Apperson to Hold Free Webinars on Using Test Data to Inform Instruction and Blended Learning

Experts show educators how to use these tools to improve teaching and learning


Charlotte N.C. – October 29, 2015 – Assessment leader Apperson will host free webinars Nov. 5, 2015 and Nov. 12, 2015 to offer educators insight on how to use data to enhance teaching and learning and how they can incorporate blended learning into the classroom respectively.


To register for either webinar, click here or visit


The webinars include:


  • 2 p.m. (EST) Nov. 5, 2015Using Data to Enhance Teaching and Learning, featuring Nancy W. Sindelar, Ph.D. Teachers are spending more time than ever before testing students, but testing alone does nothing to improve instruction or learning. In this session, Nancy W. Sindelar, a teacher, consultant and author, will discuss how educators can use analyzed classroom test data to inform instruction, monitor their students’ progress, close achievement gaps and motivate students. Nancy currently works with schools to increase achievement through aligning local curriculum and assessments to state and Common Core State Standards. She also helps schools use test results to inform instruction. Her presentations address effective collection and interpretation of student test data, as well as the development of high-functioning teacher teams.


  • 4 p.m. (EST) Nov. 12, 2015Blended Learning, featuring Nancy Foote, M.Ed. Educators often find that their students master a concept, but later don’t remember it. This session is designed for educators who are looking for ways to make learning stick, and improve their own learning too. Nancy Foote is a teacher and author, and is recognized as an expert on blended learning and the flipped classroom. She is a former industrial chemist who currently works as a math and science teacher and has served as a curriculum specialist and elementary school principal. Nancy also oversees educational blogs on science and technology and is the author of Teacher Resource Guide to Chemistry.


About Apperson

Apperson’s K-12 assessment solutions help educators develop a 360° panorama of the student and his or her strengths, as well as areas of opportunities, that can inform curriculum decision-making and create positive learning outcomes. Whether it’s DataLink scanners, or the Evo assessment platform, Apperson’s products support and encourage a holistic learning and development approach by helping teachers turn assessment data into actionable information.



Follett Is New, Exclusive Distributor for International Baccalaureate® Materials, Merchandise Worldwide

Follett IB Store launches today

McHENRY, Ill., Nov. 2, 2015 – Offering globally competitive shipping rates, state-of-the-art ecommerce platforms and expert customer service, Follett School Solutions is the new, exclusive worldwide distributor for International Baccalaureate (IB) publishing products, formerly available at the IB’s online store.

The Follett IB online store launches today.

“Our new agreement will enhance the shopping experience for IB materials and merchandise, as well as other leading providers of classroom, library and textbook materials supporting the IB curricula,” said Steve Siegel, vice president-international, Follett School Solutions. “The IB offers four highly regarded programmes with more than one million IB students attending over 4,000 schools in 149 countries – and Follett is excited about the new distribution agreement.”

Follett, a worldwide leader in educational solutions and products, provides a myriad benefits as the exclusive provider of IB products, including:

  • exclusive access to IB materials and merchandise, as well as content from trusted IB publishers (Oxford University Press, Pearson, Cambridge University Press and more);
  • easy access to Follett’s suite of education management solutions; and
  • ability to help schools with their IB authorization by ensuring their library is stocked with the best resources to support the IB programmes.

“As always, our goal at the IB is to broaden the reach of our programmes, our teaching philosophy and our contribution to international citizenship,” said Robert Bolick, head of publishing and language services for IB. “By improving service and access to resources for our enrolled schools and candidates, we can increase schools’ efficiency and effectiveness as they pursue their IB programmes.”

Bolick added that the IB is “delighted” to be entering this collaboration with Follett. “We know through its online capability and international footprint, Follett will bring an enhanced level of service to the IB community, as well as an enriched offering of resources to IB World Schools,” he said.

Stuart Crouch, who has served as an IB librarian in many countries and at different educational institutions for more than 16 years, is a proponent of the collaboration with Follett.

“The collaboration brings together a premier information service on the world stage with a world-class educational organization,” said Crouch, currently head of libraries at the International School of Düsseldorf, Germany. “It brings resources into a single, one-stop platform and puts students and teachers first. By joining with IB, Follett will help to shape educational outcomes and most importantly be instrumental in delivering resources to students and staff around the globe.”

Of significance to Crouch, he stressed Follett is “second to none in terms of customer service. With our dedicated European team, we receive same-day feedback, excellent technical support and the people at Follett are ready to listen.”

For more information about the Follett IB Store, visit To view a video, visit


District 49 Partners with myON to Present Leaders in Literacy Summit

Colorado district to host November 5 event to highlight best practices in reading readiness


(Peyton, CO) November 4, 2015 —On Thursday November 5, 2015, District 49 will host the Leaders in Literacy Colorado Summit. The Summit will provide educators with tools to achieve third-grade reading readiness and college and career preparedness. Leaders and teachers from around the state will also share their best practices for boosting literacy achievement.

The complimentary event, taking place at District 49’s Creekside Campus from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will include a keynote presentation, breakout sessions, and a panel discussion.

“At District 49, we believe high-performing teams are the engines of innovation and productivity, and are fully committed to the third-grade reading initiative and incorporating rigor and high expectations around literacy,” said Peter Hilts, District 49’s Chief Education Officer. “We are honored to be part of the Leaders in Literacy Summit, which brings together Colorado’s best to learn from each other and better support students in our great state.”


Jason Turner, Professional Development Director at MetaMetrics will be the event’s keynote speaker. Turner will focus on the importance of reading preparedness and reading on grade level by third grade, measuring and monitoring reading growth to differentiate instruction, using measures to ensure students are on a trajectory to college and career readiness, as well as understanding the effects of early literacy on lifelong success.


Breakout sessions will include presentations from Colorado education leaders District 49’s Peter Hilts, Colorado Literacy and Learning Center President Dr. Lynne Fitzhugh; and Alisa Dorman, the Executive Director of the Office of Literacy at the Colorado Department of Education.


myON, K-12 education’s leading provider of personalized literacy environments, will provide lunch and a short presentation on its 21st-century literacy solution.

To register for the Leaders in Literary Summit, click here.


About District 49

District 49 is the 13th largest school district in Colorado, serving nearly 20,000 students in eastern Colorado Springs and the unincorporated area of El Paso County known as Falcon. District 49 maintains a robust portfolio of 22 high performing schools to meet the unique needs and interests of every student.  Primary literacy, reading at grade level by the end of third grade, is the #1 priority for elementary students and schools. Elementary students who demonstrate mastery of basic academic content and skills are able to access higher levels of more specialized learning as they matriculate toward graduation and post-secondary success. As secondary students build on this strong foundation, they display increasingly divergent abilities and passions. So, the most important program in our secondary schools is designing individualized learning plans for every student. Through a program called 49 Pathways, we provide personal and academic advising to help every student identify and pursue meaningful learning.


About myON™

myON, a business unit of Capstone, has created a personalized digital literacy environment that transforms learning. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access a collection of more than 10,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments, and a growing Literacy Toolkit that enhances the myON literacy ecosystem. myON empowers students and teachers with real-time, actionable data—number and type of books opened and read, time spent reading, results of regular benchmark assessments, and more—based on embedded Lexile assessments that measure student reading and writing growth. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction to propel them to new and unlimited learning opportunities.


Learning Upgrade Launches Interactive Whiteboard Courses

New Teacher Upgrade math and ELA lessons combine a front-of-class solution with individual instruction using songs, videos, and games.


(SAN DIEGO, CA) November 4, 2015 – Learning Upgrade today launched new whiteboard courses to provide a whole-class solution that make lessons convenient, rigorous, and collaborative for teachers.


Teacher Upgrade courses offer a new way for teachers to engage with an entire class of students through interactive, whole-class activities accompanied by differentiated individual lessons. Each Teacher Upgrade lesson incorporates exciting songs, videos, and games that engage even the most reluctant students. Teachers play the lessons using a computer and a data projector or interactive whiteboard, such as a Smart Board or Promethean board.  Students solve problems by pressing buttons or moving objects on the screen with a pen or finger.


With more than 500 standards-aligned lessons that support student mastery, educators can easily launch Teacher Upgrade from the “students” or “courses” tab on their teacher dashboard. With quick access to high quality lessons that cover every standard, teachers are able to avoid searching for content and focus more time on effective teaching.  Teacher Upgrade includes every lesson from Math Upgrade K–8, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra; as well as English Upgrade 1–5, Reading Upgrade, and Comprehension Upgrade courses.


“Teachers have asked for a simple way to access all of our musical lessons for whole-class instruction. We are excited to offer Teacher Upgrade to meet their needs,” said Vinod Lobo, co-founder and CEO of Learning Upgrade. “Providing teachers with rigorous lessons that engage all levels of learning abilities and styles is paramount. The new Teacher Upgrade lessons are a great way to help a wide variety of students—including special needs students and English learners—reach mastery at their grade level.”


For more information about Learning Upgrade, or to register for complimentary access to all of their resources, visit them online at


About Learning Upgrade


Founded in 1998 by educators, musicians, artists and programmers in San Diego, Learning Upgrade designs innovative, engaging lessons to support struggling students in reading and math. Through the incorporation of songs, video, games, and educational research, Learning Upgrade has helped more than 1 million students make learning breakthroughs.