Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Expert Dr. Amanda Nickerson leads Webinar on the Importance of Building SEL Strengths in Students


Webinar hosted by Aperture Education April 25, 2017


Charlotte N.C. (April 5, 2017) — Understanding and building on students’ social-emotional strengths is key to helping them reach their full potential. SEL expert Dr. Amanda Nickerson will lead a free webinar at 2 p.m. EDT on April 25, 2017 to help educators understand the advantages of focusing on social and emotional strengths. Dr. Nickerson will also discuss strength-based assessment measures and how this data can link to interventions. To register for the webinar, which is hosted by social-emotional learning (SEL) company Aperture Education, visit


Dr. Nickerson is a professor of school psychology and director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention at the State University of New York’s University of Buffalo campus. Her research focuses on school violence and bullying, and the critical role that schools, peers, and families play in preventing violence and building the social-emotional strengths of youth. Dr. Nickerson is also an author, a licensed psychologist, a nationally certified school psychologist, and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. She also serves as Coordinator of Research for the National Association of School Psychologists.


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.


“Strong social and emotional skills help students in every aspect of life, from building healthy relationships or coping with stress, to improving their social and academic development,” said Aperture Education CEO Jessica Adamson. “Our webinar with Dr. Nickerson will help participants learn more about why SEL strengths are so important and will help them get the most out of the SEL programs at their own schools.”


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



 Discovery Education Invites School Leaders to Participate in One of Nine Regional Principal Summits


– No-Cost Professional Development Events Designed Specifically for Principals and Vice Principals to Strengthen Participants’ Educational Leadership and Practice-


Silver Spring, Md. (April 5, 2017) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, invites Principals and Vice-Principals across North America to participate in one of nine Regional Principal Summits being held in the United States and Canada this year. A series of free, full-day professional development events, Discovery Education’s Regional Principal Summits will introduce attendees to a host of new strategies for using technology to energize and refine their role as lead learners and will offer opportunities for Principals and Vice Principals to explore ways to create dynamic digital learning environments in their schools.


The first two Regional Principal Summits will be held simultaneously on April 28th in Columbia, South Carolina and Arlington Heights, Illinois. Following a continental breakfast, each Summit will begin with opening remarks from the host and a motivational session to frame the day, which will be followed by breakout sessions presented by area school leaders. Discovery Education will provide lunch on-site, and during this time attendees can reflect on the morning sessions and network with their fellow Principals and Vice-Principals.


In the afternoon, attendees will hear about a host of regional topics from a featured local Principal and will learn about new resources for making the transition from using hardcopy textbooks as a core instructional resource to using dynamic digital content to engage students and transform teaching and learning. For additional information on the 2017 Regional Principal Summit series, click here.


“As a Principal seeking to build a digital culture at my school, I have unique professional development needs,” said Rachael Postle-Brown from Pinewood Elementary School at Jenison Public Schools in Michigan. “I am looking forward to attending one of Discovery Education’s Regional Principal Summits, as these events will enhance my ability to help educators at my school create the modern digital classrooms that assist students in developing the skills they need for college, careers, and citizenship.”


The Regional Principal Summits are organized by the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals that connects members across school systems and around the world, the Discovery Education Community leverages a blend of social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events to foster valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration among participants.


“Discovery Education understands the critical role Principals and Vice-Principals play in encouraging teachers to innovate in the classroom,” said Lance Rougeux, Discovery Education’s Vice President of Learning Communities and Innovation. “We are pleased to support this series of Regional Principal Summits.  By learning about new resources and technologies, sharing strategies for making the digital transition, and by the connecting to one another, attendees will be poised to return to their schools and create a culture in which educational technologies and digital content can help transform teaching and learning.”


For more information about Discovery Education’s Regional Principal Summits, the Discovery Education Community, or other services and resources from Discovery Education, visit




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



Impero Software’s partner, SafeBAE, launches ‘Quit This Shit’ Campaign

Aimed at Stopping Teen Survivor Harassment and Re-victimization 


Created with the teen sexual-assault survivors from the Netflix documentary Audrie & Daisy, the video and website will be pushed out via social media channels 


Simi Valley, CA,  April 4th, 2017 – To call attention to Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the co-founders of SafeBAE, who are also the subjects of the Netflix Documentary Audrie & Daisy, will launch Quit This Shit, a new campaign to raise awareness about, and put an end to, the online harassment and re-victimization of teen sexual-assault survivors.  As a partner, Impero supports SafeBAE and its efforts to keep teens and all students safe online.


SafeBAE is announcing the Quit This Shit Campaign in New York City when the four SafeBAE co-founders (Daisy Coleman, Jada Smith, Ella Fairon and Daisy’s brother, Charlie Coleman) will speak to students at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, Long Island and at The Lab School in Manhattan. The co-founders will talk with the students about sexual assault prevention, bystander intervention, enthusiastic and positive consent, survivor self-care and Title IX rights as they relate to teen survivors.


Daisy, Jada, and Ella were sexually assaulted when they were high school students which led them to found SafeBAE in 2016. Being sexual assault survivors and now peer educators and activists themselves makes them especially driven and uniquely positioned to successfully shift teen culture around topics of consent, prevention, intervention and survivor rights.


Most of SafeBAE’s work is spent touring the country and speaking creatively and age-appropriately to students in middle and high school about concrete ways to dismantle rape culture.  All school presentations are supported by SafeBAE’s educational videos and Title IX PSA.


The Quit This Shit campaign is comprised of the #QuitThisShit video ( and website (


The video was created to catch the attention of SafeBAE’s audience – fellow students ages 12-18 – and to talk about the dangerous impact of social media harassment after a sexual assault.  The SafeBAE team is featured in the video along with a dozen teens who read the actual texts and DMs Daisy, Jada and Ella received after their assaults. “We need to make people understand that what they write, share and comment on over social media contributes to destroying survivors’ lives.  My harassment was as harmful to me as my assault and it brought me to want to end my life multiple times,” Daisy shared. “SafeBAE’s mission in the video is to stop the shit talking and re-victimization after an assault is discovered or reported.”


Ella added, “SafeBAE and Quit This Shit are different from other consent education and bystander intervention programs and campaigns because we are using peer-to-peer education and positive reinforcement to shift culture around consent and the online harassment that happens to victims in the aftermath of an assault.  We came together so that other survivors would know they are not alone. They will get through this, just like we did.”


The Quit This Shit website hosts the main video, as well as additional campaign videos, the pledge to ‘not talk shit,’ and links connecting users to SafeBAE’s activist resources to help viewers change rape culture in their schools and communities.


“We cannot afford to wait until college to have discussions about consent and healthy relationships,” Jada said. “Consent workshops in college are too late to make real and lasting change when so many kids are becoming sexually active earlier and when ideas about intimacy, relationships and sex are formed in adolescence.”


Impero Software, which provides network administration, classroom management and internet safety software to schools, partnered with SafeBAE earlier this year to update Impero’s libraries of keywords relating to sexting, grooming and cyberbullying, and create a new keyword library relating to sexual assault. Impero’s software creates an alert if students use any of the keywords or phrases found in the libraries while using devices on the school network. Educators are then able to view the students’ comments and internet searches in context to determine the appropriate next steps.


“Our goal is to provide schools with tools and resources to keep students safe. This includes keeping them safe from sexting, sexual assault, or related cyberbullying,” said Impero CEO Sam Pemberton. “Our partnership with SafeBAE is already helping to do this. We hope this new campaign and outreach by SafeBAE’s founders will bring even more awareness to these important issues.”


In Audrie & Daisy, Charlie, Daisy’s older brother, shares his voice as a family member, an ally, and a coach and mentor to young athletes. Charlie has said of his involvement with SafeBAE, “If I can inspire one boy to intervene, one girl to speak out, or save one life, it’ll all have been worth it.”


Impero Software

Impero Software offers remote monitoring and management software, relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, it is accessed via one million computers in over 70 countries. In the UK it has a 40 percent market share of high schools and is used by more than 500 U.S. districts.


Impero’s cutting edge software consolidates a range of powerful classroom, network and device management features, enabling schools and colleges to reduce costs and improve both staff and student productivity. Its online safety functionality uses keyword detection technology to help schools safeguard students online.


For more information visit:



SafeBAE (

SafeBAE is the only national survivor-founded organization which works exclusively with middle and high-school students to educate 12-18 year olds about positive consent, dating violence, sexual assault prevention, re-victimization and bystander intervention, survivor self-care, and survivor rights under Title IX.


Audrie & Daisy Documentary: The film features the stories of all of the co-founders of SafeBAE and their initial meeting. It was shown at Sundance 2016 and was released on Netflix this past September. (See the trailer or watch it on Netflix. You can also read Variety’s review.)




Twitter: @quit_this_shit

Instagram: @quit.this.shit_safebae





April 5, 2017The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) Board of Directors has named Richard Culatta as its CEO. Culatta is the former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education and currently serves as chief innovation officer for the state of Rhode Island. He has devoted his entire professional life to education, is a longtime ISTE member and is a past recipient of the ISTE “Making IT Happen” award.

ISTE is the premier membership organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world.

“Richard believes the appropriate use of technology in learning is an impactful solution for many of the critical issues facing education today. His experience in, deep knowledge of and passion for education and technology make him a perfect fit to lead ISTE,” says Mila Thomas Fuller, Ed.D., ISTE board president and assistant director of online learning at the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “We also thank Cheryl Scott Williams for her wonderful job leading the organization during this transition period.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead ISTE. I’m particularly excited about bringing a renewed focus to the impact of the ISTE community, increasing the value of ISTE membership and highlighting the importance of the ISTE voice on key education topics,” Culatta says. “I want to prioritize ISTE’s ability to demonstrate how technology can close opportunity gaps and provide solutions to some of the most critical issues in education.”

Culatta has led learning innovations in K-12, higher education, and workplace learning environments. Most recently, his role in Rhode Island has focused on demonstrating new approaches for government to address key issues, including bringing computer science to all students, reducing college costs through open-licensed textbooks and creating a state vision for personalized learning.

Leading the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, he was at the helm of numerous efforts to expand connectivity to schools across the country, promote personalized learning and develop the National Education Technology Plan. He also pioneered new ways for the department to engage with educators and tech developers.

Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as an education policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.  Before his work with the federal government, Culatta was the learning technologies adviser for the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University, where he redesigned the technology component of the teacher prep program. He also served as the director of operations for the Rose Education Foundation, which brought the first internet connections to schools in rural Guatemala.

Culatta earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish teaching and a master’s in educational psychology and technology, both from Brigham Young University. He is the father of four children and is married to renowned violinist Shaundra Culatta.


About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.

Innovative offerings include the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age — as well as the ISTE Conference & Expo — the world’s most comprehensive edtech event. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources feature online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit Subscribe to ISTE’s YouTube channel and connect with ISTE on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.


CoSN Launches New Peer-to-Peer Resource for District Leaders
Program Will Connect School Leaders with Experienced Professionals to Ensure Technology Efforts are on Track

Washington, DC (April 4, 2017) – School system leaders need guidance to advance and achieve their technology goals. To support their efforts, CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) today announced the development of its Peer Review service – a program that leverages CoSN’s national Framework for School System Technology Success

District leaders who participate in the program will work closely with and receive feedback from an experienced team of education technology professionals. Leveraging the Framework, the Peer Review Team will visit a school system to identify what the district is doing well as well as the areas for improvement to move their technology efforts forward. CoSN unveiled the new service today at its 2017 Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.
“For school leaders, there is often no more of a valuable resource than professional peers – particularly those educators who have achieved robust, modern learning settings,” said Tom B. Ryan, Chair of CoSN, CISO of Sante Fe Public Schools & CEO of eLearn Institute. “This unique service will provide district leaders with comprehensive feedback and a roadmap to ensure their technology plans get and stay on track.” 
The Peer Review process will include the following phases:  
  • Advanced Preparation. Ahead of the site visit, the CoSN team leader will work with a district representative to collect information, schedule interviews, set up meeting facilities and address preliminary questions pertinent to the review for analysis. The full team will develop an agenda that maximizes their time onsite. 
  • Site Visit: Fieldwork. A Peer Review Team comprising two-to-three experienced education technology leaders will visit a district to assess the school system’s operations. 
  • Site Visit: Days One and Two. The Peer Review Team will spend the first meeting confirming priorities with the lead sponsor, followed by interviews with key district leaders. This information will then be evaluated against the Framework. 
  • Day Three. The Peer Review Team will provide a verbal assessment of their findings to the district senior leader and discuss initial feedback. 
  • Post Consultancy Report. A full written report summarizing observations and detailing the team assessment evaluation will then be prepared by the group leader and submitted to the participating district within two weeks.
“Moving through a digital conversion is a complex process across an entire school system,” said Steve Langford, Chief Information Officer, Beaverton School District, OR. “The CoSN Peer Review offering will support school technology leaders with the resources and information they need to succeed. Experienced leaders will apply their combined knowledge and background to assist school districts in assessing their capabilities and advancing a digital conversion successfully.” 
To learn more about the new program, please visit:
About CoSN 
CoSN is the premier voice and resource for K-12 education technology leaders nationwide. Serving more than 13 million students in America’s school systems, CoSN provides education leaders with the tools and relationships to leverage technology and advance modern, engaging learning environments. Visit cosn.orgto find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and events, advocacy and policy,membership, and the CETL certification exam.