The EdScoops for October 12

I’m so excited to say this time around that MDR is deserving of being included in the Kudos!  Our WeAreTeachers team has been selected as a winner in two categories in the The 2018 Folio: Eddie and Ozzie Awards! Custom Content/Marketing category: Social Media/Online Community – Honoring any online community or social media network that facilitates audience engagement and interaction AND for the website – Recognizing excellence in online content within a market category.  Congrats team!  As I always brag about others in the scoops, it’s nice to have your own teammates recognized for all their hard work.  Sorry all…happy to brag!

Now, on to this round of the scoops…

Movers and Shakers

Tom Schenck Joins Forward Thinking EDU as Executive Advisor

Tom Schenck, with more than 30 years of educational company management and technology product experience, has joined Forward Thinking EDU as an executive advisor. Schenck was most recently president of Follett School Solutions. “With his extensive experience in software company management, product development, data analysis, and information technology, Tom will be an invaluable asset for Forward Thinking EDU,” said Michael Campbell, founder and principal advisor. “He is widely respected throughout the educational industry and we are thrilled he is joining our team.” Read full announcement >>

Fox Grove Business Owner Named to RAILS Board of Directors

Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS) recently announced the election of new board members, including Michael Campbell, President of Fox River Grove-based Forward Thinking EDU. Campbell in 2012 founded the educational consultation firm, which works with small- to mid-sized firms in the education technology and services sector.

Turnitin Acquires Gradescope, Expands Grading and Assessment Solutions for Higher Education
Gradescope, now under the Turnitin umbrella, optimizes grading workflows for STEM, economics, and business courses

College enrollment and degrees awarded in STEM subjects are on the rise, and with more courses come more assignments that need to be graded. Turnitin has acquired Gradescope, an assessment platform that reduces the time associated with grading in college courses via an optimized online workflow and clever application of artificial intelligence. Gradescope makes it easier for instructors to quickly grade assignments and gain additional insights about student learning in any area of study, including economics, business, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).  Read the full press release >>

Atlas and ManageBac Join Forces to Develop Next Generation of Curriculum-First Learning Platforms
Curriculum support in over 600 academic standards for over 10,000 schools in 130 countries

Faria Education Group Limited, a leading international education systems company, through its wholly owned subsidiary ManageBac, has acquired Rubicon, the provider of Atlas curriculum management, from Quad Partners. Combined, Faria and Rubicon will serve over 10,000 schools in 130 countries with curriculum support for over 600 academic standards with a global team of over 130 staff and a world-class product development roadmap for the 2018-2019 academic year. Read the full announcement >>

Follett, Acclaimed Author Kwame Alexander Announce Partnership
All Books for All Kids’ Campaign to Introduce Wide Range of Books to Children

Follett and Kwame Alexander, one of the country’s most acclaimed and innovative children’s book authors, today announced they have formed a partnership to launch All Books for All Kids, a literacy campaign to ensure children have access to a wide range of books no matter their background. The partnership will be formally introduced Saturday (Oct. 13) in Miami, where Alexander is touring to promote his new book, Swing.  Read full announcement >>


We are proud to announce that our digital media brand for educators, WeAreTeachers, is the winner of two 2018 Folio: Eddie Awards in the Custom Content/Marketing category! WeAreTeachers earned top honors for Social Media/Online Community and Website, competing against other noteworthy brands in each category, such as Bank of America and Aramco. Read more >>

Free Webinar

MeTEOR Webinar Alert: The Well Classroom: Increase Student and Teacher Engagement by Design
WHAT: High Impact Learning Environment Webinar – The Well Classroom: Increase Student and Teacher Engagement by Design
WHEN: Thursday, October 18, 7:00 – 8:00 PM EST

A “well classroom” is much more than a well-managed classroom. Purposeful design of both the environment and the instruction make an impact every day on how children learn. And on Thursday, October 18, MeTEOR Education™, an education solutions company that designs and implements student-centered learning environments to support accelerated engagement and an innovative learning culture, will host a free webinar that will explore the steps schools and district can take to bring wellness concepts into the modern classroom. Learn more >>

Other Education Industry Updates

PRESS EVENT: Student-Led Summit Addressing Gun Violence and Safe Schools

On October 20th-21st, students and educators from Parkland, FL, Great Mills, MD, Newtown, CT, Washington, DC, Santa Fe, TX, and across the country will convene alongside the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, Guns Down, Students for Change, Everytown for Gun Safety, Students Demand Action, Giffords, and the Brady Campaign for a two-day, student-led summit to create a national agenda to address gun violence, ignite support across the country, encourage young people to vote, and show the world that young people have the power to make change. Over 100 national student leaders committed to reducing gun violence as well as educators will attend the conference and virtual participation will be available via a live stream for those who can’t attend in-person. Students and teachers are on the frontlines of this issue and they deserve to have their voices heard.

WHEN: Summit: October 20th 8:30 AM-4:15 PM ET
Where: Summit: Dunbar High School, 101 N St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Learn more >>

Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education Launch Groundbreaking Initiative to Inspire the Next-Generation of Makers and Creators to Develop 21st-Century Skills in STEAM
New ‘Innovation Generation: Making an Impact’ Initiative Aims to Inspire Students Nationwide to Embrace Cross-Disciplinary Learning through Action in Innovation – Nationwide Contest to Award Two Schools $25K for a Stanley Black & Decker Makerspace

Stanley Black & Decker and Discovery Education launched Innovation Generation: Making an Impact. This brand-new movement aims to inspire educators and students in grades 6-10 to empower the maker spirit within us all. In celebration of Stanley Black & Decker’s 175th anniversary – and to celebrate the company’s inaugural Maker Month – Innovation Generation: Making an Impact is designed to engage and empower student makers in classrooms nationwide.  Read the full press release >>

BloomBoard Delivers Professional Learning with Purpose Through Next Evolution of its Micro-certification Platform

BloomBoard, the leading platform for educator growth and advancement via micro-certification, has announced the next generation of its professional learning platform. The platform has been redesigned from the ground up to enhance educators’ and administrators’ experiences by providing an all-new educator learning experience, a new cohesive system of micro-credentials which are aligned to standards and best practices, and career pathway maps to align competencies to educator advancement for organizations and their educators. Read the full press release >>

Number of States Reporting Lexile and Quantile Measures Doubles
Trend Reflects That Measures Can Be Used to Improve Instruction and Connect to Resources

More students and parents will receive Lexile and Quantile scores on high stakes test reports this school year than ever before. The number of states using Lexile® and Quantile® measures doubled in the past two years, according to MetaMetrics®, developer of the widely adopted Lexile Framework® for Reading and Quantile Framework® for Mathematics. Last school year, 15 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands used Lexile and Quantile measures to support student learning. And in the 2018-19 school year, that number is expected to double with more than half of the nation projected to report Lexile and Quantile measures from their state assessment systems. Read the full press release >>

Lea(R)n and Project Unicorn Partner to Help Districts Access Interoperable EdTech
Partnership will increase equitable access to high-quality learning technologies, including those that meet the Project Unicorn interoperability requirements

Lea(R)n and Project Unicorn announced the launch of the Project Unicorn Product Library powered by LearnPlatform, a hub for schools and districts to discover interoperable education technology tools. The partnership between these two edtech leaders will advance their shared mission to increase equitable access to high-quality learning technologies, including through enhanced interoperability, and student data privacy and security. The hub is designed to allow for comprehensive edtech management, informed decision making and increased transparency in purchasing for schools and districts. Read full press release >>opens PDF file

itslearning Introduces New White Paper on Improving Teacher Efficacy
“Using Curriculum-Driven Technology to Support Teachers” shares research and real-world examples to explain the challenges reducing teacher efficiency and the ways to resolve them

Teacher efficacy is becoming a focal point for today’s K-12 classroom. Research has found that improving teacher effectiveness outweighs the impact of any other school education program or policy in improving student performance. To help districts find new ways to create efficiencies across all of their systems, itslearning has published a new white paper, “Using Curriculum-Driven Technology to Support Teachers: A K-12 guide to improving teacher efficiency and student outcomes by providing curriculum-driven technology.” Read the full press release >>

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