SBG Technology Solutions and AppleTree Partner to Design Innovative Teaching Technology AppleTree Receives In-Kind Donation of Systems Architecture Analysis from SBG Technology Solutions

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SBG Technology Solutions, one of the fastest growing and leading engineering and information technology service providers in the United States, and AppleTree, a Washington, D.C.-based education research nonprofit and network of schools, announced a technology partnership to drive innovation in classroom technology. SBG partnered with AppleTree on a two-month systems architecture analysis, to design a new system combining web and mobile application technologies in support of AppleTree's ground breaking Every Child Ready early childhood learning program.

In cooperation with AppleTree, SBG designed a new system integrating AppleTree's existing applications and processes into a comprehensive learning management system. The newly designed system will allow AppleTree to automate its student and teacher assessment process, allowing faster input and more sophisticated reporting, better organization of its curriculum materials, and enhancement of its professional development. The system will incorporate the Experience API, the National Institute of Standards and Technology's next generation standards for training technology, to increase AppleTree's ability to track and measure student's and teacher's learning experiences across a variety of different platforms and technologies.

"As a company with a dedicated interest in the quality of local education systems, we strive to improve outcomes in those institutions. We are thrilled to support a national leader in early childhood education, particularly one with such an impressive track record of success," said Carlos Del Toro, CEO of SBG. "In working with such a remarkable group of dedicated educators, we have been inspired by the work AppleTree is doing to prepare our nation's students for success."

"Support from companies like SBG increases our ability to impact early childhood learning," said Jack McCarthy, President & CEO of AppleTree. "We will use this generous donation to improve our IT systems and better utilize our Every Child Ready instructional model." AppleTree alumni recognize 25 percent more letters in kindergarten and have better oral reading fluency in first grade (scoring 20 points higher on tests) than their non-AppleTree peers. Additionally, AppleTree alumni are stronger oral readers by second grade (scoring 70 percent higher).

SBG Technology Solutions provides IT, engineering and training services to federal and commercial clients including the Department of Veteran Affairs, Navy and Army National Guard. SBG is also a proud supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Rappahannock Goodwill Industries and Blue Star Families.

About SBG TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS 

SBG Technology Solutions is one of the fastest growing and leading information technology service providers in the United States. INC 500 featured SBG in its 2010 and 2011 listings of the fasting growing small businesses and ranked SBG in the top 20 of government service providers in 2011. Founded in 2004, SBG provides innovative and cost effective technology solutions to federal agencies and commercial clients including the Army, Army National Guard, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Voting Assistance Program and the Navy. In 2011, SBG was selected as a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon winner, recognizing the company for its innovation and excellent business practices. SBG received the Small Business Diversity Award and was selected as the 2011 Small 8A Business of the Year for SBA Region III (D.C., Md. and Va.). Additional information about SBG can be found at http://www.sbgts.com/. Follow SBG @sbgts.

About APPLETREE

AppleTree's mission is to close the achievement gap before children get to kindergarten by providing three- and four-year-olds with the social, emotional, and cognitive foundations that enable them to succeed in school.

AppleTree is an entrepreneurial enterprise consisting of a research and development institute and a public charter preschool with seven campuses serving as models for effective teaching and learning. AppleTree's award-winning Every Child Ready instructional model educates more than 1,200 three- and four-year-old children annually in Washington, D.C. Learn more at www.appletreeinstitute.org or @AppleTreeInst.

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