NEBRASKA’S SCHUYLER COMMUNITY SCHOOLS EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH DISCOVERY EDUCATION TO LAUNCH NEW PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
– New Professional Learning and Leadership Initiative Will Nurture Teacher-Leaders and Supports District’s “SchuyPad” Initiative –
Schuyler, Neb. (November 7, 2016) – Nebraska’s Schuyler Community Schools today announced an expansion of its three-year partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. The latest phase of this collaboration focuses on professional development and will provide eight educators from Schuyler Central High School the opportunity to participate in Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps initiative. A comprehensive professional development system, Digital Leader Corps supports the growth of teacher-leaders as they serve as change agents powering the district’s transition to dynamic digital learning environments.
This new effort supports Schuyler Community Schools’ “SchuyPad” initiative. Launched in 2013, the program has given all district high school students access to a personal device and is designed to provide students 24/7 access to learning at school, after school, and at home; prepare students for college and the workforce; personalize learning; and help students build important skills such as creative thinking, problem-solving, communication and collaboration.
Schuyler Community Schools’ teachers and students currently use Discovery Education’s Science, Social Studies and Math Techbooks, a series of digital textbooks that are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and include professional development. The Social Studies Techbook series uses an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy and the analytical writing and problem solving skills that students will apply in the classroom and beyond. Each subject area includes primary source documents and activities, digital investigations, a multimedia reference library, interactive maps and informational texts. Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the 5E model, the Science Techbook, through hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities, helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientists. Math Techbook, the latest addition to Discovery Education’s award-winning line of digital textbooks, transforms the way students and teachers experience math through engaging instructional strategies and real-world problems that motivate and excite students with diverse learning styles.
In addition, Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, is also being used by educators to enhance teaching and learning across the district.
Building on the successful integration of these services into classroom instruction, Schuyler Central High School is now participating in Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps. Featuring a unique combination of professional learning, pedagogy and tools, Digital Leader Corps offers participating educators proven approaches to integrating educational technologies and digital media into classroom instruction. These approaches are then practiced in educator created, student-centered Learning Labs. In these labs, teachers practice and adapt their new skills in a classroom setting before sharing their successes broadly with their colleagues. The Digital Leader Corps program provides teachers with continuous customized, job-embedded consultation, with on-going modeling, coaching and feedback from Discovery Education experts in the pre-planning, stakeholder communications and implementation phases.
“Schuyler Community Schools, in partnership with parents and the community, is committed to providing students the educational experiences they need to become skilled, knowledgeable, and responsible citizens in a global society. We look forward to continuing to partner with Discovery Education on that mission,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Dan Hoesing. “The Digital Leader Corps will help our educators build the challenging, authentic, digital learning environments they need to create these experiences.”
In addition, the Discovery Education Community will continue to support Schuyler Community Schools’ educators in their efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with digital media. 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.
“Discovery Education is proud to support Schuyler Community Schools’ commitment to digital learning by building the capacity of their teachers to make a positive impact on student engagement and achievement,” said Jason Barnes, Vice President of Partnerships at Discovery Education. “By combining sustained professional development with dynamic digital content, the Schuyler team is creating authentic digital learning spaces that will engage today’s learners and advance student achievement.”
For more information about the Digital Leader Corps, or other services and resources from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.
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 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 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 at www.discoveryeducation.com.
Follett’s Project Connect Introduces Professional Development Courses for Librarians
Educational Leadership, Digital Citizenship topics headline initial offerings
MCHENRY, Ill., Nov. 7, 2016 — Project Connect, formed by Follett to advocate for librarians to serve as leaders in their district and schools, will be debuting a set of professional development online courses this month. Designed for school and district librarians, these courses give librarians tangible skills needed in a future-ready world and help promote innovative models of school libraries.
According to Nader Qaimari, President of Follett School Solutions, the courses are an example of Project Connect continuing to “advocate for strong, empowered librarians and educators in their quest to become more future ready and recognized as respected leaders in their libraries, classrooms, and schools. These courses, coupled with our exclusive sponsorship of the Future Ready Librarians’ initiative, illustrate our commitment to transforming the role of the librarian.”
The first two PD courses have been announced – Educational Leadership and Digital Citizenship – and will be taught by Mark Ray, nationally recognized for transforming the role of the school librarian into a technological innovator in schools. A closer look:
- Educational Leadership: The course explores the challenges and opportunities of how to lead beyond the library, and how to develop future-ready learners. Participants will discover new concepts and techniques to stretch their professional skills in unique ways. Through individualized inquiry and work, they will develop strategies and insights to help them lead in their library and beyond. The course, inspired by the Future Ready Framework, is free for all participants.
- Digital Citizenship: Librarians must ensure schools are cultivating productive, safe and responsible members of a digital world. Aimed at educators who currently teach or plan to teach digital citizenship, the course will assess what librarians, their students and peers currently think about digital citizenship, evaluate current practices and create a plan for success in the digital age. The course is $125 per participant, with an opportunity to earn a micro-credential badge.
“As someone who went from teaching in a library to leading a district-wide digital implementation as Chief Digital Officer, I have learned many lessons about leadership,” says course instructor Ray, 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year. “The Educational Leadership course will explore how to work and think differently so that librarians can effectively lead beyond the library. The Digital Citizenship course is a great opportunity for librarians to apply their leadership to a shared strategic challenge – how can librarians help ensure schools are cultivating productive, safe, and responsible members of our digital world?”
For more information about:
- Project Connect, visit www2.follettlearning.com/projectconnect/
- PD courses, visit www.follettlearning.com/microcreds or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Follett, visit www.FollettLearning.com.
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New Pearson Webinar Series Highlights Impact of Digital
on Higher Education Mathematics
Interactive sessions, presented by higher ed faculty, explore latest educational innovations and course redesign solutions
NEW YORK – November 4, 2016 – Pearson today announced a new series of complimentary webinars exploring the ways that digital learning solutions can support successful course redesign in developmental mathematics at colleges and universities. Highlighting course redesign solutions at institutions in multiple states, including Iowa, Missouri, and West Virginia, the series will feature live webinars the week of November 7 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.
As part of this course redesign solutions webinar series, a new case study detailing how a Non-STEM Pathways course using MyMathLab® demonstrates success at Des Moines Area Community College, will be featured in the kick-off webinar on Tuesday, November 8. Leveraging the Pathways instructional model and MyMathLab from Pearson, Professor Dan Petrak prepared students in College Prep Math to be successful in Liberal Arts Math.
The webinar series includes:
- Student Success for Non-STEM Students at Des Moines Area Community College Using a Pathways Approach
Tuesday, November 8, 2-3 p.m. EST
Presenter: Dan Petrak, professor, Des Moines Area Community College
Pathways is a national movement offering alternative mathematics courses and curriculum for non-STEM majors at the community college level. This student-centered, highly interactive curricular approach engages developmental math students and prepares them for math for liberal arts or statistics in one semester. This interactive webinar will present the rationale, methods, and outstanding results of this approach at Des Moines Area Community College.
- Co-Requisite Courses: A Panel Discussion of What’s Working
Tuesday, November 8, 4-5 p.m. EST
Presenters: Valentin Dragos, professor, Wilbur Wright College; Kevin Kenady, professor, Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College; and Tamela Randolph, professor, Southeast Missouri State University
Co-requisite/co-curricular courses are a growing trend across the country as a way to address redesign and acceleration. Participants will hear from faculty at institutions who have implemented co-requisite courses and found success. Presenters will share what their co-requisite course(s) looks like, obstacles they’ve encountered, and meaningful lessons they’ve learned.
- Leveraging Technology to Support the Transition From Student to Learner
Wednesday, November 9, 3-4 p.m. EST
Presenter: Connie Richardson, Charles A. Dana Center
Participants will experience the Dana Center’s pathways curricular materials for developmental and gateway mathematics courses, which contain features that help students become self-directed and self-regulating, while providing the instructor with information about student progress.
- Using Technology to Accelerate Learning
Thursday, November 10, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. EST
Presenter: Diane Hollister, professor, Reading Area Community College
Hollister will discuss tools embedded in MyMathLab that can help facilitate an effective co-requisite course structure. These tools include Integrated Review MyMathLab courses and workbooks, Skill Builder Exercises, a Companion Study Plan, and customizing a learning path specific for course/student needs.
- Course Redesign 101: The Good… the Bad… and the Ugly…
Thursday, November 10, 3-4 p.m. EST
Presenter: Andreana Grimaldo, professor, Quinsigamond Community College
Institutions are being encouraged (mandated) to redesign their developmental math sequence or to employ other initiatives into the curriculum. What does “course redesign” mean? In this session, Grimaldo will define and introduce the basics of course redesign that would apply to any redesign project.
For more information or to register for the webinars, visit http://www.pearsoned.com/events-and-webinars/learning-makes-us-webinar-series-math-missouri-west-virginia/.
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ASCD Announces New Editor in Chief of Educational Leadership Magazine
ALEXANDRIA, VA—ASCD has announced that Anthony Rebora is the new editor in chief of Educational Leadership (EL) magazine, the association’s flagship publication. Rebora joins ASCD from Editorial Projects in Education, where he served as the managing editor of Education Week Teacher and the assistant managing editor of Education Week since 2007. “We’re delighted to have Anthony Rebora as the new editor in chief of Educational Leadership,” said Stefani Roth, ASCD publisher. “Anthony has proven throughout his career that he knows how to deliver high-quality content in innovative ways to meet the needs of educators. I’m so pleased to have someone like Anthony join us here at ASCD, as he is sure to maintain the high standards of EL and pursue new ideas that keep the magazine on the cutting edge of education publishing.” Rebora brings a wealth of relevant experience and proven successes to the editor in chief role. In his time as managing editor of Education Week Teacher and assistant managing editor of Education Week, he guided and helped expand coverage of the teaching profession, with an emphasis on practitioner voice; led a significant increase in traffic for the Education Week Teacher website; managed and edited several award-winning blogs; oversaw web design and analytics as well as social media outreach; coordinated webinars, virtual roundtables, and other interactive features and events; and expanded editorial partnerships to broaden the publication’s content. He previously spent eight years as the online editor and senior online editor for Education Week, during which time he was instrumental in the growth and development of the Education Week website infrastructure and content and the establishment of the site’s first blogs. “I’m honored and excited to become part of Educational Leadership, a publication that is deeply influential in the education field, and one that has such an impressive history,” Rebora said. “I look forward to working with my ASCD colleagues, and educators and writers across the country, in creating its next great chapter.” With a circulation of 135,000, EL is acknowledged throughout the world as an authoritative source of information about teaching and learning, new ideas and practices relevant to practicing educators, and the latest trends and issues affecting preK through higher education. The magazine was named “Best Overall Publication” by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) at the 2016 REVERE Awards. Rebora takes over the editor in chief role from Marge Scherer, who retired last week after 25 years at ASCD, including 20 years as the EL editor in chief. To learn more about Scherer and her career at ASCD, you can read her interview with Scholastic Administrator, “An Editor’s Reflections.” To learn more about an Educational Leadership subscription or to read articles from the latest issue on “Disrupting Inequity” as well as all previous issues, visit www.ascd.org/educationalleadership. Educators can also follow @ELMagazine on Twitter to get a steady stream of content from EL and ASCD’s newsletters, Education Update and ASCD Express. For more information about ASCD’s programs, products, services, or memberships, visit www.ascd.org. 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.
Idaho State Department of Education Approves Curriculum Associates’ Ready®Common Core Mathematics
Ready Mathematics is the only approved program for all grades K–8 in the state
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 7, 2016—The Idaho State Department of Education recently approved Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Common Core Mathematics as part of its 2015–2016 K–12 Mathematics Review. Built for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Ready Mathematics underwent a rigorous screening based on its content, organization, presentation, and quality. Of the programs approved by the state, Ready Mathematics was the only program that was approved in all grade levels K–5 and 6–8.
During the review of the program, the committee noted numerous strengths including its user friendliness, fun and engaging interactive activities, alignment to the CCSS, learning progression, and more. One grades 6–8 reviewer additionally noted, “The teacher’s edition is an invaluable resource that gives multiple lesson strategies, presentations of learning, and motivational strategies.”
Built from scratch by strictly following the Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards, Ready Common Core Mathematics emphasizes conceptual understanding through reasoning, modeling, and discussion that explores the structure of mathematics while also developing students’ procedural fluency. The program uses a research-based, proven-effective, gradual-release instructional model that balances conceptual understanding and procedural fluency to build confidence and mastery of the Common Core Mathematics Standards.
Prior to the state’s review of Ready Common Core Mathematics, Coeur d’Alene School District conducted its own review of mathematics programs. “After six months of review and evaluation of more than 180 titles from around the world, we chose Ready Mathematics for whole group mathematics instruction for elementary through middle school math,” said Michael Nelson, director of curriculum and assessment of Coeur d’Alene School District 271 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. “Ready Mathematics was chosen because it was the best title to allow our students to think like mathematicians.”
To learn more about the Idaho State Department of Education’s 2015–2016 K–12 Mathematics Review, visithttp://www.sde.idaho.gov/academic/curricular/materials.html#math. To learn more about Ready Mathematics, visitwww.ReadyCommonCore.com/ReadyMath.
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.
Proven Learning Program Introduces New Collection
of Magazines for K-6 Chinese Immersion Students
Engaging content, relevant topics designed to help ‘achieve fluency’
CHICAGO, Nov. 7, 2016 — Mulanting, the proven Chinese Mandarin learning curriculum program aimed at K-6 students, announced it has launched a new collection of magazines designed specifically for Chinese immersion programs.
Modeled after the web-based program, the magazines provide engaging content and topics relevant to students’ everyday lives, such as the United States presidential election, robots, World Reading Day, American holidays, pets and wild animals. The authentic Chinese and high-quality content is designed to help students master the language and move on to more complex lessons.
“The more students are able to interact with the language, the quicker they achieve fluency,” said Ben He Zhang, president and founder of Mulanting. “These magazines offer students stimulating and additional ways to use Mandarin while exploring topics of interest.”
Content for Mulanting’s magazines all were developed by Chinese language teachers at prestigious schools in China and e-learning educational experts in the U.S.
In a subsequent announcement, Zhang said Mulanting also is encouraging its young readers to submit their personal essays for publication in its various magazines. More information is available on the website.
For more information about Mulanting and its new collection of magazines, visit www.Mulanting.com.