The EdScoops for May 23

Memorial Day is Monday and will provide many of us with a long weekend. The extra time is often used for fun and/or relaxation…and that’s great!  But, in the midst of the barbecues, beach trips, and enjoying the warmer weather, please don’t forget those men and women who gave their lives for our country. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, so to the men and women who sacrificed for our freedom, and to their families, thank you!

Let’s now checkout the scoops…

Movers & Shakers

MDR Welcomes Tim Ridgway to the Team!

We are pleased to announce that Tim Ridgway has joined the sales organization as a Strategic Relationship Manager. Tim will manage existing client relationships providing marketing expertise and guidance to major accounts located in the Western U.S., while also developing new business based on MDR’s rapidly expanding capabilities to help clients reach and engage educators.

“Ridgway brings deep integrated marketing expertise and relationship management skills developed during his many years in the industry” said Joe Hayes – Central/West Regional Manager at MDR. “His background and consultative approach will help MDR’s clients address the challenges presented by the constantly changing world of direct, digital, and social media marketing in the education space.”

Ridgway’s previous roles include VP Of Marketing for Califone, where he led the company in its brand revitalization and digital marketing initiatives. He’s also served on the Board of Directors of the EdMarket Association.

An avid hiker and landscape photographer, Tim’s love of the outdoors is matched by his advocacy for animal welfare and all things chocolate. Welcome to MDR Tim!


Impero Software Announces Philip Walters as its New Chairman

Walters has more than 40 years of experience in the global education marketplace

Impero Software, a leading provider of classroom management, network, and online safety software to schools, today announced Philip Walters as its new board chairman. Walters, of London, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise he has acquired during his more than 40 years of experience in the global education marketplace to Impero as it enters into a new phase of growth.


Michelle Wlazlo Appointed to NAEYC Governing Board

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Wlazlo, as an At-Large member to the association’s national governing board. She will serve a 4-year term beginning June 1.  See all board member announcements >>


Big Winners

10 Communities Across the Country Awarded Up to $1.5 Million in Funding to Expand Student-Centered Learning Initiatives

The Together for Students initiative today recognized 10 communities for plans bringing key community members together to support the needs of local students

The Together for Students initiative, created by three national, education-focused nonprofit organizations — the Coalition for Community Schools, Communities In Schools, and StriveTogether — recognized 10 communities for plans bringing key community members together to support the needs of local students. Each of the 10 selected communities will receive approximately $150,000 to support the activities and goals set forth in their collaborative plans.

Selected from a pool of 86 applicants, these communities display strong school district and cross-sector partnerships, the ability to scale their plans, empowerment of family and student voice, and a clear plan for identifying the best supports for students.

The 10 awarded communities are:

Read more >>


StudySync Announces the 2018 MyStudySyncTV Contest Winners

Annual awards program recognizes top middle school and high school ELA video productions, along with recognizing exceptional work from both individuals and ensemble casts

StudySync announced the winners of its 2018 MyStudySyncTV contest. This marks the fifth year for the awards program where teachers submit student-produced videos that mimic the signature StudySync®TV and SkillsTV videos of student-led discussions on texts and skills within the StudySync program. A panel of judges screened entries with the top production awards going to eighth grade students of teacher Yvette Schemenauer at Day Creek Intermediate in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, and Jacqueline England of Middle College High School in Stockton, CA. First place for the Middle School SkillsTV submission was awarded to the sixth grade students of teacher Katrina O’Meara at Robert C. Fisler School in Fullerton, CA, for their thorough presentation of compound and complex sentences.  Read more >>

Other Education Industry Updates

Impero Software made the scoops two times!  Worthy of mentioning and doing some great work.


Impero Software Partners with Mental Health America to Help Identify Mental Health Concerns in Schools

Partners launched a back-to-school awareness campaign, and developed a keyword library to help schools identify mental health concerns

Impero Software, a leading provider of classroom management, network, and online safety software to schools, has partnered with the national nonprofit Mental Health America (MHA) to help schools detect potential mental health concerns among students. Through the partnership, MHA will help Impero build its new keyword library, which contains terms specific to mental health issues. MHA will also help Impero further develop its keyword libraries relating to suicide, self-harm, and eating disorders. Impero is also collaborating with MHA on a back-to-school campaign to help drive awareness of mental health in young people within their school communities.  Read full release >>


Reasoning Mind Joins Renaissance Growth Alliance

Renaissance and Reasoning Mind integrate solutions to help Texas educators increase student math outcomes

Renaissance®, a leader in Pre-K–12 learning analytics, announces Reasoning Mind™, a Houston-based nonprofit organization that develops blended learning math programs for pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students, as its latest Renaissance Growth Alliance™ partner. The organizations plan to integrate their complementary solutions by August 2019, to provide Texas educators with personalized instruction that helps increase students’ math outcomes.  Read the full release >>


D2L Launches Emerald Release – The Next Generation of Brightspace

New Mobile and Social Learning Experience Delights Faculty, Students, and Teachers Globally

D2L launches its Emerald Release — the newest version of its Brightspace LMS — which provides an intuitive social and mobile-friendly teaching and learning experience for people around the world.  Social features that engage and delight users include the Activity Feed, which lets you embed social content like TEDx or YouTube videos and images inline. Faculty and teachers can also upload materials from OneDrive and Google Drive and take advantage of smart formatting options to draw attention to important information, send notifications to students, and pin posts to keep essential items front and center.  Here are a few highlights:

  • Going Social: A more user-friendly Activity Feed will allow users to embed videos and images inline with posts. It also includes the ability to easily upload content from OneDrive and Google Drive, new formatting options, new-item notifications and pinned posts to keep essential items at the top of the feed.
  • Analytics Upgrade: Educators will get near real-time student data more efficiently with daily differentials – providing incremental data daily instead of having to download the entire set of data each time – saving time as data is processed.
  • Progress Peeks for Parents: New features for Brightspace for Parents include the ability to see children’s grades and a weekly email summary so parents can stay better-connected with what’s happening in the classroom.

Read the full release >>


Integrated Education Management System ASSIST Expands Content with Apex Learning® Tutorials Research Proven to Improve Students’ Scores

Students in grades 6-12 perform up to 26 percentage points higher when using award-winning Apex Learning’s digital tutorials

ASSIST Education and Apex Learning® enhanced their partnership with the addition of adaptive content and digital tutorials into the ASSIST Integrated Education Management System for K-12 schools. The adaptive Apex Learning Tutorials for intervention, remediation, and preparation for high-stakes assessments were proven to improve students’ performance on the Tutorials from pretest to post-test by more than 50%, and by an average of 23 to 26 percentile points during the 2016–2017 school year.  Read the full release >>

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