Free Nov. 15, 2016 Webinar Explores ESSA Funding and New “Non-Academic” Accountability Requirements


Webinar features funding expert Dr. Jennifer House to discuss the social-emotional learning aspect of the legislation


Charlotte N.C. – Nov. 3, 2016 – Assessment leader Apperson will host a free webinar at 3 p.m. Nov. 15, 2016 (EST) for schools and districts to discuss the latest information about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which goes into effect in the 2017-18 school year. The webinar, “How SEL fits into the ESSA Requirements” will address the role of social-emotional learning programs and assessments in meeting the requirements of the legislation. To register, visit or click here.


The ESSA was signed into law in January, 2016, replacing and updating the No Child Left Behind Act. It sets rules for everything from testing to teacher quality, and as part of that, requires schools include at least one non-academic accountability measure. This could include assessments that measure students’ social-emotional skills.


The “How SEL fits into the ESSA Requirements” webinar will feature funding expert Dr. Jennifer House, President of RedRock Reports, an education funding services company.


Dr. House’s work is informed by years of experience in district administration, as well as industry management. Dr. House is a former teacher, reading specialist, school district administrator, university instructor and educational technology innovator. Her experience includes holding management positions at HP and Apple Computer, as well as executive positions at Classroom Connect and Tenth Planet.


Dr. House will provide an overview of ESSA and how it impacts social-emotional learning programs. She will include a current snapshot of federal funding that can be used for district SEL programs during this transition year, as well as projections for the future. She will also discuss state opportunities.


The webinar is part of Apperson’s ongoing work to support educators, administrators and out-of-school-time organizations in implementing social-emotional learning programs within their schools. Apperson offers a K-8 online assessment and intervention tool called Evo Social & Emotional which uses the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) to help educators measure students’ SEL skills and provides strategies for instruction and intervention.


“The new ESSA legislation puts a greater focus on the “whole child” by requiring school districts to include a non-academic accountability measure,” said Bill Apperson, chairman of the board of Apperson. “We hope our webinar can be a resource for school districts throughout the country as they ramp up for the new ESSA requirements next year.”


About Apperson

Apperson’s Evo SEL is based on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of SEL competencies such as self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills and decision-making. Apperson provides the online platform for administering the DESSA and DESSA Mini universal screeners to quickly identify students’ SEL competencies. It also provides resources and activities to address SEL gaps. Version 2.0, now available, provides the data needed to help SEL program administrators measure the impact of their programs and to help educators understand students’ SEL needs. For more information, go to


Pearson Celebrates National Distance Learning Week With Webinar Series


Interactive sessions explore emerging distance learning trends, strategies to engage students online, new tools to enhance the online teaching and learning experience


NEW YORK – November 4, 2016 – Today Pearson announced a series of webinars that it is hosting in celebration of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW), November 7-11, 2016. The webinars will explore a variety of distance learning topics including emerging distance learning trends, strategies and best practices to engage online students, and new tools designed to enhance the online teaching and learning experience.


NDLW is hosted by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) each year to showcase the growth of distance learning and celebrate the accomplishments achieved by K-12, higher education, and corporate online learning leaders.


Pearson’s 2016 NDLW webinar series includes:


▪       The Art of Virtual Storytelling

Monday, November 7, 10-11 a.m. EST

Presenter: Kate Nugent, director, product and training, The Ariel Group

Participants will learn how to integrate a story into virtual lectures, webinars, 1:1 student coaching sessions and other virtual communications. They will be introduced to powerful storytelling techniques that engage and influence audiences of every size. Storytelling “lights up” every part of the human brain, and the ability to paint a picture for students increases the chances that the learning will stick.


▪       Trends in Alternative Credentialing: Benchmarks, Badges, and Noncredit Programming

Monday, November 7, 1-2 p.m. EST

Presenters: Kyle Peck, co-director, Center for Online Innovation, and professor, Penn State University; Jim Fong, director, Center for Research and Marketing Strategy, UPCEA; and Peter Janzow, senior director, business and market development, Pearson Acclaim

Micro-credentials, nano-credentials, badges…staying current on emerging trends in education is a challenge. It is also the life-force of preparing students for an ever-shifting professional landscape. In this session, participants will learn about the driving factors behind the emergence of alternative credentials, how higher education institutions are responding, and hear insights about what’s next.


▪       Don’t Overlook Your Help Desk! How Golden Gate University Supports the Demands Their Unique Online Student Population

Tuesday, November 8, 1-2 p.m. EST

Presenters: Doug Geier, director, eLearning and instructional design, Golden Gate University; and Paulo Dias, managing director, technical services, Pearson

In this session, participants will learn how Golden Gate University utilizes help desk services to meet the demands of a unique online student population of adult learners – many of whom work full-time, requiring on demand support, ensuring students get a positive technical support experience for their online programs. The 24/7 help desk support allows the school to offer enhanced technical support, allowing students and faculty to access services outside of regular business hours, 24/7, 365 days a year.


▪       Snapchat 101: Engaging Students Online

Tuesday, November 8, 1-2 p.m. EST

Presenter: Wendy Tietz, Ph.D., professor, accounting, Kent State University

Snapchat is currently the number one social media platform used by 16 to 24 year olds and is rapidly gaining users aged 35 years and older. Participants will learn the basics of Snapchat, including how to set up an account, how to communicate with other users, and Snapchat lingo and features (e.g. geofilters, swiping, face lenses) as well as discuss at least four ways that Snapchat can be used to engage students in class using real-life examples.


▪       Harnessing the Power of Mobile Devices with Learning Catalytics™

Wednesday, November 9, 10-11 a.m. EST

Presenter: Terry Austin, professor, Temple College

Austin will describe how encouraging the use of Learning Catalytics on mobile devices can revolutionize student participation as well as team-based learning in the classroom.


▪       Ask Me Anything: Online Students Tell All

Wednesday, November 9, 1-2 p.m. EST

Presenters: Joaquin Van Thienen, Florida International University, Broward Community College;

Alexandria Pipitone, Florida International University; Amanda Condon, Arkansas Tech University,  University of Arkansas Community College- Hope; Andrea Shaw, director of student programs and partnerships, Pearson; and Gillian Seely, director of content strategy, Pearson

Over 5.8 million students are taking at least one distance education course. This session will feature three students currently enrolled in 100 percent online courses, and they will discuss their experiences to help institutions better engage and motivate learners. Participants will also gain insight into recent research on student attitudes toward digital course materials.


▪       The Advantages of Using REVEL to Promote Success in Varied Classroom Settings and Environments

Thursday, November 10, 10-11 a.m. EST

Presenter: Beth King, professor, Columbus Technical College

Instructor Beth King will discuss how she implemented REVEL and adjusted instruction to improve performance and engagement in her online and face-to-face Introduction to Music courses at Columbus Technical College.


For more information or to register for the webinars, visit


Participate in the national conversation by following #NDLW on Twitter.


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


The United States Distance Learning Association is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.


Boxlight Releases Infographic on How to

Successfully Launch Tech in Schools


Lawrenceville, GA – Nov. 3, 2016 – Thinking of introducing a new technology to your school? How do you figure out if it’s really the right investment? How do you implement it successfully? Boxlight has created a new infographic that summarizes information presented in its guide, Launch Tech in Your Schools Successfully, published earlier this year, to help educators keep track of the essential steps for a successful technology initiative.


“We took the lessons learned by district administrators and technology personnel from launching all kinds of technology initiatives and distilled that insight into a comprehensive graphic that they can refer to with just a glance,” said Christopher Leonardo, the director of research and development for Boxlight. “Sometimes you need a quick reminder of the next step rather than an in-depth resource.”


Some of the highlights in the infographic include:


  • Who should be on your tech committee and why


  • The inside and outside sources from whom to obtain input for technology buying decisions


  • The five most common challenges of launching new technology


  • How to run a pilot program


  • Steps to take to ensure that the technology gets used


Educators and other interested parties can download the Launch Tech in Your Schools Successfullyinfographic at click here for use on their own websites and blogs.


About Boxlight Corp.

The merging of Mimio and Boxlight Corp. has resulted in an expansive selection of premier digital classroom technology solutions designed for every K-12 classroom. The company is integrating Boxlight’s manufacturing of patented, award-winning interactive classroom technology and Mimio’s advanced line of classroom hardware and software solutions to create the most complete line of progressive, integrated classroom technologies available on the market today. For more information about the extensive product offerings of the companies, please visit You can also follow us on Twitter @boxlightinc or Like us on Facebook at


West Allis-West Milwaukee School District Selects Skyward School Management System
Wisconsin district partners with Skyward for a better SIS and ERP experience

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (Nov. 3, 2016) – Skyward, a K-12 school administrative software provider, is excited to announce its partnership with West Allis-West Milwaukee School District in Wisconsin. The second largest district in Milwaukee County adopted Skyward’s School Management System in August and is preparing to go live with the solution in 2017.

Frona Tenuta, manager of technology services at West Allis-West Milwaukee, described the issues administrators faced with the district’s previous SIS and ERP vendors. “One of our biggest concerns was having so many different third party systems for gathering data,” Tenuta said. “Having multiple systems presented challenges in reporting the data to the state as well as trying to pull and create reports,” she said.

To view the full news release, visit


Credo, Arkansas State University Announce Partnership

Designed to Improve College Readiness, Student Success


‘Winning partnership for everyone’ targets regional high school students


BOSTON, Nov. 3, 2016 — Credo – the industry leader for information literacy, critical thinking, and research solutions – andArkansas State University are embarking on a partnership to bring information literacy resources and instruction to regional Arkansas high school students in support of their college readiness.


The Literati High School Partnership will be formally unveiled today by Ian Singer, Credo’s Chief Content Officer, and Jeff Bailey, Library Director at Arkansas State University’s Dean B. Ellis Library, during an afternoon session at the Charleston Library Conference in Charleston, S.C. The innovative collaboration is designed to provide research instruction to high school students to help prepare them for college success, even before they arrive on a campus.


The partnership will give students access to Credo’s School Core Content Collection, with more than 400 ebook titles and millions of reference entries. The collection offers students in grades 7 to 12 a wealth of insightful content covering topics related to secondary school studies, such as biology, physics, mathematics, social sciences, world cultures, world history, and more.


According to Bailey, the “Literati High School partnership is a win for everyone.”


“This is the perfect way for the librarians at the Dean B. Ellis Library to expand our work with area high schools,” Bailey continued. “At the high school level, the teachers and students are gaining access to all of the great Credo content and support that will help students earn higher grades, graduate and get accepted into college. At the college level, Arkansas State University will have incoming freshmen from those high schools who are better prepared, require less remediation, and are more likely to graduate. Plus, those students already will be familiar with using Literati to help them complete their assignments.”


Singer concurred and said the partnership represents Credo’s ongoing evolution as a company focused on positive learning outcomes for students.


“Programs such as this one will help students hit the ground running once they arrive on campus so they’re not overwhelmed by the college academic experience,” Singer said. “We are excited about the potential here, plus we’re looking forward to working with Jeff and the team at Arkansas State University. Of great significance, we will be interested in tracking how the students who had access to Literati performed versus those students who didn’t.”


Boston-based Credo has partnered with more than 2,500 libraries over the last 16 years to drive more effective and efficient student research activities. Since 2014, Credo has been developing instructional content while working with librarians to improve student research outcomes.


The Dean B. Ellis Library strives to meet the informational and research needs of Arkansas State University (enrollment 13,144) by offering a variety of services. Library personnel acquire and organize the library’s physical and online collections in addition to providing desk services for research assistance and checking out materials. The library also offers one-on-one research consultations, library instruction for classes and a one credit hour library skills class.


For more information about Credo, visit For more information about Arkansas State University, visit



About Credo |

Credo is an information skills solutions provider that serves educational institutions worldwide. It enables the flexible configuration of content, technology and services for the purpose of connecting learners, faculty and teachers, librarians and publishers. Credo promotes knowledge building, problem solving and critical thinking to give people the information skills necessary for success throughout their academic, professional and personal lives. Founded in the U.K. under the name of Xrefer, Credo has helped colleges, universities and public libraries successfully educate students and patrons since 1999. Credo is headquartered in Boston, Mass., and maintains an office in the U.K.