VINCI EDUCATION’S VIRTUAL SCHOOL FOR TODDLERS FEATURED ON CBS

You can listen to our 1/14 show about Vinci Education at

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/edutalk/2015/01/14/virtual-school-for-toddlers-and-pre-schoolers

January 21, North Andover, Mass.— VINCI Education’s new, groundbreaking virtual school for toddlers and preschoolers will be featured this week on CBS’s “The Talk” on Friday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. (EST) by Dr. Gadget®, the nationally recognized TV and radio personality.

“We are delighted that Dr. Gadget® will be discussing Vinci’s virtual school and the wonderful programs and blended learning lessons that we have developed to help excite young children about learning and help their parents understand how to guide them along,” said Dr. Dan Yang, founder and CEO of Vinci Education.

Dr. Gadget® (aka Dave Dettman) is well-known for showcasing the latest and hottest tech gear and other items on national TV shows.

Vinci Education’s virtual school, which launched this month, is the first of its kind for toddlers and preschoolers and is revolutionizing the way preschoolers and parents approach early learning.

Vinci Education currently operates preschools and daycare centers in the U.S., Canada and China, all of which use blended learning tools and strategies to strengthen the main developmental areas of a child’s mind. The company has received kudos for its work from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). “VINCI Education is having a positive impact on children by enhancing their learning during those critical early years of education,” said Gail Connelly, executive director of the NAESP.

“The Talk”, CBS’s daytime Emmy Award-nominated talk show, features a panel of well-known news and entertainment personalities who discuss current events, pop culture, contemporary issues, family, celebrity and the trending topics of the day. The daily one-hour series is co-hosted by Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood.

About VINCI Education—Winner of CODIE 2014 for Best Game-Based Curriculum, VINCI Education provides blended learning curriculum, assessment tools and data analytics for early childhood education. Incorporating findings from the latest brain science research, and relying on its award-winning blended pedagogy, VINCI supports schools and learning centers around the world to maximize the growth potential of each child. ClassVINCI is VINCI’s product offering to schools and homes including blended curriculum, assessment and game-based learning content, for children ages 2 to 8 years. VINCI also operates schools and daycares in the U.S., Canada and China. For more about VINCI visit www.vincieducation.com.

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New Teacher Pension Report to be Released by National Council on Teacher Quality

“Doing the Math on Teacher Pensions: How to Protect Teachers and Taxpayers” Analyzes Cost Effectiveness, Fairness and Flexibility of Teacher Retirement Systems; Report, Which Will be Released January 27, Includes a Report Card on Each State’s Pension Policies

WHO:  National Council on Teacher Quality, a non-partisan research and policy organization.

WHAT:  The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) will release Doing the Math on Teacher Pensions: How to Protect Teachers and Taxpayers, a report that challenges the claims of state pension boards and other groups about the cost effectiveness, fairness and flexibility of the traditional defined benefit pension structure still in place in 38 states across the nation. The report includes a report card on each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia with a detailed analysis of state teacher pension policies.

The NCTQ website (www.nctq.org/statepolicy) will provide state-specific report cards and searchable access to the entire State Teacher Policy Yearbook dataset, which includes data on state teacher pensions. The state policy dashboard provides a customized search tool and user-friendly options for generating graphic results that can be exported and shared.

WHEN:       January 27, 2015 at 12:01am

WHERE:   www.nctq.org

About NCTQ

The National Council of Teacher Quality ─comprised of reform-minded Democrats, Republicans, and Independents─ is a non-partisan research and policy group committed to restructuring the teaching profession based on the belief that all children deserve effective teachers. More information about NCTQ, including a list of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board, can be found on the NCTQ website, www.nctq.org.

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Mobile County Public Schools Selects GuideK12™, Geovisual Analytic Software

GuideK12 reaches one-million student milestone with addition of largest district in Alabama

Eagan, MN (Jan. 21, 2015) – Mobile County Public Schools, the largest school district in Alabama, serves over 58,000 students in 90 schools and magnet programs. A district of this size has a lot of moving parts and complexity for administrators to analyze and understand.

Mobile County administrators selected GuideK12™ because it will allow them to visualize their district on a map while combining student and county data for real time scenario planning and analysis by district leaders.

Complexity in the decision making process continues to increase for all districts, so more and more are looking for solutions like GuideK12 to provide a quicker, more accurate way to make the right decisions for their students and communities alike.  GuideK12’s geovisual analytics will allow Mobile County Public Schools to see their data with a new lens for boundary analysis, program placement, resource placement, emergency planning, and proactive decision-making. The ability to visualize and interact with disparate data sets on a map allows administrators to get instant results and feedback in order to be more proactive, efficient and transparent.

Mobile County administrators made the decision to move forward with the implementation of GuideK12’s platform through the company’s partnership with SRC Solutions, the district’s Registration Gateway solution.  Being familiar with the full suite of GuideK12 products, SRC Solutions brought GuideK12 to Mobile County Public School administrators as a tool that would help them meet their decision-making needs moving forward.

“We appreciate when our trusted solution providers bring a valuable new tool that they have come across.  The industry, as well as the needs of our students are constantly changing making the need for solutions like GuideK12 even more valuable.  We are excited about how GuideK12 will empower our district leaders with better analytic tools and look forward to seeing results once we dig deep into the platform,” said David K. Akridge, executive manager of information technology.

“We are proud to welcome Mobile County Public Schools to the GuideK12 family.  They are a leader in the state of Alabama and I applaud their innovative approach to finding technology tools that enable deeper insights, better dialogue between stakeholders and more data driven decision-making,” said GuideK12 CEO Chuck Amos.  “With the addition of Mobile County Public Schools to the districts we serve, our platform now supports more than 1 million students nationwide. This is an important milestone for us.  Having partners like MCPS and SRC are incredibly valuable relationships for us and we look forward to working with them all moving forward.”

 

To learn more about GuideK12™ and Geovisual analytics for education, go to www.GuideK12.com or to schedule a demonstration contact Julie@Guidek12.com

About GuideK12™:

Based in Minnesota, GuideK12LLC is a geovisual analytics software company. By visualizing information spatially, decisions on everything from boundary analysis to policy changes to resource planning and forecasting enrollments can be faster and more effective. GuideK12™ has been the proud recipient of many industry leading awards: Selected as a 2013 finalist for SIIA’s education CODiE awards for Best K-12 Enterprise solution; NSBA Innovative Showcase Company ( 1 of 6); EdTech Digest  “Cool Tool.”

Winner for Best District Data Solution; and one of the Top Products of 2012 by DA Magazine. 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

 

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President Spotlights Education Access During Annual State of the Union Address

ALEXANDRIA, VA –The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) today lauded President Obama’s emphasis on the importance of additional skills for all students during his State of the Union Address.

“To make sure folks keep earning higher wages down the road, we have to do more to help Americans upgrade their skills,” Obama said. “America thrived in the 20th century because we made high school free, sent a generation of GIs to college and trained the best workforce in the world.  But in a 21st century economy that rewards knowledge like never before, we need to do more.”

During his address, the president referenced his recently announced America’s College Promise proposal, which could increase opportunity for Americans nationwide to obtain valuable postsecondary CTE credentials in growing fields. He also emphasized the need for strong business-education partnerships, like those established by many CTE programs around the country.

“President Obama’s attention to postsecondary education access and skills training issues in his address provides important recognition of our nation’s duty to equitably prepare every student for college and career success,” saidACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “I’m also encouraged by the increased attention that this administration has given CTE as an established mechanism for increasing access to economic opportunity and strengthening the foundation of the American workforce. Hopefully, the president, his Administration and Congress will continue this momentum and recognize the need to build our federal investment in CTE through proven approaches, including the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.”

Tuesday proved to be a big night for CTE educators as well. ACTE member Lisa Barnett, a CTE coordinator at Botetourt Country public school district, and Katrice Mubiru, a CTE teacher for Los Angeles unified school district, attended the address as special guests of Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and First Lady Michele Obama, respectively. The inclusion of CTE professionals as guests at this important event underscores the growing appreciation for CTE in Washington and nationwide, and will help to spread public support for these vital programs.

As the nation’s largest association of education professionals dedicated to preparing students for college and career success, ACTE supports policies that will connect secondary and postsecondary level students with relevant, real-world learning opportunities that prepare them to meet workforce demands in growing career fields.

About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, guidance counselors and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

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Nation’s Largest Private Service Provider of Electronic Student Record Collection and Exchanges, National Student Clearinghouse, Signs Student Privacy Pledge

Joins More than 80 K-12 Technology Leaders Committed to Safeguarding Student Privacy

Herndon, Virginia — January 21, 2015In response to President Obama’s call to better protect student privacy, the National Student Clearinghouse announced today that it has signed the Student Privacy Pledge sponsored by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and The Future of Privacy Forum. It joins more than 80 K-12 technology providers that have pledged to safeguard student privacy by agreeing to a set of commitments related to the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information. The Clearinghouse is the largest provider of electronic student record exchanges and postsecondary transcript ordering services in the U.S., performing more than one billion secure electronic student data transactions each year.

A nonprofit organization founded by the higher education community in 1993, the Clearinghouse provides educational reporting, verification, and research services to more than 3,600 colleges and universities and more than 7,000 high schools. Its services are also used by school districts and state education offices nationwide.

“Signing the Student Privacy Pledge is a continuation of our over 21-year ongoing commitment to ensuring student privacy and data security as well as a reiteration of the principles behind which we firmly stand,” said Rick Torres, President and CEO of the National Student Clearinghouse. “Maintaining the integrity of the student information entrusted to us by our participating institutions is a core component of the Clearinghouse’s mission of service to the education community and its students. We welcome the technology industry and the administration’s focus on the importance of safeguarding student privacy, which has been a service hallmark of the Clearinghouse since our founding.”

The Clearinghouse’s support for student privacy protection is further reflected in both its own privacy policy and theprinciples on which it based G.R.E.E.N., the Global Registrar EduRecord Exchange Network℠. G.R.E.E.N. is a free, open, principles driven and standards-based network, created by the Clearinghouse in 2013, to enable the secure exchange of electronic student academic records worldwide. It encompasses the student data exchange standards, values, and principles outlined by the Clearinghouse in its position paper on the Establishment of a National Electronic Education Data Exchange Network.

The G.R.E.E.N Statement of Principles is modeled on those written by AACRAO and the AACRAO SPEEDE Committee for the SPEEDE Server implemented by the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 as a shared U.S. exchange platform. Among the reasons UT Austin chose the Clearinghouse in 2012 to assume operation of the SPEEDEServer℠ was its commitment to both improving efficiency for higher education and information security.

Adoption of the G.R.E.E.N. Principles has been widely supported by education industry leaders, including the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO); the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC); AASA, The School Superintendents Association; Ellucian; and Hobsons.

About the National Student Clearinghouse®
The National Student Clearinghouse (a nonprofit formed in 1993) is the trusted source for and leading provider of higher education verifications and electronic education record exchanges, handling more than 700 million verification requests and over 250 million education record exchanges annually. The Clearinghouse serves as a single point of contact for the collection and timely exchange of accurate and comprehensive enrollment, degree, and certificate records on behalf of its more than 3,600 participating higher education institutions, which represent 98 percent of all students in public and private U.S. institutions. The Clearinghouse also provides thousands of high schools and districts with continuing collegiate enrollment, progression, and completion statistics on their alumni.

Through its verification, electronic exchange, and reporting services, the Clearinghouse saves the education community cumulatively over $500 million dollars annually. Most Clearinghouse services are provided to colleges and universities at little or no charge, including enhanced transcript and research services, enabling institutions to redistribute limited staff and budget resources to more important student service efforts. Clearinghouse services are designed to facilitate an institution’s compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, The Higher Education Act, and other applicable laws.

In addition, the Clearinghouse provides accurate, timely enrollment and degree verifications to student loan providers, employers, student credit issuers, the U.S. Department of Education, and others who access its registry more than half a billion times annually.

For more information, visit www.studentclearinghouse.org.

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Odysseyware Announces Partnership with NWEA

CHANDLER, Ariz. (Jan. 21, 2015) – Odysseyware, a leading provider of online, multimedia-enriched K-12 curriculum, and Northwest Evaluation AssociationTM (NWEATM), a leader in computer adaptive assessments that measure academic growth independent of grade, today announced a partnership that will pave the way for the delivery of dynamic, individualized learning paths later this year.

 

The partnership will allow educators to leverage the power of NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) assessment data together with targeted OW ELA and Math lessons.  The result will be dynamically generated, data-informed learning paths that can be even further customized to meet the needs of each student.

 

“Odysseyware is a true innovator in K-12 blended learning,” said Matt Chapman, president and CEO of NWEA. “We are excited to bring the power of MAP data to refine and target learning for students and teachers.”

 

“We are thrilled to partner with such an esteemed organization as NWEA,” said Beth Te Grotenhuis, the president of Odysseyware and CEO of its parent company, Glynlyon. “The assessment data NWEA brings to the table will be ideal for helping educators maximize their use of Odysseyware’s strong portfolio of ELA and math content. We are excited to incorporate this integration into our tools for blended learning, course customization and RTI.”

 

About Odysseyware

Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Odysseyware is an innovative, multimedia-enriched online curriculum. Completely web-based, Odysseyware provides 21st century educational solutions by offering the core subjects of history and geography, math, language arts, and science along with enriching electives, CTE, placement testing, diagnostics and professional development. This curriculum is sold directly through regional education specialists. To learn more, visit http://odysseyware.com/ or call 877-795-8904.

 

About Northwest Evaluation Association™ 

Founded by educators nearly 40 years ago, Northwest Evaluation Association™ (NWEA™) is a global not-for-profit educational services organization known for our flagship interim assessment, Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). More than 7,400 partners in U.S. school districts, education agencies, and international schools trust us to offer pre-kindergarten through grade 12 assessments that accurately measure student growth and learning needs, professional development that fosters educators’ ability to accelerate student learning, and research that supports assessment validity and informed policy. To better inform instruction and maximize every learner’s academic growth, educators currently use NWEA assessments and items with nearly 10 million students. Learn more at www.nwea.org.

 

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Education Groups Remark on President’s Privacy Vision for Students
Washington, DC (January 20, 2015) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and the Data Quality Campaign issued the following joint statement on President Barack Obama’s privacy efforts outlined during the State of the Union address:
“Tonight’s speech was indicative of the nation’s strong, ongoing effort to prioritize protecting student data as we use this valuable information to personalize learning and help our young people achieve their goals. As part of that effort, we are happy to announce that the education community is taking steps to address this issue.  
 
“Over the course of the past few months, a group of national education organizations, representing a range of perspectives, experience and stakeholders in the field, has been developing a set of shared principles for safeguarding the personal information of America’s students. 
 
“Everyone has a role to play in ensuring parents and others can trust that data are being safely used to help students succeed. In the past year, states have created 26 new student privacy laws, and the education technology industry have pledged a series of commitments to safeguard data that has been signed by 75 companies. All federal action needs to be aligned with all the local and state efforts to protect student data.” 
In 2014, CoSN launched a privacy initiative, which provides education leaders with resources to better understand and navigate today’s major federal laws. Learn more at: cosn.org/privacy.
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. Visitcosn.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.
About the Data Quality Campaign
The Data Quality Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, national advocacy organization committed to realizing an education system in which all stakeholders – from parents to policymakers – are empowered with high quality data from early childhood, K–12, postsecondary, and workforce systems. To achieve this vision, DQC supports policymakers and other key leaders to promote effective data use to ensure students graduate from high school prepared for success in college and the workplace. For more information, visit www.dataqualitycampaign.org.
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