The EdScoops for June 8

Ahhh, the days are getting warmer (well, a little) and that means the end of the school year is fast approaching – or has approached for those in warmer parts of the nation!  With the end of the school year here, it’s a good time for us who work with the education industry to look back over the past ten months at what we’ve accomplished, not accomplished, or make plans for the year to come.  Did you do everything you set out to do during the school year?  Let’s checkout this round of scoops and give props to those who have big accomplishments.

Now the scoops…

Movers & Shakers

Charlene Blohm is among the recipients of the 2018 Governor’s Trailblazer Awards for Women in Business. Charlene received a Pioneer Award for her leadership.  Charlene founded CB&A in 1991, the marketing and PR agency specializes in education, special needs and workforce development markets. Charlene wrote a beautiful article about what the Trailblazer Award means to her.  You can read that article here.   Congratulations Charlene!

Beatriz Arnillas Selected as a Recipient of 2018 IMS Global Learning Consortium William H. Graves Leadership Award

Houston ISD Chief Technology Information Officer Lenny Schad and Arnillas, itslearning Senior Educational Advisor, share recognition with prestigious leadership award from IMS Global

Beatriz Arnillas, senior educational advisor for itslearning, has been recognized as one of the two recipients of the IMS Global 2018 William H. (Bill) Graves Leadership Award. Arnillas received the award alongside fellow educator Lenny Schad, chief technology information officer (CTIO) for the Houston Independent School District (HISD).  Read more >>

Other Education Industry Updates

LearnPlatform Announces New IMPACT-Ready Designation for EdTech Companies, Joins IMS Global Learning Consortium

Product providers committed to student data privacy, interoperability and accessibility can streamline purchasing for K12 and higher education

LearnPlatform, the comprehensive edtech management and rapid-cycle evaluation system, has announced the launch of the new IMPACT-Ready designation, a way for edtech companies to demonstrate their commitment to driving positive student outcomes in several key areas. The announcement was made today at the IMS Global Learning Impact Leadership Institute in Baltimore.  opens in a new windowRead more >>opens PDF file

Discovery Education announced it has aligned its popular Spotlight on Strategies content to McREL International’s six-phase model for learning.  The alignment of this popular series of digital professional learning resources to McREL’s model helps educators quickly chose the appropriate classroom tactics for aiding the acquisition and recall of information.  opens in a new windowRead the full release >>

Moondrop Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation to Research and Develop the Drawp English Language Learner Tool

America’s Seed Fund Provides R&D Funding for K-12 English Language Scaffolding Tool.

Moondrop Entertainment has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant for research and development (R&D) of the Drawp English Language Learner (ELL) Tool. The research investigates how using the Drawp ELL Tool with elementary school students can leverage a student’s native-language skills to help non-native speakers improve English language fluency and grade-level comprehension.  opens in a new windowRead the full release >>

Renaissance Teams Up with Teaching Channel to Deliver New Professional Learning Platform

Renaissance and Teaching Channel are releasing a newly enhanced professional learning experience on Renaissance-U, an online professional development solution from Renaissance. The companies plan to roll out the updated platform in August 2018, ahead of the 2018-2019 school year.

Lauren Thrasher, an educator at Marshall ISD in Marshall, Texas, uses Renaissance-U and Teaching Channel to facilitate professional development throughout the district. She commented about the collaboration, “I love that Teaching Channel videos are easy to access and share among the teachers I work with in my district. The on-demand feature of Renaissance-U offers this same accessibility. With the newly enhanced platform and additional videos, I anticipate using Renaissance-U even more next year to create a collaborative and interactive professional development environment for our teachers.”  Read more >>

Chessiecap Securities advises The Halifax Group on its investment in ChanceLight

Chessiecap Securities, Inc. is announced that it served as a financial advisor to The Halifax Group (“Halifax”) in its investment in ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy & Education (“ChanceLight”).

Edgenuity Introduces Live Lessons for Virtual World Language Courses

New Curriculum Meets Growing Demand for Foreign Language Instruction

Beginning this summer, Edgenuity is meeting the growing interest and demand for foreign language instruction by implementing live lessons for its virtual World Language courses. The new “World Language Live Lesson” add-on will allow students to access virtual Extended Learning Teachers that teach live, weekly lessons alongside Edgenuity’s existing courses and virtual instruction.  The Extended Learning Teachers provide an engaging learning experience in which students can interact with teachers and fellow students, practice speaking the language and receive real-time feedback from expert professionals.


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