NEW ‘RED NOSE CHALLENGE’ INSPIRES STUDENTS IN GRADES 3-8 TO PUT IDEAS INTO ACTION FOR CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY
CALL FOR VIDEO ENTRIES
Chance for Students to Win $5,000 to Implement Their Plan of Action and Other Exciting Prizes;
PLUS, Accompanying Classroom Activity Aims to Build Empathy for Children in Need
“The Red Nose Challenge creatively empowers kids to help other kids.”
― Janet Scardino, CEO, Comic Relief Inc.
New York, NY (March 2, 2017). Big change starts with small steps. That’s why Comic Relief Inc. today announced the call for entries for the Red Nose Challenge, as part of its Red Nose Day in School program. The Challenge inspires students in grades 3-8 to submit a creative video explaining how they plan to make a difference for children living in poverty. Winning entries will receive $5,000 to implement their plan of action and other exciting prizes.
Red Nose Day in School is just one element of the broader Red Nose Day campaign, which launched in the U.S. in 2015 with a mission to end child poverty. The third annual Red Nose Day in America will take place on May 25, 2017, raising awareness and funds to keep children in need safe, healthy and educated – both here in the U.S. and around the world. In the lead up to May 25, the Red Nose Challenge gives students the opportunity to showcase how they plan to help.
Entries for the Red Nose Challenge are open from now through April 17, 2017. To enter, students must create a one to two-minute video sharing their idea to make a difference for children living in poverty, as well as one statistic or fact on the issue, and why everyone should care. The judging panel will include Red Nose Day founder and award-winning writer director Richard Curtis, whose film credits include Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Bridget Jones’s Diary. Other celebrity judges will be announced soon.
A student or team of up to four students must register online through an adult team leader. All video entries must be submitted online at www.rednosedayinschool.org/Challenge. Entries will be evaluated based on their originality, advocacy, action plan and presentation; they will not be judged on production skills and may be recorded on cell phones or basic digital cameras.
Accompanying the Challenge is a two-part classroom activity engaging students on the issue of poverty by first viewing videos, and/or researching on their own, and participating in group discussion; and second, by engaging with the concept of empathy using role-playing activities. Students work to understand empathy as the ability to step into the shoes of another person, and specifically what life is like for children living in poverty.
Comic Relief Inc. is working with Discovery Education to deliver the Red Nose Day in School program and the Red Nose Challenge, leveraging their expertise in reaching students and teachers across the U.S.
“Red Nose Day in School is designed to help students better understand the issue of poverty, and empower them to make a difference,” said Janet Scardino, CEO of Comic Relief Inc. “We added a new way to engage students this year with the Red Nose Challenge, which creatively empowers kids to help other kids. We can’t wait to see their ideas and how they plan to make a positive impact.”
“My students are aware that so many children do not have access to food, shelter, clothing, housing, or more, and have a genuine desire to help. The Red Nose Challenge is a perfect opportunity to put their heart and their ideas into action, and have fun doing it!” said Francie Snyder, Gifted Teacher K-5, Oneco and Prine Elementary Schools, Manatee County Public Schools, Florida.
Red Nose Challenge finalists enrolled in grades 3-5 and 6-8 will be chosen and announced in mid-May, 2017. The grand prize winning student or team from each grade band will receive $5,000 to implement their plan of action or donate to a charitable organization, as well as a video equipment package for the team leader and individual prize packs for each team member. The runner up teams will win $2,500 to implement their plan of action or donate to a charitable organization and an iPad for the team leader. Additionally, the general public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite entry; this “People’s Choice Winner” in each grade band will receive a $250 gift certificate. An in-school assembly will also be offered as a prize to one winning entry.
For more information on the Red Nose Challenge, including submission guidelines and complete rules, please visit: http://www.rednosedayinschool.org/challenge
About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day (rednoseday.org) is run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc. (comicrelief.org), a registered 501(c)(3) American public charity. Red Nose Day started in the U.K., built on the foundation that the power of entertainment can drive positive change. Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion globally since the campaign’s founding in 1988.
Red Nose Day launched in the U.S. in 2015 with a mission to raise money and awareness to end child poverty, and has raised over $60 million to date for the cause. Money raised for the campaign goes to the Red Nose Day Fund, which supports programs that keep children in need safe, healthy and educated, both in America and abroad.
Since launching in the U.S., Red Nose Day has received generous support from millions of Americans, and many outstanding partners, including Walgreens, NBC, Mars, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
About Discovery Education
A leader in educational technology, Discovery Education partners with K-12 districts and like-minded partners to strategically support the shift from print to digital learning environments. Providing the highest quality digital content (digital textbooks) and professional development, Discovery Education is increasing student achievement for over 50M students and 4.5M teachers worldwide. Learn more: www.discoveryeducation.com.
Researchers Confirm Flipped Learning Enters New 3.0 Era, Five Factors Signal a Paradigm Shift in Flipped Learning Has Begun
In February, FLGI Researchers Fellows and Master Teachers confirmed the findings of the management team tasked with building the global network to support flipped learning. The findings came out of the 12-month project that launched the Flipped Learning Global Initiative.
“The ground underneath flipped learning is shifting,” said Jon Bergmann, Flipped Learning Pioneer and member of the FLGI Management team. “Over the last 12 months, we’ve been following several developments that we think require every professional involved in flipped learning to update their understanding, recalibrate their thinking and adopt a new stance toward flipped learning. The research, hard data, anecdotes and opinions of well-informed professionals have confirmed that flipped learning has entered a new stage. The future of flipped learning is going to be very different from the past.”
Flipped Learning 3.0
The Flipped Learning Global Initiative has designated the new era and paradigm Flipped Learning 3.0. FLGI is has launched a series of webinars to introduce flipped learning stakeholders to Flipped Learning 3.0. The online sessions will discuss the practical implications for teachers, administrators, tech coaches, flipped learning trainers, consultants, researchers, technology developers and education policy makers. Each session will host Flipped Learning 3.0 innovators with experience in each of the five factors driving the paradigm shift in flipped learning.
The next webinar is scheduled for March 9th, 2017 at 2pm EST.
To register for the webinar or learn more about the Flipped Learning 3.0 webinar series go to www.flglobal.org/webinars
About the Flipped Learning Global Initiative
The Flipped Learning Global Initiative, (FLGI), was created to support the rapidly expanding adoption of flipped learning all over the world in countries such as China, Taiwan, Spain, UAE, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy, Korea, Argentina, Iceland, Sweden, India and the United States. FLGI aims to fill the growing global need for collaboration across borders in three domains: evolving best practices in flipped learning, research curation and distribution, and technology selection and implementation. FLGI has over 100 mission partners, including Enterprise Mission Partners, MT Grupo in Spain; TES Global in the United Kingdom; BenQ in China, IWBNet in Australia and New Zealand; iSchool in China and Taiwan, InfoMentor in Iceland and Europe, Sigong Media and Knowlounge in Korea, Project Tomorrow, Udemy, BAM Education Radio Network in the United States; and a cadre of flipped learning research experts. FLGI serves as a global hub for coordinating, orchestrating and scaling the key elements required to successfully expand flipped learning around the world.
For more information contact: Errol St.Clair Smith, Director of Global Development at 949-677-7381 or go to www.flglobal.org
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Curriculum Associates’ New Ready Central Provides Educators with Robust Resources for Implementing Ready® Mathematics
Online portal provides teachers with free 24/7 access to training videos, implementation tips, planning tools, and more
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., March 2, 2017—Curriculum Associates recently launched Ready Central to help teachers successfully and seamlessly implement Ready Mathematics as part of their core mathematics program. The online portal offers 600-plus resources, including training videos, implementation tips, planning tools, best practice examples, and more for using Ready Mathematics together with i-Ready® as a blended core learning program. The resources, which are free for all Ready users, help educators get up and running quickly, plan and pace their lessons, learn instructional best practices, and leverage i-Ready data to guide their instruction.
“Ready Central was created to meet the unique needs of our educators,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “The portal’s wide range of support and professional learning resources helps teachers, principals, and administrators ensure successful implementation and ongoing use of Ready Mathematics as part of their blended learning program.”
Ready Central’s resources include videos, downloadable and shareable documents, email templates, and articles, all of which are tagged for easy searching on the part of the user. Filters such as role, grade, state, and resource type and format allow easy access to the most relevant information when they need it. In addition to aiding in the implementation of Ready Mathematics, the resources can help educators encourage mathematical discourse, use data with fidelity, communicate with parents, and plan their lessons.
Current Ready users can explore Ready Central at www.ReadyCentral.com.
About Ready Mathematics
Ready Mathematics helps address the emphasis on conceptual understanding through reasoning, modeling, and discussion that explore the structure of mathematics while also developing students’ procedural fluency. The lessons in Ready Mathematics use a research-based, proven-effective, gradual-release instructional model with a balance of conceptual understanding and procedural fluency to build confidence and mastery of the Common Core Mathematics Standards.
To learn more about Ready Mathematics, visit http://www.curriculumassociates.com/products/ready-common-core-mathematics.aspx.
About Curriculum Associates
Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.
PublicSchoolWORKS Wins Gold and Bronze Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service
The Client Services and Research & Development teams were each honored for continuously helping school districts reduce risk, save money and stay safe
Cincinnati, OH (March 2, 2017) — PublicSchoolWORKS has won two Stevie® Awards in the 11th annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. The Client Services team won a Gold Stevie Award in the Customer Service Department of the Year – Public Services & Education category and the Research & Development team won a Bronze Stevie Award in the Back-Office Customer Service Team of the Year – Other Service Industries category.
More than 2,300 nominations were evaluated in this year’s competition, an increase of 10% over 2016. More than 75 members of several specialized judging committees determined the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during final judging earlier this month. Finalists were determined by another 77 judges.
The Client Services team creates and implements customized risk management programs to ensure each customer meets all district, state and federal requirements. This includes making sure all employees receive the appropriate type of training at strategic times throughout the school year, scheduling inspections and drills, determining who will be notified when staff and student accident or bullying reports are filed and more. The team also provides ongoing support for each customer.
The Research & Development team tracks new and updated federal and state legislation, interprets it, and then develops the appropriate content – including training courses, written programs, compliance task templates, checklists or other forms – districts need to meet the requirements of the legislation.
“We couldn’t do what we do without our Client Services and Research & Development teams,” said Tom Strasburger, Vice President, Sales & Marketing of PublicSchoolWORKS. “Winning Gold and Bronze in such a prestigious award recognizes our teams for the impact they have in supporting our customers. They are truly unparalleled.”
About The Stevie Awards
The Stevie Awards are conferred in seven programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.
Since 2000, PublicSchoolWORKS safety compliance management solutions have focused on helping schools easily meet ever-changing compliance requirements, improve staff and student safety, cut costs associated with risk, and reduce administrator and staff time and effort. PublicSchoolWORKS is the only, complete K12 safety compliance management program created by and for schools, and is proud to provide districts with award-winning technology and support recognized by North American educators. For more information on how PublicSchoolWORKS can improve district safety programs, contact 1-877-779-6757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.