The Education Scoops for February 22

School safety is a hot topic (no surprise there) and it’s relationship with social emotional learning (SEL) is becoming more prevalent.  Why the importance?  Educators are looking for ways to reduce discipline problems, build a positive school climate and increase academic success, especially during the needs of increased safety in schools.  I love seeing companies begin to focus on this topic more!  In this round of the scoops I’d like to give a special shout out to Gaggle as they are offering a free webinar “Why High-Yield Social Emotional Learning Programs are Essential to Your District” and how it applies to school safety.  Be sure to check it out, I know I’ll be listening in.

Here’s this round of scoops…


One to One Institute Welcomes New CEO Sarah Hanawald

opens in a new windowOne to One Institute (OTO) Board of Directors and staff welcomed their new CEO, Sarah Hanawald to the organization. Ms Hanawald succeeds founding CEO, Leslie Wilson, who has led the organization since its incorporation in 2006. Ms Hanawald has more than twenty-five years of experience pioneering education innovation and leading transformational change in schools. Her work is focused on the learner and encompasses the intersection of technology with curriculum and pedagogy. opens in a new windowRead the full announcement >>

Learning Upgrade Ties for Grand Prize in $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE
Winning apps demonstrate increases in literacy skills among participating adult learners after 12 months of use

opens in a new windowXPRIZE, in partnership with the opens in a new windowBarbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the opens in a new windowDollar General Literacy Foundation, announced that Learning Upgrade, an innovative education technology company that provides digital, differentiated literacy curriculum designed for learning breakthroughs, is one of the two grand prize winners of the Adult Literacy XPRIZE, a multi-year, multi-phase competition focused on transforming the lives of low-literate adults across the nation.  opens in a new windowRead the full announcement >>

Carnegie Learning Announces Three New Appointments to Its Board of Directors
New board members bring decades of K-12 experience, track records of innovation, and diverse perspectives to the company

Carnegie Learning, a leading provider of STEM and literacy learning solutions to the K-12 education market, announced that it has appointed Traci Burgess, CEO of opens in a new windowBrightBytes, Peter Cohen, President of the opens in a new windowUniversity of Phoenix, and John Katzman, Founder of The Princeton Review, 2U and The Noodle Companies, to its Board of Directors effective February 1, 2019. All three of these market leaders have a strong record of leveraging innovation and creativity to make an impact, and will help Carnegie Learning continue to deliver smarter technology that goes beyond basic assessment, instruction and practice.  opens in a new windowRead the full announcement >>

CDI Technologies Wins Tech & Learning TCEA Best of Show Award
The feature-rich SC33 Smart Charge Cart supports 1:1 initiatives

CDI Technologies (formerly CDI Computer Dealers) has won the Tech & Learning TCEA Best of Show Award for its SC33 Smart Charge Cart. The winners were announced during the February 2019 TCEA conference in San Antonio. “Congratulations to all of our winners,” said Content Director Christine Weiser. “Each of our winning products was evaluated by some of the country’s most innovative educators. Being selected as a winner is a true stamp of approval that these products are making an impact in the way schools teach and learn.” opens in a new windowRead the full announcement >>

Checkout the opens in a new windowfull list of all the winners.  Congrats to all!


Insight ADVANCE Launches Live Video Tools for Instructional Coaching at NCE 2019
The newest updates to the award-winning ADVANCE Suite empower instructional coaches to provide feedback or host group meetings in real time

opens in a new windowInsight ADVANCE, creator of groundbreaking tools for teachers’ professional growth, today announced a collection of updates to its award-winning observation and instructional coaching software. The company’s video-based suite of products is designed to improve educators’ professional growth through self-reflection, peer collaboration, and frequent feedback.  opens in a new windowRead the full press release >>

Illumina Corporation Foundation and Discovery Education Inspire Youth to Pursue Careers in STEM and Genomics through New Groundbreaking Program ‘DNA Decoded’
Illumina Corporation Foundation invests in digitally immersive education curriculum program to pave the way for the next generation of genomics professionals

opens in a new windowIllumina Corporate Foundation and opens in a new windowDiscovery Education, provider of digital curriculum resources, digital content, and professional development for K-12 classrooms, launched DNA Decoded, a program designed to equip middle and high school teachers with the power to unlock the study of genomics to advance the future for their students. DNA Decoded provides easy, ready-to-go, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) aligned lessons and activities for educators serving young learners in grades 6 – 12, enabling them to explore genomics in everyday life.  opens in a new windowRead the full press release >>


Gaggle Webinar Alert – Why High-Yield Social Emotional Learning Programs are Essential to Your District

WHAT: No-cost webinar for K-12 educators, featuring Dr. Joe Erardi, retired superintendent from Newtown, Connecticut
WHEN: Thursday, March 7, at noon EST
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When it comes to school safety, students, teachers, administrators and parents have to work together to build a comprehensive district-wide security plan. Including proactive initiatives focused on social emotional learning is essential for maximizing school safety. Plus, strong communication between all parties involved can help to support even the most complex students, ensuring a successful safety plan for the whole district. On Thursday, March 7, at noon EST, guest speaker Dr. Joe Erardi will present an informative, free webinar on “Why High Yield Social Emotional Learning Programs are Essential to Your District.” The webinar –– hosted by Gaggle and the opens in a new windowNational School Boards Association (NSBA) –– will focus on the importance of high-level partnerships pertaining to safety, the critical need to have K-12 social emotional learning programming understood by all within the district, and the best practices to reach these goals.

Educator Engagement and the School Purchasing Cycle

WHAT:  Free webinar for education marketers – learn how to tailor messages for where schools are in the buying cycle, and what channels work best during different times of the school year.
DATE: February 28, 2019
TIME: 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST
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If you are interested in having your scoops shared, please reach out to me at schoolofthought@mdreducation.comcreate new email with the subject of “Scoops.”  Please be sure to include any press links!

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