Three Innovative Firms to Furnish EDspaces Café


(Silver Spring, MD) — Attendees at next month’s EDspaces Conference & Expo, October 23-25, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will enjoy lunch in next generation school cafeteria and campus dining settings. These unique educational environments will allow participants to experience first-hand the latest product and space innovations as they sample three distinct EDspaces Café seating areas designed and furnished by AmTab Manufacturing, mediatechnologies, and Palmer Hamilton, who are among the nearly 175 exhibitors at the event.


“The cafeteria is no longer just about food service,” says Jim McGarry, president/CEO of the Education Market Association, the event organizer. “It is the water cooler of the modern school – a gathering place for students to talk, a unique place to collaborate and learn, and of course, for students to eat.”


EDspaces features 54 CEU-accredited education sessions in six designed classrooms, innovative K-12 and higher  edfacility tours, and unique learning experiences and networking events throughout the 3-day event focused on the convergence of pedagogy, space and technology and its impact on student outcomes.


About EDspaces

Each year, education leadership gathers to explore challenges, strengthen skills, and build networks at EDspaces.  It is the premier event for the educational facilities marketplace and the gathering place for architects, dealers, Pre–K – 12, colleges, universities, independent manufacturer representatives, exhibitors, and corporations to learn about trends and experience the latest products and services to enhance student learning.


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Oregon’s Reynolds School District Expands Partnership with Discovery Education to Create Immersive Science Lessons for High School Students

–Combination of New Digital Curriculum and Professional Learning from Discovery Education Empower District Educators to Maximize Shift to 1:1 Learning–

Silver Spring, MD (September 12, 2019) — Oregon’s Reynolds School District (RSD) today announced the expansion of its multiyear partnership with Discovery Education the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.  In this collaboration’s latest phase, RSD’s high school science teachers are empowered to use Discovery Education’s award-winning Science Techbook and sustained, job-embedded professional development to create immersive, digital lessons in a 1:1 environment.

Serving students and families in the eastern Portland metro area, Reynolds School District is dedicated to graduating students that embrace lifelong learning and apply skills in technology, global literacy, creativity, and critical thinking to enhance family, career, and community.  To help reach this goal, the Reynolds High School just launched a new 1:1 initiative that is putting new Chromebooks into the hands of each student.  In addition, the district is shifting to a new inquiry-based approach to Science instruction designed to meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

To support RSD’s efforts to meet the NGSS, the school system selected Discovery Education’s Science Techbook for student use in high school science classrooms.  The Science Techbook series empowers educators to transform science instruction through a rich digital curriculum that includes video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Additional student features include Spanish/English text-to-speech and leveled reading tools and note-taking and highlighting capabilities.  The Science Techbook series also includes valuable STEM resources including STEM Project Starters that encourage students to connect math, technology, and engineering to their understanding of science concepts to produce creative solutions to real world problems. In addition, the STEM In Action resources help students connect their work to STEM careers, which promotes a clearer understanding of how skills used in school can be applied to jobs “in the real world.”

“Reynolds School District believes every student is entitled to an equitable opportunity to engage in three-dimensional learning focused on higher-order thinking and student-driven inquiry,” said RSD’s Curriculum Coordinator Tara DeBois.  “Our collaboration with Discovery Education has helped drive deeper student engagement in our middle school science classes, and we look forward to similar results in our high school science classes.”

To help RDS’S High School Science teachers maximize the Science Techbook and their new Chromebooks in the coming school year, Discovery Education will provide district educators numerous professional development opportunities. Through these interactive professional learning opportunities, participants will learn best practices for integrating technology and digital content into teaching and learning in ways that will maximize the power of their new resources, increase student engagement in instruction, and improve students’ academic achievement.

“Discovery Education is excited to continue this powerful partnership,” said Nellie Herchenbach, Discovery Education Partnerships Manager.  “Through the creation of digital, 1:1 learning environments powered by Discovery Education’s Science Techbook, Reynolds School District is making great strides in their effort to help all students grow the skills and competencies needed to enhance family, career, and community connections.”

NECSD’s educators will also receive support from the Discovery Education Community. 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.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources and professional learning services, visit, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.


About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms and primary schools in the U.K. and reach over 5 million educators and 51 million students in more than 90 countries. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to empower teachers with customized solutions that support the success of all learners. Explore the future of education at


Aperture Education Named Winner in 2019 Tech Edvocate Awards


Company wins in the Best Global EdTech Startup category


Charlotte N.C. (Sept. 12, 2019) — Aperture Education, which provides assessments and resources to support social-emotional learning programs, was named Best Global EdTech Startup by the 2019 Tech Edvocate Awards.

The Tech Edvocate Awards is an annual awards program that recognizes the year’s top EdTech companies, products and people. It selects winners based on an evaluation by a panel of judges combined with results from a public voting period.

“We created Aperture Education in 2017 because we believed in the power of social-emotional learning programs to support student success, both in and out of the classroom,” said Jessica Adamson, CEO of Aperture Education. “We are extremely proud of our growth, the partnerships we’ve made and the number of children we’ve served. We are honored to be named Best Global Edtech Startup by the Tech Edvocate Awards.”

Aperture Education provides strength-based online social and emotional learning assessments and resilience-building resources to help schools and out-of-school programs address the whole child. It also provides professional development to support the social-emotional health of educators. The company was formed by two organizations – the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, a non-profit which promotes resilience in children, and Apperson, Inc., a for-profit which provides educators with data to make informed instructional decisions.

Aperture Education has experienced significant growth since it was created. Its SEL assessments are being used by 30,000 educators, 2,300 schools/sites and 435 programs in 47 U.S. states. Aperture projects an estimated 1 million of its assessments will be administered by customers this year. Aperture’s flagship SEL assessments, the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) and DESSA-mini, are featured in the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)’s SEL Assessment Guide.

For more information on Aperture Education, visit

To view the full list of 2019 Tech Edvocate Award winners and finalists, visit

About Aperture Education

Aperture Education specializes in social and emotional learning (SEL) solutions. Our flagship product, the DESSA Comprehensive SEL System, allows educators to measure, strengthen, and support social-emotional competence in youth in grades K-12. The DESSA System includes a suite of strength-based assessments, a universal screener that can be administered in less than a minute, and growth strategies and foundational practices to strengthen social and emotional competence. The DESSA System is lauded by researchers because it meets high standards for reliability and validity and is appreciated by educators for its ability to easily and quickly identify each student’s personal SEL strengths and provide practical supports that result in improved student outcomes. In addition to supporting the social-emotional skills of children, we recently launched the Educator Social Emotional Reflection and Training (EdSERT) tool. EdSERT is a professional development program to support the social-emotional competency and well-being of educators. For more information, go to