PR with Panache! Named Best PR Firm for its Education Prowess

Minnesota-based PR firm, focused on the education marketplace, earns recognition for outstanding work in its field by leading online education magazine

MINNEAPOLIS (March 26, 2015) – PR With Panache! (PRP) has been honored as the best PR firm in education in the 2015 EdTech Digest Awards, which shine a spotlight on the best and brightest tools, leaders and trendsetters pushing forward today’s education revolution. EdTech Digest recognized bold leaders, such as PRP, with the goal of inspiring learners and leaders everywhere.

The Minnesota-based PR firm earned the recognition for its tenacity, creativity, and effectiveness in crafting stories that deliver business results for its clients, while elevating the conversation among stakeholders to improve education.  PRP conducts the one-of-a-kind, industry-renowned “Thought Leadership Soiree” that annually highlights the difference leaders in education make today as well as the preeminent “Meeting of the Minds” program, in which its clients and industry influencers come together to share knowledge and insight on the hottest trends and innovative stories in the marketplace.

The agency’s forward-thinking, distinctive communications approach also led to the first Blended Learning Summit that PRP organized with education leaders, including Tom Vander Ark, Meriden Public Schools, and leading education companies. The event was aimed at bolstering best practices and transforming learning environments to meet the needs of students accustomed to the digital age.

“The people behind these methods, ideas, apps, platforms, products, services, and environments for learning — are getting workable technology solutions for education widely known about and well thought of,” wrote EdTech Digest editor-in-chief, Victor Rivero. “They are reshaping the education culture, and they are creating a new and better future for students everywhere. We are very excited to recognize them and we salute them for their achievements.”

Year after year, client after client, PRP listens to its clients and their needs and thoroughly researches and examines every possible angle to ensure their stories hit the news cycle with a bang. Whether start-ups or industry leaders, PRP provides strategic PR solutions for companies, helping clients get to the top of their game and keeping them there.

Its team of PR pros brings a wealth of experience in journalism, brand management, direct marketing, corporate and nonprofit communications and other fields. Their experience, passion and dedication have helped land clients media hits in top education publications.

“This award from EdTech Digest underscores the importance we place on creating personalized campaigns for our clients along with our investment in their success,” explained Sue Hanson, founder and managing partner of PRP. “We continuously look for new talent to bolster our work and for new ways to best position our clients as industry leaders. We work with fabulous people!”

PRP would like to thank each member of it’s client family and share this honor with them. It is their hard work and dedication to improving education that provides the PRP team with such wonderful, innovative stories to tell.

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About PR with Panache!

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. Its success is built on the achievements of its clients. Its team consistently delivers explosive results. The firm speaks the right language as it expands client brands, supports PR and marketing or launches new products through long-established media relationships.


***************************************************************************** Platform Earns IMS Global Learning Consortium Certification

Early adoption of Thin Common Cartridge v1.3 Conformance affirms’s commitment to interoperability.

Portland, Ore. (Mar 26, 2015) – Increasingly digital and connected learning environments require school districts to implement systems that easily work together. The Platform is now certified by the IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS Global) for Thin Common Cartridge™ v1.3 as an export tool. utilizes this capability to enhance the functionality ofCurriculum Foundry. Once districts have created their own curriculum using Curriculum Foundry, they can now export content via Thin Common Cartridge to learning management systems that support Thin Common Cartridge imports.

“IMS Global’s certification of our Thin Common Cartridge feature represents the ideal of interoperability and integration among education solutions, which is essential to the future of educational software,” said CEO Keith Oelrich. “’s use of Thin Common Cartridge in Curriculum Foundry gives school leaders the freedom to distribute content not only through the Platform but other learning management systems.”

According to IMS Global, Common Cartridge is the first of three major standards that comprise a new generation of Digital Learning Services standards to support a new generation of learning technology.

“IMS is very pleased that is one of the first platform providers to have achieved conformance certification for the recently released Thin Common Cartridge v1.3 standard,” said Dr. Rob Abel, Chief Executive Officer of IMS Global. “By supporting Thin Common Cartridge, is helping to accelerate the evolution to digital curriculum by reducing the complexity to integrate digital content from a wide variety of resources to support personalized learning, while saving the districts money and time.”

Curriculum Foundry provides districts with tools to build and share custom digital curriculum with a searchable 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. provides comprehensive professional development and implementation resources to ensure districts can effectively deploy Curriculum Foundry in all of their schools and classrooms.

About 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’s digital literacy curriculum and assessments. 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, serves educators as they integrate technology and digital content into instruction. Founded in 1999, currently partners with more than 2,700 districts and serves 4.9 million students.


FieldPros Adds Capacity to K12 and Higher Ed teams

Innovative EdTech Recruiting firm adds two industry veterans to support growth


DENVER, CO March 26, 2015- Building the perfect team, the ‘dream’ team if you will, is an essential element to the success of any business.  FieldPros, a leading recruiting firm for education technology companies, understands this better than anyone.   Over the past 11 years, FieldPros has focused exclusively on the K-20 industry, partnering with leading EdTech companies to ensure they have the internal capacity needed to be successful in the innovative world of education.


FieldPros is pleased to announce the expansion of their own “dream team” with the addition of industry and recruitment veterans, Ashley Conaty and Scot Mall.  Both Conaty and Mall bring deep knowledge of education and a unique understanding of how important finding the right talent is to an organization, regardless of size or company life cycle.


Conaty brings more 15 years of recruiting expertise to the team at FieldPros, the last 7 being spent with Blackboard, where she managed global sales recruiting efforts for the LMS giant in both K12 and higher ed.  Named a circle of Excellence winner during her tenure at Blackboard, Conaty successfully partnered with sales management at all levels of the company to ensure they met headcount needs during periods of enormous growth.


“Trial and error is not an option when it comes to identifying and hiring the right candidates for any role in a company,” stated Conaty.  “I am extremely excited to join the dynamic team at FieldPros, they are a true partner in every sense of the word to each company they support.”


Entering the higher education market in 2000, Mall was named Campus Director for the University of Phoenix in 2007 and later moved on to become the President of Westwood Online.


“The past 15 years have allowed me to build a fantastic network and truly plug myself in to the world of higher education,” states Mall. “I am thrilled to join the team at FieldPros and look forward to sharing my experience and industry knowledge with our partners.”


Company Founder, John Meyer stated, “I couldn’t be more pleased with the addition of Ashley and Scot.  They both bring a unique skill set and credibility that will further enhance our ability to service our partners at the highest level.  With these hires, FieldPros now has the capacity to move forward on providing additional services to our partners.


For more information about FieldPros, please visit them online at


About FieldPros:


Finding the right fit for your company starts with an experienced partner. For over a decade, FieldPros has successfully provided recruitment services to the Education Technology market. Our clients range from progressive startups to multi-million dollar corporations providing innovative products, services and/or solutions to the K-12 and Higher Education markets. For more information visit