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INTERNATIONAL ONLINE RESEARCH PROGRAM OFFERS FIRST EVER COVID-19 INDEPENDENT STUDY OPPORTUNITY TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS – FOR FREE

Student research teams tackle global pandemic as it affects their lives in real time

 

PHILADELPHIA – Pioneer Academics, the college-accredited online research program for high school students, has launched Pioneer Open Summer Study (POSS), a free program that gives any interested high school student the opportunity to participate in independent studies about COVID-19. An international online program, POSS brings teenagers together from around the world to examine a shared challenge through a scientific lens. The rigorous enrichment program, developed by Pioneer’s Academic Panel, allows students to develop and apply critical thinking and STEM skills in one of four study areas:1) Age of Plague: Medicine, Society and Epidemics, 1348 & Beyond; 2) Pandemics and Globalization: Economics, Culture and Policy; 3) Pandemic Epidemiology: Societal Impacts and Strategic Response; and 4) The Forces Driving Socio-Cultural Evolution.

POSS students will take an interdisciplinary approach to exploring COVID-19 and will benefit from conducting independent studies while building teamwork and leadership skills. The open program allows any student who forms a study group of five to ten people – along with a school advisor or teacher who will monitor progress – to register as a team. Students can access teaching recordings, study materials, independent study guidelines, and have “office hours” with Pioneer Academics’ alumni. Teams already registered are located around the world, including Russia, Turkey, Vietnam, India, and China. There are also cross-country teams with members working together from different countries.

“We knew that with so many programs canceled, motivated students could be facing an unproductive summer,” said Matthew Jaskol, Director and Co-founder of Pioneer Academics. “Instead of letting COVID-19 erode their confidence and opportunities, we decided to make the pandemic itself a focus of independent study for them. We want to turn students from being ‘victims’ of COVID-19 to being thinkers and even problem solvers for this unprecedented global challenge.”

Please visit https://pioneeracademics.com/pioneeropenstudy/ to learn more about POSS.

 

Important notice

POSS is completely independent from the Pioneer Research Program. Students who participate in POSS CANNOT list POSS as a Pioneer Research Program credit on their college applications because POSS students do not undergo Pioneer’s admission system and their work is not scrutinized through Pioneer’s academic procedure and standards.

About Pioneer Academics

The Pioneer Research Program is a virtual research institute for outstanding high school students worldwide with high standards in selectivity and academic rigor. It is the only online college credit-bearing research program for high school students. It offers STEM, social sciences and humanities disciplines. In Pioneer’s rigorous academic system, students work one-on-one with university professors in advanced study and research of a topic of their interest, culminating in a full-length research paper. The program is conducted entirely online, allowing students from all over the world to participate. Since 2012, a total of 2,040 students from 49 countries and regions have participated in the program. For information, visit: www.pioneeracademics.com.

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Second Life Mac Introduces Touchless Trade-in™

to Alleviate Covid-19 Fears

SKOKIE, Ill. —— Schools planning to refresh their technology fleet this
summer now can collect devices without fear of spreading Covid-19 in the process. The
Touchless Trade-in™ from Second Life Mac is an automated, touchless system that
schools can use to collect used devices from students as they prepare for a fleet
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Touchless Trade-in™ is a drive-through device drop-off program that enables students,
parents and administrators to maintain social distancing recommendations, while also
enabling schools to move forward with plans to refresh technology device fleets.
Leah Sparks is executive director of technology at Kanawha County Schools in
Charleston, W.Va., and was planning to refresh about 18,000 devices this summer
when Covid-19 forced the district to close for the year.
“There is much uncertainty in school districts right now, and administrators are working
hard to make decisions to keep students healthy while also enabling remote learning,”
said Sparks. “The Touchless Trade-in™ program from Second Life Mac removes a huge
area of concern for us and we really appreciate having a partner who listened to our
needs then creatively worked with us to find a solution. We can move forward with our
plans to refresh our district’s technology devices, while providing a safe process to take
back used devices from students.”
The program works by automatically emailing or texting students with the date, time and
location of the Touchless Trade-in™ event, as well as a simple form that students
complete to confirm name, grade and the unique identifier of the device they are
returning. After responding, students instantly receive a confirmation message that
includes a QR code and details next steps. If schools do not use asset tags, the device
serial codes can be used.
“We’ve devised a system in which the QR code will be associated with the asset tag or
serial number on the student’s device, which streamlines and automates the drop-off,”
said Paula Currie, vice president of procurement for Second Life Mac. “The QR code
allows us to verify receipt of the device without touching or handling anything from
person to person.”

The day of the event, the student or a parent drives up to the Touchless Trade-in™
location and shows the QR code. The code is scanned by a Second Life Mac technician
who is wearing personal protective equipment, and the device is approved to be
removed from the school’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP). The student then drives
to a specially designed drop off box and places the device in it. Once boxes are full of
devices, Second Life Mac securely seals and transports them to the Second Life Mac
warehouse, where devices are cleaned and sanitized, before being refurbished and
sold. A complete audit report is provided to the school.
“Our goal in creating this program is to alleviate the fears that school administrators
have in taking back devices that haven’t been sanitized,” said Currie. “This program
eliminates the need for administrators to collect, inventory and package devices, so it
reduces the risk of exposure for everyone involved.”
About Second Life Mac
Second Life Mac partners with schools and enterprises to create sustainable technology
budgets by purchasing their pre-owned Apple devices. The income organizations
receive for their aging devices can be used to invest in new technology.
Devices are evaluated, data is securely erased to Department of Defense standards,
and they are resold via wholesale and retail channels. The company is headquartered in
Skokie, Ill., and has procurement professionals around the country.

More information is
available at http://www.secondlifemac.com or on Twitter @SecondLifeMac.

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Virginia’s Prince William County Public Schools and Discovery Education Extend Partnership Providing Educators District Access to Award-Winning Digital Service

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, June 30, 2020) Virginia’s Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) today announced the extension of its partnership with Discovery Education, the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.  In the latest phase of this nine-year relationship, educators in all division schools are now empowered to use Discovery Education Experience, which will support students’ continuity of learning now and in the future, either in a classroom setting or at home.

 

“As Prince William County Public Schools prepares for the 2020-2021 school year, we are focused on ensuring our educators and students have access to digital resources that will support their learning wherever it is taking place,” said Dr. Steven Walts, Prince William County Schools Superintendent.  “The continuation of this partnership supports this mission and our efforts to maintain students’ continuity of learning.”

 

PWCS provides a world-class​ education to more than 91,000 students in 100 schools and centers in Northern Virginia, just 25 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. Each grade level or course of study at PWCS is grounded in a purposefully designed plan for learning that outlines the knowledge and skills students will develop. This vital curriculum assures high-quality instruction with objectives for each grade level and subject area. Aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning, the division’s curriculum ensures that every child is involved in their learning and prepared to thrive.

 

To support the district’s immersive K-12 curriculum, PWCS educators will continue integrating the award-winning Discovery Education Experience into instruction. A flexible K-12 platform that keeps students connected to learning in the home or school environments, Experience provides compelling high-quality content, ready-to-use digital lessons, unique collaboration tools, and professional learning resources that gives educators everything they need to create lasting educational impact. Built for all learners, grade levels, subject areas, and interests, Experience brings new excitement and relevance to the topics educators teach and reaches and engages every student wherever learning is taking place.

 

Discovery Education Experience is one of the resources PWCS will be integrating into its existing Canvas learning management system this summer.  Through this ongoing Learning Tool Integration project, PWCS educators will have the ability to access Discovery Education Experience and other learning resources seamlessly through one platform using single sign-on.

 

“When the COVID-19 Pandemic forced our district to shift to remote learning, our educators leaned into using Discovery Education Experience to keep students connected to learning,” said Diane HarazinPrince William County Public Schools’ Supervisor of Instructional Technology.  “We are excited to continue this partnership, which is playing a key role maintaining our students’ continuity of learning.”

 

To help PWCS educators integrate their new digital resources into instruction in the coming school year, Discovery Education will provide division teachers dedicated professional learning. Through these interactive professional development sessions, participants will learn best practices for integrating technology and digital content into teaching and learning in ways that will maximize the power of their digital resources, increase student engagement in instruction, and improve students’ academic achievement.

PWCS’ continued partnership with Discovery Education also ensures division teachers’ continued access to 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.  PWCS educators have been very active participants in the Discovery Education Community and longtime participants in the Discovery Education Network’s Ambassador program.

“Discovery Education is proud to continue its long-term relationship with Prince William County Public Schools,” said Esperanza Agnew, Discovery Education’s Manager of Partner Success. “We are excited to continue to support the district’s mission to provide all students a world-class education.”

For more information about Virginia’s Prince William County Public Schools, visit the school system’s website here.

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

 

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. 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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Six Exceptional Classroom Designs Selected for EDspaces 2020

 

(Silver Spring, MD) — The Education Market Association (EDmarket) announces the winning classroom designs to be featured at EDspaces this fall, November 11-13, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Each of the innovative classrooms were designed for physical distancing in a safe learning environment, similar to the challenges facing educators returning to school this fall. These unique educational environments provide an extension of learning for participants to experience first-hand the latest product and space innovations.

 

Following a competitive design process, these firms were chosen to design classrooms for EDspaces 2020:

  • Hord Coplan Macht
  • Legat Architects
  • Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
  • Marotta Main Architects
  • Media Technologies
  • Moseley Architects

 

Classroom design judges, comprised of past winners of the design competition, school purchasing influencers, and AIA-CAE member architects, conducted an extensive review to make final selections. Proposals were evaluated for aesthetics, overall functionality, vendor engagement, relevance to the future of educational facilities, and flexibility of the learning space. This year’s classroom designers met the additional challenge of creating learning environments in the COVID-19 era.

 

Education sessions will be held in these six designed classrooms throughout the event, allowing attendees to experience how different products work in a variety of collaborative, flexible educational settings.

 

About EDspaces: EDspaces is the premiere event to explore how the convergence of pedagogy, space and technology combined with innovation affects facility design and use and, ultimately, student outcomes.

 

Registration is now open at www.ed-spaces.com

 

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3M Young Scientist Challenge Announces 2020 National Finalists

3M and Discovery Education congratulate finalists; announce 2020 shift to a virtual competition in response to COVID-19

SILVER SPRING, Md. & ST. PAUL, Minn. (Tuesday, June 23, 2020) – 3M and Discovery Education today announced the top 10 finalists in the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge. As the nation’s premier middle school science competition, these young scientists submitted outstanding projects utilizing the power of STEM to improve the world.

This year’s finalists, four girls and six boys ranging in age from 12-14, identified an everyday problem they’re passionate about and submitted a one- to two-minute video communicating the science behind their solution to solve the problem. An esteemed group of judges, including 3M scientists and leaders in education from across the country, evaluated entries based on creativity, scientific knowledge, and communication effectiveness. These young inventors won the top ten spots in this year’s challenge with their innovative thinking, scientific acumen, and display of exceptional communication skills.

In response to COVID-19, the 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge is pivoting the final event from 3M headquarters in St. Paul, Minn. to an interactive virtual competition to be held on October 12-13, where finalists will be evaluated on a series of challenges and the presentation of their completed innovation.

“Inspirational moments of community are all around us and the need for action is clearly strong — now more than ever, we are looking to the next generation to help improve the world we live in, and the 3M Young Scientist Challenge is a great platform for them to express what and how they want to see change,” said Denise Rutherford, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at 3M. “The 2020 finalists and state merit winners prove once again that young minds can combine STEM skills with imagination and creativity to identify and solve a real-world problem using science. They will undoubtedly build on their knowledge and experience with science to impact the future, and that is something for us all to embrace. We are proud of this year’s competitors and remain committed to supporting STEM-for-all and building a path to a better life for everyone.”

The top 10 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge finalists include students from public and private schools across America. Each finalist will receive $1,000 and the opportunity to work virtually with a 3M scientist who will mentor them as they evolve their invention from idea to prototype. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 and the prestigious title of America’s Top Young Scientist.

The top 10 2020 3M Young Scientist Challenge finalists are as follows in alphabetical order by last name:

  • Laasya Acharya, Mason, Ohio, Mason Middle School, Mason City School District
  • Xavier Baquero-Iglesias, Naples, Fla., Community School of Naples, Collier County Public Schools
  • Anika Chebrolu, Frisco, Tex., Nelson Middle School, Frisco Independent School District
  • Rithvik Ijju, Englewood, Colo., Challenge School, Cherry Creek School District
  • Ekansh Mittal, Beaverton, Ore., Meadow Park Middle School, Beaverton School District
  • Harsha Pillarisetti, San Ramon, Calif., Windemere Ranch Middle School, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
  • Samhita Pokkunuri, Old Bridge, N.J., Carl Sandburg Middle School, Old Bridge Township School District
  • Samvrit Rao, Ashburn, Va., Stone Hill Middle School, Loudoun County Public School District
  • Kyle Tianshi, San Diego, Calif., The Cambridge School, Private School
  • Sophia Weiner, Rockledge, Fla., Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Private School

“We applaud 3M’s leadership in fostering youth engagement in STEM through the Young Scientist Challenge,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate & Community Partnerships at Discovery Education. “Inspiring young minds to address the world’s problems through the application of STEM-thinking fuels the pipeline of tomorrow’s passionate young scientists dedicated to improving the world we all share.”

In its 13th year, the 3M Young Scientist Challenge continues to inspire and challenge middle school students to think creatively and apply the power of STEM to discovering real-world solutions. America’s Top Young Scientists have gone on to give TED Talks, file patents, found nonprofits, make the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and exhibit at the White House Science Fair. These young innovators have also been featured in Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The New York Times Magazine, Forbes, Business Insider, and more.

The award-winning 3M Young Scientist Challenge supplements the 3M and Discovery Education program – Young Scientist Lab – which provides no-cost dynamic digital resources for students, teachers, and families to explore, transform, and innovate the world around them. All the resources are also available through the 3M Channel and Community Partnerships Channel on  Discovery Education Experience, the digital service whose high-quality resources and instructional supports for educators are enriching student learning and extending it to the real world.

To learn more about the 3M Young Scientist Challenge and meet this year’s finalists, visit youngscientistlab.com.

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About 3M
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 96,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.

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

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PBLWorks Creates New eBook Featuring 21 Projects to Help Families Keep Children Engaged in Learning this Summer

“This Teachable Moment” eBook provides an introduction to Project Based Learning and ready-to-go projects for children of all grade levels

Novato, CA (June 17, 2020) –The COVID-19 school closures have caused many parents and caregivers to wonder whether their children have fallen behind in learning, and how they might catch up. To support these families, PBLWorks, the leader in Project Based Learning, has created a free eBook packed with ideas and resources to help parents re-engage their children in learning throughout the summer.

“This Teachable Moment,” authored by PBLWorks CEO Bob Lenz and Curriculum and Program Manager Laureen Adams, provides an intro to Project Based Learning and features 21 easily-implemented, “follow-the-recipe” PBL projects informed by educational research and designed for children of all ages and abilities. Using the projects as a roadmap, parents can create a simple summer routine that engages children and keeps their curiosity and love of learning alive.

To download the eBook, visit https://www.pblworks.org/ebook-parent-portal.

To help parents get started, PBLWorks is offering two free 45-minute webinars with the authors to discuss how to kick off the projects at home. Participants can choose from one of two sessions:

  • Wednesday, 11 a.m. Pacific Time on June 23, 2020
  • Thursday, 2 p.m. Pacific Time on June 24, 2020.

To register, visit: https://www.pblworks.org/for-families/webinar-teachable-moment

“Many teachers already know that Project Based Learning is a powerful educational approach to keeping students engaged in their learning,” said Lenz. “Now, we’re bringing these same ideas directly to families. This eBook is much more than a reading list, a workbook, or an online tutoring program. The projects inside will engage kids because the work they’re doing is interesting, meaningful, and fun.”

Projects are organized into three categories — “Me, My Family, My Home,” “Our Community,” and “The World” — and allow kids to flex the intellectual muscles that have been sitting dormant for the last few months. Example projects include: creating a cooking show focused on family recipes and the history behind them, enlisting the community in protecting the local environment for the future, or brainstorming a whole new reality–a world that supports the dreams they have for their lives.

The projects are clearly laid out step-by-step so children can do them independently or with a small amount of supervision. Each project also includes recommended adjustments for different grade levels.

After the pandemic eases, the projects can continue to be a resource for involved parents, caregivers, and homeschooling families, both in the classroom and in the home.

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, visit www.pblworks.org.

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Texas’ Ector County Independent School District Selects Discovery Education Experience to Support Student Learning Over the Summer and Beyond

Silver Spring, Md. (Tuesday, June 16, 2020) Texas’ Ector County Independent School District (ECISD) today announced the selection of Discovery Education Experience to support both its current Virtual Summer School program and K-12 teaching and learning districtwide during the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.  ECISD’s use of Discovery Education’s high-quality resources, instructional supports, and job-embedded professional development assists the district’s efforts to continue student learning now and in the future, either in a classroom setting or through distance learning.  Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms.

 

ECISD is a rapidly growing school system serving approximately 34,000 students in the oil and gas rich region in and around Odessa, Texas. Believing OUR students are THE future, the mission of Ector County ISD is to inspire and challenge every student to be prepared for success and to be adaptable in an ever-changing society.

 

To support the district’s current Virtual Summer School program and prepare educators to maintain the continuity of education in the coming school year in the event of a second wave of COVID-19 infections, the district selected the award-winning Discovery Education Experience.  A flexible K-12 learning platform, Experience provides compelling high-quality content, ready-to-use digital lessons, unique collaboration tools, and professional learning resources that gives educators everything they need to facilitate instruction and create lasting educational impact. Built for all learners, grade levels, subject areas, and interests, Experience brings new excitement and relevance to the topics educators teach and reaches and engages every student wherever learning is taking place.

 

Discovery Education will also support a new professional learning initiative ECISD is implementing districtwide.  Through this initiative, district educators will learn new strategies for creating engaging learning experiences for students that blend both digital resources and face-to-face instruction though job-embedded professional development opportunities facilitated by Discovery Education staff.  These strategies, which are applicable in both the classroom and remote learning environment, will prepare educators to provide all students high quality instruction wherever learning is taking place.

 

“Like school systems nationwide, Ector County ISD is working hard to prepare our students and teachers for the coming year school year by creating a ‘new and more effective normal’,” said Dr. Scott Muri, ECISD’s Superintendent.  “Discovery Education’s combination of digital content and professional learning enhances not only our efforts to continue student learning this summer, but also our ability to improve the quality of learning in the event of future COVID outbreaks.”

ECISD’s partnership with Discovery Education continues district teachers’ access to 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.

“Through their innovative effort to create engaging blended learning experiences that help students continue their education no matter the location, Ector County Independent School District’s has staked out a leadership role in preparing for the world beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic,” said Kevin Quinlan, Discovery Education’s Senior Director of Education Partnerships. “We look forward to working closely with Dr. Muri and educators across ECISD as they prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.”

For more information about the Ector County Independent Schools, visit the school system’s website here.

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

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. 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 Names StartUps Selected for 2020 Cohort of Emerging Partners

 

June 16, 2020 (Washington, D.C.) – The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), today announced its eighth annual cohort of Emerging Private Sector Partners. Selected through a competitive application process, each startup will be introduced at SETDA’s virtual Emerging Technologies Forum, taking place June 16-17, 2020.

“These partners will help our state leaders understand the newest edtech innovations in ways that directly support our mission to improve education through technology policy and practice,” said Candice Dodson, Executive Director of SETDA, which represents U.S. state and territorial digital learning leaders.

SETDA’s Emerging Partners Program is designed to foster opportunities for startups to be seen and heard by state and national digital learning leaders. All Emerging Partners benefit from engagement with SETDA’s state leaders, affiliates and annual partners.

“Cignition had the honor and benefit of being a SETDA Emerging Technology partner for three years. We found our time with SETDA invaluable. From expert edtech marketing and sales strategy advice, helping guide our conversations at the state level, to participation in establishing a pilot network for our new research-based online math tutoring offering, SETDA always delivered. SETDA membership is a must for edtech companies looking to understand and successfully partner with State Education Agencies,” said John O’Connell, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Cignition.

The 2020 – 2021 SETDA StartUp Cohort members are:

BestSchool.net www.bestschool.net
Innive, Inc. https://k12360.com/
Knowledgehook https://www.knowledgehook.com/
MyVerse https://www.myverse.com
Otus https://otus.com/
Participate https://www.participate.com/
Respons-Ability https://respons-ability.net/ and https://www.digital-parenting.com/
Scrible https://www.scrible.com/

Throughout the year, the cohort will collaborate with education industry experts, including Academic Business AdvisorsArc Capital DevelopmentC. Blohm & Associates (CB&A)Advancing Global EDUThe National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)Innovations4Education, and other SETDA partners.

During SETDA’s first annual SETDA Tank, a “sharktank-esque” event designed to generate awareness and provide valuable feedback, each cohort member will present their startup to a panel of industry experts.  SETDA Tank takes place June 24 from 1:30-3 p.m. ET and June 25 from 1:30-3 p.m. ET.

On July 15, Arc Capital Development, Academic Business Advisors and CB&A will co-host a workshop for cohort members, providing insights into the K-12 industry, marketing trends and best practices.

“Our goal is to help cohort members understand how the education market operates, achieve greater visibility and gain more highly qualified leads,” said Charlene Blohm, President and CEO at CB&A. “SETDA’s Emerging Partners program attracts some of the most innovative startups in edtech, and we look forward to collaborating with this year’s members.”

SETDA’s Emerging Partners Program creates intentional, in-person and virtual opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue regarding national and state trends in K-12 and higher education, as well as products and services that states and districts need.

“SETDA places a high value on our strong private sector partnerships. We know that working together enables us to accomplish more than working alone and ultimately helps us to better meet the needs and wants of the education communities we serve,” Dodson said. “We work closely with our partners to shape the products and services coming to the K-12 market and with other associations and nonprofits who share mutual goals for transforming learning.

For more information, please visit: https://www.setda.org/partners/private-sector/#!/become-an-emerging-private-sector-partner

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About SETDA

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), founded in 2001, 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 on our Private Sector Partner program, visit: www.setda.org/partners/#!/emerging-private-sector-partners

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Funds For Learning Invites Feedback in 10th Annual E-rate Survey

The 2020 survey is now open for applicants to submit confidential feedback about federal E-rate funding program 
EDMOND, OKLA. (June 9, 2020) – In an effort to understand how E-rate funding can best serve modern needs of applicants and deliver feedback to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Funds For Learning has opened its 10th annual survey of E-rate applicants. The survey arrives as Congress assesses the need for additional funds to support remote learning.
E-rate applicants are encouraged to submit anonymous responses from now until July 3, 2020. Survey response data inform key policymakers and administrative members in maintaining the value of the E-rate program, and adapting funding to meet stakeholder needs.
“Keeping individuals connected to the internet has never been more important, as recent events have so poignantly demonstrated,” said John Harrington, CEO at Funds For Learning. “It’s essential that leaders and decision makers in Washington D.C. hear from applicants, and our survey is an opportunity to submit feedback easily and confidentially.”
Over the course of the survey’s 10-year history, the E-rate program has seen an increase in demand and efficiency. This year, the first wave of funding committed following the close of the 2020 filing window was the highest amount ever awarded to applicants.
Survey results will be shared in the E-rate Trends Report, which is submitted into the official docket for review by FCC staff, circulated to Congress and the media, and shared with the general public.
Participation in last year’s survey and report was a record high, with 1,763 applicants from every state and territory completing the survey, representing about eight percent of all school and library E-rate applicants nationwide.
The 2020 E-rate Applicant Survey can be found here.
About Funds For Learning
Funds For Learning, LLC, is an E-rate compliance firm specializing in guiding E-rate applicants through the E-rate regulatory process and is an advocate for the use of educational technologies and student internet access. Formed in 1997, Funds For Learning provides professional advice and assistance relating to the E-rate program to clients in all 50 states. For more information, visit www.FundsForLearning.com or phone 405-341-4140.

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Louisiana Public Broadcasting Renews Long Term Partnership with Discovery Education Serving Educators and Students Statewide

–17 Year Collaboration Between LPB and Discovery Education is Playing a Critical Role Educating Louisiana’s Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond–

Silver Spring, Md. (Thursday, June 11, 2020)Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) today announced the renewal of its long term partnership with Discovery Education, the leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms worldwide.  LPB’s renewal of its 17-year collaboration with Discovery Education continues empowering K-12 educators across the state to create dynamic digital learning experiences in the classroom and beyond with high-quality content from Discovery Education Experience.

LPB is Louisiana’s largest classroom over the air, on every device, in schools, and in the community.  LPB’s Educational Services Department is committed to providing extensive information, lesson plans, materials, and digital resources to support formal K-12 education statewide. Through its long-term partnership with Discovery Education, LPB offers educators and students a host of digital resources, such as Discovery Education Experience, that help teachers build engaging learning experiences for all students.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, LPB launched “Learning@Home” in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education. Through the resources found at Learning@Home, parents and teachers of students in grades Pre-K through 12 can make students’ time at home more educational and productive. Learning@Home includes free videos, apps and games for children, LPB’s broadcast schedules, the free Bright by Text parenting tip messaging service, access to Discovery Education Experience for educators, and more.

A flexible K-12 learning platform, Experience provides compelling high-quality content, ready-to-use digital lessons, unique collaboration tools, and professional learning resources that gives educators everything they need to facilitate instruction and create lasting educational impact.  Built for all learners, grade levels, subject areas, and interests, Experience brings new excitement and relevance to the topics educators teach and reaches and engages every student wherever learning is taking place.

“Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s mission to deliver education and cultural enrichment resources statewide is more important than ever. As distance learning has become a part of our world’s “new normal,” it is incredibly important that we continue providing the state’s educators a robust online platform that delivers the best and most effective digital content to students and educators each day,” said President and CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting Beth Courtney. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Discovery Education, as it is a critical component of LPB’s digital resources.”

As a part of the renewal of the Discovery Education-Louisiana Public Broadcasting partnership, the Discovery Education Community will continue supporting Louisiana educators’ efforts to create more personalized learning experiences across the state. This global community of education professionals connects members in school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration.

“Each day, Discovery Education’s long-term collaboration with Louisiana Public Broadcasting is helping the state’s educators maintain the continuity of learning across the state,” said Kristen Berish, Discovery Education Senior Director of Partner Success. “Discovery Education is proud to proceed with this partnership in 2020 and we look forward to continuing to work with the states’ educators to serve students at home or in the classroom in the future.”

For more information on Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s education division, visit www.lpb.org/education.

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

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. 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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Captivate, Engage and Inspire Classrooms with Epson Education Display Solutions

 

Epson’s New BrightLink and PowerLite Laser Displays

Create Immersive, Laser-Focused Learning for Today’s Classrooms

 

LONG BEACH, Calif. – June 10, 2020 – In an age of new learning, Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide,today announced eight new laser display models for educators – the interactive BrightLink® 735Fi and 725Wi and non-interactive PowerLite® 725W, 720, L200SW, L200SX, L200W, and L200X. Educators are quickly adapting to new, untraditional forms of teaching and are looking for different ways to captivate and inspire students. Offering long-throw, short-throw, ultra short-throw and interactive models, the new displays support a variety of teaching environments. Equipped with a virtually maintenance-free laser light source,2 they deliver big, bright images, which is crucial while teaching more spread out classes in the new social distancing classrooms.

“While we still don’t know exactly what next year’s classrooms will look like, we do know that there is no way to replace a good teacher,” said Mark Hess, executive director for instruction, technology and assessment, Walled Lake Consolidated School District. “Bright, engaging content is more important than ever as our teachers help students learn, whether they are in the classroom or learning from home. Epson is continually innovating to meet the needs of educators and that is why we have chosen their display technology for our teachers.”

Epson’s new flexible laser display solutions are optimized for schools, helping boost student engagement, collaboration and creativity. A major advantage when compared to traditional flat panels is that educators get valuable whiteboard space back when the projector is turned off. Different from other classroom display technology, the BrightLink 735Fi offers ultra-wide 110-inch, 16:6 images supporting split screen and side-by-side viewing from multiple sources. Educators can present multiple streams and whiteboard displays simultaneously for enhanced content sharing and collaboration.

“Always keeping teachers and students in mind, we continue to deliver high-quality solutions that allow teachers to connect with and inspire their students,” said Tom Piche, product manager, projectors, Epson America Inc. “In today’s classrooms, it’s important for teachers to have these large and reliable displays to accommodate more spread out, social distanced classes.”

Epson’s latest offerings also include non-interactive PowerLite models to pair with pre-installed interactive whiteboards for classrooms in need of long-throw solutions. Additional features on the new BrightLink and PowerLite models include:

 

  • Flexible image sizes – The BrightLink 735Fi projects Full HD content, ultra-wide 110-inch, 16:6 images or 100-inch, 16:9 images, offering up to 77 percent more viewing area than 75-inch flat panels
  • Budget-smart solutions – BrightLink interactive projectors offer the lowest-cost-image per square inch vs. interactive flat panel displays3
  • Ultimate interactivity – The new BrightLink projectors offer dual pen- and optional touch-enabled interactivity4 for up to eight users to collaborate at once
  • Remarkable image quality – Displays bright, colorful, content from 60 inches up to 300 inches on virtually any wall for larger, more flexible images
  • Easy wireless display – Built-in 5GHz Wi-Fi with wireless sharing via Miracast-enabled devices or Epson iProjection software allows educators to connect, display and share content simultaneously to/from up to 50 connected devices
  • Lasting reliability and durability – Virtually maintenance-free 20,000-hour laser light source with no lamps2 to replace
  • Fast, simple setup – Be up and running in no time, Epson laser projectors turn on and off instantly, delivering vivid images with no warm-up or cool-down period needed
  • Award-winning service and support – Epson’s best-in-class, three-year, full-unit replacement limited warranty along with free technical phone support for the life of the product

Additional Product Details

Product Color & White Brightness5 Resolution Interactive Throw Availability
BrightLink 735Fi 3,600 lumens Full HD 1080p Yes Ultra short-throw Sept. 2020
BrightLink 725Wi 4,000 lumens WXGA Yes Ultra short-throw Sept. 2020
PowerLite 725W 4,000 lumens WXGA No Ultra short-throw Sept. 2020
PowerLite 720 3,800 lumens XGA No Ultra short-throw Sept. 2020
PowerLite L200SW 3,800 lumens WXGA No Short-throw Nov. 2020
PowerLite L200SX 3,600 lumens XGA No Short-throw Nov. 2020
PowerLite L200W 4,200 lumens WXGA No Long-throw Nov. 2020
PowerLite L200X 4,200 lumens XGA No Long-throw Nov. 2020

Epson also offers the Brighter Futures® program, a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors and associated accessories.

For additional information, visit https://epson.com/projectors-education.

 

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

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the worldwide Epson Group generates annual sales of more than JPY 1 trillion. global.epson.com/

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

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1 Epson is the #1 projector brand worldwide and in the U.S. according to most recent quarterly data from PMA, a leading high-tech market research and publishing firm specializing in the display market

2 No required maintenance for the light source for up to 20,000 hours. Approximate time until brightness decreases 50 percent from first usage. Measured by acceleration test assuming use of 0.04 – 0.20 mg/m3 of particulate matter. Time varies depending on usage conditions and environment. Replacement of parts other than the light source may be required in a shorter period.

3 Versus comparable interactive flat panel displays measuring 65-inches and above. PMA Research data for 2019 1Q-3Q, North America.

4 Requires Windows® 7, Windows 8 or Mac® OS X® or later to recognize finger gestures.

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

EPSON and PowerLite are registered trademarks and EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark and Epson iProjection is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Brighter Futures and BrightLink are registered trademarks of Epson America, Inc. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks. Copyright 2020 Epson America, Inc.

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Carolina Biological and Smithsonian’s Science Curriculum Wins Prestigious EdTech Cool Tool Award


Smithsonian Science for the Classroom™ for grades K to 5 inspires future scientists and earns top school technology product honors

BURLINGTON, NC, June 10, 2020 – Leading school science supplier Carolina Biological and Smithsonian Science Education Center announced that their new science curriculum won a national EdTech Cool Tool Awards 2020 and was a Finalist in a second category. Presented annually by EdTech Digest, The EdTech Awards honor innovators in education technology. In an age of rapid technological change—innovators, leaders, and trendsetters are education’s greatest treasures. Awarded “Best in Curriculum and Instruction,” Smithsonian Science for the Classroom™ for grades K-5 is setting the standard in 3D learning and 3D assessment. The program includes print and digital components, as well as hands-on materials. It rose above every other high-quality curriculum nominee in a variety of academic subjects to win in one of the most competitive categories. The list of winners is posted at https://edtechdigest.com/2020-finalists-winners/Smithsonian Science for the Classroom was also chosen as a Cool Tool Finalist in the “E-Learning, Blended, or Flipped Solution” category.

    Available now from Carolina, educators can also access many free digital resources from this award winning program now to prepare for students’ return to school this fall at Carolina’s Learning from Home website: https://www.carolina.com/learningfromhome. To support parents, teachers, and school districts with learn-from-home resources during this challenging time, Carolina is offering free resources for elementary and middle school students, including videos, activities, downloadables, articles from Smithsonian magazines, and more.

Carolina and Smithsonian Science Education Center’s Smithsonian Science for the Classroom™ curriculum provides cohesive storylines, superior teacher support, and research-supported instructional design that is backed by proven results with point-of-use support. Smithsonian Science for the Classroom is a high-quality core science and engineering curriculum program specifically developed to meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This elementary curriculum is designed to engage, inspire, and connect grades K to 5 students firsthand to the world around them. Smithsonian Science for the Classroom helps teachers to integrate science, technology, math and engineering through engaging and hands-on lessons. A national industry program, The EdTech Awards recognized Smithsonian Science for the Classroom as a top education resource with technology features that teachers need to teach science.

In search of innovative people and products, The EdTech Cool Tool Awards is one of the largest competitions that recognizes outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners. Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, in which students drive their own investigations of science phenomena and learn through hands-on investigations, stood out from the competition and was selected by the awards host, The EdTech Digest for both a Cool Tool Award Win and Finalist Honors.

 “It is exciting that a top professional publication for teachers, The Edtech Digest, awarded the hard work and innovation that we put into creating our K-5 science curriculum from the ground up to help teachers address the complexity and creativity of the NGSS in Smithsonian Science for the Classroom,” said Dr. Brian Mandell, Division Director of Curriculum at the Smithsonian Science Education Center. “As always in designing our programs, an extensive field-test in partnership with teachers was an essential part of our process to incorporate feedback from the classroom in a range of schools with diverse populations. The curriculum was developed by teachers and in consultation with teachers at every stage of development.”

“Carolina is very proud of Smithsonian Science for the Classroom for standing out among so many of the best instructional school products to win the Cool Tool Award 2020, as well as for helping teachers inspire the next generation of scientists every day in their classrooms,” said Jim Parrish, President and CEO at Carolina Biological Supply Company. “Smithsonian Science for the Classroom provides teachers with a high-quality, hands-on curriculum kit that engages students, through phenomena-based, hands-on science investigations led by students.”

Availability

 Smithsonian Science for the Classroom is available now and includes print and digital components, as well as hands-on materials. Twenty modules of Smithsonian Science for the Classroom are currently available. Each module includes a print-format Teacher Guide, a set of 16 Smithsonian Science Stories readers, a set of 10 Student Activity Guides (Grades 3 to 5), a class kit of hands-on materials to supply 32 students, and digital access to the Teacher Guide and student literacy materials. Prices start at $799.95 for one grade-level module through Carolina. For information, visit Carolina’s website, call (800) 334-5551, or e-mail curriculum@carolina.com.

Smithsonian Science Education Center
           The Smithsonian Science Education Center is transforming K-12 Education through Science™ in collaboration with communities across the globe. Established in 1985 as the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) under the sponsorship of two prestigious institutions – the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academy of Sciences – the Center is dedicated to the establishment of effective science programs for all students. The Smithsonian Science Education Center works to build awareness for PreK-12 science education reform among global, state, and district leaders; conducts programs that support the professional growth of PreK-12 teachers and school leaders; and engages in research and curriculum development in partnership with it is publisher, Carolina Biological Supply Company, the sole source provider of STC™, STCMS™, and Smithsonian Science for the Classroom™.

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New Initiative From Discovery Education Helps Students Continue Learning During the Summer Months and Prepares Educators for the Coming School Year

Silver Spring, Md. (Monday, June 8, 2020) Discovery Education—the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms—today announced the launch of its new Summer of Learning initiative.  Designed for all learners, the Summer of Learning initiative features a diverse collection of grab-and-go lessons and at-home student activities and relevant, on-demand professional development for educators. Together, these resources provide educators the materials they need to keep students engaged during the summer months and also helps teachers and administrators prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, no matter what it brings.

 

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

 

The engaging Summer of Learning resources designed to support students’ continued engagement in learning include:­­­­­­­

 

  • Student Learning Activities–Self-contained lesson activities for student exploration in a variety of subjects
  • Virtual Field Trips–These resources take students outside and into some of the world’s most iconic locations
  • Behind the Scenes Museum Visits–Famous art pieces from around the world come alive for young students with One Minute in a Museum, and older students can visit some of world’s most renowned museums with Janson Media’s Museum Access
  • Audiobooks–A library of classic children’s stories and fairy tales, from science fiction and famous poetry like Edgar Allan Poe to Goosebumps and the Hunger Games series
  • Podcasts–The short podcasts included in the Summer of Learning initiative help students build listening comprehension skills as they learn about important topics ranging from technology to history to art
  • Learning at Home Channel– A collection of at-home resources that help students follow their interests, sharpen skills, and have fun

Among the professional learning resources and supports for teachers and school leaders included in the Summer of Learning are:

 

  • Professional Learning NOW–A series of professional learning opportunities for educators that are short, convenient, and relevant to remote learning
  • Instructional Inspiration–A curated selection of over 1,000 grab-and-go lesson activities
  • SOS Instructional Strategies–A compendium of research-based strategies for integrating Discovery Education’s digital curriculum resources into instruction in meaningful ways
  • Events–A series of special events including the Equity Talks Series, which features the nation’s top education leaders discussing how to ensure underserved students are given the opportunity to succeed
  • Instructional Leaders Channel– A host of inspirational and empowering resources for school leaders

Discovery Education will continue adding new resources to the Summer of Learning in the coming weeks.

“While I am uncertain as to what the coming school year will look like, I do know my students and I will be better prepared if I continue my personal, professional development and connect my students to engaging educational opportunities over the Summer,” said Abigail Schiferl, an educator in South Carolina’s Greenville County Schools.  “Discovery Education’s Summer of Learning resources are setting my class and me up for future success, and I look forward to using the wide variety of resources all summer long.”

 

“Since our inititial response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Discovery Education has sought to keep students and teachers connected to the resources and professional learning they need to maintain the continuity of learning,” said Scott Kinney, Discovery Education’s President of K-12 Education.  “Our new Summer of Learning initiative continues this effort by providing students and teachers the digital resources they need to prepare for success in the coming school year and beyond.”

 

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

 

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. 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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Expanded Partnership Connects Students in All District Schools to Award-Winning Digital Service

Silver Spring, Md. (Wednesday, June 3, 2020) Arizona’s Peoria Unified School District today announced the selection of Discovery Education Experience to support classroom instruction and distance learning for all K-12 students districtwide.  The expansion of Peoria Unified’s multiyear partnership with Discovery Education–the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms–ensures students served by all district schools have access to high-quality resources that enrich learning and extend it to the real world.

 

Peoria Unified School District is nestled in the Northwest Valley of Peoria, Arizona and is home to 42 stellar public schools that are unique and created to fit the needs of all students. Peoria Unified is the choice district for more than 37,000 students and 4,000 staff, serving as one of the largest employers in the West Valley and one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona. The district has signature programs spread out between 34 kindergarten through eighth-grade elementary schools and eight high schools that excel in academics, arts, athletics and Career and Technical Education programs.

 

To meet the continuously evolving needs of students in the classroom and to enhance Peoria Unified’s existing Learning at Home initiatives, the district selected the award-winning Discovery Education Experience.  A flexible K-12 learning platform, Experience provides compelling high-quality content, ready-to-use digital lessons, unique collaboration tools, and professional learning resources that gives educators everything they need to facilitate instruction and create lasting educational impact.

Built for all learners, grade levels, subject areas, and interests, Experience brings new excitement and relevance to the topics educators teach and reaches and engages every student wherever learning is taking place.  The integration of Experience into K-12 instruction complements Peoria Unified’s ongoing use of Discovery Education’s Science Techbook.

 

Used by students around the world, Discovery Education’s Techbooks are aligned to rigorous standards and updated regularly at no cost. Each Techbook is an immersive, digital curriculum that provides educators detailed lesson plans.  Science Techbook empowers educators to transform science instruction through a seamless print and digital curriculum that includes video, audio, text, interactives, 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, leveled reading tools, note-taking, highlighting capabilities, and more.

 

“Today, more than ever, educators need dynamic, flexible instructional resources that connect students to high-quality instructional experiences wherever learning is taking place,” said Dr. Kendra Bell, Peoria Unified’s Chief of Academic Services.  “Throughout our trial of Discovery Education Experience, we found it to be the ideal K-12 interdisciplinary resource to support both classroom instruction and distance learning, and we look forward to integrating it into instruction districtwide.”

Peoria Unified’s expanded partnership with Discovery Education continues district teachers’ access to the Discovery Education Community. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration.

“We at Discovery Education are incredibly excited to continue our partnership with Peoria Unified School District,” said Duane Waber, Discovery Education’s Manager of Education Partnerships. “We look forward to working closely with Dr. Bell and the entire team at Peoria Unified to ensure their students access to high quality instruction wherever learning is taking place.”

For more information about Arizona’s Peoria Unified School District, visit the school system’s website here.

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

 

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About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning, creating immersive STEM experiences, and improving academic achievement around the globe. Discovery Education currently serves approximately 4.5 million educators and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in over 140 countries and territories. 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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Curriculum Associates’ Updated i-Ready® Personalized Instruction Aligns to WIDA PRIME V2 Correlation Criteria for English Language Learners  

Online reading and mathematics program now includes more than 1,150 culturally responsive lessons to support English Language Learners (ELLs)

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., June 2, 2020—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Personalized Instruction for Grades K–8 recently met all key correlation criteria for the WIDA Protocol for Review of Instructional Materials for ELLs (PRIME V2). This third-party review signifies that the program, which has been significantly updated to further meet the needs of ELLs, is correlated to the WIDA Standards Framework, connected to English Language Development Standards, and relevant for both US domestic and international audiences to meet the academic needs of ELLs. Today, i-Ready Personalized Instruction is composed of more than 1,150 lessons, nearly 75 percent of which are new from within the last three years.

“We are always improving our programs to meet the varied needs of students,” said Claudia Salinas, Vice President of English Learning at Curriculum Associates. “This includes continuously creating more culturally responsive, authentic instructional content. With this latest alignment to the WIDA correlation criteria, educators can be assured that i-Ready connects and resonates with English [Language] Learners and enhances their learning experience.”

i-Ready Personalized Instruction also aligned to the WIDA PRIME V2 correlation criteria in 2018. The correlation process identifies how the components of the 2012 Amplification of the English Language Development Standards (K–12) and the Spanish Language Development Standards (K–12) are represented in instructional materials. The PRIME V2 specifically examines instructional materials’ asset-based philosophy, academic language, performance definitions, and strands of model performance indicators and the standards matrices.

Built to address the rigor of the new standards, i-Ready’s mathematics and reading programs help students make real gains. i-Ready collects a broad spectrum of rich data on student abilities that identifies areas in which a student is struggling, measures growth across a student’s career, supports teacher-led differentiated instruction, and provides a personalized instructional path within a single online solution.

i-Ready supports different levels of language proficiency and specifically engages ELLs through text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world instruction. The vocabulary words used throughout the instructional program include Tier 2 high-utility words specifically chosen to maximize ELLs’ vocabulary acquisition and knowledge.  Over the last three years, Curriculum Associates has added new culturally responsive lessons for both elementary and middle school grades.

Today, i-Ready serves over eight million users nationwide and is currently being used by approximately 25 percent of all K–8 students across all 50 states. To learn more about i-Ready, visit i-Ready.com/Empower.

To learn more about i-Ready Personalized Instruction’s alignment to PRIME V2, visit the WIDA website at WCEPS.org/WIDAPrimeV2/.

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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