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Evans Newton Incorporated
Exhibiting at AASA’s National Conference on Education
and Featuring In-Depth Analysis Process, TargetALIGN®

ENI is seeing a frighteningly low level of CCSS alignment – even in new textbooks and curriculum products.

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Feb. 12, 2014 — Evans Newton Incorporated will be featuring TargetALIGN® at AASA’s National Conference on Education, February 13 – 15 in Nashville, TN at Music City Center.

Districts need to know if textbooks align with state standards- whether that district’s state has implemented the CCSS or not. Alignment – how well curriculum resources (e.g., textbooks, reading basals) address the standards being taught and tested, such as the Common Core State Standards – is integral to improving student achievement. Correlation of standards – both art and science – is predicated on previous knowledge, experience, and established criteria. A large part of completing a correlation depends on judgment, interpretation, and analysis. These attributes are subjective and open to interpretation. ENI is seeing a frighteningly low level of CCSS alignment – even in new textbooks and curriculum products. ENI’s team uses their TargetALIGN guided process to compare a district’s curriculum materials through multiple levels of correlation evaluation.

“We are so thankful for our partnership with ENI. With assistance in aligning curriculum, setting up processes, coaching of teachers, and assessment, we have been able to make incredible gains in student achievement and teacher growth. We look forward to continuing our work with ENI”, said Michelle Lesser, Former Principal, Clifton Elementary School, Colorado.

Bernice Stafford, Vice President of Implementation, Vice President Jim Mays, and Regional Education Managers, Garry Jackson and Jeri Ball will be on hand to demonstrate how TargetALIGN improves student achievement. AASA attendees will also be able to learn about other innovative products and services. ENI can be located at booth #1013 in the NCE Market Place.

“AASA’s National Conference on Education is the absolute best place for ENI to feature TargetALIGN. This forum enables us to literally meet thousands of educators from all over the United States and to have valuable conversations with them about their needs and our products and services that can help them meet their goals,” said Jamie Piotti, CEO and President of Evans Newton Incorporated.

About Evans Newton Incorporated
Evans Newton Incorporated (ENI) is a company of educators who are experts in school transformation. Since 1973, ENI has partnered with K–12 schools, districts, and state departments of education to create dramatic improvements in student performance. Through a highly collaborative process of goal-setting, standards alignment, curriculum and assessment development, professional development and coaching, ENI empowers teachers and school leaders to transform their schools and get results.

The company has been headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, in the Scottsdale Airpark, since 1978. Visit ENI at: www.evansnewton.com.

Contact:
       Jamie Piotti
       President and CEO
       Evans Newton Incorporated
       480.998.2777
       jpiotti@evansnewton.com


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Jamie Piotti and ENI featured in the Arizona Republic
as the SWON Lifetime Achievement recipient



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Evans Newton Incorporated
Announces commoncoreNOW™ Product Line

ENI’s commoncoreNOW solution is designed to be adapted to work with your district’s scope and sequence or to serve as a springboard to develop a CCSS-framed curriculum.

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Dec. 16, 2013 — ENI’s easy-to-implement commoncoreNOW solution will help jump-start your district, school, administration, and faculty transition to CCSS instruction and assessment. Our curriculum experts have organized the CCSS into customizable units, complete with supporting resources. Each of these units gives the user a detailed view of its recommended instructional sequence and pacing and a list of resources aligned to the CCSS.

ENI’s classroom-ready materials immediately launch Common Core instruction and performance-based learning. Your foundation is the FrameworkGUIDE™ curriculum map – a direct path through essential and supporting Common Core standards curriculum units. Every curriculum map is customizable, because it is designed for the user to add their own resources and make adjustments to topics, key vocabulary, etc. Additionally, the units can be resequenced.

The FrameworkGUIDE classroom sequence paces topics and instruction with plentiful CCSS-aligned instructional resources:

  • TaskPERFORM™ lessons—real-world CCSS scenarios for Depth of Knowledge 3 and 4
  • TASKassessment™ performance assessments—using literacy and numeracy to solve precollege/career problems aligned to Common Core standards
  • TargetStrategies® lessons—modeling and practice for Common Core standards
  • TargetFundamentals® lessons—reteaching for prerequisite Common Core standards
  • PAL Packets® activities—take-home learning activities
  • LiteracyCONNECT™ exemplar lessons—CCSS ELA literacy models for History/Social Studies and STEM classrooms
  • ModelMATH™ exemplars—implementing the Standards for Mathematical Practice in the classroom

Many school districts across the United States are easing their transition to the CCSS by using ENI’s commoncoreNOW solutions. “We are happy to report that our CCSS solutions are in school districts such as Bellwood #88, Claiborne County, Dorchester #2, Fentress County, Greene County, Grundy County, Hazel Crest, Humboldt County, Kenosha Unified, Mesa County #51, Orangeburg County Consolidated #3, Pickett County, Pine Bluff, Putnam County, Rich Township, Seligman Unified, Trenton Special, and schools such as FirstLine, Lake Forest Charter, Saint Stephens Indian, and Spirit of Excellence Academy,” said Jamie Piotti, Owner, CEO, and President of ENI.

ENI has worked with Putnam County School System on the integration of the CCSS with much success. “Putnam found that many of the current Tennessee standards were embedded in the Common Core standards, so teachers knew they were teaching to the current state standards while they prepared students for what’s coming with the CCSS,” said Denette E. Kolbe, Assistant Director of Schools for Teaching and Learning. “Before partnering with ENI, we were doing a lot of things right. Now, we’re doing a lot of things great. Our data shows we’ve really transformed.”

Piotti is very proud of ENI’s latest solution. “ENI is a company committed to supporting education in America,” said Piotti. “CCSS is coming and educators need resources to help them move to the new standards and give their students the best educational experience possible. I truly believe that our commoncoreNOW solution is that resource.”

To read more about ENI’s commoncoreNOW solution, please visit www.evansnewton.com/commoncore or call 800.443.0544 to learn about our year-end promotion.

About Evans Newton Incorporated
Evans Newton Incorporated (ENI) is a company of educators who are experts in school transformation. Since 1973, ENI has partnered with K–12 schools, districts, and state departments of education to create dramatic improvements in student performance. Through a highly collaborative process of goal-setting, standards alignment, curriculum and assessment development, professional development and coaching, ENI empowers teachers and school leaders to transform their schools and get results.

The company has been headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, in the Scottsdale Airpark, since 1978. Visit ENI at: www.evansnewton.com.

Contact:
       Jamie Piotti
       President and CEO
       Evans Newton Incorporated
       480.998.2777
       jpiotti@evansnewton.com


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Jamie Piotti, Owner, CEO, President and Evans Newton Incorporated Awarded Lifetime Achievement Company of the Year

ENI, guided by Jamie Piotti, is a company of people committed to promoting student success, increasing teacher effectiveness, enhancing administrator leadership skills, and promoting parental involvement.

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Nov. 29, 2013 — Jamie Piotti, Owner, CEO, President and her company, Evans Newton Incorporated (ENI) , have been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Company of the Year Award by the Successful Women Owner’s Network (SWON), which is administered by Republic Media Custom Publishing & Magazine. In the communication to Piotti, Republic Media stated, “Congratulations! Evans Newton, Inc. and Jamie Piotti for the very impressive work you have done.”

Piotti will be recognized and featured in a special section inside The Arizona Republic in December 2013. She has also been invited to attend an event honoring all women in SWON in December at the Sanctuary Resort at Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, AZ.

Twenty five years ago, Jamie Piotti assumed leadership and soon afterwards purchased ENI. Under her guidance, ENI has developed and expanded its products and services to fulfill the needs of the ever-evolving school achievement and educator effectiveness requirements, focusing on school transformation and sustainable school improvement. ENI is one of the largest female-owned companies in Arizona (ranked 16th in the Phoenix Business Journal 2011 and 25th in 2012).

Besides leading a highly successful company, Piotti is an entrepreneur at heart. Piotti believes in running ENI in a morally and ethically sound way and in giving back to make a difference in the world. She has written about this in her soon-to-be published book, Soulful... How to Build a Successful Company, Help Others and Live a Life with Purpose. She is also the owner and landlord of a 33,000 square-foot office building located in the Scottsdale Airpark, and she is the founder and president of a non-profit organization, Foundation for Educational Opportunity, which has funded over $85K in college scholarships to deserving students.

“Receiving this award and recognition for ENI and myself is very overwhelming and humbling. I am so grateful to my mentors, employees, friends and family for the support they have given me and Evans Newton Incorporated through the years. This is quite an honor!” said Piotti.

About Evans Newton Incorporated
Evans Newton Incorporated (ENI) is a company of educators who are experts in school transformation. Since 1973, ENI has partnered with K–12 schools, districts, and state departments of education to create dramatic improvements in student performance. Through a highly collaborative process of goal-setting, standards alignment, curriculum and assessment development, professional development and coaching, ENI empowers teachers and school leaders to transform their schools and get results.

The company has been headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, in the Scottsdale Airpark, since 1978. Visit ENI at: www.evansnewton.com.

Contact:
       Jamie Piotti
       President and CEO
       Evans Newton Incorporated
       480.998.2777
       jpiotti@evansnewton.com


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Evans Newton Incorporated Celebrates Forty Years as the Trusted Partner in American Education

ENI is a company of people committed to promoting student success, increasing teacher effectiveness, enhancing administrator leadership skills, and promoting parental involvement.

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Nov 27, 2013 — Evans Newton Incorporated (ENI) celebrates its 40th anniversary this month. ENI is a company of people committed to promoting student success, increasing teacher effectiveness, enhancing administrator leadership skills, and promoting parental involvement.

Jamie Piotti, ENI’s Owner, CEO, and President, is proud of ENI’s legacy and the realization of her goals to give every student a chance for the best educational experience possible. Piotti’s passion is for ENI to transform and improve schools and to always be the trusted educational partner of choice in public and private K–12 schools—large and small, urban, suburban, and rural. Piotti believes in running ENI in a morally and ethically sound way and in giving back to make a difference in the world. She has written about this in her soon-to be-published book, Soulful . . . How to Build a Successful Company, Help Others and Live a Life with Purpose.

In 1973 Piotti’s father, Lloyd Ferguson, a former schoolteacher and principal, was a true entrepreneur and wanted to integrate technology into the classroom. Evans Newton Incorporated was born and grew into a company that specialized in education software. According to the editors of Technology and Learning magazine, ENI’s student mastery software, Project Basic, was the second computer and software solution to be installed in a school that operated on the Apple II computer, a groundbreaking achievement.

Twenty five years ago, Jamie Piotti assumed leadership of and soon after purchased ENI. Under Piotti’s guidance, ENI has developed and expanded its products and services to fulfill the needs of the ever-evolving school achievement and educator effectiveness requirements, focusing on school transformation and sustainable school improvement. ENI is one of the largest female-owned companies in Arizona (ranked 16th in Phoenix Business Journal 2011 and 25th in 2012). “We understand education,” Piotti said. “ENI is a company of educators known for rolling up our sleeves, working in the trenches, and showing up where others won’t.”

Piotti believes in sharing ENI’s success and paying it forward. After Hurricane Katrina, Piotti knew that the educational system in New Orleans had been shattered. Lake Forest Charter School was one of the first schools to reopen. Without hesitation, Piotti made sure these teachers and children had learning materials and resources at their fingertips so they could resume their educational endeavors and gain some sense of normalcy amongst such devastation. ENI has also worked with charitable organizations such as The American Red Cross, St. Mary’s Food Bank, St. Vincent DePaul, UMOM, and The United Way to help families and children in need across the United States. Through Piotti’s nonprofit organization, Foundation for Educational Opportunity, ENI has funded over $85K in college scholarships to deserving students so they can achieve their potential by getting a college education.

In the early 1980s, ENI’s mission branched from software only to services. The company also successfully adapted and applied its renowned “deep curriculum alignment” approach that is used to this day. ENI’s professionals have written over 70,000 assessment items and aligned over 1,000 textbooks.

ENI also branded the TargetTeach® 5-Step process to school improvement, which has become the guiding framework for implementation support in districts and schools. This process defines the consistent and ongoing need for setting goals, aligns instructional content, fills instructional gaps, delivers incremental assessments, and monitors student progress. ENI’s software name also changed to TargetTeach.

Following the introduction of TargetTeach, customers received the first TargetStrategies® lessons to help address specific gaps in their instructional materials alignment. This was quickly followed up by the introduction of TargetFundamentals® to address the need for comprehensive remedial instructional materials and Parent Assisted Learning PAL Packets® to complement classroom instruction with take-home activities and support of parent involvement in student learning. ENI has developed over 4,500 lessons in English, Math, Social Studies, and Science, making a difference in many schools and districts. “We are so thankful for our partnership with ENI,” said Michelle Lesser, Principal, Clifton Elementary School, Colorado. “With assistance in aligning curriculum, setting up processes, coaching of teachers, and assessment, we have been able to make incredible gains in student achievement and teacher growth. We look forward to continuing our work with ENI.”

Remaining true to its commitment of supporting education in America, in 2012 ENI introduced a full suite of tools, commoncoreNOW™, that deliver the Common Core State Standard (CCSS) and state standard compatibility needed to take students up to Depth of Knowledge level 4 (DOK4). “Before partnering with Evans Newton, we were doing a lot of things right. Now, we’re doing a lot of things great,” said Denette E. Kolbe, Assistant Director of Schools for Putnam County Schools (TN). “Our data shows we’ve really transformed.”

ENI has been instrumental in raising student achievement in thousands of school districts across the country. Student growth of 20–30% after working with ENI is common. In a research study performed by Arizona State University, student achievement growth was acknowledged and certified for Assumption Parish School District (LA), Calumet Public School District (IL), Hazel Crest School District (IL), Joliet Public Schools District (IL), Lafayette Academy Charter School (LA), Tulsa Public Schools (OK) and Zion Elementary School District (IL) after implementing ENI services. Also, ENI is an Approved External Provider for School Improvement Services in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Ohio; Whole School Reform Provider in Tennessee; and, School Improvement Lead Partner in Illinois.

Piotti is honored to lead the celebration of this major milestone in ENI’s history. Piotti invites you to celebrate Evans Newton Incorporated Day, as proclaimed by former Scottsdale Mayor, Mary Manross, on November 28th. “I couldn’t be prouder of my team and of the accomplishments of our partner schools and districts. I can’t wait to see what we have done when we turn 50!” Piotti said.

About Evans Newton Incorporated
Evans Newton Incorporated (ENI) is a company of educators who are experts in school transformation. Since 1973, ENI has partnered with K–12 schools, districts, and state departments of education to create dramatic improvements in student performance. Through a highly collaborative process of goal-setting, standards alignment, curriculum and assessment development, professional development and coaching, ENI empowers teachers and school leaders to transform their schools and get results.

The company has been headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, in the Scottsdale Airpark, since 1978. Visit ENI at: www.evansnewton.com.

Contact:
       Jamie Piotti
       President and CEO
       Evans Newton Incorporated
       480.998.2777
       jpiotti@evansnewton.com


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Evans Newton Incorporated Expanding Outside Sales Team

ENI is transitioning to strong Outside Sales Model under the Leadership of Jamie Piotti

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Oct. 17, 2013 — In early July, Jamie Piotti resumed fulltime leadership of Evans Newton Incorporated, heading up sales and marketing and directing her focus on building her sales team. Piotti recently hired two new Regional Managers and is pleased to announce the addition of Jeri Ball, Regional Manager, Education Partnerships and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and Jim Mays, Regional Manager, Education Partnerships.

Jeri Ball joined ENI on September 23, 2013. In addition to working with BIE schools, she will cover the Midwest region of the US, including Illinois, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Jeri brings impressive experience and sales results to ENI from her former employers, which include Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson Education. She also has extensive experience as a classroom educator and as an online instructor.

Jim Mays joined ENI on October 10, 2013. Jim has a strong foundation in education and sales, having worked for such organizations as Achieve 3000 and Compass Learning. He has a Master of Arts degree in school counseling and has also served our country in the armed forces. Jim’s territory will include the states of California and Colorado.

“When I spoke to my professional contacts about joining ENI, they told me that it’s a good place to be and congratulations on the good move. They’re right. ENI is the right place for me and I’m looking forward to my professional future with ENI,” said Mays.

“ENI is excited to have these two new additions to our team! They have great industry experience and are dedicated to enriching the lives of students across the US. We are passionate about what we do and I believe that Jeri and Jim are great additions to ENI,” said Piotti.

About Evans Newton Incorporated
Evans Newton Incorporated (ENI) is a company of educators who are experts in school transformation. Since 1973, ENI has partnered with thousands of K-12 schools, districts, and state departments of education to create dramatic improvements in student performance. Through a highly collaborative process of goal-setting, standards alignment, curriculum and assessment development, professional development and coaching, ENI empowers teachers and school leaders to transform their schools and get results. The company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. Visit ENI at: www.evansnewton.com.

ENI is a proud sponsor of the District Administration Leadership Institute (DALI)

Contact:
       Jamie Piotti
       President and CEO
       Evans Newton Incorporated
       480.998.2777
       jpiotti@evansnewton.com


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Evans Newton Incorporated Partners with School Districts
for CCSS Success

Putnam County School Districts Show Significant Year One Growth in
Student Achievement and Continues Partnership for Year Three

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Sept. 03, 2013 — Putnam County School System (PCSS) in Cookeville, TN partnered with Evans Newton Incorporated (ENI) to provide its five middle schools with professional development and coaching in mathematics, focused on standards alignment and pacing, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and data-driven instruction. The rural district showed significant growth on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP). The percentage of students achieving at the proficient level or above jumped by 10 percentage points in grade 5; 7 points in grade 6; and 11 points in grades 7 and 8. Further, each grade level increased its rate of achievement, compared to state averages. Grades 6 and 8 performed higher than the state, while students in grades 5 and 7 decreased the gap between Putnam County’s performance and the state’s performance.

“We finished the school year with one set of standards and began the next school year with the new standards. This created many academic gaps, some of which were quite significant in math,” said Denette E. Kolbe, Assistant Director of Schools for Teaching and Learning. “We knew we needed to do something to close those gaps and help our teachers. We also knew our state would be transitioning to the Common Core Standards, so we didn’t want to implement the new Tennessee Mathematics Standards only to have to change things again in a couple years.”

PCSS partnered with ENI, a company of consultant educators who are experts in school transformation. The district’s goal was to provide its five middle schools with one year of mathematics professional development and coaching services for teachers and instructional coaches, focused on implementing the CCSS standards, aligning and pacing their curriculum, and the use of formative assessment data to plan instruction and interventions.

“The partnership with ENI is one of best partnerships we’ve ever had,” said Kolbe. “What’s different about working with the company is that it wasn’t about them coming in to change us, or to make us conform to their products or services. It was about meeting our needs and our students’ needs. Never in our district’s history have we had multiple grade levels where students across all five quintiles made dramatic gains.”

Putnam County School System is continuing their partnership in year three with Evans Newton Incorporated by moving forward with CCSS English Language Arts in their elementary schools. Their new reading textbook was aligned and a team of ENI Consultants conducted multi-day training in curriculum mapping for teachers and coaches in use of these new instructional resources.

“Our work with ENI is not only a partnership but an investment in our schools,” said Kolbe. “Before, we’d never done anything this comprehensive or this dynamic with our teachers. We had done bits and pieces of professional development and coaching, but never with this level follow-up, support, and sustainability. Our teachers now feel confident about teaching the Common Core Standards, and are thankful they began this process so they’ll be prepared when the new Common Core assessments are in place. We see the success we’ve had and we want to continue these efforts in the best interests of our students and their education.”

“We are so proud of the hard work and dedication Putnam County School System has done and how motivated and excited they were and are to move forward to be prepared for the new CCSS assessments. Their students are doing well and deserve the benefit of the great education they’re receiving in PCSS. Helping children realize their potential and expand their knowledge is our passion and that is evident in the work of the ENI consultant team.” said Jamie Piotti, President and CEO of Evans Newton Incorporated.

About Evans Newton Incorporated
Evans Newton Incorporated (ENI) is a company of educators who are experts in school transformation. Since 1973, ENI has partnered with thousands of K-12 schools, districts, and state departments of education to create dramatic improvements in student performance. Through a highly collaborative process of goal-setting, standards alignment, curriculum and assessment development, professional development and coaching, ENI empowers teachers and school leaders to transform their schools and get results. The company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. Visit ENI at: www.evansnewton.com.

Contact:
       Jamie Piotti
       President and CEO
       Evans Newton Incorporated
       480.998.2777
       jpiotti@evansnewton.com


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