Follett to Offer HarperCollins eBooks to PreK-12 Students Nationwide

New agreement supports Follett’s continuing effort to drive literacy;

available titles to include Harper Lee’s anticipated ‘Go Set a Watchman’


MCHENRY, Ill., May 27, 2015 – Follett today announced it has launched a robust collection of nearly 18,000 ebook titles for PreK-12 students through a strategic partnership with HarperCollins Publishers.


Among the beloved HarperCollins classics that will be available are, “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis and “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. In addition, students and educators will have access to Lee’s newly discovered novel, “Go Set a Watchman,” which will be published July 14, by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins. The much-anticipated novel is set during the 1950s and features characters from “To Kill a Mockingbird.”


“HarperCollins has an impressive roster of titles and authors, and we’re pleased to work with them to expand our ebook collection to the millions of students and educators across the country who use the Titlewave platform,” said Nader Qaimari, senior vice president of content services and solutions for Follett. “With this agreement, we’ll continue to provide the largest and highest quality collection of ebooks in the K-12 space, supporting a love of reading among students.”


As books increasingly move to digital formats, Follett is at the forefront of the transition providing solutions that help educators and students access, integrate and increase the utility of digital content within schools.  ebooks provided by Follett.  Users of Follett’s Destiny® Library Managerplatform, which featuresUniversal Search, can access their ebook content alongside their other investments as part of one user experience. This, along with features that encourage student collaboration and teacher involvement, help drive the use of ebooks in schools.


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

About Follett Corporation

Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.



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

About Follett Corporation|

Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in River Grove, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.


Cricket Media Joins myON Publisher Program


Partnership will provide content to supplement middle and high school curriculums


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. & Washington D.C May 27, 2015 Cricket Media, an education media publisher, and myON, a business unit of Capstone, announce today that a wide array of content from Cricket’s portfolio of acclaimed children’s books and magazines will now be available to the millions of students reading on myON.  With the additional content from Cricket, myON now offers more than 8,000 titles from nearly 70 publishers through their publisher program.


The addition of Cricket Media content to myON’s personalized literacy environment continues the tradition of the myON publisher program, bringing together companies that share the same vision of providing high quality, engaging and fun content to students in order to foster a lifelong love of reading. Cricket Media’s content greatly enhances myON’s collection of high-quality, short-form passages increasingly sought after by educators.  Cricket, a market leader in developing enriching, educational content for students, will provide literary and informational texts from its award-winning digital library, including content from its beloved children’s publications, Cobblestone and Odyssey. Earlier this year, The Parents’ Choice Foundation selected each of Cricket’s 13 magazines as 2015 Parents’ Choice Awards winners.


myON, a personalized literacy platform provides online access to more than 5.5 million students world side. Students can access myON at school or home on laptops, desktops, tablets, and mobile devices for an online or offline reading experience. myON creates a collaborative reading environment where students, educators and parents work together to support student reading performance by leveraging reading supports –embedded dictionary, naturally recorded audio, highlighting, digital literacy tools and metrics. Students also have access to a safe social network where they can read, rate, review, and recommend books to classmates.


“We’re thrilled to add even more engaging content to our personalized literacy environment. We started our Publisher Program with the vision the kids reading on myON would have access to highly engaging content, the addition of award winning content from Cricket Media, continues to bring that vision to fruition,” said Todd Brekhus, president, myON. “By incorporating Cricket’s rich educational articles and texts, teachers and students alike have more choices than ever before once logged in to myON.”


Once implemented, school districts benefit from unlimited and concurrent access to all digital books within the literacy environment, accessible on laptops, computers, and mobile devices for both on and offline reading. It’s more important than ever before that our students have access to information texts. Students reading on myON now have unparalleled access to a wide array of these from Cricket.


“We are excited to know that selections from our rich digital library are now available to the millions of kids reading on myON,” said Katya Andresen, CEO, Cricket Media. “Our award winning literary and informational texts are fantastic sources of authentic content for educators seeking enlightening and entertaining passages that meet state and national standards as well as increase reading comprehension.”


About myOn

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


About Cricket Media 

Cricket Media (TSXV: CKT) is an education media company that provides award-winning content on a safe and secure learning network for children, families and teachers across the world.  Cricket Media’s 11 popular media brands for toddlers to teens include Babybug, Ladybug, Cricket® and Cobblestone®.  The Company’s innovative web-based K12 tools for school and home include the ePals community and virtual classroom for global collaboration as well as In2Books®, a Common Core eMentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical thinking skills.  Cricket Media serves approximately one million classrooms and millions of teachers, students and parents in over 200 countries and territories through its platform and NeuPals, its joint venture with China’s leading IT services company Neusoft. Cricket Media also licenses its content and platform to top publishing and educational companies worldwide.  For more information, please visit


CEO Henry Ryan busy promotingrole of social ventures in education

Ryan’s Learning Bird key part of launch group at today’s SVX Quebec event


MONTREAL,May 27, 2015 –Henry Ryan, CEO of Montreal-based Learning Bird, an award-winning education technology company, has been promoting the important role of social ventures in education. Today, Ryan and Learning Bird are part of the launch group for Social Venture Connexion (SVX) Québec, a new full-service, non-profit platform for social enterprises and impact investors, held at the Montreal (Stock) Exchange.

SVX connects impact ventures and funds with investors looking to make investments that can demonstrate impact and provide financial return, including key education projects such as Learning Bird. The SVX-Learning Bird connection gives Ryan’s company the opportunity to connect with accredited investors looking to make investments with demonstrable social and/or environmental impact and the potential for financial return.Over the past year, SVX has supported more than 28 ventures, helping them to raise $3.5 million.

On Tuesday (May 26), Ryan presented Learning Bird as part of the social business stream at the prestigious three-day C2 Montréal Conference’s “Big Top.”  The conference, which continues through Thursday, takes place within a custom-designed “Innovation Village” built exclusively for the event by C2 (Commerce + Creativity) Montreal.  The conference features international business leaders gathering to help bring creative and visionary thinking to commercial problems.

Ryan returns to the C2 Conference on Thursday (May 28) to participate on a panel focusing on catalyzing impact in social ventures.

Ryan started his busy week in Toronto on Monday (May 25) to attend the second annual ImpactOntario conference, hosted by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, which focused on several industries including education. Ryan presented on behalf of Learning Bird to impact investors.

While Ryan has been busy this week focused on social ventures, his expertise in the education industry runs deep.  At the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA in early May in San Francisco, Ryan was invited to sit on a panel titled, “Overarching Trends in K-20 LMS Markets.” The discussion explored how the LMS market is changing — from the terminology to the features to the how the products are being used and sold – as well as the type of opportunities the new market trends create.

Ryan founded Learning Bird in 2011.  A differentiated learning application, Learning Bird empowers students to solve their own homework problems by using a proprietary algorithm that recommends crowd-sourced, teacher-generated lessons specific to students’ individual needs and aligned to their local curriculum standards. Learning Bird’s library of digital lessons features resources in a broad range of subjects, spanning grades kindergarten to 12.

For more information, visit

About Learning Bird |

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

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edWeb and Kaplan Early Learning launch classroom management community

PRINCETON, NJ, May 27, 2015 –, a professional learning and social network for the education community, has partnered with Kaplan Early Learning Company, a leader in the field of early care and education, to present Classroom Management for Early Learning, to help early childhood educators enhance the classroom environment to improve young children’s learning.

Classroom Management for Early Learning provides free webinars, presented by experts, industry leaders and educators, that will help early childhood teachers enhance their classrooms and lessons to improve their work with young learners. Educators receive a CE Certificate for attending the live webinars or viewing the recording.

The community hosts online discussions that make it easy for educators to stay connected over time with fellow educators to share ideas, practices, examples, lesson plans, and resources. The community is a growing resource center with webinar archives, CE quizzes, and support materials that can be accessed at anytime, anywhere.

Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, Rachel Wagner Sperry, MSW, presented the first webinar to the learning community, “4 Steps to FLIP a Challenging Moment into a Learning Opportunity for Young Children.” Over 440 live attendees participated in the one-hour session that explored ways to teach young children how to become emotionally aware problem-solvers that can use healthy coping strategies in difficult moments. Rachel introduced an easy to use strategy that is applicable in a variety of challenging situations.

Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of, said, “Classroom management is an area where teachers need so much support. With Kaplan Early Learning, we have found the perfect partner to launch a community that will help early childhood educators create a positive early learning environment for students, schools and families.”

“Many early childhood professionals struggle with implementing effective classroom management strategies,” says Chelsi Brown, Marketing Director at Kaplan Early Learning Company. “It is an honor to partner with to bring valued learning opportunities on this topic to educators around the world.”

Educators are invited to join Classroom Management for Early Learning on to stay informed about upcoming webinars, join in online discussions, and gain access to valuable resources.

For more information, contact: 

Erin Pettus, Communications Manager,
800-575-6015 x 104 |

Anna Wilmoth | Marketing Director, Gryphon House

About is a free professional learning and social network that makes it easy for educators to collaborate, share innovative ideas, and improve teaching and learning. We provide the support and training educators need to advance their own practice, build better schools, and prepare students for life-long learning and career success. Schools and districts lack the time, expertise, and funding to provide the professional development educators need — fills that gap. Learn more or follow us on Twitter @edwebnet.

About Kaplan Early Learning Company

Kaplan Early Learning Company is a leading international provider of educational products and services that enhance children’s learning. Kaplan provides innovative curricula, cutting-edge assessments, teacher resource materials and valuable professional development opportunities to early childhood and elementary school educators, caregivers and parents around the world.

U.S. Students Complete Over One Billion Math Problems on Think Through Math System



Students embrace classroom program, complete millions of complex problems daily during 2014-14 school year


Pittsburgh, PA – May 26, 2015 —Think Through Learning, creators of Think Through Math, a web-based math instructional system for grades 3 and above, announced today that students using the program across the U.S. have surpassed one billion math problems in the 2014-15 school year. More than 2.9 million students across 13,000 schools across the country are enrolled in TTM as part of their math curriculum. Students solved an average of 8 to 10 million math problems per day in order to reach this milestone.

“This is a major achievement for us, but more importantly for the teachers and students who have embraced Think Through Math to deepen their understanding and improve learning outcomes,” said Kevin McAliley, CEO of Think Through Math. “What’s even more significant is the fact that many TTM lessons include multi-step, complex problems that require higher order thinking – our students’ ability to achieve this level of math proficiency can be a game changer for them in their academic and professional lives.”

The one billion problems solved this year represents an increase of 300% since 2012.  In addition to the number of problems solved, Think Through Math students have also received millions of real-time on-line teaching sessions from Think Through Math’s certified math teachers, which is an integral part of the program.

As the industry’s most respected supplemental math curriculum, Think Through Math provides rigorous adaptive lessons built upon each state’s learning standards, and is supported by the unique functionality of on-line math teachers to assist struggling students in real-time. Available to students from school and home, the system’s embedded incentive program increases engagement, builds self-esteem and fosters deep conceptual understanding for sustainable improvements in outcomes. In addition, a charitable giving feature allows students to convert their points into donations to select charities. Think Through Math has received numerous awards since its introduction.

About Think Through Learning & Think Through Math

Think Through Learning is a company of passionate and committed U.S. math teachers, software engineers, and educational innovators whose mission is to help kids learn how to think mathematically.  At Think Through Learning, we know that success in mathematics transforms how students perform in school and beyond.  Our vision of effective education: a motivating blend of adaptive instruction on higher order thinking skills and on-demand online “instant 1-to-1 interventions” from LIVE, state-certified U.S. math teachers wherever a student is—school, home, or elsewhere—at the precise moment that they need assistance.  The 2014 and 2012 recipient of the SIIA CODiE Award for Best Mathematics Instructional Solution, Think Through Math is recognized as the industry’s fastest-growing supplemental math curriculum.  Since its launch in 2012, Think Through Math has become a critical part of the RTI, STEM, and 1-to-1 strategies of thousands of districts and schools across the country, including several state departments of education and some of the largest districts in the United States.



AASA, University of Southern California Rossier School of Education Launch Urban Superintendents Academy

Partnership to Offer Urban Superintendent Preparation and Certification

Alexandria, Va. – May 26, 2015 In an effort to diversify and strengthen America’s field of public school administrators, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has joined with University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education to launch a partnership to create more pathways for underrepresented educators to become school district leaders. The national program’s goal is to prepare superintendents for the demands of the urban environment and address the reality that less than 5 percent of our nation’s superintendents are persons of color.

Today’s announcement builds on the momentum generated by AASA and Howard University, who recently announced a similar effort to offer a campus-based program for urban superintendent preparation and certification. The USC Rossier model will build on the school’s its great success in online programs, offering live synchronous and asynchronous online courses. The program will include in-person immersion sessions and mentoring by local superintendents, wherever the student is based.

The Urban Superintendents Academy draws on the unique resources from these two universities to foster more role models and educational leaders for children in school districts nationwide.

“AASA is pleased to serve as the umbrella organization for our Urban Superintendents Academy, an initiative that forges partnerships with two significant historical universities working for a common cause,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Minority children need champions. The resources generated by USC Rossier and Howard will be invaluable as we prepare aspiring superintendents for urban environments.”

“USC Rossier’s mission to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally is well served by this new partnership,” said Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher. “Rossier has a long and successful history of preparing diverse superintendents for leadership roles in our most challenged K-12 districts and we are proud to join forces with AASA to extend this critical effort.”

The AASA-USC Rossier program will feature:

  • Small cohorts (20) of superintendents who will learn through an online approach;
  • Content designed specifically for the existing and emerging urban environments across the United States;
  • Mentors and program facilitators; and
  • An AASA/ USC Rossier certificate following successful completion of a capstone project.

Maria Ott, professor of clinical education, is serving as USC’s lead faculty member for the AASA/USC Rossier Urban Superintendents Academy. For more information, contact Mort Sherman, AASA superintendent-in-residence, at or Colleen Dietz, USC program administrator, In addition, please visit the website at


About the USC Rossier School of Education
The USC Rossier (ross-EAR) School of Education is part of the University of Southern California, one of the world’s leading private research universities. The mission of the USC Rossier School of Education is to improve learning in urban education locally, nationally and globally. Rossier leads the field in innovative, collaborative solutions to improve education outcomes. Its work is field-based, in the classroom, and online, and reflects a diversity of perspectives and experiences.

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


AACTE Introduces Key Resource for Assessment and Accreditation Support in 

Educator Preparation


The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is proud to announce the AACTE Quality Support Initiative
(May 26, 2015, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is proud to announce the AACTE Quality Support Initiative, designed to provide resources and support to educators interested in assessment and accreditation. Starting next month, the newly developed initiative will offer Online Professional Seminars (OPSs) for faculty at AACTE member and nonmember institutions, undergraduate and graduate students, PK-12 teachers-or anyone involved in educator preparation.


As part of its mission to advocate and build capacity for high-quality educator preparation, AACTE has established the initiative to help support the profession in efforts of continuous improvement and to achieve accreditation. The OPSs enable professional development for individuals and organizational development for institutions in a convenient, flexible format.


Beginning in June, AACTE will offer the first two OPSs, Building Quality Assessments and Data Use for Improvement, at no cost to participants. Subsequent seminars will be available for a fee, with discounts for AACTE members and for large groups. In fall 2015, AACTE will roll out additional OPSs and a credentialing program to enable faculty from AACTE member institutions to become consultants. The initiative will help establish and manage a corps of credentialed consultants to provide assistance to AACTE members and will administer a credential system for certification for consultants.


“As the single accreditor in educator preparation, CAEP commends AACTE’s Quality Support Initiative for helping programs to achieve the rigorous, high standards for professional accreditation,” said Dr. Christopher A. Koch, interim president of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


Topics for the OPS series include the following:

  • Building Quality Assessments
  • Data Use for Improvement
  • Creating a Quality Assurance System
  • Accreditation Standards: Examples of Evidence
  • Preparing for Accreditation
  • Preparing for a Site Visit

“This initiative supports our members’ determination to use valid evidence to inform continuous improvement in program quality,” said Dr. Sharon P. Robinson, president and CEO of AACTE. “Further, we are exploiting the benefits of technology to engage more colleagues in the conversation. We developed this series of seminars in collaboration with the field to support their national or state accreditation work.”


For more information about AACTE’s Quality Support Initiative, visit




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



Roll a WRO™ strike with TETRIX®
Give your team the edge it needs
with Pitsco building system

Pitsco Education Logo

(May 21, 2015) — If you aim to roll a strike in the 2015 World Robot Olympiad bowling game, be sure to start with the TETRIX® WRO™WRO robot knocking down bowling pins

Challenge Full Set. 

The new bowling game in the University Regular category has teams around the world striving to find the perfect combination of a powerful building system and a multifaceted microcontroller. Pitsco Education’s TETRIX WRO Challenge Full Set has everything needed including aluminum MAX structural components, powerful DC and servo motors, regular and omni wheels, metal gears, motor and servo controllers, a battery pack and charger, LabVIEW™ software, the myRIO microcontroller from National Instruments, and much more. (Note: View the TETRIX videoWRO logoshowing building techniques for the 2015 WRO competition.)


“Pitsco Education is proud to be a sponsor of World Robot Olympiad and the new University Regular category competition,” said TETRIX International Business Development Manager Mohit Abraham. “This new competition is the perfect challenge for students ready to take the next step, and the TETRIX WRO Challenge Full Set will give them an opportunity to put into practice the theories they have been learning.”


The WRO season culminates November 6-8, 2015, with the world championships in Doha, Qatar.

TETRIX WRO Challenge Full Set

Pitsco Education’s TETRIX Building System is used extensively in middle school, high school, and higher education, including various robotics competitions such as WRO.


TETRIX kits and spare parts are available globally. If your country does not have a dealer, order directly from Pitsco Education or contact International Business Development Manager Mohit Abraham (

Pitsco Education/TETRIX is a sponsor of the World Robot Olympiad, which reviewed and approved this announcement. 


Pitsco Education is the leading provider of age-appropriate, student-centered K-12 STEM learning solutions. Our standards-based curriculum, products, equipment, and materials promote student success through positive and challenging learning experiences, and our hands-on solutions teach core concepts and career skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.


2015 Digital Curriculum Strategy School Assessment Tool & Survey

The Learning Counsel announces and launches their 2015 Digital Curriculum Strategy Assessment Tool & Survey for all Education Executives and Curriculum and Technology Directors

Sacramento, CA—May 21, 2015- Research shows district and school leaders are collectively hitting similar barriers in digital curriculum transition. To help them in this transformative period the Learning Counsel has announced and launched their 2015 Digital Curriculum Strategy Assessment Tool & Survey.

On top of the confusion of available devices and software to the education market, there is no immediate and codified solution for how these digital “things” are to be vetted, purchased or used. Teachers are literally overwhelmed at a time when standards and testing are also changing. It goes without saying this is creating an enormous burden for schools.

“We hope this survey will cause schools and districts to take inventory and look at what they are doing from a top-down pedagogical view,” said Mr. David Kafitz, Ed.D, VP school relationships & consulting of the Learning Counsel. He continued, “Perhaps a district is over-duplicating digital materials or devices. Or have no coverage at all in key subject areas. Inspecting policies, methods of purchase and use will be a healthy exercise that can greatly benefit a school or district’s transition to digital curriculum.”

A tool for all education executives, Curriculum and Technology Directors—the assessment locates where schools and districts stand on digital curriculum implementation. As a national survey of schools and districts, the Learning Counsel, a research institute and new media hub, will collect, analyze and summarize the findings and present them at their Annual Gathering and National Awards event in Albuquerque, NM in October later this year. The summarized results will also be made broadly available free of charge at

The national assessment tool and survey was inspired by the Learning Counsel Digital Curriculum Discussion Meetings held in 14 cities last year. “Every district and school executive, Curriculum Director or Innovations Specialist we met, no matter which city we were in, were running into similar frustrations, funding barriers and PD problems,” stated Ms. Leilani Cauthen, CEO & Publisher at the Learning Counsel. “Many districts and schools do not have comprehensive strategies. All types of random hardware products, subscription sites, apps, digital content and systems are being used in an unaligned and disorganized manner.”

Further, Ms. Cauthen stated, “We want to share knowledge of what is working and where the greatest challenges are and how they are being overcome. And beyond that, we want to acknowledge the leading schools and districts who are winning with their teachers and students in this digital age.”

Leading Districts & Schools to be Honored

The self-assessment and survey cut-off date for submission is September 15, 2015. Once all responses are in, they will be evaluated by the Learning Counsel and ranked based on the composition of their answers in the following areas:

  • Strategy elements.
  • Digital curriculum tactics.
  • Coverage models.
  • Policies.
  • Organizational practices and systems.
  • Successful pedagogical shift.
  • Educator and student technology provisions, training, and use of digital curriculum.

The top 10 respondents to the survey will be invited to

attend the Gathering & National Awards Event hosted by

the Learning Counsel where the complete findings and

results of the survey will be presented. These top 10

leading and innovative schools or districts will be honored

for their achievements. Winner interviews will be publicly

promoted with video capture and editorial on the Learning

Counsel site and press stories on the winners will also be

issued widely to general media outlets. A follow-up internet

seminar will also be held featuring some of the Top 10

finalists in January 2016.

About the Learning Counsel:

The mission of the Learning Counsel is to help transform and bring order to education systems and infrastructure through sound implementation of digital curriculum strategies, engendering coordination and cooperation between teachers, administrators and publishers; ultimately helping all students everywhere become more engaged in their own learning and knowledge for life success.





Hoffman Estates, IL – May 21, 2015: Sunburst Digital, Inc. and Parlor Labs announced a new partnership today designed to bring Ponder, a browser add-on and iOS app used to create micro-responses and annotations, to schools and districts across the nation.


Ponder is the first cloud-based “micro-response” and annotation tool that gives teachers a view into the invisible process of learning through higher-order critical thinking.  Teachers and students are using Ponder to manage open-ended, self-directed learning across the Web, PDFs, and videos.  Real-time radar provides teachers with an aggregated and visualized dashboard view of how students respond to a reading or video.


Higher-order thinking through inquiry based learning is often one of the hardest skills to teach students.  With Ponder, learning happens when students figure out how to ask questions, not answer them.  Ponder allows students to engage directly with assigned content, interest level readings, and their peers to create a collaborative setting that explicitly encourages them to think about what they are sharing in terms of how interesting it will be to their peers as well as the relevancy to classroom discussion.


Ken Leonard, chairman and CEO at Sunburst Digital commented, “We are excited to enter into a partnership with Parlor Labs an organization dedicated to creating a social reading experience that both expands the breadth of what our students are reading as well as deepens their understanding of how we engage with the world around us.”


Ponder is available form Sunburst Digital, Inc. via or by calling (800)321-7511 for more information.


About Parlor Labs: Parlor Labs is the creator of Ponder, the micro-response platform.  Ponder is the result of ongoing collaborations with researchers and educators around the question of how to promote higher order literacy both in the classroom and beyond.  Ponder’s patent-pending scaffold has been shown by an independent controlled study to substantially boost student engagement and improve the quality of in-class discussions and student work.  Parlor Labs’ broader mission is to generate and visualize thoughtful data that educators can apply to their daily teaching practice in real-time.


About Sunburst Digital, Inc.: Sunburst Digital, Inc. has successfully implemented instructional technology and digital content solutions across US campuses for nearly three decades.  Sunburst Digital, Inc. sells, supports, and provides ongoing services for digital curriculum solutions designed to enhance academic achievement outcomes and transform classrooms. Sunburst Digital, Inc. is comprised of brands and professionals recognized as trusted partners to districts and schools around the country. Sunburst Digital, Inc. proprietary and 3rd party products consist of : Type to Learn™, Ignite! Learning®, English Spanish Success: ESS™, Big Universe, EduSmart, Help Math, Rand McNally, StudioWeb, Clay Piggy, Ponder, Key Skills®, Learn About™, Math Pathways®, and Knowledge Adventure School™.






Kids drive own learning with input on WIN Learnings Career Exploration Mobile App development


Kingston, Tenn. – May 20, 2015 – As the school year ends, many students in low-income rural areas are left feeling that their time in class hasn’t brought them any closer to ever going to college or getting beyond a minimum wage job. However, students in north central and south central Kentucky are plotting their career paths and even finding the grants, scholarships and other funds to pursue their paths, thanks to the efforts and initiatives of the kid-FRIENDLy (Kids-Focused, Responsible, Imaginative, Engaged, Determined to Learn) Project (, a program funded in 2012 by the largest Race To The Top-District (RTTT-D) grant awarded.


The kid-FRIENDLy Project focuses on student empowerment, supporting students’ building daily habits of goal setting, teamwork, critical thinking, communication, creativity and problem solving, making them leaders of their own learning. The program also promotes personalized learning strategies, including online and off-campus work environments, flipped classrooms, student teaming, and emphasis on students’ learning needs, preferences and responsibility.


“When I started high school, I had no idea what I was going to do after graduation,” used to be a common refrain among students in the area, but now many are taking action for their future career paths while still in high school. They are deciding on professional fields such as civil engineering or psychology and researching which colleges have the courses best suited for helping them realize their goals. Individuals interested in positions in the agricultural field have joined organizations like FFA and 4H in addition to deciding on postsecondary education options.


The RTTT-D grant has made it even easier for students to consider and prepare for their future career paths by funding the development of a related WIN Learning Career Exploration and Planning mobile app for kid-FRIENDLy. The WIN Atlas app helps students identify potential career interests and gain insight into the relationship between their education and career pathways. It includes an Interest and Work Profiler feature that aids in the development of an individualized learning plan by helping students choose a career pathway that matches their interests, priorities and work values. “It’s about student empowerment,” said Dr. Teresa Chasteen, CEO and president of WIN Learning. “They’re digital natives, tech is welded to their palm, so they get to use the app the way they want. They have a voice and ownership in the development of their path.”


“Research shows that students who see the relevance of their curriculum to their own goals and are studying things they have chosen to learn are more likely to have a good reason to come regularly to school and to be willing to put attention and effort into their schoolwork,” said Joseph Goins, WIN Learning’s executive vice president.

Managed by two education service agencies, the Green River Regional Education Consortium (GRREC), and the Ohio Valley Education Consortium (OVEC), the kid-FRIENDLy Project works with 111 schools in 22 districts. The districts use WIN Learning’s Career Readiness System to assist students who need extra support in reading and math. Additionally, educators use myStrategic Compass to help students explore career options. “This tool is very useful for students to take a look at their strengths, examine career options in Kentucky versus those outside of Kentucky and make a more informed choice about their career path,” said Sandra Baker, the associate executive director of learning support services for GRREC.


“Our students don’t have many models of careers,” said Dennis Horn, the Race to the Top program manager for OVEC. “There are very few examples in many rural communities, few opportunities for job shadowing or internships, and there is a general mindset among parents and students that ‘we can’t afford or attain it, so why bother.’  Students often have a hard time seeing a clear path to meaningful postsecondary experiences that will lead to a good life, so WIN Learning and the work of the kid-FRIENDLy program fills a deep need.”


Educators themselves receive support through the kid-FRIENDLy’s Leaders Developing Leadership component, which provides guidance to principals in leading change, improving teacher performance and making data-based decisions. The program’s Communities of Practice component supports teacher leaders as they learn about personalization and innovation in the classroom. The project also includes a competency-based teaching component that supports schools as they shift from focusing on course completion to mastery of standards so that students will be able to move fluidly from standard to standard rather than grade to grade.


One of the most popular components of the WIN program among educators and students is WIN Learning’s soft skills curriculum. The schools use WIN Learning’s SOFT SKILLS curriculum in different ways. For example, one school requires the students to pass the soft skills test before being eligible for job shadowing. Others use the SOFT SKILLS curriculum during Life 101 classes or to assist students with passing industry certification assessments.  According to the teachers, “Soft skills are very important, especially in everyday life, and it’s funny how students at this age, they don’t have a lot of knowledge of soft skills. Kids today don’t know how to interview, they don’t know how to ask questions.” Students have also attested to the value of the soft skills curriculum with statements such as “There are many communication and listening skills that it taught me that I didn’t have any clue about before.”


“This partnership gives educators the tools to help build student awareness around their future career options and the relationship to their current classroom learning,” concluded Chasteen. “It’s exciting to be part of something so transformative –– where more and more students will graduate with a vision for their future and a plan to get there.”


Elisa Beth Brown, GRREC program manager, was interviewed about the kid-FRIENDLy Project on Ed Talk Radio on Thursday, May 14. Interested parties can listen to the talk at


About WIN Learning

Since 1996, WIN has become the leading provider of career readiness solutions to help districts prepare pathways for students’ futures, whether they are college, trade school, military or workplace bound. For more information, go to or call 888-717-9461.


Gryphon House announces “Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma”

Book addresses strategies for handling challenging behaviors among young children

Lewisville, N.C. – Nearly half of U.S. children have experienced at least one significant traumatic event during their childhood, according to the CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study—a statistic that rings true to the thousands of teachers who care for them. In her new book, “Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma,” Barbara Sorrels, EdD, offers tips for identifying abused and neglected children, and ideas for how to connect with them in the classroom. This will be Sorrels’s first book for Gryphon House, Inc., the leading publisher of educational resources for teachers.

Using evidence-based strategies for handling challenging behaviors with traumatized children, Sorrels offers teachers and caregivers of children from birth to age 6 a clear approach to managing this growing issue.

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“The purposes of this book are to help early childhood professionals understand how maltreatment and trauma impact a child’s healthy growth and development from as early as birth,” Sorrels said. “My hope is that teachers and caregivers will use my practical strategies to create environments that bring about hope and healing for maltreated children.”

“Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma” (ISBN 978-0-87659-350-9, 256 pp., $24.95) will be available in September but is available for preorder here. For a free excerpt or e-galley copy, please email

Learn more at the Gryphon House website, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


About the Author

Barbara Sorrels, EdD, is executive director of The Institute for Childhood Education in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a professional-development and consulting firm for those who live and work with children. She has more than twenty years of child care, kindergarten, and elementary teaching experience, as well as more than five years’ experience teaching graduate and undergraduate students at the university level.


About Gryphon House, Inc.

Gryphon House, Inc., is an award-winning publisher of resource books for parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight. Developmentally appropriate and easy to use, Gryphon House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to bring the joy of learning to young children. To learn more, or to check out the entire collection, visit


myON Launches Summer 2015 Reading Challenge: Every Hero Has A Story

Impact of summer loss can be countered by reading just 5 digital books

MINNEAPOLIS (May 20, 2015) – myON is excited to announce it’s 4th annual summer reading challenge, designed to support educators in keeping kids engaged in reading over the summer. Leveraging the American Library Association annual theme “Every Hero Has a Story”, myON has created a turnkey program for educators to encourage students to read “just right” books over the summer.

Based on research from the National Summer Learning Association, access to books and simply reading 5-8 books over the summer are the most effective activities that counter the effects of summer learning loss. myON’s personalized literacy environment recommends books to each student by matching individual students with books that meet their interests as well as their target Lexile® range.

The myON summer program started in 2012 with 26,000 students reading over the summer. In 2014, over 368,000 students participated in the program, reading well over 4 million books during the summer. “Research and our own experience have shown that kids read more – and learn more – when they can choose books that meet their interests and are at their reading level, which is the fundamental principle behind myON,” adds Brekhus. “We are pleased to collaborate with our partner schools, districts and communities that work so hard to keep kids reading and learning year-round.”

To encourage reading, the myON Summer Reading Challenge awards top readers, those who have spent the most time reading between May 15 andSept. 4. A new addition to this year’s contest is student-book reviews, providing a deeper layer of critical thinking.  Students are able to utilize myON’s embedded literacy toolkit to write reviews of books they complete, to ensure they understand what they are reading.

Because myON seamlessly monitors reading activity – including time spent reading, the number of books that are read, and Lexile growth – kids and parents don’t have to devote time to keeping track, leaving more time for reading.

Additional details about the 2015 Summer Challenge will be provided to students and families by the schools, districts and communities that are using myON as well as through social media. For more information, please visit

About myON™

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



Virginia Teachers Hone Suicide Prevention Skills by Talking to Virtual Students

Simulated Role-Play Conversations Move Educators to Connect Students in Distress to Help

FAIRFAX, Va. – May 21, 2015 – Teachers in Fairfax County have a new tool for learning how to save lives. This year more than 9,400 teachers and staff in the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) went through a unique series of online simulation programs in suicide prevention and mental health.  They explored the do’s and don’ts of what to say in conversations with virtual students in order to have the confidence and skills to support students in real life situations.  The online programs, At-Risk for High School Educators, At-Risk for Middle School Educators and Step In, Speak Up!,are among a portfolio of  immersive learning experiences for the PK-12 and higher education settings on mental health developed by Kognito. Click to tweet.

Dr. Mary Ann Panarelli, Director of FCPS Office of Intervention and Prevention, believed the district needed to provide additional resources to equip its staff to support students experiencing emotional distress following several student deaths by suicide.  Laura Yager, director of partnership and resource development for the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, brought Kognito simulations to Dr. Panarelli’s attention. She had found Kognito’s At-Risk for High School Educators listed on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).  In fact, the only digital simulations included in NREPP are three of Kognito’s products.

At-Risk for High School Educators is an online, evidence-based immersive learning experience that utilizes role-play conversations with virtual, fully-animated and emotionally responsive students. It prepares teachers and staff to recognize and engage with students who may be experiencing psychological distress by allowing them to practice challenging conversations with virtual students who are struggling with a range of issues from bullying to anxiety, depression or thoughts of suicide.

“Part of my job is to ‘normalize’ the conversation and get people more comfortable with talking about suicide, depression and emotional distress,” said Ms. Yager. At-Risk she added, was “a really easy way to do this, because it’s not threatening.”  The Kognito simulation, made mandatory for all teachers in the county, was also well-designed for a large scale roll out. Yager said, “we could not have trained so many people so well, so fast and so cost-effectively in any other way.”

Fairfax County teachers put the skills learned to use right away. When one teacher noticed that a student was showing signs of psychological distress, he approached her, engaged her in a conversation and then escorted her to the counselor’s office.  “This teacher told the counselor, ‘I never would have done this, but I just took the Kognito At-Risk simulation and I know that it’s important to get her to you directly,’” Dr. Panarelli said.

FCPS plans to increase access to Kognito’s training simulations by offering At-Risk to more high school, middle school and, now, elementary school educators throughout the county. FCPS will even begin to train the students themselves by offering a new Kognito peer support simulation entitled “Friend2Friend”.  Adults and other community leaders may also take the online program at: where they can immediately log in or request permission if not a county or district employee.

Read a case study about Kognito at FCPS.


About Kognito

Founded in 2003, Kognito is a leader in immersive learning experiences that drive positive change in health behaviors. Kognito’s award-winning online and mobile simulations with virtual humans prepare individuals and professionals to effectively manage challenging conversations about health. Kognito uses a science-driven, research-proven approach and currently has more than 450 clients in education, government and healthcare settings. The company has been recognized for its evidence-based programs, and is the only company with digital simulations listed in the National-Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Learn more or access demos at



Global Policy Recommendations Focus on Reduced Testing Reliance, Whole Child Support

Alexandria, VA (05/20/2015)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading,  released its first Global Policy Agenda,  which makes recommendations to promote the success of students, educators, schools, and communities worldwide.

“The needs to promote a whole child education and to reduce the overreliance on standardized testing are just two of many priorities that span all education systems across the globe,” said David Griffith, ASCD director of public policy. “ASCD is committed to supporting policies that enable growth and success for all students, and we believe the introduction of this Global Policy Agenda lays out a comprehensive vision for international educators to support student achievement.”

Each January, ASCD releases a legislative agenda with recommendations concerning federal education policy in the United States. However, in our ever more global societies it is becoming clear that many of today’s key education issues are international in nature and must be addressed for all students in all countries. It is important to establish an expansive and well-rounded definition of student success that includes all academic subjects, as well as social-emotional learning and whole child supports. The specific global recommendations include the following:

  1. Establish a multimetric accountability system—While schools and localities should enjoy flexibility and autonomy in their decision making, government must be held accountable for the progress of and ongoing support for their most in-need students. It is important to create new, comprehensive accountability models that use multiple measures of performance, incorporate all subjects, include nonacademic factors, promote continuous improvement and support, and report community-level data to highlight shared responsibility for student success.
  2. Reduce the reliance on standardized testing—Many existing testing requirements are woefully inadequate to determine whether students possess the knowledge, skills, and traits needed for school and career success. School systems must make sure standardized tests are never used as the lone measure of student performance, educator effectiveness, or school quality.
  3. Promote a whole child education—A whole child approach can best prepare students to be college, career, and citizenship ready. To achieve this, all schools must
  • Provide comprehensive opportunities in all academic subjects, including the arts.
  • Deliver social and emotional learning.
  • Provide mental health and counseling services.
  • Promote meaningful student and parental engagement.
  • Make high-quality early childhood education and affordable postsecondary learning available.
  • Provide appropriate and necessary supports for each child across multiple sectors.
  1. Honor and support the education profession―Teachers and school leaders are the two most important in-school factors that affect student achievement, yet the current approach to preparing, supporting, and evaluating educators does not reflect this reality. Investments in time and resources are necessary to provide ongoing professional development for teachers and school leaders and successfully recruit, train, and induct them.

“Each child in each school deserves a well-rounded education that provides college-, career-, and citizenship-readiness,” said Sean Slade, ASCD director of whole child programs. “As well, each educator needs the support, both in the school and from politicians, to provide such an education for all students. By following the recommendations in ASCD’s Global Policy Agenda, schools and school systems can establish a foundation for long-term student success.”

The complete 2015 ASCD Global Policy Agenda can be found at For more information on ASCD’s Educator Advocates program, visit Visit to learn more about programs that keep all students healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Visit to learn more about ASCD programs, products, services, and membership.

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


Executive Director of National PTA Joins Learning First Alliance Board of Directors


Nathan R. Monell brings extensive experience leading nonprofit organizations and associations to new role at LFA


Washington, D.C. – May 19, 2015 – The Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of leading education organizations representing more than 10 million parents, educators and policymakers, welcomes Nathan R. Monell, executive director of National PTA, as its newest board member. An advocate for parental engagement in schools and the continued educational success of students nationwide, Monell brings extensive leadership experience working with nonprofit organizations and associations to his new role at LFA.


“Nathan Monell’s impressive background in leading nonprofit organizations and associations will be an asset to the LFA Board of Directors and our organization’s work to advance public education,” said Cheryl S. Williams, executive director of the Learning First Alliance. “Under the collective leadership of all of our board of directors, and through the ongoing work of their respective organizations, LFA continues to make great strides in its advocacy of public education and improved teaching and learning.”


Bringing more than 20 years of experience leading nonprofit organizations and associations, Monell joined National PTA as its executive director on May 11, 2015. Prior to the National PTA, Monell most recently served as the president and CEO of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, the advocacy, technical assistance and training organization for the federal GEAR UP program (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). GEAR UP is a $300 million program of the U.S. Department of Education that serves some 600,000 students from low-income communities by helping them enroll and succeed in postsecondary institutions. Prior to this position, Monell was president and CEO of Foster Care Alumni of America, a national advocacy association of adults who were in the foster care system as children.


Monell holds an M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan with a focus on organizational communication and behavior. He earned his B.A. in Speech from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich. He is a 2002 graduate of the Georgetown University Center for Professional Development’s Nonprofit Management Certification Program and received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives in 2009.


To learn more about National PTA, visit To learn more about the LFA, visit


About The Learning First Alliance

The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of leading education organizations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools. Alliance members include: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, AASA: The School Superintendents Association,  American Federation of Teachers, American School Counselor Association, ASCD, International Society for Technology in Education, Learning Forward (formerly National Staff Development Council), National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Education Association, National PTA, National School Boards Association, National School Public Relations Association, and Phi Delta Kappa International. The Alliance maintains, a website that features what’s working in public schools and districts across the country.


AASA Partners with ChromaGen to bring Vision-Related Learning Solutions to Students

Alexandria, Va. – May 20, 2015 – Approximately one in five students in the U.S. has reading problems most often related to vision issues that go unattended. That’s why AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has announced today a partnership with ChromaGen®, the makers of a lens technology solution for students who have reading difficulties.

“AASA is pleased to play a role in making our members aware of ChromaGen,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Students who have 20/20 vision may not be performing at expected academic levels because of unidentified vision issues. ChromaGen Vision specializes in identifying issues that impact reading speed and comprehension, as well as problems that cause students to not want to read. Our partnership will provide an opportunity for us to help these students.”

“Working with the nation’s premier organization for public school district leadership indicates that this partnership is critical for students in every classroom and in every state,” said Ted Edwards, CEO, ChromaGen. “These students will benefit from our ChromaGen eyeglasses and contacts.”

ChromaGen recently conducted a pilot study with approximately 50 students in Tampa, Fla. The students were evaluated using a number of tests to determine the benefit of ChromaGen Lenses. According to the study, students in the treatment groups using these lenses demonstrated:

  • Increases in reading speed;
  • Increases in reading comprehension;
  • Decreases in word movement symptoms that cause problems with reading; and,
  • Decreases in the vision-related issues that cause the symptoms such as headaches, nausea, fatigue and eyestrain.

For more information about ChromaGen, visit


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. The mission of AASA is to advocate for the highest quality public education for all students, and develop and support school system leaders. For more information, visit


Lexia Learning Releases White Paper on Blended Learning

Implementation Models and Four Keys to Success


BOSTON — May 20, 2015 — An increasing number of schools across the country are piloting or implementing blended learning programs. However, many educators are unfamiliar with the different aspects of this approach and how the various blended learning instructional models differ. In her recently released white paper, Elizabeth Brooke, Ph.D., vice president of education and research for Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE:RST) company, reviews four critical factors for educators to keep in mind as their districts explore and implement blended learning for literacy instruction. Titled “Blended Learning: A Basic Overview of Typical Implementation Models and Four Keys to Success,” the white paper also clarifies the basic definition of blended learning and examines some of the most common implementation models being used.


Citing the Clayton Christensen Institute, one of the most well-known thought leaders on blended learning, Dr. Brooke goes on to explain several important factors that can help teachers and administrators shift classroom instruction from traditional models to the more contemporary blended learning approach. Empowering teachers with the best techniques and technology for creating great, student-centric instruction, Dr. Brooke also lists ways to successfully accelerate the benefits of blended learning implementation models, including:


  • Selecting a technology tool that adapts to each student’s abilities
  • Using instructional programs that capture student data
  • Choosing personalized learning technologies that provide recommendations for teacher interventions
  • Selecting appropriate instructional resources that help the teacher to connect performance data to instructional strategies


“When blended learning incorporates adaptive technology, real-time progress monitoring and provides the recommended next steps for the teachers to customize instruction for each student, the result is powerful,” said Dr. Brooke. “That successful combination is the key to helping teachers become more targeted, time efficient and effective in improving students’ overall ability in reading and other core subjects.”


A complimentary copy of “Blended Learning: A Basic Overview of Typical Implementation Models and Four Keys to Success” can be downloaded at A previously recorded webinar on the topic and hosted by Robert McCabe, vice president of Lexia Learning, can be found at


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About Rosetta Stone

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


Boston Business Journal honors Curriculum Associates as a 2015 “Best Places to Work” winner

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., May 20, 2015  — The Boston Business Journal has named Curriculum Associates one of the Best Places to Work in Massachusetts in its twelfth annual regional awards program. The honor recognizes Curriculum Associates’ achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of employee satisfaction, working conditions and company culture.

Curriculum Associates was one of over 400 companies to qualify for consideration based on a two-stage nomination process and the results of employee-satisfaction surveys taken throughout March & April.

“We are honored to be named among this year’s Best Places to Work winners—a testament to the supportive culture our remarkablegrowing team embodies,” says CEO Rob Waldron. “Our hiring philosophy has always been to hire people, not positions, and treat them all with grace to ensure they stay. While more than 97% of our staff report that they would recommend Curriculum Associates as a great place to work to their best friend, we’re not resting until we get to 100%!”


“Our Best Places to Work event will again recognize the importance of cultivating a great workplace culture as a competitive advantage,” said Gale Murray, publisher of the Boston Business Journal. “Companies on our list can be justifiably proud of creating a high level of workplace satisfaction during an economy where traditional rewards like big raises and bonuses aren’t as easy to give. In good times and in bad, our results validate how the creation of the right corporate culture can create powerful business advantages. Employees are proud to work for companies that are about more than just business.”

The survey project was launched in January by the Boston Business Journal in conjunction with market research firm Quantum Workplace of Omaha, NE. Companies were evaluated on the results of more than 18,000 employee-satisfaction surveys. Employees answered questionnaires that addressed such factors as their pride in the company, company encouragement, support and recognition of achievement and relationships with co-workers and supervisors. The results were analyzed and scored by assigning points to each question.

80 companies total … the top companies in five size categories will be awarded during a lively cocktail reception on June 18th at the iconic CitiCenter/Wang Theatre and profiled in a special supplement of the Boston Business Journal on June 19th.

For more event details, please visit:


About the Boston Business Journal:
The Boston Business Journal is Greater Boston’s leading source of business news, information and events, reaching readers through the weekly print publication, the website and e-mail products. The BBJ also prints the annual Book of Lists— the region’s top resource for business decision-makers seeking information about potential clients, suppliers and partners.

The Boston Business Journal is published by American City Business Journals, the nation’s largest publisher of metropolitan business news.







Webcasts of Ben Jealous, Next-Gen Students and Other Select Summit Sessions Available on NewSchools Website

Oakland, CA (May 21, 2015) – More than 950 attendees representing 578 organizations convened in San Francisco on May 5 and 6 for NewSchools Summit 2015, the annual gathering of education innovators that brings together some of the most important voices and perspectives in K-12 education reform.


Featuring some of the year’s most thoughtful and provocative speakers in the education innovation sector, the invitation-only event was hosted by NewSchools Venture Fund, a national nonprofit that seeks to transform public education so that all children have the opportunity to succeed.  NewSchools portfolio members were well represented, with 277 entrepreneurs, educators, advocates and charter school representatives from 164 organizations funded by the organization in its 16-year history attending the 20 sessions.


Best-selling author, researcher and TED Talk sensation Brené Brown literally moved some audience members to tears with a no-holds-barred Opening Plenary speech about her research on the power of vulnerability to drive creativity and innovation, and reminded the audience that to be brave is to be vulnerable and uncomfortable.


It was standing room only for the discussion about diversity in education leadership, a provocative conversation begun at last year’s event and one that Stacey Childress, hosting her first Summit as CEO, wanted to take center stage this year.  With the goal of providing a diversity of perspective foremost in mind, Childress noted that 31 percent of this year’s attendees were identified as Black or Hispanic and that NewSchools awarded $100,000 in scholarships to support leaders of color.  “We’re proud to be standing at the center of these courageous conversations, in which a real exchange of ideas and authentic participation are occurring,” she noted at the dinner held later that evening.


Three students (representing San Jose, CA; Washington, DC; and Brooklyn, NY) were the unofficial stars of Summit, as they shared the stage with Childress at the Lunchtime Plenary, A Student’s Perspective, featuring the premiere of three videos that presented personalized learning as seen through the eyes of young people.


Immediately following the Lunchtime Plenary was a lively breakout session, entitled Architects of Innovation, which explored how to prepare teachers for next generation school models.  Educators representing seven organizations shared their insights about what skills and competencies have proven essential for supporting teachers in shifting to student-centered, highly personalized environments.


Summit ended on a thought-provoking high note, courtesy of a powerful call to action by Ben Jealous, partner at Kapor Capital and former President & CEO of the NAACP, who, echoing Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, encouraged attendees to “build uncomfortable coalitions and to dream bigger dreams.”  He noted that in education reform, we have created ‘sides’ and ‘factions” that have prevented progress.  “Our failure to see ourselves as the broader movement that we are, is the failure of grown-ups, not acting like grown-ups…”


Photos and webcasts of select sessions can be found at  Plans for Summit 2016 are already underway with confirmed dates of May 10 and 11 and a new venue, the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport.
NewSchools Venture Fund is a national nonprofit that seeks to transform public education so that all children have the opportunity to succeed – especially those in schools that do not currently work for them. To achieve this goal, NewSchools identifies the most promising and innovative education entrepreneurs and helps them effectively accomplish their missions to achieve outstanding results for the children and educators they serve. Through our investing, management assistance, network building, and thought leadership, NewSchools helps to reinvent K-12 education to help students graduate high school prepared and inspired to achieve their most ambitious dreams and plans.




The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Awards

More Than $875,000 in Grants to School Libraries

Grants Will Help 131 School Libraries Buy Books



Austin, TX – Today, Mrs. Laura Bush visited Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy in Austin, Texas, to announce the 2015 library grants from The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.  More than $875,000 is being distributed to 131 school libraries across the country.  This includes the eight middle school that each received a $7,000 library grant last October, as a part of the George W. Bush Institute’s Middle School Matters program.


Mrs. Bush toured the school and visited a first grade classroom, where students were learning reading comprehension by acting out their favorite books. Afterwards, she spoke about the importance of reading, and encouraged students to fall in love with a book this summer.


“No matter what you want to be when you grow up – a doctor or a lawyer, a Senator, an artist, or a teacher, reading will help you reach your goal…By providing more schools with better reading materials, the Laura Bush Foundation helps students understand more of the world around them, and its limitless possibilities,” said Mrs. Bush.


The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provides grants up to $7,000 to our Nation’s neediest schools so that they can extend, update, and diversify the book and print collections in their libraries with the goal of encouraging students to develop a love of reading and learning.  Since its inception in 2002, it has awarded over $12.5 million to almost 2,500 schools across the country.  In addition to the annual grants, the “Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative” in 2006 provided more than $6.3 million to school libraries affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita so that they could rebuild book collections lost or destroyed in the storms.


In 2014, The Laura Bush Foundation transitioned from the Communities Foundation for the National


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Capital Region in Washington, D.C. to the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, where it is

managed as a restricted fund. More information can be found at the newly launched



The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries



Pine Grove Elementary School Bay – Minette, AL

Malachi Wilkerson Middle School – Birmingham, AL

Hillcrest High School – Evergreen, AL

Litchfield Middle School – Gadsden, AL

Calloway-Smith Middle School – Mobile, AL

Ridgecrest Elementary School – Phenix City, AL

Holt Elementary School – Tuscaloosa, AL

Mabelvale Magnet Middle School – Mabelvale, AR

Park Elementary School – Holbrook, AZ

Kirkland Elementary School – Kirkland, AZ

Alta Vista Elementary School – Phoenix, AZ

Washington Elementary School – Phoenix, AZ

Los Angeles Academy Middle School – Los Angeles, CA

Virgil Middle School -Los Angeles, CA

Young Oak Kim Academy – Los Angeles, CA

Walter Woodward Elementary School – Manteca, CA (Middle School Matters)

Moreno Valley High School – Moreno Valley, CA

Parthenia Street Elementary School – North Hills, CA

Rio Rosales Elementary School – Oxnard, CA

Redwood Elementary School – Shafter, CA

South El Monte High School – South El Monte, CA

Monte Vista High School – Spring Valley, CA

Coronado Hills Elementary School – Denver, CO

Gust Elementary School – Denver, CO

Bassick High School – Bridgeport, CT

Ramon E. Betances Early Reading Lab School – Hartford, CT

J.O. Wilson Elementary School – Washington DC

East Dover Elementary School – Dover, DE

Congress Middle School – Boynton Beach, FL

Tedder Elementary School – Deerfield Beach, FL

  1. C. Swain Middle School – Greenacres, FL

Leadership Academies at Eugene J. Butler Middle School – Jacksonville, FL

Frank Hartsfield Elementary School – Tallahassee, FL

Eastbrook Middle School – Dalton, GA

Tattnall County High School – Reidsville, GA

Shoshone Schools – Shoshone, ID

Henry W Cowherd Middle School – Aurora, IL

W.S. Beaupre Elementary School – Aurora, IL

Anna R. Langford Community Academy – Chicago, IL

Edwin G. Foreman High School – Chicago, IL

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Education Industry and Publishers Pick Nepris as
Finalist in REVERE Awards for Innovative Learning Resources

Making Online, Interactive Connections Between Classrooms and STEM Experts


DALLAS and LOS ANGELES — May 14, 2015 — The REVERE Awards, a program of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) which is the longest-running award in education, announced that Nepris is a finalist in the Supplemental Resources: Innovation category. Nepris is a cloud-based social platform connecting STEM (and now STEaM to add the Arts to science, technology, engineering and math) professionals with teachers and their students. Click to Tweet.


For nearly 50 years, the REVERE Awards have recognized content, basal curricula, supplementary resources and other tools that help teachers teach and learners learn. Sponsored by the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group, products entered into the REVERE Awards are judged by educators and administrators who pick the best products spanning various subjects, age ranges, media and application.


“The REVERE Awards are the pinnacle of all contests recognizing the educational and pedagogical value of education products,” said Sabari Raja, CEO and founder of Nepris. “Being a finalist in the REVERE Awards means that leading U.S. educators have singled Nepris out for being an effective, even exemplary educational resource to expose students to the real world of STEM and the arts.”


With Nepris, teachers access and engage a worldwide marketplace of industry professionals who interact with their students, showing them how they apply classroom learning to real life, or they will mentor students on projects or evaluate student work. The goal is to excite students about careers in science, engineering, technology, the Arts and math.


By providing an easy-to-access online social community of industry experts and teachers, Nepris simplifies the end-to-end process of matching professionals’ skills to teachers’ needs, enabling communication and collaboration, hosting the virtual sessions and tracking all data for every stakeholder. Nepris allows professionals, companies, universities and non-profits to effectively reach out and interact with teachers and their students wherever they are.


See archived sessions or enroll at Companies can sponsor teachers, schools or districts. Organizations can create white-label versions to manage their own business and education community. Individual teachers from elementary, middle or high school can sign up for a basic free version providing full access anytime.


About Nepris

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





Fareed Zakaria Keynotes 2015 Schoology NEXT User Conference
NEXT 2015 moves to chicago, Doubles attendance, content offerings and conference length from last year


CHICAGO – May 14, 2015—Schoology today announced that Dr. Fareed Zakaria—global thinker, columnist, author and CNN host—is the keynote speaker for Schoology NEXT in Chicago, July 20-22. In 2015, Schoology’s user conference increases to two and a half days and doubles attendance to welcome over 600 global Schoology users. Over 40 sessions are offered in the conference theme of “Transform What’s Possible,” covering topics in leadership, mobile learning, technology integration, and other hot button issues in education today. Educators are encouraged to register as soon as possible at to secure their spot. Click to Tweet.


Fareed Zakaria is host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, contributing editor at The Atlantic, and columnist at theWashington Post. He is widely respected for his thoughtful analysis and ability to spot economic and political trends. His latest book, In Defense of a Liberal Education, debuted at #6 on The New York Times best sellers list in April 2015.


“We are excited to have Fareed Zakaria bring an inspiring, informed perspective to this year’s conference theme of transforming what is possible in education and beyond,” said Jeremy Friedman, CEO of Schoology.


Schoology NEXT is a hands-on collaboration between educators, thought leaders and technology experts. Through keynote speeches from leaders in education technology, insightful breakout sessions and interactive discussions, NEXT dives deep into the innovative learning models, technologies and best practices that are transforming education around the world. Tickets are on sale now at


About Schoology

New York City-based Schoology—used by nearly ten million users in over 60,000 K-12 schools and universities around the world—combines dynamic learning management, an easy-to-use collaborative interface and next-generation API integration into one innovative solution. Schoology transforms learning into a media-rich interactive experience where students, teachers, parents and administrators work together to raise student achievement worldwide. Available as a free stand-alone product and as a fee-based integrated enterprise-class solution deployed in schools or across districts, Schoology is user-centric and scalable for any blended learning environment. More information at or @schoology.



Best in Class: Schoology Named Best Overall PK-12 Education Solution and Best LMS in 2015 CODiE Awards

Top Overall Education Solution in 2014 Again Recognized in Two Categories for 2015: Best PK-12 Solution and Best K-12 Course or Learning Management Solution

NEW YORK – May 12, 2015—For the second year in a row, Schoology took home top honors as the Best K-12 Course or Learning Management Solution and the overall Best PK-12 Solution in the annual CODiE Awards, the education technology industry’s equivalent of the Oscars. The CODiEs, awarded by the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA), recognize leading products in the business software, digital content and education technology industries. Click to Tweet.


Schoology is an innovative online platform that powers collaboration, communication and resource sharing in schools and colleges. Educator­s can build media-rich learning communities within Schoology where students can share, collaborate and learn together in class and beyond the classroom walls—even from a smartphone.


“We are honored to be chosen again by the educators and edtech industry leaders whose rigorous product evaluations determine the CODiE Award winners,” said Jeremy Friedman, CEO of Schoology. “There were many excellent products under consideration, and we welcome this recognition from the education software industry, educators and our peers.”


The CODiEs are considered to be the education technology industry’s premier awards, honoring the leading products in K-12 and higher education. “SIIA’s 2015 Education CODiE Award winners are some of the most innovative, high-impact education products out there,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Technology Industry Network. “We congratulate all of this year’s CODiE Award winners, and thank them for the contributions they have made to the education industry.”


In addition to industry recognition, Schoology has been selected by thousands of institutions worldwide as their learning management system of choice, including the country of Uruguay’s Plan Ceibal, Colorado State University—Global Campus, and—most recently—the State of Delaware.


About Schoology

New York City-based Schoology—used by nearly ten million users in over 60,000 K-12 schools and universities around the world—combines dynamic learning management, an easy-to-use collaborative interface and next-generation API integration into one innovative solution. Schoology transforms learning into a media-rich interactive experience where students, teachers, parents and administrators work together to raise student achievement worldwide. Available as a free stand-alone product and as a fee-based integrated enterprise-class solution deployed in schools or across districts, Schoology is user-centric and scalable for any blended learning environment. More information at or @schoology.   


About SIIA

SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN of SIIA, visit


From trend to standard, 3-D printing
enters the classroom curriculum

 Pitsco Education Logo

PITTSBURG, KS (May 13, 2015) — 3-D printing is more than the latest tech trend — it is fast becoming an industry standard, which makes it essential for many classrooms.3-D Design Solutions Book cover


Pitsco Education is doing its part by developing 3-D printing curriculum. In 2013, Pitsco released 3-D Printing: Vehicle Engineering to introduce students to the power of 3-D printing without requiring a lot of CADD knowledge. Now, the company has developed another three-week curriculum unit focused on this booming technology: 3-D Printing: Design Solutions. Curriculum Specialist Ray Grissom wrote the unit and says working with 3-D printing engages students more than traditional technologies.


“It’s fascinating for kids,” he said. “They can create different things and have them in their hand within an hour or so. If they can draw it, they can print it and hold it.”


In 3-D Printing: Design Solutions, students alter an existing part to fit a specific need and then design their own part from scratch. Not only do students learn about design and modification but also about copyrights, patents, and trademarks. Grissom says this is important because of the ease of accessing others’ ideas online.


Working on projects isn’t necessarily limited to the classroom. The unit utilizes Autodesk® 123D® Design software that is available online with cloud storage, which enables students to develop and print their projects by connecting an iPad to the cloud.


“Once they have their information stored, they can work on it anywhere,” Grissom said.

The curriculum is sold separately or as part of a package that also includes four 3-D printers, filament, and other needed tools and supplies. To learn more about Pitsco’s 3-D printing offerings,



Pitsco Education is the leading provider of age-appropriate, student-centered K-12 STEM learning solutions. Our standards-based curriculum, products, equipment, and materials promote student success through positive and challenging learning experiences, and our hands-on solutions teach core concepts and career skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.


ORIGO Education Stepping Stones 100 Percent Aligned to TEKS Curriculum

Texas education agency adopts math tool for enhanced instruction.

St. Charles, MO. (PRWEB) May 13, 2015

Building on successful implementations across various Texas districts, ORIGO Education, the premier source for mathematical resources and professional learning, announces the summer release of Stepping Stones: Texas. This program is now specifically written for Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), and is 100 percent aligned in grades K-5. Learning List,the industry-leading instructional materials review service for schools and districts, has verified Stepping Stones’ alignment to the TEKS standards.

“The TEKS requirements are exceptional math standards, so updating Stepping Stones to address both the content and intent of the TEKS is a major accomplishment for ORIGO Education,” said Melisa Bartlett, general manager for ORIGO Education. “Addressing the Texas curriculum was critical, but we also wanted to ensure all readiness standards were covered before the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Resources tests are delivered. With all the updates, we believe Stepping Stones is the best math program for Texas teachers and students and we are excited to be delivering it to more districts this summer.”

Stepping Stones: Texas is a comprehensive, core mathematics curriculum for grades K–5. Written by a team of international experts, Stepping Stones delivers multiple ways to differentiate math instruction, provides embedded professional learning for teachers and is specifically designed to teach students how to adapt. Stepping Stones is being successfully used in more than 100 districts serving 450,000 students across the United States.

By blending a range of printed resources with interactive digital tools, Stepping Stones: Texas encourages students to become actively engaged in their learning. In doing so, students develop a deep understand of concepts and fluency with skills that gives them the best possible preparation for success at college and in their careers.

For more information about ORIGO Stepping Stones: Texas, visit

About ORIGO Education
ORIGO Education covers all facets of elementary mathematics education, from traditional printed products to digital interactive resources and professional learning. ORIGO’s web-based curriculum, Stepping Stones, is a comprehensive, core mathematics curriculum for grades K–5. The technology-rich program blends online resources with traditional printed materials, resulting in a classroom that is engaged and provides differentiated learning. Professional development videos are embedded within the online program, giving teachers the confidence and knowledge they need to be successful. For more information about Stepping Stones, visit


AASA Partners with ‘Read to Them’ to Promote Literacy in Communities

Alexandria, Va. – (May  13, 2015) – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has partnered with Read to Them, the creators of One District, One Book, which promotes family literacy and creates a culture of reading in communities across the country by getting students, staff and parents of all the elementary schools in a district reading the same book at the same time.

Research shows that reading to children helps them grow vocabulary and listen better and longer. Furthermore, a recent study by Scholastic indicates that more than 8 in 10 children (83%) across age groups say they love or like being read aloud to at home—the main reason being that it was a special time with parents.

One District, One Book is a program designed to increase reading not just in schools but throughout an entire community. A chapter book is chosen, every student receives a copy and every family reads that book at home together over the course of about one month. School activities build further excitement around reading.

Read to Them recently launched the Texas Reads One Book program, through which tens of thousands of elementary students across Texas are all reading Betty G. Birney’s The World According to Humphrey simultaneously, along with their parents. The program kicked off on April 27 with Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett doing a videotaped reading of the book’s first chapter.

“Not only does the One District, One Book program encourage students to read, it promotes a long-lasting love for learning and a love for books,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “When I was a superintendent, I saw firsthand the buzz and excitement generated by reading, which is why we are pleased to create this partnership.”

Research also supports the effectiveness of the One District, One Book program. Elementary schools in one Virginia community saw their students’ passage rate on the third-grade state reading assessment rise by more than 30 percentage points after participating in the community reading program. Meanwhile, 94 percent of parents surveyed in a participating district in New York believed the program would either cause their children to read more often or would reinforce their current love of reading.

For the past year, Ponca City Public Schools in Ponca City, Okla. has been utilizing the One District, One Book program. “The program makes reading at home with your children a topic of discussion throughout the entire community,” said David Pennington, president, AASA and superintendent of Ponca City Public Schools. “One District, One Book is a great way to focus your community on literacy. It also provides parents and grandparents with a rare opportunity to share books with children.”

“What we’re after is a shift in our communities toward family literacy,” said Gary Anderson, the founder of Read to Them. “It’s not about making a change overnight. It is about creating a paradigm shift in the value of reading throughout the school district and the surrounding community.”

Read to Them supplies specific content to enable districts to implement the program, including introductory materials, trivia questions, activity ideas, and books for every student. A personal consultant is available who can help you prepare to launch the program in your community.


About Read to Them
Read to Them is a non-profit organization promoting family literacy in dozens of districts and hundreds of schools across the United States. Its mission is to create a culture of reading in homes, schools and communities by helping districts implement the One District, One Book program. Read to Them encourages and enables reading together at home by providing participating districts and schools with tools, resources, guidance and support.

About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.



Teachscape Partners with Swivl to Help Educators Capture Authentic Classroom Practices


When used with the Teachscape Effectiveness Platform, video from Swivl helps provide meaningful feedback, self-reflection and collaboration


SAN FRANCISCO, May 13, 2015 – Teachscape has partnered with Swivl to further support educators in meaningful video-based professional development. Through the partnership, educators can use the Swivl Robot, in conjunction with their mobile devices, to capture classroom videos of their own instructional practices and then upload them to the Teachscape Effectiveness Platform to receive meaningful feedback, engage in self-reflection, and collaborate and share best practices with their colleagues.


“We are committed to providing schools and districts with the most robust resources to help improve teaching practices and, ultimately, student achievement,” said Andrew Morrison, CEO of Teachscape. “Our partnership with Swivl further advances this goal by providing educators at all levels – from teaching candidates to experienced educators – with better video of their own classroom practices so that they can engage in more meaningful self-reflection and evidence-based professional development.”


Swivl, recently named a “Cool Vendor” in education by Gartner, enables educators to capture videos from anywhere, at any time using their own mobile devices. Once the tablet or smartphone is attached, Swivl’s robotic mobile accessory tracks, follows and records educators as they move around the classroom and interact with students.


“Swivl allows educators to capture targeted, high-quality video that they can use as an embedded part of the professional development process,” said Brian Lamb, co-founder and CEO of Swivl. “Now, through our partnership with Teachscape, educators can use that video within Teachscape’s feature-rich platform to really hone in on their strengths and areas in need of improvement to support their professional growth.”


Teachscape customers that were early adopters of the technologies, including Fort Worth Independent School District and Texas Tech University, have already received immense value from using Swivl in conjunction with Teachscape. “These technologies have been an asset in allowing our coaches, evaluators and teachers to work together to improve professional practice,” said Andrew McKenzie, TIF Project Manager of Fort Worth Independent School District.


To learn more, visit


About Swivl
Swivl was founded in 2010 with a vision of making video a more useful tool with robotics. The company was one of the first major crowdfunding projects for hardware and its dedication to customers has paid off with rapid growth. Swivl now has operations that span the globe, from Silicon Valley to Kiev, Ukraine, and Hong Kong, China. Swivl is backed by a world class team of investors including Grishin Robotics, Innovation Works, Newbury Ventures, Kima Ventures, Zhen Fund, and many more. For more information, visit


About Teachscape

Teachscape uniquely combines innovative technology, engaging content, and expert services to develop great teachers. From its classroom observation training and technology to its powerful web-based content delivery platform, Teachscape’s award-winning products and services have been inspired by its dedication to sparking transformative change in teaching practice. Since 1999, Teachscape has worked with schools and school districts, charter networks, archdioceses, universities and state education departments to measurably and continuously improve the effectiveness of educators to produce gains in student achievement. Teachscape’s partners, including Charlotte Danielson, ETS, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Stanford University, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, have helped to shape its vision, its products, and its strategies. To learn more about Teachscape and its complete collection of professional development offerings, go to







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