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Discovery Education, the National Football League and the American Heart Association Inspire a Healthier Generation with “NFL PLAY 60 Challenge Virtual Experience: Your Roadmap to a Healthy Heart” Premiere

 

— Minnesota Vikings’ Everson Griffen and Kyle Rudolph, and AHA volunteer Dr. Courtney Baechler take students nationwide on a journey to learn how the heart really works and how they can boost heart health with 60 minutes or more of physical activity a day —

 

Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, September 21, 2017– Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, together with the National Football League and the American Heart Association, have collaborated to inspire physically active lifestyles in schools and homes across the country. TheNFL PLAY 60 Challenge Virtual Experience: Your Roadmap to a Healthy Heart, announced today, will premiere on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. ET, providing students nationwide with the tools they need to get 60 minutes or more of physical activity needed each day.

 

“Following the success of the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge Virtual Field Tripat the Super Bowl LI in February, we are excited to team again with the American Heart Association and Discovery Education to teach more students the importance of getting physically active,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility ANNA ISAACSON. “As we celebrate ten years of NFL PLAY 60, we look forward to advancing progress and building healthier generations of youth through fun and innovative platforms such as the Virtual Experience.”

 

The virtual experience will allow students to get up and get moving with Minnesota Vikings players EVERSON GRIFFEN and KYLE RUDOLPH,and AHA volunteer and cardiologist Dr. Courtney Baechler. NFL PLAY 60 Challenge Virtual Experience hosts will teach students how the heart works and how physical activity helps to keep it strong. During theimmersive virtual experience, students will learn exciting new facts while having fun and getting physically active with NFL players.

 

“The video helps us emphasize that kids can get active and helps them learn how much being physically active matters, all in a curriculum that’s easy to use in schools,” said AHA volunteer and cardiologist DR. COURTNEY BAECHLER. “I’m so honored to be a part of this project with the American Heart Association, the NFL, and Discovery Education. Empowering kids with this knowledge and teaching healthy habits early is a great first step to leading a long, heart healthy life.”

 

Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge Virtual Experience includes a virtual viewing party guide and a classroom activity designed to get the entire classroom up and moving.

 

“Discovery Education is proud to team up with the American Heart Association and the National Football League to inspire student’s health and wellbeing in schools and homes nationwide,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Discovery Education LORI MCFARLING. “The NFL PLAY 60 Challenge Virtual Experience provides educators and students with a fitness-focused immersive experience that empowers them with the tools they need to succeed.”

 

To register for the NFL PLAY 60 Challenge Virtual Experience: Your Roadmap to a Healthy Heart, please visit aha-nflplay60challenge.org/roadmap. The video will also be available after the premiere for “on demand viewing.”

 

Join the conversation! Educators and their students can join a LIVETwitter chat to get questions answered by @NFLPlay60,@American_Heart@DiscoveryEd and other featured participants using #GetMovingPLAY60. Educators can also submit their students’ questionsahead of time for the chance to have them answered during the live conversation, and Twitter chat participants can post photos of their students participating in the Challenge using #GetMovingPLAY60. Challenge participants have the opportunity to win a PLAY 60 in-a-box kit, which includes physical activity equipment from the NFL! For more information on the program or to access the site’s free resources, visitaha-nflplay60challenge.org.

 

Materials are also available through Discovery Education Streaming Plus. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest.

 

 

About NFL PLAY 60:

For a decade, NFL PLAY 60 has brought together the NFL’s long-standing commitment to health and fitness with partner organizations to increase physical activity among youth. Since the program was launched in 2007, the NFL has committed more than $350 million to youth health and fitness through programming, grants, and media time for public service announcements. The NFL and its teams have constructed more than 250 NFL Youth Fitness Zones and integrated programs into nearly 80,000 schools since the campaign launched. NFL PLAY 60 is also implemented locally, as part of the NFL’s in-school, after-school and team-based programs. For more information, visit NFL.com/PLAY60.

 

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke –  the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Tata Consultancy Services and Discovery Education Launch “Ignite My Future in School” to Prepare K-12 Students With Digital Skills for 21st Century Careers

 

10 U.S. School Systems and 190,000+ Students join as Early Computational Thinking Adopters, Receiving Professional Development, Educator Guides, Model Lesson Plans, CS Curriculum Connectors, and a Learning Leader for Year-round Support

 

WHAT:  Tata Consultancy Services, 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, have joined forces to launch Ignite My Future in School, a first-of-its-kind, multi-million dollar initiative leveraging computational thinking and new teaching resources as a catalyst to transform the way K-12 students learn across America. The goal of Ignite My Future in School is to prepare one million students for 21st century careers by 2021, by equipping more than 20,000 teachers in classrooms nationwide with resources to get students solving problems at an advanced level through the practice of computational thinking – a foundational 21st century skill for successful careers in every sector. Leaders in education, technology, business and entertainment will convene to engage teachers from across the nation in an exclusive immersive and virtual professional development experience. The engagement will catalyze their learning journey and will provide hands on learning experiences they can bring back to their classrooms.

 

Ten school systems in the following cities across the U.S., including:Brooklyn, NY; Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas, TX; Denver, Colo.; Detroit, Mich., Dublin, Calif.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Janesville, Wis.; San Anselmo, Calif.; andStone Mountain, Ga., have partnered with the initiative, with more to follow. These select schools will experience the unique opportunity to learn and apply computational thinking through a free day of award-winning Discovery Education Professional Development each year, followed by an Ignite My Future in School Community Night. These resources are aligned to national standards as well as the recently launched K-12 Computer Science Framework.

 

WHERE:
Discovery Communications

One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

 

WHEN:

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET

 

Optimal b-roll and press opportunities:

1:00 p.m. | Ignite My Future in School: The Vision 

Bill Goodwyn, President and CEO, Discovery Education

Surya Kant, President, Tata Consultancy Services North America, UK & Europe

 

1:20 p.m. | Ignite My Future in School: School System Partner Spotlight

Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, TCS

 

1:30 p.m. | Framing Our Understanding of Computational Thinking

Robin Porter, Director, Instructional Design, Discovery Education

 

1:50 p.m. | Computational Thinking from the Field

Dr. Dacia Jones, Computational Thinking Leader and Educational Expert

 

Note: Media pull-asides available with TCS and Discovery Education leadership at 2:00 p.m.

 

WHY: There are a host of jobs emerging over the next 10 years that do not exist today. “21st century skills” are new skills that are materializing as technology becomes the driving force behind what is required to be successful in future careers. Given the young history of computers, 21st century skills—including computational thinking—have not historically been a part of the traditional curriculum. Ignite my Future in School was created to equip schools with resources to advance teaching and learning as they work to prepare their students for success in the 21st century. To learn more about Ignite My Future in School, go to ignitemyfutureinschool.org.

 

CONTACT: To RSVP, email charmion_kinder@discovery.com byMonday, September 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

 

NOTE: This event will stream LIVE on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Visit, ignitemyfutureinschool.org to join the Ignite My Future in Schoollaunch event online.

 

For more information about Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus, digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @DiscoveryEd, or find us on Instagram and Pinterest. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

 

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About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS)

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT servicesconsulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of ITBPSinfrastructureengineeringand assurance services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 385,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of U.S. $17.6 billion for year ended March 31, 2017 and is listed on the BSE Limited and National Stock Exchange of India Limited. For more information, visit us at tcs.com. To stay up-to-date on TCS news in North America, follow @TCS_NA. For TCS global news, follow @TCS_News.

 

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Jackson Charitable Foundation and Discovery Education
Team Up to Launch “Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids!” Contest to

Empower the Next Generation of Leaders to be Fiscally Fit

 

— Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! Launches New Pledge Contest for a Chance to Win $10,000 for Schools and $1,000 for a Charity of their Choice, PLUS New Resources for Educators and Families to Help Students Grades K-6 Become Financially Empowered Adults 

 

Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, September 20) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms and Jackson Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit with the mission to advance financial knowledge on a national scale, today unveiled an all-new suite of Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids!activities, and a back-to-school contest, designed to bring personal finance topics to life across all subject areas. This engaging and fun financial education program, designed to train the next generation of financially empowered adults, equips students’ grades K-6 with the knowledge, tools and practice they need to make informed decisions to reach their goals and dreams.

 

“We are bringing Cha-Ching to schools across the country so it can be the spark that starts a conversation about money,” said Danielle Robinson, executive director, Jackson Charitable Foundation. “Whether it’s with parents, kids, teachers, students or people at any stage of their lives, one of the most important steps to financial wellness is planning, and planning begins with a conversation.”

Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! empowers youth with critical 21st century skills by beginning high-quality financial literacy education in elementary school, where it can be fundamentally embedded in core learning experiences. Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, the program includes educator resources, family activities, animated videos and more. Additionally, the Cha-Ching Money Smart Kids! contest invites elementary school teachers and families to take a pledge to teach kids how to “earn, save, spend and donate.” Contestants may enter for a chance to win $10,000 for their local school, plus a bonus of $1,000 for the charity of their school’s choice. The winning school will receive a fun financial literacy event at their school, and will enter the running to spend time with children’s educational media expert Dr. Alice Wilder, co-creator of Blue’s Clues and Super Why!, and the characters of Cha-Ching.

 

“Discovery Education is proud to partner with Jackson Charitable Foundation to prepare the next generation of leaders to make informed money decisions,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Cha-Ching promotes positive financial behavior, and empowers educators and families to teach young learners the building blocks of financial literacy.”

 

Launched in April 2017, this partnership amplifies engaging financial literacy content, and brings it to classrooms and families across the United States. Cha-Ching is a cartoon band that features six energetic characters, brought to life in music videos, that help children learn about fundamental money management concepts through the band members’ different approaches to money habits. The original videos were created by Dr. Wilder and feature storylines that spotlight the four key concepts of money: “earn, save, spend and donate.” These concepts emphasize the cycle of money and vital choices that are made every day, throughout life.

 

“Helping children learn money management concepts while engaging them in fun and memorable activities prepares them for a promising future,” said Jacqueline Prester, Business and Technology Teacher, Mansfield Public Schools, Massachusetts. “With Cha-Ching, Discovery Education and Jackson are putting students on a path to financial freedom in adulthood, where money smart habits can positively impact their families, communities and lives.”

 

These resources are available at Cha-ChingUSA.org/Contest and will become available through Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. 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 Jackson

Jackson National Life Insurance Company® (Jackson) is a leading provider of retirement products for industry professionals and their clients. The company offers a diverse range of products including variable, fixed and fixed index annuities designed for tax-efficient accumulation and distribution of retirement income for retail customers, and fixed income products for institutional investors. Jackson subsidiaries and affiliates provide specialized asset management and retail brokerage services. Jackson prides itself on product innovation, sound corporate risk management practices and strategic technology initiatives. Focused on thought leadership and education, the company develops proprietary research, industry insights and financial representative training on retirement planning and alternative investment strategies. Jackson is also dedicated to corporate social responsibility and supports charities focused on helping children and seniors in the communities where its employees live and work. For more information, visit jackson.com.

 

About Jackson Charitable Foundation

The Jackson Charitable Foundation, the charitable-giving arm of Jackson, is a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation. Its mission is to provide educational programming to increase the financial knowledge of Americans. Our vision is for all Americans to have the strong personal finance skills that allow people to live fuller, more self-directed lives. The Foundation works with Jackson associates and world-class partners to provide economic opportunities that build strong communities. Follow the Jackson Charitable Foundation at jacksoncharitablefoundation.org and on Twitter at @JacksonFdn.

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EXCITING VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP FROM THE NATIONAL FFA ORGANIZATION, SYNGENTA AND DISCOVERY EDUCATION HIGHLIGHT HOW STEM CONCEPTS LEARNED TODAY TRANSLATE INTO CAREERS TOMORROW

 

— New “Technology in Agriculture Virtual Field Trip” Also Offers Participants Opportunity to Explore Exciting High-Tech Careers in Agriculture —

 

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, September 19, 2017) – The National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Organization, Syngenta and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are collaborating to host a new virtual field trip on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. ET, entitledTechnology in Agriculture: Feeding the Growing Globe Virtual Field Trip.

 

During this no-cost unique learning experience, students will be transported to the Syngenta RTP Innovation Center, including its Advanced Crop Lab in Research Triangle Park, N.C.  There, participants will meet the analysts, agronomists, entomologists and others working at Syngenta to help farmers worldwide make better use of available resources sustainably. Through their stories, students will experience firsthand how the STEM concepts they are learning in the classroom are applied in the workplace. The immersive experience will also provide an opportunity for them to explore a number of interesting and rewarding careers. For more information on the Technology in Agriculture: Feeding the Growing Globe Virtual Field Trip or to register to participate, visitagexplorer.com/virtual-field-trip. To access the site’s free resources, visitAgExplorer.com.

 

“This is an exciting time in agriculture, especially for innovators like Syngenta, because we have new tools to develop better seeds and crop protection products, as well as digital solutions to help farmers be more productive, said Ian Jepson, Syngenta R&D Center leader in Research Triangle, North Carolina. “We encourage students to think about the wide range of challenging and rewarding careers in companies like ours to help develop and deliver what farmers need to feed the world.”

 

To help educators integrate this virtual event into classroom instruction, the FFA Organization, Syngenta and Discovery Education have made a number of pre-and post-virtual field trip teaching resources available for classroom use at agexplorer.com/virtual-field-trip.  In addition, educators and classrooms are invited to deepen their experience by joining the conversation and asking questions of participants LIVE on Twitter@NationalFFA@DiscoveryEd and using the hashtag #AgExplorerVFT.  Following this live event, a Virtual Field Trip Archive will be made available on-demand through Discovery Education’s website.

 

“What a great time to be engaged in agriculture,” said Ambra Tennery, Educational Development and Evaluation Team Leader, FFA. “We are excited to partner with Syngenta and Discovery Education to educate youth about the importance of agriculture careers and finding their futures in agriculture.”

 

In the next five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the industry of agriculture will have more than 60,000 job openings annually and an estimated 22,500 of those openings will not have highly skilled graduates to fill them. Launched last year, this resource offers teachers and students a deep database of career profiles that help students connect what they are learning in school to future careers. Among the career pathways highlighted at AgExplorer.com are: animal systems; biotechnology systems; environmental service systems; food products and processing systems; natural resources systems; plant systems; power, structural and technical systems; and agricultural education. In addition, AgExplorer.com includes more than 250 career descriptions, education requirements, average salary, links to a college and university database and more all designed to help students.

 

“Discovery Education is excited to collaborate with the National FFA Organization and Syngenta to share with students worldwide how the STEM concepts they are learning today can be applied to an exciting range of careers in modern agriculture,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Together, we are providing teachers with valuable resources that help them connect what their students are learning in the classroom to potential careers beyond graduation, and we look forward to continuing this effort with our great partners.”

 

The Technology in Agriculture: Feeding the Growing Globe Virtual Field Trip is also available through Discovery Education Streaming Plus. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. 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 National FFA Organization 

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members as part of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on FacebookTwitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

 

About Syngenta

Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities. To learn more visit www.syngenta.com and www.goodgrowthplan.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Syngenta andwww.twitter.com/SyngentaUS.

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Michigan’s Dundee Community Schools and Discovery Education Commence New Partnership Accelerating the Transition to Digital Teaching and Learning

 

-Combination of Award-Winning Digital Content and Sustained Professional Development Supports District’s Efforts to Create Modern Leaning Environments-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (September 18, 2017) – Michigan’s Dundee Community Schools (DCS) and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced the commencement of a new partnership that will accelerate the district’s transition to digital teaching and learning.

 

Through this new collaboration, all DCS K-12 classrooms will receive access to Discovery Education’s award-winning Streaming Plus digital content service.  In addition, to support the integration of these new digital resources into classroom instruction, educators from four Dundee Community Schools will also participate in the district’s Educational Technology Teacher Leader Corps (ETTLC) initiative, which is powered by Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps professional development model. A comprehensive professional development system, Digital Leader Corps supports the growth of teacher-leaders as they become change agents powering the district’s transition to dynamic digital learning environments.

 

The Dundee Community Schools are dedicated to nurturing each student’s academic skills and character. To meet this goal and support district efforts to develop knowledgeable, responsible, and caring citizens, DCS is transitioning to 1:1 digital learning environments districtwide. The integration of Discovery Education Streaming Plus into these learning environments and the use of the Digital Leader Corps professional development model within the ETTLC provides the high quality digital content and pedagogical support DCS educators need to make their evolving 1:1 classrooms come alive and support the success of all learners.

 

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas that help 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, books on tape, articles, videos, 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, 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.

 

Digital Leader Corps, which is helping drive the Educational Technology Teacher Leader Corps initiative, develops teacher-leaders prepared to propel the district’s transition to modern digital learning environments. Twelve teachers from DCS’s elementary, middle, and high schools will participate in this professional learning system, becoming agents for change prepared to drive the district’s ongoing transition to digital teaching and learning.

 

“Creating digital learning environments that mirror our students’ use of technology outside the classroom is a key component of Dundee Community Schools’ effort to improve academic achievement,” said Edward Manuszak, Dundee Community Schools Superintendent. “We believe our new partnership with Discovery Education will provide the staff the sustained professional development they need to achieve this goal.”

 

The Discovery Education Community will also support the DCS’s educators’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

 

“The Discovery Education team is excited to support the Dundee Community Schools’ ongoing digital transition,” said Kelly Hoce, Director of Education Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We look forward to collaborating with teachers and administrators across the school system on our joint mission to prepare every student for success beyond the classroom.”

 

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital resources, professional development initiatives, 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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United States Tennis Association and Discovery Education To Host Exclusive

Us Open “Careers Beyond The Court” STEM Virtual Field Trip To Inspire

Students’ Pursuit Of Careers In Sports

 

— Premiere behind-the-scenes event to encourage students to explore passions, talents and dream jobs in the tennis industry with guest host, former tennis pro and USTA Foundation Chairman James Blake, and US Open executives —

 

Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, September 13) – The United States Tennis Association (USTA), the national governing body for the sport of tennis, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, have teamed up to host the first ever Careers Beyond the Court Virtual Field Trip to inspire students to explore exciting career paths in the tennis industry. The event, announced today, will premiere on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. ETCareers Beyond the Court will take students to the new USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida and the 2017 US Open, hosted at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, to expose youth to experiences motivated by their passions and talents. As part of the Virtual Field Trip, special guest host James Blake, USTA Foundation Chairman and former world #4 tennis pro, along with US Open executives, will share experiences and insider knowledge of the diverse and dynamic career paths available in the sports industry.

 

“Discovery Education is proud to support USTA and their longstanding commitment to enriching the lives of youth, while encouraging the pursuit of their academic and talent-driven ambitions,” said Lori McFarling,senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “We are excited to present Careers Beyond the Court as a unique digital learning initiative to inspire today’s young people to explore longterm career goals.”

 

During the Virtual Field Trip, in an immersive classroom environment,Careers Beyond the Court will provide students with quality experiences, classroom activities and an insider’s view of the important roles needed in the sport of tennis, beyond just professional play. The exclusive premiere event feature dynamic digital resources and will introduce learners to:

 

  • Tennis Pros: Kaitlin Flaherty and Kyle LaCroix will showcase the career of a tennis pro, and the many responsibilities that this key role plays in the industry, from teaching and coaching, to pro shop management, to marketing, maintenance and more.

 

  • Technology In Tennis: Sean Prokes, USTA National campus raquet bar manager and Joel Disbro, Wilson Sporting Goods lead racquet technician, will give students a look inside a technical career in tennis, racquet stringing.  Sean and Joel will both explain their roles in keeping the key piece of equipment in the sport ready for player and will explain the STEM behind their careers.

 

  • Mental Conditioning and Performance Coaching: Players need physical coaching, the right equipment, and the important ingredient of mental conditioning and performance coaching. Students will hear from Ed Tseng, Rio Olympics performance coach, lecturer and author, who has coached top players to increase their mental tenacity.

 

  • Event Management and Operations: The Virtual Field Trip will conclude with an exclusive look at careers within the US Open. Students will meet Stacey Allaster, USTA chief executive for professional tennis and David Brewer, US Open tournament director to hear how their careers combine operations, event management, marketing and more.

 

“The Careers Beyond the Court Virtual Field Trip activity is exciting because it empowers students to consider ranging career paths through immersive and interactive standards-based classroom instruction,” Rob Lamb, Pattonville, Missouri School District science teacher. “Virtual Field Trips open up a world of exploration and opportunity for youth to experience, showing students how to follow their dreams is more effective than telling them to, and when it comes to inspiring the next generation of thinkers and doers, every interaction counts.”

 

Available at no cost to classrooms nationwide, Careers Beyond the Courtprovides high school students, educators and families engaging experiences that provide an all-access look into the many career opportunities available in the tennis industry. The program’s online experience, includes: video vignettes, accompanying career profiles, industry guides and a selection of colleges with specific sports-related degree programs.

 

Educators and classrooms can join the conversation with a LIVE Twitter chat using #TennisVFT to get questions answered by @USTA,@DiscoveryEd and other featured participants.  For more information on the program or to access the site’s free resources, visitcareersbeyondthecourt.com.

 

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About The United States Tennis Association (USTA)

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level – from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, linking seven summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. For more information on the USTA, log on tousta.com, “like” the official Facebook page, facebook.com/usta, or follow@usta on Twitter.

 

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

 

 

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Council Bluffs Community School District Prepares FutureReady Graduates

Building on significantly increasing graduation rates, the school district defines academic and social-emotional indicators of college and career readiness  

 

(Council Bluffs, Iowa) September 12, 2017 — Today, the Council Bluffs Community School District (CBCSD) is proud to announce how the district defines and supports FutureReady Graduates. The district’s most current version of the Profile of FutureReady Graduate encompasses both academic and social-emotional indicators of growth and success.

 

The Profile of a Council Bluffs FutureReady Graduate supports the mission of the Council Bluffs Community School District to guarantee that every student graduates with the knowledge, skills, and character to become a responsible citizen and to succeed in a changing world. The Profile of a FutureReady Graduate spells out the knowledge, skills, and character attributes in 10 key areas.

 

The social-emotional indicators of a FutureReady Graduate at CBCSD are inspired by the five core social-emotional learning competencies defined by CASEL, a leading national organization promoting academic and social-emotional learning. The competencies of a FutureReady Graduate are:

 

  • Self-management
  • Self-awareness
  • Social awareness
  • Relationship skills
  • Responsible decision making

 

The Council Bluffs Community School District is using Panorama Education for Social-Emotional Learning to provide research-backed measures of social-emotional learning that align with the competencies of a FutureReady Graduate and for student reports to understand and act on students’ needs and opportunities for growth.

 

At the district’s middle and high schools, advisement provides the common time during the school day for skill-building around healthy relationships and social-emotional competencies. Advisement teachers are responsible for forging strong relationships with students to promote their academic and social-emotional growth. During advisement, teachers and students will use social-emotional data from Panorama Education to facilitate one-on-one conversations with students about social-emotional goals and growth. In addition, students and teachers will use social-emotional indicators of FutureReady Graduates to engage parents and families.

 

The academic indicators of a FutureReady Graduate include grade point average (GPA), attendance, credits earned beyond the minimum, community and activity involvement, and planning for school and beyond. The academic data points identified by the Profile indicate students’ readiness to graduate and to thrive in college, career, and community life.

 

“Our aims for spelling out the indicators of FutureReady Graduates are to support every student through graduation and to ensure that, by graduation, students have the skills and competencies for holistic success in life,” said Dr. Corey Vorthmann, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. “Reading, math, and academic readiness are our baseline. With the new Profile of a FutureReady Graduate, we are committing as a district to ensure students also have the skills and attitudes to be active, positive members of our communities throughout their lives.”

 

“We are proud that over the past 10 years, CBCSD has grown our graduation rates a tremendous amount—we’ve increased graduation rate by nearly 20%,” said Superintendent Vickie Murillo, who begins her tenure with the district this fall. “The growth in graduation rate is the result of remarkable focus and effort by families, students, teachers, and staff at CBCSD. The Profile of a Council Bluffs FutureReady Graduate represents the next step for supporting every student to graduate and to thrive and succeed in the professional, family, and civic aspects of their lives.”

 

To learn more, visit the district website at cb-schools.org.

 

About Panorama Education

Panorama Education partners with schools and districts to collect and analyze data about social-emotional learning, school climate, family engagement, and more. With research-backed surveys and a leading technology platform, Panorama helps educators act on data and improve student outcomes. Panorama has supported more than 6 million students in 6,500 schools across 40 states, including those in the New York City Department of Education, Dallas Independent School District, Seattle Public Schools, and San Francisco Unified School District. To learn more about Panorama Education, visit PanoramaEd.com.

 

About Council Bluffs Community School District

The Council Bluffs Community School District serves families in Carter Lake, Crescent, and Council Bluffs, Iowa. More than 9,000 students attend two high schools (grades 9-12), two middle schools (grades 6-8), and 11 elementary schools (pre-K–5). The school district is creating the path forward by offering students specially-designed programs to meet the needs of diverse learners, rigorous academic course offerings, multiple ways to earn college credit in high school including advanced placement concurrent college courses, career and technical classes, award-winning academic and extracurricular activities and clubs, expanded fine arts programs for students of all interests, specialized services to serve both advanced and struggling learners as well as all students in between, valued parent and community involvement, and secure and updated school environments.

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New Book Explores Coding, Creating, and Play in Early Childhood 

In Coding as a Playground, Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers offers research-based evidence for teaching kids STEAM topics and collaboration     


(Waltham, MA) September 12, 2017 — Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers is pleased to announce the immediate availability of her newest book focused on how and why to teach computational thinking in early childhood. Coding as a Playground: Programming and Computational Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom is the first book to focus on how all young children (ages 7 and under) can learn STEAM thinking and problem-solving strategies, which is emerging as a general skills literacy that will be universally required in the 21st-century. In the book, Dr. Bers explores how coding is seen as a “new language”, and how it can be presented in a playful context, merging STEM/STEAM and coding with social-emotional learning. With Dr. Bers’ approach, students learn to be creators and collaborators with technology and with each other.

“Our ongoing research has shown that children can begin to learn computational thinking and sequencing skills at very young ages,” Dr. Bers explained. “Children are engaged in computational thinking when they break a task down into a series of small, sequenced steps; or when they create a simplified model to represent a complex problem; or even when they consider chains of cause and effect. These skills have a broad impact for students; sequencing skills are a predictor for academic success in literacy and reading as well as mathematics and other STEAM fields.”

Dr. Bers, the director of the DevTech Research Group at Tufts University as well as co-founder and chief scientist at KinderLab Robotics, Inc., is at the forefront of research into the impact of computational thinking and coding education in early childhood. With her team at Tufts, she conducts original and peer-reviewed research into the value of these skills for children in society. Dr. Bers’ research has led her to design several programming tools for young children in pre-K through 2nd grade, including the KIBO robot, a developmentally appropriate robotics construction set; and ScratchJr, a visual block-based programming language for tablets.

Bers’ newest book draws on her ongoing and groundbreaking research within the field of creative technology in early childhood education. Coding as a Playground provides a research-based framework describing how coding can be seen as a literacy of the 21st century and how it promotes developmentally appropriate experiences such as problem-solving, imagination, cognitive challenges, social interactions, motor skills development, emotional exploration, and making positive social choices. The book also offers practical ideas and teaching suggestions to help educators integrate coding into their classrooms and into different curricular areas.

Coding as a Playground is available through Amazon or Routledge Publishing.

 

About Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers

Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers is a professor at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. She also heads the interdisciplinary Developmental Research Group at the University. Her research involves the design and study of innovative learning technologies to promote children’s positive development.

Dr. Bers performed her undergraduate studies in Social Communication at Buenos Aires University and received a Master’s degree in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University and a Master of Science and PhD from the MIT Media Laboratory, where she worked with Seymour Papert, whose ideas and inventions transformed how millions of children around the world create and learn.

Her recent research focuses on how new technologies such as robotics and programming languages extend the possibilities of traditional learning manipulatives that can be successfully used to promote math, science, technology, and engineering education in early childhood alongside socio-emotional development and the arts. One of the tools she developed is the KIBO robot, which is designed for children 4 to 7 years old and can be programmed with wooden blocks without using keyboards or screens. Dr. Bers co-founded the start-up KinderLab Robotics, Inc. to commercialize KIBO and make it available worldwide.

Dr. Bers is passionate about using the power of technology to promote positive development and learning for young children. For more information, see her 2014 TEDx talk, “Young programmers — think playgrounds, not playpens.”

About KinderLab Robotics

KinderLab Robotics is the creator of KIBO, a robot kit based on 15 years of child development research, that lets 4- to 7-year-olds build, program, decorate, and run their own robot. Created by Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers at Tufts University specifically for teachers, KIBO is used in 49 countries with proven efficacy in helping kids learn STEM—and get excited about it!  KinderLab offers a complete suite of teaching materials that help integrate STEM elements into a wide range of curricula, including art, cultural studies, and reading literacy. KIBO requires no screens, keyboards, computers, tablets, smartphones, or IT support.

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Indiana’s South Bend Community School Corporation Launches New Partnership with Discovery Education to Advance Digital Transition

 

– Award-Winning Digital Textbooks and Content to Create Captivating Learning Experiences for K-8 Students District-wide-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (September 12, 2017) – Indiana’s South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC) today announced a new partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.  Through this new collaboration, SBCSC’s K-8 educators will advance the district’s transition towards captivating digital learning environments by integrating Discovery Education Streaming Plus and Science Techbook™ and into classroom instruction.

 

SBCSC’s new relationship with Discovery Education supports the district’s mission to provide all students the support needed to attain the knowledge and skills necessary for post-secondary success. By strategically combining Discovery Education’s award-winning digital content and professional development with a shift to 1:1 learning, SBCSC’s educators are now empowered to create digital learning environments that will fully engage students and help build the skills they need to successfully meet the challenges of work, life, and citizenship.

 

Beginning this fall, SBCSC’s K-8 educators will begin using Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, to help build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information. Through Streaming Plus, students can access a variety of digital assets including images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, books on tape, articles, videos, and are empowered to become content creators with a suite of 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.  While Streaming Plus was originally purchased to satisfy the district’s current health adoption, the breadth and depth of the service’s content and its powerful content creation tools will support all K-8 teachers in all subject matters.

 

SBCSC’s K-8 educators will also begin using Discovery Education’s Science Techbook to create more engaging science lessons at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Discovery Education’s Techbooks are breakthrough digital textbooks that are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and are updated regularly at no cost. 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.

 

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 and can be implemented in any instructional setting.

 

“The South Bend Community Schools are dedicated to being the region’s choice for exceptional education, with expert staff and exemplary programs that engage our diverse students in quality learning and equip each one, academically and personally, to thrive in and shape an ever changing world,” said Dr. Kenneth Spells, SBCSC Superintendent. “Our talented staff is passionate about this mission and our decision to move forward in our digital transition, and we are pleased to partner with the great team at Discovery Education on this endeavor.”

 

The Discovery Education Community will also support the SBCSC’s educators’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

 

“Discovery Education is honored to be part of South Bend Community School Corporation’s work to create modern digital learning environments,” said Kelly Hoce, Discovery Education’s Educational Partnerships Director. “We look forward to closely supporting Dr. Spells, Facilitator of Science Tracy Slattery, and the rest of the district’s talented team in our joint effort to prepare all students for success beyond graduation.”

 

For more information about Discovery Education’s Digital Content Services, Science Techbook, or other resources, 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
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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Portland Public Schools Renews Partnership with Edthena to Deliver Video Coaching to Dual Language Teachers

 

Video coaching to help teachers continuously improve targeted instructional skills during the 2017-18 school year

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (September 12, 2017) – Through its renewed partnership with Edthena, Portland Public Schools in Oregon will provide video coaching to its dual language teachers throughout the 2017-18 school year. Video coaching will be an integral part of the professional learning process to help Portland teachers develop concrete instructional skills to use in their classrooms.

 

“Our coaches work collaboratively with bilingual teachers on three main instructional practices – landing the objective, gradual release of responsibility, and student interactions,” said Debbie Armendariz, senior director in the department of dual language at Portland Public Schools. “With Edthena, coaches and small groups of teachers watch four- to five-minute videos of these instructional practices in action and discuss strategies for improvement. This really creates focus for our professional learning communities (PLCs) and makes the overall coaching process more efficient and meaningful.”

 

With the Edthena platform, teachers quickly and easily upload videos of their classroom instruction from any video camera and then share those videos with coaches and colleagues who provide timestamped comments categorized as questions, suggestions, strengths, and notes. The platform enables teachers and coaches to participate in collaborative professional learning cycles. Reports and graphs, linked to the school’s or district’s associated professional standards, help identify teaching trends, determine if the professional development is improving teaching practices, and provide a basis for ongoing dialogue about instructional best practices.

 

“Edthena also gives me a window into the classroom and helps me coach the coaches,” said Armendariz. “We can look at the classroom videos together and discuss effective coaching strategies that would most benefit the individual teachers.”

 

Schools, districts, and teacher education programs in nearly 30 states are using the Edthena platform to make video observation an integral part of teacher induction, teacher mentoring, PLCs, and peer observation.

 

To learn more about Edthena, visit www.edthena.com.

 

About Edthena
Edthena is the leading classroom observation platform for using teaching videos as part of professional development. Teachers upload classroom videos to share with colleagues who leave time stamped comments. Edthena also offers specialized collaboration tools to help organizations implement best practices for video-based professional learning. Edthena is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations such as SIIA, District Administration, and Tech & Learning. For more information, visit www.edthena.com. For more news about Edthena, visit blog.edthena.com.

 

 

 


Students Nationwide to Celebrate Constitution Day with Unique Virtual Field Trip from Discovery Education Featuring U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Richard Blumenthal

 

— Also Featuring the Historian of the U.S. Senate, this One-of-a-Kind Learning Experience to Explore the Unique Role of the U.S. Senate in American Government—

 

Silver Spring, Md. (September 11, 2017) – Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, will present a unique Virtual Field Trip celebrating Constitution Day live at 8:00 A.M. Eastern on Friday, September 15th and on-demand afterwards through Discovery Education’s Virtual Field Trip Archive.  Through this no-cost immersive learning opportunity for elementary and middle school students nationwide, participants will learn how the Constitution has created a unique role for the Senate in the U.S. Government and how the Senate preserves America’s democratic principles.

 

An interview with Senate Historian Dr. Betty Koed will kick-off this virtual experience and provide attendees an up-close and behind-the-scenes look at the upper house of the United States Congress.  Then, U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution Chairman Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) will share background on the Subcommittee’s role in the enforcement and protection of Constitutional rights, maintaining a separation of powers, making Constitutional amendments, overseeing federal-state relations, and more. These activities will provide students an understanding of how the United States Congress fits into the American system of government, insight into the unique role the Senate plays in the American political system, and perspective on how the work of U.S. Senators impacts the daily lives of their fellow American citizens. For more information and to register to attend this virtual event, visit this Virtual Field Trip’s registration page.

 

“My class is looking forward to participating in Discovery Education’s upcoming virtual field trip to the United States Senate,” said Shaina Glass, an Instructional Technology Specialist in Texas’ Aldine Independent School District’s Greenspoint Elementary School.  “These types of events provide my students the ability to go to places, see things, and learn from experts they might not otherwise have the opportunity to hear from, so they are an important part of my effort to engage students in social studies lessons.”

 

To further support participating educators as they engage students in the Constitution, Discovery Education is also offering a collection of classroom activities related to this upcoming Virtual Field Trip, including comprehensive pre-and post-event lessons, which educators can utilize to enhance the learning experience and prepare students for the virtual event.  These resources can also be found on the Virtual Field Trip registration page.

 

“Discovery Education is proud to work with Dr. Koed and Senators Cruz and Blumenthal to present students nationwide with this unique virtual learning experience,” said Marty Creel, Discovery Education’s Chief Academic Officer and Vice President, Digital Instruction.

“Understanding the critical role the Constitution plays in our everyday lives is important to preparing every student to participate in the civic life of our nation, and we thank our leaders in the U.S. Senate for their support in creating and delivering this exciting digital learning opportunity.”

 

For more information about Discovery Education’s Virtual Field Trips, digital content services, or other resources, 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
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.


SchoolMint Partners with WSIPC to Help Schools Streamline Student Enrollment

 

WSIPC members in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Oregon will benefit from SchoolMint’s school choice and enrollment platform

 

SAN FRANCISCO, September 7, 2017 – SchoolMint has been named an awarded vendor for Online Registration Solutions by WSIPC. Through this partnership, WSIPC will offer SchoolMint, the leading provider of cloud-based student enrollment and school choice software for PreK-12 school systems worldwide, to its members in more than 280 school districts and 1,500 schools through its purchasing program.

 

“When schools look for a technology solution, they have a product in mind that will solve a specific problem, be easy to integrate, and provide a better customer experience,” said Marty Daybell, WSIPC Executive Director and CEO. “SchoolMint provides our schools with an award-winning registration solution that will save them time and resources by providing powerful tools for enrollment, registration, and reporting.”

 

SchoolMint’s comprehensive system makes the end-to-end enrollment experience easier to manage for both school staff and parents. Its primary solutions include:

 

These student enrollment solutions empower parents by providing mobile and online multilingual access to their school’s enrollment process. School systems benefit from increased operational efficiency, lower costs, and greater analytic and planning insights through the platform’s robust enrollment reporting tools. Furthermore, SchoolMint’s integration with leading SISs, including the WSIPC-approved Skyward School Management System, eases the data re-entry burden on school staff and upholds data accuracy and integrity.

 

“SchoolMint provides schools and districts – and the families they serve – with a comprehensive, accessible, and intuitive online system to manage the enrollment process from start to finish,” said Jinal Jhaveri, SchoolMint Founder and CEO. “We are excited to partner with WSIPC to help its members throughout the Northwest streamline their enrollment processes in the most cost-effective way.”

 

Since 2013, close to 6,000 district and charter schools nationwide have partnered with SchoolMint to improve the enrollment experience for both parents and staff. These include schools in innovative, forward-thinking school systems such as Washington’s Vancouver Public Schools, Highline Public Schools, Summit Public Schools, and Green Dot Public Schools, among numerous other districts and charter schools across the country.

 

To learn more about SchoolMint, visit http://www.schoolmint.com.

 

About WSIPC

WSIPC is a non-profit cooperative that empowers K-12 schools with a powerful lineup of technology solutions, data management tools, expert service, training and support, purchasing and procurement services, and more. WSIPC services schools throughout the northwest in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska, providing benefits to 9 Educational Service Districts, over 280 school districts, and nearly 730,000 students in more than 1,500 schools. Learn more at www.wsipc.org.

 

About SchoolMint

SchoolMint provides a cloud-based student enrollment and school choice platform to PreK-12 school systems worldwide. Since its founding in 2013, close to 6000 schools have chosen SchoolMint to streamline all aspects of student enrollment – student registration management, application, lottery, and school choice management, and digital forms and document uploads. Available online and on mobile devices, SchoolMint integrates with leading student information systems (SIS) and transforms the end-to-end enrollment experience for school staff and parents. Visit www.SchoolMint.com to learn more.

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Lexia Learning Releases iPad App for Lexia RAPID Assessment

 

BOSTON (Sept. 7, 2017) – In order to increase the flexibility and efficiency with which districts and schools can administer adaptive reading assessment, Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone company, has made the Lexia RAPID Assessment™ literacy program available on iPad with the RAPID iOS app. The computer-adaptive screener and diagnostic tool for grades K-12 is now available on theApp Store.

“Many school districts we work with requested a version of RAPID for iPad,” said Lexia President Nick Gaehde. “Now educators have the option of using RAPID on either a browser or an iPad. This will provide greater ease of administration, increased accessibility for younger students and a powerful complement to our Lexia Reading Core5® literacy instruction program which also is available as an app.”

Administered up to three times a year, RAPID efficiently screens the skills most predictive of end-of-year reading success.  Setting it apart from other screening assessments, RAPID discretely measures the academic language skills that play a significant role in overall reading comprehension, particularly as students transition from learning to read to reading to learn.  In addition, RAPID provides educators with actionable data that identifies literacy instructional priorities at the district, school, class, and student level.

Morgen Owings Elementary School in the state of Washington is one of the many schools that have benefitted from how RAPID’s immediately available data empowers their teachers to align literacy instruction to address students’ identified strengths and weaknesses in word recognition, academic language, and reading comprehension.  “Just like in many schools and districts around the country – we too, had assessment fatigue and frustration over which was the best method for evaluating reading progress,” said Principal Heidi Busk. “What we now know is that when assessments are properly administered and integrated into instruction, the resulting data can provide teachers with valuable information to support student learning, and this is what Lexia has given us.”

 

Additional information about Lexia RAPID Assessment can be found athttp://www.lexialearning.com/ solutions/literacy-assessment-k-12.

 

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About Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning, a division of Rosetta Stone, empowers educators through adaptive assessment and personalized instruction. For more than 30 years, the company has been on the leading edge of research and product development as it relates to student reading skills. With a robust offering that includes solutions for differentiated instruction, personalized learning and assessment, Lexia Learning provides educators with the tools to intensify and accelerate literacy skills development for students of all abilities. For more information, visit www.lexialearning.com.

 

About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company’s innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes for the inspired learner at home or in schools and workplaces around the world. Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone’s language division uses cloud-based solutions to help all types of learners read, write, and speak more than 30 languages. Lexia Learning, Rosetta Stone’s literacy education division, was founded more than 30 years ago and is a leader in the literacy education space. Today, Lexia helps students build fundamental reading skills through its rigorously researched, independently evaluated, and widely respected instruction and assessment programs. For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com. “Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.


PR with Panache! to Share Data-Driven Approach to Marketing in EdNET 2017 Panel

Featuring results from a national survey and live insights from Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Miller, the panel will offer attendees practical ways to embrace buyer-centric marketing

(Minneapolis, MN) September 6, 2017 – At the 2017 EdNET conference in Scottsdale, AZ, data-driven storytelling firm PR with Panache! (PRP) will present a panel entitled “Don’t Crash the Party—Get Invited: Why a Disruptive Approach to Marketing Is No Longer Relevant.” The panel will take place on Monday, September 18, from 10:00–10:50 a.m.

 

The freewheeling conversation about why education companies need to shift their marketing strategy from a disruptive, seller-centric approach to a buyer-centric approach will offer insight from three esteemed panelists:

 

  • Dr. Stephanie Miller, the Superintendent of Congress School District #17 Arizona, whose district has been highlighted in various national publications for its accomplishments in science, technology, engineering, and math;
  • Jacob Hanson, managing partner of PRP; and
  • Emily Garner Sumner, the CEO of Underscore Creative.

Chris Piehler, the editorial director of PRP, will moderate the panel, which will kick off with a discussion of a recent national survey asking education decision-makers about their experiences with vendors.

 

“We surveyed education leaders around the country,” said Hanson, “and while they had positive comments, they also told us stories of some vendors who are too pushy, too impersonal, or simply don’t know how to partner with educators. Using this data as a starting point, we want to help marketers build or strengthen the collaborative relationships they need for long-term success in the education industry.”

 

Miller, Sumner, and Hanson will share their viewpoints on practical ways that companies can be partners to educators, and will provide attendees with clear action items to guide them.

 

EdNET is the leading education industry professional development and networking conference for K-12 publishers, entrepreneurs, vendors and suppliers, nonprofits, and philanthropists who develop, fund, and sell products and services to educators via U.S. public schools and districts.

Each year, industry executives plan the conference programming for industry leaders who will gather to share and learn from each other, exchange ideas, forge new partnerships, and discuss current trends and challenges affecting the U.S. education marketplace.

 

EdNET’s 2017 theme is “Connecting the Dots,” and the conference will tackle education policy, technology, marketing, and innovation. The conference will take place on September 17–19 at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. Those interested in attending can learn more about EdNET 2017 here.

 

About PR with Panache!

A two-time winner of EdTech Digest’s Best PR firm in Education award, PR with Panache! (PRP) is the premiere data-driven storytelling firm for the education marketplace. PRP has successfully connected companies and educators for more than 20 years, focusing solely on the pre-K–12 marketplace. We have worked with hundreds of companies to ensure their story is heard and repeated. Our deep knowledge of the industry and strong relationships with educational media, industry stakeholders, and thought leaders allow us to open doors and generate the awareness our clients need to become household names. A certified Hubspot Agency Partner, PRP speaks the right language as it expands client brands, supports integrated and inbound marketing campaigns, or launches new products. To learn more, please visit PRwithPanache.com.

 

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California’s Val Verde Unified School District Announces New Collaboration with Discovery Education Supporting Transition to Next Generation Science Standards

 

– Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Science Techbook and Streaming Plus to Empower Educators to Enhance District’s Science Curriculum-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (September 6, 2017) – California’s Val Verde Unified School District (VVUSD), today announced a new collaboration with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. Through this new partnership, VVUSD educators will support the transition to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by integrating Discovery Education’s NGSS-aligned Science Techbook™, as well as Streaming Plus™, into everyday science instruction districtwide, creating exciting digital science lessons that will ignite the curiosity of all students.

 

VVUSD’s new partnership with Discovery Education supports the school system’s commitment to rigorously implementing the NGSS in all district science classrooms. The implementation of the NGSS empowers VVUSD’s educators to actively engage students in scientific and engineering practices and apply crosscutting concepts to science instruction that help deepen student understanding of the core ideas in these fields.

 

In addition, VVUSD’s new relationship with Discovery Education helps the district meet their goal of maximizing and leveraging their technology-forward classrooms to promote a culture of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education. Through this interdisciplinary approach to learning, VVUSD’s educators will contribute to national efforts to produce life-long learners who are not only prepared to succeed in the global workforce but also responsible, contributing citizens able to function in a culturally diverse society.

 

Discovery Education’s new NGSS-aligned Science Techbook fully supports the instructional shifts required by the new standards, embraces the philosophy of three-dimensional learning, and is designed to help educators adapt their classroom practice to meet the standards. In addition to content chosen to directly support the standards, the NGSS Model Lessons within the new Techbook reflect the interconnectedness of the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs), Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) and Cross-Cutting Concepts (CCC) and illustrate what these mean in practice for educators. With the NGSS-aligned Science Techbook, students will become immersed in the work of scientists and engineers, developing their own scientific explanations by a variety of activities such as exploring the overarching themes of science, asking questions and making claims, and identifying the cross-cutting connections between sciences.

 

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 and can be implemented in any instructional setting.

 

All VVUSD educators will also have access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus, a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas that helps build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information. Teacher resources include lesson plans, instructional strategies, and content collections organized around themes.  Students can access images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, books on tape, articles, and videos, and more.

 

“The Val Verde Unified School District is proud to be at the forefront of California’s transition to the NGSS standards,” said VVUSD Superintendent Michael McCormick. “We believe Discovery Education will be a great partner in this effort and that the introduction of Discovery Education’s digital services into our district’s science education program will help students develop an in-depth understanding of scientific ideas and develop the collaboration, inquiry, and problem-solving skills they need for future success.”

 

The Discovery Education Community will also support the VVUSD’s educators’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

 

“Discovery Education is honored to be working side-by-side with Val Verde Unified School District’s educators as they move forward with this transition,” said Discovery Education’s Vice President for Educational Partnerships, Andrew Bradigan. “We share the district’s belief that science education can lead to a successful career and future, and we look forward to supporting their effort to extend to each student an engaging learning experience that supports the success of all learners.”

 

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content services, the Science Techbook, or other resources, 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.

 About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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Diverse K-12 Districts Implement Arts-Infused Learning Initiatives with creatED
Washington D.C. and Atlanta metropolitan districts use Crayola’s professional learning program to support arts-integration across curricula
 

Easton, PA. (September 6, 2017) — With STEAM initiatives gaining momentum in K-12 schools, district leaders across the U.S. are expanding their academic focus to implement arts-integrated approaches to learning. Crayola®, the brand that inspires creativity in education, supports these arts initiatives through the creatED professional learning program. creatED provides strategies for developing arts-infused education to improve student achievement. With passionate education leaders driving new initiatives at Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) and Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), these districts are seeing success with their expansive arts-integration plans.

To enhance cross-curricular, arts-infused teaching and learning strategies, creatED provides insights and best practices to inspire a creative mindset among educators. The professional development curriculum trains district leadership teams to become catalysts for change in all subject areas. creatED is available in one, two, and three-year configurations. The program’s team of professional learning specialists works with district leaders to customize the training sequence and content for districts of all sizes.

To read the full release, click here.

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ISTE Applauds Senate Investment in Professional Development, Expresses Concerns Over Low Edtech Funding Levels

 

WASHINGTON, DC – September 6, 2017 – The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) expressed mixed reactions to the education-funding bill that the U.S. Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee approved today. ISTE’s members benefit from these funds and students will be directly impacted by Congress’ funding decisions.

 

The subcommittee approved an increase of $50 million for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program under Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which supports the effective use of technology to transform learning and professional development for teachers. The program is authorized at $1.6 billion and is currently only funded at $400 million.

 

“We must support increased funding in education, period,” said ISTE CEO Richard Culatta. “While we recognize and appreciate the increase in funding for Title IV, Part A, we are concerned that the program is still only funded at a fraction of the level approved by Congress only a year ago. This dramatically constrains states from providing support to schools and districts in using technology to transform learning.”

 

In addition, funding for teacher training, also known as Title II, Part A, was approved at the same funding level as last year, $2.05 billion. This funding level is in stark contrast to the complete elimination that the House Appropriations Committee approved and that the president proposed. ISTE greatly appreciates the Senate’s recognition of the importance of teacher training.

 

Culatta continued, “In order to prepare our students to thrive in a globally connected world, teachers must have the support they need. When teachers know how to use technology effectively, we see amazing results. Funding Title II, Part A is a step in the right direction, but we must also support leadership in states and districts to turn the potential of technology into a reality of transformed learning for students.”

 

About ISTE
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a membership organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.

 

Innovative offerings include the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age – as well as the ISTE Conference & Expo -the world’s most comprehensive edtech event. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources feature online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit iste.org. Subscribe to ISTE’s YouTube channel and connect with ISTE on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

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CDI Partners With EdTechTeam to Offer Professional Development Opportunities to Teachers

 

Google for Education workshops will give teachers skills to fully leverage the power of education-ready Chromebooks in K-12 classrooms

 

Chicago, IL – Sept.  6, 2017 – CDI Computer Dealers, a leading provider of education technology solutions to U.S. K-12 institutions, announces a new partnership with EdTechTeam, a California-based company specializing in professional development for teachers. The partnership will provide teachers with access to professional development workshops focused on using Chromebooks in the classroom. Both organizations are established Google for Education partners. EdTechTeam’s staff of Google Innovators and Certified Trainers will lead the workshops.

 

CDI offers K-12 schools and districts competitively priced, top-brand Chromebooks backed by exceptional warranties and a comprehensive set of services including planning, customization and deployment. CDI’s alliance with EdTechTeam is the latest in a series of strategic partnerships that allow K-12 schools and districts to get the greatest value from their investments in technology. Other partners include, Impero Software, CoastTec, Higher Ground and GoGuardian.

 

“To date, more than 1,800 schools in North America have partnered with CDI to deploy more than 250,000 Chromebooks,” noted Glenn Collins, Vice President of Mobile Computing at CDI. “Given the rise of Chrome-based learning, we saw the need to offer teachers new learning opportunities to complement the hardware adoption. With our partnership with EdTechTeam, our customers will get world-class professional development designed to help them gain the knowledge, skills and resources to deliver high-quality digital lessons using Chromebooks.”

 

CDI currently offers K-12 schools and districts competitively priced, top-brand Chromebooks backed by exceptional warranties and a comprehensive set of services including planning, customization and deployment. The partnership with EdTechTeam will provide teachers who are transitioning to digital learning and Chromebooks with access to a full range of EdTechTeam professional development workshops, including:

 

  • Introduction to Chromebooks and Chrome OS
  • Maximizing functionality of Chrome Apps and Extensions
  • Introduction to G Suite
  • Implementing G Suite in the classroom
  • Google Drive and Classroom workflows

 

 

To learn more about Chromebook offerings from CDI, please visit:
https://cdicomputers.com/education/chromebooks/

 

To learn more about EdTechTeam professional development workshops for CDI and to get pricing information, please visit: https://www.edtechteam.com/cdi-professionaldevelopment/

 

About CDI

CDI is the leading provider of technology-based solutions to the North American education market and has worked with over 10,000 schools and colleges. CDI delivers a powerful value proposition to budget-conscious institutions by providing new and recertified I.T. products and services at a significant discount along with the longest warranties in the industry. CDI’s product line includes PCs, Notebooks, Chromebooks, Tablets, Servers and Networking Equipment, 3D printers and classroom accessories. The company holds ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications, and processes more than one million I.T. assets annually. Learn more at https://cdicomputers.com/education/

 

About EdTechTeam

EdTechTeam is a global network of educational technologists dedicated to inspiring and empowering other educators, and to promoting personalized learning for students. With 34 employees and 250 contractors (most practicing or former educators), the team operates in 40 states and 23 countries with local subsidiaries in Canada, the UK, Mexico and Australia, producing professional development experiences in 9 languages for over 80,000 educators face-to-face per year.

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Renaissance Announces Education.com as Renaissance Growth Alliance Partner
Collaboration between industry-leading providers creates a holistic view of student growth and performance

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (Sept. 6, 2017) – Renaissance®, the leader in pre-K-12 learning analytics, announces Education.com, the leading online education destination for teachers, as the latest member of the Renaissance Growth Alliance™. The collaboration will provide educators with more instructional options and a seamless journey to personalized learning for every student.

The Renaissance Growth Alliance partnership will include Education.com’s digital resources, tools, and learning materials for teachers to easily view and assign to students using Renaissance Flow 360™—a new solution that supports personalized learning by connecting assessment, planning, instruction, and practice in one place. Education.com resources will be mapped to Renaissance’s learning progressions, which are tailored to each state’s standards, providing targeted instruction for each student. The integration also facilitates the ability for teachers to use Renaissance Flow 360 to track a complete view of student’s mastery of state standards and skill level at group or individual levels.

To read the full news release, please click here.

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IDEA Public Schools Makes Multi-Year Commitment to Video Coaching by Partnering with Edthena

 

Edthena helps aspiring IDEA leaders receive targeted coaching and support as part of the Principal in Residence (PIR) professional learning experience

 

WESLACO, Texas (September 6, 2017) – IDEA Public Schools in the San Antonio, Austin, and Rio Grande Valley regions of Texas is renewing its commitment to high-quality, video-powered professional learning for principals through its ongoing partnership with Edthena. During the 2017-18 school year and beyond, IDEA will use the Edthena video coaching platform as part of its Principal in Residence (PIR) program. This multi-year professional learning experience helps aspiring leaders learn critical knowledge and skills from experienced principals before becoming a transformational leader at an IDEA school.

 

“Our organization is committed to fostering and supporting effective, visionary leaders who help drive student growth through teacher growth,” said Judy Touzin, senior director of design for the principal preparation programs at IDEA Public Schools. “Video coaching has – and will continue to be – instrumental in this ongoing work.”

 

With the Edthena platform, educators can quickly and easily upload videos of their practices from any video camera and then share those videos with coaches and colleagues who provide timestamped comments categorized as questions, suggestions, strengths, and notes. The platform enables educators and coaches to participate in collaborative professional learning cycles and engage in ongoing dialogue about instructional best practices.

 

“Video coaching allows our leadership coaches to view PIRs as they implement IDEA’s School Leadership Levers (SLLs), which are the core framework of the PIR program, in both simulated and real situations,” said Touzin. “As a result of this type of targeted coaching and support, our PIRs have been able to profoundly impact teacher practice and student learning across their schools. Using Edthena to ensure ongoing timely feedback has helped to make this all possible.”

 

Schools, districts, and teacher education programs in nearly 30 states are using the Edthena platform to make video observation an integral part of teacher induction, teacher mentoring, professional learning communities (PLCs), and peer observation.

 

To learn more about Edthena, visit www.edthena.com.

 

About Edthena
Edthena is the leading classroom observation platform for using teaching videos as part of professional development. Teachers upload classroom videos to share with colleagues who leave time stamped comments. Edthena also offers specialized collaboration tools to help organizations implement best practices for video-based professional learning. Edthena is the recipient of numerous awards from organizations such as SIIA, District Administration, and Tech & Learning. For more information, visit www.edthena.com. For more news about Edthena, visit blog.edthena.com.

 

 


FROM DISCOVERY ED..TWO NEWSWORTHY TIDBITS:

America’s Navy and Discovery Education Join Forces For First Ever Navy Stem Virtual Field Trip

 

– “Navy’s Elite STEM Workforce” Virtual Field Trip takes high school students outside walls of the classroom with a once-in-a-lifetime look at Navy STEM in action, aboard the USS Nimitz –

 

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, September 5, 2017) – America’s Navy and Discovery Education have joined forces to expand access for high school students interested in cutting-edge, real-world applications of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the 21st century with a first ever, Virtual Field Trip – Navy’s Elite STEM Workforce: Aboard the USS Nimitz. As part of the Navy STEM for the Classroomeducational program, this exclusive event will broadcast LIVE from Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday, September 7 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, providing students an exclusive look into the lives of those who serve and defend, while living on one of the Navy’s most revered aircraft carriers ever built – the USS Nimitz. With spotlights on engineering, aviation, and flight operations, students will gain unique insights into a variety of Navy careers and authentic learning experiences.

 

“America’s Navy provides endless opportunities to develop leadership skills and to pursue a wide range of STEM-related careers paths,” says Captain David Bouve, national director of marketing and advertising at Navy Recruiting Command. “By 2020, more than 1 million STEM-related jobs will be added to the U.S. work force. And when it comes to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, America’s Navy provides exceptional possibilities.”

 

Navy STEM for the Classroom helps to accelerate student achievement through educational development, while providing access to transformative digital resources that help students practice exciting and engaging new skills. Through a partnership with Discovery Education,Navy STEM for the Classroom offers unique, multi-platform online learning tools and immersive experiences – including a self-paced module, digital exploration, and career profile videos to educators and students nationwide. From understanding how the principles of physical oceanography and meteorology affect ocean navigation to the importance of gas laws as applied to deep ocean diving, each resource provides a unique look into the Navy`s innovative applications of STEM.Navy STEM for the Classroom even empowers students to explore these exciting possibilities through first-hand personal accounts.

 

“Discovery Education is honored to stand alongside America’s Navy to ensure that the next generation of our nation’s leadership and workforce are well-equipped to excel in the fields of STEM,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Accelerating student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math, helps to ensure the vitality of a strong, promising future – one where our youth have the skills needed to tackle 21st century challenges with 21st century solutions.”

 

Launched in 2013, Navy STEM for the Classroom was created to amplify the Navy’s profile as a leader in STEM innovation and inspire and activate high-school students nationwide through digital lesson plans, Virtual Field Trips, career videos and more. Together, Discovery Education and America’s Navy strive to inform and engage high school students about the countless career pathways available within the Navy.

 

For more information on Navy STEM for the Classroom or to access the online resources, visit navystemfortheclassroom.com.  Join the conversation around the Navy’s Elite STEM Workforce: Aboard the USS Nimitz Virtual Field Trip on Twitter @DiscoveryEd and @AmericasNavy using #NavySTEMVFT.

 

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America’s Navy

Navy ships, submarines, aircraft and, most importantly, tens of thousands of young men and women are deployed around the world, around the clock, defending America at all times. To understand the importance of America’s Navy, it’s helpful to remember: 70 percent of the earth’s surface is water, 80 percent of the world’s population lives within 200 miles of a coast, 90 percent of the commerce in the world is moved by water. The world’s oceans give the Navy the power to protect America’s interests anywhere, any time. For more information, visit:navy.comfacebook.com/AmericasNavy or twitter.com/AmericasNavy.

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Novo Nordisk and Discovery Education Launch “Super Health, Super You” National Community Health Challenge and Learning Curriculum

 

Silver Spring, Md. (August 31, 2017) – Novo Nordisk, a global health care company and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, are challenging elementary school students to come up with new ways to help their neighbors make healthier lifestyle choices while leading more active lives. “Super Health, Super You,” a three-year educational program announced today, is designed to help elementary school teachers incorporate healthy lifestyle education into their curricula both inside and outside the classroom.

 

Through this program, the companies will engage and activate schools to think critically about health-related issues affecting their communities. “Super Health, Super You” offers numerous exercises and activities that present fundamental community health concepts and illustrate the importance of healthy lifestyle choices.

 

“We’ve been long committed to encouraging healthy lifestyles in the places where we live and work, and with Discovery Education we can help people understand the importance of overcoming barriers to healthy lifestyle choices,” says Diana Blankman, senior director, U.S. Corporate Giving & Social Impact at Novo Nordisk. “‘Super Health, Super You’ takes the lessons we’ve learned over the past few years supporting New Jersey neighborhoods, and takes them nationwide.”

 

As part of “Super Health, Super You,” Novo Nordisk and Discovery Education are launching the “Super Health, Super You” Community Health Challenge to showcase students’ efforts in improving healthy living and standards in their own communities. The program will award three $10,000 grants and will allow winning schools to implement their solutions in the following categories:

 

Community Health Challenge Prizes

  • Nutrition and Gardens Winner: One winning student group will be selected from entries addressing healthy eating and access to nutritious meals. The group will receive a $10,000 grant to implement their proposed community health solution.
  • Physical Activity Winner: One winning student group will be selected from all entries addressing increased activity and physical fitness. The group will receive a $10,000 grant to promote their proposed community health solution.
  • Title 1 Winner: One winning student group will be selected from all Title 1 entrants to receive a $10,000 grant to promote their proposed community health solution. To be eligible, schools must be identified as Title 1 schools per the Elementary and Secondary Education Act by having high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families.

 

Finalists will be selected by Discovery Education; Novo Nordisk will then select winners in each of the three categories. One winner will be named “Grand Prize Winner” and will receive an in-school assembly that includes a recognition ceremony. Submissions are accepted now throughNovember 16, 2017 and winners will be announced in January 2018. More information on how to enter can be found here.

 

Serving as an online hub for the “Super Health, Super You” initiative, the “Super Health, Super You” website houses downloadable content about diabetes prevention, fitness, nutrition topics and latest news regarding the Community Challenge.

 

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Online materials for educators and parents to access include:

  • Lesson Plans and Activities: Six lesson plans are available for upper elementary school students to highlight community health, including addressing external factors contributing to health, and the relationship between food choices and diabetes.
  • Digital Presentation: A student-facing presentation that walks students and teachers through planning and growing a garden. The presentation is available to classrooms.
  • Family Toolkit:  To extend the learnings beyond the classroom, a family toolkit comprised of two community-health based family activities – one family discussion prompt will be available later this year.

“Health and wellness are the cornerstones of students’ success. ‘Super Health, Super You’ and the Community Health Challenge are designed to help increase awareness and engagement about these important topics, and empower upper elementary schools students to start thinking critically about the future of community health,” says Lori McFarling, senior vice president at Discovery Education. “We’ve been equipping millions of educators with content and tools to complement their lessons plans, and are excited to tap into Novo Nordisk’s deep health care knowledge to help bring curriculum about health, exercise and nutrition to students.”

 

About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

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READING IS FUNDAMENTAL LAUNCHES NEW DIGITAL DESTINATION, LITERACY CENTRAL, FEATURING HIGH-QUALITY SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS SUPPORTING CLASSIC AND POPULAR K-6 BOOKS FREE FOR PARENTS AND EDUCATORS

Supported by Macy’s, New Site Provides Access to Thousands of Learning Resources to Millions of Children Across the United States

(Washington, DC, August 30, 2017) Reading Is Fundamental announced today that it is launching Literacy Central, a new digital destination that includes thousands of free supplemental resources for children grades K-6, parents, and educators to increase interest, comprehension, and frequency of reading among children. Literacy Central debuts September 1, 2017.

Developed with the support of Macy’s, Literacy Central builds on Reading Is Fundamental’s efforts to combat the children’s literacy crisis in the United States, which to date includes the distribution of 413 million books, impacting the lives of 40 million children. Tied to state standards and Lexiles, Literacy Central houses thousands of high-quality learning materials including lesson plans, calendars, activities, games, reading passages, and videos all paired with classic and popular children’s books. The digital destination features a broad selection of resources tied to fiction and non-fiction titles spanning STEM content, multicultural themes, and special needs materials for varying grade levels. Examples of titles with supplemental materials are:

•       PreK to Kindergarten: Skippyjon Jones, Pat the Bunny, and Olivia
•       Kindergarten to 3rd grade: Where the Wild Things Are, The Keeping Quilt, and The Day the Crayons Quit
•       4th to 6th grade: Charlotte’s Web, Matilda, and Bridge to Terabithia

In addition, Literacy Central provides an easy to use search function that enables students, parents and educators to search for content by grade level, Lexile, theme/topic, keyword, author or illustrator depending on their desired reading focus. To facilitate an easy user experience, this new digital destination allows users to organize their favorite titles and resources, create book lists, and share support materials.

“Reading Is Fundamental continues to expand our approach to combat the literacy crisis in the United States, and to give children the confidence to thrive and build critical life skills through literacy,” said Alicia Levi, President and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental. “With 65% of 4th grade students not reading on grade level, we need to provide accessible solutions to educators and families nationwide. Literacy Central is our newest digital resource and provides free access to thousands of supplemental literacy materials. Macy’s is an invaluable partner as RIF strives to provide children with the fundamental building blocks they need to read, learn and grow.”

“At Macy’s, we care deeply about supporting our local communities and inspiring children nationwide to embrace the joy of reading,” said Holly Thomas, Macy’s Group Vice President of Cause Marketing.
“Together with our customers and associates, we have helped to provide more than 12 million books to children across the country since 2004, and are proud to continue to support Reading Is Fundamental and its newest initiative, Literacy Central, which offers free, digital resources to both parents and teachers to foster a real love of learning.”

Reading Is Fundamental is also launching the Literacy Network, a new digital community portal designed to make local connections between Reading Is Fundamental program sites, schools, volunteers, and community organizations that are committed to literacy and making an impact locally. Literacy Network will provide best practices, support resources, and a forum for collaboration for partners to share their ideas, challenges, and successes.

About Reading Is Fundamental:
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is committed to a literate America by inspiring a passion for reading among all children, providing quality content to create impact, and engaging communities in the solution to give every child the fundamentals for success.  As the nation’s largest nonprofit organization for children’s literacy, RIF has provided more than 413 million books to 40 million kids, inspiring generations to read, learn and grow.

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Michigan Department of Education Approves Renaissance Reading Assessment Solutions as a K-3 Literacy Assessment 

Renaissance assessments support Michigan Early Literacy Initiative

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (Aug. 31, 2017) – Renaissance®, the leader in pre-K-12 learning analytics, announces the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has approved its Renaissance Star Early Literacy® and Renaissance Star Reading® assessments to support K-3 early literacy initiatives in the state. Star Early Literacy and Star Reading are now approved for both initial and extensive assessments lists in Michigan.

As initial assessments, Star Early Literacy and Star Reading will be used as screeners to identify potential challenges for students in demonstrating literacy skills at grade level based on Michigan’s K-3 English Language Arts (ELA) standards. As extensive assessments, Star assessments will be administered to students who may need additional support as identified on the initial assessment or through formative and classroom assessments.

To read the full news release, please click here.

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Benchmark Education Releases a Digital Independent Process Writing

Genre-Based Program for Grades 2-8

NEW ROCHELLE, NY, Sept. 5, 2017 — Literacy specialist Benchmark Education Company (BEC) introduced a fully-digital writing program for grades 2–8:Benchmark Writer’s Universe. Benchmark Education created this online program in response to the overwhelming need in schools for quality writing instruction products to meet the new writing standards in the primary and secondary grades.Benchmark Writer’s Universe writing instruction program won a 2017 BESSIE Award for educational excellence. Available now, Benchmark Writer’s Universe is a self-paced digital writing workshop that encourages students to work together and with their teacher to sharpen their writing skills and provide feedback with peers and their teacher in a collaborative environment.

 

The program spans grades 2-8 and covers six genres of writing projects and delivers instruction on six types of genre, including opinion, narrative, and informational text.  Students answer writing prompts addressing opinion about a text, opinion about a topic, personal narrative, fiction, and informative/explanatory science and social studies texts. Teachers can create a writing prompt and instantly assign the project to their students. With all writing done and submitted online, there are no printed materials to replace or manage. Learning time is extended, as students can log in to the online program outside of school. Benchmark Writer’s Universe is available in both English and Spanish languages.

 

With a national epidemic of low student performance in writing and pressure on teachers to help them improve while meeting increasingly difficult standards, the need for a resource such as Benchmark Writer’s Universe is clear. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in “The Nation’s Report Card: Writing 2011,” 20 percent of eighth graders and 21 percent of twelfth performed below basic writing achievement levels for their respective grades. Only 3 percent in each grade were considered advanced.

 

Benchmark Writer’s Universe is a comprehensive resource that helps teachers customize and amplify their writing instruction to improve students’ writing performance,” said Tom Reycraft, Benchmark Education Company President and CEO. “This powerful instructional program prepares students to meet or exceed the new writing standards, and sets the stage for college-bound students to succeed after high school and beyond.”

 

By providing unlimited practice and guidance throughout the entire writing process across genres, Benchmark Writer’s Universe sets the groundwork for teachers to measurably improve students’ writing. Students are walked through every step of the process and can see clearly labeled task tabs that visually show which step they are on within each assignment. Students are automatically guided through brainstorming, topic selection, planning, drafting, revising, and editing their work. They ultimately arrive at the publishing phase, where they have access to self- and teacher-assessment, and self-reflection.

 

To ensure that students have a solid understanding of the genres, instructional videos and written guides introduce each genre. This preview includes a visual features overview and mentor text that the student reads and analyzes with an interactive drag-and-drop activity. Students can go back to review information as needed. Unlimited re-use of each genre allows for infinite opportunities for application of writing skills.

 

Student-to-student, teacher-to-student, and on-page comments are available throughout the writing project for peer and teacher collaboration. Students can collaborate with other students and their teacher to receive private feedback on writing without ever having to raise their hand. Once they begin writing a draft, students are provided with onscreen checklists to guide them through each step of the writing process. An online rubric is available so that the student always knows the expectations and grading criteria for each writing assignment. Interactive self-assessment and teacher assessment tools allow students and teachers to evaluate writing based on the rubric.

 

Students can publish their writing digitally. All steps of the writing process are captured and saved to each student’s online account. Final drafts can be printed or exported for sharing with others.

 

Benchmark Writer’s Universe gives teachers full control over students’ writing projects.

Teachers can virtually review projects as students are working in them. They can also choose to lock steps in each project, allowing the teacher to review work to make sure students are on track before moving ahead.

 

Availability

Benchmark Writer’s Universe is available now as an annual subscription in English or Spanish and works on any computer or device with Internet access. For information, to download a flyer or to view a demo video, visit www.benchmarkeducation.com/writersuniverse or call Benchmark Education at 877-236-2465.

 

Benchmark Education Company
Headquartered in New Rochelle, NY, Benchmark Education Company is a leading publisher of PreK–12 core, supplemental, and intervention literacy resources in English and Spanish. These resources are supported by instructional technology solutions as well as on-site and online customized professional development training for teachers and administrators. Benchmark Education’s print and online resources are research-based and differentiated to support all learners in a wide variety of instructional settings. In addition to extensive educational use in the USA, Benchmark Education resources are also used in schools and training centers in the Middle East, Canada, South America, and Asia.

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Primary Concepts Launches Student Art Contest

 

Contest winners’ art will become the front covers of Primary Concepts’ catalogs

 

Berkeley, CA – September 5, 2017 – Primary Concepts, producer of PreK-3 products and curriculum, is promoting its annual student art contest.  Each year the company features student art on the front of its catalogs that are seen by thousands of educators around the country. Educators or parents who submit winning entries will receive a gift card redeemable for up to $500 of Primary Concepts materials, while winning students receive $50.

 

The contest asks educators and parents to pick student art, from students ages 4 – 12, that they wish to submit and email a picture of that art to artcontest@primaryconcepts.com.  Submissions should include the educator’s name and school, as well as the artist’s first name, last name initial and age. Deadline for submissions is October 10, 2017 and winners will be notified by November 1, 2017.  Primary Concepts chooses two winners each year.

 

“Students of all abilities have such amazing talents,” said Jim Whitney, president of Primary Concepts. “We love receiving this art and are always amazed by how interesting it is. I only wish we had the opportunity to pick more than two!”

 

Once winners are chosen, the submitter is required to send the actual art or a high resolution image of the art and facilitate the signing of a release form. Full contest rules can be found at: http://pmc.cuesta.com/articles/Student_Art_Contest_Rules.pdf

 

About Primary Concepts

At Primary Concepts, we believe the early years are a unique part of a child’s development.  We focus on the essentials of the preschool and primary curriculum, emphasizing engaging, motivational, hands-on learning to build a foundation for academic success.  We translate the most current educational research and best practices, as recommended by state standards, the International Literacy Association, and the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, into developmentally appropriate learning materials that offer ease of use for teachers and effective outcomes for your children.

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itslearnings Newest User Interface and Onboarding Updates Ensure

Greater Ease of Use for Both Teachers and Students  

 

New workflow guidance and streamlining features make using the LMS a cinch

 

BOSTON — Sept. 5, 2017 — Award-winning learning management system (LMS) developer itslearning, is updating its user interface and onboarding processes to ensure that K-12 teachers and students will find using the system easier than ever. Teachers will be better able to manage their content and resources regardless of whether the material is stored within or outside of the LMS. New features provide “to-do” guidance for students so that they feel supported in their learning. Teachers also have onscreen guidance as they first navigate through the different sections of the LMS. Schools will have the option of piloting these new features this summer.

 

User Interface

The itslearning planner now serves as a hub that connects files, resources and activities stored inside and outside of the LMS. The planner makes the right content available for students at the right time, in the right context.

 

“This type of planner is unique to the itslearning LMS,” said Arne Bergby, CEO of itslearning. “We can readily describe it as the collector, the hub or even the presentation layer for content.”

 

As part of that “presentation layer,” the planner now contains a new plan viewer that allows students to see the learning goals, resources and activities in a plan as a “step-through” sequence and that allows them to easily navigate through the resources and activities that their teacher has set. The itslearning LMS has also brought the planner’s resources and activities columns together to facilitate teachers’ mixing resources and activities in the best sequence. “Play Plan will allow students to manage their tasks in the right context of resources,”said Bergby. “And, of course, on every device.”

 

The LMS has also integrated homework tags into its task lists; assignment tool and test tool so that students can easily see which tasks or activities are designated as homework. Also, when students log in, they will now see a “This Week” module that outlines what they should be doing for that particular week and that also features homework tags.

 

On the teacher side, a new Quick Add feature makes adding tasks, assignments, tests, files and plans even easier. This new task took can be used to create homework and quickly assign it to the whole class, small groups or any individual student.

 

Onboarding

New onscreen support will guide teachers new to the LMS through core tasks.For example, when those teachers are setting up a course, the system provides a checklist of all the essential tasks involved. And when they click on a list item, an arrow automatically points to the tool or resource that they should click on next, so they immediately understand where to go and how to fulfill each task.

 

“Different areas of the system, such as the library or the mobile app, have their own onboarding support, but this checklist provides the essential steps to use the platform from day one,” said Bergby. “At itslearning, our customers’ experience with our system is what we think about 24/7/365,” concludedBergby. “

 

About itslearning

With a passion for improving teaching and learning through technology, itslearning lives at the heart of education. In fact, the itslearning platform is the first LMS in the K-12 marketplace to offer educators content accessible from the cloud, including 2 million free and open resources, searchable, tagged with rich metadata, and ready to use. Established in 1999, itslearning is headquartered in Boston, MA and Bergen, Norway and serves more than 7 million users worldwide. For more information, visit https://itslearning.com

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ClassFlow Update Introduces New Classroom Activity Feed

Social Media-Inspired Feed Offers New Feature for Student and Parent Engagement

 

(SEATTLE – August 31, 2017) – ClassFlowTM, the free, next-generation lesson delivery software, will launch a new, social media-inspired activity feed feature to serve as a communication hub for teachers, students, and parents. The activity feed is now available on ClassFlow.com, and it will also be available within the companion ClassFlow Moments app in September.

 

“Technology has redefined how we connect, share and learn,” said Vin Riera, CEO of Promethean. “Outside of the classroom, ClassFlow’s activity feed extends the traditional learning space, and makes it easier for teachers, students, and parents to communicate and collaborate.”

 

With the new activity feed, teachers can share lessons, activities, and assignments that they have previously delivered or shared through ClassFlow to the class activity feed via their browser. In addition, teachers can post photos and announcements to the class activity feed, as well as send private messages to parents either from their browser or now directly from the upgraded ClassFlow Moments app.  Teachers can also use their browser or the Moments app to award badges to students. The updated Moments app gives parents the opportunity to view the classroom activity feed, private posts from the teacher, and badges their students earn.

 

Additional updates now available on ClassFlow include:

  • A redesigned homepage where ClassFlow’s most useful tools and the most downloaded ClassFlow Marketplace lessons are now prominently displayed;
  • An updated interactive poll results viewer that makes it easy to either categorize or create a visual map of student responses in real-time;
  • And a revamped assessment builder, now accessible directly from the homepage, to simplify the process of building an assessment.

 

For more information on ClassFlow, visit www.ClassFlow.com.

 

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About Promethean
Promethean is a global education company that improves learning productivity by developing, integrating, and implementing innovative 21st-century learning environments that help make everyone more engaged, empowered, and successful. Promethean’s main headquarters is located in Seattle, USA. Promethean is a member of the Net Dragon Websoft Holdings Limited (HKSE: 0777) group of companies.  For more information, please visit PrometheanWorld.com.

 

About NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited
NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited (HKSE: 0777) is a leading innovator and creative force in China’s mobile Internet industry. Established in 1999, NetDragon is a vertically integrated, cutting-edge R&D powerhouse with a highly successful track record which includes the development of flagship MMORPGs such as Eudemons Online and Conquer Online, China’s number one online gaming portal, 17173.com, and China’s most influential smartphone app store platform, 91 Wireless, which was sold to Baidu in 2013 as the largest Internet M&A transaction in China at the time. Being China’s pioneer in overseas expansion, NetDragon also directly operates a number of game titles in over 10 languages internationally since 2003. In recent years, NetDragon has become a major player in global online and mobile learning space as it works to leverage its mobile Internet technologies and operational know-how to develop a game-changing learning ecosystem. For more information, please visit NetDragon.com.

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Utah’s Wasatch County Schools Launches New Partnership with Discovery Education to Accelerate Digital Conversion Districtwide

– Award-Winning Digital Resources Combined with Professional Development to Strengthen District’s Five-Year 1:1 Teaching and Learning Strategy-

 

Silver Spring, Md. (August 29, 2017) – Utah’s Wasatch County School District (WCSD) today announced the launch of a new partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.  Through this new collaboration, Discovery Education’s dynamic digital content and powerful professional development resources will accelerate WCSD’s districtwide five-year digital conversion.

 

WCSD is committed to ensuring all students learn at high academic levels and function effectively in society as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. To achieve this goal, WCSD is converting the district’s classrooms into dynamic digital learning environments through a five-year 1-to-1 initiative that is bringing Lenovo ThinkPads and interactive whiteboards into every classroom. To grow student engagement in teaching and learning and speed up this conversion, WCSD teachers will now be empowered to integrate Discovery Education’s award-winning content services and digital textbooks into classroom instruction.  In addition, Discovery Education will help WCSD’s educators evolve their teaching practice through sustained, job-embedded professional development that helps them become facilitators of student-centered learning experiences.

 

This new initiative was kicked-off during the district’s 4th Annual Wasatch Back Digital Learning Conference, which was held August 16-17. During this conference, which brought together educators from 10 neighboring districts to improve practice and drive digital conversions, district educators began to familiarize themselves with Discovery Education’s Streaming Plus service, which will be used by teachers and students districtwide in the coming year.

 

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is a comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas that help build students’ mastery in interpreting, understanding, and evaluating information across all subject areas. Students can access a variety of digital assets including images, primary source documents, podcasts, oral interviews, books on tape, articles, videos, and more, 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 new STEM resources designed to fuel a cultural shift in teaching and learning.

 

Also during the Wasatch Back Digital Learning Conference, WCSD social studies teachers in grades 6 and 8 and 9 through 11 learned about the capabilities of the new Social Studies Techbook they will begin using this school year, and district educators teaching grades 3-12 explored how to use the  Science Techbook to ignite students’ interest in the natural world.

 

Discovery Education’s Techbooks are breakthrough digital textbooks that are aligned to rigorous standards, support a comprehensive curriculum, and are updated regularly at no cost. 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.

 

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.

 

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.  In addition, a host of new STEM/STEAM resources have recently been added to the Science Techbook that encourage students to connect math, technology, and engineering to their understanding of science concepts to produce creative solutions to real world problems.

 

“Wasatch County School District is keenly focused on deepening our culture of excellence across the school system,” said Paul Sweat, WCSD’s Superintendent. “Our new partnership with Discovery Education will help us meet that goal and supports our efforts to accelerate and scale our districtwide digital conversion.”

 

Discovery Education will also conduct sustained professional development for educators across WCSD.  This immersive professional development, provided by Discovery Education’s expert faculty, will help district educators evolve their teaching practice to better meet the needs of today’s learners and effectively use their new digital resources in the classroom.  The Discovery Education Community will also support the WCSD’s educators’ efforts to transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

 

“Discovery Education is pleased to add to the growing momentum of Wasatch County School District’s digital conversion,” said Jason Barnes, Discovery Education’s Education Partnerships Vice President. “We look forward to working with teachers and administrators across the school system to create dynamic digital classrooms that will engage students and grow academic achievement.”

 

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content services, digital textbook series, and professional development resources, 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.

 

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

 

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Kids Discover Announces New Single Sign-On Capability

The elementary and middle school curriculum is now compatible with single sign-on through Google Classroom and Clever

 

(NEW YORK, NY) August 29, 2017 — Kids Discover, a leading provider of vibrant and engaging science and social studies curriculum, is thrilled to announce that its products are now compatible with single sign-on through both Google Classroom and Clever. Students will now only require one password to access Kids Discover content—the same password they already use for the rest of their classroom programs.

 

Kids Discover’s choice to integrate their curriculum with Google Classroom was influenced by the fact that it is one of the most widely used tools in classrooms across the country, with more than 30 million students, faculty, and staff using their free school collaboration suite, Google Apps for Education. The low cost and manageability of the Chromebook has also led to this product accounting for 49 percent of all U.S. K–12 personal computers in 2015.

For more than 25 years, Kids Discover has created products with the interests of teachers in mind, and has always taken their feedback into account. For example, when incorporating new software into the classroom, teachers want to be sure that the new technology will seamlessly integrate with the software they already use. For all the benefits digital curriculum promises, forgotten usernames and passwords can stand in the way of effectively using these digital resources. Educators want the flexibility to move from resource to resource, or from site to site with students. If that requires different usernames and passwords, it can result in friction during the adoption process, causing educators to lose invaluable class time tracking down individual sign-in information.

“No one wants to spend 10–15 minutes at the beginning of class troubleshooting forgotten usernames and passwords,” said Ted Levine, the president and CEO of Kids Discover. “Single sign-on is a must in 2017, and is moving to the top of every Tech Integration Specialist’s wish list. This new feature is about making Kids Discover Online as convenient and seamless to integrate into the classroom as possible, returning class time to teaching and learning, not administrative tasks.”

Kids Discover will continue to explore deeper integrations with Google Classroom and other popular classroom management software in the future.

About Kids Discover

For more than 25 years, Kids Discover has been creating beautifully crafted nonfiction products for kids. With a specialty in science and social studies, the team of talented writers, award-winning designers and illustrators, and subject experts from leading institutions is committed to a single mission: to get children excited about reading and learning. For more information, please visit KidsDiscover.com.

 

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ACTE Statement on Poll Showing Public’s Overwhelming Support for CTE

Alexandria, VA – Yesterday, Phi Delta Kappa International released its 49th annual report titled, Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. The wide-ranging survey of education issues was conducted in May 2017 with more than 1,500 people in all 50 states.

Some of the poll’s findings related to career and technical education (CTE) include:

  • 82 percent of respondents believes public high schools should offer job or career skills classes.
  • More than half of respondents said their local schools should offer more CTE classes.
  • 86 percent of respondents believe students should have access to certificate or licensing programs through local schools.
  • 97 percent of respondents believe technology and engineering classes are at least somewhat important to school quality.

“As CTE has evolved over the years to meet the needs of both students and the economy, our community has worked hard to ensure the public is aware of the terrific opportunities available to CTE students,” said ACTE executive director LeAnn Wilson. “It is gratifying to see the public recognize the critical role CTE has to play in both a students’ academic and career success.”

“As Congress continues to work on its Fiscal Year 2018 budget, we encourage appropriators to give careful consideration to the broad public support for CTE found in the poll,” Wilson continued. “To meet the public’s demand and support for high-quality CTE, Congress should commit to restoring cuts to the Perkins CTE basic state grant program that have occurred over the last decade and redouble its efforts to prioritize additional investments in CTE.”

The full report can be found here.

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About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.

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Learning Upgrade Adds Elementary Math Courses to Support ELLs

Math Upgrade is available on iOS and Android, and includes 360 lessons that offer learning on the go for ELL students in grades K-5

 

(SAN DIEGO, CA) August 29, 2017 – Just in time for back to school, Learning Upgrade, an innovative ed tech company providing digital, differentiated literacy curriculum designed to support English language learners (ELLs) during learning breakthroughs, has added 360 new math lessons to the Learning Upgrade App. Each standards-aligned Math Upgrade lesson is aimed to serve ELL students in grades K-5. Designed by educators, the lessons integrate exciting songs, video, and games that engage even the most reluctant students.

 

In each mobile Math Upgrade course, students are guided through a series of interactive, differentiated, step-by-step lessons to help them meet the rigors of Common Core and State Standards. Each lesson provides practice problems accompanied by immediate intervention and remediation with multimedia supports. Students can repeat lessons until they master them, earning a gold certificate when they are proficient on each of the standard’s benchmarks. Each full course takes students 20–25 hours to complete.

 

“Although designed for K-5 students, the courses can also help older students and adults catch up on basic math skills,” said Vinod Lobo, co-founder and CEO of Learning Upgrade. “A lack of math skills often keeps ELLs from moving up to higher education and passing qualifying tests for technical programs. Learning math alongside English helps support the student’s use of the language, since they are using English language skills in a real-world context during the lessons. Lessons that include animation, dialog, and text help students understand math terms and allow them to work at their own pace until they reach mastery.”

 

The Learning Upgrade app was recently named a top eight semifinalist in the $7 million Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE presented by Dollar General Literacy Foundation, a global competition challenging teams to develop mobile applications for adult learners that result in the greatest increase in literacy skills in just 12 months.

 

“Low-literate adults often do not have computer or Internet access at home, but we know over 75% of them own smartphones,” said Lobo. “Mobile learning is an exciting new frontier and we are proud to offer a flexible curriculum applicable to ELLs of all ages. Adding these Math Upgrade courses to our mobile app was in response to overwhelming requests from our customers who take advantage of the freedom to learn anytime and anywhere.”

 

The app is available now on the Google Play Store and iTunes.

 

About Learning Upgrade

Founded in 1998 by educators, musicians, artists, and programmers in San Diego, Learning Upgrade designs innovative, engaging lessons to support struggling students in reading and math. Through the incorporation of songs, video, games, and educational research, Learning Upgrade has helped more than 1 million students make learning breakthroughs. For more information, please visit LearningUpgrade.com.

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New Counting Book Draws Rave Reviews

Children can learn to count as they also learn about the seasons, thanks to a playful new picture book titled One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! written by Pottstown High School alumnus John Micklos, Jr. The book begins “One leaf, two leaves, on the tree/Three leaves, four leaves, count with me.” From there, preschoolers and primary children count their way through the seasons as leaves grow in the spring, fall in the autumn, and grow again the following spring. There’s a world of activities for children to spy around a beautiful tree as various wild creatures, and one little boy, celebrate the cycles of nature.

The inspiration for One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! came when the author saw the last two leaves clinging to a tree in October 2014. The line “One leaf, two leaves, on the tree” popped into his head, and the rest of the text developed from there.

Illustrated by noted artist Clive McFarland of Ireland, the book will be released September 5 by the prestigious Nancy Paulsen imprint of Penguin Publishing. Paulsen also publishes renowned authors such as Newbery Medal-winner Jacqueline Woodson, David Ezra Stein, and Tomie dePaola. Early reviewers love the bouncy rhymes and colorful artwork in One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! as shown by the excerpts below:

 

Publishers Weekly Review, July 2017

In a counting book that doubles as an introduction to the seasons, a boy counts the leaves on the tree outside his home. . . . Micklos’s punchy rhymes and McFarland’s bold artwork create a breezy counting tale that encourages readers to observe subtle changes in the world around them.

Kirkus Review, July 2017

Micklos’ bouncy rhyming verses keep the pages turning as the seasons change and leaves unfurl or fall, numerals sharing the pages with the text to reinforce the counting. . . . A solid look at both counting and seasonal change.

Charlotte Parent, August 2017, Review by Addie Gottwald

Enjoy rhymes as your little one helps count the numbers of leaves on the tree. The story takes readers from budding trees in spring to falling leaves in autumn with a countdown from 10 to one. This book is a great two-in-one learning experience, teaching your child how to count and how the seasons work.

 

One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! will be available in bookstores nationwide beginning September 5. Locally, the author already has book signings scheduled for Barnes & Noble in Newark on Saturday, September 9, from noon to 2:00 p.m., The Palette & and the Page in Elkton on Friday, October 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Barnes & Noble on Concord Pike in Wilmington on Saturday, October 28, from noon to 1:00 p.m, and the Hockessin Art & Book Fair on Saturday, November 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Micklos is the author of more than 35 children’s books. His titles range from poetry and picture books for preschool/primary children to history/social studies/nature books for elementary students to biographies and social studies books for middle/high school students. He has done author visits and conducted writing workshops in schools in seven states, including a visit to Rupert Elementary School in Pottstown. He grew up in Pottstown, attending Washington Elementary School, Central Junior High School, and Pottstown High School. He was inducted into the Pottstown Alumni Honor Roll in 2006.

To learn more about the author, visit www.JohnMicklosWriter.com. To obtain a review copy of the book, contact Penguin’s publicity department at penguinpublicity@us.penguingroup.com.

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Three schools select different paths to success

Charlotte, NC – Today The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) released an in-depth case study on CMS’ Personalized Learning (PL) efforts. Personalizing the Paths to Personalized Learning: Meeting Students and Teachers Where They Are focuses on three schools with diverse backgrounds and journeys.

In 2013 when CMS began working with individual schools on their PL plans there was a recognition that the best avenue for success was in implementing a grassroots approach, grown organically and organized from the bottom-up.

Grand Oak Elementary School, Ridge Road Middle School, and Newell Elementary School are the three schools highlighted in the case study. Each school is following its own path in their personalized learning (PL) journey—creating their own vision for their school and finding success and hurdles along the way. While each school is unique, they share common goals in personalizing learning for their students. All three seek to meet students where they are, guide them towards fulfilling their potential, and impart a sense of ownership of learning and efficacy in the process.

CMS schools agree that the transition to PL is a work in progress. Each school is at a different place in its transition, but each has also made significant progress toward their PL goals. While each of these schools has unique contexts, students, communities, administrators, and teachers, several themes emerged across the schools. The themes include:

  • Shared culture;
  • Professional learning;
  • Student-centered and student-driven teaching and learning; and
  • Whole child and social and emotional learning (SEL).

The case study provides recommendations for schools looking to transition to personalized learning. These include:

  1. Provide purposeful leadership and support from the district level;
  2. Consider and respect the complexity of PL;
  3. Invest in human capacity;
  4. Lead with culture, trust, and agency; and
  5. Ensure learning is at the core.

CMS students and teachers who have made the transition to PL all say that they wouldn’t want to return to a traditional classroom model of learning. Teachers find they get to know their students better and get to work in collaboration with other teachers and administrators in ways that are challenging and encouraging of their own learning. Students and teachers feel more engaged and more confident in their own learning. According to Emma, a student at Ridge Road Middle School, is that it “lets you do you.” Kaelin, another student at Ridge Road Middle School, advises teachers to use a PL approach to help them connect with students on a personal level. “Get to know your students.” The more teachers and students get to know each other, the more they trust. That trust enables learning to flourish.

The case study includes specific examples about lessons learned directly from administrators, teachers, and students. The context, challenges, and opportunities are also presented for each theme and recommendation.

For more information about Personalizing the Paths to Personalized Learning: Meeting Students and Teachers Where They Are, visit http://go.ncsu.edu/oveh3k.


About the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
Since 2007, the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative (PLLC) at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation has emphasized leadership in and promoted pedagogical shifts to personalized and digital learning in order to inspire, innovate, and coach. We engage educators at all levels to provide research based, job-embedded models and approaches for strategic planning and professional development with the belief that all students deserve access to equitable, personalized learning experiences. To learn more, visit http://pllc.fi.ncsu.edu/.About Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is a nationally recognized, county-wide school district. Serving more than 150,000 students in grades Pre-K through 12, 19,000 CMS employees guide all students to become globally competitive. Together, educators, staff and students have earned CMS widespread acclaim as one of America’s best school districts.

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Edgenuity Releases UpSmart – A Personalized Teaching Assistant for Middle School ELA and Math


By combining technology-enhanced assessments with high-quality adaptive instruction grounded in rigorous academic research, UpSmart gives every student the practice and support they need to master important concepts and skills.

 

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – AUGUST 28, 2017 – Edgenuity, a leading provider of online and blended learning, today announced the release of UpSmart™, a supplemental solution designed to ensure all middle school students achieve proficiency in grade-level English language arts (ELA) and math skills. Schools and districts can now equip their students with the right level of instruction and practice using UpSmart’s adaptive learning engine and technology-enhanced assessment items.

 

“UpSmart empowers students and teachers to work smarter,” said Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity. “By combining technology-enhanced assessments with high-quality adaptive instruction grounded in rigorous academic research, UpSmart gives every student the practice and support they need to master important concepts and skills.”

 

“I am looking forward to UpSmart making a big difference for on-grade level students at Seneca Valley. The use of UpSmart will help ensure that all of our students are reaching a proficient level on an ongoing basis,” said Matt Pournaras, Cyber Teacher at Seneca Valley Academy of Choice. “Unfortunately, on-grade level students are often overlooked. UpSmart will greatly assist us by monitoring every student’s progress and providing the opportunity to enhance their skills each week.”

 

How it Works

 

UpSmart personalizes the learning environment for every student and can be used in variety of settings – as a companion to the core curriculum, as part of a blended learning program, in a study skills class, or as homework.

 

UpSmart drives proficiency of grade-level English language arts and math through:

 

  • Targeted assessment: Places students into the optimal academic level through short, targeted screeners for each topic, then continuously evaluates what each student is ready to learn.
  • Adaptive practice and instruction: Features highly adaptive technology-enhanced tasks to ensure students’ mastery of skills and uses data to deliver appropriate support and instruction on each level as students proceed through topics.
  • Just-in-time instruction: Provides scaffolds such as introduction videos, hints, answer-specific feedback, and direct instruction and modeling when needed to help students complete tasks and develop a deeper understanding of each concept and skill.
  • Motivation and rewards: Encourages students through a dashboard and digital badging system to monitor their own progress and celebrate their successful mastery of skills.

 

With UpSmart, students get meaningful practice on the topics they are studying and teachers get detailed data to assess the effectiveness of instruction. Teachers can easily add UpSmart as a supplement to their classroom lessons and assign, reorder and prioritize topics in the way they prefer. Real-time reporting on student progress helps teachers understand the skills and standards students have mastered, which students may be struggling and where, and how students can be grouped for re-teaching.

 

To learn more about UpSmart, please click here.

 

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ABOUT EDGENUITY

Edgenuity is a leading provider of online curriculum, supplemental material and instructional services for the K-12 market. Our solutions are in use in 9 of the top 15 school districts in the U.S., helping schools meet their academic goals and improving student outcomes. Our rigorous, standards-aligned digital content is fully flexible for use in any online or blended learning model to support a personalized learning environment – from elementary through high school. We offer honors and Advanced Placement courses, credit recovery, intervention and test readiness. Edgenuity’s Instructional Services and Professional Development offerings, as well as intervention programs such as Edgenuity MyPath® and Pathblazer®, help students, educators and districts achieve success in their online learning programs. For more information, visit Edgenuity.com.

 

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ASSIST Integrated K-12 Education Management System Announces Full Integration with Apex Learning® Content for Back-to-School

 

Award-winning Apex Learning joins the fully integrated instructional content of ASSIST’s cloud-based program streamlining school and education management

 

RENO, NV, Aug. 29, 2017 —ASSIST LLC announced the full integration of Apex Learning®content into ASSIST 4.0, the company’s Integrated Education Management System for K-12 schools. Apex Learning’s digital content is award-winning and includes core subjects, as well as foreign languages and electives. Schools can access and assign Apex Learning’s middle and high school courses directly on ASSIST. Furthermore, students can also access the courses seamlessly through ASSIST. Available now, the ASSIST system was designed by educators at ASSIST LLC as a new approach in meeting the needs of educational institutions within a single platform.
Apex Learning is an education-industry leader that offers high-quality interactive, dynamic and engaging content. ASSIST partnered with Apex Learning to now offer Apex Learning coursework as the primary resource for American schools using the company’s ASSIST 4.0 integrated education management system.
The rigorous Apex Learning content is aligned with Common Core State Standards and meets or exceeds individual state standards. With the ASSIST platform’s open content integration, teachers and students experience a seamless interaction with Apex Learning digital content. Schools and educators can create and manage courses and school sections, enroll students, edit content, and submit graded work within the ASSIST platform.

“Our goal with ASSIST is to dramatically reduce teachers’ workloads, empowering them to get back to teaching through a smooth single platform that saves time,” said Yvonne Ruwe, ASSIST LLC Senior Director of Channel Sales. “With the integration of high-quality content, now including Apex Learning, we are able to provide teachers and school staff yet another easy-to-use management tool allowing them to spend more of their time teaching and helping students learn, rather than struggling with time-consuming administrative tasks.”

Overcoming the many challenges associated with using a number of different, but necessary school systems, ASSIST provides every feature schools need in a fully-integrated system. Teachers and administrators only have to learn one system, in which everything works together perfectly. ASSIST is a single integrated system with a student data (SIS), student learning management (LMS) and curriculum management (CMS) system.

Schools that use ASSIST 4.0 save time and thousands of dollars annually. They save money in user licensing fees, hosting costs, training and professional development charges, systems integration and support fees.

In the ASSIST platform, Apex Learning courses are applicable toward a fully-accredited high-school diploma. In addition, all educational users such as school administrators, staff, teachers, parents and most importantly students, are able to access other tools supportive of a collaborative learning environment. These additional tools and features enhance the learning environment and reduce teacher workload. Students receive automated course completion certificates when their teachers enter final grades. These final grades also drive the individualized learning plans, real time progress reporting and transcripts for all students accessing courses through ASSIST’s Integrated Education Management System.

Apex Learning courses are now part of the curriculum management capabilities of ASSIST. The system provides seamless curriculum hosting and single sign on and curriculum integration capabilities. Course, section and grade book management is included. Administrative reporting features can compile information from all student data. Established integrated content is available. Everything is accessible anytime from any device.

 

Availability

ASSIST is available now from ASSIST LLC in the USA and internationally through education resellers. ASSIST 4.0 works on any computer or device with Internet access. As ASSIST LLC grows and expands its presence, the company welcomes establishing strategic partnerships with domestic and international resellers. Interested resellers can email ASSIST at sales@ASSISTeducation.com. For information about ASSIST 4.0, educators can visit www.ASSISTeducation.com or call ASSIST at 866-984-3384.

 

About Apex Learning

Schools and districts nationwide implement Apex Learning digital curriculum to personalize the learning experience and support success for all students—from those who are struggling to those capable of accelerating. Proven to increase outcomes, Apex Learning digital curriculum actively engages students in learning, with embedded supports and scaffolds to meet the needs of diverse learners. During the most recent school year, there have been more than 3.6 million enrollments in Apex Learning digital curriculum. Headquartered in Seattle, Apex Learning is accredited by AdvancEd and its courses are approved for National Collegiate Athletic Association eligibility. For more information, visit http://www.apexlearning.com or call 1-800-453-1454.


ASSIST LLC

ASSIST LLC has developed a cloud-based, fully-integrated education management system. Founded by a team of experienced education professionals, ASSIST combines all aspects of a student data (SIS), student learning management (LMS) and curriculum management (CMS) system, simplifying school-wide management and allowing for schools to focus on student learning and outcomes.

Since 2013, ASSIST has streamlined education management for schools around the globe.  The company’s mission is to share this cost-effective, comprehensive solution making a significant difference for education worldwide.

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DANIELLE FORST NAMED ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CUE

August 29, 2017

Walnut Creek, Calif., August 29, 2017  CUE, an education nonprofit based in California, announced today that Danielle Forst has been promoted to the role of Associate Executive Director. Previously, Forst was CUE’s Director of Professional Learning.

In the newly created position of Associate Executive Director, Forst will oversee CUE’s operations, finances, and Professional Learning opportunities, including the signature CUE Rock Star Camps, Lead 3 Symposium, BOLD Symposium, Spring CUE National and Fall Conferences, and privately contracted events.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have Danielle as CUE’s new Associate Executive Director, and to be able to draw from the talent and experience that Danielle offers the organization and our members,” said Andrew Schwab, CUE Board President.

“I look forward to working with the CUE team, Board of Directors, Affiliates, members, and local education agencies to provide relevant, top-quality, pedagogically-focused professional learning with the highest level of customer service,” added Forst, who has been a member of CUE’s Professional Learning team since 2014.

Prior to joining CUE, Forst spent 14 years as a classroom teacher, facilitated face-to-face and online professional learning for teachers through the Sacramento County Office of Education and served on the CapCUE Board of Directors.

Forst has her Masters of Education in Learning Design and Technology, is a Google Certified Innovator, Google for Education Certified Trainer and a Leading Edge Certified (LEC) Professional Developer. Additionally, Forst contributed to the LEC Professional Learning Leader curriculum.

Among the first order of business for Forst will be the CUE 2017 Fall Conference
where she is working with CUE staff, Napa Valley Unified School District, American Canyon High School, and the Conference Planning Committee to provide CUE members with a high-quality and meaningful conference experience.

Upcoming professional learning events include three CUE Rock Star Camps (AdminPrimary and Math) and the CUE 2017 Fall Conference, held October 27-28 in American Canyon, CA. Registration for Fall CUE is open and can be found online.

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About CUE
CUE is a 501c3 Educational Nonprofit. Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE’s work. We are passionate believers in advancing student achievement through technology. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. www.cue.org

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The Association for Learning Environments Calls its Members to Action in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

 

Washington DC (August 29, 2017)– Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to our members, their families and communities in coastal Texas and Louisiana, part of the association’s southern region, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastating destruction and flooding.  The people of Texas has been dealt an overwhelming blow and have responded with heroic and dramatic efforts. In the coming weeks, the Association for Learning Environments will be calling its members to action to help in any way possible.

 

“In past disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina and the deadly tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, association members have responded and helped with reconstruction in many ways,” stated David Schrader, chairman, Association for Learning Environments Board of Directors. “The association will make every effort to provide those resources needed to assist in needs assessment and the rebuilding process. We are in touch with our southern region leadership, who will lead this effort, to assess what resources are required for both the short and long-term resolutions.” he concluded.

 

Lisa Lamkin, president of the association’s southern region, confirmed, “The region is working with our members and partner organizations in establishing an action plan to assist in reestablishing thriving communities through healing the critical centers of community: our children’s schools.”

 

The association produced a guide for disaster management and planning immediately after Hurricanes Katrina/Rita, which is available on the association’s website.http://a4le.org/websites/main/index.php?p=194.

 

 

The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) is the only professional organization whose primary purpose is improving the places where children learn. With approximately 4,600 members, the association encompasses six geographic regions across the United States, and supports regional representation in Canada, Australasia, and the UK. The association embraces a collaborative network of professionals with one single goal – building healthy, safe and resilient 21st Century learning places that inspire transformation in education, enhance student and teacher performance, and support culture and community vitality. To learn more, visit www.a4le.org or follow us on social media.