EdTechLens Launches IndieGoGo Campaign to Further Fund the Development of Online K-5 Science Curriculum

Rainforest Journey is a subscription-based and standards-aligned online curriculum that uses the rainforest as a springboard for a comprehensive learning experience

SCHENECTADY, NY February 24, 2015 – EdTechLens is launching an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund the final development of its Rainforest Journey online curriculum. Rainforest Journey gives educators media-rich tools and content to teach science concepts to students in grades K-5. Compelling high-resolution photographs and video along with accompanying reading passages make complex scientific concepts like adaption, predators and prey and the water cycle come to life to encourage young learners’ curiosity about science. 

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Epson Projectors Honored With Top Education Awards in Fourth Quarter

Projectors receive 2014 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence and District Administration’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products Awards honors

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Feb. 24, 2015 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, was recognized by both the 2014 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence and District Administration’s Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products Awards. The Epson BrightLink® 595Wi and Epson PowerLite® 570 projectors were selected as best New Products by Tech & Learning and the Epson BrightLink® interactive projector was named a winner of District Administration’s award. 

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Leading Mathematics Experts Join Curriculum Associates’ Team of Ready® Authors

Industry-leading scholars and authors Dr. Mark Ellis and Dr. Gladis Kersaint to further enhance comprehensive mathematics program

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., February 19, 2015—Industry-leading scholars and authors in mathematics education, Dr. Mark Ellis and Dr. Gladis Kersaint, recently joined Curriculum Associates’ team of Ready® authors. Ellis and Kersaint will use their wealth of research, knowledge, and expertise to further enhance Ready® Mathematics by ensuring the validity and sound instructional design of the comprehensive instruction and practice program.

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ASCD Joins the Learning First Alliance

ASCD Executive Director Judy Seltz to serve on Alliance’s Board of Directors as LFA works to advance public education 

Washington, D.C. – February  19, 2015 – The Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of leading education organizations representing more than 10 million parents, educators and policymakers, welcomes ASCD as its newest member organization. Through this partnership, Judy Seltz, executive director of ASCD, will join LFA’s Board of Directors as the Alliance continues its work for the advancement of public education.

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SmartMax Attracts Attention at Toy Fair with New Magnetic Construction Sets

Start+, Playground, Build & Connect, Tubes XT, 2 Connectors and Build XXL allow young children to experience the wonders of magnetism 

New York – February 13, 2015 – Smart Toys and Games, Inc. (Toy Fair Booth #681), a leading producer of award-winning single-player logic games and the SmartMax® magnetic construction system, introduces new SmartMax sets and features at Toy Fair 2015. The new SmartMax Start+, SmartMax Playground, SmartMax Build & Connect, SmartMax Tubes XT, SmartMax 2 Connectors, and SmartMax Build XXL sets are designed to let children experience the wonders of magnetism and the fascinating world of construction in a safe way. 

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Toy Fair Fun is Getting Smarter: SmartGames Introduces Seven New Single-Player IQ-Building Games

IQ Blox, IQ Candy, Three Little Piggies, Butterflies, Penguins Parade, Tangoes Animals, and Tangoes Paradox challenge young and old 

New York – February 13, 2015 – Smart Toys and Games, Inc. (Toy Fair Booth #681), a leading producer of award-winning single-player logic games and the SmartMax® magnetic construction system, introduces seven new brain-building games at Toy Fair 2015. Fun for both young and old, they include IQ Blox, IQ Candy, Three Little Piggies, Butterflies, Penguins Parade, Tangoes Animals, and Tangoes Paradox. 

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New Online Staff Training Course Addresses Peer Discriminatory Harassment

PublicSchoolWORKS course defines types of harassment, helps educators identify and respond to concerns, and outlines legal considerations for districts 

Cincinnati, OH (February 12, 2015) — PublicSchoolWORKS has released a new course, “Discriminatory Harassment — Identification and Response,” to address and help reduce instances of student-to-student “peer” harassment. This is one of 500 courses now available through the PublicSchoolWORKS EmployeeSafe Suite, the only comprehensive and fully automated safety compliance and risk management program for schools. 

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Southwest Kansas Co-Op Selects PresenceLearning for Online Speech Therapy to Overcome SLP Shortage

After contracting with both PresenceLearning and a competitor, SKACD chose PresenceLearning for its high-quality therapy and collaborative therapists

SAN FRANCISCO, February 12, 2015 –  As a cooperative district, Southwest Kansas Area Cooperative District 613 (SKACD) in rural Ensign, KS is responsible for providing special education services and paraprofessional support to 25 elementary schools, two middle schools, and 14 high schools in the 14 districts it serves. This includes providing districts with special education teachers, speech-language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists and aid for vision and hearing-impaired students.

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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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