A FREE webinar, “The Keys to College Readiness” , this Friday, April 28th from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.led by New Frontiers in Learning’s Director, Samantha Feinman.

The presentation will answer such questions as:

  • What are the differences between high school and college?
  • What are some of the ways in which college students with varied learning differences can struggle with the transition?
  • What are the key skills necessary to develop prior to making the transition?

The webinar will end with a 15 minute Q & A (questions will be answered on a first-come, first-served basis).

Register here!

For more information about our College Readiness program, Individualized College Transition Plan, or ongoing Academic and Executive Functioning support, give us a call at(646) 558-0085, email us at info@nfil.net, or visit us at www.nfil.net.


Small Kansas Elementary School

Beats Odds to Win Grand Prize in

Sixth Annual Follett Challenge

‘Learning with Cattle’ Program Earns School $60,000 in Follett Products, Services


MCHENRY, Ill., April 26, 2017 – Located 80 miles northeast of Wichita with a proud population of approximately 460 residents, Strong City, Kansas is renowned for its production of agriculture and cattle, and as annual host of the Flint Hills Rodeo. Now, the rural town’s elementary school will be known as the grand-prize winner of the sixth annual Follett Challenge, a contest sponsored by Follett seeking the most innovative K-12 programs teaching 21st-century skills in today’s schools.

For its winning entry, Chase County Elementary School—part of Chase County USD 284 with an enrollment of 180 students—earns a $60,000 prize in Follett products and services plus a celebration at their school.

Judges for the Follett Challenge singled out the school’s program, “Learning with Cattle”, which finds the students learning valuable STEM lessons and 21st-century skills through projects involving the community and the local cattle industry. Fifth-grade students purchase, raise and sell calves to earn a profit, while learning by doing with the help of the community, use of technology, and creative approaches to solving problems.

“It is incredible that a small rural school from Kansas can be the Grand Prize winner!” exclaimed Pam Bevan, Principal, Chase County Elementary School. “I am very proud of our students, staff, and community. This goes to show that no matter how the odds may be stacked against you, when you always give your best effort, good things will happen.”

Rachel Matile’s fifth-grade class raises cattle to help teach required standards and foste


21st-century skills


“This project requires complex decision making, problem solving, and cooperation,” Matile said. “These kids are taking responsibility for purchasing the calves, doing chores during the school days and on weekends, and eventually selling them for a profit at the local sale barn. They’re applying math, science and problem-solving skills along the way as they purchase feed, keep track of expenses, make needed repairs to the barn and face whatever situation comes along.

“Communication skills are required in everything they do, as they document successes and challenges every day. The kids work with real ranchers, and local feed and hardware stores where they must demonstrate consistent communication skills in person, on the phone and in written correspondence.”

According to Britten Follett, Vice President of Marketing at Follett School Solutions, the Chase County Elementary program demonstrates true innovation in preparing students for life beyond the classroom. “Written and oral communication skills, real-world math and science, and technology skills are just a few of the specific standards students are meeting as they raise their calves. The way this program involves the community and engages students in complex problem solving thoroughly impressed our judges,” Follett said.

Bevan said winning the Follett Challenge’s top prize will allow Chase County Elementary—challenged by budgetary constraints as many schools are today—to develop a makerspace (a work space where students create, learn, collaborate and explore) and stock it with resources from Follett. “We also plan to build up our library with books for reading instruction and Follett Lightbox materials to support our science and social studies curriculum,” Bevan said.

“Without the Follett Challenge,” Matile added, “the makerspace room we envision would never come to fruition.”

Last month, the Follett Challenge announced Chase County Elementary was one of three semifinalists along with Highland Junior High School in Mesa, Ariz., and Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola, Fla. The other two schools each earn $30,000 in Follett products and services.

Follett Challenge entrants must complete an online application and submit a video describing their program. The contestrewards groundbreaking educational programs by seekingapplications illustrating critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration. All K-12 schools/districts, public and private, in the U.S. and Canada are eligible to apply.

For more information about the Follett Challenge, visit www.follettchallenge.com; for more on Follett, visit www.follettlearning.com.

Note to editors: Video footage available at this link.


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 privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois.



Measured Progress Awarded Contract for Maryland High School Assessments
Updated assessment program includes extensive input from Maryland educators

DOVER, N.H.—April 26, 2017The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has awarded Measured Progress a six-year contract for its Maryland High School Assessments (HSAs) in Science and Government.

Measured Progress comes to the project with extensive related experience on high school tests and the new challenging science standards. Its content specialists were among the first to write innovative assessment materials addressing the multiple dimensions of the standards.

For the full news release, please click here.


Students with High-Functioning Autism Make Great Strides in
World Language Education Using Rosetta Stone


ARLINGTON, VA (April 25, 2017) – When one walks the halls of Gateway Academy, it’s not uncommon to hear conversations taking place in languages from all over the world. For these Twice-Exceptional students (those with high-functioning autism), access to a world language program has unlocked a passion for learning and is helping students excel. By bringing technology into its classrooms through Rosetta Stone (NYSE: RST) digital programs, teachers at Gateway are effectively addressing the primary challenges facing their students: extremely short attention spans, and a wide spectrum of learning abilities and pace. The online learning solution plays to each student’s individual strengths, allowing them to learn at their own pace—and they are making great strides, with some students completing two years of study in this school year alone.

“Most of our students are exceptionally bright, but have various learning and social and emotional skill levels,” said O. Robin Sweet, founder, Executive Director and CEO of Gateway Academy. “It’s amazing to see how engaged they are with the Rosetta Stone program. Technology has really allowed them to excel, and I truly believe we have some future linguists among us!”

Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Gateway began using Rosetta Stone in its classrooms in July 2016. Learning a second language is required for all grades—Spanish for grades K-5; French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch or Portuguese for middle school; and Japanese, Russian, Korean, Hebrew or any of the more than 20 languages offered in grades 9-12.  Students have the opportunity to spend 40 minutes a day, up to five days a week in an interactive language lab where they learn not only a new language, but also about its culture and traditions, through group projects and research papers.

Many students struggle with basic learning tasks, such as coming to class prepared, turning in homework, meeting deadlines and time management. World Language Lab teacher Jessica Ahl added, “Integrating technology into our program has made a significant impact with both the students and parents who are seeing the impact that learning a second language is having.” Students recently presented a commercial written and performed in their language of study to see if their classmates could figure out the meaning (the commercial was then performed in English) and are now working on a cookbook of native dishes representing their language’s country of origin that have been prepared in class throughout the school year.

Matt Hall, Vice President of Enterprise and Education at Rosetta Stone notes that it is because of Gateway’s similar approach to learning that makes the digital product an effective tool for its student body. “Like Rosetta Stone, learning at Gateway is tailored to the unique needs of the students and is the perfect combination of strengths-based, self-paced and individualized instruction. The result is a game changer for both students and faculty.”


“These are complicated kids, but their potential is out of this world,” added Sweet. “It’s our job to try to draw out their gifts by providing effective tools and resources, which enable them to find success.”

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About Gateway Academy

Gateway Academy was founded in 2005 by O. Robin Sweet and Dr. Thomas Bloom, as a 501c3 not for profit corporation. We are an approved K-12th Grade Private Day School by the Arizona Department of Education. AdvancEd accredited. SEVIS approved for accepting International Students. School of Excellence awarded 2006-Present by the National Association of Special Education Teachers. Chapter of the National Honor Society. International affiliation with Jolly Nobel Chinese Exchange Program. School Choice Leadership Award 2016. National School Choice Proclamations from Governor Doug Ducey and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane.


​Gateway Academy offers students an academic curriculum that is challenging and structured; rich in its academic offerings, and nurturing in its approach to fostering personal growth, responsibility and independence. The Gateway community: students, faculty, staff and families, alike, work collaboratively to help students discover and develop their individual gifts and strengths, become self-advocates and realize their full potential. A safe, thoughtfully prepared sensory sensitive environment encourages mutual trust, respect, and acceptance among those in its school community.

About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta 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.



Strada Education Network Announces $6.5 Million Gift to the

Jackie Robinson Foundation to Support Expansion of the Foundation’s

Scholarship Program and The Jackie Robinson Museum


NEW YORK (March 6, 2017) Strada Education Network, formerly USA Funds, tonight announced

a $6.5 million grant to the Jackie Robinson Foundation to support its mission of education and

leadership development. The grant is the largest single donation to JRF since its founding by

Rachel Robinson in 1973, the year after the death of her husband, sports and social justice icon

Jackie Robinson.


The grant will fund 30 JRF Scholars, allow the Foundation to launch a substantial expansion of its

celebrated college success program, and cap off the fundraising goal for the construction of the

Jackie Robinson Museum, which will host educational programs for people of all ages.


The grant was announced onstage tonight during the Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner by

William D. Hansen, president and CEO of Strada Education Network, Della Britton Baeza,

president and CEO of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and JRF board member Ziad Ojakli.

“We are honored to support this three‐pronged initiative to perpetuate Jackie Robinson’s legacy

of promoting equal opportunity in education,” Hansen said. “Highly motivated, low‐income and

first‐generation students of color will benefit from scholarships and support to help them

navigate a path through college to fulfilling careers and leadership roles in their

communities. The Museum will also be a center for advancing the social justice issues, including

the achievement gap in higher education, that Jackie and Rachel Robinson so courageously



Britton stated, “The Jackie Robinson Foundation is extremely grateful for Strada Education

Network’s generosity and very excited about this partnership, given Strada Education’s

impressive record of support for postsecondary education and the successful transition from

college to the workplace. I am confident that this partnership will inform the national dialogue

on closing the achievement gap in higher education. We also welcome Strada Education’s

participation in development of the Jackie Robinson Museum’s educational programs.”

With Strada Education’s support, JRF will increase its impact by enlarging the current cohort of

240 JRF Scholars, launching a program expansion that will reach thousands of students of color

across the country within three years, and educating and inspiring visitors from all walks of life

to the new Jackie Robinson Museum, the groundbreaking for which is being scheduled for

Spring 2017.


About the Strada Education Network

Strada Education Network, formerly USA Funds, is a new kind of nonprofit organization that

takes a fresh approach to improving the college‐to‐career connection. Through a unique

combination of strategic philanthropy, research and insights, and innovative solutions, Strada

Education Network advances Completion With a Purpose, building a more purposeful path for

America’s students to rewarding careers and fulfilling lives. Learn more at StradaEducation.org.


About the Jackie Robinson Foundation

Founded by Rachel Robinson in 1973 to perpetuate the memory of Jackie Robinson, the Jackie

Robinson Foundation (JRF), is a public, non‐profit organization, that administers one of the

nation’s premier education and leadership development programs for minority college students.

In addition to four‐years of generous financial assistance, JRF offers a comprehensive set of

support services that has led to a consistent, nearly 100% graduation rate, more than twice the

national average for African American college students. The 1,500 JRF alumni are proven leaders

in their communities and across a broad range of professional fields ‐‐ and true ambassadors of

Jackie Robinson’s legacy of service and humanitarianism. JRF has disbursed over $70 million in

grants and direct program support to students who have attended over 225 different colleges and

universities across the country.


The Jackie Robinson Foundation is engaged currently in building the Jackie Robinson Museum,

which will be located in New York City and include a robust online component. The Museum will

chronicle the baseball legend’s storied athletic career and his defining, long‐lasting impact across

society through state‐of‐the‐art exhibits, precious artifacts, film and other media. This permanent

tribute to Jackie Robinson’s pioneering baseball legacy and role in the Civil Rights Movement, will

serve also as an activity‐oriented venue, a destination for innovative educational programming

and a place for vibrant dialogue on critical social issues.



IO Education Earns Two BESSIE Awards from ComputED Gazette

Leader in educational software recognized for outstanding solutions that empower educators to enrich teaching and learning

ATLANTA – April 24, 2017 – IO Education, a market leader in helping educators use data to improve outcomes, has received two awards from ComputED Gazette’s 23rd Annual Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIE). IO Insights won Best Districtwide Data Reporting Website, and IO Assessment won Best Online Assessment Solution.

The BESSIE Awards by ComputED Gazette honor innovative and content-rich programs and websites that provide teachers and parents with the technology necessary to empower student growth. Award winners are selected based upon criteria that includes academic content, technical merit, subject approach and management system.

“Receiving these awards is truly an honor and reinforces our drive and mission to help educators maximize their impact on student outcomes,” said Michael Williamson, chief executive officer of IO Education. “We believe that technology can be a powerful tool to help at all levels of the educational system and we are continuing to aggressively invest in in our platforms and solutions for educators as we continue to innovate.”

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Revision Assistant helps norm grading and essay feedback for teachers in creative application of education technology in supporting writing instruction

COSTA MESA, Calif. — April 24, 2017 — Next month, Newport-Mesa Unified School District will vie for top honors as a school district engaged in an innovative, data-driven education program intended to improve student outcomes. Newport-Mesa is using a new writing instruction technology from Turnitin to “norm” grading and essay feedback teachers give to their students and was picked as a finalist in the IMS Global Learning Consortium Learning Impact Awards for creative applications of education technology.

Turnitin’s technology is called Revision Assistant and most schools use it to help…

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