Two Colorado Districts Implement SPARK™ PE Programs to Meet New Standards

Adams School District 50 and Colorado Springs School District 11 began using SPARK™ this school year to increase physical activity opportunities for students 

San Diego, CA, March 26, 2013 — To increase students’ moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) during the school day, both Adams School District 50 and Colorado Springs School District 11 in Westminster, CO and Colorado Springs, CO respectively, have implemented the SPARK Physical Education (PE) program for the 2012-2013 school year. Each district has received K-12 training, curriculum materials and equipment from SPARK™, provider of the world’s most-researched PE program.

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AEP Publishes Guides on Emerging Education Data Initiatives

Companion papers cover the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), Learning Registry, and inBloom

WILMINGTON, DE, March 20, 2013 – The Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), the professional organization for the educational resource industry, is excited to announce the publication of two new resources: The Content Developer’s Guide to the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative and Learning Registry and The Smart Publisher’s Guide to LRMI Tagging. AEP is co-leader of the LRMI, which is working to create and implement a standard tagging specification to improve the online discoverability of learning resources.

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SPARK Launches Digital Curriculum for Physical Educators

Online access to world's most researched and field-tested physical education program takes advantage of mobile devices in schools

San Diego, CA, March 18, 2013 — To continue to meet the evolving needs of physical education (PE) and classroom teachers nationwide, SPARK has launched digital versions of each of its comprehensive PE programs.  The “Digital-Only” curricula allow educators to access all SPARK materials with a smart phone, tablet or laptop. SPARK is the first research-based K-12 PE curriculum to offer a fully digital curriculum for mobile users.

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Curriculum Associates Partners with Clever to Add 5-Minute SIS Integration to i-Ready®

New SIS integration gets students online faster

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass. (March 18, 2013) – Curriculum Associates, makers of the award-winning i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction program, today announced a strategic multi-year partnership with Clever to provide SIS integration for all of its school customers. For the first time, i-Ready will directly connect to dozens of student information systems.

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Federal Way Public Schools selects LearnPad™ as their Education Tablet Solution

March 12, 2013 Washington – Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) in Federal Way, WA selects Educational Resources®’ LearnPad Tablet Solution to roll out to three schools within its district.

The ER LearnPad™ is the BETT Best Digital Device of 2013 and the only Purpose Built for Education Tablet solution available within K-12 today. The LearnPad solution includes three components that allow any teacher or school to safely deliver unlimited, digital curriculum & instruction anywhere: the LearnPad tablet, the LearnPad cloud-based management portal, and the LearnPad content store. The LearnPad solution is only $299 per tablet and carries no subscription fees.

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New Afterschool Physical Activity Program Engages Youth to Lead Active & Healthy Lives

Blended-Media curriculum, “Character Matters” resources and STEM academic connections help afterschool staff provide comprehensive activity solution

San Diego, CA, March 11, 2013 — Afterschool programs have the potential to teach youth how to enjoy and seek out physical activity while building a foundation for a healthier lifestyle, yet they often encounter obstacles including inexperienced staff, lack of a physical activity curriculum and limited space and equipment. In order to alleviate these barriers, afterschool programs need a plan that will not only increase physical activity through a wide range of activities, but provide a way for it to be done quickly and easily, even for the most inexperienced staff members. 

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Webinar Gives Special Education Directors Strategies to Successfully Manage Speech-Language Pathology Workloads

PresenceLearning's March 28th webinar aims to ease caseloads and limit attrition for district SLPs

SAN FRANCISCO, March 7, 2013 – To help district-level special education directors successfully implement American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s (ASHA) strategies to manage speech-language pathology services, PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students, is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, March 28th at 1 pm ET (10 am PT). To register for the webinar “Leadership Challenge: Managing Workloads in a Caseload-Driven World – Breaking the Barriers to Effective SLP Services,” visit http://pages.presencelearning.com/spedahead10.   

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Upcoming Webinar Features Charlotte Danielson and her New Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument, 2013 Edition

Teachscape’s March 14th webinar focuses on conducting teacher evaluations and developing observer proficiency using the new Framework

SAN FRANCISCO, March 6, 2013 – Charlotte Danielson, author of the Framework for Teaching, and Mark Atkinson, founder and chief strategist of Teachscape, will hold a free one-hour webinar for district administrators on using the new Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument, 2013 Edition (the ‘2013 Edition’) to enhance professional practice and more easily conduct teacher evaluations. The webinar, “The New Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument, 2013 Edition,” will take place on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT. To register, go to: http://www.teachscape.com/danielson-webinar.  

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Curriculum Associates’ BRIGANCE® Special Education Program Receives CASE Endorsement

Screening, assessment, and instruction tools recognized for helping educators meet the needs of special education students

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., March 6, 2013 – Curriculum Associates’ BRIGANCE® Special Education family of products has been officially endorsed by the Council for Administrators of Special Education (CASE), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). BRIGANCE Special Education was endorsed after a rigorous evaluation based on its marketability, feasibility, research base, performance in field tests, customer satisfaction, company reputation, and enhancement of professional practice as advocated by CASE.

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Promethean and Epson Announce Partnership to Boost Interactivity in US and Canadian Classrooms

5 March 2013 – ATLANTA – Promethean (LSE: PRW), a global education company, and Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, today announced a partnership that gives educators in the United States and Canada  a wider range of options for converting classrooms into collaborative and interactive learning environments.

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