Greenville, SC – October 17, 2012 – Super Duper Publications has introduced its one-of-a-kind Super StoryMaker App for iPad® available in the iTunes App Store .
Epson Helps Educators Get the Most from Their Interactive Projectors with New BrightLink Training Videos
More Than 30 Free Tutorials Offer Insight on Using BrightLink Projectors in the Classroom
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Oct. 17, 2012 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, has developed more than 30 “BrightLink Bright Spots” training videos to help teachers and technology trainers better understand the wide range of features available through EPSON® BrightLink ultra-short throw and short throw interactive projectors. Available for free on the Epson website, the BrightLink Bright Spots are short, easy-to-follow video clips that cover specific topics related to using interactive projector technology in instruction.
Parent InfoCenter online portal for schools helps parents stay on top of training for, and reporting of, bullying and other safety issues
Cincinnati, OH – (October 10), 2012 –PublicSchoolWORKS, a Cincinnati-based company that offers the one and only comprehensive, fully-automated risk management system available for schools, won the Interactive Media Outstanding Achievement Award for its Parent InfoCenter online portal. The Parent InfoCenter features online training for parents, awareness information and reporting tools for students and parents and is part of the Student Bullying and Violence Prevention Program (SBVPP) offered by PublicSchoolWORKS.
Epson Offers Major Cost Savings to Schools through Brighter Futures program with Low-Priced Projector Replacement Lamps
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Oct. 8, 2012 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide1, demonstrates its ongoing commitment to providing schools with projection solutions at a low total cost of ownership, by announcing new lower prices for K-12 education-focused projector replacement lamps. Compatible with two dozen of Epson’s award-winning projectors, the replacement lamps are available for $99 or less exclusively for Brighter Futures® customers.
Top education innovators recognize online diagnostic and instruction program as key part of successful formula for student growth
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., October 2, 2012 – Many of the nation’s leading charter schools have chosen Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready™ Diagnostic & Instruction to be a key element of their blended learning and student growth initiatives. Harlem Children’s Zone, New Classrooms, Rocketship Education, and Uncommon Schools Boston, as well as KIPP Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York all use i-Ready.
Cleveland Independent School District (ISD) Adopts PublicSchoolWORKS to Improve Student and Staff Safety
EmployeeSafe Suite and Student Bullying and Violence Prevention Program to improve staff safety knowledge and provide reporting tools for students
Cincinnati, OH – October 1, 2012 –PublicSchoolWORKS, a Cincinnati-based company that offers the one and only comprehensive, fully-automated risk management system available for schools, will begin a full implementation of EmployeeSafe Suite and its Student Bullying and Violence Prevention Program (SBVPP) at Cleveland ISD (Cleveland, Texas) for the 2012-2013 school year. The EmployeeSafe Suite will facilitate timely and consistent administration of staff safety training, compliance task management (drills, inspections, IAQ, etc.), accident management, MSDS compliance, hazard/near miss reporting and more. The SBVPP will help the district quickly respond to reported cases of bullying and violence by immediately notifying the correct administrators and tracking each report to resolution.
“The implementation of the PublicSchoolworks system will allow Cleveland ISD to benefit from improved staff education when dealing with key issues such as, suicide prevention and depression in students. Our students and parents will have the tools to report concerns as soon as they arise so the proper staff can be notified and take the appropriate steps to resolve the issue at hand,” said Kerry Cowart, Superintendent of Cleveland Independent School District. “This system will provide the data we need to make informed decisions concerning student safety and provide useful training to our faculty and staff.”
“The training piece is essential to ensuring that our staff is up-to-date on all topical information and that as a whole, we are creating a safer environment for staff and students. The auto notification of this system ensures that our staff will receive updates on all training deadlines and the system will only notify administrators if training has not been completed. With all of the duties our district is tasked with on a daily basis, this system gives us the ability to focus more on education and less on tracking down staff and following paper trails,” said Karin Miller, Assistant Superintendent, Special Programs. “Before PublicSchoolWORKS, we spent valuable administrative time rescheduling training for educators who were unable to attend. Now our staff can take the training when it is most convenient for them.”
The SBVPP addresses both bullying and violence concerns. The program sets a precedence letting students know that bullying is not tolerated. In addition, it provides mechanisms for anonymously reporting incidents of bullying and student violence while streamlining and automating the process for administrators to track incidents through to resolution. Administrators are automatically notified of any reports based on their school so they may react immediately.
“There is not a day that goes by that I don’t hear about a student who was the target of bullying. In tragic cases, a student chooses to end his or her life as a result of this bullying or violence. It is imperative that schools provide ways for students to report issues, anonymously if they choose, and provide interventions to stop situations before they escalate,” said Tom Strasburger, Vice President of PublicSchoolWORKS. “With the Student Bullying and Violence Prevention Program, reporting tools are available for students and educators are trained on how to best handle these issues when they arise.”
Since its founding in 2000, PublicSchoolWORKS has been committed to providing top-quality, practical and cost-effective solutions to the constantly changing environmental, health and safety requirements affecting the nation's educational systems. The company has gained an exemplary reputation for the innovation and technical superiority of its comprehensive and integrated safety and compliance management systems, which combine administrative software tools and resources to dramatically reduce the time and cost required to develop, implement, and sustain safety compliance programs. For more information, visit us on the web at www.publicschoolworks.com.
The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative has expanded its Proof of Concept tagging project to include language arts resources
WILMINGTON, DE, October 1, 2012 – The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) has moved into the second phase of its proof of concept metadata tagging project, expanding its scope to tag English language arts resources, in addition to math content. The LRMI is working to make it easier to publish, discover and deliver quality educational content on the web by creating a standard tagging framework for learning resources. Through its proof of concept project, the LRMI aims to document best practices for tagging to the LRMI specification and provide support for publishers by helping them understand the “real world” application of the LRMI. To date, 616 resources have been evaluated, tagged and aligned, with plans for another 450+ resources in upcoming rounds of tagging.
Easy Access and Search for Education (EASE) project will inform implementation of new education metadata standard
WILMINGTON, DE, September 28, 2012 – Beginning in October, the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) will kick off Easy Access and Search for Education (EASE), a month-long campaign that aims to raise awareness about the negative effects of information overload on educators’ and students’ online search experiences. A national awareness campaign, EASE invites K-12 district-level administrators, principals, curriculum leaders, librarians, and classroom teachers to share their opinions and suggestions about online search. All participants will be entered for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Five prizes will be awarded during each week of the program.
Data and insights from parents of K–12 students and preschoolers into home and school use of mobile devices
Bethesda, MD—Sept. 25, 2012—As students head back to school, more of them than ever before will be using mobile devices in the classroom and at home for educational purposes. This fall, leading industry research firm Grunwald Associates LLC will conduct a research study to examine student uses, parent perceptions and family requirements for mobile learning platforms. The study will be conducted with support from AT&T and in collaboration with the Learning First Alliance, a major national education organization.
Guide facilitates community screenings of DVD to help audiences understand the national dropout crisis and what they can do to take action
Washington, D.C. – September 24, 2012 – Hundreds of thousands of students drop out of high school each year. To address this extremely concerning issue and to offer a call to action for individuals and communities, 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, was chosen by FRONTLINE, a production of WGBH, Boston, to author a community screening guide for their segment, Middle School Moment.