Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced the release of HMH Kids Discover Social Studies ©2018, its social studies curricula for grades K – 6. The standards-based program includes a wide array of history and geography materials that develop active inquiry skills among elementary students. Read more.

According to the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), 81 percent of students who did not finish high school say relevant, real-world learning opportunities would have kept them in school. To provide schools with even more ways to engage students in these relevant learning experiences, Fuel Education® (FuelEd®) has expanded its Career Readiness Pathways online and blended learning program. Read more.

Texas’ Greenville Independent School District (GISD) is expanding its ongoing partnership with Discovery Education. In this new phase of collaboration, Discovery Education will support the creation of modern learning environments in the district’s new K-5 STEM Magnet School. Read more.

IXL Learning, a K-12 learning program, announced expanded phonics content for pre-K through 1st grade, rounding out its language and foundational reading skills curriculum for early learners. With adaptive technology, insightful analytics and a playful student experience, IXL Language Arts is designed to support the teaching of early literacy. Read more.

Allovue, an education finance technology company, today launches a complimentary web portal to support K-12 school and district leaders prepare their budgets for compliance under the new regulations of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Specifically created for both district and school-level leadership, the site serves as an up-to-date action guide for the new regulations. Read more.

Kids Discover, a provider of science and social studies curriculum, announced the release of their Cross-Curricular Professional Learning Resources, including an infographic and two ebooks; “Improving Student Engagement and Outcomes with Cross-Curricular Application,” and “Creating a Cross-Curricular Learning Environment with Digital Curriculum.” Read more.

Curriculum Associates recently launched Ready Central to help teachers successfully and seamlessly implement Ready Mathematics as part of their core mathematics program. The online portal offers 600-plus resources, including training videos, implementation tips, planning tools, best practice examples, and more for using Ready Mathematics together with i‑Ready® as a blended core learning program. Read more.

myON has introduced myON News Powered by News-O-Matic. The digital multimedia platform will serve as an interactive and fun introduction to daily news and current events for kids. myON News will engage K–8 students to help them become informed global citizens and connected to digital fiction and nonfiction books—a first-of-its-kind feature for classrooms. Read more.

Louisiana’s West Carroll Parish School District (WCPS) announced a new partnership with Discovery Education. Through this new collaboration, educators across the district will accelerate the district’s ongoing transition to digital teaching and learning by integrating Discovery Education’s suite of dynamic digital textbooks into classroom instruction. Read more.

McGraw-Hill Education announced the launch of ELLevate English, an innovative new English Language Learning (ELL) course for secondary school students. Available outside the United States, ELLevate English offers pre-built, fully customizable course content that has been designed by curriculum experts and is aligned to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) for grades 7-12. Read more.

hoopla digital announced a new licensing agreement with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, to bring a wealth of celebrated titles to participating public libraries across the U.S. and Canada. The deal adds Sesame Street eBooks, e-comic books and TV episodes to hoopla digital’s current offering of more than 600,000 eBooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, music, television shows and more. Read more.

Achieve3000, a literacy platform in blended learning programs for students in grades Pre-K through12, is the first partner to join Microsoft’s Education GTM program. The company has become an Associate Microsoft Education Partner; its differentiated literacy solutions are now integrated with Azure, the open, flexible, enterprise-grade cloud computing service from Microsoft and are listed on the Azure Marketplace online store. Read more.

Flipped Learning

The Flipped Learning Global Initiative, a worldwide coalition of educators, researchers, technologists, professional development providers and education leaders, reported evidence that a global paradigm shift in flipped learning has begun. An FLGI task force identified five factors that signal the start of a new era in Flipped Learning. Read more.

Digital Portfolios

GoEnnounce, the new social platform where students build e-portfolios highlighting achievements, has expanded into 20 states nationwide. Since its launch to schools in July 2016, GoEnnounce’s popularity is spreading quickly, in part, because of its social media training curriculum used by educators to implement the course. Read more.

Blackboard Inc. and Chalk.com announced a partnership to deliver a best-in-class digital gradebook and portfolio for K-12 educators. The offering will provide teachers and parents with deeper insights into student performance, helping every learner reach their full potential. The Chalk.com platform will complement Blackboard’s existing offerings designed to enhance learning and will integrate with Blackboard Web Community Manager (WCM), Blackboard’s community engagement platform. Read more.

Classroom Management

ClassLink announced a new single sign-on connection to Edmodo, the free online classroom management platform used by tens of millions of educators worldwide. This relationship will provide millions of educators and students with secure, OneClick access to Edmodo, enabling faster, easier access to one of education’s most widely-used technologies. Edmodo will also incorporate ClassLink OneRoster, giving Edmodo schools the ability to instantly create class rosters for their classes. Read more.

Professional Development

California’s Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) announced an expansion of its partnership with Discovery Education. In this new phase of collaboration, Discovery Education will support CUSD’s efforts to develop district educators’ capacity to build and sustain a culture of STEM education in its school system through the implementation of a multi-year STEM professional development initiative in 11 district elementary schools. Read more.

Vernier Software & Technology will host 29 free, hands-on workshops this spring to help science and STEM educators learn how to use and integrate data-collection technology into their curriculum. Read more.

FutureLearn and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education are partnering to offer educators across the globe free, world-class training in assessment, accreditation and program improvement. Read more.

School Administration

Matthew Utterback, superintendent of North Clackamas School District in Milwaukie, Ore., has been named the 2017 AASA National Superintendent of the Year. The announcement came at the National Conference on Education, hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Read more.

Kickboard, an education technology company and maker of the Kickboard school culture system, today announced the formation of an Advisory Board to help guide the company’s research efforts and its use of research-based tools, processes and practices to help educators improve the climate and culture in schools. Read more.

To recognize excellence and innovation in STEM, PASCO® Scientific announces the winners of the 2017 PASCO NSTA STEM Educator Awards. The annual awards program for middle and high school educators is sponsored by PASCO Scientific, a global leader in 21st century science education, in partnership with the National Science Teachers Association. Read more.

Industry Business

Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital reading products and services, announced today that Francisco Partners, a leading technology investment firm, has acquired myON. In conjunction with the transaction, Francisco Partners plans to make a significant growth investment in myON. Since launching in 2011, myON has established itself as the fastest growing digital literacy company for the K-12 education market. Read more.

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Laura Ascione

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