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by Charlotte Andrist, Haselton Group On 11/18/2013

New “Collaborate to the Core” Guide and MimioStudio Collaborate Lesson Sample Pack Provide a Spectrum of Ideas for Student Collaboration  Cambridge, MA – Nov. 18, 2013 – To meet the demands of the 21st century classroom and workplace, students need strong collaboration skills. Mimio is helping teachers introduce this critical skill as early as kindergarten and develop it through grade 12 via two resources for collaborative lesson activities. The company’s new Collaborate to the Core! guide and MimioStudio™ classroom software Collaborate Lesson Sample Pack provide collaborative learning activities for math, language arts, science, and social studies.



by Pearson On 11/20/2013

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Nov. 20, 2013 – Six talented educators from around the country are the winners in the National Civics Education Contest, sponsored by Pearson and WeAreTeachers. Inspired by the goals of the College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, the contest honors classroom teachers for outstanding civics projects, ideas and activities that capture students’ interest and motivate them to be informed about the social and political world around them.



by School Specialty On 11/06/2013

NEW ORLEANS – Nov. 6, 2013 - According to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), dyslexia affects one in 10 individuals. With appropriate teaching methods, students with dyslexia can achieve their full academic potential. Ten passionate educators who teach dyslexic students are attending the IDA’s 64th Annual Conference in New Orleans this week as recipients of the 2013 Robert G. and Eleanor T. Hall Memorial Scholarships, sponsored by EPS Literacy and Intervention, a division of School Specialty. Created to honor the founder of EPS and his wife, Eleanor T. Hall, these scholarships reward exemplary educators for the innovative instructional strategies they use to help their dyslexic students achieve at the highest levels.



by Charlotte Andrist, Haselton Group On 11/11/2013

SONOMA, Calif.  (Nov. 11, 2013)— According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of English learners enrolled in K-12 schools has increased by over 50 percent in the last decade.  Educators responsible for teaching these students know that simply exposing English language learners (ELL) to the English language is not enough for academic success.  Instructional strategies that facilitate instruction and assessment need to be based on comprehension of content through meaningful activities and assignments. To support its teachers in creating instructional environments designed to improve English emergent literacy skills for this student population, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) has announced plans to adopt StudySync district-wide as an essential component of its school’s language arts program.  



by Pearson On 11/06/2013

Compton Unified School District and Hundreds of Schools Turn to WriteToLearn to Accelerate Development of Reading Comprehension and Writing SkillsBLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Nov. 6, 2013 – According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 5 million students arrive in U.S. classrooms every day facing not just the challenge of meeting today’s more rigorous achievement goals, but also the hurdle of learning a new language. Considered by many to be the fastest-growing demographic group in U.S. public schools, English Learners (ELs) must have access to tools for building the literacy skills necessary to meet the Common Core State Standards and graduate prepared for success in college and career. In support of this critical goal, Pearson today announced an update to WriteToLearn, its award-winning web-based literacy tool, specifically targeted at closing the achievement gap for this important group of students.



by Kay Lindenberg On 11/01/2012

Five Creative Classroom Projects Vie for 2013 “Inauguration” in WeAreTeachers and Pearson Program Designed to Immerse Students in Civics Education, Build Collaboration and Problem-Solving Skills NEW YORK – Nov. 1, 2012 – As the 2012 Presidential Election campaign draws to a close, a new crop of candidates has emerged from five elementary schools around the country – finalists in the “If We Were President” contest, sponsored by Pearson and WeAreTeachers. Now the public has until November 9 to view these stellar projects at http://www.weareteachers.com/grants-contests/grants/pearson-election-contest/vote/ and cast their votes for the class that they think has the creativity and vision to lead the nation. The winner will be announced on Nov. 16 at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference in Seattle.      



by Kay Lindenberg On 11/06/2012

Free Middle-Grades Math Site Adds New ChannelNEW YORK – Nov. 6, 2012 – Practicing math will now seem like a trip to the arcade for middle school students when they visit the new Funbrain™ channel on myMathUniverse, a free site developed to support Pearson's award-winning middle-grades math program, digits. The original home of the bestselling "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" by Jeff Kinney, Funbrain is a fun and safe website with learning-based games. The games from Funbrain's Math Arcade that are featured on myMathUniverse are specifically designed to reinforce middle-grades math skills.



by Kay Lindenberg On 11/07/2012

Nine K-20 Digital Learning Tools Named the Best of 2012 in Prestigious Ed-Tech Awards ProgramNEW YORK – Nov. 7, 2012 – Nine of Pearson’s K-20 digital learning tools are winners in the 2012 “Tech & Learning” magazine Awards of Excellence. Leading the prestigious competition for the third consecutive year, Pearson’s collection of online and mobile products illustrates its commitment to supporting schools, colleges and universities as they make the bold transformation to digital. Celebrating its 30th year, this recognition program honors K-12 technology products that break new ground, as well as those that added significant enhancements to proven education tools.



by Charlotte Andrist On 11/28/2012

Educators at 15 schools in the Austin Independent School District, and a growing number across the state of Texas, have found a simpler and more cost-effective way to teach with Lexia Reading®. 



by FundingFactory On 11/01/2012

In recognition of America Recycles Day, November 15, FundingFactory is sponsoring the “Care2Collect Just 1” campaign to help schools, nonprofits and businesses in protecting the environment while supporting their local communities. Participants are encouraged to recycle one e-waste item through FundingFactory, and donate one non-perishable food item to their local food bank.  For every 100 recyclable items collected, FundingFactory will donate $1 to Second Harvest Food Bank with the goal of raising more than $3,000. Additionally, the free recycling fundraiser aims to raise awareness for America Recycles Day by collecting and recycling more than 300,000 recyclables by the end of November.



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