The Education Scoops for January 25

The scoops have been pouring in the past couple weeks, thank you all for sharing!  With the new year upon us, I’m thinking it’s a good time to solicit Scoops feedback.  Many of you have been loyal readers over the years and so I thank you for your continued clicks. But, is there anything else you’d like to know more about? Anyone you would like to learn more about or hear from in School of Thought? What topics interest you the most for the News Alert? Feel free to reach out to me directly at schoolofthought@mdreducation.comcreate new email or comment below this week’s Scoops with your ideas!


eSchool News Announces Winners for First Annual Distinguished Innovator Awards Program
The competition recognizes innovative practices in school districts across the U.S.

opens in a new windoweSchool News, which covers education technology and helps K-12 decision makers transform North America’s schools, announced three winners for the Distinguished Innovator Awards, a program that recognizes educators, leaders, schools, and districts using creative and/or groundbreaking strategies to improve education in every classroom and for every student.

  • Educator Winner: Dieuwertje J. Kast, STEM Programs Manager for the USC Joint Educational Project, CA
  • School Winner: Strayer Middle School, Quakertown, PA
  • District Winner: Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) in Vancouver, WA

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Other Education Industry Updates

— Paula Kerger, Henry Louis Gates Jr, and Governor Jeb Bush Join as Keynote and Policy Forum Speakers —

The opens in a new windowSXSW EDU® Conference & Festival (March 4-7, 2019) has announced the second keynote conversation with Paula Kerger, President & CEO, PBS, and Henry Louis Gates Jr, Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Founder and Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, also joins the program as part of the SXSW EDU Policy Forum.  opens in a new windowRead the full announcement >>

Productivity Meets Pedagogy: itslearning Continues to Increase Flexibility and Ease of Use Through Enhanced Integration with Google
According to Google, itslearning has the market’s strongest G Suite-LMS integration, and this new update makes it easier to link users’ favorite Google tools to scalable standards-aligned teaching

The opens in a new windowNew York Times reports that more than half of the nation’s primary- and secondary-school students now use Google education apps. To help educators who want to move beyond the capabilities of Google Classroom, itslearning has created an easier workflow between G Suite and the itslearning learning management system (LMS). This latest update simplifies the itslearning experience with Google Drive, G Suite and Chromebooks. opens in a new windowRead the full press release >>

Verso Learning Launches New Student-Teacher Feedback Tools at FETC
The classroom collaboration platform will introduce Exit Tickets, along with other student feedback features, in two sessions at the conference

opens in a new windowVerso Learning, a leading provider of classroom feedback and collaboration tools, will be showing educators how they can supercharge student feedback in their classrooms, schools, and districts at this year’s upcoming FETC conference. Designed to increase student engagement and collaboration, Verso enables students to receive feedback from peers and teachers, while providing educators visibility into authentic student voice. By enabling students to discuss classroom topics and share feedback anonymously, Verso encourages students to give other students feedback on their ideas and provides them access to new ideas to extend their thinking.

Major League Baseball and Discovery Education Team-Up to Add Dynamic New Baseball-Themed Content to Science Techbook to Fuel Deeper Student Engagement in Science and STEM 
In Support of Core Instruction, Multiyear Partnership Introduces Career Explorations, Curricular Tools, and Classroom Project Starters Based on MLB’s Vast Archive and State-Of-The-Art Tracking Technology

opens in a new windowMajor League Baseball(MLB) and opens in a new windowDiscovery Education, the leading provider of digital curriculum, content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced the launch of a new, multiyear partnership that brings Major League Baseball’s dynamic content into Discovery Education’s Science Techbooks.  opens in a new windowRead the full press release >>

Follett’s New Service Helps K-12 Libraries with Genrefication
Making the Transition from Dewey Simplified with ‘Follett Genre Solutions’

opens in a new windowFollett, a longtime leader in the K-12 library space, has unveiled Follett Genre Solutions to help simplify genrefication for librarians and media specialists seeking to make the transition from the Dewey Decimal System to a more bookstore-like layout based on genres.  opens in a new windowRead the full press release >>

Charter School K–5 Students at or Above Grade-Level Literacy Nearly Double After One Year with Lexia Core5 Reading

According to a new report from opens in a new windowLexia Learning, a Rosetta Stone® (NYSE: RST) company, during the 2017-18 academic year, the Lexia® Core5® Reading (Core5) blended learning program demonstrated positive results for more than 105,000 K–5 students in 927 charter schools across the United States. Students of all abilities made substantial progress in Core5, and the proportion of students working in or above grade level had nearly doubled from 49 percent in September to 91 percent by June. opens in a new windowRead the full press release >>

Vernier Software & Technology Supports Science and STEM Educators with Free Professional Development Workshops
Hands-on training helps science and STEM educators integrate data-collection technology into their curriculum

opens in a new windowVernier Software & Technology will host 20 free hands-on workshops this spring to help science and STEM educators learn how to integrate Vernier data-collection technology into their curriculum. Led by a former science educator with years of classroom experience, each four-hour workshop will provide educators with the opportunity to explore age-appropriate, classroom-ready experiments using Vernier technology, including the award-winning Go Direct® wireless sensors. opens in a new windowRead the full press release >>

USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education Join Forces to Empower Students to Counter Hate Offering $10,000 in Scholarships and Prizes with ‘Stronger Than Hate Challenge’
New video challenge inspires students and educators to fight against discrimination, injustice and hate by using the power of testimony to create a brighter future

In an effort to spark a social movement against hatred in all forms, opens in a new windowUSC Shoah Foundation and opens in a new windowDiscovery Education announced the Stronger Than Hate Challenge as part of Teaching with Testimony. The Stronger Than Hate Challenge provides an actionable way to promote equality, challenge bias, discuss tolerance and engage students in a service-learning project that inspires action. Launched on January 14, 2019 and running through May 6, 2019, students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to participate, individually or in a group, by having their educator or parent register them for this powerful challenge at This important opportunity for youth to counter hate, and inspire their friends, school and community to join them in this mission, also comes with the chance to win scholarships and grants totaling in $10,000. In addition to being open to U.S. students, students in Canada and the U.K. are also eligible to participate. opens in a new windowRead the full press release >>

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