Curriculum Associates Updates i-Ready® to Meet Educators' Needs during School Closures and Beyond

prnewswire | June 04, 2020

Curriculum Associates recently added new features to i-Ready to meet emerging educator needs during school closures and beyond. These features include a new instructional report for educators as well as new reading comprehension lessons for middle school students. Today, the award-winning i-Ready program serves over eight million users nationwide and approximately 25 percent of all K–8 students across all 50 states."We are always listening to our educators and working to improve our programs to meet their evolving needs, especially in challenging times like these with extended school closures," said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates.

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Micro-learning. It’s what many people in the L&D space are talking about. Small chunks or nuggets (appetizers) of training delivered on-demand or as part of a comprehensive training program have revealed significant benefits for both learners and organizations. But are these appetizers alone enough to fill the learner with the knowledge they need? Do you want off-the-shelf content or do you need it customized to your organization’s needs? How will you deliver it?

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Micro-learning. It’s what many people in the L&D space are talking about. Small chunks or nuggets (appetizers) of training delivered on-demand or as part of a comprehensive training program have revealed significant benefits for both learners and organizations. But are these appetizers alone enough to fill the learner with the knowledge they need? Do you want off-the-shelf content or do you need it customized to your organization’s needs? How will you deliver it?

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SimpliLearn to Launch Free Digital Skilling Programs in Commonwealth Countries

The Tandym Group | June 28, 2022

A global provider of digital skills training, Simplilearn, recently established a partnership with the Commonwealth nations to offer free digital upskilling courses to students. 10,000 students will have free access to Simplilearn's $5 million in digital upskilling programs. Through the collaboration, Simplilearn's classes will assist students in the Caribbean, Africa, and Pacific to upgrade their knowledge of the digital economy, and each graduate will receive a certificate of completion. To provide upskilling opportunities to as many learners as possible, Simplilearn has previously cooperated with Government bodies of several nations in their national digital skilling programmes. "The world is becoming increasingly digitized, and hence there is a massive demand for professionals to upskill themselves in the latest digital skills to flourish in the field. Simplilearn through its SkillUp platform will provide free programs to 10,000 learners in the regions ofCaribbean, African and Pacific. We see this as an opportunity to extend our support to the Commonwealth countries by improving access to high-quality upskilling in the region. We look forward to working with them towards boosting the prosperity of the nations." - Mr.Krishna Kumar, Founder & CEO, Simplilearn The need for youth skilling was also identified, and Mr. Krishna Kumar thanked the Commonwealth Secretary General for her leadership in identifying youth as a crucial resource for the Commonwealth countries as part of their ongoing collaborative action research with Cambridge University's Center for Resilience and Sustainable Development. Simplilearn previously collaborated with nations including Saudi Arabia, Oman, South Africa, Lebanon, Jordan, and Singapore for boot camps on technology, artificial intelligence, and data. More than half of Simplilearn's revenue comes from its international activities. Today, Simplilearn has assisted more than one million professionals in 150 countries in upskilling and preparing for the digital future. Simplilearn has maintained its leadership position in the field of digital skilling for learners, corporations, and companies. To offer digital skills training programs, the company has teamed with a number of IT powerhouses in foreign countries, including Deviare in South Africa, Gulf Business Machines in the Middle East, and the ILX Group in the United Kingdom, among others.

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Skyward Helps Districts Leverage Edtech as Digital Transformation Accelerates

Skyward | September 30, 2021

As district leaders have accelerated their reliance on technology and digital skills, it has become clear that some of the strategies and tools put in place during the last 18 months will remain in the post-COVID-19 education world. For many school districts, leveraging their use of existing technology allowed them to make digital transformation a much less stressful experience. One such district, Consolidated High School District 230 (D230) in Illinois, integrated their SIS (Skyward) with their LMS (Canvas) to help them transition to a successful virtual learning environment. While D230 already had plans in place for eLearning to be used for inclement weather days prior to the pandemic, the district had to speed up their plans when the pandemic hit. Luckily, the district's SIS easily integrates with many third-party solutions, so they were able to get their virtual learning environment up and running quickly. "The integration [of Skyward] with Canvas has made it much easier to manage changes with courses, teachers, student rosters, team teaching, and more," stated John Connolly, chief technology officer at the district. "Our teachers especially love the gradebook passback feature." Another district in Texas, Grand Prairie Independent School District, used Skyward to offer online enrollment amid the pandemic. With a student count of over 29,000, Grand Prairie ISD needed a way to enroll all students without in-person visits. Enter Skyward's New Student Online Enrollment (NSOE). According to Bill Young, the district's director of student information systems, implementing the NSOE feature created convenience and peace of mind for both district administrators and district families. "NSOE has been a great way to receive information from parents, process the information to get students enrolled, and communicate back to the parents, all with no face-to-face contact," said Young. Finally, Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township in Indiana, used Skyward to move their parent-teacher conferences online. The results surpassed expectations, with one elementary school reporting 100% participation. "A silver lining to all the negatives of the pandemic is the move of parent-teacher conferences online," said chief operations and technology officer at the district, Pete Just. "Our participation is through the roof and teachers and parents are connecting to help students in ways they never had before. Engaging the adult in the student's life is key to student success. I think online parent teacher conferences are here to stay and that's a great thing!" For D230, Grand Prairie ISD, MSD Wayne Township, and thousands of other districts around the nation, COVID-19 caused a quick pivot to remote learning with a heavier reliance on their edtech. By using Skyward in creative and innovative ways, these three districts thrived. The pandemic created a rapid acceleration in districts' move to digital solutions,For districts, leveraging edtech they already own allows them to shift to a digital environment, without having to invest in additional software or learn new tools. Ray Ackerlund, president of Skyward. While it is impossible to know what the coming years of education will look like, these examples show how districts are using their edtech to stay future-ready as they anticipate what may happen next. About Skyward Skyward's school administrative software solutions are used by more than 2,000 public sector organizations worldwide, from small entities to statewide implementations. Since 1980, Skyward has remained committed to a better experience for every user.

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South American Education Program Expands Utilization of PowerSchool Solutions to Nearly 1 Million Uruguayan Students

PowerSchool | February 19, 2022

PowerSchool, the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education in North America, today announced that Plan Ceibal, Uruguay's ambitious 1-to-1 instruction program, has expanded its utilization of PowerSchool Unified Classroom® Schoology Learning as its primary learning management system to now serve 800,000 students countrywide. Through Schoology Learning, Plan Ceibal has seen improvements in creating more tailored curriculums, student-teacher collaboration, and facilitating instruction through blended learning environments. “PowerSchool’s Schoology Learning has played a key part in helping Plan Ceibal's mission to ensure Uruguayan educators and students have access to education technology,” said Mauro Carballo, Manager of Educational Technologies, Plan Ceibal. “PowerSchool’s implementation team has been with us each step of the way for nearly a decade, and their passion toward providing intuitive software solutions for schools around the world is the reason we continue to invest in this reliable education technology platform.” Since 2014, Plan Ceibal has utilized Schoology Learning to enhance regular instruction and student-teacher engagement, which has proven to be especially impactful throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the initial challenges schools around the world faced when quickly pivoting to online instruction in 2020, Plan Ceibal was prepared for the rapid shift thanks to Schoology Learning, which resulted in over 93% of students and 94% of teachers in Uruguay utilizing the platform that year. Since then, more than 800,000 students and 45,000 teachers within the Plan Ceibal program are now regular Schoology Learning users. “Plan Ceibal’s utilization of Schoology Learning is a true example of the expanded capabilities school systems can benefit from by implementing this type of software into regular instruction. We’re proud to be long-time supporters of Plan Ceibal and their mission toward providing more technology access to Uruguayan students and educators. Plan Ceibal’s mission is a strong testament to the positive impact education can bring to communities around the world; we can’t wait to see what they do next.” Maulik Datanwala, PowerSchool Chief Operating Officer Founded in 2007, Plan Ceibal is a Uruguayan initiative dedicated toward creating more equitable solutions for students by supporting Uruguayan educational policies with technology. Since its implementation, the program has evolved to ensure every child who enters the public education system in any part of the country has access to a computer for personal use with free internet connection at school. Additionally, Plan Ceibal has grown to provide an expanded array of educational programs and resources for both Uruguayan educators and students, including training courses to enhance methods of teaching and learning. About PowerSchool PowerSchool is the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education in North America. Its mission is to power the education ecosystem with unified technology that helps educators and students realize their full potential, in their way. PowerSchool connects students, teachers, administrators, and parents, with the shared goal of improving student outcomes. From the office to the classroom to the home, it helps schools and districts efficiently manage state reporting and related compliance, special education, finance, human resources, talent, registration, attendance, funding, learning, instruction, grading, assessments and analytics in one unified platform. PowerSchool supports over 45 million students globally and more than 13,000 customers, including over 90 of the top 100 districts by student enrollment in the United States, and sells solutions in over 90 countries.

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