Washington D.C. K-12 School District Selects
Follett’s Aspen Student Information System

Customizability, flexibility critical to meeting district’s evolving needs

MCHENRY, Ill., Jan. 22, 2015 – Seeking a more robust, flexible and customizable student information system (SIS) from a vendor with a proven track record, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) has selected Follett and its Aspen solution. Follett’s Aspen SIS will help the 47,000-student district capture, report, manage and analyze its student data, support enrollment, scheduling and behavior, and help track student attendance and prevent truancy.

Comprised of 111 elementary and secondary schools and learning centers located in Washington, D.C., DCPS introduced Aspen into its elementary schools this year and plans to implement the solution district wide this summer.

Weighed down by an aging, cumbersome SIS, district officials embarked on a rigorous search for a new system more than a year ago. Key factors in selecting a new SIS included how it performed out of the box, its customizability to meet the district’s ever-evolving policies, and the system’s flexibility.

“The district identified the many pain points with its previous SIS and we’re confident Aspen will help meet and exceed DCPS’ overall desire to measure and advance its student learning and student/classroom management,” said Tom Schenck, president, Follett School Solutions. “We are honored to partner with a district that so passionately believes a strong school system with high achieving students is the backbone of the city.”

The adoption of Aspen extends the long-term relationship between DCPS and Follett, as the district has used Follett’s Destiny Library Manager for more than eight years.

Now in 15 states and Canada, Follett’s Aspen SIS serves more than 1.5 million students.

For more information on Follett’s PreK-12 business, visit FollettLearning.com. For more information on District of Columbia Public Schools, visit www.dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/.



About Follett School Solutions | follettlearning.com
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.

About Follett Corporation| follett.com

Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.



  PR with Panache! Launches New Division: Convert!

Lead by strategic engagement expert Machele Stefhon


(MINNEAPOLIS) Jan.22, 2015 — PR with Panache! (PRP), the award-winning, Minnesota-based PR firm, focused on the education marketplace, is proud to welcome Machele Stefhon as the firm’s director of its new division, Convert!

Through Convert!, Ms. Stefhon will focus on helping clients achieve significant and lasting improvements to their marketing effectiveness and business.

“Machele is the right senior strategist to lead Convert! for PRP,” said Sue Hanson, PRP’s founder and managing principal. “Through her expertise and industry knowledge, Convert! will provide even more  unique advantages to PRP’s clients.”

Ms. Stefhon brings more than 24 years of experience in the education industry, to her new role, most recently serving as head of global strategic content marketing at Promethean. Ms. Stefhon also worked as the strategic education marketing director for Scantron/Spectrum K12 School Solutions and as an elementary administrator and special education teacher for the Denton (TX) Independent School District.

“I’m very excited to bring Convert’s new services to PRP’s family of clients and the K12 ed-tech industry as a whole,” said Stefhon. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to embark on this new adventure with Sue and Jacob Hanson and their team.”

With the launch of Convert!, PRP expands its depth of services to include even more  strategic lead engagement consulting and implementation services.

“PRP and Convert! remain committed to helping our clients make meaningful connections, stay vibrant and memorable as we help them build profitable relationships,” said Ms. Hanson. “We take pride in positioning our clients to remain top of mind in the industry and Machele will only further this momentum and enhance our vision.”

For more information about Machele Stefhon, visit the PRP Storyteller’s page . To learn more about PR with Panache!, and see how they can help you tell your story, visit www.prwithpanache.com.

About PR with Panache!

panache (p nash’) n. [Fr.]. style; flair; verve; confidant; dashing!

PR with Panache! is a bold, fast-moving public relations and media marketing agency for the education marketplace with an international reputation for smart, entrepreneurial communications, content marketing, product publicity and brand awareness. Our success is built on the achievements of our clients. Our team consistently delivers explosive results. We speak the right language as we expand client brands, support PR and marketing or launch new products through long-established media relationships.


Aegis Identity Software Signs Student Privacy Pledge

Leader of Identity and Access Management solutions pledges support for safeguarding student data


Denver, CO (January 22, 2015) – Aegis Identity Software, Inc. a leading provider of Identity and Access Management solutions for the Education marketplace, announces their signature of the Student Privacy Pledge led by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).


“Aegis Identity Software, Inc. proudly stands with students, parents, educators, school leaders, and the public on protecting students by ensuring their data is only used for approved educational purposes by district authorized people and systems. We have built an enterprise-class software platform designed to manage digital identities in both the higher education and K12 education marketplaces and we are committed to protecting the privacy and identity management of all students,” states Jat Pannu, Chief Strategy Officer, Aegis Identity Software. “Our company is Denver based with a proven reputation in the identity management market throughout North America.  Protecting student privacy and their data is of the utmost importance to Aegis Identity Software and we are proud to join the other thought leaders in the industry that have signed the Pledge. Our goal and commitment is together we will make a difference in this arena to ensure that all student data is private and used only for educational purposes.”


The Pledge was developed by the FPF and SIIA with guidance from the school services providers, educator organizations, and other stakeholders following a convening by U.S. Representatives Jared Polis (CO) and Luke Messer (IN). The Student Privacy Pledge is based on  principles regarding the collection, maintenance and use of students’ personal information. The pledge would apply to all student personal information, whether or not it is viewed as part of an “educational record” as defined by federal law, and whether it has been collected and controlled by the school but warehoused offsite by a service provider, or collected directly through students’ use of a mobile app or website assigned by a teacher. The pledge would also apply to school service providers whether or not they have a formal contract with the school.


In today’s increasingly interconnected world, American companies are also leaders in protecting privacy, taking unprecedented steps to invest in cybersecurity and provide customers with precise control over the privacy of their online content.  Aegis Identity Software has committed to this cause by signing the Student Privacy Pledge to provide parents, teachers, and students with important protections against misuse of their data.


For more information about Aegis Identity Software, Inc., please visit http://aegisidentity.com/identity-software

About Aegis Identity Software, Inc.

Aegis Identity Software is based in Denver, CO and has built a sophisticated enterprise-class software platform to serve the needs of cyber-security, digital identity management and access management. In 3 years it has taken the education market by storm by gaining product adoption in both the Higher Education and K-12 markets. Aegis Identity has brought contemporary, open systems, technology to this market replacing higher-cost, legacy, and proprietary solutions increasing security and decreasing operational costs at these prestigious institutions and its rapidly growing customer base. Learn more at www.aegisidentity.com and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Pinterest.



Maker Movement Front and Center at EDexpo


(Silver Spring, MD) — Makerspaces will be showcased at EDexpo 2015 with a unique exhibit area and education offering to help dealers and manufacturers tap into this growing opportunity surrounding hands-on learning.


Syliva Martinez, the co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, will present a General Session on February 21 entitled: “Makerspaces – The New Trend that Can Add Dollars to Your Bottom Line.” Sylvia is the preeminent expert on Makerspaces working in schools around the world to bring the power of authentic learning into classrooms, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects. She will be sharing her knowledge on these do-it-yourself spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn, and share strategies on how to capitalize on this trend in education.


EDexpo attendees will get to experience a Makerspace right on the exhibit floor as Atlanta area Makerspaces (or Maker communities) participate in a contest to see who can create the most innovative education-related project. The Education Market Association (EDmarket) has partnered with Decatur Maker, a non-profit in the Atlanta area, to organize the space. These projects will be demonstrated during show hours so that attendees can interact with the makers and try out the equipment. The participating organizations will display typical tools found in Makerspaces along with any other displays that capture the spirit of making such as a 3D printer, laser cutter, robotics demonstration, woodworking equipment, prototyping demonstration equipment, and more.


“The Maker movement represents an opportunity for growth by combining the tactile resources our members already provide with new and exciting products that are needed to meet the demand for STEAM and Fab labs,” says Jim McGarry, EDmarket President and CEO.


For more information on EDexpo 2015, February 22-24 in Atlanta, please visit www.edexpo.com.


Epson’s Newest PowerLite K-12 Classroom Projectors Deliver Extended Lamp Life


Eight New Models Offer Brightness, Connectivity and Up to 10,000 Hours of Lamp Life in Economy Mode


LONG BEACH, Calif. – Jan. 21, 2015 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today announced eight new cost-effective PowerLite® projector models giving teachers even more lamp life with up to 10,000 hours2 of use to engage with students and deliver dynamic lessons. In addition to extended lamp life, the new models offer a range of brightness, resolution, connectivity, and budget options to meet the need of any K-12 classroom.  The new affordable and easy to use projectors include the PowerLite S27, X27 and W29 models. For advanced connectivity with premium audio features, the new series also includes the PowerLite 97H, 98H, 99WH, 955WH, and 965H networkable models.


“We pride ourselves on delivering a variety of projection solutions for K-12 classrooms,” said Jason Meyer, senior product manager, Projectors, Epson America, Inc. “For schools looking for bright, budget-friendly projectors, advanced connectivity and flexible installation features, the new PowerLite projectors offer several options that allow educators to deliver vivid lessons in any learning environment.”


All but one of the new Epson PowerLite modelsoffer Multi PC Projection with Moderator device management software4 enabling teachers to wirelessly connect up to 50 devices and share5 students’ work from up to four device screens simultaneously, including computers and iOS® and Android tablets and phones. All models also offer HDMI support for projecting high-quality audio and video content with one cable.


The new PowerLite projectors include a range of lumen, resolution and pricing options:


Product Color Brightness6 White Brightness6 Resolution Estimated Street Pricing
PowerLite S27 2,700 2,700 SVGA $399
PowerLite X27 2,700 2,700 XGA $449
PowerLite W29 3,000 3,000 WXGA $599
PowerLite 97H 2,700 2,700 XGA $549
PowerLite 98H 3,000 3,000 XGA $599
PowerLite 99WH 3,000 3,000 WXGA $749
PowerLite 955WH 3,200 3,200 WXGA $899
PowerLite 965H 3,500 3,500 XGA $899


Additional Features on the PowerLite 97H, 98H, 99WH, 955WH, and 965H

The PowerLite 90- and 900-series offer advanced connectivity and premium audio features, including:


–       Dual HDMI Connectivity: Features two HDMI ports, one with MHL for connecting multiple digital devices, including mobile phones, tablets and other portable devices, for enriched high definition viewing capabilities


–       Powerful Sound: Built-in 16-watt speaker and microphone input fills a classroom with sound and saves on equipment costs


More about Epson’s New PowerLite Projectors

Epson 3LCD projectors deliver three times higher color brightness than leading competitive projectors7. The new PowerLite models offer the following convenient and advanced features for educators:


–       Extended Lamp Life: The lamp can last up to 10,000 hours2 in economy mode, helping to maximize presentation time; replacement lamps cost $79 through the Brighter Futures program, providing a lower overall total cost of ownership


–       BYOD Collaboration: Moderator device management software allows teachers to wirelessly share and compare students’ work from multiple devices, simultaneously3,4


–       Split Screen: Allows inputs from two separate sources to be displayed side by side on the same screen


–       Advanced Network Control: RJ-45 and optional wireless connectivity allow for remote projector management and presentations over the network5


–       Epson iProjection: Leveraging the Epson iProjection app, teachers can present from most iOS Apple devices running iOS 4.2 or later, including the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and most Android devices running Android 2.3 or later; wireless module sold separately5


–       QR Code Connection: New quick connect on-screen QR code provides access to content from smartphones and tablets; simply turn the projector on, use the free Epson iProjection app to scan the on-screen QR code and be instantly connected to share content5


–       3LCD Technology: Features the latest 3-chip 3LCD technology to deliver amazing, true-to-life color and detail for powerful presentations; 3LCD technology also provides an energy-efficient light engine using available lamp light to create stunning images, and in contrast to 1-chip DLP technology, 3LCD requires, on average, 25 percent less electricity per lumen of brightness8


As a leader in innovation and partnership, Epson also offers the Brighter Futures® program, a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors and associated accessories.


Color Brightness Specification and Projector Performance

The color brightness specification (measuring red, green and blue) published by the Society of Information Display (SID) allows consumers to compare projector color performance without conducting a side-by-side shootout. With today’s high definition content, teachers and students can display content with higher quality in brighter environments. For a truly impressive image, projectors need to offer both high color brightness and high white brightness. High color brightness is important for larger screen sizes and provides flexibility for a variety of screen materials. Without sufficient color brightness, images may be muddy, soft and lose detail, even in a dark room. For more information, visit http://www.colorlightoutput.com.


Availability and Support

The new Epson PowerLite models will be available in March 2015 through national resellers, pro audio/visual dealers, mail order, distribution, and Epson.com. Epson’s PowerLite projectors come with a two-year limited warranty (three years for Brighter Futures customers) that includes two elite technical support services – Epson PrivateLine® phone support with direct access to an expedited support telephone line, and a Road Service projector replacement program that for most models includes projector exchange in one business day with paid shipping9 – and 90-day limited lamp warranty. For additional information, visitwww.epson.com/projectors.


About Epson

Epson is a global innovation leader dedicated to exceeding expectations with solutions for markets as diverse as the office, home, commerce, and industry. Epson’s lineup ranges from inkjet printers, printing systems and 3LCD projectors to industrial robots, smart glasses and sensing systems and is based on original compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies.


Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 72,000 employees in 94 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: www.epson.com.


You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Epson), Twitter (http://twitter.com/EpsonAmerica) and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/EpsonAmerica).


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1 Based upon Q3 2014 worldwide front projection market share estimates from PMA Research.

2 ECO Mode is up to 10,000 hours. Normal Mode is up to 5000 hours. Lamp life will vary depending upon mode selected, environmental conditions and usage. Lamp brightness decreases over time.

3 All models offer Moderator function with the exception of the PowerLite S27.

4 Moderator feature is part of EasyMP Multi-PC Projection software.

5 Check your owner’s manual to determine if a wireless LAN module must be purchased separately to enable wireless connection on your Epson projector. Epson projectors can be networked either through the Ethernet port on the projector (check model specifications for availability) or via a wireless connection. Not all Epson projectors are able to be networked. Availability varies depending on model. The PowerLite S27 model is not networkable.

6 Color brightness (color light output) and white brightness (white light output) will vary depending on usage conditions. Color light output measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4; white light output measured in accordance with ISO 21118.

7 Color brightness (color light output) measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4. Color brightness will vary depending on usage conditions. Leading Epson 3LCD business and education projectors compared to leading one-chip DLP projectors, based on NPD data for June 2013 through May 2014 and PMA Research data for Q1 through Q3 2013.

8 Data source: ProjectorCentral.com, Jan. 2014. Average of 1,243 shipping models for which the manufacturers provided lumens and total power data, all resolutions and brightness levels. Energy efficiency was measured as wattage per lumen. It was measured for both 3LCD and 1-chip projectors in each of six brightness segments. 3LCD projectors averaged less required electricity per lumen in each of the six segments.

9 The PowerLite S27, X27, W29 models include a projector exchange in two business days. Expedited shipping not available in all areas. Road Service orders must be in by 3 p.m. Eastern Time for Next-Business-Day delivery.



Note: EPSON and PowerLite are registered trademarks, EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark, Epson iProjection is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Brighter Futures and PrivateLine are registered trademarks of Epson America, Inc. All other product brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.