Follett’s PreK-12 Businesses Unite as
Follett School Solutions, Inc.
New entity to offer integrated solutions for educational content and technology
MCHENRY, Ill., March 25, 2014 – Follett’s PreK-12 businesses will become one legal entity named Follett School Solutions, Inc., effective April 1. The new entity is part of Follett’s strategy to deliver increased value to customers by integrating and leveraging the content and technology capabilities of its previously separate businesses: Follett Educational Services, Follett Library Resources and Follett Software Company.
“This will allow us to simplify how we partner with our customers to deliver integrated education solutions to PreK-12 schools that help administrators, educators and students achieve their goals,” said Tom Schenck, president and COO, Follett School Solutions. “We’ll now be one resource for a suite of services and solutions that deliver educational materials, technology platforms, and comprehensive student data management.”
Schenck said while the transition for Follett’s customers would be seamless, customers will need to update their accounting and purchase order information by visiting www.follettupdates.com. The same site also contains a thorough FAQ section, plus a list of contact numbers for those seeking more information or support.
Follett International will remain its own legal entity, though customers located outside the United States will continue to benefit from the same realignment advantages as customers inside the U.S.
About Follett’s PreK-12 Business| follettlearning.com
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 Corporation| follett.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.
Think Through Math Students Solve a Half Billion Math Problems
2.5 million subscribers make TTM most widely-used math software in the nation
Pittsburgh, PA – March 25, 2014 —Think Through Learning Inc., parent company of Think Through Math (TTM), a web-based math solution for grades 3-Algebra 1, announced today that students using the software have solved half a billion math problems. Over 2.5 million students subscribe to TTM, making it the most widely-used math software in the nation.
Built to help students deepen conceptual math understanding, TTM focuses on higher order thinking and problem solving; concepts which are emphasized on the 2012 Texas TEKS standards and the Common Core State Standards in Math.
TTM can process billions of math problems because it was engineered to handle the massive size of K-12 education, where there are over 55 million students enrolled. TTM is the only system built to be able to scale with the rapidly growing amount of web traffic as schools move to a ratio of one student to one computer.
“Think Through Math’s proprietary learning platform has scaled flawlessly during the school year,” said James Wrubel, Chief Technology Officer of Think Through Math. “Response times are lightning fast even as we serve 400,000 daily unique students working on our adaptive, engaging math content.”
As students work through their custom adaptive pathways, behind the scenes TTM’s complex system processes thousands of transactions per second to deliver appropriate math material in the student’s zone of proximal development.
“Calculating the best material to deliver to a student based on their performance in under 200 milliseconds requires a complex application architecture,” said Wrubel, “doing it at scale takes precise orchestration of multiple systems.”
Engineering is one of the many cutting edge strengths of Think Through Math. By engineering a state of the art adaptive program, more students are able to spend more time doing math – half a billion problems worth so far this year. The team at Think Through Math is passionate about continuing to engage and motivate learners to think through math, and achieve increased academic success.
About Think Through Math
Think Through Math is a company of math teachers. At Think Through Math, we believe that success in mathematics transforms the way students perform in school and beyond. As teachers and technologists we are driven to motivate students in unprecedented ways. We have a vision of effective education: a powerful blend of Web-based, adaptive instruction and on-demand, LIVE, state-certified teachers.
For more information, visit http://www.thinkthroughmath.com.
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Iowa City Community School District implements GuideK12 to Support 10 year, 258M-facility Master Plan
Administrators look to geovisual analytics software to generate scenarios, increase transparency with all stakeholders
MINNEAPOLIS, MN March 25, 2014 Iowa City Community School District has implemented GuideK12’s geovisual analytics platform to support its 10-year, 258M master facility plan. The district currently serves 13,000 students, and is predicting rapid growth over the next ten years. Based on the growth forecast district administrators are implementing their first ten-year facility master plan that includes adding a third high school, three new elementary schools and renovations for two existing schools.
To support the massive growth expected in the Iowa City Community School district, COO David Dude, selected GuideK12 geovisual analytic software, naming ease of use and it’s ability to make boundary planning more streamlined and transparent. The fact that the platform was designed specifically to support school districts was a strong differentiator, along with the breadth and depth of the innovative technology.
“Many of these tasks could be done with other GIS-type tools, but would take us twice as long and would require multiple sources to gather the needed information. With GuideK12, we have the ability to view data instantly and mapped geographically,” said Dude. “Our facility master plan includes measures to ensure school populations are evenly distributed.”
To ensure that all stakeholders are kept informed, the district is rolling out a new Community Engagement Process to establish collaborative, transparent lines of communication within the community. Recently the board passed a new diversity policy detailing requirements with regard to free and reduced lunch status students. This policy will require ongoing school boundary analysis using GuideK12.
In the past this process would have been done utilizing a consultant who would be given the assignment, geocode students and run the stats. Using this old process, feedback could take weeks, where it was analyzed and then repeated. Considerable time and energy were lost in the interim. GuideK12 puts the data at the fingertips of those closest to the decisions and allows administrators to run scenarios in-house, providing them with real-time, consistent data from start to finish.
“The ability to run these scenarios, plug in options, build proposed boundaries and instantly see demographic reports will facilitate a much more efficient, flexible process. The last thing any district wants is to make a decision based on inaccurate data,” said Dude.
Iowa City Community Schools District is continually exploring and finding different ways to put GuideK12 to use. The ability to track open enrollment is one of those uses. “We can create a table of where students live versus what school they attend and visualize that on a map to see where we are losing students,” said Dude. “I see us being able to continue to expand how we use this functionality in the future along with mapping resource needs based on where certain student populations live.”
Being able to create custom layers over the top of the district map allows us to examine details like discretionary busing zones to help with transportation decisions. “ I feel this tool is so broad that we are only limited by our own ideas.”
Based in Eagan, MN, GuideK12LLC is a geovisual analytics software company, which enables education decision makers to instantly explore and analyze school district data by adding a geographic and visual dimension to their student and community information. By visualizing information spatially, decisions on everything from boundary analysis, to policy changes to resource planning and forecasting enrollments can be more insightful and faster. Named one of SIIA’s 2012 10 most innovative education technology products, GuideK12 serves large metro, suburban and rural school districts throughout the United States. It is owned by private investors and a private investment group based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.