Apperson’s Evo SEL Named One of District Administration’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products

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Charlotte N.C. – Dec. 5, 2016 – Apperson’s Evo Social & Emotional assessment has been named one of District Administration’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products. The Top 100 Products awards feature the best education tools selected from more than 1,500 submissions. The final 100 were selected based on nominations and testimonies by administrators and school leaders nationwide.


“We are pleased that district leaders are showing their support for Evo Social & Emotional by nominating it for this award,” said Bill Apperson, chairman of the board of Apperson. “Apperson’s Evo SEL assessment provides necessary data on students’ social and emotional strengths and needs. This recognition proves that educators believe social and emotional learning is important to a child’s overall development.”


Evo Social & Emotional is a K-8 online assessment and intervention tool that uses the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) to help educators measure students’ SEL skills and it provides strategies for instruction and intervention. It is one way Apperson supports educators, administrators and out-of-school-time organizations in implementing social-emotional learning programs within their schools.


In its write up of Evo SEL, District Administration noted that it is a “user-friendly” online tool to assess a student’s social and emotional learning competence and resiliency. To view the full Top 100 products list, click here:


This is the latest award Apperson has earned for its social and emotional assessment. Past awards include a 2016 Association of American Publishers REVERE Award, a 2015 Tech & Learning Award of Excellence, and a 2015 ComputED Gazette’s 21st Annual Best Educational Software (BESSIE) Award. It was also named a finalist for the 2015 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards.


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



Boxlight Wins Two High-Profile Industry Award Programs, Secures Finalist Nod In A Third


Boxlight takes home Tech & Learning Award of Excellence and District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Award, and is also named a finalist in the BETT 2017 Program, with winners being announced at January’s Annual Conference in London.


Lawrenceville, GA – Dec. 1, 2016 – Boxlight, a global leader in digital teaching technologies, is being honored for its outstanding classroom creations. Its MimioTeach™ portable interactive whiteboard was named “best upgraded product” in the 34th annual Awards of Excellence program sponsored by Tech & Learning magazine. Additionally, the company’s groundbreaking MimioMobile™ collaboration and assessment app with MimioStudio™ classroom software made District Administration magazine’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Top 100 program, and have also been named a finalist in the 2017 BETT program—the industry’s largest global conference, which will be held in London in late January.


The acclaimed MimioTeach portable bar is extremely popular for its ability to easily turn any whiteboard interactive in under a minute. Used with a classroom computer and projector, it makes engaging and collaborative learning not only affordable, but almost instantaneous as well. As part of a complete interactive solution that includes MimioStudio classroom software, the MimioTeach interactive whiteboard allows teachers to create dynamic lessons and activities, as well as perform formative and summative assessments.

The MimioMobile application fosters unrivaled student collaboration and engagement by linking mobile devices in classrooms. Once equipped with the app, users can access learning events and assessments on almost any device—including Chromebooks and Apple or Android products.


“For more than 20 years, our company has set the industry standard for high-quality, affordable, flexible, and innovative digital technology solutions,” said Mark Elliott, CEO of Boxlight. “Being recognized for the tradition of developing and delivering best-in-class digital products that support teachers and students with a better way to learn is an incredible honor.”


“This year’s 34th Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence program honored new and upgraded software, hardware, network, and Web products,” said Kevin Hogan, editorial director for NewBay Media’s Tech & Learning Group. “A panel of more than 30 educators tested over 120 entries and chose the winners. Among the high-quality offerings being honored are resources addressing management, safety, communication, differentiated learning, assessment, and other key areas in education. These companies can be proud that our team of judges granted them their seal of approval.”


The District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products awards program informs superintendents and other senior school district leaders about products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel in a variety of areas, such as technology, sustainability, and curriculum instruction.This year’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products—compiled from 1,500-plus nominations from the magazine’s readers—has been announced online and will appear in the December 2016 issue of District Administration.


About Boxlight

The merging of Mimio and Boxlight 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.


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itslearning Webinar Alert:

Fostering Skills for Successful Learning in a Blended Environment


WHAT: A no cost webinar sponsored by itslearning and hosted by Tech & Learning magazine for K-12 educators and administrators who want to gain a greater understanding of blended learning and how best to foster the skills necessary for deep, student-centered learning.


PRESENTERS: Tim Wilhelmus, Innovation, Curriculum and Technology Specialist at Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in Indiana and Beth Holland, a respected education leader, researcher and speaker who leads professional development workshops and who is a regular contributor to Edutopia and Education Week.


WHEN:  Tuesday, December 6th, 1 PM EST




Boston, MA – Nov. 30, 2016 — What are the essential student skills necessary for fostering deep, student-centered learning and learner agency in a blended learning environment? What skills and practices need to follow teachers and students as they move between digital and physical/analog settings? How can blended professional development foster student-centered learning?


If these questions are creating anxiety for you and other members of your administrative and teaching staff, then consider joining in the discussion as two blended learning experts tackle these and more during a 1-hour, free webinar hosted by Tech & Learning magazine.


Scheduled for Tuesday, December 6 at 1PM EST, guest speakers will include Beth Holland, a respected education leader, researcher and speaker and Tim Wilhelmus, the Innovation, Curriculum and Technology Specialist at Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in Indiana. Interested educators can also join the synchronous Twitter discussion using the hashtag #rethinklearning16.


“Our goal for hosting this webinar is to ensure that educators will gain a deeper understanding of blended learning; learn how to foster skills necessary for deep, student-centered learning and learner agency in a blended environment and hear how one district is realizing success with blended learning, with student instruction as well as professional development,” said Tom Shoemaker, chief marketing officer for itslearning.


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


Boxlight Will Host “Boxlight STEM Day” on December 9,

Supporting STEM Learning in Schools in U.S. and Latin America


Schools participating in collaborative learning event will receive

portable Labdisc data loggers for STEM activities


Lawrenceville, GA – Dec. 1, 2016 – One of the mandates behind the national push for STEM learning opportunities is to ensure that students’ socioeconomic status has no effect on their STEM fluency. Boxlight is contributing to this goal with its new initiative, Boxlight STEM Day (#BLSTEM), which will take place on December 9. A select number of low-income elementary and high schools in the United States and Latin America will work with the company in a hands-own, inquiry-based learning event designed to help students learn critical STEM skills and understand how STEM disciplines apply to the world around them.


“The Boxlight STEM Day is about raising awareness of inquiry-based learning and the benefits of STEM education among local schools and industries, particularly those that may not have had the resources to fully explore such opportunities,” said Mark Elliott, CEO of Boxlight. “Students need to develop the critical skills that will prepare them for life beyond the classroom, enabling them to be tomorrow’s engineers and innovators. Their socioeconomic status should not be allowed to limit their opportunities.”


Prior to the event, each of the participating schools will receive a free wireless Labdisc portable STEM lab The students will use these tools to perform simultaneous experiments and share their respective resulting data in an activity called “A Walk Through the City.” The purpose will be to study the relationship between temperature and humidity in several locations inside and outside their school, in both urban and green spaces.  Using the built-in GPS sensor, the students will be able to plot the experiment data as a layer on Google Maps.


Using the Labdisc data logger, students will start taking measurements from their classroom door, moving toward a nearby green area and then an asphalted area. They will record their observations and the exact locations, download and analyze the data, extrapolate, question and present possible explanations for the observed phenomena, and make suggestions for improving their school facilities based on their conclusions.



Boxlight had its partners identify and reach out to underprivileged schools in their local areas for the event. The schools participating in Boxlight STEM Day are:


  • Andy Tolson Elementary in Tucson, Ariz.
  • East Coweta High School in Coweta County, Georgia
  • Bernalillo Elementary School in New Mexico
  • Technical High School 101 in Jalisco, Mexico
  • Antigua International School in Sacatepéquez, Guatemala


“We made a decision to focus on a select number of schools so that the inter-school collaboration and sharing of data would provide both a thought-provoking, as well as meaningful, learning experience for all participants,” said Elliott. “But the collaborative learning between these schools and students won’t stop on December 9. They will continue to build upon their relationships and continue to participate in joint experiments throughout the remainder of the school year.”



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


Colorado Digital BOCES Partners with Fuel EducationTM to Expand Students’

Career Technical Education and Elective Offerings


Students at Rocky Mountain Digital Academy and Mountain View Virtual have access to

Fuel Education’s Online Courses and Career Readiness Pathways


Herndon, Virginia, December 2, 2016 — When school leaders rethink what new, innovative schools should look like, it is important they implement models that not only fit their vision, but also support students’ academic needs. To help guide schools through this process, the Colorado Department of Education approved the formation of Colorado Digital Board of Cooperative Education Service (CD BOCES) to act as an online and blended learning expert. Under CD BOCES’ guidance and management, Rocky Mountain Digital Academy (RMDA) and Mountain View Virtual (MVV) are now using best practices vetted by the BOCES including the Fontan Relational Education (FRE) model, Fuel Education™ (FuelEd™) Online Courses, and Career Readiness Pathways™.


“Our goal as a BOCES is to promote quality in blended and online learning,” said Kim McClelland, Executive Director of CD BOCES. “I came across the FRE model while visiting a school in Colombia and saw firsthand how the model helped students get an individualized education and find meaning in their own education. I felt it would be beneficial for students in Colorado to use this model and FuelEd has become a huge partner in making this possible.”


FRE is a student-centered learning model that helps students develop 21st century skills, as well as learn autonomy and goal setting in order to prepare for the complexity of life and work environments. Under the FRE learning model, each student’s learning plan is personalized for their strengths and weaknesses, as well as their interests – making it essential that each school offer a wide range of both core and elective courses. Using FuelEd Online Courses, students at RMDA and MVV can take world languages, fine art, music appreciation, and other high-interest, engaging courses.


Students can also choose to take courses available through FuelEd’s Career Technical Education solution, Career Readiness Pathways™. Students can enter one of four Career Clusters® – business management and administration, health science, information technology, and manufacturing. Each pathway helps students learn skills and prepare for industry-recognized certification exams. Career Readiness Pathways also helps students complete career exploration, develop business skills and more.


Although both schools use FuelEd’s online curriculum, they use it to meet different school missions. RMDA encourages qualifying students to enter its concurrent enrollment program in order to earn credit toward their high school diploma and college degree simultaneously. MVV encourages students to explore their interests through a STEM and work-based learning model so many students take FuelEd Online Courses as electives and courses in Career Readiness Pathways to prepare them for a professional certification and a future career.


As part of its consulting services, CD BOCES is using grant money to help local districts like Lewis-Palmer School District #38 in Monument, Colo., to implement FuelEd Online Courses. The BOCES presented to district staff various online and blended learning techniques, evaluated the district’s needs, and offered to help them implement the online courses from FuelEd. Students at the district are currently taking various math courses such as algebra and geometry, science courses like forensic science and biology, as well as world language courses through FuelEd.


“CD BOCES opened under a unique vision and mission,” said McClelland. “We identify best practices in online and blended learning and then share them with districts, similar to quality assurance. Our hope is that other districts and multi-district online schools will look at our model recommendations, including our use of FuelEd, and use them because they are effective.”


About Fuel Education

Fuel Education™ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education offers one of the industry’s largest catalogs of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. FuelEd has helped 2,000 school districts to improve student outcomes and better serve diverse student populations. To learn more, visit and Twitter.


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