CRPE To Provide Expert Analysis Of School Reopening Plans Across The Country

PR Newswire | July 02, 2020

As schools prepare for reopening in the fall, the Collaborative for Student Success and the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) are announcing a joint effort to provide expert analysis of school reopening plans across the country. Together, we are releasing a tool to highlight innovative practices in meeting the challenges presented by COVID-19 and launching a national call for experts, in and out of education circles, to review district efforts to help highlight best practices. Over the last three months, CRPE has monitored how schools are responding to the pandemic. With this research as a starting point, the new partnership aims to help educators find effective solutions. "By taking a holistic look at district response and recovery activities, we can seize an opportunity to highlight valuable solutions brought forth by local leaders against overwhelming odds," said Jim Cowen, Executive Director for the Collaborative for Student Success.

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“This unrelenting pace of growth has made student loans the second largest category of debt in the consumer credit market, second only to mortgages, a historic switch that took place in the direct aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. This almost three-fold increase in student loan debt has occurred despite total postsecondary enrollment falling by over a million students.” 2 From a bank and credit union perspective, however, the statistics could signal a market opportunity. As a percentage of total student loans, private loans peaked at 25% in 2007 and 2008, before dropping to 7% in 2010 in response to Obama-era regulatory changes.


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Parkway School District Optimizes Blended Learning Environments with PowerSchool Solutions

PowerSchool | January 15, 2022

PowerSchool, the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education, today announced that Parkway School District in Chesterfield, Missouri, utilizes PowerSchool solutions to create optimal learning environments for students. Through their partnership, Parkway Schools sees benefits from PowerSchool’s Unified Classroom® Schoology Learning and Naviance by PowerSchool solutions to support district-wide teacher collaboration and student career preparation efforts, respectively. “As a long-time Unified Classroom Schoology Learning and Naviance by PowerSchool user, both solutions have played an instrumental role in improving our in-person, distanced and hybrid learning environments,” said Bill Bass, Innovation Coordinator - Instructional Technology, Information, Library Media, and Federal Programs, Parkway School District. “Thanks to PowerSchool's dedication to interoperability and teaching and learning, we have been able to transform our work and foster more meaningful learning experiences for our students and staff. PowerSchool continues to serve as a trusted partner and resource for our district, and I look forward to working with them for years to come.” Parkway Schools cited PowerSchool’s Unified Classroom® Schoology Learning as an instrumental solution that has helped the district foster improved learning environments over the years, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. With the district’s ongoing usage of Schoology prior to school shutdowns, the district was prepared to shift from in-person to virtual classrooms in a timely and efficient manner, creating a seamless virtual (and now blended) learning environment for students and staff. Additionally, the district said Schoology’s Assessment Management Platform (AMP) enables educators to collaborate with one another to create improved question-based assessments for students. Prior to partnering with PowerSchool, the district used various learning management systems and realized the need for a comprehensive platform to manage student assessments, district curriculum, e-learning efforts and digital content. Since integrating Unified Classroom® Schoology Learning, Parkway School District has seen improvements related to personalized student instruction, teacher collaboration and student performance. The district has also used Naviance by PowerSchool, providing students self-discovery tools that help them uncover their strengths and interests to make informed decisions about their futures. “Parkway School District’s use of our Unified Classroom Schoology Learning and Naviance by PowerSchool solutions truly shows the expanded capabilities educators can have by partnering with PowerSchool. We’re proud to see the continued impact our solutions make for Parkway Schools’ educators and look forward to empowering these changemakers for years to come.” Craig Greenseid, PowerSchool Chief Revenue Officer Parkway School District is a diverse, suburban school district located in Chesterfield, Missouri. The district serves over 17,000 students across 29 campuses within the St. Louis County community. Since its founding, Parkway Schools has received several accolades within the broader St. Louis community, including a designation as a Top Workplace by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Business Health Culture Award from the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition, among others. About PowerSchool PowerSchool is the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education. 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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Elizabethtown College Exceeds Make A Deposit, Make A Difference Campaign to Provide Donations to Local Non-Profits

Elizabethtown College | March 17, 2022

Elizabethtown College has exceeded its Make A Deposit, Make A Difference campaign for the third consecutive year by reaching and surpassing its goal of 50 enrollment deposits made by accepted students over the last month. The College held its first two on-campus Accepted Student Days on February 12 and March 12 and committed to matching up to $15,000 in deposits made during that time period to donate the funds to three local community service organizations. "We are excited to welcome our new students who made the decision to become a Blue Jay and thrilled to have had them help us surpass our campaign goal to provide donations to worthy organizations, Our Make A Deposit, Make A Difference campaign resonates with our students and truly embodies the service-minded community they will join at Elizabethtown College." -Elizabethtown College Vice President for Enrollment Management John F. Champoli The College recently nearly doubled its goal, receiving 91 student deposits throughout the campaign. As a result of the campaign's success, $5,000 was presented to representatives respectively from Milagro House and Water Street Mission located in Lancaster, and Downtown Daily Bread located in Harrisburg. The effort aligns with the College's motto Educate for Service, which was adopted in 1915. Educate for Service expresses the College campus community's belief that the pursuit of knowledge is most noble when used to benefit others. More About This Year's Partnering Organizations The Milagro House offers education, housing, and supportive services for women and their children who without our program would likely be experiencing homelessness. It is the only program of its kind in the Lancaster area that has education as its foundation with the belief that it is a critical component to breaking the barriers that prevent the women we serve from obtaining a job that pays a family-sustaining wage and allows them to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their children. Water Street Mission is a faith-based, trauma-informed organization that has been working to provide restorative services to those in Lancaster County experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty since 1905. They provide a variety of services including access to emergency food and shelter, a long term residential program, medical and dental care, vocational training, resources for those with behavioral health and those battling addiction, community food distribution, an early learning center, and a center for mentoring and development for teens. Downtown Daily Bread has been a gateway to basic human services for hundreds of homeless and hungry individuals in Harrisburg for over thirty-eight years. It is the only one-stop, walk-in resource center for all hungry and homeless individuals. They offer a soup kitchen, day shelter, and a winter season night shelter for members of the Harrisburg community. About Elizabethtown College Elizabethtown College, located in southcentral Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is a private coed institution offering more than 50 health, science, engineering, political science business, communications, fine art and music, humanities, and education degrees.

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New resource to help teachers tackle domestic abuse

Education Scotland | August 18, 2020

A new resource has been developed by Education Scotland for education staff to help them understand the role they can play in tackling domestic abuse, which evidence shows increased during the COVID-19 lockdown. The Domestic abuse information for educators resource, created in partnership with Scottish Women’s Aid, outlines the nature of domestic abuse, the indicators and impact on children and young people, and how to respond to potential cases of domestic abuse. For many children and young people experiencing domestic abuse, their early learning and childcare setting, school or youth work setting may be the only place they feel safe. Even in a remote learning or blended learning context, staff can still provide lifelines to these children and young people.

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Carolina Biological Supply Company Introduces New Carolina Kits 3D® Flex for Remote Science Instruction in High School Biology and Chemistry

Carolina Biological | August 19, 2020

Leading school science supplier Carolina Biological Supply Company introduced a new product line to help high schools provide high-quality, hands-on science instruction during COVID-19 disruptions. The solution includes all the digital and physical components that individual students need to complete science investigations for the entire school year from anywhere, boxed and ready to take home. Carolina Kits 3D® Flex programs for remote learning are available now and are a full-year lab program for either high school biology or chemistry, intended to complement the classroom teacher’s curriculum and instruction. Each Flex product is a box of hands-on supplies that contains everything a student needs to complete take-home science labs and assignments from their teachers—from safety goggles to plasticware to safe, home-friendly chemicals. The program includes access to digital resources, including instructional videos and digital labs, and is also available in an all-digital Flex Digital version.

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“This unrelenting pace of growth has made student loans the second largest category of debt in the consumer credit market, second only to mortgages, a historic switch that took place in the direct aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. This almost three-fold increase in student loan debt has occurred despite total postsecondary enrollment falling by over a million students.” 2 From a bank and credit union perspective, however, the statistics could signal a market opportunity. As a percentage of total student loans, private loans peaked at 25% in 2007 and 2008, before dropping to 7% in 2010 in response to Obama-era regulatory changes.

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