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Follett Unveils New Professional Development Series

‘True end-to-end solution,’ PD courses focus on instructional strategies

MCHENRY, IL, Aug 2, 2016Follett announced today it has launched a new Professional Development series for educators to help them make the most of Follett technology and products through hands-on experience and real-life examples. The series, available now to PreK-12 school districts, supports the implementation of national and statewide programs and teaches educators how to help students build key 21st-century skills.

The on-site courses range from three to six hours, are targeted for a broad range of educators, and cover a full range of topics in educational technology, specifically:

  • Simplifying Complex Text
  • Mastering Information Literacy
  • Keeping a Seat at the Table with Google™
  • Transforming Reading Programs with Technology
  • Fire Up Reading with Great Classroom Libraries

A one-hour webinar, "Opening the Door to Close Reading," also is available.

"We've listened to our customers, who have been asking for help as they learn new ways to maximize the use of their Follett resources," said Nader Qaimari, President, Follett School Solutions. "Our new PD series is intended to provide a true end-to-end solution with real-world examples the participants can immediately apply within the classroom and library."

Gwen Schmitt calls herself a "loyal Follett user for 23 years," and recently served as a beta tester of the new PD series along with other librarians in her central California district.

"It was of so much value to our district library staff to ensure we are fully using the resources we have," said Schmitt, elementary school librarian with Oakdale Joint Unified School District. "Our trainers were amazing resources of information, patient and gave specific answers to our many questions. I now feel like I am current with Follett’s improved offerings, and can share that knowledge with our students and staff."

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About Follett School Solutions |

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 |

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, colleges and campus stores, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach, students to learn and fans to celebrate. A leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett currently works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett's reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets. Today Follett Corporation is the world's largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Follett is a $3.6 billion privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois.