Follett’s Nader Qaimari named to EdNET ’16 Industry Advisory Board

McHENRY, Ill., Jan. 29, 2016 – Nader Qaimari, who leads Follett’s preK-12 business, Follett School Solutions, has been named to the EdNET 2016 Industry Advisory Board, a panel of industry executives who advise on the programming and formatting for the education industry’s networking and thought leadership event.

The annual EdNET Conference, hosted by MDR, provides PreK-12 organizations the latest information on market trends, business partnering opportunities, funding sources, new technologies, and activities of key market players. This year’s conference will be held Sept. 25-27 in Dallas.

“Follett has been a long-time supporter of EdNET and our work, and we are honored to have Nader participating in our board discussions this year,” said Vicki Smith Bigham, EdNET Conference Manager. “His keen perspective on the market, especially in publishing and the transition to digital products and service solutions, will be valuable for program planning. I very much look forward to working with him.”

In October 2015, Qaimari was promoted to Executive Vice President for Follett Corporation, and General Manager for Follett School Solutions. Qaimari joined Follett in July 2014 as Senior Vice President of Content Services and Solutions. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cengage Learning’s Gale business.

For more information about Follett, visit


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.


Raptor Technologies Named “Readers’ Choice Top Product” by District Administration

Visitor management software selected by top K-12 leaders for enhancing school safety in districts across the country.
News Image

Earning a District Administration Readers’ Choice Top Product Award shows that school administrators recognize how essential it is to implement modern safety measures into our schools.

Raptor Technologies’ visitor management system for K-12 schools has been recognized by District Administration as a “Readers’ Choice Top Product for 2015.”

“Earning a District Administration Readers’ Choice Top Product Award shows that school administrators recognize how essential it is to implement modern safety measures into our schools and supports the fact that the Raptor system is trusted to protect more K-12 schools than any other visitor management system in the United States,” said Jim Vesterman, CEO of Raptor Technologies. “The Raptor visitor management system continues to show our dedication to protecting every child, at every school, every day.”

Raptor Technologies provides school districts with an integrated visitor management system that instantly screens an individual’s state-issued ID against a database of registered sex offenders. It also offers screening against a custom database that contains custodial and other alerts for a school district. By implementing the Raptor system, the districts can quickly monitor who enters their buildings and ensure faculty and students are kept safe from unwanted visitors.

“It was inspiring to learn about the products being used in today’s schools and classrooms that are helping districts succeed,” said JD Solomon, editorial director at District Administration. “All of our 2015 honorees should be very proud of this achievement.”

The winners were compiled from 2,100-plus nominations from the magazine’s readers over the past year. 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, including safety and security.

To learn more about Raptor Technologies, visit

About Raptor Technologies
Founded in 2002, Raptor is the nation’s leading developer of innovative K-12 school safety technologies including its visitor management system that provides instant screening of visitors and volunteers for sex offender status and custodial orders. Raptor’s mission is to protect every child, every school, every day. More than 14,000 K-12 schools around the country currently use the Raptor system. Raptor has flagged more than 25,000 registered sex offenders attempting to enter K-12 schools and has issued over 150,000 custodial alerts. For more information, visit


CB&A Expands its Award-Winning Team

PR and digital marketing agency welcomes Jennifer Ferguson as Account Executivejennifer_staff_color

Madison, Wis. (Jan. 27, 2016) – C. Blohm & Associates, Inc. (CB&A), the premier PR and digital marketing agency for the education and special needs industries, announces the addition of Account Executive Jennifer Ferguson. In this position, Ferguson will develop and execute public relations strategies to meet, and exceed client and agency goals.

Prior to joining the CB&A team, Ferguson worked as a Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator at Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill. Earlier in her career, she served as a Communications Specialist at Central School District #104 in O’Fallon, Ill.

“Jennifer’s background in education and public relations is uniquely suited for the work we do and the clients we serve,” said President and Founder Charlene Blohm.

“As an organization that was recently named Small Agency of the Year by Bulldog Reporter, we’re passionate about hiring individuals with the skills and desire to improve the lives of students across the world.”

Ferguson earned a Master of Arts degree in Leadership Development from Saint Mary-of-the-Wood College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in News Editorial Journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“I was drawn to CB&A because of the company’s commitment to improving the ways people teach and learn,” said Ferguson. “In my role, I join the ranks of experts in the education and special needs industries.”

About C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.

C. Blohm & Associates, Inc., is the premier PR and digital marketing agency for the education and special needs industries. This award-winning agency creates customized integrated marketing communications campaigns that drive results for clients. Passion, imagination and commitment are hallmarks of this dynamic team that focuses on the importance of providing everyone with the chance to learn. Because after all, Visibility Matters. For more information,


McGraw-Hill Education Launches Free Introduction to Project-Based Literacy Instruction at 2016 National Title I Conference


SRA FLEX Literacy Projects Jumpstart promotes critical skills for at-risk elementary, middle and high school students, extends benefits of project-based learning to more U.S. classrooms


HOUSTON – January 28, 2016 – In an effort to reach all students with meaningful literacy instruction, McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, today announced the launch of SRA FLEX Literacy Projects Jumpstart, a free and easy-to-implement introduction to project-based literacy intervention for grades 3-12. Released today in conjunction with the 2016 National Title I Conference, the complimentary 15-day lesson plan covers all five stages of the SRA FLEX Project Experience in an easy-to-follow sequence, aiming to boost literacy skills through reading, writing-centered activities and group collaboration.


The free, introductory FLEX Literacy Projects Jumpstart bundle includes:

  • The FLEX Literacy Projects Startup Guide and Login Card
  • FLEX Literacy Projects resources for either Elementary (3-5) or Secondary (6 and above) classrooms
  • A Collaboration, Presentation and Writing Assessment Guide
  • A FLEX Literacy Projects ePresentation, among other FLEX Literacy Projects Resources


“Project-based learning is one of the most effective methods for instilling complex skills in students, and – since virtually no skill is as complex or as crucial as literacy – it’s vital that we make project-based lessons available to as many classrooms as possible,” said Christine Willig, president of McGraw-Hill Education’s K-12 group. “The FLEX Literacy Project Experience’s reading, writing and group activities help guide a far more meaningful learning experience by fostering higher-order thinking skills that are invaluable in the classroom and beyond.”


Increasingly popular for its highly engaging and focused instructional format, project-based learning asks students to apply key knowledge and skills by solving real-world problems and performing exercises that push their critical-thinking abilities. The highly relevant, standards-based instructional support provided by project-based learning makes it ideal for struggling students.


Aligned with Common Core and state standards for reading, the FLEX Literacy Project Experience for grades 3-12 empowers educators to precisely adapt instruction to the needs of diverse of learners by addressing writing, speaking, listening, language and informational text. The program’s writing-centered projects include research, presentation and collaboration, providing a radically different way of learning. Students discover the excitement of thinking critically, communicating ideas and collaborating with their peers to develop written and oral presentations. Students can apply their literacy and technology skills to science, social studies and health projects to make cross-curricular associations with projects that build community connections.


For more information about FLEX Literacy, visit:





About McGraw-Hill Education

McGraw-Hill Education is a learning science company that delivers personalized learning experiences that help students, parents, educators and professionals improve results. McGraw-Hill Education has offices across North America, India, China, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions available in nearly 60 languages. Visit us at or find us on Facebook or Twitter.




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: