MCHENRY, Ill., Aug. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Follett today announced that its Aspen™ software has been selected by the Foster-Glocester Regional Schools District as its preferred Student Information System (SIS). The district's adoption expands the Aspen integrated data management platform to a third of all school districts and more than 57,000, or 40 percent, of all students in Rhode Island.
Aspen helps teachers and administrators drive student performance by linking student information to curricular and educational tools within a single platform. Combining multiple databases into one powerful and cost-effective learning solution, Aspen tracks class schedules, school events, overall student performance, athletic eligibility and student health records. In addition, Aspen improves district-wide communications with tools that link administrators and staff to teachers, students and parents in a real-time, digital environment.
West Warwick Public Schools also rely on Aspen's Curriculum and Learning tool, a fully integrated learning management system, to build its curriculum maps. "As an avid user and fan of Follett's Aspen SIS and the Curriculum and Learning tool, we look forward to sharing our knowledge of this powerful system with other districts in Rhode Island," said Jim Monti, director of educational reform, compliance and technology for West Warwick Public Schools. "We have used Aspen to manage all of our student data; Aspen's special education module to develop customized and interactive Individualized Education Programs; and Aspen's Curriculum and Learning tool to build unique Common Core-aligned curriculum maps. Our district is more prepared for Common Core because of Aspen."
In addition to Foster-Glocester Regional Schools (which includes the Foster and Glocester districts) and West Warwick, other Aspen customers in Rhode Island include: Barrington, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, Jamestown, Johnston, Little Compton, Newport, North Kingstown, Portsmouth, Warwick, Blackstone Valley Prep, The Learning Community, Rhode Island Department of Children Youth & Families (DCYF), and Exeter-West Greenwich.
Follett was recently named a preferred vendor for the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), a status that makes it easier for school districts in the state to acquire Follett's Aspen SIS.
Two years ago, in response to Aspen's rapid expansion, a group of school administrators formed the Rhode Island Aspen User Group. Organizers say the User Group provides a forum to share ideas and best practices, as well as offers Aspen districts in the state a way to effectively collaborate with each other. Moreover, The Aspen Institute, an annual two-day conference hosted by Follett to help Aspen users get the most out of their investment in the SIS, will be held in Rhode Island for the first time. The 2014 event is scheduled for April 8-9 in Providence.
About Follett's K-12 Business
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.
About Follett Corporation
Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today, Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in River Grove, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.
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