School Specialty Partners with TeacherLists.com to Make Teacher Wishes Come True

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No more ceramic apples — now parents can give teachers the kinds of gifts that make a real difference in the classroom.

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Through TeacherList.com’s partnership with School Specialty teachers can request, and parents can provide, the kinds of items that make a difference in the classroom.

School Specialty, Inc., a leading K-12 education company with the broadest array of products in the education market, announced today a partnership with TeacherLists.com, the largest online home for school supply lists and teacher wish lists.

For the first time ever, Specialty Teacher Resources lists have been added to the TeacherLists.com system. Specialty Teacher Resource lists feature the kinds of products teachers love for their classrooms – like bulletin-board supplies and supplemental learning aids -- but that parents typically can’t purchase on their own.

Whether it’s for back-to-school time or Teacher Appreciation Week or holiday gifts, teachers now can create lists of exactly the specialty supplies they’d love to have for the classroom. And parents can purchase those specialty supplies right from the TeacherLists.com website.

“Our goal is to connect parents and teachers to make sure that all classrooms and all teachers have the supplies they need to help students thrive,” says TeacherLists.com founder Tim Sullivan. “Now – with the addition of Specialty Teacher Resource lists and through our partnership with School Specialty – teachers can be even more exact about the supplies they know can make their classroom great. And parents looking for the perfect gift for a teacher no longer have to resort to another ceramic apple or desk ornament. They can provide the kinds of items that make a difference in the classroom.”

Traditional school supply lists (the learning supplies that students need to bring for the first day of school) and teacher wish lists (requests from teachers for help with extra classroom supplies) have long been staples of the back-to-school period and teacher-parent relationship. TeacherLists.com is making both processes easier with a single website dedicated to connecting teachers and parents around all classroom needs.

The TeacherLists.com site already boasts – by far – the largest database of current school supply lists and teacher wish lists, with lists from more than 75,000 classrooms (from all 50 states) live on the site. Teachers and schools that become active with the site, by posting their lists and sharing those lists with parents using the site’s sharing tools, earn free bonus supplies from TeacherList.com’s growing sponsor list.

“School Specialty is dedicated to helping teachers and students succeed in the classroom, and this partnership with TeacherLists.com is emblematic of our ongoing efforts to support excellent educational outcomes,” says Kathy Pepper-Miller, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer for School Specialty, Inc.. “With school budgets declining, the list of classroom needs for educators is growing. By providing teachers with the practical classroom resources they need most, parents can further enhance the quality of their children’s education.”

Parents love the TeacherLists.com service because it makes what was once a dreaded chore – finding multiple lists for multiple kids on multiple sites and remembering those lists for the shopping trip – so much simpler. The site is fully optimized for mobile, and parents can print their lists from a single site. Plus, they can look up the lists in any store from any smart phone. The Specialty Teacher Resource lists, in particular, link directly to School Specialty’s web store for one- or two-click ordering right from the site.

Parents, teachers and schools can get more information, find lists and post lists by visiting http://www.teacherlists.com/learning-outlet.

About School Family Media, Inc.
School Family Media, Inc. is a media company focused exclusively on the intersection of parents and schools and on facilitating meaningful parent engagement in schools and is the company behind TeacherLists.com. School Family Media provides the tools, content, know-how and programs to connect parents and schools in meaningful ways throughout the school year and throughout the stages of a student’s school life. School Family Media – through its PTO Today magazine and ptotoday.com website – has an especially strong focus on the leadership of school PTOs and PTAs, and their key role in the school world. Other SFM offerings include SchoolFamily.com – the website for involved school families -- and School Family Nights, a series of fun, family involvement evenings held at more than 10,000 K-8 schools each school year. For more information, please visit http://www.schoolfamilymedia.com/

About School Specialty, Inc.
School Specialty is a leading education company serving the pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade market with innovative and value-added instructional solutions that address a broad spectrum of educational needs, from basic school supplies to standards-based curriculum solutions. The Learning Outlet® was created by School Specialty to give teachers and parents direct access to the same quality of educational resources that are available to schools. The website includes over 40,000 of the top brands like School Smart®, Abilitations®, Sportime®, and Childcraft® at discounted prices. For more information, visit http://www.learningoutlet.com/info/TeacherLists_com

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