Virginia Department of Education Names Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® an Approved Student Growth Assessment

Schools and districts across the state can use the online program aligned to Virginia’s Standards of Learning to report measures of student growth  

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., February 6, 2018—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® was recently named an approved Student Growth Assessment for Local School District Use by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). The online diagnostic and instruction program, which is currently used by districts across Virginia and more than 5 million K–12 students nationwide, was chosen by VDOE officials for its alignment to the state’s Standards of Learning and its ability to report measures of student growth. 

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Vernier Software & Technology Launches Go Direct® Sensor Cart for Hands-On Physics Investigations

Wireless sensor cart helps students explore force, position, velocity, and acceleration on or off the track

BEAVERTON, Oregon, February 5, 2018 — Vernier Software & Technology recently launched the new Go Direct® Sensor Cart for middle school, high school, and college physics students. The wireless dynamics cart allows students to easily explore force, position, velocity, and acceleration using Bluetooth® wireless technology.

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Michigan Student Jillian Ferry Named Recipient of Aperture Education’s December Scholarship Contest

High school senior awarded $1,000 for her essay on the impact of her choir instructor on her life

Charlotte N.C. (Feb. 1, 2018) — Aperture Education has selected Fenton High School senior Jillian Ferry as the winner of its December, 2017 Essay Scholarship Contest. Her essay described the non-academic lessons she learned from her high school choir director Brad Wright, including “Mr. Wright’s Five P’s of success” – how to be professional, punctual, prepared, polite and positive.  Ferry, who lives in Fenton, Michigan, will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Aperture Education.

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Aperture Education Launches $20,000 Micro-grant

Schools and out-of-school-time organizations can apply through Feb. 23, 2018 to receive micro-grants for social-emotional learning assessments

Charlotte N.C. (Jan. 29, 2018) — Social-emotional learning (SEL) company Aperture Education has launched a $20,000 micro-grant competition to help schools and out-of-school-time organizations get started in assessing students’ social and emotional competencies. Schools can apply online through Feb. 23, 2018. To apply, visit: http://info.apertureed.com/microgrant18.

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Impero Software Announces a New Version of Education Pro and Updates to iSafeguard at the 2018 Bett Show

Simi Valley, CA, Jan. 25, 2018 – Impero Software, the remote monitoring and management software specialist, will be previewing its upcoming release of Impero Education Pro, version 6.3 (v6.3), at the annual Bett Show in London this week. The new version will launch in February, 2018, and features a number of enhancements and additional functionality. Impero will also discuss its recent update to Impero iSafeguard, its online safeguarding training solution for school staff.

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Feb. 6, 2018 Webinar Showcases Sudbury Public Schools’ District-Wide SEL Initiative

Webinar hosted by Aperture Education highlights the roles of social-emotional learning assessments and curriculum 

Charlotte N.C. (Jan. 25, 2018) — Implementing a district-wide social-emotional learning (SEL) program requires purposeful integration of curricula, data, and training. Social-emotional learning company Aperture Education will host a webinar at 1:30 p.m. EST on February 6, 2018, to highlight a successful example of this – the district-wide SEL initiative at Sudbury Public Schools in Massachusetts. The webinar will feature guests from Sudbury Public Schools and Open Circle, which provides a unique SEL curriculum. The speakers will discuss how the school district has paired Aperture Education's online SEL assessment and intervention system and the Open Circle curriculum to build a successful SEL program.  To register, visit https://goo.gl/h4aSmo

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Three Aperture Education Customers Receive Wallace Foundation Grants for Social-Emotional Learning Partnerships

Wallace Foundation initiative brings together schools and afterschool organizations

Charlotte N.C. (Jan. 23, 2018) — Three Aperture Education customers have been selected to receive multiyear grants from The Wallace Foundation as part of the foundation’s Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative. The initiative supports partnerships between urban school districts and out-of-school time organizations to help children develop skills such as self-control, teamwork, persistence and goal-setting. One goal of the initiative is to directly benefit the school districts and partner organizations and the students they serve. Another goal is to learn whether and how aligning school and afterschool SEL practices helps students in grades K-6 – knowledge that can help strengthen practice within the field. 

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Edthena Leverages New Google Chrome Technology to Develop a Browser-Based Video Record and Upload Experience

Now teachers can quickly record and reliably upload classroom video for professional learning from devices running Google Chrome

SAN FRANCISCO (January 23, 2018) – Uploading is a crucial step in the process of recording and sharing classroom videos for professional development. And until now, different devices needed different tools to upload reliably.

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Fuel Education Joins as Latest Renaissance Growth Alliance Partner

Adaptive, assessment-driven digital learning solution motivates and rewards students with games

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (Jan. 16, 2018) – Renaissance®, the leader in pre-K-12 learning analytics, announces Fuel Education® (FuelEd®) as the latest Renaissance Growth Alliance™ partner. As part of the Renaissance Growth Alliance, the companies are bringing together their complementary solutions to provide teachers with personalized instruction to help increase student engagement and mastery.

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