Montgomery County Schools to Use i-Ready to Help Improve Student Achievement as Part of District’s i3 Grant Project

Curriculum Associates to support district as it implements its new “A Culture Creating Effective Systems for Success” (ACCESS) program 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., April 20, 2015—Curriculum Associates has partnered with Montgomery County Schools (MCS) in Troy, NC to help the district improve student achievement through the implementation of a new development program funded by a three-year Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction online program for reading and mathematics will be a part of the district’s new A Culture Creating Effective Systems for Success (ACCESS) program, which was designed to create a district-wide culture of technology-based education. 

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Apperson’s Evo Academic and Evo Social & Emotional Named Finalists in the 2015 SIIA CODiE Awards

Online K-12 assessment programs recognized in two education categories

Charlotte, N.C. – April 14, 2015 – Evo Academic and Evo Social & Emotional Learning (SEL), both Apperson Evo modules, were named finalists in the 2015 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards, the premier awards for the software and information industries. Evo Academic was chosen in the Best K-12 Course or Learning Management Solution category and Evo SEL was chosen in the Best Instructional Solution in Other Curriculum Areas. 

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PresenceLearning Applauds Federal Policy Clarification for Reimbursement of Telemedicine Services by State Medicaid Programs

New guidance declares that states can unilaterally reimburse for telemedicine in schools without further federal approval

SAN FRANCISCO, April 9, 2015 – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued official written guidance announcing that states can unilaterally reimburse for telemedicine without the need for further approval by the CMS. This guidance is significant because now states can easily access federal education funds through a simple regulatory change at the level of their Medicaid department, making telemedicine services more accessible and affordable to students and schools in need.  

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Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction Named Finalist in 2015 SIIA CODiE Awards

Online reading and mathematics program for grades K–12 recognized in the Best Student Assessment Solution category

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., April 7, 2015—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction was named a finalist in the 2015 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards, the premier awards for the software and information industries. The online K–12 program was chosen in the Best Student Assessment Solution category, which recognizes the best application or solution for high-stakes assessments in the PreK–12 or postsecondary market. An earlier version of i-Ready won the SIIA CODiE Award in this category in 2013.

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Teachscape Learn Named a Winner of the 2015 EdTech Digest Awards

Robust professional learning system recognized in the Professional Development Solution category 

SAN FRANCISCO, March 25, 2015 – Teachscape Learn was named a winner of the 2015 EdTech Digest Awards, which recognizes the best and brightest tools, leaders, and trendsetters in education and technology. The online professional learning system was chosen by EdTech Digest’s panel of industry influencers and veterans and honored with a Cool Tool Award in the Professional Development Solution category.

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Special Agents of Change Webinar Covers New Research and Intervention Approaches for Older Students with Special Needs

PresenceLearning presents neuroscientist Dr. Martha Burns to discuss the latest brain research and its application to older students with autism and attention disorders

SAN FRANCISCO, March 19, 2015 – As students with autism, the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the United States according to Autism Speaks, and other attention disorders advance through the school system, special education administrators and experts are eager to adapt the latest research into new instructional and support practices. To help special educators create results-driven and research-based intervention techniques for middle and high school students with these disorders, PresenceLearning presents “The New Science of Learning: Effective Approaches for Older Students with Autism and Attention Disorders” on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 10 AM Pacific time (1 PM Eastern Time). This free 90-minute webinar, hosted by ASHA Fellow and neuroscientist Dr. Martha Burns, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, will explore new research and techniques related to autism and attention disorders in older students.

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Curriculum Associates’ New Research Identifies the Most Challenging Common Core State Standards for Students

New microsite provides free resources and sample lessons to help educators address the most challenging reading and math standards 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., March 12, 2015—Curriculum Associates recently conducted extensive research using data from more than 750,000 students to identify the reading and math Common Core State Standards (CCSS) that students find the most challenging. These standards, as well as free instructional resources specifically targeted to them, are now available for educators on Curriculum Associates’ new microsite designed to help educators address difficult areas as they teach to the rigor of the CCSS.

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Vernier and NSTA Announce Winners of the 2015 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards

Seven STEM educators awarded prizes valued at $5,500 each for their innovative use of data-collection technology in the classroom

BEAVERTON, Oregon, March 12, 2015 – Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) announced the winners of their annual Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. The seven science and STEM educators—one elementary teacher, two middle school teachers, three high school teachers, and one college-level educator—were chosen by a panel of NSTA-appointed experts for their innovative use of data-collection technology with a computer, graphing calculator or other handheld device in the science classroom.

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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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