ATLANTA, Oct. 26, 2006–The sweeping changes transforming consumers’ television viewing experience at home are having an equally dramatic impact on commercial markets, according to experts at LG Electronics.

Speaking on a panel sponsored by Insight Media at the third Americas Display Engineering and Applications Conference (ADEAC), LG’s Timothy Frahm explained that government mandates requiring digital tuners in all TVs by March 1, 2007 are accelerating the deployment of digital HDTVs in the lodging industry particularly.

“As digital high-definition television (HDTV) and flat-panel displays enter the mainstream, hotels, resorts, clubs and businesses are capitalizing on the sleek, hang-on-the wall screens that deliver crisp HDTV programming to their guests and customers,” said Frahm, director of advanced commercial product development, LG Electronics USA.

A 26-year industry expert, Frahm focused on two industry trends: the first, the importance of HDTV technologies for the lodging and commercial market as the digital television conversion grows near, and the second, the role of secured content transmission in the evolving digitally-converged world.

“As the world’s largest manufacturer of display panels, LG Electronics has a deep understanding of the needs and requirements of HDTV technology for the hospitality and commercial markets,” said Frahm. “In a short time, we have seen how HDTV has changed the market by providing improved picture quality, digital convergence combining television and PC applications, and the ability for content providers to increase the amount of information displayed.”

Drawing from his extensive expertise in advanced digital solutions for commercial markets, Frahm elaborated on the importance of developing secure industry technologies. With the growing importance for the hospitality industry to provide trusted-content for their customers, he said: Pro:Idiom” digital rights management (DRM) technology has become the de facto standard in the lodging industry. Because of this, on-demand high-definition content is now being deployed in the lodging industry for the first time.

“Technologies like these demonstrate how HDTV is changing the way content providers and consumers interface with television today. For example, more than two years ago, LG recognized that the widespread use of LCD and plasma displays in hotels would depend on the ability to provide guests with high-value digital content. By applying the Pro:Idiom technology platform, the lodging market has been able to enjoy a highly secure DRM solution.” Frahm went on to discuss other HDTV technologies and future trends, as well as growth opportunities in hospitality and lodging.

The Insight Media-sponsored forum on high-definition technologies was held in conjunction with ADEAC, the premier event for practical, up-to-date display technology that addresses real applications and engineering issues for display products and end-user systems of interest to North American companies in fields such as avionics, communications, digital TV, dynamic signage, instrumentation, medical, point-of-purchase, and projection displays. The conference, organized by Society for Information Display and co-sponsored by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), is designed to appeal to both current display practitioners and those who may not have much experience in the industry.

Insight Media (www.insightmedia.info) is a leading market and technology research firm providing its unique Opportunity Analysis for manufacturers and resellers of electronic displays and their components. Opportunity Analysis evaluates technology, market data, competitive factors, user applications, business and distribution elements and combines them into an integrated strategic operational guide. Insight Media also provides timely newsletters, detailed assessments, global market reports, focused industry conferences, and tactical consulting.

LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $45-billion global force in consumer electronics and mobile communications. In the United States, LGEUS sells a wide range of digital display and digital media products, digital appliances and mobile phones under LG’s “Life’s Good” marketing theme. LG’s Commercial Products division serves the business, industrial, education, lodging, healthcare and GSA markets. For more information, please visit www.LGusa.com and www.LGcommercial.com.



Three Rivers Systems Awarded Funding from Microsoft for Case Study on their Higher Ed Campus Administrative Solution

(October 26, 2006)–ST. LOUIS, MO–Recently, Three Rivers Systems, Inc.® was selected as a winner of Microsoft’s United States Independent Software Vendor Case Study Development Assistance Contest. Judged on a single customer implementation using the latest Microsoft technologies, quantifiable results and current status as a Microsoft Partner and Independent Software Vendor, Three Rivers Systems, Inc. was selected for the implementation of the CAMS Enterprise campus administrative system at Villa Maria College.

Villa Maria College, Western New York’s premier private two-year college, needed a campus administrative system to streamline the delivery of data. The College selected CAMS Windows® from Three Rivers Systems for its ability to integrate with Microsoft Office® products, improve reporting services, secure data and implement quickly. As a result, overall campus costs dropped 40-45% while efficiency increased by approximately 50%.

In 2006, due to increased student enrollment and their transition to a four-year institution, Villa Maria College migrated to CAMS Enterprise® to accommodate their growing needs. Installed in March, the College went live with CAMS Enterprise in June and registered students in the fall. As an all Web-based application, the CAMS Enterprise Portals allowed faculty to increase communications with students and submit attendance reports online–improving efficiency by 75%. CAMS Enterprise provides the College with high ROI and scales to meet their current and future needs.

As a winner of Microsoft’s United States Independent Software Vendor Case Study Development Assistance Contest, Three Rivers Systems, Inc. receives full funding from Microsoft for case study development, a Microsoft writer, case study posting on Microsoft’s website and use of the material for Three Rivers Systems’ marketing efforts.

About Three Rivers Systems, Inc.

For over 20 years, Three Rivers Systems, Inc. has been revolutionizing higher education by delivering an unparalleled administrative system at a reasonable, predictable cost of ownership. Today, Three Rivers Systems continues to lead the industry in innovation with CAMS Enterprise–an all Web-based solution that is integrated, scaleable and easy to learn. Developed entirely with standard Microsoft technologies, CAMS Enterprise is a complete campus administrative system that provides 24/7 real-time access to Self-service Portals, Course Management, HR/Payroll, Fiscal Management, Document Management, and more–making managing the entire student lifecycle, from prospect to alumni, easy. Visit us at www.ThreeRivers-CAMS.com.



ANGEL Learning Receives Innovation Award from Indiana University Entrepreneurial Awards of Distinction

Indianapolis, Ind.–October 26, 2006–ANGEL® Learning, developer of the simply powerful ANGEL Learning Management Suite (LMS) and ANGEL ePortfolio, today announced it has received an Indiana University Entrepreneurial Award of Distinction (IUEAD) for Innovation. The Innovation Award recognizes ANGEL Learning as a pioneer in LMS development. The company was also recognized as a Finalist for Spirit and Growth Awards.

“The ANGEL Learning team is honored to be recognized with an IUEAD Innovation Award,” said Christopher Clapp, ANGEL Learning president and CEO. “Our success is a team effort focused on belief in our product and commitment to our customers. The ANGEL team is pleased to be recognized as innovators and equally pleased our ANGEL software is making a difference in education in Indiana and across the nation.”

The ANGEL Learning Management Suite brings the power of the internet to traditional face-to-face classes and distance learning. K12 and higher education schools and institutions and organizations and corporations across the country and the world create exceptional educational experiences with ANGEL.

ANGEL customers play a pivotal role in ANGEL’s community innovation development model, not only suggesting product features but also providing valuable input during the design cycle. ANGEL clients include the largest college in the country, Miami Dade College, and two of the country’s largest university systems, Michigan State and Penn State universities. Locally, MSD Wayne Township, MSD Perry Township, MSD Washington Township, IPS, the IU School of Medicine, Franklin College and a host of others impact education in Indiana with ANGEL.

“The IU Entrepreneurial Awards of Distinction celebrate and showcase the tremendous achievements of Indiana’s entrepreneurial companies,” said Donald F. Kuratko, executive director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and The Jack M. Gill chair of entrepreneurship in the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. “Recognizing the hard work and tenacity evident in award winning companies presents a unique opportunity to celebrate the true greatness that exists in the State of Indiana.”

About ANGEL Learning

ANGEL Learning, Inc. develops and markets enterprise e-learning software. Our flagship products are the ANGEL Learning Management Suite and the ANGEL ePortfolio system. Our products have been honed by use–with millions of students and instructors served from K to corporate. We enjoy a reputation for creating products with exceptional ease of use, excellent vision into learner progress, and for keeping our commitments. ANGEL LMS received the 2006 Software & Information Industry Association CODiE award for Best Postsecondary Course Management Solution. Having emerged from the academy ourselves, our core values reflect those of our customers well. ANGEL world headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana. To learn more about the ANGEL difference, visit us at www.angellearning.com



‘Telepresence’ adds realism to video conferencing

Imagine a virtual conferencing solution so advanced that unsuspecting visitors entering the room have been unaware that not all participants were physically present.

That’s what Cisco Systems has designed with its new “Cisco TelePresence” system, technology that aims to remedy the detached feel of talking to a television set that long has plagued traditional video conferences. The technology is likely to have a limited impact in education in the near term, given its initial price point. But as the cost comes down, it could have implications for schools down the road, industry watchers say.

Cisco TelePresence is a tool for orchestrating meetings between far-flung parties that will deliver a vastly more intimate experience, Cisco claims. Announced on Oct. 23, the solution is the San Jose, Calif.-based networking gear maker’s first foray into the fledgling “telepresence” market.

The term is industry jargon for attempting to simulate real-time interactions between people in different locations using high-definition monitors, highly sensitive audio equipment, and integrated networking gear.

The technology aims to be so realistic as to make conference-call participants believe the person talking on the monitor is actually in the same room.

For example, picture a conference room with six chairs, three on each side of a conference table. Envision a clear glass panel running down the center of the table.

Walk into this room while a high-level parlay is under way, and you’d see six executives deep in conversation. But here’s the catch: Only three of them are physically present. The three participants closest to you actually are in the room. The others are in another location, but their life-size, high-definition images are on the glass partition in the conference room.

The illusion reportedly is heightened because both locations use matching furnishings. Other elements that enhance the effect are that participants appear to make direct eye contact with one another, the streaming video is smooth and flawless, and the audio is perfectly matched to lip movement.

Several companies, including Hewlett-Packard Co., already offer telepresence products. The market is projected to grow to $300 million by 2008, according to technology research firm Gartner Inc.

Cisco, which makes the routers and switches used to link networks, is banking that large corporate clients will flock to the technology and propel it into a billion-dollar business.

One of Cisco’s newest products is a high-end room that can accommodate up to 12 people around the virtual table and comes with three 65-inch plasma displays, three high-definition cameras, and the table and lighting. Price: $299,000.

The other is a single-screen version that costs $79,000 and can accommodate up to four people.

Both products are designed to run across a company’s existing network, said Marthin De Beer, vice president of Cisco’s Emerging Markets Technology Group.

But to take advantage of the technology, customers must have robust bandwidth; the high-end room uses about 10 megabits of bandwidth per second.

De Beer said the technology marks a dramatic improvement in reliability, ease of use, and overall realism over traditional video conferencing products and solves a lingering business dilemma.

“This has been an elusive dream for many years,” he said. “With all the technologies of the past, people were never comfortable to use it for real business, to close that deal or sign that contract.”

Whether the illusion of greater intimacy is important enough for schools to justify the higher price tag remains to be seen.

“Telepresence will have a very limited role in education in the near future, given the [initial] price point,” said Vijay Sonty, chief information officer for Florida’s Broward County Public Schools.

Sonty said Broward County is now piloting a video conferencing system that lowers the cost to about $200 per end point and reportedly works with all other major systems. He said the high-definition capabilities of the district’s current system are “more than sufficient for education,” including teaching, learning, and research.

David Willis, chief of research for Gartner, said the steep price and network requirements make Cisco’s products irrelevant for all but the largest of customers. But he was impressed with the technology.

“It’s an amazing illusion,” he said. “It really pulls off the experience of a real meeting. And I hate video conferencing … But this is like David Copperfield. This is like magic.”

Cisco said the systems are already available and should begin shipping to customers in about four weeks.


Cisco TelePresence



Vancouver, WA Oct. 26, 2006–HOSTS Learning, the pacesetter in providing K-12 learning management systems and academic mentoring and intervention programs, announced today that Natomas Unified School District in Sacramento, Calif. will expand its use of the company’s nationally acclaimed program to all twelve schools in the district. The HOSTS program began as a pilot project at Natomas High School earlier this year. Using HOSTS Mentoring & Intervention program, 25 out of 57 seniors passed the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) after just 11 hours of instruction over five weeks. The same students had failed to pass the exam for the past three years.

Based on this success, Natomas will implement the complete HOSTS Learning Classroom Solution in all of its schools beginning this January.

“At Natomas, we have an unwavering commitment to educate our students to the highest learning standards and help them grow into responsible young citizens,” said Dr. Steve Farrar, superintendent of Natomas Unified School District. “When the HOSTS Learning implementation is complete, we believe that all of our students, not just our struggling seniors, will experience continuous academic progress. We couldn’t be more excited to watch them seize the opportunity to achieve at higher levels than they ever have before.”

The complete HOSTS Learning solution comprises three elements: the HOSTS Instructional Management System (IMS), HOSTS Mentoring & Intervention, and HOSTS Professional Growth & Learning products.

HOSTS IMS is a powerful classroom program that ties formative assessment data and research-based best practices together with school’s existing curriculum resources to create customized learning paths for each student.

The HOSTS Professional Growth & Learning goes one step further by helping teachers and administrators build the core competencies required for maximum student achievement. The solution’s blueprint impacts every teacher and provides a synthesis of common practices that integrates into ongoing school and/or district improvement plans. Based on 35 years of success, HOSTS Mentoring and Intervention provides research-based instructional strategies and interventions to assist teachers and community volunteers in effectively helping students who are struggling in the regular classroom. The intervention programs cover many areas, including reading and early literacy, math, English language development special education and structured mentoring.

“Educators in Natomas will soon have an incredible classroom solution that will drive data-driven decision making and individualize learning for every student. HOSTS can effectively change the face of teaching and learning for years to come,” said John Costilla, vice president of marketing and product development.

About Natomas Unified School District

Located in Sacramento, California, the urban Natomas Unified School District serves approximately 11,200 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The district’s student population, divided among sixteen schools is 25 percent Caucasian, 25 percent African-American, 25 percent Hispanic, 13 percent Punjabi and 12 percent other.

About HOSTS Learning

For over 35 years, HOSTS Learning solutions have helped more than one million K-12 students improve their reading skills and math proficiencies through its research-based instructional management systems, professional growth services, and mentoring and intervention programs. The HOSTS school-wide solution holds the distinction of being the only structured learning system identified as significantly reducing academic failure in both the No Child Left Behind language and the IDEA reauthorization.

Based in Vancouver, WA, HOSTS Learning solutions are currently used in more than 1,300 schools in 40 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and El Salvador. For more information, please visit www.HOSTS.com or call 1-800-833-4678.



Hotmath.com Resources Now Available to netTrekker d.i. Subscribers

Thinkronize, Inc., developer of the netTrekker suite of award-winning educational search products, has partnered with Hotmath.com to provide educators and students with new valuable online content and resource options.

Schools and districts can now purchase access to Hotmath.com as a valuable content upgrade to netTrekker d.i.for as low as $0.60 per student per year. Proven to increase math scores, the research-based program provides helpful step-by-step explanations for odd-numbered homework problems from over 150 math textbooks.

“Hotmath.com is an invaluable aid for students and parents,” said Brian Hoey, executive director of College Preparatory Mathematics in Sacramento, Calif. “We have incorporated it into our 6-12 textbook series as one of several principal resources to attain mastery.”

“Convenience is important to our customers, so it is important to us. Incorporating more content options, like Hotmath.com, into netTrekker d.i.offers our users access to the quality resources they need in one central location, without having to log into multiple products,” said Christine Willig, president of Thinkronize.

Designed to help users safely search for reliable educational resources online, more than 9.3 million students in 47 states currently use the netTrekker suite of products.



ENA Joins Forces with Indiana Schools and Libraries to Provide Internet Safety Tools for Parents, Children

INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In an effort to help Indiana parents and teachers safeguard students from the growing threat of Internet predators, ENA today said that it is providing a copy of “Faux Paw’s Adventures in the Internet” to every public elementary school and library in the state.

The book, created by the Internet Keep Safe Coalition (www.iKeepSafe.org), is designed to teach children the “Three Keeps” of basic Internet safety: to keep safe personal information; to keep away from ever meeting Internet strangers; and to keep telling parents about anything they see on the Internet that makes them uncomfortable. The message is told through the adventures of “Faux Paw, the Techno Cat.”

The announcement was made at a press conference today at Riverside Elementary Public School #44 in Indianapolis. ENA officials, who presented the books on behalf of Governor Mitch Daniels and Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Suellen Reed, were joined by Marsali Hancock, President of the Internet Keep Safe Coalition, Kelli Thompson of the Indiana State Medical Alliance, Roberta Brooker of the Indiana State Library, Steve Kelly of the Indianapolis FBI Cybercrime Unit, and members of the Indiana Educational Technology Council. With today’s announcement, all 50 states have joined the Coalition’s “Three Keeps” national campaign. In addition to the books, ENA will also provide access for public school teachers and librarians to an animated companion film to the book through INschools and INPubLibraries, statewide networks the company provides for Indiana’s K-12 schools and libraries.

“As parents and educators, we are all faced with the growing threat of Internet predators and the need to teach our children how to protect themselves online,” said Merle Gruesser, Indiana State Director of ENA. “Our mission is to protect children at school from inappropriate material on the Internet, but we also want to provide useful learning tools and recommendations for parents and students at home. We thank the Governor, Indiana’s public school and library systems and the Internet Keep Safe Coalition for giving us this opportunity.”

For additional free resources targeted at adults, including the Coalition’s “Three Keeps for Parents,” ENA officials encouraged parents to visit the website (www.iKeepSafe.org) where an online Parent Resource Center is available for download.

“The bottom line is that you don’t have to be a computer expert to protect your children online. The Internet is a powerful learning tool, but with it comes the need to be extra vigilant to ensure our children are not exposed to inappropriate material and activities that can happen online,” Gruesser added.

About ENA

ENA is a managed Internet service provider which creates technology solutions for school systems, libraries, and governments. Since 1995 when ENA built the first statewide network connecting all K-12 schools in Tennessee, the Nashville-based company has established a reputation as a trusted partner in the delivery of safe, reliable, equitable and affordable access to the vast learning resources of the Internet for over 2 million school children, teachers, and administrators. Please visit www.ena.com for more information.

About iKeepSafe.org

The Internet Keep Safe Coalition is a broad partnership of governors and first spouses, law enforcement agencies, organizations and foundations dedicated to providing parents and educators with information and tools that empower them to teach children the safe and healthy use of technology and the Internet. It offers a comprehensive package of educational resources for children, parents and educators. The Coalition is a nonprofit organization, founded by Jacalyn Leavitt to continue her efforts promoting public health and education. Visit www.iKeepSafe.org for additional information.



Study Commissioned by Thinkronize also Shows that Four out of Five School Principals and Administrators See Danger for Students on the Internet Increasing

Cincinnati, OH – It’s not the dirt, it’s the commerce. Four out of five (79%) school principals and administrators see danger for students on the Internet increasing and commercial and pay sites rank as their greatest concern, according to new research conducted by a New York independent research firm and commissioned by Thinkronize, Inc.

When asked to rate the specific types of dangers facing students on the Internet, 61% of survey respondents said pornography and 58% said adult predators were a great or significant danger. Concern over getting useless or irrelevant results when using search engines was also high at 59%. The issue rated highest, however, at 76% was concern over unauthorized redirection to commercial or pay sites when conducting online research.

From school vending machines to book covers, to sides of buses, advertising in schools is a reality. And now, with the commercialization of the Web, there is a more insidious means that cannot be protected by filters.

“We have 50,000 students in our district and are worried that they are being bombarded by inappropriate ads in the one place that should be all about learning,” said Rita Phillips, technology coordinator, Sacramento City Unified School District. “The Web is creating a new front of concern as we can’t control our students getting redirected to sites that are both unevaluated and irrelevant. This is not only distracting, but brings on financial and time-draining concerns. We have taken steps to block access to music and video downloads as well as blogs, MySpace and gaming sites, but we are still very concerned about our students being redirected to the plethora of commercial sites.”

“This is about online safety and information literacy and we take both very seriously at Thinkronize,” said Randy Wilhelm, CEO of Thinkronize. “Ad-supported sites allow for a wonderful free flow of information. However, as the Internet becomes more and more ubiquitous and commercialized, we need to teach our weaned-on-the-Web children how to evaluate sites and to be critically aware of the ways they are being targeted for potentially dangerous and commercial purposes.”

Data from the study also indicated that educators believe there is significant room to improve the Internet as an educational resource. Today, only 30% rate the Internet as an “excellent” resource. And, when it comes to safety, just over one-third (38%) say the Internet is “very safe.”

“Today’s kids are digital natives, and the reality is that the Internet is a powerful research, communications and collaboration tool,” said Helen Soulé, Executive Director, Cable in the Classroom. “The job that lies before us is teaching parents, kids and educators how to use the Web safely, responsibly and productively. Teaching information and media literacy skills are vital, as is the use of tools like filters and search engines that are built for kids.”

Educators are seeking additional means to solve their concerns and virtually all report taking actions to protect students. Few schools, however, appear to have purchased and installed special search engines designed to meet the needs of school age children (35%). Findings include:

– Installing filters – 100%

– Giving faculty instructions on safety – 90%

– Giving students instructions on safety – 90%

– Providing parents with tips and information – 66%

– Purchased special search engines – 35%

This survey was conducted online in September of 2006.

About David Michaelson & Company, LLC

David Michaelson & Company, LLC is a New York City-based research company that has conducted extensive research in the education and non-profit markets. This study was conducted under the direct supervision of Dr. David Michaelson. Dr. Michaelson has over 25 years experience including work in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Further information about the company can be found at www.davidmichaelsoncompany.com.

About Thinkronize

Thinkronize, an Internet developer of K-12 educational products, was founded in 1999 and grew out of a passion for and commitment to enhancing teaching and learning with the Internet and standards-based online resources. The company launched its flagship product, netTrekker classic, in October 2000 and has since expanded the product line to include netTrekker d.i. , designed for use in schools to help educators meet individual students’ learning needs, and netTrekker home, available for purchase by parents whose district or school has not yet purchased a netTrekker subscription. Peers, educators and parents have honored Thinkronize and the netTrekker product suite 17 times for their contribution to education. Thinkronize currently serves nearly 9.3 million students in 47 states, including adoptions by key districts and states nationwide and is one of the fastest growing companies in the education industry. In August, 2006, Thinkronize was named to the Inc. 500 list, with over 400% growth in three years. For more information visit www.thinkronize.com or phone 877-517-1125.



Chemistry program improves student learning, closes achievement gap

Emeryville, CA- University of California at Berkeley chemistry professor Angelica Stacy created Living By Chemistry to make high school chemistry more accessible to a diverse pool of students without sacrificing content.

“This is important because chemistry is a gateway to almost all the health professions,” Stacy, a National Science Foundation Distinguished Teaching Scholar, said Friday at the California Science Education Conference in San Francisco. “I want to open that gate to more students.”

And that’s exactly what’s happening. Nicole Nunes and Daniel Quach used Living By Chemistry to detrack Thurgood Marshall Academic High School in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point area, one of the city’s most violent, impoverished neighborhoods. With Living By Chemistry, they said, all students gained knowledge in chemistry and the achievement gap narrowed.

The curriculum works because it puts scientific ideas into real-life contexts that build upon students’ prior knowledge and because it gets students to actively engage with each other, Nunes and Quach said at the conference. In detracked classes, group activities allow students to help each other, which increases their self-confidence. These activities are also designed to work on a number of levels so all students can deepen their understanding.

You can really adapt it and make it work for your students,” said Liz Christopher, a teacher in Woodland, Calif., who has been teaching with preliminary Living By Chemistry materials for six years.

For example, in one Living By Chemistry activity, students work in groups to logically arrange the Create a Table cards, which each represent an element in the original periodic table. Each card includes the element’s name, a short description, a compound it’s in, how reactionary it is, and an illustration of a colored circle with spokes extending from it. Some circles are solid and some are grainy to represent metals and non-metals. The ring around each circle is color-coded to represent solids, liquids, and gasses. The spokes represent valence electrons.

Students can use surface information-element color and number of spokes-to arrange the table or they can dig a bit deeper to find other patterns.

“If it’s a group of kids who are really struggling, I might say, ‘What do you notice about the color?’ ” Christopher said. “But there are a lot of ways you can think about it. You can get your students to think if you push them and ask them questions. It really does stick with them.”

Stacy began exploring new ways to teach chemistry after finding that students weren’t retaining the basic tenants of chemistry when they took lecture classes. Questioning whether lectures were the best vehicle for teaching chemistry, she tried a new lesson design that consisted of:

1. An initial discussion of students’ ideas and prior knowledge

2. Group and individual activities to explore ideas

3. A whole-class discussion to formulate ideas and help students make sense of the activity

4. An assessment to monitor student understanding

This new format pushed students to think through ideas and deepened their understanding of chemistry, as evidenced by their increased scores on the post-test. This experience became the basis for her work on Living By Chemistry, which is published by Key Curriculum Press. Living By Chemistry’s preliminary edition has five units that explore the chemistry behind alchemy, smells, weather, toxins, and fire.

Living By Chemistry was designed to help teachers reach more of their students by:

*Providing daily lessons. “If you’re so busy having to design what to do each day, you don’t have as much time to assess what you’re doing and target instruction to meet students’ needs,” Stacy explained.

*Putting ideas into real-life context. This grabs students’ interest and helps them retain knowledge by connecting new ideas to their prior understanding.

*Carefully sequencing concepts based on extensive observations of students. “So many people have written textbooks without asking students what helps them,” Stacy said. “We’ve done a lot of work with students trying to understand what’s hanging them up. We found that sequencing makes all the difference in development.” Instead of asking students to simply memorize chemistry symbols and terms, Living By Chemistry uses activities to help students learn the language of chemistry and recognize patterns.

*Maintaining high content standards, but making them accessible to all students. Living By Chemistry provides a “rich and interactive environment for students” that includes card games, labs, memorable illustrations of concepts, and group discussions. “We are absolutely covering the California standards,” Stacy said. “Just because the students are enjoying it doesn’t mean they aren’t getting the standards.”

*Allowing all students to experience achievement so they gain confidence. The activities are designed to work for weaker students while still giving stronger students opportunities to explore concepts on a deeper level.

“We were looking for ways to make it easier for students to get the big ideas in chemistry,” Stacy said.

About Key Curriculum Press:

Founded in 1971 by mathematics educators, Key Curriculum Press is the leading publisher of student-centered, inquiry-based textbooks, supplementary materials, and Dynamic Mathematics software for high school students. Living By Chemistry represents Key’s first foray into science curriculum.




SAN JOSE – Education Pioneers announced today it has received a $1.2 million grant from The Broad Foundation (pronounced “brode”) to triple the number of top graduate students it recruits into summer internships with leading education organizations. Education Pioneers, a national nonprofit based in the San Francisco Bay Area, recruits, trains and places high-achieving graduate students from pre-eminent business, law, public policy and education schools to work for the summer in urban school districts, charter management organizations and educational nonprofits across the country. Three out of four Education Pioneers alumni continue to work full-time in the field of education following graduate school.

“Education Pioneers is providing an incredibly important bridge for promising young business, law, public policy and education leaders to enter the world of education reform and lend their talents where they are desperately needed –to improve opportunities for our inner city youth,” said Eli Broad, a renowned business leader and founder of The Broad Foundation, a national education venture philanthropy.

The internships are part of Education Pioneers’ rigorous, 10-week, full-time, summer “Fellows Program,” which currently operates in Boston, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Fellows are placed in large, urban school districts or in leading education organizations including California Charter Schools Association, KIPP Foundation, New Leaders for New Schools, New Profit Inc., NewSchools Venture Fund and the New York City Center for Charter School Excellence. Fellows spend the summer working for experienced education leaders on projects ranging from strategic planning to policy and legal research to finance, marketing and fundraising. Throughout the summer, Fellows also attend training sessions, weekend retreats and networking events to connect with and learn best practices from education leaders. In the next two years, the program will expand to additional cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C., thanks to The Broad Foundation grant.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Broad Foundation to dramatically increase the number of talented, emerging leaders developing the skills, knowledge and networks to transform urban public education,” said Scott Morgan, founder and president of Education Pioneers. “Graduate students in our program are truly pioneers on the frontier of major efforts to close achievement gaps and improve teaching and learning.”

Of last year’s 365 applicants –a third of which came from Harvard University, Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley –only a select 17 percent, 62, were chosen to participate as Fellows. Upon completing the program last year, 98 percent of Fellows –nearly all –reported that they would recommend the Fellows Program to other students.

“The Education Pioneers experience strengthened my resolve to work in education, gave me a foot in the door to a large urban school district –that became a full-time offer –and broadened my network of education professionals,” said Allison Wyatt, a 2007 M.B.A. candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management who worked in Boston Public Schools.

Nearly all employers participating in the Education Pioneers program –97 percent –report that they would recommend the Fellows Program to other education employers.

Education Pioneers

Founded in 2003, Education Pioneers is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to training, connecting and inspiring a new generation of education leaders to transform educational systems so that all students receive a quality education. Education Pioneers will accept applications for the 2007 Fellows Program from December 15, 2006 through February 15, 2007, with priority applications due by January 15, 2007. Additional information about Education Pioneers is available at: www.educationpioneers.org.

The Broad Foundation

The Broad Foundation is a Los Angeles-based venture philanthropy established in 1999 by Eli and Edythe Broad. Eli Broad is a renowned business leader who founded two Fortune 500 companies, SunAmerica Inc. and KB Home. The mission of The Broad Foundation is to dramatically improve student achievement in urban public school districts through better governance, management, labor relations and competition. The Broad Foundation’s Internet address is: www.broadfoundation.org.