Executive Director of Parents for Public Schools Joins Learning First Alliance Board of Directors

Dr. Catherine Cushinberry brings extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations that support children to new role at LFA 

Washington, D.C. – November 24, 2014 – The Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of leading education organizations representing more than 10 million parents, educators and policymakers, has welcomed  Dr. Catherine Cushinberry, executive director of Parents for Public Schools (PPS), as its newest board member. Passionate about her organization’s commitment to strengthening public education through the engagement, education and mobilization of parents, Dr. Cushinberry joined Parents for Public Schools in October 2014.

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PublicSchoolWORKS Chosen by School Leaders to Win District Administration’s Top 100 Products Award

EmployeeSafe is the only safety compliance program named as a Top 100 Product six years in a row 

Cincinnati, OH (December 1, 2014) —  PublicSchoolWORKS announces that EmployeeSafe Suite, the leading online risk management and safety compliance program for schools, was again voted by K-12 leaders as a Top 100 Product for 2014 in  District Administration magazine’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products award. This is the sixth consecutive year that the PublicSchoolWORKS EmployeeSafe Suite has received this honor. For 2014, EmployeeSafe was chosen from the record-breaking 2,400-plus nominations cast by educators.

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SPARK Announces Winners of 25-Day Physical Activity Challenge

Nationwide competition dared students to complete at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day for 25 consecutive school days 

San Diego, CA, November 20, 2014 –To inspire teachers and students to get more active, SPARK™, provider of the world’s most-researched physical education programs, launched the 25-Day Physical Activity Challenge as part of its support of the Let’s Move! Active Schools initiative. Running from September 29-October 30, 2014, the challenge asked K-12 students to complete at least 60 minutes of physical activity each school day during the month.

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The Boston Globe Names Curriculum Associates a ‘Top Place to Work’

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 16, 2014—Education company Curriculum Associates ranked #12 for medium-sized companies on The Boston Globe’s annual “Top Places to Work” list for 2014. Companies that received this esteemed distinction were chosen as the state’s most admired workplaces based on surveys completed by the people who know the companies the best—the employees themselves. Boston Globe Business Editor Mark Pothier further characterizes these winners as going “above and beyond to motivate and challenge their workers, which tends to encourage innovation and loyalty.” 

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Vernier Software & Technology Receives Recognition from Two Leading Education Awards

Go Wireless Temp named a 2014 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence winner and Vernier named a three-time 2015 Bett Awards finalist

BEAVERTON, Oregon, November 17, 2014 – Vernier Software & Technology was recently recognized by two leading education awards programs. The Go Wireless Temp, the first in the Go Wireless™ family of wireless sensors designed and engineered by Vernier, was named a winner of the 2014 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence in the New Products category. The LabQuest 2 and Connected Science System®, Vernier’s powerful data-collection interface and built-in software, was named a finalist in the 2015 Bett Awards in both the Digital Devices and International Digital Resource categories. Vernier’s Video Physics app was additionally named a finalist in the Bett Awards’ Educational Apps category.

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New Social Justice High School in Detroit Engages in Meaningful Community Partnerships to Drive Student Success

Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) provides instructional expertise to new Equity Educational Management Solutions school     

DETROIT, Michigan, November 12, 2014 – In its first year of operation, Detroit Delta Preparatory Academy for Social Justice (Delta Prep) has partnered with numerous Detroit-based organizations to engage its students in community service projects that raise awareness about social justice issues. The partnerships with local organizations are foundational to the school’s goal of ensuring that all students will be academically and socially prepared for college upon graduation. 

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Curriculum Associates Expands Ready® Mathematics to Further Help Students Master the Rigor of New Standards

Two new resources further develop conceptual understanding, problem-solving strategies, and procedural fluency

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 12, 2014—Curriculum Associates has expanded its Ready® Mathematics program to include a student Practice and Problem Solving Book, as well as online Math Center Activities for grades 2–5, to help students further develop conceptual understanding, problem-solving strategies, and procedural fluency. The Ready program now provides teachers with more classroom activities as well as options for rigorous, independent student practice in class, after school, or at home.

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Chicago Public Schools Selects Teachscape as an Approved Instructional Services Provider

Schools across the district can use Teachscape to provide educators with valuable training aligned to the REACH Framework for Teaching

SAN FRANCISCO, November 11, 2014 – Teachscape has been selected by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) as an approved provider of instructional services aligned to the district’s REACH Framework for Teaching. By using Teachscape Focus for Teachers to provide educators with robust online training and support around the framework, schools across the district can ensure the effective implementation of the REACH Framework for Teaching. 

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Institute for Student Achievement Holds Inaugural Superintendents’ Conference

Education experts and district leaders meet to share research, practices and solutions for achieving sustainable high school turnaround

PRINCETON, New Jersey, November 10, 2014 – The Institute for Student Achievement (ISA) is convening education thought leaders and top-flight researchers to collaborate with district superintendents from across the nation during its inaugural Superintendents’ Conference. The two-day event titled, “The Challenge of Underperforming High Schools: News Ways of Thinking and Doing,” will examine the various contexts – international, national, race and culture, and innovation – associated with turning around underperforming high schools and sustaining success once achieved.  

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Epson Introduces Five New Short-Throw Projectors for K-12 Classrooms

Four PowerLite Projectors and One BrightLink Interactive Projector Bring Reliable Performance and Convenient Collaboration to BYOD Classrooms

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Nov. 4, 2014 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today introduced five short-throw projectors designed to bring engaging and inspiring lessons into the classroom. The PowerLite® 520, 525W, 530, and 535W short-throw projectors and the BrightLink® 536Wi interactive short-throw projector deliver large, bright and colorful images projected from a short distance with minimal shadows or glare. Offering Moderator device management software2, the new projectors allow teachers to wirelessly connect up to 50 devices and share3 students’ work from up to four device screens simultaneously, including computers and iOS® and Android™ tablets and phones.

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