SPARK™ Principal Researcher Honored for Contributions to the Study of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Health

Dr. Thom McKenzie will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy Degree (Sport and Health Sciences) from Finland’s University of Jyväskylä

San Diego, CA, August 13, 2013 — On August 24, 2013, Dr. Thom McKenzie, principal researcher at SPARK™, will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy Degree (Sport and Health Sciences) from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Dr. McKenzie is being recognized for his collaboration with the university and his continued efforts to promote the study of physical education, physical activity, and health.

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Rapid Growth for TeacherLists.com as Site Passes the 300,000 Classrooms Milestone

TeacherLists.com makes age-old back-to-school chore easier for millions of parents and tens of thousands of teachers

Wrentham, MA (August 13, 2013) –TeacherLists.com – the largest and fastest-growing free online service for posting and sharing school supply lists and teacher wish lists – now hosts lists for more than 300,000 classrooms across all 50 states. Teachers, schools and school PTOs and PTAs have added lists for more than 200,000 classrooms this year alone. 

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Luca Lashes® Website Offers Downloadable Activity Sheets for Young Children

Coloring pages, mazes, hidden picture, spot the difference games and more provide technology-free fun

Chandler, AZ August 13, 2013 – Creators of Luca Lashes® LLC’s multilingual eBook and app series are offering an “Activities for Kids” section on their website to provide free non-technology activities to entertain young children. The activities, like the eBooks and apps, are based on a young boy named Luca whose magical eyelashes help make him brave. The series helps turn “fearful firsts” into educational experiences, whether it is a child’s first haircut, first dentist visit, first swimming lesson, and more.

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Learning First Alliance Calls for Increase to E-Rate Funding Cap

Washington, D.C. – August 12, 2013 – Today, the Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of 15 leading education associations representing more than 10 million parents, educators and policymakers, released the following statement:

The Learning First Alliance applauds recent initiatives to modernize the E-Rate program, including the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) approval of the E-Rate Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on July 19, 2013.

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Children Learn Responsibility and Decision-Making Skills through Play

Let’s Choose™ releases Choice-a-Quence and Centsible Kids games to help impact social skills, behavior and language development using hypothetical situations 

CHICAGO, IL, August 7, 2013 – To help teach children that actions have real-life consequences and how they can better make informed decisions, Let’s Choose™, the developer of games that build a common language for teaching decision-making and consequences, introduces two hands-on decision-making games -- Choice-a-Quence and Centsible Kids. These easy-to-play games encourage children to use their knowledge and their best judgment to make good choices during simulated situations. 

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Epson Selects Innovative Classroom Teachers as Winners of the ‘Epson Document Camera in the Classroom Contest’

Four Teachers Share Creative Ways of Using Document Cameras in the Classroom and Win an Epson DC-20 for Their Schools

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Aug. 6, 2013 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, has selected four winners of the “Epson Document Camera in the Classroom Contest,” all of whom will receive an Epson® DC-20 document camera. The following teachers won by sharing their creative ideas for using a document camera in the classroom – Renee Kurtz, French teacher at Alder Avenue Middle School in Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; Paula Giran, fifth grade teacher at Hillcrest Intermediate School in North Huntingdon, Pa.; Rachel Perkins, math teacher at Barren County High School in Glasgow, Ky.; and LeeAnne Ewaldsen, fifth grade teacher at Appling County Elementary School in Baxley, Ga.

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TeacherLists.com School Supply Lists Powering Back-to-School Shopping on Soap.com

First of its kind partnership making it easier than ever for parents to get exactly the supplies teachers and schools require. 

Wrentham, MA (August 5, 2013) – TeacherLists.com – the largest and fastest-growing free online service for posting and sharing school supply lists and teacher wish lists with parents – is now feeding  school supply lists directly to Soap.com to help Soap.com shoppers save time and money this back-to-school season. Through this first partnership of its kind for TeacherLists.com, parents can now access more than 275,000 current school supply lists directly through the Soap.com site and then easily purchase all of the products on their lists.  

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Teachscape Selected as a Performance Evaluation System Vendor for The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN)

Teachscape to offer TCPN members award-winning teacher observation and assessment tools

SAN FRANCISCO, August 1, 2013 – Teachscape, the leader in delivering Web-based solutions and expert services to improve teaching practice, has been approved as a teacher performance evaluation system vendor for The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN). The more than 35,000 TCPN members will be able to purchase Teachscape’s award-winning teacher effectiveness platform using a significantly streamlined procurement process.

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TeacherLists.com Honors Educators with a Nationwide Teachers Lounge Makeover Contest

One winner will be chosen to receive $5,000 in cash to makeover their school’s teachers lounge

Wrentham, MA (July 31, 2013) – To give teachers a chance to revamp their shared workspace, TeacherLists.com – the largest and fastest-growing free online service for posting and sharing school supply lists and teacher wish lists with parents –  has launched a nationwide Teachers Lounge Makeover Contest. The contest will reward the winning school with $5,000 in cash to completely redecorate and reorganize the teachers lounge for utility and comfort. The contest ends August 31, 2013. 

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