edWeb.net and myON Announce Professional Learning Community

‘Building a Community of Readers’ will provide valuable resources focused on literacy

(PRINCETON, NJ) May 24, 2017 ­­— edWeb.net and myON today announced a combined effort to provide educators with robust professional learning opportunities to transform literacy for all pre-K–12 students. myON will sponsor the professional learning community “Building a Community of Readers on edWeb.net as a forum for professional learning and collaboration focused on all aspects of literacy. Educators will be able to collaborate online across the country and around the world to leverage information and learn best practices from their peers to build innovative approaches to literacy for the classroom


The myON mission—giving every child unlimited access to books to engage them in learning—supports 21st-century literacy, and educators can rely on myON to provide an innovative approach to personalizing literacy for all students. The commitment and investment that has been made over the past six years is now being realized, as myON is having measurable impacts on students’ learning worldwide.


“While we know that literacy is the foundation of learning, we also know that educators are tasked with a deeply challenging job of engaging their students in literacy and learning,” said Todd Brekhus, the president of myON. “We are thrilled to be working with edWeb.net to support all educators in navigating the literacy landscape and believe this is one of the most effective ways to support teacher professional learning, which in turn supports student achievement.”


Educators are invited to join “Building a Community of Readers” to receive invitations to free edWebinars, earn CE certificates, participate in online discussions, and get exclusive access to free online resources focused on literacy


Steven Anderson, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist; and Shaelynn Farnsworth, Education Services Consultant for AEA 267 in Iowa, presented the community’s first edWebinar on April 17th. In “Redesigning Literacy Instruction in a Student-Centered Classroom,” Anderson and Farnsworth explained a simplified version of balanced literacy and helped attendees reimagine reading and writing in the classroom through an ed tech redesign. More than 400 educators from around the country and the world participated in the live presentation and chat, engaging in an ongoing dialogue with Anderson, Farnsworth, and fellow attendees, and adding additional insights and resources for all to share.

The community’s second edWebinar, “‘Fake News’ and the Case for Media Literacy Across All Grades,” took place on April 16 and attracted 445 live attendees, making it the site’s most popular offering of the week.

Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net, commented, “Helping students develop literacy and critical thinking skills is more important than ever, so I am especially happy we can work together with myON to do all we can to support teachers—and all educators—in this endeavor. The feedback we get for hosting these events is so inspirational.”


About myON

myON is an award-winning personalized literacy environment that incorporates a state-of-the art learning platform, enhanced digital reading content including five daily news articles written for students, The Lexile® Framework for Reading, cutting-edge literacy tools, and embedded metrics to monitor activity and growth. Robust professional development ensures that educators have the support needed to effectively implement myON. Together, these components power a Literacy Ecosystem that is built upon five pillars: personalization, unparalleled content, unlimited access, collaboration and success.

About edWeb.net
edWeb.net is a free professional learning and social network that is a highly engaged community of connected educators who are on the leading edge of innovation in education. edWeb members are teachers, faculty, administrators, and librarians at pre-K–12 and post-secondary institutions who are working together to provide peer leadership, training, and support. Educators are creating their own communities on edWeb, and also participating in edWeb’s professional learning communities and edWebinar programs. edWeb’s growing ecosystem is a collaboration space where educators and thought leaders in the education industry gather and share ideas that can improve learning for all students. Learn more at EdWeb.net or follow edWeb.net on Twitter @edwebnet.


Discovery Education and the Drug Enforcement Administration Name Madison, CT Teens Grand Prize $10,000 Winners of Operation Prevention Video Challenge PSA Communicating the Dangers of Opioid Misuse


–Madison, CT teens also received the People’s Choice Award and earned an exclusive tour of DEA Training in Quantico, Virginia–


Washington, D.C. and Silver Spring, MD (May 24, 2017) – Three Madison, CT high school students have a grand-prize winning video message for their teen peers about how not to let your life get “swallowed up by an opioid addiction.” The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), DEA Educational Foundation andDiscovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, awarded Kyle Citrin, Clay Knibbs, and Carter Soboleski of Daniel Hand High School (Madison Public School District) the $10,000 Operation Prevention Video Challenge grand prize. The students also received the most votes during the People’s Choice award voting period, earning them a trip for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of DEA training at the DEA’s Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia, for their video entitled “The Cork Board.”


For the first time, the Operation Prevention Video Challenge asked teenagers across the nation to submit 30-60 second public service video announcements to educate their peers about the current opioid epidemic. Kyle, Clay and Carter’s video focused on a powerful message of “being together and having fun” with those you cherish the most — family and friends —  instead of being pulled away by opioids. The PSA warns that opioids “dictate your actions,” and urged: “don’t let your life get swallowed up by an opioid addiction.  Get help.”


“We must change the culture surrounding the use of dangerous drugs, and that requires all hands-on deck.  The best messengers of change for young adults are their peers.  The fine work created by Kyle, Clay, and Carter carries a powerful message – that opioid abuse hurts more than just the user,” said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “Congratulations to them; I’m grateful they lent their voice and creativity to this important cause.”


The winning video was chosen by a panel of judges at Discovery Education, the DEA and DEA Educational Foundation. The other winners include:


  • Second Place: Monet Massac of Brooklyn Friends School in Brooklyn, New York will receive $5,000 for the PSA video “The Twins.”
  • Third Place: Nate Trillo of Midlothian Heritage High School (Midlothian

School District) of Midlothian, TX will receive $1,000 for his video “Real Life.”


The scholarships awarded to the first, second and third place winners were provided courtesy of the DEA Educational Foundation.


The videos of the winners can all be viewed at: https://www.operationprevention.com/video-challenge.  The challenge is part of a joint nationwide education initiative titled Operation Prevention that educates students about the science behind addiction and its impact on the brain and body. Available at no cost, the initiative’s resources help promote lifesaving discussions in the home and classroom.


“The top 10 finalists should be very proud and congratulated for their incredible efforts and impressive videos,” said T.J. Salutari, Principal at Daniel Hand High School. “Students taking such a proactive part in communicating the dangers associated with opioid abuse is inspiring. I am especially proud of our students and their teacher as they have positively represented our entire school community.”


“Congratulations to the winners for creating these powerful videos and a big thank you to their schools and their families for supporting this inaugural project,” said Kevin Hartmann, President of the DEA Educational Foundation. “Our hope is that these amazing teenagers will continue to help us spread the important message about the dangers of opioid abuse.”


For more information, visit: https://www.operationprevention.com/


About the Drug Enforcement Administration

The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.


About the DEA Educational Foundation

Established in 2001, the DEA Educational Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preventing drug abuse. The foundation supports the DEA through advocacy, outreach, and educational programs.


About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, 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 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 atwww.discoveryeducation.com.


Teachers are embracing the future of digital education. As they work with a range of online tools, educators need a suite of ed tech resources that work together to make learning accessible and flexible.

In April, Schoology announced increased integration with Google Drive. To build upon its usability, Schoology today announces its integration with Microsoft Office 365. With this integration, students and teachers can easily use Office 365 while working inside of the Schoology LMS to manage grades, assignments and student submissions.

For the full release, please click here.


Robert-Leslie Publishing Expands Award-Winning Early Childhood Curriculum by Adding Family Engagement Program ‘Dilly’s Tree House™’
Dilly’s Tree House helps teachers extend quality pre-K from school to home with inquiry-based learning adventures for families
CHICAGO (May 24, 2017) — Decades of scientific research confirm that a comprehensive plan for the education of young children must include extended family, school and community. This holistic approach is key to a child’s well-being and a lifetime of success. To support educators’ efforts to involve families in children’s learning, Robert-Leslie Publishing offers Dilly’s Tree House™ Family Engagement Programa preschool learning series that includes adventure stories and character posters to build language and literacy skills, while fostering critical thinking and social emotional development. Additionally, the activities encourage hands-on and outdoor learning experiences in science, math, art and music — all based on the acclaimed InvestiGator Club® Inquiry-Based Pre-K Learning System.
For the full news release, visit here.