California District Adopts ORIGO Stepping Stones for K-5 Math Instruction

Santa Clara Unified School District to implement new curriculum for 2015-16 school year

St. Charles, MO. (PRWEB) April 28, 2015

Santa Clara Unified School District in California has selected ORIGO Stepping Stones as its new math curriculum for students in grades K-5 for the 2015-16 school year. This was the first year California districts were able to select materials not on the list of state-approved recommendations. Santa Clara selected Stepping Stones off-list due to its thorough Common Core instruction, embedded professional development for educators, and resources it provides for parents to understand how math is being taught differently in today’s schools.

“What sets ORIGO Stepping Stones apart from similar programs is that Common Core Standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practice are ingrained in every component of the curriculum,” said Kathie Kanavel, director of educational media and learning resources for Santa Clara Unified School District. “The program includes opportunities for formal and informal assessment and is driven by having students learn the concepts, rather than the procedures, which leads to deeper mathematical understanding.”

Stepping Stones is a comprehensive, web-based, core mathematics curriculum for grades K–5. Written by a team of experts, Stepping Stones delivers multiple ways to differentiate math instruction, offers Common Core aligned resources and develops students’ high-order math skills. The online math curriculum is used in more than 100 districts serving 450,000 students in the United States.

“Districts are recognizing that big names don’t always equal big results,” said Melisa Bartlett, General Manager for ORIGO Education. “By going off-list and selecting the solution that was the best fit for its schools, Santa Clara and Stepping Stones are bringing teachers, parents and students together to deliver the best learning outcomes for math instruction.”

For more information about ORIGO Stepping Stones, visit

About Santa Clara Unified
Santa Clara Unified School District serves more than 15,300 TK-12 students, in addition to students in Preschool through Adult School. Neighborhoods in the Cities of Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, San Jose, and Cupertino comprise the District’s 56 square-mile area. Santa Clara Unified prides itself on having teachers, classified employees and administrators who are dedicated, experienced professionals who care about each student’s well-being and academic preparation. More information:

About ORIGO Education
ORIGO Education covers all facets of elementary mathematics education, from traditional printed products to digital interactive resources and professional learning. ORIGO’s web-based curriculum, Stepping Stones, is a comprehensive, core mathematics curriculum for grades K–5. The technology-rich program blends online resources with traditional printed materials, resulting in a classroom that is engaged and provides differentiated learning. Professional development videos are embedded within the online program, giving teachers the confidence and knowledge they need to be successful. For more information about Stepping Stones, visit



Digital learning resource publisher takes home honors for fifth consecutive year

Santa Barbara, Calif. (April 27, 2015) – ABC-CLIO Solutions, an award-winning digital curriculum resource, is the recipient of two Best Educational Software (BESSIE) Awards from The ComputED Gazette for its world history and world geography databases for high school students. World History: The Modern Era was recognized as the best “Social Studies Website” and World Geography was recognized as the best “World Geography Website” for the 21st annual awards. “The ComputED Gazette is renowned for recognizing leaders in education innovation,” said Becky Snyder, ABC-CLIO President. “These awards demonstrate ABC-CLIO’s dedication to making a difference in the lives of educators and students by designing and delivering the high-quality, flexible, engaging content we’ve built our brand on.” The World Geography database provides authoritative content and online tools to develop students’ global literacy, and World History: The Modern Age provides unparalleled insight into history topics from the Renaissance to today.


This is the fifth consecutive year at least one of the Solutions’ databases has received a BESSIE Award. Across each of 15 subject-specific databases, ABC-CLIO Solutions provide a comprehensive set of online textbooks, expert perspectives, and a complete reference library that tightly integrate subjects like social studies, the language arts, and science. Aligned to both state and Common Core State Standards, and offering more than one million primary sources and images, these resources provide a guide for students to use as they build a set of critical thinking skills through document analysis, persuasive writing, and argumentation. The BESSIE Awards are sponsored by The ComputED Gazette, a leading online educational resource created by educators that has provided relevant, competitive computer education to children and adults for more than 20 years. The awards highlight digital innovation in the education industry, honoring intuitive, content-rich programs and websites that foster educational achievement in students of all age groups.


Winners are selected annually from titles submitted by publishers worldwide. To learn more about ABC-CLIO Solutions, 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.


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Peterson’s Author Offers Boarding School Scholarships

Two $1,000 Scholarships Available

Newport Beach, CA and Andover, MA (PRWEB) March 06, 2015

Third-year Phillips Academy Andover high school student and author of “The Boarding School Survival Guide” (Peterson’s 2014) Justin Muchnick is seeking submissions to award two $1,000 scholarships that are available to current or future boarding school students. “The Boarding School Survival Guide” – written by students for students – includes chapters written by current or recently graduated boarding school students from over twenty-five boarding schools across the United States. The book has been well received by student and parent readers who are interested in learning firsthand about the boarding school world from those who have lived it.

Muchnick has learned from experience that attending boarding school is not only a privilege, but also a financial burden on many families with children seeking a residential academic high school. Muchnick says, “Not only is boarding school tuition comparable to attending a private college, but factor in travel expenses, hotels, car rentals, books, and so on, and even with financial aid and scholarships, the endeavor can cost a lot. I wanted to offer my help in some way, so I am awarding two $1,000 scholarships to pay it forward.” Full details of the scholarship can be found here under the “Scholarship” tab.

Scholarship Guidelines:
Applicants should write an essay of about 500 words offering his or her thoughts on why they want to attend boarding school (reasons, desires, discoveries, etc.). Also, applicants should address why this scholarship will be helpful in their boarding school process and journey or why they are a worthwhile recipient. Due date: June 30, 2015. Submit entries to: BoardingSchoolSurvival(at)gmail(dot)com

Winners will be announced and contacted during the summer of 2015 to receive the scholarship award. The scholarship will be paid directly to a student’s boarding school (or future boarding school) to be earmarked to defray the cost of tuition. All submissions become the property of Justin Muchnick, and any portion of a student’s submission may be published in the future in a book by Justin Muchnick or in any media outlet when announcing the prize winners. The award winner will be determined at the sole discretion of the author, Justin Muchnick. Peterson’s Nelnet, LLC, along with its respective affiliates and trademark licenses, is not a sponsor of this scholarship award.

Peterson’s is pleased to help promote Mr. Muchnick’s scholarships. However, neither Peterson’s nor any of its affiliated companies are sponsors of or are otherwise associated with this scholarship award.

About Peterson’s
Peterson’s has more than 45 years of experience helping students and their families succeed in their lifelong educational journey. As a Nelnet company, our business segments provide parents, students, and schools access to more online educational resources, higher education planning tools, and educational loan services than any other company in the nation.

Peterson’s is committed to providing accurate and dependable tools and resources. From the first day of kindergarten to high school graduation and beyond, you can rely on us for education content to help maximize learning and opportunities for success. Students can search for colleges and graduate schools, learn about admissions, find scholarships, prepare for tests, and more.

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New Video Competition to Uncover STEM Learning in Afterschool and Summer Programs

Noyce Foundation aims to highlight how all kids

 can have a future in STEM

(April 27, 2015, Los Altos, CA) – Every day a light goes on in a young person’s head as they grasp new concepts in science, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM), all because an afterschool or summer learning program has created a hands-on experience where interests are sparked and passions are fueled. A new STEM video competition aims to shine the spotlight on these stories.The Noyce Foundation, with support from the C.S. Mott Foundation, has announced theSTEM Uncovered: 2015 Video Competition challenging young people and their afterschool programs to creatively tell their stories about how STEM learning continues to keep them engaged and inspires their future career plans.”The Noyce Foundation is pleased to be sponsoring the STEM Uncovered video competition in collaboration with the C.S. Mott Foundation,” said Ron Ottinger, Executive Director of the Noyce Foundation. “It is a unique opportunity for afterschool and summer programs to tell us the stories about the difference they are making for kids and their organizations. Their innovative efforts are sparking kids’ STEM interests and inspiring more youth to consider careers in these fields.”


By the year 2020, almost two thirds of jobs will require postsecondary education or training, with nearly 80 percent of careers requiring some STEM skills. However, approximately 50 percent of recent high school graduates report gaps in preparation for life after high school.


Not only does STEM programming help kids to develop the skills necessary to be successful for a 21st century workforce, but STEM-focused afterschool programs also engage students who have been otherwise turned off by education. High-quality STEM afterschool programs have been proven to produce positive outcomes such as: (1) improved attitudes toward STEM fields and careers; (2) increased STEM capacities and skills; and (3) higher likelihood of graduation and pursuing a STEM career.


STEM programs are like charging stations that power up kids’ learning. Over the next few months, students across the country will submit their 3-minute videos sharing how their afterschool and summer learning programs uncover STEM learning and inspire them to build, create, explore and dream. To learn more about the STEM Uncovered 2015 Video Competition, visit




About the Noyce Foundation

The Noyce Foundation is interested in significantly increasing the number of youth in the United States who pursue professions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It believes that providing large numbers of young people with out-of-school, engaging, quality, hands-on science, engineering and technology experiences will enhance general STEM knowledge and stimulate a larger percentage to pursue STEM careers. The Foundation’s goal is to support the informal science community in developmental initiatives that address gaps that exist in outcomes measurement, research and evaluation, program scale up, leadership development and policy issues. For more information, please visit