She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Here we are at another Friday, friends, and I am glad to be back this week to bring you some scoops. Read on for the news from this week and a note of thanks for all of your kindnesses...

New roles for fellow execs....

Follett Software Company has announced a series of key personnel moves designed to continue to strengthen its investment in the Aspen student information system (SIS), which it acquired 18 months ago as part of the purchase of X2 Development Corporation. The Aspen SIS, which has expanded Follett's broad range of technology and content delivery solutions, has shown consistent growth since Follett Software purchased it in October 2010. In accompanying personnel announcements:

Brad Lindaas, who joined Follett Software in 1996 and has been serving as Aspen's vice president of business operations, is the product's new vice president of sales and SIS markets. In his new role, Brad will lead and drive sales for Aspen, with projections calling for a significant customer base expansion. Additionally, he will continue to lead the Hingham, MA-based campus, where the Aspen employees are based.
Rick Dwyer, founder of X2 Development, has been named entrepreneur-in-residence for Follett Software, where he will lead Aspen's newly formed Accelerated Solutions group, part of the Software Development team.
Tim Rogers, current vice president of software development for Follett Software, also will now guide the Aspen Software Development team, which includes Accelerated Solutions.
Mike Gedzyk, current vice president of services and operations for Follett Software, also will now guide the Aspen Services & Operations team and is poised to make two key new hires for the department.

Congratulations to Follett on its growth and to each of these individuals as they assume new roles!

Gregory Cooney, owner/partner of the Frank Cooney Company, assumed the position of Chairman of the Board of the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA) on March 22nd during the association's Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. Gregory is the Vice President of the Frank Cooney Company, a family-owned operation established over 40 years ago that today is one of the nation's largest distributors of educational furniture. Gregory has been active in NSSEA for many years having served on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Finance & Audit Committee, the School Equipment Show Planning Committee and the Nominating Committee. Joining me in congratulating Gregory as the new NSSEA Board Chair at


Scholastic Administrator® magazine won a prestigious American Business Media Neal Award for Best Commentary at the 58th Annual American Business Media Awards on March 16. The award recognized Alexander Russo's COMMENT.EDU columns on the subjects of school reform, No Child Left Behind and collective bargaining. Alexander Russo's blog, This Week In Education, is sponsored by Administrator magazine and was recently named one of the best education blogs in the nation by the Washington Post. He has also written for The Washington Monthly, The Huffington Post, Slate and Miller-McCune. In addition to this award, the magazine was also a finalist in the Best Use of Video category. This is the second year in a row Administrator was honored; in 2011, the magazine won the award for Best Single Issue of a Magazine. The annual American Business Media Neal Awards recognize the best in business-to-business editorial across standalone and integrated media channels. Dubbed "the Pulitzer Prize of business media", the Neal Awards are b-to-b's most prestigious and sought-after editorial honors. Please join me in congratulating Wayne D'Orio (, Executive Editor of Administrator, Michele Robinson (, Group Publisher, and the entire SA team on this wonderful recognition!

A good read....

Frank Catalano, Principal at Intrinsic Strategy, shared a new piece with me this week. He took some of the thinking he developed in the middle section of the keynote presentation he delivered at the Blackboard conference last month and turned it into an essay for the NPR/KQED education blog MindShift. It's called, "When Technologies Collide: Consumer, K-12 and Higher Ed" and is the usual good read from Frank. I also enjoyed the comments and his responses and think you will as well so check it out. Include your own comments on the blog or drop a note to Frank at

Did you hear the news?

Registration is now open for EdNET 2012, scheduled for September 30-October 2 in Baltimore! Our team is working hard to bring you another top-notch program and networking event, and you will want to put this on your calendar now. Go ahead and register to save and take advantage of the "Early-Early Bird" conference discount, which is good through June 22nd.

And my thanks to the wonderful group of sponsors already confirmed—it is with their generous support that we are able to bring you EdNET. We so appreciate their support of EdNET and our work! Let me recognize each of them now....

EdNET 2012 Sponsors to Date

  • BrainPOP
  • EduTone Corporation
  • SAFARI Montage
  • SMART Technologies
  • The Greaves Group
  • Dell Inc.
  • its Learning
  • Kajeet for Education
  • LAUNCHedu at SXSWedu
  • Ligature Partners
  • Pearson
  • RedRock Reports
  • Academic Business Advisors, LLC
  • Agile Education Marketing
  • BLEgroup
  • C.Blohm & Associates, Inc.
  • Cherry Tree Companies, LLC
  • DYMO / Mimio - A Newell Rubbermaid Company
  • EdNET Insight
  • Educational Systemics
  • Follett Software Company
  • Intel Corporation
  • KEH Communications
  • Meeker Search and Consulting
  • MMS Education
  • SEG Measurement
  • SkillsTutor
  • SmartBrief Education
  • Texthelp Systems, Inc.
  • WeAreTeachers
  • Weiss & Associates Executive Recruiting
  • Winter Group
  • Mentoring Minds
  • Scholastic Professional Media
  • Tech & Learning
  • Words & Numbers

Our sincere thanks to each of these organizations for its contribution to the conference opportunities provided to our community!

And in closing, my personal appreciation and thanks....

Thanks to all of you for your many kindnesses in recent weeks as my family has walked through a most painful period of being by my dad's side round the clock for over a week following his stroke and then losing him the day before Easter and then making arrangements for his service. I have been so comforted and touched by your e-mails, cards, thoughts and prayers for me and for my family. Your caring and thoughtfulness have mattered a great deal and been a source of comfort during these difficult days. I have told you many times how blessed I am by this community of colleagues and friends that I so love. I have never felt more so and appreciate each gesture, known and unknown—my sincere appreciation and thanks for all! Now, go make some deposits in your own memory bank with friends and family this weekend. I will see you back here next Friday—till then....Vicki, the Snoop