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1. ENHANCING ELEMENTARY STEM IN FONTANA (CA) …. 2. OPEN-CONTENT, HIGH QUALITY INSTRUCTIONAL SCIENCE MATERIALS

Discovery Education Selected by California’s Fontana Unified School District to Help Five Elementary Schools Reach “Moonshot” Goal of Enhancing STEM Education

 

— New Digital Content and Professional Learning Opportunities from Discovery Education Empower District Educators to Create Immersive STEM and Math Learning Experiences–

 

Silver Spring, MD (August 21, 2019) — California’s Fontana Unified School District (FUSD) announced today it has selected Discovery Education to support the enhancement of STEM and Math education in the school system.  In this new phase of FUSD’s multiyear partnership with Discovery Education, educators in five district elementary schools will receive access to engaging STEM-focused digital content and sustained professional learning opportunities, and all 6th, 7th and 8th grade Math teachers will begin integrating the company’s digital curriculum into Math instruction.  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, and has provided FUSD educators district-wide access to its award-winning digital content services since 2015.

Located in Southern California’s Inland Empire, FUSD’s 45 schools serve approximately 41,000 students in a rapidly growing community 50 miles east of Los Angeles. While each school supports the district’s goal of ensuring every student is prepared for success in college, career, and life, every FUSD school or department is also challenged with reaching a “moonshot” goal designed to help propel the district into the future. At a recent district retreat, school leaders from Canyon Crest Elementary School, Randall Pepper Elementary School, Shadow Hills Elementary School, South Tamarind Elementary School, and Tokay Elementary School chose enhancing STEM education as their “moonshot” goal.  To support this endeavor, those schools worked with FUSD’s administration to find an external partner that could provide the needed resources and professional learning.  Following a rigorous review process, FUSD selected Discovery Education to provide the digital content and professional development support needed to build cultures of STEM teaching and learning in the five participating schools.

“Fontana Unified School District is incredibly proud of our five-year track record of continuous student improvement,” said FUSD’s Director Professional Development and Teacher Support Adele Thomas.  “However, each member of the district staff knows we cannot rest on our previous achievements.  To continue our trajectory of improvement, FUSD needs to push forward with both bold ideas and dedicated, high-quality partners.  We are excited to continue our partnership with Discovery Education, and we are look forward to working closely with their talented team on this project.”

STEM Connect is among the new Discovery Education digital services teachers from the five schools participating in this initiative will shortly begin integrating into classroom instruction.  STEM Connect is a cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource. STEM Connect helps students develop the creative, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills they need for success beyond graduation, and was recently awarded the prestigious CODiE award by the Software and Information Industry Association. Featuring flexible, modular learning units, STEM Connect provides students an easy-to-follow educational experience that includes real-world challenges, career connections, and hands-on activities.

Educators at the five schools participating in this initiative will also receive sustained, job-embedded, professional development certified as meeting the Global STEM Alliance (GSA) STEM Education Framework, which was developed by the New York Academy of Sciences and SRI Education. During these interactive professional learning opportunities, educators will learn how to maximize their new digital resources, develop high-quality STEM lessons, scale STEM instruction in their schools, and create centers of STEM excellence.

In addition, educators at every FUSD 6th, 7th and 8th classroom will also soon begin using Discovery Education’sMath Techbook for teaching and learning.  An immersive digital curriculum, Discovery Education’s family of Techbooks are aligned to rigorous standards and updated regularly at no cost. Each Techbook provides educators with detailed lesson plans, embedded formative assessments, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher supports that deeply engage students in learning. The Math Techbook connects students to math through real-world problems, helping all learners develop long-lasting mastery of mathematical concepts. In addition, the Math Techbook has been independently verified by EdReports.org to meet the highest levels of mathematical content and pedagogy.

FUSD educators districtwide will also continue receiving support from the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

“Discovery Education is proud to support the five FUSD schools participating in this unique STEM initiative and we look forward to working with 6th, 7th and 8th Math teachers across the district as they integrate our services into instruction,” said Jeree Gooing, Discovery Education Partnerships Manager.  “Together, we will create the unique culture of STEM teaching and learning we know will help FUSD students succeed beyond graduation.”

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

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About Discovery Education

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

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OPENSCIED LAUNCHES FIRST THREE UNITS

OF OPEN-CONTENT, HIGH QUALITY INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

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Developed by World-Class Science Curriculum Developers for Middle School,

Free Materials are Aligned to Next Generation Science Standards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK, NY (August 21, 2019)—OpenSciEd, an effort led by ten partner states, science educators, curriculum developers, and philanthropic organizations to improve the supply of and demand for high-quality K12 science materials, announced the public release of its first freely available instructional materials for middle school science. The three units of instruction, Thermal Energy, Metabolic Reactions and Sound Waves, have been externally evaluated by Achieve’s Science Peer Review Panel and are listed as examples of quality materials onwww.nextgenscience.org. They each cover approximately six weeks of classroom time.

“It’s a privilege to provide schools with rigorous science instructional materials that combine the expertise of a world-class development consortium and the wisdom of current teachers, administrators and state leaders,” said Jim Ryan, Executive Director of OpenSciEd.  “These first three units are just the beginning of this initiative, and we will continue to release instructional materials every six months until there is a complete middle grades program in early 2022.”

OpenSciEd brings together leadership from ten partner states and world-class science curriculum developers from BSCS Science Learning, Northwestern University, Boston College, The Charles A. Dana Center and Digital Promise to make available free classroom and professional development materials for every teacher.

“This project is a tremendous opportunity to advance science education,” said Dr. Daniel Edelson, executive director of BSCS Science Learning. “Each member of the Developers Consortium is deeply committed to working with classroom teachers, specialists, and education leaders in the design and implementation of our instructional materials. It is a huge honor to be involved in this work during a time when high quality instructional materials for science are critically needed.”

OpenSciEd materials are freely available in both print-ready PDFs and as editable google docs, allowing teachers, schools and districts more flexibility.  Ryan notes the organization’s mission is to eliminate as many barriers as possible for teachers and students to access and use high-quality materials and has partnered with a printer and kit provider to offer the materials at extremely competitive prices for those who wish to purchase the materials.

“Since launching in 2016, Achieve’s Science Peer Review Panel (PRP) has reviewed nearly 300 free and publicly available units using the EQuIP Rubric for Science and only 14 units have earned the top two ratings, including the three units released by OpenSciEd,” said Matt Krehbiel, Director for Science at Achieve.

“The OpenSciEd project has pioneered a process by which classroom teachers, district and state leadership, researchers and curriculum developers work together to produce a high quality, standards-aligned curriculum that has been proven to engage all students, regardless of identity or background, in meaningful science instruction,” said Jill Cowart, Assistant Superintendent, Academic Content at Louisiana Department of Education. “The newly released units, brought to life by teachers, have the potential to reshape middle school science education across the country.”

This project is made possible by the generous philanthropic support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

 

About OpenSciEd

OpenSciEd was launched in 2018 as a nonprofit to address the need among teachers and school districts for high-quality, open-source, full-course science instructional materials, as well as to support the implementation of middle school science instructional units as a result of the adoption of the National Research Council’s document, A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

For more information about OpenSciEd, please visit our website at www.OpenSciEd.org

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For the 5th Time, Curriculum Associates Appears on the Inc. 5000,

Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

For the 5th Time, Curriculum Associates Appears on the Inc. 5000, With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 110.7 Percent

NEW YORK, August 14, 2019 – Inc. magazine today revealed that Curriculum Associates is No. 3,271 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“We have always believed that a long-term, mission-focused business model will drive the best results, and we’re honored to be recognized for the fifth consecutive year for our industry-leading growth,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “As we celebrate our 50th Back to School season, we look forward to continued growth and innovation in service of the over eight million students and educators we support.”

Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 (which are listed online at Inc.com, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc., available on newsstands August 20) been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole also shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at Inc.com/Inc5000.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor-in-chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held October 10 to 12, 2019, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. As always, speakers include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.

For 50 years, Curriculum Associates has been on a mission to make classrooms better places for teachers and students. With a focus on reading and mathematics, the company offers an integrated print and digital solution for K–12 diagnostic assessment and K–8 instruction, making blended learning a reality in the classroom. Curriculum Associates provides more than eight million K–12 students in all 50 states with the best adaptive assessment and personalized learning materials to prepare them for success. Today, Curriculum Associates is one of the fastest-growing companies in the industry, with revenues quintupling since 2012.

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

 

More About Inc. and the Inc. 5000   Methodology  The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2015 is $100,000; the minimum for 2018 is $2 million. As always,Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at Inc.com/Inc5000.

 

About Inc. Media

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit Inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit Conference.Inc.com.

8/19/19…PRESENCE LEARNING MILESTONE …..PD FOR PRINCIPALS

PresenceLearning Hits Major Company Milestones

Leading provider of live online special education-related services surpasses two million therapy sessions delivered and celebrates 10 years serving K-12 students

NEW YORK, August 19, 2019 – PresenceLearning, Inc., the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools, has now delivered more than two million therapy sessions. This milestone comes as the company celebrates its 10-year anniversary during which it has partnered with hundreds of schools and districts nationwide to help them increase their impact and serve more students with special needs.

“Our school partners, like us, want to maximize the potential of students with special needs by ensuring that they receive all required support services. By working with PresenceLearning to deliver therapy sessions and support their onsite special education departments, they are able to give more students access to important services and to reduce unmet needs,” said PresenceLearning CEO Kate Eberle Walker.

PresenceLearning works collaboratively with schools and districts to increase the type and frequency of special education services so more students can get the support they need. The company helps reduce heavy caseloads, provides access to a greater variety of clinicians, reaches students in hard-to-access areas, and fills service gaps related to acute and chronic shortages of special education and related services personnel. Its network of nearly 1,000 certified clinicians includes speech language pathologists, school psychologists, behavior and mental health professionals, and occupational therapists.

The company’s clinicians use PresenceLearning’s proprietary, feature-rich therapy platform, which integrates traditional therapy materials such as assessments, class assignments, games, and more, with a unique video conferencing experience that enables them to work with students in any location. During the therapy sessions, clinicians view the student from multiple angles while working on engaging activities within the platform.

Through its online therapy solution offerings, PresenceLearning is increasing access to special education service providers and enabling schools to better utilize the national workforce of clinicians thus, in turn, decreasing the number of students going unserved. The company has shown that the online delivery of related services is practical, convenient, and highly effective.

To learn more about PresenceLearning, visit www.presencelearning.com.

About PresenceLearning

PresenceLearning, Inc. is the leading provider of live online special education-related services to K-12 schools. The company connects speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavioral and mental health professionals with students through its proprietary online platform, and has delivered more than 2 million teletherapy sessions at hundreds of K-12 schools, districts, and networks across the U.S. through its network of almost 1,000 certified clinicians. Investors in the company include Catalyst Investors, Catamount Ventures, Birchmere Ventures, New Markets Venture Partners, and Blue Heron Capital. For more information, visit https://www.presencelearning.com.

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Education Elements Announces Grant to help Principals Implement Personalized Learning

Grant will provide $3,000 to implement new initiatives and 12 months of access to Education Elements’ Personalized Learning Toolkit

 

SAN CARLOS, CALIF. (Aug. 12, 2019) – Personalized learning, when done right, can transform a school for the betterment of students. In order to do it right, principals need to find the funding and resources to support effective initiatives. To support them in this work, Education Elements is offering a grant to help principals implement lead student-centered learning initiatives with success.

The Education Elements Grant for Personalized Learning Schools will provide a principal with $3,000 to use toward classroom redesign or programs that will directly benefit student learning and outcomes, 12 months of access to Education Elements’ Personalized Learning Toolkit and six hours of virtual support with an Education Elements consultant. Principals can apply through Sept. 30, 2019. For more information or to apply, visit: http://bit.ly/PLGrant.

“Personalized learning should be accessible for all schools, but sometimes they lack the funding and expertise to move an initiative forward,” said Anthony Kim, CEO of Education Elements. “By providing recipients with the tools and support they need, we can help drive positive change for schools, teachers, and students.”

The Personalized Learning Toolkit provides school leaders with resources to implement personalized learning using Education Elements’ proven four-step methodology for change. It helps them plan, design, and launch a school- or district-level student-centered, personalized learning initiative. The toolkit includes everything a leader who is short on time needs:

  • Customizable meeting and workshop agendas, slides, resources, and an implementation plan to guide the personalized learning initiative
  • Materials for teacher and leadership team workshops to help staff understand what personalized learning is and how and why it helps students
  • A School Reflection Journal to understand readiness for this instructional shift, guide reflection, and monitor progress
  • A Resource Library with best practice examples from schools and districts around the country

”The resources in the Personalized Learning Toolkit have been super valuable,” said Heather Hurley, supervisor of personalized learning at Arlington Public Schools. “In fact, whereas I used to spend time researching activities and planning agendas for my schools, I am now able to leverage the resources directly from the kit. The kit also has a project management tool that keeps me very organized; it has streamlined our transformation process.”

About Education Elements

Education Elements works with districts to build and support dynamic school systems that meet the needs of every learner, today and tomorrow. Education Elements takes the time to understand the unique challenges school leaders face, and then customize the Education Elements approach for each district. Ed Elements has worked with hundreds of districts across the country. They bring deep expertise, design thinking, expert facilitation and the spirit of collaboration, along with their extensive toolkit of resources and technology, to deliver sustainable results. Please visithttp://www.edelements.com to learn more.

BACK TO SCHOOL NEWS FROM DISCOVERY, NEWS ABOUT READING FROM LEXIA

New Content Added to Discovery Education’s Digital Services Help Teachers Welcome Students Back to the Classroom

 

–Content Recently Added to Digital Services Boost Teachers’ Ability to Engage Students in Math, Science, Social Studies, and More –

 

Silver Spring, MD (August 15, 2019) —To help educators welcome students back to the classroom after summer vacation, Discovery Educationthe global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classroomshas added immersive new assets to its award-winning digital services. With the new digital resources coming to Discovery Education Experience and the Math, Science, and Social Studies Techbooks, educators gain even more great resources to help them build dynamic digital learning environments.  New content recently added to Discovery Education’s services include:

  • All New Shark Week 2019 Content: The new school year will be JAW-some with featured programs and related instructional resources from Shark Week 2019! In Expedition Unknown: Megalodon, explorer Josh Gates and a team of paleontologists study ancient shark teeth to uncover why giant mega-sharks went extinct. In Extinct or Alive: The Lost Shark, biologists explore the Indian Ocean to find out if the rare Pondicherry shark has returned. And in “Return to Shark Island,” shark scientist Dr. Craig O’Connell examines the sudden increase of bull sharks on Achill Island. All programs are now available in Discovery Education Experience and Science Techbook.
  • Step Up to the Plate: Students will explore their impact on the environment, learn about the importance of environmental stewardship, and discover how sustainability plays a role in Major League ballparks around the country in six new videos and activities developed in partnership with Major League Baseball. Now available in Discovery Education Experience and Science Techbook, each video and activity introduces an MLB club and presents a different conservation effort including recycling, local food sourcing, water conservation, and energy efficiency. By learning how baseball teams address these important sustainability issues, students will be challenged to think about how they can make a difference in their own communities.

 

  • Engineering and biology programs from Science Channel: More than 50 new programs from Science Channel have been added to the Discovery Education Experience and Science TechbookIncredible Engineering Blunders: Fixed travels with journalist Justin Cunningham as he documents, and tries to fix, some of the worst engineering mistakes in history. Students can explore the danger posed by viral disease in “Invisible Killers” and consider the efforts to eradicate these threats at a global scale. And new episodes of favorite series “Outrageous Acts of Science” showcase the science that powers the Internet’s most viral videos.

 

  • New Short-Form Videos from CheddarK-12: More than 50 original, short-form videos have been added to the collection of CheddarK-12 series available to Discovery Education Experience and Techbook users. The short-form content explores, examines, and explains answers to questions teachers and students may be curious about related to science, business, and technological innovations. Discovery Education Experience users can find all new programs in the CheddarK-12 channel.
  • Investigation and Conservation Content from Animal Planet: In Jeremy Wade’s Mighty Rivers, biologist and extreme wrangler Jeremy Wade helps students using Discovery Education Experience and Social Studies Techbook answer questions about the health, sustainability, and hidden depths of our most important waterways, including the Amazon, the Ganges, the Yangtze, the Mississippi, the Danube, and the Zambezi.

 

  • History Content from American Heroes Channel:  Through Tuskegee Airmen: Heroes of World War II, former pilots from the famed African American unit share their stories of flying some of the most dangerous missions of the Second World War.  This content, also added to Discovery Education Experience and Social Studies Techbook,helps students understand the contributions of these brave airmen and puts their tremendous stories into context for today’s students.

 

  • Math Videos and Interactives Now Available in SpanishMath Techbook and Discovery Education Experience users now have access to more than 50 core-concept video clips and interactives in Spanish. The programs cover such topics as functions, Pythagorean theorem, similarity and congruence, and probability. Students will apply their math knowledge to solve real-world problems from biologists, urban planners, and emergency rescue teams.

Users of Discovery Education’s digital services can quickly find this new content here.

“Just as students are preparing to return to the classroom, I’m preparing new lessons that will engage my teachers in learning and trigger their sense of curiosity about the wealth of Discovery Education resources,” said Darlene Petranick, Elementary Science Specialist, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.  “The new content coming to Discovery Education’s services could not come at a better time, and I am excited to begin to use them in my district.”

 

In addition to the new content recently added to Discovery Education’s services, more is on the way.  Coming soon, a new Conservation channel for Discovery Education Experience users will inspire students to take informed action on large-scale issues impacting our planet. The channel will feature videos and images directly from World Wildlife Fund’s vast collection, offering students and educators an inside look at WWF’s efforts to support conservation along six goals: climate, food, freshwater, forests, oceans, and wildlife.

“Discovery Education sends along its best wishes to educators and students everywhere for a great school year.  To help teachers make classroom instruction as impactful as possible this year, we’ve added exciting new content to all our digital services that will immerse students of all ages in teaching and learning,” said Discovery Education Chief Product Officer Pete Weir.  “This effort is part of our ongoing effort to make sure our services and content continue to evolve and meet the changing needs of students worldwide.”

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

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Lexia Core5 Reading Once Again Helps K–5 Students Across the Country Close Reading Gaps and Even Exceed Grade-Level Benchmarks

 

Lexia Learning’s National Progress Report shows the majority of struggling K-5 readers using Core5 attained grade-level skills or advanced by two or more reading grade levels in the program within just one school year

 

BOSTON, Aug. 15, 2019 — At the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, only 50% of a national sample of K–5 students were working on literacy skills at or above their grade level in Lexia® Core5® Reading (Core5). But after using Core5, that proportion nearly doubled to 91%. Almost two-thirds of the sample (65%) reached their end-of-year, grade-level benchmark or advanced to complete the next grade’s end-of-year benchmark in Core5.

 

These results were revealed in a recent end-of-year gains analysis conducted by Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone® (NYSE: RST) company. The report looked at almost 900,000 K–5 students using Core5 with fidelity across the United States and found that students of all abilities made substantial progress in the program:

 

  • Over half of students (53%) who started Core5 working on skills two or more grades below their grade level substantially reduced their risk of reading failure, ending the school year working on skills in their grade level or above in Core5. Among these students, 63% gained two or more grade levels of skills in one year.

 

  • More than half of students (52%) who started Core5 working on skills one grade below their grade level closed the reading gap and reached their end-of-year, grade-level benchmark in Core5.

 

  • The vast majority of students (86%) who started Core5 working on skills in their grade level reached their end-of-year, grade-level benchmark or advanced to complete the next grade’s end-of-year benchmark in Core5.

 

Core5 is a research-proven, technology-based program that accelerates the development of fundamental through advanced literacy skills for students of all abilities in grades pre-K-5. Following a rigorous scope and sequence built for college and career ready standards, Core5 provides explicit, systematic instruction through personalized learning paths in six areas of reading. Core5 seamlessly adapts based on student performance, targeting skill gaps as they emerge and equipping teachers with the data and instructional resources they need to personalize instruction for every student. Embedded assessment technology predicts students’ year-end performance and provides ongoing norm-referenced and actionable data to help teachers prioritize and plan instruction with the offline instructional materials.

 

The latest version of Core5, released in July 2019, has over 100 new printable Lexia Lessons® and Lexia Skill Builders® that support the program’s powerful adaptive blended learning model. In addition, Core5 has three new levels of activities designed to help students in grades 3–5:

 

  • Build academic language skills and word-learning strategies through work with advanced vocabulary words and word parts, complex language structures, advanced grammar concepts, and academic texts.

 

  • Cultivate disciplinary knowledge and deepen comprehension skills through work with high-interest texts from an even wider array of genres, from fiction, drama, and poetry, to informational, procedural, historical, and scientific texts.

 

  • Spark higher-order thinking through activities that require synthesis and analysis of texts and concepts.

 

  • Bridge reading and writing skills through work with grammar concepts and text structures, using interactive graphic organizers and highlighting to reinforce structure and sequence.

 

  • Engage with new formats such as interactive fiction and polls, blending student choice, interest, and purpose.

 

“The results of this student gains analysis emulate those from our 2017-18 school year analysis, showing that Core5 has been extremely consistent in delivering excellent results,” said Lexia President Nick Gaehde. “And with the exciting launch of our expanded version of the program this past summer, we’re expecting nothing less with next year’s results.”

 

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About Lexia Learning

Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone company, 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.

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SCHOOL AND STUDENT SAFETY

New York State PTA Partners with School Safety Company, Gaggle

Partnership to Improve Online Safety for K-12 Students Throughout State

 

ALBANY, NY/BLOOMINGTON, IL (August 13, 2019) – The New York State Parent Teacher Association (NYS PTA)today announced a partnership with Gaggle, the leader in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology, as a part of NYS PTA’s initiative, Every Child Their Safety.

Given the rise of instances of child suicide and early diagnosis of child mental health disorders, the goal of the collaboration is meant to continue to improve safety and support of children across New York.

For the past twenty years, Gaggle has helped districts across the country protect students, avoid tragedies, and save lives by monitoring and responding to safety issues and threats. The Gaggle safety solution uses a robust combination of both artificial intelligence and trained safety experts to provide real-time analysis and review of students’ use of online collaboration platforms, such as Google’s G Suite for Education, Microsoft Office 365, and Canvas.

“At Gaggle, we’re focused on preventing tragedies by proactively identifying and supporting students who are personally struggling, through real-time content analysis of school-issued devices,” said Jeff Patterson, CEO of Gaggle. “Our partnership with NYS PTA will help schools in New York create safe learning environments that positively impact students.”

“We are so pleased to work with the team at Gaggle, who is committed to helping districts ensure the safety and social emotional support of our children,” offered NYS PTA Executive Director Kyle Belokopitsky. “We fully believe in Gaggle’s mission to provide a safe and secure online environment for our students.”

As a part of the Every Child Their Safety initiative, NYS PTA and Gaggle will collaborate on developing educational materials for schools and children on online safety, and work together on NYS PTA’s new mental health initiative.

About Gaggle| www.gaggle.net

Since 1999, Gaggle has been the leader in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology. Using a robust combination of both artificial intelligence and trained safety experts, the safety solution proactively assists districts 24/7/365 in the prevention of student suicide, bullying, inappropriate behaviors, school violence, and other harmful situations. Most importantly, Gaggle continues to help hundreds of districts avoid tragedies and save lives, while also protecting their liability. In the 2018-19 academic year, Gaggle has helped districts save the lives of more than 700 students who were planning or actually attempting suicide. For more information, visit www.gaggle.net and follow Gaggle on Twitter at @Gaggle_K12.

About NYS PTA| www.nyspta.org

NYS PTA is one of the oldest and largest child advocacy associations in New York State, established in 1897 to make every child’s potential a reality. With nearly 300,000 members in New York State, PTA is a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child.  To learn more about NYS PTA, please visitwww.nyspta.org.

WATERFORD UPSTART & HEAD START: SUCCESS IN MISSISSIPPI

Early education graduation: Mississippi Head Start and Waterford UPSTART prepare nearly 700 children for kindergarten

Children from 25 Head Start sites across Mississippi are now ready to start school thanks to this new partnership 

 

(MOUND BAYOU, Mississippi) August 12, 2019 –The Mississippi Head Start Association (MHSA) and Waterford UPSTART have a common mission to provide educational access and opportunity to every child. This year, a partnership between the two organizations prepared 692 4-year-olds to start school, which they celebrated with graduations across the state on August 9th.

 

MHSA focuses on the whole child, providing services in early childhood development and education. Meanwhile, Waterford UPSTART provides at-home early education with adaptive software used 15 minutes a day, five days a week. To help with access, Waterford UPSTART provided all the participants with a computer, and about 58% of families also received internet service at no charge.

 

“One of the cornerstones of Head Start was the equalization of access and opportunity,” said Nita Thompson, director of the Mississippi Head Start Association. “Poor and vulnerable families have the same aspirations and dreams for their children’s future but often are not equipped with the tools or the resources to actualize those dreams. Waterford presented a partnership opportunity to support . . . family involvement in their child’s education, while ultimately positively changing the educational trajectory of each child in the program.”

 

The collaboration was funded by an anonymous donation and included six agencies across 25 Head Start sites. Waterford UPSTART provided in-person trainings and family engagement nights, giving parents the tools they need to help prepare their children for school.

 

“It has been an honor to partner with Head Start, a leader in early childhood education,” said Latasha Hadley, senior director at Waterford UPSTART. “Their long history and commendable success in preparing children for deeper learning and brighter futures has been an inspiration, and we look forward to furthering collaboration. Every child deserves the opportunity to learn, and through their hard work these 692 graduates have shown with the appropriate tools, access, and parental engagement, children will leap at the chance.”

 

About Waterford.org

Waterford.org is a nonprofit organization that seeks to blend the best aspects of learning science, mentoring relationships, and innovative technologies to form community, school, and home programs that deliver excellence and equity for all learners.Waterford UPSTART launched in 2009, serving 1,631 Utah children that first year. Designed to overcome traditional barriers to site-based PreK, UPSTART gives parents the tools they need to become their child’s first teacher, including an at-home curriculum of more than 2,500 online reading, science, and math lessons, and 360 digital books, 330 animated songs, and more than 450 instructional hours. To learn more, go to Waterford UPSTART.org

AR/VR and DISCOVERY ED…..MCGRAW HILL:20 YEARS OF ALEKS

McGraw-Hill Celebrates 20 Years of ALEKS, Launches ALEKS All-Star Educator Awards
The McGraw-Hill ALEKS All-Star Educator Awards will recognize outstanding K-12 and higher education instructors who have achieved exceptional results using ALEKS

NEW YORK, Aug. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — In celebration of the 20th anniversary of McGraw-Hill’s ALEKS learning solution, McGraw-Hill today announced the launch of the first annual ALEKS All-Star Educator Awards, a new awards program honoring outstanding educators. The inaugural 2019 program will recognize one K-12 teacher and one higher education instructor who have used ALEKS to achieve exceptional results, going above and beyond to help students succeed.

For 20 years, McGraw-Hill ALEKS® has helped educators in math and chemistry to quickly and accurately zero in on exactly which topics students understand and which topics they need help with, empowering teachers to deliver the most effective instruction possible. Based on the theory of “knowledge spaces” from cognitive science, ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) uses artificial intelligence to create personalized and dynamic learning paths for K-20 students based on their unique needs. To date, ALEKS has helped more than 20 million students at thousands of K-12 schools, colleges and universities throughout the world. The adaptive platform recently won three CODiE Awards as a top educational technology product, and a Digital Edge 50 Award for the development of a machine learning tool called ALEKS Insights.

“ALEKS empowers educators and enables students to reach their full potential, and its 20-year track record is a testament to its unrivaled efficacy,” said Nana Banerjee, CEO of McGraw-Hill. “One of the most inspiring aspects of ALEKS is its ability to improve the way instructors interact with students. We couldn’t be more excited to be celebrating the 20th anniversary by recognizing outstanding educators who have used ALEKS to help learners become the absolute best they can be.”

Starting today, McGraw-Hill will begin accepting nominations for the ALEKS All-Star Educator Awards at https://www.mheducation.com/aleksallstars.

Nominees can be any educators who have demonstrated any of the following:

  • Used ALEKS to reshape the way they interact with students in order to drive more effective teaching and learning
  • Measurably improved outcomes for students using a combination of ALEKS and other teaching techniques
  • Helped increase STEM success rates for all students, no matter their backgrounds
  • Gone above and beyond to help unlock the potential of learners at their schools using ALEKS
  • Demonstrated an innovative and unique teaching style using ALEKS

Nominators can submit up to 500 words explaining how an educator meets or exceeds these requirements. Nominators will also have the option to submit a video or photos as part of the submission. The winning educators will each receive a $1,000 donation from McGraw-Hill to an education-focused non-profit or charity of his or her choice, a $250 gift card and a collection of professional books. Winners will be announced by early November.

“We are humbled every day by the letters we receive from grateful students and educators describing how ALEKS has changed their lives,” said Wil Lampros, Chief Product Officer and founding president of ALEKS.  “ALEKS has empowered so many educators and helped them unlock the potential of each learner. We look forward to continuing our work to help even more individuals, and to make ALEKS even more powerful.”

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Discovery Education Announces the Acquisition of Inspyro

 

— Purchase of UK-Based Leader in Virtual and Augmented Reality Content Highlights Discovery Education’s Commitment to Providing Students Worldwide Immersive Learning Experiences —

Silver Spring, MD. (August 7, 2019) —Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced the acquisition of leading virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) provider Inspyro. Terms were not disclosed.

Discovery Education’s acquisition of the UK-based Inspyro is a critical component of the company’s global content and product strategy.  VR and AR content empowers educators to create immersive learning experiences such as virtual science labs and virtual field trips either back through history or to places students cannot easily or safely visit.  While VR and AR content is currently available across Discovery Education’s digital services, the purchase of Inspyro provides the company an in-house ability to quickly design, build, and integrate new VR and AR content into its award-winning MathScience, and Social Studies Techbooks, the new Discovery Education Experience, and other digital solutions.

“For almost 20 years, Discovery Education has provided the educators it serves the innovative digital resources and best-in-class professional learning they need to create engaging learning experiences for all students,” said Discovery Education Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy Philip Nanney. “The purchase of Inspyro and the addition of their talented staff to the Discovery Education team expands our capacity to develop and quickly deploy VR and AR content educators can use to create captivating lessons that ignite students’ natural curiosity.”

Winners of multiple prestigious Bett Awards, Inspyro is highly regarded, experienced VR and AR developer.  The creators of curriculum-aligned learning modules supporting science, history, and geography instruction across the UK, Insypro is a full-service company whose assets can be scaled across multiple platforms and are compatible withvarious VR headsets and displays.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to bring our technology and approach to the most trusted and respected brand in education,” said Phil Birchinall, Managing Director at Inspyro.  “Discovery Education shares our commitment to bringing teachers and learners the immersive technology they need to create modern learning environments, and we look forward working together on that joint mission.”

“VR and AR content has the ability to help create truly transformative learning experiences for all students,” said Hall Davidson, Discovery Education Senior Director of Global Learning Initiatives.  “The addition of Insypro’s high-quality educational assets to Discovery Education’s services, which are currently used by over 5 million educators and 51 million students around the globe, will accelerate the use of this valuable content and help create unforgettable classroom experiences that will drive deeper student engagement and ultimately improved academic achievement.”

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

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About Discovery Education:

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

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Swing Education Expands to Chicago to help Schools Address the Substitute Teacher Shortage

Company’s online platform connects school districts with qualified substitute teachers

 

SAN MATEO, Calif., Aug. 8, 2019 – Swing Education, an on-demand marketplace for substitute teachers, has expanded its services to Chicago and surrounding areas in Cook County, bringing a much-needed solution to schools and districts grappling with the substitute teacher shortage.

According to a 2018 report from the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools, 85 percent of Illinois superintendents reported the teacher shortage was a problem – an increase from the previous year. About 65 percent – or five out of every eight superintendents – also reported a “serious problem” with substitute teacher shortages. Many were unable to fill positions with qualified personnel, resulting in numerous classes being cancelled.

“Keeping schools fully staffed is so important – students, educators, and families are hurt when absences go uncovered,” said Mike Teng, CEO of Swing Education. “We know Chicago and Cook County have been hit particularly hard by staffing shortages, and we’re committed to doing everything we can to help the area’s schools and districts tackle this significant challenge.”

Swing Education marries two methods schools currently use to find substitutes – staffing agencies that provide substitute teachers to schools, and technology companies that offer software for schools to manage their own substitutes – into a single easy solution to help its 1,500-plus school partners combat staffing shortages.

The company relieves schools and districts of the burden of substitute teacher recruiting, support, and payment. Swing also makes it easy for schools and districts to quickly and easily cover absences – it takes schools 30-60 seconds to post a request on Swing’s platform, and substitute teachers can accept assignments via text message or the company’s web-based app. (Swing is one of only a handful of organizations to make text notifications available to substitute teachers – educators often find these more convenient than taking assignments via early-morning phone calls.)

Additionally, as part of its mission to increase the number of qualified educators entering the substitute teaching profession, Swing Education reimburses educators for start-up and permit-related expenses.

To learn more about Swing Education, visit www.swingeducation.com.

About Swing Education

Founded in 2015, Swing Education addresses the nationwide substitute teacher shortage by helping schools connect with qualified educators via an easy-to-use, web-based marketplace. The company’s diverse pool of substitute teachers consists of both veteran educators and those who are entering into the education community through Swing Education. To date, the company has helped more than 1,500 school partners across California, Arizona, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington, D.C. fill 150,000+ teacher absence days. To learn more about Swing Education, visit www.swingeducation.com.

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The Virtual High School Offers Three New Elective Courses

 

Boston — Aug. 5, 2019 — The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.) is excited to announce three new elective course offerings, offered entirely online and available to students everywhere. These unique new teacher-led online courses focus on English Language Arts (ELA), Life Skills and Art, all from a Jewish culture perspective. Students can explore new subjects while earning high school credit in a flexible online format. Enrollment for the courses is now open and classes begin in the Fall 2019 semester.

Experiencing Jewish Texts and Identity Through the Arts is an Art elective that allows students to explore Judaism’s teachings through classical and modern artistic representations of Jewish texts. Students study biblical, rabbinic, medieval and modern Jewish texts and discover how artists have created works to convey their own unique interpretations of these texts. Students will also create their own artworks based on their personal interpretations and identity.

The new English Language Arts elective, Modern Jewish Short Stories, focuses on what makes a story Jewish through the careful reading and analysis of short stories. The literature studied in this course is steeped in the Jewish experience of the authors and offers themes that are universal to the experience and identity of the Jewish people. Using the literary techniques studied in this course, students use their own voice as they design and develop their own original short story to explore their personal experience.

The life skills elective, Practical Ethics for Living a Meaningful Life: A Jewish Approach, explores Mussar (ethics), a Jewish wisdom tradition that presents a lifestyle focused on values. The course explores specific character traits such as patience, trust and respect. Students study Mussar history and theory and compare it to theories of human psychology and development, learning how to bring these ethical principles into their everyday lives.

“VHS prides itself on offering schools, students and families interesting and engaging courses that are not typically available elsewhere. Our new courses offer a unique opportunity for students from all backgrounds to discover more about Jewish culture while earning elective ELA, life skills and art credits,” said Carol Ribeiro, President & CEO of VHS. “We believe collaborative learning and student exchange and interaction is essential for skills development in our global society. These new courses help students broaden their world view and understand diverse perspectives, all while remaining enrolled at their own local school.”

Registration for VHS Fall 2019 courses is currently open. More than 650 schools across the United States and around the world use VHS courses to supplement their local course offerings. Courses are teacher-led and conducted in small, supportive, online classrooms. Courses are available to students at no charge if their local school is a member of the VHS collaborative. Students or schools not participating in the VHS program can also enroll in courses directly. Click here to learn more: https://vhslearning.org/get-started.

About The Virtual High School (VHS, Inc.)

The Virtual High School (VHS Inc.) is an online learning pioneer. Since 1996, the Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization has set the standard for quality online education. VHS offers courses for high school and middleschool students taught in global online classrooms, and online professional development for educators. The organization meets the unique educational needs of schools through customized programs and individualized course offerings. The VHS program is accredited by MSA-CESS and AdvancED and courses are NCAA-approved. For more information, visit www.vhslearning.org or call (978) 897-1900.

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – August 7, 2019 – The Epson BrightLink® 1485Fi interactive ultra short-throw, ultra-wide laser display won an ISTE 2019 Best of Show Awardfrom Tech & Learning magazine. The recently-launched display features 1080p Full HD1 laser capability, either a 100-inch 16:9 display or new ultra-wide 120-inch 16:6 display, 5,000 lumens of equal color and white brightness2, and the ability to turn virtually any flat surface into an instant, ultra-wide interactive digital whiteboard. It was chosen by a panel of innovative educators for this recognition based on its quality and effectiveness, ease of use, cost, and creative use of technology.

“The BrightLink 1485Fi is the ultimate productivity and collaboration tool for today’s K-12 classrooms,” said Tom Piche, product manager, projectors, Epson America, Inc. “Being chosen by a panel of educators for this award underscores the impact of this technology in creating engaging and collaborative digital experiences as part of the teaching and learning process.”

The Epson BrightLink 1485Fi allows users to simply turn on the display and start writing, with no PC required. Featuring enterprise-level security via integrated wireless networking, users can save, print and email content directly from the interactive laser display, and wirelessly share content simultaneously from multiple devices with Epson iProjection™3. The display also offers peer-to-peer wireless connection with Miracast. In addition, users can connect two networked BrightLink 1485Fi models together for sharing one interactive canvas.

Epson’s award-winning laser technology delivers remarkable color accuracy and up to 20,000 hours4 of laser light source for a virtually maintenance-free solution. As the first manufacturer to combine inorganic 3LCD panels with an inorganic phosphor wheel, Epson continues to connect people and technology with solutions for creative ideas, displays and collaboration across a variety of sectors where long life, minimal maintenance and low cost of operation are significant.

The BrightLink 1485Fi additionally provides a number of features for easy set-up, including automatic image alignment. In addition, a wall mounted control panel allows for power control, source switching and supports HDBaseT connectivity, reducing the number of cables between a computer and the projector to a single cable for image, audio and interactivity.

The new BrightLink model includes a one-year subscription to SMART Learning Suite for education customers. As a leader in innovation, Epson also offers the Brighter Futures® program, a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for a total of three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors and associated accessories.

 

The Epson BrightLink 1485Fi will be available in late October 2019. For additional information, please visit www.epson.com/brightlink.

 

About Epson
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to becoming indispensable to society by connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. The company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics. Epson is proud of its contributions to realizing a sustainable society and its ongoing efforts to realizing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the worldwide Epson Group generates annual sales of more than U.S. $10 billion.

Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (facebook.com/Epson), Twitter (twitter.com/EpsonAmerica), YouTube (youtube.com/EpsonAmerica), and Instagram (instagram.com/EpsonAmerica).

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1 Pixel shifting technology achieves Full HD resolution on screen.

2 Color brightness (color light output) and white brightness (white light output) will vary depending on usage conditions. Color light output measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4; white light output measured in accordance with ISO 21118.

3 For wireless functionality, including via the Epson iProjection App, the projector must be configured on a network, either through the Ethernet port on the projector (check model specifications for availability) or via a wireless connection. Check your owner’s manual to determine if a wireless LAN module must be purchased separately to enable a wireless connection. Not all Epson projectors are able to be networked. The Epson iProjection App does not support all files and formats. See www.epson.com for details.

4 No required maintenance for the light source up to 20,000 hours. Approximate time until brightness decreases 50% from first time usage. Measured by acceleration test assuming use of 0.04-0.20 mg/m3of particulate matter. Time varies depending on usage conditions and environment. Replacement of parts other than the light source may be required in a shorter period. The projector comes with a 3-year limited warranty.

 

 

EPSON is a registered trademark, EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark and Epson iProjection is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. BrightLink is a registered trademark of Epson America, Inc. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks. Copyright 2019 Epson America, Inc.

 

WEEK OF AUGUST 5…STUDENT SAFETY…AND MORE

Gaggle Partners with ContentKeeper to Create a Solution That Provides K-12 Districts with a Stronger Digital Student Safety Net

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (August 6, 2019) – Gaggle, the leader in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology, has partnered with ContentKeeper Technologies to create a new, integrated digital safety solution. Called Gaggle Safety for ContentKeeper, the solution empowers districts to provide a stronger digital safety net to protect students on and off campus.

Gaggle Safety for ContentKeeper integrates ContentKeeper’s Web Filtering and Security Platform for schools with the Gaggle student safety solution, which uses a robust combination of both artificial intelligence and trained safety experts. When ContentKeeper flags a student Internet search for words that may signal potentially dangerous or harmful behavior, an alert will be sent to the Gaggle Safety Team who will review it and determine if it should be forwarded to the school or district. If the team classifies it as a questionable content search, the alert will be emailed to the school or district. If the alert shows an imminent threat to the student’s life or well-being, the Gaggle Safety Team will immediately notify the school’s or district’s specified contact by phone.

Gaggle’s integration with ContentKeeper eliminates the pressure and workload on IT administrators and staff so they no longer need to deal with false alerts, review items at night and weekends, or worry about missing potential issues with life-threatening consequences.

“Combining Gaggle’s team of trained safety experts and ContentKeeper‘s web filter makes an IT administrator’s life easier and provides vastly improved student safety,” said Gaggle CEO Jeff Patterson. “The Gaggle Safety Team is trained to look for signs of self-harm, depression, thoughts of suicide, cyberbullying, and credible threats of violence. Working with ContentKeeper, we can help even more schools avoid tragedies and save student lives.”

“We look forward to working with Gaggle to provide innovative technologies and processes to ensure digital student safety,” said ContentKeeper CEO David Wigley. “The ability to monitor all types of web content and reduce the burden on IT administrators provide the next level of online threat protection schools have been looking for.”

Gaggle Safety for ContentKeeper will be available as an add-on to the Gaggle student safety solution.

About Gaggle|www.gaggle.net

Since 1999, Gaggle has been the leader in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology. Using a robust combination of both artificial intelligence and trained safety experts, the safety solution proactively assists districts 24/7/365 in the prevention of student suicide, bullying, inappropriate behaviors, school violence, and other harmful situations. Most importantly, Gaggle continues to help hundreds of districts avoid tragedies and save lives, while also protecting their liability. In the 2018-19 academic year, Gaggle has helped districts save the lives of more than 700 students who were planning or actually attempting suicide. For more information, visit www.gaggle.net and follow Gaggle on Twitter at @Gaggle_K12.

About ContentKeeper

ContentKeeper helps secure enterprises, educational institutions and government agencies worldwide. Our Multi-layered Web Security Platform delivers a powerful combination of innovative security technologies, enabling organizations to protect their networks and users from cyber threats as they continually shift to new technologies and platforms. At ContentKeeper, our mission is to innovate the world’s best high-speed web security solutions. For more information, visit www.contentkeeper.com.

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Boxlight Awarded Additional Programs from Clayton County Public Schools

 

Enhances Interactive Technology Implementation with Professional Development from EOS Education

 

LAWRENCEVILLE (Aug 6, 2019) – Boxlight Corporation (NASDAQ: BOXL), a leading provider of interactive technology solutions for the global education market, today announced Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS), Georgia’s fifth-largest school district, has initiated a comprehensive professional development program with a multi-method approach for online, onsite and consultancy training within its whole-class learning solution. During the 2019-20 academic year, Boxlight’s subsidiary EOS Education (EOS), a professional development provider for the K-12 education market, will provide a comprehensive program of training, professional development and ongoing support for CCPS educators. These three programs will be integrated in order to facilitate the educator’s effective implementation of Boxlight classroom solutions and to provide those teachers with the necessary skills, knowledge, and best practices regarding usage of available technologies in their classroom.

Previously, in the spring of 2018, Boxlight was the chosen solution for an $18 million digital classroom refresh project in CCPS, to install its innovative Mimio classroom solution suite in approximately 3,200 classrooms, comprised of 38 elementary, 15 middle and 12 high schools. The installation was completed at the end of February 2019.

“CCPS and Boxlight share the same vision of bringing engaging, student-centered learning to the classroom. CCPS teachers at more than 60 schools now have tools such as Boxlight’s interactive flat panels, which they use in conjunction with our MimioStudio™ classroom software. Many of them also have Mimio ‘peripherals’ such as the MimioVote™ assessment system, MimioView™ document camera, MimioPad™ wireless pen tablet and MimioMobile™ collaboration app,” said Boxlight CEO Mark Elliott. “The EOS program will provide those teachers with the skills, knowledge, comfort levels and best practices necessary for using these technologies at a sophisticated level, making their classrooms truly interactive.”

As part of the program, educators are participating in an online Mimio Certifications program, which imparts knowledge on how to use Boxlight tools in the most convenient way — whenever and wherever they want. This customized instructor-led course will be delivered via Google Classroom, and an EOS course moderator will provide feedback to participants as well as facilitate discussions and collaboration with colleagues.

“The first wave of this part of the program started in the second semester of the 2018-19 academic year, covering more than 490 educators,” said Elliott. “The project will continue to help more Clayton teachers become Mimio Educator and Mimio Expert certified.”

Additionally, EOS digital learning specialists will provide onsite training and support of the Boxlight solution to all teachers through shoulder-to-shoulder personal coaching, small group, and faculty group sessions. Teachers will also have access to webinars and virtual on-demand support as well as materials and resources, which will be shared through Google Classroom and Google Sites.

For the third part of the program, EOS will prepare training materials and provide support to over 60 full-time, school-based faculty (one per building) who will be serving as technology liaisons. These technology liaisons are the schools’ onsite G Suite (formerly Google for Education) support. The company will also provide training to the liaisons via G Suite.

“This program gives Clayton County teachers the opportunity to take their use of Mimio tools, G-Suite and student devices far beyond the basics,” said Elliott. “Interactive technology tools can empower teachers to enhance instructional time, provide immediate feedback to students and engage them in purposeful activities that support learning goals, but it takes skillful implementation. With EOS’ in-depth expertise and extensive support, CCPS’ vision for their schools will be realized.”

About Boxlight Corporation: Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL) (“Boxlight”) is a leading provider of technology solutions for the global learning market. The company aims to improve learning and engagement in classrooms and to help educators enhance student outcomes, by developing the products they need. The company develops, sells, and services its integrated, interactive solution suite including software, classroom technologies, professional development and support services. For more information about the Boxlight story, visithttp://www.boxlight.com.

Forward Looking Statements: This press release may contain information about Boxlight’s view of its future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from historical results or those indicated by these forward-looking statements because of a variety of factors including, but not limited to, risks and uncertainties associated with its ability to maintain and grow its business, variability of operating results, its development and introduction of new products and services, marketing and other business development initiatives, competition in the industry, etc. Boxlight encourages you to review other factors that may affect its future results in Boxlight’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

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Education Elements Announces its 2019 Leadership Institute Series

Events focus on helping leaders develop a culture of innovation, increase teacher retention, and create inspiring, responsive strategic plans

 

DENVER (Aug. 6, 2019) – Administrators interested in improving how their districts are run are invited to attend Education Elements’ 2019 Leadership Institute Series. The four institutes, the first of which starts Sept. 25, 2019 in Denver, aim to help administrators become better leaders and improve how their teams work together. To register, visit bit.ly/LeadershipInstitutes2019.

“Leadership Institute attendees are surrounded by like-minded, passionate leaders and have the opportunity to delve deeply into the ways their teams work, plan, collaborate, and communicate – which forms the foundation of success for students and teachers,” said Anthony Kim, CEO of Education Elements. “By being immersed in these 2-day sessions, attendees will come away with new strategies to help their districts thrive.”

The Leadership Institutes each will take place over two days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Denver.

Shelley Muto, director of student services for the Jeannette City School District and a previous Education Elements Leadership Institute participant, said “We had a huge shift in leadership – so the Education Elements’ Institute was helpful in planning for that change, determining what direction we want to go, and how do we get everyone on board with us.”

The Leadership Institutes are:

  • Innovative District Leadership Institute: Sept. 25-26, 2019

This leadership institute is for district leaders who want to develop their own practices to create and support a culture of innovation. Based on Education Elements’ District Leader Competencies toolkit, this institute prepares district leaders to better support school leaders and teachers as innovators by helping them to know their personal leadership story and philosophy; listen deeply, model vulnerability, articulate a clear why, tell success stories, seek and share new learnings, design responsive systems, distribute authority, create clear messaging, and build habits of gratitude. Capacity: 50.

  • Strategic Planning Leadership Institute: Oct. 3-4, 2019

This institute will prepare participants to engage in an effective strategic planning process. They will develop knowledge of tools and practices they can use in their districts, including how to assess their current state, include community voice from a variety of stakeholder groups, prioritize needs, and create a responsive plan. Capacity: 50.

  • Team Habits Leadership Institute: Nov. 6-7, 2019

This workshop is specifically focused on team habits for more effective learning, meetings, and projects. Participants will be introduced to the framework, “5 Steps For Building Team Habits,” part of a new book that will be published in September, 2019 by Corwin Press. Capacity: 50.

  • Teacher Retention Leadership Institute: Dec. 3-4, 2019

This institute is based around Education Elements’ 8 Elements for Teacher Retention. It will offer frameworks, resources, and practices for improving teacher recruitment and retention based on best practices for employee engagement inside and outside of the education sector. Capacity: 50.

About Education Elements

Education Elements works with districts to build and support dynamic school systems that meet the needs of every learner, today and tomorrow. Education Elements takes the time to understand the unique challenges school leaders face, and then customize the Education Elements approach for each district. Ed Elements has worked with hundreds of districts across the country. They bring deep expertise, design thinking, expert facilitation and the spirit of collaboration, along with their extensive toolkit of resources and technology, to deliver sustainable results. Please visithttp://www.edelements.com to learn more.

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Edgenuity’s UpSmart Solution Named ISTE Best of Show 2019

 

Scottsdale, AZ – August 6, 2019 – Edgenuity, a leading provider of online curriculum and instructional services for the K-12 market, announced today that its supplemental learning solution UpSmart™ was named Best of Show at Tech & Learning’s sixth annual ISTE conference. The ISTE Best of Show Awards honor outstanding technology products exhibited at the ISTE conference, as selected by an anonymous panel of educator judges on the basis of quality and effectiveness, ease of use, cost and creative use of technology.

 

UpSmart is a fully customizable solution that personalizes the learning environment for each individual student while providing teachers with real-time data to adapt their curriculum to student skills and needs. By combining assessment, instruction and practice, the program helps students in grades 6-8 demonstrate mastery of state standards in English language arts and math.

 

“We are delighted that UpSmart has been recognized for the extraordinary education technology solution that it is,” said Sari Factor, CEO of Edgenuity. “UpSmart is helping students master important concepts while providing teachers with the real-time data to coach and guide their students to success.”

 

UpSmart may be used as a companion to a core curriculum or to ensure students have mastered critical grade-level skills and standards.  As a flexible solution, UpSmart can be used in a variety of settings — as part of a classroom-based blended learning program, in an advisory period or study skills class, or as homework. Additionally, UpSmart’s reporting feature allows for better teacher understanding of student growth and highlights where students have mastered the appropriate skills and standards, as well as where they may be struggling.

 

UpSmart was recently awarded a CODiE award for ‘Best Cross-Curricular Solution’ and was a winner in ComputED’s 24th Annual Best Educational Software Awards. UpSmart was also named a 2018 finalist for EdTech Digest’s Cool Tool Award.

 

Educators interested learning more about UpSmart can click here.

About Edgenuity  Edgenuity is a leading provider of online curriculum and instructional services for the K-12 market. Nationwide, Edgenuity is in use by more than 20,000 schools, including 20 of the 25 largest school districts, to meet academic goals and improve student outcomes. We offer initial credit courses, honors and Advanced Placement courses, credit recovery, intervention and test readiness. These solutions, in addition to Edgenuity’s instructional services and professional development offerings, help students, educators and districts achieve success in their online and blended learning programs. For more information, visit Edgenuity.com.

 

1. SOCIAL STUDIES NEWS FROM DISCOVERY ! 2. SEL INFO

New York’s Newburgh Enlarged City School District Selects Discovery Education Experience to Support Social Studies Instruction

 

— Digital Resources and Professional Learning Opportunities Coming to Classrooms This School Year to Support Implementation of New Social Studies Curriculum–

 

Silver Spring, MD (July 31, 2019) — New York’s Newburgh Enlarged City School District (NECSD) announced today it has selected the latest generation of the award-winning Discovery Education Streaming Plus,Discovery Education Experience, to support social studies instruction in the district’s seven K-5 elementary schools, two K-8 schools, and two middle schools (grades 6-8).  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Located at “The Crossroads of the Northeast,” an area on the west bank of the Hudson River 60 miles north of New York City and 80 miles south of Albany, NECSD serves a diverse population of approximately 12,000 students.  To support the implementation of the Integrated Social Studies/ELA Curriculum designed by the Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, the district has launched a new partnership with Discovery Education.  This new collaboration not only brings Discovery Education Experience to the district’s K-8 learners, but also provides NECSD educators the professional learning they need to meet the district’s goal of inspiring current students to become tomorrow’s leaders.

“Providing each of our students educational equity and excellence is one of Newburgh Enlarged City School District’s top goals,” said Dr. Roberto Padilla, NECSD’s Superintendent. “Through our new partnership with Discovery Education, our social studies teachers will receive the professional learning and high-quality digital content they need to create immersive social studies learning experiences that resonate with all students.”

Discovery Education Experience supports instruction across all K-12 curricular areas. Through curated, personalized, one-of-a-kind digital curriculum resources delivered to the educator based on their preferences, Discovery Education Experience helps busy teachers save time and more easily differentiate instruction.  The experiential and highly relevant content within Discovery Education Experience helps students relate to and better understand subject matter, driving deeper engagement and learning. In addition, the service’s up-to-date, high-quality, and ever-growing digital content collections, as well as a library of immersive virtual field trips, are drawn from trusted partners.

Discovery Education Experience’s engaging content is complemented by a rich library of creative, research-based instructional strategies for integrating digital media in meaningful, effective, and practical ways. Aligned to McREL International’s 6-Phase Model of Learning, these strategies foster skill development, complement different types of content, and are conveniently paired with content at the point of use. The new Discovery Education Experience also offers embedded content creation and real-time collaboration features through the Studio suite of tools.

“The Social Studies curriculum that we utilize in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District imbeds 2-7 Discovery Education resources per unit in our K-8 classrooms. These resources enrich lessons and provide our scholars with more rounded and meaningful learning experiences,” said NECSD Director of Social Studies Amanda Greene.  “Being able to harness the streaming options through Discovery Education moves our district a step closer toward digital convergence and provides opportunities for educators to develop creative blended learning strategies.”

NECSD educators using Discovery Education Experience will also receive robust professional development from Discovery Education experts. Through these interactive professional learning opportunities, participants will learn best practices for integrating technology and digital content into teaching and learning in ways that will maximize the power of their new resources, increase student engagement in instruction, and improve students’ academic achievement.

NECSD’s educators will also receive support from the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

“Newburgh Enlarged City School District is taking a leadership position in transforming social studies education in the state of New York, and Discovery Education is proud to support their efforts,” said Discovery Education Partnerships Senior Manager Sara Peters. “Superintendent Padilla and NECSD’s talented team of administrators and teachers are creating a new model of digital social studies instruction, and we look forward to aiding this innovative initiative.”

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

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About Discovery Education

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

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Study Examining SEL, Conscious Discipline Published in Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching & Learning

Spring/Summer 2018 study by Child Trends indicates improvements in parenting skills, child behavior

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 30, 2019) – Results of Conscious Discipline, a proven leader in social emotional learning (SEL) and classroom management, have been published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching & Learning (JRIT&L). The journal published a 2018 study conducted by Child Trends describing the changes in parental attitudes and behaviors following participation in Conscious Discipline’s Parent Education Curriculum. The study demonstrated parental shifts in perspectives and practices for managing children’s challenging behaviors, improved parent-child relationships and decreased child behavior problems.

For the full release, click here.

PROJECT BASED LEARNING NEWS / SOME INFO ON THE FETC CONFERENCE

Leader in Project Based Learning Offers Expanded Resources to help Teachers Begin and Navigate their PBL Journey

 

PBLWorks’ new teacher’s guide and updated PBL 101 workshops offer realistic view of steps to implementing high-quality PBL 

Novato, CA (July 23, 2019) – Shifting from traditional instruction to Project Based Learning (PBL) is a big journey of professional learning and reflection for a teacher – one that can be tough to navigate without the right support. So PBLWorks, the leader in project-based learning professional development, is introducing a new step-by-step eBook called “Your Project Based Learning Journey: A Guide for Teachers.” Based on educational research and the experience of guiding tens of thousands of educators through the process over the past decade, this guide covers questions a teacher is likely to have about PBL as they start out.

In addition, PBLWorks has updated its popular 3-day PBL 101 Workshop (a key element of the PBL journey) with enhanced content and “just-in-time” online support.

These new offerings come at an opportune time, as PBL is growing in popularity across the U.S. and gaining traction around the world.

About the Teacher’s eBook

“We’ve been providing professional development for Project Based Learning for years, and we wanted to create a simple way to explain exactly what this process entails,” said Bob Lenz, CEO of PBLWorks. “So we’ve created an easy-to-understand overview to help teachers and administrators follow the steps for successful PBL implementation.”

The new PBLWorks teacher’s guide takes teachers stage-by-stage, from PBL Day One through PBL mastery, and beyond.

Stage 1: Discover the what & why of PBL

Stage 2: Learn how to design and implement PBL

Stage 3: Implement your project in the classroom

Stage 4: Reflect on lessons learned and plan next steps

Stage 5: Share & Lead to help others on their PBL Journey

To view the downloadable guide, Your Project Based Learning Journey: A Guide for Teachers, visit http://go.pblworks.org/pbl-journey-guide-teachers.

About the PBL 101 Workshop

PBLWorks has updated its popular PBL 101 Workshop while retaining its most essential features to help teachers gain a deeper understanding of PBLWorks’ Gold Standard Project Design. The workshop now offers enhanced content with tighter connections to learning outcomes, a stronger emphasis on equity, greater clarity about assessments, guidance through the project design process, and access to the new MyPBLWorks online learning platform for a full year.

The MyPBLWorks platform includes a project library, online learning modules, tools such as rubrics and a project planner, as well as a full bank of other resources for facilitating high quality PBL with students.

“Our goal has always been to help teachers get up and running with PBL, as quickly and as confidently as possible,” said  Lenz. “The PBL 101 Workshop is a key element in a longer journey toward helping students achieve critical academic and 21st Century  skills.”

About Project Based Learning

In Project Based Learning, teachers make learning come alive for students. Students work on a project over an extended period of time – from a week up to a semester – that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing a public product or presentation for a real audience. As a result, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills in the context of doing an authentic, meaningful project.

About PBLWorks

At PBLWorks (the brand name of the Buck Institute for Education) we believe that all students—no matter where they live or what their background—should have access to quality Project Based Learning to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life. Our focus is to build the capacity of teachers to design and facilitate quality Project Based Learning and the capacity of school and system leaders to create the conditions for teachers to implement great projects with all students. For more information, visit www.pblworks.org.

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Future of Education Technology Conference Announces New Session Tracks for 2020
The Future of Ed Tech Library Media Specialist and Future of Ed Tech Coach content tracks will be added to the program, providing targeted content for these essential, evolving roles

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.―The National Future of Education Technology Conference® (FETC®) has announced the six content tracks for 2020, two of which―Future of Ed Tech Library Media Specialist and Future of Ed Tech Coach―are new tracks being introduced for the first time. FETC 2020, the 40th anniversary event, will feature more than 600 total sessions organized around the key roles in education leadership, providing all attendees with the opportunity to select the most relevant content and maximize their learning. The conference will take place January 14-17, 2020 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Fla.

“Based on our evaluation of the evolving K-12 leadership landscape and the desires expressed by our attendees, we are introducing new content tracks at FETC 2020 that we’re excited to unveil,” said Dr. Robert M. Avossa, Senior Vice President & Publisher, LRP Publications. “The new content tracks for library media specialists and coaches will set FETC apart from other professional development experiences in edtech, with sessions designed for educators in these critical roles that will address their needs in a uniquely relevant and targeted way. In combination with our perennially popular and crucial tracks for administrators, IT leaders, educators and special educators, these tracks will ensure that the content at FETC 2020 is the best available learning opportunity for all educators and leaders.”

The six content tracks for FETC 2020 are:

  • Future of Ed Tech Library Media Specialist―For this ever-evolving role, collaboration, personalization and learning creation are key elements of success. This new track will inform participants about the resources and training tools available to effectively incorporate technology into programs and ensure the learning needs of the school are met.
  • Future of Ed Tech Coach―In this newly-created track, participants can get the latest insights and strategies on instructional technologies, personalized learning materials and pedagogical methods to mentor and train educators in their schools and districts.
  • Future of Ed Tech Administrator―This popular track, designed for leaders in schools and districts, will deliver technology-based best practices that can be used in administrators’ daily efforts to lead initiatives that embrace technology, engage learners and build capacity among entire teams.
  • Future of Ed Tech Information Technology―With sessions for every role in the technology department, this track provides crucial takeaways to address cybersecurity, AR/VR, cloud computing and more, delivered by top experts who are leading the charge.
  • Future of Ed Tech Educator―In this popular track, teachers will discover new and innovative digital learning tools for the classroom—from game-based learning to online learning strategies and coding—and learn practical tips to take back and implement in their schools.
  • Future of Ed Tech Inclusion & Special Education―Special education leaders, support staff and educators will find specific and relevant content in this track. Participants will learn about effective practices for using technology to support the academic and social-emotional growth of all students, including those with disabilities.

Each track will have a dedicated orientation session at the beginning of the conference, which will introduce participants to the content available at FETC and provide an opportunity to network with peers and colleagues. Participants will learn what content is available to meet their pressing needs and interests, and will get help devising a plan to navigate the collection of sessions and events specifically designed for their role.

In addition to the hundreds of concurrent sessions across the six targeted tracks, FETC 2020 will have numerous learning and networking opportunities for participants of all roles and interests. The conference will kick off with an opening keynote from best-selling author Daniel Pink and will feature a STEM keynote from Justin Shaifer, founder and executive director of Fascinate, Inc. Participants will also explore an Expo Hall filled with the latest and greatest solutions and will network with a community of thousands of enthusiastic, like-minded peers.

Registration is now open for the 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference. For additional information and to register, visit fetc.org/register or call toll-free 1-800-727-1227.  Educators who register before November 1, 2019 will save up to $150 by securing the Super Saver rate.

About the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) 
The Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) annually attracts thousands of education and technology leaders for an intensive, highly collaborative exploration of new technologies, best practices and pressing issues. With basic to advanced sessions tailored to the needs of each role in the digital transformation, FETC is known as one of the nation’s premier preK-12 education technology events. FETC provides school and district administrators, classroom teachers, IT professionals, special education directors, curriculum and media specialists, and other educators with roles or interest in ed tech, the opportunity to explore the most effective integration of technology across the curriculum. FETC offers a balanced blend of administrative, instructional and technical content through targeted sessions, intensive workshops, hands-on demonstrations of the newest products, and more. Visit fetc.org for more details.

About LRP Media Group
LRP Media Group, founded in 1977 by Kenneth Kahn, is an innovative media giant serving millions of business and education professionals worldwide. Specializing in education administration, education law, education technology, federal employment, human resources, workers’ compensation and disability, LRP produces thousands of books, pamphlets, newsletters, videos and online resources. The company also produces five industry-leading print and digital magazines for key decision-makers: District Administration, Human Resources Executive®, HRM Asia, Risk & Insurance® and University Business. Additionally, LRP annually delivers top-quality training and professional development to more than 80,000 professionals through its 13 award-winning conferences and tradeshows in China, Singapore and the United States. LRP currently employs more than 500 professionals in its Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania, Singapore and Washington, D.C. offices. Headquartered in Palm Beach County since 1996, the company has more than $70 million in annual revenue. For a complete list of LRP resources, eCourses and conferences, please visit www.lrp.com.