Classroom Connect’s K-12 Programs Earn Approval of Texas Educational Authorities of Texas Educational Authorities
Classroom Connect today at the Texas Computer Education Association 2002 Convention & Exposition (Booth # 614), announced it has gained two new approvals from Texas educational authorities. The Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) has named Classroom Connects Connected University® an approved provider of Continuing Professional Education, and Classroom Connect itself is now a Qualified Information System Vendor (QISV) with the Texas General Services Commission. These are the most recent in the total of four approvals that Classroom Connect has received from the states authorities.
The SBEC approval allows educators to obtain the required hours for renewing
their Standard Certificates through Connected Universitys online courses.
The QISV designation means that school districts and administrators no longer
have to go through a bid process to make large purchases of Classroom Connects
programs and services. The QISV catalog system, run by PublicBuy.net (the Texas
State e-Marketplace provider), lists the eligible
programs: Classroom Connect Now, Connected University, Classroom Learning, Classroom
Today, and The Quest Channel.
Classroom Connects resources are not only aligned to state standards
but also to the standards of the International Society for Technology in Education,
said Judith Hamilton, president and CEO of Classroom Connect. We are deeply
committed to offering the highest-quality professional development programs
and standards-based learning materials, and our strong presence in Texas signifies
that were achieving our objective.
Previously, Texas Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (TIF) approved
Connected University as a professional development resource in the states
technology infrastructure and training grant program. In addition, Classroom
Connect holds a Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) certification from
the Texas Education Agency.
About Classroom Connect
Classroom Connect, Inc., a business unit within Harcourt, Inc., is a leading
provider of professional learning and online classroom learning resources that
foster successful use of the Internet in K-12 education. Headquartered in Brisbane,
CA, with offices in El Segundo, CA, Minneapolis, MN, and Abilene, TX, Classroom
Connect has more than 170 employees. Its primary product brands include: Connected
University® (online professional development); Classroom Today (online
classroom learning resources); The Quest Channel (online adventure learning
expeditions); Connected Conferences (live, nationwide events); Connected
Workshops (on-site seminars); and Classroom Connect Newsletter (monthly
Internet education journal). Its partners include some of the nation’s most
respected organizations, including the American Museum of Natural History, The
Franklin Institute Online, the Library of Congress and NASA. For more information
about Classroom Connect, visit the company’s Web site at www.classroom.com.