Luca Lashes Adds More Interactivity/Chinese to its Free App Focused on Helping Children through ‘Fearful Firsts’

Multilingual story, now in five languages, introduces children to Luca and his magic lashes as he prepares to conquer his fears

Chandler, AZ, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – Multilingual eBook and app creator, Luca Lashes® LLC announces an upgraded version of its introductory app, Luca Lashes®, the Brown-Eyed Boy with the Magic Eyelashes. With stories geared for children ages 0 to 6 and older children with special needs, the award-winning series helps turn children’s “fearful firsts” into educational experiences.

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Gwynedd Mercy University’s School of Education to Expand Its Use of Teachscape

With the addition of the soon-to-launch doctoral program, Teachscape will be used throughout university’s clinical teacher preparation program

SAN FRANCISCO, May 13, 2014 – Gwynedd Mercy University in Gwynedd, PA is expanding its use of Teachscape this fall as it launches the Accelerated Executive Doctorate in Educational Leadership program. With this new academic offering, Teachscape’s professional learning tools will be used by undergraduate, graduate, master, and doctoral faculty and students as an integral part of the university’s clinical teacher preparation program.

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PublicSchoolWORKS named as Finalist in 2014 American Business Awards

New Product – Software finalist, WORKS Crisis Response Program, prepares school staff to mitigate risk during crisis

Cincinnati, OH – May 12, 2014 – The new Crisis Response Program by PublicSchoolWORKS, the signature safety compliance solution for K-12 schools, was named a Best New Product/Service of the Year - Software finalist for the Governance, Risk and Compliance category in the 2014 American Business AwardsSM, the nation’s premier business award program. Ultimately, the WORKS Crisis Response Program will be awarded a Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie® distinction. This is the fifth Stevie finalist distinction for WORKS. 

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Leading English Language Arts Experts Join Curriculum Associates’ Team of Ready® Authors

Jim Cunningham, Maureen McLaughlin, Brenda Overturf, and D. Ray Reutzel bring wealth of knowledge and expertise to further enhance highly successful reading program

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., May 9, 2014—Curriculum Associates has enlisted leading industry experts to further develop its comprehensive Ready® Common Core Reading program, which is designed to improve teaching and learning outcomes on the new, more rigorous standards. The authors will help ensure the validity and sound instructional design of the program by using their wealth of knowledge and research expertise in specific areas related to career and college readiness and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts.

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Dr. Jennifer House Joins Board of Directors of Listen for Life

Education technology veteran latest addition to world-class team

Oakland, California – May 8, 2014 – Listen for Life™, a global nonprofit music-media organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of music culture worldwide, has tapped Jennifer House, Ph.D., founder and president of RedRock Reports and an education technology industry veteran, as the latest member of its Board of Directors. House will help guide the organization by serving as its educational business development and legislative liaison. Also joining the Board of Directors are Mark Mallardi, appointed CEO of Listen for Life in January, and Carol Castelli, who will serve as chief advisor for live events and product marketing/branding. 

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Louisiana’s Calcasieu Parish Public Schools Selects Teachscape to Help Improve Teaching Effectiveness

District to support teachers and administrators through collaborative professional development based on fair and reliable teacher evaluations

SAN FRANCISCO, May 5, 2014 – Calcasieu Parish School System (CPSS) in Lake Charles, LA has selected Teachscape to support the increased effectiveness of teachers and administrators in its 21 priority schools, those designated as high-need. CPSS, the fifth largest district in the state, will help educators at these schools engage in collaborative professional learning based on instructional data collected during teacher evaluations. To ensure that these evaluations are fair and reliable, 70 administrators will be trained and assessed on Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching (FFT). 

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Vernier Launches Its 2014 Summer Institute Series for Science and STEM Educators

A full day of activities provides educators with hands-on training to help them integrate data-collection technology into their science curriculum

BEAVERTON, Oregon, May 1, 2014 – This summer, Vernier Software & Technology will offer more than 20 full-day, hands-on training institutes to help science and STEM teachers integrate data-collection technology into their science curriculum. Educators can select from either general or subject-specific institutes, during which they will work alongside a training specialist and use Vernier’s award-winning line of hardware and software technology to explore classroom-ready experiments and activities. 

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PresenceLearning Adds Occupational Therapy Assessments to Its Service Offerings for Schools

Online occupational therapy assessments increase efficiency and eliminate bottlenecks in special education programs

SAN FRANCISCO, April 30, 2014 – Limited access to qualified occupational therapists affects schools’ ability to assess student needs for occupational therapy (OT) and deliver the prescribed services. To help schools meet the legal mandate for timely evaluation of students with special needs, PresenceLearning has added online assessments to its OT and speech therapy offerings. 

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KidWind Names Inaugural National KidWind Challenge Champions

A total of 33 student teams traveled to Washington DC to compete in the National KidWind Challenge during the USA Science & Engineering Festival

(Washington DC and Saint Paul, MN) April 29, 2014 – KidWind, the international leader of clean energy education, announces the champions of its first-ever National KidWind Challenge which was held on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The event, which took place during Washington DC’s USA Science & Engineering Festival, brought together 138 students from across the nation who have a passion for renewable energy and engineering to compete for the championship title in either the middle school or high school divisions and a $1,000 cash grand prize for each division team. The winning teams are:

  • Middle School Division – Wind Surfers from DeAnza Academy of Technology and the Arts (DATA) in Ventura, Calif. 
  • High School Division – Blade Runners from Copley High School in Copley, Ohio.  

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SPARK Classroom Curriculum Adds Video Content for Physically Active Instruction Breaks

New Fast Break videos add more physical activity opportunities to the school day 

San Diego, CA, April 29, 2014 — Active Living Research found that participating in physical activity during lesson breaks can help improve students’ on-task behavior and some measures of health, yet educators are sometimes at a loss on how to seamlessly incorporate physical activity into their lessons. SPARK™, provider of the world’s most-researched physical education (PE) program, has added five-minute Fast Break Videos to its Classroom Activity & Recess program, SPARKabc’s. The Fast Break Videos provide educators with a quick and visual tool for getting students active in-between lessons, allowing them to expel excess energy and refocus for the coming task.

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