New Social Enterprise Aperture Education Focuses on Students’ Social and Emotional Competence
New company is a joint venture of Apperson, Inc. and the Devereux Center for Resilient Children
Charlotte N.C. (Jan. 26, 2017)—Assessment company Apperson, Inc., and the Devereux Center for Resilient Children – a prevention-focused service of the nonprofit organization Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health – today announced the launch of a new company, Aperture Education, that provides strength-based assessments and resilience-building resources to help schools and out-of-school-time organizations address the whole child.
Since 2013, Apperson and Devereux have collaborated on the publishing of products and services to address social and emotional learning in school-aged children.
“We are excited to bring these organizations together to promote and encourage social and emotional well-being in children,” said Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health President and CEO Robert Kreider. “Aperture Education will help schools and community programs place a clear focus on non-academic factors that are essential to a student’s success.”
The primary goal of Aperture Education is to ensure members of school and out-of-school time communities, including adults, have the social and emotional skills needed to thrive.
“Aperture Education is a socially conscious company that is rooted in the belief that our children hold the promise for a better tomorrow,” said Aperture Education CEO Jessica Adamson. “We are committed to ensuring that children have the skills and mindsets necessary to be successful, happy citizens who can positively contribute to their communities. We benefit from the support of Devereux and Apperson to continue this important mission as Aperture Education.”
The new company offers products and services to support educators, student support personnel, administrators and out-of-school time professionals as they implement social and emotional learning (SEL) programs within their organizations, including Evo Social/Emotional, a K-8 online assessment and intervention tool that uses the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) to help educators measure students’ SEL skills and implement individualized, classroom and school-wide strategies for instruction and intervention. Evo Social/Emotional is currently available for grades K-8; a high school version will be released for the 2017-2018 school year.
Both Apperson and Devereux will remain independent organizations. Apperson will focus on academic testing and assessment solutions for K-12 and higher education. Devereux’s Center for Resilient Children will continue to provide resources and research to promote social and emotional development, foster resilience and build skills for school and life success in young children, and foster and promote resilience in children and adults. The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) and other early childhood resources created by the Devereux Center for Resilient Children will continue to be published by the Kaplan Early Learning Company.
About Aperture Education
Aperture Education is a social enterprise focused on addressing the whole child. Its social-emotional learning (SEL) solution, Evo Social/Emotional, is based on the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA), a standardized, strengths-based measure of critical social and emotional skills such as personal responsibility, self-management, relationship skills and healthy decision-making. The Evo Social/Emotional online platform includes both the DESSA assessment and the DESSA-Mini, a brief, universal screener of social and emotional competence. Evo Social/Emotional also provides strategies to strengthen social and emotional skills. 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 and strengths. For more information, go to www.ApertureEd.com.
About the Devereux Center for Resilient Children
The Devereux Center for Resilient Children’s (DCRC) mission is to promote social and emotional development, foster resilience and build skills for school and life success in children birth through school-age, as well as to promote the resilience of the adults who care for them. Comprised of education, mental health and research professionals, the DCRC develops strength-based assessment and strategy resources supported by some of the best and most thorough developmental research in the fields of social and emotional development and resilience. DCRC makes these resources available to early care and education professionals, teachers, after-school program staff, mental health professionals and parents to enhance children’s social and emotional well-being. DCRC’s strength-based assessments have been used to screen and assess more than five million children across the country and on six continents. For more information, visit https://www.centerforresilientchildren.org/.
About Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations providing services, insight and leadership in the evolving field of behavioral healthcare. Founded in 1912 by Helena Devereux, the non-profit operates a comprehensive national network of clinical, therapeutic, educational, and employment programs and services that positively impact the lives of tens of thousands of children, adults and their families every year. Focused on clinical advances emerging from a new understanding of the brain, its unique approach combines evidence-based interventions with compassionate family engagement. With nearly 7,000 employees working in programs across the nation, it is a recognized partner for families, schools and communities, serving many of our countries most vulnerable populations in the areas of autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities, specialty mental health, and child welfare. Programs are offered in hospital, residential, community and school-based settings. They include: Assessments; Interventions and Support; Transition and Independent Life Services: Family and Professional Training; Research and Innovation; and Advocacy and Public Education. For more than a century, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health has been guided by a simple and enduring mission: To change lives by unlocking and nurturing human potential for people with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences. For more information, go towww.devereux.org.
Discovery Education Expands Partnership with West Vancouver Schools to Support Transition to New British Columbia Curriculum
– Discovery Education’s Digital Techbook Supports Educators as They Shift Instruction and Enhance Learning –
Silver Spring, Md. (Jan. 25, 2017) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced an expansion of their partnership with West Vancouver Schools (WVS) in British Columbia. This new phase of collaboration supports WVS’s adoption of the new British Columbia K-12 curriculum and empowers educators to shift instruction to better help students learn not only the basics of reading, writing, and math, but also the collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills so important for success beyond secondary school.
In the fall of 2015, British Columbia’s Ministry of Education began modernizing the K-12 curriculum in an effort to give all provincial students the skills and abilities they need to succeed after secondary school – in university, college, and skills training, as well as in the workplace. This modernization effort is based on both leading practices from around the world and research on how children and teens actually learn.
One of the highest performing school systems in the province, the West Vancouver Schools have been at the forefront of the region’s transition to the new curriculum. In the latest phase of the school system’s partnership with Discovery Education’s Canadian subsidiary Discovery Education Canada, all WVS educators teaching K-8 students will be supported in their efforts to transform teaching and learning with Discovery Education’s Science Techbook™, a digital textbook featuring hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities that help teach students how to read, write, and think like scientists. Since 2012, Discovery Education has partnered with the West Vancouver Schools to thoughtfully integrate digital content into classroom instruction and create modern learning environments that support the success of all learners.
“At West Vancouver Schools, we seek to provide all students with a learning experience based on the needs, interests and aspirations of the individual learner,” said Chris Kennedy, Superintendent of West Vancouver Schools. “Our new partnership with Discovery Education helps deliver the resources, services and know-how needed to continue fulfilling this mission in our rapidly changing world.”
Discovery Education’s Techbooks are breakthrough digital textbooks that are aligned to provincial outcomes, support a comprehensive curriculum, and are updated regularly at no cost. Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate (5E) model, each Science Techbook includes, outcomes-aligned content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for all students. Additional student features include bilingual text-to-speech and leveled reading tools, as well as note-taking and highlighting capabilities. Currently, Discovery Education Techbooks are used by more than 3 million students in several Canadian provinces and all 50 U.S. states.
The Science Techbook also includes valuable STEM resources. STEM Project Starters encourage students to connect math, technology, and engineering to their understanding of science concepts to produce creative solutions to real world problems. In addition, the STEM In Action resources help students connect their work to STEM careers, which promotes a clearer understanding of how skills used in school can be applied to jobs “in the real world.”
Embedded formative assessment opportunities help educators monitor student progress, and like all Discovery Education digital textbooks, the Science Techbook works on any device and can be implemented in a variety of instructional settings. To ensure each WVS teacher is fully supported in their transition to the Science Techbook, Discovery Education experts will provide WVS’s Science faculty with high-quality professional development to support the integration of the digital textbook into classroom practice.
A study conducted by independent research firm Merola Research, LLC found that usage of Science Techbook is associated with higher science achievement scores in elementary school students. To view this research, visit: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/RockHill.
The Discovery Education Community will also continue supporting West Vancouver’s educators in their efforts to transform students’ learning experience 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 pleased to support the work of Superintendent Kennedy and the rest of the talented team at the West Vancouver Schools,” said Discovery Education Canada Director of Educational Partnerships Austin Dolan. “We look forward to working hand-in-hand with educators across the school system on our joint mission to create great innovative learning experiences that support the success of all students.”
For more information about the Discovery Education Techbook series for Canadian classrooms, or other services and resources from Discovery Education Canada, visit: www.discoveryeducation.ca.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in curriculum-based digital content for primary and secondary classrooms, 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 used in classrooms across North American, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries worldwide. Discovery Education Canada partners with districts, provinces 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 Canadian education at www.discoveryeducation.ca.
Follett Unveils New ‘Resource Center’
Customer help site provides how-to’s, training tools, videos
MCHENRY, Ill., Jan. 25, 2017 — Follett’s newly unveiled Resource Center is a convenient, one-stop online home for customers to learn everything they need to know about using their Follett products, help promote their use, easily find answers to their questions, and discover the wide array of content available.
The new website – http://resources.follettlearning.com – provides how-to’s, training tools and videos to guide users to derive the most out of the Follett products they have, such as the company’s market-leading Follett Destiny Library Manager and the company’s digital resources, such as Destiny Discover, Lightbox, WebPath Express and Follett eBooks.
“Our new Resource Center not only gives our customers one place to go for all of their questions and needs, but also helps to raise awareness about our latest products and updates, such as Destiny 14.5,” said Nader Qaimari, President, Follett School Solutions. “Plus, our Resource Center features promotional materials and helps further engage teachers by alerting them to all that’s available with our eBooks and digital content.”
Qaimari added the Resource Center’s “Discover Content” section will help educators stay abreast of trending titles and themed collections, exclusive insight with “behind-the-book interviews” from favorite authors, and Top 10 lists of what K-12 students are reading.
For more information about Follett, visit www.follettlearning.com.
About Follett’s PreK-12 Business| follettlearning.com
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, eBooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.
About Follett Corporation | follett.com
For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, colleges and campus bookstores, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach, students to learn and fans to celebrate. A leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett currently works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett’s reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets. Today Follett Corporation is the world’s largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Follett is a $3.6 billion privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois.