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MAY 22, 2019: CoSN’s NEW CHARLES BLASCHSKE FUND

CoSN Establishes Memorial Fund to Honor Education Icon,Charles Blaschke

 

Washington, D.C. (May 21, 2019)CoSN today announced the creation of The Blaschke Fund to support emerging leaders in education technology policy and advocacy.

 

The memorial fund honors the late-industry giant Charles Blaschke, who conducted pioneering research and analysis on the ever-changing U.S. education landscape for over 50 years.

 

“CoSN’s mission, and the education professionals we serve every day, is influenced by the remarkable work of Charles Blaschke. In memorializing his legacy, we hope the fund will help shape future education technology policy and impact the next generation educators,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.

 

 

“Charles would be deeply honored by the establishment of this memorial fund,” said Kathy Hurley, his wife and colleague in the education industry. “He was committed to providing policymakers the best research and analysis possible so that they could create sound education policy to positively impact America’s K-12 students.”

 

The new fund has two components:

 

  • Blaschke Fellowship. This is designed to give graduate students in public policy and/or education an opportunity to work with CoSN on education policy projects. Priority will be given to initiatives focused on national education technology issues, such as funding, legislation and/or policies. Policies could include ensuring digital equity, protecting privacy of education data, enabling accessibility or other key topics.

 

  • Blaschke Internship. The fund will designate a pool of funds for undergraduate students in public policy and/or education to work part-time at CoSN while in school.

 

The following Trustees were appointed to develop the criteria that candidates must meet to be selected for the Blaschke Fellowship or the Blaschke Internship:

 

  • Deborah Delisle, President & CEO, Alliance for Excellent Education
  • Deb deVries, K-12 Education Industry Veteran
  • Gary Mainor, Executive Vice President, Pearson Education
  • Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN
  • John Phillipo, CEO, Center for Educational Leadership and Technology
  • Joseph Scherer, Executive Director, Superintendents’ National Dialogue

 

In conjunction with the fund’s establishment and the criteria developed by the Trustees, CoSN has selected William Ernst as the first Blaschke Fellow. A Georgetown University Master in Public Policy candidate, William’s project will focus on the impact of artificial intelligence on K-12 education.

 

About CoSN 

CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. cosn.org

MAY 21, 2019: MATH PROGRAM MEETS ESSA STANDARDS, EQUITY ACHIEVMENTS IN CA. SCHOOLS

Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Mathematics Blended Core Curriculum for Grades K–5 Meets ESSA Evidence Requirements

New third-party research conducted by the Human Resources Research Organization, in collaboration with Century Analytics, shows that students using Ready Mathematics significantly outperform students not using the program

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., May 21, 2019—A new third-party research study from the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), in collaboration with Century Analytics, demonstrates that Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Mathematics Blended Core Curriculum for Grades K–5 meets the guidelines for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) evidence under ESSA. Ready Mathematics, used as a core curriculum; i-Ready® Diagnostic, and i-Ready Instruction make up the Blended Core Curriculum. HumRRO’s in-depth analysis yielded evidence that school-level participation in Ready Mathematics resulted in higher student-level achievements in mathematics compared to students not using the program. With evidence-based interventions being a requirement of ESSA, this study is another indication of the quality of the Ready Mathematics program.

“This latest third-party efficacy research proves what educators already know: Ready Mathematics is a high-quality, high-impact curriculum that can help all students improve their math proficiency,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “Educators can be confident that using Ready Mathematicsenhances student learning and meets the criteria for school improvement funds.”

The HumRRO study, which meets the rigor of ESSA’s evidence requirements for quasi-experimental studies, analyzed 21,000-plus students across 91 schools nationwide, 32 of which were Ready Mathematics users. The results showed that students using Ready Mathematics in Grades K–5 improved 5 to 10 scale score points more on average, as measured by the i-Ready Diagnostic, than students not using the program. This is roughly equivalent to 6 to 12 percentile ranks on state tests.

“Our study provides evidence that using Ready Mathematics Blended Core Curriculum at Grades K–5 results in greater student math achievement than using only i-Ready Diagnostic,” said Dr. Rebecca Norman Dvorak, Senior Scientist of HumRRO. “Our results are both statistically and practically significant.”

The Ready Mathematics program develops students’ procedural fluency and emphasizes conceptual understanding through reasoning, modeling, and discussion that explore the structure of mathematics. The lessons use a research-based, discourse-focused instructional model with a balance of conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application to build confidence and mastery of the Standards for Mathematical Practice. The program can be used with i-Ready, which combines powerful assessments and rich insights with effective and engaging instruction, as a blended core curriculum.

 

To learn more about Ready Mathematics, visit CurriculumAssociates.com/Products/Ready/Mathematics.

To learn more about the HumRRO research study, visit https://www.curriculumassociates.com/ready-math-blended-essa.

About Curriculum Associates

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

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Students of Color Show Extraordinary Levels of Academic Achievement in Some California School Districts

 

Teacher Qualifications Emerge as Major Predictor of Student Achievement in New Report

 

In some California school districts, students of color are reaching extraordinary levels of academic achievement—defying trends and exceeding the performance of students of similar backgrounds in other districts across the state. A new report by the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) examined which districts have excelled at supporting the learning of students of color as well as White students, taking into account their socioeconomic status. The report also looked into the practices in these districts to see what might be making the difference and found that teacher qualifications are the most significant school-related predictors of student achievement, as measured by California’s new assessments in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

 

The new report, California’s Positive Outliers: Districts Beating the Odds, finds that the proportion of teachers holding substandard credentials—such as emergency permits, waivers and intern credentials—is significantly and negatively associated with student achievement for all students. In 2017–18, the Teacher Credentialing Commission authorized more than 12,000 substandard permits and credentials, representing half of the entering workforce in that year. These underprepared teachers are disproportionately assigned to schools serving the largest shares of students of color and students from low-income families throughout the state.

 

In addition, teachers’ average experience in the district is positively associated with achievement for African American and Latino/a students. These findings spotlight the impact that the state’s shortage of qualified teachers has on student achievement, particularly in districts where unprepared teachers are disproportionately assigned to schools serving the largest share of students of color and from low-income families.

 

“The research finds that providing students with qualified, fully-prepared teachers is a critical component for raising student achievement,” said LPI Researcher and Policy Analyst Anne Podolsky, who was lead author on the report. “Fully prepared teachers are also 2 to 3 times less likely to leave the profession early. Thus, solving shortages depends on making preparation more affordable and incentivizing teachers to enter the fields and communities where they are most needed. Effective strategies include teacher residencies, supports for classified staff to earn credentials, and forgivable loans that underwrite teachers’ preparation.”

 

The report was authored by Podolsky, LPI President Linda Darling-Hammond, RAND Associate Policy Researcher Christopher Doss, and Stanford Professor Sean Reardon. They analyzed the performance of African American, Hispanic, and White students across California’s 435 school districts with at least 200 African American or Hispanic students and 200 White students on the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress in ELA and math from 2015–17 (the first years the test was in place).

 

From this group, they identified 167 positive outlier districts where Hispanic and White students achieve at higher than predicted levels relative to their socioeconomic status and 48 districts where African American and White students achieve at higher than predicted levels. Using regression analysis, LPI then determined the most important within-school factors associated with achievement. Teacher credentials and experience were at the top.

 

“Despite persistent achievement gaps throughout much of the state—and the nation—students of color and students from low-income families in these positive outlier districts are beating the odds and achieving at higher levels than their peers of similar socioeconomic background in the rest of California,” said Reardon. “Our research aims to identify these districts so that researchers can uncover the strategies associated with their success.”

 

In August, LPI will release a series of case studies that take an in-depth look into seven of the positive outlier districts. These case studies will examine the local policies and practices that appear to be contributing to the districts’ success in leveraging the state’s updated standards, funding, and accountability systems to support students in meeting California’s academic standards. The districts to be studied include Chula Vista Elementary, Clovis Unified, Gridley Unified, Hawthorne Unified, Long Beach Unified, San Diego Unified, and Sanger Unified school districts.

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Johns Hopkins University Launches Center for Safe and Healthy Schools to Help Districts and Schools Nationwide Address Growing Challenges

 

The First of Its Kind at a Higher Education Institution, New Center Will Pursue a Cross-Disciplinary, Evidence-Based, and Holistic Approach

to Tackling the Complex Factors Affecting the Safety and Well-Being of Students and Educators 

Baltimore, Maryland – May 6, 2019 – Johns Hopkins University’s new Center for Safe and Healthy Schools is taking on the complex, urgent issue of school safety and health by developing and creating access to evidence-based solutions for educators, school communities, and policymakers. The center will work to move siloed conversations and decisions about pressing issues such as suicide, trauma, bullying, and gun violence into a holistic consideration about how to ensure schools are healthy and safe teaching and learning environments.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools’ mission is to empower schools, their communities, and policymakers with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions and be equipped with effective resources and the support needed to foster safe and healthy school environments. The center brings together more than two dozen top faculty from across JHU’s system—from education, public health, arts and sciences, and applied physics—to collectively apply their expertise toward holistic solutions that effectively address school safety and health as a public health priority.

“All children and educators deserve to learn and work in safe and healthy schools, and all families deserve to know their children are in environments where they can learn and thrive,” said Christopher C. Morphew, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Education, which is leading the center. “The center will foster a more informed discussion about solutions and best practices in creating safe and healthy school climates, and will provide educators and schools with the knowledge, tools, and resources they can use to achieve that goal.”

 

The center will explore three areas of research that are fundamental to creating safe and healthy learning environments for all students:

  • Health and wellness, including mental health, physical health, and social and emotional well-being;
  • Schools and community engagement, including school functioning, district leadership, neighborhood safety, and involvement of each school’s diverse stakeholders; and
  • School security and technology, including school safety technology, physical barriers, the role of school resource officers, and relationships with local and state law enforcement agencies.

 

In the next few months, the center will release new research, best practices, tools, and resources that can be used by districts and schools nationwide—including unveiling revamped academic programming for counseling, teacher preparation, special education, as well as school leadership and administration in fall 2019. It will offer a pioneering suite of noncredit “micro-credentialing” courses on safe and healthy schools by spring 2020, available online for educators nationwide.

In addition, the center will roll out pilot projects, research fellowships, and a new seed grant program for innovative and collaborative projects. One project, for example, aims to take a systems-modeling approach to safe and healthy schools—using computational power to develop an assessment and decision tool for school leaders, modeled on similar tools for community functioning and disaster resilience. The School of Education also will be announcing a new director of the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, a national leader in the field who can guide a comprehensive, holistic effort.

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Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools

Johns Hopkins University Center for Safe and Healthy Schools is taking on the complex, urgent issue of school safety with comprehensive, evidence-based solutions focused on student well-being, safety and learning success. The Center aims to empower schools, communities and policymakers with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions and provide their schools, educators and families with effective resources and support needed to foster a safe and healthy school environment. For more information on the Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, please visit education.jhu.edu/cshs.

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Achieve3000 Releases Annual Lexile Study with Recognition from the Successful Practices Network

Findings show that it is possible to accelerate literacy growth beyond what’s expected for every learner

 

Lakewood, NJ, (May 20, 2019) – Achieve3000®, the leader in differentiated instruction, announces the release of its annual National Lexile Study. The study demonstrates accelerated Lexile® growth for all students in the sample, across all grade levels, 2-12. The national study examines the Lexile growth of students using Achieve3000’s PRO solutions with a minimum level of quantity and quality of practice.

On average, all students exceeded their expected literacy growth by more than two times when completing at least one lesson each week, and more than three times when completing two or more lessons each week. Achieve3000 defines high quantity and quality of practice as having completed at least 40 lessons with an average first-try score of greater than or equal to 75 percent on the embedded assessments within each lesson.

 

For a full breakdown of this year’s findings, view the release here

MAY 17, 2019:Enabling access to information globally

Benetech Announces Major International Expansion to Help End the Global Book Famine

New partnerships, national outreach, and local language interfaces across global north and global south enable inclusive access to education and information

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 16, 2019 — Benetech, the leading software for social good nonprofit, today announced a major expansion in the organization’s inclusive education initiatives to provide access to ebooks for people with reading barriers worldwide. New partnerships include organizations such as Vision Australia, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in the UK, National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI), Canada’s Center for Equitable Library Access (CELA) and the Dubai government. Through this collaboration, Benetech is establishing accessible libraries, powered by Bookshare technology that enable inclusive access to information. Upon the launch of these new libraries, Bookshare, the world’s largest collection of accessible ebooks, will have over one million accessible books under management.

This announcement comes on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, a day dedicated to digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people worldwide with disabilities and impairments. With features such as searchable text, synchronized text and audio, highlighting, and customizable font size and contrast, Bookshare’s digital ebooks give people with reading barriers like visual impairments, dyslexia, or a physical disability like cerebral palsy, new opportunities for learning and literacy.

“Accessing print material can be a challenge for people who are blind or have low vision or live with any other print disability, so it’s always exciting when we have the opportunity to expand what our members have access to,” said David Speyer, general manager of commercial and national services at Vision Australia.

In addition to increasing access to information through this growing network of global libraries, Benetech is also expanding Bookshare national partnerships, membership work and local language interfaces in Africa and South Asia, including India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Kenya. Under the Marrakesh Treaty, which enables the sharing of accessible books across 82 countries and recently came into effect in the United States, over 90,000 books from Bookshare’s huge collection that were previously unavailable due to geographic restriction can now be shared across borders.

“eKitabu is thrilled to join Benetech in celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day given their work to champion the Marrakesh VIP Treaty globally, increasing access to learning materials for people with print disabilities worldwide and bringing us closer to inclusive and quality education for all,” said Matthew Utterback, co-founder, eKitabu, a provider of accessible digital content, software and innovative programs for education in Africa.

“We envision a future where every person has the opportunity to read and learn,” said Brad Turner, Benetech vice president and general manager, global education and literacy. “As the Marrakesh Treaty is ratified by more countries, the global impact of this network of accessible libraries will continue to grow. The movement of books across borders, facilitated by Bookshare’s powerful technology infrastructure, enables inclusive access to information regardless of geography or ability.”

To learn more about partnering with Benetech, contact info@benetech.org

About Benetech

Benetech is a nonprofit that empowers communities with software for social good. Benetech’s work transforms how people with disabilities read and learn, enables human rights defenders and civilians to pursue truth and justice, and connects people to the services they need to live and prosper. Benetech is constantly pursuing the next big social impact. Visit www.benetech.org.

About Bookshare

Bookshare, a Benetech initiative, makes reading easier with the world’s largest ebook library for people with reading barriers. Members can access over 700,000 titles and read their way with specialized formats that enable users to customize their reading experience. Bookshare has delivered over 14 million ebooks in 47 languages to more than 650,000 members worldwide. Visit www.bookshare.org

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Students of Color Show Extraordinary Levels of Academic Achievement in Some California School Districts

Teacher Qualifications Emerge as Major Predictor of Student Achievement in New Report

 

In some California school districts, students of color are reaching extraordinary levels of academic achievement—defying trends and exceeding the performance of students of similar backgrounds in other districts across the state. A new report by the Learning Policy Institute (LPI) examined which districts have excelled at supporting the learning of students of color as well as White students, taking into account their socioeconomic status. The report also looked into the practices in these districts to see what might be making the difference and found that teacher qualifications are the most significant school-related predictors of student achievement, as measured by California’s new assessments in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

The new report, California’s Positive Outliers: Districts Beating the Odds, finds that the proportion of teachers holding substandard credentials—such as emergency permits, waivers and intern credentials—is significantly and negatively associated with student achievement for all students. In 2017–18, the Teacher Credentialing Commission authorized more than 12,000 substandard permits and credentials, representing half of the entering workforce in that year. These underprepared teachers are disproportionately assigned to schools serving the largest shares of students of color and students from low-income families throughout the state.

In addition, teachers’ average experience in the district is positively associated with achievement for African American and Latino/a students. These findings spotlight the impact that the state’s shortage of qualified teachers has on student achievement, particularly in districts where unprepared teachers are disproportionately assigned to schools serving the largest share of students of color and from low-income families.

“The research finds that providing students with qualified, fully-prepared teachers is a critical component for raising student achievement,” said LPI Researcher and Policy Analyst Anne Podolsky, who was lead author on the report. “Fully prepared teachers are also 2 to 3 times less likely to leave the profession early. Thus, solving shortages depends on making preparation more affordable and incentivizing teachers to enter the fields and communities where they are most needed. Effective strategies include teacher residencies, supports for classified staff to earn credentials, and forgivable loans that underwrite teachers’ preparation.”

The report was authored by Podolsky, LPI President Linda Darling-Hammond, RAND Associate Policy Researcher Christopher Doss, and Stanford Professor Sean Reardon. They analyzed the performance of African American, Hispanic, and White students across California’s 435 school districts with at least 200 African American or Hispanic students and 200 White students on the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress in ELA and math from 2015–17 (the first years the test was in place).

From this group, they identified 167 positive outlier districts where Hispanic and White students achieve at higher than predicted levels relative to their socioeconomic status and 48 districts where African American and White students achieve at higher than predicted levels. Using regression analysis, LPI then determined the most important within-school factors associated with achievement. Teacher credentials and experience were at the top.

“Despite persistent achievement gaps throughout much of the state—and the nation—students of color and students from low-income families in these positive outlier districts are beating the odds and achieving at higher levels than their peers of similar socioeconomic background in the rest of California,” said Reardon. “Our research aims to identify these districts so that researchers can uncover the strategies associated with their success.”

In August, LPI will release a series of case studies that take an in-depth look into seven of the positive outlier districts. These case studies will examine the local policies and practices that appear to be contributing to the districts’ success in leveraging the state’s updated standards, funding, and accountability systems to support students in meeting California’s academic standards. The districts to be studied include Chula Vista Elementary, Clovis Unified, Gridley Unified, Hawthorne Unified, Long Beach Unified, San Diego Unified, and Sanger Unified school districts.

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MAY 15, 2019: GREAT NEW CLASSROOM PODCASTING TOOL, OHIO MAKES A LITERACY CHOICE

Soundtrap for Storytellers, New Podcast Creation Tool Launches Globally- Classroom-appropriate Version to Be Made Available to Schools 
Powerful, All-in-One Solution Enhances Student Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration 

New York City – May 14, 2019 –Soundtrap, a Spotify company, announced that an education version of its new Soundtrap for Storytellers podcast creation tool introduced today will be available to teachers and students for use in the classroom. Like the Soundtrap online music recording studio, this simple tool supports STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education initiatives while amplifying student voice and developing essential skills such as creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.

Equipped with a wide range of intuitive features, Soundtrap for Storytellers allows podcasters to focus on the art of storytelling by significantly reducing the time and investment typically needed to make podcasts sound professional. The full suite of services can be accessed via desktop, and a select set of recording and editing features is available on iOS and Android. Tools available include:
  • Interactive Transcripts/Editing Studio: Soundtrap for Storytellers saves hours of time by enabling users to transcribe and edit the spoken-word audio file as you would in a text document, eliminating the need to listen to the podcast over and over again.  Automatic transcripts, at the click of a button, will differentiate instruction for all ages, abilities and individualized education plans.  This tool allows learners to see their spoken word, easily edit the  text and tell the story of their learning.
  • Communication and Collaboration: While this education version is compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)  there is the ability for older  learners, outside the COPPA environment, to invite family and friends to remotely join a podcast without requiring the invitees to sign up for Soundtrap. They can also upload a podcast and English transcript directly to Spotify.
  • Creativity: Soundtrap for Education schools now have access to Soundtrap for Storytellers  added features which let students tell their story, create their personal jingles and complete the audio production process using Soundtrap’s built-in instruments and loops. Students will have access to 1,100+ classroom-appropriate sounds from freesound.org that could be used to punctuate their story and adds atmospheric sound to the podcast project.
According to Per Emanuelsson, CEO of Soundtrap, “This educational tool helps teachers differentiate instruction for students of all abilities within one classroom, giving students a compelling way to channel their thoughts and perspectives. While students will be utterly engaged, teachers get an inspiring vehicle for meeting core curriculum requirements.”
Soundtrap for Storytellers was built around solving some of the biggest pain points for podcasters — editing, transcribing, remote interviewing and adding sound effects — and providing one, streamlined platform that contains every part of the podcast creation process.  Equipped with a wide range of intuitive features, the education version of Soundtrap for Storytellers allows students to focus on the art of storytelling by significantly reducing the time and investment typically needed to make podcasts sound professional. The full suite of services can be accessed ​via desktop and a select set of recording and editing features is available​ on iOS and Android.
Access to the education version of Soundtrap for Storytellers will be available June 2019 without any additional subscription cost.  Annual subscription pricing for Soundtrap for Education begins at $249 USD for 50 users.

 

ABOUT SOUNDTRAP
Soundtrap is the first cloud-based audio recording platform to work across all operating systems, enabling users to co-create music and podcasts anywhere in the world. The company is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Soundtrap provides an easy-to-use music and audio creation platform for all levels of musical interest and abilities and is being used by the K-12 through higher-education markets. On December 2017, Soundtrap was acquired by Spotify. For more information, visit https://www.soundtrap.com/.
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Ohio Department of Education Approves Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Diagnostic for the 2019–2020 School Year

Educators across the state can utilize the adaptive program for five separate assessment uses

 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., May 14, 2019—The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently approved Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic for five separate assessment uses for the 2019–2020 school year. i-Ready Diagnostic is part of the award-winning i-Ready online diagnostic and instructional program, which has more than 6.7 million users nationwide.

 

ODE issued a Common Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to help districts strategically identify vendor assessments for multiple purposes. According to the ODE website, this unified process has strengthened its technical evaluation to ensure approved assessments are sound and appropriate measures.

 

The ODE approved i-Ready Diagnostic in the following five categories:

 

  • Comparable Assessment to Ohio’s Diagnostic Assessments for the Third Grade Reading Guarantee
  • Alternative Standardized Assessment for Third Grade Reading
  • Teacher and Principal Evaluation for Grades K–3
  • Identification of Gifted Students for Grades 2–8
  • Prescreening of Gifted Students for Grades 2–8

 

“The ODE approvals, in addition to research showing that the program correlates strongly with Ohio’s State Tests, underscore the impact of i-Ready Diagnostic in the classroom,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “Using this one assessment, Ohio educators can confidently streamline the assessment process, use data to personalize their instruction, and effectively meet the varied learning needs of their students.”

 

Thousands of educators across Ohio already use i-Ready Diagnostic to help raise achievement for more than 120,000 students. “Since the time we have incorporated i-Ready, our students have shown an increase in their performance and our teachers are thrilled,” said Superintendent Tom Yazvac of Springfield Local Schools in New Middleton, Ohio. “Student scores have clearly demonstrated that i-Ready works.”

 

For more information about the ODE approval, visit: i-Ready.com/OhioApprovals

 

About i-Ready

i-Ready combines powerful assessments and rich insights with effective and engaging instruction in reading and mathematics to address students’ individual needs. It makes the promise of differentiated instruction a practical reality by providing teachers with the tools needed to ensure all students are on the road to proficiency, while motivating students by providing them with their own personalized path to growth.

 

i-Ready is currently being used by more than 15 percent of all K–8 students nationwide across all 50 states. To learn more about i-Ready, visit i-Ready.com/Empower.

 

About Curriculum Associates

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

 

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NEW RESEARCH SHOWS STRONG INTERGENERATIONAL BENEFITS FROM
HIGH-QUALITY EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

Research from Nobel laureate economist Professor James Heckman provides evidence that investing in quality early childhood development is a tool for fighting intergenerational poverty.

 

CHICAGO (May 14, 2019) – Professor James Heckman’s newest research examines the life outcomes of participants in the Perry Preschool early childhood development program—now in their fifties—and their children. This new research builds on the evidence showing the importance of a child’s earliest years when the brain develops rapidly, laying the foundation for future behavior, health and learning. The findings in these companion papers (The Perry Preschoolers at Late Midlife: A Study in Design-Specific Inference and Intergenerational and Intragenerational Externalities of the Perry Preschool Project) demonstrate the intergenerational impact of high-quality early childhood experiences, as participants and their children saw significant increases in education, health, full-time employment and reduced incidence of anti-social behavior or crime. The findings provide policymakers with the confidence to use investments in quality early childhood development programs as an effective tool to break the cycle of poverty.

The positive effects extended beyond the study’s participants to their children. Heckman found substantial intergenerational effects on education, health, employment and crime, with the children of participants being more likely to be in good health, complete college and to be employed.

Effects on the next generation are attributed to early childhood education producing comparatively stronger family lives among Perry participants, with far more raising their children in stable marriages. In fact, the children of Perry participants had significantly better lives on a number of dimensions despite living in similar or worse neighborhoods than the children of nonparticipants. This suggests that family life is more important than neighborhoods in producing better outcomes.

“This research builds on existing evidence that high-quality early childhood programs, beginning at birth, produce significantly better life outcomes for children,” says Professor Heckman. “The effects have a beneficial impact on the immediate family and extend to later generations, multiplying the value of the original investment and boosting the effectiveness of existing investments in education.”

While the Perry Preschool program produced significant life gains for treated children, Heckman’s previous study, The Lifecycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program, emphasizes the importance of starting earlier than preschool with high-quality birth-to-age-five programs for disadvantaged children. His analysis of two comprehensive early education programs, The Carolina Abecedarian Project (ABC) and the Carolina Approach to Responsive Education (CARE), indicates higher education, health and social mobility outcomes when programs begin at birth—long before the achievement gap that is already evident in at-risk children when they arrive at preschool.

In addition to better child outcomes, programs beginning at birth allow mothers to enter the workforce earlier to support their families, improving opportunities for upward mobility today and tomorrow. The effects of comprehensive early childhood education on mothers and children combine to deliver a 13 percent per year return on investment, far higher than the return on investment in preschool alone.

“The Perry research reinforces the importance of early childhood education for present and future generations,” says Heckman. “High-quality early childhood education for disadvantaged children builds valuable personal and interpersonal skills, contributes to stronger families and can be an effective way to lift generations out of poverty.”

About the Heckman Equation

Nobel laureate economist James Heckman, and his Center for the Economics of Human Development, show how high-quality investments in early childhood development improve social, economic and health outcomes. The Heckman Equation is a formula for success for policymakers and advocates in the field of childhood development, education, workforce development, social equity and economics funded, in part, by the Pritzker Children’s Initiative.

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The Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA Educational Foundation, and Discovery Education Announce Winners for 2019 ‘Operation Prevention’ Video Challenge

— Tennessee Teens Named Winners of People’s Choice Award and Nationwide PSA Video Challenge to Educate Youth on the Dangers of Opioid Misuse —

 

Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, May 9, 2019) – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the DEA Educational Foundation, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today named four first place 2019 Operation Prevention Video Challenge winners.Dalton SherrillJackson HammYanely Luna, and Brian Wang of Coffee County Central High School (CCCHS) in Manchester, Tenn., will receive $10,000 for their winning public service announcement (PSA) entitled What Could’ve Been, which highlights the life-altering effects of opioid misuse. The students also received the most votes during the People’s Choice award voting period, earning them a trip for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of DEA training at the DEA’s Training Academy in Quantico, Va.

The challenge invited teens across the nation to submit 30-60 second video public service announcements that capture their unique voice in order to communicate the opioid epidemic as a national crisis. In What Could’ve Been, a teenager’s opioid addiction shortens his life, halting the joys of growing into his adulthood. The character captures the essence of the challenge and encourages teens to research the opioid epidemic to identify its widespread impact on the country.

“Congratulations to the winners from Coffee County Central High School on creating a gripping video message that illustrates the gravity of opioid addiction and how it can devastate lives,” said Sean Fearns, chief of community outreach, DEA. “The role peer-to-peer influence has in preventing opioid misuse before it starts cannot be overstated. We are truly encouraged by the leadership we’ve seen exhibited by our nation’s youth.”

The third annual video challenge is a part of Operation Prevention, a joint nationwide education initiative that aims to educate students about the science behind addiction, and its impact on the brain and body. Available at no-cost, the program’s resources help promote lifesaving discussions at home and in the classroom. The winning video was chosen by a panel of educators and judges from Discovery Education, the DEA, and the DEA Educational Foundation.

Other Operation Prevention Video Challenge winners include:

Second Place: Aria Kydd of Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science

Worcester Polytechnic Institute| Worcester, Mass.

Awarded: $5,000 for her video Think Again

 

Third Place: Jake Sandvik of Cody High School

Park County School District | Cody, Wyo.

Awarded: $1,000 for his video Wanna

 

People’s Choice Award: Dalton Sherrill, Jackson Hamm, Yanely Luna, and Brian Wang

Coffee Country Central High School | Coffee County School District | Manchester, Tenn.

Awarded: A trip to Quantico, Va., for an exclusive tour of DEA training for their video What Could’ve Been

 

“Not only did these students make an impactful and creative PSA, they took time to include community members in it. That choice likely contributed to them winning the ‘People’s Choice Award’; everyone loved seeing the video spread throughout the community,” said Megan Eaves, assistant principal at Coffee Country Central High School. “I think I can speak for all of the administrators and teachers at CCCHS when I say that we are very proud of the work these students put into their video, and we are excited about their win.”

Coffee Country Central High School Career and Technical Education Director Richard Skipper continued, “I say this a lot, every one of our kids will become something great, we just don’t know what! Audio visual production classes at CCCHS provide wonderful opportunities for students to thrive and our newest ‘Operation Prevention Video Challenge’ winners are a powerful example of what is possible.”

First, second, and third place prizes are provided courtesy of the DEA Educational Foundation and the People’s Choice Award prize is made possible by support from the DEA. Winning videos can be viewed at operationprevention.com, and will be featured across DE and DEA digital, including social media platforms. Program resources are accessible for free online and also through Discovery Education Streaming Plus.

“Discovery Education is proud to support the DEA in a critical effort to combat the epidemic of prescription opioid misuse, which is impacting communities nationwide,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “We’re inspired by the number of young people across the country who are taking action to save lives by participating in the ‘Operation Prevention Video Challenge’. Congratulations to this year’s winners, finalists and participations.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curriculum content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About the Drug Enforcement Administration:
The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets. The DEA encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at justthinktwice.govgetsmartaboutdrugs.gov and dea.gov.

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

About Discovery Education:
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at discoveryeducation.com.

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CoderZ Named SIIA Education Technology 2019 CODiE Award Finalist for Best Coding & Computational Thinking Solution

 

DERRY, N.H. (May 9, 2019) – CoderZ, an online learning environment for programming real and virtual robots, has been named a 2019 SIIA CODiE Award finalist in the Best Coding & Computational Thinking Solution category. Award finalists represent applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PreK-20 sector.

CoderZ is a powerful, easy to use online platform designed to teach students in grades 6-12 valuable STEM skills such as coding, robotics and physical computing via a fun gamified interface with an online code editor and 3D virtual robots.

CoderZ is unique because it brings STEM, coding and robotics to a much wider audience than traditional robotics. Online robotics reaches more schools, students of all genders and is easier and more cost effective to implement.

CoderZ caters to both novices and experts, offering a simple, Scratch-like language called Blockly for new coders or allowing more advanced students to start working directly with Java code. Students learn and practice coding skills by completing missions with their cyber-virtual robot, which reacts directly to students’ input.

 One CODiE judge called CoderZ, “An impressive, targeted product, creating a full introductory curriculum for coding using virtual robots.” Another noted, “Computational thinking is addressed throughout the entire platform. From beginning coding to more advanced programming applications for the higher-level students in all grades, I can see the possibility of even in secondary education such as colleges.

“We are truly honored to be in the finals as one of the best coding and computational thinking solutions in the CODiE awards program,” said Ido Yerushalmi, CEO of CoderZ. “We are committed to providing schools with an affordable way to give students access to robotics programming for many years to come.”

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries and have recognized product excellence for more than 30 years. The awards offer 76 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology. CoderZ was honored as one of 139 finalists across the 32 education technology categories.

“The 2019 CODiE Award finalists represent the finest in innovation and creativity in educational technology,” said President Jeff Joseph at SIIA. “These breakthrough products are opening doors for learners of all ages by developing and utilizing new technologies to respond to diverse student and educator needs.”

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program. Educators and administrators serve as judges and conduct the first-round review of all education nominees. Their scores determine the SIIA CODiE Award finalists, and SIIA members then vote on the finalist products. The scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners.

Winners will be announced during a CODiE Award Celebration at the Ed Tech Industry Conference & CODiE Awards in San Francisco on June 11. Details about each finalist are listed at https://www.siia.net/codie/2019-Finalists

About CoderZ

CoderZ is a division of Intelitek, a veteran provider of technical education solutions worldwide. The company’s innovative instruction solutions empower instructors and inspire students by  delivering best-in-class  core competencies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) needed for in-demand 21st century careers. For more information go to www.gocoderz.com

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards

The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence. For more information, visit siia.net/CODiE.

About Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)

SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. Industry leaders work through SIIA’s divisions to address issues and challenges that impact their industry segments with the goal of driving innovation and growth for the industry and each member company.  This is accomplished through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations. For more information, visit siia.net.

 

MAY 8, 2019: EQUITY IN STEM WEBINAR, NEW THINK TANK RE HEALTHY SCHOOLS

CoderZ Media Alert: Inclusiveness and Equity in STEM

NO COST WEBINAR

WHEN: Tuesday, May 14 at 6:00 – 7:00 PM EDT

REGISTER: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6PwVHEw4Tt6KD_EFnwioeA

DERRY, N.H. – May 8, 2019 – One of the biggest challenges for educators is making STEM accessible for all of students, regardless of factors such as sex, geographical location, or socioeconomic background. On Tuesday, May 14, the ISTE STEM Network and CoderZ will host a webinar on an engaging way to expose students to coding, robotics and 21st century skills. The presenter will be Ido Yerushalmi, founder of the Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC) and CEO of CoderZ, who will inform attendees about the ways the competition and the CoderZ Cyber Robotics Learning Environment can help to break down diversity barriers in STEM learning.

The CRCC is the first-of-its-kind, online coding and robotics tournament and does not require previous experience from students or educators. In 2018, more than 37,000 students (47 percent of whom were girls) from schools in 14 states and the District of Columbia took part. In addition, 240 Title I schools joined in the competition, and rural schools constituted a full third (33 percent) of all participating schools. Plus, 38 percent of all schools in the competition did not have any computer science curriculum.

“One hundred percent of participating educators surveyed in 2018 believed that the cloud-based CoderZ Cyber Robotics Learning Environment and its 3D, animated graphical simulation of LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots was engaging for students,” said Yerushalmi. “CRCC can be part of a class, an after-school activity, or a STEM activity for a non-school-based club or youth development organization. Because of its flexible nature the competition has become an international phenomenon, with more than 100,000 students all over the world participating in events. Our goal is to make coding, programming and robotics accessible to all, and we’re looking forward to sharing how this can be done during this informative webinar.”

There is no cost to join the webinar, but registration is required. For more information go to: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6PwVHEw4Tt6KD_EFnwioeA.

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Johns Hopkins University Launches Center for Safe and Healthy Schools to Help Districts and Schools Nationwide Address Growing Challenges

 

The First of Its Kind at a Higher Education Institution, New Center Will Pursue a Cross-Disciplinary, Evidence-Based, and Holistic Approach

to Tackling the Complex Factors Affecting the Safety and Well-Being of Students and Educators 

Baltimore, Maryland – May 6, 2019 – Johns Hopkins University’s new Center for Safe and Healthy Schools is taking on the complex, urgent issue of school safety and health by developing and creating access to evidence-based solutions for educators, school communities, and policymakers. The center will work to move siloed conversations and decisions about pressing issues such as suicide, trauma, bullying, and gun violence into a holistic consideration about how to ensure schools are healthy and safe teaching and learning environments.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools’ mission is to empower schools, their communities, and policymakers with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions and be equipped with effective resources and the support needed to foster safe and healthy school environments. The center brings together more than two dozen top faculty from across JHU’s system—from education, public health, arts and sciences, and applied physics—to collectively apply their expertise toward holistic solutions that effectively address school safety and health as a public health priority.

“All children and educators deserve to learn and work in safe and healthy schools, and all families deserve to know their children are in environments where they can learn and thrive,” said Christopher C. Morphew, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Education, which is leading the center. “The center will foster a more informed discussion about solutions and best practices in creating safe and healthy school climates, and will provide educators and schools with the knowledge, tools, and resources they can use to achieve that goal.”

 

The center will explore three areas of research that are fundamental to creating safe and healthy learning environments for all students:

  • Health and wellness, including mental health, physical health, and social and emotional well-being;
  • Schools and community engagement, including school functioning, district leadership, neighborhood safety, and involvement of each school’s diverse stakeholders; and
  • School security and technology, including school safety technology, physical barriers, the role of school resource officers, and relationships with local and state law enforcement agencies.

 

In the next few months, the center will release new research, best practices, tools, and resources that can be used by districts and schools nationwide—including unveiling revamped academic programming for counseling, teacher preparation, special education, as well as school leadership and administration in fall 2019. It will offer a pioneering suite of noncredit “micro-credentialing” courses on safe and healthy schools by spring 2020, available online for educators nationwide.

In addition, the center will roll out pilot projects, research fellowships, and a new seed grant program for innovative and collaborative projects. One project, for example, aims to take a systems-modeling approach to safe and healthy schools—using computational power to develop an assessment and decision tool for school leaders, modeled on similar tools for community functioning and disaster resilience. The School of Education also will be announcing a new director of the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, a national leader in the field who can guide a comprehensive, holistic effort.

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Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools

Johns Hopkins University Center for Safe and Healthy Schools is taking on the complex, urgent issue of school safety with comprehensive, evidence-based solutions focused on student well-being, safety and learning success. The Center aims to empower schools, communities and policymakers with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions and provide their schools, educators and families with effective resources and support needed to foster a safe and healthy school environment. For more information on the Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, please visit education.jhu.edu/cshs.

MAY 7, 2019…..LOUISIANA PBS AND DIGITAL LEARNING, FOLLETT AND HMH,…

Louisiana Public Broadcasting and Discovery Education Renew Long-Term Partnership Empowering Educators to Create Engaging Digital Learning Experiences

 

–In Its 16th Year, Partnership Between LPB and Discovery Education Helps Public Broadcaster Continue Serving as the State’s Largest Classroom-

Silver Spring, Md. (May 7, 2019) – Discovery Education, the leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced a renewal of its long-term partnership with Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB). LPB’s extension of its 16-year collaboration with Discovery Education continues empowering K-12 educators to create dynamic digital learning experiences with high-quality content from Discovery Education Streaming Plus.

 

LPB is Louisiana’s largest classroom over the air, on every device, in schools, and in the community.  LPB’s Educational Services Department is committed to providing extensive information, lesson plans, materials, and digital resources to support formal K-12 education statewide. Through its long-term partnership with Discovery Education, LPB offers educators a host of digital resources, such as Discovery Education Streaming Plus, that help teachers build engaging learning experiences for all students.

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is a comprehensive digital service that supplements teaching and learning across all K–12 curricular areas.  Discovery Education Streaming empowers educators to create dynamic learning environments that mirror students’ use of technology outside the classroom through engaging lesson plans, instructional strategies, and content collections organized around themes. Students can access images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, books on tape, articles, and videos, as well as a collection of new STEM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.

Students in elementary, middle and high school that have regular access to Streaming resources have higher attendance rates and are outpacing their peers on state assessments in reading, mathematics, and social studies. Additional findings tell a consistent story of how access to Discovery Education Streaming can be linked to higher student achievement, especially for racial/ethnic minorities and students impacted by poverty, disabilities, and limited English proficiency. Click here to learn more.

 

“Louisiana Public Broadcasting is dedicated to education and cultural enrichment statewide. As part of that effort, we provide educators a robust online platform that delivers the best and most effective digital content to students and educators each day,” said President and CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting Beth Courtney. “Our partnership with Discovery Education is critical to providing the most well-researched digital learning content to Louisiana’s classrooms, so we are excited to continue this valuable collaboration.”

 

The Discovery Education Community will also continue supporting Louisiana educators’ efforts to create more personalized learning experiences across the state. This global community of education professionals connects members in school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

 

“Each day, Discovery Education’s long-term collaboration with Louisiana Public Broadcasting helps Louisiana’s educators create engaging digital learning experiences that prepare students for success beyond the classroom,” said Kelly Hines, Discovery Education Senior Director of Partner Engagement. “Discovery Education is proud to continue this partnership in 2019, and looks forward to working closely with the entire LPB team to support K-12 teaching and learning from Shreveport to the Gulf and everywhere in-between.”

 

For more information on Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s education division, visit http://www.lpb.org/ education.

 

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

 

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Follett Launch Expanded Partnership to Deliver K-12 Learning Solutions to United Arab Emirates Education Community

Follett will become exclusive distributor for HMH curriculum, services and professional development  throughout the region

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – May 6, 2019 – Learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and global education services provider Follett School Solutions (Follett) today announced an expanded partnership to deliver HMH’s K-12 learning solutions including curriculum, professional development and services to students, teachers and schools throughout the United Arab Emirates. Follett will serve as the exclusive distributor for HMH in the region.

Building upon an existing partnership between HMH and Follett, this alliance will deepen access to HMH’s celebrated curriculum and resources for local learners and educators. Representatives from both organizations will be visiting schools throughout the UAE to provide comprehensive support and work hand-in-hand with education leaders to develop a vision for curriculum and services to drive growth for each institution.

“We are delighted to expand our partnership in the UAE with Follett, one of the most well-respected and recognized education service providers in the world,” said Sam Bonfante, vice president, Global Markets, HMH. “As a learning company dedicated to empowering educators and improving outcomes for all learners, HMH is committed to working directly with schools to provide holistic solutions that meet the unique needs of each community. Follett shares this passion for service and quality, and we are confident that together we will deliver high-impact, engaging solutions for our learners here.”

“The exclusive agreement with HMH builds on our already extensive partnership, allowing Follett and HMH to draw on our strengths as global education suppliers with a shared vision,” said Nader Qaimari, president, Follett School Solutions. “Together, we collectively offer schools the opportunity to draw on global education expertise and detailed regional knowledge, bringing together content, services and professional development to offer a true educational service for schools in the UAE that spans the classroom and library.”

HMH, which serves 50 million students and 3 million teachers worldwide, is the largest K-12 education provider in the United States. UAE customers may access HMH’s leading resources, including comprehensive core curriculum programs, intervention and supplemental learning solutions and world-class professional development. HMH’s newest core programs—Into Math, Into Reading and Into Literature—are fully integrated solutions rooted in learning science that combine teacher support, data driven instructional practices and focused content architecture to accelerate growth for all K-12 learners.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ: HMHC) is a learning company committed to delivering integrated solutions that engage learners, empower educators and improve student outcomes. As a leading provider of K-12 core curriculum, supplemental solutions and professional learning services, HMH partners with educators and school districts to uncover solutions that unlock students’ potential and extend teachers’ capabilities. HMH serves more than 50 million students and 3 million educators in 150 countries, while its award-winning children’s books, novels, non-fiction and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visitwww.hmhco.com

Follow HMH on TwitterFacebook and YouTube.

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

Find Follett on Facebook, and follow on Twitter (@FollettLearning).

About Follett Corporation Follett.com
Follett Corporation is the world’s largest single source of books, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett provides education technology, services and physical and digital content to millions of students at 70,000 schools and more than 2,700 physical and virtual campus stores in North America. Through Baker & Taylor, Follett’s reach also extends to the public library and global retail markets.

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Learning Ovations Named SIIA Education Technology 2019 CODiE Award Finalist for Best Emerging Technology Solution

 

A2i Professional Support System earns prestigious industry recognition

 

IRVINE, CA —  (May 6, 2019) Learning Ovations, an organization dedicated to ensuring all children are reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade, today announced that the A2i Professional Support System was named a 2019 SIIA CODiE Award finalist in the Best Emerging Technology Solution category. Award finalists represent applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PreK-20 sector.

Learning Ovations’ deploys the ESSA-strong, research-based A2i Professional Support System, a technology platform that empowers K-3 educators to individualize instruction. Learning Ovations has conducted 13 years of rigorous research, seven randomized control trials, 2,000+ hours of classroom observations, 30+ peer review journals, proving that 94 percent of A2i students are able to read at, or above, grade level by the end of third grade. A2i is the only elementary education system that has conducted the highest level of research studies to confirm that teachers using A2i in their classrooms increase student outcomes.

“Learning Ovations is honored to be recognized as a CODiE finalist!” said Jay Connor, Founder and Chief Executive of Learning Ovations. “We successfully launched A2i in 114 schools during Fall 2018 and will expand into additional general education classrooms to support educators, so that we can radically improve reading outcomes on a systematic level. Thank you to SIAA for recognizing our rigorous research and transformative results.”

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries and have recognized product excellence for more than 30 years. The awards offer 76 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology. The A2i Professional Support System was honored as one of 139 finalists across the 32 education technology categories.

“The 2019 CODIE Award finalists represent the finest in innovation and creativity in educational technology,” said President Jeff Joseph at SIIA. “These breakthrough products are opening doors for learners of all ages by developing and utilizing new technologies to respond to diverse student and educator needs.”

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program. Educators and administrators serve as judges and conduct the first-round review of all education nominees. Their scores determine the SIIA CODiE Award finalists, and SIIA members then vote on the finalist products. The scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners.

Winners will be announced during a CODiE Award Celebration at the Ed Tech Industry Conference & CODiE Awardsin San Francisco on June 11.

Details about each finalist are listed at https://www.siia.net/codie/2019-Finalists

About Learning Ovations

Learning Ovations’ mission is to ensure all children can read at or above grade level by the end of third grade. Founded to bring evidence-based, rigorously tested interventions and instructional practices to schools, this social benefits corporation aims to raise learning outcomes for all students. Learning Ovations combines technology and professional development to provide educators with the tools, data, and know-how to effectively individualize literacy instruction from kindergarten through third grade. The patented, A2i technology platform, coupled with professional development, has been proven to raise reading achievement for all students. Employing a professional support system linking language and literacy assessment results to recommendations for specific amounts and types of reading instruction through evidence-based algorithms, it continuously demonstrates the disruptive, yet positively transforming notion that all children can achieve full literacy, leading to more productive, happier lives.

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards

The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence. For more information, visit siia.net/CODiE.

About Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA)

SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. Industry leaders work through SIIA’s divisions to address issues and challenges that impact their industry segments with the goal of driving innovation and growth for the industry and each member company.  This is accomplished through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations. For more information, visit siia.net.

 

 

MAY 3, 2019: LANDMARK COLLEGE NEW BACHELORS DEGREE, DISCOVERY UP FOR CODiE

LANDMARK COLLEGE APPROVED FOR NEW BACCALAUREATE DEGREE

Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Entrepreneurial Leadership will be the College’s fifth baccalaureate degree program

 

Putney, VT ─  ─ Landmark College, a global leader in educating neurodiverse students with learning differences, announced it has received approval from the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Entrepreneurial Leadership (BA-COMEL), starting in the Fall 2019 semester.

The BA-COMEL builds on Landmark College’s current Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies program with a concentration in Communication and also articulates with the A.A. in Business Studies. Eight full-time faculty members are assigned to deliver program-specific coursework, supplemented by faculty from Liberal Studies, Fine and Performing Arts and writing faculty from the Education Department.

“This new bachelor’s degree will focus on project management and will prepare our students for entry-level jobs in fields such as civic organizing, media production, public relations, management, and other positions that focus on organizational communication. This program will also foster our students’ natural entrepreneurial spirit and creative strengths that frequently drive development of their own businesses,” said Gail Gibson Sheffield, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Landmark College.

With the addition of the new BA-COMEL program, Landmark College will now offer five baccalaureate degrees, including Computer Science, Liberal Studies, Psychology, and Studio Art.

NECHE will conduct an on-site evaluation of the program within two years of its initiation.  In addition, Landmark College will prepare a report on the initial success of the programs in advance of the visit, in compliance with guidelines for accreditation.

About Landmark College: Landmark College was the first institution of higher learning to pioneer college-level studies for students with dyslexia. Today, Landmark College is a global leader in integrated teaching methods for neurodiverse students with learning disabilities (including dyslexia), ADHD, executive function challenges, and autism). The College offers bachelor’s and associate degrees, online dual enrollment for high schools, post-baccalaureate certificate programs, professional development credentials and training for educators and professionals, as well as summer programs for students. Students, faculty, and professionals from around the world are drawn to Landmark College for its innovative educational model, designed through research and practice to help all students become confident, empowered, and independently successful learners.

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Discovery Education STEM Connect Named SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award Finalist for Best Cross-Curricular Solution

 Cutting-Edge, Digital, Interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental Resource Earns Prestigious Industry Recognition–

 

Silver Spring, MD (May 2, 2019) Discovery Education, the leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms,today announced that STEM Connect was named a 2018 SIIA CODiEAward finalist in the Best Cross-Curricular Solution category. Finalists represent applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PreK-20 sector.

Discovery Education STEM Connect is an innovative and engaging digital interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource built on a 4Cs STEM skills framework. Built to bring STEM to life and enhance core curriculum, STEM Connect helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation. Featuring flexible, modular learning units, STEM Connect provides students an easy-to-follow educational experience through high-quality interdisciplinary resources that can be used in a wide variety of classrooms and across all subjects.

Among STEM Connect’s key features are:

  • Real-World Challenges– Inspired by the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges for Engineering and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, STEM Connect’s Real World Challenges inspire younger students to pursue solutions to personal, local issues while middle school students explore possible solutions to more complex, global problems.
  • Career Connections– STEM Connect provides students with opportunities to learn about diverse STEM careers in context and connects the skills they are using in the classroom to real situations around the world.
  • Content Connection Activities– Ranging from math and literacy to the arts and health, the Content Connection activities ask students to apply appropriate grade-level skills in various disciplines.
  • Hands-On Activities– By blending dynamic digital content with engaging opportunities for students to build, design, make, and create, STEM Connect offers a variety of hands-on activities for all students.
  • Global STEM Solution Seekers– STEM Connect users are part of a global community working to solve important real-world challenges. In select units, students connect via GlobalLab, a global student laboratory, to share data and collaborate with others around the world.

STEM Connect’s dynamic digital content also supports educators’ efforts to meet existing literacy goals.  Through informational text infused with fictional stories and characters, STEM Connect challenges students to solve relevant and engaging real-life problems as it deepens student engagement and builds depth of understanding.

Educators using Discovery Education STEM Connect are supported in their efforts to build cultures of STEM teaching and learning by the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

 

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries and have been recognizing product excellence for over 30 years. The awards offer 91 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology. Discovery Education STEM Connect was honored as one of 152 finalists across the 39 education technology categories.

 

“I am impressed by the level of innovation and creativity demonstrated by the 2018 CODiE award finalists. These products are opening doors for learners of all ages by developing and utilizing new technologies to respond to student and educator needs.” said Ken Wasch, President of SIIA.

 

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program. Educators and administrators serve as judges and conduct the first-round review of all education nominees. Their scores determine the SIIA CODiE Award finalists, and SIIA members then vote on the finalist products. The scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners.

 

“Discovery Education is honored by the CODiE Award judges’ recognition of STEM Connect,” said Scott Kinney, President of K-12 Education at Discovery Education.  “The validation by educators and administrators of our effort to provide students worldwide dynamic STEM learning experiences is incredibly gratifying.  This recognition encourages my colleagues and I as we develop and launch new digital curriculums and supplemental services that support the success of all learners.”

 

Winners will be announced during a CODiE Award Celebration at the SIIA Annual Conference & CODiE Awards in San Francisco on June 13.

 

Details about each finalist are listed at http://www.siia.net/codie/Finalists

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

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About Discovery Education:Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards:The SIIA CODiE Awards is the only peer-reviewed program to showcase business and education technology’s finest products and services. Since 1986, thousands of products, services and solutions have been recognized for achieving excellence.  For more information, visit siia.net/CODiE.