The Education Scoops for May 17


The Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA Educational Foundation, and Discovery Education Announce Winners for 2019 ‘Operation Prevention’ Video Challenge
Tennessee Teens Named Winners of People’s Choice Award and Nationwide PSA Video Challenge to Educate Youth on the Dangers of Opioid Misuse

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the DEA Educational Foundation, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, named four first place 2019 Operation Prevention Video Challenge winners. Dalton Sherrill, Jackson Hamm, Yanely Luna, and Brian Wang of Coffee County Central High School (CCCHS) in Manchester, Tenn., will receive $10,000 for their winning public service announcement (PSA) entitled opens in a new windowWhat Could’ve Been, which highlights the life-altering effects of opioid misuse. The students also received the most votes during the People’s Choice award voting period, earning them a trip for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of DEA training at the DEA’s Training Academy in Quantico, Va. opens in a new windowRead the full announcement >> I highly recommend watching a few of these videos…they are truly telling and well done. Congratulations to all the finalists!

Swing Education Announces the Inductees into Its Substitute Teacher Hall of Fame
Three exceptional educators recognized during National Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week for their impact in the classroom

As part of its celebration of National Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week, Swing Education announced the inductees into its Substitute Teacher Hall of Fame. The three educators—Valerie Aduba, Michael Packard, and Ralph Starace—were selected for their outstanding contributions to the students, teachers, and schools they serve. In its inaugural year, the Substitute Teacher Hall of Fame drew nominations from 20 states and Washington, D.C.  opens in a new windowRead more >>

Student Innovators Earn Top Honors at 2019 Conrad Challenge Innovation Summit
Outstanding young entrepreneurs were recognized for their innovative products designed to solve the world’s most pressing challenges

Eight teams of student innovators from around the world received top honors at the 2019 opens in a new windowConrad Challenge Innovation Summit, held April 23-26 at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The Summit was the final competition round for the 2018-19 Conrad Challenge, an annual event that unleashes the potential of students to use their innovative and entrepreneurial skills to create solutions for some of the most pressing global challenges. opens in a new windowRead the full announcement >>

CoderZ Named SIIA Education Technology 2019 CODiE Award Finalist for Best Coding & Computational Thinking Solution

opens in a new windowCoderZ, an online learning environment for programming real and virtual robots, has been named a 2019 SIIA CODiE Award finalist in the Best Coding & Computational Thinking Solution category. Award finalists represent applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the PreK-20 sector. opens in a new windowRead the full announcement >>

TeamDynamix Recognized by Info-Tech SoftwareReviews as a Gold Medalist for Both Project Portfolio Management and IT Service Management
TeamDynamix is the only dual winner of Gold Medals by Info-Tech SoftwareReviews and is the only platform combining Project Portfolio Management and IT Service Management (ITSM), making it a preferred platform for CIOs and other technology leaders in education, government, and healthcare

TeamDynamix is the only solution to be recognized as a Gold Medalist for both Project Portfolio Management and IT Service Management by Info-Tech’s SoftwareReviews. The platform is designed to help organizations improve project outcomes and service delivery by offering sophisticated resource planning, integrated service management, and flexible project frameworks including Waterfall, Agile, KANBAN and card wall. opens in a new windowRead the full announcement >>

Tyler Wood and Tanya Hyatt Join PR with Panache!

opens in a new windowPR with Panache! is pleased to announce the addition of a new marketing director, Tyler Wood, and a new senior content marketing manager, Tanya Hyatt—both of whom join them from  Odysseyware. opens in a new windowRead more >>


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Follett Launch Expanded Partnership to Deliver K-12 Learning Solutions to United Arab Emirates Education Community
Follett will become exclusive distributor for HMH curriculum, services and professional development throughout the region

Learning company opens in a new windowHoughton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and global education services provider opens in a new windowFollett School Solutions (Follett) today announced an expanded partnership to deliver HMH’s K-12 learning solutions including curriculum, professional development and services to students, teachers and schools throughout the United Arab Emirates. Follett will serve as the exclusive distributor for HMH in the region.



Item Response Theory and Artificial Intelligence: Leading Experts at the International IACAT Conference June 10-13 Discuss How Adaptive Assessments Improve Testing
The International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing (IACAT) Conference Features Academics, Practitioners, Test Developers, School Leaders, and Testing Companies Coming Together to Share and Learn about the Best Ways to Assess Learning

The International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing (IACAT) 2019 Conference June 10-13 may likely foster the most provocative discussions this year about testing in education when researchers, practitioners, psychometricians, test developers, and school leaders come together to discuss adaptive assessments. And while Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) has been around for over 40 years, it is not the norm for the nation’s most common tests, summative assessments in education. opens in a new windowLearn more >>opens PDF file


Vernier Software & Technology Provides Science Educators with Summer Hands-On STEM PD Opportunities
Full-day professional development workshops to help teachers learn how to integrate data-collection technology into their STEM curricula

Starting in June, Vernier Software & Technology will host multiple full-day, hands-on STEM professional development workshops around the country to help science educators learn how to integrate data-collection technology into their curricula. Attendees will work alongside an experienced science educator as they explore classroom-ready experiments and activities using Vernier data-collection technology, including the award-winning family of Go Direct® sensors. Learn more >>


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