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LearnZillion releases Common Core-aligned lesson plans

More than 750 free, standards-aligned lesson plans in math and English language arts have been added to LearnZillion's offerings. The new lesson plans, designed for use on any web-connected device, were created by LearnZillion's Dream Team of teachers recruited from 42 states.

Seventh largest district adopts Follett’s Destiny Library Manager

Houston Independent School District has adopted Follett’s Destiny Library Manager for its new centralized, integrated library management solution. Destiny Library Manager will be implemented later this year throughout the 212,000-student district, which is comprised of 86 certified libraries and 282 campuses.

Capstone acquires Engage Literacy program

Capstone has acquired the assets of Engage Literacy, a comprehensive K3 literacy program, from Australian-based Hinkler Education. Engage Literacy focuses on written and oral language, including leveled readers with fiction and non-fiction texts paired by theme and level.

Future of Privacy Forum launches student privacy resource website

The Future of Privacy Forum unveiled a new resource website,, which will provide parents, school officials, policymakers and service providers access to laws, standards and guidelines to better understand student privacy issues.

New back-to-school templates offered at has a new collection of back-to-school templates available. Several student fundamentals are included in the new collection of academic templates, such as 2014-2015 school calendars and weekly planners. For teachers and administrators, gradebooks, field trip permission forms, student of the month templates and more are also included.

Spellex releases new type font for those with dyslexia

Spellex Corporation announced the DysLex font for dyslexia as the newest addition to their line of speech recognition and spell checking software for the learning disabled. Every letter in the DysLex character set is graphically designed with attributes that eliminate or greatly reduce the difficulty in character interpretation.

Sprite Kids introduces Speaktacular Sight Words

Sprite Kids launched Speaktacular Sight Words, which is available exclusively for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as an app that allows kindergarten through third grade children to use their own voices to recognize and properly pronounce words from three unique word lists critical to reading development.

Mobile County system rolls out state's first propane autogas bus fleet

The Alabama district has purchased 30 buses that will use propane autogas instead of diesel fuel. The Blue Bird Propane Vision buses, which use Rousch CleanTech autogas fuel systems, are projected to reduce the system's fuel and maintenance costs.

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ASCD offers new resources for educators

ASCD is offering a new selection of teacher and administrator resources, including the ASCD New Teacher Bundle, the Hanging In: Working with Challenging Students webinar and the ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership, among other publications and events.

LeapFrog launches new Learning Friends brand

LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. has debuted the Learning Friends brand, a new collection of friendly characters for children ages 2-5 years old. Featuring 11 animal school friends, the characters help children prepare for their first days of school through pretend play and fun dialogue.