Follett Aspen IMS Named ‘Readers Choice Top Product’ by District Administration Readers

MCHENRY, Ill., Dec. 1, 2015 – Follett Aspen Instructional Management System (IMS) has been recognized for making a positive difference in education by K12 leaders who named it to District Administration magazine’s “Readers’ Choice Top Products for 2015.”

The winners were compiled from more than 2,100 nominations from the magazine’s readers over the past year. The Readers’ Choice Top Products are available online and in the December issue of District Administration magazine.

Follett Aspen IMS allows educators to search, store and share resources needed to build and manage a meaningful, standards-based curriculum, and provides them the ability to:

  • Have fast access to district curriculum maps to aid in lesson planning;
  • Build a database of sample lesson plans that can be edited and personalized to fit unique classroom needs;
  • Enjoy a task tool that can list student assignments and attach supplementary documents for students to easily access from anywhere;
  • Promote contemporary curriculum development with digital group projects, tests, and quizzes that eliminate paper sharing;
  • Create class pages that foster teacher-student communication, plus make students aware when assignments are due and when they’ve been graded; and
  • Allow parents to see that’s happening within the classroom by browsing daily activities, curriculum and remain up to date with grades.

Aspen IMS also integrates with Follett Aspen Student Information System (SIS).

According to Jim Monti, director of technology for West Warwick (R.I.) Public Schools, Follett Aspen IMS “has unified our district’s ability to house all of our student, staff and curriculum data under one application. Aspen allows us to connect all of our data from student to teacher to curriculum to make the best decisions about the students and employees in our care.”

District Administration’s Readers’ Choice Top Products awards program informs superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in a variety of areas, such as technology, sustainability and curriculum instruction.

For more information about Follett, visit

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About District Administration|

District Administration provides K12 leaders with critical news and information for school district management, through its monthly magazine, website, e-newsletters and the District Administration Leadership Institute Superintendent Summits.


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|

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves over half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education’s largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating more than 1,150 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.



Achieve3000’s Leadership Edition Digital Dashboard Makes Data-Driven Decision-Making Easy for School and District Leaders

Achieve3000 launches its new Leadership Edition: an at-a-glance dashboard that provides educators with the reliable, actionable data needed to best support student achievement.

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (November 19, 2015) – Achieve3000 has released a brand-new digital dashboard called Leadership Edition, which gives school and district leaders access to the timely, accurate and meaningful data needed to inform effective action plans and student placement in tiered intervention programs. Designed to help busy educators gain a deeper understanding of the literacy needs of their various student populations, Leadership Edition presents key metrics such as student usage, performance, and progress towards college and career readiness in easy-to-read, visual formats.

“Leadership Edition provides the reliable, actionable data that educational leaders need for data-driven decision-making, empowering them to support and accelerate student learning,” said Saki Dodelson, CEO and founder of Achieve3000. “Students who use our differentiated instruction solutions make double to triple the expected reading gains in one school year, and now busy administrators can instantly access data – anytime, on any device – allowing them to drive even greater gains and accelerate all students on the path to college and career success.”

Achieve3000 specializes in cloud-based, differentiated learning solutions for school-aged youth as well as adult learners. The company’s three most popular solutions – KidBiz3000 for grades 2-5, TeenBiz3000 for grades 6-8, and Empower3000 for grades 9-12 – all help reduce teacher planning time by automatically delivering the same grade-appropriate lessons to the entire class, while simultaneously tailoring them according to each student’s Lexile reading level. Built-in reports then allow teachers and administrators to monitor student progress and forecast future performance at the click of a mouse.


Leadership Edition will further reduce planning time for reading specialists, curriculum coordinators, principals and other education leaders. Provided at no cost to schools and districts with active subscriptions to KidBiz3000, TeenBiz3000, and Empower3000, the dashboard provides a highly visual and easy-to-use presentation of student usage and performance data. Powerful, on-demand filters then help users to drill down and examine data at the district, school, teacher, or classroom level; identify trends over time and pinpoint any exceptions; make comparisons; and determine areas that need attention so they can make informed decisions about the instruction and resources that support student learning.

For example, school and district leaders can view the “Students on Track” metric – which identifies the percentage of students on track for college and career readiness – to locate any schools, grade levels, teachers, or classes that may need extra support. Using Achieve3000’s built-in reports, administrators can then work with teachers to develop a data-driven plan that identifies which students need more intensive instruction and targets the specific skills or standards that need to be re-taught or reinforced, so that all struggling students can get the intervention they need exactly when and how they need it. As a result, schools and districts will be able to get more students on track for success.

The dashboard also allows users to continuously monitor the health of their implementation and ensure that their Achieve3000 literacy solutions are being used with fidelity. For example, users can see at a glance if students are completing the recommended number of reading activities per week. If any classrooms are falling behind, instructional leaders can then remind teachers to increase the number of opportunities students have to complete the activities, ensuring that students are gaining the full benefit from educators’ investment in Achieve3000.

School and district leaders with current KidBiz3000, TeenBiz3000, or Empower3000 accounts can log into the Leadership Edition at using their existing usernames and passwords.

About Achieve3000, Inc.

Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated literacy instruction, serving over two million students worldwide. For nearly 15 years, the company has been reaching students at their individual reading levels to deliver significant learning gains, with many making double to triple the expected gains in a single school year. Based on decades of scientific research, Achieve3000’s solutions – Smarty Ants® (for grades PreK-1), KidBiz3000® (for grades 2-5), TeenBiz3000® (for grades 6-8), Empower3000™ (for grades 9-12), Spark3000®(for adult learners), and eScience3000® (for grades 6-8) – support core curriculum, Response to Intervention, English language learner, and special education instructional models as well as 21st-century education initiatives. From learning how to read to workforce readiness, Achieve3000 empowers all learners to develop the college and career literacy skills needed for academic, professional, and personal success. The company is based in Lakewood, N.J. Learn more about Achieve3000 online at or by calling 888-968-6822.



AASA Endorses the Every Student Succeeds Act

Alexandria, Va. – Nov. 30, 2015 – AASA, The School Superintendents Association, strongly endorses the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Representing the nation’s more than 13,000 school system leaders, AASA has been deeply engaged in efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). We are pleased to see Congress advance such a comprehensive, bipartisan piece of legislation that focuses on policies that support and strengthen our nation’s schools and the students they serve.

As the sole organization to oppose No Child Left Behind from the beginning, AASA has long endorsed an approach to federal education policy that takes the pendulum of federal overreach and prescription and returns it to state and local control. ESSA strikes a very appropriate balance of power between the federal, state and local levels.

“The federal government has a very critical role to play in federal education policy, and that is to support and strengthen—not dictate and prescribe to—our nation’s public schools,” said AASA Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech. “ESSA is the embodiment of this very policy, preserving very important federal policy cornerstones like equity, accountability, standards and assessments, but doing so in a way that empowers state and local education leaders to more effectively operate the systems for which they are responsible.”

ESSA is a significant improvement over current law. “In sharing bill text of ESSA, Congress demonstrated its commitment to seeing ESEA reauthorization to completion. This legislation builds on 8 years of momentum, and carries forward the very strong bipartisan sentiment of more recent efforts,” said David Schuler, AASA president. “Our nation’s schools and the students they serve want and deserve more than the broken, outdated remnants of No Child Left Behind. It is imperative Congress not only pass ESSA, but do so in an expedient manner and deliver this bill to the President’s desk before the New Year.”

Further AASA analysis and response is available on AASA’s policy blog, The Leading Edge.


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



PublicSchoolWORKS’ Steroid and Performance-Enhancing Substances Online Training Course Approved by Oregon DOE

Employees can take the online course to meet the state’s Training and Assessment requirement


Cincinnati, OH (November 30, 2015) — PublicSchoolWORKS’ “Steroids and Supplements: Use, Abuse and Prevention Strategies” online training course is now officially approved by the Oregon Department of Education as meeting theOregon School Activities Association’s (OSSA) Steroids Training and Assessment requirement and is now listed as an approved course on the Oregon Department of Education website. In an attempt to reduce the use and abuse of anabolic steroids and performance enhancing substances (ASPES) among school-age children, OSSA requires all district employees who are coaches or athletic directors to be trained on identifying the signs of ASPES use and abuse, as well as understanding evidence-based prevention strategies. The Oregon State Legislature Senate Bill 517 requires all applicable employees complete this training once every four years.


“Steroids and Supplements: Use, Abuse and Prevention Strategies” educates employees about the effects anabolic steroids, performance-enhancing supplements and energy drinks have on athletes; the warning signs that athletes are abusing them and prevention strategies for districts to implement. The system automatically sends training requests to appropriate employees and auto-tracks and auto-emails district administrators regarding employees who did not complete the course through PublicSchoolWORKS’ online training system. This makes follow-up with employees more targeted and the ability to ensure compliance more efficient.


The “Steroids and Supplements: Use, Abuse and Prevention Strategies” course is one of 400+ courses available with the PublicSchoolWORKS EmployeeSafe Suite staff training system.

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About PublicSchoolWORKS

Since 2000, PublicSchoolWORKS safety compliance management solutions have focused on helping schools easily meet ever-changing compliance requirements, improve staff and student safety, cut costs associated with risk, and reduce administrator and staff time and effort. PublicSchoolWORKS is the only, complete K12 safety compliance management program created by and for schools, and is proud to provide districts with award-winning technology and support recognized by North American educators. For more information on how PublicSchoolWORKS can improve district safety programs, contact 1-877-779-6757 or