Industry News

BallistiCrete passes extreme military-level testing for schools

A plaster-type finish to go over walls to bulletproof homes, schools or offices has been developed by GigaCrete Inc. The finish can help create safe rooms and bullet resistant walls for schools or any other building where ballistic protection may be needed. The company has just passed official ballistic tests proving it can stop five rounds of AK47 bullets.

Dynamic Path offers teachers a Praxis II study guide

Dynamic Path released its Praxis II PLT K-6 study questions, which include 200 review problems to test and strengthen the skills professional educators need for the Praxis II PLT K-6 exam.

ASCD launches educator effectiveness regional institutes

A series of new ASCD Educator Effectiveness Institutes will be held on multiple dates in cities throughout the United States. In addition to the traditional one- or two-day institutes, ASCD is also offering a flipped learning institute. The institutes cover diverse topics, ranging from differentiated instruction to turning high-poverty schools into high-performing schools.

PublicSchoolWORKS selected as approved suicide prevention training program in Wyo.

The Wyoming Department of Education has named PublicSchoolWORKS as an approved provider of training on suicide prevention fundamentals and core competencies for all staff in school districts. Beginning with this school year, Wyoming educators are required to receive a minimum of two hours of suicide prevention training each year to maintain their state teaching licenses.

Iowa school system incorporates Awareity's prevention platform

Nodaway Valley CSD is implementing Awareity’s TIPS (Threat assessment, Incident management & Prevention Services) prevention platform to help improve school communications, raise awareness and improve student safety. TIPS is a solution that equips students, teachers, staff, parents and community members to anonymously report bullying, weapons, abuse and other concerning behaviors.

InfoSnap partners with Software Answers on enhanced online student registration

InfoSnap, Inc. inked a strategic partnership with Software Answers, Inc. to develop a web-based classroom and student management solution, the ProgressBook Suite. This collaboration will offer customers a customized integration between InfoSnap online enrollment and registration and ProgressBook Suite.

New partnership between intelliVOL and AdmitHub

As part of a new agreement between x2VOL by intelliVOL and AdmitHub, students will be able to manage and track the hours they give to community service. This new partnership with AdmitHub will explore several options for x2VOL users to benefit from AdmitHub’s college admissions support.

Discovery Education partners to launch program to fight childhood obesity

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and Discovery Education are launching the Together Counts program. The program is a comprehensive initiative designed to positively impact students to live active and healthy lives, and to understand key concepts of balancing food intake with exercise for energy balance.

Pros and cons of school uniforms from, a nonpartisan research organization devoted to critical thinking on controversial topics, debuted a new website, The resource site delves into the pros and cons of mandatory school uniforms using the latest studies, perspectives and research.

Kaspersky Lab partners with LifeJourney

Kaspersky Lab announced its partnership with LifeJourney, an online experience that empowers students to test-drive future career opportunities in STEM. Under the partnership, Kaspersky Lab will sponsor a total of 120 schools.