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Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time
RU Ready 2 Trust’ em? Why Access is Essential to Developing Citizenship among Millennials
Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian, New Canaan High School, CT

In This Session
Citizenship, including digital citizenship, is not learned through osmosis. Millennials have formidable capacity for 21st century learning – communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. They excel in these areas when empowered to learn in an educational environment founded on respect and trust. Given the guidance to thrive, and permission to fail, students learn important lessons they will carry with them not just to college and career, but throughout life. In this session, participants will learn how trust can promote curiosity and transform learning.

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About the Presenter
Michelle Luhtala is the Head Librarian at New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Connecticut.  She is the winner of the 2011 “I Love My Librarian” Award, the 2010 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY), and the Connecticut Library Association’s 2010 Outstanding Librarian Award.

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Wyoming Department of Education Selects PublicSchoolWORKS as Approved Suicide Prevention Training Program for 2014-2015

State Superintendent of Public Instruction recommends programs to address the state’s recent adoption of the Jason Flatt Act

Cincinnati, OH (September 10, 2014) — The Wyoming Department of Education has named PublicSchoolWORKS an approved provider of training on suicide prevention fundamentals and core competencies for all staff in school districts. As part of its adoption of the Jason Flatt Act,beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, Wyoming educators are required to receive a minimum of two hours of training each year to maintain their state teaching licenses. Wyoming is the 13th state to do so as part of its state-wide initiative to address suicide prevention for students. While requirements vary by state, the Jason Flatt Act supports state legislation that provides suicide prevention training and resources to teachers, parents and students.


Suicide is the third leading cause of death among U.S. youth ages 10 to 19 (National Association of School Psychologists). Because of this, suicide prevention is a priority for school districts and states. This has led to an increased focus on student well-being.


Wyoming created a Suicide Prevention Review Team comprised of credentialed and experienced professionals who vetted vendors to find and validate programs that met the Wyoming standard. Seventeen educational programs now are approved and recommended by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for use as suicide prevention training materials in the 2014-2015 school year.


The recommendation includes categorization of the programs into three tiers. Tier 1 provides fundamentals and core competencies training, such as those featured in the award-winning PublicSchoolWORKS EmployeeSafe Suite, and is recommended for all district staff, including teachers and administrators. Tiers 2 and 3 provide intermediate to in-depth or advanced training for counselors, nurses, clinicians, mental health professionals, and school psychologists.


“Our research and development team tracks legislation like the Jason Flatt Act and creates training courses that not only address the letter of the law, but also its intent,” said Tom Strasburger, vice president of PublicSchoolWORKS. “This diligence, on top of the built-in automation our online staff training system features, ensures that Wyoming districts are 100 percent compliant with state mandates like the Jason Flatt Act and also federal mandates.”

Three Jason Flatt Act-specific online training courses addressing suicide in students, suicide warning signs and responses, and suicide intervention are included in the PublicSchoolWORKS Student Safety, Wellness and Social Responsibility Catalog. The catalog includes additional topic-specific courses covering self-injury, self-asphyxiation or “The Choking Game”, suicide prevention, and more to help in dealing with student concerns. These courses are included in PublicSchoolWORKS’ extensive catalog of more than 400 online trainings available for school educators and staff.


The PublicSchoolWORKS online staff training system is programmed during implementation to auto-email employees to take their training and auto-sends reminder and late notice emails to those who have not completed training. Once the deadline passes, the system automatically sends non-compliance reports to supervisors and site administrators of those employees who failed to complete training.


PublicSchoolWORKS program includes a dedicated Research and Development team that stays on top of new and changing legislation. If legislation like the Jason Flatt Act is amended in any way that requires districts to take action, this team will add the necessary content, alert districts of the updated law and automatically deploy the new training.


Wyoming joins 12 additional states in passing the Jason Flatt Act, listed in order of the act passing: Tennessee, Louisiana, California, Mississippi, Illinois, Arkansas, West Virginia, Utah, Alaska, South Carolina, Ohio and North Dakota. In all instances, the passing of this act has been supported by the state’s Department of Education. For more information on championing the Jason Flatt Act in your state house, contact the Jason Foundation at 1-888-881-2323 or


The PublicSchoolWORKS “set it and forget it” programs for staff and students were developed to improve safety in schools, cut risk-related costs, and reduce administrator time and effort, all while making district staff 100% compliant to local, state and federal requirements. For more information on how PublicSchoolWORKS can improve district safety programs, contact 1-877-779-6757 or


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About PublicSchoolWORKS

Since its founding in 2000, PublicSchoolWORKS has been committed to providing top-quality, practical and cost-effective solutions to the constantly changing environmental, health and safety requirements affecting the nation’s educational systems. The company has gained an exemplary reputation for the innovation and technical superiority of its comprehensive and integrated safety and compliance management systems, which combine administrative software tools and resources to dramatically reduce the time and cost required to develop, implement, and sustain safety compliance programs.




National Center for College and Career Transitions and Association for Career and Technical Education Partner to Develop CTE Program Consulting Resource

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the National Center for College and Career Transitions (NC3T) have announced the formation of a new partnership to bolster America’s CTE classrooms called the CTE Clinic. CTE Clinic offers a range of expert services to both secondary and postsecondary career and technical education (CTE) programs to ensure that they remain on the cutting edge of education practice.

The CTE Clinic was developed under the guidance of Hans Meeder, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education, as well as experts from the education policy community at ACTE. The service will provide these organizations’ unique expertise to programs interested in growing their success, and includes support in the following areas:

  • Workforce alignment, ensuring that CTE programs are strongly connected to the needs of local employers
  • Program quality reviews, allowing programs to operate at peak efficiency
  • Partnership development, helping programs connect effectively with local employers
  • Communicating the value of CTE, assisting programs in sharing their story with local stakeholders

“We believe in the power of career and technical education to transform students’ lives and put them on a path to success, and we’re committed to helping CTE educators as they work tirelessly on behalf of their students and their communities,” said NC3T President Hans Meeder. “CTE Clinic is a way for us to support the great work that’s already happening in schools and colleges across America, and we’re excited to work with an organization like ACTE that has played an indispensable role in making CTE what it is today, and continues to set the standard for what effective CTE looks like going forward.”

“Because I and my colleagues at ACTE recognize the crucial role that CTE has in revitalizing our nation’s economy and filling the skills gap, this partnership is a natural fit for our organization and something that we feel passionately about,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “By connecting America’s CTE professionals with the expertise and collaborative spirit of NC3T, we can improve our already robust CTE programs’ efficacy and streamline their lines of communication to the public and business community.”

To learn more about the CTE Clinic and how NC3T is partnering with ACTE to strengthen CTE classrooms nationwide, visit the CTE Clinic page on ACTE’s website here.

About NC3T
The National Center for College and Career Transitions (NC3T) has a twofold mission: “Every Teen with a Dream and a Plan, and Every Community with a Capable, Ready Workforce.” The organization works to connect schools, postsecondary institutions, and employers in order to introduce students to the array of options available to them, and to help them prepare for a successful future.

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.




DynaVox Compass Arrives on iPad

Leader in AAC increases accessibility of Compass with affordable, single-purchase download

September 10, 2014 09:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DynaVox, a Tobii Technology Company and the industry-leading provider of speech-generating solutions and symbol-adapted special education software, announced today that its acclaimed DynaVox Compass software is now available for an affordable, one-time app purchase. The comprehensive AAC software can now be purchased directly on a user’s, caregiver’s or teacher’s iPad through the Apple App Store, making the DynaVox Compass App the most portable, comprehensive and accessible communication app for those with disabilities.

“The App can serve as a full communication solution for anyone who wants to use their iPad, but can also complement the use of other, touch-based dedicated AAC devices, such as the DynaVox T10 or T15.”

“The introduction of the DynaVox Compass App means that users can now have a complete version of the world’s leading AAC software on the iPad as a one-time purchase, giving them an affordable way to implement the best communication therapy strategy possible on their platform of choice,” said Bob Cunningham, chief strategy and clinical officer at DynaVox. “The App can serve as a full communication solution for anyone who wants to use their iPad, but can also complement the use of other, touch-based dedicated AAC devices, such as the DynaVox T10 or T15.”

As the world’s leading speech-generating software, DynaVox Compass provides research-based solutions for individuals of all ages and abilities who struggle to communicate due to conditions such as autism, ALS, stroke, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, general speech loss, or traumatic brain injury. Unlike similar communication app solutions, the Compass App is built by a team of leading clinicians, gives users a reliable pathway to communication success and further builds their confidence. The Compass App allows you to download all the same tools, pre-loaded messages, symbols, core word strategies, and supports found on a dedicated device directly to a personal tablet.

In addition, DynaVox Compass seamlessly connects with a personal “myDynaVox” account, free to those who purchase the DynaVox Compass App. The account gives users access to teaching and therapy supports and the ability to share content among family members, therapists, fellow users and other members of the support team, as well as communication file backup and restore features.

Along with its one-time purchase option, users will soon be able to purchase the DynaVox Compass App with two of the industry’s most well-known communication pagesets, PODD and Gateway to Language and Learning©.

The DynaVox Compass App is available for a one-time purchase of $179.99, but can also be purchased as a subscription for $19.99 a month for those who may require a short-term communication solution. For more information or to arrange a trial of the new DynaVox Compass App,

Click here to purchase the DynaVox Compass App from the iTunes Store.

About DynaVox Systems, LLC

DynaVox Systems, LLC, is the leading provider of speech-generating devices and symbol-adapted special education software used to assist individuals in overcoming their speech, language and learning challenges. These solutions are designed to help individuals who have complex communication and learning needs participate in the home, classroom and community. Our mission is to enable our customers to realize their full communication and education potential by developing industry-leading devices, software and content, and by providing the services to support them. We assist individuals, families and professionals with an extensive field support organization, as well as centralized technical and reimbursement support. For more information, visit

About Tobii Technology

Tobii Technology is the global leader in eye tracking and is pioneering eye tracking in personal computing, has transformed research in many fields and has enabled communication for thousands of people with special needs. The company develops and delivers core eye-tracking technology as well as a comprehensive solutions for interaction and analytical applications. Tobii is headquartered in Sweden and operates through three divisions: Tobii OEM Solutions, Tobii Assistive Technology and Tobii Analysis Solutions, with offices in the United States, China, Germany, Japan and Norway and a global network of resellers. Founded in 2001, Tobii continues to achieve rapid annual growth and receive awards and recognition for its