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September 2014 Update    
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SCORE21 Gets Major Upgrade for New School Year 

Teachers may have given SCORE21 the summer off, but there was major work taking place to make the formative assessment builder even more user-friendly and useful to teachers and students. There is a new and improved teacher test creation module that offers teachers more choices and ways to search. The new module also lets teachers add their own new items into a test while it is being created and makes it easier to schedule a test. Teachers can add true/false, sequencing, and short answer/essay questions and soon can add even more item types. In math, the module gives teachers the option to indicate which items should be calculator active when creating a test. 

Students also will see a difference as there is a new student console for online testing. This console includes a calculator, highlighter, reading bar, and is simply easier to use. And, new for 2014-15, all who purchase SCORE21 get online access, so teachers can give their SCORE21 assessments online.  
If you need help using all the great features of SCORE21, powered by BUILDMYTEST from edtechsytems.com, click here to check out the updated tutorial videos and help documents

To make the new year transition smooth, please contact Kathy Pitney at kathypitney@te21.com or Maya Anderson at mayaanderson@te21.com to update your school’s logins for teachers and students. You can also request the date of your subscription expiration to allow plenty of time to plan for renewals. 

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Teachers and Students Win Top Academy Awards

Two students and two teachers in TE21 partner schools are winners of top awards for the Academy of READING and MATH, intervention solutions of EPS Literacy and Intervention, a division of School Specialty, Inc.  

Samantha Webster of Dawson Elementary School, Jackson Public Schools (MS), is the 2014 Academy Teacher of Excellence for her teaching using the Academy of READING. Tracey Velotas, teacher at the Academic Options Center, Madison County Schools (MS), was a finalist for the award.  

Cody, a ninth grader from Stonewall Jackson Youth Development Center (NC) is one of two Academy Star Students of the Year. A Madison (MS) student, Madelyn from Madison Crossing Elementary School, was a finalist for the Star Student Award.  

These annual awards honor students who have overcome significant challenges to build proficiency in reading and math, as well as teachers who go above and beyond on a daily basis to provide their students with opportunities to improve their skills.  

EPS Literacy and Intervention, a division of School Specialty, Inc. sponsors the awards. TE21 represents EPS in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Mississippi. Click here to learn more about the Academy of READING winners

Meet New Trainers for Mississippi 

Mississippi schools and districts are benefitting from the teaching expertise of two new trainers with TE21. Tammy Williams and Lori Kimes joined our team this summer as Implementation Specialists who help educators utilize our products. 

Briefly describe your education career:
Lori: I began my teaching career in Louisiana 10 years ago where I taught a combined 1st/2nd grade class. Then I moved to Missouri and taught technology and a 4th grade communication arts and social studies class. While teaching and living in Missouri, I received my Masters in Teaching from Missouri Baptist University. For the last two years, I have been teaching technology to upper elementary students. 

Tammy: I began my teaching career as a 3rd grade teacher and served as English Language Arts lead teacher for several years before taking the position of reading facilitator and then academic coach in my 14 years.


What value did you see from TE21’s products in your previous position?  
Lori: With the rigors of Common Core, it is so important that we assist students who do not have foundational skills in math and reading. We must help them fill gaps by providing intervention. If we as teachers do not do this, we fail them. As a technology teacher, I know our students are 21st century learners. They have grown up with technology, and they enjoy using technology to learn and reinforce skills. I have seen Academy students grow in their reading levels because they were more receptive to practicing/training using our products. 

Tammy: In my school, interventionists and classroom teachers successfully fostered substantial student growth with the Academy programs in schoolwide implementation plans. Teachers and school leaders utilized CASE benchmarks and SCORE 21 to provide data which drove PLC discussions among grade levels and helped guide teachers and classroom instruction. As academic coach, I facilitated the implementation of the Academy programs and student testing and guided teachers as a data coach.  


What are your favorite activities when you are not working?
Lori: I love to spend time with my family. I also like to take the time to exercise and read.

Tammy: I enjoy being with my family and friends, especially my grandchildren. My favorite ways to relax are yoga and reading. I have a passion for animals and often spend my time in volunteer work with shelters and tending to my small farm of pets.


What excites you about your new position?  
Lori: Teachers are constantly being given new responsibilities. I want to help relieve the stress of learning “something new.” I want to be there to guide them in utilizing our products so that they will see positive outcomes. I want to see smiles on their faces as they realize how valuable, easy, and consistent intervention and assessment becomes. I am so excited to see students grow academically and confidently as they are assessed and progress by acquiring new skills/standards.

Tammy: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” is one of my favorite quotes. I try to apply this idea to every aspect of my life. There is no greater satisfaction than witnessing a struggling student’s face “light up” when he or she reaches success. My desire is to use my knowledge and experience in working with a great team to assist teachers and students to meet this kind of success with the opportunities the TE21 products provide.  

Contact Lori at 601-559-1047 or lorikimes@te21.com or Tammy at 985-415-8211 or tammywilliams@te21.com.  

TE21 New Trainers

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Training & Education in the 21st Century

Publisher of CASE Assessment Products
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Inc. 500|5000 Award Recognizes TE21 for Growth

TE21, Inc. has been named to Inc. magazine’s eighth annual Inc. 500|5000 list, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, for the second year in a row. This year’s list is ranked according to percentage revenue growth between 2010 and 2013. TE21’s rank is #1869. TE21 is ranked #31 on the Inc. 500|5000 Top 100 Education Companies and #25 Top 100 SC Companies. Click here to read the profile of TE21 on the Inc. list.

TE21 Fall Conferences

Look for TE21 at Fall Conferences  
Getting settled into the school routine takes a while, so there is still about a month until the first of the fall conferences. TE21 will join Western North Carolina educators in late September for a one-day session, followed by major conferences in South Carolina, Mississippi, and North Carolina in October. We are thrilled to be returning to the NC Association of Compensatory Education (Title I) Conference. Look for us and a couple of special presentations at these events.  

September 29

  • Western Region Fall Conference, Doubletree Hotel, Asheville, NC.

 

October 19-21

  • Mississippi Association of School Administrators Conference, Hilton Hotel, Jackson, MS.  Consultant Cindy Simmons and Pearl Assistant Superintendent Kim LaFontaine will present for TE21. 

 

October 28-31

  • SC Association of Title I Administrators Conference, Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC. Mayewood Middle School (Sumter) Principal Dr. David Lawes will present with TE21’s Debra Cole.  

 

October 29-31

  • NC Association of Compensatory Educators Conference, Embassy Suites, Greensboro, NC. 

You can always keep up with our conference schedule by checking the calendar on the TE21 website: Click here to view our conference calendar.  

TE21 Sponsors SC Instructional Roundtable Conference

TE21 Sponsors SC Instructional Roundtable Conference
 

TE21 South Carolina sales executive Nancy Ford will participate in the SCASA Instructional Leaders Fall Conference, an event we will help sponsor this year. Instructional and personnel leaders from SC school districts will gather at the Westin in Greenville September 25-26. This is the first gathering of the year. If you miss Nancy at the conference, contact her at 803-422-5356 or email her at nancyford@te21.com and she will be happy to provide assistance.  

Look Ahead to ACT Testing: Sign Up Now for ACT Prep Test

As the stakes increase for student ACT performance, schools are turning to new ways of ensuring that students are prepared for these national tests. TE21’s College/Career READY Assessment is a proven predictor of student performance and a great tool to help teachers and students determine areas that need improvement before students take the ACT.

TE21 recently announced that our CASE College/Career READY Assessment performed very well as a predictor of student performance. First-year results indicate the test is very reliable and valid for helping students prepare for the ACT. 

CASE College/Career READY Assessment mirrors the content, time, and length of the ACT and offers approximately triple the data points of the ACT. Click here to sign up today  or contact your TE21 sales executive.  

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October 28-31

  • SC Association of Title I Administrators Conference, Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC. Mayewood Middle School (Sumter) Principal Dr. David Lawes will present with TE21’s Debra Cole.  



October 28-31

  • SC Association of Title I Administrators Conference, Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC. Mayewood Middle School (Sumter) Principal Dr. David Lawes will present with TE21’s Debra Cole.  



October 28-31

  • SC Association of Title I Administrators Conference, Kingston Plantation, Myrtle Beach, SC. Mayewood Middle School (Sumter) Principal Dr. David Lawes will present with TE21’s Debra Cole.