K12 Headlines

12/5/2014

12/5/2014

For the second consecutive year, Washington has the largest group of new national board certified teachers, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. A total of 946 Washington teachers achieved their certification this year, which nearly doubles last year’s first-place ranking of 516.

12/5/2014

MindPlay debuted MindPlay Teacher Companion, an online reading and professional development program designed to help teachers learn about scientifically-based reading instruction through lectures, videos and activities.

12/5/2014

WGBH launched a bilingual website and curriculum for Peep and the Big Wide World, its preschool science and math series. The new website, available in both English and Spanish, includes PEEP animated episodes, live-action videos, games, family activities and educational materials and professional development tools.

12/5/2014

Disney Publishing Worldwide unveiled Disney Imagicademy, a technology-driven learning initiative designed for families with children 3 to 8. With more than 30 app-based experiences, the integrated program focuses on fundamental educational concepts combined with Disney characters and stories.

12/5/2014

Students at Nebraska's Westside High School are using biometric fingerprinting scanners to purchase their lunches to keep others from using another’s account through a registered verification system. The software was installed to improve student account security, eliminate errors and eliminate student ID cards.

12/4/2014

12/4/2014

TabPilot Learning Systems expanded its TabPilot Tablet Manager to include iOS. The tablet management system's iOS version is now available to select schools through a limited “Early Experience Program."

12/4/2014

Follett introduced Destiny Resource Manager, a universal system that enables K12 districts to track and manage all school assets. It will monitor barcoded textbooks in addition to traditional assets such as laptops, tablets and equipment.

12/4/2014

The Total Motivation supplemental curriculum, a standards-aligned, print and online supplemental curriculum, is now available for iPads, Chromebooks, Macs and PCs.

12/4/2014

Epiphany Learning, a personalized learning software application that utilizes student-directed feedback to create Learner Profiles, was launched. The web-based program allows teachers to generate customized learning and skills paths for each student.

12/4/2014

Delaware's charter school system is resegregating the state's public schools with those serving minority students vastly under-performing those serving more affluent white students, the ACLU of Delaware and Community Legal Aid Society are arguing in a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

12/4/2014

The 2015 Smart Start school bond is a $415 million bond focused on capital improvement projects across the Oklahoma district. Plans include creating a centralized STEM center, installing permanent classroom additions, building a new school, and incorporating storm shelters into new construction at 19 schools.

12/4/2014

Officials from at least three Michigan school districts are warning parents of an app that's turned some of their students into victims of cyberbullying. After School — Funny Anonymous School News For Confessions and Compliments — is a free anonymous and private message board app.

12/4/2014

Chicago Public Schools officials unveiled new school performance ratings. Under the system, most of the district's 664 schools have been put into one of five levels, two more than used previously.

12/4/2014

Amendments to Montgomery County Public Schools’ six-year capital improvements program were approved, adding $221 million to help the school system complete 36 projects sooner to manage its current and future enrollment growth.

12/4/2014

Five bills were signed that are intended to expand vocational education in New Jersey, including requiring public colleges to set up partnerships with high schools for college-level vocational courses.

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