Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Celebrates 20th Year of Every Day Counts: Calendar Math by Launching Interactive Whiteboard Lessons for the Popular Math Program

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – On the 20th birthday of the successful program, global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the availability of new, interactive whiteboard lessons for its Every Day Counts: Calendar Math program. These dynamic lessons add an entirely new dimension to HMH’s popular program, enabling educators to further transform the classroom experience for their students. The interactive nature of these whiteboard lessons convert students from passive to active learners, as they allow students to immerse themselves in each lesson. Learners navigate the whiteboards simply by touching different areas of the screen. “Providing new and exciting ways to reach students is crucial for success,” said Scott Bowker, General Manager of Specialized Curriculum for HMH. “In addition to providing the best content, it is important for any educational program to keep students engaged. These lessons do just that.” Every Day Counts: Calendar Math has been used successfully in classrooms for 20 years in all 50 states. Now HMH is launching the next generation of the program that fully aligns with the daily calendar activities. Previously it had only been available in a print edition, but these whiteboard lessons are bringing it into the classroom of the 21st century. Every Day Counts: Calendar Math has been accredited by SMART Technologies for use with SMART Notebook™ collaborative learning software – the world’s most widely used educational content creation software.  While the Every Day Counts: Calendar Math interactive whiteboard activities were developed using SMART software, they are also compatible with other types of interactive whiteboards. “SMART accreditation of Every Day Counts: Calendar Math will make the lesson activities more accessible in a growing number of classrooms that have interactive whiteboards and for teachers and students who use SMART Notebook software,” said David Lapides, SMART’s Director of Education Policy and Practice. “These math lessons prepared in SMART Notebook software allow for increased engagement, interaction and enjoyment for the students, and we anticipate they will ultimately lead to better learning outcomes.” Aligned with NCTM Standards, Every Day Counts: Calendar Math provides lessons and activities to preview, review, practice and discuss critical math concepts and skills (such as time, money, estimation), build math understanding, and raise test scores. “The new K-5 Every Day Counts: Calendar Math interactive white boards are an exciting new step for teachers and students,” said Patsy Kanter, author of Every Day Counts: Calendar Math. “The developers have worked conscientiously to maintain the original intent and experience of the program, but now it is represented it in a way that incorporates interactive technology. This new digital enhancement makes the program easier for teachers to go in depth with their daily math discussions, and children will be captivated by the technology interface.” More information on the Every Day Counts: Calendar Math program is available here. You may also visit Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in booth 817 at the NCTM Annual Meeting, which runs from April 13-16, 2011 in Indianapolis. About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  With education products and services used by 57 million students throughout all 50 U.S. states and 120 countries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global education and learning company. The world's largest provider of materials for pre-K–12 learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is leading the way with innovative solutions and approaches to the challenges facing education today. Through curricula excellence coupled with technology innovations and professional services, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt collaborates with school districts, administrators, teachers, parents and students, providing interactive, results-driven learning solutions. Its Educational Consulting Services group works to increase student achievement in underperforming schools by developing, implementing and supporting education transformation through sustained district partnerships.  With origins dating back to 1832, the Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.