Follett Partners With Dr. Susan B. Neuman’s
Acclaimed Early Childhood Reading Program
World of Words focuses on PreK-1, builds children’s vocabulary, comprehension
McHENRY, Ill., Aug. 17, 2015 –Follett announced today it is partnering with early childhood education expert Dr. Susan B. Neuman to become the exclusive distributor of World of Words (WOW), a new, research-based, shared book reading program for children at the PreK-1 grade levels. Developed by Dr. Neuman, who established the Early Reading First Program and Early Childhood Professional Development Education Program, WOW helps build vocabulary and comprehension.
“WOW builds content knowledge and connects word and world knowledge through a focus on oral language development through print,” Dr. Neuman said. “These books are fabulous for children – they accelerate learning and help children learn how to learn. Plus, children learn to better express themselves and are able to come up with ideas on their own.”
WOW offers an expert-curated set of books that follow a similar topic through a clear sequence that starts with easier, predictable books, and ends with more challenging information books. The scaffolded learning process is carefully organized to provide children with repeated exposure to content-rich vocabulary and, specifically, academic vocabulary. Classroom lessons are 12 to 15 minutes in length, while there also is parent outreach to encourage shared reading at home. For teachers, research-based, carefully tailored lesson plans are included with each series that help connect students to bigger ideas and key concepts.
“The Follett-WOW partnership offers educators pedagogically sound programs to positively impact literacy and cognitive skill development,” said Dr. Margarete Ronnett, director of research, Follett School Solutions. “This partnership brings together Dr. Neuman’s literacy expertise and Follett’s unparalleled educational resources, which includes a team of Masters-degreed professionals, and represents our commitment to delivering robust, effective, and outcomes-focused solutions.”
The WOW program utilizes critical principles to promote early childhood learning, including:
- * Using text genre to children’s advantage;
- * Connecting learning both within and across other disciplines to build academic vocabulary and to create knowledge networks, or clusters;
- * Aligning titles with Common Core;
- * Using explicit instruction; focused selection of words, with repeated exposure;
- * Helping students understand words in context, through rich, engaging content; and
- * Implementing special strategies for students needing additional support.
“This partnership is helping us to expand our role from the leading distributor of educational content to PreK-12 schools to a creator of curriculum-based instructional materials and programs,” said Tom Schenck, president, Follett School Solutions. “Like Dr. Neuman, our team of former teachers and librarians are passionate about the work they do to support educators.”
About Dr. Susan Neuman| sbneuman.com
An expert in early childhood education, Dr. Neuman is Professor and Chair of Teaching and Learning at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University where she specializes in early literacy development. She also is the co-editor of Reading Research Quarterly, one of the most prestigious journals in reading research. Before coming to NYU, she served on the faculty in Educational Studies at the University of Michigan, directing the Ready-to-Learn Research Program.
Previously, Dr. Neuman has served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education. She is especially proud of her work in establishing the Early Reading First program, the Early Childhood Professional Development Education Program, and enhancing accountability efforts to improve children’s achievement. Dr. Neuman is currently working on interventions that change the odds for children at risk, focusing her efforts on bringing content-rich instruction to children through shared books and media experiences.
About Follett’s PreK-12 Business| follettlearning.com
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| follett.com
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.
Students Complete Record Number of Reading Skills Activities on Lexia Reading Core5
BOSTON (August 13, 2015) – Lexia Learning®, a Rosetta Stone® (NYSE:RST) company, today announced that students using the Lexia Reading® Core5® pre-K–5 fundamental literacy program reached a significant milestone last school year—and they are poised to surpass that achievement in the upcoming year. In a recent national analysis of student progress from the 2014–15 school year, Lexia found that students mastered 15.3 million reading skills in Lexia Reading Core5.
“This milestone exemplifies the commitment of thousands of teachers who ensured that their students had access to the personalized learning necessary to reach their full potential,” said Nick Gaehde, President of Lexia Learning. “It’s a tremendous accomplishment for the students who have worked so diligently on Lexia Reading Core5 and have established an important foundation for their future academic success.”
The 15.3 million reading skills completed represents a 119 percent increase over the 2013–14 school year when students completed approximately 7 million skills. More than 430,000 fully engaged students on Lexia Reading Core5 mastered an average of 21 skills in the program, representing more than one grade-level of skills. These students used the program for at least 20 weeks and met the required number of minutes for at least five weeks.
Lexia Reading Core5’s dynamic, personalized learning paths engage students through 18 levels of age-appropriate, skill-specific activities ranging from rhyming and letter matching to complex analogies and passage comprehension. In addition to independent, personalized learning in the five areas of reading instruction — phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension — students receive scaffolding, explicit instruction and, if needed, teacher-led instruction using Lexia’s structured lesson materials.
Lexia’s unique embedded assessment technology, Assessment Without Testing®, gathers norm- and criterion-referenced student performance data without administering a test. This data is highly correlated to, and predictive of, student outcomes on commonly used measures such as DIBELS® and aimsweb®. This technology identifies and prioritizes students for small group or individual instruction, providing teachers and intervention specialists with recommended instructional strategies and structured lessons, including the minutes-per-week of software usage each student needs in order to meet expectations on grade-level assessments.
About Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of the power of language and literacy education. The Company’s innovative, personalized language and reading programs drive positive learning outcomes in thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and for millions of individual learners around the world.Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning and is widely recognized today as the industry leader in providing effective language programs. The Company’s cloud-based programs allow users to learn online or on-the-go via tablet or smartphone, whether in a classroom, in a corporate setting, or in a personal learning environment. Rosetta Stone is also a leader in the literacy education space, helping millions of students build fundamental reading skills through its Lexia Learning division. Additionally, the Company’s Fit Brains business offers personalized brain training programs developed by neuroscientists and award-winning game designers to be fun and help keep your brain sharp.Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices and operations around the world. For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com. “Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.
Promethean Planet® Surpasses 2 Million Members
–Award-winning collaborative community grows, supports educators globally–
(ATLANTA – Aug. 17, 2015) – Promethean Planet, one of the world’s largest online collaborative communities for educators, today celebrates continued growth with membership surpassing 2 million educators from around the world. Created by teachers for teachers, Promethean Planet is an open community where educators can access and share digital resources as well as get ideas and advice from their peers on how to best utilize digital tools.
“As teachers prepare for back to school, Promethean Planet is an excellent resource community for lesson ideas, content and peer support,” said Scott Cary, Chief Marketing & Products Officer at Promethean. “With new technology entering more and more classrooms, teachers are increasingly looking for ways to incorporate interactive digital content into their curriculum. Promethean Planet not only offers resource sharing for a teacher’s content area, but also ideas from fellow educators about how to leverage technology and digital content to enhance collaboration, creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills in classrooms of all grade levels.”
Launched in 2006, Promethean Planet was created so teachers could collaborate, support one another, and find and share lesson resources created in Promethean’s ActivInspire® interactive whiteboard software. Today, Promethean Planet has evolved into one of the leading sites for teachers around the world to find digital classroom resources. Promethean Planet now includes 15 localized language sites and provides resources for every classroom, regardless of the technology products or services in use.
Teachers joining Promethean Planet will discover close to 100,000 resources that include video files, images, Microsoft PowerPoint® presentations, Microsoft Word documents, ActivInspire flipcharts, and more. The lesson resources on Promethean Planet are shared by highly credible and informed sources, including fellow teachers, renowned educational organizations and top publishers.
Promethean Planet has been continuously recognized with awards from leading industry organizations, including the:
2014 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Collaborative Social Media Solution for Educators
- EdTech Digest Awards: 2011 Trendsetter Award
- 2011 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Education Community Solution
- 2011 SIIA CODiE Award for Best Non-Traditional Education Solution
- WorlddidacAward 2010
- WorlddidacAward 2008
FrFor more information and to join the community, visit www.PrometheanPlanet.com.
Promethean (LSE: PRW) is a global education company that improves learning productivity by developing, integrating and implementing innovative 21st century learning environments that help make everyone more engaged, empowered and successful. Headquartered in the UK, with a US office in Atlanta, Georgia, Promethean World Plc is listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. More information about Promethean is available at www.PrometheanWorld.com.
International Baccalaureate authorizes first Career-related Programme (CP) in the state of Arkansas
Career and Technical Education in Arkansas takes a leap forward with CP
August 17, 2015, Bethesda, MD – The students at Hot Springs High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas will soon have another option to choose from when it comes to high-quality preparation for college and career readiness. Hot Springs High School was recently authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate’s newest educational program, the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme, or CP.
The CP meets the needs of schools seeking a technical or career-related studies option that combines career-related skills with a rigorous academic program to prepare students for success in career or post-secondary education.
Lloyd Jackson, Principal of Hot Springs High School said, “We have been offering the IB’s flagship Diploma Programme since 2004 and are excited to bring on the CP as a way to broaden opportunities for our students who are ready to specialize in a career-related track and want the flexibility of going directly into the work force or onto university studies. The CP fits our student profile perfectly.”
Hot Springs High School students will be able to choose from seven options in the Career-related Programme. These include photography, digital communications, medical professions, criminal justice, introduction to engineering, advertising and design. Their career-related studies will be complemented by a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme courses, as well a CP core that includes an approaches to learning course, community and service, language development and a reflective project. The students will be able to choose from the following IB courses: IB Literature and Composition; Biology; History; Physics; Business Management; Information Technology for a Global Society; Math Studies; French and Spanish.
Hot Springs High School is the only high school in the Hot Springs school district. The staff at Hot Springs High School is highly committed to making sure all students have equal opportunities for learning the necessary skills and course materials. Hot Springs High School students are challenged in their learning and are held accountable for becoming successful, productive citizens in the learning environment and in society.
Drew Deutsch, Regional Director for IB Americas said, “We want to congratulate Hot Springs High School on its achievement of becoming the first IB World School in Arkansas to offer the Career-related Programme. We anticipate that the CP will become one of the IB’s most popular offerings because its flexibility allows schools to cater the programme to the needs, backgrounds and contexts of their students and their community.”
About the IB
Founded in 1968, the International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non profit foundation, which offers four high quality and challenging education programmes for a worldwide community of schools. For more than 45 years, the IB programmes have gained a reputation for rigour and high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalized 21st century and for helping to develop citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world. Currently, more than one million IB students attend over 3,700 schools in 147 countries.