Optical Image Technology Named 2009 KM Promise Award Finalist

Optical Image Technology was named a finalist for KM World Magazine’s 2009 KM Promise Award. The award recognizes organizations that are fulfilling their promise to customers by implementing outstanding, innovative knowledge management solutions that integrate knowledge management practices into customers’ business processes.

KM World Magazine (http://www.kmworld.com), international provider of content, document, and knowledge management information, will announce the winner during the KMWorld Conference, which will be held November 17-19 in San Jose, California. More than 150 nominations for the KM Promise and KM Reality awards were reviewed in 2009, the eighth year of the competition.

OIT’s nomination named three clients as examples of the company fulfilling its promise to deliver innovative solutions to meet customer needs: Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company (Lansing, Michigan), The Pennsylvania State University (State College, Pennsylvania), and Panhandle Farmers Mutual Insurance Company (Moundsville, West Virginia). The nomination also featured OIT’s current DocFinity (http://www.docfinity.com/products/products.htm) release, a browser-based, cross-platform suite of content and knowledge management products, built using J2EE by a specialized team of in-house developers.


“Our long-term success depends on our company developing and implementing solutions that enable customers to succeed and excel within a highly competitive environment. Customer insights play a vital role in our product development and solution relevancy, and help to ensure that we continue to meet their changing needs in a fast-past and changeable marketplace. We are thrilled to be selected as a finalist for the 2009 KM Promise Award, and share the recognition of innovation with customers who are using our technology to redefine their success.” – Ron Prichard, President, Optical Image Technology, Inc.

About Optical Image Technology, Inc.:

Optical Image Technology’s software makes information manageable and companies more profitable. Since 1986, OIT and its DocFinity® suite of workflow and document imaging, document management, and BPM software have helped businesses solve their document management and business processing challenges. OIT offers robust, flexible products including document management, imaging, and workflow. Organizations see an ROI and improved productivity with DocFinity.

For more information, please visit www.docfinity.com.



Barix Appoints Fabrizio Campanale as Engineering Manager

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, November 4, 2009 — Barix AG, a pioneer in IP-based audio, intercom, control, and monitoring, has hired Fabrizio Campanale as Engineering Manager.  Campanale will work out of the company’s headquarters in Zurich, leading and managing the development team and its operations to ensure proper and efficient planning and execution of all engineering projects.


Campanale comes to Barix with a rich engineering background and more than 11 years of advanced product development, including nine years with Philips, NXP and ST-NXP Wireless where he most recently served as Program Manager in the Audio and Video Peripherals Business Unit Management Team.  While at NXP, Campanale designed, developed and managed multimedia and connectivity products for the wireless industry.


In his new role, Campanale will merge his electronic engineer roots with his project management competence to lead a multicultural engineering team and improve development performances that positively impact the Barix business operation.  He will also serve an instrumental role in managing the technology roadmap for the company moving forward.


“Fabrizio Campanale brings an engineering vision to Barix that will shape and sharpen the company as we continue to grow, and enhance our reputation as a structured and efficient engineering organization,” said Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and Founder of Barix AG.  “His leadership skills and experience in project management will improve the processing of our engineering and development load in an efficient and systematic manner.”


Barix products are used extensively in markets where Audio over IP distribution is prevalent, including security, education, entertainment, transportation, in-store media, and radio broadcasting.  The versatility of its products, including its range of IPAM modules, makes Barix Audio over IP technology highly attractive to OEM product developers in these and other markets worldwide. 


“Barix is an extremely exciting company, and I am impressed by the technical competence that starts at the top,” said Campanale.  “Barix products have the unique capability to offer a tailored and optimized solution to every customer, and I believe this customer intimacy is one of its factors of success.  It is very stimulating and motivating to join a young company that has already gained much respect in the various markets we serve, yet has enormous growth potential.  It’s our chance to manage that growth and increase our business across these various markets.”


About Barix AG (www.barix.com)

Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in research and development of state of the art IP based communication and control technology. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks / Internet offering new and improved solutions to the professional audio distribution, communication and automation industry. Barix products provide solutions in audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).


SIIA Education Division Announces New Board of Directors for 2010


Washington, D.C. (Nov. 3, 2009) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) today announced its new Education Division Board of Directors.  These newly elected and appointed executives from SIIA member companies will help provide the education technology industry with leadership, advocacy and critical market information in the crucial months and years ahead.


In addition, these individuals will come together to represent more than 150 SIIA Education Division member firms that provide software, digital content and other technologies for educational needs.  Recently, eight executives have been elected to serve two-year terms and six representatives have been appointed to serve one-year terms.  As members of the Education Board of Directors, all of the newly elected executives will develop and prioritize the Division’s initiatives and determine the projects, activities and events to be imminently undertaken.


Newly elected board members serving two-year terms are:


– Ellen Bialo, President, Interactive Educational Systems Design, Inc.

– Todd Brekhus, President, Capstone Digital

– Meg Fisher, Senior Manager, Digital Content, Apple, Inc

– Scott Kirkpatrick, Executive Vice President, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

– Janet Matricciani, SVP, Corporate Development, K12 Inc.

– Carmi Paris, Vice President of Corporate Development, Spectrum K12

– David Samuelson, President, Global Schools, Pearson

– Mark Tullis, VP Strategic Relations, Learning.com


Board members appointed to one-year terms include:


– Mark Hammer, VP Marketing, Compass Learning

– Robert Iskander, Founder and CEO, VIP Tone, Inc

– Liz Riley-Young, Manager, Product Management, SAS

– Farimah Schuerman, Managing Partner, Academic Business Advisors, LLC

– Deborah Joy Smith, Chief Development Officer, Florida Virtual School

– Pat Walkington, President, Pat Walkington Sales and Marketing


Serving one more year of their elected two-year terms are:

– George Cigale, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Tutor.com

– Eileen Lento, SLED Strategist, Intel

– Bridget Foster, Consultant

– Jeffrey Schultz, VP, Higher Education, The McGraw-Hill Companies

– Duncan Young, VP, Scholastic Education Services, Scholastic, Inc

– Steve Siegel, VP eContent Markets, TSIG, Follett Digital Resources


"The strength of the SIIA Education Division is in our membership, and it’s most apparent in the strength of our Board of Directors," noted Ken Wasch, SIIA President.  "The commitment made by these leaders in the education technology industry allows SIIA to draw more companies into our community and grow in our influence on the education market and the broader technology sector."


Karen Billings, SIIA Education Division Vice President, added: "The quality of executives and leaders in the education technology industry is unmatched, and we are proud to reflect that quality in the people serving on our Board of Directors.  They provide industry perspective, serve as the voice for our member companies, and help SIIA to advance the growth of technology as a driver in the education of people of all ages."


About SIIA

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries.  SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 500 leading software and information companies.  For further information, visit: www.siia.net.


About SIIA Education Division

SIIA’s Education Division serves and represents more than 150 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs.  The division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information.  SIIA provides a neutral business forum for its members to understand business models, technological advancements, market trends, and best practices.  With the leadership of the Division Board and collaborative efforts with educators and other stakeholders, the division undertakes initiatives to enhance the use of educational technology and the overall success of SIIA members.


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CDI Presents New England ISTE (NEISTE) with Q3 Earnings


Chicago, IL – Nov 04, 2009 – CDI, North America’s largest supplier of recertified, brand name computers to the educational market, presents New England ISTE (NEISTE) with Q3 partnership fund check of over $6,000. The alliance between CDI and NEISTE provides NEISTE the opportunity to earn 3% quarterly on all hardware purchases made by NEISTE members.

The dollars earned will support the growth and development of NEISTE as they return the earnings to all NEISTE participants. CDI desires to support NEISTE’s growth and development, enabling it to better serve its members.

Jennifer Nock and Tom Pitimada from CDI proudly presented the check to Dennis Crowe, NEISTE President, while together they celebrated this significant potential to impact education in New England.

“This partnership holds great potential for both NEISTE and CDI,” said Saar Pikar, General Manager, CDI. “CDI desires to support NEISTE’s growth and development, enabling it to better serve its members and to benefit its New England stakeholders.” 

 “We are excited to have partnered with CDI,” said Dennis Crowe, NEISTE President. “The Marketing Fund will allow our members to obtain even more quality IT equipment at discounted prices. We look forward to the ongoing opportunities this alliance creates.”

CDI has created a strong market for recertified computer equipment within the education industry. Over 25,000 North American schools are now using CDI certified computers. By reconditioning and then certifying used computers and computer accessories, CDI can provide schools technology that is less expensive, yet as reliable, as new technology.  This approach has revolutionized technology purchases for many districts and allowed these districts to improve their computer to student ratios.



NEISTE is an organization representing the ISTE affiliates in the six New England States (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont). The goal is to provide a forum for coordination and support of state technology organizations through a regional effort. For more information, please visit www.neiste.org or call 207-222-1005.


About CDI

CDI is the largest distributor of recertified computer equipment in the world and our mission is to increase the availability of computers for students while dramatically reducing technology spending.  Over 9,000 U.S. schools have already taken advantage of our industry leading service, longer-than-new warranty, brand name selection and customized financing.  CDI’s 100% focus on education can help you far exceed your technology goals. For more information go to http://www.cdicomputers.com

CDI – The world’s largest distributor of recertified computers for schools.

For more information, please visit www.cdicomputers.com or www.cdihomeroom.com or call 888.226.5727.



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The University of Arizona Secures a Simple, Flexible and Mobile Client Virtualization Infrastructure Utilizing Wyse Technology Market Leading Thin Computing Solutions

The University of Arizona Secures a Simple, Flexible and Mobile Client Virtualization Infrastructure Utilizing Wyse Technology Market Leading Thin Computing Solutions

Monumental Cost Savings, Heightened Security and Classroom-in-a-Box Solution Drive Wyse Virtual Client Implementation for Residence Life Department

Wyse Technology, the global leader in thin computing and client virtualization, today announced another success story at The University of Arizona Residence Life Department.    Residence Life is tasked with managing 22 residence halls housing more than 6,000 students.  The department’s IT group turned to virtualization and thin clients to replace PCs for its staff.  In doing so, Residence Life eliminated PC purchasing cycles, slashed IT support and maintenance time, and created a secure, simple and mobile computing environment exceeding compliance and sustainability requirements.

Providing a simple and secure computing environment at any university is especially challenging given that there are limited IT staff to maintain the computer infrastructure, new students and staff to train each year, information often stored in silos across campus, and many different users sharing the same computers.  Add to that the threat of viruses, PC failures, and other security concerns and you have a recipe for an IT nightmare.  The IT staff of the Residence Life department at The University of Arizona tackled that problem head-on with virtualization software and thin clients from Wyse Technology. 

Each fall, Residence Life staff use virtual desktops instead of PCs to check students into their dormitory rooms through a Web-based system.  All of this happens over the course of just six days.  Now, thanks to the virtual desktop environment, this check-in process is fast and seamless and can be done anywhere on campus.

In addition, residence hall staff use shared computers at the front desk of each residence hall to enter time and communicate with their superiors.  All full-time staff – from the accountants to customer service representatives to the director of the department – conduct their daily business using thin clients and have the ability to work on a remote desktop at any location with Internet connectivity. In all of these situations, IT is tasked with controlling access to data and applications while providing a safe and secure computing environment.  Utilizing Wyse clients and virtualization software, the IT group created a flexible computing infrastructure that allows for the deployment of thin clients anywhere on the 356-acre campus without the burden and maintenance of virus-prone and unreliable PCs.  With client virtualization, multiple user sessions are executed on a single remote server.  Furthermore, applications and software are managed via the server infrastructure, improving efficiencies as fewer resources need to be maintained.

Residence Life made the move to Wyse in 2006 after a failed attempt at installing PCs at the front desk of each residence hall. 

According to Dimitri Petropolis, principal systems administrator for the Residence Life Department, "When I joined Residence Life the laptops installed at the front desks were unlocked, virus-ridden, and immensely troublesome.  It’s not surprising given that they had few security controls in place and were being shared by multiple users.  Nearly 200 different users shared these machines.  They were a mess."

Now, Residence Life workers use virtual clients as part of standard front desk procedures which consist of greeting visitors, checking out equipment and generally maintaining order in the lobby of each building.  Virtual clients are also deployed throughout conference rooms and for the department’s software developers.  IT security concerns have decreased significantly.

"From an end user perspective, everything’s the same," added Petropolis.  "But from an IT perspective, the savings are monumental.  We’re not replacing PCs every 2-3 years and I’m not worried about laptops being stolen because the thin clients don’t store any information they have no inherent value.  As a result, I can guarantee a level of security to my staff and the university at large.  For IT and administration purposes, the Wyse thin clients have been a godsend."

The Residence Life IT department even designed an innovative classroom-in-a-box concept that allows thin clients to be deployed anywhere on the campus within minutes.

"We needed a solution that combined the reliability and security of our thin client infrastructure with the flexibility to setup workstations anywhere on our campus to handle peak demands," continued Petropolis.  "Our classroom-in-a-box is comprised of twelve thin clients mounted to the back of monitors that connect to our classroom terminal servers.  We custom-designed the packaging to fit the clients and accessories in one box and now have a solution in place where we can deploy computing resources very quickly.  During our fall freshman housing check-in, we need all the computing resources we can muster, and this solution has been ideal."

"The team at Residence Life has been very innovative in the way in which they’ve deployed Wyse solutions throughout their department and around the campus," said Maryam Alexandrian, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Channels at Wyse Technology.  "Combined with increased levels of security, lower management costs, and a philosophy of sustainability we are proud to be working alongside The University of Arizona."



Rockhurst University Cuts IT Support Cost and Reduces Energy Bill by 80% with the Introduction of Client Virtualization Hardware and Software Solutions from Wyse Technology

Wyse Technology, the global leader in thin computing and client virtualization, today announced another success story at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.   

Founded by the Jesuits in 1910, Rockhurst University is a comprehensive university that offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs taught by nationally-recognized faculty. Rockhurst has been ranked among the top masters’ universities in the Midwestern United States by U.S. News & World Report, and has several times been singled out by the Carnegie Foundation for its excellence in teaching.  This track record of innovative teaching is matched by a tradition of innovation in IT.  Rockhurst has been ranked among the nation’s top 30 wireless college campuses by Intel.  The university recently switched from PCs in its student labs to thin client devices from Wyse Technology. 

"We wanted to provide our students and faculty excellent computing services while cutting the costs of maintaining PCs and conserving energy," says Michael Stanclift, Network Analyst at Rockhurst.  "We believed that thin clients could be the solution on both economic and environmental fronts."

Prior to the introduction of Wyse virtual clients, Rockhurst typically replaced half of its PCs in one year, half the next, and then repeated the cycle.  Each of these two cycles would take 75% of its IT budget for that year.  This frequent replacement of PCs — and day-to-day maintenance, support, and repairs — consumed too much IT staff time and too large a share of the university’s IT budget, leaving little scope for future innovation. The IT team was eager to consider options; especially any that would contribute to the university’s efforts to minimize its carbon footprint.

"We started to think about virtualizing our desktop machines after we implemented VMware ESX and saw the benefits of virtualization within our server environment," added Stanclift.  Timelines were tight, however.  To minimize the impact on students, the Rockhurst IT team would have to complete the entire project— switching out PCs and replacing them with thin-client devices and a VDI on the back end—all during a 12-week summer vacation period. 

"We considered switching only a few labs to thin clients to start," commented Stanclift.  "We ultimately decided that from a financial standpoint and in the spirit of keeping standardization in the labs, we would take the leap and replace them all at one time. We knew that thin clients could save us in hardware costs, refresh, installation, and energy. The prediction that we’d save 80 percent of our energy costs sealed the deal with everyone who had to approve the project, so we got the green light to proceed with a complete cut-over."

The deployment of 230 Wyse virtual clients across 18 labs went very smoothly.  Stanclift and his team are now benefitting from the new economics of their virtual client implementation.  While PCs need to be replaced every four years, Wyse thin clients are likely to last six years or longer.  In addition, over a twelve-year period, this greater ease of implementation and reduction in refresh cycles is expected to save Rockhurst at least 18 weeks of staff time for 230 thin clients.

Purchasing and implementing a Wyse virtual clients costs less in hardware and staff time than purchasing and implementing a PC.  Over a twelve-year period, with the lower refresh rate of virtual clients, Rockhurst University expects to save $245,000 in hardware.  This frees much-needed funds for other IT projects and applications.

The switch to virtual clients brought immediate savings, too. "We spent a total of $155,000 on all the hardware, software, licensing, and three years of support for all aspects of the system," says Stanclift. "For the same number of PCs, over a three year period, I’d expect to pay $185,000 for hardware, software, licensing, and three years of support."

These virtual clients now serve students who need to work on specialized applications that are too expensive for them to purchase on their own, such as SPSS statistical analysis applications, Loggerpro for physics, and Mathematica, an application that helps create mathematical formulae and calculate their values.  The virtual clients in the Labs also provide access to standard computing capabilities, such as Microsoft Word and Excel and Web browsing. 

"By becoming one of the first educational institutions to fully deploy VDI to all computer labs on campus, Rockhurst University is strengthening its reputation as an innovative university," according to Maryam Alexandrian, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Channels at Wyse.  "Their investment in client virtualization has enhanced the learning environment at Rockhurst and help them to continue to attract the best students and faculty."

Concluded Stanclift:  "Our virtual client implementation has achieved its goals and exceeded our expectations.  Virtual clients helped us meet our students’ needs by delivering greater availability, quieter working conditions, and reducing our environmental impact.  At the same time, virtual clients freed our IT staff to do more innovative work, and saved us money on PC hardware and maintenance."


Danish pupils use web in exams

In Denmark, the government has taken the bold step of giving pupils full access to the internet during their final school-year exams, reports the BBC News. A total of 14 schools in Denmark are piloting the new system of exams, and all schools in the country have been invited to join the scheme by 2011. Students can access any site they like, but they cannot message each other or eMail anyone outside the classroom. The Danish government says if the internet is so much a part of daily life, it should be included in the classroom and in examinations. The obvious concern is cheating. Communication is banned, but how can officials stop a student from eMailing a question to a friend? The answer is they cannot. Officials say they rely on the integrity of pupils and the threat of expulsion if they are caught. The teachers also think the nature of the questions makes it harder to cheat in exams. Students are no longer required to regurgitate facts and figures. Instead, the emphasis is on their ability to sift through and analyze information…

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1,200 Ga. students getting Mac laptops

Greater Atlanta Christian Schools has launched a massive Apple technology initiative that will put new laptops in the hands of more than 1,200 students–and higher tuition bills in the mailboxes of parents, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Starting in August, the Norcross, Ga., private school will equip every student in grades 6 through 12 with a new MacBook loaded with school software in one of Apple’s largest school technology rollouts in the nation. The laptops will be paired with another tool many tech-savvy students already have–an iPod. School president David Fincher sent eMails to parents to inform them about the initiative. "Learning at Greater Atlanta Christian is about to take a mighty leap forward," Fincher wrote. The laptops will carry insurance and tech support. Students, however, must provide their own iPod Touch devices. "We are all very excited," said eighth-grader Sam Weyen, who uses his parents’ laptop at home. "We are not going to have to fight over the computer anymore."

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Leading Education Organizations Announce Consortium for Transforming Low-Performing Schools From Within


JACKSON, Miss. – Nov. 4, 2009 – Amid growing pressure on public school districts to improve performance of chronically struggling schools, two nationally recognized education organizations have formed a consortium to offer a research-based approach for transforming  these schools into successful learning environments without requiring mass dismissals of staff, school closures or turnover to charters or outside management organizations. The new initiative, called SetPoint, pairs classroom technology with intensive coaching to build capacity for sustained change within the local district.

            Renaissance Learning, the world’s leading provider of computer-based assessment technology for pre-K–12 schools, and JBHM Education Group, a team of noted specialists in changing low-performing schools, formed this new initiative based on decades of experience in thousands of schools around the country, and a belief that turning around chronically low-performing schools requires systemic change that touches all systems and personnel involved in the process, from classroom teachers to board members.

            “We believe in public schools and the people who have dedicated their careers to teaching children,” said Terrance D. Paul, CEO, Renaissance Learning. “Working with schools around the country, we have seen this transformational model for school improvement succeed when there is buy-in from all stakeholders, when school teams are coached in educational best practices and when students have access to premier learning tools. SetPoint gives our two organizations the opportunity to work together to implement this proven model for school improvement and make real, sustainable change.”



            The two organizations come to the consortium with differing but complementary backgrounds and skills. Since 1986, Renaissance Learning has produced software for classroom assessment and data-driven decision-making. Products include Accelerated Reader, the most widely used software in K-12 schools, as well as the first nationally normed computer-adaptive reading comprehension test, STAR Reading, introduced in 1995 and today part of a suite of advanced assessments that federal agencies have given top ratings for screening, progress monitoring and mastery measurement. JBHM was founded a decade ago by a former superintendent to help schools struggling to meet No Child Left Behind requirements, and has built a team of experienced superintendents, principals and other top educators who have helped scores of failing schools by working day to day with educators – monitoring, modeling and mentoring. For several years, JBHM and Renaissance Learning have often found themselves working with the same schools and, in the process, discovered they share many educational principles, as well as a profound belief in the value of public schools.


            “There’s a good deal of evidence that school closures and mass dismissals of staff are detrimental to kids. At the same time, transformation is not a cake walk, and isn’t business as usual,” said Mike Walters, founder of JBHM and a former school superintendent. “To make big changes in results, you have to make big changes in procedures. That means helping everyone – from classroom teachers to school board members – to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently. That is the SetPoint approach to transforming schools.”

            SetPoint meets or exceeds criteria for federal funding under the “transformational” model for school change described in two programs of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA): the “Race to the Top” initiative and the newly expanded School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. SIG funding is aimed at the bottom five percent of U.S. schools, the group the SetPoint program of intensive intervention targets most directly. Together, the two programs will provide about $8 billion for school improvement. Both require that districts choose among four change models for low-performing schools: closing the school, turning it over to a charter or outside “educational management organization,” a “turnaround” process requiring the dismissal of at least half the faculty, or the transformation model.



The SetPoint Process: Changing Schools From Within

            With the SetPoint process, most staff members remain in their positions and receive intensive coaching and modeling in best instructional practices from experienced principals and school leaders. Mentors are in the school daily to provide teachers, staff and administrators with the support they need to adhere to an approach called the “Five Essential Practices.” This model for improving schools was developed by JBHM over decades in close consultation with experts on effective instruction and is highly regarded by leaders in school change, such as Larry Lezotte, Ph.D., of Effective Schools.

            The “Five Essential Practices” are designed to turn a dysfunctional school into a thriving learning community. 1) The school must use a research-based curriculum, aligned with district, state and national standards and taught with fidelity to all students. 2) The school environment and culture must be safe, secure and orderly so that learning can happen. 3) Both the amount and quality of instructional time must be increased for all students, particularly in reading, math and writing, including substantial time for guided practice of acquired skills. 4) Student achievement must be monitored constantly and consistently, using technology to both assess and analyze the data. 5) School policies and procedures must support the ongoing implementation of educational best practices – not just on professional development days, but every day of the school year.

            Meanwhile, students have access to the most highly rated and advanced instructional technology for both learning and assessment on their own wireless-network laptops. Educators rely on a steady stream of assessment data to personalize instruction for every student, providing more intensive intervention for struggling students as called for in the evidence-based Response to Intervention (RtI) model.

            The SetPoint model is already working in schools around the country. Just one example is Gibbs Elementary in Franklin, La. In 2006, this rural school, with 75 percent of its students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, was under academic warning and slipped into the “choice” category, which gave parents the option to send their children elsewhere. Gibbs’ School Performance Score (SPS) was only 54.9 when a JBHM specialist started working with its team. In just one year, the school’s SPS increased nearly 26 points, the largest single-year gain in the state. Comparable gains occurred in the second year.

            For more information about SetPoint, go to www.setpointschools.com or call 800-338-4204.


About JBHM Education Group, LLC

Established in 2000 by a veteran school superintendent, JBHM began by helping districts struggling with the mandates of No Child Left Behind and quickly discovered that intensive hands-on assistance was required to help schools meet their achievement goals. They therefore developed detailed processes for monitoring and advancing the skills of school and district leaders and teachers. JBHM’s growing corps of specialists – all highly experienced superintendents, principals, teachers and specialists and highly trained and mentored in the JBHM process of improvement and coaching – provide services in school improvement, teacher coaching, special education and working with struggling learners. JBHM has worked with hundreds of schools in increasing academic rigor and instructional focus, demonstrating that sustainable achievement gains are possible once excuses for weak performance are left at the schoolhouse door.


About Renaissance Learning, Inc.

Renaissance Learning, Inc., is the world’s leading provider of computer-based assessment technology for pre-K–12 schools. Adopted by more than 74,000 schools, Renaissance Learning’s tools provide daily formative assessment and periodic progress-monitoring technology to enhance core curriculum, support differentiated instruction and personalize practice in reading, writing and math. Renaissance Learning products help educators make the practice component of their existing curriculum more effective by providing tools to personalize practice and easily manage the daily activities for students of all levels. As a result, teachers using Renaissance Learning products accelerate learning, get more satisfaction from teaching and help students achieve higher test scores on state and national tests. Renaissance Learning has seven U.S. locations and subsidiaries in Canada and the United Kingdom.




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Wendy Lienhart, L. Wolfe Communications, 630-920-0182, wlienhart@lwolfe.com

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‘NASA Images’ assembles all of NASA’s multimedia content into a free, searchable collection

"NASA Images" is a service of the Internet Archive, a nonprofit digital library. It was created under a Space Act agreement to offer unprecedented access to NASA media (including images, video, and audio), functioning as a free online library for all of NASA’s multimedia content. Users can search for material by keyword or theme (such as Earth, Astronauts, Solar System, or Universe), or they can browse through several featured collections. The site is constantly growing with the addition of current media from NASA, as well as newly digitized media from the archives of the NASA Centers. http://www.nasaimages.org