AASA Announces Summer Chinese Delegation
AASA Members and Staff among Educators Participating in ‘Discover China’ Program

Alexandria, Va. –AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced  the educators who will participate in the organization’s “Discover China” program. AASA members and staff among the delegation include:

  • Andrew Lee Smith, superintendent, Antelope Union High School, District #50, Wellton, Ariz.
  • Christine Marie Syriac, superintendent, Seymour Public Schools, K-12, Seymour, Conn.
  • Sonia E. Beckford, principal, James Ryder Randall Elementary School, Clinton, Md.
  • Judith Sue Grow, supervisor of modern language, Lenzpe Valley Regional High School, Stanhope, N.J.
  • Sana Deloris Sims, principal, Cooper Lane Elementary School, Landover Hills, Md.

Sponsored by SLG-Sino Language Gateway and the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, the delegation leaves for Beijing on June 23 and will stay in China for two weeks.

Topics to be discussed include the U.S. and China’s K-12 education system, U.S. and Chinese student exchange programs, cross-border learning, online Chinese and English learning, teacher exchange, collaborative learning, establishing sister schools, and joint-diploma programs. Additional topics may be added throughout the tour.

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About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 10,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visitwww.aasa.org. Follow AASA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AASApage. Information on AASA Children’s Programs on Twitter @AASATotalChild.

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Follett Challenge Reveals Semifinalists, Video Winners

Two New Jersey schools join Illinois, Michigan schools among final four

 

MCHENRY, Ill – For the third consecutive year, the $200,000 Follett Challenge has provided a forum for K-12 schools from around the country to share inspiring stories of how their innovative programs are preparing students for the demands of the 21st century. In a live webcast today, contest organizers announced this year’s four semifinalists plus the “People’s Choice” winners —those schools whose video submissions received the highest number of online votes from the public.

 

From the four semifinalists, a grand-prize winner will be selected and announced May 16. The overall winner will earn a $60,000 prize in Follett products and services, while the other three semifinalists will each earn $30,000 in products and services.

In today’s webcast, Tom Schenck, president and COO of Follett School Solutions, announced the four semifinalists:

 

Ten $5,000 prizes (also in products and services) will be awarded to the “People’s Choice” winners. All four semifinalists placed among the top 10, in addition to these six winning schools as announced by Schenck:

 

A total of 103 entrants completed an online application and uploaded a three- to five-minute video describing their program. The judges scored entries based on critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration between students and among teachers and other members of the school staff. More than 233,000 votes were cast in the online competition for favorite videos.

 

“The innovation and creativity taking place in our schools today never ceases to amaze us,” Schenck said. “The videos are proof that exemplary 21st century teaching and learning is taking place in classrooms throughout the country, and we hope people will take the time to view them. They are truly inspiring, and Follett is proud to shine a light on what passionate educators and motivated students can accomplish.”

For more information on the Follett Challenge, visit www.follettchallenge.com.

 

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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 Corporation

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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Odysseyware improves student experience with enhanced Notes feature

Update created in response to customer feedback

(CHANDLER, Ariz.) April 16, 2014 — Just months after unveiling their new user interface, which includes a highly anticipated Notes feature, Odysseyware has added even more refinement to their online curriculum platform.

“Our product development team put in long hours to make sure our improved Notes feature is as sleek and user-friendly as possible,” said Beth TeGrotenhuis, the president and COO of Odysseyware’s parent company, Glynlyon. “We’re thrilled with the results, and I hope our customers will be too.”

The previous version of Odysseyware allowed teachers to write notes in an individual box on lessons. Although customers appreciated this ability, teachers asked for a way to leave multiple notes in a single assignment. They also wanted to extend this function to students. Responding to this user feedback, Odysseyware gave customers what they asked for.

With the redesigned Notes feature, both students and teachers can now write multiple notes directly in the margins of every assignment. This allows teachers to create more context-specific notes, and saves students the hassle of flipping between tabs to study more effectively. For intuitive organization, teachers’ notes appear in red while students can choose from a variety of note colors. All notes can also be printed for offline learning.

“The feedback we receive from customers is valuable to everyone at Odysseyware. It helps us make our content even more student-friendly,” said TeGrotenhuis. “We always welcome ideas to enhance Odysseyware, and the Notes feature is just the latest example.”

For more information, visit odysseyware.com.

About Odysseyware

Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Odysseyware is an innovative, multimedia-enriched online curriculum. Completely web-based, Odysseyware provides 21st century educational solutions by offering the core subjects of history and geography, math, language arts, and science along with enriching electives, CTE, placement testing, diagnostics and professional development. This curriculum is sold directly through regional education specialists. To learn more, visit http://odysseyware.com/ or call 877-795-8904.

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Follett Renews Partnership with

MetaMetrics to Promote Reading Growth

Lexile measures – a staple in Follett products, services – help

educators connect students with appropriate content

MCHENRY, Ill., April 16, 2014 – Follett, the largest education solutions provider in the U.S., has solidified its ongoing partnership with MetaMetrics®, the developer of the Lexile® Framework for Reading. This marriage of education-focused content and reading data helps ease educators’ struggles to connect students with age and reading level appropriate books, ebooks and digital resources.

 

Lexile measures, used in all 50 states, are receiving renewed attention as districts work to align their content and implement the Common Core State Standards. Readability, as represented by a reading level (Lexile measure), is a quantitative measure – one of three components that comprise text complexity, a critical theme in Common Core and literacy. Each year, more than 30 million Lexile measures are reported from reading assessments and programs, which represents over 50 percent of students in the United States.

 

Lexile measures are a staple in Follett’s Titlewave, the company’s popular book search and ordering tool.  Educators can search for and buy titles based on Lexile measures, while students can search the library catalog by his or her Lexile range using Follett’s Destiny Library Manager.

 

“We use Lexile measures in Titlewave to fill in gaps in our collection to make certain we have good, interesting books available,” said Ann Fondren, who recently retired as district library coordinator at Spotsylvania (Va.) County Schools after a 32-year career at the district. “Searching with Lexile measures in Destiny Library Manager allows students to independently search for topics, genres and books within the appropriate level.”

 

Now, Follett is weaving Lexile measures into new products such as Follett Shelf Classroom Connections, an interactive, eContent-based instructional tool for teachers and students.

 

“Teachers can create reading paths or ebook reading lists by various approaches, including by reading level,” said Dr. Margaret Ronnett, director of classroom, Follett School Solutions. “They can build ebook lists of different Lexile ranges for individual, small group, and whole-group activities. The Lexile measures and ranges give teachers the information they need to know if a book is well within a student’s reading skill ability or higher up within the Lexile grade level range, which would offer that student greater challenge and support their skill development.”

 

This same approach is being integrated into many other Follett products, including WebPath Express, an educational search tool that provides students with more than 85,000 safe, trustworthy and relevant websites while filtering out questionable content.  Students can sort these results by Lexile level as well.

“We are thrilled our metric for text complexity is incorporated into Follett’s powerful classroom tools,” said Dr. Malbert Smith III, president and cofounder, MetaMetrics. “The use of Lexile measures to promote targeted reading supports our shared goal of bolstering student engagement and achievement.”

 

According to George Gatsis, Follett’s vice president of strategy and strategic partnerships, “This represents the continuation of a long and valuable partnership. Both of our companies share similar missions in helping PreK-12 students to achieve their goals at every stage of development, plus preparing them for college and career demands.”

 

For more information on Follett, visit follettlearning.com.

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About MetaMetrics
MetaMetrics is focused on improving education for learners of all ages and ability levels. The organization develops scientific measures of academic achievement and complementary technologies that link assessment results with real-world instruction. MetaMetrics’ products and services for reading (The Lexile® Framework for Reading, El Sistema Lexile® para Leer), mathematics (The Quantile® Framework for Mathematics) and writing (The Lexile® Framework for Writing) provide unique insights about academic ability and the potential for growth, enabling individuals to achieve their goals at every stage of development. Connect with the organization at: http://blog.lexile.com.

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 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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