Special Agents of Change Webinar Introduces Collaborative Intervention Approaches for Students at Risk of Reading Failure

Communication intervention and literacy expert Dr. Shari Robertson unpacks parent-educator intervention technique to improve oral/written language skills

SAN FRANCISCO, February 11, 2015 – With the growing focus on more rigorous instruction in the United States, creating literate learners is more important than ever. However, instead of relying exclusively on school-based intervention services for struggling readers, parents and educators can work together for improved results. To guide special education administrators and teachers in the implementation of this intervention approach, PresenceLearning presents “How to Become a Change Agent for Better Readers With Early Collaborative Partnerships” on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 10 AM Pacific time (1 PM Eastern Time). This 90-minute webinar, hosted by communication intervention and literacy expert Dr. Shari Robertson, will explore a new and results-driven approach to early literacy intervention.

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Gryphon House Announces Move to Learn: Integrating Movement into the Early Childhood Curriculum

Joye Newman and Miriam P. Feinberg’s book offers ways to get young children moving in six curriculum areas

Lewisville, N.C. – February 9, 2015 – Movement is not only natural, but it is necessary for optimal physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development. To help early childhood educators incorporate movement into teaching, Gryphon House Inc., a leading publisher of early childhood resources, announces Move to Learn: Integrating Movement into the Early Childhood Curriculum. Co-authored by Joye Newman, MA, and Miriam P. Feinberg, PhD, Move to Learn helps educators easily turn their classrooms into environments that encourage movement activities throughout the early childhood curricula, including:

•Language and Literacy

•Mathematics

•Science

•Social Studies

•Creative Representation

•Social Skills 

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New Social Emotional Learning Assessment Rounds Out Apperson’s Offerings for Assessing the Whole Child

Studies show that focusing on social emotional learning can help improve academic achievement test scores

Charlotte, N.C. – February 5, 2015 – According to a 2008 report by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) that included results from 317 studies of 324,303 K-8 students, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programming “improved students’ achievement test scores by 11 to 17 percentile points, indicating that they offer students a practical educational benefit.” In response to this research and others, Apperson introduced Evo Social-Emotional, a Social and Emotional Learning assessment system allowing educators and parents to rate the frequency of student behavior over time to screen and monitor the progress of students’ SEL skill development. With the addition of this offering, the company now empowers educators to assess their students’ strengths in all areas of development.

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New Vernier Structures & Materials Tester Helps Students Conduct Bridge Competitions and Test Engineering Concepts

Built-in Vernier sensors enable students to collect and analyze data supporting an essential practice of the Next Generation Science Standards

BEAVERTON, Oregon, February 4, 2015 – Vernier Software & Technology launched the Vernier Structures & Materials Tester (VSMT) to help STEM students from high school to college explore key engineering concepts. Utilizing the VSMT, along with the engineering design method, students can design, build, and test structures, as well as conduct bridge competitions and investigate and analyze beam designs and material properties. 

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Vernier’s New Investigating Wind Energy Lab Book Provides Inquiry-Based STEM Investigations for Elementary Students

Aligned with and written for Next Generation Science Standards, lab book helps students collect and analyze data during hands-on experiments

BEAVERTON, Oregon, February 4, 2015 – Vernier Software & Technology’s new Investigating Wind Energy lab book provides students in grades 4-6 with engaging, inquiry-based investigations that utilize the engineering design method. Written for and aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the investigations encourage students to apply learned knowledge as they explore electric circuits and investigate blade design variables using a variety of materials and technologies using a variety of materials and technologies, including the KidWIND MINI Wind Turbine, the Vernier Energy Sensor, and more. 

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‘Epson® BrightLink® Projector Teacher Contest’ Invites Educators to Share Creative Ways to Engage Students Using Interactive Projectors

Winning educators will be able to bring their ideas to fruition with Epson’s BrightLink 595Wi ultra-short-throw interactive projector 

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Feb. 4, 2015 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, is asking K-12 and post-secondary educators in the United States and Canada to share three creative ways to engage students in the classroom using an interactive projector for a chance to win the Epson BrightLink® 595Wi finger-touch interactive projector. Educators may enter the “Epson BrightLink Projector Teacher Contest” by submitting an entry online at www.epson.com/brightlinkcontest between February 5, 2015 and April 15, 2015. 

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Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services Recommends Telepractice as Option to Address SLP Shortage

Districts encouraged to consider telepractice services for unmet student needs for speech and language services

SAN FRANCISCO, January 28, 2015 – The Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS) has identified online speech therapy, also known as telepractice or telespeech, as an appropriate service delivery option for schools to address the statewide shortage of licensed speech-language pathologists (SLPs). In their recently released guidelines, “WCASS Special Projects Committee Report: Guidance to School Districts Facing Shortage of Speech & Language Pathologists,” WCASS outlines the role that qualified online speech therapy service providers, such as PresenceLearning, can have in helping districts deliver the necessary services to students with special needs.

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Epson PowerLite Pro G6450WU Projector Wins University Business ‘Readers’ Choice Top Product’ Award

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Jan. 27, 2015 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today was recognized for making a positive difference on college campuses by winning University Business magazine’s 2014 “Readers’ Choice Top Products” award for the PowerLite® Pro G6450WU projector. The winners were judged by University Business’ editors based on nominations received from campus leaders and administrators honoring outstanding higher education products and services advancing campuses around the country in technology, sustainability, and academic instruction.

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Curriculum Associates Launches New Math App to Help Students Develop Fact Fluency and Computational Fluency

Door 24® Plus for grades 1–8 joins the i-Ready® mobile family of educational products

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., January 22, 2015—Curriculum Associates has expanded its i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction mobile family of products with the launch of Door 24® Plus, a new educational game for the iPad®. Expanding upon the award-winning Door 24 app and available for free on the App Store, Door 24 Plus establishes a foundation based on fact fluency and then builds computational fluency by providing practice that requires students to solve problems using basic facts, number sense, and algebraic thinking.

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Epson’s Newest PowerLite K-12 Classroom Projectors Deliver Extended Lamp Life

Eight New Models Offer Brightness, Connectivity and Up to 10,000 Hours of Lamp Life in Economy Mode

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Jan. 21, 2015 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today announced eight new cost-effective PowerLite® projector models giving teachers even more lamp life with up to 10,000 hours2 of use to engage with students and deliver dynamic lessons. In addition to extended lamp life, the new models offer a range of brightness, resolution, connectivity, and budget options to meet the need of any K-12 classroom.  The new affordable and easy to use projectors include the PowerLite S27, X27 and W29 models. For advanced connectivity with premium audio features, the new series also includes the PowerLite 97H, 98H, 99WH, 955WH, and 965H networkable models.

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