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ASCDASCD - Founded in 1943, ASCD is a nonprofit educational leadership association that develops programs, products, and services essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead. We provide expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership. ASCD's membership comprises more than 170,000 principals, teachers, superintendents, professors of education, and other educators from 136 countries. Our association also has nearly 60 affiliates throughout the world.

CCSSOCCSSO - The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.


Educator Sponsor

ellie Mae Education FoundationNellie Mae Education Foundation is the largest charitable organization in New England that focuses exclusively on education. The Foundation supports the promotion and integration of student-centered approaches to learning at the middle and high school levels across New England. To elevate student-centered approaches, the Foundation utilizes a three-part strategy that focuses on: developing and enhancing models of practice; reshaping education policies; and increasing public understanding and demand for high quality educational experiences. The Foundation's initiative areas are: District Level Systems Change; State Level Systems Change; Research and Development; and Public Understanding. Since 1998, the Foundation has distributed over $110 million in grants. For more information, visit

Program Sponsors

Capstone Digital Capstone Digital publishes digital resources that encourage the love of reading, inspire students to take ownership in their progress and create personalized reading programs for students at all interest and skill levels. Capstone Digital offers personalized reading solutions, digital and interactive titles and databases designed to increase fluency and reading stamina for students in grades PreK-8. Capstone Digital helps students, including emergent, struggling and reluctant readers, gain confidence and achieve success with reading. For more information, visit

Follett Software Follett Software Company helps today's K-12 educators inspire student success with integrated educational technologies. More than half of America's K-12 school districts rely on Follett Software Company for its innovative management of educational content and library materials, textbooks, assets, data and other resources critical for achievement. Follett's powerful and proven solutions support staff and engage students in a digitally rich environment that empowers 21st century learning, discovery and collaboration.

School Specialty School Specialty's Literacy and Intervention division publishes K-12 blended-media reading and math instructional tools to build core skills and close the achievement gap for struggling students. Our comprehensive print and technology products give K-12 educators powerful instructional tools that deliver high-quality curricula in the most effective modality for all students. Trusted brands from School Specialty include Academy of READING, Academy of MATH, Wordly Wise 3000, Explode The Code, Sitton Spelling and Word Skills, MCI, and S.P.I.R.E..

SkillsTutorSkillsTutor is an online, diagnostic and prescriptive instructional program covering comprehensive K-12 basic skills in Reading, Writing, Math, Language Arts and Science.Diagnostic pretests generate customized and personalized lesson plans.Students are formatively assessed throughout the tutorials, and all data push to the cloud, allowing for real-time reporting. SkillsTutor aggregates and disaggregates student and teacher data across multiple demographic metrics, empowering administrators to make data driven decisions and positively affect overall student achievement. Access to SkillsTutor will be available through mobile devices such as the iPad and iPod Touch starting fall of 2010.

SpectrumSpectrum K12 School Solutions Inc. is the leading provider of Response to Intervention (RTI) and special education IEP software serving 11% of the U.S. K-12 student population including 20 of the top 100 school districts in the United States. Our EXCEED student achievement management software gives teachers an easy way to drive day-to-day activities, research based interventions and outcomes to help all students achieve success. EXCEED monitors academic and behavioral progress, displays efficacy and fidelity, and surfaces achievement gaps at the student, class, grade, group or district level. Our patented, award-winning software has enabled personalized learning for over 5 million children in 29 states in support of our mission to close the achievement gap and Move Every Child Forward. For more information visit

Welcome Reception Sponsor

PearsonPearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education, teacher training, education technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, school turnaround, custom solutions, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry.

Networking Reception Sponsor

Intel Corporation supplies the computing and communications industries with chips, boards, systems and software building blocks that are the "ingredients" of computers, servers and networking and communications products. Intel's mission is to be the preeminent building block supplier to the Internet economy. Intel is a trusted advisor and consultant to education in the technology field. Through our relationships with manufacturers and application service providers for both content and services, we are able to advise and help schools and districts move as far down the technology road as possible.

New Media Partners is a community of advocates, innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors seeking to improve student learning worldwide. EdReformer serves as a catalyst for innovation in the education sector by encouraging entrepreneurship and promoting public and private investment in new learning tools, schools, and platforms. EdReformer is a project of Vander Ark/Ratcliff, a strategic marketing, communications and public affairs company that is devoted to education innovation, and was incubated by New Schools Venture Fund with support from a donor committed to innovations in learning. Founding blogger Tom Vander Ark is a partner in VA/R and Revolution Learning, a multi-stage private equity investor concentrating on improving formal and informal learning globally. Tom is a former public school superintendent, grant-maker, and business executive. Douglas Crets is Executive Editor of EdReformer.

JDLJDL Horizons -- More than a powerful video streaming platform, EduVision developed by JDL Horizons is a full-featured communications package that essentially provides any school with its own IP television broadcast station. It's built around Flash-format video streaming, the simplest and most trouble-free technology available for users of virtually any computer operating system -- Windows XP and Vista, Mac OS-2, Unix, whatever. It works within a full range of Web browsers, from Internet Explorer and Firefox to Safari. Unlike more technically involved video solutions, EduVision requires virtually no upfront investment in either technology or technical training. JDL Horizons provides complete portal management, hosting and distribution, including customization for colors and your logo. The total investment is a simple and affordable annual subscription fee that covers bandwidth, storage, live broadcasts and on-demand viewership.

TurningTurning Technologies is a leading provider of Student Response Technology and Research-Based Consulting Programs - Engage Students in active learning, conduct formative assessment and increase student learning with data driven strategies. Our technology provides instant assessment, universal screening, immediate feedback, active learning, data collection, assessment for learning and differentiated instruction using existing curriculum resources. Consulting Programs provide comprehensive, expert services to improve learning through data-driven reform. School Improvement, RTI and Edugaming programs offered.

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