Colorado League of Charter Schools Names PublicSchoolWORKS a Preferred Service Provider

PublicSchoolWORKS passes a ten-point evaluation process to be listed as a credible resource in risk management and school safety

Cincinnati, OH – April 9, 2013 – To help Colorado charter schools make informed purchasing decisions, the Colorado League of Charter Schools has created the Preferred Service Provider (PSP) Program to present its members with credible service providers within their stated areas of expertise. PublicSchoolWORKS, a Cincinnati-based company that offers the one and only comprehensive, fully-automated risk management system available for schools, has been designated as a Preferred Service Provider for Colorado charter schools. PublicSchoolWORKS is one of the first companies to be recognized by the PSP program. 

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World’s Leading Search Engines Recognize LRMI as Education Metadata Standard

WILMINGTON, DE, April 9, 2013 – The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) specification for tagging educational content has been adopted by Schema.org, the consortia formed by Microsoft Bing, Google, Yahoo! and Yandex to collect and document web microdata standards to improve search results. Anyone who publishes or curates educational content can now use LRMI markup to provide rich, education-specific metadata about their resources with the confidence that this metadata will be recognized by major search engines.

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Fossil School District Discovers Missing Link to Speech-Language Success

Homebound distance learning students receive speech therapy services online

SAN FRANCISCO, April 8, 2013 – To consolidate the management of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and more efficiently provide speech therapy services to homebound students, Fossil School District in Fossil, Ore., partnered with PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students. With this new partnership, Fossil School District can now provide speech therapy services to students in the district’s Distance Learning Program. 

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Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Diagnostic & Instruction Named Finalist in 2013 SIIA CODiE Awards

Online diagnostic and instruction program recognized in the Best Mathematics Instructional Solution and Best Student Assessment Solution category

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., April 8, 2013 – Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Diagnostic & Instruction was recently named a finalist in the 2013 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. The award-winning online diagnostic and instruction program was recognized in the Best Mathematics Instructional Solution and Best Student Assessment Solution categories.

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Curriculum Associates Releases Major New Edition of BRIGANCE® Inventory of Early Development (IED)

BRIGANCE IED III and BRIGANCE IED III Standardized include new content, up-to-date research, Common Core alignment and more 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., April 3, 2013 – Curriculum Associates has added critical updates to the BRIGANCE Inventory of Early Development (IED), the company’s popular and long-trusted developmental assessment tool for children birth through seven years. Available in criterion-referenced and norm-referenced editions, the new BRIGANCE IED III assessments include new content, up-to-date validity and reliability research, and strong alignment to early learning and Common Core standards.

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Germantown Elementary Becomes Model School for Maryland Community Health Initiative

Annapolis school implements SPARK Physical Education curriculum to promote wellness and fight childhood obesity 

San Diego, CA, April 2, 2013 — In an effort to instill healthy habits in students, Germantown Elementary in Annapolis, Md., has implemented a new physical education program developed by SPARK™, provider of the world’s most-researched and field-tested physical education program. The training, curriculum and equipment received as part of the new program was funded through the Center for Disease Control’s ACHIEVE grant, the Germantown Elementary Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) and the Ravens Foundation’s Plan in Motion grant. 

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Smart Toys and Games Launches SmartMax Construction Photo Contest on Facebook

Builders have a chance to win a SmartMax Prize Package

SAN FRANCISCO – April 1, 2013 – Beginning today, Smart Toys and Games, Inc., a leading producer of award-winning single-player logic games and the award-winning SmartMax® magnetic construction system, invites SmartMax enthusiasts to participate in a Facebook photo contest to highlight their SmartMax construction talents for a chance to win a monthly SmartMax prize package. SmartMax builders can submit photos between the first and last day of each month and one winner per month will be announced on the SmartMax Facebook page

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Epson Introduces the Ultimate Meeting Room Productivity Tool

BrightLink Pro 1410Wi Provides an Easy-to-Use Instant Collaboration Projection Solution to Present, Annotate, Capture, and Share

LONG BEACH, Calif. – March 27, 2013 – Epson today introduced the BrightLink® Pro 1410Wi – an ultra-short throw meeting room projector designed to provide increased organizational productivity and efficiency. The BrightLink Pro turns a traditional whiteboard, wall or virtually any flat surface into a new digital surface and offers a variety of features to boost meeting room collaboration, including video conferencing compatibility and remote collaboration.

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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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