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How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 2

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/14/2021 | Comments Off on How States Plan to Use Federal Pandemic Relief Funds, Part 2
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 The U.S. Department of Education recently approved 21 state plans for use of their American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) funds. These states join 11 others and Washington, D.C. whose plans were approved earlier this year. The plans detail how each state is using and plans to use ARP ESSER funds Read More »

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Education Marketplace Sees Active Third Quarter

By Guest Contributor | 09/14/2021 | Comments Off on Education Marketplace Sees Active Third Quarter
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 By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe While back-to-school 2021 may have been more uncertain than we had previously hoped, one thing that hasn’t been uncertain this year is growth, acquisition, and investment in the education market. We previously provided you with updates on top news from the first and second quarters of 2021. At the end Read More »

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New Federal Relief for Education in the American Rescue Plan

By Maureen Hance | 03/19/2021 | Comments Off on New Federal Relief for Education in the American Rescue Plan
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On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, with another round of COVID-19 relief funding for education. The new law includes: $129 billion for K-12 state education agencies, including $800 million for children experiencing homelessness $40 billion for colleges and universities $2.75 billion to governors for use by private schools Read More »

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Investments, Growth, Acquisitions & Reopening: Q1 2021 in Review

By Guest Contributor | 03/19/2021 | Comments Off on Investments, Growth, Acquisitions & Reopening: Q1 2021 in Review
Q1 2021 Industry News

By Guest Contributor Lisa Wolfe Lisa Wolfe joins us again to provide an update on education news.   From an education perspective, reopening schools and the status of spring assessments dominated the education headlines during the first quarter of 2021. Plus, the news of investment, growth, and acquisition in the education community during Q1 is Read More »

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Tracking CARES Act Spending in Education

By Maureen Hance | 10/16/2020 | Comments Off on Tracking CARES Act Spending in Education
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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been keeping you up to date on its impact on states, schools, and spending. One area that we have been particularly focused on is the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) of which nearly $40 billion was allocated for K-12 and higher education. Read More »

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Tracking Back-to-School 2020-2021

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/15/2020 | Comments Off on Tracking Back-to-School 2020-2021
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We’ve all been paying close attention to the news and our local school communities, following the opening plans. MDR data experts have been capturing when and how school will be in session and which learning models each school will follow.  Although, some schools started a little later this year, as of this week, most schools Read More »

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CARES Act Funding Webinar: Questions Answered

By Maureen Hance | 06/11/2020 | Comments Off on CARES Act Funding Webinar: Questions Answered
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As you may know, a significant portion of the federal economic relief bill—the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)—is allocated to government programs focused on educational institutions, families and children. This includes $30.5 billion in Education Stabilization Funds dedicated to K-12, Higher Education and a Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund for local K-12 Read More »

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Do the Benefits of Digital Devices in School Classrooms Outweigh the Downsides?

By Guest Contributor | 03/11/2020 | Comments Off on Do the Benefits of Digital Devices in School Classrooms Outweigh the Downsides?
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Thanks to The Wall Street Journal for citing MDR data from our Teachers Talk Technology report in their article!  Two professionals in the education space share the benefits and potential downsides of digital devices in classrooms: “Technology has steadily worked its way into classrooms around the world, from kindergarten to graduate school. Its use in Read More »

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MDR and Lysol Selected as Winners in the 2019 PRNews Social Media Awards

By MDR Marketing Team | 05/14/2019 | Comments Off on MDR and Lysol Selected as Winners in the 2019 PRNews Social Media Awards
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We are proud to announce that MDR, together with our client Lysol, was selected as a winner in the Instagram – Best Marketing Campaign category of the 2019 PRNews Social Media Awards! Winners were announced last week at the Social Media Awards Breakfast at the Social Shake Up Show in Atlanta, GA. The My Healthy Read More »

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Vicki’s Final Scoops

By MDR Marketing Team | 01/19/2018 | 1 Comment
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Happy Friday, friends! As usual, I have the week’s scoops for you, as well as a personal message of gratitude as I slide all the way into retirement and bring you my final column. Never fear—the scoops will continue—because keeping this community connected is important to MDR and all of us. But right now, check Read More »

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No Farewells, Just Rock that Retirement – She Snoops for Scoops!

By MDR Marketing Team | 01/17/2018 | Comments Off on No Farewells, Just Rock that Retirement – She Snoops for Scoops!
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It’s Official! More than 26 years ago, a young, smart and passionate professional offered to help a friend. She was a former teacher, a school administrator, a director of technology and curriculum serving children with learning disabilities at Briarwood School and a consummate connector. She wanted the best for education and kids. And, she believed Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for January 12

By MDR Marketing Team | 01/12/2018 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for January 12
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Whew! It has been one cold week in the United States. I could not believe the East Coast had temps colder than Mars! I hope everyone is thawing out and staying warm. As usual, I have the week’s scoops for you. Check out the news from this week…. Ch-ch-ch-changes…. Dr. Warren Simmons has a new Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for January 5

By MDR Marketing Team | 01/05/2018 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for January 5
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Happy new year, friends! I hope yours was a blessed and restful holiday season. It was very special here, and now off we go into a new year. I know you enter 2018 with new hopes and energies for your work in the industry. There are challenges ahead, but I know they are none that Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 29

By MDR Marketing Team | 12/29/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for December 29
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Are we really saying good-bye to 2017, friends? It is so hard for me to believe. They say each year goes by more quickly, and I know that to be true. Take a minute now before we ring in the new year to check out one final (but good!) scoop for this year. News from Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 22

By MDR Marketing Team | 12/22/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for December 22
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Just days before Christmas, and all through the house….life is ever-so-busy busy but wonderful. I hope you are winding down in advance of the holiday weekend but don’t miss your scoops on the way out! Ch-ch-ch-changes….. Shawn Lepper has joined AWE Learning as National Director of Sales. Shawn was previously Global Director of Business Development Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 15

By MDR Marketing Team | 12/15/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for December 15
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Happy holidays, happy holidays….joy everywhere, it seems. What a wonderful season of love and gratitude. Rejoice and celebrate – the reasons are endless! And, to spread a little joy of my own, I have just a couple of scoops for you. Read on…. Woot! Woot! A promotion…. Michael T. Fay, MBA has been promoted to Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 8

By MDR Marketing Team | 12/08/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for December 8
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Happy Friday, everyone! Ho –Ho –Whoa! I am so in the holiday spirit, but there is still work to get done this month, so work we must. But it is an enjoyable task to bring you the scoops so read on now to see what’s new this week…. New roles for colleagues and friends…. North Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for December 1

By MDR Marketing Team | 12/01/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for December 1
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Well, Thanksgiving is behind us, and here comes Christmas and Hanukkah! However you spend it, we are rolling into the holiday season, though things aren’t slowing down much yet. But I have the holiday spirit—what a joyful time of the year. And I hope I bring you some joy with my weekly scoops. Go check Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for November 17

By MDR Marketing Team | 11/17/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for November 17
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Hi, everyone! My scoops for this week are all about accolades! Read on to see who is in the limelight…. Woo hoo! The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), in partnership with EdScoop, recently announced the creation of a K-12 EdTech Time Capsule. They have now revealed the time capsule contents, the culmination of a national Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for November 10

By MDR Marketing Team | 11/10/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for November 10
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Happy Friday, everyone. We hope you love the new newsletter format! And as usual, I hope you love my scoops—check them out now! Ch-ch-ch-changes…. Mary Cullinane has a new role as Partner at Community Barn Ventures. Mary was previously Chief Content Officer and EVP of Product Planning, Development, and Marketing at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Community Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for November 3

By MDR Marketing Team | 11/03/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for November 3
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It’s been a busy week here and lot of fun with trick-or-treating earlier this week and then cheering on the new World Series champs! How about those Astros? Woo hoo! But there will be no tricks here as I bring you this week’s scoops. See what I have for you! New roles for colleagues and Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for October 27

By MDR Marketing Team | 10/27/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for October 27
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Ooh, Fall is in the air, and Snoop is loving it. It sure makes it challenging to be at my desk working when I want to be outside, but with the weekend upon us, we can all get outside and enjoy the season. But first—check out this week’s scoops…. New roles for colleagues and friends…. Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for October 20

By MDR Marketing Team | 10/20/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for October 20

Woo hoo, it is Friday! The Snoop is ready for a weekend. How about you? But first, you know the drill: check out this week’s scoops! New roles for colleagues and friends…. PAPERbasket, the new ed tech ROI startup is making waves as schools and companies start to hear of its solution. With its first Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for October 13

By MDR Marketing Team | 10/13/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for October 13

Hi everyone and happy Friday—and, happy Friday, the 13th! Those who know me know I am not superstitious, and after all, what’s not to love about Friday? Before you head out to that weekend, check out my scoops for you…. Friends and colleagues in new roles…. bulb, an emerging leader in digital portfolio software, has Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for October 6

By MDR Marketing Team | 10/06/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for October 6

Welcome to October, everyone. The changing season and promise of cooler weather seems to give everyone a lift. We have experienced another terribly sad week and another terribly devastating event. I see that today is World Smile Day. Sometimes receiving a smile from someone else, even a stranger, or giving one to another person can Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for September 29

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/29/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for September 29

Happy Friday, friends! Since we didn’t have time to post news last week due to our being in Scottsdale for EdNET 2017, I am sure you are ready for a fix of my scoops, but first, pour another cup of coffee and prepare to sit back for a while, as I have a ton of Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for September 15

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/15/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for September 15

Ok friends, happy Friday! The Snoop is headed to Scottsdale tomorrow as our team prepares for EdNET 2017, and I sure hope you are headed there, too. It will be an amazing time, both in learning from the programming planned and with that all-important networking. I hope you have your sessions and appointments planned, but Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for September 8

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/08/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for September 8

Wow, end of this short but busy week and hair on fire—so much going on as we prepare to bring you the best EdNET ever! You’re going to love it! Hope your week has been a good one, friends. Stop what you are doing and check out this week’s scoops and, of course, look to Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for September 1

By MDR Marketing Team | 09/01/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for September 1

What a week it has been. We are so thankful Hurricane Harvey has moved away from us in Houston and pray it does not harm any others on its path. We took in some water and dealt with some flooded streets, but that is nothing compared to the devastation so many have suffered. We have Read More »

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Vicki’s Scoops for August 25

By MDR Marketing Team | 08/25/2017 | Comments Off on Vicki’s Scoops for August 25

Well, this has been a busy week to remember for the Snoop! I got scooped as you learned of my retirement at the end of this year, I have started amazing EdNET session planning calls with speakers, we got my sister through a big surgery, and now we are making preparations in advance of Hurricane Read More »

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