Kathy Hurley Will Moderate AASA Leadership Panel Featuring Contributors to  Real Women, Real Leaders

The co-editor of the book will be joined by two of its writers to discuss the 16 leadership competencies that women need to rise to the top of their professions

(Phoenix, AZ) February 11, 2016 – At the annual American Association of School Administrators’ (AASA) National Conference on Education, Kathy Hurley, co-editor of the book Real Women, Real Leaders, will moderate an interactive panel called “Competencies for Emerging Educational Leaders” that will feature contributing authors to the book. The panel will take place on Friday, February 12, at 12:30 p.m. in room 129 of the Phoenix Convention Center.

Panelists will include Deb Delisle, the executive director of ASCD and former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education; Susan L. Hall, president and co-founder of the 95% Group; and Maria Ott, a professor of clinical education at USC’s Rossier School of Education.

The interactive panel, based on research published in the Harvard Business Review, will examine 16 competencies for leaders. In the context of Real Women, Real Leaders, the panelists will discuss the qualities that emerging leaders need and share strategies for fostering these competencies in others.

Immediately after the panel, Hurley, Delisle, and Hall will hold a book signing at the AASA Conference Center Bookstore in the Convention Center that will be open to all attendees of the National Conference on Education.

“We hope that attendees at AASA will join us for our panel and the book signing afterwards,” said Hurley. “We look forward to having an engaging, interactive session that will help attendees learn how to cultivate and develop the 16 leadership competencies to build success.”

Real Women, Real Leaders is based on the 16 leadership competencies that Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman assessed in their research and detailed in their March 2012 Harvard Business Review article, “The Results Are In: Women Are Better Leaders.” Each story in the book sheds light on the women’s leadership attributes, skills, and relationships that have served them best. The women leaders in the book share how they overcame the obstacles and point out people they credit as instrumental in their journeys. The book also provides an opportunity for professional women to evaluate their own strengths and determine which skills they need to acquire as they formulate their personal roadmaps to the top.

The book is available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide. To learn more, visit WileyAmazonBarnes & NobleBooks a Million, or 800-CEO-READ.

About the Editors

Kathy Hurley is a 40+-year veteran of the education industry. Throughout her career, Kathy has served in top positions in both publishing and technology companies, which includes executive positions with Pearson and IBM. In December 2014, Kathy retired from Pearson, where she had spent 10 years and served as executive vice president of education alliances for the Pearson Foundation. Kathy uses her expertise in education policy, sales, marketing, and business development to help further the work of top businesses, executive-level customers, associations and foundations. Kathy was selected as a Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) at Harvard University for 2014. Upon completing the ALI at Harvard, Kathy co-founded a global non-profit organization called Girls Thinking Global, which has as a mission of connecting global changemakers to empower adolescent girls around the world.

Priscilla Shumway is president and principal of New Learning Presentation Systems, a consulting company specializing in learning and development. As a senior national trainer for The Bob Pike Group since 1996, she has trained thousands of people all over the world. An award-winning presenter, Shumway has worked in a number of industries and has had many opportunities to observe the challenges and opportunities facing women in business.

About Wiley

Wiley is a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in areas of research, professional practice, and education. Through the Research segment, the company provides digital and print scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services, and advertising. The Professional Development segment provides digital and print books, online assessment and training services, and test prep and certification. In Education, Wiley provides education solutions including online program-management services for higher education institutions and course-management tools for instructors and students, as well as print and digital content.


myON Partners with Super Bowl 50 to Donate More Than 5,000 Digital Books to 100 Bay Area Elementary Schools

Through August 31, children and families will have unlimited access to myON’s digital literacy platform from anywhere they want to read

(Minneapolis, MN) February 10, 2016 — To kick off Super Bowl 50 in the San Francisco Bay Area, myON, a business unit of Capstone and leading provider of personalized literacy solutions in the K-12 marketplace, teamed up with the 50 Fund and Tuck’s R.U.S.H for Literacy for a three-day weekend event to bring attention to early literacy and donate more than 5,000 digital books to 500 families.

Through a free, shared account, myON was pleased to provide unlimited access to digital books for independent reading to children and families in San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Solano, Sonoma, Napa, Santa Cruz, Sacramento, and Monterey. In honor of the January 31 Family Literacy Celebration and Super Bowl 50 a week later, this shared account was activated on January 31 and will remain available through August 31. This is an instant replay of the free access that myON provided during the summer of 2015, and is available to all children who are not already using their own school-assigned accounts to read with myON.

myON was also honored to announce its new partnership with Justin and Lauran Tuck and Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy to support and fund myON’s newest effort: providing subscriptions for 100 elementary schools in the Greater Bay Area. Individual student, educator, and administrator accounts to the myON personalized literacy environment will be set up for participating schools from February 1 through August 31, 2016. Through their own accounts, students and educators will have the same unlimited access to enhanced digital books on the myON platform, along with additional personalization features that include literacy tools to support independent reading and teacher-led instruction, and embedded metrics that monitor reading activity and growth.

Bay Area users have unlimited access to myON’s digital literacy platform from home, school, the library, community centers, and on the road. There’s no limit to the number of times readers can access the same book, and no waiting for books.

“As we celebrate the big game and the 50 Fund’s Re(a)d Zone literacy initiative, myON is pleased to continue the work we began together during the summer of 2015,” said myON’s CEO Todd Brekhus. “Our shared goal is to help students in the Greater Bay Area communities become proficient readers by the time they complete third grade, setting them on a path to lifelong learning and success. This brings us one step closer to our accomplishing our mission.”

During the three-day Super Bowl weekend literacy celebration, the myON team also distributed more than 10,000 hard-copy books from Capstone, and Brekhus spoke about the importance of grade-level reading during a January 31 event with Secretary of Education John King Jr.

Since its launch in 2011, myON has earned national recognition for its innovative approach to providing students with 24/7 online and offline access to a library of books personalized to match their individual interests and reading levels. The company recently launched myON 3.0, which includes new student and educator interfaces, advancements in content recommendations based upon individual student interests and Lexile® reading level, gamification, and enhancements to the state-of-the-art monitoring and reporting functions.


About myON

myON, a business unit of Capstone, is a personalized digital literacy platform that creates collaborative learning opportunities. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to a collection of more than 10,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments, and close-reading tools. 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 growth. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction. For more information, please visit myON.com.




Unique Sign Products Make Educators’ Jobs Easier
Leigh Anne Pike can’t say enough good things about two products from Bright White Paper Co. that are especially popular in schools.
The media specialist from Palm City Elementary in Florida says she’s a “major fan” of Bright White Paper Co.’s Easyboards® and Easyframes® and “absolutely loves” them.
“If I were the principal, I’d have two Easyboards outside every classroom door: one to say where the class has gone and the other to post the name of the person or company that ‘adopted’ the class that year,” she noted. In both cases these messages aren’t permanent, and with Easyboards the signs can be easily switched out.
Just what are Easyboards? Easyboards are reusable display boards designed for changing out signage and announcements on demand with just a piece of paper. Simply peel back the cover, insert and align your paper sign, close the cover, and you’re done. Your sign is held snugly in place with a firm backing. When finished, slide out the paper, recycle it and replace it with a new paper sign (see Easyboard below).
Are you having a parent meeting and need to direct people to another location? No problem. Print the information on regular paper, lift the Easyboard cover, slip the sign in, re-seal the cover and hang the Easyboard on your door. Would you like to post the upcoming week’s lessons and avoid having them accidentally (or on purpose) erased? Print the lesson plan, take out last week’s plan and insert the new one.
Easyframes (see below) work on the same principle but are clear on both sides and include a “sticky back” for easy adherence to windows and walls
Here are some of the ways Pike is using her 20+ Easyboards and Easyframes:
·        Identifying the contents of library shelves such as A-Co and Cr-F. “When the shelves change I just print a sign with the new classification and pop it into the Easyboard,” she explained.
·        Directing children to various parts of the library
·        Directing people when the school is having an event.
·        Advising people  when the library is closed for activities like testing
Easyboards and Easyframes are on-demand products that keep signs looking neat. They save moneybecause they’re reusable and allow signs to change by simply printing a new one. They also save timebecause it takes less than 10 seconds to switch out a sign.
“In a very short period of time Easyboards and Easyframes pay for themselves by eliminating the need for expensive and time-consuming retail mounting,” said Rick Kazdin, Bright White Paper Company’s CEO.
Click here to watch a 90-second Easyboard demonstration.
For more information about Easyboards and the Xyron cold laminator, go to www.brightwhitepaper.comor call 800-321-5716.
UK’s Top Universities provide Insights into how they Improved Learning & Teaching 21st – 23rd March 2016,
London University of Warwick, University of Oxford and University of Glasgow are among the most recently of the 22+ confirmed speakers at the Next Generation Learning Spaces Conference taking place in London on 21st – 23rd March 2016. Heads of Learning and Teaching, IT, AV, Estates, Planning and Space from the UKs top universities will be in attendance to provide a 360 perspective into how they improved learning and teaching through innovation in space design to help you attain better results and enhance the student experience. At the conference, delegates and speakers will:  Learn how to amalgamate their virtual and physical learning spaces to ensure every unique space maximises the outcomes for your students and teachers  Future proof environments and investments to accommodate emerging technology, equipment and furniture to minimise future investment needs  Successful strategies used for training, developing and changing perceptions to prepare your students and staff to utilise and maximise the potential of learning spaces The classroom of the future needs to be designed, planned and implemented now, as universities are called upon to deliver more effective learning to a wider range of students than ever before to increase their global ranking. The challenges are huge, but progress is happening every day as innovators are finding new, exciting ways to deliver undergraduate and graduate students to the future of learning. If smart, robust learning spaces and technology strategies are your priority, you won’t want to miss Next Generation Learning Spaces 2016! Tickets and the full event program for the industry meeting are available online at http://goo.gl/jmVtzw.
 For full details on the conference visit: http://www.learningspacesuk.com