Bahamian Educators Learn How To Bring Sustainable Energy Lessons To The Classroom

August 26, 2013- The Ministry of Education in the Bahamas and the Organization of American States (OAS) through its Department of Sustainable Development conducted a two-day teacher workshop in Nassau on August 21-22, 2013 to teach educators the importance of teaching about renewable energy and energy conservation in order to enhance the current academic curriculum. The workshop also actively involved educators in the advocacy of cleaner and more sustainable energy development in the Bahamas. The attendees included primary and secondary school teachers from New Providence and the Family Islands.

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PublicSchoolWORKS’ New Website Provides Information and News About School Safety Requirements

Cincinnati, OH – August 26, 2013 – PublicSchoolWORKS, the signature safety solution for schools, has launched its new website that has been redesigned to provide an improved user experience. The new website includes enhanced navigation tools to access comprehensive school safety information, timely and relevant industry news, plus updated information and resources available from PublicSchoolWORKS. 

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Department of Defense Adopts New Physical Education Program for Schools Worldwide

San Diego, CA, August 20, 2013 — Don’t let the name fool you: the Department of Defense is taking the Offense in the fight against childhood obesity.  During the past two years, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has been vetting quality Physical Education (PE) programs for potential adoption. The DoDEA issued a solicitation in June 2012 for curriculum materials for four PE courses – Comprehensive PE Grade Level K-8, Grades 9 – 12 Lifetime Sports, Personal Fitness Grade Level 9 – 12, and Grades 9 – 12 Physical Activity and Nutrition.  After a lengthy research and review process, DoDEA recently announced that SPARK, provider of the world’s most researched and field-tested PE programs, was awarded the four contracts. 

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Dixie and TeacherLists.com Team up to Make Back-to-School 2013 Easier for All

Dixie supports the largest and fastest growing free online service for posting and sharing school supply and teacher wish lists.

Atlanta, GA (August 19, 2013) – Back-to-school is always a hectic time for parents and families, but having a list of items students need and teachers want helps make shopping less stressful.  Dixie is pleased to announce its partnership with TeacherLists.com – the largest and fastest-growing free online service for posting and sharing school supply lists and teacher wish lists with parents –in an effort to make back-to-school preparation easier.  

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SPARK™ Principal Researcher Honored for Contributions to the Study of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Health

Dr. Thom McKenzie will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy Degree (Sport and Health Sciences) from Finland’s University of Jyväskylä

San Diego, CA, August 13, 2013 — On August 24, 2013, Dr. Thom McKenzie, principal researcher at SPARK™, will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy Degree (Sport and Health Sciences) from the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Dr. McKenzie is being recognized for his collaboration with the university and his continued efforts to promote the study of physical education, physical activity, and health.

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Rapid Growth for TeacherLists.com as Site Passes the 300,000 Classrooms Milestone

TeacherLists.com makes age-old back-to-school chore easier for millions of parents and tens of thousands of teachers

Wrentham, MA (August 13, 2013) –TeacherLists.com – the largest and fastest-growing free online service for posting and sharing school supply lists and teacher wish lists – now hosts lists for more than 300,000 classrooms across all 50 states. Teachers, schools and school PTOs and PTAs have added lists for more than 200,000 classrooms this year alone. 

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Luca Lashes® Website Offers Downloadable Activity Sheets for Young Children

Coloring pages, mazes, hidden picture, spot the difference games and more provide technology-free fun

Chandler, AZ August 13, 2013 – Creators of Luca Lashes® LLC’s multilingual eBook and app series are offering an “Activities for Kids” section on their website to provide free non-technology activities to entertain young children. The activities, like the eBooks and apps, are based on a young boy named Luca whose magical eyelashes help make him brave. The series helps turn “fearful firsts” into educational experiences, whether it is a child’s first haircut, first dentist visit, first swimming lesson, and more.

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Learning First Alliance Calls for Increase to E-Rate Funding Cap

Washington, D.C. – August 12, 2013 – Today, the Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of 15 leading education associations representing more than 10 million parents, educators and policymakers, released the following statement:

The Learning First Alliance applauds recent initiatives to modernize the E-Rate program, including the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) approval of the E-Rate Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on July 19, 2013.

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Children Learn Responsibility and Decision-Making Skills through Play

Let’s Choose™ releases Choice-a-Quence and Centsible Kids games to help impact social skills, behavior and language development using hypothetical situations 

CHICAGO, IL, August 7, 2013 – To help teach children that actions have real-life consequences and how they can better make informed decisions, Let’s Choose™, the developer of games that build a common language for teaching decision-making and consequences, introduces two hands-on decision-making games -- Choice-a-Quence and Centsible Kids. These easy-to-play games encourage children to use their knowledge and their best judgment to make good choices during simulated situations. 

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Epson Selects Innovative Classroom Teachers as Winners of the ‘Epson Document Camera in the Classroom Contest’

Four Teachers Share Creative Ways of Using Document Cameras in the Classroom and Win an Epson DC-20 for Their Schools

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Aug. 6, 2013 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, has selected four winners of the “Epson Document Camera in the Classroom Contest,” all of whom will receive an Epson® DC-20 document camera. The following teachers won by sharing their creative ideas for using a document camera in the classroom – Renee Kurtz, French teacher at Alder Avenue Middle School in Egg Harbor Township, N.J.; Paula Giran, fifth grade teacher at Hillcrest Intermediate School in North Huntingdon, Pa.; Rachel Perkins, math teacher at Barren County High School in Glasgow, Ky.; and LeeAnne Ewaldsen, fifth grade teacher at Appling County Elementary School in Baxley, Ga.

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