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Not only do we look different, but at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt our new brand reflects our transformation—from a provider of materials to a partner in promoting lifelong learning. Whether students, teachers, administrators, families, colleagues, or friends, we strive to inspire everyone’s curiosity. How can we inspire you?

  • Robotics event gives students real-world STEM experience
    The Robotics, Engineering and Technology Days event in Detroit aims to boost students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math. During the three-day event, more than 1,500 area middle- and high-school students participated in hands-on activities in programming and robotics, and learned about the latest technology used by today's soldiers. In its sixth year, the event was jointly run by the Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and Macomb Community College. The Detroit News (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

Daily 5 library collections! Update your classroom library and go deeper with The Daily 5 and The CAFE Book with these exclusive collections of fiction and nonfiction books for your classroom. Each grade (K-5) includes 200 popular and recently published titles, carefully selected and organized in labeled bins. Get details here!
Systems Management 
  • Lawyers complain about limiting terms in cloud contracts
    Stringent contracts that leave end users little recourse in the event of a serious service outage or network breach are slowing enterprise migration to the cloud, according to attorneys, who say companies are reluctant to navigate uneven legal terrain. With more service terms skewed in favor of providers and many cloud companies adopting a "take-it-or-leave-it" approach toward end users, corporate lawyers say it's vital that decision makers considering signing a cloud contract closely scrutinize the terms and ask questions so they understand exactly what their legal rights are. Computerworld (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Implementing A District-Wide Science Success
Veteran education leader Mike Dillon has helped his school district continue on a steady path of success in science. The Smithsonian’s Science and Technology Concepts program and kits, available through Carolina Biological, have ensured that an entire district maintains a culture of high academic achievement. Read the case study.
Managing Budgets 
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    The automatic spending cuts set to hit Jan. 2, unless a deficit-reduction deal is reached by federal lawmakers, will affect states and school districts differently, according to an analysis by the American Association of School Administrators. Federal funding accounts for anywhere between 10% to more than 15% of school budgets, depending on the state and district, according to the report, which uses data from the 2010-11 school year. Education Week/Politics K-12 blog (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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SmartReport on EdTech
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Last Byte 
  • The game of education
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