The EdScoops for November 9

This time around I’d like to give a shout out to the EDspaces conference this past week in Tampa, FL.  If you aren’t familiar with Edspaces, it’s a conference around the conversation of the future of learning environments. It’s a yearly conference where education leaders (architects, distributors, Pre-K – 12, colleges, universities, independent manufacturer representatives, exhibitors, and corporations) gather to explore challenges, strengthen skills, and build networks. Thank you Edspaces for allowing us to take part in your informative event! Our very own Melissa Pelletier presented the question “Does the physical learning environment impact learning?”  Based off our most recent report, Melissa shared insights from the research based on a comprehensive survey of teachers and administrators.  And, wow…it was very well received!

What’s happening in this edition of the scoops…

Movers and Shakers

eSchool Media Names Jennifer Prescott its New Director of Marketing, Strategy, and Partnerships
Prescott, who will oversee marketing for both eSchool News and eCampus News, brings more than two decades of experience in marketing in the education field

Digital marketing and custom content service platform eSchool Media today introduced Jennifer Prescott as its new Director of Marketing, Strategy, and Partnerships. Prescott has more than twenty years of experience as a marketer, editor, and strategist in educational publishing. She formerly held the role of managing editor on both Scholastic Instructor and Administrator magazines, and managed numerous nonprofit and corporate partnerships for Scholastic’s in-school channel.


THE Journal Readers Recognize Lexia Core5 Reading as a Top Ed Tech Product in Schools
Literacy software recognized in multiple categories – securing top honors in Best Reading Program, Favorite Adaptive/Personalized Learning Tool, and Top Gamified Learning Tool

The results are in and Lexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone Company (NYSE: RST), announced that its Lexia® Core5® Reading (Core5) product earned top platinum honors in THE Journal’s 2018 Reader’s Choice Awards program including being named the Best Reading Program. Nominated by educators across the U.S., Lexia also earned platinum standing in several other categories including Favorite Adaptive/Personalized Learning Tool and Top Educational game or Gamified Learning Tool. Read the full announcement >>


Discovery Educator Network Announces 2018-2019 Leadership Council Members
Educators Around the World Leading the Growth and Development of Discovery Education’s Professional Learning Network

The Discovery Educator Network announced the members of the professional learning network’s 2018-2019 Leadership Council (LC). The Discovery Education Network is supported by Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content for K-12 classrooms. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Educator Network connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable professional learning, idea sharing, networking, and inspiration.  Read the full press release >>

Other Education Industry Updates

CDI Partners with Parlay to Promote Meaningful and Measurable Student Discussions
CDI becomes exclusive provider of Parlay software for K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada

CDI Computer Dealers, a leading provider of classroom-ready technology to schools, has partnered with Toronto-based Parlay to bring its new online classroom discussion tool to schools throughout North America. Parlay helps teachers inspire meaningful, measurable and inclusive student discussions. This partnership is the latest way CDI supports schools by providing wrap-around educational technology. Read full announcement >>

Follett Unveils ‘Classroom Ready Collections’
New offerings are curated from OERs, standards-aligned and feature array of key resources for teachers, students

Follett announced it has launched pre-built, standards-aligned collections that have been curated from open educational resources (OERs) by the company’s team of former K-12 classroom teachers. Designed to be seamlessly integrated into instruction, “Classroom Ready Collections” include lesson plans, activities, videos, interactives, and worksheets that are easily searchable and discoverable within Follett Destiny.  Read the full release >>

eSchool News Launches Distinguished Innovator Awards Program
Competition will recognize innovative practices in school districts across the U.S.

eSchool News, which covers education technology and helps K-12 decision makers transform North America’s schools, invites educators, schools, and districts nationwide to enter the Distinguished Innovator Awards, open now through November 30, 2018. The Distinguished Innovator Awards program recognizes educators, leaders, schools, and districts using creative and/or groundbreaking strategies to improve education in every classroom and for every student. Learn more >>


Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation Awards Grant to The Reading League
The Reading League will scale up its training model to expand nationally with $4 million grant and $5 million pledge

The Reading League, a Central New York nonprofit organization that trains educators on evidence-based practices to improve reading instruction, has received a grant of $4 million to expand its programs nationally. Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation has awarded the three-year grant, along with a $5 million pledge for an endowment fund. The Reading League will use the grant to expand its mission of increasing the awareness, understanding, and use of evidence-based reading instruction to improve literacy rates in the United States.  Read the full release>>

If you are interested in having your scoops shared, please reach out to me at schoolofthought@mdreducation.com with the subject of “Scoops.”  Please be sure to include any press links.

Have something to add to this article?