Rural Mississippi District Successfully Resolves SLP Shortage by Partnering with PresenceLearning

Stone County School District adds an online SLP to the three it has on the ground, helping to redistribute caseloads and increase collaboration

SAN FRANCISCO, March 11, 2015 – In rural southern Mississippi, finding enough qualified speech-language professionals to fully serve a growing population of students with speech and language delays can be problematic. Stone County School District in Wiggins, MS employs three speech-language professionals: two fully certified, Master’s level speech-language professionals who are responsible for higher-level activities such as full evaluations, reporting and leading IEP meetings, and one speech-language professional with a Bachelor’s degree and who can perform a more limited set of therapy activities as regulated by law. To redistribute the workload and fill gaps, Stone County School District partnered with PresenceLearning to provide students with online access to an additional fully certified Master’s level speech-language professional.

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Curriculum Associates’ Ready® TNCore Mathematics Selected as Approved Instructional Program for Tennessee Schools

Program for grades K–8 chosen based on its focus, rigor, alignment, coherence, usability, and sensitivity 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., February 25, 2015—Curriculum Associates’ Ready® TNCore Mathematics for grades K–8 was recently selected by the State Textbook and Instructional Materials Quality Commission as an approved instructional program for Tennessee schools. The Commission recommended the program based on its focus, rigor, alignment, coherence, usability, and sensitivity after a rigorous review. 

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EdTechLens Launches IndieGoGo Campaign to Further Fund the Development of Online K-5 Science Curriculum

Rainforest Journey is a subscription-based and standards-aligned online curriculum that uses the rainforest as a springboard for a comprehensive learning experience

SCHENECTADY, NY February 24, 2015 – EdTechLens is launching an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund the final development of its Rainforest Journey online curriculum. Rainforest Journey gives educators media-rich tools and content to teach science concepts to students in grades K-5. Compelling high-resolution photographs and video along with accompanying reading passages make complex scientific concepts like adaption, predators and prey and the water cycle come to life to encourage young learners’ curiosity about science. 

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Epson Projectors Honored With Top Education Awards in Fourth Quarter

Projectors receive 2014 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence and District Administration’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products Awards honors

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Feb. 24, 2015 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, was recognized by both the 2014 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence and District Administration’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products Awards. The Epson BrightLink® 595Wi and Epson PowerLite® 570 projectors were selected as best New Products by Tech & Learning and the Epson BrightLink® interactive projector was named a winner of District Administration’s award. 

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Leading Mathematics Experts Join Curriculum Associates’ Team of Ready® Authors

Industry-leading scholars and authors Dr. Mark Ellis and Dr. Gladis Kersaint to further enhance comprehensive mathematics program

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., February 19, 2015—Industry-leading scholars and authors in mathematics education, Dr. Mark Ellis and Dr. Gladis Kersaint, recently joined Curriculum Associates’ team of Ready® authors. Ellis and Kersaint will use their wealth of research, knowledge, and expertise to further enhance Ready® Mathematics by ensuring the validity and sound instructional design of the comprehensive instruction and practice program.

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ASCD Joins the Learning First Alliance

ASCD Executive Director Judy Seltz to serve on Alliance’s Board of Directors as LFA works to advance public education 

Washington, D.C. – February  19, 2015 – The Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of leading education organizations representing more than 10 million parents, educators and policymakers, welcomes ASCD as its newest member organization. Through this partnership, Judy Seltz, executive director of ASCD, will join LFA’s Board of Directors as the Alliance continues its work for the advancement of public education.

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SmartMax Attracts Attention at Toy Fair with New Magnetic Construction Sets

Start+, Playground, Build & Connect, Tubes XT, 2 Connectors and Build XXL allow young children to experience the wonders of magnetism 

New York – February 13, 2015 – Smart Toys and Games, Inc. (Toy Fair Booth #681), a leading producer of award-winning single-player logic games and the SmartMax® magnetic construction system, introduces new SmartMax sets and features at Toy Fair 2015. The new SmartMax Start+, SmartMax Playground, SmartMax Build & Connect, SmartMax Tubes XT, SmartMax 2 Connectors, and SmartMax Build XXL sets are designed to let children experience the wonders of magnetism and the fascinating world of construction in a safe way. 

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Toy Fair Fun is Getting Smarter: SmartGames Introduces Seven New Single-Player IQ-Building Games

IQ Blox, IQ Candy, Three Little Piggies, Butterflies, Penguins Parade, Tangoes Animals, and Tangoes Paradox challenge young and old 

New York – February 13, 2015 – Smart Toys and Games, Inc. (Toy Fair Booth #681), a leading producer of award-winning single-player logic games and the SmartMax® magnetic construction system, introduces seven new brain-building games at Toy Fair 2015. Fun for both young and old, they include IQ Blox, IQ Candy, Three Little Piggies, Butterflies, Penguins Parade, Tangoes Animals, and Tangoes Paradox. 

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New Online Staff Training Course Addresses Peer Discriminatory Harassment

PublicSchoolWORKS course defines types of harassment, helps educators identify and respond to concerns, and outlines legal considerations for districts 

Cincinnati, OH (February 12, 2015) — PublicSchoolWORKS has released a new course, “Discriminatory Harassment — Identification and Response,” to address and help reduce instances of student-to-student “peer” harassment. This is one of 500 courses now available through the PublicSchoolWORKS EmployeeSafe Suite, the only comprehensive and fully automated safety compliance and risk management program for schools. 

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Southwest Kansas Co-Op Selects PresenceLearning for Online Speech Therapy to Overcome SLP Shortage

After contracting with both PresenceLearning and a competitor, SKACD chose PresenceLearning for its high-quality therapy and collaborative therapists

SAN FRANCISCO, February 12, 2015 –  As a cooperative district, Southwest Kansas Area Cooperative District 613 (SKACD) in rural Ensign, KS is responsible for providing special education services and paraprofessional support to 25 elementary schools, two middle schools, and 14 high schools in the 14 districts it serves. This includes providing districts with special education teachers, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists and aid for vision and hearing-impaired students.

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