Follett’s Destiny Resource Manager Helps

Districts Save Money by Tracking Assets

‘Supports student learning by getting right resources in right hands at right time’


MCHENRY, Ill., Aug. 4, 2015 – Barrington Community Unit 220 School District in northwest Illinois faced a dilemma familiar to many pre-K12 districts: It was poised to begin the initial phases of a 1:1 transformation but knew it first must have an effective and efficient software system in place to track and manage all of the digital devices it was distributing.

“This was a huge transition for our district, and we knew we needed to protect and make the most of our investment in the devices we were giving to kids,” said LeeAnn Taylor, district media services director for Barrington CUSD.

Barrington chose Follett Destiny Resource Manager as its system to help deploy 1:1 rollouts of laptops and tablets, as well as manage all educational, administrative and facility resources.  Barrington’s phased roll out began with its middle and high schools.

This week, Follett officially launches Destiny Resource Manager into the marketplace as part of the company’s Destiny 13.0 release.

“Follett Destiny Resource Manager supports student learning by getting the right resources in the right hands at the right time for the right purpose,” said Bruce Hamilton, program director, Follett. “It supports both print and digital learning environments, and provides administrators the data they need to ensure accountability to secure resources and to make accurate fact-based budgeting and purchasing decisions based on use, condition and demand.”

Barrington’s 1:1 transition continues this upcoming school year. “With Follett Destiny Resource Manager in place, we are easily able to track the number of devices remaining in each building so we can transfer as needed rather than purchasing new ones,” Taylor said. “Not only does Destiny keep track of all of our valuable assets, it helps us generate reports, manage inventories and accurately order more equipment.”

For school districts today, Hamilton emphasized the importance of administrative accountability. “It’s about being efficient and being able to demonstrate how tax dollars are used to buy only what they need, share what they have, and repurpose what remains,” he said. “By assigning accountability for resources, saving money is a natural result.”

Beyond devices, Follett Destiny Resource Manager manages all resources for students, including textbooks, STEM resources, band instruments, sports equipment, and for teachers/staff, including computers, audio-visual equipment and professional development services.

For more information on Follett, visit

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About Follett’s PreK-12 Business|
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.

About Follett Corporation|

Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on nearly 1,200 college campuses. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.



VIF Invited to Join EdSurge and California State Superintendent at Tech for Schools Summit

VIF International Education to attend education technology summit designed for California superintendents, curriculum and technology directors and school district board members.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (August 04, 2015) – VIF International Education, a global education partner of K-12 schools and districts, announced that the organization has been invited to join EdSurge and California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson at the California Tech for Schools Summit, scheduled to be held at the University of California, Davis on Tuesday, August 4. The Summit is co-hosted by the California Department of Education and the CDE Foundation. Superintendent Torlakson will keynote the event.

“We’re excited about giving all district superintendents in California a chance to explore some of the most innovative education technology opportunities available,” says Superintendent Torlakson. “EdSurge’s California Summit will help educators connect with technology leaders who may provide them with ideas about how to help get all our schools the technology and connectivity they need to close the digital divide and help all our students succeed.”

The Summit is drawing superintendents, their key staff and other education leaders from around California. The primary activity of the day will be conversations between educators and edtech leaders, with an emphasis on candid feedback and articulating the needs of educators. “We’re connecting the people who share the goal of supporting our students,” says Betsy Corcoran, co-founder and CEO of EdSurge.

“California is committed to providing a world-class education to its students. Preparing them for success in an increasingly multicultural and multilingual society is a critical part of this effort,” said David Young, VIF CEO. “We look forward to partnering with schools and districts to create engaging learning environments that integrate technology, global competency and other 21st century skills into daily classroom instruction. This work begins by providing ongoing professional development and support for educators.”

Three leading thinkers on blended learning will discuss lessons learned from implementing blended learning around the U.S.: Richard Culatta, director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education; Michael Horn, co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute and co-author of “Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools” and Palo Alto High School teacher and international speaker, Esther Wojcicki, co-author of “Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom.”

Learn more about the California Tech for Schools Summit here.


About VIF International Education

VIF International Education partners with districts and schools to develop global-ready teachers and students. Educators use VIF’s professional development and curriculum, language acquisition and cultural exchange programs to create engaging learning environments that integrate technology, cultural literacy and other 21st century skills into classroom instruction. VIF is a certified B Corp and ‘Best for the World’ honoree headquartered in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

About EdSurge

EdSurge is the leading news and information resource on education technology for educators, entrepreneurs and others committed to education.

Summit co-hosts: California State Department of Education and Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation

EdSurge Editorial Contact:

Allison Dulin Salisbury


Tags: global-ready, global competence, global awareness, global schools, global education, international education, professional development, curriculum, K-12, e-learning, social learning platforms, professional learning networks, teachers, student achievement, 21st century skills, edtech, education technology, project-based learning, lesson plans, teacher resources, California, dual language, ESL, ELL



Skyward Partners with Certica to Launch Formative Assessment Solution


vibeffect Launches Digital Assessment Tool To Predict Student Thriving

vibePrimer delivers qualitative results to inform college decision-making process

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vibeffect announces the launch of vibePrimer, a digital assessment product that predicts features of a college environment where a student is most likely to thrive. This proven predictive model offers families a better decision-making framework to help students succeed academically, socially and personally and ultimately graduate.

Based on years of scientific research, vibePrimer draws correlations from a predictive algorithm between an individual’s personal traits/life experiences and specific campus features of their ideal campus ecosystem. Students answer survey questions in four sections and receive instant qualitative analysis about their advantages and campus features that together, increase their likelihood to thrive and graduate. These sections include academic, social, family and culture and financial themes. The assessment is accessible to students and their parents via any device including smart phones.

“vibePrimer takes what we’ve learned from real students at real campuses and applies it to students with the same hard-wired traits,” said Elena Cox, CEO of vibeffect. “Our goal is to arm the student and their family with proven data and information that frames their college decision based on more than just a gut feeling or a competition around college brands.”

Each year vibeffect measures thriving in campuses nationwide and collects data to identify qualitative factors that affect student thriving. Results are shared in the annual College Optimizer Index, which serves as the foundation for the company’s scientific approach to identifying ideal campus features by personal traits. A summary of the research published by Decision Analytics is available here.

“Although students and their families are the focus of our college system, in practice they are not invited inside the ‘walls’ to see and hear what they need to better understand how to set themselves up for success,” Cox said. “vibePrimer empowers families with greater transparency to make the best decision for their higher education investment, and to know their child will be in an environment where they will thrive.”

To learn more about vibePrimer, visit

About vibeffect
vibeffect is a college-decision framework that uses predictive analytics to deliver unbiased, data-driven results that help families make confident investments in higher education. The system’s purpose is to ensure families base their college decision on their child’s strengths and the best college ecosystem for their academic, social and individual thriving. For more information, visit


Odysseyware Creates Texas Specific Test Preparation Courses

Courses meet TEKS standard and include STAAR and EOC evaluations


(CHANDLER, Ariz.) August 06, 2015 – As part of Odysseyware’s commitment to provide educators and students the most flexible instructional tools and rigorous curriculum, Odysseyware is pleased to announce the release of Texas specific STAAR EOC test preparation courses.


The 14 courses were designed for middle and high school students to specifically match the scope and sequence of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) and End of Course (EOC) assessments. Courses address the specific Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) curriculum standards within the STAAR and EOC tests.


These courses leverage Odysseyware’s prescriptive learning paths and flex assessment by creating individualized learning plans based on each student’s unique level of content mastery. Perspective learning paths are determined by continual assessment of individual student needs and learning styles. These features provide Texas educators with the most efficient, targeted instructional path for students that focus on specific skills and knowledge.


Additionally, Texas educators are able to fully customize STAAR and EOC course curriculum. With the ability to add, delete, and rearrange assignments and units educators are able to create courses specific to the needs of each individual student or to compliment an existing unit.


“We were extremely excited to launch these courses for educators and students in Texas,” said Odysseyware President Beth TeGrotenhuis. “The state holds their students to extremely high educational standards, we look forward to further supporting our school and district partners in Texas as well as educators within the classroom. ”


With implementation of a new, increasingly rigorous statewide assessment test in Texas, Odysseyware is determined to ensure Texas’ students of the 21st century are positioned for success.


STAAR EOC Test Preparation Courses include:


·      STAAR Algebra I EOC

·      STAAR Mathematics 6

·      STAAR Mathematics 7

·      STAAR Mathematics 8

·      STAAR Reading 6

·      STAAR Reading 7

·      STAAR Reading 8

·      STAAR English I EOC

·      STAAR English II EOC

·      STAAR Writing 7

·      STAAR Science 8

·      STAAR Biology EOC

·      STAAR Social Studies 8

·      STAAR U.S. History EOC



For more information please visit


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.


Walmart Foundation Strengthens Commitment to Academic Excellence
Through AASA’s School Breakfast Initiative

$2.5 Million Grant Provides Mini-Grants to 11 School Districts

Alexandria, Va. – Aug. 6, 2015 AASA, The School Superintendents Association, announced that breakfast will become available to more than 288,000 students in nearly 400 schools across the nation through a grant from the Walmart Foundation, which is part of $10.5 million in grants that the Foundation is giving this fall to support school feeding and nutrition education programs.

The AASA breakfast initiative significantly increases the participation in existing federal school breakfast programs. Studies have shown that children are not enrolled in the program for a number of reasons—either because they do not want to be seen eating breakfast in the cafeteria, their parents do not have sufficient information about the program or understand that they are eligible to participate, or transportation to get the child to school in time for breakfast is not available.

“Proper nutrition for our nation’s youth underpins the instruction they are receiving in their classrooms—and it starts with a healthy breakfast,” said Karrie Denniston, director of hunger relief and nutrition for the Walmart Foundation. “We are proud to work with an organization that represents school system leadership to help more students nationwide gain access to fuel needed to support learning. This important work is part of our larger commitment to helping provide 4 million people with nutrition education, and to help provide 4 billion meals to people in need over the next five years.”

The school districts receiving the grants are:

District: Chicago Public Schools
City/State: Chicago, Ill.
Superintendent: Forrest Claypool

District: Clayton Public School District
City/State: Clayton, N.J.
Superintendent: David T. Lindenmuth

District: Hempstead Union Free School District
City/State: Hempstead, N.Y.
Superintendent: Susan Johnson

District: Liberty County School System
City/State: Hinesville, Ga.
Superintendent: Valya Lee

District: Meriden Public Schools
City/State: Meriden, Conn.
Superintendent: Mark Benigni

District: Neosho R-V School District
City/State: Neosho, Mo.
Superintendent: Dan Decker

District: Newark Public Schools
City/State: Newark, N.J.
Superintendent: Christopher Cerf

District: Newburgh Enlarged City School District
City/State: Newburgh, N.Y.
Superintendent: Roberto Padilla

District: San Diego Unified School District
City/State: San Diego, Calif.
Superintendent: Cindy Marten

District: Spring Independent School District
City/State: Houston, Texas
Superintendent: Rodney Watson

District: Williamsburg County School District
City/State: Kingstree, S.C.
Superintendent: Carrie Brock

“A hungry student is not going to be an effective learner,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Students who participate in school breakfast show improved attendance, behavior and standardized achievement test scores. We are grateful to the Walmart Foundation for supporting us on this program.”

“Our work as superintendents reaches far beyond what transpires in the classroom,” said David T. Lindenmuth, superintendent, Clayton, N.J., a grant awardee. “Fulfilling the basic needs of our students is vital. Providing a meal for hungry children gives us a thorough perspective about how we can and should help our underserved students.”
Districts were eligible for the grant based on low breakfast participation and a high free/reduced meal rate. In addition, superintendents needed to be members of AASA. Each successful application indicated a plan to serve breakfast in an alternative way – either in the classroom or through a grab and go model using kiosks or vending machines in the hallway so that more children have the opportunity to eat.

AASA’s Children’s Programs department, which oversees the school breakfast initiative, works to support where learning happens by providing assistance to school districts to ensure healthy, safe and engaged students. Learn more at:


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’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit



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