Curriculum Associates Enhances i-Ready® with Major Upgrades for Back to School 2018

Award-winning online program redesigns teacher experience, adds new growth model, expands lesson offerings, and provides the student experience in HTML5 and on iPads®

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., June 25, 2018—To further improve its already powerful online program, Curriculum Associates has enhanced i-Ready with four major upgrades in time for Back to School 2018. The upgrades—including a newly-redesigned teacher experience, the addition of a new differentiated growth model, new and expanded K–5 reading and mathematics lessons, and an iPad-compatible student experience—will improve the teaching and learning process for the program’s 5.6 million users nationwide.

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Vernier Software & Technology Offers New Activities for the mBot™ Robot to Teach Coding and Robotics

Company draws on interest in self-driving car industry to provide students a fun and tactile way to learn entry-level coding with simple, Scratch-based software

 BEAVERTON, Oregon, June 25, 2018 — Vernier Software & Technology recently launched Coding with mBot: Self-Driving Vehicles activities module written for the mBot™ by MakeBlock®. Students can use the mBot robot and Vernier-created activities to master introductory coding and programming skills through hands-on, standards-aligned learning. 

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POWERUP Toys Launches the POWERUP Powered Paper Airplane Challenge for Schools at ISTE 2018

Educators can register to compete, receive a free POWERUP 2.0 Free Flight, and enter into a drawing for 25-motor classroom kits in the POWERUP ISTE booth #988 

(Chicago, IL) June 24, 2018 – Designed to help students learn about engineering, physics and design, the POWERUP Powered Paper Airplane Challenge lets students build and test powered paper airplanes they design and construct from a simple sheet of paper. To help educators get started with the challenge, POWERUP Toys is giving free POWERUP 2.0 Free Flight motors to every educator who registers for the challenge in the POWERUP booth (#988) at ISTE. In addition, all registrants will be entered into a drawing to win one of several 25-motor POWERUP 2.0 kits so educators can involve whole classrooms in designing and testing their paper airplanes.

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The Buck Institute for Education Publishes Videos of Gold Standard PBL Projects

Projects to design model tiny houses, improve water quality and more are examples of how teachers can create high quality Project Based Learning units

 Novato, California (June 24, 2018) – Project Based Learning (PBL) is gaining momentum throughout the U.S. and around the world as a way to deeply engage students in content and build 21st century success skills. To help schools and districts visualize what high quality PBL looks like in the classroom, the Buck Institute for Education has published six videos from schools across the country with kids from kindergarten through high school to showcase the Buck Institute’s Gold Standard for Project Based Learning. The videos include interviews with teachers and footage of classroom lessons. They are available at https://www.bie.org/object/video/water_quality_project.

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Impero Software Announces New Version of its Flagship Product – Impero Education Pro – at ISTE 2018

Impero Education Pro V7 now includes a mental health keyword library and is easily scalable for large districts

Chicago, June 24, 2018 – Impero Software, a leading provider of classroom management, network and online safety software to schools today announced the latest version of its award-winning product, Impero Education Pro V7. The software has been updated to include a new mental health keyword library, google authentication, and improved scalability to support larger school districts, among other features. The company will showcase the new features of its award-winning product this week at ISTE 2018 in booth #630.

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The Buck Institute for Education Announces its 2018 PBL Champions

Program recognizes a school, district and an individual for their work to bring high quality Project Based Learning to students 

Napa Valley, California (June 22, 2018) – The Buck Institute for Education has named its 2018 PBL Champions – a designation that honors a school, a school district, and an individual for their commitment to high quality Project Based Learning.

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Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Instruction Aligns to WIDA PRIME V2 Correlation Criteria for English Language Learners

Third-party review of the online reading and mathematics program identifies how i-Ready represents the components of the English Language Development Standards and WIDA Standards Framework for EL students in Grades K–8

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., June 13, 2018—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Instruction for Grades K–8 recently met all correlation criteria for the WIDA PRIME V2 Protocol for Review of Instructional Materials for ELLs (PRIME V2). The PRIME V2 offers educators a methodology to determine how instructional materials are correlated to the WIDA Standards Framework, connected to English and Spanish Language Development Standards, and relevant for both US domestic and international audiences to meet the academic needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). 

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New Efficacy Research Demonstrates Curriculum Associates’ Ready® Meets Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Federal Funding Requirements

Schools can use School Improvement Funds to implement evidence-based curriculum to support student achievement  

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., June 12, 2018—A new research study titled “Ready Efficacy: Research on Ready Program Impact” demonstrates that Curriculum Associates’ Ready  Mathematics and Ready  Reading instruction for Grades 3–8 meets the federal funding requirements for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Given this research, Ready qualifies as a Level 3 program demonstrating “Promising Evidence,” and schools nationwide can use school improvement funding to implement the curriculum as an evidence-based program as defined by ESSA. Most importantly, research confirms that students who have access to Ready instruction outperform their peers on state summative English language arts and mathematics assessments.

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Missouri Online Summer Institute Provides Students with Online Courses at No Cost

Online summer program now open for enrollment; new Business and IT Boot Camp available this year

 Herndon, Virginia, June 4, 2018 — Middle and high school students across Missouri are taking advantage of the unique opportunity to earn original credit or recovery credits online by enrolling in the Missouri Online Summer Institute (MOSI). The virtual summer school, hosted by Grandview R-2 School District, gives students free access to a diverse catalog of rigorous online courses from Fuel Education® (FuelEd®). Students can enroll in the program until July 2, 2018 and can access the courses between May 18, 2018 and July 20, 2018.

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Alabama Department of Education Gives Students Free Summer Access to Fuel Education Solutions

K-12 students across the state can engage with online reading and learning activities all summer long

Herndon, Virginia, May 22, 2018 — To keep students actively learning over the summer and to help prevent  summer learning loss, the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), with the help of Fuel Educationâ (FuelEdâ), is launching its sixth annual Alabama Summer Learning Challenge. From May through July, students across the state have free access to two FuelEd online learning tools, Stride™, an award-winning digital learning solution that rewards student progress with games, and Big Universeâ, an online reading literacy platform featuring thousands of eBooks.

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