FOLLETT ANNOUNCES EBOOK PARTNERSHIP WITH PENGUIN GROUP (USA)

Agreement is part of Follett’s continuing effort to expand access to popular digital titles

MCHENRY, Ill., Feb. 13, 2014 –Follett today announced it has launched a collection of nearly 17,000 ebook titles for PreK-12 students from Penguin Group (USA).  Penguin is the fifth major book publisher to partner with Follett in the past six months, joining Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster and Macmillan.

 

The Penguin collection is available now through Titlewave, Follett’s collection development, search and ordering tool that provides access to more than 270,000 ebook titles to PreK-12 schools nationwide.

 

“This partnership allows Follett to continue its mission of supporting student learning by providing access to the best content and materials, whether print or digital,” said Tom Schenck, President and COO, Follett School Solutions. “Penguin’s publishing lists include hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors, which is why we are pleased to be able to offer this collection to our customers.”

 

Tim McCall, Penguin’s Vice President of Online Sales and Marketing, said, “Penguin is looking forward to making our catalog of ebooks available to Follett and to its school library customers.” Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House company, is a leading U.S. adult and children’s trade book publisher.

Among Penguin’s popular PreK-12 titles available through Follett include, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck, “The Westing Game” by Ellen Rasking, “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl, “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred D. Taylor, “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding, and “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini.

 

With books increasingly moving to digital formats, Follett has been at the forefront of the transition with tools and solutions that help customers access and integrate the new forms of content within schools. Follett Shelf is the virtual bookshelf most used by schools to access ebooks, while Follett Enlight provides students with a consistent and easy-to-use ebook reading environment on their desktops, tablets and smartphones, and allows users to add notes and highlights and then view them anywhere they have access to their Follett Shelf account.

 

Today, more than 29 million students and educators in 42,000 schools worldwide use ebooks provided by Follett.

 

To learn more about Follett’s PreK-12 business, visit www.follettlearning.com.

 

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 Corporationfollett.com

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.

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Learning.com Joins P21 to Support 21st Century Learning

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 18, 2014) – The Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) welcomes Learning.com to the organization’s strategic council and the diverse cadre of education leaders, business community, and state and federal policymakers supporting student readiness for college, career, and citizenship.

Dr. Cliff Green, vice president of education and customer experience at Learning.com, will represent the organization on P21’s strategic council and will be involved with P21 initiatives.

“Our goal at Learning.com is to help today’s students develop the 21st century skills they need for tomorrow’s success, so working with P21 is a natural fit,” said Green. “We look forward to working closely with other P21 members and sharing our perspective on how to best support schools as they implement digital content.”Learning.com is a leader in delivering digital curriculum and assessments to districts and schools. Learning.com’s digital content management tools help educators organize and customize how they deliver content to students. Learning.com also provides implementation and professional development services to support educators as they integrate technology into instruction.

“We are delighted to add Learning.com’s digital learning expertise to P21,” said Stephan Turnipseed, chair of P21 and president emeritus and executive director of strategic partnerships at LEGO Education. “We look forward to having a strong collaborative partner in Learning.com and expanding our powerful network of advocates in support of 21st century teaching and learning for college, career and citizenship.”

About P21
P21 is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the 3Rs and 4Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation). While leading districts and schools are already doing this (see Exemplar Program), P21 advocates for local, state and federal policies that support this approach for every school. www.p21.org

About Learning.com
Learning.com provides digital curriculum and assessments that help students develop 21st century skills to prepare them for success in college and their future career opportunities. With Learning.com’s digital content management tools, teachers can organize and customize how they deliver content to students. Learning.com provides implementation and professional development services to support educators as they integrate technology into instruction and move to digital content. Founded in 1999, Learning.com currently partners with more than 2,700 districts. For more information, visit www.learning.com and connect with us at www.facebook.com/learningdotcom and www.twitter.com/learningdotcom.

P21 Members: Apple Inc., Bahcesehir K-12 Schools, Cable in the Classroom, The College Board, Common Sense Media, Crayola, Destination Imagination, EdLeader21, EF Education, Education Networks of America, Ford Motor Company Fund, Gale Cengage Learning, Goddard Systems Inc., Intel Corporation, JP – Inspiring Knowledge, Learning.com, LEGO Education, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National Education Association, PBS, Pearson Foundation, People to People Ambassador Programs, Project Management Institute Educational Foundation, U.S. Fund for UNICEF, VIF International Education, and The Walt Disney Company.

P21 Leadership States: Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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ECONOMICS, FINANCE CLASSES LAGGING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

Council for Economic Education’s 2014 Survey of the States Reveals Slow to No Growth

NEW YORK, NY February 18, 2014 – A majority of the public school students in the United States still are not exposed to economics or personal finance education despite the lessons of the recent recession, a new survey shows.

Only 22 of the 50 states require high school students to take an economics course and only 16 states require testing of economics concepts, the survey found.  Two years ago when a similar survey was taken, the totals  were the same.

While only 17 states require high school students to take a personal finance course and only 6 require testing     of personal finance concepts, there has been some growth since 2011 when the totals were 13 and 6.

“The Great Recession put a spotlight on the dangers of a financially illiterate society, demonstrating the importance of a basic understanding of economic and financial concepts,” said Nan J. Morrison, the president   and CEO of the Council for Economic Education (CEE). “We’ve got to do a better job of helping our policy    makers and educators ensure that students nearing adulthood gain that understanding.”

The Survey of the States: Economic and Personal Finance Education in Our Nation’s Schools is conducted   every two years by the CEE. The biennial report collects data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia,    and includes commentary from experts and educators in the field to provide a comprehensive look into the state of K-12 economic and financial education in the United States.

The 2014 Survey of the States was made possible by funding from Capital One Financial Corporation.

“Recent economic challenges have highlighted the importance of teaching our kids to understand personal finance.  The day-to-day relevance of economic concepts and financial responsibility will only continue to  increase as the world is rapidly transformed by science and technology. Providing students with the practical tools they need to apply that knowledge will help them succeed financially by creating businesses, driving innovation, and achieving personal dreams,” said Richard D. Fairbank, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Capital One Financial Corporation.  “Working together, we can infuse our classrooms with the necessary foundational capabilities and make financial education a centerpiece of our public and private agenda.”

According to CEE, previous research has demonstrated that students from states with required financial education courses are more likely to save, less likely to max out their credit cards or make late credit card payments, more likely to pay off credit cards each month and less likely to be compulsive buyers.

“Economic and financial education is important because our kids need to graduate with an understanding of basic concepts,” added Morrison.  “The 17 states that require a personal finance course today represent only about 40% of the U.S. population.  That’s a huge gap and we need to close it.  We must expand our high school curricula and then provide our teachers with the tools they need to help students develop these essential real-world skills.”

The 2014 Survey of the States is available for download at:

http://www.councilforeconed.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/2014-Survey-of-the-States.pdf

Click here to access the interactive Survey of the States online.

About the Council for Economic Education

The Council for Economic Education is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school – and we have been doing so for 65 years. We carry out our mission by educating the educators: providing the curriculum tools, the pedagogical support, and the community of peers that instruct, inspire, and guide. All resources and programs are developed by educators, and delivered by our national network of affiliates. Our goal is to reach and teach every child. Each year CEE’s programs reach more than 55,000 K-12 teachers and over 5 million students across the United States.

For further information about the Council for Economic Education go to: http://www.councilforeconed.org.

About Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with more than 900 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. We apply the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in our commitment to our communities across the country that we do in our business. We recognize that helping to build strong and healthy communities – good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families – benefits us all and we are proud to support this and other community initiatives.

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2014 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show Set to Host Sessions Focused on Technology, Leadership, Common Core Implementation, and More

Alexandria, VA (2/18/2014)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, announced the full schedule of events for the upcoming 69th ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show. The upcoming conference will be held March 15–17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Attendees will learn ideas and best-practice strategies that drive student achievement while unlocking ways to boost teacher and leadership effectiveness.

The 2014 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show will feature more than 350 sessions, and attendees are encouraged to plan their conference itinerary using the Map Your Show conference planning tool. The conference’s general session speakers include education luminaries such as Sir Ken Robinson, Daniel Pink, and Russell Quaglia. The conference is generously supported by sponsors including Microsoft, Adobe, and VINCI.

“ASCD is proud to offer such an extensive lineup of innovative sessions during our 69th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show,” said ASCD Executive Director and CEO Dr. Gene R. Carter. “Our team has worked to develop a conference that will enable educators to support every learner in the 21st century education environment and prepare each student to enjoy lifelong academic, career, and citizenship success.”

The ASCD 2014 mobile app is now available for free download, enabling attendees to create a personalized agenda and find sessions, speakers, and exhibitors of interest to them.  The app is compatible with Apple/iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android devices and will feature news alerts and session updates; opt-in person-to-person messaging; social media access; photo sharing; and much more.

Here are some of the session highlights:

Superintendents and Leaders

iPads for Administrators: Communicate, Collaborate, and Connect: Administrators in 2014 need to be connected to their constituents on every level. This session will give participants the tools to leave their desk but take their office with them, connecting and collaborating with their community without the paperwork. It will take the printer out of the equation and make administration mobile and efficient.

The Next Generation of Superintendents: The presenters will share success stories of the Superintendents Leadership Academy of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, which grooms and assists aspiring superintendents with the knowledge, skills, and contacts necessary to lead a school district. The leadership program focuses on preparing the next generation of school system leaders with the skills to close achievement gaps and address the needs of English language learners and other disenfranchised groups.

Aspiring to the Principalship: Growing and Empowering Future Principal Leaders: This session will examine the Douglas County (Colo.) School District’s innovative program to identify, cultivate, and develop leadership talent to create a cadre of world-class leaders. The district created a venue to train, develop, and foster leadership growth of their best talent, preparing them for principal roles. Attendees will learn how to implement similar systems in their districts.

Technology

Saved by Twitter: 10 Ways to Use Twitter to Connect: In this interactive session, participants will explore using Twitter to network with colleagues and experts, ask and answer questions, share resources, and react to events on the fly. They’ll learn how to start or grow their online professional learning networks, use Twitter as a back channel during conferences and even during class, and much more.

Google Apps: A Schoolwide Solution for Organization and Management: This session will outline how Google Apps are used in real-world situations to prepare accreditation reports, manage school documents, organize committees, track action plan progress, foster digital discussions, and collaborate within and across professional learning communities.

Creating the Student-Centered iPad Classroom: This session will detail 10 requirements for successful tablet implementation and demonstrate examples of how iPads empower students to learn effectively. The presenters will review their lessons—including videos of classroom practice—and their visions for a dynamic, student-centered classroom.

Common Core

The New Pedagogy of the Common Core and the Science Standards: This session will detail the shifts in the rigor of the subject matter content that students must master as a result of the Common Core and new science standards, as well as the shift in what is considered to be effective instruction at all grade levels.

iConnect: A Global Approach to the Common Core Standards: Participants will learn how K–8 teachers can promote global awareness and responsibility through project-based learning and still incorporate the Common Core standards. The session will show how inner-city students use 21st century literacy skills to connect with children living within a notorious hillside slum in Brazil and how their broadened perspectives yielded increased engagement and academic achievement.

Teacher Evaluation and Development in the Common Core Era: Participants will learn about a new research project focused on continuous professional improvement for teachers designed to use Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and the CCSS evidence guides. Videotaping of exemplary teaching practice and the review and revision of the instruments are part of the research process.

Higher Education

Being Generationally Savvy: Learning and Leading Across Generations: Participants will explore solutions to a variety of issues, including communication challenges between colleagues of different ages and challenges maintaining a work–life balance. They will learn about the four generations in our schools and how to design structures and protocols to work well with them all.

School–College Partnership for College Readiness: This session will present a learning community model for high school and college faculties to collaborate in aligning curriculum and improving instruction for urban students to become college ready. Participants will learn how to create and work in a learning community that aligns high school curriculum and instruction with freshman college-course expectations.

Mentoring in Teacher Education: From Preservice Through Inservice: This session examines ways universities and local agencies can assist with the change from student to professional. Participants will consider components of mentor relationships, specific help mentors can provide, and how mentoring can lead to student achievement.

In addition to the professional development sessions, there will be fun social events for attendees to enjoy with fellow educators. The Welcome Reception, sponsored by Discovery Education, will be held on Friday night before the full conference begins. The reception will bring attendees together for food, fun, and networking with colleagues from around the world. Saturday evening will feature the #ASCD14 Tiki Tweet Up, sponsored by Herff Jones Nystrom, which will enable ASCD’s Twitter followers to gather at Trader Vic’s for an in-person gathering with their social media colleagues and friends.

For all three days of the conference, the ASCD Center will be open in the exhibit hall. At the ASCD Center, educators can engage with ASCD authors, take advantage of membership services, and participate in workshops and demonstrations. This will also be home to the ASCD Bookstore, with an available selection of more than 200 books and DVDs from the leading minds in education.

Follow ASCD on social media to receive updates and behind-the-scenes looks at Annual Conference. On Twitter, follow @ASCD and use hashtag #ASCD14to participate in the back-channel conversation throughout conference. On Instagram, attendees may follow @OfficialASCD and use hashtag #ASCD14. In addition, all educators are encouraged to use #ASCD14InstaWalk to take a virtual tour of the conference through the lens of attendees.

For more information about the 69th ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, visit the main conference website, www.ascd.org/annualconference. You can also directly access travel or hotel information and find places to eat and visit around Los Angeles by visiting the conference site. To find out more about ASCD’s other programs, products, services and memberships, visit www.ascd.org.

ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 140,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit www.ascd.org.