Mississippi Department of Education Adds iCEV to List of State-Approved Curricula

State embraces shift toward modern CTE instruction by approving CEV Multimedia’s online platform and curriculum

Lubbock, Texas (PRWEB) February 26, 2015

CEV Multimedia, a leading producer of Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum resources, announced today that the Mississippi Department of Education has added iCEV, an online platform that produces and delivers comprehensive educational content, as a state-approved curriculum. As part of the 2014-2015 Instructional Materials Adoption, schools can choose to implement iCEV’s Family & Consumer Sciences and Business & Marketing courses.

Providing time-saving lesson plans that correlate to Common Core and state standards, Mississippi school districts have access to seven Family & Consumer Sciences courses and 11 Business and Marketing courses. Between the two curricula, school districts can offer wide-ranging coursework that includes early childhood education, nutrition & health, and business and personal finance, to name a few.

“By adding iCEV as a state-approved curriculum, Mississippi is leading the way for quality education and career training initiatives,” said Dusty Moore, iCEV president. “We’re pleased to offer a time-saving and cost-effective curriculum solution that will help educators prepare Mississippi students for college and career.”

iCEV offers in-depth, interactive learning with professional demonstrations to prepare students for postsecondary education and career path. Educators can quickly monitor, track and engage with students through the platform’s interactive lessons. Additionally, iCEV offers students the opportunity to earn nationally recognized industry-backed certifications, such as the Southwest Airlines Professional Communications Certification, as they complete work toward their college and career goals.

For more information, please visit http://icevonline.com/.

About CEV Multimedia
With 30 years of experience, CEV specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education and Career Exploration. CEV received the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award in 2012 and has been honored numerous times for its excellence in content creation and exemplary business practices. In 2012, CEV introduced iCEV, an online platform revolutionizing the way CEV produces and delivers educational content. iCEV is the most comprehensive online resource for CTE educators and students. With iCEV’s learning-on-demand capabilities, video clips stream instantly to any device with Internet capabilities. Through iCEV, students can earn industry-backed certifications across multiple areas of CTE that prepare them for college and beyond. For more information, visit http://www.icevonline.com.


Learning Bird Elects Kecia Ray to its Board of Directors

Noted educator is chair of ISTE board, public school educator in Tennessee


MONTREAL, Feb. 26, 2015 — Dr. Kecia Campbell-Ray, executive director of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Learning Technology, and president of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)Board of Directors, has been elected to the Learning BirdBoard of Directors. The announcement was made today by Henry Ryan, CEO of Learning Bird.


In her full-time position with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools in Hermitage, Tenn., Dr. Ray oversees planning and administration of the district’s virtual school, blending learning, online professional development and instructional technology integration. In June 2013, she took the helm of the ISTE board.


Dr. Ray taught in one of the first 21st-century classrooms in Tennessee, and participated in the state’s first distance learning network. Her passion for technology, combined with her desire to increase student engagement, led her to conduct research in assessing technology literacy while she was an assistant professor at Middle Tennessee State University.


Her work is widely published and has set the stage for progressive gains in the use of technology in education with every position she has held. Dr. Ray has been honored on numerous occasions, including being awarded the ISTE lifetime achievement “Making IT Happen Award” in 2013, named one of “20 to Watch” by the National School Board Association, and singled out as one of the top 10 EdTech leaders by Tech & Learning magazine in 2014.


“We are thrilled to have Dr. Ray as an integral member on Learning Bird’s Board of Directors,” Ryan said. “She is a true trailblazer and an industry leader in how to re-imagine today’s classrooms and the best ways to integrate technology into them. As a key player in guiding the future of Learning Bird, we are honored to know she will be sharing her love of education, vast experience, and unparalleled passion as we continue to progress.”


According to Dr. Ray, she was drawn to Learning Bird when she saw how the program aligns teacher-made lessons with the way each child learns. “Because of my work in online and blended learning—as well as flexible learning environments—I was immediately fascinated with Learning Bird and its potential to help students succeed through its unique method of differentiation,” Dr. Ray said. “The program also gives back to teachers, which is a wonderful plus in today’s teaching environments. I’m really happy to be a part of Learning Bird, and I’m excited to participate in its growth. Its impact on 21st-century education is going to be incredible to watch.”


Learning Bird is a cloud-based differentiated learning application that crowd-sources digital lessons made by real teachers and aligns them to their local curriculum, grade level and books in order to match them to students based on their needs. This makes it easier for students to access a personalized range of perspectives that meet their local curriculum standards. Teachers are rewarded financially when the lessons they share help kids learn.


For more information about Learning Bird, visit www.learningbird.com.


About Learning Bird |www.learningbird.com

Learning Bird is an innovative online learning tool for K-12 student success, powered by multiple perspectives. Its proprietary learning algorithm matches digital lessons from teachers to the local curriculum, textbooks and personalized recommendations for each student. Learning Bird’s new cross-curriculum alignment engine allows students grades K-12 to access a wider range of lesson perspectives in order to find that “a-ha” moment. When a lesson helps students understand, Learning Bird’s algorithm learns more about how they learn and also shares revenue directly with the teachers who added the lesson.



,John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning  the nation’s leading E-rate consulting firm, issued this response:
“Access to affordable, high-speed Internet is essential in today’s society. Funds For Learning is a longtime advocate of policies that promote broadband Internet access in our nation’s communities – specifically via the federal E-rate funding program – and we believe that today’s action by the FCC to approve net neutrality will further this lofty and important goal.
We value Chairman Wheeler’s commitment to cultivating an environment in which broadband services, driven by competition and new technologies, are ubiquitous and cost-effective. While we do not agree with every aspect of the FCC’s new ruling, we see it as a step in the right direction and we applaud the Commission for its action today.”
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Georgia’s Philip Lanoue Named 2015 AASA National Superintendent of the Year
Announcement Made at AASA’s 150th Anniversary Celebration

San Diego, Calif. – Feb. 26, 2015 – Philip Lanoue, superintendent of the Clarke County School District in Athens, Ga., has been named the 2015 AASA National Superintendent of the Year. Today’s announcement came at the National Conference on Education, hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, during the premier event of the organization’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Now in its 28th year, the National Superintendent of the Year program, co-sponsored by AASA, Aramark and VALIC, celebrates the contributions and leadership of public school superintendents.

“To be recognized by your peers is something I honor but more importantly, it’s great recognition for the work being done in our community,” said Lanoue during an interview with AASA last month. “This recognition (as a National Superintendent of the Year finalist) for me is really a recognition for our district, teachers, school leaders, parents, students and all of our community constituencies who have faith in the work we’re doing.”

Under Lanoue’s leadership, the Clarke County School District has been honored as a Title I Distinguished District for being Georgia’s No. 1 large district in closing the achievement gap. The district has received numerous state recognitions as a model technology school district, Georgia’s No. 1 Career Academy and the state’s top award for exceptional Response to Intervention practices.

“As we pay tribute to public education at AASA’s 150th anniversary celebration, it’s an honor to congratulate Superintendent Lanoue as our 2015 National Superintendent of the Year,” said Jeff Gilliam, president, Aramark K-12 Education. “We also congratulate the three other finalists as well as all of our State Superintendents of the Year. In their tireless efforts to provide a quality education for students in their respective communities, the individuals we are recognizing today are champions of children. We are proud to be a founding sponsor of AASA’s National Superintendent of the Year program and support those who enrich and nourish the lives of children each and every day.”

“At a time when our school systems are making tremendous efforts to build successful models of positive learning environments for children, VALIC is honored to be part of this important program as we congratulate Superintendent Lanoue as the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year,” said Glenn Harris, executive vice president, group management and national markets, VALIC. “The demands on our superintendents today have never been greater. As we celebrate AASA’s 150th anniversary, it’s only fitting that we honor our National Superintendent of the Year, our three other finalists and all of the State Superintendents of the Year.”

“The superintendent’s job is one of the most difficult and demanding jobs in America, which is why I am so impressed by the tremendous work being done by school system leaders in public education today,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “On behalf of our public school children—no matter what zip code they’re from—it is with great pleasure that our nation congratulates Superintendent Lanoue on our 150th anniversary. We also congratulate our other finalists, Superintendents Elia, Murphy and Pujol, and all of our State Superintendents of the Year. These educators are all winners. We owe all of them a debt of gratitude.”

The other National Superintendent of the Year finalists were:

Members of the 2015 AASA National Superintendent of the Year Award Blue Ribbon Selection Committee included:

  • Rich Bagin, executive director, National School Public Relations Association, Rockville, Md.
  • Wanda Cook-Robinson (former National Superintendent of the Year finalist-2013), chief of staff, Oakland Schools, Waterford, Mich.
  • Jack Dale, superintendent (retired), Fairfax County Public Schools, Falls Church, Va.
  • Tom Gentzel, executive director, National School Boards Association, Alexandria, Va.
  • Patricia Neudecker (past AASA president), education director, MBA in Education Leadership, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Oconomowoc, Wis.
  • Darline Robles, professor, Clinical Education, University of Southern California, Whittier, Calif.

The AASA National Superintendent of the Year program is open to all U.S. superintendents who plan to continue in the profession. The program also honors Canadian and International School superintendents. The applicants were measured against the following criteria:

  • Leadership for learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in the school system.
  • Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.
  • Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.
  • Community involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues.

A $10,000 college scholarship will be presented in the name of the 2015 AASA National Superintendent of the Year to a student in the high school from which the superintendent graduated, or the school now serving the same area.

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

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


About Aramark
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE and the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Learn more at www.aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

For more than half a century, VALIC has served as a leading retirement plan provider for K-12 schools and school districts, as well as for higher education, healthcare, government and other not-for-profit institutions. As of June 30, 2014, VALIC has more than $88 billion in total assets under management and manages plans for nearly 24,000 groups serving nearly 2 million plan participants. VALIC represents The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries, VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc. and VALIC Retirement Services Company. For more information about VALIC, please visit www.VALIC.com.

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.


AASA, Howard University Launch Urban Superintendents Academy
Partnership to Offer Urban Superintendent Preparation, Certification

San Diego, Calif. – Feb. 26, 2015 – In response to the challenges of dramatic demographic shifts, technology explosions and a rapidly transforming job market, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and Howard University have launched a partnership to bolster the effectiveness of school district leadership in our nation’s urban areas.

The AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy is a collaboration between these two internationally known and recognized leadership organizations to prepare individuals for certification and success in urban and increasingly diverse suburban settings. The partnership is also designed to expand the pool of underrepresented superintendent groups.

“Through its relevant and rigorous program, the Urban Superintendents Academy prepares a new generation of school superintendents who are committed to all school children actualizing their potential,” said Leslie T. Fenwick, dean, Howard University School of Education.

“This unique partnership between AASA and Howard University provides an exceptional opportunity for those who wish to become leaders in urban school systems,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Combining on site learning experiences, mentors, strong curriculum, affinity groups, an annual conference and ongoing support, the Urban Superintendents Academy is a leader in preparing superintendents.”

Key themes the Academy will provide include:

  • Mentors, who are current and former urban superintendents.
  • A consistent emphasis upon “problems of practice,” enabling the two participating cohorts to investigate together potential solutions for universal and site-specific problems, issues and dilemmas facing urban superintendents today.
  • Engaging coursework options at Howard University.

The Academy will offer prospective and in-service superintendents a revolutionary new approach to ensuring success in urban settings. The program will offer professional development, clinical field experiences and a range of resources to prepare for success for these superintendents.

Today’s announcement was made at AASA’s National Conference on Education, where hundreds of superintendents have convened in San Diego, Calif., to celebrate the kick-off of AASA’s 150th anniversary.

For more information about the AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy contact Mort Sherman, AASA superintendent-in-residence at msherman@aasa.org or Joe A. Hairston, assistant professor, educational leadership and policy studies, Howard University, School of Education, at joe.hairston@howard.edu. In addition, please visit the website at http://aasa.org/urbansuperintendent.aspx.

For more information about the 2015 National Conference on Education, click here.


About Howard University
Established in 1867, Howard University is a federally chartered, private, doctoral  university, classified as a high research activity institution. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, its undergraduate, graduate, professional and joint degree programs span more than 120 areas of study within 13 schools and college. The Howard University School of Education traces its founding to the University’s establishment and graduated its first class in 1890. Since its inception, the School’s preparation programs have focused on eradicating educational and social disparities.


AASA Launches Mid-Term State of the Superintendency Survey  

Alexandria, Va. – Feb. 26, 2015 – Every 10 years, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, publishes theState of the Superintendency, a report offering a definitive look at school district leadership throughout the country. With an expected release date of early 2016, AASA will issue a mid-decade edition, which will focus on the state of women in the superintendency and the overall position of the superintendent.

“This report will be a valuable resource for school leaders, aspiring school leaders, those charged with preparing and supporting school leaders and all others who think and write about American public education,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA.

AASA members are now being asked to respond to a survey and the findings will contribute to the report, which will illustrate how the superintendency has changed over the years and how to best support women aspiring to the superintendency.

Click here for excerpts from the The American School Superintendent 2010 Decennial Study.

For more information, contact Leslie Finnan at lfinnan@aasa.org.