Boerne Independent School District in Texas Discusses how to Support Student Resilience in Aug. 24, 2021 Webinar

New “Inside SEL” webinar series from Aperture Education features interviews with school districts about best practices for social and emotional learning (SEL)

Charlotte N.C. (August 19, 2021) — As school resumes in 2021-2022, student wellbeing and resilience will be important areas of focus. Educators and administrators will hear directly from school districts about their successes with these issues in a new “Inside SEL” webinar series from Aperture Education, which kicks off at 2 p.m. EST on Aug. 24, 2021 with the Boerne Independent School District (ISD) in Texas. To register, visit https://bit.ly/BoerneSEL.

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Aperture Education’s 2021 Back-to-School Guide Helps Teachers Support Social and Emotional Learning this School Year

Free, downloadable guide provides SEL activities and resources for students, educators, and families 

Charlotte N.C. (August 17, 2021) — Social and emotional learning (SEL) will play an important role this school year to help students process the events of the past 18 months and re-focus on learning. Aperture Education, the leading provider of researched-backed SEL assessments for K-12 schools, has released its free 2021 Back-to-School Guide to help teachers and administrators support students and families as schools resume. The Guide is packed with SEL information, resources, lessons, and activities that can be used to help teachers and students manage stress, strengthen SEL skills, support student engagement, and more. To download the 2021 Back-to-School Guide, visit https://apertureed.com/2021-back-to-school-guide/.

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New i-Ready® Updates Help Teachers Support All Students in Reaching Ambitious Goals

New enhancements to Curriculum Associates’ award-winning program will be available for the 2021–2022 school year

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., August 17, 2021—Curriculum Associates has updated its award-winning i-Ready program to help educators address unfinished learning and continue to deliver engaging instruction as students work to meet ambitious goals this upcoming school year. The updates are designed to provide educators with deeper insights into students’ learning, engage students in grade-level work, motivate students with new instruction, ensure students are on track for reading success, support Spanish-speaking students, and more.

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PresenceLearning Expands Leadership Team

New President of Therapy Essentials Platform and Chief People Officer tapped to support company’s substantial growth 

NEW YORK, August 17, 2021 – PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online special education related services and behavioral and mental health services for K-12 schools nationwide, has made two key additions to the leadership team. The company has hired Louisa Balach as President, Therapy Essentials Platform, and has promoted Shanelle Reese to become the company’s first Chief People Officer. 

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Alma Announces System Upgrades to its Student Information System

Alma offers a Spanish version of its parent and student portals and adds new features to make it easier for districts to onboard schools and use third party apps 

Portland, Ore. (August 12, 2021) – Alma Student Information System (SIS) has updated its award-winning SIS platform with several new features to support schools and families this school year. Upgrades include the addition of Navigator to help schools transition to Alma, the App Center to integrate third party apps, and Multilingual Parent and Student Portals which allow families to use the Spanish version of the portals to register their children and access their grades. The upgrades are all available now to start the new school year. 

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Mississippi Department of Education Approves Curriculum Associates’ Programs as Evidence-Based Academic Interventions

The i-Ready®, Ready®, Phonics for Reading™, and Teacher Toolbox programs can be used by schools across the state to support the academic needs of Tier II and Tier III students

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., August 3, 2021—The Mississippi Department of Education’s (MDE) Office of Student Intervention Services recently named a number of Curriculum Associates’ programs as approved academic interventions. Through this approval, which is valid until November 2025, schools across the state can confidently use i-Ready Assessment and Personalized Instruction, Ready Mississippi Reading and Mathematics, Teacher Toolbox for Ready Writing, and Phonics for Reading to support the academic needs of Tier II and Tier III students in Grades K–8. 

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Oklahoma State Department of Education Names i-Ready® a Reading Sufficiency Act K–3 State Approved Screening Instrument

With this approval, schools across the state can use Curriculum Associates’ award-winning Diagnostic starting in the 2022–2023 school year

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., July 14, 2021—The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OKSDE) recently named Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready as a Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA) K–3 State Approved Screening Instrument. With this approval, schools across the state can start using the award-winning Diagnostic in the 2022–2023 school year to screen students’ reading skills and receive actionable criterion-referenced and normative data to deliver impactful student instruction. Today, the award-winning i-Ready program serves more than nine million students and 25 percent of all K–8 students in the United States.

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PBLWorks Announces its 2021 PBL Champions

District, school and individual champions are recognized for their commitment to high quality Project Based Learning

Novato, CA (July 13, 2021) – PBLWorks, the leading provider of professional development for Project Based Learning (PBL), has announced its 2021 PBL Champions – a program that honors schools, districts and individuals for their commitment to high quality Project Based Learning. This year for the first time, the program includes two school district Champions, and a PBL Champion of the Decade. The 2021 PBL Champions are:

  • PBL Champion Districts
    • Pearl City Waipahu Complex Area (Waipahu, Hawaii)
    • Manchester School District (Manchester, New Hampshire)
  • PBL Champion School
    • Waxpool Elementary School (Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia)
  • PBL Champion Individual
    • Dr. Yolanda Roberson, Interventionist at John P. Freeman Optional School (Memphis, Tennessee)
  • PBL Champion of the Decade
    • George Lucas, film director, producer, screenwriter, and entrepreneur

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Vernier Software & Technology Publishes New E-book to Support Middle School Students in Exploration of Climate and Weather

‘Climate and Meteorology Experiments’ features 11 Earth science investigations that engage students with data-collection technology and hands-on experimentation  

BEAVERTON, Oregon, July 13, 2021 — Vernier Software & Technology recently published the new Climate and Meteorology Experiments e-book to engage middle school students in the use of data-collection technology as they explore weather, climate, and other important Earth science topics. Climate and Meteorology Experiments includes 11 interactive investigations utilizing wireless Vernier sensors such as the Go Direct® Light and Color Sensor, Go Direct Surface Temperature Sensor, and Go Direct Weather System, as well as the Vernier Graphical Analysis™ app

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