Boston — Oct. 29, 2013 — itslearning (www.itslearning.net), a leading K-12 digital learning management platform, today announced that it has named Bailey Mitchell Chief Academic Officer, effective November 1, 2013.
Mitchell joins itslearning from Forsyth (Ga.) County Schools where he served as chief technology and information officer for the past 16 years. Prior to that, Mitchell served as director of instructional technology for the Georgia Department of Education. Mitchell began his career as a classroom teacher at Burney-Harris Lyons Middle School in Clarke County, Georgia where he taught exploratory computing which focused on project-based learning and computer proficiency. Currently Mitchell serves on the board of directors and is past chair of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a highly regarded professional association for school district technology leaders.
“I can’t wait to get started,” said Mitchell. “For the past 11 months I have witnessed first-hand the transformational nature of the itslearning solution -- it maintains an outstanding reputation in the European education market; many of the company’s employees share extensive backgrounds in and a passion for education; and most importantly, the itslearning team displayed the characteristics of a ‘partner’ instead of a learning management system provider.” It was the one of the first times in my career that I experienced what it was like to work WITH an education company to develop a solution that worked best for our district. To me, it was a deal maker.”
As a distinguished technology integration expert with more than 30 years in K-12 education and administration, Mitchell brings to itslearning an extraordinary depth of experience in fusing best practice instructional strategies with advanced technology solutions. Applying his exceptional insight into emerging global trends and best practices, Mitchell will, in his new role, affect change in school districts around the country by working in concert with school administrators to improve teaching effectiveness, enrich personalized learning opportunities for students, and expand collaborative communications exchanges with parents.
“We count ourselves so fortunate to have someone of Bailey’s caliber join our leadership team,” said itslearning, Chief Executive officer, Travis Willard. “His reputation for setting very high standards for excellence in Forsyth County and the State of Georgia is recognized nationally and internationally. Throughout his career he has shown a distinctive ability to use his vision coupled with his creativity to solve the challenges that face the education landscape. That unwavering commitment to make education work better – for everyone – is what we are so excited to share with other schools and districts that want to partner with us for years to come.”
Designed specifically for the K-12 sector, itslearning is a cloud-based, learning management system that enables teachers to better facilitate instructional delivery and engage today’s “digitally wired” students. Whether teachers are developing lessons, distributing and collecting assignments, assessing quizzes and tests, or engaging with parents, itslearning supports teaching and learning anytime, anywhere, on any device – all on one platform, in one location, requiring one login.
itslearning’s core functionality includes:
· Classroom management
· Instructional development and delivery
· Curriculum management
· Professional development
· Parent engagement
· Reporting and Analytics
Integration with most student information systems has proven to be simple and effective. Designed with the end user in mind, the solution boasts an 80 percent adoption rate in the first year, validating both its flexibility and ease of use.
About itslearning, Inc.
Established in 1999, itslearning is a cloud-based K-12 learning management system designed to make teaching easier, learning more engaging, and parent involvement more effective and efficient. More than 2.5 million students, educators and parents around the world are using the media-rich learning platform to shape, support and manage a more personalized learning environment for 21st century learners.
Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, itslearning has offices in Boston, London, Birmingham, Berlin, Paris, Mulhouse, Malmo, and Enscheda. For more information, visit http://www.itslearning.net.
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