Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready® Assessment Named to the Georgia Department of Education Approved List of Gifted Identification Screeners

Districts across the state can now use data from the i-Ready Assessment for Mathematics and Reading to help identify students eligible for gifted education programs 

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., August 18, 2022—The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has added Curriculum Associates’ i-Ready Assessment for Grades K–12 to its approved list of Gifted Education Assessment Measures to identify students’ eligibility for gifted education programs in the achievement domain. With this approval, districts throughout the state can now use their existing reading and mathematics data from the i-Ready Assessment as a source of evidence to support a referral for gifted education programs. The i-Ready normative scores can be used to determine if students meet the criteria in the achievement category of the evaluation and eligibility process, eliminating the need for a separate achievement assessment. 

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Vernier Software & Technology is now Vernier Science Education

New name reflects company’s commitment to building a STEM-literate society

BEAVERTON, Oregon, August 17, 2022 — Vernier Software & Technology has changed its name to Vernier Science Education. This new name reflects the company’s commitment to provide educators with the tools they need to engage all students with hands-on, socially relevant STEM education and build a STEM-literate society.

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New Mental Well-Being Course Rounds Out Full Suite of Safety and Prevention

Training Focused on the Graduate School Experience

Tampa, FL – August 9, 2022 – The need for student mental health resources in higher education has never been greater, according to a new study from researchers at the Healthy Minds Network. Graduate students are especially vulnerable as they may face overwhelming stress related to their academic programs, family caretaking responsibilities, food and housing insecurity, and fallout from COVID-19. In fact, a recent survey found that 67% of graduate student respondents scored low on well-being factors (Ogilvie et al., 2021).

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Award-Winning K-12 Training Courses from Vector Solutions are Now Available in Multiple Languages

New AI -powered Course Translations feature helps schools deliver critical training to every staff member – including staff whose first language may not be English

Tampa, FL – August 1, 2022 – Vector Solutions, the leading provider of training and software solutions to help schools make their operations and communities safer, smarter, and better, is now offering a Course Translations feature to help school district employees access the company’s extensive library of award-winning K-12 training courses in multiple languages. The new translations feature leverages AI technology to translate the text of the course content, as well as the knowledge checks and assessments that are included with the training modules. Some courses also offer translated machine-generated narration.  The translation feature currently includes English, Spanish and French. An expanded 20-language package will be available in the coming year.

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Vernier Software & Technology Launches E-Book to Support Hands-On Science Learning for Middle School Students

The free Light & Matter: Vernier Supplement to OpenSciEd Unit 6.1 helps teachers incorporate data-collection technology into OpenSciEd’s NGSS-aligned lesson

BEAVERTON, Oregon, July 27, 2022 — Vernier Software & Technology has launched Light & Matter: Vernier Supplement to OpenSciEd Unit 6.1 to support engaging, hands-on science learning for middle school students. This free e-book incorporates data-collection technology into the first lesson in OpenSciEd Unit 6.1, which is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), to help students gain a deeper understanding of the initial scientific concepts being taught and to motivate their learning throughout the remainder of the unit.

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Maplewoodshop Partners with the Northeast Carpenters Apprenticeship Fund to Introduce Middle School Students to the Trades

Partnership to utilize Career Connections curriculum to grow the pipeline for high school CTE programs 

(East Orange, N.J.) July 26, 2022 – Maplewoodshop, a leader in teaching woodworking to elementary and middle school students, announced its partnership with the Northeast Carpenters Apprenticeship Fund (NCAF), one of the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters’ Training Funds, to help increase the number of high school students in CTE programs throughout the Northeast. With this partnership, schools that work with Maplewoodshop will now also have the opportunity to utilize the Carpenters International Training Fund (CITF) Career Connections curriculum from NCAF. 

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PBLWorks Announces its 2022 PBL Champions

District, school and individual champions are recognized for their commitment to high quality Project Based Learning

Novato, CA (July 21, 2022) – PBLWorks, the leading provider of professional development for Project Based Learning (PBL), has announced its 2022 PBL Champions – a program that honors schools, districts and individuals for their commitment to high quality Project Based Learning.

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South Carolina Department of Education Partners with Vector Solutions to Help Districts Address Student Safety and Mental Health Issues such as Bullying and Anxiety

The partnership is funded through $80,000 in federal ESSER and state grant funds to help ensure student safety and wellness

Tampa, FL – July 14, 2022 – The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) has partnered with Vector Solutions to provide all school districts in the state with free access to Vector’s library of Student Safety & Wellness Courses. The partnership includes courses with short, engaging web-based video lessons covering essential safety and emotional wellness topics. It is funded through $50,000 in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds and an additional $30,000 included as part of a U.S. Department of Education grant. 

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Avantis Education’s Eduverse Expeditions Wins Tech & Learning Best of Show Award at ISTELive 22

Eduverse Expeditions provides free immersive VR & AR content and works with Google Expeditions kits 

Gloucester, UK (July 13, 2022) — Avantis Education’s Eduverse Expeditions was named a winner in the Tech & Learning Best of Show Awards at ISTELive 22. The awards program recognizes products and solutions displayed at the ISTE edtech conference which show the greatest promise for the industry. Eduverse Expeditions, which is free and accessible on any device, allows educators to take students on virtual field trips and collaborate with them in real time as avatars

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The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) to Focus on Healing by Hosting 21-days of National Virtual Prayer Sessions

Starting May 27th, these Friday evening Zoom sessions are in remembrance of the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas

 WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 1, 2022) – The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) is hosting short virtual prayer sessions every Friday through mid-October, in remembrance of those affected by the May 24, 2022 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The prayer sessions take place from 7:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.  Eastern Time. Hosted by nondenominational spiritual teacher Aaron Rodriguez, the sessions are offered in Spanish and in English. Pre-registration is not required. Go to https://bit.ly/virtual-prayer to join.   

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