Districts Can Now Manage Digital Content with Curriculum Foundry from Learning.com

Now available for implementation, new solution helps districts use digital content to meet instructional goals, facilitate personalized learning and address budget challenges.

Portland, Ore. (Feb. 23, 2015) – As a growing number of school districts are undertaking the daunting task of transitioning to digital content, Learning.com announces that Curriculum Foundry, a solution that helps districts access, organize and share digital resources, is now ready for full-scale district implementation. Through this solution’s comprehensive set of lesson- and unit-development tools, districts can build and share their own curriculum.

To help districts start building curriculum, Curriculum Foundry includes a searchable content repository of vetted open education resources (OER) and other free digital resources covering core K-12 subjects. Curriculum Foundry also features single sign-on, enabling students and teachers to easily access digital content in their repository. Once districts have created their own curriculum using Curriculum Foundry, they can export their content via Thin Common Cartridge to be used in a number of compatible existing learning systems.

“Many districts are eager to use digital content but are challenged with organizing content from various sources into lessons and units that can be easily shared across the district,” said Learning.com CEO Keith Oelrich. “With Curriculum Foundry’s repository of quality digital content and comprehensive toolset, districts can build digital curriculum that can be easily accessed by teachers and students.”

Curriculum Foundry allows districts to add their own digital resources and third-party content to the repository. SAS® Curriculum Pathways® is the first third-party provider, offering interactive tools, resources and apps in all core disciplines for grades K-12 at no cost.

“SAS Curriculum Pathways provides more than 1,250 engaging learning resources that are mapped to state standards,” said Scott McQuiggan, director of SAS Curriculum Pathways. “Curriculum Foundry provides districts with the unique opportunity to create their own digital curriculum using our high-quality content in conjunction with other digital resources.”

Learning.com provides comprehensive professional development and training resources to ensure districts can effectively deploy Curriculum Foundry in all of their schools and classrooms.

Visit Learning.com/tools to learn more about begin implementing Curriculum Foundry in your district.

About Learning.com
Learning.com helps students, teachers, and schools excel in a digital world. Districts equip their students with the technology and 21st century skills needed for success on online assessments, college, and the workforce using Learning.com’s digital literacy curriculum and assessments. Learning.com supports districts as they transition to digital content by providing a repository of OER and free digital resources with tools to build and share custom digital curriculum. Through implementation services and professional development, Learning.com serves educators as they integrate technology and digital content into instruction. Founded in 1999, Learning.com currently partners with more than 2,700 districts and serves 4.9 million students.


Empowering Girls and Women Through Technology in Education:
Theme of CoSN / UNESCO 2015 International Symposium
One of Many Featured Events Surrounding CoSN’s Annual Conference, March 16-19
in Atlanta
Washington, DC (February 23, 2015) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) today announced exciting plans for the 2015 International Symposium, March 16 in Atlanta, which will focus on “Leveraging Technology in Education to Empower Girls and Women.”
Conducted in partnership with UNESCO and the National Coalition of Women in IT’s (NCWIT’s) K-12 Alliance, the event will convene global education leaders for an important day-long discussion on the role of technology in schools to advance learning outcomes for young women. HP is the lead sponsor of the event.
The 2015 International Symposium will seek to address questions such as:
  • How can new technologies provide an attractive and affordable means to improve the educational opportunities of girls and women in underserved communities?
  • Can education technologies be used to attract girls and women into computing and IT fields?
  • How can we attract more women into education technology leadership positions, and what are the current barriers that keep us from gender equality in this sector?
The Symposium will feature global experts, “TED-like” presentations and moderated discussions. Speakers include:
  • Sam Pitroda, Former Chair of the Knowledge Commission in India, Chair of the Advisory Board of the ITU Mpowering Initiative, India
  • Dr. Dorothy Okello, Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology – Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
  • Dr. Nancy Hafkin, Former Chief of Research, Women and Development Program, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) in Addis Ababa
  • Dr. Carolina Belalcázar, Project Officer, Education Sector, UNESCO
  • Ashley Olafsen, Student, Hopkinton High School, USA
  • Barbara Ericson, Director of Computing Outreach and Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Computing Education, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Also, hear from key leaders from the Agysta Foundation (India), Learning Links (India), BotBall, Bootstrap, Girls Thinking Global and others. The focus will be on promising solutions that strengthen formal, non-formal and informal learning environments around the world. For more information on the Symposium, please visit: cosnconference.org/international-symposium.
CoSN’s 2015 Annual Conference – “Enabling Your Digital Leap” – will immediately follow the Symposium in Atlanta, March 16-19.
CoSN this week also launched its conference mobile app to allow attendees to navigate and follow the event and receive real-time information on the go. The app is available for download at: http://app.core-apps.com/cosn2015.
Here is a glance at additional pre- and post-CoSN 2015 activities:
Workshops. These half day workshops will allow attendees to interact with front-line educators and come away with in-depth tools, tips and lessons learned on major issues facing education technology leaders:
  • Monday, March, March 16, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm: “Education Data and Student Privacy – The Trust Imperative”
  • Monday, March 16, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: “Leadership for Mobile Learning”
  • Monday, March 16, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: “Defining a Pilot Project Using Disciplined Entrepreneurship”
  • Monday, March 16, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: “Smart Education Networks by Design” (SEND)
  • Thursday, March 19, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: “Grant Writing Workshop: Funding EdTech Dreams”
  • Learn more
CETL™ Certification Immersion Couse & Summit. CoSN is offering a two-day facilitated preparatory session, where leaders will learn about each of the Framework elements from experienced instructors. Also, for the first time, CoSN will hold its first annual CETL™ Summit, allowing ambassadors of the program to connect with other CETL™ holders. Learn more
Exclusive Learning Tours. Conference attendees can join CoSN for a Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site Tour on March 15 or for an exclusive school site visit to Henry County Schools on March 19.Learn more
Advocacy Dinner & Auction. Attendees can further support K-12 opportunities and resources at CoSN’s “Monumental Impact! Advocacy Dinner & Auction” on March 17 at the historic Fox Theatre. Learn more
In addition, CoSN is convening its state chapters for the Annual State Chapter Leaders Meeting on March 15. The meeting is a professional development opportunity for state chapter leaders to enhance their leadership skills and improve advocacy efforts made by their chapter. Click here to learn more.
To register for the conference, please visit: cosnconference.org/attend/registration.
Interested media are invited to attend CoSN 2015 at no cost. To register, please contact Michael Kaplun at michaelkaplun@cosn.org
For more information, please visit cosnconference.org or follow #CoSN15 on Twitter.
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 866-267-08747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and events, advocacy and policy, membership and the CETL certification exam.
Learn about CoSN’s 2015 Annual Conference in Atlanta, March 16-19, at: cosnconference.org.


AASA Launches New Website Redesign

Alexandria, Va. – Feb. 23, 2015AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the nation’s premier organization representing the voice of public school leadership, announced a new website redesign today. The redesign includes new information architecture, social media integration and visual design aimed at enabling school system leaders to have easy access to AASA news and messaging.

“The superintendent’s job has increasingly become one of the hardest jobs in America,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “In order for our members to best serve the children of their respective communities and set the pace for the way they learn, it is critical that we provide a user-friendly online hub so audiences have simple access to content they need. We are very pleased with the design of our new website.”

“Redesigning a website with more than 4,000 web pages is a lot like launching any new site. You have upgrade, redesign, development, testing and finally the roll out to the public; it’s a team effort,” said Gayane Minasyan, AASA online technologies director. “Our new site has been designed to expedite and simplify navigation, user experience, social media integration, member engagement, accessibility on mobile devices and more. We greatly appreciate the feedback received from our member superintendents at different focus groups and research studies.”

Key features of the website include:

  • Easy Navigation
  • Responsive Web Design, which provides an optimal viewing experience on different mobile devices
  • Social Media Integration, which allows superintendents to engage and network with colleagues
  • Syndication of the latest news and upcoming events

This announcement comes on the eve of the kick-off of AASA’s 150th anniversary celebration at its National Conference on Education, Feb. 26-28, 2015, in San Diego, Calif. Educators can follow the activities and conversations through AASA’s Conference Daily Online.

AASA’s website redesign was developed by the Fairfax, Va.-based American Technology Services. The company was recently ranked fourth on the Washington Business Journal’s list of Top 24 Visual Arts and Design Firms.


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.