The EdScoops for April 27

Spring has sprung! Spring is often associated with spring cleaning – opening your windows, starting fresh…out with the old, in with the new. Well, this edition of the education industry scoops is just that: Many people are spring cleaning their careers and companies are launching new fresh products and services.

Here’s a scoop of what’s been happening in the education world…

Look Who We Ran Into!

The Chicagoland DOLS hosted a gathering on Thursday, April 26 where they honored the DOL of all Chicago Ed Tech DOLS, Anne Wujcik, as she has taken a step back from her daily industry involvement. Our own Kristina James also joined the festivities, and a great time was had by all.  They also had a Chicagoland DOG join in the fun!


The Chicago DOLS group is comprised of women working in the education market who want to network with other women in the field. The Chicago DOLS are an offspring of the national DOLS women’s networking group that gathers at national, educational technology conferences.

Special Event

Pencil’s Flagship Principal for a Day® Program Brings Home Hundreds of Business Leaders Back to School on May 8
PENCIL, A New York City-Based Education Nonprofit, Connects Businesses with Local Public Schools and Creates New Opportunities for Students & Educators

PENCIL’s annual Principal for a Day (PFAD) initiative is headed to NYC public schools throughout the five boroughs on Tuesday, May 8! The program brings notable New York celebrities and top executives from over 100 NYC businesses into public schools to shadow principals throughout the day, speak with students, and experience the challenges facing the NYC school system firsthand.

This year, Abbe Raven, Chairman of A&E network, will return to her alma mater high school – the Humanities & Arts Magnet High School in Queens. Mark Levitt, CIO of Union Square Hospitality Group, will be a Principal for a Day at the Food & Finance High School, NYC’s only culinary high school, where he will meet with NYC’s future chefs & restauranteurs, and tour the school’s rooftop greenhouse and working test kitchen. opens in a new windowLearn more >>

Movers and Shakers

Kristen Plemon, a 15-year veteran of education/edtech PR, has recently joined the leadership team at PR With Panache! as the Director of Strategic Storytelling & Client Success. By joining the team, she has the opportunity to continue to marry her passions for education, storytelling, and marketing, while having increased opportunities for collaboration, and to lead a fantastic team. Kristen states: “Over the years, I’ve been thoroughly impressed with PRP’s growth, not just in size, but in the innovative ways PRP is supporting the members of their client family. I expect that growth to continue at an even greater pace now. PRP will continue to push boundaries to achieve greatness for its clients, and will continue to lead through its success, savvy and generosity of spirit. PRP is successful because it employs the right people and practices, contributing to a culture where people come first, where making a difference goes hand-in-hand with making a living, where respect and caring are the keys to not only helping the agency grow, but to serving our clients as well.” opens in a new windowLearn more about her new role at PRP >>


SBA to recognize Women-owned, Brooklyn-based Educational Game Maker at Award Ceremony in Times Square

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), New York District Office, has selected Killer Snails LLC, a Brooklyn-based Ed-Tech game maker, as a National Small Business Week Award Winner for 2018. 

This women-owned small business is being recognized for leveraging two Research and Development (R&D) grants, worth nearly $1 million through SBA’s SBIR/STTR program to develop table top, digital, and virtual reality educational games. Founded by Mandë Holford, a marine biochemist, Jessica Ochoa-Hendrix, a business leader, and Lindsay Portnoy, an educational psychologist, Killer Snails collaborates with (among others) the American Museum of Natural History, and educators across seven states to develop, sharpen, and deliver its technology to classrooms. opens in a new windowRead more >>

Other Education Industry Updates

Renaissance and Learning A-Z Team up to Accelerate Literacy Outcomes

Learning A-Z joins as the latest Renaissance Growth Alliance Partner

opens in a new windowRenaissance®, a leader in pre-K–12 learning analytics, announces Learning A-Z, a literacy-focused pre-K–6 educational provider of technology-enabled learning resources, as its latest Renaissance Growth Alliance™ partner. The companies are working together to provide personalized reading instruction to help educators increase students’ literacy comprehension and proficiency. opens in a new windowRead more >>

New Mackin Read-Alongs™ Created By Triangle Interactive Now Available At Mackin

opens in a new windowMackin recently announced the inclusion of Triangle Interactive LLC’s readalong eBooks to their growing list of English and Spanish read-along content, known as Mackin Read-Alongs™. To date, Mackin houses more than 1,000 read-along titles released in concert with Triangle Interactive, and an array of other high-profile publishing partners. opens in a new windowRead more >>

Discovery Education Adds Dynamic New Content to Award Winning Digital Services

New Digital Assets Support the Creation of Dynamic Digital Learning Environments

opens in a new windowDiscovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, announced it has added a variety of new digital assets to its award-winning supplemental and digital textbook services. This new content empowers educators to create dynamic digital learning environments that engage students and boost academic achievement.

Discovery Education continues to power its services with some of the best content from Discovery Inc.’s family of networks. New episodes of Science Channel’s Secrets of the Underground are now live in Discovery Education Streaming Plus and the Social Studies Techbook. In addition, Discovery Channel’s MythBusters are back and will soon be added to Streaming Plus and Science Techbook. Also, new episodes of Street Science, Outrageous Acts of Science, and America: Facts vs. Fiction are scheduled to be added to Streaming Plus and the Social Studies and Science Techbooks in coming weeks.  opens in a new windowRead more >>

LivingTree Executive Chairman Dean Drako Announces $1,000,000 Drako Community and Family Engagement Grant for Schools

Dean Drako, opens in a new windowLivingTree owner and executive chairman, announced today that he has funded the second Drako Community and Family Engagement Grant for Schools for up to $1M; individual schools and districts who are awarded the grants receive access to the private, secure LivingTree Engage and Give platforms at no cost for one year. Eligible schools include accredited private and public schools in the United States: elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. opens in a new windowRead more >>

Capstone Rewards Introduces Inspiring Ways for Members to Redeem Their Points

Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, announced exciting additions to its opens in a new windowCapstone Rewards program. Educators who are members of the loyalty program earn points for every Capstone purchase that can be redeemed for Capstone products and services. Capstone Rewards members now have inspiring new ways to use their points by donating them to a nonprofit organization or transferring their points to another program member.  opens in a new windowRead more >>

Forever Free K12 Visitor Management by ScholarChip: School Safety Can’t Wait

ScholarChip Offers Forever Free Visitor Management

ScholarChip®, the largest provider of automated school safety and operations services, is making a version of its popular Enterprise-class Visitor Management program available to eligible schools, free of charge. Budget is no longer a barrier to a basic level of school campus safety. The Forever Free version includes two critical components of the ScholarChip Visitor Management system: the ability to register and check in visitors, and the capacity to check visitors against a comprehensive database of sex offenders. opens in a new windowRead more >>

Skriware, a New Start-Up Entering the US Market Launched “Destination: Mars”

“Destination: Mars” is an educational course geared towards 9-16 year olds, that introduces the concept of STEAM education through an innovative and fun scenario. It takes children on a 15-hour mission, during which they are introduced to robotics and learn how algorithms and coding work. The course is supplemented by Mars trivia, various facts from science, physics and chemistry fields, and knowledge-testing quizzes, which all together aim to inspire a student’s passion and curiosity for learning. There are some exceptional standout features of this new program including children designing and 3D printing their own, fully programmable robot – the Skribot.  Check out the video about “Destination: Mars.” opens in a new windowRead the full release >>

Utah State Board of Education Approves Lexia Reading Core5 as K–3 Reading Improvement Program

Third-Party State Evaluation Report Confirms Core5 is the Only State-Approved Literacy Program to Demonstrate a Positive Effect on K–3 Reading in End-of-Year Assessments

opens in a new windowLexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) Company, today announced that Lexia Reading Core5® has been named by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) as an approved provider of early interactive reading software for literacy instruction and assessment for grades K–3.  opens in a new windowFor more information >>

Lexia Efficacy Research Meets the Highest Standards of Evidence as Defined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Multiple published studies demonstrate strong evidence of program effectiveness and highlight Lexia’s unparalleled depth and breadth of efficacy research

As educators across the country strive to align their instructional plans with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), opens in a new windowLexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) Company, stands apart with an unmatched depth and strength of evidence of program effectiveness. opens in a new windowRead more >>

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