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South Coast Region School Districts to Adopt iCEV As Part of State Grant Program

Schools receive funds to purchase key Career and Technical Education curriculum

LUBBOCK, Texas (Nov. 11, 2015) As part of the California Career Pathways Trust Program, CEV Multimedia, a leading producer of Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum resources, announces that the South Coast Region Agricultural Education Consortium will utilize a portion of its grant to incorporate iCEV in Agricultural Science classes. Developed by CEV Multimedia, iCEV is an online platform that produces comprehensive educational content for students and teachers.

Templeton Unified School District in San Luis Obispo County is one of 40 CTE programs throughout the state to be awarded a grant, giving students a chance to explore their interest and future career options. By allocating funds from the grant, more students within the county will be able to participate in their school’s CTE program to receive career training and certifications. Funds provide Agricultural Science teachers and students access to iCEV to support existing programs and materials currently being used.

“There are many benefits to offering certification opportunities to our students who are seeking meaningful training and relevant experience,” said Erin Gorter, program director of South Coast Region Agricultural Education Consortium. “It’s important for our students to draw connections between their work and our industry partners, and an opportunity for teachers to personalize their instruction through iCEV.”

The South Coast Region Agricultural Education Consortium will oversee allocation of grant funds for Templeton Unified School District – which has received $5.7 million. Representing 29 high schools across 21 school districts, the Consortium aims to strengthen agricultural science and mechanics curricula in high school CTE programs to increase student enrollment, graduation and work experience.

“By allocating funds from the grant, the South Coast Region is strengthening CTE curriculum and resources for students throughout the region,” said Dusty Moore, iCEV President. “As students continue to train and prepare for their desired career paths, iCEV creates an engaging learning environment that offers the materials needed for today’s highly trained workforce.”

iCEV offers practical, interactive learning with professional demonstrations to prepare students for postsecondary education and high-skill, high-demand careers. Educators can quickly monitor, track and engage students directly through the platform’s interactive lessons and assessments. Through iCEV, students can also enhance their career training by earning industry-backed certifications.

For more information, please visit www.icevonline.com.

About CEV Multimedia

With 30 years of experience, CEV specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education and Career Exploration. CEV received the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award in 2012 and has been honored numerous times for its excellence in content creation and exemplary business practices. In 2012, CEV introduced iCEV, an online platform revolutionizing the way CEV produces and delivers educational content. iCEV is the most comprehensive online resource for CTE educators and students. With iCEV’s learning-on-demand capabilities, video clips stream instantly to any device with Internet capabilities. Through iCEV, students can earn industry-backed certifications across multiple areas of CTE that prepare them for college and beyond. For more information, visit www.icevonline.com.




TGR EDU: Explore to Offer Middle and High School Classrooms

Free, Engaging, Interactive Tools and Digital Experiences


“We are Going to Help Millions of Kids Thrive.” – Tiger Woods.


SILVER SPRING, Md. [January 9, 2017] – If students had the most innovative tools to help them see the future, what would they see? Today, the Tiger Woods Foundation (TWF), TGR’s philanthropic arm, joined with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to launch “TGR EDU: Explore,” an initiative for middle and high school students that helps navigate the college exploration process and introduces them to high-quality STEM-focused career paths for today’s jobs, and the ones that don’t exist yet.


Available at no cost, the standards-aligned resources of TGR EDU: Explore include newly digitized TGR Learning Labs’ curriculum, interactive student experiences, online learning activities, educator training, meaningful family discussion starters and a virtual field trip around STEM careers.
“We’ve made great strides in helping young people and their communities through education,” said Tiger Woods. “But, we need to do more. This is a global issue that impacts all of us. Discovery Education’s quality resources allow us to expand our mission worldwide. I’m excited about where we are headed, and proud to partner with Discovery Education on this transformative initiative.”


More details are as follows:


Interactive Student Experiences – Self-paced student modules and digital activities provide dynamic learning experiences to help students learn about the college admissions and financial aid processes and look closely at careers through various STEM topics.


Digital Lesson Plans & Activities – Lesson plans help students navigate career options, build their power skills and model many of the steps of the college admissions process. Hands-on learning activities are designed to develop students’ critical thinking skills and empower them to discover their talents and interests.


Educator Development – Webinars and videos aid educators in integrating these resources in their classroom instruction, walking through the various tools available and best practices for maximizing resources on the site.


Family Discussion Starter – Family discussion starters are designed to help facilitate important conversations at home. These resources will help students and families identify key areas to focus on during a college search, as well as outline financial aid options.


“As an educator, I am always looking for supplemental resources and curriculum that encourage my students to reach their potential,” said Rob Lamb, chemistry teacher at Pattonville High School in Missouri’s Pattonville School District.  “The TGR EDU: Explore materials will help my students understand how they can best prepare for college, and steer them to a successful future in STEM.”


This partnership signifies a broadening of scope for TWF. As part of the Foundation’s 20thanniversary celebration, Tiger Woods issued a challenge to TWF to expand its impact by improving the lives of millions of underserved youth around the world. TGR EDU: Explore fulfills this mission with its robust digital platform being offered to Discovery Education’s global network of 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students. In addition to the resources now available, a live virtual field trip is coming this year that will focus on technology and innovation, and explore STEM professionals’ careers as they discuss their various pathways.


“Educating students so that they are ready to meet the challenges ahead in life takes more than a textbook,” said Dr. Katherine Bihr, Vice President of Programs and Education at the Tiger Woods Foundation. “While the foundation has helped thousands of young people and teachers over the past 20 years, TWF is excited to work with Discovery Education to share our lessons and curriculum with a broader, global audience.”


“Discovery Education applauds the Tiger Woods Foundation’s commitment to ‘breakthrough student transformation’ and is proud to support their important work to help students see a successful future,” said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice President, Discovery Education. “The new digital resources available through TGR EDU: Explore support students as they examine the myriad of career paths that a strong foundation in STEM makes possible.”


To access the program’s free resources or learn more, visit: www.tgreduexplore.org.


About the Tiger Woods Foundation

We have humble beginnings and a simple, universal vision: we give students in need the right resources to ensure lifelong success in school, their communities and the working world. We don’t allow our students to exist with the labels or restrictions or stigmas. Instead, we empower them to exceed any and all expectations. The TGR Learning Lab unleashes the full capacity of students, preparing them for today’s jobs and the ones that don’t exist yet. Serving students in grades 5-12 in Anaheim, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Stuart, FL, our unique culture fosters development of the whole person while providing critical STEM skills and college prep. With the highest graduation rate in the US, the Earl Woods Scholar Program currently has 149 students attending universities nationwide. We’re embarking on an ambitious expansion plan, bringing our unique philosophy and educational curriculum to millions of teachers and students around the world. Find more information at tigerwoodsfoundation.org or follow us at @TWFoundation.


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


Workbench to Provide Maryland Public Libraries with Its Virtual Maker Space


Baltimore, MD – Jan. 9, 2017 – Edtech company Workbench and Maryland’s network of public libraries have partnered to launch an online maker space for libraries throughout the state. Libraries are increasingly becoming hubs for the maker movement – providing virtual and augmented reality tools, programmable robots and drones, computer labs and collaboration spaces for students and adults to create, learn and teach. This partnership uses Workbench’s platform to expand these communities online.


“The role of libraries has changed. They are no longer solely facilities for lending and borrowing books,” said Liz Sundermann-Zinger, project lead on behalf of Maryland libraries. “They are dynamic spaces where the community can connect, engage, learn and teach using technologies that build excitement and expand opportunities. Our partnership with Workbench will allow us to engage even more people in this work by offering an online community for people who like to create, while building a statewide foundation of technology literacy.”


The Maryland Libraries maker space provides access to activities and lessons, and lets users discuss and share projects and upload their own ideas. Combined with the libraries’ growing collections of maker technology and tools, this online maker space will build mastery and foster creativity and innovation for beginners and experts. It will also serve as a hub for educators seeking innovative technology curricula.


The partnership is part of Workbench’s ongoing work to connect students, educators, makers and edtech companies.  Workbench provides access to hands-on, project-based learning that turns students into makers and helps educators teach with anything.


“Libraries are quickly becoming ground zero for innovation,” said Chris Sleat, CEO of Workbench. “Our platform expands opportunities for making and project-based learning and we are thrilled our first library maker space is from our home state of Maryland.”


Workbench partners with industry leaders such as Sphero, Parrot, and Makey Makey to create online communities or “workbenches” where educators, students and fans can access and share free lessons using drones, programmable robots, 3D printers and other cutting-edge technology. Teachers use the workbenches to assign STEM lessons and track student progress. For an example of a Workbench community, visit http://sprk.sphero.com/.


Across the state of Maryland, over 200 Maryland public libraries make materials and technology available to Maryland’s residents, 3.7 million of whom hold library cards. Funding for this project is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


About Workbench

Workbench’s mission is to partner with ed-tech hardware companies to create online learning communities called workbenches.  These workbenches foster an engaged community where users can interact with the company and with one another to share programs, lessons and experiences in order to drive interactive, hands-on learning in the classroom. In addition, the fully integrated and custom learning management system within Workbench allows teachers to assign lessons and monitor student progress.


Workbench has partnered with some of the preeminent names in the education technology field including Sphero and SparkFun Electronics.  For more information, visit www.workbenchplatform.com.


About Maryland’s Public Libraries

In Maryland, there are twenty-four public library systems, one in each county and Baltimore City, with a combined collection of over 18 million items. Maryland residents may register with and borrow materials from any public library in the State, and library programs and classes are free and open to all. Over 3.7 million Marylanders, about 63% of the state population, hold library cards. The public checked out almost 59 million items in FY2015. Of these, approximately 36.3 million were items for adults, and some 22.6 million were children’s materials. For more information about statewide Maryland public library technology education initiatives, contact Liz Sundermann-Zingerlissa.sundermann@maryland.gov.


About the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission has been to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. For the past 20 years, their grant making, policy development, and research has helped libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visitwww.imls.gov.