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January, 2015

Scott Drossos, Senior Vice President, McGraw-Hill Education Digital Partnerships

December, 2014

The New Lenox School District 122 serves 5,400 pre-K through grade 8 students in 12 schools, and is located about 30 miles outside Chicago. The district has been noted for its high levels of achievement, with an average of 85 percent of students meeting or exceeding the Illinois Learning Standards in each of the last nine years.

December, 2014

The innovative new facilities, unique classroom design and 1-to-1 technology program at Bridgeport Public Schools integrate to transform learning at the system level. Google Apps for Education are used by all staff and students, and 11,000 Chromebooks have been given to grades 7 through 12 and some lower grades.

December, 2014

The state of Alabama has made a bold move toward ensuring that all students are college- and career-ready by the time they graduate high school. The state department of education has recently announced implementation of the ACT Aspire assessment system statewide for all students in grades 3-8, as part of a comprehensive effort to overhaul the state’s education system.

December, 2014

Last year, the leadership at West Bloomfield Schools in Michigan was at a turning point in its student technology initiative, recalls assistant chief technology officer Paul Spoor. Having committed to introducing greater digital resources to its curriculum, as well as strategies such as blended learning and flipped classrooms, the district needed a cost-effective solution to get computers in the hands of its 6,600 students.

December, 2014

According to recent U.S. Department of Education and Washington Post data, millions of students are struggling with reading and math. Intervention curricula have had measured, but limited, success in accelerating achievement.

December, 2014

When Superintendent Jacqueline M. Horejs arrived at Union School District in San Jose, Calif. in 2006, district enrollment was on a downward spiral. Soon, however, the numbers started climbing. Along with 1,000 new students came a demand for quality before- and after-school childcare for the growing K8 district. Horejs had to look no further than her district’s own Guadalupe Elementary School, which had been using Champions’ before- and after-school programs since 1997.

December, 2014

For the 21,000 students of Federal Way Public Schools near Seattle, the goal of the district’s administrators is to involve as much interactive technology in learning as possible. “With the Common Core State Standards and national science standards, there’s a lot going on right now that’s new for us to address,” says Dawn Moye, blended learning manager. “A Race to the Top grant also is pushing us to increase math proficiency.”

December, 2014

As increasing STEM teaching and learning continue to be goals of many districts, administrators are looking for tools that help encourage more students to pursue future careers in these fields. One of these tools is 3D printing, which enhances the capacity of true science experimentation and mathematical analysis in an engineering environment to support student learning.

December, 2014

A collaboration between educators and a national software-and-services company-one that emphasizes the relationship between school attendance and lifelong achievement-is helping turn a Sacramento school district into a real-time lab for getting parents, principals and students on the same bluebook page.

November, 2014

With FCC changes to the E-rate program, districts can increase spending on Wi-Fi connectivity. The ability to purchase managed Wi-Fi is another recent change. This web seminar, originally broadcast on September 17, 2014, featured an industry expert, as well as two district technology directors, who discussed key considerations for technology planning around the new Wi-Fi E-rate regulations.

November, 2014

At one large suburban school system in Westchester County, New York, an online assessment tool first used to comply with state law is now the foundation for a district-wide technology program that’s preparing students for life beyond their school days.

November, 2014

At the Momentous School in Dallas, a program powered by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, all students are instructed through a variety of brain-compatible approaches and given learning opportunities that are built upon caring, respectful relationships. The school serves 248 students from age 3 through fifth grade, 87 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch. Students are tracked for success all the way through college graduation.

November, 2014

Today’s students must be able to use digital tools as they develop critical thinking, problem solving and other 21st century skills. Administrators are tasked with the challenge of selecting the right technology resources that incorporate the development of these skills into the classroom.

November, 2014

Middle school is a time of development, discovery and transition for students, as well as an exciting and powerful time for math education. Math starts to get more complex, and students must build connections between content.

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