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by School Specialty On 03/19/2013

Prospective Reviewers Can Request Complimentary eBooks From EPS BlogGREENVILLE, Wis. (March 19, 2013) – EPS, a division of School Specialty, Inc., today announced that S.P.I.R.E.® Decodable eBooks, which includes 120 titles, are now available for download from Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and the iTunes store. These eBooks support instruction in the S.P.I.R.E. (Specialized Program Individualizing Reading Excellence) program and can also be used with other phonics based programs or independently to support beginning or struggling readers. EPS is offering two review copies to qualified individuals who will post reviews.



by Mentoring Minds On 03/06/2013

"Motivation Reading for Common Core" Built From the Ground Up to Align to Standards, Support the Development of Critical Thinking SkillsTYLER, Texas – March 4, 2013 – As schools around the country implement the new Common Core State Standards, they are looking for tools that will increase rigor in their classrooms and develop students' critical thinking skills. To address this critical need, Mentoring Minds announced today "Motivation Reading," a resource that integrates critical and creative thinking, engages students in rigorous and relevant learning experiences and builds higher levels of reading ability. Mentoring Minds' team of education professionals brings more than a decade of experience developing affordable, effective learning tools that help children think critically to this new edition of "Motivation Reading," built from the ground up to align to the Common Core.



by Tribal Nova On 03/06/2013

PBS KIDS PLAY! now features a streaming music service, free to all subscribers, to help reinforce curriculum lessons for students in preschool, kindergarten and first grade. Tribal Nova, co-publisher of PBS KIDS PLAY! with PBS KIDS, added music to the program for its positive, long-lasting impact on student motivation and learning. The initial 25 music tracks come from the popular PBS KIDS program DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD and Web-original series FIZZY’S LUNCH LAB, with songs from more PBS KIDS series slated to join the line-up later this year. The songs featured on PBS KIDS PLAY! are designed to aid memory recall, reinforce key developmental and language themes, and encourage body movement for healthy development.



by Charlotte Andrist On 03/11/2013

Math and Language Arts Supplemental Content for grades K-8 Aligned to Common Core, California, and Texas State Standards   Cambridge, MA – March 11, 2013 – Mimio today announced plans to partner with DigiCore Corporation, a strategy-based technology and curriculum integration company, in a collaborative approach to closing student achievement gaps. The alliance will help educators leverage their classrooms’ interactive technologies to make the most of instructional planning, delivery and assessment of standards-aligned supplemental digital content for grades K-8.



by Triumph Learning On 03/14/2013

New Lessons, Assessments, and Other Resources Make Readiness for Common Core an Even More Powerful Instruction ToolNEW YORK – March 14, 2013 –To support schools and districts around the country as they ramp up to implement the Common Core State Standards, Triumph Learning today announced major updates to Readiness for Common Core, its comprehensive online library of resources designed to ease the transition to the new math and English/language arts standards. The newly added lessons, assessments, teaching resources, and real-time reporting make Readiness for Common Core an even more powerful tool for differentiating instruction for grades 3-8.



by Charlotte Andrist On 03/15/2013

Reading Program Pinpoints Students’ Weaknesses and Prescribes the Amount of Time-on-Task  Needed to Improve Individual Outcomes 



by Benesse America On 03/15/2013

StraightAce Learning, a powerful system of study aids for middle school students, announces the launch of StraightAce English: Grammar and Vocabulary, a language arts tool developed to make learning manageable and improve grades through engaging study. The system is aligned with Common Core State Standards, and is available on personal computers and mobile devices. The first installment in the English series enhances students’ skills in three core areas: grammar, language skills, and vocabulary. StraightAce Learning can be integrated into classroom instruction, and supplemented at home through student review, bringing clear, easy-to-follow lessons to students wherever they are.



by Skyward, Inc. On 03/18/2013

Top school administrators from around the world traveled to Orlando, Fla., for the annual Skyward international conference (iCon) February 27 – March 1, which showcased the latest developments of the Skyward School Management System. This year’s theme of “Connect. Motivate. Achieve.” focused on promoting enhanced communication, motivating students and employees to reach higher goals, and ways to increase student achievement and budget management efficiency district-wide. During the three-day conference, attendees previewed future industry-leading product developments, participated in sessions that highlighted advanced features and new enhancements, and received one-on-one access to Skyward executives.



by School Specialty On 03/11/2013

Blended Program for K–5 Learners Supports Range of Technology in Today's ClassroomsGREENVILLE, Wis. – March 11, 2013 – EPS Literacy and Intervention, a division of School Specialty, and CSL Associates, Inc., today announced a new partnership to help students in grades K–5 master the Common Core State Standards for Math. With the addition of CSL Associates' MathCoach® Interactive to its offerings, EPS now offers schools online math solutions for young learners throughout the instructional spectrum, including screening and progress monitoring, core instruction, practice, and intervention.



by SIIA On 03/21/2013

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, today announced the 148 finalists in Education categories for the 2013 SIIA CODiE Awards. These finalists represent applications, products and services from developers of educational software, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the K-20 sector.



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