P21 has just announced 15 new 21st Century Learning Exemplars for 2014-2015! Application window for 2016 is now open, and all schools are encouraged to apply. 


Patterns of Innovation: The 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program, shares and celebrates the experiences of schools and districts that have successfully transformed their students’ learning by incorporating elements of the P21 Framework into teacher practice, curriculum, assessment, and professional development.


The newly announced Exemplars include 10 public schools, 2 independent schools, 2 charter schools, and 1 private early learning school:

  • AIM Academy, Conshochken, Pennsylvania
  • Discovery Day Academy, Bonita Springs, Florida
  • Hopewell Elementary School, Trinity, North Carolina
  • Katherine Smith School, San Jose, California
  • Manor New Technology High School, Manor, Texas
  • MaST Community Charter School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The Meadowbrook School, Weston, Massachusetts
  • New Century International Elementary School, Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Ocean Lakes High School, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Saluda Trail STEAM Middle School, Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • Sammamish Senior High School, Bellevue, Washington
  • Two Rivers Public Charter School, Washington, DC
  • Warren Central High School, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Weidner School of Inquiry at Plymouth High School, Plymouth, Indiana
  • William H. Owen Elementary School, Fayetteville, North Carolina

“We are thrilled to share what’s working in education through the stories of these tremendous schools,” said Dr. Helen Soulé, P21 Executive Director and program director. “It’s clear that there is no one way to create 21st century learning environments and that the efforts of thousands of educators and community members are paying off for students. P21 is proud to work with our members and partners to make 21st century learning accessible for all students.”

Want your school to be recognized as a 21st Century Learning Exemplar? Join the 40 schools across the nation that share the honor. P21, the leading advocate for 21st century readiness for every student is showcasing what 21st century learning looks like and where it is happening. Join the #PatternsofInnovation community and apply to be considered byJanuary 31, 2015!


Learning Upgrade celebrates one-millionth student enrollment

EdTech company observes landmark year in 2014

SAN DIEGO (Dec. 3, 2014) — Learning Upgrade, a leading provider of K12 online math and reading curriculum, recently surpassed an important milestone: One million students have completed their lessons since the company’s inception.


Each Common Core-aligned lesson uses catchy songs and engaging videos to teach students math and reading skills. The interactive lessons help struggling students catch up on previous year standards, master current grade level standards, and perform well on the new computer-based year-end tests.


“When I think of how far Learning Upgrade has come since we had the vision for the company, it’s incredible to realize that more than one million students have completed our lessons,” said Vinod Lobo, the company’s founder. “It means so much to us knowing that many students have been able to reach proficiency in math and reading through our lessons, and I’m confident we’ll be able to help even more students through Learning Upgrade in 2015 and beyond.”


Learning Upgrade also celebrated several other milestones during 2014:

  • 13 million + lessons have been completed
  • 2,000 + schoolshave enrolled students
  • 40,000 + teachershave created accounts
  • 4 million + hourshave been spent on the platform by students

This school year alone, the company has seen more than 73,000 students enroll in their lessons, and they expect that number to grow rapidly in the last few weeks of 2014 as teachers begin preparing students for the new online tests next spring.


About Learning Upgrade

Founded in 1998 by educators, musicians, artists and programmers in San Diego, Learning Upgrade produces innovative, engaging lessons designed to support struggling students in reading and math. Through the incorporation of song, video, games and educational research, Learning Upgrade has helped thousands of students reach and exceed grade level requirements. For more information about Learning Upgrade, please visit them online at learningupgrade.com


K12 Leaders Select Naiku as a “Reader’s Choice Top 100 Product”


District Administration magazine has highlighted 100 products that enhance learning in districts nationwide in its annual awards program

Edina, MN – December 2, 2014 — Naiku, provider of next-generation classroom assessment software, has been recognized for making a positive difference in education by K12 leaders who named it to District Administration magazine’s “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products for 2014.”


The winners, selected by District Administration’s editors from a record 2,400-plus nominations, were products that received the highest number of nominations and best descriptions from K12 leaders. The Readers’ Choice Top 100 has been announced online and in the December 2014 issue of District Administration.
District Administration’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products award informs superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in a variety of areas, such as technology, sustainability and curriculum instruction.
“With the Top 100 award program steadily growing in size and recognition each year, all of our 2014 honorees should be very proud of their success,” says JD Solomon, District Administration’s editorial director. “We hope that all of our readers continue to be inspired and find innovative ideas from their peers who have had successful product implementations.”


“As a premier award recognition program fueled by district leaders themselves, we’re very pleased that Naiku’s next-generation assessment solution has been selected for a DA Top 100 award,” says Greg Wright, CEO of Naiku.


About District Administration

District Administration provides K12 leaders with critical news and information for school district management, through its monthly magazine, website, e-newsletters and the District Administration Leadership Institute Superintendent Summits. For more information, visit www.DistrictAdministration.com.

About Naiku

Naiku is devoted to improving K-12 learning by providing next generation classroom assessment solutions on an open, SaaS based platform. Naiku provides educators the ability to readily measure and monitor student progress using any web enabled device and engage students more deeply through unique teacher-student interactive feedback tools. Naiku allows educators to create, share, import and deliver standards aligned quizzes and tests in any subject area. With automated scoring and built-in reports, teachers can inform and differentiate their instruction and data can be shared across the school and district to enhance best practices. With Naiku, Better Assessment leads to Better Learning. For more information, visit www.naiku.net/.


Skyward Selected As District Administration’s Top 100 Product For Third Straight Year


Mac to School announces Carlos A. Garcia as national director of K12 buyback program

Company slates $10M in 2015 to buy back Apple devices from K12

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Dec. 2, 2014) – Mac to School, a leading provider of K-12 recertified Apple technology, has brought on former K12 tech director Carlos A. Garcia as its national director of purchasing.


Garcia spent more than a decade working in education, orchestrating and supporting large technology implementations in districts around California. He has also worked as an account executive for PartStock Computer, where he was responsible for all sales in the company’s southwest region. He holds a master’s degree in educational technology from Pepperdine University.


“Carlos’ background as a tech director gives him a unique perspective on and understanding of K-12 IT needs,” said Robert Baker, the co-founder and chief marketing officer of Mac to School. “We are very excited to have him on the team, and I’m confident he will help us grow our expanding buyback program even more.”


In 2015, Mac to School is looking to buy back more than $10 million in Apple inventory from U.S. schools and districts. As the national director of purchasing, Garcia will work with administrators that are looking to make room in their budgets by offloading older machines to purchase newer EdTech. By selling their older assets back to Mac to School, districts can lessen the financial impact of a big EdTech purchase.


“As a former tech director, I know and understand the challenges that my current counterparts face.  Providing them an easy option to make more room in their budget allows them to focus more time on their students,” said Garcia. “I am thrilled to join the Mac to School team and look forward to furthering their mission of providing the best recertified option available for school districts using Apple products.”


Mac to School makes it a top priority to keep each machine they recertify in education, whether they are made available for purchase at a lower cost or donated through their Give Mac program.


To learn more about Mac to School and the Apple products currently in stock, visit www.mactoschool.com


About Mac to School:

Mac to School buys, sells and recertifies all types of Apple computers and equipment. We serve the public and private education market, working with small schools up to large districts throughout all 50 states. Our mission is to deliver the best value to our customers while providing the highest level of customer service. Our team of Apple Certified Technicians employs customized tools to generate detailed audits and provide quality refurbishment.