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Resilience Re-Set Campaign Launches Nov. 1
With Film Screenings, Other Events Nationwide 
Education, Health and Community Leaders Unite To Raise Awareness, Share Resources To Help Students Who Experience Trauma
Washington, Oct. 25, 2016 – Untold numbers of students go to school each day distracted, angry or highly anxious as a result of adverse experiences in their lives. Resilience Re-Set is a campaign to help communities understand why many of these students misbehave or disengage, and give adults resources to support students who live with toxic stress.

Resilience Re-Set begins Nov. 1 and is led by KPJR Films in partnership with Childhood Abuse America, American Academy of Pediatrics and others. Resilience Re-Set activities will include film screenings in communities nationwide, presentations, panel conversations and social media events. KPJR has produced two films that can be shared as part of Resilience Re-Set: Paper Tigers, a 90-minute documentary about the inspiring outcomes of trauma-informed education at a high school in Walla Walla, WA, and Resilience, an engaging new one-hour film on the science behind toxic stress.

Resilience Trailer - KPJR Films

“These films show us, through science and the stories of our young people, how adults are stepping up to help children who are exposed to adverse experiences,” said Jamie Redford, director, KPJR Films. “We hope the stories of children, educators and scientists grappling with the results of trauma help raise awareness, foster conversation and inspire action.”

“Resilience Re-Set is about moving from talk to taking action,” said Karen Pritzker, executive producer, KPJR Films. “We are grateful to our partners who are hosting resilience-building activities to promote cultures of hopefulness and understanding in their communities.”

Here is a sample of Resilience Re-Set activities scheduled for November:

  • The Topeka (KS) Public Schools is inviting staff from throughout the district to see Resilience on Nov. 2, following up on a recent screening of Paper Tigers.
  • Jamie Redford will host a screening of Resilience on Nov. 3 at the 2016 Resilience Summit in Chicago, which is hosted by the National Resilience Institute.
  • The San Diego Unified School District will team up with San Diego city officials to screen Resilience on Nov. 4 for educators and professionals who coordinate youth services.
  • The Chicago premiere of Resilience will be Nov. 5 at the Chicago Film Critics Festival.
  • The Bank Street College of Education in New York City is screeningResilience on Nov. 4.
  • On Nov. 16, the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education is hosting a screening of Resilience for its faculty and students.
  • The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is asking its 25,000 members to invite a high school principal to join them for a Nov. 16 digital screening of Resilience and Twitter chat with Redford and Jim Sporleder, the principal featured in Paper Tigers.

“We see the film Resilience as an advocacy tool that our members can use to help explain toxic stress and its impact on students and how they function in schools,” said Katherine C. Cowan, communications director, NASP. “This is a problem we can solve, but it will take expertise and support from educators, school psychologists, health experts and elected officials.”

KPJR Films, a producer of independent films about pressing social issues, offers documentary films Paper Tigers and Resilience for screening in local communities. The films are available through TUGG.com. There are additional resources available on the KPJRfilms.co website, including a Resilience Facilitator’s Guide and a One Caring Adult Resource portal.

Resilience Re-Set partners, such as ACES Connections, California Youth Endowment and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also will offer resources on their websites.

Organizations, educators and others who want to join Resilience Re-Set as a partner or want to learn more about hosting local screenings should send an email to: info@kpjrfilms.co.

On social media, please participate in Resilience Re-Set at:



ALEXANDRIA, VA—ASCD is excited to announce ASCD Empower17: The Conference for Every Educator, the mission-driven nonprofit’s 72nd annual conference and exhibit show. Empower17 will take place March 25-27, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif., and will empower educators—teachers, teacher leaders, principals, central office staff, and superintendents—to create their own personalized professional learning experience.

Why Did ASCD Reinvent its Conference Experience?

In a new Medium post, ASCD CEO and Executive Director Deb Delisle explains the genesis of Empower17:

“Pedagogy continues to evolve, methods improve, and educators across the world are improving instruction,” Delisle writes in the post. “Yet, at nearly every conference for educators, including ASCD’s annual conference, instruction and content delivery remains relatively static. After leaving last year’s conference, our team returned with a new recognition that, as educators, we aren’t practicing what we preach.”

Educators need professional learning that’s as innovative and effective as the instruction they deliver to their students. Attendees at Empower17 can create a learning path to help organize sessions around six areas of focus, and customized based on the attendee’s role in education and level of experience.

In addition to familiar Keynote Luncheons and learning sessions, ASCD Empower17 will offer:

  • Student and Practitioner Panels
  • Learning Labs
  • Great Debates
  • More than 250 exhibitors

The conference will also offer dedicated times and locations called Reflection Pools for teams to share new ideas and collaborate together. Reflection Pools are comfortable spaces designed to facilitate group interaction and innovative thinking.

On-site EdCamps and expert coaching will help teams harness their best thinking and generate actionable plans to implement at home. Because students are at the core of our work, ASCD Empower17 will also incorporate student voices, local school visits, and attendees who will become the next generation of educators. For full details, visitempower.ascd.org.

Empower17 General Session Speakers

Wavelength – Those Who Laugh, Learn!
Founded in 1980 by a former high school English teacher, Wavelength’s mission is to train, motivate, and inspire education professionals through the use of humor, laughter, and improvisation.

Jahana Hayes – Empowering Students through Service Learning
2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes’ teaching path began as a student. The first college graduate in her family, she was inspired by her teachers who urged her to dream bigger and who believed that she was college material, despite a challenging upbringing.

Garrett Reisman – Human Space Flight Past and Present: Lessons Learned About Inspiration and Determination
Selected by NASA as a mission specialist astronaut in 1998, Reisman’s first mission was aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, which brought him to the International Space Station for a 95-day mission. He returned to Earth aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. He returned to the ISS on the Space Shuttle Atlantis for his second mission.

Stay up to date with Empower17 by following @ASCDempower on Twitter.

To register for ASCD Empower17, visit empower.ascd.org. Visit our conference pricing page for individual, ASCD member, and group rates. To learn more about ASCD and the benefits associated with becoming a member, visitwww.ascd.org/membership.

Members of the media interested in attending Empower17 can register for a complimentary press pass atempower.ascd.org/media.

ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. Comprising 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 128 countries—the ASCD community also includes 54 affiliate organizations. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit www.ascd.org.


Pearson Announces EDUCAUSE Conference 2016 Lineup

Today, Pearson announced its lineup for EDUCAUSE 2016, as part of its “Programmed for Possible” theme for the conference. The theme highlights how technology is putting access to quality learning experiences within reach of every student in programs across the country. Company thought leaders and educational partners will discuss how the transition to digital is transforming higher education.

Presentations will feature institutions that are improving access, achievement and affordability through the Digital Direct Access model, which also provides educators with valuable insights into learning activity through data and analytics, as well as those that are leveraging key learning design principles to improve their digital learning environments. Other sessions will showcase colleges and universities that are implementing innovative online learning programs that accelerate employability. In addition, announcements will highlight new partnerships to provide colleges and universities with innovative immersive technologies that increase student engagement and transform the learning experience.

WHAT: EDUCAUSE, October 25-28, Anaheim Convention Center (ACC), 800 West Katella Avenue, Pearson Booth #1301.

WHO: College and university educators and administrators with a focus on teaching and learning, administration, instructional technology, information technology infrastructure, information systems or information technology leadership.

Transition to Digital Summit
Tuesday, Oct.25, 1-5 p.m. p.m., Anaheim Marriott
What: This highly interactive event will bring together academic leaders and bookstore directors from across the country to explore ways in which institutions are solving the access, affordability, and achievement gaps by transitioning to digital delivery of course materials.

Presenters: Sandra Erhorn, bookstore and auxiliary liaison, academic technology services, Office of the Chancellor, The California State University; Candice Jackson, acting vice president for academic affairs, general counsel, Office of the President, Kentucky State University; Bob Butterfield, instructional resource services director, University of Wisconsin-Stout; Jai Kumar, bookstore director, Canada College; David Kent, director of VolShop (university bookstore), University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Mark Goodner, lead business Analyst – IU eTexts, Indiana University Bloomington; Greg Fenton, CEO, Red Shelf; Stephanie Duguid, assistant dean of academic instruction, Copiah-Lincoln Community College; and Kate McKain, vice president, data informed services, Pearson.

Accelerating Employability for Adult Learners through Innovative Online Learning Partnerships
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ACC Meeting Room 210C
What: The “new normal” student is a 25 year-old (plus) working adult, seeking to further their education, or gain valuable skills to keep them employed. In this session, attendees will learn how Eastern Gateway Community College is addressing the needs of adult learners through an innovative online learning program.

Presenters: Todd Hitchcock, chief operating officer, Pearson Online Learning Services & Embanet; Dr. Jimmie Bruce, president, Eastern Gateway Community College; and Dr. Ken Knox, provost, Eastern Gateway Community College.

It’s a Matter of Principles: Designing for Next Generation Learning
Thursday, Oct. 27, 8-8:50 a.m., ACC Meeting Room 210C
What: In this interactive session, attendees will be introduced to a ground-breaking set of learning design principles, based on a new white paper from Pearson, and learn how they can help drive the next generation of digital learning tools and courseware.

Presenters: Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., associate professor, computing, informatics and decision systems engineering and director of the innovative learner and user experience lab, Arizona State University; and David Porcaro, director of learning capabilities design, Pearson. Moderator: Curtiss Barnes, managing director, global product management and design, Pearson.

IBM Watson: Building a World Class Ecosystem for Higher Education
Thursday, Oct. 27, 1:30-2:20 p.m, ACC Meeting Room 303A
What: IBM’s cognitive platform Watson represents the new paradigm in the computing era. It is fundamentally transforming industries and their daily operations, including higher education. This session will explore the possibilities of Watson in higher ed and early use cases and share the latest thinking on industry strategy to adopt and leverage Watson.

Presenters: Katie Blot, chief strategy officer, global services division management, Blackboard; Doug Hunt, Watson Global Education Leader, IBM; Chalapathy Neti, vice president, education innovation, IBM; Mike King, vice president, global education industry, IBM; Angie McAllister, senior vice president, personalized learning and analytics, Pearson.

For a list of sessions and demos, as well as more information on Pearson at EDUCAUSE, visit http://www.pearsoned.com/events-and-webinars/educause/.

Follow @PearsonNorthAm on Twitter and use #EDU16 to join the conversation.

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 http://www.Pearsoned.com.


Vernier Wins a 2016 Tech & Learning Award of Excellence

Vernier’s Solar Energy Exploration Kit and accompanying “Investigating Solar Energy” lab book recognized in New Product category

BEAVERTON, Oregon, October 24, 2016 — Vernier Software & Technology’s Solar Energy Exploration Kit and the associated Investigating Solar Energy lab book have been named a winner of Tech & Learning’s 2016 Awards of Excellence in the New Product category. Now in its 34th year, this leading educational awards program recognizes innovative products that break new ground as well as those that have received significant enhancements.

“This is the second year in a row that one of our renewable energy kits and associated lab books have won this prestigious award,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “It is a great honor to be recognized in back-to-back years, especially given that a panel of educators chose these resources because they provide students with an engaging, hands-on way to learn about important energy and STEM concepts.”

The Solar Energy Exploration Kit helps students investigate energy transformations, discover how the angle of photovoltaic panels relative to the sun affects power output, and experiment with basic circuits. TheInvestigating Solar Energy lab book contains nine hands-on experiments and two culminating engineering projects that utilize the kit and allow K–8 students to learn about solar energy and develop solutions to real-world problems.

To learn more about the Solar Energy Exploration Kit and Investigating Solar Energy lab book, visithttp://www.vernier.com/products/kidwind/solar-energy/kw-seek/.

About Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 35 years. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and hires educators at all levels of the organization. The company is committed to teachers and developing creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With worldwide distribution to over 130 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to university. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students’ critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit http://www.vernier.com.


CB&A Wins MarCom Gold Award for Special Event at ISTE
PR and digital marketing firm recognized for visibility initiatives at ed tech industry event

Madison, Wis. (Oct. 25, 2016) – C. Blohm & Associates, Inc. (CB&A), the premier PR and digital marketing agency for the education and special needs industries, has earned a MarCom Gold Award for its innovative BuzzHub events at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. The award recognizes distinguished work by professionals who are involved in the concept, direction, design and production of marketing and communication materials and programs.

CB&A’s work highlighted by the award includes the agency’s combination of workshops, meetings and events where clients can take advantage of the media’s presence at ISTE. The MarCom award emphasizes CB&A’s ability to create customized events that align closely with its clients’ goals.

To read the full news release, visit cblohm.com.