AUGUST 27, 2011

Nepris Raises $1M in New Round of Seed Funding to Build More Connections Between Industry and Education

Nepris is a cloud-based platform connecting educators and industry experts to help bring relevance to the classroom and inspire students towards real-world careers


DALLAS – August 25, 2016 – Nepris recently closed a seed round of funding totaling $1 million, led by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF). Nepris brings together educators and industry professionals in an easy-to-use online community to collaborate and connect through live online interactive sessions where students get to see what they’re learning in the classroom applied to the working world. Click to Tweet.

MSDF invested in Nepris for its ability to make a positive social impact in students’ lives by preparing them for college and career (read MSDF blog post here). While Nepris connections do bring classroom lessons to life and add relevance, the greater impact is often inspiration students find in the professionals and experts whom they meet. These experts encourage students to dream big or to consider careers they may never have known about, like being an aerospace engineer or speech therapist or amusement park designer. Frequently, students ask questions about what college was like or what classes they should take now to help them prepare for college. Many students who previously felt college was unattainable begin to see greater possibilities for higher education and new career paths after a Nepris session.

Nepris co-founder and CEO, Sabari Raja, says this round of funding will be used to achieve the following:

  1. Redesign the Nepris site to simplify the connection process for teachers and professionals
  2. Expand Nepris’ work with Economic Development Councils and Workforce Boards giving them a platform to scale industry and education connections at a regional level
  3. Boost the number of industry offered sessions, known as Industry Chats, which often attract multiple classrooms from across the country
  4. Reach more rural and lower socio-economic school districts where students have the greatest need

“We have had overwhelming success bringing industry exposure to thousands of students and we are especially excited about having prominent investors like MSDF who will help us achieve our goal of reaching more underserved students in lower socio-economic communities,” said Ms. Raja.

A demographic study sponsored by New Schools Venture Fund and conducted by Empirical Education found that 55 percent of students reached through Nepris are from underserved and lower socio-economic school districts.

Additional funders include Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), Investor’s Circle Patient Capital Collaborative, Voqaland other angel investors.

About Nepris

Dallas-based Nepris provides an online platform to connect companies, professionals, and experts to expand education outreach to classrooms while providing teachers a way to reach out to and connect with professionals around the world. Over 65,000 students in 2,200 classrooms have been inspired through Nepris, which brings classroom learning to life in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the Arts. The finding, connecting, and meeting occurs online through the Nepris community. Sessions include interactive Q&As with working professionals, virtual field trips, project mentorships, and even live Shark Tanks. See Nepris in action at or sign-up as a teacher or professional at


Back to School: Turnitin Releases Free Teaching Resources on Effective Feedback in Writing and Plagiarism Awareness

“Rethink Feedback” themed resources help K-12 teachers and higher education instructors teach proper methods of attribution and help improve student writing skills

OAKLAND, Calif. – August 25, 2016 – Improving writing skills and educating students about plagiarism and integrity are priorities for many educators this fall. New resources and tools in Turnitin’s back-to-school program, “Rethink Feedback,” help K-12 teachers and higher education instructors teach proper methods of attribution and improve student writing skills.Click to Tweet.

The free back-to-school resources include:

1)     In the Loop: Feedback Quiz – This 12-question, online self-teaching tool helps students understand the value of feedback and explains how to get the most from feedback and how to respond to instructor feedback, while encouraging students to separate feedback from evaluative measures like grades.

2)     Feedback that Makes the Grade 78% of students say they want feedback from teachers, but how do they feel about the feedback teachers are giving? This infographic lists five tips for fantastic feedback, details how students use and think about feedback, and explains what makes feedback effective in the classroom.

3)     Aiming for Integrity Analysis – How well do students understand plagiarism? Compiling over 12,500 data points from over 25,000 responses to Turnitin’s Plagiarism Quiz, this report helps educators understand student perceptions of plagiarism and citation methods.

4)     Plagiarism Spectrum – This infographic defines 10 different types of plagiarism. Each type has been given an easy-to-remember moniker to help students and instructors better identify and discuss the ramifications of plagiarism in student writing. Request posters for classrooms, or download a student handout or the full study.
“Teachers intuitively know—and research supports—that there are best practices to giving feedback to students in writing exercises,” said Jason Chu, education director at Turnitin. “Feedback that is appropriately constructive, specific, actionable, and given at the right time drastically improves how much a student learns about good writing.”

Turnitin has been a leader in promoting and supporting teachers in how to give appropriate feedback leading to improved writing skills. Earlier this year, Turnitin added Revision Assistant to its product lineup. Turnitin Revision Assistant, for grades 6-12 and developmental writing in higher education, extends teachers’ reach by giving students immediate formative feedback during the writing process.

Get more information about Turnitin products and see all Turnitin back-to-school resources at


About Turnitin

Turnitin is revolutionizing the experience of writing to learn. Turnitin’s formative feedback and originality checking services promote critical thinking, ensure academic integrity, and help students improve their writing. Turnitin provides instructors with the tools to engage students in the writing process, provide personalized feedback, and assess student progress over time. Turnitin is used by more than 26 million students at 15,000 institutions in 140 countries. Backed by Insight Venture Partners, GIC, Norwest Venture Partners, Lead Edge Capital and Georgian Partners, Turnitin is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., with international offices in Newcastle, U.K., Utrecht, Netherlands and Melbourne, Australia. @Turnitin



AUGUST 24,2016

Course Hero Introduces Literature Infographics

The company announces first-of-its-kind visual learning collection to help students master literature

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., August 24, 2016 — Course Hero, an online learning platform that empowers millions of students and educators to succeed, has developed “Literature Infographics” to help students better understand great works of literature. This visually stunning learning tool includes the key critical literary works that students will need to prepare for the upcoming fall semester. Course Hero developed these unique learning materials to provide students with a visual tool to help understand the key elements of classic literary work.

The series currently includes the following titles:

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney
And many more

The Literature Infographics (, which currently contain more than 90 titles, are a unique way for students to learn about the characters, themes, authors, and literary devices contained in the works many students will be reading this year.

“As an educator, I see these infographics as a fun, visual way to immediately immerse students in the essential ideas, concepts and literary devices that can facilitate their understanding and appreciation of literature,” said Kathi Duffel who has been a teacher for over 30 years and is an AP English and Journalism Advisor at Bear Creek High School (California).  Kathi is also the recipient of the 2015 James Madison Freedom of Information Award by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists.

“We believe our Literature Infographics will help students better understand the complex ideas behind some of these great works of literature by providing a visual, story-driven perspective to the content they are related to ,” said Course Hero Co-founder and CEO Andrew Grauer. “It’s also our hope that educators will find these materials rich, engaging and helpful in addition to the lectures, class notes and other materials that they painstakingly prepare for students in the classroom.”

The Course Hero Literature Infographics are free for students and educators to browse, download, and share with classmates, friends, and colleagues and can be found here.

About Course Hero | Master Your Classes™

Course Hero is an online learning platform that empowers millions of students and educators to succeed. Fueled by a passionate community of students and educators who share their course-specific knowledge and educational resources, Course Hero offers the biggest and best library of study documents, expert tutors, customizable flashcards, and course advice. Course Hero is now used by over 10 million students to supplement their class work with course-specific study materials.


Bloomz Adds Behavior Management and Student Portfolio Functionalities

The award-winning communication app now allows teachers to share student conduct reports and portfolios with parents in real time

(Seattle, WA) August 23, 2016 — Bloomz today announced the addition of two major new functionalities to its free parent communication app: Behavior Management and Student Portfolios.

Behavior Management allows teachers to securely share student conduct reports with parents in real time, all the while reinforcing positive habits. Students will earn points for positive behavior, giving the teacher the option to share quick conduct reports with parents and keep a history of behavior for every student in their class. In keeping with the app’s name, Bloomz offers students a virtual flower that they nurture through positive behavior and which will fully bloom after they collect a predetermined number of points collected.

The new Student Portfolio feature allows teachers to share student-submitted work with parents, keeping a record of the student’s work throughout the school year (and beyond). Bloomz also allows teachers to add a note to the parents, annotate on the image and even record audio on top of it to provide more context on the work itself. Both Behavior Management and Student Portfolios complete Bloomz’s Student Timeline, a central hub that gives parents a glance at their kids’ life at school and provides teachers with an all-inclusive app to manage their classroom and keep parents engaged.

“Behavior Management helps teachers and parents work together for the betterment of students, and along with Student Portfolios, creates an engaging relationship between the two,” said Chaks Appalabattula, the CEO of Bloomz. “With these new features, we aim to reduce the number of tools that teachers currently use by incorporating functionality that teachers and parents need, so they won’t have to look for it elsewhere.”

In order to enable Behavior Management or Student Portfolios, teachers who are currently using Bloomz should access their class, and they will receive a pop-up notification asking them to enable these functions. Users can also update their functionality using a toggle switch in their Class Settings.

Bloomz will continue to provide updates to its app in the following weeks to build on these features and improve the experience in the app, including adding native video support. With all these new features, Bloomz continues to raise the bar for other parent communication – and now, classroom management tools out there.

About Bloomz

Bloomz is the free mobile and web app that connects educators with parents in a secure, social, private environment. In Bloomz, parents feel more connected than they ever have to their children’s world, and teachers have more time than ever before, because they have everything they need in one simple-to-use tool. Learn more at


Cricket Media Partners with Second Avenue Learning to Provide Global Access to K-12 Presidential Election Program
Interactive Global Community Experience supports civic learning around the world

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 23, 2016—Cricket Media, an education media company and global learning network, announced a partnership with Second Avenue Learning, a leader in the design and development of serious games for education, to integrate Second Avenue Learning’s Voters Ed product in one of its collaborative ePals Global Community Experiences.

ePals, a division of Cricket Media, safely connects millions of students and teachers across more than 200 countries and territories to reinforce culture, language, and subject-based learning. The collaborative Global Experiences integrate high-quality educational content from Faces, Cobblestone, Ask and Cricket’s many other reading-leveled media products, as well as multimedia resources from established experts such as the Smithsonian Institution.

For the full news release, click here.

AUGUST 23, 2016

The Virtual High School Launching College Board’s New Computer Science Course


AP® Computer Science Principles prepares all students to succeed in a fast-paced working world that is increasingly online, data-driven, and powered by programming.


Boston — August 22, 2016The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) is piloting a new introductory college-level computer science course in fall 2016, designed to appeal to all students in grades 10-12, not just those interested in STEM subjects.


The goal of AP® Computer Science Principles is to promote success across all disciplines in today’s technology-driven society. The course will foster logical thinking, problem-solving skills, and creativity in students with diverse backgrounds and interests.


VHS is among the first online providers in the United States to offer this College Board course.


“It’s important that today’s students learn to use core computer science concepts to solve real-world problems,” said Carol Ribeiro, President and CEO of VHS. “This is not about becoming a master coder, it’s about developing computational thinking skills that allow students to identify problems and propose and evaluate solutions in a technology-rich society. The workplace demands these skills, and by developing them in high school, students gain problem-solving strategies that are essential for future college experiences and careers.”


The exciting new VHS course implements the ambitious College Board curriculum framework by guiding students into the world of networked devices, documents, data points, and – most importantly – people. In the course, students explore the big ideas of computer science through vibrant discussions, activities and collaborative projects that incorporate videos, tutorials and readings, using the latest edition of the “New Perspectives on Computer Concepts” text by Parsons.  An innovative combination of resources, lessons and technology within the Brightspace learning management system, as well as Scratch and Pencil Code development platforms, provides opportunity for students to explore concepts and demonstrate skills in:

  • Collaborative problem solving
  • Algorithmic reasoning and sketching
  • Creative design of unique programming artifacts and solutions
  • Data representation through modeling and simulations
  • Two AP “Performance Tasks”, submitted digitally to the College Board


“The course is unique in its focus on fostering creativity,” said Ribeiro. “VHS students will be encouraged to think creatively using computer software and other technology to explore real-world questions that interest them, in subjects ranging from STEM to sports, theater, music, and more. Furthermore, the curriculum is explicitly designed to motivate and engage young women and other students historically underrepresented in computing.”


Ribeiro concluded, “The need for computer science-savvy citizens is so strong that the White House launched a Computer Science for All initiative in January, 2016. We believe the College Board’s AP® Computer Science Principlescourse will help students better understand their options and encourage broader participation in computer science and STEM fields. That means a larger, more diverse group will have access to high-paying tech jobs in the future.”


The VHS course syllabus is currently under review by College Board and pending approval. For more information visit:


About The Virtual High School Inc.

The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization has set the standard for quality online education. VHS provides courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development for educators.  The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development and individualized course offerings. VHS design and delivery standards are the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning. The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology, and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, or call (978) 897-1900.


EXO U Launches Ormiboard to Help Teachers Transform Mobile Devices into Interactive Whiteboards

The collaborative SaaS tool works on any device to engage students through interactive activities, games, and lesson-building


(Montreal, Canada) August 23, 2016 — EXO U Inc. (“EXO U” or the “Corporation”) (TSXV: EXO), a software development company, today announced the launch of Ormiboard, a first-of-its-kind digital learning environment that redefines whole-classroom teaching by transforming any device with any operating system into an easy-to-use whiteboarding and collaboration tool.


“Created using teacher feedback to build a hassle-free whiteboarding experience linked with collaboration and sharing features to engage students, Ormiboard realizes the potential of today’s BYOB, 1:1, and mixed-device classrooms,” said Jim Kirchner, the CEO of EXO U. “We say ‘the world is your whiteboard’ because Ormiboard’s web-hosted environment effectively puts interactive whiteboards in the hands of every student, whether they’re at school or home—creating an omnipresent 21st century canvas focused on student collaboration and creation.”


Teachers can migrate existing whiteboard content from software such as Smart Notebook and ActivInspire to capitalize on the work they’ve already done. They can also choose from Ormiboard’s ready-made lessons or create their own activities, games, and lessons with students on any device within Ormiboard’s easy-to-use interface.


Ormiboard’s expanding library of templates and searchable content covers all subject areas and includes quick quizzes, click-and-drag assignments, games, and exams. Users can also create and customize lessons using a floating toolset to insert more than 500 vector clip art images, pictures, shapes, text, tiles, sounds, actions, and more.


“In class, Ormiboard incorporates all devices into a single immersive learning environment and empowers teachers to instantly push content and activities to student devices, jump to external content, simultaneously view multiple student sessions on one screen, and select any students’ activity to appear on the front-of-class display,” further explained Kirchner.


Ormiboard allows teachers to create multiple forms of questions and push them to student devices, and results are available on an educator’s device immediately. This capability allows teachers to assess as often as they like and use students’ responses as part of the lesson. Teachers can then save sessions in order to track students’ performance individually or in groups.


“Ormiboard can even help your students grow into coding and support STEM skills development if teachers add simple Javascript into lessons so students can animate activities themselves,” added Kirchner.


In seconds, teachers can fully integrate Ormiboard with Google Classroom, Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, and other popular third-party platforms.


Ormiboard is available directly to teachers worldwide. To sign up for a free trial or for more information please visit  For a limited time, early adopters of Ormiboard Go will receive a dramatically discounted price.


About EXO U

At EXO U, we believe that people learn best with instructional technologies that support and don’t interrupt the momentum of teaching, learning, and collaboration—whether they are learning in person, remotely, or across an evolving device landscape. That’s why our web-based whiteboarding and classroom management solutions for educational institutions and corporations work on any device with any OS, anytime and anywhere, solving important mobility issues such as security, privacy, real-time collaboration, and management of application and content. EXO U’s shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol EXO.V. For more information about Ormiboard, visit and follow us on Twitter @ormiboard.


Skyward Partners with Clever to Support Student Data Security
The partnership allows educational apps to become more accessible and secure for the classroom

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (Aug. 23, 2016) ­– Skyward, a K-12 school administrative software provider, announces its partnership with Clever, a platform that simplifies and secures the integration of student data exchanged between SIS platforms and educational applications.

Districts using Clever will be able to access Skyward’s free API to complete a data transfer of students enrolled in their district or select schools. The information will then integrate, at the discretion of district administrators, with authorized educational applications. Students are then able to use approved learning apps in the classroom through Clever’s single sign-on, which ensures student data is kept secure.

To view the full news release, visit


Singapore Math® Publisher Marshall Cavendish Announces New Fact Fluency Workbook Series for Elementary Schools

Singapore Math
® Fact Fluency for grades K to 5 helps students master and understand essential math facts that build the foundation of higher levels of math

            TARRYTOWN, NY, Aug. 22, 2016 – Marshall Cavendish Education, publisher of Singapore Math® textbooks Math in Focus® andPrimary Mathematics, introduced a new workbook series for grades K to 5 to sharpen students’ conceptual understanding of and fluency in mathematics. Singapore Math® Fact Fluency targets these two critical elements of K-5 math learning. Each consumable, print-format student workbook is for one grade level and supports any math curriculum. The books are expected to ship by the end of September. Achieving fact fluency by the end of 5th grade requires more from students than memorization. Marshall Cavendish’s approach to help students achieve fact fluency is based on the philosophy that number sense leads to fact fluency, and that fact fluency and higher-order thinking can be taught simultaneously. It aligns with the way the latest math standards are written. In July, Marshall Cavendish presented multiple workshops at the Staff Development for Educators (SDE) conference in Las Vegas, addressing the topic of teaching math fact fluency, among more than 30 other Singapore Math® related topics.

There is an important role that conceptual understanding and competency in solving basic facts play in securing fact fluency. The various practice strategies for students in the Singapore Math® Fact Fluency workbooks are more suitable and more effective methods than traditional math drills alone. Educators are invited to preview free digital sample chapters from the books at


Singapore Math® Fact Fluency workbooks provide students with five types of practice opportunities:

  • Fact Builder asks students to apply specific strategies that promote fluency.
  • Fact Strategy Practice asks students to analyze problems and apply multiple problem-solving strategies.
  • Apply and Build Knowledge asks students to synthesize and apply knowledge of fact strategies to real-world problems.
  • Writing about Math asks students to evaluate and create new math thinking through movement, drawing, writing, or talking.
  • Challenge Questions appear in some practices. These questions help students acquire readiness for future learning.

“Students don’t develop the ability for automatic recall in their brain until they are eight to nine years old, which is about third grade. It happens in phases,” said Susan Resnick, one of the Singapore Math® Fact Fluency authors. “First, students are building facts through counting numbers. Second is using known information to determine the answer of an unknown combination. Phase three is mastery, when they are efficient, fast and accurate in their production of answers. Students can’t skip phase two to reach mastery, so this is an important area to focus on in helping them get there.”

Place value is important to building fact fluency. The Singapore Math® Fact Fluency workbooks use visual diagrams to help students understand how to regroup tens and ones. Recognition and production are covered. Students learn to recognize first, then they can learn to produce something. In division, students learn to visualize how to shift numbers how many places to each side of the decimal.

The first step to building facts is skip counting by 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. Students learn to use a number line chart. They look at a picture of real objects, something like different kinds of fruit in rows, to count how many or to multiply how many they see. Array models show something representative, like circles, to present problems. An area model is more advanced and more abstract, asking students to count the area of an object, like small squares that make up a whole larger square of 25. Singapore Math® Fact Fluency teaches students to be flexible with multiplication and decimals.

Students learn building facts for division. They practice how to break up groups in a visual model to divide numbers. They learn to use a partitioning model that represents the whole.

Students who don’t know their multiplication tables by 5th grade need a different approach to learn them. Students need strategies to build those facts from ones they already know. Then they are asked to explain their thinking.

In developing mastery, students don’t need to practice all of their math facts, just the ones they don’t know. They need to be able use higher-order thinking to explain their answers. The workbooks focus on flexibility and generalizing number relationships.


“Methods of teaching math have changed drastically. With more rigor at early grades, younger students need to know their math facts earlier and by second nature,” said Vivian Cheng, Area Director US, at Marshall Cavendish Education. “Marshall Cavendish’s new series of Singapore Math® Fact Fluency workbooks provide supplemental opportunities and activities for students to build, practice and understand those facts, so that they are successful in math and ready for more advanced math after 5th grade.”




The Singapore Math® Fact Fluency series books were written by experts on elementary math education, who are also former teachers: Genevieve Collura, M.S. Ed. and Susan Resnick.

An elementary teacher in Brooklyn for nine years, Genevieve Collura now works as a school-based instructional coach. Genevieve also trains teachers and administrators in K-8 classrooms and institutes across the U.S., facilitating the implementation of the successful Singaporean instructional approach at the core of Marshall Cavendish’s Math in Focus® curriculum. The curriculum intends for students to strengthen critical thinking and reach mastery of concepts, computational skills and problem-solving and its applications to real-life situations. She recently presented at the NCSM conference.

Susan Resnick, a career educator, has worked as an elementary, middle-school, and high-school math teacher, as well as a school principal and district math coordinator. Currently, Susan works in schools across the country and around the globe, teaching Singapore Math® strategies to students, teachers, coaches, and administrators.


Singapore Math® Fact Fluency workbooks are available for ordering now in print format through Marshall Cavendish Education. The suggested purchase price for Singapore Math® Fact Fluency is $99 for one 10-student pack of workbooks for any grade level, K through 5. Orders placed by Aug. 31 receive a 5% discount and free shipping. Recorded professional development online webinars for teachers on strategies to help students achieve fact fluency are also available for purchase at Educators are invited to visit the company’s online bookstore at, or call (800) 821-9881 x337.

Marshall Cavendish Education
           Marshall Cavendish Education ( is the authentic provider of Singapore Math® educational solutions. The company’s holistic approach to learning and teaching is fundamentally changing math education in the United States by providing teachers with the same pedagogy, curriculum, supplemental materials and digital resources that have put the company’s Singapore students at the top of all global math performance studies.

For nearly 40 years, Marshall Cavendish Education has been a leading academic publisher of K-12 math textbooks, workbooks, and digital curricula, as well as a respected provider of professional development for educators. With headquarters in Singapore, Marshall Cavendish Education has been on a mission to revitalize math instruction in classrooms worldwide. The company’s products have been adopted by educators and embraced by students in over 50 countries.

AUGUST 22,2016

Flight 93 National Memorial Offers Free Distance Learning Event


“Action to Honor” Marks 15th Anniversary ofSeptember 11, 2001 in Classrooms across the Country


Shanksville, Pa. – Students and teachers are invited to join a live, distance learning session on Friday, September 9 as part of the 15th anniversary observance of September 11, 2001. This educational videoconference is made possible through partnership between the National Park Service, Internet2, and the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research. The free, one-hour program will be broadcast live from Flight 93 National Memorial twice so student audiences coast-to-coast have the opportunity to participate.

The distance learning program, Action to Honor is focused on grades 6-12 and goes live at 9:30 a.m. EDT, followed by a second live program at 1 p.m. EDT.  Rangers from the National Park Service will explain how the memorial honors the Flight 93 passengers and crew, share their story and explore the symbolism that can be found throughout the site today. Students will have the opportunity to submit questions during interactive 50-minute broadcast.  Although the program is free, educators are required to register for the electronic field trip at


“This program allows memorial staff to reach nationwide and begin relaying the events of 15 years ago to students who may not have even been born,” said Steve Clark, superintendent of Flight 93 National Memorial. “We invite schools worldwide to join in this unique opportunity to connect to a memorial which honors the extraordinary actions of the 40 passengers and crew of Flight 93.”


In addition to the distance learning programs, the memorial will provide live stream web programming between the broadcasts from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. EDT. For live stream access to the broadcast, users can connect at NPS


About the Flight 93 National Memorial
On Sept. 24, 2002, Congress passed the Flight 93 National Memorial Act which created a new national park to commemorate the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who, on September 11, 2001, courageously gave their lives to thwart a planned attack on our nation’s capital. The memorial is outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed with the loss of its 40 passengers and crew. For more information about the Flight 93 National Memorial, please visit


About Internet2

Internet2 is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve shared technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research and community service missions. Internet2 also operates the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, with Internet2 Network Operations Center powered by Indiana University. Internet2 serves more than 90,000 community anchor institutions, 317 U.S. universities, 70 government agencies, 42 regional and state education networks, 80 leading corporations working with our community and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing more than 100 countries.


Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, MI; Denver, CO; Emeryville, CA; Washington, DC; and West Hartford, CT. For more information, visit or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.


The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) is devoted to fostering collaboration through technology for the community anchor institutions in Pennsylvania. KINBER offers connectivity, technology infrastructure solutions and training and professional development opportunities tailored to support the needs of its members, ranging from libraries and health systems to large university settings. KINBER built and manages the 1,800-mile Pennsylvania Research and Education Network, known as PennREN, which provides advanced data networking to non-profit organizations and fosters collaboration between Pennsylvania-based organizations for value-added services such as Internet2 connectivity, realistic high-definition video, real-time videoconferencing, and data sharing. PennREN access points are now in 51 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties with connections in more than 120 locations over the 1,800-mile network. For more information, visit or follow @KINBER on Twitter.



Ventris Learning to Become the Exclusive Publisher of the Sunform Alphabet System News Release


SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (August 9, 2016) – Ventris Learning, LLC has reached agreement with Sundberg Learning Systems, LLC of Lake Bluff, IL to become the exclusive publisher of the Sunform Alphabet System, effective immediately. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “Sunform provides the foundation for our Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching offering as it enables every PreK/K student to rapidly become capable of blending, regardless of his or her level of school readiness or home language,” said Robert Meyer, Ventris president. “This important advance in reading pedagogy has enormous potential for students who are underserved in literacy including English Language Learners”. “


Sunform simultaneously teaches picture names, mnemonic motor movements, and alliterations with each beginning letter sound,” said Dean Sundberg, Sunform president. “These elements, along with the integrated motor plan, transform the abstract nonphonetic symbols of the English alphabet into meaningful phonetic letters, laying a solid foundation for beginning reading, writing, and spelling.” Sunform complements Ventris Learning’s ToggleTalk® contrastive analysis K-1 supplemental curriculum; Code Switching Lessons, a professional development offering for grades 2-6+ English Language Arts teachers; and two additional language/literacy innovations under development.


About the Sunform Alphabet System Sunform’s uniquely effective, neurologically-based methodology rapidly teaches children beginning letter sounds and symbols to automaticity by activating both the right and left sides of the brain. Created by Mary Lou Sundberg, Sunform has been shown in published research to produce significant literacy gains in PreK, K-2, remedial and ELL settings.


About Ventris Learning Our Academic language development resources support teachers to better meet the instructional needs of underserved students. To learn more,




AUGUST 18, 2016

Follett Destiny 14.0 Features Learning Management System Integration

Educator Says It’s ‘A Game Changer for Partnering Resources with Classrooms’


McHENRY, Ill., Aug. 18, 2016 –Follett’s new Destiny 14.0 release now supports IMS LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) capability providing seamless, single sign-on integration to resources available in Destiny Discover via districts’ learning applications. Earlier this week, Follett announced a series of significant updates to its market-leading Destiny solution, including an innovative Chrome extension and access to open education resources.

The latest software update enables institutions using any LTI-compliant learning application to enhance the visibility and accessibility of resources the district has invested in through the addition of Destiny Discovery tools to their online classes.

As the 2016-17 school year has begun or is getting ready to start across the country, news that the new 14.0 release includes the capability to make Destiny an LTI tool was praised by current Follett customers.

“As a district with an LMS, we wanted to make sure Destiny was not being seen just as a library product, but rather as an integral part of our classroom environments,” said Suzy Ferrell, Director of Library Media Services,Clear Creek (Texas) Independent School District. “Now, students can quickly and efficiently access Destiny since it is now tied to our learning management system with no separate log in.”

“Our teachers and media specialists will be able to add digital content housed in Destiny to a course in our learning management system providing a streamlined approach for our students,” said Gregory Odell, e-Learning Specialist, Hall County Schools in Gainesville, Ga. “Adding the LTI capability to Destiny opens up many opportunities for our district to promote the digital assets available in Destiny via our one-stop-shop LMS.”

According to Nader Qaimari, President of Follett School Solutions, the new LTI integration “reflects our company’s ongoing commitment to championing accessibility and open standards, supporting schools’ ability to make technology decisions that are right for them.”

“This is one of many steps we are taking to connect the classroom to the library, helping highlight the importance of librarians and the content they curate within districts and instruction,” Qaimari added.

Ferrell concurred and said she is particularly excited her library’s resources can now be integrated into the classroom courses.

“Partnering with our curriculum teams, we will be able to help bring the resources from our libraries to students and teachers into their online learning environments,” she said. “This is really a game changer for partnering resources with classrooms.”

To fully introduce Destiny 14.0, including the new IMS LTI integration, Follett is hosting a free webinar at 2 p.m. CDTTuesday, Aug. 23. For more information, and to register, visit this link.

For more information about Follett Destiny, visit For more information about Follett, visit


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 |

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves more than half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education’s largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,700 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.


Epson Pro L1405U Laser Projector Wins Tech & Learning ISTE 2016 Best of Show Award


3LCD Large Venue Projector Features Outstanding Image Quality, Durability and Reliability


LONG BEACH, Calif. – Aug. 17, 2016 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide, was named a winner of Tech & Learning’s ISTE 2016 Best of Show Awards for its Pro L1405U large venue laser projector. The Pro L1000-Series projectors are the first to integrate a laser-light source with an inorganic phosphor wheel and inorganic LCD panels for outstanding image quality, durability and reliability.


“The Pro L1405U, and Pro L-Series as a whole, combines a laser light source and 3LCD technology for powerful, brilliant images making it ideal for auditoriums, lecture halls, gymnasiums, and theaters,” said Phong Phanel, product manager of large venue projectors, Epson America, Inc. “The recognition from Tech & Learning is a great honor and reinforces the game-changing impact laser projectors can have in the education market.”


Tech & Learning’s ISTE 2016 Best of Show Awards recognize products and services that show the greatest promise according to the country’s most tech-savvy educators. A panel of judges rate products that are on exhibit at ISTE based on their quality, effectiveness, ease of use, and creative use of technology. The judges then meet in person to decide which products will have the most impact in the classroom and are deserving of the Best of Show recognition.


Leveraging Epson’s proprietary 3LCD technology and new inorganic components, the entire line of Epson Pro L-Series laser projectors deliver advanced performance, quality, reliability, and flexibility. The WUXGA Pro L1405U specifically features 8,000 lumens of color brightness and 8,000 lumens of white brightness1and can accept 4K input through 4K Enhancement2 technology.


The Pro L1405U’s laser light engine provides 20,000 hours3 of virtually maintenance-free operation. It additionally provides exceptional integration capabilities including diverse connectivity such as HDBaseT, HDMI®, DVI-D, SDI, VGA and 5-BNC for easy integration with any system, as well as ten optional powered lenses with powered lens shift and lens memory, including a 0.35 ultra short-throw lens for shallow spaces.


Availability, Pricing and Support

The Epson Pro L1405U comes with a limited warranty of three years or 20,000 hours, whichever comes first, with next business day replacement, including free shipping both ways4. For additional information,


Color Brightness Specification and Projector Performance

The color brightness specification (measuring red, green and blue) published by the Society for Information Display (SID) allows consumers to compare projector color performance without conducting a side-by-side shootout. With today’s high definition content, presenters can display content with higher quality in brighter environments. For a truly impressive image, projectors need to offer both high color brightness and high white brightness. High color brightness is important for larger screen sizes and provides flexibility for a variety of screen materials. Without sufficient color brightness, images may be muddy, soft and lose detail, even in a dark room. For more information, visit


About Epson

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.


Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 67,000 employees in 90 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (, Twitter (, YouTube (, and Instagram (

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1 Color brightness (color light output) and white brightness (white light output) will vary depending on usage conditions. Color light output measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4; white light output measured in accordance with ISO 21118.

2 4K Enhancement Technology shifts each pixel diagonally by 0.5 pixels to double the resolution and surpass Full HD image quality.

3 20,000 hours is the estimated projector life when used in Normal Mode. Actual hours may vary depending on mode and usage environment. The projectors have a limited warranty of three years or 20,000 hours, whichever comes first

4 Expedited shipping not available in all areas. Road Service orders must be in by 3 p.m. Eastern Time for Next-Business-Day delivery.


Note: EPSON is a registered trademarks and EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation. All other product brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.



Inc. Magazine Unveils 35th Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000


For the 2nd Time, Curriculum Associates Appears on the Inc. 5000 list,Ranking No. 1991 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 187%



NEW YORK, August 18, 2016Inc. magazine today ranked Curriculum Associates No. 1991 on its 35th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.


“We are honored to be included on the Inc. 5000 for the second consecutive year and recognized as the largest K–12 education company,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “Our team’s passion for making classrooms better places has fueled our rapid growth, and our unique corporate structure has allowed us to stay true to our commitment to improve outcomes for nearly 3.5 million students.”


The 2016 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 23), is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 433%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $200 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 640,000 jobs over the past three years, or about 8% of all jobs created in the entire economy during that period. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at


“The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great—usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”


The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from October 18 through 20, in San Antonio, TX. Speakers include some of the greatest entrepreneurs of this and past generations, such as best-selling author and strategist Tony Robbins, SoulCycle co-founders Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice, Cornerstone OnDemand founder, president and CEO Adam Miller, Marvell Technology Group director and co-founder Weili Dai, and New Belgium Brewing co-founder and executive chair Kim Jordan.


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


 More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000



The 2016 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2012 to 2015. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2012. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2015. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2012 is $100,000; the minimum for 2015 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at


About Inc. Media:

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 15,000,000 today.  For more information, visit


The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.


For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit


Renaissance Products Receive Endorsement from Council of
Administrators of Special Education

Three Renaissance reading and math practice solutions endorsed by CASE Product Review Committee

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (August 18, 2016) – Renaissance®, the leader in K-12 learning analytics, announces that the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) has officially endorsed three of the company’s reading and math practice solutions—Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360®, Renaissance Accelerated Math® and Renaissance MathFacts in a Flash®.

CASE endorsements are granted solely to the products and solutions recognized as being able to meet the needs of special education students. The CASE Product Committee takes great care to research the products through a thorough evaluation, verifying that they meet state and federal government requirements. “Like with all products and solutions endorsed by CASE, Renaissance’s products and solutions highlighted evidence that they improve outcomes for students with disabilities,” says Dr. Luann Purcell, executive director of CASE.

To read the full release, click here.


AUGUST 17, 2016

The Virtual High School and Quincy College Announce  First Course in New Dual Credit Program


High School Students Taking VHS U.S. History Courses Can Now Receive College Credit at Quincy College


Boston — Aug. 16, 2016The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.), a non-profit empowering schools with the industry’s best online learning programs, is announcing its new dual credit partnership with Quincy College, a two-year, municipally affiliated college with campuses in Plymouth and Quincy Massachusetts. Starting Fall of 2016, VHS students can earn college credit from Quincy College for taking online Virtual High School U.S History courses.


Developed by VHS and taught by VHS teachers that meet Quincy College faculty requirements, these online classes are now eligible for transcripted credits, which are transferrable within Massachusetts’ State College and Universitysystem. Students who register for dual credit will realize significant savings, since Quincy College offers a discounted rate to high school students, resulting in savings of at least 60% versus comparable State College or University credits.


“This is an exciting step forward for VHS. It has always been part of our mission to offer high quality programs for students who are ready and prepared to tackle college-level work,” said Amy Michalowski, Dean of VHS. “Now we’reable to help students earn college credit in an affordable way. This agreement will provide access to a program theymay not have at their high schools, giving them a head start on their college careers.”


VHS plans to expand the dual credit agreement with Quincy College to other courses, including math offerings and additional social studies electives. Eventually, VHS hopes to integrate some of Quincy College’s offerings, such as criminology and accounting, as well.


“Quincy College is pleased to partner with excellent organizations like the Virtual High School to ensure that college is affordable, accessible, and of the highest quality for area high school students. Through the College on My Campus program, high school students can take courses that offer credit as part of their high school program and receive a Quincy College transcript for the same course. We look forward to expanding our partnership in the future with the Virtual High School to include additional courses,” said Michael Marrapodi, Quincy College Dean of Online Programs and Inter-Institutional Affairs.


For more information about Quincy College’s articulation agreements for High School students, please visit:—high-school.


About Quincy College

Founded in 1958, Quincy College is a two-year, municipally affiliated community college serving approximately 4,500 students at campuses located in Quincy and Plymouth, Massachusetts. Quincy College is an open access institution that encourages academic achievement and excellence, diversity, economic opportunity, community involvement, and lifelong learning. The College facilitates valuable learning relationships that inspire students to realize their educational and professional futures. The college offers 35 associate degree programs and 21 certificate programs in a variety of disciplines, including those within Professional Programs, Liberal Arts, Natural & Health Sciences and Nursing. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to grant the degrees of Associate in Arts and Associate in Science. As the “College of the South Shore”, Quincy College draws a diversity of students from the greater metro Boston area, South Shore, Cape and the Islands, as well as 121 countries around the world. For additional information, visit



About The Virtual High School Inc.

The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization has set the standard for quality online education. VHS provides courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development for educators.  The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development and individualized course offerings. VHS design and delivery standards are the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning. The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology, and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, or call (978) 897-1900.


US Performance Academy and Edgenuity Help Students Go for Academic Gold


World Class Student Athletes Use Edgenuity Instructional Services to Meet and Surpass High School Requirements


Scottsdale, AZ – August 16, 2016 – Edgenuity, a leading provider of online and blended learning solutions, announced today that US Performance Academy (USPA), an independent school for competitive athletes, is using Edgenuity’s Instructional Services to provide curriculum and educational support to its student athletes.


USPA currently serves competitive student athletes, providing a rigorous curriculum delivered through a customizable academic calendar. USPA’s unique program challenges highly motivated students, focusing on the skills and expertise needed to compete at the highest levels of both academics and sports.


“Edgenuity’s mission is to ensure that all students have access to quality education delivered at a pace and place best for them,” said Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity. “USPA has done a remarkable job giving world class student athletes the ability to earn a high school education without missing a step in their training, and we are proud that our teachers and curriculum support these students along the way.”


USPA uses a combination of its educators and Edgenuity’s online curriculum and certified teachers for its middle and high school students. By combining Edgenuity’s advanced technology with USPA’s high-performance athletics, students at USPA are able to take their learning with them while Edgenuity and USPA teachers and coaches provide the proactive instruction and flexibility needed.


“We believe that our students shouldn’t have to choose between pursuing their athletic dreams and pursuing a great education,” said Pete Smith, President of USPA. “With Edgenuity, our students are able to seamlessly migrate their daily academic work to any training center around the world, making it possible to master concepts and excel both on the playing field and off.”


“I enjoy being a part of USPA. The classes catch my interests on so many levels,” said Seu Jacobi, USPA student. “I love how I get to decide what I want to learn, when I want to learn, and how I want to learn.”


About Edgenuity

Edgenuity is a leading provider of online curriculum, supplemental material and instructional services for the K-12 market. Our solutions are in use in 9 of the top 15 school districts in the U.S., helping schools meet their academic goals and improving student outcomes. Our rigorous, standards-aligned digital content is fully flexible for use in any online or blended learning model to support a personalized learning environment – from elementary through high school. We offer honors and Advanced Placement courses, credit recovery, intervention and test readiness. Edgenuity’s Blended Learning Services, Instructional Services and Professional Development offerings, as well as intervention programs such as Edgenuity MyPath® and Pathblazer® by Compass Learning®, help students, educators and districts achieve success in their online learning programs. For more information, visit


Kids Discover Online Unveils New Custom Assessments Feature

Educators can now use the interactive digital library to create, distribute, assess, and track personalized quizzes, tests, and homework assignments

(NEW YORK, NY) August 16, 2016 – Kids Discover, a leading provider of dynamic, engaging science and social studies curriculum, today announced that its interactive digital library, Kids Discover Online, now includes custom assessment capabilities. Kids Discover Online enables educators to mix and match material from science and social studies to facilitate students’ exploration of big ideas through cross-curricular learning. The newly added Assessments tool gives educators full control to create, distribute, and assess custom quizzes, tests, and homework assignments directly within the platform.

The Assessments feature includes more than 5,000 pre-built questions covering more than 1,200 science and social studies topics. Question types vary to include discussion prompts, short answer, multiple choice, and true/false. Educators can save content to their Classroom and have questions specifically corresponding to a given article automatically populate the question bank.

“It is so important that our users know we listen to their feedback and requests. They are our best source of information on how to continue making our solution the absolute best for them and their students,” said Ted Levine, the president and CEO of Kids Discover. “With pre-built questions, customization features, automated grading, and Gradebook tracking, teachers will now be able to use our science and social studies content to accurately assess their students’ knowledge and understanding within those subjects.”

Using the question bank as a starting point, educators can create custom assessments ranging from short multiple-choice quizzes to longer mixed-question assessments. The tool was created to be as flexible as possible, giving educators the freedom to edit existing questions or create their own. With Assessments, educators can lock and unlock content during assessments to restrict what the student can view while the assessment is in process. This feature can also be used to differentiate homework assignments from exams.

Levine added, “Many of our users use Kids Discover Online daily, and know our content and interface inside out. They’re the experts, and to ensure we are making our product the best it can be, we often engage in phone conversations and emails with our educators to collect detailed, qualitative feedback on what we can do to make our tool even better. The Assessments feature was in high demand, so we built it.”


Teachers can save hours of time spent on grading by creating custom answer keys. Kids Discover will automatically grade all true/false and multiple-choice questions, giving teachers more time to focus on their students. In cases where connectivity is not readily available, teachers can print and distribute custom assessments to students as well.

The Gradebook feature enables educators to view and analyze students’ history on all past assessments within Kids Discover Online, including offline tests manually entered by educators. Gradebook automatically monitors students’ progress throughout the year and provides educators an analysis of where their strengths lie and where they need additional support. Students also have the ability to look at their own past performance or drill into a specific assessment to see which questions they got right or wrong.

As they can with all Kids Discover Online content, students will be able to take assessments on any device, including iPads, laptops, and even mobile phones. The Assessments tool is only for use by those with Kids Discover Online paid accounts.

For information about school and district pricing for the upcoming school year, please


About Kids Discover

For more than 25 years, Kids Discover has been creating beautifully crafted nonfiction products for kids. With a specialty in science and social studies, the team of talented writers, award-winning designers and illustrators, and subject experts from leading institutions is committed to a single mission: to get children excited about reading and learning. For information, please visit


AUGUST 16, 2016

Apperson Offers New Free eBook of Back-to-School Tips and Resources for Teachers


eBook offers more than 50 ideas and free, downloadable activities to help teachers kick off the 2016-17 school year



Charlotte N.C. – Aug. 15, 2016 – Assessment leader Apperson has created a free eBook for teachers filled with more than 50 “must-know” tips and ideas to help get the 2016-17 school year off to a strong, positive start. To download the eBook, click here or visit


The Apperson Back-to-School eBook combines some of the best teacher-provided strategies, tips and activities and condenses them into an informative, organized, easy-to-read PDF file teachers can download, print and share.


Some of the eBook’s highlights include:

  • Back-to-school must-haves for the classroom
  • Tips on how to build strong relationships with students and parents from day one
  • Seven ideas to make test prep fun
  • 10 books to help students understand their feelings
  • Classroom activities that teach social-emotional skills and promote positive attitudes
  • Free resources and tips on nutrition, organizational strategies, apps, and more


The Back-to-School eBook is part of Apperson’s ongoing work to support educators, administrators and out-of-school-time organizations as they implement academic and social-emotional assessment solutions that inform instruction and help schools meet the upcoming, required benchmarks of the recently passed ESSA legislation. With robust data capture and reporting capabilities, Apperson’s products and services address the needs of the whole child, providing the measurement schools need to create a healthy, positive learning environment for students.


As a proven leader in providing academic testing solutions, Apperson leverages and builds upon this experience by offering an online assessment and intervention tool called Evo Social & Emotional (Evo SEL) to help educators measure students’ SEL skills and to provide strategies for instruction and intervention. Evo SEL features the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a strengths-based assessment system designed to screen students for social and emotional competencies.


“One of our goals at Apperson is to support teachers in their work to teach the whole child,” said Bill Apperson, chairman of the board of Apperson. “Teachers have one of the toughest jobs in the world. This eBook is full of great resources that we hope will make their lives a little easier and get the school year off to a healthy, happy start for students.”


About Apperson

Apperson’s K-16 assessment solutions help educators develop a 360° panorama of the student and his or her strengths, as well as areas of opportunities, that can inform curriculum decision-making and create positive learning outcomes. Whether it’s DataLink scanners, or the Evo assessment platform, Apperson’s products support and encourage a holistic learning and development approach by helping educators turn assessment data into actionable information. For more information, visit




Gryphon House Releases Nurturing Next-Generation Innovators


Lewisville, N.C. – Young children need a broad view of the world to better work with others and achieve academic success, which means being able to see many perspectives, listen to others, and share their own ideas and perceptions. In the new book, Nurturing Next-Generation Innovators: Open-Ended Activities to Support Global Thinking, author Ellen Booth Church uses unique activities to prepare children to be global citizens.

The book is full of strategies developed from Church’s more than 40 years’ experience in early childhood education, using illustrative activities that help children notice and identify what all people have in common and challenging them to accept and appreciate differences. Teachers can use the activities to nurture a growth mindset through hands-on explorations.

Nurturing Next-Generation Innovators is divided into four major themes that walk children through increasing understandings of themselves, others, and the world we all share. Literacy, math, science, motor skills, and social skills are woven into each theme.

“The goal of this book is to provide teachers with creative hands-on discussions and activities for developing children who are thinkers, communicators, and collaborators,” Church said. “Children who are prepared to deal with the world of work and education need to be able to take a broader view, seeing and hearing many viewpoints and perspectives.”

Nurturing Next-Generation Innovators will be widely available Nov. 1, 2016. It is available now for pre-order. To request a free excerpt or e-galley copy, contact

ISBN 978-0-87659-668-5; 160 pp.; PB; $16.95.

About the Author

Ellen Booth Church, a former associate professor of early childhood at SUNY Farmingdale, has shared her unusual approach of combining cognitive learning experiences with creative play in a variety of books, magazines, and articles for early childhood educators. Church is currently an adjunct professor of early childhood at Nova Southeastern University and is developing preschools in India and Nepal as well as presenting keynotes at conferences around the world.


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. Filled with developmentally appropriate and easy-to-use strategies, Gryphon House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to bring the joy of learning to young children.


Gryphon House Releases Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership

Lewisville, N.C. – Early childhood teachers can shift from overwhelmed to focused, engaged leadership using the new book from Gryphon House, Inc., the award-winning publisher of early childhood resources. Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership: Eight Strategies to Ignite Passion and Transform Program Quality, by Susan MacDonald, offers a positive, strengths-based leadership system for transforming the quality of early childhood programs.

MacDonald blends recent research with tried-and-true best practices and shares strategies appropriate for leaders of all backgrounds. Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership addresses these common dilemmas:

  • How do I motivate and inspire teachers?
  • How can I be the most effective in observing and giving nonjudgmental feedback?
  • How can I be more confident in my role as a leader?
  • How can I manage my time more effectively?

MacDonald’s goal is to take leaders past their challenges with a clear mission and vision so that they can ensure a high-quality learning environment fueled by positive, engaging energy.

“Most child care center directors want to create a high-quality program, yet they get caught in the day-to-day struggles that prevent them from thinking about the bigger picture or vision for their program,” MacDonald says. “Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership guides directors in creating a vision statement and then moving through specific strategies to bring that vision to life.”

Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership will be widely available Nov. 1, 2016. It is available now for preorder. To request a free excerpt or e-galley copy, contact

ISBN 978-0-87659-651-7; 152 pp.; PB; $16.95.

About the Author

Susan MacDonald is the founder of Inspiring New Perspectives, a consultancy focused on empowering educational leaders to create programs that deeply respect and nurture the possibilities that lie within each child, parent, and teacher. She has been developing and delivering inspirational courses and workshops for more than 25 years. Her background includes director of a Reggio-inspired preschool program, adjunct faculty at Lesley University and Wheelock College, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts licensing supervisor. She holds a master’s degree in instructional design, and several professional coach certifications.


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. Filled with developmentally appropriate and easy-to-use strategies, Gryphon House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to bring the joy of learning to young children.


Follett Unveils Major Updates to

Market-Leading Destiny Solution

Google Chrome Extension, OER support ‘game changers’ in marketplace

New 14.0 release enhances Destiny as one-stop shop for all digital needs


McHENRY, Ill., Aug. 15, 2016 – Offering an innovative Chrome extension and access to open education resources (OERs), as well as ushering in a dramatically refreshed user interface, Follett today announced one of its most significant updates ever to its Destiny product.

“We continue to invest in our market leading solution, and these updates are game changers for the marketplace,” said Nader Qaimari, President, Follett School Solutions. “For example, Destiny 14.0 becomes the first library system to support a Chrome extension that provides library resources right within Google search results, which will help customers bring library resources to teachers and students in new and innovative ways. It’s all about bringing the library resources to the students and teachers where they live.”

Students will now be presented with a ribbon of Destiny resources after they have started a search within Google, a benefit not lost on educators who have tested the new 14.0 release.

“We are excited about the new Destiny Chrome Extension because we now have a connection between our libraries and Google,” said Suzy Ferrell, Director of Library Media Services, Clear Creek (Texas) Independent School District. “Google has become a routine part of search strategies and while it has many great features, we never want our patrons to forget about the resources we have in our libraries. The Chrome extension helps remind our patrons that in addition to Google results, our libraries have a variety of excellent resources available to them.”

Destiny’s support for OERs is an extension of Follett’s ongoing commitment to the U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen campaign, which supports educators who are transitioning to the use of free, open and safe content in their schools. Destiny 14.0 will introduce searching and access to OERs from the Learning Registry, a shared repository of learning resources, all designed to help future-ready librarians curate and guide teachers where to find the best content and use it effectively.

“Librarians have always been in a position to curate content for teachers to use to support classroom needs,” Qaimari said. “This addition of OERs in Destiny will help to support the librarian-teacher collaboration in a new way.”

Additional features of Destiny 14.0 include:

  • Refreshed look. In the wake of extensive research with customers, Follett has introduced a dramatically refreshed look and feel for both Destiny Library Manager and Destiny Resource Manager. “We have focused on modernizing the user interface in a way that is very easy for our customers to transition to – everything is still in the place where customers will expect it to be,” Qaimari said.
  • Follett has consolidated its previous Library Manager search/discovery and digital content user interfaces and mobile apps (including Follett Shelf, Universal Search and BryteWave) into one simple solution, Destiny Discover.
  • Integration with Baker & Taylor Axis 360. In the wake of Follett’s April acquisition of Baker & Taylor (B&T) – the leading distributor of books, video and music products to public libraries and institutions – Destiny users can now access B&T content without another login.
  • Improvements to Destiny Resource Manager. Follett’s solution for managing all K-12 learning resources has added capabilities to better manage expensive resources such as iPad carts, and provide enhanced support for district warehouse operations.

Further, and for the first time, the new Destiny release supports integration with OneRoster – the IMSGlobal standard for loading in student rosters and class schedules.

“This is a big deal as the OneRoster implementation ensures that teachers and students have reliable access to the print and digital assets cataloged within the application,” said Rob Stratton, Coordinator for Instructional Materials, Media and Instructional Technology for Lee County School District in Fort Meyers, Fla., and a Destiny customer. “OneRoster streamlines the roster data integration for districts by providing the same file sets for everyone, and helps ensures that applications are up and ready on day one!”

In a separate news release later this week, Follett will announce details how the Destiny 14.0 release also will support single sign-on integration with leading LMS platforms and LTI standards.

To fully introduce Destiny 14.0, Follett is hosting a free webinar at 2 p.m. CDT Tuesday, Aug. 23. For more information, and to register, visit this link.

For more information about Follett Destiny, visit For more information about Follett, visit

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 |

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves more than half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education’s largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,700 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.



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