Follett VP Susan Adelmann Named Co-Chair of SIIA Education Division’s Board of Directors


MCHENRY, Ill., Feb. 6, 2014 – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, has named Susan Adelmann as co-chair of its Education Division Board of Directors for 2014.

Adelmann, vice president of strategic partnerships for Follett School Solutions, was originally elected to a two-year term on the board in August 2012.  She joined Follett in 2006 and possesses more than 30 years of software industry experience in product development, business strategy and strategic partnering, and marketing and product management.

Adelmann serves as board co-chair with Bruce Wilcox, vice president of Carolina Science Online at Carolina Biological Supply Co. Adelmann and Wilcox will lead the 21-person board and will represent more than 180 SIIA Education Division member firms that provide educational, software applications, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the PreK-20 sector. Follett has been an SIIA member for nearly seven years.

“SIIA serves an essential role in the education industry, strengthening the individual voices of its member companies who provide technology solutions, learning content and professional services to schools in the United States and around the world,” Adelmann said. “This is a unique organization where startup entrepreneurs, growing companies, and seasoned education-solution providers can safely collide, collaborate, and innovate to address shared industry challenges and create products and services that better meet the needs of learners and educators.”

Through its SIIA membership, Adelmann said Follett remains ahead of education industry policy changes and seizes regular opportunities to collaborate with thought leaders to shape, influence and implement next-generation education solutions that benefit its customers.

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve as co-chair among an incredibly talented board at this time of so many new possibilities for education and learning,” Adelmann added.


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

About Follett

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.

Skyward Debuts New Data Analytics Tool
myDistrict360 allows district staff to develop, refine and adapt sophisticated data analytics

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Feb. 6, 2014 – Districts today rely on robust data analytics to recognize school improvement opportunities and monitor student achievement. To simplify the complex, time-consuming responsibility of compiling the key information, Skyward, Inc., an industry leading K-12 school administrative software provider, developed myDistrict360 [] in partnership with BravePoint, a leading provider of technical services and solutions designed to increase productivity and efficiency. myDistrict360 is a versatile, user friendly portal for teachers and administrators to analyze vital student and business information.

Available for use with the Student Management and School Business Suites, myDistrict360 provides comprehensive analytics without the need for extensive development, professional services, or the knowledge of how to write code. Through an easy to use interface, dashboards and advanced data visualizations can be quickly customized to meet the unique needs of each user.

“myDistrict360 gives districts a simple and cost-effective solution for a complex process,” said Ray Ackerlund, vice president of marketing and product management at Skyward. “Through a completely unified platform, all the components work seamlessly with one another, making it easy to maintain and manage analytics projects of varying levels of difficulty. Giving districts feature-rich reporting and the flexibility for personalized views ensures that reports and dashboards will be robust and comprehensive without breaking the bank or demanding a lot of time.”

Key features of myDistrict360 include:
-Pre-built capabilities that minimize the need for custom coding
-Web 2.0 reporting and analysis, including advanced charting gauges and other data visualization tools
-Process and workflows reports, including email, schedules, alerts and database management
-Highly flexible and customizable security options, providing complete control in creating secure, role-based access and views
-Built for the Web with an open XML (Extensible Markup Language) architecture
-Customized output style to meet complex requirements
-Advanced data analytics including “what-if” and forecasting analysis

To learn more about myDistrict360, please visit:

About Skyward
Skyward is a leading provider of K-12 school administrative software that surpasses districts’ needs in state reporting, improves operational capabilities, and opens communication between schools and families. Today, the Skyward School Management System™ is used in more than 1,600 school districts worldwide, ranging from districts with as few as 50 students to statewide implementations supporting more than 800,000 students. Founded in 1980, Skyward serves school districts with its integrated student, finance, and human resources suite of products and is proudly made and supported in the United States. To learn more, visit

About BravePoint
Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, BravePoint®, Inc. is a leading provider of technology agnostic Business Intelligence (BI) and data warehousing solutions to a variety of clients worldwide. Since 1987, BravePoint has applied business experience and technology expertise to improve customers’ profitability and competitiveness with the use of technology.  BravePoint brings many years of experience in defining business intelligence strategies to support clients’ current and future BI needs.. BravePoint is a subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE: CPK). For more information about BravePoint, please visit Chesapeake Utilities Corporation is a diversified utility company engaged in natural gas distribution, transmission and marketing, electric distribution, propane gas distribution and wholesale marketing, advanced information services and other related services. Information about Chesapeake’s businesses is available at


RoboKind Announces the Robots4Au9sm Name Our Robot Contest
DALLAS (Feb. 5, 2014) – RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics, announces the
Robots4Autism Name Our Robot Contest, which invites members of the autism, special
needs and education communities to suggest and vote on a name for the company’s social
robot. The robot is the central component in Robots4Autism, a comprehensive autism
intervention program that uses purpose-built social robots and developmental instruction
to teach critical emotional and social skills.
Voted Most Innovative during the annual SIIA Innovation Incubator Program, RoboKind
offers the world’s most affordable humanoid robot. Through its unique CompuCompassion
software, the robot reads an individual’s emotions and level of attentiveness, adjusting
interactions accordingly to enable human-like social engagement.
“We originally named our robot Zeno,” said Fred Margolin, RoboKind CEO and founder. “But
for some kids with speech and language difSiculties, the “z” sound can be a challenge to
pronounce. We also wanted to distinguish the Robot4Autism program from our RoboSteps
STEM instruction program, which refers to its robot as Zeno too.”
Appealing to interests of children on the autism spectrum, while building on their
strengths, the Robots4Autism program bridges academic success and developmental needs.
Purpose-built for autism intervention, the interactive robot and its versatile curricula are
designed as a powerful supplemental tool to assist educators and practitioners in providing
effective special education and therapy.
“Our robot is a friend and peer leader,” said Claude Bove, director of school sales. “He’s
friendly and patient – he doesn’t intimidate children with autism, as do many human
interactions. The robot offers a non-threatening way for children to learn and practice
social skills, and we want them to have a part in giving their friend a name.”
Designed by Sield experts, the Robots4Autism curricula are based on proven autism therapy
methods. Voting is open to anyone 18 and older, or to children under 18 with parental
supervision. To meet the robot and suggest a name, visit RoboKind
RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics, designs and builds a series of robots that
enable people to engage with robots on a personal level. Through the Robots4Autism and
RoboSteps programs, RoboKind leverages these advanced social robots to supplement
autism therapy, special education and STEM instruction. The programs use humanoid
robots that feature life-like facial expressions, natural social interaction and comprehensive
curriculum to assist educators and therapists in helping students learn and grow. For more
information, visit