Exclusive E-rate Event:
FYI…Panelist John Harrington will be a guest on Education Talk Radio about E Rates  at 1030aET 9/17 (today)..show archived at our web site.
FCC, K-12 Leaders to Discuss Important Changes to the Program
Conversation Will Kick Off CoSN’s 2014-2015 Webinar Series, 
Tuesday, September 23 at 1 p.m. EDT
Washington, DC (September 16, 2014) – Join CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) on Tuesday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET for a special one-hour webinar covering critical changes to the E-rate program. Patrick Halley, Associate Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Wireline Competition Bureau, will review the E-rate Modernization Order and other K-12 education experts will analyze the rules to help school districts discover what they need to know.
CoSN’s yearly webinar series features education technology experts worldwide for an interactive conversation on the challenges and opportunities facing K-12 educators and administrators.
  • Patrick Halley, Associate Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC
  • Sheryl Abshire, Chief Technology Officer, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools (LA)
  • Reg Leichty, Partner, EducationCounsel
  • John Harrington, CEO, Funds for Learning
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
1-2 p.m. EDT
Webinar participation is open to CoSN members and the media. Members can click here to register.
Press should contact Michael Kaplun at michaelkaplun@cosn.org for details. 
Featured guests will provide brief presentations then open up the discussion to webinar participants for questions.
For more information about the September 23rd event, please visit: cosn.org/events/webinars/new-e-rate-what-school-districts-need-know.
Learn about CoSN webinars at: cosn.org/webinars-all.
About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit cosn.org or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and eventsadvocacy and policy, membership, and the CETL certification exam.



PDK/Gallup Poll Shows Public Support for Quality Teacher Preparation

AACTE Members Addressing Key Concerns Through Rigorous Programs, Partnerships and Policy Initiatives

(September 16, 2014, Washington, D.C.) – AACTE member institutions across the country are leading rigorous and effective teacher preparation programs that echo the priorities of those surveyed in the 46th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. The 2014 poll includes a special section released today on teacher preparation and evaluation.The first report on the 2014 poll, released last month, showed that Americans are skeptical of federal policy influences on public schools and of the Common Core State Standards and standardized tests. The newly released second report delves into specific ways respondents think teacher quality and schools should be improved.


“We can see from this year’s PDK/Gallup poll that Americans are increasingly aware of the critical role that teacher preparation plays in supporting high-quality education for all students,” said Sharon P. Robinson, Ed.D., president and CEO of AACTE. “This report provides a unique window on Americans’ views about our field and an opportunity to showcase the important work happening in teacher preparation programs nationwide on issues of quality, certification and classroom experience, among other priorities.”


2014 poll respondents are particularly concerned with the quality of teacher candidates, with 60 percent of Americans saying that the entrance requirements for preparation programs should be more rigorous. Many citizens may not be aware that the students who enter baccalaureate teacher preparation programs actually have an average GPA of 3.24, and for postbaccalaureate programs the number is even higher. AACTE advocates for not only improving recruitment efforts but also setting a high bar for entry into the profession at the point of licensure, based on multiple measures and including a performance assessment such as edTPA.


AACTE member institutions are also focused on ensuring that candidates get adequate clinical practice-a priority for more than 70 percent of poll respondents, who said new teachers should spend at least a year practice teaching before licensure. In addition to the school-based programs already in place in collaboration with colleges of teacher education nationwide, many institutions have established year-long residencies through the federally sponsored Teacher Quality Partnership program. AACTE also supports the proposed Educator Preparation Reform Act, which would provide additional backing for teacher residency programs.


The poll also found that Americans overwhelmingly (81 percent) support board certification for teachers to mirror practice in other professions. Currently, just three percent of teachers hold certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, which is considered an advanced endorsement to be pursued after several years on the job. AACTE supports board certification as a key step in the professional continuum, and many member programs at the master’s level are modeled on the NBPTS standards and/or assist teachers in pursuing their advanced certification.


AACTE recently collaborated with teachers’ unions and several other organizations to release a state policy guide that addresses many of these issues. The guide, Excellent Teachers for Each and Every Child, provides a road map for state lawmakers to improve teacher quality through recruitment, preparation, professional development, evaluation and more.


“AACTE plans to use the results of this PDK/Gallup poll to inspire further reform and innovation in educator preparation,” Robinson said.


For more information on the PDK/Gallup Poll reports, visit http://pdkpoll.org.





AACTE: The Premier Voice on Educator Preparation

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are ready to teach all learners on Day 1. Its over 800 member institutions represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. AACTE seeks to lead the field in advocacy and capacity building by promoting innovation and effective practices as critical to reforming educator preparation. For more information, visitwww.aacte.org.





PR with Panache! hires acclaimed education journalist Lucille Renwick

(MINNEAPOLIS) Sept. 17, 2014 — PR with Panache! (PRP), an award-winning, Minnesota-based PR firm focused on the education marketplace, is proud to welcome Lucille Renwick as the firm’s newest modern-day storyteller.

Renwick has spent more than two decades in the education industry as a reporter, writer and editor. Her work has appeared in numerous education and mainstream publications including District Administration, The New York Times, and The Nation.

“Lucille is an enormously accomplished, acclaimed journalist who brings a tremendous depth of experience in education to our firm. We are thrilled to have someone of her caliber join our team,” said Sue Hanson, PRP’s founder and principal. “Her distinguished journalism career makes her a valuable addition to the ever-expanding PR with Panache! agency. Her experience, knowledge, and indisputable communications skills bring great value to the PR with Panache! global clientele.”

For most of Renwick’s career, she has written about and advocated for education and K-16 nonprofits. She first covered education as a journalist for the Hartford (Conn.) Courant and the L.A. Times and then as an editor for Scholastic’s Instructor and Administr@tor magazines as well as one of Discovery Education’s magazines.

She later worked as a PR professional focused on helping public, charter and private schools and education nonprofits tell their stories and spread the word about their good work.

“I’m excited to join the talented storytelling team at PR with Panache! and am eager to add to their stellar reputation for creating vital, engaging opportunities for clients within the education marketplace,” said Renwick. “I look forward to working with such a highly respected and trusted PR agency in education.”

To learn more about PR with Panache! and how they might tell your story, visit www.prwithpanache.com.

For more information about Lucille Renwick, visit our storyteller’s page.

About PR with Panache!

panache (p nash’) n. [Fr.]. style; flair; verve; confidant; dashing!

PR with Panache! is a bold, fast-moving public relations and media marketing agency for the education marketplace with an international reputation for smart, entrepreneurial communications, content marketing, product publicity and brand awareness.

Our success is built on the achievements of our clients. The team consistently delivers explosive results because there is no one-size-fits-all program for our client base. We speak the right language as we expand client brands, support PR and marketing or launch new products with long-established media relationships…so our panache is polished!

For more information, please visit www.prwithpanache.com.


Mimio Launches New Webinar Series on Using Its Latest Interactive Technologies for Collaborative Learning


Hosted by Educators for Educators, Professional Development Webinar Series Helps Teachers Create Engaging, Collaborative Classrooms 

Cambridge, MA– Sept. 17, 2014Mimio, developer of the MimioClassroom™ family of interactive teaching technologies, today announced its second annual professional development webinar series designed to help customers make optimal use of its technologies. Educators who are expert with Mimio’s collaborative technologies will host the fall 2014 webinars. Each of the live 30-minute sessions is offered on two separate dates to accommodate attendees’ schedules.

“The best people to teach teachers are other teachers,’” said Paget Hetherington, Mimio’s director of global marketing. “All of our presenters have worked in and around classrooms for years, so they understand what session attendees have to deal with and will dispense realistic, useful advice.”

The fall 2014 series includes the following sessions:

Seamless Integration of Curriculum and Technology

This webinar explore how curriculum and technology work together seamlessly in the Mimio classroom. Attendees will receive the latest information on Mimio products that work with Apple and Android mobile devices to create an even more engaging and collaborative learning environment.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, September 25, at 4:00 p.m. ET. Jason Schmidt, who is Instructional Technologist for Bennington Public Schools in Nebraska, a Google Education Trainer, a Moodle Certified Course Creator, and a Mimio Certified Trainer, will host the session. Visit http://news.mimio.com/mimio-webinar-9-25-overview to register.

The session will take place again on Tuesday, December 2, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Charli Mullen, a third-grade teacher at Fredericksburg Elementary in Texas and a Mimio Master, will conduct this webinar. Visit http://news.mimio.com/mimio-webinar-12-2-overview to register.


Classroom Collaboration with Mimio

Students must acquire collaboration skills in order to be successful in school and in their lives. This webinar will provide tips and suggestions for using the many features of the updated MimioStudio™ software and MimioMobile™ app for Apple and Android mobile devices to facilitate and encourage collaboration in the classroom.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, October 7, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Dr. Roland Rios, the technology director at Fort Sam Houston ISD in Texas and a Mimio Certified Trainer, will be the presenter. Visit http://news.mimio.com/mimio-webinar-10-7-overview to register.The webinar will also be held on Tuesday, November 4,at 4:30 p.m. ET. Maribeth Lowe, a Mimio Master and a special education teacher with31 years of teaching experience in both private and public school settings, will host the session. Visit http://news.mimio.com/mimio-webinar-11-4-overview to register.



Getting More from Your Lessons with Mimio

Effective lesson design encourages student engagement, interactivity, and collaboration, and facilitates assessment. This webinar shows attendees how Mimio products can let them incorporate mobile devices in the classroom to make lessons even more engaging and collaborative. Attendees will also receive instructional design tips that will make students’ learning experience much more interactive.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, October 23, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Two educators will host this webinar: Lindy George, a Mimio Master and a Mimio Certified Trainer who works as an instructional technology specialist for the Collier County Public schools in Florida, and Claire Pavia, a Mimio Master and a first-grade teacher at Cross Lutheran School in Illinois. Visit http://news.mimio.com/mimio-webinar-10-7-overview to register.

The webinar will take place again on Thursday, November 20, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Lindy George and Claire Pavia will once again be the presenters. Visit http://news.mimio.com/mimio-webinar-11-20-overview to register.


About Mimio

Mimio is a global leader in interactive teaching technologies that offer a better way to learn and an empowering way to teach. Our award-winning, innovative, and affordable hardware, software, and curriculum increase teacher effectiveness and student engagement in K-12 classrooms.  For more information, visit mimio.com. Follow Mimio on Twitter @MimioTechnology and “Like” us on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Mimio.Technology.