regular coursework through a series of pre-built online CTE lessons.

“Continuing to lead innovation in agriculture will require bright minds with expertise in all areas of plant sciences,” said Mike Gilbert head of breeding and trait development for Bayer CropScience. “This certification program will provide students with essential tools to equip them to be the next great leaders in plant science.”

In addition to the Plant Science Certification, CEV Multimedia offers programs to earn Professional Communications, Meat Evaluation, Principles of Floral Design and Principles of Livestock Selection & Evaluation Certifications. CEV Multimedia is currently developing industry-backed certifications to expand education and support student success across multiple areas of CTE.

About CEV Multimedia
With 30 years of experience, CEV specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education and Career Exploration. CEV received the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award in 2012 and has been honored numerous times for its excellence in content creation and exemplary business practices. In 2012, CEV introduced iCEV, an online platform revolutionizing the way CEV produces and delivers educational content. iCEV is the most comprehensive online resource for CTE educators and students. With iCEV’s learning-on-demand capabilities, video clips stream instantly to any device with Internet capabilities. Through iCEV, students can earn industry-backed certifications across multiple areas of CTE that prepare them for college and beyond. For more information, visit http://www.icevonline.com.

About Bayer CropScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,819 million (2013) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 22,400 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at http://www.press.bayercropscience.com.

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Measured Progress Collaborates With Partners to Optimize Online Assessment Delivery Platform

DOVER, N.H. – April 23, 2015 To date, more than 115,000 tests have been successfully completed in Nevada on the Smarter Balanced online test delivery system. Measured Progress has contracts with Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota to implement the online assessment delivery platform provided by Smarter Balanced and developed by a Smarter Balanced vendor. Following is a statement from Martin Borg, president and CEO of Measured Progress, regarding the performance of the online delivery platform in these three states:

“Measured Progress has a long history of successfully deploying online assessment. Assessing this many students online at once throughout the country on an open-source platform is new and unprecedented, and there were bound to be some initial challenges.

“Over the last several months, Measured Progress performed exhaustive quality assurance testing every time we received updated code from the Smarter Balanced vendor. Multiple and delayed deliveries of the code limited the degree to which we could confidently predict how the assessment delivery system would perform during peak traffic times. We apologize for the frustration and inconvenience that students and educators experienced as a result, and we remain committed to the goal of helping our clients provide a successful online testing experience for their students.

“Measured Progress has made numerous improvements to the online delivery platform in recent weeks. In particular, our recent modifications to the server structure, and our deployment of the updated system based on the code we received from the Smarter Balanced vendor, have resulted in continued successful assessment completion in Montana and North Dakota this week. Students who logged in were not disrupted, and no saved data or responses were lost.

“Building on that success, we are working with officials from Nevada to implement a plan that further reduces the processing load on the database servers. We expect this to result in improvements to the student assessment experience. We will continue to collaborate with Smarter Balanced and its vendor to optimize the performance of the assessment delivery platform.

“We’re doing everything we can to support our clients, the state education departments, and their constituents. We’ll have further updates as the situation warrants.”

ABOUT MEASURED PROGRESS
Measured Progress, a not-for-profit organization, is a pioneer in authentic, standards-based assessments. Since 1983, the organization has successfully partnered with more than 30 states and hundreds of districts across the nation to support their assessment programs. Today, Measured Progress develops 21st century assessments for classrooms, districts, states, and consortia. The organization is the nation’s leading provider of alternate assessments for students with cognitive disabilities.Measured Progress connects the K-12 educational community with innovative and flexible assessment solutions, with the goal of providing meaningful information about student progress to improve teaching and learning. It’s all about student learning. Period.

4/22/15

myON Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist for Best Educational App for a Mobile Device

myON Earns Prestigious Education Industry Recognition for the 3rd year in a row

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 22, 2015) myON, a business unit of Capstone and leading provider of personalized literacy solutions to the K-12 marketplace is pleased to announce that myON is a finalist for the 2014 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for the Best Educational App for a Mobile Device.  The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 29 years. The awards have over 85 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software.

This year’s program features 28 Education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. New this year, top awards in three overall Education categories will also be presented. Overall categories include Best PK-12 Solution, Best Postsecondary Solution, and Best Education Solution. All winners will be announced during a special awards dinner at the nation’s leading education technology conference, the Education Industry Summit, in San Francisco on May 5. The announcement will also be live streamed.

myON has created a literacy ecosystem that personalizes the reading experience for every learner by combining a state-of- the-art learning platform that offers over 8,000 titles, the Lexile® Framework for Reading, digital literacy tools and embedded metrics. myON’s mobile strategy enables reading anytime, anywhere kids want to read, regardless of whether they have an internet connection or not.  myON has a unique mobile offering for it’s readers, allowing them to leverage existing technology; computers, laptops as well as access through five app platforms (iPad, Android, Chromebook, Kindle Fire HD and Amplify) allowing reading any time on any device.   Data collected while a student reads offline is automatically synched the next time the device has a connection .

“Since our 2011 CODIE win for Innovation Incubator Award in the “Most Likely to Succeed” category, myON has continued its rapid expansion that is truly transforming the way kids learn. Every day, we impact the lives of the 5.4 million students reading on myON by providing them a unique, personalized literacy experience. In just one single school year students have read over 21 million books and logged more than 476 years of reading.  These numbers will continue to grow, our team at myON works tirelessly to support each and every one of these students to foster a lifelong love of reading,” said Todd Brekhus, myON president.  “Our mobile strategy is driving astronomical growth in literacy, to be recognized by SIIA as a solid provider of mobile learning opportunities is an honor that I am thrilled to share with the entire myON and Capstone team.”

“This year’s finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products. We are pleased to recognize the best in educational technology with these 157 products,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Technology Industry Network. “I look forward to honoring them all in May at the Education Industry Summit.”

Details about each finalist are listed at siia.net/codies/2015/finalists.asp.

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit www.siia.net.The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN of SIIA, visit siia.net/etin.

About myON

myON, a business unit of Capstone is a personalized digital literacy environment that creates collaborative learning opportunities. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to the largest collection of more than 8,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments and close reading tools. myON empowers students and teachers with real-time, actionable data—number and type of books opened and read, time spent reading, results of regular benchmark assessments, and more—based on embedded Lexile assessments that measure student reading growth. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction to propel them to new and unlimited opportunities

 

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Flipped Learning Network to Hold 8th Annual Conference at Michigan State University

Registration now open for July 13-15 event focused on providing K-12 and higher education educators the proficiency to implement and grow Flipped Learning practices.

Lake Forest, Ill. (PRWEB) April 22, 2015

To enhance classroom instruction and increase K-16 student outcomes through Flipped Learning, the Flipped Learning Network™ will hold its 8th Annual Flipped Conference (FlipCon15) July 13-15 in East Lansing, Michigan on the Michigan State University campus. As the event continues to grow year after year, it will incorporate an increased higher education focus.

The keynote speaker for this year’s event is Paul Andersen, 2011 Montana Teacher of the Year and Finalist for the 2011 National Teacher of the year. Andersen is currently taking a two-year sabbatical from Bozeman High School in Montana and serves as vice-chair on the Montana Board of Public Education.

The conference will host pre-conference sessions; a hands-on boot camp; three plenary sessions on flipped learning in K-12 and higher education; 12 featured sessions; and more than 70 concurrent sessions across all areas of K-16, including a curated “New to Flipping” track. Session topics include:

  • New to Flipped Learning
  • Tools & Skills of the Trade
  • Beyond the Flipped Classroom
  • Leadership, Professional Development, Workplace Training
  • Flipped in Higher Education and Teacher Education
  • Research on Flipped Learning

“Last year, more than 400 attendees gathered at FlipCon14 to learn how Flipped Learning helps students apply concepts and engage creatively with subject matter,” said Flipped Learning pioneer Jon Bergmann. “FlipCon15 has evolved to equip K-16 with even more skills and knowledge to implement or expand Flipped Learning pedagogy.”

Onsite registration for FlipCon15 is currently open. The onsite fee is $450 with price breaks for the pre-conference training or Boot Camp sessions. The University of Northern Colorado is offering graduate credits to attendees.

For information and to register for FlipCon15, visit http://www.flippedlearning.org/flipcon15.

About Flipped Learning Network
The mission of the Flipped Learning Network™ (FLN) is to provide educators with the knowledge, skills and resources to successfully implement Flipped Learning. The goals of FLN are to 1) Serve as the hub connecting educators engaged in Flipped Learning; 2) Facilitate and collaborate on research relevant to Flipped Learning; and 3) Provide access to professional learning opportunities on Flipped Learning. To learn more, visithttp://www.flippedlearning.org.

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24 Women Trailblazers Illuminate Path to Leadership in New Book

 

Top female executives and mentors, Kathy Hurley and Priscilla Shumway, launch “Real Women, Real Leaders” to share in-the-trenches perspective from women in various industries on how to make it to the top in a male-dominated business world

 

Hoboken, N.J. (April 22, 2015) – With the renewed push for gender equality in the workplace, “Real Women, Real Leaders,” a new book published by Wiley, offers inspirational stories and practical advice on professional advancement for women. Studies have shown that companies with three or more women board members dramatically outperform the competition in returns on equity, sales and invested capital—yet women only claim a tiny percentage of boardroom seats and top executive positions. The book explores this paradigm and empowers women and men to forge a cultural shift.

“Real Women, Real Leaders” provides personal, relatable testimonials from 24 women in a range of industries including education, technology, law, the military, politics, and the media, who have navigated the opportunities and pitfalls of the business world. They discuss their experiences and offer advice on topics such as balancing family and career, building alliances, mentoring and being mentored, and overcoming obstacles to achieving senior management positions. The book’s editors, and renowned business leaders themselves, Kathy Hurley and Priscilla Shumway, have curated diverse, insightful stories that every ambitious woman, and the men who wish to support them, needs to know.

“This book is critical to every girl and woman aspiring to be a leader and every boy and man committed to supporting a sister, a spouse, a partner or a mom,” praised John I. Wilson, former executive director of the National Education Association. “All readers can discover remarkable role models, new insight and new knowledge.”

The premise of the book is based on the 16 leadership competencies that Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman assessed in their research and detailed in their March 2012 Harvard Business Review article, “The Results Are In: Women Are Better Leaders.” Each story in the book sheds light on the women’s leadership attributes, skills, and relationships that have served them best, how they overcame the obstacles, and the people they credit as instrumental in their journeys. The book also provides an opportunity for professional women to evaluate their own strengths and determine which skills they need to acquire as they formulate their personal roadmaps to the top.

“Hurley and Shumway have produced a vital analysis of the essential skills, talents, and competencies of a fascinating group of female leaders,” commended Deborah Quazzo, founder and managing partner of GSV Advisors. “Not only an inspiring read, but also a practical guide to adopting some of these leaders’ very best approaches in your own professional and personal life.”

Fernando M. Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of Practice of International Education at Harvard University, lauds the book as “a critical contribution to the study of leadership against the odds created by the misguided values of patriarchy. An indispensable resource to all working for a just world.”

The book is available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide.

To learn more, visit Wiley, or:  Amazon  Barnes & Noble  Books a Million  800-CEO-READ

About the Editors

Kathy Hurley is a 40+-year veteran of the education industry. Throughout her career, Kathy has served in top positions in both publishing and technology companies, which includes executive positions with Pearson and IBM. In December of 2014, Kathy retired from Pearson where she spent ten years and served as Executive Vice President Education Alliances, for the Pearson Foundation. Kathy utilizes her expertise in education policy, sales, marketing and business development to help further the work of top businesses, executive level customers, associations and foundations. In 2013, Kathy was selected as a Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) at Harvard University for 2014. Upon completing the ALI at Harvard, Kathy co-founded a global non-profit organization called Girls Thinking Global, which has as its mission to connect global change-makers to empower adolescent girls around the world.

Kathy holds a B.A. degree in special education from the University of Dayton and a Master’s degree in education from Jersey City State College. She is a former NJ teacher. She is married to Charles Blaschke and resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Priscilla Shumway is president and principal of New Learning Presentation Systems, a consulting company specializing in learning and development. As a senior national trainer for The Bob Pike Group since 1996, she has trained thousands of people nationally and internationally. An award-winning presenter, Shumway has worked in a number of industries and has had many opportunities to observe the challenges and opportunities facing women in business.

4/21/15

 Summit to Support Expanding Learning Opportunities for Middle School Kids Kicks-off in Washington, DC

 

Features D.C. Mayor Bowser, Congressman Honda (CA-17), School & District Leaders

(APRIL 21, 2015, WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Education thought leaders from the public and private sectors convene in Washington, D.C. today for “Meet in the Middle: A Summit on Expanded Learning,” a daylong event hosted by Citizen Schools and Higher Achievement. The event is in partnership with other leading organizations seeking to increase student access to high-quality learning opportunities, especially for middle school students. The timing of this Summit is fitting as the U.S. Congress works to reauthorize the nation’s most prominent K-12 education law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).”Expanded learning opportunities are essential for all students-particularly for students in middle school, who are often overlooked during these critical years in their education,” says Steven M. Rothstein, CEO of Citizen Schools. “High-quality expanded learning programs provide middle school students with important real-world learning opportunities and mentorship that help them excel in the later grades and beyond, regardless of their income or background.”

Speakers such as D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser; Congressman Mike Honda, US Representative (CA-17); and Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National & Community Service, are but a few who will share their voices on the value of expanded learning at the event. Expanded learning programs enrich education for students by enhancing their classroom experiences through mentorships, apprenticeships and additional academic and social-emotional supports. The Summit unites a powerful community of champions to elevate the importance of these supports to advance student learning. It leverages the collective voice of this community to demonstrate the value of expanded learning and grow impactful, sustainable programming.

“At Higher Achievement, we know that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not,” says Lynsey Wood Jeffries, Chief Executive Officer of Higher Achievement. “Expanded learning opportunities that combine caring mentors and rigorous academic lessons should be available to all students. Working to secure sustainable resources for expanded learning benefits every child and every school.”

The Summit will include the release and discussion of the report, Putting the Pieces Together: Sustainable Funding for Expanded Learning Time in Public Schools on sustainable funding for expanded learning time by Education Resource Strategies (ERS) and Citizen Schools. ERS is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming how school systems organize resources so every school succeeds for every student. The report findings reveal pathways and policy solutions for how districts and schools with high-need students could sustainably fund a portion of expanded learning time by reallocating existing resources.

To this end, the Expanded Learning Summit brings together community leaders dedicated to supporting the growth and on-going impact of expanded learning opportunities and high-quality programs at local, state and national levels. To learn more about the Expanded Learning Summit, visit www.expandedlearningsummit.org.

About Citizen Schools
Citizen Schools is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. Citizen Schools mobilizes a team of AmeriCorps educators and volunteer “Citizen Teachers” to teach real-world learning projects and provide academic support in order to help all students discover and achieve their dreams. For more information, please visitwww.citizenschools.org.

About Higher Achievement
Higher Achievement’s rigorous afterschool and summer academic program closes the opportunity gap for middle school youth in at-risk communities. The program’s proven model provides a rigorous, year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed. On average, 95% of scholars who complete Higher Achievement graduate from high school on time. For more information, please visitwww.higherachievement.org.

 

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AACTE Applauds Committee Passage of Every Child Achieves Act

 

(April 20, 2015, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) applauds the leadership of U.S. Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) on the unanimous, bipartisan passage of the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (ECA). AACTE is pleased with the committee’s progress on the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

 

The bill moves away from the “test and punish” strategy that evolved from the implementation of the current version of ESEA, known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. While the bill retains the requirement for annual assessments disaggregated by subgroups, it leaves states, schools, teachers and parents to determine what to do about the results of those assessments. AACTE believes students would benefit from stronger accountability for subgroup results, but overall, the bill makes important bipartisan progress toward fixing a broken law.

 

AACTE is pleased with the focus of Title II of the bill, which authorizes funding for professional development for educators. The rewrite of this title incorporates several positive changes:

  • It builds a bridge to Title II of the Higher Education Act by supporting an expansion of the robust preparation of teachers and leaders authorized in the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) program. This program, which prioritizes clinical preparation and induction programs for new teachers, also promotes residency programs where candidates work hand in hand with master teachers to learn how to be profession ready. The Title II of ECA would enable the scaling up of TQP-type programs so that these innovations and reforms become systemic across the nation.
  • It focuses on the career continuum for educators, including teacher leadership.
  • It supports strengthening teacher preparation programs and the role of teacher performance assessments for candidates.

AACTE and multiple other education organizations shared their opposition to an amendment, proposed by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), to include the GREAT Act in the Every Child Achieves Act. AACTE was pleased that the amendment was not offered during the committee markup and will remain vigilant as the bill moves on to consideration on the Senate floor.

 

AACTE looks forward to working with Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray as the Senate bill moves through the legislative process.

 

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AACTE: The Leading Voice on Educator Preparation

 

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

4/20/15

Honoring Ed Tech Champion Kathy Hurley
Washington, DC (April 17, 2015) – CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) has renamed its annual Private Sector Champion award in recognition of long-time education technology supporter Kathy Hurley.
The association of school system technology leaders, representing more than 10 million students nationwide, honored Hurley at its 2015 Annual Conference last month in Atlanta.
“Throughout her long career, Kathy Hurley has been a lifelong educational advocate who has been a champion for public-private partnerships that advance technology in education,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “Her extraordinary dedication and contributions are what made Kathy so deserving of this honor. We are proud to have her name forever associated to our Private Sector Champion award.”
With more than 40 years of experience in the education industry in both traditional publishing and the education technology sectors, Hurley’s career began as a special education teacher. She then moved to the private sector, working in sales, marketing and business development for DLM, Grolier, Mindscape, IBM, SkillsBank, The Learning Company, NetSchool, PLATO Learning, and Pearson and the Pearson Foundation.
In addition to her work as an executive, Hurley served on numerous education and industry boards, including eight years on CoSN’s Board of Directors. She currently serves on the boards of NCTET, People-to-People, Asia Society, Spark 101, Women’s Education Project, Nervanix, Ventris, and in 2009-2010, was the Chair for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21). A 2005 AEP Hall of Fame inductee, Hurley was awarded the SIIA Industry Impact Award in 2012.
Hurley last year co-founded a new global non-profit, Girls Thinking Global, which seeks to connect change-makers to girl empowerment organizations worldwide. She is also co-editor of the new Wiley book, Real Women, Real Leaders: Surviving and Succeeding in the Business World, set for publication on April 20.
To learn more about the Kathy Hurley Private Sector Champion award, please visit:cosn.org/about/awards/private-sector-champion.

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About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit cosn.org or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and eventsadvocacy and policy, membership, and the CETL certification exam.

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Montgomery County Schools to Use i-Ready to Help Improve Student Achievement as Part of District’s i3 Grant Project

Curriculum Associates to support district as it implements its new “A Culture Creating Effective Systems for Success” (ACCESS) program

 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., April 20, 2015—Curriculum Associates has partnered with Montgomery County Schools (MCS) in Troy, NC to help the district improve student achievement through the implementation of a new development program funded by a three-year Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction online program for reading and mathematics will be a part of the district’s new A Culture Creating Effective Systems for Success (ACCESS) program, which was designed to create a district-wide culture of technology-based education.

 

ACCESS will provide the rural district with high-quality teaching and learning resources that can be accessed anytime, anywhere; expand the reach of effective teachers through connected teaching, instructional redesign and professional learning; and, create a process for teachers and students to readily access assessment data to improve instruction and monitor student progress. With the recently awarded $3.5 million grant, and support through its partnerships with education companies and local organizations, MCS will implement the ACCESS program and provide students with more technology-enabled tools to use in school and at home, including computers for each of its middle and high school students and i-Ready.

 

“The leadership team at MCS understands the power of edtech in the teaching and learning process,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “Being a recipient of the i3 grant is a great accomplishment for the district and further underscores its dedication to providing the resources needed to help all students and teachers succeed. We look forward to our ongoing partnership with MCS as they implement a best practice program that can be replicated by other districts across the country.”

 

Built for the Common Core, i-Ready combines a valid and reliable measure and personalized instruction in a single online product. The adaptive diagnostic for grades K–12 pinpoints student needs down to the sub-skill level and generates a combination of online instruction for grades K–8 and downloadable teacher-led lessons that are unique to each student’s diagnostic result, in addition to providing targeted skill instruction support through mobile apps. These individualized instructional plans are easy to understand, differentiate instruction, and support a blended learning solution.

i-Ready is one of the few programs on the market that can provide districts with a single solution and highly valid and reliable measure to monitor growth and predict student proficiency on a Common Core assessment, in addition to providing personalized instruction throughout a student’s K–12 experience.

 

To learn more about i-Ready, visit www.i-ready.com.

 

About Curriculum Associates

Founded in 1969, privately owned 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.

 

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Evo Academics Free Teacher Edition Brings Student Assessment to the Cloud in one Easy-to-Manage Tool

 

Creating, sharing, delivering and grading of tests, along with analysis of results, happens in real-time all in one platform

 

Charlotte, N.C. – April 20, 2015 – Being able to easily create and deliver quizzes and tests to students in the classroom, and then put the results of those tests to work immediately to help improve student learning was the motivation behind Apperson, Inc. making its Evo Academics assessment platform available free-of-charge to educators everywhere.  The Free Teacher Edition, which was designed by teachers, allows educators to create online quizzes and tests, share tests with colleagues, build and store rubrics, assign tests to students through a student portal, access assessment results in real time, and generate student proficiency reports for the standards assessed.

 

Evo Academics Free Teacher Edition allows educators to use one platform for both assessment creation and online testing. It supports several questions types, including multiple choice, true/false, short answers and essays. In addition, questions can include passages, images and video and educators have the ability to set assessment parameters such as time limits. For educators who are using Apperson DataLink Scanners, results can be scanned directly into the Evo Academics module so testing can be online, in paper form, or a combination of the two.

 

“For today’s K-12 educators, assessment plays an integral part in individualized learning and classroom instruction. Educators need to identify each student’s learning needs while gauging overall comprehension of skills and lessons being taught,” said Chairman of the Board, Bill Apperson. “Built with the whole child in mind, the Evo Academics assessment module translates data into useful information at the classroom, school or district level to identify learning opportunities and inform instruction. By offering this free edition, we hope to empower educators in their efforts to provide a deeper and more personalized learning experience for students.”

 

“As the use of assessments in schools continue to evolve, teachers know and trust Apperson to create easy-to-use and convenient solutions with their everyday needs in mind,” said Brian Ludemann, Apperson’s Director of Application Architecture. “This free cloud-based assessment platform is flexible enough to let educators create and share assessments, while providing the analytics necessary to turn data into action.”

 

For more information or to sign up for the Evo Academics Free Teacher Edition, visit

http://www.apperson.com/evo-academics-free-signup/.

 

About Apperson

Apperson’s K-12 assessment solutions help educators develop a 360° panorama of the student and his or her strengths, as well opportunities to improve, that can inform curriculum decision-making and create positive learning outcomes. Whether it’s DataLink scanners, or the Evo assessment platform, Apperson’s products support and encourage a holistic learning and development approach by helping teachers turn assessment data into actionable information.

 

 

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AASA Statement: Senate Committee Passes ESEA Reauthorization Bill  

Alexandria, Va. – April 17, 2015 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today in response to yesterday’s unanimous decision by the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) to pass the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.

“AASA commends the commitment and leadership of Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in moving the Senate HELP Committee through the hard work of the bipartisan and comprehensive Every Child Achieves Act. This is a major step towards reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

“Nearly eight years past due, yesterday’s unanimous vote took coordination and collaboration across the aisle and throughout the nation. We applaud the entirety of the committee for focusing on the broad goal of completing reauthorization and recognizing the importance of compromise in moving federal education policy that provides all students and schools with relief from the broken, outdated NCLB.

“The Every Child Achieves Act restores the balance between federal, state and local government, returning leadership and decision making to the ground level, which is where education experts implement the law. By swinging the pendulum of federal overreach and prescription back to states, ECAA takes a critical step in acknowledging that federal policymakers are neither best positioned nor experienced in knowing what will work for the nation’s more than 13,000 school districts.

“At a time when Congress has a reputation for being slow in implementing legislation, this vote is a clear demonstration that legislators remain committed to working in a bipartisan manner and understand that bringing any policy to fruition requires both commitment and compromise. This vote was for more than just a single bill; it was for expanding opportunity, education and equity.

“We look forward to working with the Senate to protect the very strong core of ECAA and to ensure that any amendments will strengthen our nation’s public schools. The Senate vote is the boldest bipartisan effort I have seen related to ESEA in my tenure at AASA. We look forward to working with the Senate and their House colleagues to bring ESEA reauthorization to a conclusion in 2015.”

For specific questions about ESEA reauthorization, please contact Noelle Ellerson, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, atnellerson@aasa.org.

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

 

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Lexia and Clever Announce Strategic Partnership

Lexia Reading Core5 Now Supports Clever’s One-Click Sign On and Automatic SIS Integration

Boston – April 20, 2015 – Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone® company, today announced a new relationship with Clever to provide seamless integration between the fundamental literacy technology, Lexia Reading® Core5®, and a school’s or district’s student information system (SIS). Specifically, schools and districts using Lexia Reading Core5 can now use Clever’s technology to ensure that student enrollment records, staff accounts, and class rosters are automatically updated on a nightly basis. Furthermore, with Instant Login by Clever, students can easily access the program with one click from a secure, individual portal without having to manage multiple usernames and passwords.

“Technology must always serve the purpose of enhancing the instructional experience for teachers and students,” said Lexia President Nick Gaehde. “Teaming up with Clever will help provide a streamlined process for student login and classroom roster management, which helps ensure that the focus in the classroom remains on great teaching and learning.”

Clever CEO Tyler Bosmeny added, “Clever’s driving focus has been ensuring students and teachers can spend time on what matters: instruction and learning. We’re excited to further this mission through our partnership with Lexia, and bring our leading edtech platform experience to classrooms across the country.”

For more information schools and districts should contact their sales representative directly by calling 1-800-435-3942.

About Lexia Reading Core5

Built on 30 years of educational research, Lexia Reading Core5 is a technology-based reading program for students of all abilities in pre-kindergarten through grade five. Designed to accelerate fundamental literacy skills development, the program provides a personalized learning path for each student with scaffolding and explicit instruction that supports students if they struggle. Each of the 18 levels of age-appropriate, skill-specific activities aligns to the most rigorous state standards, including the Common Core State Standards. The program simplifies differentiated instruction, enabling at-risk students to close the reading gap more quickly and on-level and advanced students to continue to progress.

The program also includes Lexia’s proprietary Assessment Without Testing® technology. This highly-regarded embedded assessment technology gathers student performance data without administering a test, using norm- and criterion-referenced measurements that are correlated to, and highly predictive of, student outcomes on commonly used measures such as DIBELS® and aimsweb®.

About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing the way the world learns. The company’s innovative technology-driven language, reading and brain fitness solutions are used by thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning. Today the company offers courses in 30 languages, from the most commonly spoken (such as English, Spanish and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Swahili, Swedish and Tagalog). Since 2013, Rosetta Stone has expanded beyond language and deeper into education-technology with its acquisitions of Livemocha, Lexia Learning, Vivity Labs, and Tell Me More. Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices around the world.

About Clever

Clever is a leading education technology platform company that offers K-12 schools the simplest way to adopt, manage and use learning software in sync with their existing student information systems.  More than 35,000 schools across the United States use Clever, and more than 150 innovative software applications now integrate with Clever, including Interactive Achievement, Imagine Learning, and DreamBox. In 2012, the SIIA named Clever the “Most Innovative Company in Education,” and in 2013, Clever was awarded first place at SXSWedu. Clever’s headquarters are in San Francisco. For more information contact Clever at (415) 562-6483, press@clever.com, or https://clever.com.

 

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WIN LEARNING AND NEPRIS FORM STRATEGIC CONTENT AND TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP

 

Alliance connects college and career readiness curriculum with ‘virtual’ expert in classrooms

 

Kingston, Tenn. – April 16, 2015 – WIN Learning, developers of the WIN Career Readiness System, and Nepris, a cloud-based platform connecting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, performing arts and math) professionals with teachers and their students, today announced they have entered into a strategic partnership to provide students with opportunities to connect the knowledge and skills they learn in school to the real world.

 

The cloud-based Nepris platform connects professionals to classrooms for online, interactive discussions covering the spectrum of STEAM careers, for mentoring or to evaluate student work. By managing the end-to-end process of identifying, matching, and virtually bringing the industry expert into the classroom for an interactive discussion, Nepris allows professionals and companies to manageably and effectively reach out and interact with teachers and their students. The award winning WIN Learning Career Readiness System offers comprehensive career exploration and planning complete with career readiness foundational, academic, and employability skills support. More than 10 million students currently use the WIN system worldwide.

 

“When we help students understand how their school work is related to their futures, we personalize learning. When we provide students with opportunities to apply that learning and use the acquired skills for reasons beyond passing a test or getting a good grade, we inspire them to think about life beyond the classroom,” said Teresa Chasteen, CEO of WIN Learning. “That’s what this partnership is designed to do.”

 

The first stage of the partnership will focus on connecting teachers who are using the recently launched WIN Math program with Nepris’ industry professionals.  WIN Math is a career-infused, mathematics and workplace skills program designed for students in grades 5-8. The curriculum is organized into 21 units addressing 16 career clusters with emphasis on STEM subjects. Teachers facilitate instruction through a project-based blended learning model. Working individually or collaboratively, students work on math concepts through projects such as marketing plans or performance charts similar to what might be required in a workplace setting. They then transfer their understanding through embedded formative and summative assessments, giving teachers real time student progress monitoring support.

 

“Our mission is to connect learners with inspirational industry professionals — to be part of the everyday classroom – whether guiding students through projects, talking about the inner workings of their chosen professions or even evaluating student-created projects – as often as teachers deem necessary – not just once or twice a year during traditional career days, said Sabari Raja, CEO and founder of Nepris. “We are very excited to work with WIN Learning to establish a new quality standard for providing young people to real-world concepts, employment opportunities and possible careers.”

 

About WIN Learning

Since 1996, WIN has been the leading provider of career readiness solutions to help school districts prepare students for the future, whether they are college, trade school, military or workplace bound. To date, more than 10 million students worldwide have participated in the specialized career–driven courseware and education intervention initiatives as well as career-readiness certification programs.  For more information, go towww.winlearning.com or call 888-717-9461.

 

About Nepris

Dallas-based Nepris brings STEM to life (and now STEAM, which adds the Arts to science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by connecting professionals with teachers who need speakers or project mentors for interactive, cloud-based sessions. Nepris makes this a turn-key process: identifying and registering professionals and teachers, matching professionals’ skills to the teachers’ needs, advising on best practices for classroom interaction and then hosting the interactive sessions. See Nepris in action at Nepris.com/webinar or sign-up as a teacher or STEAM professional atNepris.com.

 

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Califone Upgrades PA419 with Bluetooth and NFC

As educators continue to deploy more sophisticated audio-visual technology in the classroom and outside, Califone International LLC, the premier manufacturer of quality audio technology and sound presentation solutions for schools, houses of worship, industry, institutions and presenter uses, has upgraded its portable PA419-02 wireless speaker with new wireless capabilities.

With a single unit being loud enough for three hundred people, the 30W PA419-02 is easier to play music from synced smartphones and other mobile devices through an industry-first addition of Bluetooth and NFC (near field communication) capabilities. Added connectivity can also be made with the inclusion of an SD card slot and a USB port to broadcast previously recorded content. A convenient 3.5mm port was also added for a wired connection to a smartphone, another industry first initially seen on the recent introduction of the upgraded PresentationPro.

Portability has been enhanced with a new lithium battery, which in addition to bringing a 15% weight reduction to the PA419-02, also holds a charge longer.

Classrooms are no longer limited to a single device. Students and educators are using multiple tools to deliver and receive instruction,” said Tim Ridgway, vice president of marketing for Califone. “With the PA419-02, devices with Bluetooth, NFC, USB or an SD card can connect and share audio with students for active and engaging lessons.”

The Bluetooth PA419-02 comes standard with dual wireless mic receivers, enabling two wireless presenters and a wired presenter with a wired mic to speak into the PA all at the same time. It also includes a smaller, simplified remote control, built-in handle for carefree portability and a standard 1 3/8” pole mount for optimal tripod placement. Packages are available with a variety of wireless microphones.

The speaker is protected under a 2-year warranty that covers school use.

Read more about the PA419-02 in coverage from Tech & Learning, EdNet and District Administration.

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itslearning Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist for Best PK-12 Personalized Learning Solution

 

BOSTON, MA (April 16, 2015) itslearning (www.itslearning.net), maker of the personalized learning management platform of the same name, today announced that it was named a finalist for the 2015 SIIA Education CODiE Awards for Best PK-12 Personalized Learning Solution. The company was the winner of this category in 2014.  The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier award for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 29 years. The awards have over 85 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software.

 

This year’s program features 28 Education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. New this year, top awards in three overall Education categories will also be presented. Overall categories include Best PK-12 Solution, Best Postsecondary Solution, and Best Education Solution. All winners will be announced during a special awards dinner at the nation’s leading education technology conference, the Education Industry Summit, in San Francisco on May 5. The announcement will also be live streamed.

“Everywhere one turns, whether it is the instructional approach or the management of the materials to be used, technology is at the heart of the 21st century classroom,” said Arne Bergby, CEO of itslearning.  “And when it comes to the notion of personalizing the learning environment for students, it’s our technology solution at itslearning that is helping teachers and students to make such an individualized environment possible.  We are so gratified to be recognized again for the innovative solution we offer.”

Designed specifically for the K-12 sector, the itslearning platform’s seamless integration with existing systems creates a user-friendly interface that gives teachers a way to share instructional resources, assignments and activities, and assessments with students and parents via personalized dashboards. At the same time, students have the power to decide how they learn as the solution automatically adapts to support learning styles that offer the best opportunities for success. A proprietary “standards mastery and recommendation engine” facilitates remediation, acceleration and review by automating the recommendation of resources and activities based upon standards mastery assessments. The recommendations are also tailored specifically to the individual learning styles of each student – regardless of age, ability level, interests or special requirements.

 

“This year’s finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products. We are pleased to recognize the best in educational technology with these 157 products,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Technology Industry Network. “I look forward to honoring them all in May at the Education Industry Summit.”

Details about each finalist are listed at siia.net/codies/2015/finalists.asp.

 

About itslearning

Designed for teachers and how they want to teach, itslearning is a cloud-based learning platform used by millions of teachers, students, administration staff and parents around the world. It can be found at all levels of education, from primary schools to universities, helping teachers make education more inspiring and valuable for today’s students. At itslearning, we pride ourselves on understanding the needs of education. More than 20 percent of our employees have worked as teachers, and we can often be found in the classroom, learning from teachers. We provide a full range of services, from simple training sessions to full-scale implementation projects. Established in 1999, itslearning is headquartered in Bergen, Norway, and has offices in multiple locations around the world. For more information, visit http://www.itslearning.net.

 

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit www.siia.net. The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN of SIIA, visit siia.net/etin.

 

 

4/16/15

CEV Multimedia Announces Partnership with Benz School of Floral Design

Texas A&M University Department of Horticultural Sciences backs new Principles of Floral Design Certification

LUBBOCK, Texas (PRWEB) April 16, 2015

CEV Multimedia, a leading producer of Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum resources, announces its partnership with the Benz School of Floral Design at Texas A&M University to offer the Principles of Floral Design Certification. Delivered by iCEV, an online platform that produces and provides comprehensive educational content, and endorsed by the Benz School of Floral Design, the program presents major topics in floral arrangement techniques and trends.

The certification is comprised of 13 lessons that address key components of the floral business, including the history of floral design, flower identification, wedding & special arrangements and flower business management, to name a few. The Principles of Floral Design Certification is designed for students at the secondary and post-secondary levels interested in natural sciences and fine arts.

“This is a great opportunity for students to earn a unique floral design certification that aligns to a variety of interests and curriculum programs,” said Jeff Lansdell, president of CEV Multimedia. “By working with the Benz School of Floral Design, we continue to show our dedication to developing meaningful resources for students and educators in CTE programs across the country.”

Industry collaborations are playing an increasingly integral role in all CTE programs by offering hands-on training as students complete their program of study. Through iCEV, students enhance their career training with certifications from industry partners by completing regular coursework through a series of pre-built online CTE lessons and assessments.

“The principles and elements of design are the foundation and fundamental concepts of floral design and all art forms,” said Bill McKinley, Director of the Benz School of Floral Design. “Understanding these fundamental concepts can allow a student to grow in their appreciation of floral design and help them to quantify their personal aesthetics. The Benz School of Floral Design stresses the importance of principles and elements of design in all of its course curriculums, so this connection with CEV Multimedia is a logical extension of what we teach.”

The Benz School of Floral Design is the latest industry partner to join CEV Multimedia in offering certifications supporting CTE programs and initiatives. In addition to the Principles of Floral Design Certification, CEV Multimedia offers programs to earn Professional Communications, Meat Evaluation and Principles of Livestock Selection & Evaluation Certifications. CEV Multimedia is currently developing industry-backed certifications to expand education and support student success across multiple areas of CTE.

About CEV Multimedia
With 30 years of experience, CEV specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education and Career Exploration. CEV received the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award in 2012 and has been honored numerous times for its excellence in content creation and exemplary business practices. In 2012, CEV introduced iCEV, an online platform revolutionizing the way CEV produces and delivers educational content. iCEV is the most comprehensive online resource for CTE educators and students. With iCEV’s learning-on-demand capabilities, video clips stream instantly to any device with Internet capabilities. Through iCEV, students can earn industry-backed certifications across multiple areas of CTE that prepare them for college and beyond. For more information, visit http://www.icevonline.com.

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Senate HELP Approval of K-12 Tech Amendment to ESEA Bill – A Victory for U.S. Students and 21st Century Learning 
Washington, DC (April 16, 2015) – Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking), today issued the following statement on the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee’s approval of the Innovative Technology Expands Children’s Horizon amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act – legislation to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act(ESEA):
“Members of the Senate HELP Committee have demonstrated their recognition of the vital role technology plays in modernizing teaching and learning. The bipartisan approved amendment provides a sustained federal committment for technology and related training in schools. It will ensure that underfunded districts and disadvantaged students obtain the required learning tools and support to better reach their potential in school, career and life.
“On behalf of K-12 school technology leaders nationwide, we especially thank U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) for championing this measure and look forward to working closely with Congressional leaders to secure passage of the Every Child Achieves Act.”

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About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit cosn.org or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and eventsadvocacy and policy, membership, and the CETL certification exam.

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Teachers Will Tune Up Their Skills in the Music City

Alexandria, VA (4/16/2015)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, will host thousands of educators to explore bold new directions in their teaching practice at the 2015 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence. Held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., June 26–28, the conference will bring together diverse teachers from around the globe to gain new strategies and solutions for making excellent teaching a reality in every classroom.

Over the two-and-a-half day conference, education experts and leaders will present attendees with effective practices that are currently working in schools and classrooms. Each session is designated with an audience type, audience level, and experience level to help attendees choose sessions that meet their specific and unique needs. Among the topics offered are motivating reluctant learners, building a network of support for teacher leaders, and increasing student achievement through school culture.

“The Conference on Teaching Excellence is where teacher learning takes center stage,” said Judy Seltz, ASCD executive director. “In order to help students grow and succeed, we must first give teachers the opportunity to grow. ASCD is proud to help teachers refine their skills and practice in order to better reach their students.”

ASCD authors such as Robyn Jackson, Jay McTighe, and Harvey F. Silver, along with ASCD Professional Learning Services faculty and leading educators from a variety of backgrounds, will lead more than 150 sessions and pre-conference institutes. On Friday, June 26, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m., Robyn Jackson will give a Keynote Luncheon on the topic “How to Motivate Reluctant Learners.” Jackson will share real strategies to motivate students, address the biggest motivation mistakes educators can make, and more. The price for the luncheon is $45 per person. Register online atwww.ascd.org/CTEregister.

Attendees may also choose from four pre-conference institutes presented on June 25, before the Conference on Teaching Excellence begins. Pre-conference institutes include “Elementary Math Games: Engaging the Brain at School and at Home,” “Active Strategies for Differentiation in Middle and High School Classrooms,” and more. All pre-conference institutes will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Registration for the 2015 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence does not include registration to the pre-conference institutes.

Following a previous conference, Lynette Lewis, an instructional specialist from Prince George’s County, Md., said, “The Conference on Teaching Excellence was great! I was able to bring 20 teacher leaders from my county. We debriefed the following week and everyone was excited about what they had learned.”

Registration for the 2015 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence is $429 for ASCD members and $493 for nonmembers, and every fifth person attending from the same school or district will receive complimentary registration.

Attendees can connect and interact with each other during the event and take part in the conference conversation by using #ASCDCTE15 on Twitter.

For more information about ASCD conferences and institutes, visit ASCD online at www.ascd.org/conferences. To learn more about ASCD’s other programs, products, services, and memberships, visit www.ascd.org.

 

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Mimio Introduces Touch-Enabled Interactive Projectors

 

New Functionality Fosters Greater Collaborative Learning Through

10-Point Touch Interactivity

 

Cambridge, MA – April 16, 2015Mimio is pleased to announce its innovative MimioProjector™ 280 projector family, which allows schools to bring interactive and touch technology to classrooms that don’t already have projectors. The enhanced MimioProjector 280 line can fit the needs of any classroom because it now offers educators three options: the conventional non-interactive 280 model, the pen-based interactive 280I model, and the touch-enabled 280T model. With touch technology added to the MimioProjector line, schools can now offer students the technology they are so familiar with outside of the classroom, to better engage them in learning.

 

With a brightness level of 3,100 lumens, all versions of the MimioProjector 280 series provide extremely vivid and compelling images, and the ultra-short-throw design reduces shadows on the whiteboard. Students can enjoy stunning visuals and audio – no need for separate speakers.

 

The 280I allows for the simultaneous use of up to 10 interactive pens, a significant increase in functionality over the dual-pen operations of previous models. The touch-based 280T supports up to ten simultaneous touch points – 10 single-touch points or 5 dual-touch points for gestures, using styli or fingers. With an interactive touch area as large as 100 inches diagonal, the 280T comfortably accommodates up to 10 students at the board, taking teachers and students to a new level of engagement.

 

“We offer a significantly greater number of touch points than our competitors do, allowing more students to simultaneously interact with the same projected activity,” said Stevan Vigneaux, director of product management for Mimio. “Working collaboratively with their peers can increase students’ learning and maximize the educational experience.”

 

LAN connectivity comes standard with all models, and all versions include a wall mount. The 280 model is field-upgradeable from non-interactive to interactive status, and from interactive to touch – without dismounting it. Setup is straightforward and easy for the interactive and touch systems. With a typical bulb life of 5000 hours, bulbs won’t need changing often, but they can easily be replaced without dismounting the devices.

 

“Adding a touch version of the MimioProjector to our other product offerings – MimioDisplay™ touch display and MimioBoard™ touch board – is just one more way Mimio continues to innovate in bringing touch technology to front-of-the-class learning tools,” said Rick Bigelow, Mimio’s CEO.

About Mimio

Mimio is a global leader in interactive teaching technologies that offer a better way to learn and an empowering way to teach. A portfolio company of Skyview Capital, Mimio creates award-winning, innovative, and affordable hardware and software that increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement in K-12 classrooms. For more information, visit www.mimio.com. Follow Mimio on Twitter @MimioTechnology and “Like” us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Mimio.Technology.

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Montreal’s Learning Bird Moves to New Headquarters

CEO: ‘Larger space to accommodate growing team, better

support our international teaching, learning community’

 

MONTREAL, April 14, 2015 Learning Bird, an award-winning K-12 edtech company, has moved its corporate headquarters to larger offices in Montreal to accommodate its increasing employee and business growth.

According to Henry Ryan, CEO of Learning Bird, this week’s move to 5165 Sherbrooke West, Suite 410, represents a considerable increase in size to 5,000 square feet, and will allow the company to serve as a hub for training teachers and to host professional learning for the educational communities it serves.

“Our move marks another exciting milestone for our startup,” Ryan said. “We’re thrilled not only to find a new, larger space to accommodate our growing team, but we now have the ability to better support our international teaching and learning community.”

Since it was founded in 2011, Learning Bird headquarters were located at 88 Sherbrooke West. Today, Learning Bird boasts a team of 20, and also has a U.S. satellite office near Chicago. The company in the past year alone has received three different industry commendations, including third place at TiEQuest 2014 in Toronto, Canada’s largest business venture competition.

The new offices – utilizing the latest in collaborative technology – will serve as host to regular educational workshops series, such as building digital lessons for classrooms and engaging classes through video.

A differentiated learning application, Learning Bird empowers students to solve their own homework problems by using a proprietary algorithm that recommends crowd-sourced, teacher-generated lessons specific to students’ individual needs and aligned to their local curriculum standards. Learning Bird’s library of digital lessons features resources in a broad range of subjects, spanning grades kindergarten to 12.

For more information, visit www.learningbird.com.

About Learning Bird | www.learningbird.com

Learning Bird is an innovative online learning tool for K-12 student success, powered by multiple perspectives. Its proprietary learning algorithm matches digital lessons from teachers to the local curriculum, textbooks and personalized recommendations for each student. Learning Bird’s new cross-curriculum alignment engine allows students grades K-12 to access a wider range of lesson perspectives in order to find that “a-ha” moment. When a lesson helps students understand, Learning Bird’s algorithm learns more about how they learn and also shares revenue directly with the teachers who added the lesson.

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edWeb.net partners with Games4Ed on new game-based learning initiative

edWeb.net - A professional social network for the education community

PRINCETON, NJ, April 15, 2015 – edWeb.net, a professional learning and social network for the education community, is partnering with Games4Ed, a new organization recently established to further the use of games and other immersive learning strategies in schools, to expand and deepen collaboration on game-based learning.

Why games? High-quality games are unique in that they provide all three pillars necessary for learning success: high engagement of the learners (have you ever watched someone totally engrossed in a game?); effective learning (game players learn both academic content and higher-level skills such as collaboration, problem solving, and persistence); and embedded assessment (games provide immediate feedback to players and can track competencies without the need for external testing).

Games4Ed was formed by over 25 representatives from different sectors of gaming and education who came together to examine the possibilities and issues regarding the use of game-based learning on January 20, 2015. The group is establishing collaborations between educators, researchers, game developers, publishers and policy makers to further the use of games and other immersive learning strategies in schools to help the education sector fulfill the mission of preparing all children to become successful 21st century learners and citizens. Games4Ed is a non-profit organization, and the directors are Larry Cocco, Mitch Weisburgh, and Lucas Gillispie.

Games4Ed will be using the edWeb.net platform to create private working groups to support their broad-based education industry collaboration. They will also be partnering with edWeb.net to co-host the Game-Based Learning community on edWeb.net, which has grown to nearly 9,000 K-12 and higher education educators, who are collaborating on integrating the principles, assessment advantages, and motivating aspects of games into learning. Games4Ed joins the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA, ISTE GSN, and ISTE VEN, as a content co-host of the professional learning community.

Games4Ed’s partnership with edWeb.net launched with a webinar presentation by Lucas Gillispie and Steve Isaacs on “More Than Fun & Games: The Games4Ed Initiative.” Lucas and Steve are game-based learning educators and members of Games4Ed. Their presentation introduced the Games4Ed mission and its goals for ensuring that games are considered effective tools for learning. Lucas and Steve also shared how they successfully introduced game-based learning at their own schools, as well as tangible examples of effective game-based learning practices.

Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net, commented, “We are delighted that edWeb.net can support the Games4Ed initiative both as a platform for their working groups and also as a co-host of the Game-Based Learning community. Our community will help them expand awareness of their work, and the community will benefit from learning about the advances they make in the field.”

Mitch Weisburgh, Co-founder and Director for Games4Ed, said, “We would like to thank edWeb.net and the other hosts: the ETIN division of the SIIA, and the ISTE Games and Simulation and Virtual Environment Networks. edWeb.net provides such a magnificent platform for conversations between thousands of stakeholders interested in moving education out of the industrial age. We are awed by the quality and quantity of educators we can talk to on edWeb.net, who are participating in and leading these efforts.”

Educators and game-based learning advocates are invited to join the free Game-Based Learning PLC to stay informed about upcoming webinars, join in discussions with peers and experts, and gain access to valuable resources.

Educators, researchers, game developers, publishers and policy makers are invited to register for Games4Ed to receive its quarterly newsletter, participate in a pilot program with students, or join a Working Group.

Organizations interested in learning about sponsoring the Game-Based Learning PLC may contact Lynn Scott, Senior Program Director for edWeb.net, at lynn@edweb.net.

For more information, contact: 

Lisa Schmucki, Founder and CEO, edWeb.net
908-407-2755 | lisa@edweb.net

Mitch Weisburgh, Co-founder and Director, Games4Ed
info@games4ed.org

About edWeb.net
edWeb.net is a free professional learning and social network that makes it easy for educators to collaborate, share innovative ideas, and improve teaching and learning. edWeb.net’s professional learning communities host free webinars and online discussions that help educators learn about new ideas and practices from experts and peers. edWeb.net has just launched edWeb.TV, a PD-on-demand premium service that makes it easy for educators to search and view over 500 of edWeb.net’s exceptional webinar archives. Professional development is critical to help teachers and school leaders keep up with all of the change in education. Schools and districts lack the time, expertise, and funding to provide the professional development educators need. edWeb.net fills that gap. Visit edWeb.net to learn more. Follow us on Twitter @edwebnet.

About Games4Ed

Games4Ed is a nonprofit organization established for collaboration between educators, researchers, game developers, publishers and policy makers to further the use of games and other immersive learning strategies in schools to help the education sector fulfill the mission of preparing all children to become successful 21st century learners and citizens. Games4Ed is developing criteria for evaluating games; studying sustainable models for creating, deploying, and supporting games; facilitating research and pilots of high quality games; exploring the interoperability between games and school learning and data systems; and examining how games assess competence, for both academic content and 21st Century skills. Learn more at www.games4ed.org. Follow us on Twitter @Games4Ed.

 

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Hearlihy catalog a drafter’s dream
Pitsco Education

PITTSBURG, KS (April 14, 2015) — Drafting requires many different tools to create precise, intricate designs. From compasses to architect scales and more, the April 2015 Hearlihy Drafting & Supplies catalog has everything a drafter needs.

Hearlihy catalog cover

Choose from among numerous kits designed to meet a variety of classroom needs. The Beginner’s Drafting Kit is a good starting point and includes a bow compass; an architect scale; a 6″45°/90° triangle; an 8″ 30°/60° triangle; an eraser shield; a sandpaper pencil pointer; a soft white eraser; and H, 2H, and 6H pencils. Kits such as the Mechanical Drafting Kit and the Engineer Graphics Kit are also designed for different emphases.

While the prepackaged kits from Hearlihy cover most essentials, sometimes schools have specific needs. Custom drafting kits can be created by ordering a combination of drafting tools and materials that the teacher can assemble into individualized sets for students. Custom drafting kits require four to six weeks for delivery. Contact a Hearlihy sales representative to order custom drafting kits.

But drafting tools and equipment aren’t the only items found in theDrafting & Supplies catalog. Quality materials and curriculum in the areas of furniture/printers, screen printing, model building, transportation, flight, alternative energy, manufacturing, and criminology are also featured.

To learn more about these offerings, request a free copy of the catalog, download it online, or call 800-835-0686.

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Apperson’s Evo Academic and Evo Social & Emotional Named Finalists in the 2015 SIIA CODiE Awards

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Online K-12 assessment programs recognized in two education categories

 

Charlotte, N.C. – April 14, 2015 Evo Academic and Evo Social & Emotional Learning (SEL), both Apperson Evo modules, were named finalists in the 2015 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards, the premier awards for the software and information industries. Evo Academic was chosen in the Best K-12 Course or Learning Management Solution category and Evo SEL was chosen in the Best Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas.

 

The SIIA CODiE Awards have more than 85 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software. The Best K-12 Course or Learning Management Solution category recognizes the best digital learning system to manage curriculum-based content, student access and use, diagnostic and remediation programs, data management and reporting tools for K-12 educators while the Best Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas recognizes the best application focusing on non-core curriculum areas for students in the PreK-12 or postsecondary market.

 

“To be recognized by the industry-leading SIIA CODiE Awards validates our mission to help schools have a positive impact on every aspect of a child’s learning, from academic to social/emotional,” said Bill Apperson, chairman of the board of Apperson. “Today’s educators face enormous pressures to provide individualized learning for students. Apperson platforms help educators transform assessment data into actionable information to meet the needs of all learners.”

 

Evo Academic enables educators to create and deliver assessments either online or in paper form and then access this assessment data in the cloud. Educators who use bubble answer sheets can scan these into Evo Academic’s online interface. The system also encourages collaboration by allowing educators to share effective questions and assessments with their colleagues.

 

The Evo SEL is an assessment system that allows educators and after school providers to measure social and emotional competence, school achievement and lifelong success in order to focus on students’ SEL skills development.  The system is based on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), an assessment designed to identify students who are at risk for overall social emotional difficulties.

 

“This year’s finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products. We are pleased to recognize the best in educational technology with these 157 products,” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of the ETIN-SIIA. “I look forward to honoring them all in May at the Education Industry Summit.”

 

The SIIA CODiE Awards have been recognizing product excellence for 29 years. This year’s program features 28 Education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. Winners will be announced during a special awards dinner at the Education Industry Summit in San Francisco on May 5, 2015.

 

To learn more about the 2015 SIIA CODiE Awards, visit http://www.siia.net/codies/2015/about.asp.

 

To learn more about Apperson Evo, visit http://www.apperson.com/k12/assessments/apperson-evo .

 

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit www.siia.net.

 

About Apperson

Apperson’s K-12 assessment solutions help educators develop a 360° panorama of the student and his or her strengths, as well as areas of opportunities, that can inform curriculum decision-making and create positive learning outcomes. Whether it’s DataLink scanners, or the Evo assessment platform, Apperson’s products support and encourage a holistic learning and development approach by helping teachers turn assessment data into actionable information.

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Edsby Selected by Kawartha Pine Ridge for District-wide Deployment

Rollout to teachers, students and parents now under way across region

ONTARIO, Canada (PRWEB) April 14, 2015

Edsby, an innovative cloud-based education engagement platform that connects K-12 students, teachers and parents using smartphones, tablets and the web, has been selected by Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPRDSB) for district-wide deployment after a rigorous procurement and evaluation process.

The district of 34,000 students and 3,450 staff wanted a solution that tied in tightly with the board’s existing IT systems and that supported its approach to assessment and reporting for all teachers and students uniformly in the district.

“Edsby integrated very quickly and effectively into our key district infrastructure, including our student information system and our authentication system,” said Ron Plaizier, CIO at KPRDSB. “This has been key in getting teachers on board quickly; all of their classes and class rosters are automatically managed for them by Edsby, and they log in using their standard district credentials.”

Edsby has been designed to be easily customizable so that each organization can have Edsby support its unique approach to assessment. “At KPRDSB we are working collectively to implement and align our practice with Growing Success, the Ontario Ministry of Education’s policy for assessment, evaluation and reporting,” said Jennifer McIlmoyle-Parsons, Instructional Leadership Consultant at the board. “Edsby supports educators to collect and reflect upon observations about student learning through the categories of the Ministry’s achievement charts while expressing ongoing learning using levels, and progress indicators before evaluation.”

“Communication with students and parents has been designed to emphasize learning and provide teachers opportunities to apply professional judgment at critical reporting timeframes. Using the calendars, progress indicators and ongoing learning focus posted by teachers, parents are supported with information about their child’s learning journey,” said McIlmoyle-Parsons.

KPRDSB joins the growing list of education organizations in the U.S. and Canada now using Edsby. “We’re delighted to have Kawartha Pine Ridge as a customer and we look forward to expanding the ways Edsby can contribute to engagement and positive student learning experiences in their district,” said John Myers, President of Edsby.

About Edsby
Edsby is a modern, purpose-built learning management system (LMS) for K-12 that enables school districts and private schools to have meaningful engagement between teachers, students and parents using the technologies that have become pervasive in people’s lives. Edsby is developed by CoreFour, a team that has been building scalable, reliable software systems for education organizations around the world for almost 30 years using the latest technology and standards. Edsby is a registered trademark of CoreFour Inc. Learn more athttp://www.edsby.com.

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ABPathfinder Receives National Microsoft Health Innovations Award

 

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Developer of cloud-based software for autism therapy honored for improving patient care

OVERLAND PARK, KS – (April 14, 2015) –ABPathfinder, Inc., developer of a cloud-based software tool to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of autism therapy, has been named a recipient of Microsoft’s 2015 Health Innovation Awards for enhancing the quality of patient care through analytics.

For nearly two decades, Microsoft’s awards program has recognized health organizations and technology solution partners that use Microsoft devices and services to streamline clinical processes, boost clinician productivity and operational performance, and improve the quality of patient care. Microsoft announced the 2015 winners today at the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

“The health care industry is prioritizing the adoption of modern technology and cloud services to scale for clinician needs and enable higher quality care for patients,” said Michael Robinson, vice president of Health and Life Sciences at Microsoft. “This year’s Microsoft Health Innovation Award recipients are advancing the goals of improved patient-provider interactions and increased clinician productivity through their pioneering use of Microsoft technologies to achieve health care solutions.”

ABPathfinder’s groundbreaking software captures and graphs real-time data, allowing for efficient tracking of skills, behaviors and goals. The software’s advanced analytics empower therapists and special education teachers to develop informed strategies, lesson plans and individualized therapy plans for children with autism or cognitive impairments. ABPathfinder leverages Microsoft’s Azure cloud technology to securely store sensitive data and allow access to client information from various devices and locations.

Studies demonstrate that ABPathfinder improves measurable outcomes, with patients acquiring skills up to 20 percent faster, and conserves resources, cutting administration and planning time by 50 percent. The software was recently named the top special needs solution in education by EdTech Digest. ABPathfinder announced major enhancements to the software’s appearance, navigation and backend features at the CEC 2015 Convention & Expo last week.

“Therapy centers and schools are using our software as a time- and money-saving solution, reallocating their focus on paperwork to patients and students,” said Jeff Blackwood, president and CEO of ABPathfinder. “We’re honored to receive this prestigious award and look forward to continue working with Microsoft’s technologies to improve the care ­– and ultimately, lives – of individuals.”

Nominations were submitted by hospitals, health systems, clinics and organizations around the world. An esteemed panel of industry experts judged this year’s winners on how their solutions are delivering groundbreaking results and producing better health outcomes for more people. Recipients will be highlighted on Microsoft’swebsite and health blog.

 

 


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