Insight ADVANCE Names Dynamic Educational Leaders to its Inaugural Advisory Board
Members will bring expertise in ed tech, school leadership, entrepreneurship, and educational law
(ENCINO, CA) November 15, 2016 — Insight ADVANCE today announced the formation of its first Advisory Board. The four inaugural members of the board are accomplished education and business experts who will provide strategic direction, guide quality improvement and assess the effectiveness of the organization.
Dr. Michael Moody, CEO and co-founder of Insight ADVANCE said, “When choosing our first Advisory Board, we sought out individuals with a cross-section of both experience and opinions. We are driven by a mission of ensuring that educators get the feedback and coaching they need—and want—to improve, and our Board was created to provide Insight ADVANCE with the feedback and guidance necessary to build a company that will transform educator growth.”
The members of the Advisory Board are the following:
Jim Mylen is the president of Amplify. He works closely with the senior leadership of large city school districts across the country in helping them achieve their goals of improving student literacy and in closing the achievement gap with disadvantaged children. Previously, Jim held sales executive positions with various K-12 educational technology companies. He began his career at DataGuide Systems, which developed the first PC-based, norm-referenced, test-scoring software and was acquired by McGraw-Hill.
Dr. Shaun Nelms is the superintendent of the East Educational Partnership Organization (EPO), a new position created by the partnership between the New York State Education Department, the Rochester City School District, and the University of Rochester. A renowned speaker on cultural competence, differentiation, and administrative leadership, Dr. Nelms is also an associate professor for the University of Rochester, where he teaches Human Resources and Urban Leadership programs.
Victor Reinoso is COO of Independent Sector, the nation’s leading voice for the social sector, and founder of Hopscotch Ventures, a mission-driven investment, advisory, and management firm focused on technology and real estate. Previously, Reinoso was an elected school board member and was later appointed D.C.’s first deputy mayor for education. As Deputy Mayor, he led the mayor’s takeover of the District of Columbia Public Schools and oversaw the city’s $1-plus-billion education budget.
Lisa T. Scruggs is a partner with the law firm of Duane Morris, LLP, where she provides litigation and counseling services to innovators in education. She advises public and private schools and school networks, school reform organizations, and other education industry clients. Her work includes a range of litigation, transactions and policy matters relating to new school development, teacher evaluation, credentialing and certification reforms, public/private education ventures, competency-based and personalized learning, and parent and student civil rights. Scruggs was the inaugural General Counsel for the Illinois State Charter School Commission, Senior Policy Advisor to the Chicago Public Schools CEO, and a member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ Model Law Advisory Board.
All members of the Insight ADVANCE Advisory Board will serve two-year terms.
Dr. Nelms said, “As an educational leader, I have seen first-hand that gathering, analyzing, and acting on feedback from a variety of sources is absolutely instrumental to constant improvement. I am pleased to see Insight ADVANCE put this philosophy into action, and I look forward to creating a virtuous cycle where the Board supports the growth of the company so that the company can better support the growth of teachers and school leaders.”
About Insight ADVANCE
Based on years of on-the-ground experience in states, districts, and schools across the country, Insight ADVANCE is passionate about changing the status quo on how educator feedback and collaboration are done in our schools today. The company provides a suite of products that support educator observation, coaching and calibration—through the power of video and in-person—to permanently impact how all educators involved in teacher growth are supported. For more information, visit insightadvance.com.
THE Journal Readers Choose Lightspeed Technologies as the Best Classroom Audio Provider
The distinguished ed tech magazine’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards laud the company for its innovative products that amplify teaching and learning
(TUALATIN, Oregon) – November 15, 2016 – Lightspeed Technologies, the trusted provider of classroom audio systems, today announced that it has been named “Best Classroom Audio Distribution/Sound Enhancement System Maker” by the 2016 THE Journal Readers’ Choice Awards. The winners were chosen by more than 1,000 voters from the education community, 39% of whom were teachers who use ed tech products daily.
Introducing Lightspeed Technologies as a winner for its “multimedia hub for amplifying audio,” THE Journal’s Dian Schaffhauser wrote, “Few would question the need for audio technology in a college classroom. So we’re a bit boggled by how few K-12 classrooms provide the same gear. After all, audio and sound enhancement products can help the teacher preserve his or her voice when classroom interactivity is at its loudest (and most rewarding) level.”
David Solomon, the executive vice president and general manager of Lightspeed Technologies, said, “It’s especially gratifying to be recognized as the best in our field by the educators that we serve,” adding, “From our no-installation Redcat Access to our ceiling-mounted Topcat to our Flexcat small-group collaboration solution, we don’t just provide microphones and speakers; we give teachers and students the tools they need to truly connect.”
The complete list of 2016 Reader’s Choice Award winners is available at THEJournal.com/ReadersChoice.
About Lightspeed Technologies
Established in 1990, Lightspeed Technologies is the trusted provider in classroom audio solutions. Our passion is to improve the listening and learning environment for every child. We believe strengthening the connection between teachers and students is at the heart of learning.
Lightspeed classroom audio systems allow teachers to speak in normal conversational tones while being assured that every child has an equal opportunity to hear all of the instruction. The no-installation, easy-to-use Redcat provides clear, low-volume, highly intelligible sound that is evenly distributed throughout the classroom so every child hears every word. The company’s audio system for small group instruction, Flexcat, gives teachers the ability to gain insights into small group interactions and learning. The Topcat has become the premier solution for new construction and renovations due to its ease of installation, wireless connectivity, and remarkable audio quality. For more information about Lightspeed classroom audio products, visit Lightspeed-tek.com.
About THE Journal
THE Journal is dedicated to informing and educating K-12 senior-level district and school administrators, technologists, and tech-savvy educators within districts, schools, and classrooms to improve and advance the learning process through the use of technology. Launched in 1972, THE Journal was the first magazine to cover education technology.
PowerMyLearning Awarded a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Grant to Expand Implementation of Personalized Learning in Under-Served Schools
The grant will help the non-profit expand its school programs in the Bay Area tenfold by 2020
(San Jose, CA) November 15, 2016 — The national education non-profit PowerMyLearning today announced that it has been awarded a four-year grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. This grant will allow PowerMyLearning to dramatically expand its personalized learning and family support initiatives, focused on supporting San Francisco Bay Area public schools in under-served communities.
For 17 years, PowerMyLearning has used its approach to help teachers and families team up to support students as they meet the challenges of high academic standards and develop ownership of their learning. PowerMyLearning’s approach leverages technology to facilitate deeper learning, providing support to educators, students, and families to ensure each has the tools necessary to effectively engage in the learning process.
PowerMyLearning’s partnerships with under-served public schools foster growth in teachers as instructional leaders, helping them better understand and implement technology in their classrooms, while also providing a clear role for parents to meaningfully engage in their children’s learning through their multilingual (English/Spanish) family engagement programming. Building the capacity of both teachers and families promotes overall student growth by creating stronger learning environments in the classroom and at home.
“What makes our approach to personalized learning unique is the focus on student empowerment,” said PowerMyLearning’s California Executive Director Neil Spears. “Rather than viewing students as passive learners who are guided by technology, we help them actively drive the learning process, so they can discern which strategies work for them and which do not.”
With the additional funds from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, PowerMyLearning in the San Francisco Bay Area will have the ability to expand its presence tenfold by 2020, serving a projected 40 schools and more than 10,000 students. The organization will add staff and offer new programs to serve more teachers, students, and families at schools in low-income and under-served Bay Area communities.
“The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s mission is to advance human potential and promote equality,” said Jon Deane, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Deputy Director of Education. “To do this, we seek out the strongest and most innovative leaders in a variety of fields and we provide them the support and funding they need to further their great work. One of the most powerful elements of the work being done by PowerMyLearning is their ability to connect students, teachers, and families, while also providing meaningful support and capacity-building to public schools as they work to implement personalized learning and technology in the classroom.”
About PowerMyLearning in the San Francisco Bay Area
PowerMyLearning is a national non-profit that leverages technology to strengthen the learning relationships among students, teachers, and families so that all students can succeed. We partner with schools, districts, and after-school hubs in under-served communities to provide teachers with coaching and students and parents with devices and training. A powerful element of our work is our free web platform, PowerMyLearning Connect, already in use in more than 40% of school communities nationwide. We have demonstrated impact on students’ achievement and love of learning, teacher instructional practices, and parental confidence. To learn more, please visit PowerMyLearning.org.
About Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is dedicated to advancing human potential and promoting equal opportunity. In 2015, Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg launched the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to focus on scientific research, education and building strong communities. To learn more, please visit www.ChanZuckerberg.com.
Reading Horizons Webcast Will Help Educators Identify and Support Students with Dyslexia
Dyslexia expert Donell Pons, M.Ed., MAT, will share best practices and resources that address the most common learning disability
(Salt Lake City, UT) November 14, 2016 — Reading Horizons, a multisensory curriculum used to rapidly increase reading skills, today announced its upcoming webcast, Dyslexia: What Every Educator Should Know.
The webcast will take place on Wednesday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. ET and will be hosted by Donell Pons, M.Ed., MAT. Pons is currently the Literacy Coordinator at American International School of Utah, sits on the board of Decoding Dyslexia Utah, and is a tutor at the University of Utah Reading Clinic. She became a dyslexia expert and advocate after her husband and two of her four children were diagnosed with the learning disability.
“Dyslexia is the number one learning disability, yet many educators don’t recognize it in their students,” said Pons. “My mission is to support efforts to identify, screen, and remediate every student who struggles with reading and engage every K-12 teacher in the reading process.”
In the webcast, Pons will address the key signs of dyslexia and how educators can effectively identify them in their students. She will also offer information on the resources available for accommodating students with dyslexia, and will share best practices for highlighting student strengths and improving reading outcomes.
“Research has found that students with dyslexia can find reading success,” said Tyson Smith, the President and CEO of Reading Horizons. “They need targeted instruction that helps them build brain connections that allow them to make sense of the English language. The first step toward this success is a support system of educators who understand their unique learning needs.”
Educators interested in taking part in the webcast can register at readinghorizons.com/webcast to receive updates and the link to access the free presentation.
This is the second webcast in a professional learning series for educators offered by Reading Horizons. The first webcast, Teaching Reading: The Number One Job of Every Educator, can be accessed here.
About Reading Horizons
For more than 30 years, Reading Horizons has been dedicated to perfecting a reading method that has proven successful for beginning readers, struggling readers, and students learning English. Reading Horizons products are research-based and use a multisensory system that provides explicit, systematic, and sequential decoding instruction. For more information, please visit ReadingHorizons.com.