VINCI and National Association of Black School Educators Unite in Detroit for Early Childhood Education

Unique partnership to enhance pre-k learning in Detroit Public Schools with innovative new technology


DETROIT, Nov. 13, 2013—ClassVINCI, the world’s first Blended Learning Program for early childhood education, and theNational Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) today launched a new partnership in order to level the playing field for all students. As a result of this collaboration, VINCI will serve as NABSE’s pre-kindergarten to third grade partner of record and will help NABSE’s network of teachers learn best practices in blended learning and technology for early learners.

At the NABSE 41st Annual Conference this week in Detroit, ClassVINCI announced its donation to Detroit Public Schools. The donation will include 20 award-winning ClassVINCI tablets, a blended learning curriculum, a ClassVINCI Learning Management System, and one full professional development program for teachers. This donation will assist Detroit Public Schools in their early childhood education initiatives.

“We are excited to work with VINCI to bring the best of blended technological innovation to Detroit’s youngest learners,” explained Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Jack Martin. “Early childhood education is one of the central tenants of our new 5-year strategic plan. This new partnership will help us not only meet our short-term academic achievement goals, but also our long-term strategic goals as a district. We are grateful to NABSE for helping to facilitate this donation from ClassVINCI.”

The primary mission of NABSE, a 43-year-old non-profit organization, has always been to increase academic achievement of all students, in particular students of African-American descent. ClassVINCI’s blended learning program combines


traditional classroom methods and digital learning, and supports NABSE’s vision as it offers fully integrated learning programs that align with the Early Childhood Education (ECE), Common Core and State standards.

“At NABSE we are committed to working with organizations like VINCI to inform and inspire our nation’s leaders about important education issues and to provide ways for them to take action,” stated NABSE Executive Director Greg Roberts. “This partnership provides both of us with an invaluable opportunity to create and promote a healthy culture surrounding early childhood education across the United States. We couldn’t be happier to collaborate with VINCI in the fight to end inequity in early childhood education.”

“A partnership of this scale gives us an opportunity to do something important—to transform education opportunities for our early learners and teachers,” commented Dr. Dan Yang, creator of VINCI. “Our partnership with NABSE will set a new standard for how organizations can work together towards a shared goal.”

During the NABSE’s Annual Conference, Dr. Yang will host a workshop where she will help teachers and educators learn ways that technology can enhance each student’s individual success.  The workshop is titled, “Beyond Technology:  Blended Learning for Preventing the Achievement Gap.”

About NABSE:

The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) is the nation’s premiere non-profit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation’s children—particularly children of African descent. Founded in 1970, NABSE is dedicated to improving both the educational experiences and accomplishments of African American youth through the development and use of instructional and motivational methods that increase levels of inspiration, attendance and overall achievement. For more about NABSE, visit:


About VINCI:

Rullingnet Corporation, the company behind the VINCI brand, has pioneered the creation of a new category of fun learning tools with the goal to engage, empower and educate young children. By using a scaffolding teaching method designed by developmental psychologists and education experts, VINCI’s products and solutions deliver play-based learning programs for the home and the classroom. ClassVINCI provides curriculum and assessment tools for educators, and comes equipped with a cloud-based Learning Management System which provides diagnostic reports on student progress. VINCI For Home provides leveled curriculum for at-home learning and covers a wide range of subjects such as math, language, and critical thinking. The VINCI For Home program was recently honored as a CES 2013 Innovation Award Honoree. For more about VINCI and its Blended Learning Programs, visit them online at:


About Detroit Public Schools:

Detroit Public Schools is creating Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools at 97 campuses with a mission to provide a comprehensive educational experience that is high-quality, challenging and inspires all students to make a positive contribution to society. DPS offers a wide variety of educational advantages to students and parents including Individualized Learning Maps for all students. New this year, arts/music and sports leagues for boys and girls are being offered at every elementary/middle school. Prekindergarten offerings have been expanded to 70 schools across the district for all qualified 4-year-olds. Twenty-one schools are now open as Community Schools, offering extended hours and services. Students in grades 8-12 enjoy take-home Netbooks and students in grades 6 and up have access to Netbooks in school. An outstanding Fine Arts program with instrumental music, vocal music and dance is also offered. Ongoing advantages include eight parent resource centers, Parent University and additional parenting programs, enhanced safety initiatives, a district-wide Customer Service focus, nine Detroit Rising College Preparatory Schools and DPS-authorized charter schools led by educators with proven track records of raising achievement. In 2013, DPS graduates earned more than $146 million in grants and scholarships. To learn more about Detroit Public Schools, visit or call 313-240-4DPS.


Education Technology Pioneers Announced as Finalists for SIIA Innovation Incubator Program
Ten innovators to be featured at the 2013 Education Business Forum in New York

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 13, 2013) – The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announces finalists, and an alternate, for its Innovation Incubator Program. The program will be held during the annual Education Business Forum, Dec. 10-11, at the McGraw Hill Conference Center in New York. The finalists will feature their products during the event, and awards will be presented to the Most Innovative and Most Likely to Succeed based on votes of conference attendees. The Educator’s Choice Award will also be presented based on votes from educators and administrators from around the United States. SIIA will also award prizes from program partners.

The SIIA Innovation Incubator Program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006 and has provided support for dozens of successful products and companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content, and related technologies. The program is open to applicants from academic and non-profit institutions, pre-revenue and early-stage companies, as well as established companies with newly developed technologies.

“This year’s Innovation Incubator participants are promising products with tremendous energy, creativity, and entrepreneurship,” said Karen Billings, vice president for the SIIA Education Division. “Innovative products like these play a pivotal role in keeping our students engaged and enhancing their educational experience.”

Innovation Incubator Program finalists were selected from the applicant pool based on key selection criteria, including:

– Education focus and end user impact / Market need for the innovation,- Representation of K-12/Postsecondary market levels,
– Level of originality and innovationAll Innovation Incubator finalists will present during the Business Profiles Presentations on Dec. 10, which is immediately followed by the Innovation Showcase & Networking Reception where they will be available for one-on-one product demonstrations and in-depth discussions.Innovation Incubator Program participants are:

eProf Education Inc, eProf
eProf is the first e-commerce platform allowing education businesses a turnkey solution for taking their businesses online. With eProf, teaching businesses can effectively deliver live, interactive online learning sessions and manage all of the logistics (payments, scheduling, user tracking) of their business. eProf provides a suite of fully integrated tools for online teaching include multi-stream virtual classrooms, HTML5 whiteboards, webinar environments, and Skype.

InstaEDU, InstaEDU
InstaEDU combines the high-quality of traditional in-home tutoring with the convenience and affordability of an online service. Students can get connected to a tutor instantly in InstaEDU’s online lesson space, or browse tutor profiles, message tutors and set up a lesson for a future date. The InstaEDU lesson space offers video, audio and text chat, as well as a collaborative whiteboard, text editor and code compiler.

Leading Edge Certification, Leading Edge Certification
Leading Edge Certification (LEC) is a national certification program in educational technology and curriculum innovation. Created by an Alliance of nonprofits, universities and educational agencies, LEC is the first national certification program of its kind, and is platform and vendor neutral. There are currently 3 LEC programs: Online and Blended Teacher, Administrator, and Digital Educator. Training takes place via a combination of face-to-face and online training, or via online-only training.

LightSail Education, LightSail
LightSail is an adaptive literacy platform for grades K-12. Tablet-based, it combines an interactive e-reader, a personalized library of great fiction and nonfiction texts embedded with objective and Common Core-aligned assessments, tools for collaboration and feedback, and data dashboards into an easy-to-implement application. LightSail’s recent honors include winning the edtech category at SXSW V2V and taking a top prize in the Gates Foundation’s Literacy Courseware Challenge.

Nervanix, Nervanix
Using advanced EEG (brainwave monitoring) technology, NERVANIX determines whether and to what extent a student is paying attention, and then uses that data to inform instruction. Both teachers and online learning systems can use the data in real time to adapt to the attention levels of the learners. Such “attention driven adaptability” underpins the teacher’s ability to personalize the instruction for individual students, quickly and easily.

Net Texts, Net Texts
Net Texts is a flexible system that allows educators to use and customize open educational resources (OER), copyrighted information, and their own material to create virtual courses that can supplement or replace textbooks. The Net Texts system has two parts: (1) a content management website, where teachers select, modify, or create sets of course materials, and (2) a tablet app and website for students to use those materials.

Portfoliyo, Parent-teacher texting
Fifty percent of families never hear from teachers. Portfoliyo wants to solve this problem by using the most effective method for teachers to communicate to parents: texting. While email, blogs, wikis, twitter etc. are all useful, the tool with the highest “open” and “response” rate from parents is texting. Teachers use a web or mobile app to text parents. Parents get the messages on their cell phone via text. Quick question, quick answer, fast and targeted interventions deliver better student performance.

RoboKind, Robots4Autism
Robots4Autism is a revolutionary humanoid robot that delivers research-based interventions and curriculum; teaches and reinforces social understanding; improves a child’s ability to use social behaviors in natural contexts; and displays unparalleled human like expressions, gestural bodies and eyes, face tracking, and conversational artificial intelligence. The Robot was designed around the strengths of children with autism to provide nonthreatening interaction and consistent lesson delivery.

Shindig, Shindig
Shindig allows remote participation for students, professors, parents and administrators with a computer and internet access. On Shindig, a speaker can address an audience of thousands. They can share the stage and take questions from selected audience members, share videos and documents. Meanwhile audience members can themselves network and converse with one another in their own private chats.

TeacherMatch, Educator’s Professional Inventory
TeacherMatch  has created a platform that predicts the impact of teacher candidates on student achievement. Our revolutionary, new hiring assessment is designed to identify the top candidates for any teaching position. It also produces a customized professional development report, setting new hires up for success. In concert with prestigious academic institutions, we built EPI on cutting-edge, evidence-based research. What’s more, machine learning makes the platform smarter the longer it is used.


BiblioNasium, Where Kids Flex Their Reading Muscles
BiblioNasium is a safe social network that promotes literacy & supports the independent reading activities for kids 6-13 years old. Kids connect to the 3 constituents that most influence what they read, their teachers, friends and parents to create an online community that shares & exchanges book recommendations and encourages reading progress. Integration with Lexile® aids in book selection and digital reading logs, virtual rewards and reports for educators, help keep kids on task and motivated.

For more information about the Education Business Forum, visit or contact Liderby Portorreal at

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content, and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information. For more information, visit

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