Teachscape appoints Andrew Morrison as Chief Executive Officer


Kathy Yates named Chairwoman of Teachscape Board of Directors and Chief Client Services Officer

SAN FRANCISCO, March 18, 2014 – Teachscape announced the appointment of Andrew Morrison as chief executive officer (CEO) and named former CEO Kathy Yates chairwoman of the board of directors and chief client services officer, in a move designed to increase the company’s emphasis on client service and satisfaction, build upon its existing product innovation, and to accelerate the organization’s growth.


Morrison, an accomplished CEO and technology leader, brings extensive experience in K-12 education businesses, technology, investment banking and law to this role. He served as founder and CEO of Cognitive Concepts, Inc., creator of the Earobics line of programs, and CEO of Smarterville, Inc., owner of Hooked on Phonics, Sunburst Education, and Reading Rainbow.  In addition, Andrew also served as president of Class.com and Lincoln National Academy, and has served as an advisor to a number of other education companies and private equity firms.  He excels in delivering effective, intuitive and scalable technology-based and blended-learning solutions to schools, educators and administrators; anticipating market trends and opportunities; and working closely with educators and thought leaders to create solutions that are well-aligned to the unique needs and expectations of schools.


“I am a firm believer in the work of Teachscape and its mission to help educators, and ultimately students, succeed,” said Morrison. “I look forward to working closely with Teachscape’s talented team and with school districts around the country.”


With Morrison as CEO, Yates will manage all facets of client support through the newly created position of chief client services officer. Yates will oversee implementation services, technical support, and professional services. This position was created to emphasize Teachscape’s commitment to effectively and sustainably support its clients in their ongoing work.


“I welcome Andrew’s partnership as we continue to build out Teachscape’s professional learning and educator evaluation solutions,” said Yates. “His addition to our team and my new focus on enhancing the overall client experience demonstrate our commitment to provide innovative technologies and comprehensive programs to improve teaching effectiveness and strengthen school leadership.”


Yates joined Teachscape as president and chief operating officer in 2010 before being named CEO later that year. Prior to Teachscape, Yates held a variety of executive leadership roles with both digital and print publishing enterprises, including President and CEO of Allbusiness.com, President and Chief Operating Officer of CBS Marketwatch, co-founder and CEO of Knight RIdder New Media, and General Manager of the San Jose Mercury News.


To learn more about Teachscape, visit www.teachscape.com.


About Teachscape

Teachscape uniquely combines innovative technology, engaging content and expert services to develop great teachers. From its classroom observation training and technology to its powerful web-based content delivery platform, Teachscape’s award-winning products and services have been inspired by its dedication to sparking transformative change in teaching practice.  Since 1999, Teachscape has worked with schools and school districts, charter networks, archdioceses, universities and state education departments to measurably and continuously improve the effectiveness of educators to produce gains in student achievement. Teachscape’s partners include Charlotte Danielson, ETS, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Stanford University, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to help shape its vision, its products, and its strategies. To learn more about Teachscape and its complete collection of professional development offerings, go to http://www.teachscape.com.


Medal of Honor Recipient, Harold A. Fritz, will speak with students and teachers in honor of National Medal of Honor Day as part of a program hosted by edWeb.net and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation 

PRINCETON, NJ, March 18, 2014 – By Congressional Proclamation, March 25 of each year is officially designated as National Medal of Honor Day. Every year, on this day, the Medal of Honor Recipients visit the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia to recognize the sacrifice of those who have served this country. There, they place a wreath commemorating this service and sacrifice, especially of those who have received the Medal of Honor.

To help students learn about the Medal of Honor, this country’s highest award for valor in combat, theCongressional Medal of Honor Foundation (CMOHF) and edWeb.net will present a special webinar with Harold “Hal” A. Fritz, Medal of Honor Recipient, on March 26th. During this webinar, teachers and students can hear directly about the experiences of this American hero and about the legacy of the Medal of Honor, courage, sacrifice, and patriotism.

The webinar, Interview with a Hero: Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice, is on Thursday, March 26th at 1pm Eastern Time. Teachers are invited to broadcast this webinar during class time for their students to hear from Medal of Honor Recipient, Hal Fritz, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Troop A, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and a veteran of the Vietnam War. Mr. Fritz will discuss what the Medal means to him and how it has affected his life. He will reflect on the events held the day prior, to commemorate National Medal of Honor Day and Citizen Honors. Teachers are encouraged to submit a question from their class when they register for the webinar.

One of the major initiatives of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is the Medal of Honor Character Development Program, a free curriculum supplement for middle and high school students. The program includes more than 50 lesson plans, over 100 video vignettes of the Medal of Honor Recipients themselves, as well as videos of hometown heroes selected by the Medal of Honor Recipients as “Citizen Heroes.”

edWeb.net and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation have created an online professional learning community that helps teachers use this free, valuable and inspiring resource with their students. The community is free and hosts webinars and online discussions on the important concepts of courage, commitment, sacrifice, patriotism, integrity and citizenship. The webinars will provide an opportunity for Medal of Honor Recipients to discuss the importance of character and speak directly with teachers and students on their experiences.

Brian Williams, Anchor and Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, is a leading advocate for the Medal of Honor Character Development Program. He says, “I wish these [Medal of Honor recipients] were the stars of baseball cards in this country…I wish kids grew up knowing these Recipients’ stats. We’re trying to spread the word about what kind of citizens these are; we’re trying to spread the word that these qualities will help you in many ways. So we had this theory…that you could use these Recipients as a teaching tool.”

Join us for the webinar “Interview with a Hero: Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice: onThursday, March 26th at 1PM Eastern Time. Register here.

If you are an educator, join the free learning community, Lessons on Bravery and Self-Sacrifice: The Medal of Honor Character Development Program, to stay informed about upcoming webinars, join in on discussions with peers and experts, and gain access to valuable resources.

The Medal of Honor Character Development Program is free and available online and on DVD. Learn more at http://cmohfoundation.org/educational-outreach/erie-project.

About the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation 
The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, a non-profit 501©(3), was founded by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society which consists exclusively of the living recipients of the Medal. The mission of the Foundation is to reach out to the citizens of America and its youth to promote an awareness of what the Medal of Honor represents and how ordinary Americans through courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism can challenge fate and change the course of history. The Foundation has undertaken a broad range of initiatives at increasing awareness of the Medal of Honor and what it represents. Learn more at www.cmohfoundation.org.

About edWeb.net
edWeb.net is a professional social and learning network for the education community that makes it easy to connect and collaborate with colleagues, share information and best practices, and create professional learning communities. edWeb hosts free professional learning communities on key topics in education and won the 2012 Edublog Award for Best Free and Open Professional Development for Educators. edWeb reaches 3.5 million educators in the U.S. through our membership and our partnership with MCH Strategic Data. Learn more at www.edweb.net. Follow @edwebnet on Twitter.


ASCD Launches Digital 2013 Annual Report

Los Angeles, Calif.— ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, is pleased to release the 2013 Annual Report, titled “The Promise of Leadership: Sustaining Learning, Transforming Teaching.” The parallax-based web experience is an animated, interactive journey designed to showcase ASCD’s programs, products, and services.

The web-based report is a narrative story of ASCD’s work during 2013 and features voices from ASCD’s past, present, and future. The visually stunning site hosts four videos and provides high-level overviews of the association’s membership, constituents, and conferences and events. Visitors may explore stories in three categories: sustaining, transforming, and leading.

“It was important that we use our 70th Annual Report as a platform to connect users to ASCD’s history, while making a promise to educators that ASCD will support them today and into the future,” said Dr. Gene R. Carter, executive director and CEO of ASCD. “We built a site that uses the latest in web trends to invite visitors into an engaging, interactive brand experience that connects them with who ASCD is and will continue to be many years from now.”

ASCD’s previous Annual Reports have collected accolades such as the Distinction of Merit from the Art Director’s Club, two PR News Nonprofit PR Awards (2011 and 2012), and the American Web Design Award from Graphic Design USA.  In 2012, The Art Director’s Club recognized the Annual Report as one of the best designs of the year created in Washington, D.C..

Visit http://ar2013.ascd.org to get started. The report content is also easy to e-mail and share on popular social media sites, including TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest. For more information about ASCD or to become a member, 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.