Rubicon launches free app to global market
Rubicon International is pleased to announce the launch of Core Talk, an iPhone app for teachers, education leaders, and parents interested in the Common Core State Standards. Core Talk brings breaking news, real-time updates to state standards, and the evolving discourse of U.S. standards-based education to one easy-to-navigate spot. Rubicon's team of standards specialists highlights and shares targeted global and online Professional Development opportunities related to the Common Core.
Core Talk allows readers to zero in on relevant news and events by state and topic. The App provides social sharing features, as well as the ability to send details of PD events directly to the user's calendar. With an elegant interface and familiar iOS gestures, Core Talk will seamlessly replace the myriad of resources educators are using to stay informed on the ever-changing landscape of the Common Core movement.
"Over the past decade our team of standards experts has watched as alignment to academic standards has become best practice both nationally and internationally. As implementation of the Common Core evolves, we see growing interest in the steady flow of news, conversation, and an array of professional development offerings. Our team was inspired to create Core Talk as a single mobile resource rich in relevant and current content." - Roger W. Smith, Rubicon International Managing Partner.
Atlas Summer Camp: Jump In, Create and Learn
Cannonball into the lake of your new Atlas system and transform your curriculum design experience this summer in Portland, Oregon. Rubicon is hosting a special Summer Camp series July 2013 as the organization gears up to debut a new Atlas platform for dynamic curriculum management.
Do you want to discover what is below the surface and experience the exciting new dimensions of Atlas? If you come to camp, you will be involved in providing feedback on the new Atlas system, developing future essential reports and participating in focus groups that will have a direct impact on curriculum development around the world.
Participants can join for three days with an optional fourth day---a one-on-one consulting day with curriculum mapping experts. Cookouts and nostalgic summer games included over the three days of leading and learning. For more information visit Atlas Summer Camp.
Apple approves Rubicon's "Core Talk" App
When news arrived that Apple approved Core Talk, the first app for Rubicon International, the Portland office celebrated with a giant chocolate cake decorated with the Core Talk logo--it was delicious. Core Talk (the app) entices readers with a window into the world of Common Core and spotlights the evolving discourse about U.S. standards-based education pertinent to teachers, educational leaders and parents. CoreTalkers will enjoy news, musings and insights into the world of standards-based curriculum.
The free app provides an easy platform to keep up with news surrounding U.S. national academic standards implementation, assessment and policy debates and breaking news and commentary curated by dedicated standards experts. Additionally, readers can pinpoint Professional Development opportunities related to the Common Core that occur across the country, and around the world as international interest in standards-based education continues to grow.
ASCD 2013 Inspires
Built on the theme "Learning: Our Story. Our Time. Our Future.," the Rubicon team that attended the 2013 ASCD Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois March 16–18 returned to Portland informed and inspired. Conference highlights ranged from pre-conference institutes on "Mapping to the Core" and "the Art and Science of Teaching" to general sessions such as "Making the Common Core Work for You" led by Sandra Alberti, the director of state and district partnerships and professional development for student achievement partners.
The greatest inspiration, which is still buzzing around the Portland headquarters, was from poet Maya Angelou, who encouraged attendees to "continue to be rainbows in the clouds," sparks of light and hope for others in any circumstance. The other illuminating quote the team left with was from outgoing ASCD President Debra Hill who remarked, "contrary to popular belief, American education is not all bad. It's our job to share and highlight all of the good that is happening."
Rubicon Launches New Professional Development Portal
Rubicon launches a new Professional Development Portal spotlighting a broad range of opportunities to support successful implementation of curriculum mapping from the classroom to across the school district. The site features institutes and thematic workshops at our Education Centre located in downtown Portland, Ore., a schedule of Rubicon Webinars as well as upcoming Regional Conferences. For more information visit Rubicon Learning
Rubicon Expands Webinar Series for 2013
Due to increased interest, Rubicon has expanded the Webinar offerings. The Webinars are designed to help educators advance their expertise in curriculum mapping and enhancement, and have been tailored by topic based on partner school feedback. Current offerings include Mapping Fundamentals, Eliminating Redundancies in the Curriculum, Scaffolding the Curriculum, Standards Alignment as well as several sessions dedicated to the IB.
Join Us This Summer In Portland: Rubicon Intern Program
The Rubicon Intern Program is now accepting applications for the summer of 2013. Interns at Rubicon work in departments of interest, or areas related to their academic studies and also work on a special project that culminate in a firm-wide presentation at the end of the summer. If you are interested in applying, email Kathrine Giacchino.