Learning First Alliance Welcomes Two New Board Members

New NSBA Executive Director and ISTE CEO bring wealth of knowledge and expertise to help alliance’s ongoing efforts to advance U.S. public education

Washington, D.C. – December 3, 2012 – The Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of 16 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools, welcomes Thomas Gentzel, the new executive director of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), and Brian Lewis, the new chief executive officer of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), to its board.

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Groton Public Schools Partners with Leader in Online Speech Therapy to Serve Students with Special Needs

Students in grades 1-5 receive services through PresenceLearning

SAN FRANCISCO, November 28, 2012 – To better serve a portion of the district’s special needs student population, Groton Public Schools has partnered with PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students. Through this adoption, students in grades 1-5 receive web-based speech-language therapy services from a highly qualified, certified speech-language pathologist (SLP).

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Harrison School District Two Combines Online and On-Site Speech Therapy Services to Better Serve Students

PresenceLearning and the district’s speech-language pathologist assistants work collaboratively to serve more than 120 students

SAN FRANCISCO, November 27, 2012 – Harrison School District Two in Colorado Springs, Colorado has partnered with PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students, to help relieve the district’s speech-language pathologist (SLP) shortage. As part of this partnership, the district’s speech-language pathologist assistants (SLPAs) work collaboratively with PresenceLearning’s certified therapists to provide more than 120 students with a combination of virtual and on-site support.

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Special Education Leaders Discuss Aligning IEPs to the Common Core During Free PresenceLearning Webinar

December 11, 2012 webinar addresses the shift in special education services for districts implementing the Common Core

SAN FRANCISCO, November 26, 2012 – To help district administrators lead their special education teams as they move to the new Common Core State Standards, PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech therapy for schools, is hosting a free webinar titled “Shift Happens: New IEP Language for a Common Core World” on Tuesday, December 11th at 1:00 pm ET (10:00 am PT). To register for the webinar, visit http://pages.presencelearning.com/spedahead8.

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PresenceLearning Wins 2012 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence

Leading live online speech therapy service honored in New Products category

SAN FRANCISCO, November 14, 2012 –PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students, was named a winner in the New Products category of the 2012 Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence. Now in its 30th year, the awards program honors innovative applications that break new ground as well as upgraded products that have received significant enhancements.

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MHC Coalition in Virginia Works to Further Improve the Health of Henry County Youth by Implementing the SPARK Physical Education Program

The MHC Coalition received a Healthy Communities Action Team (HCAT) Grant to provide SPARK After School curriculum, equipment and training for 40 staff members

San Diego, CA, November 13, 2012 — The Martinsville/Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness in Martinsville, Virginia is implementing the SPARK After School program this fall at after school program sites in an effort to promote physical activity and combat childhood obesity in the area. The training was funded by the Healthy Communities Action Team (HCAT) Grant from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY). This grant paid for curriculum, equipment and training for 40 staff members from 12 after school program sites. SPARK is the provider of the world’s most researched physical education program and a division of School Specialty.

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Smart Toys and Games' IQ-Building and Magnetic Construction Toys Win Top Parenting and Education Awards

NAPPA, Parents' Choice, Learning Magazine's Teachers' Choice Awards, and Dr. Toy all recognize Toys for Boosting Learning while providing fun

SAN FRANCISCO - November 13, 2012 - Smart Toys and Games, Inc., a leading producer of award-winning single-player logic games and the SmartMax® magnetic construction system, has earned awards from coveted parenting and education awards programs - National Parenting Publications (NAPPA), Parents' Choice, Learning Magazine's Teachers' Choice (TCA) and Dr. Toy's "Best Picks Children's Products for 2012" - for its games and toys Aqua Belle, Bill & Betty Bricks, Trucky 3, Color Code, SmartMax Set - BASIC 25, and SmartMax Flower Palace.

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