Former Teacher and Founder of EvoText, Johanna Wetmore, Named Finalist in Emerging Leader Awards by SIIA

Classroom experience combined with technical expertise fuels Ms. Wetmore’s ability to develop award-winning technology for education including Ogment and SpringBoard Digital

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 — BURLINGTON, Mass. – Johanna Wetmore has been named a finalist in the Emerging Leader Awards by the Software Industry and Information Association (SIIA). Ms. Wetmore and co-founder Chris Robert, founded EvoText, which is a full-service educational software development company that builds e-learning applications. The company has grown ten-fold since being founded in 2012.


CEV Multimedia Illustrates Growth of Career and Technical Education with Infographic

New graphic demonstrates the role CTE plays in boosting graduation rates 

LUBBOCK, Texas (Nov. 3, 2016) – To keep pace with growing economic demands and prepare students to compete in a competitive workforce, education providers are turning to Career and Technical Education (CTE). A new infographic from CEV Multimedia, a leading producer of CTE curricula, illustrates the increasing need for comprehensive training opportunities in the industries that are projected to grow the most in the next decade.

Many CTE programs address the growing needs in highly specialized industries, and help students learn the technical elements of their job, while also enabling them to gain a better understanding of their educational pathway. CTE equips students with 21st century skills, preparing them for viable careers in high-growth industries. For instance, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) cites:

  •     The top 10 hardest-to-fill jobs include skilled trade positions, while healthcare occupations make up 12 of the 20 fastest growing occupations.
  • There are one million jobs open in trade, transportation and utilities sectors, and 315,000 jobs in manufacturing.
  • Middle-skill jobs that require education and training beyond school, but less than a bachelor’s degree, make up a significant part of the economy and workforce.

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Standards-aligned education program, “Econ Essentials,” makes economics relevant with digital learning modules; plus new three-part mini documentary series from Discovery’s Seeker brings concepts to life-

Silver Spring, Md. (November 2, 2016) – Now more than ever, it’s critical for students to understand the core concepts of risk management and the factors that drive the global economy. That’s why Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, has partnered with CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, to offer high school classrooms nationwide a dynamic, standards-aligned education program that broadens students’ understanding of key economic principles.

Econ Essentials offers three, interactive learning modules that are aligned with the Council for Economic Education’s Voluntary Content Standards for Economics. They present the fundamentals of microeconomics using real-world scenarios, interactive components, embedded assessments, and accompanying Educator Guides. The interactive modules are:

  • Fueling the Future: Presents students with a hypothetical challenge of starting a shuttle business. Students learn about supply and demand, discover the forces that impact gas prices, and explore how these prices impact their everyday lives. Students apply their knowledge to set a ticket price for their business and see if they made a profit.
  • The Facts About Food: Allows students to take a journey from ‘farm to table’ in the role of an advisor to a farm, enabling them to learn how the supply chain and other global factors influence supply and demand. Students explore the role of economics in food prices and what influences the price we pay for our food.
  • Foundations of Finance : Introduces learners to the topics of interest rates and its relationship with financial health. Students will learn about personal financial growth in a real-world context, such as applying for student loans, buying a car, or saving.

Discovery Education and CME are also offering a compelling three-part mini documentary series by Seeker, from Discovery Digital Networks. Appropriate for students in grades 6-12, each episode brings economic topics to life – transporting students across the globe and showcasing stories of people overcoming challenges in the areas of agriculture, energy, and finance. These thought-provoking videos, offered alongside an engaging classroom activity, reinforce fundamental economic concepts in real-world contexts – agriculture and food, energy and fuel, and finance. The five-minute episodes are:

  • How Algae Could Change the Fossil Fuel Industry: In this video, students meet a CEO of a company developing new techniques to convert algae into energy. Students learn about the challenges associated with bringing new and innovative technologies to market and reaching a sufficient scale to make the solutions viable.
  • Why the U.S. Needs a New Generation of Farmers: Meet the owner of a farm who is fulfilling her dream of responsibly providing meat for members of her community. Students learn about the challenges associated with food production including the fact that so few young people are choosing to farm.
  • Owning A Restaurant Under the Cuban Embargo: Hear from a restaurant owner operating in Cuba, a country that has historically been a command economy. As market reforms have taken place and relations with the United States have improved, new opportunities have arisen for people to start businesses.

“Through the study of economics, students become equipped to make wise decisions in both their public and private lives and also grow important skills like critical thinking, problem solving, media and information literacy,” said Jackie Prester, Business and Technology Teacher, Mansfield Public Schools, Massachusetts. “I’m looking forward to using Econ Essentials to help my students learn fundamental economic principles in an engaging, digital environment.”

“Food, fuel and finance matter to our everyday lives, so it is critically important that students understand how these economic concepts work, impact their families and affect the world around them,” said Anita Liskey, CME Group Managing Director, Corporate Marketing & Communications.  “We are thrilled to partner with Discovery Education and all of the talented educators around the country who are using these modules to help students better understand and participate in our global economy.”

“From purchasing a car, to paying taxes, to making investment decisions, the principles of economics impact our daily lives. Econ Essentials helps students engage with these important topics and empowers them with the information they need to make smart decisions in their public and private lives,” said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice President at Discovery Education. “Discovery Education applauds CME for their leadership in helping today’s students understand basic economic topics, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with CME’s team on our joint mission to support the success of all learners.”

For more information about Econ Essentials, visit

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 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

About CME Group
As the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group ( is where the world comes to manage risk.  CME Group exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural products and metals.  Around the world, CME Group brings buyers and sellers together through its CME Globex® electronic trading platform and its exchanges based in Chicago, New York and London.  CME Group also operates one of the world’s leading central counterparty clearing providers through CME Clearing and CME Clearing Europe, which offer clearing and settlement services across asset classes for exchange-traded and over-the-counter derivatives.  CME Group’s products and services ensure that businesses around the world can effectively manage risk and achieve growth.

CME Group is a trademark of CME Group Inc. The Globe Logo, CME, Globex and Chicago Mercantile Exchange are trademarks of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.  CBOT and the Chicago Board of Trade are trademarks of the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, Inc.  NYMEX, New York Mercantile Exchange and ClearPort are registered trademarks of New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc.  COMEX is a trademark of Commodity Exchange, Inc.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  Further information about CME Group (NASDAQ: CME) and its products can be found at


Pearson and Maryville University Expand Partnership to Launch Online Degree Programs in Accounting


Bachelor and master of science programs designed to help meet growing demand for qualified accounting professionals


NEW YORK – November 1, 2016 – Today, Pearson announced an expanded partnership with Maryville University to launch online degree programs in accounting for the upcoming Spring 2017 term. These programs will provide flexible, industry-relevant accounting education designed to prepare students for current and future trends in the field. Maryville University and Pearson have previously partnered on the recruitment and implementation of other highly successful degree programs.


“Our newest programs expand Maryville University’s online degree offerings, accessible from across the country, as well as locally and regionally, in an effort to provide students the flexibility needed to balance work, higher education requirements, and personal responsibilities,” said Mark Lombardi, Ph.D., president of Maryville University.


The Maryville University online Bachelor of Science in Accounting program is designed to help students develop a strategic blend of business and accounting skills. With a faculty of accounting professionals and practical, industry-relevant courses, including three early access classes, students will prepare for careers in accounting and can earn credits toward their master’s degree.


The Maryville University online Master of Science in Accounting curriculum delivers Becker CPA exam preparation courses, which enable students to prepare for the CPA exam with subject matter experts, while earning their master’s degree 100 percent online.


“More than 140,000 new auditing and accounting jobs are expected to open between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. We are excited to collaborate with Maryville University to increase access to high-quality, flexible opportunities that will position individuals for long-term career success in this fast-growing industry,” said Todd Hitchcock, senior vice president of online learning services, Pearson.


Upon completing these programs, students can pursue positions such as accountant, financial advisor, auditor, actuary, financial analyst and financial manager. CNNMoney lists the accounting director and financial accounting manager job titles as two of the Best Jobs in America for 2015, which lists “100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.”


Pearson provides comprehensive online program management (OPM) services, and partners with more than 40 higher education institutions across the country to implement and sustain nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate programs, which have produced more than 30,000 graduates. In 2015, a total of 6,672 students graduated from programs powered by Pearson’s student support and retention services, a component of many OPM partner solutions.


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 information, visit


About Maryville University

Maryville University is a private university in St. Louis County, Missouri. Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a comprehensive and nationally ranked private institution with an enrollment of more than 6,400 students. Maryville offers more than 90 degrees at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels to students from 50 states and 47 countries. For more information, visit


Curriculum Associates Sponsors ALAS Scholarships to Support the Advancement of Latino/a Administrators

Scholarships totaling $12,000 will help two aspiring administrators earn advanced degrees in education


NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 1, 2016—For the second consecutive year, Curriculum Associates has sponsored the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents’ (ALAS) scholarship program to help Latino/a administrators earn advanced degrees in education. This recent donation allowed ALAS to award two administrators with a total of $12,000 in scholarship funds. Micaela Ochoa of Pleasanton Unified School District in Pleasanton, CA received a $10,000 scholarship and Israel Rivera of Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, TX received a $2,000 scholarship.


“True leadership impacts education through its influence and focus on achievement,” said Dr. Nancy Lewin, executive director of ALAS. “Our scholarship recipients will indeed be prepared for this and their future careers through gracious and purpose-filled commitment and support from Curriculum Associates. ALAS and Curriculum Associates have built a strong partnership that will continue to support Latino/a leadership development for years to come.”


Since becoming Pleasanton USD’s deputy superintendent in the 2015–16 school year, Ochoa has helped serve the district’s approximately 15,000 diverse students while overseeing the district’s operations, budgets and finances, and working closely with the district’s leadership team and all its stakeholders. Prior to this role, she served as the chief business officer of the Santa Clara County Office of Education, which serves and supports 270,000 ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse students in 31 school districts in the state. Ochoa has 20 years of leadership experience in education having worked for numerous school districts as well as higher education institutions throughout California. Ochoa is currently completing her doctorate in Leadership for Educational Equity at the University of California, Berkley.


“I’m humbled and honored to be selected as one of the 2016 ALAS Scholarship recipients,” said Ochoa. “This scholarship will support the completion of my doctoral degree and my aspirations to one day become a superintendent who works on behalf of all students, especially students who don’t have advocates.”


Rivera started his educational career as a bilingual teacher in Dallas Independent School District. After receiving his master’s degree in Educational Administration, he was named an assistant principal and then principal of an elementary school in the district. During his tenure at the school, Rivera increased the low-performing status of the campus and helped it sustain its new ‘meeting standard’ status. This year Rivera is in charge of opening a new elementary school in the district while also leading two organizations, the Association of Hispanic School Administrators and the Dallas School Administrators Association. Additionally, Rivera is working toward his education doctorate at Southern Methodist University.


“Both of these individuals are standout leaders who are working diligently to provide the students they serve with an exemplary education,” said Aurora Martínez, Executive Director of Curriculum Associates. “We are proud to support their educational and career growth through the sponsorship of the ALAS scholarship program.”


About Curriculum Associates

Founded in 1969, privately owned Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.


itslearning Webinar Alert: Nine Characteristics of Efficient Districts 

WHAT: A no cost webinar for K-12 educators and administrators who want to learn how to break the cycle of district and classroom inefficiencies and instead streamline instructional workflow using a learning management system.

PRESENTERS: Michael Gorman, President of 21st Century Educational Technology and Learning, LLC and Joey Gardner, Director of Instructional Technology, Spartanburg County (SC) School District 6

WHEN:  Thursday, November 17th at 1 PM EST 



Newton, MA – Nov. 2, 2016 — Administrators across the K12 landscape want teachers spending more time with students, becoming facilitators and mentors of learning. They also want them to blend, flip and digitize their classrooms.  But the reality is teachers are spending too much time curating and creating curriculum, are burdened with too many logins and to further complicate matters meaningful professional development is often scarce.


In this webinar, hosted by eSchool News and sponsored by itslearning, educators will learn the Nine Characteristics of Efficient Districts and how streamlining instructional workflows can lead to:

  •    More time with students,
  •    Increased student engagement, and
  •    Student ownership of learning


Scheduled for Thursday, November 17th at 10 AM PST/11 AM MST/Noon CST/1 PM, the webinar will feature Michael Gorman, President of 21st Century Educational Technology and Learning, LLC, and Joey Gardner, Director of Instructional Technology, from Spartanburg County School District Six who will discuss how educators can break the cycle of district and classroom inefficiencies while allowing teachers to focus on the success of each individual student; and enabling students to become self-directed and take ownership of their learning.


There is no cost to join the webinar, but registration is required. For more information go to:


Renaissance and Achieve3000 Partner to Create Best-in-Class Pre-K–12 Solution for RTI Literacy Assessment and Instruction

Companies partner to provide personalized instruction to meet the needs of all learners 

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. and LAKEWOOD, NJ (November 2, 2016) – Differentiated instruction and Response to Intervention (RTI) share a common goal: modifying instruction until it meets the needs of all learners. A strategic partnership between Renaissance®, the leader in K-12 learning analytics, and Achieve3000®, the groundbreaker in blended, differentiated instruction, now gives educators the opportunity to seamlessly integrate the two instructional approaches to students from Pre-K through grade 12. Select districts in 2017 will be able to use the embedded and interim assessments to inform and tailor instruction across all tiers of intervention, while accessing deep learning analytics from the companies’ platforms to measure impact and efficacy.

The newly minted partnership combines Renaissance’s highly rated Renaissance Star 360® assessment solution with Achieve3000’s patented model of research-based differentiated instruction for blended learning for students in grades Pre-K through 12. The alliance between the two prominent education technology companies is centered on several shared concepts, such as maximizing educators’ time during the RTI process as more on-task time and targeted, purposeful instruction are critical for students to accelerate learning gains as well as enabling teachers to help all students succeed and move forward on the path to college and career readiness. It also makes data immediate and actionable for leaders, thus demonstrating measurable impact for all students.

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