Impact of ‘Homework Anxiety’ on Families and How One EdTech Company Is Helping to Solve Issue

Parent: ‘Homework time is much more manageable and pleasant at our house since we found Learning Bird’


CHICAGO, March 31, 2015 – Studies show that more than 60 percent of parents today are unable to help their children with homework because the subject matter is too difficult, especially in the areas of math and science. Homework anxiety is a real issue that can lead to family-wide meltdowns, but Learning Bird, a cloud-based differentiated learning application, is stepping up to help solve the issue.


“Homework time is much more manageable and pleasant at our house since we found Learning Bird,” said Liz Raviolo, a parent whose children are in the Illinois District 3 and 155 schools in Fox River Grove, Illinois. “We love the way the varied lessons allow kids to find the approach that works best for them, which helps them succeed, and allows everyone to focus and stay happy.”


Learning Bird empowers students to solve their own homework problems by using a proprietary algorithm that recommends crowd-sourced, teacher-generated lessons specific to students’ individual needs and aligned to their local curriculum standards. Learning Bird’s library of digital lessons feature resources in a broad range of subjects, spanning grades kindergarten to 12th.


Parents and their children can now take Learning Bird for a test drive with free one-week trials. to get started. For more information, send an email to


About Learning Bird |

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.


ABC-CLIO Solutions Opens Digital Resource Collections In April

Developer provides free access to all databases in celebration of School Library Month

Santa Barbara, Calif. (PRWEB) March 31, 2015

ABC-CLIO Solutions, an award-winning digital curriculum resource, is providing complimentary access to its 15 online databases in April to celebrate School Library Month. All resources will be open to the public through April 30, 2015.

“Libraries and the resources they provide for educators and students foster a deep level of personal and academic growth in and out of the classroom,” said Becky Snyder, ABC-CLIO President. “By offering open access to all of our digital resources, we’re carrying on a proud tradition that continues to transform education through strong library programs in our schools.”

Students and educators will have full access to ABC-CLIO’s collection of online textbooks and databases that can be used for instruction on subjects, such as social studies, the language arts, and science. The digital resources offer more than 1 million primary sources and images, providing a guide for students as they explore key historical moments and develop critical thinking skills through primary source analysis, persuasive writing, and argumentation. Through online multimedia content, ABC-CLIO Solutions also helps facilitate flipped and blended learning environments and differentiated instruction through many customizable instruction activities for students and teachers.

April is also designated as Genocide Awareness & Prevention Month, and educators and students will have access to Modern Genocide: Understanding Causes and Consequences. This award-winning online textbook serves as a full, rich, and comprehensive resource vetted by a group of well-known, prominent individuals who make up its advisory board to ensure definitive expertise on the sensitive and complex subject of genocide. Users havecomplimentary access to in-depth coverage of the ten most significant genocides in modern history and features to help guide students and teachers through this sensitive topic. The database fosters reflective discussions and assignments while meeting the academic curriculum and standards of many history and social studies courses.

“Teaching students about genocide is a challenging task for many educators, but necessary in ensuring students understand the price of prejudice and racism in today’s society,” Snyder said. “By opening our genocide resources and presenting a variety of authoritative perspectives, we’re making it easier for educators to discuss this complex subject material.”

To date, New Hampshire, Minnesota, California, and Texas have passed legislation to dedicate April for genocide awareness in order to educate the public and prevent future atrocities.

For more information about ABC-CLIO and its digital resources, visit

About ABC-CLIO Solutions
ABC-CLIO Solutions is an online resource that offers, authoritative, up-to-date coverage of essential topics in U.S. history and government, world history, geography, and a range of multicultural and popular culture subjects. Created specifically for students in middle and high school, higher education, and public library settings, the suite of 15 online databases provides comprehensive, authoritative reference content, gives students a deeper understanding of coursework, and offers critical thinking explorations of more than 500 scholarly dilemmas that challenge students to think critically and reach their own conclusions. Learn more at


Ross Local School District Advances Personalized Learning with icurio

Straight A Fund Grant supports district-wide transformation to digital resources

CINCINNATI, OHMarch 17, 2015 – Dedicated to preparing its students for today’s global workforce, Ross Local School District in Ohio has selected icurio, our learning engagement solution, as a key component of its 1:1 Personalized Learning Initiative. Created by Knovation, the leader in advanced personalized learning solutions, icurio delivers quality, standards-aligned Open Educational Resources (OER) that are relevant to each grade, subject area and learner.

The district’s 1:1 Personalized Learning Initiative began earlier this year to transform learning for 2,845 students across its four schools. The initiative provides every student in grades 5-12 a Chromebook laptop to promote personalized learning and 21st century skills. Made possible by a $949,987 Straight A Fund Grant from the Ohio Department of Education, the 1:1 Personalized Learning Initiative will utilize icurio to target digital resources to meet individual student needs.

“Our goal is to personalize learning for every student and ensure they are college and career ready,” said Kathy DiBlasi, director of curriculum and instruction at Ross Local School District. “icurio allows us to do this by helping teachers locate vetted digital resources, incorporate them into their lessons and deliver them right through their Learning Management System.”

As Ross School District increases the use of technology in its classrooms, educators will use icurio to deliver vetted content that supports its digital curriculum. With a focus on formative assessments, icurio enables educators to find and deliver the best content that supports the positive remediation and enrichment of all students.

“icurio provides meaningful and usable curated content that supports each school district’s unique shift to a digital learning model,” said Randy Wilhelm, CEO of Knovation. “This ensures educators don’t have to access multiple websites and resources to provide personalized, digital content that aligns to district goals such as the 1:1 Personalized Learning Initiative.”

To learn more about how the district uses icurio in its 1:1 Personalized Learning Initiative,

About Knovation

Knovation is committed to igniting the hope of knowing by nurturing every child’s innate desire to learn. The company’s suite of advanced personalized learning solutions supports districts undergoing digital transformations by curating Open Educational Resources (OER) to save teachers time, and providing tools to build and deliver student-centered instruction. Solutions include a digital content library built from more than 360,000 certified learning ready resources, netTrekker OER curation and management tool, icurio learning engagement solution, and professional learning services. Since 1999, the company has impacted more than 32 million students and over 1.2 million teachers nationwide. For more information, visit


FieldPros launches Retained Executive Search Division at ASU+GSV

Forward-thinking EdTech Recruitment firm offers clients full package


DENVER, CO April 1, 2015– For the last eleven years, FieldPros has been a trusted partner for numerous education technology companies providing high quality contingency recruiting services.  A deep knowledge of the industry, funding sources and what it takes to succeed in the competitive EdTech marketplace has allowed FieldPros to support its partners in identifying and securing the right talent quickly and efficiently.


FieldPros is excited to announce the expansion of its services into Retained Executive Search.  Company Founder John Meyer and VP Strategic Engagements Allen Berge will spearhead the launch of the new Executive Search division at the upcoming ASU+GSV conference held April 6-8 in Scottsdale, AZ.


“This is a natural progression of our business.  As we and our relationships have matured over the years, many of our clients have asked us to take on higher-level searches.  We are now a full service firm offering both contingency and retained executive search which further meet the needs of our clients,” stated John Meyer, company founder and president.


With the addition of industry and recruiting professionals Ashley Conaty and Scot Mall earlier this year, FieldPros now has the depth and capacity to offer the additional executive services to partners without disrupting its current business model.


“We’ve successfully worked with founders, CEOs, and other EdTech executives for the last 11 years.  Our extensive background and knowledge of the education technology market may be our biggest asset.  We have literally seen it all.  Having witnessed how leadership’s decisions can impact an entire organization, it’s paramount to truly understand our clients, their culture and mission in order to identify and secure the right executives for our clients,” stated FieldPros VP of Strategic Engagements Allen Berge.


For more information about FieldPros, please visit


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