• Measured Progress

    Measured Progress, a not-for-profit organization, is a pioneer in authentic, standards-based assessments. Since 1983, we have successfully partnered with more than 30 states and hundreds of districts across the nation to support their assessment programs. Today, we develop 21st century assessments for classrooms, districts, states, and consortia. We are proud to be the nation’s leading provider of alternate assessments for students with cognitive disabilities. Learn more at www.measuredprogress.org.

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Dremel

    Founded in 1934, Dremel is the industry standard in leadership and excellence for versatile tools systems. The Dremel 3D Idea Builder expands the brand's reach from the workshop to the classroom to provide educators and students with cutting-edge technology for STEM education. Built upon the brand's dedication to empowering makers through creativity, precision and project enjoyment, the Dremel 3D Idea Builder nurtures student confidence by giving them a tool to design and build their own models to understand lessons. With available curriculum to draw connections between 3D printing and instruction, Dremel is providing educators with the support they need to transform classrooms. Learn more about classroom applications and curriculum-based learning at 3dprinter.dremel.com.

    Dremel
    Jane Lee
    Brand Manager
    Jane.Lee@us.bosch.com
    224-232-3266
    3dprinter.dremel.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Emily Embury
    608-216-7300 x19
    emily aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Renaissance

    Renaissance, the leader of K-12 cloud-based assessment and learning analytics, has a presence in more than one-third of U.S. schools and 60 countries around the world. By delivering deep insight into what students know, what they like, and how they learn, Renaissance enables educators to deliver highly personalized and timely instruction while driving student growth in reading, writing, and math. Renaissance is comprised of top researchers, educators, content-area experts, data scientists, and technologists who create and perfect classroom-proven tools. To learn more, visit: www.renaissance.com.

    Renaissance
    Melissa J. Ripp
    pr@renaissance.com
    715-424-3636
    www.renaissance.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chloe Scheller
    608-216-7300 x25
    chloe aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    IO Education

    As a leader in the education technology for over 18 years, IO Education is on a mission to empower educators with data to improve education outcomes. The market leading solutions from IO Education are used in all 50 states by over 5,000 schools and 1,700,000 students. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Learn more at www.ioeducation.com.

    IO Education
    Eric Miller
    emiller@ioeducation.com
    866-817-0726 x210
    www.ioeducation.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Lauren West
    608-216-7300 x26
    lauren aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Second Avenue Learning

    Founded by educators and gamers, Second Avenue Learning provides custom development and managed services to education technology clients. The Second Avenue team builds effective, interactive learning products, both proprietary and client-facing, that are engaging and pedagogically accurate. Second Avenue understands that technology serves as a critical enabler to customize learning and unlock the potential of all students. Here at Second Avenue, we create alternative learning paths and challenge the status quo. It is time to reimagine learning. For more information, visit www.secondavenuelearning.com.

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chloe Scheller
    608-216-7300 x25
    chloe aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    C8 Sciences

    C8 Sciences develops neuroscience-based products that have the potential to solve some of the most significant problems in childhood education. C8 Sciences is the only company to offer integrated computer and physical exercises based on the concept of cognition cross-training. The company's products are based on proprietary research developed at Yale University by Dr. Bruce Wexler, and have received numerous grants and awards, including a prestigious $4M Director’s Office Grant by the National Institutes of Health to study the use of ACTIVATE™ (formerly known as C8Kids) for treating ADHD, a grant reserved only for research programs that have the potential for a paradigm shift in US healthcare. Learn more at www.c8sciences.com/about/.

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Dusten Carlson
    608-216-7300 x30
    dusten aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

  • The Douglas Stewart Company

    The Douglas Stewart Company is a leading distributor of products ranging from mobile learning solutions to technology products and office supplies. They specialize in the education market, reaching students, faculty and institutions by connecting more than 250 manufacturers with over 4,000 resellers in the United States, Canada and Europe. Learn more at www.dstewart.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Dusten Carlson
    608-216-7300 x30
    dusten aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Wisconsin Connections Academy

    Wisconsin Connections Academy (WCA) is a tuition-free virtual charter school for K-12 students. WCA’s mission is learning online through a strong family-school partnership. The school provides a rigorous curriculum while balancing flexibility with accountability. For more information, visit www.connectionsacademy.com/wisconsin-virtual-school.

    Connections Education
    Rachel Smith
    rsmith@connectionseducation.com
    443-873-1737
    www.connectionseducation.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Dusten Carlson
    608-216-7300 x30
    dusten aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Skyward, Inc.

    Skyward, Inc. is a leading provider of K-12 school administrative software that surpasses districts’ needs in state reporting, improves operational capabilities, and opens communication between schools and families. Today, the Skyward School Management System™ is used in more than 1,800 school districts worldwide, ranging from districts with as few as 50 students to statewide implementations supporting more than 800,000 students. Founded in 1980, Skyward serves school districts with its integrated student, finance, and human resources suite of products and is proudly made and supported in the United States.

    Skyward, Inc.
    Ray Ackerlund
    800-236-7274 x1319
    ray.ackerlund@skyward.com
    www.skyward.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chloe Scheller
    608-216-7300 x36
    chloe aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    SIIA

    The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Network shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information.

    Contacts

    Software & Information Industry Association
    Allison Bostrom
    202-289-7442
    abostrom@siia.net
    www.siia.net

    C. Blohm & Associates
    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Knovation

    Knovation is committed to igniting the hope of knowing by nurturing every child’s innate desire to learn. The company’s suite of advanced personalized learning solutions supports districts undergoing digital transformations by curating Open Educational Resources (OER) to save teachers time, and providing tools to build and deliver student-centered instruction. Solutions include a digital content library built from more than 360,000 certified learning ready resources, netTrekker OER curation and management tool, icurio learning engagement solution, and professional learning services. Since 1999, the company has impacted more than 32 million students and over 1.2 million teachers nationwide.

    Knovation
    Evelyn Fleider
    513-612-1019
    efleider@knovationlearning.com
    www.knovationlearning.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Emily Embury
    608-216-7300 x19
    emily aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    CoSN

    Founded in 1992, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a national nonprofit organization, is the premier voice in education technology leadership. Its mission is to advance the K-12 education community’s capacity to effectively use technology to improve learning through advocacy, policy and leadership development.

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Charlene Blohm
    608-216-7300 x17
    charlene aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

  • CEV Multimedia

    With 30 years’ experience, CEV Multimedia specializes in providing quality Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and education resources for several major subject areas: Agricultural Science and Technology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Business Education, Marketing Education, Trade and Industrial Education, and Career Exploration. CEV received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Ribbon Small Business Award in 2012 and has been honored numerous times for its excellence in content creation and exemplary business practices. In 2012, CEV introduced iCEV, an online platform revolutionizing the way CEV produces and delivers educational content. iCEV is the most comprehensive, online resource for CTE educators and students. With iCEV’s learning-on-demand capabilities, video clips stream instantly to any device with Internet capabilities.

    CEV Multimedia
    Clayton Franklin
    800-722-0500 x428
    clayton.franklin@cevmultimedia.com
    www.cevmultimedia.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Saul Hafenbredl
    608-216-7300 x25
    saul aat cblohm dot com
    www.cblohm.com

    Califone International

    Califone International LLC was founded in 1947 and continues to be a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of audiovisual and supplemental curriculum products for use in education, presentation and professional markets.

    Califone® LLC
    Tim Ridgway
    800-722-0500 x428
    Tim.Ridgway@califone.com
    www.califone.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Lauren West
    608-216-7300 x26
    lauren@cblohm.com
    www.cblohm.com

    Funds For Learning

    Funds For Learning, LLC is an E-rate compliance firm specializing in guiding E-rate applicants and service providers through the complex and ever-changing E-rate regulatory process. With 15 years of experience in providing professional advice and assistance relating to the E-rate program, Funds For Learning exists to provide high-quality solutions for the needs of E-rate stakeholders.

    Funds For Learning, LLC
    Cathy Cruzan
    405-471-0900
    ccruzan@fundsforlearning.com
    www.fundsforlearning.com

    C. Blohm & Associates, Inc.
    Chris Swietlik
    608-216-7300 x23
    saul@cblohm.com
    www.cblohm.com

Clients in the News

Shmoop Offers Test Prep for the Independent School Entrance Exam

Posted Jan. 11, 2012

Mountain View, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2012) – Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, announces the launch of a new study guide to help students prepare for the Lower Level Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE).

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We know that there are plenty of bright, motivated 4th- and 5th-grade students who want to grab their futures by the horns and take an active part in improving the quality of their own educations. For those brave souls, or for those of you who are being coerced into taking the test by your parents, there is help.

After reading our ISEE test prep, you will:

  • Understand how answering sentence completion questions can help you track down globetrotting criminals, or vice versa.
  • Realize why Ti Quan Do is more than just a misspelled martial art and can help you kick some reading comprehension butt. Only use in self-defense, like when a paragraph lashes out at you without provocation.
  • Learn what driving a Ferrari blindfolded* has to do with unit conversions. And no, we are not talking about converting your vehicle to scrap metal.
  • Ponder whether eating your weight in Skittles is really all that bad, especially considering what it could teach you about algebraic word problems. Taste the rainbow...of knowledge. (Corniness intended.)

     *Performed only by professionals. Do not try this at home.

In addition to showing you exactly what you can expect on test day and how you can prepare for the ISEE, our guide provides an in-depth topic review that covers both the Math and Verbal portions of the exam. Then, when you are done reviewing the material, take our drills and practice exams to get in the zone. Just remember to put your pencil down when you are done. Also, stop writing on your computer monitor with a pencil.

Let Shmoop’s ISEE test prep guide help you prepare for the biggest test of your life...until the 8th grade, anyway.


About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, SAT, and Teacher Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards and was named “Best in Tech” for 2010 and 2011 by Scholastic Administrator. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, Calif.

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Shmoop Launches AP Environmental Science Guide

Posted Jan. 09, 2012

Mountain View, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2012) – Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, announces today the launch of a new AP Environmental Science learning guide to help students prepare for the exam.

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Are you concerned about the state of the Earth’s environment? Do you take reusable bags with you to the grocery store? (Bless you.) Do you go weeks without showering to conserve water? (Please don’t.)

Environmental science is all about learning how to fix our planet’s problems, whether we caused them ourselves or not. If you’re in the mood to get guilt-tripped by a class, or just want to help make this world a better place, you’re probably taking the AP Environmental Science exam (or APES, for those of us who think better in primate acronyms).

In addition to an overview that prepares the diligent for the length, content and format of the test, the Shmoop guide to APES explores each topic on the exam in incredible detail. For now, here’s a brief overview of each subject:

  • Earth Systems and Resources. Volcanoes. Soil. Rocks. Those big ocean things. What has been here for millions of years, and what will be here for millions more?
  • The Living World. Ecosystems are ecointeresting. (Bada boom.) Learn the ins and outs of biological populations and the process of natural selection.
  • Population. We’re growing – not just individually (although that much is terrifyingly true), but as a species. How long can we keep consuming resources and destroying habitats before we run out of potatoes to slather with oil?
  • Land and Water Use. Let’s have a conversation about conservation. H2Oh no…
  • Energy Resources and Consumption. Why don’t fossil fuels live in a museum? What are the safest and most effective alternatives to using these limited resources? We’re thinking Soylent Green...but we hear that’s people, so maybe not.
  • Pollution. It’s nice that you want to have your friends over for a social gathering, but does it have to be an aerosol party? Learn ways how we can clean up our collective act—and our planet.
  • Global Change. Is it getting hot in herrrrrre? No? Just us?

Throughout the guide, Shmoop will answer some of your most burning questions:

  • How do I separate my Mesozoic from my Cenozoic?
  • How are scientists trying to genetically modify organisms? And will this engineering give pigs the penchant for flight they’ve always dreamed of?
  • Why do we need more than 1,200 varieties of banana? Exactly how big can that Chiquita woman’s hat get?
  • What does Black Friday have to do with survival of the fittest? Is this about getting in line early so you can be sure to snag the new Xbox?

Get the answers – and get in the (o)zone – with Shmoop’s new guide to AP Environmental Science.


About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, SAT, and Teacher Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards and was named “Best in Tech” for 2010 and 2011 by Scholastic Administrator. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, Calif.

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BETT Show and SIIA Education Team Up For Third Straight Year

Posted Jan. 05, 2012

Participation Includes Ed Tech Pavilion and Members-Only Breakfast

Washington, D.C. (January 5, 2012) – The Education Division of the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) will participate in London’s BETT Show, the leading international education technology showcase. This will mark the third straight year of SIIA's participation in BETT and the second year that SIIA will host an Ed Tech Pavilion for its members.

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SIIA's Ed Tech Pavilion highlights free materials for educators on a variety of topics, including games, personalized learning, copyright, and Vision K-20. The Pavilion also focuses on products and services offered by member companies, including McGraw-Hill Education, Waterford Institute, SkillsTutor, PolyVision, The Renaissance Network, RedRock Reports, Pegeen Wright & Associates, and edWeb.net.

In addition, SIIA will host a members-only breakfast featuring Ray Barker, director of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), who will answer questions about the UK education market. Participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights firsthand and network with other SIIA members attending the conference.

“The BETT Show has proven to be an excellent learning opportunity for our members, particularly those interested in developing an international market for their products,” said Karen Billings, SIIA Education Division vice president.

BETT 2012 will be held January 11-14 in Olympia, London, attracting more than 600 educational suppliers and around 30,000 visitors. The show has distinguished itself as the world’s leading event for educational technology, where education professionals can evaluate and purchase a comprehensive range of ICT products and services. From pre-kindergarten to university levels, BETT is an indispensable part of the annual knowledge-gathering process, coming at a time when educational institutions are planning and budgeting for the new school year.


About SIIA

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to more than 500 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 180 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education

SIIA Education Division Announces 2012 Board of Directors

Posted Dec. 21, 2011

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Board members to provide critical leadership, advocacy and market information to ed tech industry

Washington, D.C. (December 21, 2011) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, announced new members of its Education Division Board of Directors. These newly elected and appointed executives from SIIA member companies will provide the education technology industry with critical leadership, advocacy and market information in the crucial months and years ahead.

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Shmoop Launches Pre-Algebra Worksheets and Quizzes

Posted Dec. 19, 2011

Where Confusion Isn’t Part of the Equation

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2011) – Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, announces the launch of its expanded free Pre-Algebra resource at http://www.shmoop.com/pre-algebra/.

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Many of you might regard math as your sworn enemy. The mere mention of a Cartesian Coordinate System may cause your toes to curl. Your idea of a box and whisker plot may be nothing more than your plan for keeping litter off the carpet.

Shmoop to the rescue. The new Pre-Algebra section starts with the most basic fundamentals and focuses on making algebra fun, easy and – for the most part – painless. The section provides a number of worksheets and quizzes designed to steer even the most fervent algebra-hater gently and comfortably through the learning process. There is also an extensive glossary of terms and series of learning guides covering everything from Basic Operations to Ratios and Percentages to Basic Algebra. Once you’ve gone through and studied all of the material, you’ll be able to identify alternate exterior angles like nobody’s business.

You will also be able to quickly and confidently solve any of the problems below:

  • Poppy has five dresses, four hoodies and three pairs of shoes to choose from. How many different outfits can she make from these choices (no matter how hideous they might be)?
  • In a recent survey, two-thirds of people questioned preferred Wired Energy Drink to Awake Soft Drink. If 732 people were surveyed, how many preferred Awake? (Assuming they were all able to respond before crashing and conking out.)
  • Ambiance, which sells jeans, is having a great sale. All jeans are one-third off the original price. You find a great pair for $79.50. How much are the jeans after the discount, assuming there is no sales tax?
  • The Krispy Kreme “hot” light is on! You buy a dozen doughnuts for $7.50 and then stop at Starbucks and get three lattes for $8.85. You are splitting this treat with two friends. How much does each of you owe? And do you really need more sugar after downing all those Wired Energy Drinks?
  • You are a master procrastinator. You can quite easily waste one-fourth of an hour on Facebook, one-third of an hour chatting with friends, and one-fifth of an hour on iTunes. How many minutes (of that precious hour) are left to do homework?
  • In 1901, Cy Young had a Strikeout/Base on Balls (walk) ratio of 4:1. If he struck out 160 hitters, how many total strikeouts and walks did Cy Young have that year?

The tools with which you’ll be equipped after mastering Pre-Algebra will prepare you for every other branch of mathematics you’ll ever encounter. Believe it or not, there may be a time that you will long for the good ol’ days of simply having to pick out a geometric pattern or convert decimals to scientific notation. But by taking advantage of Shmoop’s helpful worksheets and quizzes, you’ll be setting yourself up for success now and in the future.

Get a jump on the compu-tition with Shmoop’s guide to Pre-Algebra.


About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, and Teacher’s Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards and was named “Best in Tech” for 2010 and 2011 by Scholastic Administrator. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, Calif.

Carrollton Exempted Village Schools Experiences Significant Gains in Student Achievement

Posted Dec. 19, 2011

Ohio School District Jumped from 507th to Third in State Rankings

Silver Spring, Md. (Dec. 19, 2011) – Supported by the use of Discovery Education Assessment, Carrollton Exempted Village Schools in Ohio dramatically improved student achievement from 2010 to 2011. Based on findings from Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA), the district jumped to third in the state for academic performance, up from 507th, and outpaced the state average by nearly 10 percent in math and reading proficiency scores.

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Discovery Education Assessment provided Carrollton educators with the tools needed to inform instruction and drive student achievement with a combination of interim and formative assessments. Discovery Education Assessment is an assessment tool which accurately forecasts performance on OAA based on students’ continued learning throughout the year helping teachers identify those students most in need and targets specific instructional areas for remediation or advancement. The periodic interim assessments are reinforced with formative evaluation tools to support effective instruction and monitor student progress. More recently, Carrollton has expanded use of Discovery Education within the district to include, Discovery Education streaming, a digital content service with a library of over 150,000 digital assets.

Students at Carrollton schools completed the Discovery Education Assessment interim benchmarks throughout the school year. Each benchmark was customized to measure skills tested by the OAA. The results of the benchmarks measure academic growth, predict proficiency in reading and math and analyze student performance by highlighting their aptitude and content mastery.

“Discovery Education Assessment is one of the most effective practices we implemented last year, and the results undoubtedly show how our students benefited,” said Leigh Ann McCray, assistant superintendent at the Carrollton district. “The improvement of our OAA scores is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of Carrollton educators and students.”

To further showcase the district’s remarkable success, Discovery Education Assessment conducted a study examining Carrollton Exempted Village Schools 2010 and 2011 OAA reading and math proficiency scores for grades three through eight. Math scores for students improved by 11.3 percent, a significantly higher gain than the 2.5 percent increase reported statewide. For reading, students increased scores by an average of 3.9 percent, while the rest of the state increased reading scores by 1.3 percent.

“By accurately measuring and forecasting students’ academic performance, educators are able to tailor their instruction to meet the specific needs of their students,” said Hardin Daniel, vice president, Discovery Education. “We appreciate the partnership supporting Carrollton educators and congratulate their success.”


About Carrollton Schools

Carrollton School District has approximately 2,500 students in grades K-12, with one high school (Carrollton High School), one middle school (Bell-Herron Middle School) , and three K-5 elementary buildings, with our largest (Carrollton Elementary) housing 650 students in a 100 year old school building (Augusta Elementary 185 students k-5, and Dellroy Elementary 180 students K-5).

About Discovery Education

Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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Carrollton Schools
Leigh Ann McCray
330-627-2181
leighann.mccray aat carrolltonschools dot org