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10/2/15

 

PlanetHS ANNOUNCES LUPITA KNITTEL AS ITS NEW CEO

K-12 platform enables and empowers the extracurricular ecosystem

Atlanta, GA, Oct. 1, 2015 – Following an initial phase of rapid adoption, PlanetHS is proud to announce Lupita Knittel as its Chief Executive Officer to lead the company into an aggressive growth and expansion period.

PlanetHS connects schools, family, and business communities in support of student activities and athletics. More than 10.5 million notifications, including media, text messages, events scheduled, and email, were managed and delivered during the 2014-2015 school year, a 135% growth over the previous year. Some of the most common modules include live streaming, student elections, electronic payments, and sports eligibility—all powered by a robust database engine.

Knittel has had a distinguished 15-year career in the education technology space. She joined PlanetHS from Promethean, where she was a core member of the leadership team that built Promethean from its early start into a market-leading platform. Prior to working at Promethean, she was a key contributor at leading companies such as Apple and Electronic Data Systems. She was a school teacher in her native Mexico, where she also founded and operated her own marketing research company. She serves on the Board of the Cobb Schools Foundation in Cobb County, GA, and strongly believes in the powerful role of extracurricular activities, based in part on the experiences of her own two daughters.

“We are uniquely positioned to have a very positive and measurable impact on student success,” Knittel said. “One hour per week of active participation in extracurricular activities can significantly reduce the number of students dropping out of high school, currently at more than 1 million per year. Students develop leadership, collaboration, communication, problem-solving, and time-management skills. Business leaders and alumni make it possible for schools to continue and grow these important programs. PlanetHS is bringing all the pieces together to transform the way we prepare our students for success.”

PlanetHS Chairman Scott Fogarty commented, “It was immediately evident that Lupita shares our passion and vision to partner with schools and connect communities to improve students’ life skills. With her experience and extraordinary record of leadership, having her as our CEO is a great privilege for us, and a source of excitement as we expand our presence across the United States.”

PlanetHS now serves more than 400,000 members from more than 900 schools. With 72% growth in number of users, and an open rate by parents of 70%, PlanetHS is fast becoming the preferred digital communications hub for the student-life ecosystem.

For more information, please visit PlanetHS.com

About PlanetHS

PlanetHS is the student-life online community enabling the critical links among school, family, and business for more successful extracurricular programs, higher participation, and greater student outcomes. The PlanetHS platform delivers school-moderated digital communications, powerful engagement tools, and attractive sponsorship modules, all supported by database analytic capabilities to inform and empower these critical activities.

PlanetHS is headquartered in Georgia, with offices in Florida, Tennessee and South Carolina.

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ComputED Gazette Names MobyMax Best Multi-Level Multi-Subject Website

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Potomac, MD – Oct. 1, 2015 – MobyMax, innovator of personalized and blended learning curriculum for K-8 students, earned the 2015 Education Software Review (EDDIE) Award for best Multi-Level Multi-Subject Website. Presented by ComputED Gazette, the award honors publishers offering a variety of content that supplements existing curriculum and increases teacher productivity. MobyMax offers technology that engages parents to encourage educational excellence.

“We receive hundreds of kudos from teachers each week, but it is especially gratifying to receive the EDDIE Award,” said MobyMax co-founder Wade Willett. “As we continue to release new curriculum each month, it is an honor to be recognized for our excellence.”

MobyMax co-founder Glynn Willett added, “We have three early reading modules ready for release next week, phonetics slated for release at the end of November, and blended words ready by January 1st.”

The ComputED Gazette is a valuable educational resource, having served the education community for more than 21 years. The award selection criteria include academic content, potential for broad classroom use, technical merit, subject approach, and management system. Publishers worldwide submitted programs in more than 50 award categories.

“MobyMax is an impressive educational website that provides an extensive K-8 curriculum for ELA, Math, Science and Test Prep,” according to EDDIE Award reviewers. “After an initial (interactive) placement test, the adaptive curriculum creates a unique, individualized education plan so that gifted students can progress at a faster rate while remedial students get the extra instruction they need.”

For more information about MobyMax curriculum visit www.mobymax.com/Curriculum/Overview

About MobyMax

MobyMax unlocks the power of personalized learning and blended learning to help students learn twice as fast. The company offers the only complete K-8 curriculum covering English language arts, math and science. MobyMax identifies skill gaps with find-and-fix technology that targets instruction and helps students increase one full grade level in just 40 hours. Moby’s comprehensive system includes multiple motivation tools, test prep, assessments, messaging, parent portal, classroom clicker, and progress monitoring. MobyMax is used in more than half of all K-8 schools in the United States and has more than 11 million students registered. For more information, visit http://www.mobymax.com

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WebbAlign Launches K-12 Depth of Knowledge Partner Program

Companies can earn certification confirming commitment to use DOK framework to improve rigor

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“Curriculum and assessment providers looking to improve student learning need a common understanding of content complexity,” said Dr. Webb, developer of the DOK framework.

WebbAlign, the widely accepted and highly valued approach to evaluating alignment of standards and assessments, announces a new partnership program to help K-12 educational publishers validate the rigor of their curriculum and assessments. The WebbAlign Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Partner Program is available for publishers committed to implementing the framework through an ongoing process guided by Dr. Norman Webb and his team.

“With this partnership program, we will help leading educational publishers provide materials that offer appropriately complex opportunities for students to learn.”

The WebbAlign DOK Partnership Program helps providers implement the DOK framework, which facilitates verifiable alignment between standards, curriculum and assessments. Companies that participate in the program receive regular hands-on professional development from Dr. Webb and his team. These seminars help ensure that the language system is being used as intended, and that the four DOK levels are understood and applied consistently within an education program.

WebbAlign will be launching the program in full at EdNET 2015 in Atlanta, Oct. 4-6, and current partners include Edgenuity, Edmentum andNWEA.

“As K-12 standards continue to evolve to meet college and career needs in a 21st global economy, it is more important than ever that the Depth of Knowledge and the level of complexity be tightly aligned across instruction and assessment programs,” Dave Adams, Chief Academic Officer for Edmentum. “By participating in the WebbAlign DOK Partner Program, we know that our offerings are providing highly aligned, rigorous instruction and assessment for students.”

Publishers interested in meeting at EdNET, the education industry’s premier networking event, to discuss the DOK Partner Program should contact Sam Adams, head of business development for WebbAlign, at sam(at)wceps(dot)org and visithttp://www.webbalign.org/partner.html to learn more.

About WebbAlign
Dr. Norman Webb, Sara Christopherson and the Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services (WCEPS) created WebbAlign to provide services based on Dr. Webb’s Depth of Knowledge Framework and Content Alignment Process. WCEPS disseminates the innovative educational products and services created at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Separate from, but affiliated with, the university, WCEPS extends the impact of the university’s educational innovations to support further research and development.

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