ORIGO Education Stepping Stones 100 Percent Aligned to TEKS Curriculum

Texas education agency adopts math tool for enhanced instruction.

St. Charles, MO. (PRWEB) May 13, 2015

Building on successful implementations across various Texas districts, ORIGO Education, the premier source for mathematical resources and professional learning, announces the summer release of Stepping Stones: Texas. This program is now specifically written for Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), and is 100 percent aligned in grades K-5. Learning List,the industry-leading instructional materials review service for schools and districts, has verified Stepping Stones’ alignment to the TEKS standards.

“The TEKS requirements are exceptional math standards, so updating Stepping Stones to address both the content and intent of the TEKS is a major accomplishment for ORIGO Education,” said Melisa Bartlett, general manager for ORIGO Education. “Addressing the Texas curriculum was critical, but we also wanted to ensure all readiness standards were covered before the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Resources tests are delivered. With all the updates, we believe Stepping Stones is the best math program for Texas teachers and students and we are excited to be delivering it to more districts this summer.”

Stepping Stones: Texas is a comprehensive, core mathematics curriculum for grades K–5. Written by a team of international experts, Stepping Stones delivers multiple ways to differentiate math instruction, provides embedded professional learning for teachers and is specifically designed to teach students how to adapt. Stepping Stones is being successfully used in more than 100 districts serving 450,000 students across the United States.

By blending a range of printed resources with interactive digital tools, Stepping Stones: Texas encourages students to become actively engaged in their learning. In doing so, students develop a deep understand of concepts and fluency with skills that gives them the best possible preparation for success at college and in their careers.

For more information about ORIGO Stepping Stones: Texas, visit http://bit.ly/ss_Texas

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, visithttp://www.origoeducation.com/SteppingStones.


AASA Partners with ‘Read to Them’ to Promote Literacy in Communities

Alexandria, Va. – (May  13, 2015) – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, has partnered with Read to Them, the creators of One District, One Book, which promotes family literacy and creates a culture of reading in communities across the country by getting students, staff and parents of all the elementary schools in a district reading the same book at the same time.

Research shows that reading to children helps them grow vocabulary and listen better and longer. Furthermore, a recent study by Scholastic indicates that more than 8 in 10 children (83%) across age groups say they love or like being read aloud to at home—the main reason being that it was a special time with parents.

One District, One Book is a program designed to increase reading not just in schools but throughout an entire community. A chapter book is chosen, every student receives a copy and every family reads that book at home together over the course of about one month. School activities build further excitement around reading.

Read to Them recently launched the Texas Reads One Book program, through which tens of thousands of elementary students across Texas are all reading Betty G. Birney’s The World According to Humphrey simultaneously, along with their parents. The program kicked off on April 27 with Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett doing a videotaped reading of the book’s first chapter.

“Not only does the One District, One Book program encourage students to read, it promotes a long-lasting love for learning and a love for books,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “When I was a superintendent, I saw firsthand the buzz and excitement generated by reading, which is why we are pleased to create this partnership.”

Research also supports the effectiveness of the One District, One Book program. Elementary schools in one Virginia community saw their students’ passage rate on the third-grade state reading assessment rise by more than 30 percentage points after participating in the community reading program. Meanwhile, 94 percent of parents surveyed in a participating district in New York believed the program would either cause their children to read more often or would reinforce their current love of reading.

For the past year, Ponca City Public Schools in Ponca City, Okla. has been utilizing the One District, One Book program. “The program makes reading at home with your children a topic of discussion throughout the entire community,” said David Pennington, president, AASA and superintendent of Ponca City Public Schools. “One District, One Book is a great way to focus your community on literacy. It also provides parents and grandparents with a rare opportunity to share books with children.”

“What we’re after is a shift in our communities toward family literacy,” said Gary Anderson, the founder of Read to Them. “It’s not about making a change overnight. It is about creating a paradigm shift in the value of reading throughout the school district and the surrounding community.”

Read to Them supplies specific content to enable districts to implement the program, including introductory materials, trivia questions, activity ideas, and books for every student. A personal consultant is available who can help you prepare to launch the program in your community.


About Read to Them
Read to Them is a non-profit organization promoting family literacy in dozens of districts and hundreds of schools across the United States. Its mission is to create a culture of reading in homes, schools and communities by helping districts implement the One District, One Book program. Read to Them encourages and enables reading together at home by providing participating districts and schools with tools, resources, guidance and support.

About AASA
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 advocates for the highest quality public education for all students, and develops and supports school system leaders.



Teachscape Partners with Swivl to Help Educators Capture Authentic Classroom Practices


When used with the Teachscape Effectiveness Platform, video from Swivl helps provide meaningful feedback, self-reflection and collaboration


SAN FRANCISCO, May 13, 2015 – Teachscape has partnered with Swivl to further support educators in meaningful video-based professional development. Through the partnership, educators can use the Swivl Robot, in conjunction with their mobile devices, to capture classroom videos of their own instructional practices and then upload them to the Teachscape Effectiveness Platform to receive meaningful feedback, engage in self-reflection, and collaborate and share best practices with their colleagues.


“We are committed to providing schools and districts with the most robust resources to help improve teaching practices and, ultimately, student achievement,” said Andrew Morrison, CEO of Teachscape. “Our partnership with Swivl further advances this goal by providing educators at all levels – from teaching candidates to experienced educators – with better video of their own classroom practices so that they can engage in more meaningful self-reflection and evidence-based professional development.”


Swivl, recently named a “Cool Vendor” in education by Gartner, enables educators to capture videos from anywhere, at any time using their own mobile devices. Once the tablet or smartphone is attached, Swivl’s robotic mobile accessory tracks, follows and records educators as they move around the classroom and interact with students.


“Swivl allows educators to capture targeted, high-quality video that they can use as an embedded part of the professional development process,” said Brian Lamb, co-founder and CEO of Swivl. “Now, through our partnership with Teachscape, educators can use that video within Teachscape’s feature-rich platform to really hone in on their strengths and areas in need of improvement to support their professional growth.”


Teachscape customers that were early adopters of the technologies, including Fort Worth Independent School District and Texas Tech University, have already received immense value from using Swivl in conjunction with Teachscape. “These technologies have been an asset in allowing our coaches, evaluators and teachers to work together to improve professional practice,” said Andrew McKenzie, TIF Project Manager of Fort Worth Independent School District.


To learn more, visit www.teachscape.com.


About Swivl
Swivl was founded in 2010 with a vision of making video a more useful tool with robotics. The company was one of the first major crowdfunding projects for hardware and its dedication to customers has paid off with rapid growth. Swivl now has operations that span the globe, from Silicon Valley to Kiev, Ukraine, and Hong Kong, China. Swivl is backed by a world class team of investors including Grishin Robotics, Innovation Works, Newbury Ventures, Kima Ventures, Zhen Fund, and many more. For more information, visithttp://www.swivl.com.


About Teachscape

Teachscape uniquely combines innovative technology, engaging content, and expert services to develop great teachers. From its classroom observation training and technology to its powerful web-based content delivery platform, Teachscape’s award-winning products and services have been inspired by its dedication to sparking transformative change in teaching practice. Since 1999, Teachscape has worked with schools and school districts, charter networks, archdioceses, universities and state education departments to measurably and continuously improve the effectiveness of educators to produce gains in student achievement. Teachscape’s partners, including Charlotte Danielson, ETS, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Stanford University, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, have helped to shape its vision, its products, and its strategies. To learn more about Teachscape and its complete collection of professional development offerings, go to http://www.teachscape.com.