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April 09, 2013

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ASCD Announces New Spring and Summer Professional Development Institutes Supporting Common Core Implementation
PBS LearningMedia and the Henry Ford Announce the 2012 Teacher Innovator Award Winners
Florida Virtual School and Shmoop Offer Students End-of-Course Help
Gale and Library Media Connection Seek Nominations for the 2013 TEAMS Award
Internet@Schools Xtra News: Call for Speakers, Internet@Schools at Internet Librarian 2013 Now Posted
Follett Releases Destiny 11.0
Discovery Education and Digital Promise Launch Future@Now: Transition to Digital Classrooms

ASCD Announces New Spring and Summer Professional Development Institutes Supporting Common Core Implementation

ASCD has announced new one-and two-day Professional Development Institutes supporting educators nationwide as they implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

The new series of one-day institutes is titled Using Formative Assessment to Meet the Demands of the Common Core and supports educators implementing the CCSS in linking formative assessments with quality instruction to deepen content knowledge. Attendees to this institute will:

  • Discover how to link classroom formative assessment practices to instructional shifts in the new standards for English language arts and mathematics.

  • Explore the ways in which assessment tasks can inform instruction.

  • Understand how to construct an error analysis tool aligned with the Common Core standards.

This series commences April 22 in Baltimore, MD, with nine sessions in cities nationwide through June 14. For more information; registration information; and a complete list of dates, locations and presenters; visit this Professional Development Institute's web page.

The new series of two-day institutes, called "Common Core and the Understanding by Design Framework: Planning Units with the End in Mind," draws on the work of popular ASCD authors Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe. These institutes focus on showing participants how to unpack the CCSS and create high-quality curricula and assessments needed to prepare students for the demands of college and the workplace. This series will help educators who want to:

  • Understand the long-term transfer goals embedded in the Common Core standards that need to work their way into daily lessons.

  • Learn how to get to the big ideas of the standards as well as discrete knowledge and skills.

  • Explore ways to teach for understanding and transfer, not just coverage of standards.

  • Get help creating authentic performance tasks and traditional assessments.

This series launches April 25–26 in Columbus, OH, with six sessions through June 20–21. For more information; registration information; and a complete list of dates, locations and presenters; visit this Professional Development Institute's web page.

For more information about ASCD's Professional Development Institutes, visit Find out more about ASCD's resources supporting the implementation of the Common Core State Standards at; engage in the conversation about the new standards on the ASCD EDge®social media network; and learn more about ASCD's other programs, products, and services or join ASCD at

Source: ASCD,

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PBS LearningMedia and the Henry Ford Announce the 2012 Teacher Innovator Award Winners

PBS LearningMedia, a free digital media service for classrooms, and The Henry Ford have announced the winners of the third-annual Teacher Innovator Awards. The Teacher Innovator Awards recognize 30 PreK-12 educators from across the country who are using digital media in new and unique ways to improve students’ learning across key subject areas.

Judges, who were previous year’s winners, selected winners from five grade level categories (PreK, K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12) and across five subject areas (arts, math, reading, science and social studies). Winners were chosen based on submissions of videos or written essays with supporting images that addressed how they are using digital media to bring lessons to life in classrooms.

The 2012 Teacher Innovator Award winners include:

First place

* Kelley Beall, Hillsborough County School District, Tampa, FL, Science/PreK (WEDU)

* Suzanne Bowman, MaST Community Charter School, Philadelphia, PA, Social Studies/Grades 6-8 (WHYY)

* Lynn Dempsey, Lexington Elementary School, Lexington, SC, Math/Grades 3-5 (South Carolina ETV)

* Jennifer Lewis, Indian Knoll Elementary School, Canton, GA, Reading/Grades 6-8 (Georgia Public Broadcasting)

* Lynn Miller, Madison-Ridgeland Academy, Madison, MS, Arts/Grades 9-12 (Mississippi Public Broadcasting)

* Jeff Pribble, Escambia High School, Pensacola, FL, Science/Grades 9-12 (WSRE)

* Mark Rogers, Meridian School, Round Rock, TX, Math/Grades 9-12 (KLRU)

* Lori Russell, Meadow Glen Elementary School, Lexington, SC, Reading/Grades K-2 (South Carolina ETV)

* Debbie Sasson, The Epstein School, Sandy Springs, GA, Social Studies/Grades 6-8 (Georgia Public Broadcasting)

* Bryan Zevotek, Carthage Middle School, Carthage, NY, Science/Grades 6-8 (WPBS)

Second place

* Radio Cremata, Aspira, Miami, FL, Arts/Grades 6-8 (WPBT)

* Jason Firestein, Cleveland Humanities Magnet, Reseda, CA, Reading/Grades 9-12 (KLCS)

* Bonnie Lasorsa, Wareham Middle School, Wareham, MA, Math/Grades 6-8 (WGBH)

* Tracey Maccia, Middlesex County Vocational & Technical Schools, East Brunswick, NJ, Science/Grades 9-12 (NJTV)

* Vickie Morrissey, The da Vinci Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, Arts/Grades 3-5 (Rocky Mountain PBS)

* James Rees, Provo High School, Provo, UT, Arts/Grades 9-12 (KBYU)

* Erin Stanfill, Burley Elementary, Chicago, IL, Social/Grades PreK (WTTW)

* Karen Waller, Timber Drive Elementary, Garner, NC, Social Studies/Grades K-2 (UNC-TV)

* Andrew Wheelock, Erie 1 BOCES / WNYRIC, West Seneca, NY, Social Studies/Grades 6-8 (WNED)

* Joshua Worthy, Sonora Elementary, Springdale, AR, Science/Grades 3-5 (AETN)

Third place

* Lee Butterfield, Goldenview Middle School, Anchorage, AK, Reading/Grades 6-8 (Alaska Public Media)

* Emile Frey, Ruston High School, Ruston, LA, Science/Grades 9-12 (Louisiana Public Broadcasting)

* Reggie Grant, Lincoln High School, Tallahassee, FL, Science/Grades 9-12 (WFSU)

* Ronda Hassig, Harmony Middle School, Overland Park, KS, Social/Grades 6-8 (KCPT)

* Andrea Hobbs, Sumter County Elementary Math, Science, and Technology Academy, Americus, GA, Social Studies/Grades 3-5 (Georgia Public Broadcasting)

* Carli McKenney, Catherine Cook School, Chicago, IL, Science/PreK (WTTW)

* Emily Molnar, Westgate Elementary School, Falls Church, VA, Reading/Grades K-2 (WETA)

* Suzanne Scotten, E.V. Cain STEM Charter Middle School, Auburn, CA, Reading/Grades 6-8 (KVIE)

* Lisa Smith, Big Pinehurst School (Home School), Asheville, NC, Arts/Grades 6-8 (UNC-TV)

* Jaime Worrall, Christa McAuliffe Middle School, Boynton Beach, FL, Math/Grades 6-8 (WXEL)

In recognition of their efforts, first place winners will receive a unique weeklong “Innovation Immersion Experience” at The Henry Ford from July 27 to August 2, 2013, a free online professional development course from PBS TeacherLine, an award plaque and a gift bag from PBS and The Henry Ford. Second place winners will receive a Promethean Acti-view Document Camera, an award pin and a gift bag from PBS and The Henry Ford. Lastly, third place winners will receive an award pin and gift bag from PBS and The Henry Ford.

Source: PBS LearningMedia,

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Florida Virtual School and Shmoop Offer Students End-of-Course Help

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) has joined forces with Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, to get kids pumped and ready for those all-important End-of-Course (EOC) assessments.

All of Shmoop’s guides are aligned to Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, Civics and U.S. History. These guides include test-specific strategies for each Florida EOC Assessment that are presented in a hilarious—yet informative—narrative.

Students can take diagnostic exams to assess their strengths, then brush up on problem areas with Shmoop’s extensive bank of practice problems. Each guide also comes with three full-length practice exams, as well as detailed answer explanations.

Students getting ready to tackle the EOCs can access Shmoop through their EOC courses and let Shmoop’s Algebra I guide explain why FOIL isn’t just something that’s wrapped over last night’s meatloaf, or check out the Biology guide to find out more about pea flowers than they ever wanted to know.

Source: Florida Virtual School,; Shmoop,

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Gale and Library Media Connection Seek Nominations for the 2013 TEAMS Award

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and Library Media Connection magazine are calling all media specialists and educators at K-12 public and private schools in the U.S. and Canada to share their collaboration success stories and submit for the 2013 TEAMS Award – Teachers and Media Specialists Influencing Student Achievement. The TEAMS Award recognizes teacher–media specialist teams in elementary, middle and high school settings for their critical collaboration to promote learning and achievement.

Examples of efforts that have been recognized include: a collaborative school-wide project involving the art, music, physical education and computer teachers; a program to improve student research skills using authenticated, credible websites; and an integrating digital curriculum with Google Docs.

The three winning teams will each receive a cash award, Gale products, a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection and the Educator's Professional Bookshelf from Linworth Publishing/Libraries Unlimited. In addition, the winners will be featured in an article in Library Media Connection. Awards will be presented at a special reception held in conjunction with this year’s American Association of School Librarians annual conference.

What: Gale/Library Media Connection 2013 TEAMS Award honoring teachers and media specialists influencing student achievement through collaboration. The nomination may be submitted by a library media specialist, teacher, principal, student or parent for work done in the 2011-12 or 2012-13 school year. There is no entry fee; however each nomination packet must include six copies of each:

· Completed submission form with appropriate attachments

· One-page letter of recommendation from school's principal or assistant principal on school letterhead

· Signed release form (available at for each person involved

· Photograph of the collaborating media specialist/teaching team

Who: All public and private K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada. Find complete submission information including entry forms and past winners online at

When: All entries must be post-marked by July 1, 2013. Winners will be announced in November 2013 at the American Association of School Librarians annual conference in Hartford, CT.

Collaboration among teachers and media specialists is critical to promote learning, increase student achievement and help students develop 21st century skills. Gale and Library Media Connection want to honor teacher–librarian teams for their hard work and dedication.

Visit or contact Kristina Massari at for more information or with questions about the award.

Source: Cengage Learning and Gale,

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Internet@Schools Xtra News: Call for Speakers, Internet@Schools at Internet Librarian 2013 Now Posted

Call for Speakers

Internet@Schools track at Internet Librarian 2013

October 28-29, 2013

Monterey, California

Deadline: April 19, 2013

The Internet@Schools track at Internet Librarian 2013 is a two-day track created especially for library media and technology specialists and other educators who are using the internet and technology in K-12 schools. Sponsored by Internet@Schools magazine, the track covers technology, tools, trends, and practical topics, and takes place during the first two days of Internet Librarian at the Monterey Conference Center in Monterey, California. That's October 28 and 29, 2013.

You Are Invited…

If you are running an innovative program through your school library or media/technology center that is helping your students learn or your colleagues teach, or if you are willing to share your practical tips, tools, or techniques about using technology and the internet in schools, we want you! Please volunteer to speak at the Internet@Schools track at Internet Librarian.

Think over your latest success stories or technology ventures, go HERE and submit your proposal today. If your proposal is chosen to be presented at Internet Librarian 2013, you will be able to register for the full conference at the special Speaker Rate of $199—a 60% discount off the full price of registration.

Thanks! We look forward to hearing from you. The deadline for proposals is April 19, so think quickly and send in your ideas! And tell your professional colleagues friends, too!

Internet@Schools track organizers

David Hoffman

Editor, Internet@Schools magazine

Carolyn Foote

Librarian, Westlake High School

Austin, Texas

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Follett Releases Destiny 11.0

Follett has announced the release of Destiny 11.0 with significant improvements to help create an interactive, digital learning environment with Follett eBooks, as well as continue to drive library efficiency.

A key feature of Destiny 11.0 addresses the improvements Follett made to its capabilities for using eBooks and mobile devices to support digital learning, including a Destiny Quest mobile app for Kindle Fire devices to further support the 21st century learner. The app currently supports users of Apple and Android devices.

Another Destiny 11.0 release highlight is Follett’s implementation of Resource Description and Access (RDA) cataloging to support the new industry standards aimed at today’s digital world. In addition, Destiny 11.0 will mark the debut of a new dashboard for Destiny Library Manager library management software. The new dashboard will provide quick access to view circulation statistics, overdue notices and hold requests in one easy-to-view, user-friendly graphical representation. Follett’s ongoing effort to support 21st century technology skills, as well as Common Core State Standards, has impressed customers who received an early look at Destiny 11.0 as part of the Follett First Look member-based program.

The release gives users new capabilities in Destiny Textbook Manager and Destiny Asset Manager including the ability to allow calculation of lost fines based on asset or item price.

Existing Destiny customers with current technical support, and who have previously upgraded to Destiny 10.5, are entitled to Destiny 11.0 at no additional cost.

Follett’s School and Library Group includes Follett Software Company, Follett Library Resources, Follett Educational Services and Follett International. With a global footprint in 110 countries, the group boasts more than 70,000 K-12 customers and helps to guide more than 35 million students toward achievement.

Source: Follett School and Library Group,

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Discovery Education and Digital Promise Launch Future@Now: Transition to Digital Classrooms

Discovery Education and Digital Promise, in conjunction with Connect2Compete, ERDI, ISTE, NCERT and other national and state-level education organizations, are launching the first inaugural Future@Now: Transition to Digital Classrooms conference that will gather both public sector and private industry thought-leaders from across the country to discuss one of the most important issues in education today - the state of digital learning. Launching a year after the FCC and DOE's Digital Textbook Playbook initiative, the goal of Future@Now – Transition to Digital Classrooms is to raise awareness about the benefits of digital learning and celebrate the successes of districts that have already deployed digital textbooks in meaningful ways in their classrooms.

Discovery Education will also be making a special announcement at the conference that will impact students and educators across the county.

Speakers and participants include:

· Congressman George Miller, U.S. House of Representatives member, Senior Democrat of the House Education and Workforce Committee and author of the “Transforming Education through Technology Act”

· Dr. Mark Edwards, AASA Superintendent of the Year, Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools member and Superintendent of Mooresville Graded School District

· Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent and recipient of the Broad Prize in Urban Education

· Mary Moss Wirt, 3rd grade student in the Wake County Public School System and digital learner

· Sara Schapiro, Director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools

· Bill Goodwyn, President & CEO, Discovery Education

· Zach Leverenz, CEO, Connect2Compete

· Holly Jobe, President, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

· Senior policy-makers, educational thought leaders, superintendents, CAOs and CFOs who will offer exclusive insight into digital learning and the strategies for its effective implementation

The event takes place Thursday, April 11 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Discovery Communications’ International Headquarters, 1 Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD. It will also be streamed as a live webcast, so if you are unable to attend in person, go to and register right away!

Digital Promise is an independent, bipartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered by Congress to spur innovation in education. Through its work with educators, technologists, researchers, and leading thinkers, Digital Promise supports comprehensive research and development to improve all levels of education and provide Americans with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global economy. One of its flagship initiatives, the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, is a national coalition of public school districts committed to digital innovation that delivers results for students. The League of Innovative Schools is made up of 32 school districts and education groups in 21 states, that collectively serve more than 2.5 million students.

Source: Discovery Education,

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