North Coast Region School Districts to Adopt iCEV As Part of California Grant Program

Schools receive funds to purchase key Career and Technical Education curriculum


LUBBOCK, Texas (March 15, 2016) – As part of the California Career Pathways Trust Program,CEV Multimedia announces that the North Coast Agriculture Partners Consortium in Northern California will utilize a portion of its grant funding to incorporate iCEV into agriscience pathway courses between area high schools and colleges – giving students a chance to continue exploring their interests and career aspirations. iCEV is an online platform that produces comprehensive educational content for students and teachers.

“Our students will directly benefit from this grant with the chance to learn from the iCEV platform as they continue to seek real-world experiences and become college and career ready,” said Sandy Dale, Agriculture Program Specialist for the North Coast Agriculture Partners Consortium. “This is a great opportunity to help our students advance their aspirations by working with a modern curriculum while earning college credit.”

The North Coast Agriculture Partners Consortium will oversee the allocation of grant funds to 16 schools and two community colleges in the region, which equates to $4.65 million in funding. Grant funds will strengthen and modernize the agriculture science curriculum while formalizing partnerships to offer job shadow and summer job opportunities to expand on what they learn in the classroom.

“The allocation of grant money to the North Coast Region of California will further strengthen the curriculum and resources being provided to students as they pursue their desired career path,” said Dusty Moore, iCEV president. “iCEV will continue to aid and prepare students to enter today’s highly trained workforce, and we’re pleased we can play a part in helping them succeed.”

iCEV offers practical, interactive learning with professional demonstrations to prepare students for postsecondary education and high-skill, high-demand careers. Educators can quickly monitor and track students directly through the platform’s interactive lessons and assessments. Through iCEV, students can also enhance their career training by earning industry-backed certifications.

For more information, please visit http://www.icevonline.com/.

About CEV Multimedia
With 30 years of experience, CEV specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education and Career Exploration. CEV received the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award in 2012 and has been honored numerous times for its excellence in content creation and exemplary business practices. In 2012, CEV introduced iCEV, an online platform revolutionizing the way CEV produces and delivers educational content. iCEV is the most comprehensive online resource for CTE educators and students. With iCEV’s learning-on-demand capabilities, video clips stream instantly to any device with Internet capabilities. Through iCEV, students can earn industry-backed certifications across multiple areas of CTE that prepare them for college and beyond. For more information, visit www.icevonline.com.

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Skyward Awards Leader in Excellence Winners, Announces New Developments at iCon

District Administrators Join Skyward for Its Annual International Conference

STEVENS POINT, WI–(Marketwired – March 15, 2016) – Educators and administrators from around the world gathered in St. Pete Beach, Florida for the 14th annual Skyward International Conference (iCon) last week. The three-day interactive event provided attendees with access to the latest news in product development from the leading K-12 software provider, as well as one-on-one interaction with district peers, industry experts, and Skyward executives.

Based on the theme “Quest for Success,” iCon sessions featured presentations on emerging trends, harnessing the power of learning analytics, and increasing engagement of students and staff. In addition, attendees learned more about transitioning from manual to digital processes, increasing transparency among staff to encourage teamwork, and facilitating goal-setting and decision-making through the effective use of data.

“The education environment is ever-changing, and we know that districts face many challenges each day,” said Scott Glinski, president of Skyward. “iCon is a great networking opportunity for our district partners to come together with Skyward’s leadership team and technology experts. We share ways to help district leaders meet and overcome challenges and collaborate with our users to brainstorm ideas that will shape the future of our products and services.”

For the second year at iCon, Skyward honored the recipients of its Leader in Excellence Award, an accolade that recognizes K-12 districts and individual administrators using Skyward to make a difference in education and inspire new ideas and initiatives.

Individual recipients:

  • Jeff Bushman, director of technology at Pacelli  Catholic Schools in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • Sonja Hoskins, data services manager at School  District of La Crosse in La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • Michael Heaps, support services manager at  Jordan School District in West Jordan, Utah

District recipients:

  • Sauk Rapids-Rice School District, Minnesota
  • Lewisville Independent School District, Texas
  • Center Grove School Corporation, Indiana

In addition to awarding the 2016 Leader in Excellence winners, Skyward revealed its new Family Access Toolkit. The launch kit will assist districts in the implementation of the award-winning online portal. Family Access connects educators and parents by providing a wealth of information on assignments, test scores, attendance, fees and more. The digital toolkit will provide valuable resources including how-to videos, printable handouts, and troubleshooting tips designed for teachers, parents and students.

The company also announced new developments within its Professional Development Center (PDC), an online university available for Student Management Suite and School Business Suite users. The PDC, first launched in 2014, now boasts more than 81,737 registered users and has awarded about 10,143 course certificates.

“This is an awesome conference that meets all needs — great learning, great location, and great opportunities to network with other districts,” said Kristi Hoffine, director of secondary instruction at Bonner Springs-Edwardsville USD 204 in Kansas.

To see the social media moments captured at iCon 2016, go to storify.com/skyward/icon-2016.

Next year’s international conference is slated for Wednesday, March 8 – Friday, March 10, 2017 at TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida. For more information on Skyward iCon, visit skyward.com/icon.

About Skyward

Skyward has been helping school districts and municipalities improve outcomes, reduce costs, and achieve success since 1980. Skyward’s SIS and ERP solutions are used by more than 1,800 public sector organizations worldwide, from small entities to statewide implementations supporting millions of stakeholders. Through a unique approach that blends thought leadership, best practices, and advanced technology, Skyward is redefining what it means to be a strategic partner in the world of enterprise solutions. To learn more, visit www.skyward.com.

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edWeb.net and Nureva launch Fostering Student Collaboration, a new PLC
The new professional learning community will be a forum for developing students’ collaboration skills in a digital age.

PRINCETON, NJ, March 15, 2016 – edWeb.net, a professional learning and social network for the education community, and Nureva, an award-winning collaboration solutions company, have partnered to present the Fostering Student Collaboration community.

edWeb.net and Nureva have come together to create this free professional learning community (PLC) to help teachers and school leaders learn how to create learning environments that foster student collaboration to ensure that every individual can make a real contribution, and what role technology can play in the process. The new PLC offers educators a place to post questions, share practical tips, and get feedback from experts and peers on the issues and challenges in fostering teamwork in the classroom. The PLC also offers free webinars for educators. Webinar participants receive a CE Certificate for attending a live webinar or for viewing a recording.

The kick-off webinar for this PLC, Universal Design for Learning in Action – ensuring every student can create and collaborate, takes place on Wednesday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presented by Alexandra Dunn, Speech-language Pathologist at Upper Canada District School Board and Heather Snider, second- and third-grade teacher at Glen Tay Public School in Perth, Ontario, Canada, the one-hour session will explore how teachers can create student-centered learning environments and accessible Makerspaces to reach and teach all students. This webinar is the first in a series of professional development webinars aimed at helping educators transform learning environments and foster collaboration in the classroom.

Following in the series is Empower, Enable, Engage: create the learning environment your students have always dreamed of on April 18, and Designing and Creating Makerspaces on May 26. Registration is now open for all three webinars featured on the Fostering Student Collaborationcommunity.

“The ability to collaborate effectively is a skill that has become increasingly important in the eyes of employers,” said Nancy Knowlton, Nureva’s CEO. “Educators must find ways to help students hone this skill, and we hope our Fostering Student Collaboration community will support that effort.”

“Collaboration and communication are essential skills for students as they prepare for academic success and educators get so excited when they learn how to use technology to have a meaningful impact on student learning,” said Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net. “We are delighted to collaborate on this new community with Nureva.”

To stay informed about this community’s upcoming webinars, contribute to online discussions, and gain access to valuable resources, educators are invited to join the free Fostering Student Collaboration PLC on edWeb.net at www.edweb.net/collaboration.

For more information, contact: 

Lisa Schmucki, Founder and CEO, edWeb.net
908-407-2755 | lisa@edweb.net

Shari-Lynn Sare, Marketing Communications Manager, Nureva Inc.
587-774-6636 | sharilynnsare@nureva.com

About edWeb.net
edWeb.net is a free professional learning and social network that is a highly engaged community of connected educators who are on the leading edge of innovation in education. edWeb members are teachers, faculty, administrators, and librarians at K-12 and post-secondary institutions who are working together to provide peer leadership, training, and support. Educators are creating their own communities on edWeb, and also participating in edWeb’s professional learning communities and webinar programs. edWeb’s growing ecosystem is a collaboration space where educators and thought leaders in the education industry gather and share ideas that can improve learning for all students. Learn more at www.edweb.net or follow edWeb.net on Twitter @edwebnet.

About Nureva

Nureva Inc. develops education solutions that foster a joy for learning. The company focuses on delighting customers with simple, thoughtful hardware, software and services. A passion for deep customer understanding and a commitment to innovation drive the company’s product roadmap. Learn more at www.nureva.com/span-classroom-collaboration-system and and follow Nureva on Twitter @NurevaEducation.
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