SPARK Joins Forces with Let’s Move! Active Schools as Official Supporting Organization

SPARK’s resources support inclusion of physical activity throughout the school day 

San Diego, CA, April 16, 2014 — To promote the importance of lifelong wellness and an active school day, SPARK™, provider of the world’s most-researched physical education programs, has become an Official Supporting Organization of Let’s Move! Active Schools, a sub-initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign. As one of the first organizations to support the initiative, SPARK will work directly with schools and districts to encourage them to sign up for Let’s Move! Active Schools at www.letsmoveschools.org. SPARK has also launched an incentives program for schools to support them in their continued progress with the program. 

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Curriculum Associates’ BRIGANCE® Screens Recommended by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Screens included as a recommended resource for Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! federal initiative designed to promote developmental screening of young children 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., April 14, 2014— Curriculum Associates’ BRIGANCE® Screens were chosen as a recommended screening tool by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for its new Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! initiative. This coordinated federal effort is designed to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support the families and providers who care for them. Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! will help families and providers create developmental milestones for their child, and identify possible delays and concerns in children early. 

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Teachscape Effectiveness Platform Named a Finalist in the 2014 SIIA CODiE Awards

Platform recognized in Best Professional Learning Solution for Education category

SAN FRANCISCO, April 14, 2014 – The Teachscape Effectiveness Platform was named a finalist in the 2014 SIIA CODiE Awards. The platform was recognized in the Best Professional Learning Solution for Education category, which honors the best educational applications or services designed to support PreK-12 or postsecondary education institutions in the development of faculty and administrative staff. 

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Listen for Life Launches ‘Travels With Music’

Multimedia program for K12 uses music to explore world cultures

Oakland, California – April 3, 2014 – Listen for Life™, a global nonprofit music-media organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of music culture worldwide, created Travels With Music™ to introduce students to world cultures, using music as the gateway. The multimedia program explores the richness and diversity of 15 world cultures – Bulgaria, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, the Philippines, Trinidad, and the USA – through the use of 300 video and audio segments that comprise six hours of classroom instruction. 

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Vernier and NSTA Honor Seven Teachers for their Innovative Use of Data-Collection Technology in STEM Education

2014 Vernier/NSTA Technology Award winners each receive a prize valued at $5,500

BEAVERTON, Oregon, April 2, 2014 – Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) named seven innovative science and STEM teachers as winners of the 2014 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards. The winning educators — one elementary teacher, two middle school teachers, three high school teachers, and one college-level educator — were selected by an NSTA-appointed panel of experts for their use of data-collection technology using a computer, graphing calculator, or other handheld device in the science classroom.

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Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System in Michigan Adopts Online Speech Therapy to Serve Students with Special Needs

PresenceLearning helps 60 K-12 students get back on track with engaging online speech therapy services

SAN FRANCISCO, April 2, 2014 – Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System (MHPSAS) in Muskegon Heights, Michigan has adopted PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy and other special education-related services for K-12 students, to provide 60 of its students with high quality online speech therapy. Through the adoption and implementation of PresenceLearning, the district was able to effectively fill its speech-language pathologist vacancy and transition from on-site to online therapy for its students.  

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Epson’s Top Five Things to Know about High-Definition Widescreen WXGA Projectors

LONG BEACH, Calif. – March 31, 2014 – In an age of widescreen laptops and videos being used for presentations, Epson provides a suite of projectors with high-definition widescreen WXGA resolution, designed to deliver larger-than-life images that increase the viewing area with sharper, more detailed image quality. Epson’s high-definition widescreen WXGA projectors offer a native screen resolution of 1280 x 800, making them appropriate for both business and classroom use.

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Psychological Assessment and Psychotherapy Expert Dr. A. Jordan Wright Talks Online Counseling

April 16th, 2014 “Changing Minds” webinar for education leaders discusses how online counseling fills service gaps

SAN FRANCISCO, March 27, 2014 – Urban and rural school districts nationwide struggle to find the qualified staff and resources they need to provide the psychological, counseling and social work services they are required to provide to students who need them under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). With the rise in psychological, neurological, behavioral and emotional disorders, online counseling can help schools fill this need. PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy and other special education-related services for K-12 students, is partnering with Dr. A. Jordan Wright, a leading expert on psychological assessment and psychotherapy, to present “Extending Our Reach: Online Counseling for Changing Minds” on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM Eastern time/9:30 AM Pacific time. This free 90-minute webinar is the third and final installment of the “Changing Minds” webinar series. To register, visit http://pages.presencelearning.com/spedahead-changing-minds-jordan-wright.html

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Epson Expands North American Projector Market Leadership to 39 Percent with Largest Industry Share Growth

Epson Holds Number One Position in North America and Posts the Largest Revenue Growth of any Brand in the Industry

LONG BEACH, Calif. – March 24, 2014 – Underscoring its leadership in the projector market, Epson America, Inc. today announced it continues to hold the number one position in North America for 2013. According to PMA Research, the worldwide market information experts on front projectors, Epson continued momentum in the market by growing its overall North America market share to 39 percent in units in 2013, representing a five-point increase year-over-year and the largest share growth of any manufacturer1. With positive revenue growth four years in a row, Epson had the largest total revenue increase in the North American projector market in 2013 with a 24 percent share, which represents a nearly six-point increase year-over-year.

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Israeli-based Modular™ Construction Toys Builds Momentum in U.S.

Connectable and compatible construction sets allow both boys and girls to build train tracks, raceways, towns and more

Merion Station, PA -- March 19, 2014 – Modular™ Construction Toys, the Israeli-based manufacturer of Modular Toys construction sets, brings its innovative product line to the U.S. with Modular Toys USA. This expansion brings the popular racetracks, locomotive construction and building sets for ages 4-8 to specialty toy retailers across the U.S.

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