Rob Waldron Selected for Pahara and Aspen Institutes’ Education Fellowship

Curriculum Associates’ CEO to team up with innovative educational leaders to improve educational outcomes for students

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., January 3, 2014—Curriculum Associates’ CEO, Rob Waldron, has been selected to be a member of the newest cohort of the prestigious Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship. A joint venture of the Aspen Institute and the Pahara Institute, the fellowship aims to bring together exceptional education leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit education sectors to tackle challenges and begin to break down the silos that exist in order to make real change for students and public education as a whole.

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PresenceLearning Launches New eBook to Answer Educators’ Questions about Online Occupational Therapy (OT)

eBook explains the logistics and benefits of using online delivery of OT services to serve students with special needs in LRE

SAN FRANCISCO, January 2, 2014 – Online occupational therapy (OT) provides a new delivery option for school districts to cope with growing demand and scarce personnel for OT. To help district administrators and special educators better understand how online delivery can be used to help their students with special needs, PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy and other special education-related services for K-12 students, created a new eBook, “Get a Grip on Online OT.” The eBook answers common questions about online OT such as, “How do you do OT online?” and “What are the benefits to my students and school?”

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Curriculum Associates Releases Door 24 — A New iPad® App That Builds Computational Fluency

Complements the award-winning i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction program 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., January 2, 2014—Curriculum Associates announces another addition to the i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction product line, winner of the 2013 CODiE Award for Best Student Assessment Solution, with the release of the second in a new series of educational games for the iPad®. These apps target the skills that are most essential for achievement in Reading and Mathematics and motivate students to develop these skills through the power of game design.

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New PresenceLearning Webcast Discusses the Effectiveness of Online Therapy for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities

30-minute webcast on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 demonstrates how online therapy can be effective across a wide-range of special needs cases

SAN FRANCISCO, December 23, 2013 – As more research and anecdotal evidence surfaces about the effectiveness of online speech therapy, special educators and therapists are finding that it can also be used with students with severe disabilities. PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy and other special education-related services for K-12 students, is hosting a free webcast on using online delivery to serve students with severe disabilities as part of its recently-launched “30-minute SPEDcasts” series. The webcast, “5 Surprising Cases About Online Therapy,” will take place on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 at 1 PM ET (10 AM PT).

Interested administrators, educators and specialists, can register at: http://plearn.co/5-surprising-cases-webcast.

During the half-hour presentation, senior PresenceLearning therapists will discuss their experiences with providing online therapy to students who are non-verbal, deaf and hard of hearing, high on the autism spectrum, have seizure disorders, and more, demonstrating how online therapy is effective for students with disabilities who are beyond the mild or moderate range. 

By attending the webcast, participants will learn:

  • How students with severe disabilities are currently benefiting from online therapy
  • Successes and challenges in working with extreme cases
  • Why online therapy is effective got most any students

Since 2009, PresenceLearning’s online speech therapy services have provided schools with a practical, affordable new option for service delivery: web-based access to a nationwide network of live, highly qualified, fully licensed speech-language pathologists who are available whenever and wherever they are needed. This past year, PresenceLearning added occupational therapy (OT) and online assessments to their service offering. By partnering with PresenceLearning, school districts can fill staffing gaps related to acute and chronic SLP and OT shortages, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, reduce their backlog of assessments, improve student outcomes and become more efficient. PresenceLearning also offers access to technical specialists, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists.

PresenceLearning has delivered more than 250,000 live online therapy sessions in public, charter and virtual school districts of all sizes nationwide.

About PresenceLearning

PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com) is the leading provider of live online speech therapy services for K-12 students and now offers online occupational therapy as well. The company offers school districts web-based access to a growing, nationwide network of hundreds of highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs) and occupational therapists (OTs) via live videoconferencing combined with the latest in evidence-based practices and powerful progress reporting.

Serving thousands of students in public, charter and virtual schools throughout the U.S., PresenceLearning has shown that online speech and language therapy is practical, affordable and highly effective.  PresenceLearning is an ASHA-approved continuing education provider for SLPs and a U.S. Department of Education grant-winner, dedicated to bringing the highest clinical standards to online therapy.

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Dr. Temple Grandin Shares Her Insights into the Autistic Brain in a February 2014 PresenceLearning Webinar

 February 13, 2014 webinar kicks off new three-part “Changing Minds” series for special education leaders

SAN FRANCISCO, December 20, 2013 – PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy and other special education-related services for K-12 students, is launching a new three-part webinar series, “Changing Minds,” to provide special education leaders critical insight on neurodevelopmental disorders and explore contemporary approaches for supporting and educating this growing population. Dr. Temple Grandin, a leading expert on and author about autism, will kick off the series with “The Autistic Brain” on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM PT (12:30 PM to 2 PM ET).

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KidWind Draws Students into Renewable Energy Careers with Nationwide Challenge Events and Teacher Workshops

Workshops help teachers lead students in regional challenges that will culminate in a national wind turbine competition in Washington, D.C. in Spring 2014 

(Saint Paul, MN) December 17, 2013 – As part of its goal to host 35 KidWind Challenge Events during the 2014 school year, KidWind, the international leader of clean energy education, has scheduled 22 Challenge events across the United States, Canada and the Virgin Islands. During the Challenges, students in grades 4-12 will come together to test efficiency and design of their hand-made wind turbines in the high-speed KidWind Wind Tunnel and be judged by wind industry experts.

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Epson and DonorsChoose.org Join Forces This Holiday Season to Help Teachers Add Much-Needed Technology and Supplies to Classrooms

Epson to Donate Five Percent of Qualifying Product Sales to Classrooms in Need

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Dec. 3, 2013 – Epson America, Inc. today announced it has partnered with DonorsChoose.org for a second year in a row for its 2013 holiday season initiative. From Dec. 1 to Dec. 24, 2013, Epson will help fund K-12 public school classrooms in need, by donating five percent of select purchases made on Epson.com – up to $100,000* – to support eligible classroom projects across America. It will also multiply the reach of its donation through DonorsChoose.org’s “Double Your Impact” program by matching donations.

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PublicSchoolWORKS’ Director of Client Services Wins Two Silver Women in Business Stevie Awards

Cincinnati, OH – December 3, 2013 – Carrie Mockler, PublicSchoolWORKS’ director of client services, was selected as a 2013 Silver Stevie® Awards for Women in Business winner in two categories: Female Executive of the Year for the Business Services with 11 to 2,500 employees and Woman of the Year – Business Services. Mockler was chosen from more than 1,200 entries because of her proven ability to build a corporate culture of both acting as and working as a service provider. Now in its tenth year, the Stevie® Awards for Women in Business is a prestigious award for women entrepreneurs, executives, employees, and for their organizations.

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New Music and Movement Classes from Kindermusik Engage Babies and Toddlers

Cuddle & Bounce and Sing & Play offer opportunities for young children to bond with parents while learning musical concepts and furthering brain development

GREENSBORO, NC – December 3, 2013 – Music and movement classes can spark learning in young children, and when done in conjunction with a parent, can help build bonds between parent and child. Parents seeking early development opportunities for children as young as newborns should check out two new classes offered by Kindermusik International. The classes Cuddle & Bounce, for children from birth to one year of age, and Sing & Play, for children from one to two years of age, use music and movement to nurture and guide learning. Parents can sign-up to try a free class by visiting Kindermusik.com.

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