Triumph Learning Products Named 2015 REVERE Award Finalists

Waggle and Support Coach Foundational Mathematics Chosen as Recognized Valuable Educational Resources

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 07, 2015

Two solutions from Triumph Learning, producer of critically acclaimed K-12 instructional materials and interactive digital tools, were named as finalists in the 2015 REVERE Awards. Submitted to the Classroom competition and Supplemental Resources category, online learning platform, Waggle, is a finalist in the Innovation subcategory and Common Core Support Coach Foundational Mathematics in the Mathematics subcategory.

“Waggle, together with Coach, is an integrated and personalized blended learning solution, that helps students and educators achieve success beyond assessments,” said Aoife Dempsey, Chief Technology Officer of Triumph Learning. “Being recognized by the REVERE Awards is an honor and testament to this mission.”

Waggle is fully integrated with Triumph Learning’s Coach curriculum resources for a seamless blended learning solution. Teachers can assign assessments and differentiate instruction by delivering recommended Coach practice or instruction to the entire class, small groups or individual students.

The REVERE Awards, presented by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK-12 Learning Group, identifies and honors excellence in high quality products that support teaching and learning. With a rigorous evaluation process, the award program places emphasis on both professional educator analysis and feedback from product developers in the learning resource community to ascertain the finalists and winners. Winners will be announced June 3.

About Triumph Learning
Triumph Learning, LLC, is a leading educational content company and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, standards-aligned instructional materials and effective literacy programs, serving more than 6 million students in 36,000 schools in 2013 and 2014. Triumph Learning offers unique student solutions, robust teacher support, and professional development opportunities. Triumph Learning is committed to serving all students with a mix of interactive digital tools and innovative student texts with products such as Coach, Buckle Down, and Waggle. For more information, visit http://www.triumphlearning.com.

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Education Technology Pioneers Announced as Winners of SIIA Innovation Incubator Program

For Immediate Release
SIIA Communications Contact: Allison Bostrom, +1. 202.289.7442, abostrom@siia.net
PR Contact: Lauren West, C. Blohm & Associates, 608.216.7300, lauren@cblohm.com

Education Technology Pioneers Announced as Winners of SIIA Innovation Incubator Program
Companies Recognized as Top Innovators at the Education Industry Summit

San Francisco, CA (May 5, 2015) – The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) showcased some of the newest and most innovative products in the education technology market, and recognized the best among them as part of the Innovation Incubatorprogram at the Education Industry Summit, the leading conference for the K-12 and postsecondary education technology market, held May 3-5 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

Award Winners:

·         Most Likely to Succeed:  Vidcode, Vidcode

·         Most InnovativeVidcode, Vidcode

Runners-Up:

·         Most Likely to Succeed Runner-Up: TAO, Open Assessment Technologies

·         Most Innovative Runner-Up: 3D Deep-Zoom Interactive Educational Content, Corinth

“This year’s Innovation Incubator participants presented extraordinary education technology products,” said Karen Billings, vice president and managing director of the ETIN-SIIA. “The program winners will be among entrepreneurs to watch as they continue to innovate in the coming years.”

More than 50 applicants were assessed for the Innovation Incubator program on a broad range of criteria. They were judged by both industry leaders and educators in classrooms around the globe. Ten participants and one alternate were selected as finalists for the program, and the winners were judged by the ed tech leaders at the Education Industry Summit.

The full list of finalists:

·         Adobe Voice, Adobe

·         CAP IT!, CAP IT! Learning

·         eCarrot, eBravium

·         EdProtect, Education Framework Inc.

·         Junction, Junction Education

·         LabMS Suite, Infinite Octopus

·         Propagate Vocabulary, Propagate, Inc.

·         TAO, Open Assessment Technologies

·         Tilton’s Algebra, TiltonTec

·         Vidcode,Vidcode

Alternate:

·         3D Deep-Zoom Interactive Educational Content, Corinth

The SIIA Innovation Incubator Program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in their development and distribution of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006 and has provided support for dozens of successful products and companies in their efforts to improve education through the use of software, digital content, and related technologies. The program is open to applicants from academic and non-profit institutions, pre-revenue and early-stage companies, as well as established companies with newly developed technologies.

ETIN-SIIA recognizes Texthelp, MCH, edWeb and eSchool Media for the support with the Innovation Incubator program. Thank you to the education members who reviewed the many applicants, and the mentors who worked with them throughout the cycle.

About SIIA
SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit www.siia.net.

About ETIN
The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN of SIIA, visit siia.net/etin.

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Delivering New Digital K-12 Platform to Support Smart, High-Performance Education Networks
Washington, DC (May 7, 2015) – The continual, unending, increasing demands on networks burden the modern school chief technology officer (CTO) and education networks. To address this challenge, CoSN(the Consortium for School Networking) today launched the Design Performance Guide at theAssociation for Computer Professionals in Education (ACPE) Annual Conference in Oregon.
Powered by the association’s Smart Education Networks by Design initiative, the new digital platform delivers resources, videos and information about strengthening network design in school districts. The initiative is supported by ENA, Ipswitch, Cisco, Presidio and Comcast.
“Leading districts and states implementing one-to-one and bring your own device (BYOD) find that once they commit to digital transformation, the requirements of district networks become non-linear,” said Marie Bjerede, CoSN’s Leadership for Mobile Learning and SEND initiatives. “Although it varies, for many districts, demand on network capacity grows over 60 percent every year – this is the same as doubling network capacity every 18 months. To build networks that are resilient to this growth, old approaches to network design may not meet district needs for the future. School leaders must rethink their network design approaches.”
Starting today, school technology leaders will be able to access the following new resources:
  • Discussion of the five key network design elements for a digital transformation:  Setting performance targets, defining cloud / on-premise strategy, investigating aggregation, designing for the future, and evolving the network.
  • Brief, candid video testimonials and insights from district and state technology leaders who are implementing 1:1 or BYOD mobile learning.
  • White paper that identifies and describes best practices and the process for Wi-Fi implementation in schools.
“Education technology is experiencing rapid change. Along with those changes, there are increasing demands on both the physical and wireless network infrastructures. It’s not enough to ‘just get by’ any longer,” said Keith Bockwoldt, CETL, and Director of Technology Services, Township High School District 214 (IL). “Networks must be flexible and fluid to meet those demands with the proliferation of mobile devices, Internet tools, and web-based standardized testing. Educators and students expect to have access to the digital world when they come to school each day. I am excited to see a set of tools to help school districts reimagine and design their networks. The SEND Framework provides guidelines for district leaders to assist when building their ‘next generation network.’”
Provided at no cost, the resources are available at: cosn.org/SmartEdNetworks.
About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit cosn.org or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and eventsadvocacy and policy, membership, and the CETL certification exam.

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Urban Teacher Center Receives Funding to Prepare High-Quality 

Teacher Workforce

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Commits $500,000 to Advance UTC’s Urban Teacher 

Preparation Program  

 

 

(May 6, 2015) – The Urban Teacher Center (UTC) announced today it was awarded a $500,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to further advance the organization’s efforts to provide urban school districts with a pipeline of highly qualified, effective teachers. The grant comes on the heels ofthe foundation’s news that it will direct its support to advance high-quality teacher preparation programs nationwide.

“The education field faces the challenge of preparing 250,000 first-year teachers every year who are effective at improving student learning on day one,” said Jennifer Green, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of UTC. “We are excited the Gates Foundation has recognized our innovative program and invested in it as a part of a national initiative to help prepare the next generation of excellent educators.”

The UTC model identifies talented, resilient individuals who want to become career teachers in urban schools. It provides clinically-based teacher training via a 13-month residency in K-12 urban classrooms, paired with a Master’s degree in a content area and special education. Three years of one-on-one coaching also ensures every UTC graduate is equipped to successfully teach students in high-need schools. UTC links certification to demonstration of effective teaching practice, professionalism/growth mindset, and student achievement gains.  By holding teachers accountable, UTC ensures that only effective teachers can be certified.

“The investment of the philanthropic community in teacher preparation signifies the importance of cultivating teachers that are able to respond to the needs of an increasingly diverse student population,” continued Green. “This grant gives UTC a tremendous opportunity to increase the reach of our program and positively impact the learning achievement of students in low-performing, urban schools.”

As a program that understands the importance of teacher performance, accountability, in-classroom training and mentorship, UTC is currently supporting over 300 teachers and residents, reaching more than 13,000 students across Baltimore and Washington, DC.

This investment will help UTC deepen its impact in Baltimore and DC and bring its program to five new cities over the next seven years, providing more students access to the high quality education they need.

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About Urban Teacher Center

Urban Teacher Center (UTC) prepares highly effective teachers who significantly accelerate student achievement in the nation’s highest-need schools. UTC accomplishes this goal by recruiting outstanding candidates, equipping them with state-of-the-art training, and linking their certification to their students’ performance outcomes. UTC is currently serving urban youth in Baltimore City and the District of Columbia and has plans to expand to additional cities in the near future.

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edTPA Consultants Supporting Implementation Nationwide  

 

AACTE partners with SCALE to launch national professional development consultancy 

(May 7, 2015, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is proud to partner with the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) to officially launch the edTPA National Academy–an invited cadre of consultants who are trained to provide professional development and support edTPA implementation efforts in teacher preparation programs across the nation. Most importantly, consultants have deep expertise in both disciplinary knowledge and pedagogy. By offering consistent quality support and knowledge building, the National Academy will sustain the growing community participating in edTPA, currently numbering 615 institutions in 33 states and the District of Columbia.

 

The edTPA National Academy connects teacher preparation programs with free and fee-for-service consultants who provide face-to-face or webinar-based professional development. More than 50 edTPA National Academy consultants have been prepared and endorsed by SCALE. These individuals are educators, administrators and PK-12 teacher leaders experienced with edTPA, having served as coordinators, benchmarkers, scorer trainers and local and national leaders.

 

“We identify consultants through a refereed and selective process,” said Raymond L. Pecheone, executive director of SCALE. “Criteria include involvement in state or local implementation, edTPA leadership within a program, experience developing and delivering edTPA-related professional development, disciplinary expertise and training and previous work in national scoring and training.”

 

Already, National Academy consultants have led workshops and other events in six states since the program was introduced in January, supporting edTPA implementation and promoting the educative value of an assessment built by the profession for the profession. This effort is now supported by a newly developed National Academy Consultant Database, searchable by areas of expertise and geographical location, that connects programs with consultants.

 

Common workshop topics include the following:

  • General introduction to edTPA
  • “Deep-dive” handbook and rubric walk-throughs
  • Preparation for local evaluation
  • Curriculum mapping
  • Academic language
  • PK-12 support
  • Candidate support

AACTE and SCALE collect feedback from each workshop to inform continual improvement of the National Academy, which is intended to be an adaptive and responsive resource addressing programs’ evolving needs.

 

“This team of scholars and edTPA experts not only supports implementation efforts around a specific assessment,” said Sharon P. Robinson, president and CEO of AACTE, “but it also accelerates meaningful improvement in educator preparation by promoting accountability and assessment linked to PK-12 student outcomes.”

 

For more information about edTPA, visit http://edtpa.aacte.org.

 

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AACTE: The Leading Voice on Educator Preparation

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are ready to teach all learners on Day 1. Its over 800 member institutions represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. AACTE leads the field in advocacy and capacity building by promoting innovation and effective practices as critical to reforming educator preparation. For more information, visithttp://www.aacte.org.

 

Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE)

The Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity (SCALE) is a research and development center based at Stanford University in California. SCALE provides technical consulting and support to schools, districts and states that have committed to adopting performance-based assessment as part of a multiple-measures system to evaluate student learning and measure school and teacher effectiveness. SCALE works with education agencies and practitioners to develop customized assessment materials, establish and oversee scoring procedures, provide professional development to support teachers and schools engaged in the work, and conduct research to support the validity and reliability of the assessment system. At the core of our work is the belief that a performance assessment system should be educative for students, teachers and schools.

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