Luca & Friends Children’s App Wins NAPPA Award

App gets kids up and moving with fun, immersive educational games covering topics in English and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

 San Francisco, CA (April 18, 2022) – Luca & Friends, a groundbreaking app for children that uses AI technology to combine learning and fitness, has been named a winner in the 2022 National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA).

The prestigious NAPPA program is one of the longest running awards programs in the country, and a go-to source for parents and professionals seeking the best products for their children and families. As a NAPPA winner, Luca & Friends will also be featured in an upcoming issue of L.A. Parent. NAPPA’s team of evaluators, along with parent and child testers, select the best baby gear, toys, apps, games, books, music, and other family must-haves as award winners. View Luca & Friends’ winning entry here: https://www.nappaawards.com/product/luca-friends/. 

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Vector Solutions Webinar Explores how to Implement Inclusive and Trauma-Informed Practices to Improve School Culture

April 20 webinar features diversity, equity and inclusion consultant Dr. Angela Batista 

Tampa, FL – April 15, 2022 – To help districts better understand inclusive, trauma-informed practices and how they can help support students, staff, and administrators, Vector Solutions, the leading provider of training and software solutions to help schools make their operations and communities safer, smarter, and better, is hosting a free webinar at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. The webinar, “Implementing Inclusive and Trauma-Informed Practices to Improve School Culture” features expert advice from diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant Dr. Angela Batista. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3tUPzCZ. The webinar will also be available on-demand.

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PresenceLearning and Highlights Partner To Support Children With Special Needs

Expanded Digital Library Featuring More Than 160 Pieces of Highlights Content Will Support Special Education, Therapy Goals For K–7 Children 

NEW YORK, April 12, 2022—PresenceLearning, the leading provider of online therapy solutions for schools and clinicians, unveiled a new strategic partnership with Highlights, the children’s media brand known for their beloved Highlights magazine.  

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ALAS Webinar Highlights Language Initiatives at Irving ISD and Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

April 13, 2022 webinar focuses on leading a language-centered district

 WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 7, 2022) – The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) is hosting a free webinar at 4 p.m. Eastern Time on April 13, 2022 highlighting how the Irving Independent School District in Texas and the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) have prioritized bilingual dual language education.

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STEM Educators Demonstrate Innovative Uses of Data-Collection Technology to Win 2022 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards

The winning educators will each receive $1,000 in cash, $1,500 towards expenses to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in Houston, and $3,000 in Vernier products 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, April 7, 2022 — Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. Chosen by a panel of NSTA-appointed experts, this year’s winners—one middle school educator and two high school educators—showed innovative uses of data-collection technology to engage students in STEM learning.

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Council of the Great City Schools Names Congressman Bobby Scott as the Recipient of the Dr. Michael Casserly Legacy Award for Educational Courage and Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 7, 2022—The Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) recently announced that Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) is the recipient of its Dr. Michael Casserly Legacy Award for Educational Courage and Justice. Sponsored by Curriculum Associates, the award, named after the Council’s former executive director, is presented annually to a person who has made outstanding contributions in the field of K–12 urban education by taking courageous and passionate stances on the issues of educational justice and equity. Scott is the second person to receive this award; the first person was Michael Casserly himself. 

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Vector Solutions Hosts Webinar to Explore the Role of Leadership in Supporting Social and Emotional Learning

During April 7 webinar, consultant Katherine Plog Martinez will discuss how to describe your SEL program, the importance of adult SEL, and how to create community partnerships

Tampa, FL – April 5, 2022 – Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a significant focus of schools, yet these programs have also become a subject of controversy. Vector Solutions, the leading provider of training and software solutions to help schools make their operations and communities safer, smarter and better, is hosting a free webinar at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on April 7, 2022 to explore “The Role of Leadership in Supporting Social-Emotional Learning.” During the webinar, Katherine Plog Martinez, managing partner for the consulting firm Knowledge to Power Catalysts, will lead a discussion about the importance of the language used when building social-emotional learning programs, the importance of adult SEL, and how to partner with community organizations to support SEL. To register for the webinar, visit https://bit.ly/3qTiV2G.

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Slooh’s ‘Online Telescope for Families’ Brings the Wonder of Space Exploration to Homes Worldwide

Families can explore and photograph more than 1,000 real-world space objects and events using Slooh’s professional-grade online telescopes 

Washington Depot, Connecticut, April 4, 2022 – Slooh, the only organization offering live online telescope feeds to students, is now making its award-winning learning platform and network of online telescopes accessible to families worldwide. Described by educators as “the complete package” that is truly “out of this world,” The Online Telescope for Families enables families to explore, capture, and analyze more than 1,000 real-world space objects and events using professional-grade technology together – all from the comfort of their homes.

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Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Assessment Named to the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) Approved List of Dyslexia Screeners

Districts across the state can use the program’s Diagnostic and literacy assessments to screen kindergarten and first grade students for risk factors associated with dyslexia 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., March 31, 2022—The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) recently named Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Assessment to its approved list of dyslexia screeners. With this approval, districts throughout the state can now use the program’s online Diagnostic and offline literacy assessment tasks to screen kindergarten and first grade students for risk factors associated with dyslexia. Today, the award-winning i-Ready program serves more than 10 million students and 25 percent of all students in Grades K–8 in the United States.

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New Online Platform from Vernier Boosts High School Students’ STEM Learning with Fun, Interactive Investigations and Projects

Vernier Connections™ helps educators build STEM literacy for all students

BEAVERTON, Oregon, March 31, 2022 — Leveraging standards-based instructional content and its award-winning technology, Vernier Software & Technology is announcing Vernier Connections, an innovative web-based platform to engage high school students in hands-on STEM learning and exploration. Vernier Connections emphasizes fun and interactive investigations and projects, and it gives educators the ability to assess student comprehension across all science disciplines. 

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