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Branchburg Township School District (New Jersey) educators will participate in Discovery Education’s three-year Digital Leader Corps professional learning initiative to create digital teaching strategies for the district.
The Ohio Department of Education has approved the Curriculum Associates i-Ready Diagnostic online program to identify gifted students in grades 2 through 8. The department also approved i-Ready Diagnostic for third-grade reading assessments, and for teacher and principal evaluations.
Chicago Public Schools will receive free VIPKid Mandarin, Lingo Bus online immersive courses, and access to a virtual pen-pal program with students in China. More than 10,000 students at 37 campuses in the district study Mandarin.
Hazelwood Elementary School (Washington) began a three-year partnership with Kickboard to expand trauma-informed and restorative practices. Hazelwood will use Kickboard’s web-based culture platform and professional services to meet the state’s social-emotional learning framework.
The Texas State Board of Education approved the Texas Mirrors and Windows language arts program by EMC School, a division of Carnegie Learning, for use in grades 6 through 8 for the 2019-20 school year. The program meets the new Texas state and English Language Proficiency standards for ELLs.
The School District of Philadelphia will pilot WURRLYedu’s music education platform as part of a recently launched framework that ensures access to arts education. The platform consists of a student mobile app and a teacher web portal with curriculum materials.
Districts in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and other Midwestern states are participating in U.S. Cellular and JASON Learning’s Storm Sanctuary Challenge during the 2018-19 school year. The program inspires students to create a connected space for communities facing natural disasters.