Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program (1020 awards up to $2,500 each)

Receive up to $2,500 to pursue a career or technical certificate/degree

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have completed high school (or earned a GED)
  • Will be enrolled in eligible program in Fall 2017
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be a United States citizen

Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies.  All scholarship funds are paid directly to the institution on behalf of the recipient.

The application will open March 15 for students enrolled in a post-secondary program in Fall 2017. First application deadline is June 15.


To print a poster announcing this scholarship program please visit our School Officialpage  at scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships.



Burlington Public Schools Showcases its Social-Emotional Learning Initiative during March 29, 2017 Webinar



Webinar hosted by Aperture Education explores Burlington’s success with implemented behavioral supports for students


Charlotte N.C. (March 14, 2017) — Quality social and emotional learning (SEL) programs are a key part of teaching the whole child. Aperture Education will showcase one district’s SEL implementation during a free webinar at 2 p.m. EDT on March 29th, 2017. The webinar, “The Behavior Side of the Triangle: Making Strides to Support Social Emotional Learning” will describe how Burlington Public Schools, in Burlington, Massachusetts executed its district-wide SEL initiative. To register, visit https://goo.gl/cnBi6j.


The webinar features Susan Astone, District RTI Director for Burlington Public Schools. She will discuss her district’s journey through the first year of its SEL implementation. After solidifying their structures and supports for the academics, the district’s next step was to develop the behavioral supports. Astone will discuss the district’s team-level approach to supporting positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS), its selection of a universal SEL screener, and its adoption of Responsive Classrooms as the foundation for its SEL instruction.


Astone has also been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, special education administrator and elementary school principal.


The webinar is part of Aperture Education’s ongoing work to support educators, administers and out-of-school-time providers in implementing social-emotional learning programs within their schools. Aperture Education provides strength-based assessments and resilience-building resources to help organizations address the whole child. Its goal is to ensure members of school and out-of-school time communities, including adults, have the social and emotional skills needed to thrive.


“Research shows that quality social and emotional learning (SEL) programs have a positive impact on academics,” said Aperture Education CEO Jessica Adamson. “We want to help schools meet their SEL goals. Our webinars provide practical advice, resources and examples for anyone who is interested in implementing an SEL program at their school. We are excited to showcase Burlington Public Schools’ initiative on March 29th.”


Aperture Education offers products and services to support SEL programs, including Evo Social/Emotional, a K-8 online assessment and intervention tool. It 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.



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.



Kentucky House and Senate Approve Charter School Law

Gov. Bevin expected to sign the bill into law


Contact: Joel Adams (502) 599-9745


Frankfort—Today the State Senate passed HB 520, a bill to allow charter public schools in Kentucky for the first time, by a 23-15 vote. The State House passed the bill on March 3 by a 56-39 vote. After a concurrence vote in the House, the bill will be sent to the Governor, who is expected to sign the bill into law.


Charter schools are unique public schools that are free and open to all students who wish to attend. They cannot have any entrance requirements and cannot charge tuition. Public charter schools are not religious and cannot discriminate against students on any basis. Like other public schools, public charter schools are funded by local, state and federal tax dollars based on student enrollment. Public charter schools have more flexibility and autonomy to serve individual student needs in exchange for a commitment to meet higher standards of accountability.


“As a public school teacher, I believe in the power of public education. As the chairman of the House Education Committee, I also believe that some children simply need another public school option. One size doesn’t fit all and now, more than ever, we have to make sure that we are investing in ideas that have a proven track record of success. And public charter schools do. We need only look to our neighbors to see how charter schools have been effective,” said Representative John “Bam” Carney, the sponsor of HB 520.


Indiana and Tennessee have embraced public charter schools, offering many students who have been stuck in underperforming schools a lifeline. Researchers at Stanford University found in a 2012 study that a typical student in an Indiana charter school gained more learning in a year than his or her district school peer. Those gains included a staggering month and a half of additional learning in reading and in math. In Indianapolis, the study found that a charter education equaled two months of additional learning in reading and nearly three months more in math.


In Tennessee, the results were similar. Students who attended public charter schools in 2013 got an additional 86 days of instruction in reading and 72 more days in math than their traditional school counterparts.


Studies also show that charter school students are more likely to go to and stay in college. And when they get out of school, they earn more.


Twenty-five years ago, Minnesota passed the first public charter school law in the nation. Today, 43 states and the District of Columbia have public charter school legislation on the books. Public charter schools serve nearly 3 million public school students in more than 6,700 schools. Kentucky is one of only seven states that do not currently allow charter schools.


“A great education is a game-changer. We have seen time and time again how those of limited means have used a college education as a way up and out of poverty. But those opportunities shouldn’t be available to only certain children. Every child should have access to a great school,” said Chairman Carney.


To learn more about charter public schools visit the Kentucky Charter Schools Project: https://www.kentuckycharters.org/what-are-charter-schools.




About the Kentucky Charter Schools Project

The Kentucky Charter School Project is a collaboration of organizations, parents, and others who believe that we should bring public charter schools to the Bluegrass State, including the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Prosperity – Kentucky, the Kentucky Pastors in Action Coalition, Greater Louisville Inc., the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, the Campaign for School Equity, and the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.



Follett Now Offers Haese Mathematics as

Part of International Baccalaureate Content


McHENRY, Ill., March 14, 2017 – Haese Mathematics textbooks  – a popular and rigorous series of math books for International Baccalaureate (IB) students around the world – are now available for purchase through Follett, the exclusive distributor of content and merchandise from the IB.

“Our customers are quick to let us know when there is a quality product out there, and we have had numerous requests for Haese Mathematics textbooks,” said Steve Siegel, Senior Vice President, Global Products and International, Follett School Solutions. “Haese textbooks are authored with the global student in mind, and have become a key math component of many IB programmes worldwide.”

Haese initially launched its mathematics textbooks in 2004 for IB Diploma Mathematics courses and they were greeted by an overwhelming response from teachers in 2,000 schools from more than 120 countries. Today, Haese has extended its IB mathematics series and recently released new editions of its textbooks for the IB Middle Years Programme aimed at students ages 11 to 16 (grades 6 to 10), and the IB Diploma Programme for students ages 16 to 19 (final two years of high school).

“With 40 years of publishing experience, leading us to become the most trusted name in mathematics education, Haese Mathematics is delighted to announce our partnership with Follett,” said Philippa Sawyers, Assistant Manager, Haese. “Our hope is that students who have not yet experienced mathematics presented in the ‘Haese way’ will benefit from our books being easily available from a trusted international supplier.”

Founded in 1968, the IB offers four highly regarded programmes with more than one million students attending over 4,500 schools in 152 countries.

The new Haese Mathematics content, plus a variety of other IB resources hand-picked by Follett’s educational experts, all are available to purchase on Titlewave, Follett’s online search and ordering tool, at www.titlewave.com/go/ib.

For more information about Follett, visit 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 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.



Achieve3000 Joins the Microsoft Education Program as an Inaugural Partner


Achieve3000, the Leader in Differentiated Instruction, will facilitate educators access to Microsofts Azure Active Directory and Microsoft will provide tools and resources to expand Achieve3000s reach and impact.

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – March 13, 2017 – Achieve3000, the leading literacy platform in blended learning programs for students in grades Pre-K through12, today announced that it is the first partner to join Microsoft’s Education GTM program. The company has become an Associate Microsoft Education Partner; its differentiated literacy solutions are now integrated with Azure, the open, flexible, enterprise-grade cloud computing service from Microsoft and are listed on the Azure Marketplace online store.

“As innovators in education, we were the first to enroll in Microsoft Education’s Go-to-Market Program. We see the potential of the program’s education resources and the Microsoft network not only for increasing awareness of how our solutions help students, but also for providing an even greater customer experience.” said Saki Dodelson, CEO and founder of Achieve3000. “Since our solutions are web based, this integration offers a lot of value to customers who want to use Azure cloud and Achieve3000.”


Achieve3000’s patented model of research-based differentiated instruction for school-aged youth as well as adult learners delivers daily instruction for nonfiction reading and writing that’s precisely tailored to each student’s Lexile reading level. The proprietary adaptive content system continually monitors each student’s reading performance and automatically increases the level of text complexity when it detects that an individual is ready for more challenge, steadily moving students up level by level.

Schools can now connect Achieve3000 to Azure Active Directory (AD), Microsoft’s multi-tenant, cloud-based directory and identity management service. Administrators are able to securely store passwords in the cloud and assign those passwords to individual users or groups for shared access. Additionally, Achieve3000 now supports the implementation and use of Microsoft’s School Data Sync online classroom automation solution, which allows schools to easily mirror data from their student information systems into Azure AD and automatically provide online classrooms and teacher and student accounts as needed.

Microsoft now supports Achieve3000’s technology development by providing access to technology resources in the Microsoft Education Partner Network (MEPN), the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN), and the Microsoft Partner Network. Microsoft will also help boost awareness of Achieve3000 solutions by featuring the company on the Microsoft Education Solutions webpage. Additionally, Achieve3000 will be eligible to be showcased on the Microsoft Education Partner Yammer Page for the private Yammer community and in Microsoft’s “What’s APPening” brochure, both the printed and downloadable electronic versions.

“Our inclusion in the Microsoft Education GTM program shows that Microsoft is confident in the efficacy of Achieve3000 solutions and our potential to go much, much further,” said Dodelson. “We’re just in the first stages of this new partnership and we’re looking forward to seeing where it will take us.”

About Achieve3000, Inc.

Achieve3000 is the leader in online differentiated literacy instruction, serving over two million students worldwide. For nearly 15 years, the company has been reaching students at their individual reading levels to deliver significant learning gains, with many making double to triple the expected gains in a single school year. Based on decades of scientific research, Achieve3000’s solutions – Smarty Ants (for grades PreK-1), KidBiz3000 (for grades 2-5), TeenBiz3000 (for grades 6-8), Empower3000 (for grades 9-12), Spark3000 (for adult learners), and eScience3000 (for grades 6-8) – support core curriculum, Response to Intervention, English language learner, and special education instructional models as well as 21st-century education initiatives. From learning how to read to workforce readiness, Achieve3000 empowers all learners to develop the college and career literacy skills needed for academic, professional, and personal success. The company is based in Lakewood, N.J. Learn more about Achieve3000 online at www.achieve3000.com or by calling 888-968-6822.




West’s Education Group Obtains xPress Roster API Certification


SchoolMessenger solutions earn first commercial provider certification


SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., March 14, 2017—The Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, made up of thousands of schools, regional, state, and government education agencies and marketplace providers across the globe, is pleased to present its first xPress Roster API Certification to West Corporation and its Education group, best known for its SchoolMessenger solutions for school communications and community engagement.


In education, the “roster” is a fundamental building block of instruction, assessment, and administration. Typically, a roster specifies the teacher and the list of students in a program, class, or section of an organization and they enable teachers to manage and teach students as members of a group. Ideally, teachers can create a class roster once, identify the required software assets that the class may access, and update the software applications with the roster information easily and automatically. The expanding ecosystem of educational services (devices, applications, and websites) that students must access on a daily basis requires a simplified roster exchange solution.


“We are proud to embrace the SIF industry standard and to be the first commercial provider certified on the xPress Roster API integration, which is needed to support our West Education Ecosystem partners and our strategic state education agency clients who rely on it for secure student roster data integration”, commented Robert Iskander, Executive Vice President and General Manager of West’s Education group.


xPress Roster has already been implemented by applications supporting thousands of students providing fast, simple and secure integration between a district’s student information system and multiple applications, including assessment, instructional and administrative applications.   Developers are finding that utilization of existing tools to develop to this standardized API now takes hours to implement – not days or months. West’s extensive education marketplace footprint and leading work in supporting entire district information ecosystems makes it the ideal organization to lead the way in becoming the first provider xPress Roster API certified as both a standardized provider and consumer of data for applications.


“The entire A4L Community celebrated West having the first xPress Roster Certified application at our Annual Meetings last week directly adjacent to West’s Santa Cruz-area offices”, states Dr. Larry L Fruth II, Executive Director and CEO A4L Community. “Not many organizations are willing to be on the ‘bleeding’ and not just ‘cutting’ edge of technical marketplace support for their customers. We are proud that West has committed to push the envelope and lead in the usage of standardized APIs for application rostering.”


More information on xPress Roster and Student Records Exchange APIs visit: https://xpressapi.org




About the Access 4 Learning Community

The Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, previously the SIF Association, is a unique, non-profit collaboration composed of schools, districts, local authorities, states, US and International Ministries of Education, software vendors and consultants who collectively address all aspects of learning information management and access to support learning.  The A4L Community is “Powered by SIF” specifications as its major technical tool to allow for this management and access simply, securely and in a scalable, standard way regardless of the platform hosting those applications. The Access 4 Learning Community has united these education technology end users and providers in an unprecedented effort to give teachers more time to do what they do best: teach. For further information, visit http://www.A4L.org


About West’s Education Group

West’s Education group, part of West Corporation, is the trusted provider of SchoolMessenger solutions. Thousands of schools and other educational institutions in all 50 states and Canada depend on SchoolMessenger products and services. From notifications and websites to custom mobile apps and social media, school leaders have relied on the SchoolMessenger platform since 1999 to engage with their communities in multiple languages and on any device. To learn more about SchoolMessenger products, visitwww.schoolmessenger.com or call 888.527.5225.


Boxlight’s Labdisc Named Finalist in 2017 EdTech Digest Awards


Innovative Portable STEM Lab Continues To Win Acclaim As Emerging

Technology Solution Transforming STEM Education


Lawrenceville, GA – March 15, 2017 – For the fourth time in as many months, Boxlight (www.boxlight.com), a global leader in digital teaching and learning technologies, has received recognition from the educational technology industry. This most recent honor, being named a Cool Tool finalist in the Emerging Technology Solution category for the 2017EdTech Digest Awards program, is for its Labdisc portable STEM lab.


The decidedly competitive awards program recognizes outstanding solutions and the best and brightest minds in the education and technology sector each year. In addition to the emerging technology solution category, this year’s program featured dozens of categories, including best new product or services, academic gaming solutions, hardware products and more.


Previously, the Boxlight Labdisc received a “Best in Show” award from Tech & Learning magazine at this year’s TCEA conference in Austin, Tex. In December, the company’s 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 was also named a finalist in the 2017 BETT program—the industry’s largest global conference, held in London in late January.


“This honor from EdTech Digest is one more affirmation that Boxlight is leading the digital learning transformation by offering the interactive technologies in the classroom,” said Mark Elliott, CEO of Boxlight. “We continue to be poised to set the K-12 education market on a trajectory that successfully engages young learners and enhances the effectiveness of K-12 educators by providing them with the stand-out products that truly will change the face of education as we know it for this next generation of learners.”


Boxlight’s Labdisc is an all-in-one, complete lab that fits in the palm of your hand. It is the only solution for K-12 science with up to 14 wireless sensors built into a single compact device – revolutionizing science in terms of convenience, cost and portability.


The Labdisc’s large number of high quality sensors and portability opens the door for inquiry-based learning vital in STEM education in a variety of science fields, including biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science and geography.


The Boxlight Labdisc also includes unique features like the GPS probe, which harnesses GPS to plot sensor values as a layer over a Google map, and it offers a robust battery that supplies over 150 hours of battery life. This helps students connect and engage with science anywhere. It also serves as an ideal solution for long-term experiments such as plant growth, weather change and pollution.


A distinguished panel of industry influencers and veterans conducted this year’s evaluation proceedings. “There is a great deal of talent and quality out there, and we’re excited to recognize these Cool Tools, leaders and trendsetters in the education technology space,” said Victor Rivero who oversees the program as editor-in-chief of EdTech Digest. “There are now thousands of startups, apps and companies working in edtech, more than ever before. Shining a spotlight on the best and brightest, we intend to generate even more activity in this sector to continue pushing forward a slow revolution for the benefit of future generations.”


A full list of this year’s award finalists can be found at https://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/2017-finalists-winners, and winners will be announced March 20.


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 www.boxlight.com. You can also follow us on Twitter @boxlightinc or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/boxlightusa.


itslearning Named a Finalist in 2017 EdTech Digest Awards Program


Innovative Learning Management System Continues to Win Acclaim for

Transforming Teaching and Learning


Boston — March 15, 2017 — For the fourth time in as many months, itslearning (https://itslearning.com), a leading global LMS (learning management system) provider, announced today that it has again been honored with an industry accolade. This most recent honor is being name a Cool Tool finalist for the 2017 EdTech Digest Awards program. Last month, itslearning received a ‘Best in Show’ award from Tech & Learning magazine at this year’s TCEA Conference and Exhibition. In December, the personalized learning solution was recognized for making a significant impact in education by K12 leaders who named it to District Administration magazine’s “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products for 2016.” In addition, the cloud-based learning platform was named “best upgraded product” in the 34th annual Awards of Excellence program sponsored by Tech & Learning magazine.


The Cool Tool awards recognize the best new, emerging and established technology solutions for education. This year’s program featured dozens of categories, including best new products or services, mobile solutions, academic gaming solutions, emerging technologies, professional development solutions, and more. itslearning is an honoree in the learning management system (LMS) category.


Designed specifically for the K-12 market, the itslearning LMS helps educators improve teaching, student engagement, and district performance with several unique advantages. As an all-in-one learning hub, it connects teachers, students, parents, and district leaders to everything they need for success with just one login. The personalized learning platform offers nearly 2 million free and open education resources along with more than 14,000 collections in the itslearning library. In addition to the searchable resources, 35 peer-reviewed courses are also available With 360° curriculum management, it connects course and lesson plans to resources, standards and assessments, offering a fully integrated teaching and learning system. And, being 100 percent mobile, it keeps everyone connected all the time, on any device.


“Our company is honored to be recognized by EdTech Digest as it acknowledges our position as a leader in offering onelearning platform that connects all stakeholders – administrators, teachers, students and parents,” said Arne Bergby, CEO, itslearning.


A distinguished panel of industry influencers and veterans conducted this year’s evaluation proceedings. “There is a great deal of talent and quality out there, and we’re excited to recognize these Cool Tools, leaders and trendsetters in the education technology space,” said Victor Rivero who oversees the program as editor-in-chief of EdTech Digest. “There are now thousands of startups, apps, and companies working in edtech, more than ever before. Shining a spotlight on the best and brightest, we intend to generate even more activity in this sector to continue pushing forward a slow revolution for the benefit of future generations.”


A full list of this year’s award finalists can be found at https://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/2017-finalists-winners. Winners will be announced March 20.


About itslearning

Established in 1999, itslearning is headquartered in Boston, MA and Bergen, Norway. With seven million global users, and a passion for improving teaching and learning through technology, itslearning lives at the heart of education.  For more information, visit https://itslearning.com


Lexia Learning Releases White Paper on Choosing Educational Technology

That Helps, Rather than Hinders, Students’ Intrinsic Motivation


Proliferation of New Educational Technology Products Raises Question of Which Features

Support and Spur an Inherent Love of Learning


BOSTON (March 16, 2017) – While student motivation in traditional classroom settings is well researched, materials on how digital tools are enhancing or undermining this essential factor for academic performance are harder to find. Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) Company, has released a white paper titled, “The Importance of Intrinsic Student Motivation When Selecting Educational Technologies,” which not only focuses on well-researched methods of supporting students’ intrinsic motivation but also applies that research to educational technologies.


The white paper, written by Dr. Elizabeth R. Kazakoff, senior researcher at Lexia, highlights the three characteristics identified in Self Determination Theory that are critical to spark intrinsic motivation in learners:

  • Autonomy
  • Competence
  • Relatedness to the contexts of a student’s community, personal goals, interests, or knowledge base


Dr. Kazakoff points out that instead of cultivating these three pillars of motivation, many people, including some educators and makers of educational technologies, opt for external motivators, such as rewards and punishments, to drive desired behaviors. “Although these solutions may be effective in the short-term, they often undermine students’ long-term intrinsic motivation for learning,” she writes. That is especially problematic since intrinsic motivation supports lifelong learning, a vital competency in the 21st century workplace.


To help educators ensure that intrinsic motivation is supported by the educational technology solutions they choose, the white paper shares questions—based on the three characteristics identified in Self Determination Theory of autonomy, competence and relatedness/meaning—that educators can ask themselves. For example, Dr. Kazakoff recommends that educators ask, “Is it clear to the student that their work online relates to their world offline?” because students’ perception of the value that a digital program’s goal will add to their lives can greatly influence the degree to which those students will be motivated.


“Educational technology products should be rich in elements that support intrinsic motivation, rather than ‘chocolate covered broccoli’ which simply sweetens the learning with a sugar coating of badges and stickers,” said Dr. Kazakoff. “Remembering the questions shared, as well as the tenets from Self Determination Theory of competence, autonomy, and relatedness, can help parents and educators navigate the digital landscape to find educational technology tools that are engaging and effective in generating authentic learning, not just providing edutainment.”


A complimentary copy of “The Importance of Intrinsic Student Motivation When Selecting Educational Technologies” can be downloaded at http://www.lexialearning.com/download-motivation-wp.

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About Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning, a division of Rosetta Stone, empowers educators through adaptive assessment and personalized instruction. For more than 30 years, the company has been on the leading edge of research and product development as it relates to student reading skills. With a robust offering that includes solutions for differentiated instruction, personalized learning and assessment, Lexia Learning provides educators with the tools to intensify and accelerate literacy skills development for students of all abilities. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com.


About Rosetta StoneRosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company’s innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes for the inspired learner at home or in schools and workplaces around the world.

Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone’s language division uses cloud-based solutions to help all types of learners read, write, and speak more than 30 languages. Lexia Learning, Rosetta Stone’s literacy education division, was founded more than 30 years ago and is a leader in the literacy education space. Today, Lexia helps students build fundamental reading skills through its rigorously researched, independently evaluated, and widely respected instruction and assessment programs.

For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com.  “Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.


Voyager Sopris Learning Unveils Impressive Lineup of Leading Experts for Online Literacy Symposium


DALLAS—March 16, 2017Voyager Sopris Learning® has announced the presenter lineup—headed by leading experts in literacy education—for its 2017 Literacy Symposium, a premier two-day online professional development event this summer. With the goal of linking practitioners to the most current research in the science of literacy, the two sessions will be held from10:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. EDT on consecutive Mondays, July 10 and July 17.


The online symposium is designed to provide attendees an opportunity to explore the relationships among language, reading, and writing, while connecting theory to practice in sessions conducted by leading literacy education experts. As Jeffrey A. Elliott, President of Voyager Sopris Learning explained, this year’s symposium includes a depth of expertise designed to give attendees unique and actionable content and information.


“Collectively, these respected individuals offer an amazing level of talent and experience,” Elliott said. “Attendees will learn from the best and the brightest in literacy education, and they’ll walk away with new strategies they can apply right away to the challenges they face.”


This year’s presenters include the following experts:

  • Louisa Moats, Ed.D., nationally recognized authority on literacy education and renowned author, researcher, speaker, consultant, and trainer
  • Louise Spear-Swerling, Ph.D., Professor of Special Education, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Mark Seidenberg, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin—Madison
  • Mark Shinn, Ph.D., Professor of School Psychology, National Louis University
  • Kate Cain, D.Phil., Professor of Psychology, Lancaster University (United Kingdom)
  • Andrew Biemiller, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Jackman Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto
  • Hugh Catts, Ph.D., Professor and Director, School of Communication Science and Disorders, Florida State University

The early-bird registration price is $119 per person, or $139 beginning April 16. Attendees can either join the sessions in real time and interact with the presenters and other participants, or they can access the recordings anytime over the next year. The cost of registration includes a full year of access to the session recordings from the date of the event.


To register, visit  www.voyagersopris.com/services/literacy-symposium.


For more information on Voyager Sopris Learning, visit www.voyagersopris.com.


About Voyager Sopris Learning

Voyager Sopris Learning® is an education partner committed to unlocking the full potential of every teacher and every student. We believe that the best way to meet and exceed standards in education is to address the underlying systems of teaching and learning, and to nurture those systems at their most fundamental levels. Our suite of instructional and service solutions is based not only in research but also in real classroom evidence, ensuring that every solution is as easy-to-implement and teacher-friendly as it is effective. We offer a variety of digital and blended instructional tools and assessments, as well as professional development and school improvement services, all of which are designed to help every teacher deliver nothing short of the highest-quality instruction to every student. Voyager Sopris Learning is a business unit of Cambium Learning® Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABCD), based in Dallas, Texas.


For more information, visit www.voyagersopris.com, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.


About Cambium Learning Group, Inc.

Cambium Learning® Group is a leading educational solutions and services company committed to helping all students reach their full potential. Cambium Learning accomplishes this goal by providing evidence-based solutions and expert professional services to empower educators and raise the achievement levels of all students. The company’s award-winning brands include: Learning A-Z® (www.learninga-z.com), ExploreLearning® (www.explorelearning.com), Kurzweil Education®(www.kurzweiledu.com), and Voyager Sopris Learning® (www.voyagersopris.com), which, together, provide breakthrough technology solutions for students and teachers—including best-in-class intervention and supplemental instructional programs; gold-standard professional development; valid and reliable assessments; and products that enable access to learning for all students.  Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABCD), is based in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit www.cambiumlearning.com.