Creating Dynamic, Digital, Social Studies Classrooms for All High School Students is the Focus of Missouri’s Springfield Public Schools Expanded Partnership with Discovery Education
– Award-Winning Digital Social Studies Textbooks to Empower High School Educators to Create Modern Learning Environments-
Silver Spring, Md. (March 29, 2017) – Missouri’s Springfield Public Schools (SPS) announced today an expansion of their seven year partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. In this new phase of collaboration, high school American History, World History, and Law/Government educators districtwide will be empowered to create dynamic digital learning environments with Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook™. An innovative digital textbook, the Social Studies Techbook helps students across the country develop an in-depth understanding of government, civic life, economics, as well as U.S. and world history.
SPS’s expanded partnership with Discovery Education supports the key goals outlined in the school system’sStrategic Plan: 2015 – 2020. Specifically, through the digital social studies classrooms created by this deepened relationship, SPS is creating environments in which irresistible learning experiences that directly connect to student interests can proliferate. In addition, the digital core instructional resources provided by Discovery Education will boost SPS social studies educators’ efforts to construct learning experiences that challenge all students to exhibit the ability to solve real-world problems for authentic audiences and connect learning to their own life or to the world around them.
“The Springfield Public Schools are excited to integrate Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbooks into classroom instruction,” said SPS Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Dr. Allison Pilley. “By creating learning environments that mirror our students’ use of technology outside the classroom, we are making social studies lessons more engaging and relevant to our students.”
Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook series uses an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy, analytical writing, and problem solving skills that students will apply in the classroom and beyond. Each subject area includes primary source documents and activities, digital investigations, multimedia reference library, interactive maps and informational texts. The Social Studies Techbook is organized around complex Essential Questions that students use to guide their inquiry, analyze issues, and propose solutions to better understand their world. Aligned with the National Council for the Social Studies’ C3 Framework, the Social Studies Techbook helps students develop key literacy and writing skills and provides a multitude of resources to young people for college, careers, and civic life. Currently, Discovery Education Techbooks are used by more than 3 million students in all 50 U.S. states and several Canadian provinces.
Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, will continue being used by SPS educators district-wide.
To ensure each SPS teacher is fully supported throughout the transition to digital teaching and learning, district educators will have the opportunity to participate in robust professional development opportunities that will help them maximize their new digital content to improve students’ academic achievement. In addition, the Discovery Education Community will continue supporting SPS educators in their efforts to transform students’ learning experience with digital media. A global community of education professionals that 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 honored to support Springfield Public Schools’ strategic plan,” said Discovery Education Partnerships Manager Kevin Quinlan. “We look forward in accompanying the district’s talented educators and administrators on their continuing journey to create digital classrooms that bring social studies lessons to life.”
For more information about the Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook series or other services and resources from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.
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.
Panorama Education Partners with inspirED to Support Positive School Climate and Social-Emotional Learning
Grants available from Facebook’s inspirED initiative support school climate assessments for schools and districts using Panorama’s best-in-class survey and reporting platform
(Boston, MA) March 28, 2017 — Today, Panorama Education announces a partnership with inspirED, an initiative of Facebook, to support measurement and interventions for school climate and social-emotional learning in schools across the county. Panorama Education partners with school districts to survey students, staff, and families and to provide actionable data to school and district officials and teachers.
Schools and districts are invited to apply for the inspirED School Climate Assessment Grant through May 5, 2017. School Climate Assessment Grants provide financial support to schools and districts to use Panorama’s platform to measure school climate and social-emotional learning and to develop and implement interventions that support the holistic wellbeing and success of students. Panorama Education has partnered with inspirED to offer its school climate survey programs to awardees of the School Climate Assessment Grant.
“Panorama is delighted to partner with inspirED to help more school districts elevate their focus on school climate and social-emotional learning by using data-driven tools,” said Aaron Feuer, CEO of Panorama Education.
Schools and districts awarded with the inspirED School Climate Assessment Grants can partner with Panorama as a provider of a full range of measurement and analytics tools and support services. Panorama’s best-in-class survey and analytics platform includes national and peer benchmarks, data dashboards, heatmaps, and other visualization tools designed for educators. Panorama advises districts on data collection, data inquiry, and continuous improvement best practices.
In addition, all teachers and administrators in schools using Panorama through the inspirED School Climate Assessment Grants will gain access to Playbook, Panorama’s online community of teacher-driven classroom strategies. Playbook also includes social-emotional learning and school climate resources and materials for teachers from trusted organizations such as Character Lab and Open Circle.
For more information on inspirED School Climate Assessment Grants, visit the inspirED website. The grant application window is open until May 5, 2017.
About Panorama Education
Panorama Education partners with schools and districts to collect and analyze data about social-emotional learning, school climate, family engagement, and more. With research-backed surveys and a leading technology platform, Panorama helps educators act on data and improve student outcomes. Panorama has supported more than 6 million students in 6,500 schools across 40 states, including those in the New York City Department of Education, Dallas Independent School District, Seattle Public Schools, and San Francisco Unified School District. To learn more about Panorama Education, visit PanoramaEd.com.
Nepris Industry-School Connection Platform Wins AAP REVERE Award, Named Best Learning Resource in its Category
Volcano Explorers and the Path to Medical School; Nepris connects teachers and industry experts bringing relevance to the classroom and inspiring students with real-world career possibilities
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 — DALLAS –Nepris won the Association of American Publishers REVERE Award for Social-Emotional and Character Learning Resources. Nepris is a cloud-based platform connecting teachers with industry professionals and experts from around the world in live online chats that cover virtual field trips, Q & A with experts, project mentoring, topic discussions, project evaluations, and more. These sessions are highly interactive and bring relevance into the classroom, introduce students to role models, and inspire them towards careers they may never have known about or that they thought were unattainable. Click to Tweet.
For more than 50 years, the REVERE Awards (Recognizing Valuable Educational Resources) have identified the best content for educating learners on any platform – print, digital, or blended. The REVERE Awards evaluation process is rigorous with both educator and industry professional judges evaluating each entry. This year’s finalists and winners, extensively vetted by educators and learning resource industry professionals, are exciting and engaging products that include classroom resources, whole curriculum, magazines, and integrated marketing campaigns.
“Winning a REVERE Award is an extraordinary honor for our team at Nepris,” said Sabari Raja, co-founder and CEO of Nepris. “Every day, we match up teachers with experts and professionals who inspire students to dream big. This honor has also inspired us to dream even bigger, knowing that Nepris is changing students’ lives and helping them see career possibilities they may never have considered.”
Teachers can try Nepris for free and also view an unlimited number of archived videos of past sessions in the library or, sign up to request an individual speaker to meet virtually with the classroom. Industry groups and professionals also regularly offer sessions on timely topics such as The Rocky Road to Medical School, Volcano Explorers, and Television News from Beginning to (Possibly) the End.
See Nepris in action in this video.
Nepris is also winner of 2017 EdTechDigest Awards for Workforce Skills/Corporate Training Solution.
Austin-based Nepris provides an online platform to connect companies, professionals, and experts to expand education outreach to classrooms while providing teachers a way to reach out to and connect with professionals around the world. Over 100,000 students in 3,200 classrooms have been inspired through Nepris, which brings classroom learning to life in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the Arts. The finding, connecting, and meeting occurs online through the Nepris community. Sessions include interactive Q&As with working professionals, virtual field trips, project mentorships, and even live Shark Tanks. See Nepris in action or sign-up as a teacher or professional at Nepris.com.
About the Association of American Publishers
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) represents nearly four hundred member organizations including major commercial, digital learning, education and professional publishers alongside independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies. We represent the publishing industry’s legislative, regulatory, and trade priorities regionally, nationally and worldwide. These include copyright and related intellectual property rights, piracy and enforcement strategies, digital growth and related business models, funding for education and libraries, fair tax and trade policies, and freedom of expression and literacy debates. Publishers.org
Science and STEM Educators Win 2017 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards for their Innovative Use of Data-Collection Technology
Seven elementary through college level educators awarded prizes valued at $5,500 each
BEAVERTON, Oregon, March 27, 2017 — Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) announce the winners of the 2017 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. The seven educators—one elementary teacher, two middle school teachers, three high school teachers, and one college-level educator—were selected by a panel of NSTA-appointed experts as recipients of this annual award for their innovative use of data-collection technology in the science classroom.
Each winner will be formally recognized at the NSTA National Conference in Los Angeles, CA on March 31, 2017 and will receive $1,000 in cash, $3,000 in Vernier products, and up to $1,500 toward expenses to attend the conference.
“Each of this year’s winners exemplify how data-collection technology can transform the teaching and learning process in science and STEM classrooms,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “From hands-on investigations about renewable energy to the study of electric and magnetic field lines, the winning projects incorporate data-collection technology in innovative ways to engage students in meaningful, hands-on scientific discovery.”
This year’s Vernier/NSTA Technology Award winners include:
Category: Elementary School
Kathryn Eyolfson, Coyote Hills Elementary, Aurora, CO
STEM teacher Kathryn Eyolfson teaches her students about renewable and nonrenewable energy resources through inquiry and project-based learning. During one unit, fifth grade students utilize Vernier technology as they apply science and engineering practices to construct wind turbines with the KidWind Advanced Wind Turbine Kit.
Category: Middle School
Carrie Herndon, Metro East Montessori School, Granite City, IL
Each week, Carrie Herndon’s students engage in various hands-on data-collection investigations at a nearby 260-acre farm. In one investigation, students carefully observed a beehive on the farm, took pictures, and used a Vernier Motion Detector and Temperature Probe to collect and analyze data after they noticed the bees were behaving in an unusual manner.
Terra McMillan, Thomson Middle School, Centerville, GA
Using her school’s solar array and the associated monitoring database, along with Vernier probeware, Terra McMillan plans to implement even more inquiry-based, data-collection labs across all three of her school’s grade levels. For example, in seventh grade Life Science, students will use CO2 probes to analyze how plants act like solar panels during photosynthesis.
Category: High School
Amy Melby, Yuma High School, Yuma, CO
Physics students in Amy Melby’s class will participate in a study of the Greater Prairie-Chicken to better understand whether the addition of wind turbines in nearby sandhills pose an impact on the species. Students will record and analyze the various vocalizations produced by the birds, as well as the sounds generated by the turbines, using Vernier interfaces and sensors.
Hannah Erickson, Boston Day and Evening Academy, Roxbury, MA
Hannah Erickson’s school is located in a neighborhood of Boston with an asthma rate six times higher than the state average. Using Vernier interfaces and sensors, Erickson plans to have her students gather data about atmospheric CO2 levels, both in the school’s neighborhood and in a variety of other neighborhoods throughout the city to study the potential cause of this problem.
Dr. René Corrales, STAR Academic Center, Tucson, AZ
In Dr. René Corrales’ physics class, students use Vernier Voltage Probes and an LED as part of a hands-on investigation to study electric and magnetic field lines to see how those fields interact.
Donald Carpenetti, Craven Community College, New Bern, NC
In Donald Carpenetti’s Organic Chemistry II class, students are put in small groups to take part in original research projects involving data collection, such as developing a guided inquiry-based gas laws experiment incorporating pressure-sensing technology and evaluating a solid mixture.
To learn more about the Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards and to find details for the 2018 application, visit http://www.vernier.com/grants/nsta/.
About Vernier Software & Technology
Vernier Software & Technology has led the innovation of scientific data-collection technology for 36 years. Vernier was founded by a former physics teacher and employs educators at all levels of the organization. The company is committed to teachers and to developing creative ways to teach and learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using hands-on science. Vernier creates easy-to-use and affordable science interfaces, sensors, and graphing/analysis software. With worldwide distribution to over 140 countries, Vernier data loggers are used by educators and students from elementary school to university. Vernier technology-based solutions enhance STEM education, increase learning, build students’ critical thinking skills, and support the science and engineering practices detailed in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The Vernier business culture is grounded in Earth-friendly policies and practices, and the company provides a family-friendly workplace. For more information, visit http://www.vernier.com.
NEW YORK (March 27, 2017) – Schoology, the leader in learning management systems (LMS) for education, announced today that four of the largest and most innovative school districts are implementing Schoology’s market leading LMS. The company sees the increased demand for simple and intuitive software as the driver for extending its market leadership among K-12 districts.
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