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Santa Creates Sensory-Friendly Memories for Children With Special Needs

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 8:31pm

This holiday season, children with autism or other disabilities can enjoy a tradition that many families take for granted: visiting Santa Claus.

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  • This holiday season, children with autism or other disabilities can enjoy a tradition that many families take for granted: visiting Santa Claus.
  • At Santa Cares events, lights are dimmed, music is lowered, and the event begins early, before holiday shoppers arrive.
  • Families can reserve a time to visit with Santa to avoid waiting in lines.
  • Santa has been specially trained to interact with special needs children and will take cues from a parent or caregiver who knows the childs abilities and preferences.

Bright Horizons Named a “Top Place to Work” by the Boston Globe for 12th Year

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 4:00pm

Bright Horizons has been named one of the Top Places to Work by The Boston Globe for the 12th consecutive year .

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  • Bright Horizons has been named one of the Top Places to Work by The Boston Globe for the 12th consecutive year .
  • To be recognized as a 'Top Place to Work' for the 12th time is a true testament to the passionate employees who make up the Bright Horizons family.
  • By helping to support other employers, with 1,100 clients, Bright Horizons leads by example in emphasizing a unique and welcoming company culture.
  • Bright Horizons (NYSE: BFAM) is trusted by families around the world to provide care and education for their children.

K-12 Special Education Solutions Provider n2y Announces Significant Investment From Providence Equity Partners

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 4:00pm

n2y LLC (the Company), a leading provider of software, curriculum and tools to the K-12 special education market, announced today a majority investment from Providence Equity Partners (Providence), a premier private equity firm that specializes in the media, communications, education and information industries.

Key Points: 
  • n2y LLC (the Company), a leading provider of software, curriculum and tools to the K-12 special education market, announced today a majority investment from Providence Equity Partners (Providence), a premier private equity firm that specializes in the media, communications, education and information industries.
  • n2y will continue to be led by Chief Executive Officer Chrissy Wostmann and its current management team.
  • (Photo: Business Wire)
    Since its founding in 1997, n2y has changed how K-12 special education is taught by providing special education teachers and families with award-winning personalized solutions.
  • Since the firm's inception in 1989, Providence has invested in more than 180 companies and has become a leading equity investment firm focused on the media, communications, education and information industries.

Educator Turned Hip-Hop Artist, Dee-1 and Sallie Mae Bring Award-Winning College Planning Tour to Chicago

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 2:41pm

National hip-hop recording artist and former middle-school teacher, Dee-1, and Sallie Mae, will bring the Bridging the Dream Tour Starring Dee-1 to the Harold Washington Cultural Center in Chicago on Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. Dee-1 and Sallie Mae will educate more than 800 high school students about the importance of financial literacy, going to college, and completing their degree.

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  • National hip-hop recording artist and former middle-school teacher, Dee-1, and Sallie Mae, will bring the Bridging the Dream Tour Starring Dee-1 to the Harold Washington Cultural Center in Chicago on Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. Dee-1 and Sallie Mae will educate more than 800 high school students about the importance of financial literacy, going to college, and completing their degree.
  • His partnership with Sallie Mae began when he released a viral hit song about paying off his student loans, titled Sallie Mae Back .
  • Dee-1 and Sallie Mae will host 800 Youth Connection Charter Schools students at the Harold Washington Cultural Center in Chicago.
  • Dee-1 will educate students about the importance of planning for college and financial literacy, and perform his hit song, Sallie Mae Back.

Boxlight Awarded New District Sales Totaling More than $750K in Texas, Georgia and Michigan

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 1:30pm

The new sales include:

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  • The new sales include:
    Owosso Public Schools in Michigan, through Boxlight reseller partner Digital Age Technologies, Inc. (DAT), ordered more than 110 interactive flat panels .
  • Today, Boxlight offers the most comprehensive, integrated solution suite available for the modern classroom including the ProColor Series 3 interactive Flat Panel Display and the MimioClarity classroom audio distribution system .
  • Boxlight is dedicated to creating the worlds best interactive classroom technologies to improve the classroom experience for both students and educators, said Mark Elliott, CEO of Boxlight.
  • About Boxlight Corporation: Boxlight Corporation (Nasdaq: BOXL) (Boxlight) is a leading provider of technology solutions for the global learning market.

Soundtrap for Education and FutureDJs Inspire Kids to Take DJ-ing and Music Production Beyond the Classroom

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 8:00am

FutureDJs is transforming how students learn music through DJ-ing and electronic music production using the technology essential to the daily lives of todays young people, said Per Emanuelsson, director of Soundtrap at Spotify.

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  • FutureDJs is transforming how students learn music through DJ-ing and electronic music production using the technology essential to the daily lives of todays young people, said Per Emanuelsson, director of Soundtrap at Spotify.
  • It opens the doors to future career opportunities in all areas of music and music production.
  • There are three Soundtrap products: Soundtrap for Storytellers, a podcasting solution; Soundtrap for Music Makers, a music creation tool; and Soundtrap for Education, used by children 6 to 16 years and through higher/further-education markets.
  • FutureDJs is on a mission to remix music education for the world and connect young people to their music departments through DJ-ing.

Venus de Miles, Colorado’s Largest Women’s Bike Ride, Announces New Location for 2020 Event and Special Flash Sale Registration Rate

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 5:58pm

The course will run along the scenic St. Vrain River on Aug. 29, 2020.

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  • The course will run along the scenic St. Vrain River on Aug. 29, 2020.
  • As part of the announcement, event organizers are offering a special flash sale early registration rate of $60 for the 13th annual event through Nov. 30, 2019, available online at: www.venusdemiles.com/register .
  • The non-competitive event welcomes women of all ages and athletic abilities to participate in a fun and inspiring day while giving back to their community.
  • These students have overcome challenges such as homelessness, poverty, violence, and other dire circumstances to become mentors, pioneers, researchers, activists, and advocates.

New Mexico Partners with Cognia to Provide State Assessments in Grades 3-8

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 3:40pm

The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has signed a multiyear partnership with Cognia, a nonprofit organization, to provide the states mathematics and English language arts assessments for grades 3-8.

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  • The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has signed a multiyear partnership with Cognia, a nonprofit organization, to provide the states mathematics and English language arts assessments for grades 3-8.
  • The NM-MSSA is designed uniquely for New Mexico and uses a combination of Cognias item bank and New Mexico custom development.
  • New Mexicos adoption of the Cognia Assessment follows a series of community conversations held across the state in spring 2019.
  • They also will include test items developed by New Mexico educators to ensure the assessments are culturally responsive and represent the states student population.

GTY’s eCivis Welcomes California Department of Housing and Community Development

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 1:06pm

GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: GTYH) (GTY), a leading provider of SaaS/Cloud solutions for the public sector, announces its business unit, eCivis, a leader in grants management solutions, is working with the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to improve their ongoing grants management efforts.

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  • GTY Technology Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: GTYH) (GTY), a leading provider of SaaS/Cloud solutions for the public sector, announces its business unit, eCivis, a leader in grants management solutions, is working with the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to improve their ongoing grants management efforts.
  • With the eCivis grant management system, the California Department of Housing and Community Development can make meaningful connections with stakeholders and deliver significant results to the community.
  • eCivis will implement a robust grantor management solution, including integration with the state's financial system and HUD's federal reporting systems.
  • We are pleased to be able to support HCD deliver critical community development and disaster relief funding throughout California, states James Ha, CEO, eCivis.

No Improvement in American Adults' Literacy, Numeracy, or Digital Problem-Solving Skills, According to New Report From the National Center for Education Statistics

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:00pm

Twenty-nine percent of American adults performed at the lowest level for numeracy on a major international study, according to a new report released today by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

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  • Twenty-nine percent of American adults performed at the lowest level for numeracy on a major international study, according to a new report released today by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
  • These results are another signal that many Americans struggle with the most basic of math skills, said NCES Associate Commissioner Peggy Carr.
  • PIAAC assesses adult skills in three domainsliteracy, numeracy, and digital problem solvingand collects information on adults education, work experience, and other background factors.
  • And digital problem solving means the ability to access and interpret information in digital environments to perform practical tasks.