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5/4/16

Teachers Bring STEM/STEaM Alive in Classrooms; Free Virtual Sessions Connect Students with Nobel Prize Winner, STEM Experts, Artists and More

 

DALLAS – May 4, 2016Nepris — a cloud-based social platform where teachers and industry professionals connect and collaborate through virtual, interactive sessions — gives teachers over 50 different live, interactive sessions they can broadcast into their classrooms this month. In the May, students get to meet and talk with experts from around the globe during VIS (virtual interactive sessions). Three of the most popular sessions are described below. See the full list and register at http://www.nepris.com/industry-talks.

Nobel Prize in Chemistry Mario Molina, 1995 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, will talk about chemistry, climate change, and his life achievements as one of the most influential chemistry scientists of our time. Dr. Molina won the 1995 Nobel Prize for his research on how chlorofluorocarbons deplete the ozone layer. He was also given the Presidential Media of Freedom in 2013 for his decades of scientific research.

Detective 101 – US Marine and Los Angeles County Sheriff, Marc Jackson, will talk about the basic investigative process including giving a detailed, example case study where he explains how the process and hard work culminated in a solved case.

Fashion Design – Sana Sulaimani of Zara USA talks about how a collection is designed and the steps going into making a garment. Ms. Sulaimani gives students a peek into what it takes to create the outfits models wear during a fashion show.

With Nepris, teachers can explore all these topics with their students. Offered sessions are free to any user. Teachers with free accounts also have unlimited access to nearly a 1,000 archived sessions from hundreds of professionals covering STEaM topics like measurement in fashion design, to careers in medicine, to crime scene investigation, or on Arts topics like a session on drama and mini Lego movies.

 

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 at Nepris.com/webinar or sign-up as a teacher or STEM professional at Nepris.com.

 

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REcharge Labs Launches New Solar Activity Kits at Bay Area Maker Faire

 

 

(San Mateo, CA) May 4, 2016 – To foster an interest in learning about renewable energy in students ages 7 and up, REcharge Labs is launching two new activity kits –  Solar Cork Boat and Solar Fountain at the Maker Faire Bay Area in San Mateo, CA. The company  will showcase the new kits in booth #54654 during Maker Faire Bay Area from May 20-22, 2016.

 

“As I was developing the kits, I intentionally incorporated materials that were familiar and accessible, like modeling clay and cork,” said Asia Ward, Co-Founder of REcharge Labs. “Incorporating materials that are easy to find and lend themselves to the engineering design process allows teachers and parents to use the kits multiple times with their students..”

 

When developing a wind or solar renewable energy kit, REcharge Labs works with a network of national educators to test the activities in a variety of educational settings. The included activity guides are aligned with national standards, and are scaffolded, making them flexible for multiple age groups. The Solar Cork Boat and Solar Fountain kits are the newest additions to the REcharge Labs renewable energy kits line.

 

The Solar Fountain and Solar Cork Boat kits were tested at Activate, a weeklySaturday maker-like event at the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM). During the event, Ryan Ouradnik, the SMM instructor who facilitated the activity, stated, “These activities are extremely engaging for children of all ages and while running this event, we had a long line of students waiting to participate.”

 

About REcharge Labs

REcharge Labs generates resources for learners to creatively explore wind and solar power. REcharge Labs seeks to engage and inspire today’s students to become the innovative renewable energy leaders of tomorrow by offering effective hands-on learning activities and kits, teacher professional development, online engineering design challenges, and curricula. REcharge Labs also provides community outreach to partnering companies, energy developers, museums, state agencies, and more. For more information, visitrechargelabs.org.

 

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Book Retriever Classroom Library Management Platform Sold to Capsa Labs

St. Louis, Missouri – May 3, 2016 – Classroom Library Company announced today that they have sold the rights to the classroom library management tool, Book Retriever, to Capsa Labs, LLC (DBA Book Retriever /bookretriever.com), a technology company that has developed a new Book Retriever web-based application that replaces the previous mobile app.

 

“Capsa Labs has the experienced team required to develop the new Book Retriever and make it the system we always envisioned it could be. We have been impressed with how the new application has turned out,” says Benjamin Conn, president of Classroom Library Company.

 

The new Book Retriever platform is a cloud-based application that is fully responsive and will run on any device from a desktop computer (Mac or Windows) to tablets and smartphones. Being a cloud-based application there is nothing to install and no need to back anything up.

 

“We are very excited about the new Book Retriever, and we think it will be an essential part of every classroom library,” says Ken Mocabee, president of Capsa Labs. “The response from the users has been overwhelmingly positive as this is the product that the teachers have been wanting.”

 

Book Retriever Solo Subscriptions are available now for individual teachers that included full library management tools including borrowing, tracking overdue books, student activity, checkout history, and label printing tools.

School and District versions will be released soon, which add extensive collaboration and management functions such as reporting, analytics, and Common Core alignment tools. Reseller partnerships are also available.

 

Also part of the platform is a new Book Retriever Scanning App that allows users to quickly add books to their libraries. The app runs on both iOS and Android platforms.

 

About Capsa Labs

Capsa Labs is a technology company focusing on developing cloud-based applications for the education market. They are located in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information, visit bookretriever.com.

 

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Achieve3000 Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist in Two Categories

 

Achieve3000’s Pro and Access Solutions Recognized in Best Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solution and Best ESL, ELL or World Language Acquisition Solution Categories

 

 

LAKEWOOD, NJ (May 03, 2016) Achieve3000, the leader in online differentiated instruction, today announced that two of its solutions were named finalists for the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards. Achieve3000’s Pro earned recognition in the Best Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solutioncategory, while Acheive3000’s Access was selected in the Best ESL, ELL or World Language Acquisition Solution category.

 

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for over 30 years. The awards offer 91 categories that are organized by industry focus on either education technology or business technology. The two Achieve3000 solutions were among 160 finalists across 29 education technology categories.

 

Winners will be announced during a virtual award ceremony on May 18. The top honor of best overall educational product will be presented atEducation Industry Symposium, the nation’s leading education technology conference, in Denver on July 26. The announcement will take place during a special celebration party and dinner.

Achieve3000 specializes in cloud-based, differentiated learning solutions for school-aged youth as well as adult learners. It has helped millions of students worldwide to improve their reading and writing skills, master increasingly rigorous academic standards, and prepare for high-stakes assessments.

 

Achieve3000’s family of Pro literacy solutions (KidBizPro® for grades 2-5, TeenBizPro® for grades 6-8, and EmpowerPro® for grades 9-12) empowers all students to succeed in mixed-ability classrooms and extends teachers’ reach without increasing workloads or time demands. By differentiating the same grade-appropriate content at 12 reading levels in English and 7 in Spanish and providing robust scaffolds for struggling students and English language learners, Pro ensures all learners have the opportunity to work with grade-appropriate informational text. In addition, the adaptive content system continually monitors each student’s reading performance and automatically increases the level of text complexity when it detects that an individual is ready for more challenge, steadily moving students up level by level. This methodology has been proven to accelerate student learning, doubling or even tripling expected reading gains when used as little as twice a week.

 

Achieve3000 developed the Access family of differentiated literacy solutions (KidBizAccess®for grades 2-5, TeenBizAccess® for grades 6-8, and EmpowerAccess® for grades 9-12) for English language learners of all proficiency levels, from beginner to advanced. Built using the same innovative approach to differentiated instruction and proprietary adaptive content system as Pro, Access features classroom-tested linguistic scaffolds and a targeted student literacy routine specifically designed to meet the unique needs of ELL students and accelerate their language acquisition and literacy gains. Every lesson also provides point-of-use teacher recommendations, targeted lessons plans, and a correlation to ELL instruction best practices so educators have instant access to the resources they need to maximize their ELL students’ learning gains.

 

In addition, Achieve3000 has created specially tailored editions of Pro and Access for all 50 states, with lessons aligned to each state’s language arts, science, and social studies standards.Pro and Access further provide targeted and daily practice for today’s high-stakes state assessments.

 

“We’re excited be recognized again for offering two of the best solutions to prepare students for the rigor of tomorrow’s colleges and careers,” said Saki Dodelson, Founder and CEO of Achieve3000. “As the leading literacy solution in today’s blended learning programs, Achieve3000 provides the only patented method of online differentiated instruction that’s proven to reach all learners one-on-one, at their individual reading levels, and accelerate their literacy gains. This is the fourth year in a row that Achieve3000 has been recognized for this prestigious award, and demonstrates the power for differentiated literacy instruction to help all learners succeed in school and beyond.”

 

“Every year the list of CODIE finalists is a case study of how the ed tech industry is using new technologies in combination with knowledge about how people learn to respond to customer needs. They’re opening doors for learners of all ages.” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of ETIN.

 

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

 

 

About Achieve3000, Inc.

Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated literacy instruction, serving over two million students worldwide. For nearly 15 years, the company has been reaching students at their individual reading levels to deliver significant learning gains, with many making double to triple the expected gains in a single school year. Based on decades of scientific research, Achieve3000’s solutions – Smarty Ants (for grades PreK-1), KidBiz3000 (for grades 2-5), TeenBiz3000 (for grades 6-8), Empower3000 (for grades 9-12), Spark3000 (for adult learners), and eScience3000 (for grades 6-8) – support core curriculum, Response to Intervention, English language learner, and special education instructional models as well as 21st-century education initiatives. From learning how to read to workforce readiness, Achieve3000 empowers all learners to develop the college and career literacy skills needed for academic, professional, and personal success. The company is based in Lakewood, N.J. Learn more about Achieve3000 online at www.achieve3000.com or by calling888-968-6822.

 

About SIIA & ETIN
SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. Industry leaders work through SIIA’s divisions to address issues and challenges that impact their industry segments with the goal of driving innovation and growth for the industry and each member company. This is accomplished through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations. ETIN (the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA) is the leading voice for 200+ companies that provide software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PreK-20 sector. ETIN drives growth and innovation within the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, government relations and critical ed tech market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net.

 

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Curriculum Associates Named One of the 50 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Massachusetts for the Second Consecutive Year by the Boston Business Journal

 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., May 4, 2016:  The Boston Business Journal announced that Curriculum Associates has been named to their 2016 “FAST50” list of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Massachusetts for the second consecutive year. In total, 76 companies were named to the list and the top 50 are designated as the “FAST50.” Curriculum Associates placed 32nd on this list. The Boston Business Journal announced the rankings at an awards breakfast on Thursday, April 21, at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel.

“These companies represent the best examples of the Boston economy’s strength and vibrancy,” said Carolyn M. Jones, the BBJ’s publisher and market president. “This kind of top-line growth is driving the state’s economy and generating the kind of excitement that attracts global brands and their talent here.”

 

In order to qualify, companies must be privately held, Massachusetts-based businesses that recorded the highest revenue growth from 2012 through 2015. To be considered, companies needed a baseline of $1 million in revenue for 2015 and at least $500,000 in revenue for 2012. Companies that did not record revenue growth from 2014 to 2015 were disqualified.

Curriculum Associates is an education technology company leading the adoption of print and digital curriculum for more than three million K–12 students across the country and has quadrupled in size since 2008. A mission-driven company that works to make classrooms better places for teachers and students, Curriculum Associates’ unique values-based business model focuses on developing high-quality, affordable materials to help students succeed and easy-to-use programs for teachers. In 2015, the company broke $140 million in bookings and hired more than 200 new employees. In 2015, Curriculum Associates was honored as one of the 50 fastest-growing private companies in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal and was also named to Inc. 5000’s list of fastest-growing private companies.

“We are deeply honored to be named one of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal for the second year in a row,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “Since 1969 we’ve been dedicated to creating the most innovative content and tools to make a positive difference in students’ and teachers’ lives. This focus has helped us grow exponentially and we’re looking forward to continuing to pioneer new ways to save teachers time, provide actionable data to inform instruction, and offer uniquely personalized learning experiences to support each student’s success.”

All revenue figures were provided by each individual company to the BBJ and published in the April 22 edition. The list excludes subsidiaries of public companies, banks, bank holding companies, schools, hospitals and nonprofits. The 76 companies were presented a plaque and given the opportunity to donate to the Special Olympics Massachusetts. More than 170 companies submitted nominations this year.

 

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.

 

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 bostonbusinessjournal.com 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.

5/3/16

Bill Nye Headlines Schoology NEXT 2016 User Conference for K12 and Higher Education

Creative teachers and professors using Schoology come together to share ideas and learn from each other in conference at iconic Miami Beach venue.

NEW YORK ­— May 2, 2016 —  Bill Nye the Science Guy, arguably the most famous science teacher in the world, will be the keynote speaker at Schoology NEXT 2016. This year’s theme, Elevate Achievement, emphasizes how to raise student achievement with creative, effective teaching practices using Schoology. Click to Tweet

 

Schoology NEXT is the user conference where educators in K12 and higher ed come together to learn from Schoology’s product team and each other, while sharing ideas about how they useSchoology in their institutions. NEXT 2016 will be held at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, July 11-13, and expects 1,000 attendees spanning a range of positions in K-12, higher ed and corporate education including teachers, instructors, and IT/database engineers and administrators.

 

Schoology NEXT enters its third year in 2016 by adding pre-conference workshops where users receive training on advanced features and functionality of Schoology. The remaining 2.5 days of the conference are filled with opportunities for attendees to dive deeper into personalized, competency-based learning strategies shared by other Schoology users as well as Schoology staff. Attendees can pick from hands-on workshops, dynamic lectures, open learning and collaboration sessions, and open product labs to meet 1-on-1 with Schoology product engineers.

 

“Bill Nye promises to give an entertaining and thought-provoking keynote and we are very pleased to have him join us for NEXT 2016,” said Jeremy Friedman, CEO of Schoology.  “We look forward to another dynamic year of meeting with Schoology users who are passionate about education and bringing the very best personalized learning opportunities to their students.”

 

Schoology is a learning management system used throughout the world to connect people, content and systems to fuel education and personalized learning. More than 12 million people from around the world use Schoology to transform how they teach and learn.

 

Individual discounts to NEXT 2016 are available by registering before May 15; deeper discounts are also available for groups.

 

 

About Schoology

Schoology is the education technology company putting collaboration at the heart of the learning experience. Schoology’s education cloud connects the people, content, and systems that fuel education, and provides all the tools needed to personalize education and improve student outcomes. More than 12 million people from 60,000 K-12 schools and universities around the world use Schoology to transform how they teach and learn.  Find us online (Schoology.com), follow us on Twitter (@Schoology), or join us on Facebook.

 

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Bill Nye Headlines Schoology NEXT 2016 User Conference for K12 and Higher Education

Creative teachers and professors using Schoology come together to share ideas and learn from each other in conference at iconic Miami Beach venue.

NEW YORK ­— May 2, 2016 —  Bill Nye the Science Guy, arguably the most famous science teacher in the world, will be the keynote speaker at Schoology NEXT 2016. This year’s theme, Elevate Achievement, emphasizes how to raise student achievement with creative, effective teaching practices using Schoology. Click to Tweet

 

Schoology NEXT is the user conference where educators in K12 and higher ed come together to learn from Schoology’s product team and each other, while sharing ideas about how they useSchoology in their institutions. NEXT 2016 will be held at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, July 11-13, and expects 1,000 attendees spanning a range of positions in K-12, higher ed and corporate education including teachers, instructors, and IT/database engineers and administrators.

 

Schoology NEXT enters its third year in 2016 by adding pre-conference workshops where users receive training on advanced features and functionality of Schoology. The remaining 2.5 days of the conference are filled with opportunities for attendees to dive deeper into personalized, competency-based learning strategies shared by other Schoology users as well as Schoology staff. Attendees can pick from hands-on workshops, dynamic lectures, open learning and collaboration sessions, and open product labs to meet 1-on-1 with Schoology product engineers.

 

“Bill Nye promises to give an entertaining and thought-provoking keynote and we are very pleased to have him join us for NEXT 2016,” said Jeremy Friedman, CEO of Schoology.  “We look forward to another dynamic year of meeting with Schoology users who are passionate about education and bringing the very best personalized learning opportunities to their students.”

 

Schoology is a learning management system used throughout the world to connect people, content and systems to fuel education and personalized learning. More than 12 million people from around the world use Schoology to transform how they teach and learn.

 

Individual discounts to NEXT 2016 are available by registering before May 15; deeper discounts are also available for groups.

 

 

About Schoology

Schoology is the education technology company putting collaboration at the heart of the learning experience. Schoology’s education cloud connects the people, content, and systems that fuel education, and provides all the tools needed to personalize education and improve student outcomes. More than 12 million people from 60,000 K-12 schools and universities around the world use Schoology to transform how they teach and learn.  Find us online (Schoology.com), follow us on Twitter (@Schoology), or join us on Facebook.

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ClassFlow™ Named 2016 SIIA CODiE Award Finalist in Four Categories

-Promethean’s collaborative learning application is honored as CODiE finalist for the third consecutive year-

(ATLANTA – May 3, 2016) — Promethean, a leading provider of educational technology and training, today announced that its collaborative learning application ClassFlow has been named as a finalist in four categories of the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards. ClassFlow was honored in the following categories: Best Authoring/ Development Tool, Best College and Career Readiness Solution, Best Cross-Curricular Solution, and Best Social Sciences or Social Studies Instructional Solution.

The CODiE Awards are the premier awards for software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for more than 30 years. The CODiE Awards include 91 categories that are organized by industry focus: education technology and business technology.

“Every year the list of CODiE Award finalists is a case study of how the ed tech industry is using new technologies in combination with knowledge about how people learn to respond to customer needs,” said Karen Billings, the vice president and managing director of SIIA’s Education Technology Industry Network. “They’re opening doors for learners of all ages.”

Winners will be announced during a virtual award ceremony on May 18, 2016. The top overall educational products will be celebrated at the Education Industry Symposium in Denver on July 26, 2016.

ClassFlow is a free, cloud-based collaborative learning application that gives educators the power to create lessons, deliver interactive content across a variety of devices, and assess student understanding.  The newly enhanced version of ClassFlow also includes thousands of teacher-approved interactive lessons and student badges to reward behavior and encourage students to participate.  As a result, educators can use real-time student responses to instantly customize and differentiate any lesson plan to create a dynamic learning environment both inside and beyond the classroom

“For ClassFlow to be recognized as a finalist in four award categories is a great honor for Promethean,” said Jim Marshall, the CEO of Promethean. “We are proud to be ranked along with so many outstanding leaders in education. These nominations provide strong validation that we are providing districts and schools with the innovative tools they need to help educators focus on providing the differentiated and personalized instruction that their students deserve, which is central to today’s modern classroom.”

About Promethean

Promethean is a global education company that improves learning productivity by developing, integrating, and implementing innovative 21st-century learning environments that help make everyone more engaged, empowered, and successful. Promethean’s main corporate offices are located in Blackburn, UK, and Atlanta, USA. Promethean is a member of the Net Dragon Websoft, Inc. (HKSE: 0777) group of companies.  For more information, please visit PrometheanWorld.com.

About the CODiE Awards Program

The SIIA CODiE Awards were established in 1986 so that pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other’s work. During the years that followed, the program evolved into three tracks (content, education, and software) and then further evolved into two (business technology and education technology) — but our core mission has always remained the same: recognizing excellence by honoring the software and information industry’s leading products and services. Award winners are able to leverage their CODiE Award as a prestigious representation of outstanding achievement and vision in the software and information industries.

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Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) Endorses Curriculum Associates’ BRIGANCE® Special Education Program

Screening, assessment, and instruction tools recognized by CASE for a second time for helping educators meet the needs of special education students

 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., May 2, 2016—Curriculum Associates’ BRIGANCE® Special Education family of products has been officially re-endorsed by the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). BRIGANCE Special Education, which was originally endorsed in 2013, recently underwent a rigorous evaluation based on its marketability, feasibility, research base, and performance in field tests, customer satisfaction, company reputation, and enhancement of professional practice as advocated by CASE.

 

“The ongoing endorsement from the CASE organization is a testament to the validity, reliability, and comprehensiveness of the BRIGANCE family of products in the special education setting,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “This program has a long history of helping meet the needs of both special educators and exceptional students.”

 

The multi-component BRIGANCE Special Education program includes assessment, screening, and instructional tools that help special educators provide early and ongoing interventions for students with special needs. With the program, educators can meet IDEA requirements and address state and College and Career Readiness Standards; develop measurable goals and objectives for IEPs and plan individualized instruction; and monitor student progress.

 

Included in the BRIGANCE Special Education program is the Inventory of Early Development (IED) III (both criterion-referenced and norm-referenced) to assess students’ developmental skills; the Comprehensive Inventory of Basic Skills (CIBS) II (both criterion-referenced and norm-referenced) to assess students’ academic skills; and the Transition Skills Inventory (TSI) and Transition Skills Activities to identify students’ transition needs and build key transition skills. The BRIGANCE Screens III, a line of developmental screening tools for birth through first grade, are also available.

 

To learn more about BRIGANCE Special Education, visit www.BRIGANCE.com/specialeducation.

 

About the Council of Administrators of Special Education

The Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) is an international professional educational organization which is affiliated with the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) whose members are dedicated to the enhancement of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of each individual in society. The mission of CASE is to provide leadership and support to members by shaping policies and practices that impact the quality of education. For more information, visit http://www.casecec.org.

 

About Curriculum Associates

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

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CB&A Promotes Lauren West to Account Executive
As PR agency grows, West takes on client leadership role

Madison, Wis. (May 3, 2016) – C. Blohm & Associates, Inc. (CB&A), the premier public relations and digital marketing agency for education and special needs industries, announces the promotion of Lauren West to Account Executive. In this role, West will develop strategic campaigns and manage account teams to improve client visibility.

“As CB&A continues to grow, it’s important the agency recognizes and promotes talent internally. Lauren has worked exceptionally hard and has taken advantage of CB&A’s professional development opportunities. These qualities have led to this well-deserved promotion,” said CB&A Founder and President Charlene Blohm. “We look forward to seeing what her ingenuity and drive bring to the table as she takes on this new challenge.”

To view the full news release, visit cblohm.com. For more information on CB&A’s growing team, please contact me.

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CURRICULUM ASSOCIATES HONORED AS A SILVER STEVIE® AWARD WINNER AND CEO ROB WALDRON NAMED A GOLD STEVIE® AWARD WINNER IN THE 2016 AMERICAN BUSINESS AWARDSSM

Stevie winners will be presented with their awards on June 20 in New York

 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., May 3, 2016 – Curriculum Associates was named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the Fastest Growing Tech Company of the Year – Up to 2,500 Employees category in The 14th Annual American Business Awards today. In addition, Curriculum Associates’ CEO Rob Waldron was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Executive of the Year – Computer Software – 500 or More Employees category.

 

The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

 

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York onMonday, June 20. Tickets are now on sale.

 

More than 3,400 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Live Event of the Year, and App of the Year, among others. Curriculum Associates was nominated in the Fastest Growing Tech Company of the Year category for companies with up to 2,500 employees and Rob Waldron was nominated in the Executive of the Year – Computer Software category for companies with 500 or more employees.

 

Curriculum Associates is an education technology company leading the adoption of print and digital curriculum for more than three million K-12 students across the country and has tripled in size from 2012 to 2015. Offering one of the industry’s only integrated learning solutions for both diagnostic assessment and instruction, Curriculum Associates’ tools and content are research-based and classroom-proven. The company enables teachers and school districts to assess smarter, saving valuable classroom time, reducing over-testing and focusing on high-quality instruction that increases student achievement. Purpose-built from the ground up for the new college and career-ready standards, Curriculum Associates’ best-in-class offerings have the proven rigor required to prepare students for success.

 

“Curriculum Associates has always had a simple yet powerful vision: to make classrooms better places for teachers and students,” said Rob Waldron, CEO at Curriculum Associates. “We are thrilled to be honored with two Stevie Awards this year and this recognition is testament to our team’s mission-driven passion for education, which has been integral in our success.”

 

More than 250 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie Award winners.

 

“The judges were extremely impressed with the quality of entries we received this year. The competition was intense and every organization that has won should be proud,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.

 

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2016 Stevie winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/ABA.

 

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.

About the Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at http://www.StevieAwards.com.

 

5/2/16

Achieve3000 Webinar Alert:

The Personalized Learning Playbook: Best Practices Webinar

 

WHAT: Webinar on Personalization and Differentiation in a Blended Learning Model

 

WHO: Anthony Kim, CEO and Founder of Education Element and author of “The Personalized Learning Playbook”

 

WHEN: Tuesday, May 17, 4:30 – 5:30 PM EDT

 

REGISTER: http://ww2.achieve3000.com/l/11012/2016-04-19/4y5x45

 

Lakewood, NJ May 2, 2016 – Achieve3000® is sponsoring a free, one-hour interactive webinar on effectively combining personalized learning and differentiated instruction in a blended environment. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 at 4:30 PM EDT.

 

The webinar host will be Anthony Kim, CEO and Founder of Education Elements and author of the book “The Personalized Learning Playbook: Why the Time is Now … and How to Do It.” Kim will explain why advances in blended learning technology and differentiation techniques have this the best time to implement personalized learning and discuss how to ensure personalized learning is part of an effective and impactful blended learning model. He will also share the mindset and technology of schools with the most effective personalized learning initiatives, focusing on organizations leading the way in the future of personalization.

 

The first 25 attendees to register for this webinar will receive a complimentary copy of Kim’s book “The Personalized Learning Playbook.” Educators must attend the webinar to qualify for the free book.

 

To register go to: http://ww2.achieve3000.com/l/11012/2016-04-19/4y5x45

 

About Achieve3000, Inc.

Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated literacy instruction, serving over two million students worldwide. For nearly 15 years, the company has been reaching students at their individual reading levels to deliver significant learning gains, with many making double to triple the expected gains in a single school year. Based on decades of scientific research, Achieve3000’s solutions – Smarty Ants (for grades PreK-1), KidBiz3000 (for grades 2-5), TeenBiz3000 (for grades 6-8), Empower3000 (for grades 9-12), Spark3000 (for adult learners), and eScience3000 (for grades 6-8) – support core curriculum, Response to Intervention, English language learner, and special education instructional models as well as 21st-century education initiatives. From learning how to read to workforce readiness, Achieve3000 empowers all learners to develop the college and career literacy skills needed for academic, professional, and personal success. The company is based in Lakewood, N.J. Learn more about Achieve3000 online at www.achieve3000.com or by calling 888-968-6822.

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Mayor of Houston Celebrates April 21st as ‘Digital Education Day’

Sylvester Turner lauds local educators for their work to transform education and bring equity to learning

 

(Houston, TX) May 2, 2016 — On April 21st, the Director of Education for the City of Houston, Dr. Juliet Stipeche, presented the Learning Counsel and all area school districts a proclamation for “Digital Education Day.” On behalf of Mayor Sylvester Turner, Stipeche honored the educators for their united and dedicated work to bridge the equity gap and help all students ready themselves for a 21st-century workforce.

Stipeche, formerly a board member for Houston Independent School District, was appointed by the Mayor just three months ago to create greater collaboration between the city and area schools and to bridge a social divide that is often driven by an inadequate or uncoordinated education system.

“Nothing is more important than a good education for our youth that makes them college and career ready,” stated Stipeche. “There is nothing more honorable than what our Houston area schools and teachers are doing every single day for our children. And what the Learning Counsel is doing with their events to help districts make the digital transition is unique and valuable and is being recognized appropriately today.”

The presentation of the recognition came during the Digital Curriculum Tactics Discussion at Kingdom Builders’ Community Center in Houston. In attendance were 70 educational executives, including representatives from virtually all area school districts: Houston ISD, Katy ISD, Pasadena ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Dickenson ISD, Columbia-Brazoria ISD, Deer Park ISD, and Spring Branch ISD.

“We’re very proud to get this acknowledgement, but it’s really for the school leaders, teachers, and the students who are all part of this important shift in education,” said LeiLani Cauthen, the CEO of the Learning Counsel. “We’ve traveled to 54 cities in the last two years to work with superintendents and their executive teams on the transition to digital curriculum and content. We’re extremely excited about what we’ve seen and the promise of helping millions of students be truly prepared for their future.”

The day ended with a leadership panel, sponsored by Huawei Education Solutions, where equity for all, as stated in the Mayor’s proclamation, was a central theme. Andrew Houlihan, the Chief Academic Officer of Houston ISD, pointed out that every child should have the right of anywhere, anytime access to digital learning materials in order to be successful. “In many schools, we will soon have no more textbooks at all. So when a student can’t get to their laptop or iPad and have it be connected, what is he to do? At the end of the day, these devices and the digital curriculum are the new textbook, so you can’t withhold that from them.”

About The Learning Counsel

The Learning Counsel is a mission-based organization focused on helping education professionals in the K-12 sector gain context on the shift to digital curriculum. Serving as an intermediary between schools, curriculum publishers, and high tech companies, the Learning Counsel provides perspective and organizational tools on the transition to digital for school systems across the country.

For more information about the Learning Counsel, please visit TheLearningCounsel.com.

5/1/16

Smithsonian Hosts 56 Teachers of the Year to Inspire Learning With  Digital Museum Resources

Smithsonian and Council of Chief State School Officers Celebrate 10-Year Collaboration

The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access will host the State Teachers of the Year May 2 for a day of professional learning focused on using digital museum resources with students in creative and innovative ways. These exemplary teachers represent the best in the profession in each state, U.S. extra-state territories, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity. For 10 years, the center has worked closely with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to bring the annual “Teacher of the Year Day at the Smithsonian” event to life as part of CCSSO’s National Teacher of the Year program.

This year’s event, sponsored by Annenberg Learner, features a series of hands-on, collaborative sessions for teachers throughout the Smithsonian. The professional development workshops demonstrate how teachers can use the museums’ digital resources available in theSmithsonian Learning Lab with their students to improve engagement and learning. Following the event, Teachers of the Year can continue their work with the center to advise on and co-develop instructional resources, including creating model collections in the Learning Lab for other educators to use and adapt to fit their needs.

“For 170 years, the Smithsonian has been dedicated to exploring the world around us and sharing our discoveries with learners of all ages,” said Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton. “For the past decade, our successful partnership with CCSSO through our annual ‘Teacher of the Year Day’ has been instrumental in helping us turn Smithsonian resources into innovative instructional tools that teachers across the country can use to engage, enlighten and inspire.”

Skorton will deliver opening remarks before the State Teachers of the Year embark on activities with educators from the Smithsonian at the following museums:

·      Freer and Sackler galleries

·      Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s ARTLAB+

·      National Air and Space Museum

·      National Museum of African Art

·      National Museum of American History

·      National Museum of American History’s Lemelson Center

·      National Museum of Natural History

·      National Portrait Gallery

·      Smithsonian American Art Museum

·      Smithsonian Libraries

During the event, Smithsonian educators will model interactive lessons that teachers can bring into their classrooms through online resources and tools as well as provide inspiration and support for teaching. Activities include a curator-led tour of the “WONDER” exhibition at the American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery with demonstrations on using visual-thinking strategies, exploring how a forensic anthropologist’s scientific research was translated into a school program in which students analyze bones to solve a mystery and learning about the invention process at the National Museum of American History’s Spark!Lab, where the teachers will prototype a product of their own in a design challenge.

“CCSSO is devoted to supporting great teaching through the National Teacher of the Year program, and our collaboration with Smithsonian over the past 10 years has enriched the professional learning of more than 500 state teachers of the year,” said Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO. “I applaud the Smithsonian’s commitment to engage the expertise of teachers of the year in the development of the Smithsonian Learning Lab, but the benefit of the collaboration extends far beyond the teachers of the year, enabling learning resources from the Smithsonian to be available to all teachers across the country.”

The Smithsonian Learning Lab, launched in beta in the fall of 2015, is an engaging digital destination for teachers, students and lifelong learners to discover primary resources, create personalized learning experiences and share their creativity and knowledge with others. The website brings together more than a million resources from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine major research centers and the National Zoo, and more. To learn more, visitlearninglab.si.edu.

About Smithsonian Institution

Since its founding in 1846, the Smithsonian Institution has been committed to inspiring generations through knowledge and discovery. The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. There are 6,400 Smithsonian employees and 5,400 volunteers. There were 28 million visits to the Smithsonian in 2015. The total number of objects, works of art and specimens at the Smithsonian is estimated at 138 million, including more than 127 million specimens and artifacts at the National Museum of Natural History. www.smithsonian.org

About the National Teacher of the Year Program

The National Teacher of the Year program, run by the Council of Chief State School Officers and presented by Voya Financial, identifies exceptional teachers in the country, recognizes their effective work in the classroom, amplifies their voices, and empowers them to participate in policy discussions at the state and national levels.

 

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BREAKING: Department of Education Publishes Names of Institutions Receiving Right To Discriminate Against LGBT Students

Department of Education answers HRC’s call to action by publishing list of educational institutions who have received an exemption from federal law seeking the right to discriminate against LGBT students

WASHINGTON – Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, praised the U.S. Department of Education for helping to increase transparency and accountability by publishing a list of educational institutions who have received an exemption from federal civil rights law in order to discriminate against LGBT students. HRC first called on the Department of Education in December to take action in light of this growing and disturbing trend by some religious colleges and universities.

“We commend the Department of Education for answering our call for greater transparency and helping to ensure no student unknowingly enrolls in a school that intends to discriminate against them,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The alarming and growing trend of schools quietly seeking the right to discriminate against LGBT students, and not disclosing that information publicly, is what spurred our call for greater transparency. We believe that religious liberty is a bedrock principle of our nation, however, faith should never be used as a guise for discrimination.”

Released by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the list of educational institutions published today can be found here.

HRC first called on the Department of Education to take action in a comprehensive report released in December called Hidden Discrimination: Title IX Religious Exemptions Putting LGBT Students at Risk. In the report, HRC spotlighted 56 colleges and universities based in 26 states across every region of the country – which collectively have nearly 120,000 students – that have requested religious exemptions under Title IX since 2013. These institutions have utilized a little-known provision in the law that allows educational institutions controlled by a religious organization to request an exemption from full compliance with the law if “application of the law would conflict with specific tenets of the religion.”

In the report, HRC specifically called for:

  • The Department of Education to require schools to publish comprehensive information about the scope of the exemption they received, the characteristics or behaviors to which the exemption applies, and the way in which Title IX still protects students;

  • The Department of Education to regularly report which educational institutions have been granted Title IX religious exemptions, the scope of those exemptions, the characteristics or behaviors to which the exemption applies; and

  • Congress to amend the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) governing statute to require OCR to annually report the number of Title IX exemptions that were requested, granted, and denied.

While the Department of Education has little discretion to deny these requests for exemptions, HRC believes religiously controlled educational institutions should not be exempt from full transparency.

LGBT students face discrimination and harassment at an alarming rate. According to a 2010 study, lesbian, gay, and bisexual college students are nearly twice as likely to experience harassment when compared with their non-LGB peers, and are seven times more likely to indicate the harassment was based on their sexual orientation. In the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, one-fifth of transgender students reported that they were denied gender-appropriate housing, and five percent reported outright denial of campus housing. LGBT college students also suffer from higher rates of sexual assault and misconduct on America’s campuses; transgender and gender nonconforming students report one of the highest rates of sexual assault and misconduct.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

4/29/16

Promethean Launches Inaugural ‘Best in ClassFlow’ Lesson-Building Competition 

Four teachers who create the winning lessons using the free collaborative learning application will earn $1,000 and be showcased at ISTE 2016

(ATLANTA, GA) April 28, 2016 – Promethean today announced the launch of its inaugural “Best in ClassFlow” lesson-building competition. To enter, teachers first register for ClassFlow, an award-winning collaborative learning application, for free. They then choose from four categories as the foundation of their interactive lesson. Categories include the following:

  • The Green Thing: 3 Best Practices for a Healthier Environment
  • President for a Day: 3 Key Responsibilities of the Highest Office in the Land
  • Cinema & Culture: 3 Movies That Had the Greatest Impact on Society
  • Philanthropist for a Day: 3 Ways to Spend $1000 to Make the Most Impact

Teachers may enter as many unique lessons per category as they would like.

Next, teachers build their lessons in ClassFlow following the judging rubric, which includes interactivity, assessments, collaboration, and more.

Grand prize winners from each lesson category will receive $1,000. Their lessons will be featured in the ClassFlow marketplace for one week, and will also be showcased at ISTE 2016. Four honorable mentions winners will receive $250 and have their lessons featured as “Lesson of the Day” on the ClassFlow marketplace.

Lessons will be accepted until Sunday, June 5, at 11:59 pm PST, and will be judged by current and former classroom teachers.

ClassFlow is created by teachers for teachers, and helps guide the creation of interactive lessons and assignments. The latest expansion, ClassFlow 4.0, includes thousands of ready-to-teach interactive lessons curated by experts, extended collaboration opportunities for students, free student accounts, and rewards to reinforce students’ positive behaviors.

For more information, please visit the “Best in ClassFlow” contest page here.

About Promethean

Promethean is a global education company that improves learning productivity by developing, integrating, and implementing innovative 21st-century learning environments that help make everyone more engaged, empowered, and successful. Promethean’s main corporate offices are located in Blackburn, UK, and Atlanta, USA. Promethean is a member of the NetDragon Websoft, Inc. (HKSE: 0777) group of companies.  For more information, please visit PrometheanWorld.com.

 

About NetDragon Websoft Inc.

NetDragon Websoft Inc. (HKSE: 0777) is a leading innovator and creative force in China’s mobile Internet industry. Established in 1999, NetDragon is a vertically integrated, cutting-edge R&D powerhouse with a highly successful track record which includes the development of flagship MMORPGs such as Eudemons Online and Conquer Online, China’s number one online gaming portal, 17173.com, and China’s most influential smartphone app store platform, 91 Wireless, which was sold to Baidu (NASDAQ:BIDU) in 2013 as the largest Internet M&A transaction in China at the time. Being China’s pioneer in overseas expansion, NetDragon also directly operates a number of game titles in over 10 languages internationally since 2003. In recent years, NetDragon has become a major player in global online and mobile learning space as it works to leverage its mobile Internet technologies and operational know-how to develop a game-changing learning ecosystem. For more information, please visit NetDragon.com.

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New Online PD Course Focuses on Incorporating Project-Based Learning 

Defined Learning’s Performance Task PD with Jay McTighe helps educators create, implement, and assess effective project-based lessons 

(CHICAGO, IL) April 28, 2016 – Just in time for summer, Defined Learning, a K-12 educational media company combining technology, creativity, and curriculum to provide useful and relevant tools to schools, today announced the launch of its new online professional development course, Performance Task PD with Jay McTighe

The four-module course guides educators through the process of incorporating project-based learning into their current curriculum. Upon completing the course, participants will be able to develop, implement, and evaluate student performance through a project-based learning performance task.

Module 1 gives a basic outline of a performance task, including key characteristics such as outlines and rubrics, and why they should be used to evaluate students.

Module 2 describes appropriate criteria for designing an effective lesson and tools used to align the task with current curriculum, State Standards, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards.

Module 3 provides a roadmap for educators to follow as they make adjustments to incorporate project-based learning into their curriculumParticipants will understand how their role as an educator leading the class will shift as they become a coach providing feedback and guidance to allow students to gain 21st-century skills by exploring real-world topics, solving problems, and working collaboratively.

Module 4 demonstrates how to evaluate each performance task using a rubric and how to “plan backwards” starting with the task analysis. This module also examines how tasks correlate with students’ ongoing formative assessment, which includes engaging students in self-assessment, reflection, and goal-setting.

Upon completing Performance Task PD with Jay McTighe, educators will possess a deeper understanding of performance task creation and receive a certificate of completion.

Performance Task PD is designed and narrated by Jay McTighe, an accomplished author and thought leader who is focused on standards-based reforms and development of performance-based assessments.

“Project-based learning and performance tasks are topics districts and thought leaders are talking about, but many are having a difficult time understanding how to successfully implement their ideas,” explained McTighe. “Often times professional development is offered to administrators and curriculum directors, but rarely trickles down to the teachers. Performance Task PD with Jay McTighe is an effective solution to provide PD, coaching, and training to the teachers who interact with students, create engaging lessons, and are constantly assessing student performance.”

Meghan Raftery, the elementary social studies coordinator at Virginia Beach City Public Schools completed the course within a few weeks and found great success. “The content of the lecture portion of the course was excellent and exactly aligned to some of the pickier things I want teachers to know about performance assessment,” Raftery said. “The assignments with each module require some really thoughtful reflection and actually really challenged me at times, which is a good thing.”

Also available is an “evaluated” version of the course where a user’s understanding and implementation of performance tasks will be reviewed and assessed by an evaluator trained by McTighe himself. Those who finish the Evaluated Performance Task PD with Jay McTighe course will receive a certificate of understanding from McTighe and his team.

“We created Performance Task PD with Jay McTighe to provide districts with a tool to make their vision of incorporating project-based learning with college and career readiness a reality,” said Joel Jacobson, the co-founder and chief operating officer of Defined Learning. “Providing PD focused on helping teachers manage new technology and concepts was a big goal of ours. With our online courses, they’re able to navigate through the modules on their own time, without missing class, while working towards the Performance Task PD with Jay McTighe certification and continuing education credit.”

The PD course is product-agnostic, but complements Defined Learning’s flagship product, Defined STEM, a supplementary curriculum breaking down tasks by grade level and standards.

More information on Performance Task PD and pricing information for Defined STEM users and non-users can be found here.

About Defined Learning

Defined Learning is a K-12 educational media company that combines technology, creativity, and curriculum expertise to provide useful and relevant products to schools. Defined Learning’s flagship service, Defined STEM, is a platform that enables teachers to provide application of knowledge to students through the use of project-based learning, real-world careers, and meaningful reading and writing activities. To learn more, visit DefinedLearning.com.

 

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Survey Reveals Student Online Safety a Growing Concern for School Administrators

Bloomington, IL (April 29, 2016) – Gaggle and the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) today announced the results of a survey that reveal school officials are paying more attention to the safety of their students when using educational technology.

 

The survey results are detailed in a new infographic, “Prioritizing Student Online Safety,” which was released exclusively through AFSA today. Among the survey highlights:

  • While 95% of schools have an Internet safety policy, and school officials believe it’s important to assure students are safe from cyberbullying and other incidents, only about half of those surveyed (56%) said they have Internet safety strategies built into their curricula.
  • Just 59% of schools devote teacher professional development resources to Internet safety, while 82% of those surveyed would be interested in such a program.
  • 66% of survey respondents either use or plan to use Google Apps for Education™ or Office 365™ with their students.

“Student safety is one of the biggest concerns of school administrators, and as school leaders, it’s our responsibility to assure their safety,” said AFSA President Diann Woodard. ”The survey results shine a particular light on the topic of student online safety, which often is at the root of why students feel depressed or angry, and the new infographic helps put the subject of student online safety front and center for school administrators.”

 

Survey respondents included building principals (35%), technology directors (28%), superintendents (7%), school resource/safety officers (4%) and other AFSA members.

 

“By working with AFSA on this survey, we have been able to assess what administrators across the country are doing about student online safety,” said Gaggle’s CEO, Jeff Patterson. “For more than 15 years, we’ve been keeping students safe by working with schools around the country to create safe digital learning environments.”

 

Gaggle Safety Management combines technology, including an Anti-Pornography Scanner and customizable Blocked Words List, with expert Student Safety Representatives who review content in Google Apps for Education™ or Office 365™ to assure students are safe.

 

The infographic also includes data from Gaggle Safety Management, including alarming percentages on the amount of violence and other threats to students during one school semester, as well as ideas on how to promote digital citizenship from educational consultant Mike Ribble and Gaggle.

 

“There’s an old saying, ‘If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything’,” said P. Edward Cancienne, Jr., Superintendent, Iberville Parish School System in Louisiana. “Our students need to stand strong and possess strong values, and technology plays a big part in that. If we want them to be exposed to 21st-century technology and become immersed in it, then we need to make sure they are safe.”

 

To help administrators address the issues around student online safety, Gaggle is holding a series of Student Online Safety Symposiums. Symposium attendees engage in strategic and tactical discussions, learn more about keeping students safe, and enjoy networking opportunities with their peers. Events already have been held in Baton Rouge, Denver and Phoenix, with future events tentatively planned for Charlotte, the New York metropolitan area and Birmingham, Alabama.

 

“The number one priority of an educator should always be school safety,” said Scott Campbell, Superintendent, Widefield School District 3 in Colorado. “If you’re not willing to be aware of the environment that kids are living in, and teachers are teaching in, you’re not doing everything you can to protect students.”

 

About AFSA

As the only national education union for school administrators, the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) provides labor relations and professional and occupational services to public school principals, vice principals, administrators and supervisors in diverse school districts across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

Affiliated with the AFL-CIO, AFSA has been fighting for quality public school education for students of all backgrounds since 1976. AFSA’s mission is to promote the professional, occupational and economic interests of its 20,000 members and to fight for the highest quality public school education for all pupils.

 

About Gaggle

Gaggle has been providing safe online learning products and solutions to the K–12 market since 1999 with an ongoing focus on student safety so educators can allow learners to take advantage of technology for communication, collaboration and productivity.

 

The company continues to innovate, providing school and district websites that unify the online experience, affordable archiving, backup and records retention, and professional development and training on Gaggle products, Google Apps for Education™ and Office 365™.

 

Gaggle has earned numerous other industry awards, including 2015Technology & Learning Awards of Excellence for Best New Product and a District Administration magazine 2014 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product Award. Gaggle also received a Bronze Stevie® Award in 2015 for Front-Line Customer Service Team of the Year.

4/28/16

Follett Launches Sales, Customer Service Realignment

Goal is to ‘make doing business with Follett the best, easiest experience’

 

MCHENRY, Ill., April 28, 2016Follett today announced it is realigning its domestic sales and customer service organizations to better support customers’ needs and to ensure schools and districts have dedicated representatives with direct expertise in the products and services they use.

“We are refreshing the way we do business, and making a significant investment into this restructure,” said Nader Qaimari, President, Follett School Solutions. “Our customers have given us significant feedback as to their needs, and we are humbled to put that into action.”

Qaimari said the Follett sales team is doubling in numbers, and will provide better service through more frequent and personal customer contact. Further, Follett is creating newly specialized sales and customer service teams for Library/Classroom Content, New/Used Textbooks, Technology/Enterprise Solutions, and Private/Parochial. Library customers will once again have a dedicated customer service representative with intimate knowledge of each districts’ needs.

In addition, the realignment is designed to help potential customers simplify the process of reaching a representative. Both current and potential customers will be able to quickly access a revamped “Rep Finder” to find information on their support team at Follett.

“We want to make doing business with Follett the best and easiest experience so that educators can focus their time on students,” Qaimari said. “We are committed to a dramatically heightened level of customer service from knowledgeable salespeople who are responsive and possess expertise in our products and services.”

For more information about Follett, visit www.FollettLearning.com. To reach Follett sales, call (877) 899-8550.

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

 

About Follett Corporation | follett.com

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 thanhalf 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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Reading Horizons Wins 2016 BESSIE Award for Best Remedial Reading Website

The interactive reading curriculum was honored by the ComputED Gazette as one of the best educational software options for elementary students

 (Salt Lake City, UT) April 28, 2016 – Reading Horizons, a multisensory curriculum used to rapidly increase reading skills, has been named a winner in the 22nd Annual Best Educational Software (BESSIE) Awards. Reading Horizons won “Best Remedial Reading Website” in the early elementary category.

Presented by the ComputED Gazette, the BESSIE Awards target innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide teachers and parents with the technology to foster educational excellence. Contenders for the awards are evaluated based on academic content, technical merit, subject approach, and management system. Winners are selected from entries submitted by publishers worldwide.

“We are delighted to have Reading Horizons recognized by the BESSIE judges for educational excellence,” said Tyson Smith, the President and CEO of Reading Horizons. “This BESSIE award for Best Remedial Reading Website validates years of effort to develop software that will meet the needs of emergent and struggling readers. Our team is dedicated to providing educators and students with the best possible solutions to increase literacy skills and reading comprehension.”

Reading Horizons develops and produces direct instruction and software materials to increase literacy skills for emergent readers, struggling readers (children and adults), and English language learners through blended learning. The platform follows the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching decoding skills systematically and sequentially.

The company recently launched the latest iteration of its interactive platform, Reading Horizons Discovery® version 7. The update includes Check-Up assessments, an iPad app designed to make the program convenient for students in a 1:1 or BYOD setting, and the option for the RH Discovery Reading Assessment powered by the Lexile Framework for Reading®.

Reading Horizons Discovery fulfills all of the standards for foundational reading skills for students in K-3, as well as other standards outlined by the Common Core State Standards, and is correlated to the findings of the National Reading Panel.

The web-based software is accessible to students, teachers, and administrators from any location with an Internet connection.

About Reading Horizons

For more than 30 years, Reading Horizons has dedicated its time and efforts to perfecting a reading system that makes learning to read simple and enjoyable for beginning and struggling readers. All of Reading Horizons’ products are based on a methodology that provides explicit, systematic, sequential instruction in decoding, spelling, and pronunciation strategies. The average student gains two to three grade levels in reading upon completing the program. For more information, please visit ReadingHorizons.com.

4/27/16

Odysseyware Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist for Best Learning Capacity-Building Solution

The online courseware provider earns prestigious education industry recognition for ‘opening doors for learners of all ages’

(CHANDLER, AZ) April 27, 2016 Odysseyware, a leading provider of dynamic and customizable online courses for K-12 education, today announced that it has been named a finalist for the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards in the category of Best Learning Capacity-Building Solution. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for more than 30 years. Odysseyware was named as one of 160 finalists across 29 education technology categories.

“It is a high honor for Odysseyware to be recognized by the SIIA CODiE awards among so many innovative companies,” said Beth TeGrotenhuis, Odysseyware’s president and the CEO of its parent company, Glynlyon. “The nomination provides strong validation that we are providing districts with the innovative tools they need to help students achieve their goals while providing completely customizable curriculum and flexibility to educators across the nation.”

CODiE winners will be announced during a virtual award ceremony on May 18. The top honor of best overall educational product will be presented at the Education Industry Symposium, the nation’s leading education technology conference, in Denver on July 26. The announcement will take place during a special celebration party and dinner. 

Every year the list of CODIE finalists is a case study of how the ed tech industry is using new technologies in combination with knowledge about how people learn to respond to customer needs. They’re opening doors for learners of all ages.” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA.

Odysseyware empowers teachers with unprecedented flexibility to customize entire courses— including individual lessons, projects, and quizzes—to better serve the students learning experience. Odysseyware works to transform schools by rethinking credit recovery and harnessing the power of competency-based learning, student choice, and customization.

Details about each CODiE finalist are listed here.

About Odysseyware

Headquartered in Chandler, AZ, Odysseyware is an innovative, multimedia-enriched online curriculum. Completely web-based, Odysseyware provides 21st-century educational solutions by offering the core subjects of history and geography, math, language arts, and science along with enriching electives, CTE, placement testing, diagnostics, and professional development. This curriculum is sold directly through regional education specialists.

To learn more, visit Odysseyware.com or call (877) 795-8904.

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

About ETIN
ETIN (the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA) is the leading voice for more than 200 companies that provide software applications, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the PK-20 sector. ETIN drives growth and innovation within the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, government relations, and critical ed tech market information. For more information, visit SIIA.net/ETIN.

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Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington Partners with Apperson for its Social and Emotional Learning Program

 

Nonprofit uses Apperson’s Evo SEL assessments to help schools address students’ mental health needs

 

Charlotte N.C. – April 27, 2016 – Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington, has partnered with assessment leader Apperson to provide social and emotional learning assessments for the students it serves in Northern Kentucky. The non-profit organization is using Apperson’s Evo Social & Emotional online platform to screen students for social and emotional learning competencies.

 

The partnership will augment the school-based counseling services that Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington already provides to students.

 

“It’s hard for school counselors to find quick, effective ways to gauge social and emotional learning competencies. We’ve tried a lot of tools,” said Sheila Dumford, School Counselor and School Counseling Supervisor for Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington. “The data we get from Evo SEL helps us measure the impact of our work and will allow us to better address the mental health needs of our students,” she said. “By understanding where students are with social and emotional competencies, we are able to better serve them.”

 

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington provides ongoing counseling, guidance support, mentoring, and mental health support to students in 13 public and private schools throughout Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

 

Apperson’s Evo SEL assessment measures the social and emotional competencies of students in kindergarten through 8th grade. It is based on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of SEL competencies such as self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills and decision-making. Apperson provides an online platform for administering the DESSA Mini, a universal screener that quickly identifies students who may be at risk for SEL problems. Instructors can then administer the complete DESSA to students who are identified as at-risk. Once educators assess a student, they can access a variety of intervention strategies to bolster the student’s social-emotional skills through Evo SEL.

 

The partnership is the latest example of Apperson’s work to support the social and emotional learning (SEL) programs of schools and after-school organizations throughout the country.

 

“Building strong social and emotional learning skills helps students improve their academics and sets them up for lifelong success,” said Bill Apperson, chairman of the board of Apperson. “We are glad we could partner with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington to help in this critical area.”

 

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Covington has screened approximately 215 students so far in grades K-5 and hopes to screen a total of around 300 by the end of the school year.

 

“People who don’t work with students don’t understand how big a detriment it can be when students are lacking in strong SEL skills,” said Catholic Charities school counselor Caisa Pope, who began using the DESSA Mini this year with her students at Ockerman Elementary School in Boone County. “I believe SEL can be as important as reading or math. In the world today, it’s not just what you know, it’s how you get along with other people that can determine success at school and work.”

 

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 Apperson.com.

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Robots4Autism Invigorates Early Intervention in Elementary Autism Program
Octorara Primary Learning Center adopts social curriculum and humanoid robot, decreases transition time and promotes generalization in interactions

DALLAS (April 27, 2016) – As Autism Awareness Month comes to a close, RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics, continues to improve social understanding among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As of 2016, the CDC reports only 43 percent of children with ASD receive developmental evaluations by age three. To further emphasize early intervention, Octorara Primary Learning Center (PLC) has implemented the Robots4Autism curriculum with accompanying humanoid robot named Milo.

“The scope of available lessons in Robots4Autism gives students the opportunity to practice critical skills, like making introductions and greetings, initiating conversation and identifying expressions,” said Amy Fichter, an autism training and consultation (TaC) provider with the Chester County Intermediate Unit in Pennsylvania.

To read the full news release, click here. To learn how Octorara PLC adopted Robots4Autism, click here.

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Fuel Education and LTS Education Systems Partner to Deliver Personalized, Game-Based Digital Learning Solution to Schools and Districts

 

HERNDON, Va., April 27, 2016—Personalized learning solutions provider Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) today announced that it has formed an exclusive partnership with LTS Education Systemsâ (LTS), a provider of proven adaptive, game-based learning solutions for students in pre-K–11th grade. The partnership enables FuelEd to deliver schools and districts more robust supplemental options for skills practice, assessment, and test readiness across all core subjects in a highly engaging format that motivates students and inspires persistence.

 

LTS offers Stride™, an award-winning supplemental learning solution that is aligned to state and national standards. Through Stride, teachers easily assign modules to students, either as a class or individually, and students can complete the modules at school or at home. As students answer questions, they earn ‘coins’ which can be redeemed for gaming time within Stride. The more questions that students answer correctly, the more coins they earn. Additionally, the Stride question engine is adaptive. Questions cycle up or down in difficulty, depending on how the student is doing.  Teachers can generate real-time reports to monitor progress and inform instructional decisions.

 

LTS was founded in 2001, and has grown to provide Stride at 1,500 schools and afterschool sites in 37 states, serving more than 350,000 students. In a 2014 independent study by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, student test results in grades 3–8 were 10 to 14 percent higher in reading, and 13 percent higher in math, as a result of using Stride to support learning. In addition, the results were strong across subgroups, indicating that the solution helps close the achievement gap.

 

“The addition of LTS Education Systems’ Stride product to Fuel Education’s portfolio of personalized learning solutions means our school and district partners have yet another proven, innovative way to help boost student achievement,” said Gregg Levin, General Manager of Fuel Education. “The Stride supplemental learning solution for all core subjects uses gamification to deliver meaningful experiences to students, who become motivated to move up the learning continuum. We are very pleased to be able to offer this highly engaging, game-based digital learning solution to schools and districts.”

 

“Like Fuel Education, LTS Education Systems has always been committed to enabling schools to provide students highly personalized learning experiences. With game-based digital learning, students want to continue their learning after school hours, which, as studies show, can result in significantly improved outcomes,” said Brian Shulman, Founder of LTS Education Systems. “We look forward to offering FuelEd’s innovative district partners our standards-aligned, supplemental learning solution.”

 

Fuel Education will integrate Stride with its award-winning Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, an open, easy-to-use technology platform that provides a single, unified view of online and blended learning activities across multiple solutions for administrators, teachers, and students. PEAK provides intelligent reporting and analytics to help districts reduce system complexity and simplify administration as they adopt more digital and online learning solutions.

 

For more information about LTS and Stride, visit the company’s website at ltseducation.com and strideacademy.com.

 

About Fuel Education

Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers the industry’s largest catalog of digital K–12 curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visit getfueled.com andTwitter.

 

©2016 Fuel Education LLC. All rights reserved.  Fuel Education, FuelEd, and PEAK are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
honors award winners at NSEE ‘16

 

Alexandria, VA — On April 14, the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) named its award winners at its annual conference, the National Summit for Educational Equity, in Alexandria, VA. Each year, NAPE and the NAPE Education Foundation present awards to recognize equity leaders across the country. These awards celebrate those in our communities who work tirelessly in pursuit of equity—across the educational system or the workforce.

 

The following people and groups won the 2016 awards:

 

Unsung Hero Award: Sherry Cole

Lifetime Achievement: Jenny Erwin and Mary Ann Etu

Teamwork Award: Kentucky Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME)

Rising Star Award: Lauren Jones

Diversity in Technology: Karen Rapp

Public Policy Leadership Awards: Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), and Congressman John Kline (R-MN)

 

“We are proud to have such a great group of award winners for 2016,” said Mimi Lufkin, CEO of NAPE. “We had a number of outstanding candidates to choose from, and the decisions were difficult. This year’s group of winners represents some of the best equity professionals across the country.”

 

Here are more details about each award:

 

The recipient of the Unsung Hero Award manages (or has managed) large-scale programs and tirelessly works to make a major impact on people’s daily lives by promoting access and equity in avenues that lead to high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand careers, particularly in nontraditional fields. Most importantly, this person has transformed the workplace, community, or industry far beyond typical performance expectations.

 

Sherry Cole is a leader in the field of CTE and serves as a role model for her peers and colleagues. She has sought grants, implemented activities, established partnerships, and facilitated numerous projects to promote equity in CTE. She represents the northeastern region of Oregon, which is sparsely populated and receives fewer resources than the rest of the state. However, one would never know that based on the work Sherry has accomplished.

 

The individual who wins the Lifetime Achievement Award has demonstrated exemplary dedication to the NAPE organization and its mission and has contributed in multiple ways throughout different facets of the organization. Through his or her own work, the recipient has applied the values of NAPE and the Foundation and has been an instrumental figure in the development and growth of the organization from a state or national perspective.

 

Jenny Erwin was trained as an elementary school teacher, but her career path led her out of the classroom and into the role of advocate for education and employment equality for girls and women. The transition was necessary because she unexpectedly became a single parent when her son was an infant. She quickly learned first-hand the value of education as a means to avoid a life of low-wage jobs and poverty. She realized that many other displaced homemakers required education and marketable skills to move forward. This time also instilled in her a commitment to ensuring that young women have access to training for nontraditional, high-wage jobs so that they can maximize their potential.

 

Mary Ann Etu was appointed the State Sex Equity Coordinator for New York in 1980. She administered sex equity and single parent/displaced homemaker set-asides, including regional technical assistance centers and the development of model programs and materials. She exhibited her leadership and advocacy skills through service at professional organizations, including as President of the Vocational Education Equity Council (VEEC; now CTEEC), an active planner for the National Leadership Development Conference, and first President of NAPE, and leading the early development of NAPE and serving on the NAPE Foundation Board.

 

The ideal team awarded the Teamwork Award has promoted access, equity, and diversity in CTE education and has demonstrated that it embraces the NAPE belief that access to diverse human brain power will help to solve global challenges. The team encompasses these qualities: collaborative, diverse, innovative, pioneering, courageous, leadership, and trendsetting.

 

The Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME) is an industry-led, public-private partnership consisting of more than 125 KY manufacturers, 10 Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) partner community and technical colleges, and local/state government leaders pooling their collective resources to be the catalyst for developing world-class technical talent. Each of the 9 KY FAME chapters is implementing the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program as the foundation in establishing the standards for future workforce development needs in their communities.
The Rising Star Award is given to a person who has had 10 years or less of work experience but has already distinguished him or herself from peers by promoting access, equity, and diversity in the workplace or community. This individual embraces the NAPE belief that diverse human brain power will help to solve global challenges.

 

Lauren Jones is the CTE Program Director for Career Guidance and Counseling for Colorado. She focuses her efforts on bridging the relationship gap between school counselors and CTE programs. Serving as a liaison for secondary initiatives, inclusive of Individual Career and Academic Planning implementation and Postsecondary Workforce Readiness and Special Populations program director, Lauren integrates equity and access into it all. In addition to her role with CTE, she is program manager for the workplace gender balance project that has evolved into the NAPE state partnership in equity work. This school year, Colorado has finally felt the outcomes of equity efforts within its K-12 systems and community colleges. Equity work, messaging, and training are welcomed! As a trained school counselor, expeditionary learning instructor, teen adventure guide, nondenominational wedding officiant, and candidate for horticultural therapy certification, Lauren values the integration and alignment of equity in all her worlds.

 

The Diversity in Technology Award recognizes a leader in a technology, engineering, IT, or a business field who upholds the value of diversity in building, growing, and sustaining entrepreneurship while

promoting diversity in the educational setting.

 

Karen Rapp, Vice President, NXP Semiconductor, is leading the effort to successfully merge Freescale Semiconductor into NXP, creating a $10 billion dollar company with an extensive portfolio that is well positioned to enable innovative solutions.

 

The Public Policy Leadership Awards recognize legislators who work in public policy in a nonpartisan capacity that enact gender-friendly government policies at a state or national level requiring a synergy between the two parties. They have a record of accomplishment in advancing public policy agendas and have shown courage to champion equity in education. Winning this year’s awards were the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus, Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH), and Congressman John Kline (R-MN).

 

Co-chaired by Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), the Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus supports efforts to ensure that all students have access to high-quality, rigorous career and technical education to prepare them for college and for their future careers. It also works to ensure that unemployed and displaced adult and youth workers have better access to training that is accountable, equips them with skills that are relevant in the job market, and ultimately delivers results for the taxpayer.

 

Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) has served the people of Ohio for more than two decades, beginning with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. She was the first African American and the first female mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio.

 

She serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education. She is also a member of several Congressional Caucuses and immediate past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. In 2014, she became an original co-chair of the Democrats for Public Education. Congresswoman Fudge consistently fights for equitable access to a quality preK-16 education, child nutrition, food stamp recipients, fair labor practices, and civil and human rights. She was an early and consistent voice for voter protection.

 

Congressman John Kline (R-MN) has represented the citizens of Minnesota’s 2nd District since 2002. In 2010, he was chosen by his peers to serve as the Chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee — the first member of Congress from Minnesota selected for this position.

 

A 25-year veteran of the Marine Corps, he also serves on the House Armed Services Committee. During his successful career in the Marine Corps, he served as a helicopter pilot and earned the responsibility of flying Marine One, the President’s personal helicopter. He also served as a personal military aide to Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

 

For more information on NAPE, see http://www.napequity.org/; for more information on NSEE ’16, see http://nsee.info/.

 

About NAPE

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) is a consortium of state and local agencies, corporations, and national organizations. Through its four lines of business—professional development, technical assistance, research and evaluation, and advocacy—NAPE strives to achieve its mission of building educators’ capacity to implement effective solutions for increasing student access, educational equity, and workforce diversity. You can now reach NAPE on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn at @NAPEquity. 

 

 


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