i>clicker Signs Exclusive K-12 Distribution Agreement with Educational Resources

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i>clicker Signs Exclusive K-12 Distribution Agreement with

Educational Resources


i>clicker Student Response System Expands Reach into K-12 Classrooms


New York, NY, November 24, 2009 – i>clicker announced today that it has signed an exclusive K-12 sales and marketing distribution agreement with Educational Resources.  i>clicker is one of the nation’s leading higher education student response systems, and this partnership will expand i>clicker’s reach into K-12 classrooms. Educational Resources is the nation’s largest source of educational software, hardware, accessories, and supplemental products, serving educators in all 50 states and in more than 14,000 school districts, grades K-12.


As part of the agreement, i>clicker’s system will be aligned to national education funding programs, including IDEA (Individuals With Disabilities Education Act) and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.  And, i>clicker is now a recommended product for the Microsoft Voucher program.


“Our mission is to create products with superior reliability and ease-of-use that engage students and help them play an active role in their own learning,” said Renee Altier, managing director, i>clicker.  “Although our origins are in higher education, i>clicker’s core philosophy – simplicity and pedagogy – is equally valuable for students and teachers in K-12 settings.  We are excited to be working with Educational Resources, who are seasoned experts in the K-12 channel.”


i>clicker’s focus on simplicity makes it a particularly appropriate system for K-12 teachers, who have limited time and resources.  According to Dan Figurski, president, Educational Resources/Sunburst Technology, “We are thrilled about this partnership and the value an interactive teaching tool like i>clicker brings to the K-12 education market.”  


Over the past year, i>clicker has been tried and tested by a growing community of K-12 teachers.  Dean Antic, a Chemistry Teacher at St. Patrick High School in Chicago, IL, states, “i>clicker is a versatile, easy-to-use system that helps provide instant feedback on what students are learning.  Based on i>clicker responses, the teacher can re-teach subject matter or move on to new material.  The students have fun using i>clicker and learn at the same time.  It is a very useful classroom tool and the benefits are immediately realized after the first use.”


About Educational Resources:
Educational Resources was established in 1985 and is the nation’s largest source of educational software, hardware, accessories, and supplemental products, serving educators in more than 14,000 school districts, grades K-12.  The company represents more than 300 vendors with over 5,000 educational software titles, supplemental software, and mixed-media curriculum courseware, as well as peripherals and accessories. Educational Resources is a brand of Smarterville Educational, LLC.  For information about Educational Resources call 800-624-2926 or visit www.edresources.com.


About i>clicker:
i>clicker is one of the most widely used classroom response systems in higher education, adopted at more than 700 educational institutions in North America and used by more than 1 million students.  Through our relationship with Educational Resources, we have a growing number of customers in K-12 and also serve customers in corporate environments. Invented in 2003 by four University of Illinois professors, i>clicker’s current design was made available for adoption in 2006 and continues to be recognized for its superior reliability, intuitive software, and focus on formative assessment and pedagogy. Together with a team of faculty advisors and reviewers, inventors Tim Stelzer and Mats Selen continue to play lead roles in product development – with a focus on ease-of-use and pedagogical research. i>clicker is a division of Macmillan, a global publishing company with a long history in education. For more information, visit www.iclicker.com.


About Macmillan:
Macmillan is a global publisher of books, magazines, textbooks, scientific information, and digital content and services. In the US, the group includes Farrar, Straus & Giroux; Henry Holt; St. Martin’s Press; Tor Books; Picador; Macmillan Audio; Bedford St. Martin’s; W.H. Freeman; Worth Publishers; i>clicker; and Scientific American Magazine.  Macmillan is a subsidiary of Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, GMbH, a global media company based in Stuttgart, Germany.  For more information, visit www.macmillan.com.


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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Nov. 23, 2009 – Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced the 2010 entry dates for The Sprint Character Education Grant Program, its annual character-education grant program for schools and school districts across the country. The 2010 program will run from Jan. 4 through Feb. 5, 2010.
Now in its third year, the Sprint Character Education Grant Program awards Sprint Foundation grants to school districts and individual schools to fund resources that facilitate and encourage character education among K-12 students. With a national reach, the program is open to all U.S. public schools (K-12) and U.S. public school districts.
In 2010, the Sprint Character Education Grant Program will award individual-school grants between $500 and $5,000 and school-district grants between $10,000 and $25,000. In 2009, the Sprint Foundation awarded more than $450,000 in combined grants to schools and school districts through this program.
“Character education is such a critical building block for our young people to become productive citizens,” said Debby Ballard, director of Community Affairs for Sprint. “But sadly, it’s an area that is woefully under-funded in many schools across the country. Through this program, the Sprint Foundation is able to provide teachers and administrators with the tools they need to develop and execute the character-education programs that will work in their classrooms.”
The Sprint Character Education Grant Program will accept applications for character-education programs that promote youth leadership, youth volunteerism, a positive school culture and address drop out prevention.
For further information, a list of previous winners and the grant application please visit: www.sprint.com/educationgrants.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving more than 48 million customers at the end of the third quarter of 2009 and the first and only 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused strategy has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
About the Sprint Foundation
Since its establishment in 1989, the Sprint Foundation has provided nearly $100 million to community organizations across the country with a special emphasis on those supporting K-12 education, positive youth development, arts and culture outreach, school safety and Internet safety. Through direct grants and a robust matching-gifts program for employees and retirees, the Sprint Foundation creatively and thoughtfully delivers Sprint’s commitment to championing the communities where Sprint customers and employees live.

AASA Toolkit Helps School Leaders Support Military Children

Amy Vogt

ARLINGTON, Va. – Some two million U.S. military children have had one or both parents deployed since 2001. Understanding the challenges facing military families — and the resources available to assist military children — is essential to meeting their unique educational needs. The American Association of School Administrators has released a toolkit on Supporting the Military Child to help school leaders meet the needs of children whose parents are deployed or in transition. This free, online resource is available on the AASA website at www.aasa.org/MilitaryChild.aspx.

“Children of military families often face multiple stressors, including frequent moves and extended periods of separation from loved ones,” said AASA President Mark Bielang, superintendent in Paw Paw, Mich. “School leaders play an important part in helping these students maintain a sense of stability and stay on track to achieve their educational goals.”

The toolkit includes:

• Top 15 things school leaders can do to support military children

• Key facts about the military child

• Facts about Impact Aid, the federal funding available to help school districts handle the cost of educating children from military families

• Facts about the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children,  legislation signed by 26 states that aims to ease school-to-school transfers for military children.

The toolkit also includes two videos:
• A videotaped discussion among school administrators on how schools can support military kids, featuring an assistant superintendent, a principal, a counselor and a parent liaison from Fort Belvoir Elementary School in Fairfax County, Va.

• A video statement of support from Gen. Craig R. McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau.

“The AASA Toolkit on Supporting the Military Child will assist the many schools with children in their communities who have family members who have been deployed,” said AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech. “AASA is thankful to the Veteran’s Support Foundation for making this project possible.”

AASA developed the toolkit with a grant from the Veterans Support Foundation. In addition, Randy Collins, AASA past president and superintendent in Waterford, Conn.; Linda Spoonster Schwartz, commissioner of the State of Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs; and the Department of Defense Education Activity lent their support to the development of the toolkit. 

About AASA
The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org. Follow AASA on twitter at www.twitter.com/AASAHQ. Become a fan of the AASA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AASApage.




Two New Members Accepted into E-Rate Management Professionals Association

ADA, OKLA. (Nov. 16, 2009) – E-rate Management Professionals Association, Inc. (E-mpa™), an organization dedicated to promoting ethics in E-rate consulting, has formally accepted Clarity Solutions, Inc. and E-Rate Complete, LLC into its membership.

“These new members have demonstrated their dedication to quality and ethical practices in the E-rate program,” said John Harrington, E-mpa President and CEO of Funds For Learning, LLC.  “We are pleased to see that there is a continuing movement amongst E-rate consulting firms to establish high ethical standards in the field.”

As a requirement for acceptance in E-mpa, members must abide by a self-governing code of ethics that work to strengthen and support the E-rate program.  By maintaining high professional standards, developing and promoting best practices, and requiring ethical conduct for all members, E-mpa sets the standard in excellence and ethics in E-rate professional consulting.

“It is paramount for the schools, libraries and all of the stakeholders in the E-rate program that E-rate consulting firms not only abide by the federal and state regulations governing the program, but also govern themselves and their professional conduct,” said E-mpa Vice President and founder of E-Rate Central, Winston Himsworth.  “Client compliance in the program is our top priority, but it is also important to maintain high levels of integrity by making recommendations with the client’s best interests in mind.” 
For more information about E-mpa, visit www.e-mpa.org.

About E-mpa™
Established in 2008, E-mpa strives to strengthen and support the E-rate program by acting as a self-certifying body of E-rate consulting professionals.  E-mpa provides online resources to its diverse and experienced membership along with a forum for discussion and development of best practices in the management of the Universal Services Discount Mechanism for Schools and Libraries (E rate).  The organization provides a collective voice for discussing issues relevant to its members and proposed program changes to the E-rate program.  The talent and experience of the organization’s network of consultants provides a superior resource to help members increase value to their clients, enhance effectiveness of client organizations, and generally aid the advancement of its members and other organizations having related objectives.  E-mpa will also provide certification for E-rate consulting professionals that affirm quality standards of technical competence and professional conduct. For more information, please visit www.e-mpa.org.

About E-rate
The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, more commonly known as E-rate, is overseen by the Universal Service Administrative Company under the guidance of the Federal Communications Commission. The E-rate program provides discounts to assist schools and libraries in the United States in obtaining affordable telecommunication services and Internet access.

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For more information, contact:
–John Harrington, E-mpa, 405-471-0900
–Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, Inc., 608-839-9806 or emily@cblohm.com


CDI Announces Perpetual One-To-One Initiative


CDI, North America’s largest supplier of recertified, brand name computers to the educational market, now provides Schools with a set-annuity technology solution that is perpetual and care-free:  PERPETUAL ONE-TO-ONE INITIATIVE (POTO). This initiative dramatically lowers technology costs, provides seamless guaranteed replacement rotation for the equipment while maintaining or improving their computer-to-student ratio.


This new benchmark initiative continues to expand the number of alternative technology solutions available in the CDI book of offerings to the K-12 education market.


The PERPETUAL ONE-TO-ONE INITIATIVE is designed to offer technology assets to schools and districts at a steady scheduled payment stream. POTO includes the following services:


·         Supply of computer assets

·         Delivery to school location

·         Complete service and replacement warranty for the life of the assets

·         Guaranteed replacement rotation for the equipment

·         Removal, data sanitation and recycling of assets at end of life


Besides providing schools/districts with a perpetual and care-free solution it allows them to stretch their technology budget while they provide more computers to more students.


"By continuing to launch out of the box solutions that are in demand by schools/districts CDI is in a unique position to offer this risk free solution truly tailored to individual schools and districts,” said Saar Pikar, General Manager, CDI. “POTO is an easy way to create a win-win for our schools and their budget challenges. CDI is proud to provide for the technology needs of our teachers and students, and to support the overall district mission of providing a quality education to all students.”



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




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Every Room Can Be An Interactive Presentation Environment With Hitachi StarBoard FX-77GII

CHULA VISTA, California, November 23, 2009 – Hitachi Software Engineering America, Ltd., today introduced the new StarBoard FX-77GII, making its award-winning interactive whiteboard technology more accessible to a larger community of corporate and educational users. Offered at a price point substantially lower than the original FX DUO, the new StarBoard brings all of the capabilities that have been revolutionized by Hitachi, but with interaction facilitated by the use of an electronic pen.

The wireless 2-button pen device, included with the StarBoard, functions as a mouse that operates and annotates on the board. The board features an electronic-free surface for more durable use and remains fully operational even if there are scratches or dents on the surface space, thus making it ideal in educational environments.

“We are excited about lowering the price of our industry leading interactive whiteboard technology with the FX-77GII.  We believe this will present an opportunity to new users who may have previously wanted to deploy this technology, but may not have had the ability to do so,” stated John Glad, product manager, Hitachi America, Ltd.

With 12 customizable function buttons, the FX-77GII is highly adaptable to the specific needs of each user and their environment. The functional versatility, combined with the StarBoard Software, enables the fast and simple creation of dynamic lesson plans and presentations.

To further empower and engage the educational community with the capabilities of the FX-77GII, users can now utilize the new Hitachi Educator Portal for uploading and sharing lessons, watching tutorial videos, and obtaining additional teaching resources.

To access the Hitachi Educator Portal, please visit Hitachi online at www.hitachi-soft.com/icg/educators_corner/.


Student’s beating might be tied to Facebook posting

Authorities say a 12-year-old boy assaulted by a group of middle school classmates in Southern California might have been targeted after an internet posting urged students to beat up redheads, reports the Associated Press. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Richard Erickson says the boy, who is redheaded, was kicked and hit in two incidents on Nov. 20. As many as 14 students participated in the attacks. Erickson says the attackers might have been motivated by a Facebook message announcing that Friday was "Kick a Ginger Day." The posting is believed to have been inspired by an episode of the television show "South Park." The boy was not seriously hurt, but Erickson says there might be other victims as well…

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Curriculum Associates Celebrates 40 Years of Providing Quality Supplemental Materials to Educators Nationwide


Kati Elliott                           Jaime Schepici
KEH Communications    Curriculum Associates
410-975-9638                   1-800-225-0248, ext. 270
Curriculum Associates Celebrates 40 Years of Providing Quality Supplemental Materials to Educators Nationwide
Mass. company remains vital employer in the greater Boston area
NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., November 23, 2009– Curriculum Associates, a leading publisher of research-based supplemental curriculum materials and tools for today’s diverse classrooms, marks its 40th anniversary of creating and supplying leading reading, math, and assessment tools for schools. Long known for its BRIGANCE special education screens and its student reading and math workbooks, the company has expanded its line to include software and web-based diagnostic assessments that provide teachers with immediate results to help differentiate instruction for every student.
Curriculum Associates has been an independently owned and operated company since its’ founding in 1969. Last year owner Frank Ferguson appointed education visionary Robert L. Waldron to the position of President and CEO. Under his leadership, the company has expanded its focus on state-aligned custom publishing to address the challenges being faced by educators in multiple states. Ferguson, who is now in his 80s, said, “Rob has been an excellent person to join me in leading the company. His vision for the company’s future has impressed me and it will allow the company to maintain its strong leadership in supplemental publishing. With Rob at the helm, I anticipate Curriculum Associates being a strong employer in the area for the next 40 years.”
In this challenging economy, many education companies are finding it difficult to invest in education, however, Curriculum Associates has not only increased its corporate workforce by 25% since October 2008 but has also channeled its investments toward product development, research, and customer service. With a focus on state specificity, Curriculum Associates has
already created four new state specific products in its new Ready lines. The company also formed a partnership with Let’s Go Learn and is the exclusive distributor of DORA- Diagnostic Online Reading Assessment and DOMA- Diagnostic Online Math Assessment, and most recently became the exclusive U.S. distributor for Cavallo Books, which includes the Letter Buddies and Zoozoo product lines for early literacy.
“The 40th anniversary signifies the continued efforts of Curriculum Associates and its employees to make a real difference in the lives of students and educators,” said Waldron. “As we move forward, our goal as a company is to place emphasis on custom publishing and to provide the most affordable educational materials. All of our products help define and target specific areas of instruction where students need additional support.”
Some of the company’s most popular products include the comprehensive family of BRIGANCE Screens and Inventories, TEST READY, FOCUS, SPOTLIGHT, CARS, STARS, Passageways, and Quick-Word. For complete information about Curriculum Associates and their offerings visit CurriculumAssociates.com.
About Curriculum Associates
Founded in 1969, privately-owned Curriculum Associates, Inc. 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 http://www.cainc.com or call 1-800-225-0248.

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Laptops become reality for Uruguay’s school children

A laptop is now finding its place alongside a notebook and pen in schoolbags in Uruguay, the first and only country to offer an internet-connected computer to all public primary school students, AFP reports. In the small town of Poquitos, about 20 students study The Odyssey by singing, drawing, and even rewriting Homer’s epic poem with the help of their small green XO laptops from the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child initiative. Judging by their smiles, the pupils are loving this newfound way to participate in literature class. In all, 380,000 computers have been distributed free of charge to public school students and teachers across this South American country. The decision has not always pleased the teachers; some would have preferred to use the funds to reform the local school system or to increase teacher salaries. But student enthusiasm has won them over, and they now use the mini computers several times a week. "The goal is to teach students how to work in a different way, so they can get better jobs five to six years from now," said Miguel Brechner, who heads the program. "But we also would like to give students equal opportunity. As a result of this decision 220,000 more household now have a computer, and half of them are among the poorest ones."

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CEO of Arizona-based MindPlay Educational Software Company Named Finalist in Stevie Awards for Women in Business

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Contact:         Kati Elliott/Brooke MacDonald
                        KEH Communications           
                        kati@kehcomm.com /brooke@kehcomm.com
CEO of Arizona-based MindPlay Educational Software Company Named Finalist in Stevie Awards for Women in Business
Judith Bliss dedicates life to helping all struggling students learn to read
Tucson, Ariz.November 23, 2009– Judith Bliss, CEO of Tucson, Arizona-based MindPlay, was recently named a finalist in the 6th Annual Stevie Awards. The Awards organizers reported that more than 1,117 business women from across the world entered submissions in the hopes of being named as one of the top business women in industry.
The Stevie Awards were created to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and business people worldwide. Beginning with The American Business Awards in 2002, The International Business Awards in 2003, The Stevie Awards for Women in Business in 2004, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service in 2006, the mission of the awards program is to raise the profile of exemplary organizations and individuals among the press, the business community, and the general public. 
Business women were judged in 54 categories and finalists were determined by the average scores decided by preliminary judges worldwide. Only entries with an average score of at least 7.0 out of a possible 10 are automatically designated a finalist and are eligible to be considered in final judging. A counsel of judges and advisors, all of whom are leaders in the business community, determine the average score in the preliminary stages.
“As a person who struggled to read when I was young, it is my goal, and the reason I founded MindPlay, to help every student who is struggling learn to read,” said Bliss. “Comprehending words on a page is the one skill most important to all subjects, yet the most illusive for so many. Adult illiteracy is at an all time high and the only way to change this is to teach the skills necessary to learn to read.”
Bliss was chosen as a finalist in the Service Businesses category. This category evaluates companies with up to 100 Employees that focus on consumer products, IT, & material goods. Judging is based on women-owned business accomplishments within the field during the one-year eligibility period.
About MindPlay
MindPlay has been improving basic reading and academic skills of children and adults for more than 25 years. Our research-based solutions are used in schools, educational institutions, correctional facilities and homes worldwide. The products currently available include My Reading Coach™, RAPS™ 360 (Reading Analysis and Prescription System) and FLRT™ a fluent reading trainer. For more information visit us on the web at www.mindplay.com.
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