Products & Services for Educators PreK-12 : DECEMBER 2019

NEWS FROM DISCOVERY EDUCATION

New Be Vape Free Initiative to Tackle Youth Vaping Epidemic Through Schools

Initiative leverages evidence-based CATCH My Breath program to empower educators to promote healthy choices among youth–

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, December 17, 2019 ): This week Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K – 12 classrooms nationwide, in partnership with CATCH Global Foundation, a public charity dedicated to the development and dissemination of evidence-based health programs, and the CVS Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CVS Health, launched Be Vape Free, a nationwide initiative to provide standards-aligned, no-cost, e-cigarette prevention resources for educators teaching grades 5 – 12. Be Vape Free will serve to expand the use of CATCH My Breath, a proven effective vaping prevention program, to combat the growing vaping epidemic by arming educators, parents, and communities with easy-to-use tools that will help students make smart, informed, and healthy choices for life. The CVS Health Foundation is providing a $3 million commitment to fund this multi-year collaboration.

According to newly released data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey, vaping among youth continued its upward trend in 2019 with nearly one in four high school students reporting vaping in the past 30 days. “It’s more important than ever that students know the risks behind e-cigarettes and that educators and parents are provided with the tools to ensure that those who haven’t started never will,” said Duncan Van Dusen, Founder and CEO of CATCH Global Foundation.

CATCH My Breath, a program created by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health and disseminated by CATCH Global Foundation, is an evidence-based program for grades 5 – 12 that has been shown to nearly halve the number of kids who go on to try e-cigarettes within the next year. Educators are encouraged to download the new 5th grade CATCH My Breath Core Program Bundle developed as part of Be Vape Free, which features classroom lessons and activities that identify the health risks of e-cigarettes alongside the benefits of being tobacco-free, expose vaping and tobacco marketing tactics, and help students develop, practice and demonstrate refusal skills. With a classroom guide and ready-to-use PowerPoint presentation, educators have the tools at their fingertips to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will help them make informed decisions about their health and well-being. CVS Health has also provided a three-year grant to provide the CATCH My Breath program free of charge to schools across the country.

“It is clear that we all have an important role to play in providing young people with factual information related to their health and the potential risks associated with vaping,” said Judy Uhrig from Mount Tabor High School, Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools. “Resources like those found in the CATCH My Breath Core Program Bundle will be vital to helping educators start these conversations in the classroom, while aligning lessons to core curriculum.”

“We’ve all seen the news of vaping-related lung illnesses and other health risks,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate Partnerships, Discovery Education. “This partnership between Discovery Education, CATCH Global Foundation and the CVS Health Foundation will expand access to turnkey materials to aid educators in supporting the fight against this growing epidemic.”

Be Vape Free also features two Supplementary Lesson Bundles for CATCH My Breath, with resources that can be introduced into everyday 5th grade classroom curricula. These lessons offer an interdisciplinary approach, tying to social studies, math, language arts, and other subjects to teach students about state laws regarding cigarettes and e-cigarettes, and the toxic chemicals found in both.

“Since CVS Pharmacy pulled cigarettes from its shelves more than five years ago, the CVS Health Foundation has worked to help create the first tobacco free generation through our Be The First initiative,” said Eileen Howard Boone, President, CVS Health Foundation. “We know that young people who vape are at a higher risk of becoming cigarette smokers, which is why we are so proud to work with the CATCH Global Foundation and Discovery Education to bring these meaningful prevention resources to classrooms across the country.”

The Be Vape Free initiative will help ensure that everyone—students, parents, educators, and other community members—has access to no-cost, preventative resources to help educate and empower young people. Additional community resources are scheduled to be released in 2020, along with expanded resources for the existing versions of the CATCH My Breath middle and high school program.

With the support of educators and all community members, the Be Vape Free initiative is on a mission to foster the first vape-free generation.  For more information visit BeVapeFree.com.

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CATCH Global Foundation
CATCH Global Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity founded in 2014. Our mission is to improve children’s health worldwide by developing, disseminating and sustaining the CATCH platform in collaboration with researchers at UTHealth. The Foundation links underserved schools and communities to the resources necessary to create and sustain healthy change for future generations. https://www.catch.org

CVS Health Foundation

The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit

www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

 

Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K–12 classrooms. Through award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, 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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Captivating New Content from the National Science Foundation, Animal Planet, and More Now Available in Discovery Education Experience and the Discovery Education Techbooks

–New Assets Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services Helps Educators Engage All Learners –

Silver Spring, MD (December 16, 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 hundreds of new, engaging assets to its award-winning digital services. The new digital resources coming to Discovery Education Experience and the Science and Social Studies Techbooks provide K-12 educators a new array of digital resources they can begin integrating into classroom instruction to engage all learners. New content recently added to Discovery Education’s services include:

Explore real-world science with National Science Foundation: Hundreds of new videos from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) collection are now live in Discovery Education Experience and Science Techbook. Through these videos, students will meet scientists and engineers leading ground-breaking research in space science, agriculture, computers, and much more. In the series “Science Nation,” NSF researchers examine new discoveries pertaining to the Earth, the universe, and humanity itself. The “Texties” series delivers exciting National Science Foundation-funded research through text-onscreen videos that promote students’ reading comprehension skills. And “Profiles of Scientists and Engineers” helps students better understand what STEM careers are really like through profiles of young professionals in the field.

Go wild with new content from Animal Planet: In “Wild Australia,” students will explore the unique creatures found in the world’s smallest continent and consider the traditions and history of Aboriginal Australians. “Wild Costa Rica” brings the rainforest into the classroom and showcases the behaviors, adaptations, and biology of Costa Rica’s incredible animals. Both titles are now available in Discovery Education Experience and Science Techbook.

Get curious with new animated videos from Discovery Education: Discovery Education’s new “Curiosity” video series is now live in Discovery Education ExperienceScience Techbook, and Social Studies Techbook. Covering topics in biology, American history, and U.S. holidays, the series encourages elementary students to think big and get curious about the world around them. Host and narrator Lenzi the Magnifying Glass begins each episode with an engaging question like “Why are there so many kinds of places in the world?” and “What does the word democracy mean to you?” that inspires critical thinking and creativity. “Curiosity” videos are also available within topic-based channels like Ecosystems and Holidays and Observances within Discovery Education Experience.

Uncover the power of stories to change our world: USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education take students on a dynamic learning experience in Our Stories Are Stronger Than Hate Virtual Field Trip. During this virtual experience, students hear powerful first-hand testimonies to help them consider what gives stories the power to make an impression on others, inspire action, and even change the world. This virtual field trip is now available in Discovery Education Experience and Social Studies Techbook.

Shine a light on the untold stories of today’s changing America with BESE: Discovery Education is proud to partner with BESE, the digital news platform founded by actress Zoe Saldana to reconstruct and recontextualizenarratives around how young people connect to today’s America. Three new video series, including “Hidden Figuras,” “Sea of Change,” and “BESE Explains,” tell stories that promote inclusivity and navigate the tapestry of cultures, identities, and nations that make up our nation. Students will be inspired by a diverse collection of inventors, entrepreneurs, newsmakers, problem-solvers, change-makers, and thought leaders who have contributed to our society through science, technology, art, and culture. BESE content is now available in Discovery Education Experience.

New physics videos from Flipping Physics: New to Discovery Education Experience and Science Techbook, Flipping Physics videos break down problems from all high school physics courses—standard track, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, and AP Physics C—with clear, step-by-step solutions to help students in algebra-based and calculus-based courses. High school physics teacher and host Jonathan Thomas-Palmer, along with his “students” Billy, Bobby, and Bo, use real-world examples of physics phenomena to keep students engaged and on track.

Experience the world’s most unique places with Travel Channel: Now live in Discovery Education Experience and Social Studies Techbook, the series “Top of the World” highlights the geography, landforms, architecture, and people of the world’s most fascinating locations. Students will travel to Alaska, Japan, Norway, Hawaii, China, and more as they encounter the world’s distinct cultures and locales.

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

“I don’t have much extra time in a typical school day,” said Nathaniel L. Wallace, Social Studies Teacher, KIPP DC. “So, I need a ‘one-stop-shop’ for high-quality curated, standards-aligned digital content that is engaging and relevant to today ‘s students. Discovery Education Experience and the Techbook series are the perfect resources for my needs as they are constantly being updated with immersive new content my students love that can immediately be used in my classroom.”

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.

“Discovery Education is dedicated to providing the 5 million educators and 51 million students we serve high-quality digital content that engages all learners and unlocks students’ inherent curiosity,” said Discovery Education Chief Product Officer Pete Weir. “To achieve this, we are constantly reviewing our digital content and adding exciting new resources that will help educators transform teaching and learning.”

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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University of Findlay Launches Master’s Degree Program Building Capacity For High-Quality STEAM Instruction Featuring Discovery Education’s Innovative Professional Development Content

 

–New Program Now Available Empowers Participants With Advanced Strategies For Creating a Culture of STEAM in Their Classroom—

 

Silver Spring, Md. (December 12, 2019) — Ohio’s University of Findlay (UF) today announced the  launch of their online Master of Arts in Education degree emphasizing STEAM instruction that will expand participants’ capacity to provide students high-quality STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) learning experience.  More information about this new program, which was designed from the ground-up for the full-time K-12 educator and features Discovery Education’s high-quality professional development content, can be found here.  Discovery Education is the leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

University of Findlay offers prospective students both traditional and specialized professional degrees in a variety of delivery approaches during day, evening, weekend, and online sessions. Findlay is committed to the education of diverse students and enrolls students from nearly 40 nations and most U.S. states. UF’s 33-credit hour Master of Arts in Education Program provides working K-12 teachers a rich online environment in which they can develop the academic background needed to advance their careers and grow their teaching practice. Participants enrolled in UF’s new online master’s program emphasizing STEAM education will, through captivating classwork facilitated by thought leaders in the field, learn to build a culture of STEAM teaching and learning that helps teachers unlock students’ inner explorer and propel them to future success.

The City of Findlay, just south of Toledo and located approximately 1.5 hours from Columbus, Dayton and Detroit, has been designated a “dreamtown” by Demographics Daily, repeatedly named one of the top 20 micropolitan areas (small towns) in the United States by Site Selection magazine and is the only municipality in Ohio to be selected three times as one of the 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise.

The courses offered through UF’s Master of Arts in Education Program focusing on STEAM are designed and taught by leaders in the fields of STEAM education, educational technology, and pedagogy. With courses focusing on topics such as leading innovation in schools today, inquiry-based science instruction, science and technology for educators, differentiated instruction, children’s literature across the curriculum, and school leadership, participants learn concepts online that can be readily applied in the classroom the next day. For more information about UF’s Master of Arts in Education emphasizing STEAM or to register for the spring semester, visit this website.

“University of Findlay is excited to launch this innovative master’s emphasis in STEAM Instruction and is celebrating this new relationship with Discovery Education,” said Dr. Gwynne Rife, Program Chair Advanced and Professional Programs. “Discovery Education’s STEAM focused content and excellent teaching resources complement the University of Findlay’s online education programs that seek to prepare teachers for the challenge of educating 21st century learners.”

To help support K-12 educators drive improved student achievement, implement high-yield instructional strategies, and propel their careers forward, Discovery Education has collaborated with graduate-level educators for over a decade.  These collaborations have designed immersive graduate-level courses delivered through advanced degree programs that help K-12 educators develop their instructional practice and career. The addition of University of Findlay is an expansion of this effort and part of a network of Universities offering educators affordable, online programs that drive high-impact K-12 teaching and instructional leadership.

“Discovery Education is proud to support the innovative team at the University of Findlay as they launch this ground-breaking new online degree program focused on building teachers’ capacity for STEAM teaching and learning,” said Kelli Campbell, Discovery Education’s President, International & University. “Today’s students need well developed communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking skills for future success, and this new program will help teachers build the immersive STEAM experiences that will help students develop those critical skills.”

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 University of Findlay

Founded in 1882, The University provides innovative programs grounded in the liberal arts and sciences to prepare students for meaningful lives and productive careers. The University of Findlay’s distinctive and renowned programs include MBA, animal science, equestrian studies, pre-veterinary medicine, nuclear medicine technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy, and physician assistant, as well as environmental, safety and occupational health management. For more information on these distinctive programs, visit https://www.findlay.edu/about-uf/.

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 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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The Tech Interactive and Discovery Education Launch ‘Tech for Tomorrow’

Program equips classrooms with engaging resources for Design Challenge Learning and STEAM instruction

Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, December 12, 2019) – The Tech Interactive and Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, have partnered to create Tech for Tomorrow, an education program providing virtual access to exhibits from The Tech Interactive, Design Challenge Learning activities and interactive classroom resources for students in grades 4-8.

Tech for Tomorrow is an education program designed to highlight the ways technology and innovation can better our world. The program provides no-cost resources that aim to introduce students to today’s cutting-edge technology and inspire them to create enduring innovations for the future.

“The Tech Interactive is on a mission to power curiosity, and introduce every student to the ways that technology can make an impact,” said Gretchen Walker, vice president of learning at The Tech Interactive. “We’re proud to partner with Discovery Education to provide classrooms across the country with free, engaging resources for Design Challenge Learning, STEAM instruction and more.”

Through Tech for Tomorrow’s digital resources, students will explore technology’s role in solving some of the world’s greatest challenges. Design Challenge Learning is a dynamic way for learners to become problem-solvers by engaging with real-world problems.

“Design challenges have definitely had a positive impact on my students, especially for those who are tactile learners and whose learning style may differ from traditional instructional pedagogy,” said Billy Aguilar, a sixth-grade teacher at Brownell Middle School.

On February 6, 2020, Tech for Tomorrow will launch its first Virtual Field Trip. In addition, a ‘Tech for Global Good’ resource will be released for Earth Day in March 2020.

Tech for Tomorrow prepares students to think differently about ordinary and extraordinary problems,” said Lori McFarling, president of corporate partnerships at Discovery Education. “Through this partnership, we can ensure that every student can receive the benefits of Design Challenge Learning and experience how the limitless possibilities of technology can make an impact upon our future.”

Tech for Tomorrow resources are available at no-cost at www.techfortomorrow.com and within Discovery Education Experience, a comprehensive digital service that helps build critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills needed for success beyond graduation.

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About The Tech Interactive

The Tech Interactive is a family-friendly science and technology center in the heart of downtown San Jose. Our hands-on activities, experimental labs and design challenge experiences empower people to innovate with creativity, curiosity and compassion. The Tech is a world leader in the creation of immersive STEAM education resources to develop the next generation of problem-solvers locally, nationally and globally. We believe that everyone is born an innovator who can change the world for the better.

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 DiscoveryEducation.com.

 

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Curriculum Associates Announces Inaugural Class of Extraordinary Educators

Thirty one educators from schools nationwide selected for their best-in-class use of i-Ready® and/or Ready® in the classroom

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., December 11, 2019—Curriculum Associates has announced the inaugural class of teachers for its Extraordinary Educators program, which establishes an annual tradition of celebrating and connecting exemplar teachers. The 31 selected teachers exhibit best-in-class use of i-Ready and/or Ready in their classroom, illustrate growth and achievement via formal assessments, demonstrate classroom innovation and engagement practices for students, are evangelists for high standards and student achievement, and have been teaching for at least two years.

“As a company founded by passionate educators, we have deep respect for the powerful ways in which talented teachers impact the lives of their students,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “We are proud to recognize and learn from these Extraordinary Educators and look forward to sharing their innovative practices that support student achievement.”

Extraordinary Educators will have access to a network of peers from around the country to collaborate, connect, and learn from throughout the year, as well as receive unique professional development opportunities from Curriculum Associates. They will also be invited to attend and present at the two-day Extraordinary Educators Leadership Summit in July 2020, as well as other professional learning events throughout the year.

“I am truly honored to be chosen as an Extraordinary Educator by Curriculum Associates,” said Sachiko Green of Pelham Oaks Elementary School in Pelham City Schools in Pelham, AL. “Curriculum Associates’ research-based differentiated instruction ensures every child is challenged to grow through the content. This personalized approach has allowed every one of my students to engage in rigorous instruction while supporting me to become a more effective educator.”

“As an educator, advocating for students who need extra support means embarking on a growth journey that shapes the way students learn and transforms their outlook on education,” said Kimberly Robinson of Literacy Leadership Technology Academy in Hillsborough Public Schools in Tampa, FL. “I am passionate about equipping the next generation with mindful tools, resources, and fun experiences that leave an imprint on their educational journey forever. I will dedicate my expertise to empower other teachers through the Extraordinary Educators program. I know with mentoring and involvement in this amazing program, I will be an influential asset to the educational society.”

To learn about the 2020 Extraordinary Educators and meet these remarkable teachers, please visit CurriculumAssociates.com/ExtraordinaryEducators.

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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The Learning Counsel and Canon Collaborate on Workflow in Education Paper

Workflow has been identified as the missing link in education performance

(Sacramento, CA) Dec. 10, 2019 — The Learning Counsel, a leading research institute and news media hub that provides context for schools in digital transition, has identified workflow as the missing link in education performance for academics and business operations—the elusive “last mile” to help manage these intricacies and provide efficiencies for teachers, staff and students, saving time and resources in certain areas, as for instance with administrative processes, to open up the needed space for true personalization in learning. An automated workflow scenario can pay dividends in unforeseen areas, including K–12 teacher retention and reduced transportation costs. Colleges and universities can help increase enrollment by using workflow automation to enhance the student onboarding experience.

In a new journal-style research paper on Workflow in Education, The Learning Counsel teamed up with Canon, who provided examples of workflow in operation among their K-12 and university clients. Examples included Seminole State College, whose enhanced workflow can be linked to improved student experience and increased enrollment. “We have created a one-stop to do everything to make it simple and easy,” said Greg Long, Director of Purchasing at Seminole State College in Florida. “Automation with records at the start of admission and ID cards with the ability to pay for books, printing, food and vending at the college are two systems we have that have made it an easier for students. When students have a positive experience, they can go to class and spend time relaxing after class on campus. When students have a negative experience, they are quick to leave after class and they don’t usually sign up for the next semester.”

Also featured was St. Vrain Valley Schools, who recently won an award for their work in workflow for student choice and curriculum personalization. “By empowering students and parents to exercise a degree of autonomous decision making, it will make them active participants in their education, thereby increasing engagement and ownership. We believe this choice is associated with greater personal satisfaction in their school and classrooms, as well as increased academic performance,” said Kahle Charles, Assistant Superintendent for Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction at St. Vrain Valley Schools.

“Today, districts have thousands of learning objects, apps and courses—sometimes millions,” said LeiLani Cauthen, Publisher and CEO of the Learning Counsel. “Now, the general frameworks are handed off to teachers to provide all the details of execution, including instructions for any specific special learning needs. In fact, per the Learning Counsel’s annual Digital Transition Survey in 2017, over 80 percent of teachers are still searching digital learning objects for their lesson plans online, with 50 percent spending up to four hours per week, 20 percent spending up to 10 hours per week and 8 percent spending over 10 hours per week. Automating this process through workflow can free up teachers to do what they do best: be human and help children understand the relevance in their learning journey. Workflow in education is an important topic, and we’re grateful to Canon for their assistance in this paper.”

About the Learning Counsel

The Learning Counsel is a research institute and news media hub with 215,000 readers that provides context for schools in digital transition from a deep understanding of tech user experience, systems and organization. Their mission-based organization was the first to develop a thesis of education’s future based on technology’s evolution—and start helping schools advance systematically. Their EduJedi Leadership Society is a membership organization created for community among educators with change management professional development. The Learning Counsel has Learning Groups on important tech topics and digital curriculum standards convene inside our social media site, Knowstory.

About Canon Advanced Solutions for Education

Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of digital imaging solutions and is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility.

Canon solutions for K-12 School Districts can help users streamline workflows, boost collaboration, control print-related expenses, implement security features around student information, and create sustainable, flexible learning environments. To learn more, visit USA.Canon.com/SolutionsForEducation.

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EDU, Inc. and Achieve3000 Partner to Increase the Number of College and Career Ready Applicants to HBCU’s

DECEMBER 09, 2019  Achieve3000, the leader in differentiated instruction, has long been focused on building equity in the classroom with the goal of helping more kids be college and career ready by the end of high school. Now, through a new partnership with EDU, Inc., the company is taking a larger step in that direction by providing some of their customers with discounted access to EDU, Inc.’s Common Black College Application (CBCA).

Students are able to complete the CBCA and apply to any number of 56 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at the same time and pay a single fee. “The completion of our application significantly increases students’ educational opportunities by allowing them to receive acceptances and scholarship offers from several different colleges,” said Robert Mason the founder and executive director of the CBCA. To date, more than 250,000 students from the United States, Africa, South America and the Caribbean have used the CBCA to apply to college.

The CBCA is an online application, that upon submission, is made available to all of the HBCU Member Institutions. Students are then able to track the progress of their application in the Student Dashboard. The Member Institutions log into the platform to access the student data.

“My goal is to increase exponentially, over the next five years, the number of students that are completing the CBCA and successfully matriculating at HBCUs. To do that, steps have to be taken to address the low literacy levels in an alarming number of schools throughout the country and abroad,” said Mason. “That’s why this partnership is so important to me. Achieve3000 truly partners with schools and districts using their solutions in a way that makes a real impact on students’ ability to read, learn, and grow. The first step to equity in education is access. That access brings about opportunity. By working together with Achieve3000, we can do that much more to make sure students can take full advantage of those opportunities.”

Achieve3000’s CEO, Stuart Udell, has a similar perspective, “Education is more than a business. If you aren’t focused on the students, you’re not going to be successful. Working together with organizations such as EDU, Inc., helps us make our work with literacy mean more in terms of its actual impact on students’ lives. None of us can do it alone, and we are proud to work with such an extraordinary community of professionals changing the face of education for today, and tomorrow.”

Darrell Wilson, Director of National Partnerships for Achieve3000, has been involved with EDU, Inc. for more than ten years, helping to support their mission through similar partnerships focused on connecting the dots between literacy, college readiness, and matriculation to college for students who want the opportunity to earn a degree. Achieve3000 customers interested in accessing the discounted applications should contact Mr. Wilson at Darrell.wilson@achieve3000.com.

About Achieve3000
Achieve3000 is transforming literacy for more than three million students from preschool through adult education with our game-based foundational literacy learning, proven-effective approach to differentiated literacy instruction, personalized mathematical practice tools, and a curriculum platform designed to deepen learning across the content areas with an interactive digital library.

About EDU, Inc.
Established in the Fall of 2000, the EDU, Inc. Common Black College Application, has become one of the most recognized educational services in the country. To date, over 250,000 students have completed the CBCA to apply to our Member Institutions. Students are currently able to apply to 56 Member Institutions at the same time. The completion of the CBCA increases the educational options of students by allowing them to receive acceptance letters, financial packages and scholarship offers from several different colleges. Our school district partners can play a critical role in helping to establish a college-going culture.

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Discovery Education Experience Honored with Tech & Learning Magazine’s 2019 Award of Excellence

—The Latest Iteration of the Popular Streaming Plus Service, Discovery Education Experience, Named a Winner in the Best Re-Invention of a Classic Legacy Technology Category

Silver Spring, MD (December 6, 2019) Discovery Education Experience—the latest iteration of Discovery Education’s popular Streaming Plus service, has been named a winner of Tech & Learning Magazine’s 2019 Award of Excellence in the Best Re-Invention of a Classic Legacy Technology category.  Now in its 40th year, Tech & Learning’s Award of Excellence program recognizes stand-out products that are improving the way educators work and students learn.  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

“For 40 years, Tech & Learning has reported on how edtech products are improving teaching and learning,” says Tech & Learning Group Publisher Christine Weiser. “In keeping with this mission, our 2019 Awards of Excellence contest focused on stand-out products that are both unique in the K-12 market, as well as those that are helping schools solve specific problems.”

Supporting instruction across all K-12 curricular areas, Discovery Education Experience assists educators in creating real-world learning opportunities that engage all students and lead to improved academic achievement.  The service’s standards-aligned content is assignable and can be bookmarked and saved for later use and remixed to meet the varying needs of diverse student populations in a safe and secure environment.  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.  These teacher-tested instructional strategies help educators dive deeper into the intentional and effective integration of Discovery Education’s digital content. 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.  An environment where teachers and students design, build, and share content in new and creative ways, Studio supports the creation of grab and go lessons that combine multi-modal content and effective instructional strategies that empower educators to dive deeply into targeted topic areas.  To request a demonstration of Discovery Education Experience, visit www.discoveryeducation.com/experience.

“Discovery Education’s product development team is laser-focused on creating innovative, educator-centric, digital experiences that support educators’ efforts to improve student achievement,” said Pete Weir, Discovery Education’s Chief Product Officer.  “We are honored by Tech & Learning Magazine’s recognition of Discovery Education Experience, as we believe it validates our approach to using educators’ feedback to drive the continuous improvement of our services.”

Students in elementary, middle and high school that have regular access to Discovery Education’s comprehensive, K-12 digital content service have higher attendance rates and are outpacing their peers on state assessments in reading, mathematics, and social studies. Additional findings tell a consistent story of how access to Discovery Education’s supplemental content services can be linked to higher student achievement, especially for racial/ethnic minorities and students impacted by poverty, disabilities, and limited English proficiency. Click here to learn more.

Educators using Discovery Education Experience will be supported by 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.

For more information about Discovery Education Experience or Discovery Education’s other digital curriculum resources, including STEM Connect and the ScienceSocial Studies, and Math Techbooks, or to learn more about Discovery Education’s professional development 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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TWO ITEMS  FROM CoSN

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

 

 ITEM 1.

CoSN Reveals Three Innovative Headliners for 2020 Conference in Washington, D.C.

Will Challenge School Leaders to Break Through Mindsets and Reconsider

K-12 Education Norms

 

Washington, D.C. (December 3, 2019)CoSN today announced the innovative speakers headlining its 2020 Annual Conference, March 16-18 in Washington, D.C.

 

Themed Breakthrough Mindsets: Leading Meaningful Change, the global conference will explore how edtech professionals can transform school systems and improve student outcomes by breaking existing mindsets and leading the adoption of new technologies. Non-media attendees can take advantage of early-bird rates by registering before December 18.

 

“Today’s world increasingly revolves around rapid advancements in technology. The 2020 CoSN Conference will highlight how education leaders can utilize new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to create innovative teaching and learning opportunities and streamline district operations. We are thrilled to host a forum for edtech experts from around the world to examine the best ways to lead school systems through this time of monumental change and into the future,” said Steve Langford, Co-Chair of the 2020 Conference and Chief Information Officer, Beaverton School District (OR).

 

The 2020 Conference will showcase remarks from three unique general session speakers:

 

  • On Monday, March 16, the Opening General Session will focus on Ensuring That Technology Enables Learning Rather Than Distracts from It, and feature a fascinating discussion with: James Williams, Philosophy and Ethics Researcher & Doctoral Candidate, Oxford Internet Institute & Balliol College.

 

  • On Tuesday, March 17, attendees can glean new insights from one of their own during the Lead Where You Are General Session with: Joe Sanfelippo, Superintendent, Fall Creek School District (WI).

 

  • On Wednesday, March 18, the Closing General Session will examine Building Technology from the Human Out, with remarks from expert innovator: Amber Case, Cyborg Anthropologist and Author of Calm Technology: Principles and Patterns for Non-Intrusive Design.

 

The three-day conference will include a Global Symposium entitled “Sparking a K-12 Innovation Conversation: Moving from Global to Local Trends.” Also returning this year are CoSN’s @InnovationCentral expo, Large District Summit and CoSN Camp®, as well as interactive sessions on topics ranging from CTO skills and data privacy practices to eSports and digital equity.

Watch highlights from last year’s conference video for a sneak peek at what’s in store and follow CoSN on Twitter for upcoming announcements. More information is available at CoSNConference.org.

The 2020 CoSN Conference is made possible through the generous support of its sponsors.

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ITEM 2. EdTech Leaders Applaud FCC for E-Rate Updates; Press for Urgent Action on Cybersecurity Funding

Washington, D.C. (December 4, 2019)CoSN CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) update to the E-Rate Category Two program:

“CoSN applauds the FCC for updating the E-Rate Category Two program to better support small, rural school districts by increasing their funding floor. We are also grateful the program will maintain its existing funding model while now allowing the use of district-wide budgets, as this will streamline school operations.

 “We are troubled, however, that the FCC missed another opportunity to fund school districts’ critical cybersecurity needs. The FCC could have helped schools deal with increasing cyberattacks by expanding the list of E-Rate eligible services to include cybersecurity protections. We commend FCC Commissioners Rosenworcel and O’Rielly for their leadership on this issue and urge them to continue pushing for greater network security in schools.

 “CoSN also hopes that in a future rulemaking, the FCC will recognize the immense learning potential that comes from equipping rural school buses with Wi-Fi by expanding E-Rate eligibility to this service as well.

 “America’s edtech leaders will continue to work with the FCC and other stakeholders on securely using the power of technology for the educational benefit of all students.” 

Read CoSN’s recent joint Reply Comments on E-Rate Category Two eligible services submitted to the FCC here.

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Study Finding: Ohio Students’ Performance on Lexia® Core5® Reading Is

Strong Indicator of Success on Renaissance Star Reading® and State End-of-Year ELA Measurement 

BOSTON, Dec. 5, 2019 — At the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, only 52% of a sample of elementary students in Mayfield City Schools (Ohio) placed into grade level or above in Lexia® Core5® Reading (Core5). By the end of the year, 94% were working in or above grade level material after meeting recommended Core5 usage targets. Additionally, the students’ end-of-year levels in Core5 had strong, significant correlations with their scores on both the Ohio State Test, English Language Arts (OST- ELA) and the Renaissance Star Reading assessment.

The sample consisted of 603 students in grades three through five. All of the students had used Core5 for at least 20 weeks in the 2018-19 school year. Mayfield assessed the students’ reading skills using the OST- ELA, which serves as an end-of-year measurement tool for English Language Arts. Of the 465 students who finished the year working in material above their grade level in Core5, the majority (92%) were also designated as Proficient, Accelerated, or Advanced on the OST-ELA.

Mayfield also assessed the students’ reading skills using Renaissance Star Reading, which serves as a brief, computer-adaptive progress monitoring tool. The results showed that the majority (89%) of students who were working above their grade level in Core5 by the end of the year reached a level of proficiency on the Star Reading assessment.

“Our study found a strong alignment between Core5 end-of-year benchmark status and the Star Reading status and OST-ELA performance levels, indicating that reaching benchmark or working on grade-level material in Core5 is consistent with a higher reading standard,” said Lexia Chief Learning Officer Dr. Liz Brooke.

Mayfield adopted Core5 in the 2018-19 school year as part of its All-Access Learning initiative, which focuses on providing customized, student-centered learning experiences. “Lexia has been a critical component of being able to bring All-Access Learning to our district,” said Vickie Loncar, Mayfield’s curriculum coordinator. “Now the teachers have data about their students at their fingertips. They know when to intervene and how to intervene. The ease of use has really helped our teachers be successful and see children grow in their reading skills.”

Felecia Evans, the principal of Lander Elementary School, one of Mayfield’s four elementary schools, noted how Core5 had helped improve instructional practices. “Our teachers have learned to identify when individual students or groups of students are struggling and to pull relevant instructional materials from myLexia,” she said. “Our ESL teacher, for example, has students in grades K-5, but is able to group students who are within the same Core5 level to teach similar skills.”

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

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About Lexia Learning

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

About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company’s innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes for the inspired learner at home or in schools and workplaces around the world.

Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone’s language division uses cloud-based solutions to help all types of learners read, write, and speak more than 30 languages. Lexia Learning, Rosetta Stone’s literacy education division, was founded more than 30 years ago and is a leader in the literacy education space. Today, Lexia helps students build fundamental reading skills through its rigorously researched, independently evaluated, and widely respected instruction and assessment programs.

For more information, visit www.rosettastone.com. “Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.

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2020 Follett Challenge Entry Deadline is Thursday, Dec. 12

MCHENRY, Ill., Dec. 5, 2019 – The deadline for PreK-12 districts and schools to submit their nominations for the 2020 Follett Challenge is noon CST Thursday, Dec. 12. The ninth annual contest formally launched in October with more ways to win a portion of $200,000 (USD) in Follett products and/or services that will be awarded.

The change in prize structure calls for a 200 percent increase in the number of semifinalists from previous years. Nineteen prizes will be awarded in all, including $5,000 in products and services to each of the 10 People’s Choice winners, and $15,000 in products and services to each of the nine semifinalists from the elementary, middle and high school categories. From the semifinalists, one grand-prize winner will be selected and will earn an additional $15,000 for a total of $30,000.

There are vast resources on the contest website to help entrants get underway or continue with the nomination they started. Nominations will be reviewed by a judging committee, which includes James Patterson, best-selling author and global literacy advocate. All winners will be announced March 23, 2020.

The Follett Challenge annually rewards innovative educational programs teaching 21st century skills to students that illustrate critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration. All public and private K-12 schools/districts in the United States, Canada, and Australia are eligible to apply.

Since the contest’s inception, the Follett Challenge has recognized schools of all sizes and demographics. To view all the winners over the first eight years, visit follettchallenge.com/winners/pastwinners.cfm.

For more information about the Follett Challenge, visit www.FollettChallenge.com; for more on Follett, visit www.follettlearning.com.

About Follett’s PreK-12 BusinessFollettLearning.com
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.

Find Follett on Facebook, and follow on Twitter (@FollettLearning).

About Follett Corporation Follett.com

Follett Corporation is a leading global source of educational materials, digital content, eCommerce, and multi-media for libraries, schools and institutions. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett provides education technology, services and physical and digital content to millions of students at 70,000 schools, and more than 2,700 physical locations and campus eCommerce platforms in North America. Through Baker & Taylor, Follett’s reach also extends to the public library markets.

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FETC Partners with Esports Association to Introduce All-New Session Content for 2020
The Future of Education Technology Conference and National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors have created professional development sessions focused on esports in K-12 education

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.―The National Future of Education Technology® Conference (FETC®) today announced a program partnership with the National Association of Esports Coaches and Directors (NAECAD) that will bring professional development content covering esports programs to FETC 2020. The sessions are part of the conference’s Future of Ed Tech Administrator track and are designed to give leaders an understanding of how to create, finance and manage successful esports teams and programs in their schools.

“Esports are experiencing rapid growth not only as an engaging extracurricular activity at the scholastic level, but as an expanding source of available college scholarships and a billion-dollar industry rivaling many of the traditional professional sports leagues. In recognition of these trends, we find it important to support education leaders in building successful esports programs that will give the students in their respective schools and districts an opportunity to participate and succeed,” said Dr. Robert M. Avossa, Senior Vice President & Publisher, LRP Media Group. “As true experts in the space, NAECAD is an ideal partner in developing high-quality program content to address the key topics in K-12 esports, and together we look forward to introducing this content to FETC participants.”

NAECAD is the primary professional organization for competitive esports coaches and directors at all levels of competitive play, including club, high school, college and professional. The organization’s vision is for esports to be viewed as a prominent competitive sport with highly trained NAECAD members leading the professional development, growth and quality of competitive esports. Esports have grown rapidly in popularity, and there are more opportunities and earnings available to those who wish to enter the field professionally, making this an important topic for FETC as the conference continues in its efforts to equip educators of all roles to leverage technology to prepare students for success.

“There is no question partnering with FETC strengthens NAECAD’s ability to share with technology leaders the many ways competitive esports is impacting a population that previously had not been given such opportunities,” said Dr. Jay Prescott, Executive Director of NAECAD.  “We are looking forward to explaining the benefits of esports and helping attendees bring these exciting activities to their schools.”

FETC 2020 will have a total of 10 esports sessions developed in conjunction with NAECAD. Spread over three days with at least two options each day, these sessions will cover all aspects of esports programs in K-12, from getting started to building a truly competitive program. The sessions include:

Sessions on Wednesday, January 15

Sessions on Thursday, January 16
Sessions on Friday, January 17
  • Esports Leadership, Vision, and Program Development Panel Discussion―This panel will feature Chris Aviles, Mark Deppe, Kurt Melcher, Jason Bauer and Dana Hustedt, and will take a deep dive into topics such as creating campus interest and developing a proposal to add an esports program, developing a budget, hiring a coaching staff, and much more.
  • Esports Case Studies: The Good, the Great, the Challenges―This session, presented by Chris Aviles and Steve Isaacs, will describe the evolution of esports at two different schools; lessons learned about what it takes to develop, grow and manage a program; and the “gotchas” and “wish-we’d-have-knowns” from experience with esports.
In addition to the esports session content at FETC 2020, the conference’s Expo Hall will feature FETC’s first-ever Esports Arena, powered by CDW-G. The interactive arena will provide attendees an opportunity to engage in live game play and discover the types of equipment and furniture available to create high-quality esports facilities. They will also have opportunities to attend presentations and participate in demonstrations throughout the conference.

 

FETC 2020 will take place from January 14-17 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Fla.  The conference will feature keynotes by Daniel Pink and Justin Shaifer, along with the return of the popular TechSHARE LIVE!, presented by Adam Bellow, Hall Davidson, Leslie Fisher and Kathy Schrock. For additional information and to register, educators and administrators can visit fetc.org/register or call toll-free 1-800-727-1227.  Attendees are encouraged to register before December 7, 2019, to save up to $100 by securing the Early Bird 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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Conscious Discipline Announces Dates and Opens Registration for SEL Summer Institutes in 2020

Leading social and emotional learning provider to host in-person events in Orlando; locations of satellite events to be announced in early 2020   

ORLANDO, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2019) – Conscious Discipline, a comprehensive social and emotional learning (SEL) provider that combines trauma-informed care, discipline, self-regulation and school culture into one integrated process, today announced dates and location for its 2020 Summer Institutes.Conscious Discipline’s premier event, the weeklong Summer Institute provides an in-depth introduction to the adult mindset shift and skillset upgrade that is required to effectively implement SEL in a classroom, school or district. Please click here for the SEL Summer Institute news release and schedule, and click here for the SEL Workshops news release and schedule.

 

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Everyday Speech Earns 2019 Academics’ Choice Smart Media Award 

Social Learning Platform Offers Full SEL Curriculum, Personalized Dashboard, and Instructional Supports 

Boston, Mass. — Dec. 3, 2019 — Everyday Speech is pleased to announce that its Social Learning Platform has been honored with a 2019 Academics’ Choice Smart Media Award, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media and toys. The independent Academics’ Choice Awards program and its seal of excellence are recognized worldwide by consumers and educational institutions as a mark of genuinely effective learning tools that stimulate the mind and provide potential for the student to fully develop higher-order thinking skills.

“The entire team at Everyday Speech is extremely grateful and appreciative to receive this award,” said Co-Founder of Everyday Speech, Cal Brunell. “We’ve worked hard to create the most effective and well-researched teaching materials available for social-emotional learning and remain committed through our solution to make a positive difference in the lives of students and teachers.”

The Academics’ Choice Advisory Board consists of leading thinkers and graduates from Princeton, Harvard, George Washington University, and other reputable educational institutions. Product-appropriate volunteer reviewers, combined with the brainpower of the Board, determine the coveted winners. Entries are judged by category (i.e. mobile app, toy, book, website, magazine, etc.), subject area, and grade level, and evaluated based on standardized criteria rooted in constructivist learning theory.

The Social Learning Platform provides centralized access to SEL video lessons, printable activities, and online games. The online platform includes a full SEL curriculum with hundreds of new, ready-made SEL lessons at teachers’ fingertips, so they can spend less time searching for materials and prepping lessons, and more time teaching. Using the evidence-based strategy of video modeling, the lessons help students develop and improve and SEL skills while fostering carryover and generalization of these skills to different contexts.

In addition, premade lesson bundles, coupled with more than 1,000 resources, take the guesswork out of teaching SEL skills by providing everything needed to introduce, practice, apply, and review targeted skills. The lesson bundles are organized by skill and the goals within each skill to make it easy to find the right content for students. The Social Learning Platform can be used with individuals, groups, or an entire class. It works on any computer, laptop, or iPad, and runs entirely in the web browser or iPad app, so there is nothing to install. Educators can also download videos for use offline so they can access their materials anywhere they go.

The full list of winners is posted online at www.AcademicsChoice.com. The hundreds of submitted products that are not chosen by the Academics’ Choice Awards team (and many that are chosen) are donated to a variety of worthy charities and other organizations across the globe.

About Academics’ Choice

Academics’ Choice helps consumers find exceptional brain-boosting material. Academics’ Choice is the only international awards program designed to bring increased recognition to publishers, manufacturers, independent authors and developers that aim to stimulate cognitive development. A volunteer panel of product-appropriate judges, including parents, educators, scientists, artists, doctors, nurses, librarians, students and children, evaluate submissions based on educational benefits such as higher-order thinking skills, character building, creative play, durability and originality. Only the genuine “mind-builders” are recognized with the coveted Academics’ Choice Award.

About Everyday Speech

Everyday Speech, a leader in social-emotional skills education, developed the Social Learning Platform to provide the most comprehensive video-based SEL curriculum in preK-12 education. All of the video lessons within the curriculum leverage power of video modeling, an evidence-based practice for teaching social-emotional skills. The Social Learning Platform is used by thousands of school-based professionals, private practices and organizations, and parents around the world. For more information, visit https://everydayspeech.com.

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New Workbook helps Organization Leaders Create Effective Teams

“The NEW Team Habits: A Guide to the New School Rules” by Corwin provides step-by-step instructions to help leaders make change that matters

SAN CARLOS, CALIF. (Dec. 3, 2019) – The way teams work makes an incredible difference in an organization’s culture and effectiveness. For leaders who want help improving their teams, the new book “The NEW Team Habits: A Guide to the New School Rules” provides a step-by-step guide for building habits that help teams be more successful.

The book is co- authored by Anthony Kim, founder and CEO of education consultants Education Elements; Keara Mascareñaz, the company’s managing partner of organizational design; and Kawai Lai, one of the company’s founding team members. The NEW Team Habits is published by Corwin, a leading provider of evidence-based professional learning for K-12 educators, and is available at Amazon and Corwin.

The NEW Team Habits is a follow-up to the best-seller The NEW School Rules, which was co-authored by Kim. It provides battle-tested practices the authors have used with hundreds of leadership teams to build better habits for team learning, meetings and projects.

“Educators in schools and districts across the country work extremely hard for all the right reasons, to prepare our students for the future!” said Kim. “Our next evolution as an education system is to change the way we work. Teams are the node for change and have a ripple effect across the organization. If we want to have more inclusive, diverse, and learning focused organizations, we have to change the everyday practices we have as teams.”

In the book, readers will find:

  • A five-step learning cycle for building team habits
  • Links to videos, readings, and other resources to build knowledge
  • Engaging team activities to drive learning

“We wrote this book because as we worked with schools and districts we saw some teams consistently able to achieve their goals and others not,” said Mascareñaz. “Leaders understand why new team practices matter, but struggle to build buy-in, transfer knowledge to others, and make changes that are the right size: big enough to make an impact but not so big as to overwhelm their teams. This book serves as a step-by-step guide to make changing team habits more fun and possible.”

About the Authors

Anthony Kim is a speaker and Corwin Press bestselling author, with publications including The New Team Habits, The New School Rules, and The Personalized Learning Playbook. His writing ranges the topics of the future of work, leadership and team motivation, improving the way we work, and innovation in systems-based approaches to organizations and school design. Anthony believes that how we work is the key determinant to the success of any organization.

Keara Mascareñaz is the Managing Partner, Organizational Design at Education Elements. She focuses on organizational design and how to build and scale a culture of innovation in large systems. Keara leads work in change management, leadership development, school design, and strategic planning. Mascareñaz is the toolkit creator for The NEW School Rules: 6 Practices for Thriving and Responsive Schools.

Kawai Lai is a designer, facilitator, and strategy consultant helping organizations make the abstract more concrete. She was a founding team member of Education Elements and is also a co-founder of VizLit, an organization with a mission to unlock the visual minds of students and educators. Formerly, she served as the Vice President of Innovation at the National Association of Independent Schools, a non-profit serving over 1,800 schools and 730K students across the country and abroad.

About Education Elements

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

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Catapult X Announces New Awards Program, Science Educators’ Best of Show™, to Debut at the NSTA National Conference in Boston

 

Science Educators to Vote on Breakthrough Products and Services for Teaching and Learning

 

BEAVERTON, Ore. (December 2, 2019) – Each year, the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) brings together organizations from across the U.S. and abroad to share their products and services with educators attending the NSTA National Conference on Science Education. This year marks the first time the association, in collaboration with Catapult X, will offer exhibiting companies the opportunity to have their products considered the best in their product category, as voted on by a group of science educators through the Science Educators’ Best of Show™ Awards.

“We are pleased to support Catapult X’s Science Educators’ Best of Show Awards,” said Dr. David Evans, executive director at NSTA. “The awards program will allow teachers to provide input on the products and services they find most helpful to them in their science classrooms and recognizes the innovative work our valued exhibitors are doing to help our teachers deliver quality science and STEM education.”

“Teachers collaborating together to recognize exemplary technology, lab equipment, and services for educators and the world’s future scientists and engineers forms the heart of our program,” said Daylene Long, president of Catapult X. “Science Educators’ Best of Show debuts during NSTA’s 75th anniversary, and it seems fitting that part of the celebration includes educator voices recognizing extraordinary products and services from companies around the country that are transforming STEM teaching and learning.”

Judges selected by Catapult X will review nominations by anonymously visiting booths to learn more about the nominated products and services before scoring their findings. All attendees of the 2020 NSTA National Conference can also vote on products via the NSTA Conference app. These votes will be used in case of a judges’ tie to determine the winner.

Winners will receive an awards seal to use for promotions, will be highlighted in the summer print issue of NSTA Reports, and will receive publicity online via the NSTA and Catapult X websites.

Organizations interested in applying can do so via the Catapult-X website on or after December 2, 2019. Judging will take place from April 2 – 5, 2020 at NSTA’s National Conference in Boston. Price per entry is $325 prior to February 15, 2020 and $395 from February 15, 2020 until March 27, 2020. There are several categories available for entry, including a special booth experience award – Outstanding Vendor, Educators’ Choice – which is $195 to enter.

To learn more about the Best of Show Awards, visit https://www.catapult-x.com/best-of-show/.

About Catapult-X

Founded by Daylene Long, Catapult X is a market and product development company that consults exclusively with science and STEM/STEAM education industry partners—organizations, businesses, and associations—to catapult their brand and products forward by using data-driven insights.

Long catapults brand, product, and sales growth through alignment of data and strategy, using progressive research techniques and customer discovery. Long publishes national surveys on STEM education and STEM marketing infographics to guide edtech marketers across the globe. Long is an affiliate member of the Council of State Science Supervisors, a member of NSELA, and a seventeen-year member of NSTA. Long connects her clients to administrators, educators, distributors, and media to build strong global partnerships.

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