School Climate Solutions Wins CALSA’s Shark Tank Competition

The social emotional learning platform was singled out by an audience of administrators from the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators


(Miami, FL) February 21, 2017 — School Climate Solutions, a comprehensive online platform dedicated to students’ social and emotional success, today announced that it has been named the winner of the Shark Tank competition at the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) 11th Annual Focus on Results Symposium. The symposium included 120 administrators and 55 partners.


During the competition, each partner gave a 3-minute pitch to the audience of administrators. who then picked which “shark tank” they each wanted to visit. Inside the shark tank, partners gave an extended pitch to the administrators present, after which all administrators gave either the response “I am in” or “I am out.” By responding “I am in,” administrators promised the partner a one-hour follow-up meeting with appropriate staff members in their district within three months of the symposium. Winners were chosen based on how many “I am in” responses they received.


“We congratulate School Climate Solutions on winning the Shark Tank competition,” said Dr. David Verdugo, the Executive Director of CALSA. “One of the aims of our Focus on Results Symposium is to connect district leaders with the partners they need, and we look forward to seeing the collaborations that come out of this year’s Shark Tank.”


“We are delighted with CALSA members’ embrace of School Climate Solutions,” said Maribel Gonzalez, the founder and CEO of School Climate Solutions. “Our mission is to empower school leaders to be proactive, rather than reactive, when it comes to school climate, and I think the Shark Tank participants really appreciated that.”


The School Climate Solutions on-demand platform focuses on the three most important areas related to student social and emotional success: Student and School Safety, Social Emotional Learning, and Mental Health. The platform gives educators access to professional development courses and standards-aligned lesson plans. Students and parents also have access to videos and educational material in both English and Spanish. School Climate Solutions is already serving more than 20,000 students, and partners report a satisfaction rate greater than 90% from educators, students, and parents.


“It’s no surprise that school climate and social and emotional learning have become priorities in our education system,” added Gonzalez. “20% of students report being bullied, another 20% have a diagnosable mental illness, and there were 142 reported school shootings in America in the last two years, so these are clearly serious issues that need to be addressed. At School Climate Solutions, it’s our goal to create safe and healthy school environments all over the nation, so that our children can really thrive and meet their full potential.”


To learn more about School Climate Solutions, please email


School Climate Solutions

SCS partners with schools and districts to help them reach their goals and comply with regulations related to social emotional success, student well-being, and safety. Currently serving more than 20,000 students, School Climate Solutions’ online portal offers professional development resources for educators and bilingual educational materials for students and parents. For more information or resources, please visit



The California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) is a professional association of diverse educational leaders skilled in addressing the needs of Latino/a students and dedicated to increasing the number of highly effective Latino/a administrators. CALSA advocates for the ongoing development and placement of Latino educational leaders who are committed to quality public education. For more information, please visit


Fuel Education Expands Career Readiness Pathways to Help Districts Increase Career and Technical Education Offerings


The comprehensive, online and blended learning program now spans six Career Clusters and 24 distinct Career Pathways  


Herndon, Virginia, February 21, 2017 —According to the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 81 percent of students who did not finish high school say relevant, real-world learning opportunities would have kept them in school. To provide schools with even more ways to engage students in these relevant learning experiences, Fuel Educationâ (FuelEdâ) has expanded its Career Readiness Pathways™ online and blended learning program. Students can choose to follow one of 24 distinct Career Pathways in six Career Clusters®, now including Agriculture and Hospitality, which provide a comprehensive, end-to-end approach to career and technical education (CTE).


“There is a shift in what defines success for today’s diverse student body. More and more, career opportunities require highly skilled candidates and students are looking for ways to earn certifications to begin a career directly out of high school,” said Gregg Levin, Fuel Education’s General Manager. “Career Readiness Pathways is helping students explore their career interests, develop the necessary skills and, in many cases, prepare to take industry-recognized certifications. This experience makes students more marketable, and gives them a choice to start a career immediately after graduation or to attend college – or do both.”


Career Readiness Pathways has expanded to include the following six Career Clusters: manufacturing, agriculture, business management and administration, health science, hospitality and tourism, and information technology. Each of the distinct 24 pathways within the Career Clusters contain a progression of high-quality, rigorous courses that help students build a foundation of knowledge in their field of choice. Career Readiness Pathways also offers supporting services, including a career exploration platform, workforce readiness and pathway certification exam preparation, business skill development opportunities, and referrals to set up career and technical student organizations for added extracurricular involvement and support.


Since its launch one year ago, 73 schools, districts, or education organizations in 23 states have signed on with FuelEd to provide students Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs including Career Readiness Pathways.


“Career Readiness Pathways helps districts support both students who want to go to college and those who want to start fulfilling careers,” said Levin. “Providing more educational options helps students feel invested in their future, which in turn motivates them to earn their diploma and pursue additional achievements after high school.”


Career Readiness Pathways can be implemented in a variety of ways, thus making it possible to serve districts’ various CTE needs. Some of the more popular implementation models include a comprehensive “exploration to certification” four-year model ideal for freshmen, a modified two-year accelerated pathway ideal for incoming juniors, a one- to two-semester shortened pathway ideal for students at-risk of dropping out, and expanded CTE elective offerings for all interested students. Districts also have the option to enroll students in FuelEd’s world language offerings and Microsoft training courses – all to help students become more marketable upon graduation.


To learn more about FuelEd’s Career Readiness Pathways, visit


About Fuel Education

Fuel Educationâ 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 serves more than 2,000 school districts, offering one of the industry’s largest catalogs of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. To learn more, visit and Twitter.


©2017 Fuel Education LLC. All rights reserved. Fuel Education, FuelEd, and Career Readiness Pathways are trademarks of Fuel Education LLC or its affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.




Feb. 21, 2017, AUSTIN, Texas – SXSWedu® brings a strong lineup of content in support of educators’ and administrators’ career and professional development across its 2017 Conference & Festival, March 6-9, 2017 in Austin, Texas.

Almost 50% of SXSWedu’s 450+ sessions are credentialed for continuing professional education (CPE) credits by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE). ATPE’s CPE specialists have reviewed SXSWedu sessions and workshops and approved content that matches CPE requirements for educators and administrators. For more information about the ATPE accreditation, please visit our blog post.

SXSWedu features some of the nation’s most innovative practitioners, enabling educators and administrators to gain strategies they can implement in their classrooms, schools and beyond. A sampling of notable thought leaders and topics at this year’s SXSWedu include:

  • • The University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven will cover the topic of leadership in his session, Building an Education Team of Teams;
  • • National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes will cover the importance of community service projects and instruction in Classroom to Community: Student Service Learning;
  • • Under the topic of implementation, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University will focus her keynote Paying the Price on the value and cost of college;
  • • Laura Weidman Powers, CEO of Code 2040, will discuss equity and why we’re diversifying the innovation economy in We’re Going to End Structural Racism;
  • • The SXSWedu Closing Program will support professional and personal development for education professionals featuring three thought leaders — Brené Brown, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis and Roberto Rivera: o Daring Classrooms (Brené Brown, Brave Leaders Inc., Founder & CEO)
  • o Creativity & Social Justice (Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, Harvard University, Assistant Professor)
  • Mindsets & Movements: Healing Self & Society (Roberto Rivera, Good Life Alliance / 7 Mindsets, President and Lead Change Agent)

“We’re proud to provide a robust offering of professional development content for a passionate community of educators who want to grow their skills and improve their effectiveness,” said Greg Rosenbaum, General Manager of SXSWedu. “Helping educators elevate their craft is a key priority.”

To learn more about these topics, please visit the schedule and build your personalized learning plan for SXSWedu. SXSWedu Conference & Festival • March 6-9, 2017 • Austin, Texas • 

About SXSWedu 

The SXSWedu® Conference & Festival fosters and celebrates innovations in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders across a variety of backgrounds in education. The annual four-day event affords registrants open access to engaging sessions, immersive workshops, interactive learning experiences, film screenings, early-stage startups, business opportunities and networking. Through collaboration, creativity and social action, SXSWedu empowers its global community to Connect. Discover. Impact. SXSWedu is a component of the South by Southwest® family of conferences and festivals. Join the passionate and innovative community at SXSWedu, March 6-9, 2017 in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit


Follett Awarded Massachusetts SIS/SIF Preferred Vendor Status

Aspen Student Information System already manages

data for more than 405,000 students in Commonwealth


McHENRY, Ill., Feb. 21, 2017 – Follett has once again achieved Massachusetts School Interoperability Framework (SIF) 2.7 certification and been awarded the “Certified” Student Information System (SIS) vendor designation for its Aspen product. All vendors must be certified before they may secure contracts with Massachusetts districts.

Aspen was selected as a web-based SIS to manage student data and information, plan for educational programs, monitor student performance, and comply with state and federal reporting requirements. Aspen is a powerful, flexible SIS with a thriving user community, especially in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where it manages data for more than 405,000 students in 104 schools. The largest single account is Boston Public Schools where Aspen manages data for more than 53,000 students.

“Follett is pleased to support the Executive Office of Education’s vision and strategy to implement a solution that serves the current and future needs of all education departments in the Agency while in alignment with the Commonwealth’s strategic plans,” said George Gatsis, Senior Vice President of Technology Platforms, Follett School Solutions. “Real-time state reporting via the SIF framework puts Massachusetts at the forefront of innovative student reporting, and we are excited to be able to support this vision.”

Aspen’s unique support for user-defined tables, as well as the ability to install Java add-ons that are shared among the user community, position Aspen to uniquely support the education goals of its customers. Supporting the innovative real-time SIF reporting aligns with Follett’s vision for igniting student success through content, reporting, and informed decision-making.

Aspen currently serves more than two million students throughout 236 school districts in the U.S. and Canada.

For more information about Follett, visit


About Follett’s PreK-12 Business|
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 |

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, colleges and campus stores, 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.