The Education Scoops for January 11

It’s a new year, which means new scoops for you! I love this time of year because it means a clean slate with exciting news and announcements to share. It’s fun to imagine what 2019 will bring for the education industry and for all of us. I look forward to sharing the hottest news that develops within our industry as it releases. To start, I’d like to share that we had an exciting announcement this week at MDR, read on to learn more.

Welcome to MDR Steve Palm!

Steve Palm Named MDR General Manager
We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Steve Palm as General Manager of MDR. An education and marketing industry veteran, Steve brings more than 20 years of experience in strategy, business expansion and innovation to MDR, the leader in connecting corporations, nonprofits and foundations to the education community through an unparalleled ability to reach, engage and activate educators. We are looking forward to the innovation and growth strategy ideas Steve is bringing to MDR.  MDR customers keep an eye out for more updates in your inbox!

Welcome Steve!

Read the full announcement >>

Movers and Shakers

MackinVIA Receives Product of the Year Award in 2019 Modern Library Awards from LibraryWorks
The free MackinVIA digital content management platform is recognized and awarded their highest honor giving Mackin their third consecutive award with MLA

Mackin, a leading provider of print and digital fiction and non-fiction books for K-12 is pleased to announce it has received Product of the Year in LibraryWorks’ fifth annual Modern Library Awards (MLAs.) The MLAs were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry. Read the full announcement >>

Other Education Industry Updates

Girls Thinking Global Gifts Assets to the Women’s Education Project
With the donation of assets, Girls Thinking Global will formally dissolve

Girls Thinking Global (GTG), dedicated to connecting nonprofits that serve adolescent girls and young women around the world, is gifting its assets to the Women’s Education Project (WEP). The two organizations have worked together closely over the past two years. Combining their respective strengths into one organization was the natural outgrowth of that relationship. Read the full press release >>


Capstone Launches #ReadingIsForEveryone Literacy Campaign

Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, is celebrating and advocating for the importance of reading by launching a new literacy campaign in 2019 called Reading Is For Everyone. The campaign calls for educators, parents, and everyone who is passionate about literacy to work together to ensure every child feels the limitless power of reading and proudly recognizes themselves as a reader.  Read the full press release >>


New LearnPlatform Partnership Provides Increased EdTech Support for School Districts
Districts who work with Dell for K-12 education solutions will now be able to directly license LearnPlatform, the leading edtech decision-making support system for schools and districts

LearnPlatform announced a new collaboration with Dell that will allow U.S. school districts, state education agencies and higher education institutions to license the leading edtech decision support system for schools and districts. Dell currently serves 10,500 schools, 295,000 classrooms and nearly 6.8 million students globally. With this new collaboration, districts and organizations will now have the ability to expand the power of their technology-enabled learning with LearnPlatform, the comprehensive edtech management and rapid-cycle evaluation system. Read the full press release >>


Become a Conrad Challenge Judge: Read & Review the Blueprints of the Future

The Conrad Challenge is a global innovation competition for students ages 13-18, where student teams create commercially-viable products to solve the biggest challenges in cyber-technology & security, health & nutrition, energy & environment, and more! The Challenge is looking for judges from industry, government, research and academia to help support the youth of today and take an active role in shaping our future workforce. By serving as a judge during the Business Plan round of the competition or on-site at the Conrad Innovation Summit, you can inspire students to pursue STEM careers and encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs to use their innovations to make a real-world impact. Register by the January 11 deadline. Learn more here >>


U.S. Teachers and Students Gear Up For National Audiobook Event to Get Hooked on Reading
Teachers across the United States are gearing up for the Great Reading Games hosted by Learning Ally, a leading education solutions organization

Learning Ally has expertise in building reading engagement programs for struggling readers due to learning differences like dyslexia. In support of educators and students alike, the organization hosts several classroom-friendly programs throughout the year to motivate students who struggle to read, and help them succeed academically and beyond. The seven-week program improves vocabulary, comprehension, and academic performance, and many students from participating schools also feel a huge sense of accomplishment. The Great Reading Games will run from January 7, 2019 to February 22, 2019. Read more >>


Ambi is Reimagining the Higher Education Experience with a New Product Class and $6.5M in Funding
Ambi’s vision is to disrupt higher education with a fresh take on how students engage with academic content and with each other using a simple, intuitive, and centralized Learner Engagement Platform

Ambi, the future of the student experience in higher education, has closed 2018 with $5 million in Series A funding and $1.5 million in Seed Round investment from San Francisco-based holding and advisory company Steigen LLC, Boston-based VC NXT Ventures, international early-stage fund Global Investment, and others. Ambi has also named Mark Blosil, an early luminary sales leader from Instructure (NYSE: INST), to the executive team as Senior Vice President of Sales. Read full press release >>


Follett Announces Acquisition of NextTier Education
College, career readiness solution helps ensure equal access to higher education for all students

Follett announced it has acquired NextTier Education, a cloud-based software solution that provides counselors, students, and parents with guidance, information and insight to help students achieve their postsecondary goals and ensure every student has equal access to higher education. Read the full press release >>


Taproot Learning Partners with Aperture Education to Add a Social Emotional Learning Assessment to its Online Curriculum
Aperture’s SEL screener, the DESSA-mini, will be integrated into Taproot Learning’s Camp Timber curriculum to measure students’ SEL skills

Online SEL curriculum provider Taproot Learning has partnered with Aperture Education to add Aperture’s social-emotional learning (SEL) screener to its Camp Timber curriculum suite. The partnership allows teachers who are using Camp Timber to easily screen students for SEL competence using Aperture’s universal SEL screener, the DESSA-mini.  Read the full press 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!

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