PBLWorks Expands its Online Services for 2021

3-day workshops, 8-week courses and “pop-up projects” provide many easy-to-access options to support Project Based Learning    

Novato, CA (Dec. 2, 2020) – PBLWorks, the leading provider of professional development for high-quality Project Based Learning (PBL), is expanding its selection of online offerings for teachers seeking to start or accelerate their use of Project Based Learning. Options include immersive 3-day workshops, 8-week courses, and 2-week “pop-up-projects” to do with your students. All are offered online and are easily accessible for teachers who can’t attend in-person because of their location, schedule or restrictions due to the pandemic.

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Curriculum Associates and North Carolina A&T State University Form Interdisciplinary Partnership to Support Diversity in Education and Assessment Research

Initiative will include faculty, research grants, scholarship support, training and professional development to help eliminate testing biases, and more 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., December 2, 2020—Curriculum Associates and North Carolina A&T State University have formed an interdisciplinary partnership to support diversity in the education and assessment research fields. Through a number of initiatives, the two organizations will engage in collaborative research aimed in part at eliminating testing biases in the classroom for Black and Brown students, expose university students to a spectrum of opportunities in education and research, train teachers and practitioners to become a part of the test writing and assessment process, provide scholarship support to lessen the debt burden of aspiring and existing scholars, and more. 

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Rhode Island Department of Education Names Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® an Approved Interim Assessment for the 2020–2021 School Year

Local education agencies can now implement the award-winning online program as well as Curriculum Associates’ accompanying professional development  

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 18, 2020—The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) recently named Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Diagnostic as an approved interim assessment for the 2020–2021 school year. Now, local education agencies (LEAs) across the state will have access to the award-winning online program for students in Grades K–12 as well Curriculum Associates’ accompanying professional development to support educators as they work to improve student achievement in both reading and mathematics. Today, the i-Ready program serves more than eight million students and approximately 25 percent of all K–8 students in the United States.

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2021 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards to Recognize Science Educators’ Innovative Uses of Data-Collection Technology

The annual awards program, which is now accepting applications, will recognize seven educators with $5,500 in prizes each

BEAVERTON, Oregon, November 17, 2020 — The call for applications for the 2021 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards is now open for science and STEM educators nationwide. This annual awards program from Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) will recognize a total of seven educators—one elementary teacher, two middle school teachers, three high school teachers, and one college-level educator. Each award winner will receive $5,500 in prizes for their innovative use of data-collection technology.

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Impero Creates Cloud-Based Platform to Support Schools during Hybrid Learning

New platform combines classroom management and safeguarding tools to support safe and productive digital learning

Austin, TX, Nov. 16, 2020 – Student safety leader Impero today launched a cloud-based platform, built on state-of-the-art technology, that provides teachers, school counselors and administers with classroom management and student safety solutions, all in one place, to support hybrid learning.

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Washington OSPI’s Dyslexia Advisory Council Recommends Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic as a Literacy Screening Tool

Districts across the state can use the award-winning online program to support their implementation of early dyslexia screening with students in Grades K–2  

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 10, 2020—The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) Dyslexia Advisory Council recently named Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Diagnostic to its list of Recommended Literacy Screening Tools. Now, school districts across the state can use the award-winning online program to help identify students in Grades K–2 who display indications of, or areas associated with, dyslexia as part of their early screening of dyslexia. Today, the i-Ready program serves more than eight million students and approximately 25 percent of all K–8 students in the United States.

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The Association of Latino Administrators Announces its New Executive Board

Drs. Francisco Duran, Gustavo Balderas, Danna Diaz and Alex Marrero bring a wealth of experience in educational leadership and advocacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 9, 2020) – The Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS) has announced its new executive board members. They are: 

  • Dr. Francisco Duran, President
  • Dr. Gustavo Balderas, president-elect and Director of Region 2 Northeast
  • Dr. Danna Diaz, secretary and director at large
  • Dr. Alex Marrero, treasurer and director of Region 6 Northeast

The board members were sworn in during the recent virtual ALAS National Education Summit.

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Flinn Scientific Hosts Free Webinars to Help District Leaders and K-12 Educators Navigate this School Year

Timely topics include funding sources for schools and COVID-19 safety protocols in the science department 

Batavia, Illinois, November 9, 2020 — Flinn Scientific, a flagship provider of science lab materials and safety and STEM solutions for the K-16 education market, is hosting new webinars to help educators at all levels successfully navigate this school year. As part of its free Professional Learning Webinar Series, the two upcoming webinars – ‘Dynamic Funding and Grant Proposal Writing from Flinn’ and ‘COVID-19 Safety in the Science Department’ – will each have a school district leader- and K-12 educator-version to specifically address the needs of each unique audience. 

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Webinar Addresses Issues of Identity and Race and how to Cultivate Connections in the Classroom

Nov. 10, 2020 webinar features Renton Park Elementary School Principal Pamela Washington and is hosted by teacher Sara VanderWel 

Renton, WA. (Oct. 28, 2020) — Having an open dialogue with students about racism and student identity, and making sure each student is seen and celebrated for who they are, continue to be priorities this school year. For teachers seeking resources to help guide these conversations in their classrooms, The Character Tree is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 featuring Renton Park Elementary School Principal Pamela Washington. The webinar “Identity Matters: Cultivating Connection in the Classroom” takes place at 4 p.m. Pacific Time/7 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 10, 2020. To register, visit https://bit.ly/34uRLEs. The webinar will also be available on-demand.

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