Project Management Training Online Adds “Advanced Project Leadership” Courses for PMP PDUs

According to John Reiling, PE, MBA, PMP, President of Project Management Training Online, “These courses bridge the gap between soft, or people, skills and hard project management skills.  We are happy to make these advanced courses available to PMPs who are craving something practical to apply in their day to day responsibilities.  We all realize that 90% of our success is due to our soft skills, yet it is difficult to find training that ties together this 90% with direct challenges in our day to day project management problem space, such as dealing with internal politics, demonstrating project value, selling formal project management, tying project objectives to strategy, and more.  These courses answer that desire and craving, and they also satisfy their PMP PDU requirement.”  

Consistent with its mission of providing the best selection of time and cost effective training for project managers, Project Management Training Online has made these 4 courses available for those who want to gain rapid, 24×7 access to knowledge in any or all of the following specific areas:  Organization, Strategy and Business Needs; Navigating Corporate Structures; Bringing Home the Value; and Selling Project Management to the Organization.  Detailed information on the new advanced project management training can be found on the Advanced Project Leadership page at Project Management Training Online.
Candidates for the PMP or CAPM exams, or current Project Management Professionals (PMPs) interested in PMP PDUs, can experience e-learning and online project management training first hand and try a project management course for free – and earn contact hours or PDUs!  There are complete free trial courses available for PMP Exam Prep, CAPM Exam Prep, or PDUs for current PMPs.  

Project Management Training Online – – provides one of the most extensive offerings of online training courses focused on professional project management on the web.  In addition to the 26 Third Edition and 28 Fourth Edition courses and the PMP exam simulation, also provides hundreds online courses where Project Management Professionals (PMPs) can rapidly and conveniently expand their skills in a variety of chosen areas and earn Professional Development Units (PDUs).  A complete listing can be found at Project Management Training Online – Products.  Courses and training aids were created by SkillSoft, Mindleaders, and other e-learning content provides.

For addition information, contact:

John Reiling, PE, MBA, PMP
Project Management Training Online 


Congress weighs online privacy changes

The rise in online social networking, coupled with the evolution of advanced data-tracking techniques, has created a goldmine for internet marketers who now can target their advertising in highly sophisticated ways to individual web users. High school and college students are especially vulnerable, experts say, and that has many privacy advocates concerned. Now they’re enlisting the help of Congress to set reasonable limits.

The web sites we visit, the online links we click, the search queries we conduct, the products we put in virtual shopping carts, the personal details we reveal on social networking pages–all of this can give companies an enormous amount of insight into our tastes and habits.

But privacy watchdogs warn that too many people have no idea that internet marketers are tracking their online habits and then mining that information to serve up targeted pitches–a practice known as behavioral advertising. High school and college-age students are particularly vulnerable to this practice, because of the long trail of data they reveal about themselves on web sites such as Facebook and MySpace.

So Congress could be stepping in. Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, is drafting a bill that would impose broad new rules on web sites and advertisers. His goal: to ensure that consumers know what information is being collected about them on the web and how it is being used, and to give them control over that information.

While Congress has waded into internet privacy issues before, this measure could break new ground, as the first major attempt to regulate a nascent but fast-growing industry that represents the future of advertising. Boucher insists his bill will benefit consumers and preserve the underlying economics of the internet, which relies on advertising to keep so much online content free.

"Our goal is not to hinder online advertising," he said. "This will make people more likely to trust electronic commerce and the internet."

Although his proposal is still taking shape, Boucher is confident lawmakers will pass an online marketing privacy law of some sort. He is working with Cliff Stearns of Florida, the top Republican on the House internet subcommittee, as well as Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., who chairs a separate subcommittee on consumer protection.

Already, Washington’s interest in internet marketing has put online advertisers on notice. In July, the industry released a set of self-regulatory principles in an effort to head off concerns in Congress and the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC put out internet ad guidelines early this year.

Boucher’s efforts have encouraged privacy activists, who point out that internet surveillance has evolved beyond just data-tracking files, known as cookies, that web sites place on visitors’ computers. Technologies such as "deep packet inspection" now can monitor a user’s every online move.

"Consumers have no idea that they are being followed online and that their information is being compiled into invisible digital dossiers," said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, one of 10 privacy groups that recently issued recommendations for lawmakers. "There is an incredibly sophisticated, ever-advancing system for profiling online users."

Chester believes several developments have put the issue on Washington’s radar. These include the rise of social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace that capture detailed personal information; Google Inc.’s acquisition of the internet ad service DoubleClick Inc.; and the proposed internet search partnership between Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc., now under review by the Justice Department.

"Online privacy has finally taken off and become a serious political issue," Chester said. "A perfect digital storm has created momentum toward action."

The challenge facing Washington, said Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, is to strike the right balance between "protecting the fundamental rights of consumers" and preserving "business equilibrium."

Boucher’s bill, which had not yet been introduced as of press time, would seek a middle ground in a long-running debate over what the default assumptions should be when companies monitor consumers’ online interests.

On one side, privacy watchdogs say web sites should be required to obtain user permission–that is, people would "opt in"–before collecting most data.

On the other side, web sites and advertisers insist such a mandate would overwhelm consumers with privacy notices. The companies argue that it is more practical simply to allow people who do not want to be tracked to "opt out" of data collection.

Boucher expects to set different rules for different types of sites. Sites that collect visitor information to target advertising on their own pages, for instance, would have to offer consumers a chance to opt out of having their interests tracked. These sites would also be required to prominently disclose what information they collect and provide a detailed description of how that information is used.

Web sites that deal with sensitive personal information, such as medical and financial data, sexual orientation, Social Security numbers, and other ID numbers, would have to ask users to opt in to being tracked.

Boucher’s bill would not be the first significant online privacy law. In 1986, Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which placed privacy obligations on companies and organizations that offer eMail services. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 requires commercial web sites targeted at children under age 13 to obtain parental consent before collecting personally identifiable information.

But Boucher’s bill would mark the first significant attempt by Congress to regulate internet advertising. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said there had been little need for Congress to impose privacy protections on advertisers offline, since traditional media such as TV, radio, and newspapers don’t enable marketers to profile individual consumers as easily as the internet does.
Now, Rotenberg said, "privacy laws should be updated to reflect new business practices."

It’s too soon to know whether Boucher’s final bill will go far enough to satisfy privacy activists. But they agree that a law would do much more than the self-regulatory principles released by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), and three other advertising trade groups in July.

Among other things, those principles call for consumer education efforts and disclosure of behavioral advertising practices.

ANA Executive Vice President Dan Jaffe said self-regulation is the best approach for managing an industry evolving as quickly as online advertising.

"Legislation would be too rigid, because this is a moving target," Jaffe said.

Mike Zaneis, IAB’s vice president of public policy, added that self-regulation is effective because it is in advertisers’ interest to make sure consumers trust them.

"At the end of the day, the most important asset any online company has is a strong relationship with the consumer," he said.

Yet that’s also why Chester insists that tougher rules from Congress would not cripple online advertising. Consumers might be more likely to favor web sites that allow them to see and influence their personal data.

"It’s about treating consumers with respect," said Joseph Turow, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. "Companies keep saying they want to engage users. That means opening up and not sneaking behind someone’s back to draw up pictures of them. We need information reciprocity."

Turow added that while he supports opt-in mandates as "the ultimate form of respect," the debate over opt-in versus opt-out rules won’t matter "when people really have an opportunity to interact with their data."

For now, privacy activists are pinning their hopes on lawmakers. Evan Hendricks, editor of the Privacy Times newsletter, believes Boucher’s bill will find bipartisan support in Congress.

"This stands a very realistic chance of passage," he said. "Privacy is the kind of issue you can’t be against."

Here’s a closer look at some of the things Boucher hopes to include in his bill:

• Web sites that collect information about visitors–or use an outside company to do that–to target advertising on their own pages would be required to prominently disclose what information they gather. The web sites would have to describe in detail how that information is used, how long it is retained, and whether it is shared with third parties. The sites would be required to allow visitors to "opt out" of data collection altogether.

• Web sites that share user information with outside advertising networks, which place ads on sites all over the internet, would be required to obtain user approval before collecting data. That is, consumers would have to "opt in." But these sites could qualify for an opt-out requirement by meeting certain conditions. For instance, a site could let users review, modify, and delete profiles created about them. Or it could ensure that ads contain links to inform users what information is being collected and provide a chance to opt out of targeted pitches.

• Web sites that deal with sensitive personal information, such as medical and financial data, sexual orientation, Social Security numbers, and other ID numbers, would be subject to the opt-in rule. So would sites that share consumer information with unaffiliated third parties for commercial purposes.


Rep. Rick Boucher

House Energy and Commerce Committee

Federal Trade Commission

Center for Digital Democracy

Electronic Privacy Information Center

Interactive Advertising Bureau

Association of National Advertisers

Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania


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Grants power research on gaming for education

A research team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has won $4.5 million in National Science Foundation grants to study the use of computer games for learning.

"Funding at this scale gives us an unprecedented opportunity to use computer games to teach–and to test what kids have learned–in a new way," says David Williamson Shaffer, a professor of educational psychology in the UW-Madison School of Education and principal investigator on three of the four grants.

The largest of the grants, for $3.5 million, will create a research consortium of three universities to develop technology that will let computers teach real-world problem solving. The team will use the educational computer game "Urban Science," which was developed at UW-Madison with previous funding from NSF and the MacArthur Foundation.

In the game, middle and high school students learn about math, science, and technology by working as urban planners. Guided by adult mentors as part of a fictitious urban planning firm, they develop real plans for sustainable land use.

In partnership with the Massachusetts Audubon Society, students across Massachusetts will have an opportunity to play "Urban Science," and the researchers will collect data on what the students and adult mentors do in the game.

The research team will use this information to create computer-generated, artificially intelligent characters to coach students, so the game ultimately will be easier for teachers and students to use as part of science classes or in after-school programs.

"Once we know how to create computer-generated mentors for this game, we can provide mentoring as part of any educational game," Shaffer says.

The research consortium has received an additional $300,000 grant to develop an assessment system that will do a better job than existing standardized tests at showing whether students have learned to solve real-world problems like those they face in "Urban Science."

"The problem with standardized tests," says Shaffer, who is also a game scientist with the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research, "is that they test the wrong thing. They test whether students have learned basic facts and basic skills, and not whether they can solve real problems."

Shaffer and his team are developing and validating an assessment system to provide instant feedback on students’ learning without using traditional standardized tests.

"Again," says Shaffer, "if we can do it for this game, we can do it for any game–and we can do it any time we care more about solving complex problems rather than learning basic skills. This is a new way of thinking about assessment for a new century."

Two more grants will enable Shaffer and his colleagues to use the same techniques to improve undergraduate instruction at UW-Madison. Collaborating with associate professor Naomi Chessler in the College of Engineering, the team is developing computer games to make engineering a more diverse profession.

A $500,000 project will develop the computer game "Nephrotex," which Shaffer and Chesler say has the potential to increase the number of women and minority students in engineering programs. In the game, players work as part of a fictitious engineering firm using nanotechnology to design a better dialysis machine.

"The game will give undergraduates an early look at the kind of work real engineers do," says Chesler–a view of the profession that isn’t always clear as students plow through required math and science courses.

"Too often, students don’t get a chance to see the human side of engineering until they’ve gone through a lot of coursework," says Shaffer. "Students get intimidated and drop out. If we can build a game that lets freshmen interested in engineering solve complex problems, they can get a better understanding of how the things they learn in their other classes make sense and fit together."

The game also is funded by another $200,000 grant led by professor Wendy Crone in the College of Engineering to create a nanotechnology certificate program for engineering undergraduates.


UW-Madison School of Education

David Williamson Shaffer

UW-Madison College of Engineering


U.S. Sec. Arne Duncan visits The School District of Philadelphia

September 29, 2009                           Fernando A. Gallard





 Philadelphia is the first stop of Secretary Duncan’s nationwide

“Listening and Learning” tour of school districts


PHILADELPHIA—The School District of Philadelphia hosted U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and civil rights leader Al Sharpton today as they visited student classrooms at Delaplaine McDaniel Elementary School in South Philadelphia and Mastery Charter School’s Shoemaker Campus in West Philadelphia.  Duncan, Gingrich, and Sharpton and Superintendent Arlene Ackerman also hosted a roundtable discussion on education issues at McDaniel School with Philadelphia parents, teachers, administrators and civic and community leaders.


“With this very important visit, Philadelphia has the opportunity to be engage and have a voice in the nation’s education reform dialogue,” said Arlene Ackerman, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia.”  “Our ongoing reforms in Philadelphia have a shared focus with President Obama’s urgent call for rebuilding the nation’s system of public schools”


The School District of Philadelphia showcased the implementation of phase one of Imagine 2014, a five-year plan designed to transform Philadelphia’s public schools. Imagine 2014’s key priorities are Student Success, Quality Choices, Great Staff, Accountable Adults, and World-Class Operations. During the 2009-10 school year The School District’s back-to-school theme for the 2009-10 school year is "Imagine Greatness."

During the 2009-10 school year, The School District of Philadelphia will invest tens of millions of dollars to implement Phase I of Imagine 2014, which will impact every classroom and school in Philadelphia.


Among the investments parents have seen since schools opened on September 8 includes:


  • The most dramatic single year reductions of District wide class sizes in recent history. The average class size in grades kindergarten through third will be one teacher for no more than 26 students.
  • Providing additional counseling staff to reduce the current student-counselor ratio of one counselor for every 500 students down to one counselor for every 250 students in the District’s middle schools and down to one counselor for every 300 students in District high schools.
  • Revising the high school roster in the District’s comprehensive high schools to allow for more electives and an improved curriculum.  
  • Expanded social service supports for the parents and caregivers of Philadelphia students so medical, psychological, economic and social problems do not become barriers to learning.
    • Expansion of early child hood programs.


The School District of Philadelphia enters the 2009-10 school year with District students continue their rising scores on Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) reading and math tests for the seventh consecutive year. The School District of Philadelphia is the largest school District in Pennsylvania and the eighth largest school district in the United States with nearly 161,000 students in 293 schools for the 2009-10 school year.  Philadelphia also has 67 charter schools with 34,000 students for the 2009-10 school year.


McDaniel Elementary School teachers and administrators have worked hard in recent years to improve the academic achievement of students. Today, 52.1 percent of all students are achieving proficiency in reading in the PSSA’s and 51.2 percent of all students are achieving proficiency in math in the PSSA’s. In 2006, only 15.9 percent of students reached proficiency in reading and 19.1 percent reached proficiency in math. McDaniels has achieved Adequate Yearly Progress two of the past three years.


McDaniel Elementary School has 732 students in grades kindergarten to sixth grade (95 percent of students are African-American, two percent Hispanic, 1.3 percent white, and 0.4 percent Asian).  The school will add a grade every year until it is eventually a kindergarten through eighth grade school.


Several years ago, the School District of Philadelphia invested millions of dollars to renovate the main building at 22nd and Moore Streets, which now houses the school’s grade third through sixth grade students.  The renovations resulted in a state-of-the-art computer tech lab, new Music and Art Suites, new library and the installation of so-called “smart boards” in every classroom.  The students this school year have music and arts classes and classes targeted for mentally gifted and high achieving students. McDaniel students also have access to after-school programs, after school tutoring and the school has started a technology club and desktop publisher writers club for students.


Nationally recognized, Mastery Charter Schools is a growing network of middle and high schools that serves 2,100 students in grades 7 through 12.  Through a unique partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, three of Mastery’s schools are turnarounds of low performing District schools: Shoemaker in West Philadelphia, Thomas in South Philadelphia and Pickett in Germantown. Since Mastery assumed management of these schools, test scores increased an average of 52 percentage points per subject in every grade and violence and student mobility dropped 80%. Simultaneously, student retention has increased dramatically. All of Mastery’s turnaround schools have closed the achievement gap in 8th grade math and two have closed the gap in reading. Shoemaker was converted from a District school into a Mastery Charter in the fall of 2006. Shoemaker has 568 students in grades 7-11 this year.  

      Mastery Charter Schools Shoemaker Campus was recognized by New Leaders for New Schools’ Effective Practice Incentive Community (EPIC) program for its significant student achievement gain on the PSSAs for the 2007-08 school year.  Awarded for dramatic gains in student achievement, Mastery Charter Schools is among the 21 highest ranked charter schools in the EPIC National Charter School Consortium.
      Philadelphia was the first stop on Education Secretary Duncan’s nationwide “Listening and Learning” tour. The nationwide tour is highlighting President Barack Obama administration’s efforts to reform public education, spur innovation and discuss challenges facing America’s school systems. The goal of the nationwide tour is to stimulate discussion and community engagement around issues of education reform.





DyKnow Releases Version 5.2


DyKnow Releases Version 5.2

New PowerPoint® Plug-in helps educators maximize class time


Indianapolis, Ind. – DyKnow® today announces the release of the DyKnow Software Suite 5.2, which includes DyKnow Monitor® and DyKnow Vision®. DyKnow 5.2 further helps educators maximize time and create true anytime-anywhere learning while improving classroom management and streamlining system administration.

Maximize Time – The new PowerPoint® Plug-in allows educators to leverage existing PowerPoint content while incorporating the interactive benefits of DyKnow software. Educators can quickly create content, include interactive polls, utilize live links and animations, and even initiate a DyKnow session directly in PowerPoint.


Encourage Anytime-Anywhere Learning – The new Audio Export feature allows educators and students to export captured Windows Media files to mobiles devices for true anytime-anywhere learning.


Improve Classroom Management – Teachers can now save more time during class by opening and closing applications and shutting down or restarting student computers remotely. And, with the new Auto-Refresh feature, thumbnail images of students’ screens automatically update every minute for increased visibility.

Streamline System Administration – Three major administrative enhancements in DyKnow 5.2 make technology management easier for IT personnel. Manual inputs and on-going updates to user and roster information are eliminated with DyKnow’s new Data Integration Tool. The new tool allows administrators to batch import up-to-date user information from an SIS or other database into the DyKnow server automatically. And, with the updated Administration Console, IT personnel can easily see which computers are online and check the accuracy of user information. Administrative duties are further simplified with DyKnow’s new Monitor-only MSI installer which decreases installation time and increases security. 


For more information about other updates and new features in the latest version of the DyKnow Software Suite visit and click “What’s New in 5.2” under the Latest News section.


New Features and Updates:

PowerPoint® Plug-in
Automated Data Integration
Improved Authoring Tools
Audio Export
Work Group Enhancements
Improved Classroom Management Tools

Auto-Refresh Thumbnail Images
Updated Administration Console

Installer Improvements
New Operating System Support


About DyKnow
DyKnow®, developer and distributor of education software, combines sound teaching with intuitive technology to create the most flexible and effective solutions for teaching and learning. DyKnow is committed to helping educators maximize class time and foster collaboration while also minimizing electronic distraction. By promoting effective studying and gathering student feedback educators can feel confident in students’ academic success.



San Antonio ISD Addresses Drop-out Issue With Learning Plans on Demand

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – September 29, 2009 –San Antonio Independent School District has purchased Learning Plans on Demand™ ( ) for the district’s secondary schools. Learning Plans on Demand (LPOD) is a web-based program teachers use to quickly create individual learning plans for students, but without complicated assessments.


Betty Burks, deputy superintendent for San Antonio ISD, said they purchased LPOD so that they could generate individualized learning plans for their students especially those who are most likely to drop out. “Learning Plans on Demand will help us catch the students who are hanging on the edge, those who are suspended or have missed so much school that they need intensive instruction to catch up,” said Ms. Burks. “This program allows us to get right into the heart of the instruction they need and create personal learning plans that will help these students get back on track and on the path to graduation.”


“There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to teaching. The best way to help students reach their potential is to give them lessons that fit their unique needs. Learning Plans on Demand is designed to make that process easier for teachers,” said Bill Tudor, president of International Learning Corporation. “LPOD solves a big problem because few teachers have extra time to dig through books and their treasured three-ring binders to find specific activities for each student’s performing grade level.”


Learning Plans on Demand is particularly well suited to helping students who need intensive intervention because it fits within the Response to Intervention model where students receive increasingly structured instruction as they move through intervention tiers. Education experts agree that individualized teaching is the most effective path to success but finding time for teachers to do this is difficult. LPOD quickly creates learning plansover a wide range of grade levels and subjectsfrom a large bank of assessment questions, tutorials and practice activities that are aligned to state learning standards and the content of high-stakes assessments and high school exit exams. Also included are reporting features for administrators to readily identify curriculum gaps for mathematics, language arts, reading and science and at any grade level from Kindergarten through the high school exit exams. 



About Learning Plans on Demand

Learning Plans on Demand™ ( from the International Learning Corporation (, is a Web-based program that creates individualized learning plans with teacher-created, standards-based activities that are easily implemented in class or at home. LPOD includes a simple assessment tool to determine if a student needs remediation exercises or accelerated learning exercises in specific skill areas for mathematics, language arts, reading or science from grades K-8 and including HSEE prep. Analysis tools help administrators locate curriculum gaps and analyze instructional trends. More information at (866) 343-5189 or



Yearbook Alive Unveils Latest Software, Worldwide Leader in Digital Yearbook Software


Software Offers Ideal Solution for School Fundraising Efforts During Trying Times

September 22, 2009 — Vancouver, Canada — With school now in session, YearBook Alive (, today released updated software providing a simple digital yearbook solution for teachers and students to keep all their treasured photos and videos taken throughout the year. Used by schools around the world, YearBook Alive was originally created as a supplement to a printed yearbook to reduce publication costs and to provide a simplified way to save all of their digital memories. 


YearBook Alive is a valuable tool to raise money for schools and organizations. Fund raising is easy with YearBook Alive multi media projects because there are no royalty costs and it requires only a single annual license. Digital yearbooks provide a less expensive way to save and share memories. Rather than spending thousands of dollars on expensive printed yearbooks, schools can raise thousands of dollars with minimal effort.


"As a mother of three children, I have always been involved with helping school’s raise money. I noticed that printed yearbook memories were only a fraction of what really happened during the entire school year.  Thousands of pictures and videos were archived but with no way to share them,” commented Ruthy Navon, YearBook Alive founder and CEO.  “With Yearbook Alive, schools now have an easy to use solution that captures more memories and helps them raise money at the same time."


In only three simple steps, students and teachers can create multimedia projects, such as digital yearbooks, school sporting events, school fairs, etc. Given the wide variety of software solutions for digital yearbooks on the market today, YearBook Alive is the easiest and quickest software to implement with no technical training or costs.


Users purchase the software for $499 and can use it as often as they wish and for as many projects as they need for one year. The new software includes increased functionality of their traditional yearbook:

q  Import thousands of pictures, hours of video and music;

q  unlimited interactive multimedia projects;

q  unlimited categories names;

q  a variety of professional designed templates


In addition, YearBook Alive re-launches its website, The site features a new layout and design which allows users to easily navigate and also provides helpful fundraising ideas for schools and organizations.



·Free full feature download available at

·Retail price:  $499, no royalty charge for CD / DVD’s


About YearBook Alive:

Since their launch in 1999, YearBook Alive remains a leading digital yearbook software company. YearBook Alive is a smart, simple, stylish way to keep your cherished memories alive. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, YearBook Alive is on the Web at





Curriculum Associates Launches new state-specific ‘Ready’ Line with ‘TAKS Ready Mathematics’ and ‘TAKS Ready Reading’



Kati Elliott                               Jaime Schepici
KEH Communications        Curriculum Associates
410-975-9638                       1-800-225-0248, ext. 270
 Curriculum Associates Launches new state-specific ‘Ready’ Line with ‘TAKS Ready Mathematics’ and ‘TAKS Ready Reading’
New test practice and instruction books help students raise
test scores on statewide assessments
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., September 10, 2009 – Curriculum Associates, a leading publisher of research-based supplemental curriculum materials and tools for today’s diverse classrooms, is launching its Ready line of test practice and instruction books with the new TAKS Ready Mathematics and TAKS Ready Reading. These supplemental materials will replace the TAKS Practice and Mastery series and include test practice and focused instruction to help students raise their test scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS™).
TAKS Ready Test Practice gives students practice with problems and questions that correlate to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). TAKS Ready simulates the test-taking experience by mirroring the content and format of the TAKS™. Three practice tests can be used as Pretest, Benchmark, and Post Test. The Pretest in TAKS Ready Test Practice determines the instruction in TAKS Ready Instruction.
TAKS Ready Instruction provides engaging, detailed instruction on each of the TEKS to help all students succeed on the TAKS™. Scaffolded instruction includes Introduction, Modeled Instruction, Guided Instruction, Guided Practice, and TAKS Practice.
“As districts are tasked with showing adequate yearly progress for all students, it is more important for them to be able to find and use materials targeted to their specific needs,” said Rob Waldron, president and COO of Curriculum Associates. “We are focusing our development efforts on creating individualized instructional materials for states to help teachers offer individualized instruction to students.”
Availability and Pricing
Student sets of TAKS Ready Mathematics and TAKS Ready Reading include a Student Instruction Book and a Student Test Practice Book, each with three Practice Tests. Each set is available in English (grades 1-8) and Spanish (grades 1-5). The English TAKS Ready Test Practice Series and Instruction Books are currently available for purchase, as well as the Spanish Practice Series. The Spanish Instruction Books will be available in October 2009. TAKS Ready Collections, including materials for 25 students, are also available for purchase for $249.75. For a complete description of TAKS Ready Mathematics and TAKS Ready Reading, visit
About Curriculum Associates
Founded in 1969, privately-owned Curriculum Associates, is dedicated to designing research-based instructional materials, screens and assessments, and data management tools. The company’s products and outstanding customer services provide teachers and administrators with the resources necessary for teaching a diverse student population and fostering learning for all students. For company and product information, visit Curriculum Associates on the Web at or call 1-800-225-0248.

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Moreton & Company, Idaho School Boards Association Working with

Moreton & Company, Idaho School Boards Association Collaborate to Help
Provide to all School Districts in Idaho
Cincinnati, OH — September 28th, 2009 – Moreton & Company, the leading
provider of property & liability insurance coverage for school districts in Idaho,
and the Idaho School Boards Association (ISBA) have come together to help
provide the online training system to school districts across the
state of Idaho. Many Idaho school districts have already successfully
implemented online safety training with the SafeSchools program.
“It is sometimes difficult to determine the types of safety courses to offer districtwide
that meet the needs of all personnel, but SafeSchools fits the bill,” says
Sanie Baker of the Minidoka County School District. “Whether it is new
information or a review, our staff appreciates the variety of topics offered. Even
though our district has participated in this program for several years, we have
found the information to be updated and relevant.”
One of the many benefits of online training is the amount of time that can be
saved each year. School districts can easily stay compliant with annual training
requirements and still have time to expand into other important issues. This can
prove to be extremely valuable when it comes to risk management and loss
“Moreton & Company is always looking for ways to provide our clients with
exceptional, yet cost-effective risk management solutions. SafeSchools is an
ideal choice for the school districts we serve because they have a proven track
record for enhancing safety and compliance training for school staff members”
reports Allan Ranstrom, Senior Vice President of Moreton & Company.
In addition to the benefits that are inherent with online training, teachers also
have the opportunity to earn professional development credit through an
affiliation with Idaho State University.
SafeSchools serves over 1,600 districts across the country and has formed
partnerships with an increasing number of insurance and workers’ compensation
providers in the K12 market.
“Your training program is only as good as your content,” says Brian Taylor, CEO
of Scenario Learning, publisher of SafeSchools. “Our continued success is
largely attributable to working with nationally-renowned expert authors to publish
courses that are 100% school-focused.”
SafeSchools ( is a product of Scenario Learning, a
publishing company in Cincinnati, Ohio specializing in safety, health and
compliance resources. Other Scenario Learning programs include SafeColleges,
SchoolMSDS, and the LiveTip anonymous tip line.
Moreton & Company ( is the largest privately owned
insurance brokerage in the Intermountain West, with over 180 employees and
offices in Utah, Idaho, and Colorado.
The Idaho School Boards Association ( is a non-profit
service organization with a focus on providing quality, cost-efficient services to
their association members. They offer leadership and services to local school
boards for the benefit of students and for the advocacy of public education.