Learning Bird’s New Release ‘Emphasizes Importance

of Educational Exploration, Learning Community’


MONTREAL, Aug. 26, 2014Learning Bird announced today it has released a new 3.0 version designed to improve user experience for teachers, students and parents. The new version features enhanced homepages, including the debut of a “Popular Lessons” section that showcases lessons users have rated positively.

The new version will allow teachers to upload lessons and view their stats directly from their personal Learning Bird homepage. This view also shows a teacher’s most recently uploaded lessons along with statistics for views/likes for all lessons. The new teacher homepage also includes a list of popular lessons they may like.

A redesigned homepage will give students the ability to work on a wider variety of screen sizes, and allow them to view a list of all lessons they have watched and found helpful. In addition, the widgets on the homepage are now collapsible so students can personalize their experience to view only what they want to see.

Parents are now able to add their children directly from their homepage. In addition, they can view their children’s most recent activity, along with a summary of their lesson views and likes to date. Lists of popular lessons for each child’s grade and lessons each child has recently watched are also newly available to parents.


“The new release emphasizes the importance of educational exploration and the learning community,” said Roxanne Desforges, Head of Academic Relations at Learning Bird. “With the addition of the ‘Popular Lessons’ section on the student and teacher homepages, when a lesson is rated positively the whole community benefits. With ‘Popular Lessons’ easily accessible on the homepages, we hope to foster a sense of curiosity in students and teachers and offer them a practical sense of the lessons that are helping.”


According to Henry Ryan, CEO of Learning Bird, “These important upgrades are the result of the feedback and recommendations we receive from our users on an ongoing basis.”


Ryan said the 3.0 release also marks the introduction of the company’s new media center page, “In The News,” which features press releases, media coverage and awards received, all in one easy-to-find location.


Learning Bird is a web-based resource that crowd-sources digital lessons made by real teachers and aligns them to their local curriculum, grade level and textbooks in order to match them to students based on their needs. This makes it easier for students to access a personalized range of perspectives that meet their local curriculum standards. The innovative e-learning application is dedicated to helping students succeed by providing the best lessons matched to regional requirements and textbooks. Teachers also get rewarded with revenue for the digital lessons they share.


For more information about Learning Bird, visit www.learningbird.com.


About Learning Bird | www.learningbird.com

Learning Bird is an innovative online learning tool for K-12 student success, powered by multiple perspectives. Its proprietary learning algorithm matches digital lessons from teachers to the local curriculum, textbooks and personalized recommendations for each student. Learning Bird’s new cross-curriculum alignment engine allows students grades K-12 to access a wider range of lesson perspectives in order to find that “a-ha” moment. When a lesson helps students understand, Learning Bird’s algorithm learns more about how they learn and also shares revenue directly with the teachers who added the lesson.



ACTE Receives Gates Grant to Support CTE Teachers with Common Core Implementation

Emphasis on Integration of CTE & Academics Will Improve Understanding and Teacher Collaboration

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has been awarded funding by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of a robust, multi-network effort to help teachers across the country better connect to share instructional best practices and strategies to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The funding will help ACTE build a national online teacher practice network titled “CORE Community,” which will focus on supporting career and technical education (CTE) professionals to implement CCSS strategies aligned with their unique roles and abilities.

“We are thrilled to receive this Teacher Practice Network grant from the Gates Foundation,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “Teachers are asking for more support in the classroom to meet state and local standards. With support from our partners, the CORE Community will help ACTE to answer that call and build a stronger network of CTE educators nationwide, all focused on improving the quality of CTE instruction and improving collaboration across the curriculum.”

The University of Central Missouri (UCM) is a primary partner working with ACTE to provide the content to fuel the online program. UCM has a history of CCSS support in Missouri, and has worked with ACTE to share that support to a wider national audience. “”We are very excited to join ACTE with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to strengthen CTE teachers’ ability to address essential learning standards,” said Dr. Michael Wright, Dean, UCM College of Education. “The UCM, as part of its institutional mission, has a long history of serving CTE teachers and students. This is a tremendous opportunity for the CTE community to develop online collaborative learning communities, and we are pleased to be a part of this ground-breaking work.” Other important partners include the Association for Career and Technical Education Research, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium and National Center for Literacy Education.

ACTE has received the award during the second round of Teacher Practice Network grants, which will support 14 organizations working with more than 110,000 teachers. The first round of grants was awarded in 2013, and funded 21 organizations for projects supporting 350,000 teachers across the U.S.

Other organizations that are part of Teacher Practice Networks include the following: The Achievement Network, ASCD, Center for Teaching Quality, Constitutional Rights Foundation, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, International Society for Technology in Education, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, National Center for Family Literacy, National Council for the Social Studies, National Council of Teachers of English, National Math and Science Initiative, National Writing Project and New Visions for Public Schools.

Information about the project, including how CTE teachers can participate in the CORE Community, will be published onwww.acteonline.org/Corecommunity/ as it becomes available.

About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.


Triumph Learning’s Coach Helps Kentucky School Improve English Scores

Common Core Coach assists elementary school teachers and students implement English Language Arts assessments.

Triumph Learning
Common Core Coach helped our teachers match their lessons and assessments to the new standards, which allowed them to target specific standards through reading, speaking, listening and writing.

New York, NY (PRWEB) August 26, 2014

Eminence Elementary School in Eminence, Kent. improved student English language arts (ELA) scores in its third and fourth grade classes after usingCommon Core Coach from producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools,Triumph Learning. The school district selected the program as their primary teaching tool to assist in the implementation of ELA Common Core State Standards.

“Common Core Coach helped our teachers match their lessons and assessments to the new standards, which allowed them to target specific standards through reading, speaking, listening and writing,” said Principal Michael Doran. “Best of all, our students loved the challenge each lesson presented.”

After implementing the Common Core in 2011-2012, Eminence Elementary School was looking for an assessment-based resource that better aligned their ELA teaching to the new standards. Turning to Common Core Coach during the 2012-2013 school year, teachers saw improvement in student scores on the Kentucky Performance Rating for Education Progress state test. The percentage of students performing at the lowest achievement level (Novice) decreased from 46 to 33 percent in the fourth grade. In the third grade, the percentage of students performing at the Novice level decreased from 38 to 27 percent. In the third grade, there were also decreases in the Apprentice and Proficient levels that resulted in a significant increase in students at the Distinguished level, rising from 6 to 27 percent of the class.

Using Common Core Coach as their main curriculum, and supplementing it with additional materials, teachers found that the program offered greater flexibility than their previous resources. Teachers also were able to adjust the content based on each student’s needs and the school’s ELA requirements.

“Triumph Learning aims to help students achieve mastery of skills and standards in ELA and all core subject areas,” said Mike Morley, publisher for Triumph Learning. “We are proud to produce products like Common Core Coach that help teachers and students during their Common Core implementation.”

Common Core Coach is an inclusive learning program that adds depth, understanding, and practice to Common Core standards and skills instruction. Teachers guide students to master skills with structured, targeted lessons. Concepts are introduced in multiple ways, and the program provides ample time for assessment, student collaboration, and independent practice of all concepts and skills.

To learn more about the success Eminence Elementary School experienced with Common Core Coach, download the case study from TriumphLearning.com.

About Triumph Learning
Triumph Learning, LLC, is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials and effective literacy programs. Triumph Learning serves more than 6 million students in 36,000 schools with unique student solutions, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools and innovative student texts with products such as Coach, Buckle Down, and Waggle. For more information, visit http://www.triumphlearning.com.



SKILLS® Announces the Addition of a Fully Integrated Applied Behavior Analysis Data Collection Mobile Application

SKILLS® is the world’s most comprehensive and efficient end-to-end online solution in the treatment of autism.

LOS ANGELES (August 26, 2014) – SKILLS® today announced the launch of Skills® LogBook, a groundbreaking supplement to the comprehensive research-based SKILLS® tool comprised of assessment, curricula, functional behavior assessment, behavior intervention plan builder, automatic progress tracking and managed care reporting. Skills® LogBook rises to the demand and increasing need for integration between applied behavior analysis (ABA) curricula and data collection technology to ensure a truly efficient workflow in the treatment of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) worldwide. SKILLS® is now the most comprehensive and efficient end-to-end online autism solution.

Skills® LogBook maximizes treatment hours by presenting individualized treatment targets and behavior interventions with embedded digital data collection capability.  With this function, Skills® LogBook streamlines critical data collection by automating time-consuming graphing, generating and integrating updated graphs into treatment plans. Given the increased prevalence of ASD and long waiting lists of families seeking autism treatment services, Skills® LogBook is the natural solution for autism treatment centers that are feeling the pressure to be increasingly efficient in order to attend to more children in their communities.

“As a result of listening to the needs of the market, we are building customer-centric products that are taking the SKILLS® portfolio to a new level,” said Eliana Ferreira, director and general manager of SKILLS®.  About the market pressures treatment centers are facing, Ferreira said, “When we help an ABA treatment center become more efficient, we are increasing that center’s capacity to treat more children, and are therefore helping more children with ASD reach their fullest potential.  When we streamline treatment planning and data collection accuracy, we are ultimately fostering better outcomes.”

For more information, visit www.SkillsForAutism.com/LogBook.

About SKILLS®: The Online Autism Solution is a web-based tool that gives users the ability to assess an individual’s strengths and weaknesses, design individualized and comprehensive treatment, teaching and intervention plans, and track progress. The program is based on the scientifically-proven principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Although SKILLS® will automate lessons and recommend behavior interventions, it also allows users the flexibility to tailor the program to an individual’s unique needs. Each of the nearly 4,000 lessons also includes worksheets, visual aids, tracking forms, and video lessons. Launched in 2011, SKILLS® is used in school districts and managed care organizations nationwide, and autism treatment providers worldwide. For more information, visit www.skillsforautism.com.







Award-winning digital teaching and learning solution selected to help 20,000 students in school districts across 18 KY counties develop skills needed for college and career success


Kingston, TN – Aug. 26, 2014 – Committed to improving educational outcomes for Appalachian Kentucky students and putting them on the path to success after high school, administrators of Partners for Education at Berea College have chosen the WIN Career Readiness System as its digital teaching and learning solution for college and career readiness preparation. The award-winning, web-based solution from WIN Learning provides a comprehensive career exploration and planning system, college readiness assessments, and career readiness foundational academic and employability skills support.

“Many of our students come from generational poverty and they need encouragement and guidance as they aspire to career opportunities after high school, and develop a vision for attending a college or university,” said Dreama Gentry, J.D., executive director of Partners for Education. “We believe that to break this cycle of poverty, each student in rural Eastern Kentucky should engage in a strong academic and workforce preparation program.  With the WIN Career Readiness System, we provide students the tools to transform their futures.”

The implementation of the WIN Career Readiness System is being made possible through two, seven-year (2011-2018) GEAR UP grants that Berea College was awarded from the U.S. Department of Education. GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Berea College received its first GEAR UP grant in 1999 in partnership with Rockcastle County Schools. In 2005, Berea was again awarded a GEAR UP grant, this time expanding its work to include students from Estill, Jackson, Lee, and Madison counties. The 2011 GEAR UP grant follows a cohort of students from 6th grade to their freshman year in college and emphasizes academic success, career preparation, and building a college-going culture in schools.

“Berea College has a long history of community involvement in the Appalachian region, and the Partners for Education program is perhaps one of its most outstanding examples yet,” said Joseph Goins, executive vice president at WIN Learning.  “By helping students who would otherwise have little to no hope for success in college or a career, Berea is helping entire communities increase their chances for growth and economic success.”

Students from the participating schools will be introduced to the WIN Learning systems’ four modules, including myStrategic Compass. This component offers a personalized career-planning tool for each learner based on skill, work and career interest, and then provides a framework for the education and path to succeed, including: a class planning tool that maps required high school classes based on career interests; college and degree program profiles to support post-secondary education planning; and a searchable national scholarship and grant database.


Students also have access to the WIN College Readiness Courseware (CRC+), a digital test prep curriculum that helps learners achieve foundational college readiness in Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Reading and Writing/English. CRC+ includes five learning modules that provide students with practice and enable them to apply concepts commonly addressed in college placement exams. They will also work with the WIN Career Readiness Courseware, which reinforces the relevance between foundational skills in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information.  Additionally, learners have access to updated embedded placement test and post-test assessment items that are aligned with state and national career readiness standards.


“The teachers have commented that they appreciate WIN’s instructional content and assessments because they are aligned to the ACT WorkKeys®,” said Gentry. “This gives them a solution which can serve as a core instructional resource for WorkKeys and a supplemental curriculum for Common Core State Standards.”


The final module, WIN Soft Skills, will be used as a supplemental resource that teaches employability and social skills, including conveying professionalism, communicating effectively, promoting teamwork and collaboration, thinking critically, and problem solving.


“We know that employers want high school graduates who can think mathematically, communicate, create, work in teams and solve problems in an entrepreneurial environment,” stated Gentry.  “And those very same skills are needed to succeed in the military, a trade school or an institution of higher learning.  We believe that with WIN Learning as a partner, our students will benefit from the robust offerings and be prepared no matter what their postsecondary plans are.”


About WIN Learning

Since 1996, WIN has become the leading provider of career readiness solutions to help districts prepare pathways for students’ futures, whether they are college, trade school, military or workplace bound. To date, more than 10 million students worldwide have participated in the specialized career–driven courseware and education intervention initiatives as well as career-readiness certification programs.  For more information, go to www.winlearning.com or call 888-717-9461.