FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - A professional social network for the education community and Gryphon House announce Early Learning Book Chats, a new online professional learning community

PRINCETON, NJ, February 24, 2015 – and Gryphon House have partnered to presentEarly Learning Book Chats, a free professional learning community (PLC) that helps educators and caregivers find the tools that they need to bring the joy of learning to young children.

The Early Learning Book Chats community hosts online book chats with award-winning early childhood authors and experts, including Renate Zangl, PhD, and author Abigail Flesch Connors, MEd. Monthly webinars and online discussions provide a wealth of ideas and resources. This blended model of real-time and online connectivity makes it easy and fun for educators to stay connected over time to share ideas, practices, examples, lesson plans, and resources. The community is a growing resource that can be accessed any time, anywhere.

Gryphon House invites all early childhood educators to join a free monthly webinar or “napinar” – early learning PD while your young students sleep! The monthly “napinar” will be presented by award-winning early childhood authors and experts who will provide information, resources, and ideas to support educators as they positively stimulate language, cognitive, social, and emotional development of their young students. Educators receive a CE certificate for attending the live webinars or viewing the recording.

The first webinar, “Building Young Children’s Sounds, Words and Brains: Your Words and Interactions Matter,” was presented by Renate Zangl, PhD. Dr. Zangl is a child language researcherand author of Raising a Talker. Educators are invited to watch the recording here.
“We know educators are strapped for time and resources, which is why we brought the top experts in the early-learning field directly to them with these interactive experiences,” said Jennifer Lewis, General Manager at Gryphon House. “We know teachers love the authors’ best practices combined with the research and theories to back them up.”

Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of commented, “Early learning educators love participating in online learning communities! We are delighted to launch this new program with Gryphon House that will feature award-winning authors.”

Educators can join the Early Learning Book Chats community at

About Gryphon House
Gryphon House is an award-winning publisher of resource books for parents and teachers of children from birth through age eight. Developmentally appropriate and easy to use, Gryphon House books provide parents and teachers with the tools they need to bring the joy of learning to young children. To learn more, or to check out the entire collection, visit

About is a free professional learning and social network that makes it easy for educators to collaborate, share innovative ideas, and improve teaching and learning. We provide the support and training educators need to advance their own practice, build better schools, and prepare students for life-long learning and career success. Schools and districts lack the time, expertise, and funding to provide the professional development educators need — fills that gap. Learn more or follow us on Twitter @edwebnet.


SIIA Estimates $8.38 Billion US Market for PreK-12 Educational Software and Digital Content

For Immediate Release:
SIIA Communications Contact: Allison Bostrom, 202.289.7442,
PR Contact: Lauren West, C. Blohm & Associates, 608.216.7300,

SIIA Estimates $8.38 Billion US Market for PreK-12 Educational Software and Digital Content
Annual report shows steady growth in the education technology sector

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 24, 2015) – The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry, today released its “2014 U.S. Education Technology Industry Market: PreK-12 Report.” The report values the overall PreK-12 non-hardware education technology market at $8.38 billion, compared to last year’s valuation of $7.9 billion.

“We are very happy that our fourth report generated such great responses and participation from within the industry,” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of ETIN-SIIA. “The results from this year’s survey also show the steady and encouraging growth in the ed tech industry.”

Data in the report was collected directly from 144 service providers and publishers to show a supply-side view of the market not available through traditional customer data collection techniques. This report contains longitudinal data from the three years of the study and shows key trends within the industry.

Revenues from Online Courses grew 320 percent with several significant companies reporting revenues in this category for the first time. Testing and Assessment ($2.5B) was the largest single category of any market segment.

“The rapid growth of the testing and assessment market will slow, but remain an important area of investment in school districts and states. Digital assessments and interest in personalized learning contribute to this growing market,” said CS4Ed president John Richards, Ph.D., the principal author of the report. “There was a substantial investment in infrastructure. We attribute this to increased hardware in schools from district investment, BYOD and preparation for digital common core assessments.”

Companies wishing to purchase the report can do so by visiting the SIIA Market Survey Report page.

To access the Executive Summary of the report click here.

About ETIN
The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN at SIIA, visit

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit

About CS4Ed
Consulting Services for Education, Inc. (CS4Ed) provides business planning services, market research, product analysis and evaluation, and product development to publishers, technology developers, program managers and educational organizations. CS4Ed’s senior staff combines academic quality with product development experience, and has experience in both K-20 education and the realities of publishing, project management, and research. For more information, visit


Follow AASA’s National Conference on Education through Conference Daily Online

Alexandria, Va. – Feb. 23, 2015 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, will kick off its 150th Anniversary celebration Feb. 26-28, 2015, at the organization’s National Conference on Education, in San Diego, Calif. Reporters, communications officers and education stakeholders can follow conference activities through AASA’s Conference Daily Online.

“Our primary audience consists of the key decision makers in our school districts from coast to coast,” said Jay Goldman, co-editor, Conference Daily Online. “Given the wealth of information that will be shared at our annual National Conference on Education, we needed to provide a platform for conference attendees as well as those unable to join us in order for this information to be shared widely.”

“Providing live coverage of our conference through Conference Daily Online allows us to share coverage of key speakers, award winners, governance activities, superintendents’ blogs, as well as photo and video galleries,” said Gayane Minasyan, co-editor of the digital edition of Conference Daily Online. “By leveraging information and communication technologies, we can provide this great benefit to all AASA members.”

The award-winning, online site will allow AASA members to share their experiences through a conference blog andTwitter feed (#NCE15).

During the first General Session (Thursday, Feb. 26), AASA’s 2015 National Superintendent of the Year will be announced. (VIDEO: View the four finalists.) For the first time, superintendents will be recognized for completing the prestigious National Superintendent Certification program.

See the special 150th anniversary issue of the School Administrator. For more information about AASA’s National Conference on Education, visit


AASA National Superintendent of the Year to be Announced Feb. 26

What:  AASA, The School Superintendents Association, will announce the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year at its 150th anniversary celebration during the National Conference on Education in San Diego, Calif. The National Superintendent of the Year program, co-sponsored by Aramark, VALIC and AASA, now in its 28th year, celebrates the contributions and leadership of public school superintendents.

When:  The announcement will be made Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, during the Opening General Session from 3:45 – 5:45 p.m. (PST).

Who:    The four finalists for the 2015 AASA National Superintendent of the Year:

Click here to access a list of the AASA 2015 State Superintendents of the Year.

Watch the video: Meet the four finalists for the 2015 AASA National Superintendent of the Year.

Where:  The San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA. 92101

More:     To learn more about the 2015 National Conference on Education, visit the conference website.


For more information about AASA’s National Superintendent of the Year program, contact Paula Dearden, AASA director of awards and scholarships, at


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AASA Releases Superintendent Salary Study

Alexandria, Va. – Feb. 24, 2015Two days ahead of the National Conference on Education, where hundreds of school district leaders will convene in San Diego, Feb. 26-28, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the organization released its annual salary study.

The 2014 AASA Superintendents Salary and Benefits Study generated a response from more than 1,700 superintendents, representing all 50 states.

The survey’s key findings included:

  • Base salaries ranged from $36,000 to $315,000, with an average salary of $122,000 and a median salary of $113,000.
  • Respondents are predominately male (79 percent), White (94 percent) and from intermediate-sized districts (300-2,499 students) regardless of their gender.
  • Female respondents were, on average, older than male respondents (53.1 to 51.7 percent respectively)
  • A three-year trend of improving economic conditions continues. Slightly more than half of the respondents (53 percent) reported their districts’ economic conditions as stable. (50 percent in 2013; 45 percent in 2012)

“The responsibilities and political pressures that today’s superintendent face far exceed that of when I was a superintendent,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “At AASA, we stand ready to provide our members and all public school cabinet level officials with tools they need to succeed. Our annual salary survey is one example because it contains critical data needed for informed decision making. We are committed to refining this work over time to benefit the leadership of public school districts and the communities they serve.”

The survey revealed a small trend toward longer longevity compared with 2013 results. Over half of respondents described their districts’ economic conditions as stable for the first time; this year, 53 percent said so, compared to 50 percent in 2013 and 45 percent in 2012. Despite this positive change, nearly four in 10 respondents still described their districts’ economic conditions as declining.

To access a copy of the 2014 AASA Superintendents Salary and Benefits Study, click here. For specific questions about the report, contact Leslie Finnan, AASA policy analyst, at


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



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