Apperson Wins 2015 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence for Evo Social & Emotional (SEL) Assessment 


Charlotte N.C. – Jan. 6, 2016 – Apperson’s Evo Social & Emotional assessment solution has been named a recipient of Tech & Learning’s 33rd annual Awards of Excellence. Apperson’s Evo Social & Emotional was recognized in the New Product category. The product, along with a detailed description and judges’ comments, was featured in the December, 2015 issue of Tech & Learning magazine.


Apperson’s Evo SEL is a comprehensive measurement of students’ social emotional strengths. Apperson introduced its Evo Social & Emotional (SEL) assessment solution in response to research showing that addressing students’ social and emotional skills has a positive impact on their academics. Evo SEL allows educators to rate the frequency of student behavior over time and screen and monitor the progress of students’ SEL skills. It was developed through a partnership with The Devereux Center for Resilient Children and uses the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) and the DESSA mini to assess students’ SEL strengths and needs.


“Having Evo SEL recognized through Tech & Learning’s 2015 Awards of Excellence acknowledges that it fills an important need and provides educators with the tools necessary to address students’ social and emotional learning needs,” said Bill Apperson, chairman of the board of Apperson. “This tool equips educators with the information they need to maximize the potential of all students.”


The Tech & Learning Awards are just the latest to be included in Apperson Evo’s trophy case, as impartial, industry-leading organizations recognize the value and innovation Evo SEL delivers to the classroom. Apperson’s products were named finalists for the 2015 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. Its products also won the 2015 ComputED Gazette’s 21st Annual Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIE Awards).


Apperson’s entry was among 124 education technology products to be recognized in Tech & Learning’s prestigious 33-year-old program. The 2015 Awards of Excellence acknowledge innovative products that break new ground, as well as those that added significant enhancements to proven education tools. A panel of more than 30 educators tested hundreds of entries and chose the winners.


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 SEL platform, Apperson’s products support and encourage a holistic learning and development approach by helping educators turn assessment data into actionable information.


International Baccalaureate authorizes first Career-related Programme (CP) in Canada

Career and Technical Education in Ontario takes a leap forward with CP


January 7, 2016, Bethesda, MD – The students at Catholic Central High School in Ontario, Canada have another option to choose from when it comes to high-quality preparation for college and career readiness. Catholic Central 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 a career and/or post-secondary education.  Serving a diverse community which includes core area families as well as families from across the greater London area seeking access to programs like the IB, Catholic Central High School is the first high school in Canada to be authorized to offer this program.


“Our programs serve the needs of many in our London community,” said Paul Lamoureux, principal of Catholic Central High School.  “We 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 field and want the flexibility of going directly into the work force or onto university studies.”


Catholic Central High School students will be able to choose from four options in the Career-related Programme. These include sport administration, health and wellness, environmental leadership, and nonprofit sector.  Their career-related studies will be complemented by a minimum of two IB Diploma Programme courses, as well as a CP core that includes personal and professional skills, service learning, language development and a reflective project. 


Drew Deutsch, Regional Director for IB Americas said, “We want to congratulate Catholic Central High School on its achievement of becoming the first IB World School in Canada 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 4,000 schools in 147 countries.


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New ASCD Professional Learning Institute Addresses the Effects of Poverty on Students in Ohio

Alexandria, VA (01/07/2016)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, is pleased to bring its new live, networkedProfessional Learning Institute to Ohio, February 2–3, 2016. During this two-day session, which will be held at five locations throughout the state, presenters William Parrett and Kathleen Budge will discuss the adverse effects of poverty on student learning and how educators can take action to meet the needs of all students.

“It’s no secret that poverty can affect students’ ability to succeed academically in the classroom,” said Jim Hemgen, ASCD’s managing director of professional learning services. “The ASCD Professional Learning Institute will give educators an opportunity to explore the challenges of teaching students living in poverty and learn ways to make innovative improvements to ensure the comprehensive needs of Ohio’s children are being met.”

ASCD’s new regional Professional Learning Institutes are designed to provide educators with convenient, top-quality training near their workplaces. Each institute is led by trained subject matter experts and their teams who give practical, research-based instructional strategies that educators at every level can put into practice immediately to increase student achievement.

During the February institute, Parrett and Budge will explain what it takes to disrupt poverty’s adverse influence on student learning, how high-poverty schools become high-performing schools, and what strategies create a learning environment where all students can succeed.

Disrupting Poverty: Where to Start, What to Stop—Central Location
Ohio educators are invited to attend the central location, where they can interact directly with Parrett and Budge.

  • Educational Service Center (ESC) of Cuyahoga County in Independence, Ohio ($399 per person)

Disrupting Poverty: Where to Start, What to Stop—Networked Locations
Ohio educators also have the option to attend the institute at any of the networked locations, which are facilitated by seasoned and trained members of Parrett and Budge’s personal team. At these locations, educators are able to watch Parrett and Budge’s presentation live, interact with the other four locations via online tools, and collaborate in person during breakout sessions. ($299 per person)

  • South-Western City Schools at the ESC of Central Ohio in Columbus
  • Mahoning County ESC in Youngstown
  • Princeton City Schools at the Princeton Administration Building in Sharonville
  • Stark County ESC at the R.G. Drage Career Technical Center in Massillon

Educators can register here to attend at the central or a networked location. To learn more about all of ASCD’s professional development programs, products, and services, visit To learn about ASCD’s membership options, please

ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries—the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit



West’s SchoolMessenger Launches Ecosystem Program to Simplify Education Product Discovery and Deployment

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Trusted K-12 communications provider enhances SchoolMessenger Passport single sign-on product.

SchoolMessenger, the trusted platform for school community engagement and a part of West Corporation, today announced the addition of a new feature to SchoolMessenger Passport, its single sign-on product for school districts, as well as an important new program for education technology providers.

An updated Passport catalog and the new SchoolMessenger Ecosystem Program address pain points for both districts and companies: providing a method for schools to learn about and deploy new products within a controlled environment that keeps districts in control of the process.

Introduced last fall, SchoolMessenger Passport allows districts to provide teachers, staff, parents and students with quick and secure access to online learning applications, open educational resources (OER), and a variety of school management and administration software programs using single sign-on (SSO). That means each individual only has to remember one user ID and password to log into multiple district-approved educational resources, including SchoolMessenger products.

Both the free standard and paid premium versions of Passport include a catalog of “product connectors” that enable SSO to popular web-based services. With the launch of the SchoolMessenger Ecosystem Program, companies will be able to highlight additional services they can provide, such as allowing schools to use one-click account provisioning tools within the updated version of the Passport catalog. In all cases, there is no fee to school districts for these features. Companies, once selected, participate as Ecosystem Program members with benefits that include secure integrations for district-approved sharing of roster or similar data.

“Schools are often overwhelmed by the process of selecting and deploying web-based education products and securely sharing approved data with their service providers,” said Robert Iskander, general manager. “Companies frequently have trouble standing out in an increasing crowd of suppliers. The new SchoolMessenger Ecosystem Program solves these problems, introducing appropriate digital tools directly to districts.”

Both Passport and its enhanced catalog that supports the Ecosystem Program are built on established technology from EduTone Corporation. Designed specifically for education, EduTone’s access and identity management engine is proven as an underpinning of strong single sign-on tools that don’t get in the way of learning. EduTone itself has won several awards for its products, including multiple Software and Information Industry Association CODiE awards in the Best Solution for the K-12, Enterprise, and Education categories.

“We’re proud to have our SSO platform power SchoolMessenger Passport and its Ecosystem Program,” said Julian Mobbs, CEO of EduTone. “Partnerships with established brands, such as SchoolMessenger, and their trusted relationships with school leaders, make it possible to bring more efficient access and procurement solutions to more students and schools worldwide more quickly.”

The enhanced catalog feature of SchoolMessenger Passport is part of regular product updates and requires no action by districts. Companies who want to be considered as a SchoolMessenger Ecosystem Program partner can apply at or contact Carmi Paris, vice president of business development, at 888.527.5225 x475.

About SchoolMessenger
SchoolMessenger products, part of West Corporation, are K-12’s most-trusted communications solutions. Thousands of schools and other educational institutions in all 50 U.S. states and Canada depend on SchoolMessenger products and services. From notifications and websites to custom mobile apps and social media, school leaders have relied on the SchoolMessenger platform since 1999 to engage with their communities in multiple languages and on any device. To learn more about SchoolMessenger, visit or call 888.527.5225.

About EduTone
EduTone provides schools with a more efficient and secure way to manage access to digital resources so they can refocus their energies on what’s most important. The Global Grid for Learning is a single sign-on platform that works on any device to provide users with a single username, password and point of access while DataZone is an SIS/LMS integration service that makes provisioning subscription services easier. EduTone serves schools and districts around the world directly, through resellers and through white label partners. EduTone is a privately held corporation headquartered in Alameda, California, with affiliated offices in the UK and Australia. To learn more, visit or call 888.904.9773.


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