The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) Announces New Regional Directors

Pedro Rivera and Dr. Frank Rodriguez bring a wealth of experience to their new roles as part of the ALAS board

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 30, 2021) – The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) has elected Pedro Rivera and Dr. Frank Rodriguez to its Board of Directors. Rivera, who is the former Pennsylvania Secretary of Education and currently serves as president of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Pennsylvania, was named the Director of Region 6 Northeast. Rodriguez, who is superintendent of the Beaufort County School District in South Carolina, was named director of Region 7 Southeast.

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IRIS Wins ‘Educators Pick Best of STEM 2021’ Award for Earth Science

Organization offers real-world data and teaching resources to entice middle through college level students to study earthquakes

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 30, 2021) — The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) was recently named a winner in the ‘Educators Pick Best of STEM 2021’ Awards in the Earth Science category. The awards, which are a combined effort of Catapult X, the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), and MCH Strategic Data, are the only awards judged by STEM educators for STEM educators. IRIS was selected for its positive impact on student learning and STEM education in today’s schools.

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The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents 2022 Education Conclave Focuses on Historically Marginalized Students

Speaking proposals are due Nov. 30, 2021 for professional development conference taking place January 21-22, 2022 in Gwinnett County, Georgia

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 23, 2021) – The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) announces its 3rd Annual Education Conclave, co-hosted by the Georgia Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (GALAS), which focuses on the theme “Historically Marginalized: No Mas!” The event takes place Jan. 21-22, 2022 at the Gwinnett County Office of Public Schools near Atlanta, Georgia. It provides advanced professional development for teacher leaders, principals and administrators from across the country.  Speaking proposals are being accepted through Nov. 30, 2021. To apply to speak or to register to attend the conference click here.

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Aperture Education’s 2021 Winter SEL Guide Supports Social and Emotional Learning during the Winter Months

SEL Guide provides lessons and resources for teachers, students, and families 

Charlotte N.C. (Nov. 22, 2021) — The winter months are a time when many families celebrate holidays and when students and teachers have a chance to relax and recharge over winter break. Yet many people may also experience increases in stress, anxiety, and loneliness during this time. To support students and educators this winter, Aperture Education, the leading provider of research-based social and emotional learning (SEL) assessments for K-12 schools, has created a free 2021 Winter SEL Guide. The Guide provides activities and strategies for practicing and strengthening the social and emotional skills that can help students and adults have a positive winter break and a strong start to 2022. To download the guide, visit https://info.apertureed.com/2021-wg

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Application Period Open for the 2022 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards

Seven STEM educators can each receive $5,500 in prizes for their innovative use of data-collection technology 

BEAVERTON, Oregon, November 17, 2021 — The call for applications for the 2022 Vernier/NSTA Technology Awards is now open for STEM educators nationwide. Now in its 19th year, this annual awards program from Vernier Software & Technology and the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) will recognize seven educators for their innovative use of data-collection technology in the classroom. Each winning educator will receive $5,500 in prizes.

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Innovative EdTech Solutions Chosen as Winners of ‘Educators Pick Best of STEM 2021’ Awards

Panel of educator judges selected winning products, technologies, and services for their positive impact on student learning and STEM education 

BEAVERTON, Ore. (November 15, 2021) – In collaboration with the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and MCH Strategic Data, Catapult X has named the winners of the Educators Pick Best of STEM 2021, the only awards program judged by STEM educators for STEM educators. This year’s winning K-12 and higher education products, technologies, and services were selected for their positive impact on student learning and STEM education in today’s schools. Winners were chosen based on reviews by the educator judges, as well as by a popular vote by more than 2,500 educators. 

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Vector Solutions Launches Environmental Health and Safety Incident Management System for K-12 Schools

Vector EHS Management helps districts track incidents and hazards, comply with federal regulations, and identify trends such as COVID-19 outbreaks

Tampa, FL – November 9, 2021 - Vector Solutions, the leading provider of training and software solutions to help schools make their operations and communities safer, smarter and better, has launched an incident management system to help K-12 schools and districts track health and safety incidents, hazards and trends.

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Curriculum Associates’ Complete i-Ready® Classroom Mathematics Program for Grades K–8 Now Rated as Tier 1 by the Louisiana Department of Education

The instructional math program meets the Department’s focus, coherence, rigor, alignment, and quality requirements

NORTH BILLERICA, MA, November 8, 2021—Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Classroom Mathematics program for Grades 6–8 recently received a Tier 1 rating by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE). With the prior Tier 1 rating of i-Ready Classroom Mathematics for Grades K–5, the complete program for Grades K–8 has now received the highest rating from the Department. Louisiana educators can use i-Ready Classroom Mathematics, which “exemplifies quality” and “meets all non-negotiable criteria and scored the best possible on all indicators of superior quality” according to the LDOE, to deliver discourse-based instruction that empowers students to think mathematically and discuss mathematical ideas.

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KidWind Supports New Children’s Book Featuring Women in Energy

Authors run successful Kickstarter campaign and partner with several energy companies to distribute copies of the book via KidWind Challenges

(Saint Paul, Minn.) November 8, 2021 – Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the authors of the upcoming book Everyday Superheroes: Women in Energy have partnered with several energy companies. EDP Renewables North America, Enel North America, Orsted, and Pattern Energy are sponsoring copies of the book to be distributed via KidWind’s network of schools and through other national science initiatives for children.   

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Curriculum Associates’ Regional Vice President of Government Relations Amy Riker Elected to Second Term on Association of Test Publishers Board

Riker will help the association continue to advocate for increased equity, integrity, and learning in the assessment industry

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 2, 2021—The Association of Test Publishers (ATP), the leading international organization for publishers of assessment programs, has named Amy Riker, regional vice president of government relations at Curriculum Associates, to its 2022 Board of Directors. Riker, who is now in her second two-year term on the board, will continue to focus on expanding ATP’s influence and relevance aligned with the association’s mission of promoting and developing testing and assessment best practices. 

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