The Lamplighter Honors Gala, presented by the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group on December 8, will celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of the learning resource industry and the ongoing mission of helping every child receive a world class education.

frank-fergusonFrank Ferguson, Chairman and CEO of Curriculum Associates, LLC, will be inducted in the Educational Publishing Hall of Fame for his leadership in the advancement of student assessments and his philanthropic endeavors. In part two of his interview Frank shares the greatest influences on his career and what trend he is watching right now. Continue reading

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“Forward-looking schools and districts are evaluating and upgrading their wide area networks (WANs) and metropolitan area networks (MANs) to ensure that they are able to operate under high usage, adapt to flexible  configurations, and withstand interruptions and bandwidth surges,” according to a strategy paper by the Center for Digital Education (CDE). The white paper, sponsored by AT&T, is titled More, Better, Faster: Improving School District Network Capacity for 21st-Century Learning.  Continue reading

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Student data privacy remains a hot-button issue nationwide. To help alleviate concerns among parents and policy makers, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) recently announced a K-12 school service providers’ pledge. AAP supports the voluntary pledge.  Continue reading

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Winning product name: Relationship Smarts PLUS 3.0

Winning product company: The Dibble Institute

Kay Reed, Director of The Dibble Institute, answered a series of questions about this resource, the 2014 Distinguished Achievement winner in the Supplemental Resources subcategory of Life Skills and Character Education (now the Social-Emotional and Character Learning subcategory of the REVERE Awards for the Classroom). Relationship Smarts PLUS allows youth and their peers, parents, and other adults the opportunity for honest dialogue and learning about healthy relationships, allowing learners to build skills that will empower them to make smart, positive choices throughout their lives.  Continue reading

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