FOSS Next Generation From School Specialty Wins Prestigious Golden Lamp in 2016 REVERE Awards in Whole Curriculum, Science Category

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Delta Education’s Active-Learning Science Program Recognized as Best of the Best in Learning Resources

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Delta Education, part of the School Specialty family of brands, is a 2016 REVERE Awards Golden Lamp Winner. The company’s Full Option Science System™ (FOSS®) Next Generation™ curriculum, the leading active-learning science program in the United States, received the recognition from the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK-12 Learning Group. FOSS won the Whole Curriculum, Science category and took top honors as the best Whole Curriculum program of the year.

“What an incredible honor for FOSS Next Generation,” said Bodie Marx, senior vice president of School Specialty Curriculum. “To win a Golden Lamp, one of the most prestigious awards in education publishing, is truly phenomenal and we are extremely proud of our team for its continued commitment to developing powerful and engaging blended learning resources.”

The Golden Lamps are recognized as one of the most prestigious honors any learning product can receive. This year marks the 50th year the Golden Lamps were awarded to the best of the best in learning resources. To ensure the Golden Lamps honor the absolute best resources, Golden Lamp eligibility is limited to winners of the other REVERE award categories and subcategories.

“Working with FOSS is one of the most significant experiences that stays with my teachers after they graduate,” said Tina Cartwright, PhD, assistant professor of elementary and secondary education at Marshall University, who uses FOSS in her college classrooms and with local after-school programs. “They know first-hand the power of learning through investigation and see what good science instruction looks and feels like. They understand how FOSS lessons can support them in facilitating this type of student-centered science instruction in their classrooms.”

Developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley, FOSS Next Generation is an active learning science program for grades K-5, with modules featuring comprehensive teacher support materials, informative student books, class access to online multimedia, and durable student equipment. The full program consists of 18 modules aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with three modules per grade focused on life, earth and physical science, including many opportunities for integrating engineering. The FOSS program seamlessly blends engaging, hands-on science investigations with science writing, language development strategies, reading in informational texts, online technology, outdoor experiences, and research-based formative assessment strategies. This multi-modal combination promotes the construction of increasingly complex understanding of science concepts over time.

“Science is active and engaging, and the process of learning it should be as well,” said Linda De Lucchi, co-founder and lead developer of FOSS at the Lawrence Hall of Science. “We are proud that FOSS has been recognized as a comprehensive curriculum that embraces first-hand learning by providing meaningful science and engineering experiences for all teachers and students.”

FOSS Next Generation Middle School, geared toward grades 6-8, is launching for the 2016-2017 school year.

The REVERE Awards identify and honor excellence in educational products that support evolving trends in teaching and learning for PreK-12 students. It is the only program that recognizes learning resources in all media, for all ages, and covering a wide array of educational subject areas and learning environments. Entrants for the 2016 REVERE Awards came from many fields including educational, trade, and magazine publishers; museums; university affiliated programs; non-profits; membership associations; and game and app developers.

About the American Association of Publishers (AAP)
The Association of American Publishers (AAP) is the voice of the US book and journal publishing industry. AAP represents the industry’s priorities on policy, legislative and regulatory issues regionally, nationally and worldwide. These include the protection of intellectual property rights and worldwide copyright enforcement, digital and new technology issues, funding for education and libraries, tax and trade, censorship and literacy. Its 400 member companies represent major commercial, educational and professional companies as well as independents, non-profits, university presses and scholarly societies.

About School Specialty, Inc.®
School Specialty (OTCQB: SCOO) is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace. The Company designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and very best school supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources. Working in collaboration with educators, School Specialty reaches beyond the scope of textbooks to help teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators ensure that every student reaches his or her full potential. Through its SSI Guardian subsidiary, the Company is also committed to school, healthcare and corporate workplace safety by offering the highest quality curriculum, training and safety and security products. Through its recently launched SOAR Life Products brand, the Company offers thousands of products that sharpen cognitive skills and build physical and mental strength in fun and creative ways. From childhood through adulthood, they help individuals live life to the fullest – engaged, happy and well. SOAR Life Products is a customized offering for hospitals, long-term care, therapeutic facilities, home care, surgery centers, day care centers, physician offices, and clinics. For more information about School Specialty, visit http://www.schoolspecialty.com.

Delta Education, part of School Specialty’s family of brands, delivers the best of hands-on, inquiry-based science education to K-8 students. Trusted products from Delta Education include FOSS, Delta Science Modules (DSM) and engaging informational texts including Delta Science Content Readers. For more information about Delta Education, visit http://www.deltaeducation.com.

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