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NOVEMBER 15, 2018

KinderLab Robotics Announces Lower Pricing and a New Introductory KIBO Robot Kit Just in Time for the Holiday Season

 

The redesigned kits inspire kids ages 4–7 to create, design, decorate, and bring their robots to life—all without requiring screen time

 

(Washington, DC) November 15, 2018 — Today at the 2018 NAEYC Annual Conference, KinderLab Robotics, the creators of the KIBO™ robot kit, announced changes to two of their introductory robot kits. The entry-level KIBO 10 is now just $199, while the KIBO 14 has been replaced by the new KIBO 15 kit—with a lower price and a carefully chosen set of add-ons to introduce young learners to sensors and outputs. These new prices and features make the research-based, fun robots more exciting and more affordable in time for the holiday season.

 

KIBO is a playful, educational robot toy that engages even the youngest children in active science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) learning. With KIBO, children ages 4–7 can create, design, decorate, and bring their own robot to life—all without requiring screen time. Young learners create a coding sequence using the wooden programming blocks, scan their sequence with the barcode scanner built into the robot body, press KIBO’s button, and watch their creation go!

 

When children build, code, and decorate their own robot, they perceive it as play, but they are learning invaluable STEAM skills. Not only are these hands-on experiences inherently rewarding, but they help children understand the technology in their world and can even improve their future job prospects.

 

Changes to the KIBO product line include:

 

The KIBO 10 Robot Kit introduces young children to coding with basic programming and motion commands. The KIBO 10 kit has been repackaged without the custom, reusable plastic bin in order to reduce the cost of both the kit and its shipping. The kit is now priced at $199 (a price reduction of $30). Should customers want to purchase the KIBO 10 with its classic packaging, it is available for an additional cost.

 

The KIBO 15 Robot Kit includes everything in the KIBO 10 and adds an introduction to sensors and conditional programming, plus increased art capability. In addition to a sound sensor, a light bulb output, and additional programming blocks, KIBO 15 includes an art platform that children can decorate with arts and craft materials, turning their robot into any character they can imagine. The new KIBO 15 robot kit (which replaces the KIBO 14 kit) is priced at $299. A custom, reusable plastic bin is also available for an additional cost.

 

Mitch Rosenberg, the CEO of KinderLab Robotics, said, “Since the first shipment of KIBOs in 2014, KinderLab has strived to deliver robot kits that convey how much fun it is to create with and explore technology. We developed the new KIBO 15 to introduce some of the most interesting STEAM ideas to the youngest learners. For both the KIBO 10 and KIBO 15 kits, we redesigned the packaging so we could offer them at lower prices. By making KIBO even more affordable, we hope to get these research-based robot kits into the hands of every young child and get them excited about science, technology, engineering, arts and math!”

 

With KIBO, young children can become programmers, engineers, designers, artists, dancers, choreographers, and writers. The KIBO robot is based on more than 20 years of research in learning technologies and child development at Tufts University, including testing with thousands of children, teachers, and parents.

 

The redesigned KIBO 10 and the new KIBO 15 are available for purchase on the KinderLab Robotics web store, along with the KIBO 18 for $399 and the KIBO 21 for $499.

 

For a complete rundown of the features of each KIBO, please see the KIBO comparison chart.

 

About KinderLab Robotics, Inc.
KinderLab Robotics is the creator of KIBO, a robot kit based on 20 years of child development research, that enables young children to build, program, decorate, and run their own robot. Developed by Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers at Tufts University specifically for teachers, KIBO is used in 54 countries and has proven efficacy in helping kids learn STEAM—and get excited about it! KinderLab offers a complete suite of teaching materials that help integrate STEAM elements into a wide range of curricula, including art, cultural studies, and reading literacy. KIBO is a Winner in the Technology/Preschool category in 2018 Seriously STEM awards as well as numerous other awards. For more information, please visit KinderLabRobotics.com.

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Indiana Department of Education Approves Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic as a Norm-Referenced Assessment

Districts across the state can use the award-winning program for the 2018–2019 school year

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 15, 2018—The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) recently approved the use of Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic as a norm-referenced assessment for reading and mathematics in Grades K–8. This expands IDOE’s approval of the program, which is already on the state’s Approved Formative Assessment Program List. i-Ready Diagnostic is part of the award-winning i-Ready online diagnostic and instructional program, which supports learning for more than six million students nationwide.

By adapting to student responses and assessing a broad range of skills—including skills above and below a student’s chronological grade level—the i-Ready Diagnosticpinpoints student ability level and identifies the specific skills students need to learn to accelerate their growth. The program is currently being used by thousands of educators to support students in districts across Indiana.

“Our school has seen tremendous results by using the Diagnostic tool i-Ready provides,” said Darren Haas, principal of Southeast Fountain Elementary School in Veedersburg, Indiana. “Keeping a close eye on where the students are at the beginning, middle, and end of the year, along with Standards Mastery periodically in between, has been great! Our teachers are able to meet every student right where they are with no guessing of what each student actually understands.”

i-Ready Diagnostic provides educators with easy-to-use, comprehensive data to inform their targeting of instruction on a daily basis,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “Educators want to see both norm- and criterion-referenced data, and i-Ready provides both. We are proud to continue our support of thousands of Indiana educators as they use the program to support academic achievement for their students.”

For more information about the approved assessments, visit: DOE.IN.gov/Assessment.

About i-Ready

Built to address the rigor of the new standards, i-Ready’s mathematics and English language arts programs help students make real gains. i-Ready collects a broad spectrum of rich data on student abilities that identify areas where a student is struggling, measure growth across a student’s career, support teacher-led differentiated instruction, and provide a personalized instructional path within a single online solution.

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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Massachusetts’ Springfield Public Schools Deepens Commitment to Creating a Culture of Equity and Proficiency Through Expanded Partnership with Discovery Education 

-Math and Science Digital Resources to Support the Creation of Real-World, Technology-Rich, Learning Environments –

Silver Spring, MD (November 15, 2018)– Massachusetts’ Springfield Public Schools(SPS) has deepened its partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.  In the latest phase of this six-year partnership, SPS’s high school teachers will support the goal of building a districtwide culture of equity and proficiency through the creation of real-world, technology-rich, learning environments powered by Discovery Education’s award-winning digital resources.

In 2017, SPS released The Springfield Promise 2.0 : A Culture of Equity and Proficiency,  a strategic plan designed to help the 26,000-student school system build on recent academic gains. Springfield Promise seeks to accelerate the pace of the district’s remarkable improvements by focusing on four strategic priorities. SPS’s expanded partnership with Discovery Education specifically supports Springfield Promise’s Strategic Priority #2, which seeks to implement in every classroom an aligned, rigorous, curriculum built on standards and 21stCentury knowledge and skills.

“In the last six years, the Springfield Public Schools have made tremendous progress. Our graduation rate has gone from 55 percent in 2012 to almost 78 percent now, and we have cut our drop-out rate in half. Our students’ overall academic performance continues to improve, causing the state to release us from its previous Level 4 status and identify our district as “not requiring assistance or intervention” under a new accountability system,” said Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick. “As a district, we are fully committed to building upon those gains so we are very excited to deepen our partnership with Discovery Education. Their mission completely aligns with our vision for moving forward and we appreciate the fact that they bring an understanding of our history as we work towards our future.”

Since 2012, SPS teachers have used Discovery Education Streaming Plusto create dynamic  learning environments that support the growth and development of all students.  A comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, Discovery Education Streaming Plus helps build all students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information across every subject area.

In this new stage of SPS’s collaboration with Discovery Education, high school science and math teachers will soon begin integrating Discovery Education’s award-winning digital textbooks, or Techbooks, into classroom instruction.  Discovery Education’s Techbooks are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and are updated regularly at no cost. The series encourages all learners through interactive features that change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud. The Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips. Techbooks are platform neutral and can be used in one-to-one or one-to-many configurations and in any instructional environment.

SPS’s high school science teachers will soon begin using Discovery Education’s Science Techbookfor classroom instruction.  The Science Techbookwas built on the 5E model and helps students learn to read, write, and think like scientists through hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities. In addition, SPS high school math teachers will begin integrating Discovery Education’s Math Techbookinto learning activities.A digital textbook that connects students to math through real-world problems, Math Techbook helps all learners develop long-lasting mastery of mathematical concepts.

To ensure district teachers are optimizing their new digital resources, Discovery Education’s expert professional learning team will support district science and math teachers during their transition to the Techbook. Through the robust professional learning opportunities offered by Discovery Education, SPS educators will to maximize their new digital content to improve student academic achievement.

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

“Discovery Education is excited to be a part of Springfield Public Schools’ efforts to improve equity through the creation of technology-rich learning environments that facilitate the delivery of aligned, rigorous curriculum to all students,” said Discovery Education Partnership Manager Sara Peters. “The district’s administrators and teachers are united in their belief that the implementation of Springfield Promise will helpwrite the next chapter in the City of Springfield’s history and Discovery Education is ready to support this forward-looking initiative.”

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

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About Discovery Education
As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com

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SETDA Honors Jerome Browning, Alabama Department of Education
with 2018 State Leader of the Year Award
November 15, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) SETDA, the principal membership association of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders today announced Jerome Browning, former State E-Rate Coordinator for the Alabama Department of Education, as the recipient of the 2018 SETDA State Leader of the Year (SLY) Award. Browning Browning accepted the award at the 2018 SETDA Leadership Summit – Championing Education Leaders in the Digital Age in Arlington, Virginia. The annual SLY Award honors an active SETDA member who has exhibited exemplary national and state leadership in educational technology. The awardee actively supports districts in his or her state to improve digital learning opportunities for all students, collaborates with members and other peers nationally through SETDA initiatives and committees, and engages with the broader education and policymaking communities to advocate for the role of technology in advancing education.

Browning was recognized for his work at the Alabama Department of Education, however, he recently moved to Utah to serve as the E-Rate Coordinator for the Utah Education Network. Browning shared, “Through my active involvement with SETDA I have been able to obtain ideas and information that have been extremely useful in in my previous ventures in Alabama and I see no difference in this acquisition of knowledge in my upcoming ventures in Utah.”

“Jerome is absolutely a leader among leaders,” noted Tracy Weeks, Executive Director of SETDA. “He has been such an active part of SETDA’s committees, work with Broadband, and support at our events.”

“Jerome always looks to the future and never forgets the student’s and teachers’ ongoing challenges or how essential connectivity is to everything we do,” stated Sandy O’Neil from the New Jersey Department of Education. “He also ensures that each and every SETDA member benefits from SETDA meetings when they can’t be present.”

The full press release is posted here.

About SETDA
Founded in 2001, SETDA is the national non-profit association representing the interests of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leadership. SETDA’s mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information, please visit https://www.setda.org.
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NOVEMBER 14, 2018

Carolina Biological Supply Company Announces California Adopted New School Science Teaching Materials


Carolina’s Building Blocks of Science™ 3D among new grades K-8 materials selected to engage students and teach latest standards

SACRAMENTO, CA, Nov. 13, 2018 – Leading school science supplier Carolina Biological announced that California selected its science curriculum for adoption as one of 29 approved new teaching materials for the state’s science classrooms. The California Department of Education (CDE) set a high bar for publishers, requiring new science resources to support a student-driven, hands-on, and phenomena-based vision of the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS). After reviewing 34 programs in depth, the state formally adopted 29 of the new K-8 science instructional materials, including Carolina’s Building Blocks of Science™ 3D for students in grades K-5. This is the first time in more than a decade that the state has adopted new resources to help elementary and middle school teachers succeed in teaching students the latest science standards.

Adoption recommendations were made by a special committee, appointed by the CDE. The list of adopted science programs is posted on its website. Schools are not required to buy state-adopted resources, but if administrators or teachers choose to purchase them, the process is a lot faster and easier, since the resources have already passed CA’s extensive screening process.

Almost 20 expert science publishers, including Carolina, submitted for consideration new print and digital science materials that were written specifically to align with the state’s new standards. Carolina’s three-dimensional science investigation-based program turns students into scientists during short 30-minute investigations that easily fit into the school day for grades K-5. Delivering more than 900 digital science resources for teachers and students, the program consists of phenomena-rich investigations and meaningful engineering design challenges that put the experience in students’ hands. Carolina’s Building Blocks of Science 3D makes science engaging as students work in groups to drive their own investigations of science phenomena and learn through hands-on physical experiments and digital simulations.

 “Carolina is excited that our Building Blocks of Science 3D met the highest standards and expectations set by the California Department of Education, resulting in adoption of our program,” said Jim Parrish, President and CEO at Carolina Biological Supply Company. “Science education changed dramatically a couple of years ago, when CA led the country in implementing new standards and created its own new Science Framework. Carolina’s Building Blocks of Science 3D was specifically designed to help teachers address California’s Science Framework and the CA NGSS.”

Building Blocks of Science 3D

 

Carolina’s Building Blocks of Science 3D hands-on unit kits are for students in grades K to 5. This complete, phenomena-based program integrates engineering into every grade and includes everything teachers need for their entire class for every lesson with hands-on materials, print, and digital simulations and components for one all-inclusive price. The program is a core curriculum that combines interactive investigations, literacy components, and more than 900 digital resources to teach students science content and investigative skills. The program’s 99 digital simulations give a straightforward and quick way for teachers to assess student understanding. The custom-created simulations are directly tied to the phenomena in the short 30-minute investigations of each unit.

Students investigate real-world science phenomena. The CA Science Framework and new standards require students to be able to use what they know to make sense of phenomena and solve problems. The program meets this core need by providing challenging opportunities for them to apply their knowledge, as they build essential sense-making and problem-solving skills, in the process of demonstrating understanding.

CA NGSS Brings Positive Changes

The incorporation of the CA NGSS in schools brought many positive changes to science education and the creation of new instructional resources for CA teachers. The standards call for phenomena-based, hands-on science investigations by students. Students are actively engaged in hands-on activities and note-booking throughout Carolina’s programs in every lesson.

Science content overall was shifted and assigned to different grades. There are new topics, such as waves. Engineering is a requirement of the new standards, with engineering-specific core ideas. To fully address these standards, engineering and science concepts should be taught together, not separately. Carolina integrated engineering into lessons together with science topics into its program.

A shift from teacher-led to student-led learning in science increases students’ responsibility as they advance in grade levels. It is ideal to hear kids talking and buzz in the classroom. Teachers now want to see groups of kids all on task talking, engaged in discourse, working, engaged in what they are doing. They can float around their room and talk with a group, knowing others are still on task. Teachers seat kids together to work in pairs or fours and facilitate and encourage collaboration and discourse among students.

Innovator in Science Education

Carolina is an innovator in science education with programs that support teachers with everything they need to teach all students. Clear directions for each activity help teachers who are teaching new topics to quickly get started. Guiding questions are provided to help move through investigations. Tips, different ways to teach, addressing misconceptions, and differentiation strategies are also provided. Carolina’s Gold Standard Support to proactively help educators be successful with its science curriculum is included at no additional charge with Building Blocks of Science 3D and Carolina’s other digital core science programs for grades K-8.

For information, visit www.carolina.com/bbsca, call (800) 334-5551, or e-mailcascience@carolina.com.

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SETDA Honors Senator Ed Markey 2018 Federal Policy Maker of the Year Award
November 13, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) SETDA, the principal membership association of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders announced today Senator Ed Markey (MA) as the recipient of the SETDA Federal Policy Maker of the Year Award. Senator Markey was honored by SETDA at the 2018 Leadership Summit – Championing Education Leaders in the Digital Age in Arlington, Virginia, for his leadership and advocacy for access to broadband and educational technology as well his efforts to reinstate Net Neutrality guidelines.

“The fight for net neutrality is a fight for the future of education,” noted the Senator. “In 2018, American children use the internet to do their homework and access educational resources. Teachers go online to develop curricula and communicate with their students. Since the FCC repealed the rules that keep the internet open and free last year, I have been proud to join the chorus of educators and students across the country who have raised their voices in defense of the internet as we know it. I thank SETDA for this wonderful award and look forward to continuing this fight.”

“In the Digital Age, all students need access to high quality broadband in and out of school. Access to instructional content cannot be restricted if we want to truly leverage technology for learning,” noted Tracy Weeks, Executive Director of SETDA.

Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) served in the House of Representatives for 37 years before being elected to the Senate in 2013m, where he serves on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Markey has been a reliable champion for education, including fighting to ensure that students have access to broadband and education technology. As a House member, Markey was one of the chief architects of the E-rate program, through passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and he has fought to strengthen and expand the program since its inception. While in the House, Congressman Markey introduced the Internet Freedom Preservation Act, the first net neutrality bill introduced in Congress, to ensure that as the Internet continues to evolve, it remains a level playing field guided by the principles of openness, competition and innovation. He continued his Net Neutrality work in the Senate earlier this year by introducing a Congressional Review Act resolution designed to restore the Federal Communications Commission’s Net Neutrality regulations. The resolution was narrowly approved by the Senate and is currently pending before the House. Markey has also been an advocate for balanced data privacy protections, including by contributing to the creation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and by proposing improvements to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

The full press release is posted here.

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About SETDA
Founded in 2001, SETDA is the national non-profit association representing the interests of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leadership. SETDA’s mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information, please visit https://www.setda.org.

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Discover Expands Pathway to Financial Success in Schools Program with Discovery Education Offering Financial Education Curriculum to Middle School Students Across the Country

 

— Discover Survey Suggests Financial Education Courses Are Helping Americans Become More Confident with their Finances —

 

Riverwoods, Ill. (Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018) – Fifty-nine percent of Americans ages 18-26 who have taken a financial education course believe the lessons will save them more than $10,000 over the course of their lifetimes, according to a new survey from Discover.

Discover released the survey results today in conjunction with Discovery Education as the two companies announced their Pathway to Financial Success in Schools program will be extended to a younger age group: middle school students. The program provides comprehensive financial literacy curriculum free of charge through self-paced modules, classroom activities and family extension activities. The two companies launched a financial education curriculum for high school students last November.

The survey also revealed more than three quarters (78%) of respondents have taken a financial education course at some point in their lifetimes, and 81 percent of those who took a financial education course in college or as adults report feeling somewhat or very confident in their ability to make smart financial decisions.

“It’s encouraging to see younger Americans investing in their financial futures,” says Matt Towson, Director of Community Affairs for Discover. “It’s important to think of new ways to help Americans of all ages become more financially empowered and capable when it comes to their finances so they can take control of their financial future.”

“Our shared goal with Discover Financial Services is to provide immersive and engaging instruction to promote fiscal responsibility among young students,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “We are excited to expand the Pathway to Financial Success program in order to empower the next generation to make prudent and informed financial decisions.”

The survey showed more young consumers (ages 18-22) have taken financial education courses (80%) compared to those just a few years older than them (ages 23-26; 76%), which may suggest more schools may be offering financial education as part of their curriculum compared to a few years ago. Further, knowledge about whether schools are required to offer financial education courses seems to be increasing over time. The survey found 44 percent of consumers ages 18-22 live in a state where schools are required to offer financial education courses to students, compared to 35 percent of consumers ages 23-26.

“It’s exciting for educators to be empowered to teach students financial literacy and healthy money management habits. Through the ‘Pathway to Financial Success in Schools’ program, Discovery Education and Discover Financial Services are providing students nationwide with engaging tools that make it simple to understand how to make smart financial choices in every aspect of their lives,” said Jacqueline Prester, Business and Technology Teacher, Mansfield Public Schools, Massachusetts.

Since its inception in 2017, Pathway to Financial Success in Schools has made a profound impact on high schools across America. It has reached approximately 119,244 students nationwide and continues to empower high school students to achieve better financial futures.

Pathway to Financial Success in Schools resources are available at no cost at pathwayinschools.com and are also available through Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About Discover:

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America’s cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Global Network comprised of Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation’s leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in 190 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discover.com/company.

 

About Discovery Education:

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

NOV 9, 2018

iCivics is proud to announce that Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill into law yesterday giving Massachusetts one of the nation’s most innovative statewide civic education programs.
Specifically, the law:
  • Requires that all public schools teach American history and civics education.
  • Requires that all public schools provide students at the middle and high school levels with student-led civics projects.
  • Establishes a Civics Project Trust Fund which will be used to create a statewide civic infrastructure and provide professional development to teachers, prioritizing underserved communities in “school districts with high concentrations of economically disadvantaged students.”
  • Includes provisions to encourage voter registration and create opportunities for other vital forms of civic engagement.
We commend the Legislature, particularly Senator Harriet Chandler, as well asGovernor Baker and Secretary of Education Jim Peyser for their leadership.
This legislation will help ensure that students across the state will have access to a civic education curriculum that teaches them the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, fundamental knowledge about government, such as the functions of each branch and the electoral process, as well as key 21st century skills such as media literacy.
This is a critically important law, passed at a critically important moment for MA and our country. Massachusetts has leapt to the forefront of civics education, joining states such as Florida and Illinois in taking innovative steps to ensure that every young person is prepared for and engaged in civic life.
iCivics has supported this progress as a co-founding member of theMassachusetts Civic Learning Coalition, comprised of 20 civic education organizations, research institutions, school districts, and other leaders across the state committed to improving civic education across the state.
With thanks for your continued support,
Louise Dubé
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Discovery Education Services Ranked by THE Journal Readers Among Top Three Favorite Technologies Schools and Districts Added this Year 

Teacher Community, Science Techbook, and Streaming Services Recognized for Excellence in Multiple Categories-

Silver Spring, MD (November 8, 2018)– Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, ranked among the top three favorite technologies adopted by schools and districts this year according to the THE Journal’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards.

While Discovery Education’s services have been recognized by the THE Journal’s readers in previous years, this year the company pulled ahead of its peers to place in the Top Technologies Adopted in the Last 12 Months category.  Discovery Education stood alongside fellow winners Lexia and Google and earning the Silver Award on the strength of its digital textbooks or Techbooks, its supplemental Streaming Plus service, and professional learning resources.  In addition, educators voting for Discovery Education noted the powerful digital resources the company provides for STEM education, as well as the resources’ alignment to standards and ability to support differentiation.

Now in its fourth year, the 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards saw more than 1,000 classroom teachers, school administrators, instructional technologists, IT professionals, library and media staff and others vote for their favorite educational technology brands and products.

“This year, the Antwerp Public Schools partnered with Discovery Education on a new STEM initiative that leverages the company’s digital resources and professional development services to help our teachers’ create modern learning environments that will prepare our students for future success,” said Antwerp Public Schools (Ohio) Superintendent Dr. Martin Miller.  “This partnership has been a game changer for our district and I believe this initiative is the best thing we have ever done for teachers and students. Discovery Education’s placement among the winners in the Top Technologies Adopted in the Last 12 Months category is well deserved.”

In addition to being recognized among the Top Technologies Adopted in the Last 12 Months, the Discovery Educator Networkbested challengers Twitter and the Teaching Channel to take the first-place Platinum Award in the Favorite Education Networks/Professional Communities/Professional Development Systemscategory.  A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Educator Network connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

Discovery Education was also ranked by THE Journal readers among the top three content providers in the Best Science Program’s category, earning a Gold Award for the company’s Science Techbook. Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate (5E) model, each Science Techbook includes rich, standards-aligned content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Additional student features include bilingual text-to-speech and leveled reading tools and note-taking and highlighting capabilities.

The Science Techbook series also includes valuable STEM resources. STEM Project Starters encourage students to connect math, technology, and engineering to their understanding of science concepts to produce creative solutions to real world problems. In addition, the STEM In Action resources help students connect their work to STEM careers, which promotes a clearer understanding of how skills used in school can be applied to jobs “in the real world.”  Embedded formative assessment opportunities that help educators monitor student progress are embedded into each Techbook, and like all Discovery Education digital textbooks, the Science Techbooks work on any device.

Finally,Discovery Education Streaming Pluswas recognized with a Gold Award in the Favorite Other Education Toolcategory.  Discovery Education Streaming Plusis a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas that helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information across all subject areas. Students can access a variety of digital assets such as images, primary source documents, podcasts, articles, and videos, then are empowered to become content creators with a suite of content creation tools that help teachers and students safely and easily collaborate in real-time on virtual projects. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, and content collections organized around themes, as well as a collection of STEM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.

“Discovery Education is honored by this recognition and we thank not only THE Journals’ readers, editors, and everyone who voted in the 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, but also our school-based partners for trusting us to support their learning initiatives,” said Scott Kinney, Discovery Education’s President of K-12 Education.  “Each day, millions of educators give Discovery Education the opportunity to assist their important efforts to help each child reach their fullest potential.  We are grateful for the opportunity to serve those teachers and their students, and look forward to continuing to partner with educators around the world to support the success of all learners.”

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

 

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About Discovery Education
As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Discover Expands Pathway to Financial Success in Schools Program with Discovery Education Offering Financial Education Curriculum to Middle School Students Across the Country

 

— Discover Survey Suggests Financial Education Courses Are Helping Americans Become More Confident with their Finances —

 

Riverwoods, Ill. (Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018) – Fifty-nine percent of Americans ages 18-26 who have taken a financial education course believe the lessons will save them more than $10,000 over the course of their lifetimes, according to a new survey from Discover.

Discover released the survey results today in conjunction with Discovery Education as the two companies announced their Pathway to Financial Success in Schools program will be extended to a younger age group: middle school students. The program provides comprehensive financial literacy curriculum free of charge through self-paced modules, classroom activities and family extension activities. The two companies launched a financial education curriculum for high school students last November.

The survey also revealed more than three quarters (78%) of respondents have taken a financial education course at some point in their lifetimes, and 81 percent of those who took a financial education course in college or as adults report feeling somewhat or very confident in their ability to make smart financial decisions.

“It’s encouraging to see younger Americans investing in their financial futures,” says Matt Towson, Director of Community Affairs for Discover. “It’s important to think of new ways to help Americans of all ages become more financially empowered and capable when it comes to their finances so they can take control of their financial future.”

“Our shared goal with Discover Financial Services is to provide immersive and engaging instruction to promote fiscal responsibility among young students,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “We are excited to expand the Pathway to Financial Success program in order to empower the next generation to make prudent and informed financial decisions.”

The survey showed more young consumers (ages 18-22) have taken financial education courses (80%) compared to those just a few years older than them (ages 23-26; 76%), which may suggest more schools may be offering financial education as part of their curriculum compared to a few years ago. Further, knowledge about whether schools are required to offer financial education courses seems to be increasing over time. The survey found 44 percent of consumers ages 18-22 live in a state where schools are required to offer financial education courses to students, compared to 35 percent of consumers ages 23-26.

“It’s exciting for educators to be empowered to teach students financial literacy and healthy money management habits. Through the ‘Pathway to Financial Success in Schools’ program, Discovery Education and Discover Financial Services are providing students nationwide with engaging tools that make it simple to understand how to make smart financial choices in every aspect of their lives,” said Jacqueline Prester, Business and Technology Teacher, Mansfield Public Schools, Massachusetts.

Since its inception in 2017, Pathway to Financial Success in Schools has made a profound impact on high schools across America. It has reached approximately 119,244 students nationwide and continues to empower high school students to achieve better financial futures.

Pathway to Financial Success in Schools resources are available at no cost at pathwayinschools.com and are also available through Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About Discover:

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America’s cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Global Network comprised of Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation’s leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in 190 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discover.com/company.

 

About Discovery Education:

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

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Annual PBL World Conference Offers Educators Transformative Project Based Learning Experience

 

The Buck Institute for Education’s 8th annual conference provides three days of engaging and immersive professional development

 

Novato, California (Nov. 8, 2018) – Registration is now open for PBL World 2019, the Buck Institute for Education’s premier conference for Project Based Learning (PBL). The conference will take place June 18-20, 2019 (pre-conference session June 17), at American Canyon High School in Napa Valley.

For more information and to register, visit https://goo.gl/WAaoz5. The first 300 registrants will receive $250 off of the registration fee.

PBL World is a one-of-a-kind, multi-day event which brings together K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, and school and district leaders who want to begin or advance their Project Based Learning initiatives and connect with a community of their peers.

The conference features:

  • Buck Institute’s signature three-day immersive workshops based on Gold Standard PBL and designed to prepare participants to implement and build upon Project Based Learning initiatives in their schools and districts
  • Two pre-conference options: a Project Slice in which participants engage as learners in a project that models the features of the PBL process, and a brand new PBL+ series of workshops for experienced PBL educators interested in exploring the intersections between PBL and a specific discipline or school/district initiative.
  • Networking with like-minded educators from across the country and around the world
  • Keynotes from thought-provoking educators and student speakers

“We believe in the transformative power of Project Based Learning,” said Bob Lenz, executive director for the Buck Institute for Education. “PBL World is a fantastic opportunity to meet and connect with more than a thousand educators from all over the country and beyond, and gain valuable insight into both starting PBL at a school or district and taking a PBL initiative to the next level.”

About the Buck Institute for Education

At the Buck Institute for Education, we believe that all students—no matter where they live or what their background—should have access to quality Project Based Learning to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life.  Our focus is to build the capacity of teachers to design and facilitate quality Project Based Learning and the capacity of school and system leaders to set the conditions for teachers to implement great projects with all students. For more information, visit www.bie.org.

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Kansas’ Emporia Public Schools Are Driving Deeper Student Engagement in Science and Social Studies Through New Partnership with Discovery Education 

 

– High-Quality Content and Professional Learning Help District Educators Build Dynamic Digital Learning Environments Supporting the Success of All Learners-

Silver Spring, MD (November 6, 2018)– Through a new partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, Kansas’ Emporia Public Schools(EPS) is driving deeper student engagement in science and social studies lessons in classrooms across the district. Supported by Discovery Education’s unique blend of high-quality digital content and professional learning, the Emporia Public Schools are building dynamic digital learning environments that support the success of all learners.

Located between Topeka and Witchita, EPS seeks to provide the approximately 4,600 students it serves classroom experiences that demonstrate a balance of cognitive and social emotional development. Understanding that the key to driving increased student development is deeper student engagement, EPS partnered with Discovery Education to create science and social studies learning environments that mirror students’ interactions with technology outside the classroom.  This initiative kicked-off at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, when Discovery Education’s award-winning Scienceand Social Studies Techbookswere introduced into district classrooms.

Now integrated into science instruction in all K-12 science lessons, Discovery Education’s Science Techbook utilizes an inquiry-based format built on the Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate (5E) model, and includes rich, standards-aligned content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Additional student features include bilingual text-to-speech and leveled reading tools, and note-taking and highlighting capabilities.  The Science Techbooks series also includes valuable STEM/STEAM resources.

Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook, which is now used in all middle school social studies classrooms, uses an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy, analytical writing, and problem-solving skills that students will apply in the classroom and beyond. Each subject area includes primary source documents and activities, digital investigations, multimedia reference library, interactive maps, and more.  Discovery Education Streaming Plus, the comprehensive digital service that has helped EPS’s educators build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information since 2010 will continue to be used by educators across the district’s 11 schools.

“Each day the great team at the Emporia Public Schools comes to work with one mission in mind–to help each one of our students prepare today for tomorrow’s opportunities,” said EPS Superintendent Kevin Case. “In partnership with Discovery Education, we are building exciting digital classrooms that are engaging students and opening their minds to all the great possibilities in their future. This program initiative is off to a great start, and we look forward to the future successes of this effort.”

To ensure EPS teachers are optimizing their new Techbooks, Discovery Education’s professional learning team supported district educators during their transition to digital teaching and learning. Through the robust professional learning opportunities offered by these experts, EPS educators learned to maximize their new digital content to improve student academic achievement.

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

“The Emporia Public Schools have shown tremendous leadership in creating enriching, digital learning environments that parallels students’ use of technology in their lives outside the classroom,” said Discovery Education Partnership Manager Steven Weniger. “Superintendent Case, Executive Director of Elementary Education Vicki Schweinler, Executive Director of Secondary Education Wade Redeker, and the entire EPS team have shown wonderful vision and foresight throughout the planning of this initiative, and Discovery Education is proud to be a part of this effort.”

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

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About Discovery Education
As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education Unlock the Power of Testimony-Based Learning to

Inspire Students, Educators and Communities Nationwide

 

– ‘Teaching with Testimony’ Challenges Students to Employ Empathy, Build Critical Thinking Skills and Become Inspired to Create a Brighter Future –

– USC Shoah Foundation Collaborates with Partners to Commemorate 25th Anniversary of Schindler’s List with Exclusive Free Educational Screenings in 20 Markets –

 

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, November 5, 2018) – In an effort to spark a social movement against hatred in all forms, and to commemorate the 25th anniversary and re-release of Schindler’s ListUSC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, have partnered to create Teaching with Testimony – a new educational program that unlocks the powerful classroom potential of testimony. Drawing upon USC Shoah Foundation’s vast library of audiovisual testimony from survivors and witnesses of genocide, Teaching with Testimony empowers students to find their voices and take action for a better future.

“Testimony engages students in learning about universal themes around identity, discrimination and the impact of othering,” said USC Shoah Foundation Director of Education Claudia Ramirez Wiedeman. “Learning about people who endured the manifestations of hate can help young people build the skills they need to resist negative stereotypes and to become examples themselves for their peers.”

Comprised of a series of standards-aligned resources for middle and high-school students, Teaching with Testimony challenges students to employ empathy, build critical-thinking skills, and become inspired to create a brighter future after listening to first-hand accounts from survivors and witnesses of genocide. In addition to being deeply integrated into sections of Discovery Education’s Social Studies TechbookStreaming Content Collections, and Professional Learning offerings, the program includes digitally immersive classroom resources, a student video challenge, Virtual Field Trips, and activities that provide educators with the tools they need to teach students to ultimately counter hate and respond to injustice.

“We are proud to support USC Shoah Foundation’s leadership in heightening student awareness around critical issues that promote inclusion and equity in our world,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Discovery Education Lori McFarling. “The ‘Teaching with Testimony’ program empowers youth with digitally sophisticated, educationally immersive content that combats intolerance and challenges biases that impact us all.”

Additionally, to create enriching and exciting experiences outside of the classroom, USC Shoah Foundation has collaborated with Comcast Universal to sponsor exclusiveSchindler’s List free educational screenings on December 4th and 5th. The screenings will welcome high school students at select theaters in major markets to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the film’s release.

 

“As an educator, I have witnessed firsthand the positive responses from students as they engage in learning more about the world happening around them,” said Providence High School Technology Facilitator Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Conni Mulligan. “The introduction of real testimonies from survivors to the classroom will incite an even greater change in the community because students will experience a sense of connectivity to the subject.”

Teaching with Testimony is rooted in the belief that one person can make a difference. It invites educators, students, parents and communities to create positive action byviewing powerful testimony from survivors and witnesses of genocides to evoke of sense of shared global citizenship and a call to make the world a better place. As USC Shoah Foundation founder Steven Spielberg has said, “we show the power of random acts of kindness because the best way to teach empathy is by using the power of example.”

Teaching with Testimony resources are available at TeachingwithTestimony.com and are integrated into Discovery Education’s Social Studies TechbookStreaming andEspresso. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About USC Shoah Foundation:

USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education is dedicated to making audio-visual interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, a compelling voice for education and action. The Institute’s current collection of more than 55,000 eyewitness testimonies contained within its Visual History Archive preserves history as told by the people who lived it, and lived through it. Housed at the University of Southern California, within the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Institute works with partners around the world to advance scholarship and research, to provide resources and online tools for educators, and to disseminate the testimonies for educational purposes. Visual History Archive® is a registered trademark of USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education Reg. U.S. Pat & Tm. Off.

 

About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education atDiscoveryEducation.com.

 

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Follett Unveils ‘Classroom Ready Collections’

New offerings are curated from OERs, standards-aligned and feature array of key resources for teachers, students

MCHENRY, Ill., Nov. 5, 2018 — Follett today announced it has launched pre-built, standards-aligned collections that have been curated from open educational resources (OERs) by the company’s team of former K-12 classroom teachers. Designed to be seamlessly integrated into instruction, “Classroom Ready Collections” include lesson plans, activities, videos, interactives, and worksheets that are easily searchable and discoverable within Follett Destiny.

“Built by teachers for teachers, Classroom Ready Collections is in response to our customers who wanted to grow and expand their standards-aligned instruction but didn’t have the time to search and discover standards-aligned tools and resources for their classrooms,” said Nader Qaimari, president, Follett School Solutions. “Our curations team—which has invested more than 3,000 hours to curate the content—has done the work for them. By reviewing both student and teacher materials found on the web, and then organizing those resources into their respective collections by standard, Classroom Ready Collections will save teachers a great deal of planning and research time.”

Classroom Ready Collections are aligned to national standards and available for K-12 science, social studies and ELA for elementary, middle, and high school students. Unlike many tools that aggregate OERs, teachers will never stumble upon a dead link, Qaimari explained. Classroom Ready Collections are always live plus include a Follett-created feature called Nightly Checker, as each site is checked each evening to ensure it is still active and appropriate for users of all ages. He said Nightly Checker will provide an additional level of reassurance for teachers that the OER content they use in their classrooms is readily available, relevant and safe for their students.

“For teachers, Classroom Ready Collections are an entry point into the world of Follett Destiny,” Qaimari said. “These collections are the first step along the way of sharing everything Destiny can offer to support the classroom and support instruction.”

He added Classroom Ready Collections address key goals for teacher-librarians and Future Ready Librarians (FRL), including empowering students as creators and supporting collaboration between the classroom and library. With its support of Future Ready Schools and its work with FRL initiative, Follett has been at the forefront of helping to transform libraries and change the conversation about the role of the librarian.

“Classroom Ready Collections are here and we are excited,” said Suzy Ferrell, director of library media services, Clear Creek (TX) Independent School District. “The collections are organized by content, are maintained for website accuracy, and are vetted for educational appropriateness—three must-haves for today’s busy educators. As librarians, we understand and appreciate the amount of time it takes to curate materials, so we are excited that Follett has a team of specialists who are leading the way and working to support classrooms and libraries with digitally curated resources.”

Classroom Ready Collections are available now as a subscription product through Destiny Library Manager (version 15.0 or newer). For more information, visithttp://k12.follett.com/crc.

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

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

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, entertainment products, 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 2,850 physical and virtual campus stores in North America. Through Baker & Taylor, Follett’s reach also extends to the public library an

FOR THE WEEK OF OCT 29, 2018

Today, as part of the New Skills for Youth initiative, Advance CTE released Expanding Middle School CTE to Promote Lifelong Learner Success. This report aims to help states unpack the potential approaches to expanding and ensuring high-quality middle school Career Technical Education (CTE) options.
In recent years, a number of states have invested resources and supports to expand exploratory and introductory CTE coursework and opportunities in middle schools. This trend is likely to continue with the recent passage of the Strengthening Career Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), which now allows states to use Perkins funding to support CTE in as early as the fifth grade.

The report examines state approaches to middle school CTE in NebraskaOhioUtah and North Carolina. Learn about the major considerations for states when implementing or expanding middle school CTE.

Expanding Middle School CTE to Promote Lifelong Learner Success was developed through the New Skills for Youth initiative, a partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers, Advance CTE and Education Strategy Group, generously funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co. 
READ THE REPORT HERE  https://careertech.org/resource/expanding-middle-school-cte

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Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation Awards Grant to The Reading League

The Reading League will scale up its training model to expand nationally with $4 million grant and $5 million pledge

(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) — The Reading League, a Central New York nonprofit organization that trains educators on evidence-based practices to improve reading instruction, has received a grant of $4 million to expand its programs nationally. Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation has awarded the three-year grant, along with a $5 million pledge for an endowment fund.

The Reading League will use the grant to expand its mission of increasing the awareness, understanding, and use of evidence-based reading instruction to improve literacy rates in the United States.

“This is a powerful vote of confidence in our mission,” said Dr. Maria Murray, founder, CEO, and Chief Academic Officer of The Reading League. “We are extremely grateful for Pleasant Rowland’s vision and dedication to helping teachers improve the way they teach reading.  We have long admired her commitment to scientifically-based reading instruction.” The Reading League is creating a fund with the Central New York Community Foundation for management of this grant and other future gifts.

Pleasant Rowland, creator of American Girl, is a noted educator, business leader, and philanthropist whose career began as a primary-grade teacher. Her lifelong interest in teaching children to read grew from her classroom experience and ultimately led to her authorship of reading and language arts programs used widely for over 40 years in schools throughout the country. She said, “Reading is at the heart of all achievement. Without it, the American dream is out of reach. With it, anything is possible.”

For more information, visit The Reading League’s website at www.thereadingleague.org.

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New Digital STEM-Career Curriculum Takes High-School Students Behind-the-Scenes with Scientists and Engineers Working on Life-Saving Technologies

 

(Bethesda, Md., Tuesday, October 30, 2018) Lockheed Martin has partnered with Discovery Education on Generation Beyond: Aviation, a digital STEM curriculum that takes students behind-the-scenes with Lockheed Martin engineers and scientists to solve real-world technology challenges, from fighting wildfires to making flight suits for military pilots safer.

Learn more about the new Generation Beyond: Aviation curriculum: generationbeyondinschool.com.

Through video challenges, a virtual field trip at Lockheed Martin’s famous Skunk Works® and surprise STEM lab takeovers in select U.S. high schools, the Generation Beyond: Aviation curriculum will engage students in learning about a range of cutting-edge technology areas, applying critical thinking skills, discovering the exciting work a STEM career can offer and hearing directly from people who are doing that exciting work today.

Generation Beyond: Aviation uses the excitement of aerospace to inspire and educate high school students about STEM careers,” saidMichele Evans, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Aeronautics business. “We’re challenging high school students to think differently, take risks, innovate and collaborate – skills that are necessary to succeed in today’s high-tech economy.”

Lockheed Martin launched Generation Beyond in 2016 in partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.

 

“Discovery Education and Lockheed Martin believe that immersive experiences activate holistic learning, and together, through ‘Generation Beyond: Aviation,’ our goal is to advance the next generation by reimagining the workforce of tomorrow,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “We are proud of this expansion of the ‘Generation Beyond’ initiative and we are confident that it will deliver meaningful experiences that prepare today’s students for future STEM-skill mastery, aeronautic exploration and 21st-centruy success.”

Learn more about Lockheed Martin’s Generation Beyond STEM education program. Learn more about Lockheed Martin’s commitment toSTEM education.

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About Lockheed Martin:

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. This year, the company received three Edison Awards for groundbreaking innovations in autonomy, satellite technology and directed energy. Learn more at www.lockheedmartin.com.

About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

WEEK OF OCTOBER 19

Dr. Marina Bers Named Chair of Tufts University’s Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development

Using research as a platform, Dr. Bers has influenced early childhood educators around the world


(Waltham, MA) October 24, 2018 — Dr. Marina Bers has been named the new department chair of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. This appointment puts Dr. Bers at the forefront of one of the country’s leading departments serving children, youth, and families. With her new appointment, Dr. Bers will continue to explore and research how young students learn to be creators and collaborators with technology and with each other.

In addition to being named department chair, Dr. Bers is also the director of the DevTech Research Group at Tufts University, where she leads the team researching the impact of computational thinking and coding education in early childhood. With her team, she conducts original and peer-reviewed research into the value of these skills for children in society.

Dr. Bers’ research has led her to design several programs for children in pre-K through 2nd grade that center on an open-ended curriculum enabling student-driven exploration. These programs include the KIBO robot, a developmentally appropriate robotics construction set; and ScratchJr, a visual, block-based programming language for tablets. She describes how coding is seen as a “new language,” and how it can be presented in a playful context, merging STEM/STEAM and coding with social-emotional learning.

Dr. Bers said, “I am honored to have been appointed as the new chair of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. Although I have been a professor at Eliot Pearson since 2001, my own doctoral training is not as a developmentalist, but as a designer of technologies for children. As a designer, my goal is to lead our department into the 21st century by creating new opportunities for doing research and applied work that is both scholarly and meaningful, and that will have a significant and positive impact on the lives of children and families around the world.”

Through her efforts at both the DevTech Research Group and the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Dr. Bers has taught and guided thousands of students to become educators and practitioners working with pre-K through 2nd-grade children in diverse educational settings such as schools, museums, libraries, and daycare centers.

Heather Lee, a current student at the Early Childhood Technology program and leader of early education at the Idaho STEM Action Center, described her experience. “Dr. Bers’ Early Childhood Technology graduate certificate program has opened so many doors for the intentional, developmentally appropriate, and playful offerings of technology to the youngest citizens of my state. I am voraciously learning everything I can to be a conduit for Idaho at a time when early STEM has become a lens through which we support statewide early education efforts.”

Dr. Bers has written multiple books, articles, and research studies based on her decades of work with young children and their development. Her latest book, Coding as a Playground, draws on her ongoing and groundbreaking research within the field of creative technology in early childhood education. In addition to her published work, Dr. Bers discussed her unique approach to helping young children explore STEM thinking, including both programming and engineering/building, in her 2014 TEDx talk, “Young programmers — think playgrounds, not playpens.”

About Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers

Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers is a professor and department chair at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. She also heads the interdisciplinary Developmental Research Group at the University. Her research involves the design and study of innovative learning technologies to promote children’s positive development.

Dr. Bers performed her undergraduate studies in Social Communication at Buenos Aires University and received a Master’s degree in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University as well as a Master of Science and PhD from the MIT Media Laboratory, where she worked with Seymour Papert, whose ideas and inventions transformed how millions of children around the world create and learn.

Her recent research focuses on how new technologies such as robotics and programming languages extend the possibilities of traditional learning manipulatives that can be successfully used to promote math, science, technology, and engineering education in early childhood alongside socio-emotional development and the arts. One of the tools she developed is the KIBO robot, which is designed for children 4 to 7 years old and can be programmed with wooden blocks without using keyboards or screens. Dr. Bers co-founded the start-up KinderLab Robotics, Inc. to commercialize KIBO and make it available worldwide.

Dr. Bers is passionate about using the power of technology to promote positive development and learning for young children. For more information, see her 2014 TEDx talk, “Young programmers — think playgrounds, not playpens.”

WEEK OF OCTOBER 22

Reading Horizons Launches Online Dyslexia Screener at No Cost

Inspired by research on the effectiveness of early remediation, a group of reading specialists developed the screener to help educators identify and support students with dyslexia

 

(Salt Lake City, UT) October 18, 2018 — In honor of dyslexia awareness month, Reading Horizons, a leading provider of literacy solutions for the Prek-12 education market, has launched a complimentary online dyslexia screener. Parents and educators can access the non-diagnostic risk screener to identify indicators of dyslexia, with the goal being earlier recognition and intervention. Studies show that approximately 10-20% of students struggle with factors related to dyslexia. The announcement came during the company’s second-annual Online Dyslexia Summit on Thursday, October 18.

 

Dyslexia impacts virtually every experience a student will have in the classroom. Research shows that if a student is identified and receives targeted remediation by 1st grade, the educational consequences of dyslexia can be greatly reduced. The screener was developed by a team of reading and dyslexia specialists including psychologist Dr. Richard Selznick, author of several books on dyslexia and learning issues, who served as a consultant. The primary research sources for the screeners include Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz and Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties, by David A. Kilpatrick, as well as several studies. Links to the research behind each question are available on the screener.

 

“Schools benefit by screening students, whether they have characteristics of dyslexia or not, since many educators may be unfamiliar with the signs of dyslexia. This is a good first step in obtaining valuable information,” said Donell Pons, a reading and dyslexia expert and co-developer of the screener. “Informal screening that includes information from parents and educators can be done quickly and is an effective tool that can be completed at no cost. When teachers know what to look for, they are better able to support their students.”

 

The screener is available in four versions: one each for four- and five-year olds, six-and seven-year olds, eight-years old and above, and adults. Each screener includes questions focused on the specific indicators of dyslexia that are developmental or appear as reading tasks become more complex. Parents are invaluable as a source of information to determine if there is a family history of reading problems, and other early risk-factors such as a child’s delay in speaking, difficulty with rhyming, or retaining letter names and sounds.

 

Once the screener has been completed, a list of the responses is generated, along with recommendations based on the number of identified indicators. To learn more about how to identify, accommodate, and support students with dyslexia, watch Reading Horizons’ second-annual Online Dyslexia Summit.

 

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

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Mississippi’s Columbia School District Selects Discovery Education to Support Innovative Before- and After-School Programs for All Students 

– School System to Use Discovery Education Streaming Plus to Create Digital Learning Environments in Extracurricular Settings–

Silver Spring, MD (October 24, 2018)– Mississippi’s Columbia School District(CSD) announced today it has selectedDiscovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, as its partner in creating digital learning environments in its before and after school programs. By integrating Discovery Education’s award-winning digital content into its innovative X-STREAMextracurricular program, the Columbia School District is creating one-of-a-kind digital learning experiences that increase participating students’ love of learning.

CSD is committed to ensuring that all students reach their potential to become responsible, productive citizens through a quality K-12 education. To reach this goal, the district utilized Federal funds to create the X-STREAM program, which helps students meet state and local standards in core academic subjects, particularly in reading, science, and math.  Focusing on X-ing out learning gaps by providing eXplicit instruction and eXperiences in STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math), X-STREAM offers participants a broad array of enrichment activities that complement the students’ regular academic programs.

The X-STREAM before school programs “XL Period” operate five days per week for 45 minutes per day immediately before the regular school day.  The X-STREAM after school programs “Power Hour” operate three days per week for two hours per day immediately following the regular school day.  During the program hours, students have time to explore hands-on activities, complete individual assignments, or work collaboratively in small groups while acquiring 21stcentury skills. Beginning later this fall, X-STREAMwill be supported by Discovery Education’s Streaming Plusdigital content service.

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is an award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. The streaming service helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information. Students can access a variety of digital assets including images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, articles, videos, interactives, and more, and are empowered to become content creators with a suite of content creation tools that help teachers and students safely and easily collaborate in real-time on virtual projects. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, interactive learning courses, and content collections organized around themes, as well as a collection of new STEM/STEAM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.

“Every member of the Columbia School District team is dedicated to making sure that each of our students graduates prepared for success in college or the career of their choice,” said Lisa White, Columbia School District’sDirector of Federal Programs. “Initiatives like our X-STREAM program are critical to this effort and we believe Discovery Education’s digital content will play an important role in motivating our students to come to the program to learn in a new and fascinating way.”

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

“Discovery Education is proud to be a part of Columbia School District’s efforts to support the success of all students,” said Hope Johnson, Discovery Education’s National Partnership Coordinator. “We look forward to supporting educators across the district as they create unforgettable learning experiences for students participating in the X-STREAM program.”

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

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About Discovery Education

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Students Invited to Take a Peek into the Future of Mobility 

 

Toyota and Discovery Education Hosts Virtual Field Trip on Cars of the Future: Artificial Intelligence and Automated Vehicles

 

Immersive Educational Experience to Explore STEM Concepts set for Oct. 30

 

Plano, Texas and Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, October 23, 2018) – Rather than take a bus on a field trip, this October, Toyota and Discovery Education will bring the latest in automotive technology to students in their classrooms.

Toyota Research Institute in Ann Arbor, Michigan is opening its doors to middle and high school students nationwide through a free Virtual Field Trip. The live event, Cars of the FutureArtificial Intelligence and Automated Vehicles, will explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts through an in-class activity. Students will see how TRI is using artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics to develop smarter automated vehicles. To assist teachers, an educator guide for the Virtual Field Trip isavailable for download.

“Toyota is working on cutting-edge AI research, and we are excited to show students how we are applying that to vehicle automation and robotics to ignite their passion in STEM,” said Ryan Eustice, senior vice president of Automated Driving, Toyota Research Institute.

Students will also get an insiders’ tour of the University of Michigan’s Mcity, the one of a kind urban test facility where industry, government and academia come together to improve transportation, safety, sustainability and accessibility for the benefit of society.

The Ann Arbor Public Schools in Ann Arbor, Michigan are one of hundreds of school districts across the U.S. expected to participate in the Virtual Field Trip.

“Students will be able to see how the curriculum and hands-on skills we practice daily are implemented into the technological world around them; specifically, in the real-world work at Toyota,” explains Tom Pachera, Ann Arbor Public Schools STEAM Coordinator.

The Virtual Field Trip is the part of Toyota’s TeenDrive365 initiative, which offers a range of content, tools and resources designed specifically for educators, teens and parents. Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, these resources include: standards-aligned lesson plans for grades 9-12; activities that teach appropriate behaviors for young drivers and passengers.

“The TeenDrive365 ‘Cars of the Future’ Virtual Field Trip will unlock the potential of innovation in classrooms across the country and help students explore the progression of vehicles from present through far in the future,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education.

Event Details:

What: Cars of the Future: Artificial Intelligence and Automated Vehicles

 

When:  Oct. 30 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

How: Register by clicking here or visit http://teendrive365inschool.com/educators/field-trip and download materials.

Viewers nationwide are encouraged to engage in the virtual premiere using #TD365VFT via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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About TeenDrive365:
TeenDrive365
 is a comprehensive program designed by Toyota and Discovery Education to help teens avoid distractions and stay safe behind the wheel. The initiative offers a range of content, tools and resources designed specifically for educators and teens. Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, these resources include: standards-aligned lesson plans for grades 9-12; activities that teach appropriate behaviors for young drivers and passengers; Heads Up! – an Interactive Road Distraction Challenge that allows teens to virtually experience some of the dangers of distracted driving; and a collection of online events, tools and social media elements that underscore how teens can make a difference by driving safely.

 

About Toyota Research Institute: 
Toyota Research Institute is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor North America under the direction of Dr. Gill Pratt. The company, established in 2015, aims to strengthen Toyota’s research structure and has four initial mandates: 1) enhance the safety of automobiles, 2) increase access to cars to those who otherwise cannot drive, 3) translate Toyota’s expertise in creating products for outdoor mobility into products for indoor mobility, and 4) accelerate scientific discovery by applying techniques from artificial intelligence and machine learning. TRI is based in the United States, with offices in Los Altos, Calif., Cambridge, Mass., and Ann Arbor, Mich. For more information about TRI, please visit https://www.tri.global.

 

About Discovery Education:

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Discovery Education and the Drug Enforcement Administration Launch National Event that Connects Students with Real-World Stories of Loss, Triumph and Learning at the Frontlines of the Opioid Epidemic

 

— Students invited to participate in ‘Opioid Crisis: Real People. Real Stories. Real Science.’ Virtual Field Trip on October 25 —

— Part of Operation Prevention, the Nation’s Leading Prevention Education Program Available at No-Cost to Communities Nationwide —

 

Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, October 18, 2018) – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Discovery Education are expanding Operation Prevention, the no-cost, standards-aligned, science-based initiative for parents, teachers and students, by introducing the 3rd in a series of dynamic Virtual Field Trips. As part of DEA’s Red Ribbon Week campaignOpioid Crisis: Real People. Real Stories. Real Science. will broadcast on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT, providing middle and high school students with information on how addiction starts through first-hand accounts from survivors of drug misuse. The immersive virtual event will also introduce students to the science behind addiction and underscore the impact of the opioid epidemic in communities that have been hardest hit.

 

“Drug addiction, just like any addiction, isn’t limited to one group of people or community,” said Sean Fearns, chief of community outreach, DEA. “‘Opioid Crisis: Real People. Real Stories. Real Science.’ is an extension of our efforts to combat the opioid epidemic one person at a time. We believe one of the best ways to fight addiction before it starts is to empower families and teachers to openly communicate with their children and students about the opioid crisis.”

During Opioid Crisis: Real People. Real Stories. Real Science., students nationwide will be transported from their classrooms to see the real faces of addiction and hear personal stories behind initial experimentation and movement from trial, to usage, to addiction. This virtual experience aims to connect students with real people who have been affected by the opioid epidemic in order to inspire a deeper understanding of the dangers of experimentation and the benefits of drug-free living.

The Virtual Field Trip will allow viewers to meet two retired professional football players who understand the pressures of playing football through pain and now focus their efforts on discussing alternative pain management options with young athletes. Students will also be introduced to a young musician who played at Carnegie Hall as a teenager before becoming addicted, whose efforts now support musicians in recovery. Finally, students will hear from a family that has been plagued for three generations by opioid addiction. Their collective stories of challenge, triumph and learning will underscore the far-reaching impact of the opioid crisis. No matter how addiction begins, recovery from addiction is a struggle.

“Discovery Education is proud to expand the reach of ‘Operation Prevention’ with this dynamic Virtual Field Trip in order to further address a growing epidemic that is impacting every classroom, every community and every corner of the country,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “By focusing on prevention education with a science-based approach – anchored in the youth voice – ‘Operation Prevention’ gives students opportunities to share their stories, engage with their peers and to play a visible role in stemming the tide of young people who fall victim to the pipeline of addiction.”

 

Operation Prevention equips teachers, parents, students and communities with digital tools to initiate life-saving conversations about the opioid epidemic. The program’s immersive resources – focused on the science of addiction – include standards-aligned digital lessons, a self-paced e-learning module, a Virtual Field Trip series for classrooms, and a nationwide peer-to-peer video challenge that encourages teens to educate their peers about how drug use affects the brain and body. Since launching during the fall of 2016, Operation Prevention’s immersive English and Spanish-language tools have reached more than three million students ages 8 to 18. Additionally, an Operation Preventionpublic service announcement (PSA) aired on Discovery Communications networks has reached more than eight million homes to date. Operation Prevention efforts have expanded through the Operation Prevention Pledge – which brings together educators, advocacy organizations, businesses, think-tanks, and social impact groups – to encourage millions more young people to learn about the science behind addiction. The pledge also encourages the nation’s youth to live drug-free lives.

“Every day, another family is forced to deal with the overwhelming reality of an opioid addiction. Working together, we can truly make a difference in the rapidly growing epidemic that is affecting our youth in unprecedented numbers around the country,” said Cheryl Lykowski, Elementary School Teacher, Monroe Road Elementary, Bedford Public Schools. “‘Operation Prevention’s’ digital tools, PSA, and deeply engaging Virtual Field Trips are purposeful in equipping communities with the right information to tackle this problem and begin lifesaving conversations.”

Operation Prevention materials are available at OperationPrevention.com and also through Discovery Education Streaming Plus, where users can access the full range of student and teacher facing resources, in addition to an on-demand archive of the Virtual Field Trips and youth-created PSAs. To learn more about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 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 www.justthinktwice.comwww.getsmartaboutdrugs.com

and www.dea.gov.

About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Follett Supports Safe Schools by Partnering with CrisisGo

‘Safe Classroom’ solution provides emergency alerting communication system

MCHENRY, Ill., Oct. 23, 2018 — In support of making every staff member, teacher and student safer at their schools, Follett today announced it is partnering with CrisisGoto sponsor the release of their Safe Classroom product to PreK-12 Schools nationwide free of charge.

Supported by the School Superintendents Association (AASA), Safe Classroom is an emergency alert crisis management application for PreK-12 schools that allows building staff to send an audible alert, enable two-way communications to every computer or mobile device in the school, and automatically escalate to the appropriate first responders. CrisisGo’s customer base includes more than 14,000 schools and organizations, including large districts such as Boston Public Schools, and its Safe Classroomproduct is currently in more than 6,000 buildings as part of an arrangement with the AASA.

“CrisisGo is excited to partner with Follett to provide a free safety alerting and communication tool to their customers across the country,” said Bill Reynolds, co-founder of CrisisGo. “Safe Classroom offers school districts mobile and desktop technology that gives staff instant lockdown alerts and enhances two-way communications during live crisis events. Rolling out Safe Classroom is easy with mass deployment to all computers and takes minimal IT and administration staff to deploy.”

Nader Qaimari said it is time to get Safe Classroom in every school across America.

“It’s the unfortunate reality we live in but it’s incumbent to do everything we can to protect schools and classrooms across America,” said Qaimari, president, Follett School Solutions. “Follett is proud to partner with Bill and his team at CrisisGo, which has created a state-of-the-art emergency alerting and communication system.”

For more information about CrisisGo’s Safe Classroom, visit www.crisisgo.com/offers/safe-classroom.

For more information about Follett, visit www.FollettLearning.com. For more information about CrisisGo, visit www.crisisgo.com.

About CrisisGo | www.CrisisGo.com

Chosen by over 14,000 schools and organizations, CrisisGo’s comprehensive platform takes school safety to the next level by streamlining safety communication, enhancing emergency alerting and response, facilitating access to safety protocols, providing a system for awareness and prevention, and granting access to safety resources on all computers and mobile devices. Learn more atwww.crisisgo.com.

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

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, entertainment products, 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 more than 2,850 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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Illuminate Education’s SchoolCity Product Suite Improves Efficiency with Certification from IMS Global Learning Consortium 
SchoolCity products acquire conformance certification for the latest versions of four key IMS Global standards across its product lineup

Irvine, Calif. (October 22, 2018) – To fulfill its promise to provide collaborative solutions to educators, Illuminate Education, the leading K-12 Education Intelligence Platform (EIP), announces that its suite of SchoolCity personalized learning solutions is IMS Global Standards certified. Through this certification, Illuminate Education is meeting its pledge to open standards in light of the critical needs of schools and districts to standardize the usability of digital teaching and learning tools across the curriculum.

“By becoming IMS Global certified, Illuminate continues to demonstrate a sincere commitment to interoperability standards,” said Jason Naile, director of instructional technology and media at Forsyth County Schools in Georgia. “Working with partners who commit to IMS Global specifications lessens the burden on school districts and educators, reduces costs and implementation times, minimizes risk when procuring new products, and thus provides great value at the classroom level.”

For the full release, click here.

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Follett Challenge Launches 2019 Contest

Acclaimed children’s author Kwame Alexander will serve as judge, plus make personal visit to Grand Prize-winning school

 

MCHENRY, Ill., Oct. 22, 2018 – The Follett Challenge launches its eighth annual contest today and this year’s entrants will have additional incentive to capture the Grand Prize. In addition to winning $60,000 in Follett products and/or services, the winning school will receive a personal visit from Kwame Alexander, one of the country’s most acclaimed and innovative children’s book authors, as part of the award celebration.

Alexander, a New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Medalist, also will serve as a judge for the 2019 Follett Challenge, which is open now for entries through Dec. 14.

Follett again will reward a total of $200,000 USD in products and/or services to schools/districts with innovative educational programs that teach 21stcentury skills to students. All public and private K-12 schools/districts in the United States, Canada, and Australia are eligible to apply.

The contest’s first seven years has recognized schools of all sizes and demographics. Alaska’s Tudor Elementary School, part of the Anchorage School District, won the 2018 Grand Prize. The K-6 school, with 346 students, was honored for its “Young Global Citizens” program, which showcases what it means for their students to be global citizens, how it impacts their learning, their perspectives on the world, and the impacts they can have on it.

“Winning the Follett Challenge has been a validating motivation for our students that the world recognizes children can be change makers as young global citizens,” said Michelle Carton, librarian, Tudor Elementary School. “The passion to do more, learn more, and be more is a driving force thanks to Follett’s gracious award.”

Two semifinalists and 10 “People’s Choice” winners also were honored in the 2018 Follett Challenge, including schools in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, and Texas. For a complete look at all the Follett Challenge winners over the years, visithttps://follettchallenge.com/winners/pastwinners.cfm.

Follett Challenge entrants must complete an online application and submit a video describing their program outlining how it has made a positive impact on their school. The contest rewards groundbreaking educational programs by seeking applications illustrating critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration. Submissions are open to all K-12 educators and Parent Teacher Organizations.

Three semifinalists are again to be selected—one each from the elementary, middle and high school categories—and will earn $30,000 prizes. The Grand Prize winner, to be selected from the three semifinalists, receives an additional $30,000, plus a visit from Kwame Alexander. Ten $8,000 prizes will be awarded to People’s Choice winners, which are those schools receiving the highest number of online votes from the public for their submitted videos.

Eighty percent of an entrant’s score will be based on the judges’ evaluation of the entry, with the remaining 20 percent based on the number of votes generated for the video.

“Since the inception of the Follett Challenge in 2011, we have received nominations for an incredible number of influential programs and met so many inspiring educators and students,” said Britten Follett, senior vice president of marketing, Follett School Solutions. “We know there are many more innovative programs out there, so we eagerly anticipate what schools and districts will be entering for our 2019 contest. And we think it’s pretty cool that Kwame Alexander will be joining us at the Grand Prize-winning school celebration. The kids simply light up in his presence.”

Follett added there are vast resources on the Follett Challenge website to help entrants get started when they’re ready to move forward with their submission.

Key 2019 Follett Challenge dates are:

  • Oct. 22, 2018:         Contest formally launches; entries open
  • Dec. 14, 2018:         Entries close
  • Jan. 21, 2019:         People’s Choice voting begins
  • Jan. 25, 2019:         People’s Choice voting closes
  • Feb. 27, 2019:         Semifinalists and 10 People’s Choice video winners announced
  • April 24, 2019:         Grand-prize winner announced

For more information about the Follett Challenge, visit www.FollettChallenge.com; for more on Follett, visit www.follettlearning.com.

[To see Kwame Alexander give his personal take on being involved with the eighth annual Follett Challenge, see this 90-second video:https://bit.ly/2PS0IOM.]

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

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, entertainment products, 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 more than 2,850 physical and virtual campus stores in North America. Through Baker & Taylor, Follett’s reach also extends to the public library and global retail markets.