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  • Austin ISD offers free test prep to high school students
    Austin ISD (AISD) is partnering with Edgenuity, an online education provider, to expand support for all high school students by offering free test preparation services for college entrance exams, including the SAT. AISD students may enroll in the web-based courses, which will allow them to complete lessons at their own pace. AISD is the fifth-largest school district in Texas, serving about 85,000 students at 129 campuses, including 17 high schools. This semester, the district serves about 21,000 high school students throughout Austin. This year, AISD’s graduation rates have reached an all-time high. More AISD students are participating in the SAT and ACT—and they are scoring better overall on the exams, compared with the state and national averages. “Preparing Austin students to graduate ready for college is among our top priorities at AISD. Working with our school communities, we are meeting our goals by helping to meet students where they are, but there is more work to be done,” said Paul Cruz, interim superintendent. “We must continue to invest in our students’ success by ensuring all students have access to the tools they need. The new Web-based services offer students the flexibility to prepare for college entrance exams when and where it works best for them.” Edgenuity’s online courses aim to help prepare students to successfully complete the SAT, ACT and Texas Success Initiative tests. The collaboration is part of AISD’s commitment to support greater academic achievement by ensuring all students have access to the latest in innovative tools and courseware. “Most of today’s students are digitally savvy and are looking for educational opportunities that are personalized, engaging and rigorous,” Cruz said. “This partnership with Edgenuity will help AISD continue to meet the unique learning needs of all our students, including at-risk and first-generation college students. The online courses will help students prepare for and excel on standardized exams at the state and national level.” Edgenuity’s on-screen teachers help demystify the SAT, ACT and TSI exams and their content and offer test-taking strategies. Courses include video-based instruction, interactive assignments and frequent assessment opportunities to track progress.
  • Infobase relaunches Issues & Controversies
    Infobase, a provider of educational content to schools and libraries, has announced the relaunch of Issues & Controversies. The database, which aims to offer balanced treatment of complex, hot-button issues, is a recent recipient of The ComputED Gazette’s 19th Annual Education Software Review Awards. Issues & Controversies’ dynamic new design is structured around today’s most controversial issues, from immigration, gun control, racial profiling, and Cuba policy to climate change, police brutality, terrorism, Middle East policy, and more. Recent controversies in the news are highlighted on the home page, along with a hyperlinked list of all topics, organized by subject or A-to-Z, for quick access into the core of the database. The issue pages themselves have also been expanded and improved, with a new, user-friendly organization that reveals at a glance all the controversies related to each issue, with clear pro/con statements for each, plus new features such as videos, interactive polls, and news articles that engage and enlighten users as they explore each issue. Another new addition to the database is the collection of more than 90 debate videos from the renowned Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate Series, featuring some of the most prominent political figures, journalists, academics, and experts in the United States and throughout the world on a wide range of crucial subjects. Linked directly to Issues & Controversies articles and topics, these provocative Oxford-style debates offer fresh perspectives from leading authorities on both sides of the issue and can be used to spark discussion, encourage critical thinking, and enhance debate prep. Each debate can be viewed in its entirety, by predefined segments, or with the help of the complete, searchable transcript.
  • InfoSnap honored as inaugural Pearson award winner
    InfoSnap, a provider of cloud-based registration management solutions, is the winner of Pearson’s inaugural Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Integration Excellence Award. Chosen from the more than 100 technology companies in Pearson’s ISV program, InfoSnap is honored for its work collaborating with Pearson to develop application programming interface (API) tools for integrating its student information system, PowerSchool, with other software applications, creating cost-effective and efficient approaches for school districts. Pearson Vice President, Oliver Wreford, who oversees the ISV program, said, “Our partner program includes more than 100 world-class education technology companies that we collaborate with to support K-12 school districts. InfoSnap exemplifies our overall commitment to API development to help schools maximize their technology investment and realize savings in time, resources, and money. Congratulations to InfoSnap President and CEO, Lou Trotter, and his team of talented technology developers.” Founded in 2000, InfoSnap is used by more than 650 preK-12 independent, charter, and public schools around the world. Its solutions provide secure, customized online forms based on existing business processes, and are designed using SmartForm technology. A powerful administrative portal allows for the review, editing, and managing of data. InfoSnap easily integrates with PowerSchool through an advanced Data Integration Framework. The Data Integration Framework works with the data import process of any SIS (API, files, etc.) to automate the vast majority of imports, identify exceptions requiring administrative action, and provide the proper procedures and tools to resolve the exceptions. This framework allows schools to achieve responsible automation of data delivery. The single sign-on feature allows families to access InfoSnap services from within their PowerSchool family portal without the need to create or log into a separate InfoSnap account. Additionally, InfoSnap is the only online registration partner that is directly embedded within the Parent Portal navigation. “InfoSnap and Pearson have had a long and successful partnership,” said Lou Trotter, InfoSnap CEO and President. “Collaborating with Pearson has given our clients an unparalleled understanding of the efficiency, technology, and customization that InfoSnap offers. This award is a direct reflection of the successful integration capabilities we have and the dedicated specialists who work collaboratively with Pearson and our clients to implement innovative solutions.”
  • Recorded Webinar – Access Granted: Access Control Checklist for 2015
    Learn about the best practices to keep you ahead of the curve this year when it comes to your access control investment: . • Future-proofing with HD: Cover more area with fewer cameras to maximize your investments while keeping shoppers safe and secure • Business intelligence tools: Leverage an open system and integrate it with retail video analytics and POS technologies, to gain insight into shopping patterns and consumer data • Subtle Security: Learn about discreet surveillance options that can provide better coverage at a lower price point • Multi-site management: Implement a multi-site architecture, using a range of powerful yet compact cutting-edge appliances, to manage every store from a single location
  • Whitepaper: 5 Reasons to get physical with access control
    While many network security systems are now built to support IT best practices and standards, physical access control systems (PACS) have traditionally been designed without IT professionals in mind. Learn how these limitations are changing, as a new breed of affordable, web-based physical access control systems are emerging.
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11th Reunion -Kilte Awlaelo Schools Development Association PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 29 August 2014 04:55

11th Reunion -Kilte Awlaelo Schools Development Association (KASDA)

Seattle, Washington : July 19, 2014

KASDA’s 11threunion and fundraising event was held in Seattle Washington on July 19, 2014. Members from all over of the world converged to the beautiful city of Seattle to have fun on the yearly reunion and to take part on the fundraising event to help all schools of Kilte-Awlaelo for better education and create a comfortable learning environment to all students of Kilte-Awlaelo.

The fun started on Friday night, July 18 at the beautiful residence of Haftu Hishe’s family where members were invited for dinner. The host family offered the guests the very Tigrean traditional drinks of Siwa and Miyess along with delicious enjera and Tihlo. The house was full of laughter from every corner as guests enjoyed talking to each other and shared jokes of experiences of their younger years. They all departed with a happy mood and in mind that they had a long day by the morrow to attend the annual general assembly of KASDA.

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10th Reunion of KASDA PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 07 July 2013 06:15

Kilte-Awlaelo Schools Development Association held its 10th anniversary on June 19, 2013 in the fabulous city of Las Vegas. As always, the event had two parts which one was the members meeting during the day time and the second one was the fund-raising event during the night. The volume of the participant on both parts of the event was very high. Awlaelo members from all corners of the nation attended the event. A special guest also joined us from Adi. Our brother Haji Adem Bidar was one of the participants in the event. 

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9th Reunion of Kilte-Awlaelo Schools Development Association PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 August 2012 15:43

Kilte-Awlaelo Schools Development Association successfully celebrated its 9th anniversary in Boston, MA on July 21, 2012. The Boston and Maine brothers and sisters were well prepared for the success of the event. Members who flew to Boston to attend the event were also well prepared. Most members rented their own cars from the airport which helped to reduce the burden of transportation on the hosting city brothers and sisters. The time they were going to spend to transport members used it to coordinate other activities of the event. And that strategy worked perfectly.

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7th Anniversary of Awlaelo Schools Alumni Association PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 July 2010 05:56

Awlaelo Schools Alumni Association celebrated its 7th anniversary on June 19, 2010 in Seattle, WA. It was very successful event and unique in nature than any other events we had in the past. For those our members who missed this year’s reunion, you missed a lot. I warned you in advance not to miss the event because I knew from the beginning that it was going to be unique. Here is how this year’s reunion was unique.

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