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Find Your Fulfillment Flavor: The Best Course Material Model for Your School

Posted by Dean Asher on Mar 23, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Finding the right course material fulfillment model for your program might seem like walking into an ice cream parlor: the choices can feel overwhelming. The trick? Know your flavors before going in. 

Some options are better for your institution than others. From contract terms to freedom to flexibility, your choice in fulfillment solution will have a major effect on how your school operates, how your students acquire their course materials, how much they save and ultimately their learning outcomes.

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Mizzou K-12; 130 Countries and Counting

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Mar 22, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Mizzou K-12 offers middle and high school students a learning experience other institutions cannot match — a global learning community and an affiliation with a state university.

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6 Questions Faculty Have About Creating Custom Course Materials

Posted by Kate Seat on Mar 21, 2017 5:30:00 AM

There are a variety of reasons to consider creating a custom course pack, including lowering the cost of course materials for students and adopting more curriculum-specific content. And there are different ways to create this custom content, ranging from completely hands-on (where the instructor chooses each resource individually), to a concierge approach, which engages a team of experts to complete the entire process. So why aren't more instructors choosing this option?

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4 Reasons Faculty Aren't Submitting Adoption Requests on Time

Posted by Jason Smallheer on Mar 15, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Having adoptions submitted on time is a team process. The staff member in charge of your book list bears the majority of the responsibility, and they are reliant on the cooperation of your school's faculty members to have everything done on time. A single unresponsive faculty member can hold up the entire process — they are often unaware their inaction is creating a problem.

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Check "Lower Course Material Costs" Off Your To-do List

Posted by admin on Mar 14, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Save your students the most money on course materials and maximize affordability at your school with this simple list. Now is the perfect time to begin exploring these options.

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Gunston School: Fostering Their Reputation for Excellence

Posted by Liz Schulte on Mar 6, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Nestled among the trees on an idyllic 32-acre farm bordering the Corsica River in Maryland sits the Gunston School. During its 107-year history, Gunston has built a reputation for excellence in education. Educating a diverse population of students, they embrace rigorous academics and have a nurturing environment for student growth while fostering leadership skills through sports.

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Crowdfunding’s Impact on Giving to Education

Posted by Liz Schulte on Mar 1, 2017 5:30:00 AM

What if your school could raise more than $2 million in less than 48 hours without making a single phone call? Not only is it possible, one school has already done it. Philanthropic giving to education is increasing, and crowdfunding has changed the way donors are being reached. Nothing is going to replace personal relationships built between development officers and active alumni when soliciting large donations. This change comes in the form of small to moderate-sized contributions and the opportunity the internet provides to reach a much larger group of alumni and potential donors interested in the work your school is doing. Many higher education and K-12 schools have already started to see the impact of crowdfunding on their development efforts.

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Professional Development in Education

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 28, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Professional development is critical for teachers. They learn and develop strategies to bring into their classrooms that enhance their ability to teach, increase their understanding of new technology and how to effectively implement it in their curriculum, and grow the skills they already have by enhancing them through education. At least, that’s how it should be.

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Cheverus High School Serving Their Community

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 27, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Teaching students the importance of community service comes front and center for Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine. The school consists of a population of diverse economic, ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds who pride themselves on embracing the Jesuit tradition of giving back. When problems with their old course material partner grew, they sought out a company who would be committed to serving their needs.

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Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart: The CAVE

Posted by Liz Schulte on Feb 20, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As one of the first in the nation to have a fully wireless one-to-one program, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston, Texas, is no stranger to being a pioneer in innovative educational practices. The all-girls PK-12 school started a student helpdesk program that gives the students hands-on experience with fixing their school computers, boosts their self-confidence and strengthens their problem-solving skills. 

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