Learning.com Opens Application for Curriculum Foundry Pilots
Districts can complete online application for the opportunity to participate in beta pilots of Curriculum Foundry, a solution that helps districts seamlessly access, organize and share digital content.
Portland, Ore. (Nov. 5, 2014) – Learning.com, a leader in helping districts implement digital learning initiatives, announces it has opened the application period for Curriculum Foundry beta pilots. Curriculum Foundry is a solution that helps districts use digital content to meet their instructional goals, facilitate personalized learning and address budget challenges.
Districts can now go to Learning.com/tools and apply to pilot the beta version of Curriculum Foundry, which will start in late January 2015.
“Participating in the pilot program is exciting for districts because it gives them an opportunity to use a solution that could significantly enhance how they organize and distribute digital resources,” said Learning.com CEO Keith Oelrich. “We value input from educators, and these pilots are important in helping us fine-tune the product and prepare it for full implementation.”
Curriculum Foundry provides a searchable content repository that includes vetted open education resources (OER) and tools to build and share curriculum. This solution also features single sign-on, enabling students and teachers to easily use digital content from various sources.
To learn more, visit the Learning.com tools page or stop by the Learning.com booth (#414) at the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium.
Learning.com helps districts implement digital learning initiatives with award-winning content, tools and services. By incorporating Learning.com’s curriculum and assessments into core instruction, educators help their students develop 21st century skills. With Learning.com’s digital content management solution, districts can seamlessly access, organize and share digital content to meet their instructional goals. Learning.com also offers industry-leading professional development services to support educators as they integrate technology into the classroom. Founded in 1999, Learning.com currently partners with more than 2,700 districts to help prepare their students for success in college and future career opportunities.
itslearning Personalized Learning Platform Selected
to Meet the Diverse Needs of Four New Customers
Boston, MA – Nov. 5, 2014 — Two schools and two districts are the latest to join the number of educational institutions opting for the next generation, cloud-based learning management system from itslearning (www.itslearning.net). Despite their different pedagogical environments, Urban Community School in Cleveland, Escondido Charter School in California, Fraser Public Schools in Michigan and Rosedale Union School District in Bakersfield, Calif. have all found that the digital learning platform meets their individual needs.
“These four new partnerships demonstrate that itslearning can be a trusted partner no matter how educators choose to approach learning,” said Arne Bergby, itslearning CEO. “Urban Community School is a private ecumenical school in the Catholic tradition while Escondido is a charter school. Fraser Public Schools needed a platform that could support its 1:1 initiative, and Rosedale Union is an all-elementary district primarily interested in providing students with immediate feedback and formative assessments.”
Designed specifically for the K-12 sector, itslearning is a leading, cloud-based learning management system (LMS) that enables teachers to more effectively engage today’s “digitally wired” students anytime, anywhere and on any device. The platform enables student voice and choice, facilitating collaboration and self-reflection through blogs, individualized learning plans, communities and ePortfolios. itslearning also fosters student content creation and peer analysis, extending the role of the student far beyond that of a traditional “consumer.”
Bergby continued, “We make a point of listening and working with schools and districts, and we’re expecting to see great outcomes from these new partners. Two of them, Rosedale Union and Fraser Public Schools, already have far-reaching reputations for excellence and innovation.”
Rosedale Union’s assistant superintendent, Sue Lemon, led the initiative to introduce a learning management system into the district and was recently awarded the title of regional administrator of the year. Fraser School District has become well-known in Michigan and beyond as an innovative school district. One example of Fraser’s initiatives is their iPad adoption, which is, to date, the largest such program in the state.
“We utilized a team of administrators and classroom teachers to select itslearning as our learning management system,” said Dr. Dave Richards, Fraser’s superintendent. “Throughout the discovery process, it became abundantly clear that itslearning would partner with us to accomplish our student achievement goals. itslearning and Fraser are such a good fit that the company has designated us as a Lighthouse District to serve as a reference for instructional technology, instructional design and blended learning. And I’m so impressed with what the platform can do, I’m committed to spreading the word about itslearning across the state and throughout the midwest.”
These new school and district partners join more than 2.5 million educators, students, and parents worldwide that are currently using itslearning. The media-rich learning platform’s seamless integration with existing school and district systems creates a user-friendly interface that gives teachers a way to share instructional resources, assignments and activities, and assessments with students and parents via personalized dashboards. At the same time, students have the power to decide how they learn as the solution automatically adapts to support learning styles that offer the best opportunities for success. A proprietary ‘standards mastery and recommendation engine’ facilitates remediation, acceleration and review by automating the recommendation of resources and activities based upon standards mastery assessments. The recommendations are also tailored specifically to the individual learning styles of each student – regardless of age, ability level, interests or special requirements.
About itslearning, Inc.
Established in 1999, itslearning is a cloud-based K-12 learning management system designed to make teaching easier, learning more engaging, and parent involvement more effective and efficient. Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, itslearning has offices in Boston, Atlanta, London, Birmingham, Berlin, Paris, Mulhouse, Malmo, and Enscheda. For more information, visit http://www.itslearning.net.
ASCD is pleased to offer a variety of professional development resources that enable educators to help students living in poverty achieve academic success and improve life readiness. Resources include:
- Professional development publications
- Professional development videos
- ASCD Educator Effectiveness Institute
For more information about ASCD’s resources, please read the full press release below or visit: http://www.ascd.org/news-media/Press-Room/News-Releases/resources-support-students-in-poverty.aspx.
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ASCD Resources Enable Educators to Support Success for Students in Poverty
Alexandria, VA (11/6/2014)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, is pleased to offer professional development resources that enable educators to help students living in poverty achieve academic success and improve life readiness. Filled with research-based strategies from leading experts, these resources will provide educators with insight into the cognitive effects of poverty, engagement techniques to use with struggling learners, and best practices for turning around high-poverty schools.
“Living in poverty affects a child’s physical health, emotional well-being, and language development—all important factors in being ready to learn,” said Judy Seltz, ASCD executive director. “ASCD provides resources for educators to understand and address the effects of poverty as they help at-risk, low-income students succeed.”
Professional Development Publications
- Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools: Respected researchers and authors William H. Parrett and Kathleen M. Budge lay the groundwork for principals, teacher leaders, and district leaders to help close the achievement gap between students living in poverty and their more privileged peers. This book focuses on what successful high-poverty schools began doing or improved on in three areas of performance: building leadership capacity; fostering a healthy, safe, and supportive learning environment; and focusing on student, professional, and system learning. ($30.95 print; $29.99 e-book)
- Teaching/Engaging with Poverty in Mind Two-Book Set: In this book set, seasoned educator and brain-based learning expert Eric Jensen provides practical insight into the effects of poverty and what strategies teachers can use to better engage students who are faced with these difficulties. This set features two ASCD best-selling books, Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It and Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement.($44.95 print; $43.99 e-book)
Professional Development Videos
- Teaching with Poverty in Mind DVD Series: Based on Jensen’s book Teaching with Poverty in Mind, this DVD series features concepts and strategies that have worked in schools with a history of high performance among students raised in poverty. Educators will see teachers in both elementary and secondary schools model emotional responses for their students, reduce the effects of chronic stress, and provide students with life skills training. The DVDs can be purchased as a two-video bundle or individually.
- Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind DVD Series: This new DVD series, based on the book Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind, shows educators how to successfully implement engagement practices and techniques for reaching economically disadvantaged students. Educators will learn from teachers in both elementary and secondary schools who made headway in their classrooms by embracing Jensen’s seven engagement factors: health and nutrition, vocabulary, effort and energy; mind-set, cognitive capacity; relationships, and stress level. The DVDs can be purchased as a two-video bundle or individually.
Other Resources on Poverty and Student Achievement
- ASCD Educator Effectiveness Institute: Parrett and Budge will host a multi-location, two-day institute titledDisrupting Poverty: Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools. Participants will examine in-depth research on high-performing/high-poverty schools and learn critical components that set these schools apart from other struggling schools.
- Educational Leadership® magazine: Educational Leadership (EL) delved into the effects of poverty among students in its May 2013 issue, “Faces of Poverty.” The magazine featured articles on the widening achievement gap, low-income students in mixed-income schools, school integration, childhood hunger, and more. In this issue, readers will also be inspired by personal stories from educators who share their firsthand experiences with poverty and how they embraced the education profession in order to help others succeed.
- PD Online®: Participants in the course titled Teaching with Poverty in Mind get the chance to review current research on poverty and learn about how it affects students’ physical and mental health and, consequently, their academic performance. The course also provides educators with schoolwide and classroom-level strategies for combating the negative effects of poverty in an academic setting.
- Whole Child Podcast: In this podcast, “The New Poverty: Dealing with Economic Change,” four leading educators discuss the implications of this new poverty for schools, many of which have seen drastic changes in the populations they serve and their communities.
Join ASCD on Social
- Inservice, the ASCD blog: This week, Inservice is featuring a number of posts related to the effects of poverty, including Parrett and Budge’s post titled “Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools.”
- ASCD Pinterest: ASCD added a new pin board to its Pinterest page that is designed to collect poverty-related resources for educators in one convenient place. The Poverty and Education Board provides articles, publications, and other professional development resources that focus on improving the academic achievement and life readiness of economically disadvantaged students.
To learn more about ASCD’s professional development offerings on poverty and academic achievement, visitwww.ascd.org/professional-development/poverty-resources.aspx. For more information on ASCD’s other programs, products, and services or to join ASCD, visit www.ascd.org.
ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit www.ascd.org.