Follett’s Destiny Upgrade Features EasyBib Integration
New Universal Search Capabilities Enhance Powerful Student Tool
MCHENRY, Ill., April 2, 2015 –Follett this week announced several innovative enhancements to Universal Search, the powerful content search and discovery tool available in the latest upgrade of Destiny Library Manager. New features include integration with EasyBib, an intuitive information literacy platform that provides students with citation, note-taking and research tools.
Integrating EasyBib within Universal Search will help students simplify the process of making citations and bibliographies, saving them time and effort with their research. For example, users can now effortlessly receive citations in MLA, APA, Chicago and other styles.
“Our mission has always been to help students become better writers with technology,” said Neal Taparia, co-founder and co-CEO of EasyBib. “This integration makes it seamless for Follett’s Destiny and EasyBib users to organize citations, and thereby focus on the critical thinking demanded by today’s writing standards.”
“We are delighted to hear the new Destiny update will feature integration with EasyBib,” said Michelle Luhtala, department chair at New Canaan Public Schools in Connecticut. “We find students are more inclined to use resources that integrate with citation generators.” Luhtala was recently named a “Mover & Shaker” for 2015 by Library Journal.
“These enhancements expand the capabilities of Universal Search and Destiny in keeping with the latest K-12 district technology standards and the need to develop the digital literacy and research skills of students,” said Tom Schenck, president of Follett School Solutions.
Other new features in Universal Search offer students the ability to manage research using a “Favorites” list and easily search for audiobooks and sound recordings, including an option to limit the search to Follett audiobooks only. In addition to the new search features, the Destiny upgrade provides the district with greater communication and enhanced capabilities for interlibrary loan (ILL) transactions. To take advantage of the latest enhancements, customers must upgrade to Destiny 12.5
For more information on Follett’s PreK-12 business, visit FollettLearning.com.
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About Follett’s K-12 Business | follettlearning.com
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.
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Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.
Gryphon House announces “Hands-On Science and Math: Fun, Fascinating Activities for Young Children”
Science and math activity book lays groundwork for complex STEM concepts
Lewisville, N.C. – Celebrated Florida educator Beth R. Davis debuts well-researched math and science activities for pre-K through second grade in her first book with Gryphon House, Inc., the leading publisher of educational resources for teachers. “Hands-On Science and Math: Fun, Fascinating Activities for Young Children,” offers more than 40 full-color activities that allow teachers to infuse math and science teaching throughout the school day.
The simple experiments, done with easy-to-find materials, help educators plan engaging science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lessons that will excite children and foster critical thinking.
The science and math activities have been piloted and researched at Davis’s Kids for Kids Academy in Miami, Florida, as well as in her research from Florida International University.
“In my research, I have found that children exposed to hands-on science and math instruction gain greater subject-matter understanding than students exposed to only book learning or traditional worksheets,” Davis said. “That helps preschoolers enter kindergarten prepared for success.”
“Hands-On Science and Math: Fun, Fascinating Activities for Young Children” (ISBN 978-0-87659-649-4, 150 pp., $14.95) will be available for purchase in July 2015. Educators may preorder books here. For writers interested in e-galley copies, please email email@example.com,
About the Author
Beth R. Davis, EdS, NBCT, holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education; a master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages, or TESOL; and an education specialist degree in computer education. She is the director of Kids for Kids Academy preschool in Miami, Florida. She is a sought-after presenter and curriculum author and has served on Florida state panels in the areas of curriculum, standards, and testing.
About Gryphon House, Inc.
Gryphon House, Inc., 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 www.gryphonhouse.com.
AASA, State Affiliates Sign Letter Supporting ESEA Reauthorization
Alexandria, Va. – April 6, 2015 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today on the nation’s urgent need for a comprehensive reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). A similar letter, signed by AASA and 49 of its state superintendent affiliated associations, will be forwarded to the full House and Senate, as well as chamber and committee leadership. (Hawaii does not have a superintendent association.)
“ESEA expired more than seven years ago. This means that our nation’s K-6th graders have spent every day of their K-12 experience under an outdated and broken law.
“Our students want and deserve more. We cannot continue to ask our nation’s schools and the students they serve to live under the approach offered by the administration’s waivers. Congress alone can and should address the shortcomings of the current law and the waivers.
“AASA has opposed No Child Left Behind since the legislation was introduced, citing the law’s federal overreach, punitive measures, and unworkable mandates and requirements. More than a decade of NCLB implementation has demonstrated the problems AASA predicted. We also highlighted how the current law relies on ineffective, costly requirements rather than supporting and trusting public school leaders to improve student outcomes.
“Public schools are making remarkable strides in student learning. School districts are developing innovative ways to improve student outcomes—for all students. ESEA reauthorization represents an opportunity to breathe new life into federal education policy, incorporating the latest research and experience to increase academic achievement and decrease achievement gaps.
“The following efforts are underway: The House has moved its proposal—The Student Success Act (HR 5)—out of committee and is waiting for full floor action. The Senate committee is working through bi-partisan negotiations for a bill that will be released and marked up in the coming weeks. AASA has endorsed the House bill and is optimistic the Senate draft will make improvements on HR5 and further advance the ESEA reauthorization effort.
“AASA and our affiliates nationwide are urging Congress to move forward with the very critical work of reauthorizing ESEA. We need legislation that supports state and local innovations that strike the appropriate balance between federal government authority, and state and local autonomy.”
Read the letter by visiting AASA’s The Leading Edge blog.
For specific questions about ESEA reauthorization, please contact Noelle Ellerson, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Iowa School Districts Add Lexia Reading Core5 to Address Literacy Needs of Students and Support Legislated Requirements for Progression in Reading
Council Bluffs and Davenport the Latest Districts to Use Lexia’s Program to Meet Requirements of
Chapter 62, Accelerate Reading Gains and Close Achievement Gaps
BOSTON (April 6, 2015) – By the end of 2017, the State of Iowa is requiring that third-graders must be reading at or above grade-level or they will face the prospect of an intensive summer school program or repeat the third grade. To meet this mandate and boost the performance of its struggling readers while improving the reading proficiency of all students, Council Bluffs Community School District (Iowa) has chosen to implementLexia Reading® Core5®. In addition, Davenport Community School District has expanded its use of the research-proven reading program from use in grades K-3 to all students in grades K-5, district-wide. A number of schools in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids join a host of districts including West Burlington, Algona, Spencer, Albia, Mt. Ayre, and Oakland in either implementing Lexia Reading Core5 as part of their personalized reading program or broadly expanding their use of the program this year.
“Ensuring early literacy success is a wise investment because literacy skills are essential to success in all school subjects — literature, social sciences, natural science, and mathematics,” said Melissa Chalupnik, district literacy administrator K-8 in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Council Bluff Community School District. “That’s why we selected the Lexia program. There is a significant amount of research that outlines the best approaches for how children learn to read, how to prevent failure, and how to intervene when reading difficulties occur and Lexia Reading Core5 aligns with this research better than any program I’ve seen.”
“These districts, like so many others, are finding that technology can help accelerate learning for students of all abilities,” said Nick Gaehde, President of Lexia Learning. “This kind of approach enables teachers to focus the vast majority of their time on teaching — using Lexia’s real-time performance data to target instruction for each student.”
Developed by Lexia Learning, the literacy division of Rosetta Stone® (NYSE:RST), Lexia Reading Core5 was developed based on Lexia’s 30 years of educational research and designed to provide a personalized learning path for each student with scaffolding and explicit instruction that supports students if they struggle. Addressing all strands of reading, each of the 18 levels of age-appropriate, skill-specific activities aligns to the most rigorous state standards, including the Common Core State Standards. The program simplifies differentiated instruction, enabling at-risk students to close the reading gap more quickly while allowing on-level and advanced students to continue to progress.
“I found that Lexia Reading Core5 is an additional layer of quality intervention to assist teachers in meeting the individual needs of all students,” added Chalupnik. “The program’s reports provide our teachers with what’s called a ‘performance predictor’ that informs them of each student’s percent chance of reaching end-of-year benchmarks. The color-coded icons, which signify risk level, are really teacher-friendly and help them to quickly assess and compare the risk of reading failure associated with their students, classes, schools, or district. This is so important as we strive to meet the demands of the Chapter 62 reading progression standards.”
Beth Evans, a reading and elementary language arts curriculum specialist with Davenport Community Schools and a champion of Lexia Reading Core5 was glad to see their district expand the use of the program to all students in grades K-5. “The constant data that is available to our teachers has been a remarkable resource for them as they plan their individual student and small-group instructional time. In fact, they have accessed the reports over 3,000 times during the past 30 days alone. They are finding the program’s ‘prescription of intensity’ component especially useful in recommending levels of instructional intensity for each student so they meet grade level expectations.”
The data is collected via Lexia’s Assessment Without Testing® technology, an embedded assessment tool that gathers student performance data without administering a test, using norm- and criterion-referenced measurements. This data is highly correlated to, and predictive of, student outcomes on commonly used measures such as DIBELS® and aimsweb®. “You can’t put a price on just how valuable the Lexia reports are in helping our teachers to best allocate their time,” said Evans. “In particular, I like the insight the reports provide. Not only does it show what skills a student is working on, but also how many attempts they have made to successfully complete the task at hand. If there are multiple tries and no progression, that’s a red flag that a teacher can immediately respond to in order to help the student gain proficiency and advance to the next activity.”
“It just makes sense – to have a technology-based solution like Lexia that incorporates assessment, instruction, practice, motivation and remediation in real time,” added Evans. “Our decision to expand the use of this program to students through the fifth grade demonstrates just how much we believe in this program – but even more important are the number of students who are logging on to Lexia at home. It’s making a difference in helping all our elementary aged students become successful lifelong readers.”
About Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing the way the world learns. The company’s innovative technology-driven language, reading and brain fitness solutions are used by thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning. Today the company offers courses in 30 languages, from the most commonly spoken (such as English, Spanish and Mandarin) to the less prominent (including Swahili, Swedish and Tagalog). Since 2013, Rosetta Stone has expanded beyond language and deeper into education-technology with its acquisitions of Livemocha, Lexia Learning, Fit Brains, and Tell Me More. Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices around the world.