— No-cost virtual event provides teachers and administrators actionable strategies for deepening the integration of digital media into classroom instruction —

Silver Spring, Md. (October 4, 2016) – The Discovery Education Community invites teachers and administrators worldwide to participate in the 2016 Fall VirtCon on Saturday, October 22 from 9AM – 1PM EST. The Discovery Education Community is supported by Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms.  A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.


The 2016 Fall VirtCon provides a unique, flexible professional learning opportunity for educators at all levelsto improve their teaching practice and be inspired through thought-provoking presentations and engaging discussions with their peers around the globe.  Streamed live from Discovery Education’s headquarters in Maryland, VirtCon provides participants the opportunity to connect with their colleagues, share ideas and instructional tools, and discover new digital resources they can immediately integrate into teaching and learning. Last year, approximately 2,500 educators participated in the Fall VirtCon.


While the 2016 Fall VirtCon includes a variety of engaging online workshops and presentations, it also features a number of ongoing discussions facilitated by Discovery Education Community members on timely education topics, including:


  • Literacy Through Digital Content. During this discussion, participants will explore best practices for using digital media and tools to help students become the skilled readers, writers, and thinkers needed in today’s world. In addition, they will learn about dynamic digital tools and resources to engage students in authentic literacy learning and to support their digital literacy development.
  • Learner Agency and Student Ownership.  This discussion will provide attendees with new and creative ways to encourage students to become more self-directed in their education. Educators will leave this discussion with practical strategies for supporting independent learning and student ownership.
  • Professional Learning Strategies. Participants in this dialogue will explore research-based professional development practices that leverage digital resources and proven instructional practices to enhance student learning.
  • Collaborative STEM. Through this conversation, educators will focus on unique ways they can utilize collaborative STEM projects to grow their students’ creative, communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills.

Additional sessions will be led by Discovery Education experts including Lance Rougeux, Vice President of Learning Communities and Innovation; Hall Davidson, Senior Director of Global Learning Initiatives; and Dean Shareski, Community Engagement Manager.

“Discovery Education’s VirtCon is one of the most valuable professional learning events I attend each year,” said Jeannine Shields, Instructional Technology Facilitator in New York’s City School District of New Rochelle.  “Whether you are just beginning to use digital content for classroom instruction or an ed-tech expert, I encourage every educator to make time to participate in the Fall VirtCon.  It’s among the best opportunities I know of for learning new teaching and learning strategies and best practices you can immediately use.”

Discovery Education also encourages teachers and administrators to create local face-to-face events at which they can network with their peers, participate in the virtual events, and discuss and practice the online presentations. Virtual participants will have the opportunity to interact with others by joining the online chat. For more information about hosting a local viewing party, or to register for virtual and in-person events, visit Use the hashtag #FallVirtCon to follow along with this event on Twitter.  At the conclusion of the 2016 Fall VirtCon, all sessions will be archived and available at the event website.

“Discovery Education is excited to once again offer the VirtCon as a professional learning opportunity for educators around the world,” said Lance Rougeux, Discovery Education Vice President of Learning Communities and Innovation.  “No matter your role or your familiarity with digital content and educational technologies, this will offer valuable insight on using those resources to support the success of all learners.”

To learn more about Discovery Education’s professional learning opportunities as well as other initiatives and services, visit

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 3 million educators and over 30 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education


ThinkCERCA Launches Online Resource for Teaching the Election

The web-based election center is designed to help teachers get students thinking critically
about the 2016 presidential election.

(CHICAGO) October 4, 2016 — ThinkCERCA, a leading provider of personalized literacy solutions, today announced the launch of Teach the Election, an online information hub that features everything educators need to get students thinking critically about the 2016 election. The site provides teachers with weekly prompts for helping students debate what the candidates are saying in the news, as well as curated differentiated lessons for educating students about the election issues.

In one convenient location, teachers can also access election resources, tips from fellow teachers, downloadable teaching resources (including graphic organizers for sparking classroom discussion and debate), and an election-focused argumentative writing poster.

“We designed Teach the Election to meet some key challenges educators are facing this year in regards to the election,” said Eileen Murphy Buckley, the founder and CEO of ThinkCERCA. “Teachers all over the country are struggling to find factual, age-appropriate material, and Teach the Election gives them that information in a format that they can use in the classroom right away.”

ThinkCERCA’s lessons focus on critical thinking and argumentation, two powerful skills needed for civic engagement. By reading authentic and appropriately leveled texts about economics, energy policy, criminal justice, immigration, and more, students engage with issues of national and global importance, evaluate the evidence presented, and argue their point of view through writing, discussion, and debate. By learning to make an effective, civil argument, students will be well prepared not just for college and career, but also for civic life.

About ThinkCERCA

ThinkCERCA’s personalized literacy platform helps educators teach critical thinking skills through argumentative writing. With students and teachers using its platform in all 50 states and 130 countries, the company has partnered with prominent leaders in education, including Follett Corporation, and has been featured by The Atlantic and EdSurge. A 2016 SIAA CODiE Awards finalist in the Best Learning Capacity-Building Solution and Best Reading/English/Language Arts Instructional Solution categories, ThinkCERCA has also been named one of the best tools in ed tech by Common Sense’s Graphite. In July 2013, ThinkCERCA was the recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge grant, and in December 2012, graduated from the inaugural class of Impact Engine’s social impact accelerator. To learn more, please visit


Introducing Simbli by eBOARDsolutions

The Best Board Management Solution Just Got Better


October 3, 2016 – eBOARDsolutions announced today that its flagship, award-winning board management solution, eBOARD, now has a new name – Simbli. Simbli contains all of the features and functionality eBOARD users know and love, alongside a variety of new product enhancements, features, and an exciting long-term product roadmap.


Effective boards are strategic in their work. Board members and leaders need to feel confident in their ability to communicate effectively, follow streamlined processes, and keep their strategy in focus at all times. Unfortunately, without an integrated board management solution to keep it all together, these elements can quickly fall apart.


Simbli makes board management easy by providing school boards, governments, nonprofits and other decision-making bodies with the tools and resources they need to simply get more done. Simbli’s one-of-a-kind suite of six integrated modules for meetings, strategic plans, board policies and regulations, board/leader evaluations, communications, and documents brings all of the board’s key governing documents online in one easy-to-access, convenient location.


“At eBOARDsolutions we’re on a mission to provide boards and the people who work with them with the tools and resources they need to be successful,” said Mark Willis, Chief Operating Officer of eBOARDsolutions. This is a pivotal time in the history of eBOARDsolutions — for both our customers and our partners. Almost two decades in the making, Simbli represents both a celebration of what we’ve collectively accomplished and a launch pad for all of the exciting things we have yet to accomplish together.”


Visit to learn more about Simbli.


About eBOARDsolutions

eBOARDsolutions is the leader in online board management tools for effective governance.  With a unique understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing school boards, the Georgia School Boards Association began building these online tools nearly 20 years ago to help its member boards increase their efficiency and effectiveness. In 2007, eBOARDsolutions, Inc. was born, and has been making these tools available to school boards, nonprofits, and governments across the United States ever since. With an annual renewal rate of more than 98 percent, Simbli is helping boards and the people who work with them simply get more done. Learn more about eBOARDsolutions and Simbli at


California Districts Select IO Education to Track and Report LCAP Progress

Covina-Valley, Pomona, Apple Valley, Orange, Azusa and Pasadena USD select IO Education to meet reporting and data visualizations requirements for the California standards

ATLANTA – Oct. 4, 2016 – California administrators continue to implement their Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) as required by the California Department of Education. As part of the effort to meet the state’s new accountability requirements, six California school districts representing 116,000 students, have selected IO Insights from IO Education to better gauge, track and report on LCAP progress.

Covina-Valley, Pomona, Apple Valley, Orange, Azusa and Pasadena Unified School Districts have chosen IO Education as the accountability platform to set goals, define measures, monitor progress and report on student achievement to improve educational outcomes.

For the full release, click here.


Cincinnati, OH (October 4, 2016) — PublicSchoolWORKS’ Staff Training System, a part of the award-winningEmployeeSafe Suite, was awarded a Gold Stevie® in the Safety Training Category in the 2016 Stevie Awards for Great Employers. More than 250 nominations from around the world were evaluated in this year’s competition. The winners were determined by the average scores of more than 50 professionals who acted as judges.

PublicSchoolWORKS’ Staff Training System helps education institutions provide a safe work environment for their employees. It contains the most up-to-date online course content and seamless automation to help districts improve school safety by creating training strategies that affect culture change. Once defined, the system automates the deployment, tracking and completion of safety training with little administrator involvement. PublicSchoolWORKS’ Research & Development Team continually tracks legislation and then creates new courses or updates existing courses to ensure schools are meeting new requirements.

The system automatically deploys course assignments and accompanying assessments to employees via email based on their job role, which can be completed at their convenience, thus freeing up scarce in-service days for other administrative needs. The system’s automation then reminds employees to complete their courses and sends non-compliance reports to administrators listing the employees who have not completed their courses. Each employee’s transcript is then stored online and can be easily access for reference if necessary.

“Our customers love the Staff Training System, but being recognized by this award program further shows that districts can benefit from technology if it makes their jobs more efficient and effective while helping to provide safer learning environments,” said Tom Strasburger, Vice President, Sales & Marketing of PublicSchoolWORKS. “We want to help districts stay in compliance with risk management mandates, but we also want to help them create, implement and sustain a safe learning environment.”


About The Stevie Awards

The Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: The American Business Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, and the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at, and follow the Stevie Awards on Twitter @TheStevieAwards.


About PublicSchoolWORKS

Since 2000, PublicSchoolWORKS safety compliance management solutions have focused on helping schools easily meet ever-changing compliance requirements, improve staff and student safety, cut costs associated with risk, and reduce administrator and staff time and effort. PublicSchoolWORKS is the only, complete K12 safety compliance management program created by and for schools, and is proud to provide districts with award-winning technology and support recognized by North American educators. For more information on how PublicSchoolWORKS can improve district safety programs, contact 1-877-779-6757 or