$5K for videos about eLearning

E2020 Inc. is challenging all middle and high schools that use e2020’s online curriculum to submit their best stories demonstrating how eLearning has improved academic outcomes for their students, teachers, schools, or districts.  Video entries will be evaluated by a jury panel and a $5,000 technology grant will be awarded to the school or district’s video entry deemed most compelling by the judges.  Two runners up will each receive five complimentary individual student licenses of e2020 software. Videos must be 1-3 minutes in length and must fit into one of the following three categories:
•    School or district-wide transformation
•    Specialized learning programs
•    Student achievement

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Prizes for intergenerational essays

Travel through time as you interview an older adult about their life experiences – you may be surprised by what you learn. Then, submit a 300-word story to send a message around the world and into the future. All winning essays become part of the Legacy Project’s online Legacy Library, recording life wisdom that can make the world and our future a little bit better.

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$15K and travel to NFL Draft

NFL Network is looking for life-changing PE teachers leading the fight against childhood obesity. As part of the Keep Gym in School mission, the NFL Network seeks to increase access to in-school physical activity and to teach skills needed to establish and sustain healthy lifestyles. The PE Teacher of the Year award recognizes the role of educators in achieving that mission.

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NBC Learn launches ‘Writers Speak to Kids’ video series

NBC Learn, the education arm of NBC News, has launched an original video series called “Writers Speak to Kids,” featuring interviews with popular and award-winning children’s book authors. Answering questions from NBC News correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, the authors share their writing process and experiences, helping students learn more about the craft and techniques of creative writing.

The 17-part video series kicked off in September with interviews of five authors: Peter Brown, Doreen Cronin, Jeff Kinney, Daniel Kirk, and Mo Willems. Featuring the writers of New York Times bestselling and Newbery Award-winning titles, the “Writers Speak to Kids,” series will feature a wide variety of additional authors throughout the fall, including Nick Bruel, Michael Buckley, Douglas Florian, Amy Ignatow, Gordon Korman, Ridley Pearson, Judy Schachner, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Philip C. Stead, Rebecca Stead, Clare Vanderpool, and Jacqueline Woodson.

“Writers Speak to Kids” is a free resource that can be found at www.nbclearn.com/writersspeak. NBC Learn also makes a much larger collection of “Writers Speak” interviews available to its subscribers at http://archives.nbclearn.com.

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New Just for Laughs Card Deck from Super Duper

Greenville, SC – October 29, 2012 – Super Duper Publications has released its latest unique card deck — Just for Laughs — to help children and English language learners understand one of the most difficult tasks in language – comprehending what jokes mean and why they are funny.

Humor in any language often relies on words that have more than one meaning in that language. Just for Laughs takes the mystery out of English language multiple meaning words, phrases, and sentences, and gives players jokes to laugh (and learn) about.

The front side of each of the 100 cards includes a silly joke, plus a goofy illustrated picture demonstrating the joke. For fun, players can try to guess the answers to the jokes before looking at the card backs, which have four-part activities to help players understand why the jokes are funny.

The 3 X 5” cards include 40 jokes with multiple meaning words, 30 with multiple meaning phrases, and 30 with multiple meaning sentences. Players can earn “smile” tokens during play. The Information Booklet contains background theory and research, and the card set comes in a sturdy tin for easy storage.

Super Duper offers many card decks, games, books and mobile apps based on a variety of educational subjects. Simply type the search term you want in the Super Duper website search box to find the product that is right for you.

Russell Sanford Rachael Ballard
Super Duper Publications KEH Communications
864.284.4572 410-975-9638
rsanford@superduperinc.com Rachael@kehcomm.com

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Pearson’s NES (National Evaluation Series) Teacher Certification Tests Now Available at 1,000 Secure Test Centers Worldwide

Arizona and New Mexico Add NES Tests to State Teacher Licensure Testing Programs

HADLEY, Mass. – Oct. 29, 2012 – Momentum continues to build for Pearson’s contemporary teacher certification testing program as additional states choose the NES® (National Evaluation Series™) as one measurement tool for credentialing knowledgeable teachers. Pearson’s secure test center network, now featuring more than 1,000 test centers worldwide, offers wider geographic coverage and increased access and flexibility to potential educators.

The NES offers states a new choice in educator certification tests based on professionally reviewed and accepted academic standards. The NES tests are comprehensive exams covering areas ranging from essential academic skills in reading, writing, mathematics and technology literacy to emerging needs in elementary reading instruction and teaching English to speakers of other languages.

“As our national focus on preparing all students for success in college and careers continues to intensify, there is also increased attention being paid to preparing new teachers to face today’s educational challenges,” said William Gorth, Ph.D., president of the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson. “The NES and our custom teacher certification testing programs are designed to help states address today’s critical need for knowledgeable teachers.”

Candidates seeking certification in Arizona will now take the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge tests. These tests assess the candidates’ knowledge of essential areas such as student development and learning; assessment, instruction and the learning environment; and the professional environment in both elementary and secondary education.

All candidates seeking an elementary education license in New Mexico will now be required to take the NES Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction test. Grounded in Scientifically-Based Reading Research, this test assesses the candidates’ knowledge of areas of reading instruction such as foundations of reading an alphabetic language; word analysis and fluency development; vocabulary and comprehension development; reading different types of text; and the literate environment and the classroom reading professional.

Candidates take the NES at Pearson test centers across the country and receive immediate results. To increase the candidate’s access to the NES exams and continue to grow the number of qualified teaching candidates, the NES is now available through Pearson’s entire U.S. academic testing network.

Teacher licensure candidates have access to a full complement of NES preparation resources and tools, available for all NES test fields, including:

 NES Practice: full-length, online practice tests designed to simulate the experience of taking a NES test.

 NES Profile: free, online study guides that include the essential information a candidate needs about a NES test, such as the format and content covered, as well as sample test questions.

 NES Prep: interactive, online study guides that feature a diagnostic test, review exercises, a review of test competencies and, for 13 fields, instructional content for additional study.

For more information about the NES, visit www.NEStest.com. For more information about the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson, go to http://www.teacher.pearsonassessments.com.

About Pearson
Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO). For more information about the Assessment & Information group of Pearson, visit http://www.pearsonassessments.com/.

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Two More California Districts Add MimioClassroom Interactive Teaching Technologies To Boost Student Engagement And Teacher-Led Instruction Thousands Of Southern California Students Experiencing A Better Way To Learn

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Oct. 29, 2012 – More Southern California schools and districts are making Mimio Interactive Teaching Technologies a standard component in creating first-rate learning environments, facilitating differentiated instruction and preparing students to successfully meet the challenges of excelling in the 21st century workplace. During the month of September alone, more than 70 classrooms at Home Gardens Academy and Cesar Chavez Academy in Corona-Norco Unified School District (USD) as well as Mission Hills Elementary and Cypress School of the Arts in Hesperia USD incorporated Mimio products into their teaching practices.

With the addition of the institutions cited above, a total of 34 private schools and 26 districts across the region, including Los Angeles Unified School District (USD), San Diego USD, Orange USD, Etiwanda USD, and Murietta Valley USD, have committed to teaching with Mimio.

Mimio was born by way of some very creative thinkers at MIT, in 1997, who were dedicated to making learning more engaging for students with technology that enabled teachers to do what they do best, teach. As Mimio has grown, numerous breakthrough innovations have emerged through the collaboration between world-class engineers and top educators looking to set significant new standards for the industry.

“We are passionate about two things – helping teachers truly engage today’s ‘iGeneration’ students and helping students excel. Our passion comes to life by delivering the best interactive learning environments in each and every academic classroom, be it language arts, math, science or history,” said Manny Perez, Mimio’s General Manager. “What we are witnessing with the rapid adoption of Mimio products across Southern California and around the state is that K-12 administrators and teachers are committed to reaching students with tools and resources that are both relevant and motivating.”

As a global leader in developing interactive teaching technologies and instructional software, MimioClassroom products include the MimioTeach™ interactive whiteboard, which converts any dry erase board into a fully-interactive whiteboard; MimioVote™ assessment; MimioView™ document camera; MimioPad™ wireless pen tablet; and MimioCapture™ ink recorder. Each MimioTeach comes pre-packaged with the award-winning MimioStudio™ classroom software, which is compatible with Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems, and is available in 33 languages, so teachers around the world can generate localized activities. In addition, Mimio also recently launched MimioReading™ software suite that provides schools with one-of-a-kind supplemental reading programs for individual, group and full classroom instruction.

Educators at Cole Canyon Elementary School in Murietta Valley USD initiated a pilot program with the MimioTeach interactive whiteboard last year after Principal Mike Marble recognized that the technologies students enjoy outside school make it more difficult to capture their attention with conventional teaching tools like textbooks and overhead projectors.

“Cole Canyon teachers do an excellent job in helping out students excel academically. Yet, teaching today has to be more hands-on, integrated and thematic instead of worksheet and drill-oriented,” said Marble. “This solution has given our teachers a way to step out of the traditional role of just ‘instructing’ and into one where they are facilitators to the learning process and students are active participants.”

California educators aren’t alone in embracing the use of interactive teaching technologies in the classroom. In a report, “K-12 Tech Tools and Trend 2012, publishing forecast firm Simba Information revealed that interactive whiteboards are used in nearly 30 percent of K-12 classroom for at least 5.1 hours a day. The publisher also noted that interactive whiteboards have the most penetration of any recent tech device, with an average usage of more than 70 percent in all major subject areas in elementary schools.

“I regularly use technology as a motivational tool, as a way to differentiate and quickly and accurately assess students’ understanding of the standards, and to hold each student accountable for their own learning,” said Angela Helmer, third-grade teacher, Todd Elementary in Corona-Norco USD. “I have students completing touch-screen monitor computer-based learning activities, other are dancing their way through their learning on a dance mat, while others are at the front of the room using the Mimio interactive whiteboard with the interactive pen to work on a kinesthetically-based vocabulary lesson.”

For Nancy Jones, a second-grade teacher at Todd Elementary, the power comes from MimioVotes. “The responders have been so easy to use and have really kept the kids engaged in the learning process. I love having the instant feedback of their understanding of the concept taught because it allows me to move on or to clarify any confusion. The students even discuss why a student may have picked an incorrect answer.”

Cole Canyon third-grade teacher Anne Hess added, “I believe I’m a better teacher since adding MimioTeach to my classroom. The possibilities for making my lesson more creative and engaging are absolutely limitless, and this interactive technology has made me feel more connected to my students. The very morning it arrived, I literally pulled it out of the box, plugged it into my computer and projector, and I was ready to start teaching.”

Perez added, “These educators, like so many of their peers around the country, use the MimioClassroom comprehensive suite because it has an outstanding reputation for offering quality, easy-to-use products supported by terrific professional development tools. These interactive teaching technologies are helping students across all grades and subjects build the skills necessary to succeed in today’s knowledge-based, technology-enabled society.”

About Mimio
Mimio is a global leader in interactive teaching technologies that offer a better way to learn and an empowering way to teach. As part of Newell Rubbermaid’s global portfolio of leading brands, Mimio designs innovative, affordable educational technologies and solutions to increase effectiveness and engagement in K-12 classrooms. For more information, visit mimio.com. Follow Mimio on Twitter @MimioTechnology and “Like” us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Mimio.Technology.

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Experts Discuss how Districts can Manage SLP Shortage in Free PresenceLearning Webinar

Attendees will learn how using online speech therapy can help relieve the speech and language pathologist shortage during November 8, 2012 webinar

SAN FRANCISCO, October 29, 2012 – Despite initiatives to recruit and retain qualified professionals, districts nationwide are experiencing shortages of speech and language pathologist (SLP). To help administrators and educators recognize the reasons for the shortages and how to cope with them, PresenceLearning, the leading provider of live online speech therapy for schools, is hosting a free webinar titled “Understanding and Managing the Growing SLP Shortage” on Thursday, November 8th at 1:00 pm ET (10:00 am PT). To register for the webinar, visit http://pages.presencelearning.com/spedahead7.

During the webinar, Cathy Bacon, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinical Professor at Arizona State University, and Karen Roth, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Associate Professor at Arizona State University, will discuss their insights on the reasons for the shortage, as well as what districts can do to ensure that students receive the services they need. The panelists will share creative short- and long-term strategies to battle the SLP shortage and its effect on districts.

By attending the webinar, participants will learn:
The differences between classroom teacher recruitment/retention and speech-language pathology recruitment/retention needs.
The reasons for the speech-language pathologist shortages related to information in the 2011 ASHA Schools Survey.
The updated state recruitment strategies for attracting and retaining speech-language pathologists in school settings.
The long- and short-term strategies for better utilization of the SLP’s specialized skills within a framework of Common Core Standards.

This webinar is the seventh in a series of free webinars sponsored by PresenceLearning. The webinar series, entitled “SPED Ahead: New Realities, New Choices – A Forum for School Leaders,” brings together thought leaders who are re-thinking the way special education services, especially speech-language pathology services, are delivered.

About Cathy Bacon
Cathy Bacon is the Clinical Professor at Arizona State University. Cathy has lead efforts in Arizona to find solutions to the SLP shortage. She coordinates a program to train SLPs for Arizona’s schools and leads ASU’s Speech Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) Certificate Program, which provides clinical coursework and training to undergraduate speech and hearing majors.

About Karen Roth
Karen Roth is the Clinical Associate Professor at Arizona State University. Karen has worked as a SLP in school districts across three states and has presented nationally on topics related to the SLP shortage including presentations on creative scheduling and collaborative IEP writing. She recently coordinated a workshop for Arizona school-based SLPs regarding the use of SLP-Assistants as a way to address increasing workload demands while preserving the quality of services to students.

About PresenceLearning
PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com) is the leading provider of live online speech therapy services for K-12 students. The company offers school districts web-based access to a growing, nationwide network of nearly 200 highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs) via live videoconferencing using the latest in evidence-based practice. PresenceLearning delivers large cost savings while improving student outcomes. PresenceLearning is an ASHA-approved continuing education provider for SLPs and a U.S. Department of Education grant-winner, dedicated to bringing the highest clinical standards to online speech therapy.

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Katie Povejsil, Vice President of Marketing, PresenceLearning
415.625.0150
katie@presencelearning.com

Christine Allman, Public Relations for PresenceLearning
410.975.9638
christine@kehcomm.com

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BRETFORD® CONTINUES WEBINAR PROGRAM WITH SESSIONS ON THE AGILE CLASSROOM AND LOW CARBON STRATEGIES

Media Contacts:
Cindy Weinschreider Traci Schaefer
Bretford Manufacturing, Inc. TLS Communications, Inc.
847-801-1611 630-269-4567
cweinschreider@bretford.com tschaefer@tlscommunications.com

BRETFORD® CONTINUES WEBINAR PROGRAM WITH SESSIONS
ON THE AGILE CLASSROOM AND LOW CARBON STRATEGIES

Third of Six-Part Series on Agile Learning Spaces Led By Tim Springer HERO Inc. with Expert Panel Input; Low Carbon Strategies Taught by Mark LaCroix, Carbon Neutral

CHICAGO — October 26, 2012 — Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.®, a United States manufacturer of dependable furniture products that improve how people work and learn, is continuing its online education program with two new webinars. On October 30 at 2:00 p.m. E.T., the third installment in a six-part series on Agile Learning, called “Designing the Agile Classroom: Teaching the Third Teacher to Dance” will be led by Tim Springer, founder of HERO, Inc. with input from an expert panel that includes: James Thompson, president of Gibraltar Design, Inc.; Dave Broz, firmware education leader and senior associate of Gensler; along with Barbara Kranz, director, facilities planning & space management and Severin Grabski, associate professor & faculty advisor for Instructional Technology, both at Michigan State University. And on November 7 at 2:00 p.m. E.T., “Low Carbon Strategies: Fundamentals of Greenhouse Gas Reduction in the Built Environment” will be taught by Mark LaCroix, executive vice president of business development for The Carbon Neutral Company.

To register for either of these webinars, click here.

“The two upcoming webinars topics tie together in that they both can have a profound effect on the learning space,” said Cindy Weinschreider, director of marketing communications for Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.® “Creating an agile classroom gives students and educators the opportunity for mobile learning, which caters to the use of technology and opens the door to infinite new ways of teaching. At the same time, making the built environment, such as a school or classroom, a safer, healthier place for children in particular, will also lead to higher attendance and more opportunity for learning during the school day.”

“Designing the Agile Classroom: Teaching the Third Teacher to Dance” will discuss the physical environment (also known as the third teacher), its importance in learning and teaching, and the challenges and benefits involved with accommodating mobility, adaptability and agility in the learning space.

“Today’s student is a digital native who grew up with technology,” explained David Broz, firmwide education leader and senior associate at Gensler. “They don’t see the walls of the traditional classroom as the boundary of their learning on campus. They are looking for learning to happen outside of the classroom, whether on campus or virtually throughout the globe. This represents a shift in the university business model — it’s not just the information that makes these institutions great; it’s the experience and environments for learning that will remain their competitive edge.”

“Low Carbon Strategies: Fundamentals of Greenhouse Gas Reduction in the Built Environment” focuses on ways to decarbonize the built environment, which currently accounts for 40 percent of U.S. GHG emissions. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of effective and credible carbon management and how those strategies can facilitate the transition to a low carbon economy that includes saving money, and reducing climate impact.

For more information on speakers Tim Springer, James Thompson, Dave Broz, Barbara Kranz, Severin Grabski, and Mark LaCroix, click here.

About Learning Commons
The webinars are part of Learning Commons, a new section on the Bretford.com website that contains a compilation of education resources and expertise for customers and partners. Learning Commons is divided into five key areas to help customers and partners easily navigate their way around:
• Resources: Incorporates research data, articles, interactive white papers, book references and videos.
• Community: Features a weekly blog topic and the ability for customers and partners to ask questions and post comments with relevant content shared through the Bretford® Twitter and Facebook pages.
• Professional Development: Includes BretfordU online and live webinars and other events, along with Continuing Education Unit courses for architects and designers.
• Referrals. Houses all case studies, references and testimonials.
• Experts: Bios and contact information for the experts contributing to the BretfordU webinars, blog topics, research and other sections.
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About Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.®
Bretford® is a manufacturer of furniture for both learning and work environments. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Franklin Park, Ill., Bretford Manufacturing, Inc.® holds more than six decades of expertise dedicated solely to the design and manufacture of sustainable furniture solutions that are made in the U.S.A. Each furniture design is built for quality and mobility so rooms, people and information can move and still stay connected. With nearly 350 employees and 450,000 square feet of production space, the company offers smart furniture designs that support evolving technology, enabling institutions, organizations and corporations to increase productivity and efficiency. Bretford’s® superior workmanship and environmentally-compliant manufacturing and operation practices ensure dependable products, many of which are GREENGUARD
Indoor Air Quality Certified®. The company is committed to using less energy, creating less waste and reducing its carbon footprint. Bretford® is a CarbonNeutral® certified company and its EDU 2.0 line is among the first in the contract furniture industry to achieve CarbonNeutral® product certification. All Bretford® products are backed by a 12-year standard warranty and the industry’s best 20-year standard warranty on library furniture. For more information about Bretford® visit Bretford.com or call 1-800-521-9614. Bretford® can also be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bretfordmanf.

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’VOTES’ Students Sharply Divided on Iran and Energy Policy, Find Common Ground on Money in Politics – And First Two Debates

SONOMA, Calif. and NORTHFIELD, Mass. (October 29, 2012) – Just like the candidates battling for the White House, some of the nation’s best and brightest secondary students hold sharply opposing views on a number of the most contentious issues in this year’s campaign.

Especially if those issues have to do with energy.

That’s one of the key findings of a new series of Blast polls in this year’s national VOTES Project (Voting Opportunities for Teenagers in Every State), an initiative spearheaded by Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH), a prestigious private school in Massachusetts, and StudySync (www.studysync.com), the web-based Common Core curriculum from BookheadEd Learning, LLC.

The only program of its kind in the country, the VOTES Project brings together more than 100 public and private schools nationwide, as well as schools internationally, to give students a voice in the 2012 election. The most recent VOTES Project Blast polls, conducted throughout October, asked students to weigh in on hot topics in domestic and foreign policy. Blasts are short reading and writing assignments, using StudySync technology, that address timely, high-interest topics of cultural significance.

In perhaps the thorniest question of the campaign season, students were asked the best approach to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons technology. A majority – 56.5 percent – expressed support for “position(ing) American military equipment and personnel in the region to demonstrate a willingness to strike if Iran does not cease its nuclear weapons program,” while 43.5 percent agreed that the U.S. should “continue to apply sanctions through the United Nations and follow the recommendations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).”

Some 637 students nationwide responded to the first question, generating 5,827 peer reviews – that is, student comments and feedback from within the VOTES Project/StudySync community. The most popular post came from this high school student in Northfield, Mass.: “The U.S. should observe what Iran is doing, and apply these sanctions, but also be ready to enforce these sanctions with a line in the sand.” And a middle school student in Kaysville, Utah, offered this: “I do not think that we should threaten them with military, because if they do have weapons it could make them feel inclined to use them.”

Students were even more divided on the matter of the Keystone Pipeline and U.S. energy policy overall. By the narrowest of margins – 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent – VOTES students endorsed construction of the Keystone Pipeline across the U.S. midsection.

On the Keystone question, 498 students responded, generating 4,396 peer review comments. Among those posts was this from a Northfield, Mass. high schooler: “More oil creates jobs, but it is bad for the environment. Renewable energy also creates jobs. Consider factors that will affect the future.” A middle school student was even more emphatic: “We should go completely green, thereby reducing pollution and global warming, while helping the economy. It’s win-win!”

Taking On the Campaign Itself
If students split on matters of oil and nukes, they were united – largely in opposition – to the Citizens United court ruling and the expansive role of money in politics. When asked, “Should corporations, unions, and Super PACs be permitted to spend as much money as they want to support or oppose political candidates?” nearly three quarters of the 684 students polled – 73.4 percent – said no. Among the 5,349 peer review comments, this one, from a high school student in Brenham, Texas, was rated highest: “Not everyone has the same buying power, so each political party should be given the same amount of money to use. It’s only fair.” And a student in Hoover, Alabama, posted this: “I think it is outrageous. I get it, the rich endorse the politicians so they kind of owe them, but the less fortunate still need a voice.”

Student opinion of the first two presidential debates was in sync with the conventional wisdom and the verdict of most of the mainstream media, with 67.5 percent giving the October 3 debate to Mitt Romney and 61.5 percent judging President Obama the winner of the October 16 encounter.
Of the first debate, a Northfield high school student offered this: “President Obama did not articulate his words well enough to convince the opposing sides. Mitt Romney gave a very good argument.” And in response to the second face-off, a student in Kaysville, Utah, observed: “You never know what promises either of the candidates will keep. What things are promised has a huge pull on what your opinions are.”

“From both the raw numbers and the insightful commentary, today’s secondary school students are every bit as engaged in Campaign 2012 as their elders,” said Jim Shea, NMH history teacher and VOTES co-founder. “As the VOTES Project progresses this season, we continue to be impressed by the level of understanding among students across the country — and by their eagerness to share their opinions on the issues and the electoral process itself.”

“Educators strive to engage students with topics relevant to their lives,” said Robert Romano, founder and CEO, BookheadEd Learning. “StudySync’s Blasts provide an immediate connection by delivering current events in a meaningful and interactive way. We’re especially pleased with the response the Blast polls have provided with the VOTES Project in classrooms across the nation, giving students the opportunity to participate in this important national conversation.”

NMH created VOTES 1988 and has run the program for all six presidential elections since then. In 2008, 60,000 students from every state in the nation cast ballots of their own and sent them to Northfield Mount Hermon a week before Election Day. For the 2012 race, the polls will wrap up just prior to Election Day, when students will select one of the two candidates.

In addition to counting the popular vote, NMH’s mock election simulates the Electoral College process. According to NMH, teen voters have correctly predicted the results of the national presidential election in every race since 1988, with the exception of the 2004 contest. Turnout in participating schools approaches 80 percent — twice the average turnout in national elections. The project teaches students about the democratic process, tests their political savvy, and reveals the age group’s political leanings through an issues poll.
An innovative, web‐delivered academic tool, StudySync was created by leading national educators with the goal of inspiring higher levels of critical thinking and academic collaboration. Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, StudySync targets middle and high school students, enlisting broadcast-quality video, digital media, mobile platforms and social learning to advance students’ reading, writing and critical thinking abilities.
Flexible and easy‐to‐navigate, StudySync places control fully in the hands of the educator, enabling teachers to integrate the product into their current classroom curriculum any way they see fit. StudySync is also intended to be used across disciplines – for language arts classrooms and for science, social studies, history and other subject areas as well.

About BookheadEd Learning, LLC
BookheadEd Learning connects high school and middle school students to the great ideas of mankind through technology, multimedia, and a rich library of classic and modern texts. StudySync, its award-winning flagship product, uses web-delivered educational tools – including broadcast-quality video, digital media, mobile platforms and social networking —to help teachers inspire higher levels of students’ reading, writing, critical thinking, academic discourse and peer-to-peer collaboration. An AEC and SIIA CODiE Awards finalist, StudySync is the recipient of two BESSIE Awards and the EDDIE Award from ComputED Gazette, “Trendsetter” recognition from EdTech Digest, District Administration’s “Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products” award, and inclusion on Edudemic’s list of the Top 50 edtech tools. CEO/co-founder Robert Romano is among EdTech Digest’s “50 Fascinating Entrepreneurs.” Based in Sonoma, Calif. with an office in Cambridge, Mass., BookheadEd is comprised of educators and experts who believe “Together We’re Smarter.” To learn more about BookheadEd Learning and its StudySync educational platform, visit www.studysync.com.

Media contact:
Ken Greenberg
Edge Communications, Inc.
323-469-3397
ken@edgecommunicationsinc.com

About Northfield Mount Hermon
Northfield Mount Hermon, commonly referred to as NMH, is a co-educational independent boarding school for students in grades 9–12 and postgraduate. The school is located on the banks of the Connecticut River in western Massachusetts near Gill, Massachusetts. NMH was founded in 1879. The school provides, “Education of the head, the heart, and the hand.” Our mission is to engage the intellect, compassion, and talents of our students, empowering them to act with humanity and purpose. The school enrolls 650 students who come from more than 45 states and 35 countries. NMH is a member of the Eight Schools Association, which comprises Phillips Academy (known as Andover), Phillips Exeter Academy, Choate Rosemary Hall, Deerfield Academy, Hotchkiss School, Lawrenceville School, and St. Paul’s School.

Media contact:
Cheri Cross
Director of Communications
Northfield Mount Hermon
413-498-3322
ccross@nmhschool.org

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