Industry News

Outliers Publishing releases student leadership curriculum

Lesson plans and a curriculum for sixth through eighth grade teachers are available from Outliers Publishing for close reading activities from the book, Ingredients of Young Outliers: Achieving Your Most Amazing Future.

SkillsUSA debuts middle school initiative

SkillsUSA is welcoming middle-school members into the national organization for the first time starting with the current school year. Middle-school students will now be eligible to join local SkillsUSA chapters in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin.

Peachjar and ParentLink forge partnership

Districts who use Peachjar will now have the ability to use their mobile apps, powered by ParentLink, to provide streamlined eflyer distribution to parents.

New research material added to Researchomatic's collection

Researchomatic updated its theses and dissertations section with new research-based topics on more than 1000 subject areas, including medical school, economics and nature.

New Mexico approves Triumph Learning’s coach curriculum

The New Mexico Public Education Department has approved Common Core Coach for high school instruction in American literature, world literature and composition throughout the state. Developed by Triumph Learning, districts can implement the learning program for supplemental instruction and assessment beginning January 1.

Learning Sciences International partners with Des Moines Public Schools

The 5-year grant from the Wallace Foundation will be utilized by the Iowa district to improve principal effectiveness with Learning Sciences International by targeting professional development and implementation of the Marzano District Leader and School Leader Evaluation Models.

Insight Education Group launches observation and evaluation tools

Insight Education Group released two new tools as part of its cloud-based ADVANCE platform. ADVANCEcalibrate's calibration exercises with master-scored videos and ADVANCElearn's interactive e-learning for teachers work with the video-based ADVANCEfeedback observation tool.

San Juan USD implements Schoology districtwide

The California district, which has been using the Schoology Learning Management System, has purchased the enterprise version of Schoology. The new districtwide system provides additional analytics, integration with San Juan USD’s student information system, and administrative features.

Blackboard releases tablet app for teachers

Blackboard Inc. released a tablet app designed to improve faculty workflow around assignments and track student submissions. Through Bb Grader, teachers and faculty can easily track, sort and grade student assignments across multiple courses directly from their iOS tablets.

Securly launches monitoring offering for parents

Securly’s Securly for Parents offers granular reporting and real-time alerts for parents to see their kids' browsing activities. The weekly reports can help parents find out about online activities, searches, social network use and more.