NCTQ’s teacher attendance study examines teacher attendance and district policy data for 40 of the country’s largest cities
WHO: National Council on Teacher Quality
WHEN: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
WHERE: The full report will be accessible here.
WHAT: The National Council on Teacher Quality will release Roll call: The importance of teacher attendance, its first study on teacher attendance, a topic that has received relatively little focus until now. The study examines how often teachers are in the classroom and what factors influence their attendance.
The report analyzes teacher attendance, school poverty and district policy data from 40 districts in the nation’s largest metropolitan areas during the 2012-2013 school year. Charts and graphs showing how a particular district performed compared to the other 39 districts are available throughout the report.
Embargoed copies of the report are available upon request. For questions, to request an embargoed report or to schedule an interview, please contact Alexandra Wilding at 202-393-0020 x 131 firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the National Council on Teacher Quality
The National Council on Teacher Quality ─comprised of reform-minded Democrats, Republicans, and Independents─ is a non-partisan research and policy group committed to restructuring the teaching profession based on the belief that all children deserve effective teachers. More information about NCTQ, including a list of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board, can be found on the NCTQ website,www.nctq.org.
MagicBox Helping K-12 Publishers go Digital in a Smart Way
New Jersey May 27 2014 – According to an MDR- K-12 report, 60% of curriculum directors in US school districts are expected to replace their print instructional materials with digital material in the next three years. Unlike print publishing, digital publishing entails many more challenges that include: digital content creation, e-commerce, digital rights management (DRM), analytics, etc., and many publishers are not sure how to proceed with this challenge. MagicBox seeks to ease this transition by offering K-12 publishers a cost-effective, mobile distribution solution which allows them to securely create, sell, and distribute interactive, digital content across multiple platforms – both on and offline.
The demand for technology and smart devices in the classroom has been on a significant rise in recent years. Today, 50% of middle and high school students in the United States either own or have access to a smartphone or tablet, a 400% increase since 2007. Additionally, the number of students using digital books has risen by 5% in just one year.
“Publishers are finding it difficult to cope with the demand of bringing their content to all devices,” says Abhinav Chugh, Head of Product Marketing and Business Development for MagicBox. “MagicBox empowers all types of publishers to create media-rich and digital content and get it mobile.”
MagicBox lets teachers capitalize on the number of smartphones and tablets in the classroom to deliver ebooks, assignments, online assessments, feedback and other notifications to students. Since most schools have a controlled digital infrastructure with very restricted or no internet in the classrooms, MagicBox is equipped with the ability to deliver digital books offline, thus allowing students to access content on any device, even without an internet connection. Additionally, the program offers a fully administered social platform where students can share posts, blogs and opinion polls that enhance interactivity and learning.
“The greatest benefit of digital learning in schools is that it allows for deeper personalized learning for students. Our technology allows teachers to easily track, analyze and grade the performance of their students as well as assess problem-areas and offer customized solutions. MagicBox also offers publishers a great platform to receive real time analytics from students,” says Chugh, “The MagicBox team is proud to be a part of the digital revolution that is changing the way the world learns, by creating smart, innovative digital solutions that revolutionize the education sector and empower publishers, schools and teachers.”
MagicBox was launched at the 2013 EdNet Insight Conference. MagicBox, a cloud based digital publishing and mobile distribution solution for publishers. MagicBox delivers interactive, media-rich content to over 1 million students worldwide on their PCs and tablets.
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