GreyED Solutions and SmartBrief Join Forces for Content Distribution to K-12 Education Technology Leaders

“Tech Tips Tuesdays” Launches This Month

Washington, D.C., January 13, 2015 – Busy K-12 education technology innovators looking to boost their know-how and expand their skill set now have a timely new resource. SmartBrief is pleased to announce “Tech Tips Tuesdays” in SmartBrief on EdTech, the leading daily K-12 Ed Tech newsletter. The tips, written by educators for educators, are being produced in partnership with GreyED Solutions, a company headed by nationally recognized education leaders serving K12 schools and the EdTech Industry.


SmartBrief serves 800,000 educators daily – including 57,000 K-12 Ed Tech leaders – by way of its newsletters featuring timely, relevant, curated and original content.


“This partnership will help us connect educators with real-world tips from their peers on one of the hottest topics in the field,” senior education editor Melissa Greenwood said. “We are excited to find new ways to help educators engage, innovate and discuss what’s working in education.”


The tips will share best practices around topics ranging from professional development to data security and everything in between. GreyED will be pulling from their network of leading educators and industry experts to ensure topics are timely and solutions are actionable and thought provoking for readers.


These “Tech Tips” will be featured every month on SmartBrief’s SmartBlog on Education, and will have a prominent place on SmartBrief’s new website, launching this year.


“We are incredibly excited to partner with SmartBrief on this endeavor to give educators insight into tips and real best practices from their peers around the nation,” shares Dr. Julie Carter, CEO of GreyED Solutions. “Bringing together information in this forum allows us to leverage the collective knowledge and experiences from education leaders who have lived the challenges and triumphs of implementations and initiatives surrounding education technology.”


GreyED’s leadership team of Julie Carter and Rob Dickson, both named “20 to Watch” education technology leaders by the National School Board’s Association, brings relevance and current perspective to the information schools are asking for.  With their work in K12 schools around the county they have a pulse on national initiatives and common trends and challenges facing education leaders.


If you are interested in submitting a “Tech Tip”, please contact Kanoe Namahoe, Custom Content Editor at Smartbrief at or GreyED Solutions at


About SmartBrief

Serving over 5 million senior executives, thought leaders, and industry professionals, SmartBrief is the leading online publisher of targeted business news and information by industry. By combining technology and editorial expertise, SmartBrief filters thousands of sources daily to deliver the most relevant industry news in partnership with more than 180 trade associations, professional societies, nonprofits and corporate entities. Visit for more details.


About GreyED Solutions:

GreyED Solutions believes every school and organization has its own unique culture and fingerprint. We seek to understand your environment and your needs through careful analysis of people, processes and technology. We believe that the success of products, programs and implementations are driven by a personalized approach to embracing the individual needs of stakeholders. Instructors at heart, and technologists by trade, we at GreyED Solutions work from your level. We recognize that not every district or company possesses equal amounts of technology experience, maturity or leadership, and we design commensurate solutions suitable to your unique needs


For Immediate Release
CoSN: Administration’s Privacy Protection Steps Should Encourage Effective
Use of Student Data
Washington, DC (January 12, 2015) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement on President Barack Obama’s new privacy protections:
“CoSN welcomes the Administration’s strong interest in protecting student data, but encourages a measured, thoughtful process. Most importantly, new federal privacy policies should not overreach and limit the ability of educators to use data to improve student outcomes. A balanced approach is needed. We urge the Administration to look beyond simple prohibitions and embrace policies that will build the capacity of schools, school leaders, and teachers to effectively use and protect data.”
To learn more about CoSN’s student privacy and data efforts, including an in-depth toolkit, please
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. 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.
Learn about CoSN’s 2015 Annual Conference in Atlanta, March 16-19, at:



Communities In Schools (CIS) Disappointed Administration’s NCLB Fix Does Not Address Impact of Poverty

Arlington, Va.- Jan. 12, 2015  –  Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention program, today expressed disappointment with  the administration’s plan to repeal and replace the federal education legislation known as “No Child Left Behind” for failing to include critical funding for programs proven to close the achievement gap.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan will outline the plan in a speech today, but will not address key issues that lawmakers, teachers, education advocates and parents across the country have recognized as critical to any education reform.

Dan Fuller, vice president of legislative relations for Communities In Schools issued the following statement in response to Duncan’s plan.

“We believe accountability is important, however children who are hungry cannot learn” said Fuller. “The best educators and schools in the country are doomed to failure if children do not have a safe place to sleep.  We need to recognize that poverty is an education issue. The toxic effects of poverty that kids live with come into the classroom. In-school social services, known as integrated student supports or wraparound services have been proven to give poor kids the opportunity to keep up with their peers in the classroom. And it doesn’t require a special test or a magic formula, just funding and political will.”

Fuller added, “We encourage policymakers on both sides of the aisle to address the impact of poverty on education.  It’s not complicated.  We know it works, remove the obstacles to learning associated with poverty and all our kids succeed. ”


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About Communities In Schools

Working with both schools and their surrounding communities, Communities In Schools does whatever it takes to help kids stay in school and succeed in life. Based directly inside schools throughout the country, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to basic and critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to each student’s specific needs. Operating in more than 2,200 schools in the most challenged communities of 26 states and the District of Columbia, Communities In Schools serves 1.3 million young people and their families every year. As the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, Communities In Schools is the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates. For more information on Communities In Schools, please visit:

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FOR IMMEDIATE and Common Sense Education launch Digital Classroom: Teaching with Tech
A new professional learning community for educators to learn and share best practices for teaching with technology

PRINCETON, NJ, January 13, 2015 – Common Sense Education, the education arm of Common Sense, the national nonprofit helping parents, teachers, and students thrive with technology, is partnering with to present Digital Classroom: Teaching with Tech, a free professional learning community for educators to share ideas and best practices around the meaningful integration of technology and teaching.

The Digital Classroom community will feature free webinars hosted by Common Sense Education that explore: topics around finding and using the best apps, websites, and games for learning, featuring examples of how tech-savvy people are using them; innovations in teaching with tech, such as app smashing, social media, and App Flows; and innovative learning frameworks and models such as SAMR, TPACK, and flipped and game-based learning. Participants will receive a CE Certificate for attending a live presentation or viewing a recorded webinar.

The Digital Classroom community also will offer educators a place to post questions, start discussions, share practical tips, and seek feedback from experts and peers on successfully using technology to advance students’ learning. The growing professional development hub will allow teachers to access webinar archives and support materials anytime, anywhere.

“Common Sense Education has a vibrant Digital Citizenship community on, where they provide educators with important information on navigating the digital world for themselves and their students,” said Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of “Since launching last year, their free webinars, hosted by, have been viewed by more than 6,500 educators. We are so glad that we can help them build another community to expand their reach and support.”

“Common Sense Education is privileged to collaborate with teachers across this country who are successfully finding and using quality educational technologies in their K-12 classrooms,” said Kelly Mendoza, senior manager of professional development for Common Sense Education. “We’re excited to share what we’ve learned from these tech-savvy educators, and, through, connect with others who are eager to get started with technology to advance learning for their students.”

Educators are invited to join Common Sense Education’s free communities on

For more information, contact: 

Erin Pettus, communications manager,
609.651.1475 |

Crista Sumanik, director of communications, Common Sense
415.553.6780 |

About is a free professional learning and social network that makes it easy for educators to connect and collaborate, share information and best practices, and create professional learning communities (PLCs). hosts online PLCs for educators to connect with peers and experts around the country and the world on the most innovative and progressive areas in education. PLCs offer free webinars, online chats and discussions, archived resources, and CE certificates. Schools and districts lack the time, expertise, and funding to provide the professional development educators need — fills that gap. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter @edwebnet.

About Common Sense Education
Common Sense Education is the education arm of the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families and educators thrive in a world of media and technology. Common Sense Education provides a growing network of more than 200,000 teachers and 82,000 schools with free research-based classroom tools to help students harness technology for learning and life. It also offers Common Sense Graphite, a free service that helps educators discover, use, and integrate high-quality digital tools for learning. For more information visit and follow us on Twitter @CommonSenseEdu.