NEW YORK, NY DECEMBER 18, 2006–eChalk Inc., the leading provider of online learning environments for K-12 schools, today announced enhancements to its flagship service and to Lesson Planner, a module that facilitates curriculum distribution, lesson planning, submission and review.

Thousands of schools throughout the United States rely on eChalk’s Online Learning Environment to improve communication. eChalk provides administrators, teachers, students and parents with online access to school schedules, homework assignments, academic resources, student discussion boards, curriculum materials, student-safe email and teacher contact information. By providing 24/7 access to these critical resources, school leaders extend the learning window for students and transform instruction.

The latest Online Learning Environment enhancements include new Web site personalization options that allow schools to create even more exciting sites within a consistent and professional design. Version 7.5 also includes new organizational and planning tools that save teachers’ additional time and help them to engage students and parents more effectively.

Lesson Planner is a comprehensive framework that helps district leaders distribute curriculum, teachers to easily plan and create standards-based lessons and principals to review teacher plans and standards coverage. With improved visibility of standards covered, curriculum leaders can ensure that teachers cover appropriate standards before state assessments.

With Version 7.5, Lesson Planner offers ease of use improvements that better reflect teachers’ natural work practices and provides curriculum specialists new tools for managing and reporting on the curriculum taught.

“eChalk is incredible and we love it. We rely on eChalk as the primary communications link between our schools, parents, students and community,” said Deb Haviland, Director of Communications and Community Relations for Adams County School District 50. She continued, “eChalk supports our middle and high school students by providing quick access to daily assignments, which allows students and parents to stay on task in multiple classes.”

Because eChalk’s Online Learning Environment is a hosted service, all client schools have immediate access to Version 7.5’s new features without having to install or upgrade any software or hardware.

About eChalk

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in New York City, eChalk is committed to helping schools succeed by providing an online environment that supports leadership, teaching and learning. With eChalk’s safe and secure environment, every school and district community member has appropriate access to event calendars, homework assignments, school board meeting minutes, online discussions, resources, student grades and other information that helps K-12 leaders to achieve their learning and instructional goals.

eChalk and Student-Safe Email are the service marks or registered service marks of eChalk, Inc. More information is available on the web at www.eChalk.com or by calling 212-809-8400.

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