Industry News

North Carolina district signs on-call deal with Timmons Group

Timmons Group’s Raleigh Survey Group signed an on-call survey engineering contract with Wake County Public Schools System. As the second largest school system in North Carolina, Wake County hired Timmons Group’s Professional Land Surveyors to provide multiple surveying services.

Esri pledges $1 billion in STEM software to ConnectED Initiative

Esri, a geographic information system software developer, is teaming up with Amazon Web Services and the ConnectED government education program to provide a grant to make its advanced mapping software available for free to the more than 100,000 K12 schools. The contribution value exceeds $1 billion.

TESOL releases new Common Core resources for teachers of English learners

TESOL International Association, a professional association committed to promoting excellence in English-language teaching, has released resources to help teachers of English learners address the Common Core State Standards. The resources include books, papers and a webinar.

Ashley Judd to be new ISTE opening keynote

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) announced that actor and global humanitarian, Ashley Judd, will give the opening keynote at ISTE 2014. Actor America Ferrera, previously scheduled to speak, is unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict. Part idea incubator and part collaborative workspace, the ISTE annual conference, to be held June 28 – July 1 in Atlanta.

MIND Research Institute names co-founder Matthew Peterson as CEO

MIND Research Institute’s board of directors named Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., its new CEO. Ted Smith is retiring as CEO and chairman. He will remain chairman until a new one is elected, and then continue as a member of the board. Peterson co-founded the nonprofit in 1998, along with Gordon Shaw, Ph.D., and Mark Bodner, Ph.D.

New alliance between SunGard K-12 Education and Schoology

SunGard K-12 Education has selected Schoology as its learning management solutions provider. The alliance pairs eSchoolPLUS’s Teacher Access Center with Schoology’s platform for managing instruction, communication and collaboration to enable teachers to manage their classroom and student learning experience in one tool.

MindPlay launches web-based reading program

MindPlay, Inc. introduced a new upgraded version of its reading curriculum for grades K12, MindPlay Virtual Reading Coach (MVRC). All stories within the web-based MVRC are also now assigned Lexile ratings by MetaMetrics.

Alma offers new messaging features and emergency notifications

Alma, a K12 school management system, has added new messaging features and emergency notification capabilities that allow administrators, teachers, parents, and students to connect.

Lions Club helps schools rebuild with sound investment after tornado

When an EF5 tornado swept through Moore, Okla., last year, the storm leveled two elementary schools: Briarwood and Plaza Towers. Now the Lions of Oklahoma are helping the schools rebuild. They recently replaced all of Lightspeed Technologies' Redcat classroom audio systems both schools had before the storm.

Frenship ISD leads HB5 preparedness with iCEV implementation

CEV Multimedia and Frenship Independent School District (FISD) announced a pilot program that assists the district's preparation for Texas House Bill 5. Counselors and educators at FISD will use iCEV, an online platform that produces and delivers comprehensive educational content, to guide students through the new process of choosing endorsement areas of study.