Fifty Top Educators Selected for 2016 ASCD Emerging Leaders Class

June 2, 2016

Contact: Ross Romano, 703.575.5607,

ALEXANDRIA, VA—ASCD has announced the selection of 50 educators for its 2016 class of emerging leaders. The Emerging Leaders program recognizes and prepares young, promising educators to influence education programs, policy, and practice on both the local and national levels. To view the entire list of the 2016 emerging leaders, visit the Emerging Leaders directory.

“This year’s group of emerging leaders are the education rock stars of tomorrow,” said Ronn Nozoe, ASCD Associate Executive Director. “Each of these educators brings a special passion and commitment to ensuring all kids succeed.  We look forward to learning from each of these extraordinary leaders and giving them a platform to increase the positive change they bring to the profession and to the lives of students.”

The 2016 class is the largest since the program’s inception in 2005, surpassing last year’s previous record total of 46 class members. The class is geographically diverse―the emerging leaders hail from 20 states, the District of Columbia, Bermuda, and Taiwan―and New Jersey leads the way with seven emerging leaders. The class includes superintendents, assistant principals and principals, teachers, literacy coaches, professional learning specialists, and a digital learning specialist, among other roles and titles.

All emerging leaders are enrolled in the program for two years and help to shape education policy, advocate for the whole child, and explore multiple ASCD leadership pathways. Alumni from the program―including Steven Anderson, Fred Ende, Tony Frontier, and Pete Hall―have become ASCD authors, while others have become ASCD Faculty members and Board members. While in the program, educators have the opportunity to take advantage of numerous opportunities, such as the following:

  • Attending the invitation-only Leader to Leader (L2L) conference in July, where leaders of various ASCD constituent groups convene to learn, share, and lay the groundwork for further collaboration
  • Presenting at ASCD conferences and events
  • Writing for ASCD publications, including the Inservice blog, and contributing blogs and articles to other outlets
  • Facilitating the #ASCDL2L Twitter chat, which occurs on the first Tuesday of each month
  • Hosting episodes of ASCD Learn Teach Lead Radio, a weekly program produced in partnership with BAM! Radio Network

“I look forward to meeting the 2016 emerging leaders at the L2L conference in July,” said Rachael George, a 2015 ASCD Emerging Leader. “In my first year in the program, I’ve taken advantage of many great opportunities that I otherwise would not have had, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with the new class and learning from these impressive educators.”

Educators selected for the Emerging Leaders program have been in the education profession for 5 to 15 years; demonstrate a passion for learning, teaching, and leading; come from a diverse range of positions, locations, cultural backgrounds, and perspectives; hold promise as leaders; and are committed to ASCD’s beliefs and to pursuing leadership opportunities.

For more information on ASCD’s Emerging Leaders program, To learn more about ASCD’s other programs, products, services, and memberships, visit

ASCD is a global community advancing student achievement by supporting the whole child. ASCD supports learning, teaching, and leading across the global education community, with 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates—from more than 138 countries. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators, visit


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Higher Ed Institutions Can Improve Career Preparation Strategies with New Offering From Keypath Education and Huron Consulting Group

CHICAGO – (June 5, 2016) Career preparation has been the primary driver of college students’ enrollment decisions since 2013.[1] To help higher education institutions apply their resources to high-impact career preparation strategies, Keypath Education and Huron Consulting Group have introduced a Student Lifecycle Career Diagnostic and Survey.

Through this joint offering, Keypath and Huron will evaluate an institution’s practices and strategies against industry standards and apply the proprietary knowledge both companies have developed through their work for institutions in the areas of program management, marketing and career engagement. Keypath and Huron will provide institutions industry best practices and conduct proprietary surveys with students and alumni to better understand perceptions of the institutions’ career strategies. The end results give leaders actionable programs to maximize career ROI for students.

In addition to four years of direct experience in career engagement through Seelio, Keypath Education brings a history of conducting over 100 online institutional reviews to help institutions launch thriving online programs.  Huron has advised more than 95 of the nation’s top 100 research universities in improving their performance.

“We see many institutions shifting to increase focus on student outcomes and career preparation, but they do not know their gaps,” said Steve Fireng, CEO of Keypath Education. “Our perspective is that a critical first step in that process is to truly understand the lay of the land. This solution will help schools get that viewpoint along with recommendations about how to improve the career ROI for their students.”

Respected leaders in career preparation have concluded that the future of career preparation will look very different than it does today. Institutions need expert guidance in evaluating current practices to understand how they can unify their departments to help prepare students for success after graduation.

“Most college and university leaders know they’re doing something right when it comes to their graduates’ college-to-career transition, but lack the metrics to know which programs and services are having the greatest or least impact. As a result, it’s difficult for students to move among organizational silos — from first-year experience programs to academic advising to career services — in an effective way,” said Peter Stokes, managing director at Huron Consulting Group. “We believe this diagnostic and survey solution can help schools get more from their program investments, identify gaps and map a way forward to a stronger career preparation offering.”

To learn more about this joint diagnostic and survey offering, please

For more information, please contact Chris Williams, director of marketing, or 913.254.6771.

About Keypath Education

Keypath Education provides solutions across the student journey, including online program management, enrollment marketing and career preparation. In the ever-evolving world of higher education, Keypath leverages data and proprietary technology, like Seelio, to innovate every aspect of the student experience. As a result, its partner schools are better able to attract, connect with and graduate the world’s most prepared students. Learn more at

About Huron Education

Huron Education is the premier provider serving the unique needs of the higher education industry. Our team of professionals, each with extensive knowledge and experience in the business of higher education and academic medical centers, delivers comprehensive services to the industry and partners with institutions to improve business performance across the enterprise. Our professionals draw from their experience working in the strategic, financial, operational, technology, and regulatory aspects of higher education to provide the most effective consulting and software solutions. Huron Education has helped more than 95 of the nation’s top 100 research universities improve their performance so they can continue their traditions of extraordinary achievement. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter: @Huron.


America’s Educator Ron Clark to Appear as a Hologram Through Promethean and ARHT Media Partnership

-Companies to combine efforts to deliver augmented reality HumaGramsTM to education for the first time-

(CYPRESS, Texas – June 6, 2016) Promethean and ARHT Media Inc. (TSX.V: ART OTCQB: ARHTF) are pleased to announce that Texas teachers and administrators attending the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District’s Rigor, Relevance and Relationships (RRR) Conference on June 7-10 will experience what they have only seen in sci-fi movies – a keynote address delivered by a hologram. Teacher, author and innovative school founder Ron Clark will speak to over 1,300 Texas-based teachers and administrators gathered at the Richard E. Berry Center as a HumaGramTM, a 3D human hologram. Using a revolutionary new augmented reality technology, Mr. Clark will offer educators from across Texas creative practices for motivating students, parents and colleagues throughout the learning process.

Made possible through a partnership between global education technology leader Promethean and ARHT Media, Inc., the Ron Clark HumaGram at the RRR Conference marks the first time that this augmented holographic technology is being used to deliver teacher and administrator training in an educational setting.

HumaGramsTM are ultra-enhanced holograms that “beam” a speaker or presenter to anywhere in the world and to multiple places at the same time – in real time and brilliant 3D. Having made its way into the entertainment, healthcare and retail industries, this augmented reality holographic technology from ARHT Media has profound implications for education. According to Goldman Sachs, VR/AR technology in education represents a $700 million market by 2025.

“We like to say that HumaGrams bring the best in the world to the rest of the world,” said Paul Duffy, CEO of ARHT Media, Inc. “With our smARHT education solution, we can bring the best educators and subject-matter experts into any teaching environment from anywhere in the world. Now, an expert scientist on the other side of the globe could beam into a school in Texas and teach students about her research. Students are drawn into real-world cases that apply to what they are learning in school and show them future career possibilities.”

Vincent Young, Chief Marketing Officer for Promethean, said, “Over time, Promethean’s vision is to work with ARHT Media to bring augmented reality technology to mass audiences in education. We envision the best experts and educators in the world beaming into schools on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis. In today’s modern learning environment, augmented reality technology eliminates learning boundaries and connects students to top experts. We’re thrilled to launch this exciting technology into education with the support of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and demonstrate the opportunities it holds for educator training and student learning.”

The Rigor, Relevance and Relationships Conference is hosted annually by Cypress-Fairbanks ISD to provide education leaders with dynamic tools and resources that can be taken back to their work places or classrooms.  On average, more than 1,300 educators from across Texas participate in the conference. They will be the first group of educators in the country to be trained by a fellow educator appearing as a HumaGram.

Disney’s American Teacher of the Year in 2000, Ron Clark will share his best practices for getting the most out of challenging and hard to reach students during his session. With vivid examples from his personal experiences, he will discuss award-winning projects he conducted that successfully motivated and inspired even the most disinterested students. Mr. Clark will also focus on how to create the ideal classroom and school environment where everyone is respected, appreciated and motivated to perform to the best of their ability.

“We’re elated that Promethean is one of our Best Practices partners for the 8th annual Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships Teacher and Leadership Conferences,” said Linda Macias, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction and Accountability for Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. “Participants from over 90 districts will join us for the RRR conference this year, and one of the highlights will be Ron Clark’s presentation as a HumaGram.  It’s the first time we will feature an augmented reality technology experience for our conference participants, and it presents exciting opportunities. They will receive exceptional training and advice from an innovative educator while also seeing cutting-edge technology in action. We hope it will spark ideas about how new technology can enhance instruction in their schools and classrooms.”

Mr. Clark will appear as a pre-recorded HumaGram during both the RRR Teacher Conference on June 7, 2016 and during the RRR Leadership Conference from June 8-10, 2016 at the Richard E. Berry Center in Cypress, Texas.


 About Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

The CFISD is the third largest school district in Texas and the 25th largest in the nation, representing 127,000 students and staff, 100 campuses and 186 square miles of land. The district’s vision is to LEAD (Learn, Empower, Achieve, Dream). Its mission is to maximize every student’s potential through rigorous and relevant learning experiences, preparing students to be 21st Century global leaders. The district supports technological innovation through its Vision 2020 initiative, which includes the development of a state-of-the-art private, high-speed network connecting all campuses to support mission-critical data back-up, cloud-based learning initiatives and the adoption of a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) digital device policy for students and staff. For more information about CFISD, please

Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Media Contact

Stephanie Migl, Director for Communications

About Promethean

Promethean is a global education company that improves learning productivity by developing, integrating, and implementing innovative 21st-century learning environments that help make everyone more engaged, empowered, and successful. Promethean’s main corporate offices are located in Blackburn, UK, and Atlanta, USA. Promethean is a member of the NetDragon Websoft, Inc. (HKSE: 0777) group of companies.  For more information, please visit


National Society of Black Engineers Develops
Partnership with MindEdge

Alexandria, Va. — National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), an organization dedicated to increasing the number of black graduates and professionals in engineering, has developed a partnership with MindEdge, an online learning and development platform. The partnership enables NSBE members to receive discounts on tuition for online courses, on topics such as Project Management, Six Sigma, Lean, and Sustainable Management. MindEdge provides a variety of leadership, management, communication and educational solutions for organizations, to help them meet their objectives.

“NSBE is a firm supporter of development. And by bringing the MindEdge opportunity to our members, they are able to continuously grow and improve their knowledge base, which will positively impact their professional performance,” said NSBE National Chair Matthew Nelson.

MindEdge is a component of the integrated talent development suite NSBE has created, in support of the professional and technical development of its membership. MindEdge courses are open to professional and collegiate members of NSBE.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our members to continue to grow outside of their engineering degree,” said NSBE Professionals National Chair Richard White. “Our vision in this partnership is that we are leveraging this technology tool for the benefit of our professional members and our highly successful community of professional engineers.”

About NSBE
Founded in 1975, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. With more than 31,000 members and more than 300 chapters in the U.S. and abroad, NSBE supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” For more information, visit

About MindEdge
MindEdge, a learning company based in Waltham, Mass., provides leadership, management, communication and educational solutions for organizations to help them meet their objectives.The company was founded by Harvard and MIT educators in 1998 and has served more than half a million learners. To learn more about MindEdge, go


REMC Association of Michigan Awards Skyward with SAVE Student Information System Bid
Company awarded five-year contract for Skyward Student Management Suite

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (June 7, 2016) ­– Skyward, a leader in K-12 school administrative software, has been selected to receive the SAVE Student Information System Bid, awarded by the REMC Association of Michigan. The awarded partnership will allow districts throughout the state to forgo the standard bidding process required for selecting an SIS, saving Michigan districts valuable time and money.

“This relationship offers a remarkable benefit to our 175 clients in the state and a great opportunity for districts in Michigan looking to take advantage of our SIS solution,” said Scott Glinski, president of Skyward. “We are honored that REMC Association of Michigan has recognized the value we bring to the state’s education system and look forward to improving operational efficiencies and learning outcomes in districts for years to come.”

To view the full news release, click here.


Scenario Learning, LLC Continues Record-Setting Growth with Expansion into South Africa
Eastern Cape Department of Education purchases the SafeSchools Online Staff Training System to positively impact school safety throughout region
Cincinnati, Ohio (June 7, 2016) — From a safety perspective, South African schools are in crisis, overrun with violence, physical and sexual abuse, and gang-related activities. The statistics are sobering. Since 2012, more than 750,000 children have been assaulted and another 650,000 have been sexually assaulted or raped in South African schools, and those statistics are estimated to be underreported 50 percent of the time. In addition, 1.46 million students reported being threatened with violence and teachers and staff members are not immune from violence during the school day either. Instead of focusing on learning, students and staff members are often in fear for their lives.
To help school administrators with this critical issue, the Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDoE) has partnered with Scenario Learning, LLC to provide the SafeSchools Online Staff Training System to 35,000 school staff members in 30 districts through the province. Based on the success of this introductory phase, the program would be expanded to all districts and staff members in the province.
To learn more about Scenario Learning’s partnership in South Africa, visit here.