New York State Education Department Selects VitalSource for Common Core Standards

06-Mar-2013

Nashville, TN – Ingram Content Group Inc., today announced that the New York State Education Department has selected VitalSource Technologies, Inc., in collaboration with SchoolWorks® LLC., to develop a comprehensive library of professional development videos to support the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards throughout New York State.

"Today is a time of great transformation in our classrooms, and we are pleased to help the New York State Education Department develop tools for their educators to further enhance education outcomes and close gaps in achievement through Common Core Standards," said Kent Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, VitalSource Technologies, Inc. "At Ingram, we are fully committed to the education space and look forward to putting our full-service media solutions to work for the benefit of all involved."

To complete the New York State Department of Education's Effective Teacher and Principal Practice Video Production Project, the VitalSource media team will work closely with the New York State Education Department and SchoolWorks® LLC to develop an extensive library of videos to serve as professional development resources for educators across the state of New York. The team will identify and select a representative group of teachers across New York State to participate in this project. Teachers will be coached using the states new Common Core Curriculum and then videotaped as they implement lessons across the full range of grades and content areas.

The $3.7M project, funded by Race to the Top, a U.S. Department of Education competitive grant created to spur innovation and reforms in state and local district K-12 education, will provide over 100 hours of videos for the Engage NY web site, an online professional development tool for New York teachers used to support teaching and learning in classrooms across the state of New York. The videos, that support Common Core Standards implementation, are expected to be complete by June, 2014.

The Common Core State Standards were created through a collaborative effort on behalf of the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards are internationally-benchmarked and evidence-based standards, and serve as a consistent set of expectations for what students should learn and be able to do, so that every student across New York State is on track for college and career readiness.

VitalSource Technologies, Inc., is known for its VitalSource Bookshelf® e-textbook platform. With 2.9 million registered users on 6,000 campuses worldwide, the platform is the preferred and most used e-textbook delivery solution in higher education today.

The New York State Education Department project will be managed by its VitalSource media services group, a leading developer of award-winning interactive applications and rich media products for educational publishers, enhanced e-textbook applications, interactive learning objects and e-whiteboard content, and state-of-the-art video, audio, and animation production services. Its video division is the winner of numerous awards, including 5 prestigious 2012 Telly Awards, and a leading innovator in the field of professional development video.

About SchoolWorks LLC
SchoolWorks, founded in 1998 and based in Beverly, Massachusetts, is an educational consulting group whose mission is to build the capacity of educators and educational institutions to advance all aspects of student learning and well-being. SchoolWorks works collaboratively to measure current performance, explore strategies for improvement and implement the solutions best suited to local needs. SchoolWorks expertise in systems, tools and professional development related to assessing the quality of education and planning for its improvement. SchoolWorks designs and implements school accountability systems, school quality reviews and improvement systems that help educators make informed choices based on the collection and analysis of data about their own performance and the performance of their students. SchoolWorks also develops case studies of effective teaching and school leadership practices. For more information, visit http://www.schoolworks.com/

About Ingram
Ingram Content Group (“Ingram”) is comprised of several subsidiaries to Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. Ingram includes a comprehensive suite of publishing industry services companies that offers numerous solutions, including physical book distribution, print-on-demand and digital services. Committed to the success of its partners, Ingram works closely with publishers, retailers, libraries and schools around the world to provide them with the right products and services to help them succeed in the dynamic and increasingly complex world of content publishing. Ingram's operating units are Ingram Book Group LLC, Lightning Source LLC, VitalSource Technologies LLC, Ingram Periodicals LLC, Ingram International, Ingram Library Services LLC, Spring Arbor Distributors, Ingram Publisher Services LLC, Tennessee Book Company LLC, and ICG Ventures LLC.