NASBE Discussion Guide Designed to Help State Boards Explore Anaphylaxis and Epinephrine Policies


Arlington, VA — An estimated 4 to 6 percent of American children have food allergies, and many of these children will have a severe allergic reaction while at school. Tragically, every year some of these reactions are fatal. It then stands to reason that the calls for comprehensive school policies to mitigate severe allergic reactions have grown significantly in recent years, and the need will only increase as the number of children with allergies continues to grow. To this end, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) released a new discussion guide to provide a comprehensive treatment of the issue and set the stage for policy development of anaphylaxis and epinephrine policies.


The guide, Anaphylaxis and Schools: Developing Policies for Treating Students with Severe Allergic Reactions, identifies viable state, district, and individual school policy solutions; highlights states that have already taken important steps to address the issue; and provides a framework for discussions that can lead to the development of new policies and other state-level actions.


Included in this guide are the most recent data on the prevalence of anaphylaxis; treatment and exposure reduction strategies; gaps in current school plans and procedures for meeting this challenge; elements of effective policies currently in use; state-level actions to address these issues; and policy discussion worksheets with the critical questions boards need to consider during policy development.


“Students and their parents need to feel secure that schools are safe places to learn and grow,” said NASBE Executive Director Kristen Amundson. “State policies and guidance to mitigate the exposure of students with allergies to known allergens are critical to uniform practices in all schools. Policymakers also need to address the use and storage of epinephrine, especially given that 25 percent of students suffering reactions at school have not yet been diagnosed with allergies. As a national leader in state-level student health policy, NASBE is uniquely positioned to provide policymakers with the best information, analysis, and discussion frameworks to help them make these decisions.”


The discussion guide and materials are available free on NASBE’s website. NASBE will also host an open webinar to guide potential users on how to best utilize the discussion guide, to have questions answered by experts in the subject, and to share best practices.




The National Association of State Boards of Education represents America’s state and territorial boards of education. NASBE exists to strengthen state boards as the preeminent educational policymaking bodies for citizens and students. For more,

myON Adds Disney Content to Digital Platform 

Select Disney Digital Books Now Available to Schools via myON reader


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. Nov. 19, 2013 – myON, a business unit of Capstone, today announced the addition of digital books from Disney Publishing Worldwide, the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines, to the myON readerplatform . The collaboration brings the magic of Disney to schools nationwide that have access to myON, and features beloved characters from classic and contemporary Disney franchises and properties.

“We’re thrilled about the addition of the Disney brand to our already vast library of content,“ said Todd Brekhus, president, myON.   “Offering students books that are engaging and fun provides unlimited opportunities for them to become lifelong readers and surely will inspire kids to read and be confident in their reading abilities.”
Launched in May 2011, the myON Publisher Program provides an opportunity for publishers to add their content to the myON platform. Since its inception, more than 36 publishers have joined the program, offering school districts an additional 1,600 titles across a range of subject areas, genres, and reading levels, to enhance and supplement their annual subscription. The basic subscription for myON reader includes more than 4,000 titles exclusively from Capstone’s award-winning imprints: Capstone Press, Compass Point Books, Heinemann-Raintree, Picture Window Books, and Stone Arch Books. All publishers’ titles include reading supports and are leveled using The Lexile® Framework for Reading.

myON reader provides online access to more than 5,600 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports – embedded dictionary, highlighting and naturally recorded audio – customized to a student’s interest and reading ability. Accessible at school or home, the platform creates a collaborative reading environment where students, educators and parents work together to support student reading performance. Students also have access to a safe, social network where they can read, rate, review, and recommend books to classmates. Students can access myON on laptops, desktops, tablets, and mobile devices for an online or offline reading experience.



About myON™

myON, a business unit of Capstone, develops personalized learning environments for students. As the flagship product, myON reader provides access to the largest integrated collection of enhanced digital books with multimedia supports and embedded Lexile assessments to measure reading growth. Using myON reader, students gain confidence in their abilities, take ownership in their reading growth, and achieve success across the curriculum. Since the platform launched in January 2011, more than 2 million students have logged on to read upwards of 4.25 million books. For more information, visit


Follett Announced as Year-Round Platinum Sponsor of NAEYC

Company furthers commitment to improve education for early learners

WASHINGTON, D.C. and MCHENRY, Ill., Nov. 19, 2013—Follett, one of the largest education solution

providers in the United States, has expanded its focus on early childhood products and services through (NAEYC), the leading association representing educators working on behalf of high-quality early childhood education. Follett is a new Platinum Level Year-Round sponsor of NAEYC, the highest level of sponsorship a commercial company can offer to support NAEYC’s critical work on behalf of young children and early childhood educators.

“We are thrilled to support NAEYC to help the organization continue offering programs and services to its members and those committed to improving the lives of young children,” said Tom Schenck, president and COO, Follett School Solutions. “For more than 135 years, Follett has been helping to improve people’s lives by supporting a lifetime continuum of learning and education.”

“Every day, we partner with educators around the world to develop creative solutions to help educators face new challenges,” Schenck continued. “We are genuinely proud to provide the same support to the early education sector through our collaboration with NAEYC.”

As a Platinum Level Year-Round Sponsor, Follett – whose products and services help improve learning for 35 million students in 147 countries – will provide financial, philosophical, and in-kind support for NAEYC’s important work, and will distribute NAEYC publications. Particular focus on the new collaboration will be displayed at both NAEYC yearly conferences, including this week’s2013 Annual Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C.

“Follett is a company whose mission and goals are clearly focused on supporting and improving education,” said Rhian Evans Allvin, NAEYC’s executive director.  “They are a key ally to all educators, and their innovative new outreach in early childhood education enriches and strengthens the base from which children become lifetime learners.  NAEYC is delighted to welcome Follett as our new Platinum Year-Round sponsor.”

NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children, with nearly 70,000 members, a national network of more than 300 state and local affiliates, and a growing global alliance of like-minded organizations.

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About Follett’s PreK-12
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

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