PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FOR EDUCATORS : OCTOBER 2019

KinderLab Introduces KIBO Robotics Course for the Youngest Homeschoolers

The rental program includes a robot kit and detailed curriculum for homeschools to introduce STEM education through creative coding, arts, and imaginative play

(Waltham, MA) October 29, 2019 – KinderLab Robotics today announced a new three-month KIBO Home Robotics Course that enables home educators and caregivers to introduce coding and robotics to their young learners without computers or screen time. The course provides a step-by-step curriculum to easily teach coding, robotics, and STEAM concepts, and includes use of a KIBO 18 Robot Kit to support the curriculum. This unique rental program makes creative, cross-curricular STEM/STEAM learning affordable and easy to implement for homeschool educators.

KIBO is a hands-on, playful robot that offers young children a fun way to learn coding and building along with storytelling and imaginative play. KIBO is entirely unplugged and screen-free: no smartphone, tablet, PC, or network connection is needed. Children use wooden blocks to program their own robot, then build onto the robot with art and craft materials to create a character to act out their story or lesson.

KIBO is the result of extensive research by KinderLab co-founder Dr. Marina Bers, Chair of the Eliot-Pearson School of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. Dr. Bers has shown that children engage with powerful ideas in computational thinking, the engineering design process, and social-emotional learning (SEL) by imagining and creating with technological tools. Dr. Bers’ research demonstrates that when children create and express themselves with age appropriate technologies, they develop not just technical skills but also confidence, perseverance, and creativity.

Jason Innes, the manager of training and curriculum development at KinderLab Robotics, Inc., said, “As the first educational robotics company to offer a program specifically designed for home educators, our goal is for KIBO to help level the playing field and offer homeschoolers the same opportunities their peers have in public schools. Adding coding, robotics, and STEAM to a homeschool curriculum can feel difficult—and expensive. We’re offering the KIBO Home Robotics Course as a rental program to create an affordable, step-by-step, supportive way to include KIBO in home learning environments.”

The KIBO Home Robotics Course integrates arts and crafts into STEAM learning. As children develop their computational thinking and coding skills with KIBO, they can use their robot to tell stories, choreograph dances, create a vehicle to explore a cardboard town, create programs that model the behavior of animals in their habitats, and more. Coding becomes a new literacy that children can use to explore their other subjects more deeply.

With the three-month KIBO Home Robotics Course, home educators have full support from KinderLab Robotics as they integrate coding and robotics into their homeschool curriculum. In addition to the complete, research-backed Creating with KIBO curriculum, the program includes fun Activity Cards, helpful workbooks, and a clear lesson sequence. Course participants also receive weekly emails with specific advice, examples, and suggestions keyed to their progress through the course.

The KIBO Home Robotics Course is available now at KinderLabRobotics.com/at-home. The program fee of $169 includes the three-month KIBO rental, complete curriculum, and two-way shipping anywhere in the continental United States (additional shipping charges apply for US locations outside the continental US).

When participants complete the three-month course, they can use the pre-paid shipping label to return the course materials to KinderLab. Families who would like to continue using KIBO to support STEAM learning in the home can instead choose to purchase their KIBO Robot Kit at a significant discount. After purchasing, they can extend their KIBO experience with a range of fun add-ons and extension sets.

About KIBO – The Playful STEAM Robot

KIBO is a robot kit that allows children aged 4–7 to build, program, decorate, and bring their own robot to life without requiring any screen time on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. It is an open platform on which students can envision and create their own robot. With art and engineering, students transform KIBO into imagined animals, vehicles, storybook characters, and more. Students plan a coding sequence using wooden programming blocks, then scan their sequence with the built-in barcode scanner, press its button—and the robot comes alive.

When children build, code, and decorate their own robot, they perceive it as play, but they are learning invaluable STEAM skills. Not only are these hands-on experiences inherently rewarding, but they help children understand the technology in their world and can even improve their future job prospects.

About KinderLab Robotics

KinderLab Robotics is the creator of the award-winning KIBO, a playful educational STEAM robot kit based on 20 years of child development research with thousands of children, teachers, and parents. Developed specifically for teachers by Dr. Marina Umaschi Bers at Tufts University, KIBO is currently used in 59 countries and has proven efficacy in helping kids learn STEAM—and getting them excited about it! KinderLab offers a complete suite of teaching materials that help integrate STEAM elements into a wide range of curricula, including art, cultural studies, and reading literacy.

For more information, please visit KinderLabRobotics.com.

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Classrooms Worldwide Invited to Join Discovery Education and Polar Bears International for an Exciting Virtual Field Trip to the Arctic Tundra

-Registration is Open for the Live, No-Cost, Virtual Experience Transporting Students to the Site of the Annual Canadian Polar Bear Migration-

Silver Spring, Md. (October 28, 2019) – Discovery Education and Polar Bears International, the only nonprofit with a sole focus on polar bears, are again teaming up to present students and teachers with a no-cost Virtual Field Trip to the Arctic Tundra.  Through the magic of technology, participants will be transported to the shores of the Hudson Bay in Churchill, Canada, to witness the annual polar bear migration, investigate the Arctic habitat, and explore the lives and careers of the people that work and live in the polar region.  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

This year, Discovery Education and Polar Bears International are offering students and teachers two ways to participate in the Tundra Connections virtual experience.  During Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra, occurring on Wednesday, November 13 at 12:00 PM Central Time and again on Thursday, November 14 at 11:30 AM Central Time, participants will travel to the Arctic to take a deep dive into that region’s unique ecosystem.  Among the topics students and teachers will explore during this roughly 30-minute live event are adaptations, sea ice habitat, climate change, and of course, polar bears!

In addition to Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra, Discovery Education and Polar Bears International are hosting two live question and answer sessions on Wednesday, November 13, at 1:30 PM Central Time and Thursday, November 14 at 1:00 pm Central Time. During these informal hang-outs Polar Bears International’s experts will answer as many questions as possible about the Arctic and discuss the extraordinary wildlife that makes the tundra ecosystem their home.  Both Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra and the Q&A will be supported by classroom instructional resources designed to help educators maximize these exciting experiences.

For more information and details about free registration, visit the Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra registration website.

“Discovery Education virtual experiences like Tundra Connections allow me to introduce my students to people and places they might not otherwise see,” said Hugh McDonald, a teacher at the Sunrise Ridge Elementary School in Canada’s Surrey School District. “Very few experiences capture all students’ attention like a Virtual Field Trip.  They provide fantastic jumping-off points that connect tightly to what I am trying teach in my classroom.”

Both events will be archived within Discovery Education Experience in both the Polar Bears content channel and the Virtual Field Trip content channel.

“Discovery Education is excited to present the upcoming Tundra Connections Virtual Field Trip to teachers and students worldwide at no-cost,” said Discovery Education Director of Product Development Kyle Schutt.  “Discovery Education understands that these types of events can spark in students a lifelong interest in a particular subject and we encourage all educators to bring their students to the Arctic with us.  Who knows, your class may contain the next great wildlife biologist!”

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.

Classrooms Worldwide Invited to Join Discovery Education and Polar Bears International for an Exciting Virtual Field Trip to the Arctic Tundra

-Registration is Open for the Live, No-Cost, Virtual Experience Transporting Students to the Site of the Annual Canadian Polar Bear Migration-

Silver Spring, Md. (October 28, 2019) – Discovery Education and Polar Bears International, the only nonprofit with a sole focus on polar bears, are again teaming up to present students and teachers with a no-cost Virtual Field Trip to the Arctic Tundra.  Through the magic of technology, participants will be transported to the shores of the Hudson Bay in Churchill, Canada, to witness the annual polar bear migration, investigate the Arctic habitat, and explore the lives and careers of the people that work and live in the polar region.  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

This year, Discovery Education and Polar Bears International are offering students and teachers two ways to participate in the Tundra Connections virtual experience.  During Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra, occurring on Wednesday, November 13 at 12:00 PM Central Time and again on Thursday, November 14 at 11:30 AM Central Time, participants will travel to the Arctic to take a deep dive into that region’s unique ecosystem.  Among the topics students and teachers will explore during this roughly 30-minute live event are adaptations, sea ice habitat, climate change, and of course, polar bears!

In addition to Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra, Discovery Education and Polar Bears International are hosting two live question and answer sessions on Wednesday, November 13, at 1:30 PM Central Time and Thursday, November 14 at 1:00 pm Central Time. During these informal hang-outs Polar Bears International’s experts will answer as many questions as possible about the Arctic and discuss the extraordinary wildlife that makes the tundra ecosystem their home.  Both Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra and the Q&A will be supported by classroom instructional resources designed to help educators maximize these exciting experiences.

For more information and details about free registration, visit the Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra registration website.

“Discovery Education virtual experiences like Tundra Connections allow me to introduce my students to people and places they might not otherwise see,” said Hugh McDonald, a teacher at the Sunrise Ridge Elementary School in Canada’s Surrey School District. “Very few experiences capture all students’ attention like a Virtual Field Trip.  They provide fantastic jumping-off points that connect tightly to what I am trying teach in my classroom.”

Both events will be archived within Discovery Education Experience in both the Polar Bears content channel and the Virtual Field Trip content channel.

“Discovery Education is excited to present the upcoming Tundra Connections Virtual Field Trip to teachers and students worldwide at no-cost,” said Discovery Education Director of Product Development Kyle Schutt.  “Discovery Education understands that these types of events can spark in students a lifelong interest in a particular subject and we encourage all educators to bring their students to the Arctic with us.  Who knows, your class may contain the next great wildlife biologist!”

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.

Classrooms Worldwide Invited to Join Discovery Education and Polar Bears International for an Exciting Virtual Field Trip to the Arctic Tundra

-Registration is Open for the Live, No-Cost, Virtual Experience Transporting Students to the Site of the Annual Canadian Polar Bear Migration-

Silver Spring, Md. (October 28, 2019) – Discovery Education and Polar Bears International, the only nonprofit with a sole focus on polar bears, are again teaming up to present students and teachers with a no-cost Virtual Field Trip to the Arctic Tundra.  Through the magic of technology, participants will be transported to the shores of the Hudson Bay in Churchill, Canada, to witness the annual polar bear migration, investigate the Arctic habitat, and explore the lives and careers of the people that work and live in the polar region.  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

This year, Discovery Education and Polar Bears International are offering students and teachers two ways to participate in the Tundra Connections virtual experience.  During Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra, occurring on Wednesday, November 13 at 12:00 PM Central Time and again on Thursday, November 14 at 11:30 AM Central Time, participants will travel to the Arctic to take a deep dive into that region’s unique ecosystem.  Among the topics students and teachers will explore during this roughly 30-minute live event are adaptations, sea ice habitat, climate change, and of course, polar bears!

In addition to Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra, Discovery Education and Polar Bears International are hosting two live question and answer sessions on Wednesday, November 13, at 1:30 PM Central Time and Thursday, November 14 at 1:00 pm Central Time. During these informal hang-outs Polar Bears International’s experts will answer as many questions as possible about the Arctic and discuss the extraordinary wildlife that makes the tundra ecosystem their home.  Both Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra and the Q&A will be supported by classroom instructional resources designed to help educators maximize these exciting experiences.

For more information and details about free registration, visit the Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra registration website.

“Discovery Education virtual experiences like Tundra Connections allow me to introduce my students to people and places they might not otherwise see,” said Hugh McDonald, a teacher at the Sunrise Ridge Elementary School in Canada’s Surrey School District. “Very few experiences capture all students’ attention like a Virtual Field Trip.  They provide fantastic jumping-off points that connect tightly to what I am trying teach in my classroom.”

Both events will be archived within Discovery Education Experience in both the Polar Bears content channel and the Virtual Field Trip content channel.

“Discovery Education is excited to present the upcoming Tundra Connections Virtual Field Trip to teachers and students worldwide at no-cost,” said Discovery Education Director of Product Development Kyle Schutt.  “Discovery Education understands that these types of events can spark in students a lifelong interest in a particular subject and we encourage all educators to bring their students to the Arctic with us.  Who knows, your class may contain the next great wildlife biologist!”

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.

Classrooms Worldwide Invited to Join Discovery Education and Polar Bears International for an Exciting Virtual Field Trip to the Arctic Tundra

-Registration is Open for the Live, No-Cost, Virtual Experience Transporting Students to the Site of the Annual Canadian Polar Bear Migration-

Silver Spring, Md. (October 28, 2019) – Discovery Education and Polar Bears International, the only nonprofit with a sole focus on polar bears, are again teaming up to present students and teachers with a no-cost Virtual Field Trip to the Arctic Tundra.  Through the magic of technology, participants will be transported to the shores of the Hudson Bay in Churchill, Canada, to witness the annual polar bear migration, investigate the Arctic habitat, and explore the lives and careers of the people that work and live in the polar region.  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

This year, Discovery Education and Polar Bears International are offering students and teachers two ways to participate in the Tundra Connections virtual experience.  During Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra, occurring on Wednesday, November 13 at 12:00 PM Central Time and again on Thursday, November 14 at 11:30 AM Central Time, participants will travel to the Arctic to take a deep dive into that region’s unique ecosystem.  Among the topics students and teachers will explore during this roughly 30-minute live event are adaptations, sea ice habitat, climate change, and of course, polar bears!

In addition to Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra, Discovery Education and Polar Bears International are hosting two live question and answer sessions on Wednesday, November 13, at 1:30 PM Central Time and Thursday, November 14 at 1:00 pm Central Time. During these informal hang-outs Polar Bears International’s experts will answer as many questions as possible about the Arctic and discuss the extraordinary wildlife that makes the tundra ecosystem their home.  Both Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra and the Q&A will be supported by classroom instructional resources designed to help educators maximize these exciting experiences.

For more information and details about free registration, visit the Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra registration website.

“Discovery Education virtual experiences like Tundra Connections allow me to introduce my students to people and places they might not otherwise see,” said Hugh McDonald, a teacher at the Sunrise Ridge Elementary School in Canada’s Surrey School District. “Very few experiences capture all students’ attention like a Virtual Field Trip.  They provide fantastic jumping-off points that connect tightly to what I am trying teach in my classroom.”

Both events will be archived within Discovery Education Experience in both the Polar Bears content channel and the Virtual Field Trip content channel.

“Discovery Education is excited to present the upcoming Tundra Connections Virtual Field Trip to teachers and students worldwide at no-cost,” said Discovery Education Director of Product Development Kyle Schutt.  “Discovery Education understands that these types of events can spark in students a lifelong interest in a particular subject and we encourage all educators to bring their students to the Arctic with us.  Who knows, your class may contain the next great wildlife biologist!”

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.

Classrooms Worldwide Invited to Join Discovery Education and Polar Bears International for an Exciting Virtual Field Trip to the Arctic Tundra

-Registration is Open for the Live, No-Cost, Virtual Experience Transporting Students to the Site of the Annual Canadian Polar Bear Migration-

Silver Spring, Md. (October 28, 2019) – Discovery Education and Polar Bears International, the only nonprofit with a sole focus on polar bears, are again teaming up to present students and teachers with a no-cost Virtual Field Trip to the Arctic Tundra.  Through the magic of technology, participants will be transported to the shores of the Hudson Bay in Churchill, Canada, to witness the annual polar bear migration, investigate the Arctic habitat, and explore the lives and careers of the people that work and live in the polar region.  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

This year, Discovery Education and Polar Bears International are offering students and teachers two ways to participate in the Tundra Connections virtual experience.  During Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra, occurring on Wednesday, November 13 at 12:00 PM Central Time and again on Thursday, November 14 at 11:30 AM Central Time, participants will travel to the Arctic to take a deep dive into that region’s unique ecosystem.  Among the topics students and teachers will explore during this roughly 30-minute live event are adaptations, sea ice habitat, climate change, and of course, polar bears!

In addition to Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra, Discovery Education and Polar Bears International are hosting two live question and answer sessions on Wednesday, November 13, at 1:30 PM Central Time and Thursday, November 14 at 1:00 pm Central Time. During these informal hang-outs Polar Bears International’s experts will answer as many questions as possible about the Arctic and discuss the extraordinary wildlife that makes the tundra ecosystem their home.  Both Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra and the Q&A will be supported by classroom instructional resources designed to help educators maximize these exciting experiences.

For more information and details about free registration, visit the Experience Polar Bears on the Tundra registration website.

“Discovery Education virtual experiences like Tundra Connections allow me to introduce my students to people and places they might not otherwise see,” said Hugh McDonald, a teacher at the Sunrise Ridge Elementary School in Canada’s Surrey School District. “Very few experiences capture all students’ attention like a Virtual Field Trip.  They provide fantastic jumping-off points that connect tightly to what I am trying teach in my classroom.”

Both events will be archived within Discovery Education Experience in both the Polar Bears content channel and the Virtual Field Trip content channel.

“Discovery Education is excited to present the upcoming Tundra Connections Virtual Field Trip to teachers and students worldwide at no-cost,” said Discovery Education Director of Product Development Kyle Schutt.  “Discovery Education understands that these types of events can spark in students a lifelong interest in a particular subject and we encourage all educators to bring their students to the Arctic with us.  Who knows, your class may contain the next great wildlife biologist!”

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.

New Online Resource from Apperson helps Teachers and Parents Teach Character Development

 

New educational video series for first and second grade students highlights positive character traits exemplified by prominent figures

Renton, WA. – Oct. 24, 2019 – Character education supports students’ social and emotional development and teaches them how to be productive, positive citizens and role models. To support schools in providing character education as part of their work to teach the whole child, AppersonInc, announces the launch of The Character Tree, a new character development online resource for first and second grade students that provides appealing online video lessons to teach children about positive character traits. Teachers and parents can sign up for free access to The Character Tree for the 2019-2020 school year by visiting: https://charactertree.com/sign-up/#join

The Character Tree uses engaging discussions, real-life examples from history, role modeling and hands-on materials to emphasize positive character traits such as kindness, bravery, hope, leadership, gratitude and perseverance. The subscription, which is free for the 2019-2020 school year, provides access to 32 videos suitable for first and second grade students. The videos feature adorable puppets asking and answering questions, as well as discussions about historic figures such as Rosa Parks and Jane Goodall. The lessons are standards-aligned and each comes with a teacher’s guide and printable resources for students.

“Character education is incredibly important to the social and emotional development of young children and should be taught and reinforced regularly in the classroom and at home,” said Apperson Chairman, Bill Apperson. “We developed The Character Tree as a resource to support teachers, parents and out-of-school-time providers in this important task and to help children become positive role models in their classrooms and communities.”

The Character Tree videos feature Bill Apperson’s daughter, Sara VanderWel who plays the role of “Miss Sara” in the videos and guides discussions with the puppet children and “Gray Squirrel” as they learn about positive character traits. The puppets express their feelings, ask questions and discuss and demonstrate positive behavior.

VanderWel has served as an early elementary teacher for the past 12 years. She specializes in literacy and writing and in 2018 received the Bonnie Campbell Hill Literacy Leader Award for Washington State. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a B.S. in Spanish Language and Literature and an M.S. in K-6 Reading and Literacy.  She also runs a Teachers Pay Teachers site called The Primary Pal.

Bill Apperson’s inspiration for developing The Character Tree came in part from discussions with VanderWel about the social and emotional issues her students often face. He also drew inspiration from his own experiences mentoring a child and from the lessons imparted by the late Fred Rogers, creator and host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

More than 2,000 educators have already signed up to use The Character Tree. “I am using your website to teach my first graders about good choices in their school life. They love your videos. It has been a great addition to my classroom,” said Dr. Karen McGinnis, first grade teacher at Hillcrest Elementary School in Drexel Hill, PA.

For more information about The Character Tree and to subscribe or view video samples, visit https://charactertree.com/

About Character Tree

The Character Tree is a division of Apperson, Inc. Since 1955 our mission has been to maximize potential. In the last 25 years, Apperson has become a recognized name in the education community. We advance educational and professional development by providing innovative services and solutions. We deliver exceptional customer service, driven by our core values of integrity, passion, respect, and teamwork. This results in greater knowledge and enriched outcomes for students, teachers, and business leaders, alike. For more, visit https://charactertree.com/.

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New Jersey’s Trenton Public Schools Launches New Partnership with Discovery Education Focused on Enhancing Social Studies Instruction

 — Rollout of Digital Social Studies Curriculum in District Middle Schools to Support the Growth of Students’ Critical Thinking and Citizenship Skills—

 

Silver Spring, Md. (October 23, 2019) – New Jersey’s Trenton Public Schools (TPS) today unveiled a new partnership with Discovery Education. Through this collaboration, Discovery Education will provide educators in district middle schools an innovative, digital social studies curriculum that supports the development of students’ critical thinking and citizenship skills. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Among the largest school systems in the State of New Jersey, TPS serves a diverse population of more than 11,000 students. With a mission to graduate all students with a vision for their future, a motivation for continuous learning, and the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their choice of college or career, district leaders sought innovative new approaches to teaching and learning.  After considering a number of options to enhance social studies instruction and develop students’ critical thinking and citizenship skills, TPS selected Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook for middle school teachers and students.

Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook pairs compelling core content with thought-provoking essential questions, primary source analysis, and project-based tasks to help all students experience the social studies.  Specifically developed for diverse student audiences and curated by experts for ease of access, Social Studies Techbook’s high-quality, multimodal content supports the improvement of academic vocabulary, breaks down barriers to learning, provides all students multiple ways to shine, and engages students in higher-level thinking. In addition, a variety of differentiation tools integrated at point of use help educators meet the unique needs of each student. Access to two Lexile levels of core content, authentic Spanish translation—and 180 additional languages through Google Translate—as well as strategies for teaching students with special needs and English learners assist educators in creating inclusive, immersive learning experiences.

“The Trenton Public Schools are incredibly excited to kick-off this new partnership with Discovery Education,” said Michael Hodnicki, Supervisor of Humanities for Secondary Education at Trenton Public Schools. “By providing our students an engaging digital curriculum that challenges and engages them in social studies, we are putting them in a position to grow the critical skills they will need for career and citizenship success.”

To help TPS educators integrate their new digital resources into classroom instruction in the coming school year, Discovery Education will provide teachers numerous professional learning opportunities. Through these interactive professional development 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.

TPS 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.

“The team at Discovery Education is thrilled to begin this partnership with Trenton Public Schools,” said Kelly Hoce, Discovery Education’s Director of Education Partnerships. “The talented educators at Trenton Public Schools have created an exciting vision for social studies instruction across the district, and we are proud to be a part of their plans.”

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.

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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https://benetech.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019-Benetech-School-Preparedness-Survey-1.pdf

AVAILABLE  NOW

BENETECH  ANNUAL PREPAREDNESS SURVEY …  which surveyed over 1,000 special education teachers, assistive technology specialists, education therapists, and other teachers that work with students with reading barriers about how they are feeling for the 2019-2020 school year. 

From this survey BENETECH has  identified 5 factors that impact teacher and student preparedness:

Access to technology

Support from administration

 Books in accessible formats 

Teacher role

Percentage of students on free and reduced lunch.

You can download the full report for more findings, from the link above

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Curriculum Associates Sponsors ALAS Scholarship Awards to Support the Professional Advancement of Latino Administrators

Belinda Reyes of the School District of Osceola County receives $10,000 and Beatriz Maldonado of Berwyn South School District 100 receives $2,000 in scholarship funds

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., October 21, 2019—For the fifth consecutive year, Curriculum Associates has partnered with the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) to support the professional advancement of Latino administrators by helping them earn advanced degrees in education. This year’s scholarship recipients are Belinda Reyes of the School District of Osceola County in Kissimmee, FL and Beatriz Maldonado of Berwyn South School District 100 in Berwyn, IL. They will receive $10,000 and $2,000, respectively, to support their continuing education.

“ALAS is committed to having Latinx leaders in K–12 school districts across the country,” said Nancy Lewin, executive director of ALAS. “The scholarships awarded through the support from Curriculum Associates are invaluable to helping more Latinx educators achieve higher education degrees. These award recipients will be the leaders who continue to inspire children and open pathways for others to take on leadership roles in our education systems.”

Throughout her career, Reyes has served as a media clerk, teacher, dean, assistant principal, principal, and district administrator before becoming the Executive Director for Multicultural Curriculum, Instruction, and Compliance at the School District of Osceola County. In this current role, she oversees programs and supports for 27 percent of the total student population, and she has successfully reorganized district support and targeted development for teachers and administrators to ensure equity of supports and standards-based instruction. Reyes has additionally been instrumental in providing equity of services and instruction for more than 2,700 students from Puerto Rico who relocated due to Hurricane Maria.

Reyes is a graduate of the ALAS Superintendent Leadership Academy Cohort 6 and the Vice President of the Florida ALAS affiliate. She will be receiving her doctorate from the American College of Education.

“Grateful and humbled to be selected as a recipient of the 2019 ALAS Scholarship, I recognize the responsibility to serve,” said Reyes. “Pursuing my doctorate is more than a quest for superintendency; it is a commitment to provide access and equity for every child, every chance, every day. I am encouraged by partners, such as Curriculum Associates, who value the importance of Latino leadership in closing achievement gaps and strengthening cultural connections by super-accelerating Latino youth and all students of color.”

As the Director of Language Acquisition at Berwyn South School District 100, Maldonado works with students of diverse linguistic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds and is a strong proponent of providing all students with an equitable education that integrates a philosophy of shared responsibility between home and school. Throughout her career, she has worked as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, parent engagement director, and principal. She helped implement the district’s first dual language program during her tenure as principal and, in her current role, has expanded the program to four district schools serving students from all six elementary schools.

Maldonado served as a board member of the Illinois Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents and is an adjunct professor at Dominican University’s School of Education, where she teaches Assessment of Language Learners, Middle School Methods, and Language and Culture. She is also currently a doctoral student at Concordia University, where her research focuses on urban superintendent tenure and social determination theory.

“We are proud to once again partner with ALAS to support the professional growth of two Latino leaders,” said Claudia Salinas, Vice President of English Learning at Curriculum Associates. “Both Belinda and Beatriz are standout educators who undoubtedly will continue to make an impressive mark on their communities and improve the lives of students as they advance their own education.”

To learn more about the ALAS Scholarship Awards, visit ALASEdu.org/Membership/Scholarships.

About Curriculum Associates

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

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School Districts Partnering with Gaggle Saved More Than 700 Students from Suicide in 2018-19 

New National report reveals astonishing number of K-12 students acting in ways that pose an immediate danger to themselves or others — and leaving evidence of this behavior online

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (Oct. 16, 2019) — From self-harm to violence towards others to the sharing of nudity and sexual content, K-12 students are engaging in an alarming number of dangerous behaviors, and they are leaving evidence of this behavior in their online activity within Google’s G Suite, Microsoft Office 365 and the Canvas learning management system. According to a new national student safety report from GaggleThe State of Student Safety Through the Gaggle Lens , from July 2018 through June 2019, Gaggle safety experts identified nearly 14,000 incidents revealing an imminent threat to a student’s life or well-being — and more than 40 percent of these happened outside of school hours.

“With over 100,000 safety issues observed among Gaggle’s nearly 5 million users in 2018-19 — including nearly 13,000 cases deemed serious enough to warrant immediate action — it’s clear that K-12 leaders have their work cut out for them in keeping students safe,” said Jeff Patterson, Gaggle CEO. “While students may appear to be fine at school, they often express their thoughts and feelings more freely online. School leaders might never know about students’ cries for help unless they have visibility into their use of school-issued digital tools.”

During the 2018-19 school year, Gaggle reported:

  • 52,000 references to suicide or self-harm in students’ online activity. Of these, more than 6,000 were serious enough to merit immediate attention by the district, which resulted in more than 700 lives saved.
  • 34,000 references of violence toward others. Of these, more than 1,600 warranted an immediate call to prevent a potential incident.
  • 15,000 examples of nudity or sexual content, of which 5,100 required immediate action.

These figures come from Gaggle’s safety management solution, which uses a combination of artificial intelligence and trained safety experts to help K-12 districts proactively ensure the safety and well-being of all students. During the 2018/19 academic school year, Gaggle analyzed and viewed over 3.9 billion items of which 70 million items were reviewed for suspicious content. Gaggle is committed to keeping students safe by scanning school accounts for harmful content.  They then alert school officials when students show signs of self-harm, depression, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse, cyberbullying, credible threats of violence against others, or other harmful situations.

Before implementing Gaggle, Dickinson Independent School District (DISD) was struggling with encryption and content filter challenges related to its use of Google and G Suite for Education, the latter of which is used for both student and staff communication and collaboration. Drawn in by Gaggle’s 24/7/365 online guarantee and the way it could quickly identify, act on, and alert the district of potential problems, DISD implemented the platform in August of 2018. During the platform’s first year in use, the district caught numerous potential problems that ranged from seemingly innocent sentences to full-blown emergencies—and everything in between.

“Gaggle triggered additional help for the students whom we may have otherwise missed,” said Dr. Melissa Williams-Scott, Executive Director of Information Systems at Dickinson ISD. “We’ve been very pleased with our investment in Gaggle, which is basically like having your own personal ‘911’ system specifically for your district.”

The State of Student Safety Through the Gaggle Lens report is available at https://pages.gaggle.net/18-19-safetyreport/.

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.

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Educational Facility Teams Flock to Experience Innovation Onsite as
EDspaces Exhibitors Donate State-of-the-Art Products to Local Schools

 

(Milwaukee, WI) — Major stakeholders including decision-makers from schools, colleges, and universities are gathering at EDspaces 2019 to collaborate on building the best learning environments. Expert teams who design, build, manage or renovate educational facilities will attend EDspaces 2019, October 23-25 in Milwaukee, WI, as a city-wide event. Attendees will dive deeply into current challenges and work to transform education giving all students the chance to succeed through a variety of educational offerings including plenary sessions, interactive classroom designs, and tours.

Exhibitors will provide next-generation products to outfit classrooms of the future and benefit local schools. At each EDspaces, exhibitors donate thousands of pounds and a wide variety of classroom items. Donated goods will be collected by representatives from the Brown Deer School District and distributed to schools in Milwaukee.

“For 24 years, EDspaces exhibitors have contributed truck-loads of innovative classroom to local communities. This year it will be one of the largest due to major growth in the past four years of the event. We’re looking forward to an even greater contribution in 2020, when we take EDspaces to Charlotte, North Carolina,” says Jim McGarry, EDmarket President and CEO.

Participating exhibitors donate items to ensure local schools are outfitted with brand new products including furniture, seating, desks, USB embedded furniture, and more, giving the donated product(s) from their booths, interactive classrooms, and displays at the conference’s conclusion.

EDspaces learning environments serve as vehicles for classroom experimentation, with sessions taking place in classrooms designed by top architects, designers, and space planners. This provides attendees first-hand experience of modern pedagogical approaches in planning, design, and products and are a unique extension of learning for participants. It is the only event featuring six innovative classroom designs, inspiring attendees and exemplifying the future of educational facilities. Each is developed to accommodate a wide variety of presentations, demonstrating learning areas for students of various ages, as well as a comfortable space for adult learners.

Other program elements include a pre-conference Learning Lab, STEM Innovation Tour on Tuesday kicks off the event. The lab will explore how school districts of diverse backgrounds promote STEM and STEAM learner-centered education in spaces where students experiment, make, hack, and learn as they transform ideas into products and solutions.

Visionary keynoter Tony Wagner, a globally-recognized voice in education and author of Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for The Innovation Era will present at the plenary session. He will discuss why innovation is today’s most essential real-world skill, and one that can ensure this generation’s economic future.

Expeditionary learning occurs on three distinct tours, two focused on the K-12 environment and one showcasing higher education spaces, with educationally-rich site visits featuring sustainability, creative design, and innovative interiors. Local sites will also include the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences and the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex (KIRC), as well as Brown Deer Middle/High School, Franklin High School, and more. Every tour includes an educational component in a variety of learning environments, and each qualifies for AIA LU/HSW credit.


EDspaces
 is the conference advancing the conversation about the future of learning environments. It is where innovations are unveiled and collaborations form, bringing together education’s creative change agents who plan, design and manage innovative learning environments. Leaders from school districts and colleges, architects, interior designers, dealers and exhibitors engage and participate in the ongoing transformation of the learning environment. This growing event was honored in Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 for three categories in 2017. www.ed-spaces.com

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Discovery Education Adds Engaging New Content from the Discovery Family of Networks, Major League Baseball, the 9/11 Tribute Museum, and More to Award-Winning Digital Services

–New Digital Assets to Help Teachers Create Immersive Classroom Experiences Supporting a Variety of Disciplines Including Social/Emotional Learning, STEM, Civics, and Financial Literacy—

 

Silver Spring, MD (October 21, 2019) — Discovery Education–the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms–today announced the addition of a host of new, engaging assets to its award-winning digital services. With the new digital resources coming to Discovery Education Experience, the Science, and Social Studies Techbooks, and STEM Connect, educators gain even more unique resources to help them create immersive learning experiences that support a variety of academic disciplines. New content recently added to Discovery Education’s services include:

Inspire students to better understand and combat hatred: In collaboration with Discovery Channel’s global premiere of WHY WE HATE, a six-part docuseries that explores the reasons why humans hate in an effort to prevent and combat hatred, Discovery Education is proud to introduce a collection of powerful instructional resources for middle and high school classrooms that connect the important themes of the docuseries to classroom instruction. Available in Discovery Education Experience and Social Studies Techbook, the WHY WE HATE collection of resources includes Discovery Education-produced videos focused on the origins of hate, the biology of hate, and tribalism; classroom activities; an educator guide; a family viewing guide; and related first-person video testimonies from USC Shoah Foundation’s Teaching with Testimony collection.

 

New MLB STEM Career Profiles: Now that the Major League Baseball postseason is in full swing, five new STEM career profile videos are live in Discovery Education Experience, Science Techbook, and STEM Connect. The clips highlight a variety of MLB STEM careers in fields like data analytics, building construction, video production, nutrition program management, and sustainability.

Help students find their voices and know their rights: As part of its vast collection of resources for Constitution Day, Discovery Education produced “Constitution Day 2019: Find Your Voice” in partnership with iCivics. The unique event was designed to help students learn how their Constitutional rights give them a voice, how those rights are protected, and how they can use their voices to speak up about the issues they care about. The program and teacher guide are now available in Discovery Education Experience and Social Studies Techbook.

Honor and Remember with resources from the 9/11 Tribute Museum: Discovery Education has partnered with the 9/11 Tribute Museum to share the video testimonial series, 9/11 Personal Stories of Transformation. Available in the September 11 channel in Discovery Education Experience and Social Studies Techbook, the series profiles first responders, survivors, and witnesses to the September 11 terrorist attacks and explores how these individuals were transformed by tragedy to dedicate themselves to the service of others. An accompanying instructional resource guide provides lesson plans and discussion questions.

New Conservation channel featuring resources from World Wildlife Fund: A new Conservation channel in Discovery Education Experience will inspire students to take informed action on large-scale issues impacting our planet. The channel features 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.

 

Uncover the weird and wonderful world of animal adaptations with Animal Planet: How do electric eels not electrocute themselves? Why don’t penguins’ feet freeze on ice? Why do dogs wag their tails? These questions and others are explored in the Animal Planet series How Do Animals Do That?, now live in Discovery Education Experience and Science Techbook.

 

Students bust myths with MythBusters Jr.: Students will use ingenuity and STEM skills to bust myths alongside Adam Savage and six of the nation’s most talented kids in Science Channel’s MythBusters Jr. Students will tackle myths similar to those seen in MythBusters, ranging from driving, explosions, chemistry, physics, popular culture, and more. The 10-episode series is now available in Discovery Education Experience and Science Techbook.

 

Start students on the pathway to financial success: A new series of videos for middle school students from Discovery Education and Discover Financial Services provides a basic overview of key financial concepts, including budgeting, saving, using credit wisely, and growing and protecting your finances. Now live in Discovery Education Experience, the resources from the Pathway to Financial Success in Schools program aim to empower students to take control of their financial futures and set their paths for financial success.

 

Spice up science with new programs from the Cooking Channel: Why does bread dough rise? Does it matter if you use butter or shortening in a recipe? And what does protein synthesis have to do with lemon meringue pie? Alton Brown explores the science behind common cooking techniques like searing, baking, and frying as he prepares traditional and brand-new recipes in Good Eats: Reloaded. The series is now available in Discovery Education Experience and Science Techbook.

Virtual Field Trip helps students develop Social Emotional Learning skills: Discovery Education, Wings for Kids, and The Allstate Foundation, premiered a new virtual field trip, Bringing SEL to Life, in Discovery Education Experience. The program introduces students to the key pillars of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness, and relationship skills. Student viewers meet other real-life students who share a pledge called “Words to Live By.” The program follows these students throughout their day as they explain and model how the words of the pledge help them better understand themselves, control their actions, and strengthen their relationships.

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

“My digital content needs vary widely throughout the day,” said Ms. Janice Jefferson, an educator at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public Schools. “But no matter what questions my students raise or whatever issues my class dives into, Discovery Education’s digital services give me confidence that I have at my fingertips a collection of rich content that will engage my students and immerse them in whatever topic is at hand.”

Educators using Discovery Education’s digital services 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.

“Empowering educators to support and inspire their students is at the center of Discovery Education’s mission and purpose,” said Discovery Education Chief Product Officer Pete Weir. “A spirit of continuous improvement drives our work, and this new content supporting STEM, science, and social studies instruction is part of Discovery Education’s ongoing effort to ensure educators are prepared to meet their students with best in class digital services that feature unique and engaging digital content.”

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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Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative Partners with PublicSchoolWORKS to Manage its Staff Safety Training and Compliance

PublicSchoolWORKS’ EmployeeSafe Suite will allow the cooperative to completely automate its training and compliance processes

Cincinnati, Ohio (October 14, 2019) — The Central Kentucky Educational Cooperative (CKEC) in Lexington, KY recently partnered with PublicSchoolWORKS, the number one provider of complete, online safety and regulatory compliance programs for K-12 schools, to manage its staff safety training and compliance. CKEC, which serves 22 school districts across central Kentucky, is using the PublicSchoolWORKS EmployeeSafe Suite Course Catalog and Custom Course Builder along with the Safety Document Library to deliver and manage safety training and compliance for its staff.

“Our staff works in our members’ schools and with students on a regular basis, so it is just as important for them to receive the same safety training that teachers receive,” said Dr. Dorothy Perkins, executive director of CKEC, which provides opportunities for collaboration, strategic planning, and professional development for its member districts. “Our goal is to always keep our staff safe and those they work with safe, and PublicSchoolWORKS’ comprehensive training resources will help us ensure this.”

EmployeeSafe provides schools and districts with access to 600+ online safety courses. This includes courses districts are required to deploy to employees, including Suicide Prevention, Restraint and Seclusion, and more, as well as courses on other important safety topics, including Slips, Trips, and Falls and Armed Assailant.

The program’s course customization tools convert district- or organization-specific information into courses that are delivered simultaneously with other training. And, the program’s Safety Document Library eliminates the need, cost, time, and effort for administrators to develop their own forms, documents, and written programs required to maintain compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

“The personalization and automation aspects of EmployeeSafe were big for us,” said Perkins. “We’ll now be able to be more efficient with our operations, and be able to share our safety best practices and what we are learning with our members.”

For more information, contact PublicSchoolWORKS team members at 1-877-779-6757 or info@publicschoolworks.com.

About PublicSchoolWORKS
Since 2000, PublicSchoolWORKS safety compliance management solutions have focused on helping schools easily meet ever-changing compliance requirements, improve staff and student safety, cut costs associated with risk, and reduce administrator and staff time and effort. PublicSchoolWORKS is the only, complete K12 safety compliance management program created by and for schools, and is proud to provide districts with award-winning technology and support recognized by North American educators.

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Illuminate Education Among First to Earn Ed-Fi Alliance Assessment Outcomes

API Certification

K-12 student achievement platform demonstrates commitment to interoperability, gives educators a 360-degree view of student progress 

 

IRVINE, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2019) – Illuminate Education, a leading K–12 student achievement solution, today announced it is one of the first companies to earn the Ed-Fi Alliance Assessment Outcomes API certification, and is the only company to certify with Designation 5 status, meaning their system is able to write category and item-level outcomes while adhering to industry standards.

 

Ed-Fi Certification is a technical verification confirming that the Illuminate Education platform conforms to an Ed-Fi API standard for assessments, underscoring the company’s leadership and commitment to data interoperability. For educators, this means they will now be able to seamlessly combine data from the Illuminate Education assessment platform with student information system data and other sources systems, creating a secure, real-time view of student data.

 

Illuminate Education introduced Ed-Fi integration pilots with Boston Public Schools and Uncommon Schools earlier this year. Results from these early adopters will support and streamline the interoperability capabilities for Illuminate Education customers going forward.

 

To view the full news release, click here.

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Washington State’s Highline Public Schools Using Discovery Education’ Social Studies Techbook to Support Standards Based Instruction

 

—Use of Digital Social Studies Curriculum in All District Middle Schools Will Also Support the New Washington State K-12 Social Studies Learning Standards—

 

Silver Spring, Md. (October 14, 2019) – Highline Public Schools (HPS) opened its middle schools this fall using Discovery Education’s digital Social Studies Techbook to support standards based instruction. Through this new collaboration, Discovery Education is providing educators and students in seven Highline schools access to an innovative, digital social studies resource supportive of existing Common Core State Standards, the C3 Framework, and the new Washington State K-12 Social Studies Learning Standards. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Highline serves approximately 18,000 K-12 students in the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and White Center in northwest Washington State.  To support the district’s commitment to educational equity, high expectations for all, and partnering with families and the community to ensure that all children achieve their potential, Highline sought a unique social studies curriculum.  This new resource was required to support both existing and future social studies standards and seamlessly fit into the school system’s existing inquiry-focused framework.

Following a rigorous review, Highline selected Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook for integration into classroom instruction in the following schools:

    • Sylvester Middle School
    • Pacific Middle School
    • Highline Choice Academy
    • Glacier Middle School
    • Chinook Middle School
    • Cascade Middle School
    • Big Picture Middle School

The Social Studies Techbook pairs compelling core content with thought-provoking essential questions, primary source analysis, and project-based tasks to help all students experience the social studies.  Specifically developed for diverse student audiences and curated by experts for ease of access, Social Studies Techbook’s high-quality, multimodal content supports the improvement of academic vocabulary, breaks down barriers to learning, provides all students multiple ways to shine, and engages students in higher-level thinking. In addition, a variety of differentiation tools integrated at point of use help educators meet the unique needs of each student. Access to two Lexile levels of core content, authentic Spanish translation—and 180 additional languages through Google Translate—as well as strategies for teaching students with special needs and English learners assist educators in creating inclusive, immersive learning experiences.

“Highline Public Schools’ strategic plan stresses the delivery of a guaranteed and viable curriculum that prepares students for the future they choose. This curriculum must prepare students to ask complex questions, read and write with a critical lens, and know how and when to take action,” said Lexi Samorano, Highline Public Schools’ Secondary Social Studies Specialist.  “Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook offers materials with diverse and accurate perspectives, authentic learning through inquiry, and literacy skills driven by real world application that supports our goals. We look forward to seeing how this partnership will change student outcomes.”

To help HPS’s middle school educators integrate their digital textbooks into classroom instruction, Discovery Education is providing district teachers a number of professional learning opportunities. Through these interactive professional development 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.

HPS educators are also 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 excited to partner with HPS to provide its high-quality digital Social Studies curriculum for all middle schools students,” said Nellie Herchenbach, Discovery Education Partnerships Manager. “The team’s focus on equity and their innovative vision for integrating technology and multimedia content into instruction and our high-quality digital resources will help move social studies teaching and learning forward in the Pacific Northwest.”

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curricular 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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3M and Discovery Education Announce ‘Improving Lives Award’: Nominate Your Favorite 3M Young Scientist Challenge Finalist

— First-Ever Voter’s Choice Award to Recognize Most Impactful Student Innovation as part of 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge —

Silver Spring, Md. and St. Paul, Minn. (Tuesday, October 15, 2019) – 3M and Discovery Education, today announced the opening of its inaugural Improving Lives Award as part of the annual 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge (#YoungScientist). The Improving Lives Award, a public voting recognition, will celebrate the student innovation with the most potential to improve lives. The online public voting period is open October 14-25, 2019.

As part of the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premier middle school science competition for grades 5-8, for the first time in competition history, the public will select one project from the 2019 top 10 finalists they feel will improve the most livesIn addition to the award, the winner will also receive a unique two-day destination trip. The Improving Lives Award exemplifies the ability of these young scientists to encourage innovation, promote the importance of science and continue their journey to reshape the lives of people in communities across the globe.

“3M employees are passionate about improving lives and the communities around us.  Now we are sharing that passion with these young scientists and it’s truly inspiring to see the commitment they have to making the world a better place,” said Denise Rutherford, senior vice president, corporate affairs at 3M.  “Through the Improving Lives Award, and in alignment with 3M’s commitment to advancing STEM equity and STEM education, we continue to underscore the importance of promoting science at a young age and showing the immeasurable impact it has. We’re excited to expand this year’s voting to the public and know that these 10 finalists will inspire everyone with their work.”

In addition to a chance to win the Improving Lives Award, all 10 3M Young Scientist Challenge finalists will receive $1,000 and a trip to 3M’s Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn., where they will participate in the final competition on October 27, 28 and 29. They will be evaluated on a series of challenges, including a presentation of their completed innovation. Each project will be scored independently by a panel of judges to select the grand prize winner, who will receive $25,000, a unique destination trip, and the title of America’s Top Young Scientist.

“Discovery Education is proud to partner with 3M and administer a program that exemplifies what’s possible when we kindle the spark of wonder in kids. Over the years, we have seen finalists and winners alike forge new ideas in science, bring them to life and become advocates within their communities and beyond,” said Lori McFarling, senior vice-president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Discovery Education is excited to see what lies ahead for these young scientists — and the change that will result from their curiosity, innovation and commitment to bettering the world.”

The public can vote once per day during October 14-25 at https://www.youngscientistlab.com/competition/video_challenge/vote. The Improving Lives Award winner will be named on October 29.  To learn more about the Improving Lives Award and the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, materials are available at youngscientistlab.com and through Discovery Education’s digital curriculum services.

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About 3M:

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $33 billion in sales, our 93,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.

 

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, immersive STEM experiences and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning 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 DiscoveryEducation.com.

 

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Arizona’s Scottsdale Unified School District to Create Cultures of STEM Teaching and Learning

Through Expanded Partnership with Discovery Education

 

–Unique Combination of Digital Content and Professional Development to Support the Creation of Immersive, STEM/STEAM-Focused Learning Experiences at Two SUSD Elementary Schools–

 

Silver Spring, MD (October 8, 2019) — Arizona’s Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) announced today an expansion of their multi-year collaboration with Discovery Education.  In this new phase of partnership, Discovery Education will provide engaging, STEM/STEAM-focused digital content and sustained professional learning support to two SUSD STEM/STEAM elementary schools, Laguna Elementary School and Navajo Elementary School.   This partnership expansion assists the district’s ongoing efforts to create and sustain immersive STEM/STEAM instruction that engages students, inspires lifelong learning, and sets them up for success beyond the classroom.  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

 

Located just northeast of Phoenix, AZ, SUSD is a premiere PreK–12 district that serves a diverse population of more than 23,000 students across 29 physical campuses and one online school.  SUSD’s mission is to deliver a world-class education promoting the highest level of academic achievement, creativity, and personal growth that will inspire greatness in today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders.  To support this mission, the district has established robust STEM/STEAM programs in schools across the district.

 

In an effort to enhance the culture of STEM education at the district’s STEM/STEAM elementary schools, Laguna Elementary School and Navajo Elementary School, the district has deepened its partnership with Discovery Education to bring Discovery Education STEM Connect into each schools’ classrooms. STEM Connect is a cutting-edge, web-based, interdisciplinary K-8 supplemental resource that 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.  In addition, the educators at Laguna Elementary School and Navajo Elementary School will also participate in Discovery Education’s STEMformation professional learning initiative.

 

A comprehensive, three-year system of professional development, STEMformation helps educators strengthen and sustain a culture of STEM at individual school sites and guides educators as they master STEM instructional strategies.  With a focus on developing high-quality STEM lessons and vertically aligning STEM education school-wide, STEMformation provides the robust professional development, job-embedded coaching, and administrative leadership to create centers of STEM excellence.

 

“At the Scottsdale Unified School District, we believe in providing all students a rigorous academic experience that inspires the highest levels of achievement, creativity, and personal growth,” said Dr. John Kriekard SUSD Superintendent.  “To support our talented staff in cultivating the STEM/STEAM culture we know will support the academic experience our students deserve, we are pleased to expand our relationship with Discovery Education.”

 

SUSD educators will continue to 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.

 

“We at Discovery Education are excited to get down to work with the educators at SUSD’s Laguna Elementary School and Navajo Elementary School,” said Phillip Mikula, Senior Director of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education. “They have set a tremendous bar in terms of providing their students best-in-class STEM/STEAM education, and we look forward to supporting their efforts with our dynamic digital content and sustained professional learning services.”

 

For more information about Discovery Education’s digital curricular 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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Benetech Delivers 15 Million Books to People with Reading Barriers

Nonprofit empowers people to pursue education and employment through inclusive access to information

PALO ALTO, CALIF., September 25, 2019 — Benetech, the leading software for social good nonprofit, today announced that 15 million ebooks have been accessed by people with reading barriers through its Bookshare initiative. Bookshare is the world’s largest online provider of accessible books for people with reading barriers such as cerebral palsy, dyslexia, or visual impairment. Accessing these books through Bookshare’s technology has enabled over 700,000 people with reading barriers worldwide to further their education, develop professional skills, and engage more fully in their communities.

Access to information is a universal human right, but the World Blind Union estimates that over 90% of all written texts are inaccessible to people with disabilities. Benetech is committed to ensuring that disability is not a barrier to accessing information by providing over 750,000 books in multiple accessible formats, including text-to-speech and braille, for a total of over four million reading options that readers can choose from.

“Having access to content through Bookshare has a greater value beyond information from books. It means having choices and exercising control to read what I want, when I want, and in the format that I want,” said Moses Chowdari Gorrepati, Bookshare user and Program Manager-Head of EnAble Vision at EnAble India. “Digital empowerment and access to books enables people with disabilities to pursue their education, find meaningful employment, and, ultimately, achieve greater inclusion and independence in their communities.”

Benetech’s pace of global impact continues to accelerate through the expansion of its network of global libraries. This growth includes new partnerships with local organizations to expand access to information in Bangladesh, Canada, Dubai, India, Ireland, Kenya, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. The Bookshare initiative currently operates in 88 countries and supports 49 different languages. Today’s milestone comes on the heels of 10 million books delivered, announced in 2016. The nonprofit is on track to see over 20 million books delivered by 2022.

Benetech’s huge collection of accessible ebooks comes primarily from over 900 publisher partners who provide digital copies of books to be transformed into accessible content and added directly to Benetech’s Bookshare collection. These publisher partnerships dramatically reduce the time and cost required to add books to Bookshare’s collection, meaning Bookshare users are often able to download new releases the same day that they are available in stores.

It is this level of equal access to information that Benetech seeks to advance through our Born Accessible initiative and Global Certified Accessible program. To further increase the availability of accessible books and materials, Benetech works with publishers to certify that all ebooks published are created with accessibility features such as image descriptions built into the product, making that same book as accessible for those with print barriers as to those without.

“From students using Bookshare’s textbooks, to professionals downloading titles relevant to their field of work, to seniors selecting books to read for their local book club, accessible ebooks enable people with reading barriers to pursue their interests and achieve their goals,” said Brad Turner, Benetech VP and GM Global Education and Literacy. “We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone of 15 million books delivered, and we will continue with our mission until every person is able to read the books that they need to be successful in ways that work for them.”

To learn more about Benetech’s inclusive education initiatives, visit: https://benetech.org/work-area/education/

For publishers interested in partnering with Bookshare, visit: https://www.bookshare.org/cms/partners/publishers

For more information on becoming a Global Certified Accessible publisher, visit: https://benetech.org/our-work/born-accessible/certification/

About Benetech

Benetech is a nonprofit that empowers communities with software for social good. Benetech’s work transforms how people with disabilities read and learn, enables human rights defenders and civilians to pursue truth and justice, and connects people to the services they need to live and prosper. Benetech is constantly pursuing the next big social impact. Visit www.benetech.org.

About Bookshare

Bookshare, a Benetech initiative, makes reading easier with the world’s largest ebook library for people with reading barriers. Members can access over 750,000 titles and read their way with specialized formats that enable users to customize their reading experience. Bookshare has delivered over 15 million ebooks, supported in 49 different languages to more than 700,000 members worldwide. Visit www.bookshare.org  

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Boxlight Releases New and Improved STEM Guide 

Volume 2 of The Big Guide to STEM Features Tips and Resources for Integrating STEM into the Curriculum

 

Lawrenceville, GA – Oct. 8, 2019 – With STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) continuing to trend at the forefront of K-12 education, it’s important that all educators are doing their part in preparing their students to excel in STEM learning. To that end, Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL) (“Boxlight”) has published “The Big Guide to STEM: Volume No. 2,” an updated version of its popular STEM guide from 2017. The new guide offers a fresh take on STEM education with tips and resources to guide teachers as they integrate STEM into their curriculum.

“STEM careers are growing faster than other disciplines, and with an estimated 2.8 million STEM jobs sitting unfilled at the end of 2018, a new generation is needed to supply future positions,” said Lori Page, Boxlight’s Vice President of Global Marketing and Communications. “We’ve updated this guide sharing valuable knowledge from educators who have first-hand experience with STEM education which has helped them to collect the most beneficial resources and techniques that work in real classrooms. With the improved information in this guide, any educator can begin to establish STEM initiatives in their classroom and lead their students into competitive colleges and careers in the future.”

Available at no charge, the comprehensive guide explains why STEM is critical for today’s students and shares how to incorporate STEM learning into the classroom. Embedded links throughout the guide give readers easy access to resources and supplementary information. New additions to the guide include a top 10 resources for robotics and coding, a top 10 resources on space, and refreshed statistics and top 10 best of lists throughout. Additionally, the guide includes new articles on robotics and how to take STEM lessons beyond the usual subject matter.

Elementary school principal Kelly Bielefeld, teacher Kristy Nerstheimer, assistant high school principal Travis Rink, award-winning high school science teacher Denise Scribner, edtech specialist Lynn Erickson, and Boxlight VP of STEM Education Stephen Barker contributed to the guide. These educators and STEM experts all brought their unique ideas and perspectives to the guide, making the STEM guide useful for educators at all levels. Each has included contact information so that readers can ask for more information or ideas via Twitter or email.

To download a copy of the free guide, educators can go to https://news.mimio.boxlight.com/stem-guide

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, and professional development and support services. For more information about the Boxlight story, visit http://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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Curriculum Associates’ Ready New York, Next Generation Learning Standards Edition Helps Students Meet the Newly Revised State Standards

New English language arts and mathematics program for Grades K–8 includes student and teacher resources 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., October 7, 2019—To help New York students meet the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards for both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, Curriculum Associates has developed the Ready New York, Next Generation Learning Standards Edition. This new program, which was designed specifically to address the newly revised New York State standards, includes a combination of student and teacher resources that address the demands for focus, rigor, and higher-order thinking to support standards mastery and proficiency.

“For nearly 50 years, we have served New York educators with the highest-quality, standards-aligned materials to support and inform their instruction,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “The new Ready New York, NGLS Edition is designed to help teachers throughout the state seamlessly transition to new state standards by providing explicit on-level instruction that continually engages students in the learning process.”

The Ready New York, NGLS Edition is based off of Curriculum Associates’ award-winning Ready program, which is currently used by nearly 250 districts across New York State. Since the creation of Ready New York in 2012, the program has always matched state expectations. Independent studies have shown that students in New York using Ready were more prepared for the rigorous standards and assessments than those that do not use Ready in their classrooms.

Ready New York, NGLS Edition for ELA delivers a deep study of each Next Generation ELA Learning Standard and engages students in the Lifelong Practices of Readers and Writers throughout every lesson so each student can develop the advanced literacies they need to be successful. The program includes 31 new, highly engaging, and complex texts from a range of genres featuring diverse cultures and backgrounds. Each grade level-appropriate lesson encourages thoughtful integration of reading, writing, thinking, and speaking skills and teaches students how to use the academic vocabulary of the standard to facilitate discussion and deepen their understanding of the text.

The printed Teacher Resource Book provides point-of-use strategies, instructional routine support, and built-in differentiation for teaching every step of every lesson, as well as extra supports for meeting the needs of English Learners. The online Teacher Toolbox additionally provides a wealth of research-based, standards-aligned resources to support on-level and differentiated instruction, as well as multimedia content and activities for developing lifelong readers and writers.

 

Ready New York, NGLS Edition for Mathematics engages students and educators in mathematical discourse with complete coverage of the new Next Generation Learning Mathematics Standards. Lessons in the Student Instruction Book embed Standards for Mathematical Practice and provide students with clear and thoughtful instruction using the Think–Share–Compare routine, which encourages student discourse and builds understanding through real-world problem solving. The Practice and Problem Solving Book also provides a Family Letter for every lesson to help parents or caregivers understand the content and participate in the lesson activity.

As with the ELA version, the printed Teacher Resource Book for Mathematics includes comprehensive resources for teaching each lesson. It also includes embedded language routines and suggestions for scaffolding language used in mathematics and a rich array of assessment tools to help monitor student progress and guide responsive instruction. The online Teacher Toolbox provides immediate access to detailed lesson plans and digital tutorials for students performing on, below, or above grade level. Teachers also have access to additional K–8 resources including mathematics lessons, Tools for Instruction, Interactive Whiteboard Lessons, and presentation slides.

To learn more about Ready New York, NGLS Edition, visit CurriculumAssociates.com/NYNextGen.

About Curriculum Associates

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

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Gaggle Webinar Alert – Addressing the Crisis in Adolescent Mental Health

 

WHATNo-cost webinar for K-12 educators

  • Dr. Lisa Strohman, Psychologist, Attorney, Author, and Mother
  • Kathleen Tuck, Director of Communications/Community Relations, Nampa (ID) School District
  • Dr. Melissa Williams-Scott, Executive Director of Information Systems, Dickinson (TX) ISD
  • Hosted by Annie Galvin Teich, Writer, Editor, and K-12 Market Specialist

WHEN: Thursday, October 10 at 6 p.m. EST

REGISTER: https://home.edweb.net/webinar/schoolsafety20191010/

Bloomington, Ill. – Oct3, 2019 – Suicide is the leading cause of death among 10-19-year-old adolescents. This crisis is forcing school districts to become more proactive in monitoring student mental health in order to support and provide services for students in need. Education experts recommend that schools ensure the wellbeing of the “whole child,” often looking to curriculums focused on social emotional learning to teach students skills they can use to moderate and manage their own behavior, treat others with understanding, and develop persistence and resilience in the face of their personal challenges

On Thursday, October 10 at 6 p.m. EST, a panel of adolescent mental health and K-12 education and technology experts will present an informative, free webinar on “Addressing the Crisis in Adolescent Mental Health: How Districts Can Identify and Support Struggling Students.” The webinar––hosted by Gaggle––will focus on the research behind understanding and responding to this growing crisis, what is causing these mental health issues in adolescents, and the ways two districts in Texas and Idaho have addressed these problems.

K-12 Market Specialist and Writer Annie Galvin Teich will lead the webinar, guiding the discussion and ensuring valuable insights from all panelists — comprised of Dr. Lisa Strohman, Kathleen Tuck, and Dr. Melissa Williams-Scott, experts in adolescent mental health and K-12 education and technology. Dr. Lisa Strohman is a clinical psychologist, author, public speaker, and the founder and director of Digital Citizen Academy. Dr. Strohman established Digital Citizen Academy to proactively prevent and educate students, educators, and parents on the issues resulting from technology use and misuse. Kathleen Tuck oversees internal and external communications for the Nampa School District in Idaho, where she also serves as the community relations liaison. She has over 20 years of communications experience in both K-12 and higher education. Dr. Melissa Williams-Scott is a 25-year educator who now acts as executive director of information systems for the Dickinson Independent School District in Texas.

Gaggle has just released a new white paper highlighting research that explains the increase in students’ mental health crises. The paper is written to help school and district leaders create a framework for understanding the drivers in student wellbeing, to proactively address the increase in adolescent depression and suicide, and to expand services to support students in crisis. To read this timely white paper in its entirety, download here.

There is no cost to join the webinar, but registration is required. For more information go to: https://home.edweb.net/webinar/schoolsafety20191010/

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Michigan’s Saline Area Schools’ New Partnership With Discovery Education Focuses on Helping District Students Develop “4C” Skills

— New Digital Resources to Assist Educators in 6-8th Grades in Building Student Proficiency in Skills Critical for Post-Graduate Success–

Silver Spring, MD (October 3, 2019) — Michigan’s Saline Area Schools (SAS) today announced a new multiyear partnership with Discovery Education focused on helping district students build proficiency in the “4C” (Communication, Creativity and Innovation, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving) skills needed for post-graduate success.  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

The acquisition of the essential “4C” skills today’s students need to become productive citizens in an increasingly global society is a top priority at SAS, and is a key goal of the district’s Strategic Framework.  To attain their goal of developing life-long learners capable of shaping their preferred future, SAS is redesigning learning spaces to drive deeper, and more authentic and engaging learning.  Alongside this effort, the district is thoughtfully infusing technology into those learning spaces in a fashion that empowers students to access mixed and multi-media digital content anytime, anywhere, on any device and at any pace.

Following a rigorous review, SAS selected a number of Discovery Education’s digital resources for use by district teachers and students in grades 6-8.  Among the digital resources now available in SAS classrooms are:

Discovery Education Experience.  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.

STEM Connect.  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.

Discovery Education Science Techbooks.   A full digital curriculum, the Science Techbook utilizes an inquiry-based format built on the Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate (5E) model, each Science Techbook includes rich, standards-aligned content such as video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Additional student features include bilingual text-to-speech and leveled reading tools and note-taking and highlighting capabilities.

Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook.  The Social Science Techbook uses an inquiry-based instructional approach that emphasizes informational text literacy, analytical writing, and problem-solving skills that students will apply in the classroom and beyond. This revolutionary digital curriculum is standards-aligned and features exciting content that strengthens literacy, critical thinking, and citizenship skills. From stories of ancient cultures to current events, this comprehensive digital textbook takes concepts off the pages and brings lessons to life.

“The entire team at the Saline Area Schools is dedicated to helping each student develop individual excellence on the pathway toward achieving personal goals,” said Saline Area Schools’ Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Steve Laatsch.  “Our new partnership with Discovery Education plays a critical role in bringing the technology in our classrooms alive with high-quality curated content, and I look forward to seeing our educators create exciting digital lessons that engage all students.”

In addition to receiving dynamic digital content from Discovery Education, SAS educators will be assisted in growing their classroom practice by the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals supported by Discovery Education, 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 excited to work with the tremendous team at the Saline Area Schools,” said Alissa McLean, Discovery Education Partnerships Manager.  “The district’s ambitious plans to prepare students for college, career, and citizenship position them as a nationwide leader, and Discovery Education is proud to be a part of their efforts.”

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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CoSN Launches Completed Interoperability Toolkit for School Districts

 

Washington, D.C. (October 1, 2019)CoSN today launched its full Toolkit to help school districts improve their interoperability — the seamless sharing of content and services between systems and applications. Interoperability has grown in importance as digital content and e-learning technologies have become more prevalent nationwide. 

 

“Achieving interoperability can be a complicated process for school districts. It’s important to reduce that impediment and not discourage the use of e-learning technologies. The complete Interoperability Toolkit gives ed tech leaders a full range of resources to leverage in one convenient space,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.

 

Available at no cost to ed tech leaders, the Interoperability Toolkit features: 

 

  • A maturity model with self-assessment tools;
  • Standards guidelines;
  • Interactive and downloadable cost calculators; 
  • School district case studies; 
  • RFP guidelines; as well as 
  • Discussion tools to advance interoperability.

 

When addressing interoperability, CoSN encourages all districts to review and sign the Project Unicorn Pledge. The pledge demonstrates a district’s commitment to provide secure access to student data, educate practitioners and families about student privacy, promote equity, as well as ensure fiscal responsibility for education technology purchases.

 

Learn more at: cosn.org/Interoperability and cosn.org/Blog.

 

About CoSN 

CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. cosn.org

 

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