PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FOR EDUCATORS: NOVEMBER 2019

Boxlight Expands Offerings with Addition of Moovly Video Content Creation Solution

Lawrenceville, GA — (Nov 20, 2019) – Based on growing demand for multimedia products in the education sector, Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL) (“Boxlight”) today announced it has entered into an exclusive global reseller partnership agreement with Moovly Media Inc. (TSX VENTURE: MVY) (OTC: MVVYF) (FRANKFURT: 0PV2) (“Moovly”).

With this agreement, Boxlight will resell the jointly branded MimioMoovly cloud-based, video creation software. With no installation or maintenance needed, the online tool will enable students and teachers to easily create videos using over 1.3 million royalty-free media assets – including photos, illustrations, video clips, sound and music – to support classroom instruction, flipped classroom videos, video assignments, media literacy workshops, and more. Offering an engaging way to increase students’ digital competencies, MimioMoovly can be used as a stand-alone video production tool or it can enhance larger interactive projects or lessons as part of the total Boxlight solution.

Brendon Grunewald, Co-Founder and CEO of Moovly, commented: “We are very happy to be working with Boxlight on a global basis. We have seen substantial growth in users signing up from both schools and universities. We will offer five unique subscription plans so customers can customize the program to best fits their needs individually, by school or by district.”

“The ability to easily create and share video content through social media, vlogs and other platforms is changing our way of communication and expression,” said Mark Elliott, CEO of Boxlight. “Boxlight is pleased to provide an education specific solution to leverage video creation in the classroom to enhance the learning environment. The MimioMoovly multimedia platform is a powerful tool to help prepare the next generation of students for their future careers.”

To learn more, go to http://boxlight.com/mimiomoovly.

 About Moovly: Moovly is the leading provider of creative cloud-based tools to tell marketing, communications and training stories using videos and video presentations. Moovly’s advanced Studio Editor with millions of assets seamlessly integrated (via partnerships with Getty Images & Storyblocks) is all you need to make engaging video content to promote, communicate or explain your product, service or message. Moovly’s API and Automator technologies allow third parties to automate parts or all of the content creation process, including mass video customization, personalized videos (video version of mail merge), automatic content creation or updating by connecting data sources. With clients including users from over 300 of the Fortune 500, small businesses, freelancers and Ivy league universities, Moovly is an intuitive, cost effective choice for DIY creation of engaging video-based content.

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


It’s tempting to believe that schools were once better and that students used to learn more. But the data tell a different story, say leaders of the National Superintendents Roundtable and the Horace Mann League, authors of the infographic. Only about 50% of young Americans had a high school diploma in 1970. The figure stands at nearly 90% today. Test results show that all major ethnic groups—African-American, Hispanic, and White— are now scoring higher on achievement tests of reading and mathematics at ages 9, 13, and 17 than they were in the early 1970s.

“Schools aren’t perfect,” said James Harvey, executive director of the Roundtable. “As the graphic points out, we have a lot of work to do to equalize results for students of color and those with disabilities. But the numbers are encouraging. U.S. schools are up to the task.”

In fact, as the graphic shows, American schools educate a student population with the highest rates of student poverty among advanced nations and the lowest rates of financial support for families with children.

Worry about American competitiveness is overblown, said Harvey. Since 2015, according to the World Economic Forum’s analysis of 141 economies, the United States has never ranked below third place in competitiveness. In most years, the American economy trades first and second place with either Switzerland or Singapore.

Appeals to fear and to arguments that schools are causing the nation to fall behind divert attention from real problems that need attention, said Harvey.  Research shows that out-of-school factors like poverty and its accomplices—homelessness, unemployment, substance abuse, community violence and lack of dental and medical care for children—are responsible for 70% or more of student achievement results. Closing achievement gaps requires paying attention to these complex challenges.

SOURCE National Superintendents Roundtable

Giving Schools an Honest Grade

http://www.superintendentsforum.org

 

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hand2mind Wins Three 2020 Teachers’ Choice Awards

Winning products include Daily Math Fluency, Learn to Read with BOB BOOKS and VersaTiles: Beginning Readers, and the STEM at Play POWER! Electricity Kit

(Vernon Hills, IL) November 18, 2019 –hand2mind, a leader in hands-on learning since 1965, today announced that three of its products have won 2020 Teachers’ Choice Awards.

 

The Teachers’ Choice Awards (TCA) have been the leading award program for educational products since 1995 and are divided into two categories: Classroom and Family. hand2mind’s Daily Math Fluencywas honored in the Classroom category, while Learn to Read with BOB BOOKS® and VersaTiles®: Beginning Readers andSTEM at Play® POWER! Electricity Kit won in the Family category.

 

TCA entries were judged by a panel of teaching professionals who evaluated each product in an educational setting and provided scores based on the product’s quality of education, ease of use, and how much it would benefit educators and parents to use as a supplemental material. Evaluators were chosen from teachers across the U.S. who are dedicated to their students, opinionated, and looking for the best products for today’s classrooms.

 

“We’re honored to have several of our products selected as the best by educators working in the field,” hand2mind’s CEO Rick Woldenberg said. “Like us, TCA champions hands-on learning, whether it be in the classroom or at home. We’re proud to offer valuable supplemental resources that allow parents and educators to effectively teach young learners.”

 

Daily Math Fluency includes 180 days of instruction designed to help students develop numeracy and the ability to use mathematical relationships to reason with numbers and numerical concepts. The STEM at Play POWER! Electricity Kit makes learning about electricity fun with easy-to-use snap circuits. The Learn to Read with BOB BOOKS and VersaTiles: Beginning Readers set introduces students to letter sounds and comes with a practice workbook that provides 20 hands-on activities to enhance learning.

 

One award evaluator said of Daily Math Fluency: “I liked everything about this math program, especially the huge 120-bead number line. The Number String cards help students learn different strategies, and the Math Talks cards help facilitate discussions so students can evolve more efficient strategies for target problems and numbers. Students can move from using real objects with the bead string to visual representations such as number lines and then to mental math.”

 

To see a complete list of 2020 TCA award winners, visitthemailbox.com.

 

About hand2mind

 

With more than 50 years of experience in education, hand2mind provides interactive, hands-on resources for math, science, STEM, and literacy. Our mission is to support teachers, inspire students, engage parents, and champion learning by doing. A family-owned company, hand2mind is based in Vernon Hills, Illinois. For more information, please visithand2mind.com.

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Registration Now Open for PBL World 2020 – the Premier Project Based Learning Education Conference

Conference organizer PBLWorks also co-hosts its first Project Based Learning Workshops in the UK and Australia

Novato, CA (Nov. 12 2019) – PBLWorks, the leading provider of professional development for high-quality Project Based Learning (PBL), has opened registration for its annual PBL World conference, the premier event of its kind. PBL World 2020 will take place over three days, June 16-18, 2020, in Napa Valley, CA.  To register, visit https://bit.ly/2O0J0J3.

Now in its ninth year, PBL World brings together more than 1,400 K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, and school and district administrators for three days of immersive workshops based on Gold Standard PBL. Workshops are designed for educators who are ready to start their Project Based Learning journey, or advance their practice.

PBL World is known for its highly unique and collaborative environment. It attracts a vibrant community of educators, who engage in deep, focused work together.  The conference also offers thought-provoking keynotes from PBL leaders and student speakers.

New PBL workshops arrive in the UK and Australia

This year, PBLWorks expands professional development opportunities for educators internationally by co-hosting PBL Institutes in the United Kingdom and Australia.

PBL United Kingdom will take place Nov. 22-24, 2019 at Newcastle University. This event is produced in partnership with the Edge Foundation. For information, visit:http://bit.ly/PBLNewcastle

PBL Australia (“PBL Down Under”) is scheduled for  Jan. 14-16, 2020 in Tweed Coast, New South Wales, near the Gold Coast. For information, visit:http://bit.ly/PBLAus

Both of these international events offer the PBLWorks Gold Standard PBL 101 Workshops, which provides a foundation for teachers and administrators who want to launch or expand their use of PBL in the classroom.

“Project Based Learning transforms schools. It engages students in authentic projects that prepare them for the future they’re going to be living in,” said Bob Lenz, CEO of PBLWorks. “We’re excited to help educators get started in this important work, here and overseas.”

About Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning gives teachers a way to make learning come alive for students. Working on an authentic, meaningful  project for an extended period of time – anywhere from a week to a full semester – students become engaged in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their new knowledge and skills by developing a public product, or making a presentation to an audience beyond their classroom. As a result, students develop deep content knowledge and build skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication.

About PBLWorks

PBLWorks (the brand name of the Buck Institute for Education) believes that all students – no matter where they live or what their background – should have access to quality Project Based Learning to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life. Our focus is on building the capacity of teachers to design and facilitate quality Project Based Learning, and on supporting school and system leaders in creating the conditions for these teachers to succeed with all students. For more information, visitwww.pblworks.org.

 

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New York’s Three Village Central School District’s Expanded Partnership with Discovery Education Aims to Support Science and STEM Education

—Long Island School District Set to Integrate Digital Science Curriculum and STEM Resources in Elementary School Classrooms—

Silver Spring, Md. (November 11, 2019) –  New York’s Three Village Central School District (Three Village) today announced an expansion of their ongoing collaboration with Discovery Education. In the latest phase of this multiyear partnership, elementary school teachers across the district will integrate Discovery Education’ dynamic digital science curriculum and engaging digital STEM resources into teaching and learning as part of an ongoing effort to create even more captivating classroom experiences. Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

Located on the North Shore of New York’s Long Island, Three Village’s teachers and administrators are dedicated to ensuring that all children are everyday provided with engaging, satisfying and challenging lessons. To help create the types of lessons that maximize the success of each student’s learning and supports their development into successful members of our democratic, multi-ethnic society, district educators are using a number of Discovery Education services, including Discovery Education Experience, for classroom activities.  A curated, personalized, one-of-a-kind digital curriculum service that delivers resources to educators based on their preferences, Discovery Education Experience helps all Three Village teachers save time and more easily differentiate instruction.  In addition, district teachers in grades 5 and 6 are using Discovery Education’s award -winning Social Studies and Science Techbooks.

DiscoveryEducation’s ScienceSocial Studies, and Math Techbooks are currently used by approximately 5.6 million students across all 50 states and Canada. An immersive digital curriculum, Discovery Education’s Techbooks are aligned to rigorous standards and updated regularly at no cost. Each Techbook provides educators with detailed lesson plans, embedded formative assessments, hands-on activities, digital simulations, and robust teacher supports that deeply engage students in learning.

In this latest phase of partnership, Three Village educators in grades K-4 will soon be integrating Discovery Education’s Science Techbook into classroom instruction.  The Science Techbook series empowers educators to transform science instruction through a rich digital curriculum that includes video, audio, text, interactives with hands-on activities, and virtual labs that help educators differentiate instruction and provide a rich and engaging learning experience for students. Additional student features include Spanish/English text-to-speech and leveled reading tools and note-taking and highlighting capabilities.

The Science Techbook series also includes valuable STEM resources including STEM Project Starters that encourage students to connect math, technology, and engineering to their understanding of science concepts to produce creative solutions to real world problems. In addition, the STEM In Action resources help students connect their work to STEM careers, which promotes a clearer understanding of how skills used in school can be applied to jobs “in the real world.”

In addition, educators in the district’s six, K-6 elementary schools will also use  Discovery Education STEM Connect to engage students in STEM topics and lessons. 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.

“Three Village Central School District has long maintained a commitment to designing and supporting flexible learning environments that best meet each students’ needs,” said Kevin Scanlon, Three Village’s Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum. “When coupled with our already robust and established curriculum and programs, this expanded partnership with Discovery Education will provide our teachers with even more resources to continue to enhance learning for all students.”

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

“Discovery Education is excited to build on our strong relationship with the Three Village Central School District,” said Ann Weiss, Discovery Education’s Senior Manager of Education Partnerships. “Together we are creating a rigorous, exciting curriculum that will prepare all students for success beyond graduation.”

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

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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SETDA Releases The Broadband Imperative III: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success

State leaders continue to advocate for increased high speed broadband in K12 education

November 6, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – Today the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal membership association representing the U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders, announced the release of the Broadband Imperative III: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success. This report advocates for equitable, reliable, robust broadband access both on and off campus to prepare all students for life and work. This report builds upon SETDA’s earlier work, including the groundbreaking Broadband Imperative series of reports and State Broadband K12 Leadership reports. This publication discusses innovative technologies and pedagogical approaches to personalize learning for all students. Further, the report emphasizes the importance of comprehensive broadband planning to meet the needs of teachers and students to avoid a technology disruption. Exemplars highlight states and districts where robust bandwidth has already positively impacted teaching and learning.

SETDA offers the following recommendations for policy makers and school leaders:

  • Leverage Technology for Innovative Pedagogical Approaches
  • Ensure Digital Access and Equity
  • Plan Infrastructure for the Future
  • Build Networks for the Future
  • Influence Federal & State Policies and Funding

“SETDA has been instrumental in setting broadband standards for the nation’s K-12 schools and has provided authoritative reports that are used by the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council and the State of Oregon in defining broadband public policy,” stated Christopher Tamarin, Broadband Outreach and Strategic Planning Project Coordinator, Oregon Broadband Office.

“Digital learning approaches have already proven their power to support deep student learning at scale. The robust, protected Internet backbone that Connecticut provides to schools remains a critical component in allowing them to take advantage of the tools, devices, and personalized learning methods that they have adopted,” said Mark Raymond, Chair, Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology and Chief Information Officer, State of Connecticut.

Candice Dodson, Executive Director of SETDA noted, “Today’s students need equitable, robust bandwidth access to ensure that engaging, personalized learning experiences are being implemented for all. Skills based on dynamic digital instructional materials, online simulations, coding, and content creation are essential to a student’s success for today and into the future. Connectivity is a key variable to making this happen.”

The Broadband Imperative III is based on research in partnership with state and private sector leaders including state CIOs, state network managers, E-rate coordinators, digital learning administrators, and through the support of ENA, Cox Communications, Parana River Group, Kajeet, Mobile Beacon and Spectrum. The full report is available here: https://www.setda.org/priorities/equity-of-access/broadband-imperative-iii/

View the full press release online: https://www.setda.org/outreach/press-releases/press-release-2019/broadband-imperative-iii/

About SETDA
Founded in 2001, SETDA is the national non-profit association representing the interests of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leadership. SETDA’s mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information, please visit https://www.setda.org.

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Gaggle Webinar Alert – How Districts Can Use Technology to Support Student Health and Safety

 

WHAT: No-cost webinar for district leaders, featuring Bill McCullough, Vice President of Sales for Gaggle; Kendall Moore, K-12 Program Manager for Google for Education; and Dr. Matthew X. Joseph, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for Leicester Public Schools

WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, at 3:00 PM EST

REGISTER:  https://home.edweb.net/webinar/schoolsafety20191113

Bloomington, Ill. – Nov. 7, 2019 – Today’s students have access to digital devices 24/7 and spend the majority of their time online. This means that they can be exposed to risky situations any day of the year. Maintaining a safe and healthy school environment now requires creating a virtual safety net that covers students’ devices, apps and online activities. On Wednesday, November 13, representatives from Gaggle, Google for Education and Leicester Public Schools will share insights about how district leaders can protect students on school-issued devices or apps.

Hosted by edWeb.net and moderated by edtech writer, editor and content marketer Annie Galvin Teich, the webinar will feature three presenters:

  • Kendall Moore, a K-12 program manager for Google for Education;
  • Dr. Matthew X. Joseph, the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment for Leicester Public Schools in Massachusetts; and
  • Bill McCullough, Vice President of Sales for Gaggle, a leader in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology.

The three will share information on using Google for Education and Gaggle to create a digital safety net that gives educators peace of mind while monitoring for threats to students. Attendees will see examples of how Chromebooks, G Suite for Education apps and Gaggle can keep students secure in the context of privacy, data, digital monitoring and citizenship.

Moore gained extensive knowledge of the computer networking industry from her work at Google and before that, Cisco Systems. She has served as Google for Education’s K-12 Program Manager since 2018.

Over the course of 25 years, Dr. Joseph he has served as a public school and district leader in many capacities, including Director of Digital Learning and Innovation, elementary school principal, classroom teacher and district professional development specialist. He has shared his expertise on how to best support teaching and learning via nationally published articles and in speeches at multiple state and national events.

 McCullough is responsible for directing Gaggle’s national sales efforts.

There is no cost to join the webinar, but registration is required. For more information go to: https://home.edweb.net/webinar/schoolsafety20191113

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FETC Partners with Future Ready Schools to Align Content to Digital Learning Framework
For 2020, the Future of Education Technology Conference has aligned 150+ sessions and workshops across all content tracks with the Future Ready Framework and has increased support of its partnership with Future Ready Coaches and Librarians

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.―The National Future of Education Technology® Conference (FETC®) today announced a partnership with Future Ready Schools® (FRS), whose framework for supporting the visioning, planning and implementation of digital learning is aligned to sessions and workshops throughout the 2020 conference. FRS is a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education focused on providing districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students. Through this partnership, FETC―the largest, independent education technology conference―and FRS will collaborate to deliver these benefits to a group of thousands of educators from across the country at FETC 2020, January 14-17 in Miami, Fla.

“We’re proud to add Future Ready Schools as a partner for FETC 2020 as we work together with their team to continue enhancing the quality and breadth of professional development content we provide to our participants,” said Dr. Robert M. Avossa, Senior Vice President & Publisher, LRP Media Group. “Like FETC, Future Ready Schools has made a clear effort to design content relevant to all the important roles across school districts. This creates a natural synergy between our organizations and, looking at the program for our upcoming conference, it’s evident that there are numerous new learning opportunities that will inform and inspire FETC attendees.”

More than a quarter of FETC’s 600-plus learning opportunities for educators and administrators from all roles are specifically aligned to relevant pillars of the FRS framework. These sessions are tagged in the FETC program and will include such diverse subject matter as transformational leadership, district data analytics, recruiting and retention, selecting safe and appropriate digital devices, digital equity, coding and robotics, and much more. The FRS-aligned learning opportunities are spread across each of FETC’s six targeted content tracks: Future of Ed Tech Administrator; Future of Ed Tech Information Technology; Future of Ed Tech Educator; Future of Ed Tech Inclusion & Special Education; Future of Ed Tech Coach; and Future of Ed Tech Library Media Specialist.

“Today’s school leaders face myriad challenges—from implementing higher state standards, ensuring sustainability of the digital conversion and dealing with stagnant school budgets to questions about privacy and finding ways to move from a sit-and-get model of professional learning to one that is more relevant and personalized,” said Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools. “Leaders have more opportunities than ever before, but more on their plates at the same time. It’s vital that they have a starting point for their visioning moving forward, and events like FETC demonstrate where leaders can start and embrace transformation.”

There are five FRS frameworks built with specific information for individual roles: district leaders, principals, technology leaders, coaches and librarians. Each framework is built on the following seven “gears,” which are present in FETC’s FRS-aligned sessions: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Personalized Professional Learning; Budget and Resources; Community Partnerships; Data and Privacy; Robust Infrastructure; and Use of Space and Time.

FETC’s content tracks for tech coaches and library media specialists are newly added for the 2020 event, created to provide targeted professional learning to support these essential, evolving roles. The new tracks will be strengthened by a partnership with Future Ready Librarians and Coaches, an expansion of the Future Ready initiative aimed at raising awareness among district and school leaders about the valuable role librarians and coaches can play in supporting the Future Ready goals of their schools and districts. Enhancing this partnership will be the presence of Shannon Miller, national spokesperson for Future Ready Librarians, and Brianna Hodges, spokesperson for Future Ready Coaches, as featured presenters at FETC. Both Miller and Hodges will present a number of relevant sessions for their respective audiences.

The conference will take place January 14-17, 2020 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Fla.  It will feature an opening keynote from best-selling author Daniel Pink and a STEM keynote from Justin Shaifer, founder and executive director of Fascinate, Inc., as well as the return of the popular TechSHARE LIVE!, presented by Adam Bellow, Hall Davidson, Leslie Fisher and Kathy Schrock. There will also be an Expo Hall filled with the latest and greatest education technology solutions from more than 400 companies and a wide variety of learning and networking opportunities for all attendees.

Registration is now open for the 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference. For additional information and to register, visit fetc.org/register or call toll-free 1-800-727-1227.  Educators who register before November 8, 2019 will save up to $150 by securing the Super Saver rate.

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

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

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PBLWorks Introduces PBL School Leader Networks – a Support Program for Schools Implementing Project Based Learning

First two cohorts will launch in Los Angeles and Massachusetts

Novato, CA (Nov. 5, 2019) – PBLWorks, the leading provider of professional development for high-quality Project Based Learning, has launched PBL School Leader Networks—two-year training programs that bring principals and their school leadership teams together to support the implementation of high-quality Project Based Learning at their schools, and sustain its momentum.

The PBL School Leader Network features a blend of face-to-face workshops, personal online coaching for each school, school site visits, and deep collaboration with a peer network of fellow local PBL leaders.

“Strong leadership is critical to implementing high quality Project Based Learning,” said Bob Lenz, CEO of PBLWorks. “Our PBL School Leader Networks help principals and their teams develop the skills they need to make their initiatives successful. The Networks also connect these leadership teams to a supportive community of like-minded peers, who will be with them throughout their PBL journey. This kind of support is invaluable.”

The first PBL School Leader Networks will convene in Los Angeles in February 2020, and in Boston in March 2020. Leadership teams from 8 to 10 schools will be selected to participate in each PBL School Leader Network. Additional locations are being planned.

PBLWorks created the PBL School Leadership Networks after achieving great success with a similar initiative, the Hawaii Innovative Leaders Network (HILN), implemented in Hawaii in 2018. Evaluated by McREL International, a not-for-profit education research organization, this program demonstrated the power of a network of school leaders to create larger regional change through shared learning, mutual accountability, and site visits that build and sustain the PBL work.

“These PBL School Leader Networks offer participants the opportunity to learn from one another, solve common problems of practice, leverage the learning experiences of other schools in their region, and sort out what’s working and what’s not, in a safe and collaborative space,” said Lenz. “The research and practice in Hawaii shows this very clearly.”

For more information about the Los Angeles and Boston School Leader Networks, including how to apply, visit https://www.pblworks.org/pbl-school-leader-networks.

About Project Based Learning

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

About PBLWorks

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

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Discovery Education Is among the First STEM Organizations

To Earn Inaugural Cognia™ STEM Provider Certification

 

New certification recognizes comprehensive program quality to distinguish

STEM providers that meet high standards from other content and service agencies.

 

ALPHARETTA, GA—November 6, 2019—Today, the school-improvement, assessment, and certification organization Cognia recognized the Charlotte, NC-based Discovery Education as one of the first organizations to earn its inaugural Cognia™ STEM Provider Certification. The certification, launched this year, aims to help school leaders and community stakeholders identify quality providers of STEM programs that:

  • Promote scientific inquiry and engineering design
  • Develop skill sets that transfer across career sectors
  • Bolster students’ capacity for critical thinking and perseverance through complex tasks
  • Engage students deeply in their local community in ways that connect learning to the real world.

“The certification is designed to differentiate organizations that simply put a STEM stamp on their materials and marketing and those that have products and services that meet high standards,” says Dr. Mark Elgart, President and CEO of Cognia. The certification process, Dr. Elgart notes, involves several stages of rigorous internal, external, and on-site review and assessment of performance against standards focused on contributions to the STEM pipeline, STEM learning, connections to real-world applications and community, and program efficacy.

While Cognia accredits schools and school districts and provides certification in a number of areas, including Early Learning STEM and STEM school programs, the new certification is designed to assure quality among content and service providers, including professional development organizations, publishers, after-school providers, university-based STEM learning centers, and others.

“In reviewing Discovery Education—a leading global provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, content, and professional learning—our evaluators were particularly impressed by the expertise and passion the organization brings to its work in extending STEM learning opportunities for young people,” noted Scott Davidson, Senior Director, STEM services at Cognia.

“Discovery Education is proud to earn the Cognia seal of approval,” said Scott Kinney, President of K-12 Education for Discovery Education. “While we are well-known in the STEM field, the certification demonstrates that we have exceeded rigorous expectations and will help set us apart from other programs by education leaders who understand the importance of Cognia STEM Certification.”

Attaining Cognia STEM Provider Certification means that national and international providers meet rigorous standards in four domains of quality:

  • The Stem Pipeline: Certified providers demonstrate that they increase student participation in and partner/stakeholder engagement and support for STEM programs, and bring content experts, developers, and/or staff together to create and improve integrated STEM content.
  • STEM Learning: Certified providers encourage learner collaboration and independence in an inquiry-based learning environment; emphasize self-directed STEM learning guided by skilled educator as facilitators; and embed learners’ use of technology resources to develop skills and competencies related to the STEM workforce.
  • STEM Connections: Certified providers advance interdisciplinary and problem-based curriculum and activities with a focus on real-world applications; extend STEM learning through enrichment and/or extended day or year-long opportunities; demonstrate that learners acquire progressively higher levels of STEM knowledge and skills needed for future success.
  • STEM Program Efficacy: Certified providers offer high-quality training and professional learning associated with STEM curriculum, programming, and/or implementation; have an implementation framework for program participants or specific sites, and use a research- or evidence-based model for program evaluation and planning for continuous improvement.

To develop the certification, Cognia’s design team reviewed the best research available about quality STEM implementation and what constitutes student-directed learning environments, and paid close attention to federal policy guidance on what it takes to create engaged communities of practice and partner networks. The work also builds on Cognia’s STEM School Certification that has evaluated over 200 schools in 24 states during the past five years.

“In the long run, we want to create clarity about what it means to have quality implementation and bring together an ever-growing group of STEM certified institutions as a community of practice to improve the quality of STEM learning in the United States,” Mr. Davidson said. “Our vision is that all students have the opportunity to pave their own path into the future, using STEM skills and knowledge to make their way.”

Discovery Education is part of a select, purposefully diverse group of providers that have earned the certification. The other groups include:

  • a university research center: Center for STEM Education at the University for Notre Dame
  • a school district: Cobb County, GA, STEM and Innovation Department
  • a grant-funded out-of-school program: C2 Pipeline at Wayne State University, a school-based program serving 21 metro Detroit high schools that connects students to STEM opportunities

 

About Cognia

Cognia has the knowledge to help schools improve. Cognia offers accreditation and certification, assessment, professional services and consulting within a framework of continuous improvement. The result of the merger of AdvancED and Measured Progress, Cognia was formed to bridge the gap between school evaluation and student assessment. As a global nonprofit working in over 80 countries, our 36,000 institutions serve and support nearly 25 million students and 5 million educators every day. Cognia is an undeniable force for enhancing schools, engaging students, and driving better outcomes for all. Find out more at cognia.org.

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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bulb Digital Portfolios and Washtenaw ISD Announce Partnership 

 

Ann Arbor, Mich.– bulb Digital Portfolios announces a partnership with Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) to provide all students in Michigan with access to a digital portfolio.

 

A bulb digital portfolio is used by students to create, collect and showcase their latest ideas and best work when applying for college or a job. Teachers can use bulb to keep lessons, track professional development goals and to showcase credentials or badges earned. bulb digital portfolios are also implemented by schools and districts to advance STEM initiatives and meet the requirements of Career and Technical Education programs.

 

“Washtenaw ISD looks forward to launching this partnership with bulb Digital Portfolios so students across Michigan can access cutting-edge educational opportunities,” said WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel. “Digital portfolios allow students to highlight their lifelong learning and accomplishments, as well as align with broader education and workforce goals we have in Michigan. Partnerships like this help ensure teachers and students have the tools they need to be successful both today and in the future.”

 

bulb is a web-based tool where students collect digital evidence of their learning (images, videos, documents, audio, embeds) and showcase their work beautifully and professionally.

 

“We’re excited about working with Washtenaw ISD to help students show off what they know, demonstrate skills and interests to get into college or to land a job,” said Andrew Cary, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships at bulb. “Adding a digital portfolio to a student’s school experience allows them to practice positive digital citizenship skills while creating a powerful collection of their work.”

 

Schools and districts have access to special pricing, professional development, implementation support and training for teachers when purchasing bulb Digital Portfolios through Washtenaw ISD. Anyone interested can get information here.

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