Iowa’s Cardinal Community School District Announces Collaboration with Discovery Education Supporting School System’s New Instructional Framework

 

– Digital Streaming Service and Science and Social Studies Digital Textbooks Set for Integration Into Classroom Instruction Across the School System-

 

Silver Spring, MD (April 20, 2017) – Iowa’s Cardinal Community School District (CCSD) today announced a new partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. Through this collaboration, CCSD educators will support the district’s efforts to implement a new instructional framework by integrating Discovery Education’s award-winning digital content into everyday classroom instruction.

 

CCSD educators district-wide are currently implementing the Gradual Release of Responsibility Framework (GRRF), a research-based method of teaching that provides students more targeted, individualized instruction.  By delivering Discovery Education’s dynamic digital content through Chromebooks provided to students through the district’s 1-to-1 initiative, CCSD’s educators will be positioned to support the GRRF’s implementation with individualized instruction that develops the necessary skills and knowledge students need for future success.

 

Shortly, all CCSD’s educators will begin integrating Discovery Education Streaming Plus,  a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, into classroom activities. In addition, educators teaching grades four through eight will also soon begin incorporating Discovery Education’s award-winning Science Techbook™  and Social Studies Techbook™ into teaching and learning.

 

Discovery Education’s Techbooks are breakthrough digital textbooks that are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and are updated regularly at no cost. Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the 5E model, Discovery Education’s Science Techbook, through hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities, helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientists. The 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.

 

“At Cardinal Community School District, we are devoted to providing our students the necessary skills and knowledge to assure their success beyond graduation,” said CCSD Superintendent Joel Pederson. “We believe our new collaboration with Discovery Education provides our educators the rich, flexible content they need to build engaging, individualized learning experiences.”

 

To ensure each CCSD educator is fully supported in their transition to using this new digital content, Discovery Education experts will provide district educators robust professional development opportunities that will help them maximize their new resources to improve students’ academic achievement. Also, the Discovery Education Community will support CCSD’s educators’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community 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 excited to support the Cardinal Community School District’s quest to foster a rich community of lifelong learners,” said Discovery Education Consultant Cara Delbaum. “We look forward to working with Superintendent Pederson and his entire team to create authentic digital learning spaces that support the successful implementation of the Gradual Release of Responsibility Framework.”

 

For more information about Discovery Education Techbooks, Discovery Education Streaming Plus, or other services and resources from Discovery Education, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

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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.

 

 

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Fuel Education Reimagines Credit Recovery Curriculum to Motivate Students to Stay on Course

 

Designed for the “at-promise” student who needs to earn credit,

FuelEd’s new adaptive curriculum features rich multi-media and motivational learning objects 

 

Herndon, Virginia, April 20, 2017 — A student’s ninth-grade “status” is the best indicator of whether or not he or she will graduate. The University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research found that students who are on-track after their freshman year are more than three and one-half times more likely to graduate from high school in four years than students who are off-track. To help engage and motivate students who need help staying on track for graduation, Fuel Educationâ (FuelEdâ) is launching a new, credit recovery curriculum for blended and online learning available this fall.

 

The new FuelEd Credit Recovery Curriculum features a modern design with interactive content, adaptive release technology, growth mindset and social emotional exercises to teach grit, and powerful analytic tools—all available in a mobile and accessible learning environment.

 

The courses are designed for students who need to recover credits in order to graduate, but learned enough to make a complete repetition of the course unnecessary. All courses are broken down into modules, each of which starts with a pre-test to evaluate the student’s existing knowledge. If a student demonstrates mastery during the module’s pre-test, the courses’ adaptive release of content allows the student to advance within the course to where he or she needs to be. For added support and motivation, FuelEd embedded content to teach students about grit and to help them develop a growth mindset and social emotional learning practices.

 

“We believe that ‘at-promise’ students sometimes need additional support to overcome obstacles in their education. With the new credit recovery curriculum, we are pleased to provide our school and district partners rich, interactive content and tools to help them better engage students so they can stay on the path to graduation,” said Gregg Levin, Fuel Education’s General Manager.

 

The new courses also include English Language Learners (ELL) support, including non-linguistic representation of content, audio demonstrations and pre-teaching of key vocabulary in both English and Spanish.

 

The FuelEd Credit Recovery Curriculum can be taught by district teachers or FuelEd’s certified teachers. Its advanced analytic tools include visual dashboards to make it easy for teachers to see how a class is performing as a whole or how individual students are progressing through courses. Teachers can generate personalized reports to drive targeted remediation for individual students or small groups.

 

The new curriculum will be released in phases, beginning with Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, English 9, English 10, and Spanish 1 in the fall, including updated health and physical education courses. FuelEd offers a total of 19 credit recovery courses. To learn more, click here to watch a video.  To view a short demo, click here.

 

About Fuel Education

Fuel Educationâ partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K through 12th grade that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. Its open, easy-to-use Personalized Learning Platform, PEAK™, enables teachers to customize courses using their own content, FuelEd courses and titles, third-party content, and open educational resources. Fuel Education serves more than 2,000 school districts, offering one of the industry’s largest catalogs of K–12 digital curriculum, certified instruction, professional development, and educational services. To learn more, visit fueleducation.com and Twitter.

 

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

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myON Named Best Digital and Media Literacy Solution by the Association of American Publishers

The personalized literacy solution was selected as a 2017 REVERE Award honoree in the Classroom category

(Minneapolis, MN) April 20, 2017 – myON today announced that it has been honored by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) with the 2017 REVERE Award for the Best in Digital and Media Literacies. As one of many in a diverse group of innovative and rich educational resources in the Classroom category, myON’s win showcases the exceptional quality and vision of the personalized literacy environment that promotes literacy growth and students’ ownership of their learning.

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 curricula, magazines, and integrated marketing campaigns.

“We are truly honored to receive this award from an organization as prestigious as AAP,” said Todd Brekhus, president of myON. “This recognition reinforces myON’s continued commitment to providing students with the tools they need to succeed. We are dedicated to creating lifelong readers and truly making anytime and anywhere learning a reality for all.”

REVERE Award winners will be honored on May 25th at a special awards dinner, AAP Celebrates the Golden Lamp Awards and the Lamplighter Honors, held at the annual Content in Context (CIC) conference in Philadelphia. CIC provides practical, actionable insights on content, marketing, and business strategy for learning companies.

A full list of REVERE Awards winners can be found here.  Find out more about the REVERE Awards on Twitter using @REVEREAwards and #REVEREAwards.

 

About myON

myON develops personalized literacy solutions that create collaborative learning opportunities for students worldwide. myON expands the classroom for teachers and students by providing unlimited access to a collection of more than 13,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, daily news articles, real-time assessments, and a suite of literacy tools. myON empowers students and teachers with real-time, actionable data—number and type of books and articles opened and read, time spent reading, results of regular benchmark assessments, and more—based on embedded Lexile® assessments that measure student reading growth and engagement. With myON, every student experiences the benefits of personalized literacy instruction while empowering them to take ownership for their own growth. For more information, please visit myON.com.

About the Association of American Publishers

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) represents nearly 400 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.

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Nepris for Schools Hosts Series of 4 Virtual Chats with AT&T Professionals

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 — Nepris is hosting a four-part series April 27-May 8 exploring careers within AT&T’s finance, retail, marketing, and instructional design fields. K-12 students will hear from employees about their career paths and the skills needed to launch successful careers.

Register at: http://bit.ly/2oldGXa for any of these four sessions hosted by AT&T.

Nepris virtually connects industry professionals with classrooms via online, interactive sessions that bring relevance and real-world application to lesson plans. Students get to ask questions and learn about topics and connect classroom learning to the world at work. Nepris offers a scalable way for schools to help students develop a path to careers in technical fields after graduation or be better prepared to enter college.

Teachers with premium Nepris access can sign up for any or all of these sessions. Teachers wishing to explore can set up a free account to engage with one live virtual session with their students and they may access unlimited pre-recorded sessions

AT&T Series: Careers in Finance
Jason M Zollmann shares his career journey to AT&T’s finance team and show students how to develop the skills needed to work in the field.
April 27 | 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT Audience: Grades 6-12

AT&T Series: Careers at an AT&T Retail Store
Charles Palisoc describes what it’s like to work in an AT&T retail store and why students may consider launching their careers in retail.
May 1 | 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT Audience: Grades 9-12

AT&T Series: Careers in Marketing and Communications
Bret Patterson shares the skills and education required to launch a successful career in the field of marketing and communications by talking about his career in employee communications at AT&T.
May 4 | 1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT Audience: Grades 9-12

AT&T Series: Careers in Instructional Design
Instructional design combines web development, video production, graphic design, and adult learning theory. Kristin Heath discusses her personal career in the field and demonstrates how to create a web-based training.
May 8 | 1:00pm ET / 10:00am PT Audience: Grades 6-12

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Follett to Host K-12 Literacy Conference June 22 in Illinois

Award-winning lineup of authors, hands-on professional development highlight event

 

MCHENRY, Ill., April 19, 2017 – Follett, in partnership with Northern Illinois University (NIU), will host a literacy conference event that features an impressive array of award-winning authors and is designed to give K-12 educators access to hands-on professional development. Titled “ReadingCon: Collaborating for Literacy,” the conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CDT) on Thursday, June 22 at NIU Conference Center in Naperville, Ill.

The conference will be led by Shannon McClintock Miller, a highly recognized and respected K-12 library leader who previously was a district teacher librarian in Iowa and is author of the blog, The Library Voice. Miller is a spokesperson for Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect, a national initiative sponsored by Follett to advocate for school libraries and elevate the role of the librarian in K-12 schools.

“The conference focus will be on literacy and how we, as education stewards, can make a difference in the students we serve,” Miller said. “We also want to bring educators together to discuss the topics that are trending in today’s K-12 market.”

Among the many authors confirmed to participate are writer-artist Gene Luen Yang, who was named the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2016-17; Kwame Alexander, a poet, educator and New York Times best-selling author; plus Tim Green, Jennifer L. Holm, Neal Schusterman, and many others.

The authors will participate in breakout sessions, giving attendees a chance to collaborate with both them and fellow educators about literacy strategies in K-12 schools.

Early-bird registration is available until Friday, May 5 for $75 per person, and includes:

 

  • Keynote speeches from Gene Luen Yang and Kwame Alexander
  • Literacy breakout workshops with featured authors and presenters
  • 7.5 clock hours of professional development credit (certificate provided)
  • Author book signings
  • Giveaways and education material handouts
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Bookstore (with author titles and more available for sale)

 

To register for the conference, or for more information, visit www.stemread.com/readingcon.

 

For more information about Follett, visit www.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.

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Schoology Adds New Enhanced Question Types to Assessments
Educators have more options for personalization when creating curriculum and assessments
 

NEW YORK (April 19, 2017) – Education technology is accelerating how we measure student progress and prepare students for the future. Schoology, the leader in learning management systems (LMS) for education, today announced a new feature that enhances the experience and expands the choice educators have when building curriculum and assessments. With these new features, Schoology provides educators the flexibility to assess and impact individual student progress more effectively than ever before.

For the full release, click here.
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North College Hill City Schools is Making Schools Safer and Reducing Risk with PublicSchoolWORKS StudentWatch Suite

The reporting and management tools are helping to streamline the district’s protocols for student behavior, bullying, violence and accidents

Cincinnati, OH (April 19, 2017) — How a district responds to student safety concerns can have great influence on the learning environment, the community’s trust in the district and the district’s insurance premiums and budget. To ensure it is prepared to act swiftly and effectively if bullying, threats of violence or harmful accidents occur, North College Hill City Schools has implemented the award-winning StudentWatch Suite from PublicSchoolWORKS. The system makes the reporting, investigation and resolution of these incidents easier for administrators to manage, thus making school sites safer and reducing risk for the district.

North College Hill City Schools was already using PublicSchoolWORKS’ online staff safety training to make sure all employees learned safety skills and the district was compliant with training mandates, but this is the first year the district is using StudentWatch.

“Administrators knew the value of moving processes online,” said Blalock. “That’s why I was surprised to find they were still handwriting behavior reports, as well as bullying and accident reports. At my previous district, I saw the positive impact of using StudentWatch for electronic reporting and tracking, so I knew we had to implement it here.”

StudentWatch’s Student Behavior Management System has streamlined the reporting and management of student behaviors. When a teacher submits a referral for a major infraction or a documentation report for a minor infraction, the system automatically emails a building level administrator to investigate. Once the administrator meets with the student and, if necessary, assigns a consequence for their behavior, the administrator can communicate resolution with the teacher who filed the report so everyone remains updated. The system also has a positive behavior report teacher use to praise students for exceeding expectations.

“When I log into the Student Behavior Management System, I see all the reports teachers and administrators have submitted, which allows me to track what’s going on in each of our buildings and get a lay of the land,” said Blalock. “I can look for trends in types of misconduct, as well as see if there are certain classrooms or grade levels in which infractions keep occurring. It’s already helped guide discussions about how we can better support students, and it’s going to help plan upcoming professional development, as well.”

StudentWatch’s Student Bullying and Student Safety Reporting Systems allow students and parents to report instances of bullying and other safety concerns online or by telephone.  Once a report is submitted, building administrators are immediately contacted to review the report and begin an investigation.  Students also have access to national crisis hotlines to provide support as appropriate.

“If students or parents contact us about bullying or any student safety concern, we immediately direct them to report it via the appropriate system because if it’s not in the system, I can’t ensure it is being investigated,” said Blalock. “We’ve had parents and students report bullying and rumors of a fight and because both were reported in the system, our administration was able to intervene.”

StudentWatch is also equipped with the Student Accident Management System to use in the event of a student, visitor or contractor accident. Teachers or administrators complete an online accident report including details of the accident, witness statements, other supporting information, and if any first aid was administered. As reports are submitted, the system immediately notifies key administrators to conduct follow-up activities such as contacting the student’s family, if appropriate. Administration can then analyze reports for trends or problem areas and use this information to implement preventative action.

About PublicSchoolWORKS

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 sales@publicschoolworks.com.

 

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