GuideK12™ and SRC Solutions, Inc.  Announce Strategic Technology Alliance 

Embracing customer feedback, SRC Solutions, Inc enhances the Registration Gateway Online Enrollment solution by integrating award winning GuideK12 geo-location technology to improve student enrollment and district boundary policy adherence

MINNEAPOLIS, MN September 24, 2014 – SRC Solutions, Inc., creators of the Registration Gateway Online Enrollment solution, announces a major feature addition that will further simplify and automate student registration.  By integrating GuideK12™‘s geo-visual location technology, school selection becomes even simpler for parents.

Parents registering their students will now be able to enter an address to quickly determine their assigned school and visualize the school’s details in relation to their home on a map.

Registration Gateway already simplifies and automates what can be a time consuming, paper-heavy process and makes it more affordable and efficient.  The addition of GuideK12™ improves the experience for the users and provides more information allowing them to make better decisions.

“We are very excited about our new relationship with GuideK12™. At SRC, we continually strive to provide enhancements to simplify registration and to enable actionable data,” said Patrick Maher, CEO of SRC Solutions, Inc. “The GuideK12™ integration is a direct result of customer feedback and the initial response has been remarkable.”

Combining Registration Gateway’s Type Ahead Addresses, Address Purification Gateway and GuideK12™’s geo-visual location technology provides the highest level of simplicity as well as guarding against potential address fraud in K-12 education.

“SRC provides a great service to school districts with their Registration Gateway product. At GuideK12™, we are thrilled to be able to embed our technology in a variety of third party solutions to enhance the user experience,” said Chuck Amos, GuideK12™ CEO.  “We look forward to a long and successful relationship with SRC.”

In addition to the enhanced student/parent experience, SRC and GuideK12™ are enhancing the Registration Gateway Advanced Dashboard. Adding a geographical component will allow district leaders to map potentially hundreds of data points to better understand patterns and trends happening in their schools.

The applications are endless.  District outreach to non-English speaking neighborhoods is now much simpler to plan.  Furthermore, identifying where non-school age siblings live to forecast future enrollment can be easily achieved.

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About GuideK12™:

Based in Eagan, MN, GuideK12™ LLC is a geovisual analytics software company, which enables education decision makers to instantly explore and analyze school district data by adding a geographic and visual dimension to their student and community information.   GuideK12™ offers a full analytics suite product to districts and works with third parties to enhance their education offerings by adding geo-visual components.  By visualizing information spatially, decisions on everything from boundary analysis, to policy changes to resource planning and forecasting enrollments can be more insightful and faster.  Named a finalist for a 2013 SIIA CODiE award for best enterprise solution and selected by the NSBA as a technology showcase company, GuideK12™ serves large metro, suburban and rural school districts throughout the United Sates. It is owned by private investors and a private investment group based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

For more about GuideK12™, please visit: www.guidek12.com

About SRC Solutions, Inc.:

Founded in 2001, the Pennsylvania company is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), which simplifies and automates cumbersome, repetitive and counter-productive work practices replacing them with easy-to-use, innovative electronic processes. SRC Solutions flagship Gateway Platform incorporates solutions to manage online registration, validate and clean data, as well as improve Student Relationship Management in the K12 market.

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2014 Educational Technology Summit “Empowering Educators to Enhance Student Learning in the Digital Era” to be held in Washington, D.C.

Featuring FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Deputy Secretary of Education James H. Shelton, III, and other thought leaders to consider the current state of digital learning in America’s K–12 classrooms and the need for teacher professional development
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WHAT:  Today’s technology, used effectively, presents tremendous opportunities to engage students and personalize learning in any K-12 classroom. Building on the findings of the 2013 edtech summit on the challenges to access of quality digital-learning tools, this year’s summit will focus on training and supporting teachers to succeed in a networked learning environment and provide an update on efforts to wire America’s classrooms.
The summit will bring together more than 100 of the nation’s top educators, policy makers, edtech industry leaders, and university leaders to develop core principles and recommendations for empowering teachers to enhance and enrich student learning in the digital classroom.
KEY TOPICS:
  • Preparing new teachers for networked learning environments
  • Teachers’ views on professional development and digital learning
  • Administrators’ role in accelerating the transition to digital learning
  • Industry and NGO support for digital learning and professional development
  • Aligning funding and policy to support teacher success in a networked learning environment
KEY PARTICIPANTS:
  • James Coulter, LEAD commissioner and founding partner, TPG Capital
  • James Steyer, LEAD commissioner and founder and CEO, Common Sense Media
  • Geoffrey Cowan, President, the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands
  • Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
  • James H. Shelton, III, Deputy Secretary of Education
  • Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
  • Deborah Stipek, Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Education
  • Kecia Ray, Chair, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • Pat Wasley, CEO, the Teaching Channel
  • Mark Edwards, Superintendent, Mooresville Graded School District, N.C.
  • Joshua Starr, Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools, Md.
  • Ruth Marcus, Columnist, Washington Post
  • Sean McComb, 2014 National Teacher of the Year
WHEN:  Monday, September 29, 2014
             9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Kaiser Family Foundation’s Barbara Jordan Conference Center
             1330 G St. NW
             Washington, D.C.
             
This event will be webcast. To access the live webcast, visit:http://www.sunnylands.org/edtechconnect
Press interested in attending the event, RSVP to csumanik@commonsense.org
             
About Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We provide parents with the advice and media reviews they need to make the best choices for their children. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information, go towww.commonsense.org.
About the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands
The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, which operates the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Calif., is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating entity. The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands hosts high-level retreats that address serious issues facing the nation and the world, including the recent official meeting between President Obama and President Xi of the People’s Republic of China. In addition, Sunnylands offers programs through the Sunnylands Center & Gardens to educate the public about the history of Sunnylands and its architecture, art collections, cultural significance, and sustainable practices. More information can be found online at www.sunnylands.org.
About the LEAD Commission
Answering a challenge from the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Education, experts from the education and technology fields formed the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission. The Commission has developed a blueprint, detailing the opportunity for using technology as a catalyst to transform and improve American education. For more information, visit www.leadcommission.org.
For information about other organizing partners, visit www.sunnylands.org andwww.leadcommission.org.

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Scenario Learning Announces New Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Courses

Training helps colleges and universities create safer campus communities while complying with new federal mandates

Cincinnati, Ohio (PRWEB) September 24, 2014

Scenario Learning, LLC, developer of safety and compliance solutions for schools and workplaces, announces a new suite of Campus Sexual Violence Prevention courses now available in its SafeColleges Online Staff Training System. The suite of online courses, written by leading safety experts Alison Kiss and Michelle Issadore, help higher education institutions know and understand their obligations under requirements set forth by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) and Title IX.

The SafeColleges Campus Sexual Violence Prevention suite provides training for college staff members on several key laws designed to protect students from sexual harassment, intimate partner violence and similar crimes. New requirements under the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act) provision, including reporting requirements, student discipline requirements and requirements to educate students and employees on sexual violence, mean that higher education institutions will need to review and modify institutional policies and procedures while carefully training personnel to be compliant with this federal legislation.

The SafeColleges Campus Sexual Violence Prevention suite includes these courses:

•    Campus Sexual Violence: SaVE Act Overview. This course is designed to meet a portion of the new employee training requirement mandated under the SaVE Act. It is also an excellent primer for postsecondary supervisors, administrators and staff on the law. Full compliance with the SaVE Act requires institutions to train new employees as well as incoming students on the details of the school’s campus-specific intimate partner violence policy. Schools can leverage SafeCollege’s Policy Tool in combination with this course to create campus-specific training to achieve compliance with the new employee training portion of the Act.

•    Clery Act Overview. Written by Alison Kiss, executive director of The Clery Center for Security on Campus, this course describes the importance of the Clery Act, which requires college and university campuses to disclose campus safety information and statistics. The course also identifies different categories of required reporting, discusses the elements of the Annual Security Report and defines timely warnings and emergency notifications.

•    Title IX and Sexual Misconduct. Michelle Issadore, executive director of the School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE), certified Title IX coordinator and administrator and affiliated consultant with The NCHERM Group wrote the new Title IX and Sexual Misconduct course. This course helps college personnel define sexual misconduct, understand Title IX regulations, know their obligations under Title IX and recognize effective policies. Title IX requires educational institutions to provide students and employees with an environment safe from sexual misconduct, such as sexual harassment and sexual violence.

“College faculty and staff play an important role in preventing, addressing and ending sexual violence on campus, and we want to ensure they have the training they need to do that,” said Brian Taylor, CEO of Scenario Learning. “Our new courses not only train administrators on the law, they also help to create a healthy, respectful learning environment that benefits the entire campus community.”

The new courses are available as part of a subscription to the SafeColleges Online Staff Training System. All SafeColleges Training courses are 100 percent campus-focused and written by the nation’s leading safety experts. Using the system, administrators can easily track training completions, monitor progress, download compliance reports and view or print certificates of completions.

For more information on the SafeColleges Campus Sexual Violence Prevention suite, please call 1.800.434.0154 or email info(at)safecolleges(dot)com. For more information on SafeColleges Training, please visithttp://www.safecolleges.com.

About Scenario Learning, LLC
Scenario Learning is a leading developer of award-winning safety and compliance solutions that help create safer schools and workplaces. The company’s web-based product portfolio includes solutions for staff training, bullying/incident reporting, accident reporting, and SDS management for the education and business markets. Scenario Learning is experiencing record-setting growth, serving thousands of school districts, colleges, insurance providers and businesses around the world. For more information, visit http://www.scenariolearning.com. Connect with us on Facebook by visiting https://www.facebook.com/scenariolearning.

 

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New Federal Data Reveal Urgent Need to Help

Struggling Community College Borrowers

 ACCT calls for reform to unbalanced federal loan default metrics. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC -The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has reviewed with great interest and concern  new data released today by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) analyzing the number of borrowers from institutions of higher education that are in default. The three-year cohort default rate (CDR) for FY 2011 among community colleges is 20.6 percent. The new federal data reflect a decrease from the prior FY 2010 rate, which was 20.9 percent for community colleges. High CDRs can lead to colleges losing eligibility to provide federal grants and loans to students. However, no community colleges are subject to sanction at this time. Community college CDRs should be interpreted with great caution given low rates of borrowing.

 

“Default rates are inherently limited, because they only look at the outcomes of borrowers entering repayment, and the vast majority of community college students don’t borrow. We are still–by far–the most affordable sector of higher education,” said J. Noah Brown, president and CEO of ACCT. “At the same time, community colleges are concerned about student loan default and are already actively working to help students be successful in repaying their loans.”

 

Community colleges have the lowest rate of federal loan borrowing across all sectors of higher education; overall, just 17 percent of community college students take out federal loans versus 56 percent of students in all other sectors of higher education.[i] As such, defaults often reflect a very small percentage of the student population, and are a lagging indicator of students who entered repayment several years prior. Community colleges serve 42 percent of all undergraduates in the nation.

 

When paired with ACCT’s report in partnership with The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS), published in July 2014, Protecting Colleges and Students, the national data underscore the report’s recommendations to improve federal policy and regulations regarding CDRs. Default rates have been increasing nationwide, and some community colleges have stopped offering federal loans out of fear of federal sanction.

 

“Student loans are vital to the academic persistence and success of many of our students who can’t afford the climbing cost of college out-of-pocket” said Jee Hang Lee, vice president for public policy and external relations of ACCT. “Even though most of our students don’t borrow in any given year, more than a third of those who complete their associate degrees at community colleges need loans to get to graduation. But CDRs give our members great pause about their ability to continue offering critical access to loans without reform to the system. As the primary lender, the federal government needs to step in to help students with loan repayment.”

 

ACCT has long called on ED to thoroughly examine the data on the numerous loan servicing issues experienced by students, and especially before making decisions to end institutional Title IV eligibility. As such, ACCT appreciates the announcement to adjust CDRs based on borrowers with multiple lenders or servicers, known as “split servicing,” when borrower have at least one loan in good standing. It is improper to sanction colleges based on faulty data and defaults that are largely outside of institutional control. ACCT calls on ED to assist these struggling borrowers through all available means.

 

Furthermore, ACCT continues to call for reforms to the loan servicing system in order to improve repayment. “Community college leaders have heard from students, institutions, and even ED itself that servicers routinely fail to provide adequate assistance to struggling borrowers,” said Lee. Borrowers should be given access to a single federal login and repayment portal. Severely delinquent borrowers should be automatically enrolled in income-based repayment plans, and a special servicer should be created to provide additional assistance to students with delinquent or defaulted loans.

 

ACCT has made numerous recommendations for the pending reauthorization of the Higher Education Act to reduce delinquency and default, such as consumer-testing and redesigning loan entrance and exit counseling, and providing institutions the authority to limit over-borrowing.

 

ACCT has also called for replacing default rates with a metric known as the Student Default Risk Index, or SDRI, which would multiply the CDR by the institution’s borrowing rate. At colleges where borrowing is less common-often due to low tuition-this calculation would provide improved context to the average risk of default, rather than making faulty comparisons based only on a small subset of students. Similarly, appeals and challenges under the Participation Rate Index should be permitted annually, rather than only at the point of sanction, to encourage colleges with low borrowing to remain the federal loan program.

 

ACCT’s public policy experts are available to discuss these and other concerns related to cohort default rates and viable recommendations for improving existing federal policy and regulations.

 

For more background about cohort default rates and to download a copy of ACCT’s recent report, Protecting Colleges and Students, please visithttp://www.acct.org/cohort-default-rates.

 

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[i] U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2011-12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:12). Computation by PowerStats, September 2014.

 

ABOUT ACCT

Founded in 1972, the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is the nonprofit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees of community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and beyond.  ACCT’s purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community, technical, and junior colleges and to foster the realization of their missions through effective board leadership at local, state, and national levels.  For more information, visitwww.acct.org. Follow ACCT on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/CCTrustees.

 

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LocknCharge Launches Two New Syncing and Charging Carts Designed for the Needs of iPad®, iPad Air™ or iPad Mini™ Devices for Back to School

iQ 30 Cart™ and EVO 40 Cart™Available to Schools Now Through Apple Education Store

MADISON, Wis., Sept. 23, 2014 –K-12 mobile device management specialist LocknCharge launched two new syncing and charging carts specifically designed for iPad® devices for back to school. The iQ 30 Cart™ and EVO 40 Cart™ are smartly designed to meet the needs of iPad®, iPad Air™ or iPad Mini™ device collections in school environments. Schools can store, sync, charge, secure and transport as many as 30 devices in the iQ 30 and 40 devices in the larger EVO 40.

Efficient charging makes for more productive iPads and ensures they are ready when students need them. With power at every port, the iQ 30 Cart can charge up to 30 iPad devices simultaneously, while the Evo 40 Cart can charge up to 40.

Once the devices are charged, they need to be synced. Efficient syncing means more time to teach and learn. Using iTunes or Apple Configurator on a Mac computer, both the iQ 30 and the EVO 40 Cart can sync up to 40 iPad devices simultaneously. Both carts are modular and mobile featuring LocknCharge’s removable iQ 16 Sync Charge Boxes, allowing syncing and charging to be done almost anywhere, independently of the Cart.The iQ 16 Sync Charge Box has an intelligent power management system that automatically stages the availability of power to each port. This function prevents the potential of overloading the circuit, protecting the school’s devices.

“Schools that are investing in iPad devices will find our iQ 30 and EVO 40 Carts a valuable enhancement that makes it easy and convenient for teachers to access, sync, charge, store and protect all of their iPads,” said James Symons, CEO of LocknCharge. “It speaks strongly about the quality and attention to detail in LocknCharge products that the Apple Education Store is selling these carts this fall!”

LocknCharge, a global leader in providing K-12 mobile device management solutions, is headquartered in Madison, WI. The company is known for innovative carts that efficiently store and simultaneously charge mobile devices in schools.

The iQ 30 and EVO 40 Carts are innovative solutions for storing, charging and protecting iPad devices in schools.  The carts lets teachers focus on teaching using mobile technology without being slowed down by it. The portable high-quality steel carts make organizing and charging mobile devices in the classroom simple. These LocknCharge carts ease and speed up device distribution and sharing through ergonomic carry baskets. The well inside the iQ 30 Cart includes six removable baskets that hold up to five devices each and is designed to enable several people to access it at once. Two side wells in the EVO 40 include a total of eight baskets that also hold up to five devices.

By using multiple newly designed, five-slotted baskets to contain the devices, multiple students can quickly grab a basket and help distribute, or the baskets can be passed down rows. The signature baskets are light and easy to carry to a different room, if rooms are sharing devices, or upstairs without moving the cart. The baskets are also helpful if a teacher only needs some of the iPads. They help to protect the devices from accidental dropping and are designed to fit devices with or without cases.

LocknCharge makes it easy for teachers or IT administrators to secure the carts and keep their devices safe at the end of the school day. The carts feature an advanced highly secure lid and doors, with two layers of key locks to protect the school’s valuable mobile technology investment safely inside. The carts can also be chained to the floor overnight, with the included floor anchor, locking them in place so they can’t be moved or stolen.

IQ 30 Features

LocknCharge’s primary goal is to make life easier for teachers, students and IT administrators. It is building a reputation as the most innovative and trusted brand in developing solutions for managing deployments of mobile technology. A few features specific to iQ 30 Cart are:

–          Cable management. The iQ 30 Cart features a center channel system which holds all the device cables in place. It is neat and easy to set up.

–          Top, soft-closing, sliding lid. The soft close protects teachers’ and students’ fingers from being caught in the lid and closes quietly. The lid secures up to 30 iPad devices and the baskets that are stored inside.

–          POWER READY™ lightning-to-USB cables illuminate when connected to a power source. This allows teachers and IT administrators to quickly see and ensure that the devices are charging.

–          Two USB host ports on the outside of the cart allow devices to sync while secured in the Cart.

EVO 40 Features

The EVO 40 Cart is equipped with eight removable five-slot baskets by LocknCharge, so teachers can deploy as many as 40 iPad devices with ease. Some additional EVO 40 features are:

–          Cable management. All the iPad device power packs are conveniently stored under the lockable top lid to make cable setup and access faster.

–          Accessible storage. iPad devices and the carry baskets by LocknCharge are stored on opposite sides of the cart in tilting storage compartments to create a more efficient work flow. Not only is it better ergonomically, it also creates better access to the devices, so that teaching and learning can proceed much faster.

Pricing and Availability

The iQ 30  Cart and Evo 40 Cart are shipping now. Each requires one standard power outlet to plug in the cart. The suggested price for one iQ 30 Cart, which comes with a lifetime warranty, is $2,999, and volume discounts are available. The iQ 30 is available now exclusively through the Apple Education Store. Schools and districts can purchase the Evo 40 Cart through Apple, LocknCharge or their favorite educational reseller. The suggested price is $3,499, including a lifetime warranty. For information, questions or advice in deploying mobile devices, LocknCharge is available to help at 888-943-6803 or visit www.lockncharge.com.
About LocknCharge

LocknCharge designs and manufactures tablet/laptop carts, wall cages and lockers that secure, sync, and charge mobile devices. LocknCharge is a global company with headquarters in Perth, Western Australia, and our US headquarters is in Madison, WI. The company was founded in 1999, at the home of Paul Symons, now co-owner, director and product designer for LocknCharge. As a schoolteacher in Perth, Paul identified a need in the market after seeing computers being stolen on a weekly basis. He created a solution for securing desktop computers, which went on to have a radical impact on reducing computer theft throughout Australia. Since our beginnings in Perth, we’ve expanded globally to help make our customers lives easier by developing mobile device management products that take the workflow of a classroom into consideration.

 

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