PresenceLearning Releases New eBook of Tips From Leading Autism Expert Dr. Temple Grandin

Free eBook gives special educators, administrators and families practical advice for educating children with autism

SAN FRANCISCO, July 16, 2014 – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention report that 1 in 68 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This increased prevalence combined with more rigorous state education standards have led school administrators and educators to seek a deeper understanding of the disorder as well as strategies and approaches to give this growing population appropriate access to the curriculum. To provide districts and families with practical advice to help children on the spectrum reach their potential in and out of the classroom, PresenceLearning created “Take It From Temple: 5 Tips for Working with Children with Autism,” a free book based on Dr. Temple Grandin’s  “Changing Minds” webinar presentation with the company.

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Gryphon House Launches Parent and Teacher Resource Sure to Spark Children’s Interest – Science—Not Just for Scientists!

Leonisa Ardizzone’s book offers 40+ hands-on activities for children to explore the wonders of science with easy-to-find materials and step-by-step instructions

Lewisville, North Carolina – July 14, 2014 – Gryphon House, Inc., a leading publisher of early childhood resources, provides parents and teachers with simple ideas to introduce the world of scientific discovery to young children with its latest book, Science—Not Just for Scientists!, written by Leonisa Ardizzone, EdD. The 40-plus hands-on activities, reproducible handouts, and engaging and colorful photos will empower children to question, experiment, and develop abstract reasoning skills. With the help of step-by-step instructions and lists of easy-to-find materials, children will explore:

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Back-to-School Shopping Intensifies as Parents are Asked to Buy More Items than Ever Before

As retail offers and promotions for school supplies start earlier than ever before, national site for school supply lists reports a 29% increase in “items per list”

Wrentham, MA (July 9, 2014) – Approximately 52 million parents are heading to the stores this back-to-school season and retailers and marketers are trying earlier than ever to earn their business. And while parents have always pitched in for traditional school supplies like notebooks and pens, today they’re being asked to provide everything from tissues to hand wipes to plastic bags to keep classrooms running smoothly.

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‘Travels With Music’ Honored with a Telly Award

Competing against approximately 12,000 entries, Travels With Music receives Bronze Award

Oakland, California – July 9, 2014 – The 35th Annual Telly Awards announced its winners and Travels With Music was named a Bronze Telly winner. This year’s winners include companies, agencies, and organizations of all sizes, from large multinational media companies to small ad agencies and local production houses. The 2014 awards mark one of the most successful and competitive in the history of the Telly Awards with nearly 12,000 entries from all states nationwide, as well as numerous countries from five continents.

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PresenceLearning Hosts Final EXTRA CREDIT Summer Series Webinar with Behavior Management Expert Dr. Barry Prizant

Expert offers “Bio-Psycho-Social” insights on student behavior issues during August 19, 2014 webinar offered for ASHA CE credit

SAN FRANCISCO, July 9, 2014 – The mismanagement of behavior issues can create disruptive classroom environments, making it hard for other students to learn. To help school administrators, educators and therapists address and manage student behavior issues, PresenceLearning is hosting a free continuing education webinar, “Preventing Problem Behavior in Schools: An Emotional Regulation, Relationship-Based Approach” on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time/1:00 PM Eastern Time. This webinar, hosted by psychological expert Dr. Barry Prizant, is the third of three webinars in the EXTRA CREDIT Summer Series.

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Executive Vice President of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Named Chair of Learning First Alliance’s Board of Directors

Francine Lawrence brings wealth of leadership experience to LFA as organization continues its work for the advancement of public education 

Washington, D.C. – July 8, 2014 – The Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of leading education organizations representing more than 10 million parents, educators and policymakers, has named Francine Lawrence, the executive vice president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), as the 2014-15 chair of LFA’s Board of Directors. Committed to strengthening public education and supporting the organization’s 1.5 million member educators, Lawrence has served in her current position at the AFT since 2011.

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PresenceLearning White Paper Examines Role of SLPs in Helping Students Develop Foundational Skills Needed to Meet the CCSS

“Getting to the Core of the Common Core” white paper part of an expanding resource library addressing current issues in special education

SAN FRANCISCO, July 7, 2014 – PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy and other special education-related services for K-12 students, has introduced a new white paper titled “Getting to the Core of the Common Core,” which provides information about how to help students acquire the foundational oral language skills needed to successfully access their curriculum to meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It is the latest addition to PresenceLearning’s growing library of eBooks, white papers and other resources that give special education leaders access to leading experts on topics affecting special education as well as insight into how they can better manage compliance challenges and improve student outcomes.

To download the free white paper, visit: http://presencelearning.com/resources/library/the-core-of-the-common-core/.

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Curriculum Associates’ Founder and Chairman Inducted into the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) Hall of Fame

Frank Ferguson honored for his lifetime achievement and outstanding service to the learning resource industry

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., July 7, 2014—Frank Ferguson, Curriculum Associates’ founder and chairman, has been selected to receive the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK–12 Learning Group’s 2014 Hall of Fame Award. As part of the Lamplighter Honors for Leadership in Educational Publishing, the Hall of Fame Award is the highest honor recognizing an individual’s lifetime achievement and outstanding service to the learning resource industry.

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Vernier Kicks Off Its Fall 2014 Data-Collection Workshop Series for Science and STEM Educators

Free hands-on workshops help educators integrate data-collection technology and digital tools into science curricula

BEAVERTON, Oregon, July 2, 2014 – Starting this September, Vernier Software & Technology will offer 38 free, hands-on regional workshops to help science and STEM educators learn various ways to integrate data-collection technology into their curriculum. Each four-hour workshop will be led by an experienced training specialist who will help both novice and seasoned educators alike explore classroom-ready experiments using Vernier’s award-winning line of computer and handheld technology.

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Learning First Alliance Shares Concerns about Proposed E-rate Program Reforms

Alliance supports call for increased E-rate funding and equitable distribution of those funds by the FCC 

Washington, D.C. – June 30, 2014 – The Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of leading education organizations representing more than 10 million parents, educators and policymakers, supports a recent letter that a group of 13 education organizations collectively sent to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  about the Commission’s proposed changes to the E-rate Program. 

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