Nampa School District 131 Becomes the First District in Idaho to Implement the itslearning Learning Management System
Nampa School District converts to digital learning platform to manage and organize curriculum, support all instructional practices and maximize the district’s 1:1 implementation
Boston, MA – Aug. 2, 2016 — As part of its on-going efforts to improve communications, foster collaboration, and bolster student achievement Nampa School District #131 (Nampa SD) in Nampa, Idaho has become the first school district in the state to implement the award-winning itslearning learning management system. With 24 schools, Nampa SD serves 15,000 students in grades preK – 12, and will begin using the itslearning system this fall.
Designed specifically for the K-12 sector, itslearning is a cloud-based digital learning platform that gives teachers, students and parents access to ‑ as appropriate ‑ course materials, assignments, communities for collaboration, progress reports, and more. According to Dr. Nicole MacTavish, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning at Nampa SD, it was the system’s ability to centralize so many resources, data, and processes – and interact with other district systems – that sold them on itslearning.
“We wanted to provide our teachers with a way to easily access a wide variety of content, as well as the ability to collaborate on best instructional practices. Another priority was to improve parent communication and participation,” said MacTavish. “We know from past experience that adding more or different systems wasn’t the answer. If we are truly going to support teachers, students, and parents we need to streamline processes and eliminate barriers. For over a year our task force researched options and spoke with other districts and concluded that itslearning is the platform that will allow us to taking teaching and learning to the next level and beyond.”
Employing a user-friendly interface and functionality, itslearning provides maximum ease of use for all K-12 education stakeholders. Easy to use dashboards allow administrators to review and analyze student performance data and instantly communicate with parents and staff. For teachers, itslearning automates routine tasks such as grading, reporting, and distributing and collecting assignments, giving them more time to focus on students. It also helps them improve their craft by enabling collaboration and access to resources.
Students enjoy the ability to explore, learn, share and express themselves using the creative digital tools they love. With itslearning they can also chat with teachers, collaborate on projects, reflect on learning with blogs and ePortfolios and show what they know – all in a safe online environment. For parents, itslearning fosters increased participation in their student’s school life, allowing access to behavior, attendance and progress reports, details about upcoming lessons, tests and assignments, class announcements, and more.
Established in 1999, itslearning is headquartered in Bergen, Norway, and has offices in Boston, Atlanta and multiple locations around the world. For more information, visit www.itslearning.net.
Uncle Sam’s Overreach on Charter Schools
CER Submits Comments to Proposed Rulemaking of ESSA to Correct Federal Interference in Charter Schools
WASHINGTON, DC — In order to protect state laws governing charter schools and charter school freedom from undue interference from the federal government, The Center for Education Reform (CER) has submitted comments in response to the Department of Education’s May 31, 2016, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to accountability and state plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
“As to be expected when there’s money involved, the US Department of Education is now involved in the over-regulation of charter schools, despite the intended flexibility of the Elementary Student Succeeds Act,” said Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO of The Center for Education Reform.
As an organization dedicated to expanding educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans, and having contributed significantly to the development of the charter school movement in America, The Center for Education Reform urges the Secretary and his leadership to abandon the approach to over-regulating our nation’s charter schools and respect the intent of Congress in respecting the rights of states to govern their education portfolios as they see fit.
For details regarding the Department’s rulemaking on charter schools, see the Center’s full comment letter here.
About the Center for Education Reform
Founded in 1993, the Center for Education Reform aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.
2016 EDspaces Innovation Awards Now Open
(Silver Spring, MD) — The 2016 EDspaces Innovation Awards competition is now accepting submissions for outstanding products for educational facilities. For the fourth year, the Education Market Association (EDmarket) is partnering with the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) to recognize manufacturers and designers for excellence in product design for the learning environment.
As a Knowledge Partner for the 2016 EDspaces Conference and Expo, IIDA brings design expertise and leaders in design and innovation to this preeminent event for the educational facility design community. Highlighting the importance of the interior designer in creating state-of-the-art learning spaces, this is the only juried competition that focuses on product design at an event that showcases the next generation in building/energy efficiencies, new products, and school safety for modern educational facilities.
“The EDspaces Innovation Awards provide an opportunity to shine a spotlight on products that demonstrate cutting-edge innovation that elevate educational product design and improve the quality of learning spaces,” says Jim McGarry, President/CEO of the Education Market Association.
The 2016 EDspaces Innovation Awards will celebrate outstanding new products which showcase innovation, function, and aesthetic advancements in the learning environment. The competition is open to all EDspaces exhibitors and the deadline to apply is Friday, October 14. The winners will be announced during the EDspaces General Session on Thursday, November 3, 2016 in Cincinnati, OH.
Winning products will be featured on the websites of both IIDA and EDmarket, and in Essentials magazine and Learning by Design magazine, the competition media partner, and a variety of industry publications and news sites.