Follett Supports ‘Future Ready Schools’ Initiative on Behalf of Project Connect
Announcement made at White House event as part of release of National Education Technology Plan
WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 14, 2015 – Follett joined a strong educational coalition of national partner and regional organizations, and major corporations, by supporting Future Ready Schools, an initiative developed by the U.S. Department of Education to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for career success.
The announcement was made Dec. 10 by the Alliance for Excellent Education at a White House event, which featured the release of the National Education Technology Plan. Further, it was announced that more than 2,000 school district leaders, representing 16 million students, have taken the Future Ready District Pledge to personalize learning for students using effective digital learning strategies.
According to Nader Qaimari, Follett Executive Vice President and General Manger, Follett is supporting the Future Ready initiative on behalf of Project Connect’s Future Ready Library Framework. Project Connect, sponsored by Follett, is a national initiative to advocate for school libraries and connect powerful school library programs to the needs of successful 21stcentury learning. The goal is to shed light on how the expertise of librarians can be more fully utilized, and how an innovative school library program can be a solution to the many challenges that arise from a digital transformation.
“Our involvement is an expression of our dedication to creating Future Ready Librarians, and reinforces our message that school libraries are a cornerstone of all good programs,” Qaimari said.
Qaimari also described a micro-credentialing program currently in development by Project Connect, which would present professional development opportunities to librarians. “As we define future ready libraries, it only makes sense to develop innovative professional learning experiences that model new ways of working,” said Mark Ray, Chief Digital Officer, Vancouver Public Schools, a member of Project Connect’s Librarian Leadership Committee. “Micro credentials offer a nimble way for librarians to build on their expertise and level up their skill set so they can lead, teach and support as part of future ready schools.”
The pledge Follett made this week represents a new library “strand” for Future Ready to support the nation’s librarians and media specialists. Other major corporations involved in the overall Future Ready initiative include Apple, Google, Microsoft, and McGraw-Hill Education.
Launched 14 months ago, Future Ready Schools is an Alliance for Excellent Education project featuring more than 50 partners, including the U.S. Department of Education.
“Future Ready Schools isn’t just about technology,” Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education, said Thursday. “It’s about a more personalized approach to teaching and learning that ensures that all students have the skills they need to succeed in college and a career. Future Ready Schools is about empowering teachers and leaders, helping students take charge of their own learning, and keeping parents engaged and informed.”
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
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.
Education Technology Professionals to Gain Insight
from Girls-in-Tech Advocate at January Conference
ORLANDO, Fla. – Educators from across the country will convene at the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), January 12 – 15, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. to engage with Girls Who Code Founder and CEO Reshma Saujani. The former Deputy Public Advocate of New York City, will be the opening keynote speaker at the 36th annual conference.
“As one of the largest national education technology conferences in the U.S., it is FETC’s job to educate school leaders on emerging ed-tech trends, including STEM and coding, and how to teach these topics to all types of students,” said Mike Eason, FETC General Manager, LRP Conferences. “We are looking forward to the impact Reshma will have on our attendees and how attendees will positively influence students nationwide.”
According to Girls Who Code, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25 percent of the jobs in technical or computing fields. Saujani’s organization works to educate, inspire and equip young women with the skills and resources to pursue academic and career opportunities in computing fields. Advocating for a new model of female leadership focused on risk-taking, competition and mentorship, Saujani is also the author of a book entitled, Women Who Don’t Wait in Line.
As the Fund for Public Advocacy Executive Director, Saujani brought together public and private sectors to encourage entrepreneurship and civic engagement across New York City. In 2010, Saujani became the first South Asian woman to run for Congress, promoting policies to spur innovation and job creation.
“Reshma has been influential in closing the gender gap in STEM and coding and empowering girls to pursue careers in technology and engineering,” said Eason. “We are confident she will inspire the thousands of educators and tech leaders attending FETC 2016.”
Besides STEM and coding, FETC will spotlight the latest trends that are expected to saturate classrooms nationwide, including game-based learning; flipped learning; 3D printing; maker education; and mobile, online and blended learning.
FETC 2016 will feature more than 500 expert-led sessions and workshops and over 400 exhibitors designed to provide pre-K – 12 educators and administrators with an unparalleled opportunity to explore different technologies while increasing their familiarity with the latest devices, hardware, software and successful strategies for student technology integration.
To register for FETC 2016 and get information on sessions, presenters, exhibitors, workshops and registration, please visitwww.fetc.org or call toll free 1-800-341-7874. Join the conversation by following the conference on Twitter (@FETC) and using and searching the hashtag (#FETC). For even more FETC updates, “like” FETC on Facebook and join the FETC LinkedIn group.
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About Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC)
For 36 years, the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) has brought together education leaders and technology experts to exchange techniques and strategies for teaching and learning success. Known worldwide for its outstanding program, FETC provides educators and administrators the opportunity to explore the integration of technology across the curriculum — from pre-K – 12 — through hands-on exposure to the latest hardware, software and successful strategies.
About LRP Conferences, LLC
LRP Conferences, LLC, an affiliate of LRP Publications, produces more than a dozen professional conferences and trade shows annually, including: Campus Technology Conference, Transformational Technology in Higher Ed Conference, Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo, Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), HR in Hospitality Conference, HR Technology® Conference & Exposition, Recruiting Trends Conference, and National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference® & Expo.
About LRP Publications
LRP Publications, headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is known as educators’ most trusted source for practical and legal education administration guidance and produces newsletters (Education Daily®), books, pamphlets, DVDs, audio conferences, eLearning courses, online services (Title1admin.com, EducationDaily.com and Special Ed Connection.com) and training tools to help educators implement sound programs and avoid compliance errors related to Title I, autism, discipline and more. LRP also produces professional education conferences including: National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities® and Special Education School Attorneys Conference. For a complete list of LRP products, eCourses and conferences, please visit www.lrp.com.
Note: Media representatives interested in attending and covering FETC 2016 can register online at http://fetcpress.org/credentials or on-site in the Press Room at the Orange County Convention Center where registered media representatives can schedule interviews, work stories or just relax. Media representatives are required to register and will not be admitted into any FETC venues without a badge issued by FETC press staff. There is no cost for media registration. The deadline to pre-register is Dec. 28.
The Virtual High School and Landmark School Release Report on
the Need for Study Skills Instruction for College and Career Readiness
Boston — Dec. 14, 2015 — Research shows that study skills are a crucial element for academic success from early adolescence through college; however, many middle and high school students have not received explicit instruction in study strategies nor practice using such strategies in the classroom. As a result students struggle to master course content and are unprepared for future postsecondary work. To help educators understand the importance of study strategies, The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) has partnered withLandmark School, Inc., a leader in developing strategies for effective student study skills, to release a report titled “Why are Study Skills Essential to Academic Success?”
The report is authored by Patricia Newhall, M.A., M.S. Ed., Associate Director of the Landmark School Outreach Program. “When study strategies are taught, the instruction is often less explicit and with fewer opportunities for guided practice,” Newhall said. “The result is that even though more and more kids are making it through high school, the vast majority of U.S. students are unprepared for college. In 2013, only 26 percent of all ACT-tested high school graduates met the ACT College Readiness Benchmark in all four subjects. So, more than ever, educators need to provide middle and high school students with a strong foundation in the best study skills tools and practices.”
“Why are Study Skills Essential to Academic Success?” outlines the three main categories of study skills that students need: management of materials, management of time, and management of ideas and information. “In order to gain academic competence, students must learn to be efficient and effective managers in each of these areas,” said Newhall. “Study skills contribute to students’ ability to organize, remember, and apply their knowledge. Plus, those skills also result in feelings of self-efficacy that researchers highlight as part of academic competence.” The report also includes a testimonial from a Landmark School senior on how she came to see the value of her teacher’s study skills requirements.
In addition to the report, VHS partnered with Landmark School to create a virtual version of Landmark’s in-person Study Skills+ course in the last quarter of 2015. The course focuses on a host of topics such as locating main ideas, two-column note taking, the Five Step Writing process, and more.
“VHS is dedicated to empowering schools, and the report and online Study Skills+ course will enable schools to provide necessary study skills instruction while still meeting the demands of state-mandated testing,” said The Virtual High School President and CEO, Carol Ribeiro. “While some students have an innate talent for navigating the vast quantities of data that we all face, many others stumble when they are responsible for the acquisition and practice of study skills and strategies. When they have access to direct study skill instruction, students acquire the structured, strategic approach they need to meet today’s academic demands in high school. More importantly, they carry that skillset to college and beyond.”
About Landmark School
Since 1971, Landmark School has been recognized as a leader in educating students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities, helping them overcome their weaknesses, maximize their strengths and learn powerful and effective skills that they carry with them through life. Landmark offers a unique and personalized learning environment for students in grades 2-12, with a campus in Prides Crossing, MA for 370 high school students and one for 150 elementary and middle school students in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. For more information, visitwww.Landmarkschool.org or call (978) 236-3010.
About The Virtual High School, Inc.
The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the nonprofit organization has set the standard for quality online education. VHS provides courses taught in global online classrooms for secondary school students and online professional development for educators. The organization also meets the unique educational needs of schools through custom course development and individualized course offerings. VHS design and delivery standards are the model used by the National Education Association in their recommended standards for online learning. The organization has won numerous awards, including the Stockholm Challenge Award for Global Excellence in Information Technology and is a three-time winner of the United States Distance Learning Association’s (USDLA) award for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices. For more information, visitwww.TheVirtualHighSchool.org or call (978) 897-1900.