Mary Lee Schneider retires as President and CEO


WESTCHESTER, IL, May 4, 2015 – Follett Corporation, a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, districts and college campuses for more than 140 years, today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Ray A. Griffith as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. He succeeds Mary Lee Schneider, who has retired from Follett as both President and Chief Executive Officer and Director.


Mr. Griffith, 61, has served as a member of Follett’s Board of Directors since February 2013. As President and CEO, he will continue to serve on the Board. Mr. Griffith brings more than 35 years of transformative leadership experience to Follett, most recently serving as the President and CEO of Ace Hardware until April 2013.At Ace, Mr. Griffith modernized the locally-owned hardware store, pioneering the “next generation” retail store format and opening more than 990 new locations in eight years.


“We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ray Griffith as President and CEO of Follett,” said Todd Litzsinger, Chairman of the Follett Board of Directors. “Known for his humble leadership, Follett will benefit from Ray’s passion for our customers and associates. The son of a public school teacher and grade school principal who began his career managing a local retail store, Ray has the right experience and strategic vision to drive Follett to continued success.”


Mr. Griffith said, “Education is changing rapidly. Follett does not hide from the change – we’re excited by it. Together with our partners, we are working hard to shape the future of education by focusing on continuously improving the products and services we offer. Importantly, this transition is not about me. Follett is the market leader in education services because of its talented team of associates, and I look forward to working with them, Follett’s leadership and the Board of Directors to deliver novel solutions to some of the toughest challenges in education.”


During his tenure at Ace Hardware, Mr. Griffith also served as the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his nearly 20-year career with Ace, Mr. Griffith was the President and CEO of Coast to Coast before the hardware chain’s mergers with ServiStar in 1990 and True Value in 1997.  Mr. Griffith currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Ace Hardware International, a subsidiary of Ace Hardware. He previously served as a Director of Leggett & Platt. Mr. Griffith is also Manager and Co-Founder of SAE Orthopedic. A graduate of Southern Illinois University (SIU), Mr. Griffith serves on the Board of Directors for SIU Foundation and on the Dean’s External Advisory Board for SIU’s College of Business.


“Our Board of Directors is grateful for Mary Lee Schneider’s substantial contributions to Follett as President and CEO since November 2012 and as a member of our Board of Directors since 2001, including her drive to harness Follett’s insights to provide better content, technologies and services that will improve student outcomes.  Notably, Mary Lee’s operational focus on driving continual improvement and efficiency will serve Follett well as the Company pursues growth in the years to come.  We wish her much success in her future endeavors,” Mr. Litzsinger added.


“I have been proud to be a part of the Follett story for the past 14 years, first as a member of the Board and then as President and CEO. Follett gave me a great opportunity, and it has been a privilege to play a part in Follett’s success.  While I am moving on to the next adventure, I look forward to watching the Company’s continued success from a different vantage point,” said Mary Lee Schneider.


About Follett Corporation

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves over half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education’s largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating 940 local campus stores and 1,300 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.


x2VOL, by intelliVOL, Now Integrated With PowerSchool Student Information System

System for Managing High School Student Community Service Now Available Through Powerful Student Information System

DALLAS — May 4, 2015 —School administrators can now more easily manage student service programs through the PowerSchool student information system from Pearson. x2VOL from intelliVOL is joining forces with Pearson through an independent software vendor (ISV) partnership agreement, giving public and private schools and districts the ability to manage student service hours within PowerSchool. x2VOL is used around the country by public high schools and private schools to manage the tracking, reporting, signups and verification of student community service and service learning. Click to Tweet.


PowerSchool, the most widely used web-based student information system, supports more than 13 million students globally. PowerSchool enables today’s educators to make timely decisions that impact student performance while creating a collaborative environment for parents, teachers and students to work together in preparing 21st century learners for the future.


“x2VOL available through PowerSchool gives schools quicker and more integrated access to the x2VOL system of managing, verifying and reporting high school and private school student service hours,” said Michele Pitman, CEO of intelliVOL. “This partnership adds centralized administrative power of student service and service learning to PowerSchool while bringing the x2VOL solution to even more schools and districts.”


“We are excited to welcome x2VOL to the PowerSchool ISV Partner program,” said Oliver Wreford, vice president of product and marketing at Pearson School Systems. “The integration of x2VOL with PowerSchool provides an exceptional solution for K12 districts to track service hours and generate critical reports that help students measure the impact of their community service.”


x2VOL solves the problem schools have in managing the community service and volunteer hours their high school students give to nonprofits and charities. x2VOL simplifies management, verification and reporting for student service programs, making hours submission and verification a turn-key process. Administrators and students can also easily enable community involvement through school-approved organizations and generate reports as needed for scholarship and college applications.


x2VOL is an award-winning system recognized by District Administration for the Top 100 Products Award in 2011, 2012 and 2014, by eSchoolMediaReader’s Choice Awards in 2014/15 and as an EdTech Digest Cool Tool Award finalist in 2014. Read a case study about Dunham School and how students give their time to community service in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Read other x2VOL case studies and a white paper here.


For more information on Pearson’s ISV program, visit


About intelliVOL

x2VOL by intelliVOL is an award-winning tracking and reporting platform for student service hours used by private and public schools and districts nationwide to customize service goals, centralize service hours and provide diverse service opportunities. x2VOL provides students with an online and mobile way to track and report service hours specific to the goals of their school while engaging them with local non-profits. Service records are authenticated and verified for each student and can be attached to their college applications, scholarship applications or resumes. Learn more at or email


Summary: x2VOL from intelliVOL is joining forces with Pearson through an independent software vendor partnership agreement. Public and private schools can manage student service hours within PowerSchool.

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Caption: Students at Seven Lakes High School in Katy, Texas give their time to help in the community. Students and the school track and manage community service with x2VOL by intelliVOL.



Learning Upgrade Launches Math Upgrade Kindergarten for Summer

50 interactive math lessons available to support current and incoming kindergarten students

(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) May 5, 2015- To ensure that kindergarten students have access to engaging, meaningful math activities, Learning Upgrade has released Math Upgrade Kindergarten.  The 50 lessons, each with music, games and video, are sequenced to help each child make breakthroughs in math.  The lessons will be made available to those schools taking advantage of Learning Upgrade’s complimentary summer school licenses, with more lessons to follow for the upcoming school year.

Math Upgrade Kindergarten has been designed to support student mastery of both state and national standard benchmarks, including every Common Core math standard.  Students are guided step-by-step through each of the lessons with voice instructions, and given practice problems that include immediate verbal help and remediation when needed.

The program is designed for the way today’s young students want to learn. The familiar format of music videos and interactive games with rewards is used to move students step-by-step to understand math.  Students are rewarded with medals for completing each lesson and gold certificates for achieving mastery on every lesson.  Students have access to the program in school or at home on a variety of devices, including laptops and tablets.

“So many of our schools and district partners have been asking for more support with their younger students based on success with Math Upgrade 1 to 8.  We are excited to offer Math Upgrade Kindergarten this summer,” said Learning Upgrade CEO Vinod Lobo.  “We pull each of these students in and engage them how they like to learn, with songs and games embedded in to each of the concepts being taught, and enough action and fun to keep them motivated.”

Learning Upgrade continues to give teachers the flexibility and power to teach the way they want to, providing both whole class as well as 1-on-1 lessons.  Teachers can use projectors or Smartboards for group interactive lessons, and laptops and tablets for individualized learning.

Math Upgrade Kindergarten includes detailed assessments with real time web-based reports, so that teachers and parents can see where each student is struggling and what they have mastered.  The program gives the teacher enough information to enable follow-up instruction in weak areas.

With a complimentary summer school license and the new Math Upgrade Kindergarten course, schools can now afford to give every student from grades K through 8 access to standards-based math instruction to prepare for the upcoming school year.

About Learning Upgrade:

Founded in 1998 by educators, musicians, artists and programmers in San Diego, Learning Upgrade produces innovative, engaging lessons designed to support struggling students in reading and math. Through the incorporation of song, video, games and educational research, Learning Upgrade has helped thousands of students reach and exceed grade level requirements.  For more information and access to complimentary trial/summer school licenses, please visit them online at


Odysseyware Releases 16 Additional Career and Technical Education Courses

Latest Odysseyware expansion brings all 16 Career Clusters into the classroom


CHANDLER, AZ (May, 2015) – Odysseyware is excited to announce 16 additional CTE courses for the 2015-16 school year. With these new courses, the company now offers courses in each of the 16 national CTE clusters. Odysseyware has a long history of providing students access to an engaging variety of CTE courses that equip them with career specific skills necessary for success in various career paths. Offering more than 80 CTE courses, students have more choices to explore than ever before.


Odysseyware leads the way in online Career and Technical Education curricula, creating the largest library of online CTE courses in the K12 market. Each course is designed by educators and experts in their respective career fields to ensure students acquire core academic and 21st century skills that will prepare them for life after graduation. The new courses are rigorous and media-rich, and cover a broad range of career paths:

  • Architecture:Introduction to Architecture and Construction, Principles of Construction
  • Communications:Introduction to Arts, A/V Technology and Communications, A/V Technology and Film Careers
  • Government: Introduction to Government and Public Administration, Introduction to National Security
  • Education:Education and Training, Careers in Teaching and Training
  • Finance: Introduction to Finance, Banking Services Careers,
  • Manufacturing:Principles of Manufacturing, Manufacturing Production Process Development
  • Marketing:Introduction to Marketing, Principles of Marketing Research
  • Logistics:Transportation, Distribution and Logistics, Logistics Planning and Management Services


These Career and Technical Education programs afford students the opportunity to explore a variety of career paths while they’re still in school. As more schools expand their CTE programs, Odysseyware remains committed to giving students as many opportunities for success as possible for life after high school.


For a complete list of courses, including the 16 released today, please visit Odysseyware online at


About Odysseyware


Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Odysseyware is an innovative, multimedia-enriched online curriculum. Completely web-based, Odysseyware provides 21st century educational solutions by offering the core subjects of history and geography, math, language arts, and science along with enriching electives, CTE, placement testing, diagnostics and professional development. This curriculum is sold directly through regional education specialists. To learn more, visit or call 877-795-8904.