American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools initiative aims to reduce disparities in CPR

Ross Dress for Less ® providing free CPR training resources to schools in need

September 15, 2014 Categories: Program News

(DALLAS, Sept. 15, 2014) — Kids learning bystander CPR may be the answer to reducing death from the 420,000 cardiac arrests that occur outside of a hospital each year. Sadly, most of those victims die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR, or are afraid they’ll do something wrong. Further complicating the issue are the disparities among Latinos and African-Americans, who are 30 percent less likely to have bystander CPR performed on them in an emergency, according to a study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. People who live in lower-income, African-American neighborhoods are 50 percent less likely to have CPR performed. The AHA is training students, teachers and parents in CPR via its CPR in Schools initiative to help eliminate these inequities, exposing lifesaving skills to millions at a young age. Ross Dress for Less (“Ross”) is supporting AHA’s efforts to help save more lives in all communities by providing free CPR training resources to public schools in lower-income areas.

A September 2013 study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes is the first of its kind to examine underserved, high-risk neighborhoods to learn about CPR barriers and what should be done to increase bystander CPR. In focus groups, researchers learned that residents of these high-risk neighborhoods believe that teaching children about lifesaving CPR and then having them share this knowledge with their families and friends is a key way to spreading the message. While a small study, this initial research found that the biggest challenges for minorities in urban communities to learn and perform CPR are cost, fear and lack of information. These same issues are evident in other underserved, high-risk neighborhoods across the country. For that specific reason, the Ross stores program will support schools in underserved communities.

“Our continued research shows disparities exist in learning and performing CPR, and we are ready to move beyond documenting gaps to finding solutions to fix them,” said Dianne Atkins, professor of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa. “School is a great equalizer, which is why CPR in schools is an integral part of the solution and will help increase bystander CPR across all communities and save more lives,” said Atkins.

Ross and its customers have raised funds to train thousands of 7th and 8th grade students in lifesaving CPR across the U.S through its Help a Hero program supporting CPR in Schools. The American Heart Association’s goal is to pair each Ross Dress for Less store with a nearby public school that has at least 50 percent of their students receiving free or reduced lunch. More than 1,100 schools in the U.S. will receive a CPR in Schools Training Kit™, teaching materials to implement the program, and a school-based report card at the end of the year that shows how many students they have trained.  Teachers also have access to AHA resources, volunteer mentors and CPR in Schools staff throughout the program.

“Ross is proud to support the American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools efforts by providing resources to help schools implement training programs,” said Gary Cribb, Executive Vice President of Store and Loss Prevention. “In partnership with our customers and the AHA, Ross has invested in our communities to create a generation of trained and empowered students who can save lives through CPR.”

About CPR in Schools initiative

Since 2011, the American Heart Association has been working with communities and other organizations to prepare more students, their teachers and families to save lives with CPR in Schools. Lawmakers in 19 states are requiring all students be trained in psychomotor skill-based CPR before graduating from high school. That means more than one million students will be trained in CPR each year, resulting in millions of qualified lifesavers in our communities. Teaching students in school how to administer CPR will help increase the chance that a victim of cardiac arrest has the help they need until paramedics arrive. To learn more about CPR in Schools legislation, go to

To learn more about the American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools initiatives, call 1-877-AHA4CPR or visit


About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from cardiovascular disease and stroke – America’s leading killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or join us, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or any of our offices around the country, or visit




Filament Games will be a guest on Education Talk Radio 9am ET  Weds 9/17

Today, Filament Games (@FilamentGames), award-winning developer of digital teaching games, kicks off its weeklong game-based learning initiative, Operation Play (#opPLAY14). The event celebrates the innovative educators implementing game-based learning in their classrooms and features social media giveaways, a video case study series, educator podcasts, a game-based learning community and of course, learning games
Operation Play partners include BrainPOP, GlassLab Games, MIT’s Education Arcade, Institute of Play, iCivics, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and, the Gaming in Ed Conference of and




BirdBrain Technologies’ Hummingbird Robotics Kit Wins a Learning® Magazine 2015 Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award for the Classroom

Panel of classroom teachers chose electronics kit based on its quality, instructional value, ease of use and innovation

Pittsburgh, PA, September 15, 2014 — BirdBrain Technologies’ Hummingbird Robotics Kit was named a winner of Learning® Magazine’s 2015 Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award for the Classroom, one of the most recognized and prestigious awards in the educational market. The electronics kit was chosen by a panel of teachers from across the country as one of only 37 winners based on its quality, instructional value, ease of use, and innovation.

“The Hummingbird Robotics Kit provides students of all ages with an engaging, hands-on way to learn about key STEM concepts, from robotics to programming to electronics, and more,” said Tom Lauwers, founder of BirdBrain Technologies and co-creator of the Hummingbird Robotics Kit. “This award further reinforces the impact our kits have in the classroom and is a particularly great honor since we were evaluated and chosen by actual classroom teachers.”


The Hummingbird Robotics Kit is a spin-off product of Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE lab. The kit is designed to introduce engineering and robotics activities to upper elementary students, while at the same time providing more complex robotics design opportunities to older students, through an innovative, arts and crafts-based approach. Students use the kit to make robots, kinetic sculptures, and animatronics built out of a combination of kit parts and crafting materials. Students can use the kits with intuitive software programs such as Scratch,Snap!, and the CREATE Lab Visual Programmer – or more advanced programming such as Python, Java, and Processing – to bring the construction materials to life.


“The Hummingbird Robotics Kit enables endless ways to integrate STEM innovations through creativity and inventiveness,” said Stephanie Cotsifas, STEM learning specialist at Institute on Teaching through Technology and Innovation Practice (ITTIP), who uses the kits with her students. “The age range and project ideas are endless with the different ways you can program the microcontroller. It is a great way to get students creating and designing.”


Building off the success of the Hummingbird Robotics Kit, BirdBrain Technologies will be launching the Hummingbird Duo later this year. This second-generation kit will include the addition of tether-less operation, Arduino mode, and more.

To learn more about the Hummingbird Robotics Kit, visit

About BirdBrain Technologies

At BirdBrain Technologies, we are committed to technological excellence for students and educators. Our passion is to instill an innovative maker mentality in students and to foster a project-based learning approach in everyday classrooms. We are devoted to integrating engineering and computer science with traditional core subjects by creating robots and electronics that can foster natural interdisciplinary projects.


Kentucky School Improves Math Proficiency with Triumph Learning’s Coach

Middle School Uses Common Core Coach To Achieve Learning Goals

Triumph Learning

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 15, 2014

Lee County Middle School in Beattyville, Kent.improved student math proficiency after implementing Common Core Coach from Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 texts and interactive digital tools. Lee County Middle School used the program to help students master Common Core math skills.

“With Common Core Coach, we were able to prepare our teachers and students for the rigors of Common Core assessments,” said Karen Angel, principal at Lee County Middle School. “The results speak for themselves, with noticeable gains in student achievement from year to year.”

Lee County Middle School math teachers wanted to increase math proficiency scores on the end-of-grade Kentucky Performance Rating for Education Progress (K-PREP). The percentage of students performing at Novice level, Kentucky’s lowest achievement level, was approximately 30 percent in grades six and eight, and 45 percent for grade seven. Faced with the more rigorous standards of the Common Core, teachers also felt the need to provide students additional practice with higher-level math questions. After using Common Core Coach Mathematics, Lee County Middle School sixth, seventh and eighth grade students experienced a significant increase in math achievement. Between 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, the percentage of students performing at Novice level dropped by 13 percent in sixth grade, 25 percent in seventh and 16 percent in eighth. In the seventh and eighth grade, there was also a significant increase in the top two achievement levels, going from 18 percent to 44 percent and 26 percent to 43 percent respectively.

“Triumph Learning is committed to providing schools with the tools and resources they need to succeed under the Common Core State Standards,” said Mike Morley, publisher for Triumph Learning. “The improvements these schools have experienced using Common Core Coach speaks to the effectiveness of the program.”

Common Core Coach is an inclusive program that adds depth, understanding, and practice to Common Core standards and skills instruction. Teachers guide students to master skills with structured 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.

Common Core Coach is also integrated with Waggle, Triumph Learning’s new personalized, smart practice solution. To learn more about the success Lee County Middle School has experienced with Common Core Coach, download the case study.

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