Savva Learning Enriches myView Literacy Program with New and Improved Resources

Savvas Learning Company | June 02, 2022

Pioneer of next gen digital solutions provider for K-12 learners and educators, Savvas Learning Company announced a new addition to its K-5 curriculum called myView Literacy. The program will now consist of a brand new interactive program that is based on the modern Science of Reading research and enabled students to build reading comprehension.

"The ability to read, and read well, is critical for all aspects of life, yet so many students struggle with literacy proficiency, especially given the challenges of pandemic-related disruptions in education. At Savvas, we are committed to developing literacy solutions that provide teachers with engaging literature and targeted instruction, helping to ensure that all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential."

- Bethlam Forsa, CEO of Savvas Learning Company

MyView enables teachers with the resources they need to inspire the love of reading. It also helps them improve their writing abilities and provides young writers the assistance they need to succeed.

"What I appreciate about teaching with myView Literacy is that the lessons are detailed and organized, and provide the right amount of guidance and examples for how to teach the concept. My students love nonfiction text and learning about real people in history. With the units in myView Literacy grouped by genre type — and an equal amount of nonfiction and fiction within the materials — my students can identify the characteristics of each genre more than they could ever before. The stories are so engaging, and my students have enjoyed every story that we have read this year. They can't wait to see what we are going to read this week!"

- Cindy Ventresca, a first-grade teacher at Gayman Elementary School, Central Bucks


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RDFZ Xishan School Taps PowerSchool Solutions to Digitize Core Administrative and Enrollment Responsibilities

PowerSchool | November 02, 2022

PowerSchool today announced RDFZ Xishan School (RDFZ) in Beijing, China has selected PowerSchool Unified Operations Student Information System (SIS) and Enrollment systems to strengthen equitable instruction, learning opportunities, and enrollment efforts for students and staff. Since integrating both platforms into their technology stack, RDFZ has been able to securely manage scheduling, attendance, grading, calendaring, enrollment, and other core functions through one unified solution. “PowerSchool SIS and Enrollment have helped us decrease our overall time spent on administrative tasks, which has given us the ability to focus more on fostering better learning opportunities for our students,” said Tony Fiorentino, Center Academic Principal, RDFZ Xishan School. Further, we are very pleased with PowerSchool’s implementation team and their ongoing support to ensure our systems continue to run smoothly. Based on our overall positive experience with PowerSchool, we’re excited to continue using their solutions moving forward. Through PowerSchool SIS’s all-in-one platform, RDFZ has benefitted from the platform’s ability to improve parent-student-teacher communications, staff collaboration, and reporting. Similarly, Enrollment has provided RDFZ with a unified interface to manage enrollment data and improve enrollment forecasting for better resource allocation. Additionally, along with helping decrease overall time spent on administrative tasks, RDFZ says using PowerSchool SIS and Enrollment has allowed them to reduce their reliance on outside services to manage their administrative functions. “RDFZ Xishan School’s selection of PowerSchool SIS and Enrollment is an example of the continued commitment they’ve demonstrated toward ensuring their information is organized and well-maintained, within a secure system, We’re proud our solutions have already helped RDFZ create more operational efficiencies going into this academic year, and are excited PowerSchool will help empower their staff and students to excel in the classroom.” Craig Greenseid, PowerSchool Chief Revenue Officer. Established in 2009, RDFZ Xishan School is a public boarding school located in Beijing. It is a satellite school to the high school affiliated with Renmin University of China. Through international projects and collaborative learning with global sister schools, RDFZ provides students with 21st century skills on a cross-cultural platform transcending geographical borders. 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 15,000 customers, including more than 90 of the top 100 districts by student enrollment in the United States, and sells solutions in more than 90 countries.

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Connect For Education, Inc. Announces the 'Online Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer' Initiative

Connect for Education, Inc. (C4E) | October 06, 2022

Connect for Education, Inc. (C4E), a leading provider of online learning technologies, is proud to announce its partnership with American River College, Sacramento, CA (ARC) that will provide students with a curriculum path to obtain an Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer degree (AA-T) that will transfer to any state university and admit them as a Junior. This new partnership provides students the opportunity to take some or all of their courses through C4E's digital platforms. The courses include four semesters of Music Theory and Musicianship (I-IV), Applied Music (including one-on-one mentor sessions), and Performance Ensembles. By completing this set of 21 - 24 music units, along with 36 – 39 additional units of general electives, students will earn a total of 60 credit hours that will automatically transfer to their new state institution. "The program is unique in that it offers unparalleled flexibility for students in how they choose to take their courses. This platform is the ultimate implementation of 20+ years' worth of instructional design and development experience. The Music Theory and ear training courses have been meticulously designed to provide a solid foundation for music students. The Applied Music courses come complete with four semesters of specialized curricula for a variety of instruments and voice. Students can record themselves for peer review and take synchronous lessons with a well-qualified, seasoned instructor. It even includes a jury component whereby performances are judged by a panel at the end of the semester. The Ensemble Course provides collaboration opportunities for instrumentalists and vocalists that otherwise might not be available to them and all at a low cost per-student with equitable access for everyone." Dr. Carlos Maldonado, Chief Learning Architect and co-founder of C4E The initial stages of the program are currently being piloted this fall semester at ARC and more advanced courses will be added in subsequent semesters. While the initial courses were tailored to ARC's specifications, they are customizable for the specific curriculum of any community college and can be implemented immediately. C4E will be expanding the program across community colleges in California as well as other states. The program expansion will unlock possibilities for students to attend four-year institutions in cost-effective blended learning manner, while obtaining the foundations of music through C4E's transformative platforms. About Connect For Education Connect For Education Inc. (C4E) is an education technology company serving both academic and professional clients since 2001. C4E offers an extensive catalog of configurable online academic courses adopted at over 400 educational institutions annually. C4E enables personalized digital learning experiences powered in C4E's proprietary Learning Management System (LMS) – C4E Link – along with active learning tools. Like C4E Bridge, C4E Link is one of a variety of proprietary learning platforms that enables integration into multiple major LMSs via Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI). In addition to serving the academic market, C4E designs, develops, publishes, hosts, interactive online courses for US government agencies, corporations, and nonprofit organizations to enhance training, continuing education, and Executive and Professional Education programs.

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Nord Anglia Education launches ninth international teacher recruitment fair

Nord Anglia Education | November 16, 2022

Leading premium international schools provider Nord Anglia Education has announced its upcoming global teacher recruitment fair, attracting the world's best teaching talent for 81 schools across 32 countries. First launched in 2014, Nord Anglia's annual teacher recruitment event, called Outstanding Teachers for Outstanding Schools, is now in its ninth year. The first virtual event this year will be hosted virtually on 30th November 2022 at 10am GMT / 6pm CST, with additional dates in December, January, and February. Each year, thousands of talented educators around the world join to get to know more about Nord Anglia's values and group-wide education philosophy. The fair also provides a virtual networking opportunity for candidates to meet with future peers and school leaders, ask questions, and gain in-depth insight into the Nord Anglia difference in education. Candidates interested in their first, or next, role in international education are encouraged to apply for hundreds of teaching roles from Nord Anglia's careers website. What does it mean to work at a Nord Anglia school? Across 2022 so far, Nord Anglia has welcomed another four schools to its global family, growing to 81 schools across the Americas, China, Europe, India, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Nurturing talent is at the heart of Nord Anglia's unique approach to outstanding teaching and learning across its schools. Its renowned professional development programme includes unparalleled opportunities for teachers to benefit from the best in educational approaches, skills, training, and research, including: Continuous learning and development via Nord Anglia University, a bespoke online learning platform with thousands of learning resources for teachers. Nord Anglia University encourages teachers to connect and collaborate with their peers across 81 schools to enrich their international teaching careers. Career pathway opportunities by developing key leadership and management skills through Nord Anglia's Middle Leadership Programme and Senior Leadership Programme. Collaborations with world-leading organisations, including MIT, UNICEF, and The Juilliard School to create engaging learning experiences for students both in and outside the classroom. Unique opportunities to earn an Executive Master's in International Education at King's College London. Developed in collaboration with Nord Anglia, the part-time master's programme develops participants' understanding of effective school leadership in an international education environment. Regular opportunities to move into other exciting roles at one of Nord Anglia's other schools worldwide. "Our schools attract and develop the world's best teaching talent in part thanks to our outstanding professional development opportunities and our global network, which allows for true collaboration and sharing of best practice worldwide. Like our students, we want our teachers to achieve more than they ever imagined possible and to build their careers with us." Dr Elise Ecoff, Group Director of Education, Nord Anglia Education

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WestEd to Study Impact of Online Math Learning Program on Student Outcomes

WestEd | September 08, 2022

WestEd, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency, along with co-principal investigators from Age of Learning®, the leading education technology innovator and creator of the ABCmouse® online learning program, today announced that WestEd was awarded a research grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to evaluate the effectiveness of My Math Academy, Age of Learning’s adaptive math mastery program. The study is part of an IES initiative that funds research to explore, develop, evaluate, and measure instructional strategies and materials for improving students’ STEM learning. It represents the largest, most comprehensive independent study of My Math Academy to date. The IES grant to study My Math Academy is one of only a few issued by IES to researchers evaluating learning programs developed by private education technology companies. This grant will support further collaboration between WestEd and Age of Learning and will extend previous studies in 2017 and 2019, which found that My Math Academy accelerated children’s mathematics skills and fostered greater engagement in their math learning. “This is a critical moment in education as school leaders and teachers seek solutions that help young learners build their mathematics skills in the early grades and continue to recoup learning loss from the pandemic,This grant provides a unique opportunity to conduct a large-scale, rigorous design study of My Math Academy in elementary schools that will gather efficacy data on the program, giving educators increased knowledge of how students learn, how teachers can advance that learning, and the available programs that can accelerate this development.” Steve Schneider, WestEd Senior Director of STEM Research and Entrepreneurship. “We take a research-driven approach to developing our programs and have already amassed a significant body of evidence showing the effectiveness of My Math Academy in improving learning outcomes while fostering a love for math learning,” said Sunil Gunderia, Chief Innovation Officer at Age of Learning. “Across the country, school district leaders are prioritizing the need for solutions that improve student learning outcomes in math while equipping students and teachers alike with tools that are fun, dynamic, personalized, and effective, and this study with WestEd will give us a greater opportunity to show that My Math Academy is delivering significant learning gains for all students.” The new study is an opportunity to further examine the efficacy of My Math Academy at a larger scale, with leading researchers analyzing and measuring data from kindergarten and first-grade classrooms across dozens of districts using the program over two school years. Classrooms will be randomly assigned into “treatment” and “control” groups so researchers can adequately measure the use of My Math Academy programs and educator-supporting materials under routine school conditions. Researchers will also be able to understand the effect of having students use My Math Academy for more than one school year, and a final report is expected in spring 2026. My Math Academy has already been successfully implemented by school districts across the country. It meets the highest level of evidence standards under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Tier 1, Strong Evidence, as well as all ESSER and Title I funding requirements. Earlier studies have found that My Math Academy improved learning outcomes in kindergarten and first-grade mathematics. One recently published study found that 98 percent of pre-K students in a Title I District who used My Math Academy reached the highest benchmark in math. About WestEd WestEd is a nonpartisan, nonprofit agency that provides a range of services—research and evaluation, professional learning, technical assistance, and policy guidance—for education and other communities. Working to promote success for every learner is WestEd’s main goal, and a steadfast commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is central to that work. To learn more, visit WestEd.org and subscribe to the agency’s E-Bulletin to receive updates about professional development, award-winning research, career opportunities, and more. About Age of Learning Age of Learning® is the leading education technology innovator, creating engaging and effective learning resources to help children build a strong foundation for academic success and a lifelong love of learning. Based in Los Angeles, the company is Bringing Learning to Life® by blending educational expertise, innovative technology, and insightful creativity. Age of Learning’s flagship product, ABCmouse.com® Early Learning Academy, is a comprehensive curriculum for children ages 2 to 8. In 2019, the company launched Adventure Academy™, the first AAA educational massively multiplayer online game (MMO), serving elementary- and middle-school-age children with thousands of Learning Activities in a fun and safe virtual world. In 2020, Age of Learning released My Math Academy® for schools, an adaptive, personalized program that helps students master foundational math concepts. My Reading Academy™, launched in 2022, helps young learners master reading and build a foundation for reading comprehension and fluency by featuring digital books, activities, and videos. The company is expanding globally, beginning with its English language learning program ABCmouse English.

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