ePals(R) Announces New Common Core Implementation Center

ePals(R) Announces New Common Core Implementation Center 
Free Professional Learning Community Offers a Flexible One-Stop
Online Resource for Teachers Seeking Communication Tools, Complex
Language Arts Content and a Secure Learning Environment for Students 
WASHINGTON, DC -- (Marketwire) -- 11/09/12 --  ePals Corporation (TSX
VENTURE: SLN), an education media company and the world's leading
safe social learning network, today announced its new free Common
Core Implementation Center (CCIC). In a time when school districts
are cash-strapped, the CCIC is designed to meet educators' needs with
a broad range of flexible online communication tools and rigorous
project-based learning resources that will enable teachers to teach
and students to learn the new Common Core English Language Arts State
Tools for Immediate Common Core Implementation 
 Although formal
implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is not
scheduled to begin until 2014, the nation's teachers say they are
eager for research-based tools and resources to begin preparing
students to master the standards now. As teachers embrace the shift
of focus from "teaching to the test" to developing the higher order
reading and writing skills needed for college and career readiness,
the CCIC provides practical tools for teachers, students and families
with a broad and diverse set of implementation resources, including: 

--  Access to CCSS and a list of aligned activities, including everything
    from social media comments, to book reviews, to long-term literacy
    mentoring, with accompanying activity time estimations, from 10
    minutes to a full-year
--  A variety of safe informal activities, such as point-by-point
    comparisons of political candidates around the world, that enable
    students to gain perspectives, share and discuss ideas with peers in
    other locations
--  Easy ways for classrooms to find each other and collaborate around
    Common Core content, with subject, grade-level and project-topic
    search capabilities
--  Rich content on multiple levels across a range of subject areas that
    students can access for homework, research, and pleasure. Examples
    include explorations of biographies of founders of the U.S.
    Constitution, famous world explorers, and 
--  Engaging topics and reinforcement for theme-based, evidence-based and
    opinion writing pieces
--  A self-directed Common Core professional learning community --
    including direct access to articles, best practices from master
    teachers, grade- and subject-level connections with colleagues in
    Teacher Talk, communication and implementation tips, lesson ideas,
    access to experts in remote locations, and more

Research-based Resources and Tools 
 ePals' online platform is
specifically designed to facilitate vigorous project-based learning,
as specified by CCSS, by providing customizable project-based lessons
and access to challenging material from a range of respected content
providers (e.g., National Geographic, Smithsonian, Cobblestone and
Cricket magazines).  
A number of the resources of the CCIC are based on ePals' In2Books
curriculum-based eMentoring program, the 2012 Codie Award winner for
Best Reading/English Instruction. ePals' In2Books has documented
increased student motivation and achievement in the elementary grades
through authentic collaborations around reading materials of the
highest quality and self-paced, teacher professional learning
resources. Teachers report that collaborative learning partners have
increased motivation for all students, but in particular struggling
writers and English Language Learners (ELL). 
"ePals started the Common Core Implementation Center because teachers
will be the key drivers of Common Core implementation," says Nina
Zolt, ePals co-founder and Chief Learning Officer. "We want every
teacher to have immediate access to Common Core experts, the
opportunity to share their own work and to participate in the
evolution of a learning community dedicated to making exemplary
Common Core implementation engaging and practical."  
About ePals Corporation
 ePals Corporation (TSX VENTURE: SLN) is an
education media company and the leading provider of safe social
learning networks (SLN). Focused on the K-12 market, ePals offers
elementary and secondary school administrators, teachers, students
and parents worldwide a safe and secure platform for building
educational communities, providing quality digital content and
facilitating collaboration for effective 21st century learning.
ePals' award-winning products include: the ePals Global Learning
Network; SchoolMail(R)365; LearningSpace(R); In2Books(R), a common
core eMentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical
thinking skills; and popular children's educational publishing brands
including Cricket(R) and Cobblestone(R). ePals customers and partners
include the International Baccalaureate, Microsoft Corporation, Dell
Inc., IBM Corp., National Geographic and leading school districts
across the United States and globally. ePals serves approximately
800,000 educators and reaches millions of teachers, students and
parents in approximately 200 countries and territories. Visit
www.epals.com. For In2Books, visit www.In2Books.com. 
Sue Hanson
Media Relations
ePals PR
Phone: (763) 657-0987
Will Jarred
SVP, Marketing & Corporate Communications
ePals Corporation
Phone: (703) 885-3400
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