Posted Apr. 27, 2016
Octorara Primary Learning Center adopts social curriculum and humanoid robot, decreases transition time and promotes generalization in interactions
DALLAS (April 27, 2016) – As Autism Awareness Month comes to a close, RoboKind, the world leader in social robotics, continues to improve social understanding among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As of 2016, the CDC reports only 43 percent of children with ASD receive developmental evaluations by age three. To further emphasize early intervention, Octorara Primary Learning Center (PLC) has implemented the Robots4Autism curriculum with accompanying humanoid robot named Milo.
“The scope of available lessons in Robots4Autism gives students the opportunity to practice critical skills, like making introductions and greetings, initiating conversation and identifying expressions,” said Amy Fichter, an autism training and consultation (TaC) provider with the Chester County Intermediate Unit in Pennsylvania.
To read the full news release, click here. To learn how Octorara PLC adopted Robots4Autism, click here.
Posted Apr. 19, 2016
LUBBOCK, Texas (April 19, 2016) – To thrive in today’s modern, competitive workplace and postsecondary environments, students must learn and retain core technology and business skills. No longer a “nice to have,” employers and higher education providers expect these skills. To that end, CEV Multimedia has partnered with Express Employment Professionals on two certifications that help high school students prepare for college and career.
The Career Preparedness Certification equips students with the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace or postsecondary education. The certification addresses major topics, including higher learning, the job-seeking process, financial literacy, workplace etiquette and the Microsoft® Office Suite. Students complete 23 modules and a 100-question final exam to earn the certification.
Through the Business Office Technology Certification, students gain a solid understanding of current and emerging technologies in today’s workplace. The certification addresses topics such as computers, operating systems and networking, telecommunications, business documents, Web and business ethics, and the Microsoft® Office Suite. Fifteen modules and a 100-question exam prepare students for the modern workplace.
To read the full release, click here.
Posted Apr. 13, 2016
Cincinnati, Ohio (April 13, 2016) - Effective training for all school staff is critical to the success of students with special needs. With more than 60 percent of students ages 6 through 21 served under IDEA, Part B, being educated in general education classrooms 80 percent or more to their day, it’s become more important than ever for district administrators to provide their teachers and staff with professional development opportunities in special needs. To assist administrators in this regard, Scenario Learning (@exceptionalPD) announces the addition of a new training management system to its Exceptional Child Online Professional Development System. Exceptional Child will be demonstrated at the CEC Special Education Convention in St. Louis.
Posted Apr. 12, 2016
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (April 12, 2016) – Skyward, a K-12 school administrative software provider, is excited to further its partnership with Duncanville Independent School District. Located southwest of Dallas, the district of 13,075 students adopted Skyward’s School Business Suite in January 2015 and recently transitioned to the company’s Student Management Suite, after a rocky experience with its former SIS vendor.
Kyle Berger, CTO at Duncanville ISD, described challenges the district faced with its previous SIS and how the needed transition came about. “Over time, as with many products, we had to make internal adaptations to issues within the software,” Berger said. “As we started to look to the future in regards to more robust offerings and interoperability, we began to see issues emerge.”
To read the full news release, click here.
Posted Apr. 11, 2016
WASHINGTON (April 11, 2016) MobyMax, the most widely adopted personalized learning curriculum in the United States, today announced that MobyMax Cognitive Skill Science was named a finalist for the 2016 SIIA CODiE Awards in the Best Science Instructional Solution category. The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries and have been recognizing product excellence for over 30 years. The awards offer 91 categories that are organized by industry focus of education technology and business technology.
To read the full news release, click here.
Posted Apr. 07, 2016
Stevens Point-based company’s new facility offers employee-friendly amenities and room to grow
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (April 7, 2016) – Skyward has completed a highly anticipated move to its new world headquarters facility in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Employees of the innovative technology firm finished moving to the new corporate office last week. Now located at 2601 Skyward Drive, the state-of-the-art 190,356 square-foot building holds 395 of the company’s 516 employees with plenty of room for expansion.
Founded in 1980 by owners Jim and Jean King, Skyward was first developed in the Kings’ home. Years later, the company has evolved from its modest beginnings as a small family business into a global technology leader. With six offices across the U.S., Skyward serves more than 6 million students and 1,800 school districts and municipalities worldwide.
“It has been amazing to see the progress of Skyward’s new world headquarters and the building’s completion,” said Cliff King, CEO of Skyward. “This new work environment will allow us to provide current and future employees with the modern amenities of a contemporary workspace. We are excited about the impact the new facility will have on our district and municipal partners, local community, and the state of Wisconsin.”
Skyward partnered with Miron Construction and architecture firm Performa before breaking ground at its new location in October 2014. Nearly a year and a half later, all employees of Skyward’s two former Stevens Point offices are working under one roof. The headquarters incorporates an environmentally conscious design with high-performance features including LED lights, water-saving plumbing, energy-efficient furnaces and more.
To support local and state economies, nearly all of the new building’s materials—99.5 percent—were sourced from Wisconsin-based suppliers. The facility also features an open concept design with floor-to-ceiling windows permitting natural light, white noise to mask disrupting sound, access to Portage County’s Green Circle Trail, an outdoor patio and tables overlooking a pond, a coffee bar and cafeteria with full-service lunch, and a walk-in clinic staffed by a nurse practitioner.
Skyward plans to hire about 60 additional employees at its new headquarters in 2016, and executives estimate the building will reach its full capacity of more than 900 employees by 2025. The new facility is projected to bring more than $20 million in earnings to the region.
A public open house for Stevens Point and surrounding communities will be scheduled for mid-June. To learn more about Skyward, employment opportunities and the company’s new world headquarters, visit skyward.com/who-we-are.
Skyward has been helping school districts and municipalities improve outcomes, reduce costs, and achieve success since 1980. Skyward’s SIS and ERP solutions are used by more than 1,900 public sector organizations worldwide, from small entities to statewide implementations supporting millions of stakeholders. Through a unique approach that blends thought leadership, best practices, and advanced technology, Skyward is redefining what it means to be a strategic partner in the world of enterprise solutions. To learn more, visit www.skyward.com.