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January 08, 2015 11:31 ET

STI Launches Free Online Tool for K-12 Teachers to Improve Student Behavior and Academic Performance

"Learning Earnings" Enables Teachers to Incentivize and Reward Students

MOBILE, AL--(Marketwired - January 08, 2015) - STI, a leading provider of education data management and student achievement solutions to the K-12 public and private school market, today announced the release of a free teacher version of their successful Learning Earnings technology platform. Learning Earnings is an online student achievement platform that provides K-12 teachers with a simple and efficient way to improve student behavior and performance.

More than two thousand teachers are currently using Learning Earnings to reduce behavioral issues, increase student performance and improve overall school culture. The innovative web application uniquely combines technology, a virtual points system and an online school store to consistently engage and motivate 21st century learners. Today's free teacher version of the Learning Earnings technology includes all of the functionality of the schoolwide platform and is optimized for managing incentive programs within an individual classroom.

"K-12 educators across the country are always in need of technological solutions that save time and have material impact on key educational indicators," said Derek Dunaway, STI chief executive officer. "The Learning Earnings platform automates many of the manual processes educators face when implementing incentive and positive reinforcement programs in the classroom. We are excited to offer this free tool to help educators eliminate classroom disruption and maximize instruction."

Teachers Reward Positive Student Behavior
According to the Digital Learning Alliance, an incentives-based reward approach can encourage positive student behaviors and allow teachers to track them, helping to curb negative behaviors in the classroom(1). Learning Earnings embraces an incentives-based reward approach, allowing teachers to easily set goals for their students individually or as a class, reward and track students for positive behavior and even establish an online store where students can redeem their earned points for rewards. Teachers may select from more than 800 grade-level specific, no cost rewards curated from students and teachers nationwide, or may create their own classroom rewards. The ability to receive rewards and recognition through Learning Earnings keeps students from kindergarten through the twelfth grade motivated, makes learning more engaging and improves the environment in the classroom.

"Since implementing Learning Earnings in our junior high school, we have witnessed students take increased ownership of behavior and responsibility for assignments," said Mark Edwards, principal, Lacey's Spring School. "Students are proud to see the points they have earned and the available rewards, as it reflects the positive choices they made to become better students."

"Learning Earnings has created a more collaborative environment and collaborative spirit among both our students and staff," said Todd Stephens, assistant principal, West Morgan Elementary School. "Our elementary school is using Learning Earnings to teach and reinforce valuable social and emotional life skills needed to establish ongoing positive behaviors that contribute to good character."

For teachers to sign up for Learning Earnings free of charge, visit http://www.learningearnings.com.

About STI
STI is a leading provider of education data management and student achievement solutions to the K-12 public and private school market. STI's fully integrated suite of products addresses student information systems, including health, food service management, state reporting and data accumulation, classroom learning tools and analytics. Additionally, STI offers a comprehensive program of professional development services to help administrators and teachers with school improvement initiatives such as developing data-driven response-to-intervention and formative assessment programs. More than 5,000 schools in 50 states use STI solutions. The company was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Mobile, AL. For more information, phone 800-844-0884 or visit www.sti-k12.com.

(1) Digital Learning Alliance, DLA Bullying, Violence, and Safety Initiative Template: http://www.digitallearningalliance.org/s/Bullying-Violence-and-Safety-140312.pdf

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