Gryphon House announces “Literacy for All Young Learners”

Evidence-based strategies help teachers meet needs of diverse classrooms

Lewisville, N.C. – As classrooms become increasingly diverse, teachers are challenged to instruct children with varying literacy levels, many of whom are English language learners (ELLs). “Literacy for All Young Learners” by Mary Renck Jalongo, PhD, offers 65 research-based strategies to support literacy learning with children from preschool through third grade. All strategies are tied to the Common Core State Standards for kindergarten through third grade and offer solutions based on Jalongo’s research and personal experience.

Gryphon House, Inc., the leading publisher of educational resources for teachers, will release the book in September.

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Jalongo is an internationally respected educator and advocate for literacy in early childhood education. Much of her experience has focused on English language learners and bridging the communication gap between ELLs and their teachers—a background she brings to her writing.

“Children whose first language is not English—and their teachers—have been a significant part of my professional career,” Jalongo said. “This book has given me the opportunity to synthesize what I’ve learned not only from personal experience, but also from research.”

“Literacy for All Young Learners” includes recommendations for hundreds of great children’s books, websites and digital applications to make teaching easier. Online resources, including bonus activities and letters home in English and Spanish, will be available at

Educators may preorder books (ISBN 978-0-87659-568-8, 272 pp., $29.95) here. For a free excerpt or e-galley copy, please email

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About the Author

Mary Renck Jalongo, PhD, is an internationally respected educator, author, presenter, editor and consultant. She recently retired as a professor of education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she coordinated the doctoral program in curriculum and instruction. She is the author of more than 25 books and is the editor-in-chief of Early Childhood Education Journal.


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


Quick Key Users Digitally Scan More than 1 Million Formative Assessments Mobile grading app surpasses milestone of 1 million successfully scanned quizzes

BOSTON (May 28, 2015) – Quick Key, the mobile assessment software that improves student performance and eliminates hand grading, has reached 1 million assessments scanned. By using formative assessments to measure a students’ progress, Quick Key minimizes time spent grading assessments and gives educators more time to focus on student instruction, growth and achievement. “Our mission is to enable district administrators, teachers and students to get rapid feedback from the assessments they already do while spending less time doing them, turning every assessment into a blueprint for personalized learning,” said Walter O. Duncan, co-founder of Quick Key. “Hitting 1 million quizzes scans is a testament to our teacher-users and how much they believe in digital grading.”

In August of 2013, Duncan, a veteran K-12 teacher and entrepreneur, founded Quick Key to make effortless digital assessment accessible to every educator, regardless of student devices and Wi-Fi. Quick Key is an app that scans the oval bubbles on students’ quiz sheets, tallies the data, and sends the scores into a digital grade book. Duane Hanson, mathematics teacher at Central Middle School in East Grad Forks, Minnesota was the educator who scanned the millionth quiz with Quick Key. “I just started using Quick Key recently, and I found it very beneficial for providing instant feedback,” Hanson said. “My students and I both love being able to see their results instantly, right at their desks. As a teacher with 41 years in the classroom, I can also attest to the fact that you don’t need to build your lesson around Quick Key. It makes any lesson more fun, more engaging, and more effective. Also, I am looking forward to next year using Quick Key’s digital assessment tools, since student devices are becoming more prevalent in my school.”

Quick Key free offers educators up to four quizzes a month for an unlimited amount of students. Available for monthly or yearly subscriptions, Quick Key Pro allows unlimited digital and scanned paper quizzing plus integration with Pearson PowerSchool and compatibility with the Chrome App. Visit for more information. About Quick Key Developed by a veteran educator, Quick Key is a mobile assessment software suite that transforms mobile phones into optical scanners to grade quizzes, tests and surveys. The app eliminates hand-grading of assignments – even for teachers working in paper-based # # # classrooms without access to computers or Internet. Teachers can easily run analytics on their mobile devices and upload data to an electronic grade book. Quick Key helps teachers improve student performance without teaching to the test. To learn more and download the app, visit


At ISTE 2015, SunGard K-12 Education Challenges
EdTech Leaders to Rethink the Enterprise Learning Ecosystem

Software Provider Takes its Own Advice during the Development of
Next-Generation Student Information System

BETHLEHEM, PA – May 28, 2015 At ISTE 2015, SunGard K-12 Education, a leading K-12 administrative software and technology services company, will challenge edtech leaders to rethink the enterprise learning ecosystem, a process that begins by asking “why” as a deliberate exercise when new technology is considered. For these educators who are grappling with the real issues at the intersection of education and technology, this exercise creates opportunities to enhance efficacy and honor the interconnections between all of the systems they are implementing to support student achievement.

Also at ISTE 2015, the software solution provider will debut eSchoolPLUS 4.0, which has evolved out of the company’s efforts to take this same approach to the development of its software. As a result of this new philosophy, the company has produced a forward-thinking student information solution that meets educators where they are by leveraging the latest technology to create a progressive, highly usable solution for student achievement.

Joel Hames, SunGard K-12 Education’s vice president of product, will present this thinking and highlight the new solution at a special evening briefing for media and K-12 school districts, titled “Rethinking the Enterprise Learning Ecosystem.” “The systems we implement in our schools should serve the ‘why’ of our schools. We need to begin to rethink their role around the core purpose of our work. When we do, the outcome will be transformational—for our students and for our schools,” says Hames.

“We believe the student information system can thrive within the larger ecosystem that drives modern schools. eSchoolPLUS 4.0 delivers on the vision of bringing a highly elegant solution with user-focused interactivity to schools,” says Hames. “This next-generation student information system meets educators where they are by leveraging the latest technology to create a progressive, highly usable, and forward-thinking solution for student achievement.”

What and When:
One-on-one interview opportunities will be scheduled upon request during ISTE 2015, which is being heldMonday, June 29 – Wednesday, July 1.

A special executive briefing for media and K-12 school districts is being held Tuesday, June 30, from 6 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. The briefing will be preceded and followed by a reception from 5:30 until 6 p.m. and 6:45 – 7:30 p.m.

To schedule a one-on-one interview or reserve a spot at the special executive briefing, please contact Lori Hixon at the contact information listed below.

One-on-one interview opportunities to be offered at:
ISTE 2015
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, Pa.
Booth 800

Executive Briefing to be held at:
Maggiano’s Little Italy
1201 Filbert Street
Philadelphia, Pa.

Joel Hames is vice president of product at SunGard K-12 Education and a member of the company’s Leadership Team. In this role, Hames is responsible for overall product direction and vision at SunGard K-12. After consulting with teachers and administrators at school districts across the nation, he works closely with the company’s developers, sales team, customer support representatives, and professional services team to ensure that all SunGard K-12 applications evolve to meet the challenges school districts will face. With almost 17 years of experience managing enterprise systems as an information and instructional technology leader at various school districts, Hames brings a wealth of experience and deep understanding to his role. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of California, Irvine, and a master’s degree in educational psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

SunGard K-12 Education offers software solutions designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents support student achievement. The PLUS 360 products are a single integrated suite of software solutions for the management of student information, assessment and curriculum, special education, and financial and human resources. The suite—which provides district staff with anytime, anywhere access to important district information—can be deployed to work together or implemented as stand-alone systems to help meet educational goals and requirements. For more information, visit SunGard K-12 Education at

SunGard K-12 Education is one of the business units of SunGard. SunGard is one of the world’s leading financial software companies, with annual revenue of $2.8 billion. We provide solutions for financial services, the public sector, and education. Our software is delivered via Software as a Service (“SaaS”), in the cloud and on premises, surrounded by an extensive suite of service offerings. Through the depth and breadth of our solution portfolio, global capabilities, and domain expertise, we are uniquely capable of supporting virtually every type of financial organization, including the largest and most complex institutions in the world. SunGard’s approximately 13,000 employees proudly serve over 15,000 customers in more than 100 countries, bringing fresh ideas and inventive solutions to help our customers adapt and thrive. For more information, please visit

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