Noodle Markets, K-12’s National Market Network, Launches Marketplace Beta

K-12 district administrators and school-level leaders finally have a place to research K-12 products and services that is tied to streamlined bid management tools.

NEW YORK Oct. 5, 2016 — Noodle Markets, K-12’s national market network, has launched the beta period of its marketplace and opened its doors to district and school-level leaders nationwide. The marketplace beta allows K-12 decision makers to research products in a defined number of categories and test a select number of platform features. These features are designed to pair seamlessly with Noodle Markets’ free bid management tools, which have been available to educators since May 2016, bringing discovery, bid creation and evaluation together in one platform for the first time.

When Noodle Markets officially launches to the broader K-12 community in winter 2016, it will include products and services from over 200 K-12 categories and provide a much-needed, robust toolkit that overhauls what is now an overly-complicated and laborious buying process.  The toolkit will include best in breed RFX templates, “unpacked” state procurement rules and regulations and collaborative features that make Noodle Markets K-12’s first national market network.

Noodle Markets is John Katzman’s latest venture aimed at simplifying the buying process with free, easy to use solicitation tools and helping K-12 educators find and attract more vendors thus increasing the effectiveness of competitive bidding.

Key features of the marketplace beta include providing K-12 educators:

  • A searchable, comprehensive database of over 33,000 products and services

  • Product list creation, i.e. the ability to “save” products and services for later review

  • Access to thousands of vendors, allowing educators to easily tag them and add them to a bidders list, for invitation to quick quotes, bid requests or competitive solicitations

“Noodle Markets is the result of thousands of hours of research and conversations with educators on what makes K-12 purchasing so difficult,” said Nicole Neal Noodle Markets co-founder and CEO.  “The beta period allows us to fine tune the marketplace and listen intently to educator feedback. We want to ensure we are building a network that supports their efforts to be better stewards of public dollars and to find the right products and services for their teachers and students.”

District administrators and school-level leaders interested in participating in the Noodle Markets beta can register, for free, at

K-12 partners can register and add their products and services, for free, at

About Noodle Markets

Noodle Markets is exclusively focused on K-12 education and dedicated to dramatically transforming the way K-12 institutions buy products and services. The only K-12 purchasing solution of its kind, Noodle Markets simplifies buying processes for education institutions, helps vendors get found in a crowded marketplace, and enhances communication across all K-12 stakeholders. As a result, the right products and services get into the hands of the teachers and students that need them the most. Learn more at




Program empowers students to make a positive environmental impact through standards-aligned lesson plans and interactive classroom activities focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)


SILVER SPRING, Md. (October 5, 2016) – Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today the launch of an all-new aluminum recycling education program, “Life of a Can – A Never Ending Story.” Designed to reinforce the importance of aluminum recycling and empower students to be environmental stewards, this new program offers standards-aligned digital learning tools for classrooms and families nationwide that explore the never-ending lifecycle of a recycled aluminum can and encourage classrooms to implement recycling programs of their own.  The online tool also features national hockey league defenseman, Stanley Cup Champion, and “eco-athlete,” Andrew Ference, to drive home the importance of recycling and underscore our individual impact on the environment.

“Discovery Education is proud to partner with Novelis on this nationwide effort to engage students in the importance of our environment and the critical role they can each play to protect and preserve our planet,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president, Discovery Education. “Life of a Can illuminates the core STEM applications utilized in the recycling process, and empowers educators with dynamic digital resources to inspire their students in the exploration of the earth’s natural resources.”

Beyond STEM skills, Life of a Can educates the future generation on key recycling facts such as the $1.5 billion total value of aluminum sent to landfills every year and the end-to-end recycling timeline for a can, while encouraging the development of students’ critical-thinking skills through a holistic look at the recycling process and real-world implications of our actions. Created by Discovery Education’s curriculum experts, this multi-year engagement program offers digital resources designed to stimulate insightful conversations and illustrate STEM at work throughout the aluminum recycling process.

Available at no cost, the new online platform offers the following:

  • Interactive classroom activities – The program’s digital learning tools include a complete suite of standards-aligned free educator resources for upper elementary classrooms, which emphasize key STEM, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills for students focused on environmental subjects like sustainability, manufacturing and product lifecycles. Downloadable classroom activities are designed to complement teachers’ existing lesson plans and explore the unique properties of aluminum and its role in our everyday lives. Life of Can lessons ask students to reflect on their own contribution to trash, strategize how they can improve their current practices and understand the environmental benefits of aluminum recycling. A downloadable Recycling Toolkit allows classrooms to create their own classroom recycling programs. An engaging, hands-on digital interactive module designed to walk students through the recycling process will launch in spring 2017.
  • At-home family resources – Life of a Can’s family extensions encourage students to share their classroom learnings with family members at home through STEM-based activities and family discussion starters that inspire insightful conversations about aluminum and the recycling process. Students will take home a scavenger hunt that illustrates how students’ homes can be powered by the energy saved from aluminum recycling.
  • Video vignette – Featuring National Hockey League defenseman and Stanley Cup Champion Andrew Ference, a self-proclaimed “eco-athlete,” the What’s One Can video highlights how recycling saves energy, investigates everyone’s impact on the environment, and details how all students’ can be champions for the environment.

“Partnering with Discovery Education provides a fantastic opportunity for millions of teachers, students, and their families to understand the true value of aluminum as an infinitely recyclable material,” said David Gill, Vice President and General Manager, Can for Novelis North America. “As the world’s largest aluminum rolled products manufacturer and recycler, Novelis recycles more than 60 billion aluminum cans each year. Through Life of a Can, we are excited to help increase the number of cans recycled throughout the world by inspiring kids to be lifelong recyclers.”

Brandon Wislocki, a fifth grade teacher at Stonegate Elementary School of Irvine Unified School District, Calif. added: “As an educator, I’m thrilled to have these resources to engage my students in sustainability topics and give them an in-depth look at the aluminum recycling process. I look forward to integrating theLife of Can lesson plans and activities into my classroom instruction to reinforce STEM skills utilized in environmental careers, and creating a new recycling program for my classroom.”

Life of a Can is the first-of-its-kind recycling education program offered by Discovery Education. For more information on the program and to access the site’s free resources, visit:

About Novelis
Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and the world’s largest recycler of aluminum. The company operates in 11 countries, has approximately 12,000 employees and reported $10 billion in revenue for its 2016 fiscal year. Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet and foil products to transportation, packaging, construction, industrial and consumer electronics markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Novelis is a subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited, an industry leader in aluminum and copper, and metals flagship company of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook at and Twitter at

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 in 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


Pearson to Host Professional Development Webinar Series for Mathematics and Statistics Educators


Webinars feature compelling presentations on educational trends, learning designs, and pedagogical approaches


NEW YORK – October 4, 2016 – This month, Pearson will host a complimentary Professional Development Webinar Series for mathematics and statistics educators. Featuring live webinars from October 4-27 and recorded webinars that are available on demand, this series is part of Pearson’s year-long “Learning Makes Us” Professional Development Webinar Series, which is designed to provide educators with the latest educational trends, learning designs, pedagogical approaches and research in higher education and the professional world.


Educators who register and attend a live webinar will have the opportunity to earn Acclaim professional development badges, a web-enabled version of a credential, certification, or learning outcome.


Examples of upcoming webinars and registration details can be found below:


-Title: Flip Your Liberal Arts Math Class Without Flipping Out

When: Tuesday, October 4, 3:30–4:30 p.m. ET

Presenter: Professor Denise Nunley, Scottsdale Community College

What: This webinar will walk through the benefits and implementation of a flipped classroom, and suggest solutions that can work well for liberal arts math courses. Click here to register.


-Title: New Developments in Developmental Math

When: Tuesday, October 11, 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

Presenters: Professor Gary Rockswold, Minnesota State University and Professor Terry Krieger, Rochester Community and Technical College

What: This presentation discusses research, ideas, and philosophies for making math more accessible for a larger portion of our student body. In addition, a new Interactive Developmental Math (IDM) program will be discussed and demonstrated. IDM allows students to be guided interactively through an entire course similar to how a live tutor would teach. Click here to register.


-Title: Student Success for Non-STEM Students at Des Moines Area Community College Using a Pathways Approach

When: Wednesday, October 19, 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

Presenter: Professor Dan Petrak, Des Moines Area Community College

What: Pathways is a national movement of offering alternative mathematics courses and curriculum for Non-STEM majors at the Community College level. This interactive webinar will present the rationale, methods, and outstanding results of this approach at Des Moines Area Community College. Click here to register.


-Title: Teach with Data: How GAISE, Technology, and Twitter Changed My Statistics Course

When: Tuesday, October 25, 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

Presenter: Professor Rebecca Wong, West Valley College

What: Using the GAISE guidelines, this presentation looks at how technology and social media can help students make sense of, thrive in, and level the playing field in a data-rich world. Click here to register.


About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more, visit


Voyager Sopris Learning launches new edition

of powerful reading intervention program

REWARDS Plus: Social Studies designed for struggling readers in grades 6-12


DALLAS,Oct. 5, 2016 Voyager Sopris Learning announced today it has released REWARDS Plus: Social Studies (3rd Edition), a powerful, specialized reading program for struggling readers in middle and high school. With activities to help students learn to read with proficiency and confidence, the new edition places a significantly increased focus on vocabulary, comprehension and critical thinking skills.

“This is a powerful and immediate intervention program that provides long-term results,” said Jeffrey A. Elliott, President, Voyager Sopris Learning. “Teachers love the fast-paced, engaging, direct instruction, while students are rewarded by building literacy skills in their social studies courses.”

With a focus on close reading of content area informational text, critical thinking, extended response items, and academic vocabulary in the content areas, REWARDS Plus: Social Studies offers an impactful and affordable solution that supports any core curriculum.

The program, Elliott said, is designed to be administered as a full-semester, 15-week course with 50- to 60-minute lessons delivered daily. Lessons build upon each other and assessment is interwoven to ensure mastery. Moreover, he said, the programs are easy for teachers to deliver, and offer districts and schools with flexible implementation options.

“We once believed struggling readers could not improve their literacy skills after fifth grade. Of course, this is not true,” said literacy expert Dr. Anita L. Archer, co-author of REWARDS Plus. “Growth in reading and writing can go forward in middle school and high school if the intervention is intense and focuses on the big secondary six: decoding, fluency, vocabulary, background knowledge, comprehension, and writing. This is exactly the purpose of REWARDS Plus: Social Studies.”

The program also:

  • features a research-based and research-validated approach to deepen comprehension of content-area texts;
  • builds on students’ progressive mastery of word-attack strategies (from earlier versions of REWARDS) and engages them in applying the strategies to authentic content-area texts; and
  • helps students successfully transfer skills in fluency, comprehension, and critical thinking from ELA settings to content-area settings.

In addition to Dr. Archer, program authors are Dr. Mary Gleason and Dr. Vicky Vachon. The new edition provides a new video mini-course to guide instruction by Dr. Archer.

For more information on Voyager Sopris Learning, visit For more information on REWARDS Plus: Social Studies, visit


About Voyager Sopris Learning

Voyager Sopris Learning® is committed to partnering with school districts to meet and surpass their goals for student achievement. The suite of instructional and service solutions we provide is not only research based, but also evidence based—proven to increase student achievement and educator effectiveness. Our solutions have been fully tested in the classroom, ensuring that they are easy to implement and teacher friendly. They are innovative, both in overall instructional approach and in the strategic use of technology in blended and 100 percent online solutions, and they are supported by an unparalleled commitment to build local capacity for sustained success. With a comprehensive suite of instructional resources, we provide assessments, professional development and literacy and math instructional tools—both comprehensive intervention and supplemental—and resources to build a positive school climate. Voyager Sopris Learning is a business unit of Cambium Learning® Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABCD), based in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit


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