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USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education Announce 2018 IWitness Video Challenge Winners

– Fifth Annual IWitness Video Challenge Inspires Students to Take Action to Counter Hate, Bias and Intolerance Nationwide –

 

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, June 18, 2018) – In an effort to spark a social movement against hatred in all forms, USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education – and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced the winners of the 2018 IWitness Video Challenge. A group of Chicago, Ill. students have inspired their classmates and community to embrace each other’s unique differences, specifically as it relates to the challenges of American immigrant communities. This year’s first-place winners of the short video contest, which invited students to be inspired by testimony of survivors of genocides and mass atrocities to make a positive contribution to their communities, are FanXuan PengIsrael GomezJennifer Tegegne, and Yannie Wang of Northside College Preparatory High School (Chicago Public Schools). The team will be generously donating their $5,000 grand prize to Northside’s “DREAMers & Allies Club” to be put towards educational initiatives and programming related to immigration.

Initiated by USC Shoah Foundation in 2013 and designed to provide actionable ways to promote empathy and empowerment while also challenging bias and intolerance, the 2018 IWitness Video Challenge encouraged students to make a change in communities nationwide. To participate in the contest, students first listened to the testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide. They then completed a research-based and standards-aligned activity, which inspired the development of community action projects to counter hate. To enter the Challenge, students were required to document their experiences in video essays for submission. This year’s winning video essay starts with the testimonies of two Holocaust survivors, Herman Cohn and Liesl Loeb, who immigrated to the United States as children.

“Following our reflection on the IWitness testimonies, we were propelled to improve our school community by helping immigrants avoid experiencing fear and discrimination,” said FanXuan Peng, Northside College Prep student and IWitness Video Challenge winning team member. “The perception of America shouldn’t be of a divided country between natives and immigrants, but rather a melting pot where different ethnicities have endured some form of discrimination yet have thrived.”

After viewing the testimonies, FanXuan, Israel, Jennifer, and Yannie were inspired to create a project that brings awareness of the ongoing struggle immigrant students and their families face, and tackles the important topic of discrimination in modern society.

The winning “Stronger Than Hate” project showcases an “immigration timeline” that connects historical experiences of bias, intolerance, and marginalization from one community to another, with the overall goal of demonstrating how discrimination is a collective struggle rather than a personal one. The project ultimately underscores how impacted communities have managed to lead fulfilling and successful lives after migrating to the United States.

“The students from Northside focused on the timely subjects of immigration and discrimination with great sensitivity,” said USC Shoah Foundation Director of Education Claudia Ramirez Wiedeman. “I was particularly impressed with how inclusive their work was by demonstrating that any group can be marginalized.”

This year’s contest, the fifth annual, offers prizes for scholarships and additional money for educators and schools. In all, $10,000 in prizes are being awarded courtesy of Ford Motor Co., which sponsors the event as part of its commitment to innovative educational outreach. The contest was open to middle and high school students across the U.S. and in Canada, with the exception of Quebec.

Also helping to make this year’s challenge successful was the Institute’s partner Discovery Education, which administered the Challenge, and helped maximize reach and impact through its deep partnerships with school systems, administrators and educators worldwide.

In addition to splitting a $5,000 college scholarship, the winning students have secured a $2,500 grant for their school to be used to improve their community. Their teacher,Charles Milbert, will receive a $1,000 grant to help cultivate tolerance and empathy among the student body.

A $1,000 scholarship went to second-place winners Anthony McArdle, Kristian MorrisShawnee Cranfill and Trenton Grace of Northern High School in Dillburg, Pa. (Northern York County School District). Their “Northern High School Pen Pal Project” aided students in leveraging the power of the pen to celebrate each other’s similarities instead of one another’s differences. After uniting project participants, students felt more connected and enjoyed getting to know students they otherwise may not have met. A $500 scholarship also went to Bernadette Carney, Emma Foursha, Kiera Songhurst, and Rebecca Bornstein from Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Moorestown, N.J. for their project “Acceptance,” which encouraged students to anonymously reveal their struggles and work together to publicly accept and celebrate their differences.

“Discovery Education’s collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation connects students with powerful ways to promote equality and challenge bias through immersive, peer-to-peer educational experiences that motivate them to build a better future, said Discovery Education Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President Lori McFarling. “We congratulate this year’s IWitness Video Challenge winners for underscoring that discrimination and intolerance is not a personal struggle, but rather a collective one, and we applaud their thoughtful approach to discouraging bigotry in all its forms.”

The contest is based on one the more than 200 activities found in IWitness, USC Shoah Foundation’s free educational website. The website brings the human stories from the Institute’s Visual History Archive – the world’s largest repository of testimony from survivors and witnesses to the Holocaust and other genocides – to teachers and their students via engaging multimedia learning activities.

Last year’s winners inspired their fellow classmates to celebrate their diverse identities with a project called, “Who Are You? Embracing Identity in Our Community.” Previous winners wrote kind notes to every student in their school, while the first winner documented her determination to stand up for undocumented workers after being moved by testimonies of Holocaust survivors who described their struggles being undocumented immigrants themselves.

“I have observed growth, development and an enhanced understanding of the importance of human rights and advocacy after encouraging my students to participate in the IWitness Video Challenge,” said Karen Wells from Midland High School in Pleasant Plains, Arkansas. “For many students, participating in the experience is transformative and has proven to be a catalyst for stronger relationships within our school community.”

For more information, visit the IWitness Video Challenge website.

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit DiscoveryEducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.

To read the full press release and for IWitness Video Challenge images, visit HERE and HERE.

 

 

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About USC Shoah Foundation:

USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education is dedicated to making audio- visual interviews with survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides, a compelling voice for education and action. The Institute’s current collection of 55,000 eyewitness testimonies contained within its Visual History Archive® preserves history as told by the people who lived it, and lived through it. Housed at the University of Southern California, within the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Institute works with partners around the world to advance scholarship and research, to provide resources and online tools for educators, and to disseminate the testimonies for educational purposes.

 

About Discovery Education:

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., 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. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Symbaloo Introduces Workspaces at ISTE 2018

The visual content-integration platform now gives all teachers and students access to features that were once available only to premium users.

(Chicago, Ill.) June 19, 2018 — Symbaloo today announced the release of Symbaloo workspaces. With the update, Symbaloo allows all teachers and students to collaborate through a suite of new features.

Symbaloo saves teachers time by providing them a way to easily select, organize, and blend online resources. Schools and districts can compile webmixes, or collections of resources andLearning Paths, into a private gallery. Learning Paths are sequenced tiles in a board-game style that help educators create lesson plans, deliver assignments, and personalize learning. With 11 million users around the world, Symbaloo has been popular with educators for 10 years.

“After conversations with teachers, students, tech coordinators, and district and state administrators, we concluded our users needed more flexibility in how they can collaborate and share,” said Klaas Lameijer, the CEO of Symbaloo. “The challenge for every teacher is to connect the right content to the right student at the right time in the learning process. With so much digital content available, Symbaloo’s mission is to make any kind of content available for every student in the world, while keeping to our philosophy of simplicity.”

The new Symbaloo workspaces feature a user-friendly design and streamlined tools for managing content and students. New integrations with OneRosterClasslinkClever, andIlliniCloud help teachers share content and data with their peers, students, and administrators. With these integrations, all teacher accounts, classes, and students can be imported and synced. Symbaloo workspaces are available in PRO versions for teachers, schools, and districts.

Lameijer concluded, “With Symbaloo, we deliver teachers a platform that will help them select the content that makes every student learn in the most efficient and effective way, based on learning talent and engagement.”

At ISTE 2018, educators can experience hands-on demos of the Symbaloo workspaces at booth 1174. Symbaloo will also be hosting its annual EdTech Karaoke Party, visited by approximately 3,000 teachers.

About Symbaloo
Symbaloo is a content-integration platform where teachers use webmixes to store and share, and Learning Paths to blend their resources. Webmixes allow teachers to create visual bookmarks that help them organize their resources, save them in the cloud, and access them from anywhere, with any device. Symbaloo Learning Paths are customizable progressions that incorporate both instruction and assessment, and enable teachers to track students’ progress in real time. With Symbaloo PRO+, schools and districts can share all their resources on one or multiple personalized domain(s) and enable teacher collaboration to create and deliver personalized content for every student. To learn more, please visitSymbaloo.com.

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Discovery Education and Arconic Foundation Launch ‘Manufacture Your Future Teacher Challenge’

— Nationwide challenge invites educators to design an in-school experience that inspires the next generation of manufacturing leaders —

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, June 19, 2018) – The accelerated advancement of technologies like 3-D printing, robotics and artificial intelligence welcomes a new realm of career possibilities in manufacturing for K-12 students. Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms andArconic Foundation, the independently endowed philanthropic arm of Arconic, announced today the first-ever Manufacture Your Future Teacher Challenge. The program calls upon educators to inspire students in grades 3-12 to take the first step toward exploring and pursuing modern manufacturing careers.

Teachers working alone or in teams will create a video pitch and a written proposal for an in-school experience that will bring manufacturing careers to life for their students, and support them in exploring different career pathways in advanced manufacturing. The winner will receive a $5,000 grant to put the proposal into action at their school.

As manufacturing continues evolve and require new skill sets, employers are in need of qualified workers who are passionate about the industry. The Manufacture Your Future Teacher Challenge empowers educators to connect classroom-based STEM lessons to enriched, real-world career experiences so that students have opportunities to gain valuable workplace skills prior to graduation.

“Innovation is fundamental to manufacturing and this challenge aims to open students’ eyes to the endless possibilities available to them in advanced manufacturing,” saidArconic Foundation Vice President of Global Communications and Program Development Suzanne van de Raadt. “Teachers foster design thinking and creativity in the classroom that lends itself to innovation. We’re proud to partner with a like-minded organization like Discovery Education to inspire next wave of future manufacturing leaders.”

Written proposals from applicants must include the following:

  • A description of the proposed in-school experience;
  • A description of how a $5,000 grant would be used to implement the experience;
  • Information about the individuals who will plan and host the event;
  • A description of the intended student audience for the event;
  • A list of critical resources, including at least one Manufacture Your Future resource; and
  • An explanation of how the students will benefit from the experience, including how it will inspire them to explore different career pathways in advanced manufacturing.

“Learning experiences that encourage students to imagine unique solutions for their world outside the classroom are those that last a lifetime,” said Discovery Education Vice President of Corporate Education Partnerships at Discovery Education Kristin Hirst. “The ‘Manufacture Your Future’ program embodies our mission to transform learning by partnering with a leading organization like Arconic.”

In the fourth year of the program, the Arconic Foundation and Discovery Education escalate a collaborative effort to inspire the next generation of manufacturing leaders and innovators by introducing the teacher challenge. Through the Manufacture Your Future partnership, Arconic employees will also guide students through the development of 3D printed parts for commercial and space vehicles during a Virtual Field Trip on October 5 in honor of Manufacturing Day.

The Manufacture Your Future Teacher Challenge opens on June 18, 2018 and closes on October 19, 2018. To learn more, visit: manufactureyourfuture.com. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.

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About Discovery Education:
As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., 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. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

 

About Arconic Foundation:

Arconic Foundation supports programs that help prepare the 21st century engineering and advanced manufacturing workforce. Arconic Foundation is an independently endowed foundation with assets of approximately $320 million and is the charitable arm of Arconic, Inc. – which works in close partnership with customers to solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through collaboration with our nonprofit partners, our initiatives make quality STEM education opportunities available to students; support engineering and technical skills training through community colleges, technical schools and universities around the world; and help to create access for underrepresented individuals to the STEM fields. The work of Arconic Foundation is further enhanced by the thousands of Arconic employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in their communities. Established in 2016, Arconic Foundation is active in 26 countries around the globe.

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3DBear Challenges ISTE 2018 Attendees to Build a Martian Colony in AR

At the Northern Illinois STEM Read event, teachers and students will rescue a stranded astronaut using augmented reality

(Chicago, Illinois) June 20, 2018 – At ISTE 2018,  3DBear is offering educators a thrilling challenge right out of a Hollywood movie: A U.S. astronaut is stranded on Mars. How are you going to save him? And as a teacher, what science could you teach your students as they try?

Students and teachers will have the chance to save that astronaut in augmented reality (AR) during the Northern Illinois STEM Read Professional Development Party in Space. The event will feature Andy Weir, author of the best-selling novels The Martian and Artemis.

 

Using 3DBear’s app and a virtual gallery of objects in Thingiverse, teams will develop 3D objects and create a colony on Mars. They will also consider the scientific principles behind growing plants and recycling water on their colony, and will use a Makerbot 3D printer to bring their 3DBear AR design to life.

 

“This gamified experience will allow educators to see a whole different side of teaching students everything from creativity to STEM topics,” said Jussi Kajala, the CEO of 3DBear, Inc. “When students are allowed to use their imagination and create their own objects, the possibilities are endless.”

3DBear, a leading provider of engaging AR solutions for education, allows students to create three-dimensional scenes right on their mobile devices. Students of all ages use 3DBear to actively design and create mixed-reality scenes, then bring their models to life using a 3D printer. 3DBear’s integration of AR, 3D modelling, and 3D printing is a fun, technology-enriched way of engaging learners across all subjects.

 

To register for the STEM Read event, click here. Discounts are offered to ISTE attendees.

 

Teachers can create transformational learning experiences for students by joining 3DBear’s AR Innovator Program. The program is a community of AR innovators, and also includes in-classroom professional development sessions. For a limited time, 100 schools can get 50% off the program fee as a grant. The program runs from May 2018 until June 2019. Schools can join until September 2018.

 

About 3DBear

3DBear provides schools and educational institutions with relevant, contemporary content and game-like software that make learning engaging and fun.It does this by integrating 3D modelling, AR, and 3D printing into the classroom. Its engaging pedagogical modules complement the offerings of hardware and CAD software providers, setting them apart from gaming and conventional e-learning platforms.

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A Humanoid Robot Inspires All Students to Explore STEM, Coding, and Programming

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For ISTE 2018, RoboKind introduces Jett and his STEM curriculum, which provides students with autism equal access to pursuing careers in technology

(Dallas, TX) June 20, 2018 — RoboKind, the creators of robots4autism and Milo, today introduced Jettthe coding and programming robot, along with the robots4STEM curriculumdesigned to teach all students, including those with disabilities, the skills they need to ignite a lasting interest in STEM. Jett is the younger sibling of RoboKind’s facially expressive robot Milo, and provides all students, including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the opportunity to explore STEM, coding, and programming.

The CDC recently announced the number of students identified as on the autism spectrum is rising, and 70–75% of those individuals are either unemployed or underemployed. Jett directly tackles one of the biggest challenges in STEM education for all students, including ASD individuals, and ultimately the workplace: the critical shortage of students who say they want to pursue careers in technology.

“Jett has the power to create neurodiversity in the workplace, which allows for a rich work environment when recognized and accounted for,” said Dr. Gregory Firn, the chief operating officer of RoboKind. “Individuals with ASD often thrive in process-driven, repetitious settings, which aligns with skills needed to learn coding and programming. With Jett, we’re empowering all students to be agents of their own education, and giving a number of traditionally underserved groups the access to coding and STEM that they deserve.”

Jett includes an entire curriculum of ready-made lessons that don’t require teachers to become coders or have any previous experience or background with coding. The project-based, self-paced continuum of learning starts with simple lessons and progresses to complex topics. Students self-direct their learning. They don’t depend on or require interaction with others, which has proven to be successful for students on the autism spectrum because it provides a safe, non-judgmental, and engaging environment. To get started, each student learns visual/block-coding basics through programing their virtual avatar, and when the code on-screen is correct, the student sends the commands to the robot, which executes what it has been told to do.

“As a result of interacting with Jett, users report more girls are interested in signing up for computer science courses at the middle school level, and are starting to picture themselves in STEM careers,” said Firn. “In addition, more students of color are having positive coding and programming experiences, and parents have been impressed with their students’ ability to learn coding and programming so quickly.”

At the ISTE conference on June 25th and 26th, RoboKind will share Jett with the education press at the PR with Panache! Storytelling Suite. To make an appointment, please contactChris Piehler. Educators can also see Jett in action at booth #2238.

To learn more about Jett, sign up for a free trail and a demo. Also, follow Jett on Twitter orFacebook.

About RoboKind 
RoboKind is a Dallas-based company whose mission is to create cost-effective and inclusive education for all. Working closely with the ASD community, RoboKind has developed robots4autism and Milo, the most advanced, facially expressive humanoid robot, who has proven effectiveness in engaging learners with ASD over 80% of the time, as opposed to the 3% for traditional therapy. Milo never gets tired, never gets frustrated, and is always consistent, which is important when teaching through repetition. His friendly demeanor and patience encourages learners with ASD to step out of their shell and gives them the courage to interact with their environment. The company also recently launched a new robot, Jett, along with the accompanying robots4STEM curriculum teaching elementary school students to code even if their teachers don’t know how.

RoboKind is dedicated to opening and creating pathways for all ages and groups so they can thrive in the real world through cost-effective means. To learn more, please visitRoboKind.com and follow Milo on Twitter or Facebook.

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Tennessee’s Hamilton County Schools Selects Discovery Education to Drive Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning Initiative in all Middle Schools and High Schools

 

– Award-Winning Digital Services and Professional Learning to Support the Development of Life-Long Learners-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (June 20, 2018)–  Tennessee’sHamilton County Schools(HCS) today announced it has selected Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms to support its inquiry-based teaching and learning initiative.  This new five-year partnership will bring Discovery Education’s award-winning digital services, as well as sustained professional learning, to all Hamilton County Schools’ middle and high school students and teachers.  This unique combination of rich digital content and professional learning will drive HCS’s efforts to help all students become life-long learners.

 

The Hamilton County School community is committed to creating an effective and high performing public education system that creates a great quality of life for a thriving community. Serving approximately 45,000 students, speaking 125 languages, across 576 square miles in southeastern Tennessee, HSC has chosen inquiry-based learning to activate the innate curiosity of its middle and high school students.  With Discovery Education’s unique blend of dynamic digital content and professional learning, district educators will be empowered to build digital, inquiry-based learning environments that create new pathways and opportunities for middle and high school students, helping them prepare for their post-secondary educations and careers.

 

In addition, HSC’s new partnership with Discovery Education also supports the district’s Future Ready Preps initiative.  This new effort seeks to personalize learning in the middle grades to meet every child where they are academically, expose them to a variety of potential careers, and support their social and emotional learning.  Academic performance in district middle grades will be the focus, and teachers will spearhead the instructional and cultural shifts required to achieve the new vision for the middle school experience. This vision also extends to high schools through the Future Ready Institutes.

 

Among the new resources soon to be available to district middle and high school educators are, Discovery Education’s innovative ScienceMath, and Social Studies Techbooks.  These digital textbooks are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and are updated regularly at no cost. The series encourages all learners through interactive features that change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud. Discovery Education’s Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips. Additionally, the Techbooks are platform neutral and can be used in one-to-one or one-to-many configurations and in any instructional environment.

 

Discovery Education’s Science Techbook, utilizes an inquiry-based format built on the 5E model, helps teach students to read, write, and think like scientiststhrough hands-on labs, digital explorations, an interactive glossary, and data analysis activities.  TheMath Techbookis a digital textbook that connects students to math through real-world problems, helping all learners develop long-lasting mastery of mathematical concepts.Finally, Discovery Education’sSocial Studies Techbookuses 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.

 

In addition to the Techbooks, HCS’s educators and students will also shortly begin using the Discovery Education Streaming Plus and STEM Connectservices as core instructional resources to support their efforts to promote inquiry-based instruction.

 

Discovery EducationStreaming Plusis a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas that helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information across all subject areas. With Streaming Plus, students can access a variety of digital assets including images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, articles, videos, and more.  In addition, students using Streaming Plus are empowered to become content creators with a suite of content creation tools that help teachers and students safely and easily collaborate in real-time on virtual projects. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, and content collections organized around themes, as well as a collection of new STEM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.

 

Discovery Education’s STEM Connect enhances core curriculum and brings STEM to life in classrooms.  A cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource built on a 4Cs STEM skills framework, STEM Connect helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation. Featuring flexible, modular learning units, STEM Connect provides students an easy-to-follow educational experience that includes real-world challenges, career connections, and hands-on activities.

“The team at the Hamilton County Schools understands that students who are motivated and interested in learning are more successful, confident, and experience higher achievement,” said Dr. Bryan Johnson, Hamilton County Schools Superintendent. “Our new partnership with Discovery Education will help us achieve the culture shift we need to create even more rewarding learning experiences that we know will lead to higher engagement and greater student success.”

 

In addition to integrating a new host of digital content into classroom instruction, HCS’s middle school and high school educators will also participate in sustained, job-embedded professional learning from Discovery Education’s expert faculty that will help the educators evolve their teaching practice and effectively use their new digital resources in the classroom. The Discovery Education Community will also support all HCS teachers’ 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 honored to collaborate with the talented team at the Hamilton County Schools as they create modern, inquiry-based learning experiences that will engage every child, every day,” said Anna Strassner, Discovery Education’s Senior Manager of Education Partnerships. “We look forward to supporting superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson and his entire team as they begin this exciting new journey.”

 

For more information about Discovery Education’s Techbook Series, and other services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

 

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About Discovery Education

 

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., 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. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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Insight ADVANCE Launches Updated Video Coaching Software for Educators at ISTE

Groundbreaking updates to the award-winning ADVANCE Suite allow educators to collaborate and evaluate classroom instruction best practices, all in one platform

(Encino, CA) June 21, 2018 – Insight ADVANCE, creator of groundbreaking tools for teachers’ professional growth, today announced a collection of updates to its award-winning observation, coaching, and evaluation software. Their video-based suite of products is designed to improve educators’ professional growth through collaboration and feedback.

The Insight ADVANCE Suite, including ADVANCEcalibrate®ADVANCEfeedback®, and ADVANCElearn, offers educators the opportunity to improve their practice and, ultimately, student achievement through video-based self-reflection, peer-to-peer collaboration, and coaching. Educators can use uploaded videos of their practice – classroom instruction, coaching conversations or professional development – to share with colleagues and coaches for detailed and specific feedback. State departments of education, school districts, and universities across the country use the ADVANCE Suite, and now will be able to network with one another to leverage a broader set of coaching resources. For example, the ADVANCE Suite supports the Empowering Educators to Excel (E3) program, which provides five school districts across the country the opportunity to grow as a networked improvement community.

“As part of E3, we’re focusing on coaching, professional development, and leadership development in order to positively impact student achievement,” said Dr. Danny Mendez, director of secondary education at MSD of Decatur Township in Indiana. “The Insight ADVANCE suite of products will not only support these efforts within our district, but also connect us and facilitate collaboration with districts in Texas, South Carolina, and Delaware.”

ADVANCEcalibrate® users complete video-based calibration exercises, ensuring that those who provide feedback have an aligned understanding of best practices for classroom instruction. Consistent feedback is feedback that teachers trust. ADVANCEfeedback® is designed to support educators in connecting on a deeper level using video and data to study best practices. Users can connect with peers within their district or branch out and see what peers around the country are doing in their classrooms.

New features in ADVANCEcalibrate include:

  • Easier tracking of results from broad assessments of observer alignment;
  • Immediate feedback available to participants upon completion of a video rating exercise;
  • Data designed to inform professional development and calibration practices for observers.
  • Using alignment data to inform targeted areas of improvement.

New features in ADVANCEfeedback include:

  • The ability for administrators to create inter-organizational groups of users to collaborate;
  • Increased flexibility in user management and permissions;
  • Improved video management tools and workflows for observations; and
  • Configurable pre- and post- observation surveys.

“We’re confident that the functionality included in the new release of the ADVANCE Suite will ensure that our K-12 and higher education partners are supported through our platform to expand their own practice, leveraging our software to streamline their data management and professional development programming into one powerful workflow to drive growth,” said Nancy Goodman, vice president of product for Insight ADVANCE.

At the ISTE Conference in Chicago from June 24–27, Insight ADVANCE will be exhibiting and demonstrating the ADVANCE Suite at booth 2286.

About Insight ADVANCE

As a team of former teachers, coaches, school leaders, and district administrators, Insight ADVANCE is passionate about changing the status quo when it comes to supporting educator growth. Based on years of on-the-ground experience in states, districts, and schools across the country, Insight ADVANCE has developed a suite of products that connects self-reflection, coaching and peer collaboration, observation, and evaluation to permanently impact how all educators involved in teacher growth are supported. The ADVANCE Suite of tools breaks new ground in proving how educator observations, whether on video in person, can generate data that powerfully drives professional growth. To learn more, please visit insightadvance.com/about-us.

 

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DISCOVERY EDUCATION AND 3M ANNOUNCE NATIONAL FINALISTS IN YOUNG SCIENTIST CHALLENGE

— Ten Young Inventors Compete for $25,000 and the Title of ‘America’s Top Young Scientist’ in the Nation’s Premier Science Competition —

  

Silver Spring, Md. and St. Paul, Minn. (Thursday, June 21, 2018) – Young minds dream big, and when given the opportunity, they have the innate ability to spark change for the betterment of communities large and small. Today, Discovery Education (@DiscoveryEd) and 3M (@3M) announced 10 finalists from across America as part of its Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge (#YoungScientist). This competition recognizes students in grades 6-8 who exude curiosity in the scientific process and inspire peers to solve the biggest challenges of the present and future.

Students were invited to submit short videos that describe a new invention or idea that could solve or impact an everyday problem. Of hundreds who entered, judges selected 10 finalists for their exceptional science acumen, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills demonstrated in their entry videos. The finalists   ̶ seven boys and three girls, ranging in ages from 12-14  ̶  include those from public and private schools all across the nation.

The 10 Finalists:

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  1. Mehaa AmirthalingamSugar Land, TX, Sartartia Middle School, Fort Bend Independent School District
  2. Sriram Bhimaraju, Cupertino, Calif., Harker Middle School, Private
  3. Anna Du, Andover, Mass., Andover School of Montessori
  4. Julia GelfondChevy Chase, Md., Silver Creek Middle School, Montgomery County Public Schools
  5. Zachary HesslerVero Beach, Fla., Gifford Middle School, School District of Indian River County
  6. Rishab Jain, Portland, Ore., Stoller Middle School, Beaverton School District
  7. Theodore Jiang, Santa Monica, Calif., Paul Revere Middle School, Los Angeles Unified School District Local District-Northeast
  8. Cameron SharmaGlen Allen, Va., George H. Moody Middle School, Henrico County School District
  9. Krish WadhwaniAlpharetta, Ga., DeSana Middle School, Forsyth County School District
  10. Leo WylonisBerwyn, Pa., Tredyffrin-Easttown Middle School, Tredyffrin-Easttown School District

“The Young Scientist Challenge has not only supported students in achieving their dreams, but it has also provided the 3M team with the opportunity to contribute to the future of science in a special way,” said Paul Keel, senior vice president of Business Development and Marketing-Sales at 3M. “As we look toward the next chapter of 3M’s involvement in youth development, we are tremendously proud to be a part of shaping our next educators, entreprenuers and inventors.”

Finalists will have the unique opportunity to work one-on-one with 3M scientists during a summer mentorship program to develop their ideas into a working solution that has potential to positively impact their family, community or the global population.

Students meet virtually with their mentors, who provide guidance from concept to prototype. 3M is a company rooted in scientific exploration, and the belief that every problem has a solution. These practices offer students’ complete experience of the scientific process and how to apply it to solve a real world problem. Throughout the program, each student will have access to resources and support provided by 3M and Discovery Education.

“Year after year, we have been honored to witness firsthand the ingenuity and charisma of nation’s youngest generation,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Discovery Education. “3M shares our unwavering support for children who, no matter their age, seize the opportunity to solve real-world problems and who encourage their peers to explore the power of science.”

All 10 finalists receive $1,000 and a trip to 3M Headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., to participate in the final competition at the 3M Innovation Center during October 2018. A panel of judges will evaluate finalists on a series of challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Judges will score each challenge independently. The winner will receive $25,000, a trip to watch the taping of a Discovery Network show and the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”

3M has been a title sponsor of the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for more than 10 consecutive years. The program has produced 10 brilliant winners and 90 finalists who have gone on to give TED Talks, file patents, found nonprofits, make the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange and compete in the White House Science Fair. These young innovators have been featured in Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Business Insider and more.

For more information on the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, including photos and bios of the 10 finalists and a list of the 34 state merit winners, please visit www.youngscientistlab.com/challenge.  On Twitter, follow @3M and @DiscoveryEd and join the conversation using #YoungScientist.

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About Discovery Education:

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., 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. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

 

About 3M:

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 91,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.

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Smoothwall acquires Future Digital

The acquisition adds to Smoothwall’s market-leading web filtering and safeguarding solutions as it expands its presence in the UK, US and internationally – now covering over 10,000 schools.

CHARLOTTE – Smoothwall, the market-leading developer of web filtering and monitoring solutions, has today announced it has acquired digital safeguarding company Future Digital. The acquisition comes as Smoothwall continues to grow its presence in the student online protection sector in the US and internationally following the appointment of former Tesla director Georg Ell in May this year.

In acquiring Future Digital, Smoothwall is adding to its existing portfolio of safeguarding and filtering solutions, cementing the company’s position as the number one provider of safeguarding technology in the US and UK education sectors. Future Digital provides real-time, cloud-based, monitoring solutions with highly visual and intuitive dashboards. This perfectly complements Smoothwall’s Safeguarding suite which offers additional reporting functionality and monitoring of internet behavior. By offering both solutions, Smoothwall is now able to provide customers with a range of student safeguarding options, suited to their needs.

“We are thrilled to incorporate Future Digital into Smoothwall, with our two product sets complementing each other well. This will allow us to offer a bigger range of safeguarding and filtering services based on our customers’ requirements,” said Georg Ell, CEO of Smoothwall. “Smoothwall has a great reputation across a number of sectors and bringing Future Digital into the fold only strengthens that. In Education alone, we will now be serving over 10,000 schools globally. We believe that keeping students safe online is a fundamental duty in educational organizations of all types and sizes and our mission is to support that with robust, powerful, user-friendly solutions.”

Future Digital’s 2000+ existing customers will see no disruption in service and support. Smoothwall will continue to innovate as it combines the two teams and enhances the product offering.

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About Smoothwall Since 2001, Smoothwall has provided world-class internet security and content filtering solutions to protect and empower millions of users worldwide. By allowing filtering, monitoring and reporting on actual web content, Smoothwall allows educators to protect and empower students online at school and at home. Visit us: us.smoothwall.com
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THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION NAME GRAND WINNER OF OPERATION PREVENTION VIDEO CHALLENGE

 

— Utah teen to receive $10,000 for his public service announcement on dangers of youth opioid misuse —

 

Washington D.C. and Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, June 14, 2018) – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the DEA Educational Foundation and Discovery Education awarded Porter Christensen of Pine View High School in Utah (Washington County School District), the grand prize for the annual Operation Prevention Video Challenge. Christensen’s public service announcement entitled “Waiting to Die” elicits the visceral experience of opioid misuse while taking viewers inside the mind of one teen’s decision making.

Teenagers across the nation were invited to submit 30-60 second video public service announcements that capture their unique voice in order to communicate the opioid epidemic as a national crisis. In “Waiting to Die,” Christensen connects peer-to-peer by displaying self-talk that can lead to poor choices teens later regret. His character in the video urges viewers to “please don’t make the same mistake.”

“Having to operate the camera while being the actor is challenging, but incredibly satisfying when I see my finished product. I hope that through my writing, editing and music, my peers are able to comprehend the emotion I tried to convey,” said Christensen.

The second-annual video challenge is a 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.

“Teens are agents of change, and their actions speak volumes to peers. Together, we can work toward raising awareness, and most importantly, prevention, among our youth population,” said Acting DEA Administrator Robert W. Patterson. “Congratulations to Porter for lending his voice to an important cause and producing a powerful portrayal of the pain opioid misuse causes.”

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

  • Second Place: Palmer Williams of Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, Georgia (Cobb County School District) will receive $5,000 for the video “One Bad Choice.”
  • Third Place: Calvin SimonElijah MitchellHassiara McNeal, and Jessica Ohlsen of Atlantic County Institute of Technology in Atlantic County, N.J. (Atlantic County Vocational School District) will receive $1,000 for their contribution titled “This Isn’t You.”
  • People’s Choice Award: Garrett MillerAyanna FourteRobert Smith and ZaQuan Muhammad of Kenwood Academy in Chicago, Ill. (Chicago Public School District) earned the most votes in the People’s Choice Award category for “Don’t Do It.” Selected through a period of public voting online, the People’s Choice Award winners will receive an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the DEA Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

The prizes awarded to the first, second, third place and People’s Choice Award winners are provided courtesy of the DEA Educational Foundation.

The videos of the winners can be viewed at operationprevention.com/video-challenge. Winning public service announcements will be featured across DE and DEA digital and social media platforms.

“Porter’s ‘Operation Prevention’ video submission communicated an honest, connected and proactive stance on dangers of drug abuse,” said Kelly Thomas, fine arts teacher, Pine View High School, Washington County School District. “It’s vital that we raise conversations and inspire solutions in the fight against the opioid epidemic. He continues to use his art to help the world become a better place.”

“Congratulations to all challenge winners for starting an important conversation with teens across the nation. We’re humbled by the students, families and educators who have joined this tremendous effort to promote drug-free living in our communities and schools,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education.

To learn more about Operation Prevention, visit operationprevention.com. For more information about Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus services, digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @DiscoveryEd.

To review the full press release, visit HERE. For photo and video assets, click HERE.

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About the Drug Enforcement Administration

The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration 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

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., 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. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.


Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Instruction Aligns to WIDA PRIME V2 Correlation Criteria for English Language Learners  

 

Third-party review of the online reading and mathematics program identifies how i-Ready represents the components of the English Language Development Standards and WIDA Standards Framework for EL students in Grades K–8

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., June 13, 2018—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Instruction for Grades K–8 recently met all correlation criteria for the WIDA PRIME V2 Protocol for Review of Instructional Materials for ELLs (PRIME V2). The PRIME V2 offers educators a methodology to determine how instructional materials are correlated to the WIDA Standards Framework, connected to English and Spanish Language Development Standards, and relevant for both US domestic and international audiences to meet the academic needs of English Language Learners (ELLs).

i-Ready’s ELL support is built directly into the program’s instructional materials—it is embedded, not an add-on,” said Claudia Salinas, Vice President of English Learning at Curriculum Associates. “The alignment to the WIDA correlations underscores our company’s commitment to helping all students succeed and will greatly assist educators in making informed decisions as they select instructional materials for their reading and mathematics programs.”

The WIDA PRIME V2 correlation process identifies how the components of the 2012 Amplification of the English Language Development Standards (K–12) and the Spanish Language Development (SLD) Standards (K–12) are represented in instructional materials. The PRIME V2 specifically examines instructional materials’ asset-based philosophy, academic language, performance definitions, and strands of model performance indictors and the standards matrices.

Built to address the rigor of the new standards, i-Ready’s mathematics and reading programs help students make real gains. i-Ready collects a broad spectrum of rich data on student abilities that identifies areas where a student is struggling, measures growth across a student’s career, supports teacher-led differentiated instruction, and provides a personalized instructional path within a single online solution.

i-Ready supports different levels of language proficiency and specifically engages EL students through text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world instruction. The vocabulary words used throughout the instructional program include Tier 2 high-utility words that are specifically chosen to maximize EL students’ vocabulary.

i‑Ready is currently being used this school year by nearly 15 percent of all K–8 students nationwide across all 50 states. To learn more about i-Ready, visit www.i-Ready.com/achievement.

To learn more about i-Ready Instruction’s alignment to PRIME V2, visit the WIDA website https://www.wceps.org/widaprimev2/.

About Curriculum Associates

Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.


New Efficacy Research Demonstrates Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Meets Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Federal Funding Requirements, Including School Improvement Funds

Schools can use Title I funding to implement evidence-based curriculum to support student achievement 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., June 12, 2018—A new research study titled “Ready Efficacy: Research on Ready Program Impact” demonstrates that Curriculum Associates’ Ready Mathematics and Ready Reading instruction for Grades 3–8 meets the federal funding requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Given this research, Ready qualifies as a Level 3 program demonstrating “Promising Evidence,” and schools nationwide can use Title I or school improvement funding to implement the curriculum as an evidence-based program as defined by ESSA. Most importantly, research confirms that students who have access to Ready instruction outperform their peers on state summative English language arts and mathematics assessments.

Ready has long been a leader in introducing rigor and quality materials into classrooms,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “As a company, we strive to help the millions of students using our programs to reach grade-level proficiency, and this study underscores our strong progress in fulfilling that goal.”

Curriculum Associates’ study examined the performance of thousands of New York schools on the 2016–2017 state assessments and found that scores on the New York State Grades 3–8 Test were substantially higher for those schools with access to Ready than for schools without access toReady.

Ready is a rigorous classroom instruction and practice program that fully prepares students for the demands of today’s mathematics and reading standards in a highly interactive way, while providing teachers with step-by-step, point-of-use support to teach most effectively. Ready Mathematics helps students develop mathematical reasoning, engage in discourse, and build strong mathematical habits. Ready Reading engages students in opportunities to practice close reading strategies with authentic text, and its scaffolded instructional design builds students’ confidence in reading over time.

In 2017, Ready materials were used by more than 3.5 million students nationwide across all 50 states. To learn more about Ready, visit ReadyCommonCore.com.

To read the complete research study, visit https://www.curriculumassociates.com/readyessa.

 

About Curriculum Associates

Founded in 1969, Curriculum Associates, LLC designs research-based print and online instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer service provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching diverse student populations and fostering learning for all students.

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Dynamic Content from UNICEF, the National Park Service, USC Shoah Foundation and More Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services

 

–Exciting New Content Supports Both Student Instruction and Educator Professional Learning –

 

Silver Spring, Md. (June 11, 2018)  Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced today it has added a host of new digital assets to its award-winning supplemental and digital textbook services. The recently added content empowers educators to create dynamic digital learning environments that engage students and boost academic achievement.

 

Among the content added to Discovery Education’s digital services are:

·     Kid Power Ups Content from UNICEF: Availableinall Discovery Education services, Kid Power Ups are short, interactive videos that provide the ideal brain break to help students re-focus. Each time an educator completes 10 Kid Power Ups videos, UNICEF unlocks one packet of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) to treat children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, a life-threatening condition that affects 16 million children worldwide.

·     Unique Career Content and More from the National Park Service: Two series from the National Park Service have been added to Discovery Education Streaming Plusand the Science Techbook. Study the Scientistprofiles the roles of ornithologists, botanists, hydrologists, fire archaeologists, and more interesting science careers at Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Nature Notestravels to Yosemite National Park where park rangers, scientists, and historians showcase the majestic landscapes and unique wildlife found within the park.

·     NASA Reading Passages and Animations:70 new reading passages from NASA providing insight into planets, weather patterns on Earth, and even shooting stars are now available in Discovery Education Streaming Plusand Science Techbook. In addition, 12 animations from the NASA Earth Observatory have been added to those services that highlight changes to Earth’s weather patterns, temperature, and atmosphere over time.

·     An Exciting Virtual Field Trip from EA SPORTS: Now available in all Discovery Education services, the EA SPORTS: Madden NFL: Football by the Numbers Virtual Field Triptakes students behind the scenes of EA SPORTS to learn how data powers video game development. The team behind Madden NFL shares how player statistics and visual data are collected and integrated into the game to provide the most realistic gaming experience possible.

·     Primary Source Testimonies from USC Shoah Foundation: Discovery Education has partnered with USC Shoah Foundation to bring video testimonies to Discovery Education Streaming Plusand Social Studies Techbook. 70 curated primary source testimony clips from survivors and witnesses of genocides throughout history provide students the opportunity to understand the impact that historical events have on individuals, communities, and society as a whole. 

“One of the tremendous benefits of using curated, high-quality digital content services like those from Discovery Education is that exciting standards-aligned new media is always being added,” said Beth Matusiewicz, an educator from Wisconsin’s North Lakeland School District. “I look forward to integrating this fresh content into my classroom instruction.” 

 

Discovery Education also added helpful professional learning content to Discovery Education Streaming Plus Produced in conjunction with members of the Discovery Educator Network (DEN), two Hot Topics videos have been created to provide educators instructional strategies that support language learners and literacy. Additionally, a video that demonstrates how instruction can be differentiated by content, process, product, and learning environment is now also available. The DEN is a part of the Discovery Education Community, a global community of education professionals that 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.

 

“Providing dynamic, up-to-date, engaging resources is at the core of Discovery Education’s mission to empower all educators with the resources they need to transform teaching and learning,” said Marty Creel, Discovery Education’s Chief Academic Officer. “As we add new content to our digital services, Discovery Education’s expert curriculum team will continue listening closely to the needs of the 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students we serve.”

Discovery Education Streaming Plusis a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas that helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information across all subject areas. Students can access a variety of digital assets such as images, primary source documents, podcasts, articles, and videos, then are empowered to become content creators with a suite of content creation tools that help teachers and students safely and easily collaborate in real-time on virtual projects. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, and content collections organized around themes, as well as a collection of STEM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.

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

For more information about Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus and other services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

 

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About Discovery Education

 

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., 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. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

 

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ISTE Releases Draft Computer Science Standards For Educators

Educators’ feedback crucial to development

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — June 12, 2018 — The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) recently released the initial draft of the ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators. ISTE is providing an opportunity for thought leaders in computer science (CS) education and for educators at all levels to help develop the next generation of computing standards for educators.

 

The new ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators, exclusively sponsored by LEGO Education, will establish a vision for the knowledge and skills educators need to effectively teach CS to all students across curriculum and will guide professional learning for all educators. More than 200 individuals provided feedback during the initial phase of the update process. The standards were last updated six years ago.

 

ISTE has brought together a diverse group of individuals who represent many areas of education, from elementary to high school, including teacher preparation, research and evaluation, and expert voices in computing. Organizations represented on the Standards Technical Working Group and Stakeholder Advisory Council includeCSforALL, the Computer Science Teachers Association, the National Math and Science Initiative and others. The Technical Working Group is made up of 12 individuals from all levels and areas of education.

 

“It is an honor to be selected for the ISTE Technical Working Group,” said Snehal Bhakta, career and technical education, Clark County Schools and member of the Technical Working Group. “Too often standards are just written words, however the changes we made to the ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators truly make them relevant and empowering for educators to apply in any classroom by including tags for social impact and real-world application. We all agreed that the standards had to take a global and diverse viewpoint that supported educatorsand in all classrooms globally.”

 

“Updating the ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators is a critical step to reaching the goal of providing computer science opportunities to all students,” said ISTE CEO Richard Culatta. “The ISTE Standards reflect a significant change – outlining the skills all educators need to prepare their students to be problem solvers and digital creators, no matter what they teach.  This is an important shift from the way we’ve thought of CS in the past, and the ISTE Standards for CSE will help guide teachers and empower students.”

 

From now until July, ISTE is seeking all educators to provide feedback. There are several ways to get involved, more information is available at http://www.iste.org/standards/computer-science-standards-refresh. There will be an interactive session where attendees can weigh in on the ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators at ISTE 2018 in Chicago. The session will be held on Monday, June 25, 9:00–10:00 am. The new ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators will be available Fall 2018.

 

About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation. Our worldwide network believes in the potential technology holds to transform teaching and learning.

 

ISTE sets a bold vision for education transformation through the ISTE Standards, a framework for students, educators, administrators, coaches and computer science educators to rethink education and create innovative learning environments. ISTE hosts the annual ISTE Conference & Expo, one of the world’s most influential edtechevents. The organization’s professional learning offerings include online courses, professional networks, year-round academies, peer-reviewed journals and other publications. ISTE is also the leading publisher of books focused on technology in education. For more information, visit iste.org. Subscribe to ISTE’s YouTube channel and connect with ISTE on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

 

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Indiana’s Hamilton Southeastern Schools Select Discovery Education Science Techbook for Use Across All K-12 Grade Levels

-New Digital Textbook Empowers District Educators to Create Immersive, Real-World Learning Experiences That More Deeply Engage Students in Science-

Silver Spring, Md. (June 6, 2018) – Indiana’s Hamilton Southeastern Schools(HSE) announced today that it has chosen Discovery Education’s Science Techbook for use in all K-12 grade levels across the district. The selection of this digital textbook, created by Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, launches a new partnership empowering HSE’s educators to create immersive, real-world learning experiences that more deeply engages students in science education and helps boost academic achievement.

 

HSE’s new partnership with Discovery Education directly aligns to the district’s mission of providing educational opportunities for each student that help them reach their fullest potential, become responsible citizens, and positively influence the ever-changing world community. By integrating Discovery Education Science Techbook into all HSE classroom instruction, teachers will have powerful new tools that will help them create engaging science lessons that ignite student interest in scientific concepts.

 

Discovery Education’s Techbooks are award-winning digital textbooks that are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and are updated regularly at no cost. The series encourages all learners through interactive features that change the reading level of text and enable text to be read aloud. The Techbook series saves teachers’ time with a comprehensive design that places model lessons, student activities and assessments at their fingertips. Techbooks are platform neutral and can be used in one-to-one or one-to-many configurations and in any instructional environment.

 

Discovery Education’s Science Techbook series empowers educators to transform science instruction. Utilizing an inquiry-based format built on the Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate (5E) model, each Science Techbook includes rich, standards-aligned content such as 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 bilingual text-to-speech and leveled reading tools and note-taking and highlighting capabilities.

 

The Science Techbooks series also includes valuable STEM resources as well. STEM Project Starters 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.”  Embedded formative assessment opportunities that help educators monitor student progress are embedded into each Techbook, and like all Discovery Education digital textbooks, the Science Techbooks work on any device.

 

“Our students need to be ready not only for the 21st century but also for the 22nd century as well.The HSE team is committed to helping all students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them for their adult careers, no matter what form they take,” said Hamilton Southeastern Schools Superintendent Dr. Allen Bourff. “Discovery Education is aligned to that mission, and our new partnership will play a critical role in creating the engaging and rewarding learning experiences all students need for future success.”

 

In addition to integrating the Science Techbook into classroom instruction, HSE’middle school and high school educators will also participate in sustained, job-embedded professional development from Discovery Education’s expert faculty that will help the educators evolve their teaching practice and effectively use Techbook in the classroom. The Discovery Education Community will also support all Hamilton Southeastern teachers’ 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 looks forward to supporting the teachers and administrators at Hamilton Southeastern Schools as they make their digital transition and create engaging science learning environments,” said, Discovery Education Educational Partnerships Manager Steven Weniger. “We are proud to collaborate with the district in their mission to provide a high-quality education to all students that prepares them for success in an ever-changing world,  and look forward to working closely with HSE’s talented educators.”

 

For more information about Discovery Education’s Science Techbook and other services visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

 

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About Discovery Education
As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., 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. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.




New York City Department of Education ‘Lighthouse School’ M.S. 88 Integrates Computational Thinking into Core Subjects to Prepare Students for 21st Century Careers

 

Through “Ignite My Future in School” Tata Consultancy Services and Discovery Education, in Partnership with Cornell Tech, Deliver Digital Skills to Students and World-Class Professional Development to Educators in New York City

 

NEW YORK, NY (Thursday, June 7, 2018) – Tata Consultancy Services, (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital education content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced the launch of their Ignite My Future in School initiative in partnership with Cornell Tech. Through this program, New York City teachers will receive professional development, educational resources and year-round support to integrate computational thinking into core subjects such as math, sciences, arts, and social studies. In turn, students will learn foundational skills for 21st century careers – across industries – through this pioneering approach.

“To ensure children are prepared to enter the workforce of tomorrow we need teachers who are equipping them with the skills and knowledge to succeed, such as computational thinking and problem solving concepts,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. “I applaud TCS for bringing the Ignite My Future in School program to New York City schools, teachers and students. As a major technology employer across the US, TCS knows firsthand what skills are required for today’s and tomorrow’s workforce and is working across the country to address the STEM and computer science skills gap.”

“Computers are no longer the future; they are here and they are running the show,” said Council Member Ben Kallos, District 5 (UES/Roosevelt Island). “Integrating computational thinking into math, science, and arts curricula is the only way the current and future generations of students will learn these skills. What TCS and Discovery Education are doing through the Ignite My Future in School initiative is phenomenal and will for sure have a profound, positive impact on the lives of many teachers and students who get to participate. I hope this becomes a model for the city and the nation.”

The newly inaugurated Tata Innovation Center at Cornell Tech will host more than 100 educators from New York City today, beginning with three school districts in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Local teachers will have the chance to apply computational thinking during the Day of Discovery, participating in hands-on activities while accessing lesson plans and classroom resources.

“At Cornell Tech, we are committed to broadening participation in computing through partnerships with K-12 public schools,” said Diane Levitt, Senior Director of K-12 Education at Cornell Tech. “We want every student to have the content, skills, and strategies to build something digital that has meaning to them. We’re so excited about sharing Ignite My Future in School with NYC teachers because it makes integrating computational thinking engaging for students, with a low barrier to entry for teachers.”

The Park Slope Education Complex at MS88 in Brooklyn will serve as the program’s anchor school for this potential citywide initiative encouragingcareer readiness while empowering students for 21st century careers. Computational thinking provides a solid foundation in all subjects especially computer science, opening up future opportunities with innovative digital technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and Cybersecurity. By neatly embedding curriculums and consistently reinforcing critical thinking, Ignite My Future in School hopes to bridge the talent gap and develop relevant skills for the 21st century.

“Creating pathways for students to gain skills that power today’s digital economy is essential to their success and the future of the nation,” said Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, TCS. “I applaud the early adopters from across NYC DOE schools for their forward thinking, as well as Cornell Tech for their support in making this a true partnership across industry, academia and education.”

These select schools have the unique opportunity of learning and applying computational thinking through an annual free day of professional development for educators and community night for guardians. Additionally, TCS and Discovery Education have launched the digital platform,IgniteMyFutureInSchool.org to provide teachers nationwide with an exclusive, cost-free, virtual professional development experience that includes lesson plans, curriculum resources, eLearning courses, and webinars. These resources are aligned to national standards, as well as the recently launched K-12 Computer Science Framework.

On a national level, Ignite My Future in School has a goal of engaging 20,000 teachers and one million U.S. students by 2021. As a first step towards this objective, TCS and Discovery Education partnered with U.S. school systems in California, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin as early adopters of this transdisciplinary approach. Since September 2017, the program has engaged over 3,300 educators impacting more than 185,000 students. In addition, educators from all 50 states and Washington D.C. have downloaded the lesson plans and modules available on IgniteMyFutureInSchool.org.

 

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About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS):

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT services, consulting and business solutions organization that has been partnering with many of the world’s largest businesses in their transformation journeys for the last fifty years. TCS offers a consulting-led, Cognitive powered, integrated portfolio of IT, Business & Technology Services, and engineering. This is delivered through its unique Location Independent Agile delivery model, recognized as a benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest multinational business group, TCS has over 394,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of US $ 19.09 billion for year ended March 31, 2018 and is listed on the BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and the NSE (National Stock Exchange) in India. TCS’ proactive stance on climate change and award winning work with communities across the world have earned it a place in leading sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), MSCI Global Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Emerging Index. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com. To stay up-to-date on TCS news in North America, follow @TCS_NA. For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News.

About Discovery Education:

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., 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. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

About Cornell Tech:

Cornell Tech brings together faculty, business leaders, tech entrepreneurs and students in a catalytic environment to produce visionary results grounded in significant needs that will reinvent the way we live in the digital age. From 2012-2017, the campus was temporarily located in Google’s New York City building. In fall 2017, 30 world-class faculty and almost 300 graduate students moved to the first phase of Cornell Tech’s permanent campus on Roosevelt Island, continuing to conduct groundbreaking research, collaborate extensively with tech-oriented companies and organizations and pursue their own startups. When fully completed, the campus will include two million square feet of state-of-the-art buildings, over two acres of open space, and will be home to more than 2,000 graduate students and hundreds of faculty and staff.

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GreyED Accepted into Prestigious SETDA Emerging Partners Program

The partnership allows for companies to work together in improving education through technology policy and practice, and to take action on issues facing public education

(Minneapolis, Mn. & Alexandria, Va.) June 7, 2018 — GreyED Solutions announced today their acceptance into the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) Emerging Private Sector Partners Program, which launches this month. The partnership allows companies to benefit from opportunities to showcase their products and services, receive feedback and advice, and engage in thoughtful dialogue with educational leaders.

“We are deeply appreciative to SETDA for selecting us to be a part of their 2018 Emerging Partners Program,” said Julie Carter, EdD, the co-founder and CEO of GreyED Solutions. “We look forward to sharing FilterED with SETDA members, including state educational technology directors, and state and regional curriculum and instruction, assessment, and professional development leaders, at the 2018 SETDA Emerging Technologies Leadership Forum in Chicago.”

FilterED is a cloud-based, comprehensive tool used to view evidence and data in an easy-to-read format. The digital tool assesses six critical elements that make up an organization’s edtech ecosystem. GreyED’s analysis solution gathers rich, complex data from stakeholders and presents the organizational results using an intuitive, dynamic dashboard. School leaders can use this platform to identify where their strengths are, track growth over time, and ultimately provide transparency to community and school board members when making the decision to purchase and implement new technology in their school. Learn more about FilterED here.

“Making informed decisions to purchase technology at a school or district level is a true challenge for a variety of reasons,” said Carter. “But GreyED Solutions and its FilterED product offer that much-needed set of tools for district leaders who want to understand and maximize their investments in technology in a way that’s visual and concrete.”

During the Emerging Technologies Leadership Forum, which takes place June 22–25, state members and the private sector will engage in a discussion of the importance in digital learning across the nation. For more information about SETDA’s current Emerging Partners as well as a full list of those who were chosen, please click here.

“By taking responsibility for engaging with emerging education and technology companies, state-level digital learning leaders play a valuable role in ensuring that future educational technology products and services are of high-quality and align with state education goals and needs,” said Dr. Tracy Weeks, SETDA’s Executive Director. “The Emerging Private Sector Partners program is a way to learn from one another in a highly supportive environment, while also providing a vitally important lens to our vision and mission of improving education through technology policy and practice.”

About GreyED Solutions
GreyED Solutions’ mission is to help schools more effectively implement technology and guide edtech businesses in the development of technology products that truly deliver value to educators and students. GreyED Solutions is a small group of innovative and dedicated leaders who understand education technology as both end users and as developers. Our collective experience in education technology encompasses industry insight, instruction, infrastructure, organizational change, professional development, and strategic planning. We are instructors at heart, technologists by trade, and leaders by design. Learn more atGreyEDSolutions.com.

About the State Educational Technology Directors Association 
The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), founded in 2001, is the national non-profit association representing the interests of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leadership. SETDA’s mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information, please visit SETDA.org.


TERRIFIC NEW BOOKS FROM LEARNING SCIENCES INTERNATIONAL

LEARN MORE AT WWW.LEARNINGSCIENCES.COM

 

Book Summaries:

Creating the Schools Our Children Need: Why what We’re Doing Now Won’t Help Much, And What We Can Do Instead – Dr. Dylan Wiliam

Research shows school improvement initiatives are most effective when they come from the district level, rather than the state. While there is no one solution to school improvement that holds true in every classroom every time, there are two clearly identified aspects that improve the odds of school success: implementing a curriculum focused on developing knowledge and supporting a culture where every teacher improves.­­­­

In Creating the Schools Our Children Need, Dr. Dylan Wiliam outlines a framework for evaluating new district initiatives, and guides school boards, administrators, and district leaders through a breakdown of why what we’re doing right now won’t help much, and what we need to be doing instead.

The Gritty Truth of School Transformation: Eight Phases of Growth to Instructional Rigor – Amy M. Dujon

Currently, schools define themselves by state metrics. But when we dig down into the numbers, questions remain: Do good schools get positive numbers despite good instruction, or because of it? Do lower performing schools get negative numbers because of subpar instruction, or something else? Which characteristics of the building’s community determine a school’s success?

Amy M. Dujon’s The Gritty Truth of School Transformation answers these questions and more by revealing how schools of all shapes, sizes, and socio-economic and academic backgrounds can achieve real faculty and student growth by implementing rigorous instruction in the classroom and empowering school leaders to establish and grow a vision of excellence that involves both teachers and students.

Classroom Techniques for Creating Conditions for Rigorous Instruction – Jennifer A. Cleary, Terry A. Morgan, Robert J. Marzano

Classroom Techniques for Creating Conditions for Rigorous Instruction offers teachers of all grade levels and subjects a practical guide to help improve performances of instructional strategies designed to create conditions for rigorous instruction.

By recognizing that rigorous instruction and learning don’t just happen by accident, the strategies include establishing rules and procedures, using engagement strategies when necessary, establishing and maintaining effective relationships, and communicating high expectations for all students. These strategies allow teachers to intentionally plan, implement, monitor, adapt, and reflect on elements of their instructional practice.

Educating Hispanic and Latino Students: Opening the Doors to Hope, Promise and Possibility – Jaime Castellano

This book fills an important need in the education professional development market, as it explores how educators can better understand this burgeoning student demographic and uncover the strategies and practices to better educate this Hispanic/Latino population. This book contains a lot of stats, facts and projections that will appeal to the more data-driven reader.

By recognizing that Hispanic/Latino students are vital linguistic, economic, and social resources to our society, this book is rooted in the firm belief that educational equity, access, and higher expectations should be the driving force to provide Hispanic/Latino students a quality education that prepares them for a successful and meaningful future.

The Power of We: Creating Positive and Collaborative Classroom Communities – Ron Nash

In Ron Nash’s The Power of We, powerful first-hand stories supported by expert research help fuel the author’s awakening to the truth that engaging students means involving them as active participants in their own learning.

This includes recognizing that students have an endless capacity of positive energy that can be harnessed into deeper understanding with just a few adjustments to the traditional model of teacher – learner – test. With the strategies and tools that Nash has found to successfully help students learn—especially when those students spend the time to truly reflect on their experiences in the classroom—The Power of We is a testament to the power of collective action in the classroom.

 


EducationPlus Extends Relationship with Discovery Education, Reaffirming 10-Year Commitment to Dynamic Digital Learning Environments 

 

–Renewal of Long-Term Partnership Ensures 58 Member Districts Continued Access to Award-Winning Digital Content from Discovery Education- 

Silver Spring, Md. (May 21, 2018)– Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced a renewal of its long-term partnership with EducationPlus. By extending their 10-year relationship with Discovery Education, EducationPlus reaffirms its commitment to empowering their 58 member school systems to create dynamic digital learning environments with high-quality content from Discovery Education Streaming Plus.

EducationPlus is a non-profit, membership-driven educational service agency serving 58-member school districts in the St. Louis metropolitan area.  Bringing together school districts to share resources, information, and ideas through exemplary, nationally-recognized services in educational technology, cooperative purchasing, staff development, and more, EducationPlus is helping member districts prepare students for success in the world.

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is an award-winning comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. The streaming service helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information. Students can access a variety of digital assets including images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, articles, videos, interactives, and more, and are empowered to become content creators with a suite of content creation tools that help teachers and students safely and easily collaborate in real-time on virtual projects. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, interactive learning courses, and content collections organized around themes, as well as a collection of new STEM/STEAM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.

EducationPlus is also partnering with Discovery Education to bring member districts professional learning opportunities that help maximize the impact of digital content and improve students’ academic achievement.

“EducationPlus, celebrating our 90thanniversary, was founded as Cooperating School by a group of school superintendents who believed in the importance of sharing ideas and resources,” said Dr. Paul Ziegler, EducationPlus Executive Director. “Today, EducationPlus displays the power of collaboration by bringing school districts together to network on education issues and enhance classroom instruction through programs like those offered by Discovery Education. We are proud to continue this strong relationship, as it plays a key role in both supporting our member districts and improving student achievement.”

The Discovery Education Community will also continue supporting EducationPlus members’ efforts to create more personalized learning experiences. This global community of education professionals connects members in school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

“We at Discovery Education are very pleased to continue our long-term collaboration with Education Plus,” said Kelly Hines, Discovery Education’s Senior Director of Partner Engagement. “Together, we are ensuring member educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area have access to the dynamic digital content they need to create learning environments that will prepare students for success beyond the classroom.”

For more information on EducationPlus, visit http://www.edplus.org.

For more information about Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus and other services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com, and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest. 

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About Discovery Education

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc., 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. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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SETDA Announces Partnership with EdTech Startups

Offering Wide Variety of K-12 Education Solutions

May 21, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) – The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal membership association representing U.S. state and territorial digital learning leaders, announced today its sixth annual cohort of Emerging Private Sector Partners. These innovative education technology startups were selected through a competitive application process and will be introduced as a cohort at the upcoming Emerging Technologies Forum on June 23 and 24, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

“We are thrilled to announce our successful selection as a SETDA Emerging Private Sector Partner,” said Ian Simpson, co-founder, Blending Education. “We are very much looking forward to working with education technology leaders to explore ways that microlearning, a way of delivering content in small, manageable units, can open up new possibilities for personalizing learning for each student and create a deeper awareness of how people learn in this century.

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The partnership with SETDA announced today will open up new opportunities for us to share more broadly the student benefits from microlearning and blended learning.”

The following startups were selected from a number of applicants through a competitive process to participate in the program for 2018-2019:

Ask School Data       http://askschooldata.com/

Blending Education   https://blending.education/

GreyEd Solutions     http://filteredeffect.com/

Goennounce              https://goennounce.com/

Kiddom                      https://www.kiddom.co/

Leaderally                  https://www.leaderally.com/

Loose Canon              https://loosecanon.com/

RFPMatch.com         http://www.rfpmatch.com/

Tresit Group              https://www.tresitgroup.com/

WISEDash Local      https://wisedashlocal.org/

Wonder Workshop  https://www.makewonder.com/

These startups will join the following companies continuing as Year 2 and Year 3 Emerging Partners for a full year of engagement with SETDA’s state leaders,affiliates and annual partners over the next twelve months:

CatchOn         http://www.getcatchon.com/

Cignition         https://cignition.com/

Classcraft       https://www.classcraft.com/

LeaRn            https://learnplatform.com/

MIDAS Education     http://www.midaseducation.com/

Readorium     https://www.readorium.com/

Streamable Learning https://streamablelearning.com/

Vital Insight     http://vitalinsightsolutions.com/

SETDA’s unique Emerging Partners Program is designed to foster opportunities for startups to be seen and heard by state and national digital learning leaders. Throughout the course of the year, this program creates intentional, in-person and virtual opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue regarding national or state trends in K-12 and higher education, as well as products and services that states and districts need.

“Our partnerships with these startups energizes our work as leaders in the digital age, and reaffirms our commitment to be constantly learning what’s new and at the edge of innovation with regard to education technology,” shared Dr. Tracy Weeks, SETDA’s Executive Director. “This collaboration does more than just spotlight new technologies for our membership, it opens the door to important relationships and conversations while providing valuable opportunities for these growing companies to get in front of nearly all 50 states at the same time.”

Over the next year, the cohort of Emerging Partners will also have the opportunity to benefit from interactions with education industry experts like Academic Business Advisors, ARC Capital Development, C. Blohm & Associates, Forward Thinking EDU, AWS EdStart Program, The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) and other companies/organizations who also partner with SETDA.

Link to the full press release on SETDA.ORG is at 2018 Emerging Partners Announced.

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About SETDA

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), founded in 2001, is the national non-profit association representing the interests of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leadership. SETDA’s mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information on our Private Sector Partner program, visit: www.setda.org/partners/#!/emerging-private-sector-partners.

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FROM NCTQ.ORG

In a new brief, States, strikes, and teacher salaries, our team provides some additional insight into what’s motivating teacher strikes across the country. Clearly, teachers need to be paid more in some states and districts, but when it comes to thinking about how we improve teacher salaries moving forward, a more in-depth understanding of teacher pay issues is essential.

Key takeaways from the brief include:

  • In states that have minimum salary schedules for teachers, almost all districts add additional money. Oklahoma is an exception, where nearly two-thirds of districts add nothing to the minimum salary. How much districts add varies from less than $3,000 in West Virginia and North Carolina to tens of thousands of dollars in Ohio.

  • When it comes to how much money teachers can make across a career, salary increases early on make all the difference. Oklahoma and West Virginia have slow climbs early in teachers’ careers, with an increase of less than $10,000 in your first ten years of teaching.

  • Teacher salary and strike reporting that only includes average salaries for all teachers in the state doesn’t accurately reflect the reality for all teachers since salaries vary wildly across districts within the same state. For example, in Kentucky the difference in starting salaries between the lowest paying district and the highest paying district is over $10,000.

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Impero Software Announces Philip Walters as its New Chairman

Walters has more than 40 years of experience in the global education marketplace

 

Austin, TX, May 18, 2018 – Impero Software, a leading provider of classroom management, network and online safety software to schools, today announces Philip Walters as its new board chairman. Walters, of London, brings the wealth of knowledge and expertise he has acquired during his more than 40 years in the global education marketplace to Impero as it enters into a new phase of growth.

“Impero Software helps schools safeguard students and supports the work of teachers and IT departments,” said Walters. “These are important tasks and I look forward to working with the company as we move forward with this work both in the UK, and the U.S.”

Walters currently serves as Advisory Director of Investcorp, which assumed ownership of Impero Software through its technology-focused private equity Fund, Investcorp Technology Partners, in August 2017. Walters is also chairman of EdComs, the UK’s largest communications and marketing agency specializing in education, and CABI, a UK-based intergovernmental organization that supports subsistence and small-holding farmers around the world.

Walters previously served as chair of GL Education, the leading provider of educational tests and assessments to UK schools; Rising Stars UK, the second largest primary school publisher in the UK; and Book Source, a UK-based book distributor. Walters also was chief executive of Hodder Education, one of the top three school publishers in the UK, and he has served as a non-executive director of Nelson Croom, Encyclopedia Britannica (London), and Yale University Press (London).

Walters also has extensive experience in the non-profit sector including as chair of Book Aid International, a charity that equips libraries in sub-Saharan African countries with textbooks and readers.

In 2010, Walters was awarded membership in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to educational publishing. The MBE is an honor bestowed upon those in the UK who have made notable contributions to the arts and sciences, charitable organizations or public service.

“Mr. Walters’ extensive experience in the education field will be a tremendous asset to Impero as we move forward in our next phase of growth,” said Richard Fuller, CEO of Impero Software. “We look forward to working closely with Mr. Walters as we continue our work in supporting schools, students and teachers.”

Impero Software provides network management and online safety software to schools throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. The company partners with schools to provide online monitoring software that can alert instructors or administrators if it detects students typing or searching for certain keywords related to sexting, cyberbullying, radicalization, self-harm and more. It also provides anonymous reporting features and tools to help schools and IT departments manage multiple devices.

In addition to providing software to schools, Impero is also supports for digital citizenship education in schools. It partnered with advocacy organizations to produce white papers at the 2017 and 2016 Digital Citizenship Summits. It also released an Online Safety Handbook in 2017 which provides resources and best practices for schools that are using Impero Education Pro. It released a video in 2017 highlighting the dangers of bullying and sexting, and how online monitoring software can help schools detect problems before they escalate.

 

About Impero Software

Impero Software offers remote monitoring and management software, relied upon by education establishments around the world. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5 million devices in over 90 countries. Impero is used by over 1,400 UK high schools and in over 500 US districts.

Impero’s cutting edge EdTech 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. Impero’s sophisticated online safety functionality uses keyword detection technology to help schools safeguard students online. For more information visit: www.imperosoftware.com.

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