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Mayor-school board collaboration strengthens school governance

Collaboration between mayors and school boards—not mayoral takeovers—can lead to better school governance and student achievement, according to a report by the Center for Public Education at the National School Boards Association. The report also found that mayors can provide great benefits to public schools, enabling better integration and coordination of services for children and families.

Illinois district expands its partnership with Discovery Education

Des Plaines CSD 62 has expanded its partnership with Discovery Education to include an extensive professional development program. District 62 will work with Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps multi-year program to develop teacher leaders to actively participate in the district’s digital transition.

Sony Electronics adds new mini-dome camera model

Sony Electronics is adding a new model to its X Series line of IP mini-dome cameras. The SNC-XM631 is powered by the IPELA Engine EX signal processing system, allowing it to deliver full HD picture quality in challenging lighting conditions using Sony´s wide dynamic range technology (View-DR) and image stabilization technology.

ClassLink LaunchPad signs with 10th largest Florida district

ClassLink inked a multiyear agreement for its ClassLink LaunchPad with Brevard County Schools. The full-scale adoption will be the framework that ties together Brevard’s Learning Management System programs for over 8,500 staff and 72,000 students. The adoption will be funded through the district’s local Race to the Top allocation.

Securly debuts new student analytic software

Securly, a cloud-based provider of internet security for K12 schools, has launched Student Achievement Analytics to help school leadership use a combination of visual charts and commands to answer questions about aggregate student activity. The new offering shows how students and teachers are really using technology.

Sangari Active Science releases digital edition of middle school science program

IQWST Interactive Digital Edition (IDE) is an interactive middle school science curriculum for tablets and laptops, incorporating audio, video, graphic simulations, and writing and drawing tools into the Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology (IQWST) curriculum for grades six through eight.

Two new ASCD Arias publications address social-emotional health

ASCD released two new ASCD Arias professional development titles that address students’ emotional health in the classroom. "Handling Student Frustrations" focuses on how teachers can respond to students’ frustrations to create a productive learning environment. "Encouragement in the Classroom" offers practical classroom-tested strategies, routines and rituals for creating a supportive classroom environment.

Edvance360 debuts new learning management system

Edvance360 released its Edvance360 LMS-SN Version 7.3.2 learning management system, which includes a number of new features such a LTI-integration with e-textbook provider Vital Source, expiring enrollments reports and more.

Medford district buys 1,800 Chromebooks for new English curriculum

In Oregon, Medford's board adopted a new English language arts curriculum that included the purchase of 1,800 Dell Google Chromebooks for about $1.09 million. The hardware will be used to power the 2015 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Collections blended learning program. Students will be able to access the curriculum on the new Chromebooks in class and from other devices outside of class.

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New York district signs with Tightrope Media Systems

Binghamton School District will be using digital signage technology from Tightrope Media Systems to deliver information inside the school and over the web. Using Tightrope’s Carousel digital signage solution, the school will broadcast feeds on classroom SMART Boards and large monitors, which will also be replicated on the school’s website.