The Best for Babies Book Provides Expert Advice for Assessing Infant-Toddler Programs

Alice Sterling Honig highlights the nurturing interactions that children need for optimum development

Lewisville, N.C. – August 27, 2014 – In The Best for Babies: Expert Advice for Assessing Infant-Toddler Programs from Gryphon House Inc., a leading publisher of early childhood resources, Alice Sterling Honig offers practical ideas for guiding children’s cognitive, language, and social-emotional learning and development.

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PresenceLearning Launches New Three-Part Fall Webinar Series for Special Education Administrators

First SPEDexpectations webinar on September 23rd, 2014 will help administrators navigate ever-changing legal landscape

SAN FRANCISCO, August 25, 2014 – Special education administrators are responsible for ensuring that students with special needs receive a free and appropriate public education. However, an ever-evolving legal environment leaves school districts vulnerable to legal blunders when developing and implementing educational programs for students with special needs. To help special education administrators stay up-to-date—and educate their colleagues in general education—PresenceLearning is hosting a free webinar with Julie Weatherly, Esq., an expert in special education law, on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 10 AM Pacific time (1 PM Eastern time). This free webinar, “Staying Out of Due Process in Special Education: Five Timely Do’s and Don’ts,” is the first of three webinars in PresenceLearning’s new SPEDexpectations fall webinar series.

To sign up for the webinar, visit: http://pages.presencelearning.com/spedexpectations-julie-weatherly-register.html.

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Learning First Alliance Supports Additional Time to Get Common Core Implementation Right

U.S. Department of Education announcement respects educator voice, provides delay in tying teacher evaluations to standardized assessments 

Washington, D.C. – August 21, 2014 – Today, the Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of leading education organizations representing more than 10 million parents, educators and policymakers, released the following statement:

“The Learning First Alliance supports the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to allow states to delay tying teacher evaluation to standardized assessments aligned to new standards, including the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). 

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The Enlarged City School District of Middletown Improves Student Outcomes with Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready®

District’s elementary schools effectively use online diagnostic and instruction program built for the Common Core State Standards for blended learning

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., August 21, 2014—The Enlarged City School District of Middletown, a National Race to the Top District (RTTT-D) in Middletown, NY, has improved student outcomes through its use of Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction. During the first year of its blended learning initiative in 2013–14, the district implemented the online program, which is built for the Common Core State Standards, in 33 elementary classrooms. Middletown chose i-Ready to meet its academic needs based on a collaborative design and content selection process that involved district leaders, teachers, and its partner, Education Elements, which helps design and implement personalized learning plans for districts.

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The Texas Education Agency Approves the SPARK Coordinated School Health Program

SPARK partners with Healthy Lifestyle Choices and Healthy Kids Challenge to create a comprehensive youth health program for TX students 

San Diego, CA, August 21, 2014 -- SPARK™, provider of the world’s most-researched physical education programs, was selected by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as one of only three state-approved Coordinated School Health (CSH) Programs for students in grades K-8. The SPARK CSH program gives districts tools to provide physical education and physical activity, as well as health education and nutrition education, in order to create a comprehensive student health program. When implemented in a coordinated fashion, it has been proven to improve student health parameters and thus counter childhood obesity.

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New PresenceLearning Resource Focuses on How Blended Learning Can Improve Instruction in the Special Education Classroom

“Getting Smarter About SPED: A Conversation about Blended Learning Decisions and Implications” added to company’s growing library of SPED resources

SAN FRANCISCO, August 12, 2014 – PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy and other special education-related services for K-12 students, has launched “Getting Smarter About SPED: A Conversation about Blended Learning Decisions and Implications.” Based on a webinar featuring Tom Vander Ark, author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and CEO of Getting Smart, Maria Carr, Special Education Coordinator at IEM, and Robin Wise, Blended Regions Special Service Manager at K12, this resource explores the landscape – and benefits of – blended learning in special education.

To download this free resource, visit: http://presencelearning.com/resources/library/getting-smarter-about-blended-learning/.

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Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction Named a Winner of eSchool News’ 2014–15 Readers’ Choice Awards

Online diagnostic and instruction program built for the Common Core State Standards chosen as a top educational product by publication’s readers

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., August 6, 2014—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction was recently named a winner of eSchool News’ 2014–15 Readers’ Choice Awards. The awards honor the best products and services in educational technology as chosen by readers, including more than 1,300 teachers, administrators, and education technology specialists from K–12 schools and districts across North America, and i-Ready was one of the 50 winners that received the most nominations for favorite edtech product or service.

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Gryphon House’s The Welcoming Classroom Helps Educators Engage with Families

Johnna Darragh Ernst offers checklists, communication tips and questions, so educators can foster family engagement

Lewisville, N.C. – July 31, 2014 – The Welcoming Classroom: Building Strong Home-to-School Connections for Early Learning from Gryphon House Inc., a leading publisher of early childhood resources, guides teachers on how to best engage  families. In The Welcoming Classroom, Johnna Darragh Ernst offers practical ideas for creating a friendly atmosphere for families that will encourage them to participate in their children’s learning community.

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PresenceLearning’s Vice President of Clinical Services Named American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Fellow

Melissa Jakubowitz M.A. CCC-SLP receives one of the association’s highest honors for her outstanding contributions to the professional community

SAN FRANCISCO, July 25, 2014 – The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) recently named Melissa Jakubowitz M.A. CCC-SLP, who is the vice president of Clinical Services at PresenceLearning, as an ASHA Fellow. Given to individuals based on their outstanding professional contributions to the field and within and beyond their community, ASHA Fellowship is one of the highest forms of recognition given by the association.

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More Publishers Are Tagging Their Resources with Metadata, Says New Learning Resource Metadata Initiative Survey

Most Educators Want Publishers to Tag Their Resources

Philadelphia, PA, July 22, 2014 – Nearly 6 in 10 learning resource providers (58%) are now tagging their resources with metadata, according to a new survey published by the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI). The LRMI Survey Report: July 2014 Update details findings of two separate online surveys targeting educational publishers and educators.

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