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Baker & Taylor Partners with Coachella Valley Unified School District to Provide Digital Content to Thousands of Students
Baker & Taylor( 09/02/2016 )

Baker & Taylor Partners with Coachella Valley Unified School District to Provide Digital Content to Thousands of Students
-Through a digital education platform, students can simultaneously access digital content aligned to the scope and sequence of a district's curricular strategy-

CHARLOTTE, N.C., September 1, 2016- Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of digital and print books and entertainment products, has announced a partnership with Coachella Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) to utilize the company's digital education platform for simultaneous access to digital content for students.

Coachella Valley Unified schools will be able to access thousands of digital titles aligned to the districts units of study. Mapping digital eBook content to the curricular goals of CVUSD schools, from Elementary to High School, allows more than 20,000 students, including preschool, to enhance their learning and success in the classroom. KnowledgePoint provides schools with the core tools necessary for managing and developing their collections and raising student literacy. Tools include curriculum and instruction team to help curate content, a device-agnostic reader and integrations within the CVUSD's existing technology systems. This partnership will allow CVUSD to offer content to address instructional objectives while also including high-interest content students desire but cannot always afford.

CVUSD and Superintendent, Dr. Darryl S. Adams, have been recognized nationally as leaders in digital education initiatives for students. CVUSD is one of the first school districts in the country to provide iPads to every student - Pre-K to 12th grade. In a district where most students are on free or reduced lunch and live below the poverty line, developing out of the box ideas to bridge the digital divide is critical to student success. Among those ideas, Wi-Fi on Wheels, a program where the district outfits school buses with Wi-Fi routers and solar panels and parks them overnight within underserved communities to ensure students have adequate internet access, has demonstrated tremendous success in allowing teachers and students to utilize more technology during and after school.

"Adding a digital education platform to Coachella Valley's already robust set of digital tools gives teachers and students the right content at the right time aligned to their reading and literacy strategy" explained Amandeep Kochar, Baker & Taylor's EVP of K12 Education, Software Products & Services. "We are thrilled to be able to support a district at the forefront of using technology in education."

"This platform supports Coachella Valley Unified's goal of preparing students for college, career and citizenship. Students will be able to read e-books that support their classroom curriculum on their district provided iPads at school and at home. By providing high quality educational technology for our students, we are reinforcing the foundation for their future success" added CVUSD Superintendent Dr. Darryl S. Adams.

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About Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor is the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products from approximately 25,000 suppliers to over 20,000 customers in 120 countries. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries, schools and retailers worldwide. Baker & Taylor also offers industry leading customized library services and retail merchandising solutions. For more information, visit

About Coachella Valley Unified School District
The Coachella Valley Unified School District located 40 miles east of the city of Palm Springs, CA., is proud to be serving 20,000 students from the east Coachella Valley communities of Indio, Coachella, Thermal, Mecca, Oasis, and Salton City in Imperial County. The fast growing school district with more than 2,200 certificated and classified employees has a total of 22 schools (14 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 4 high schools, 1 adult education program) and covers 1,250 square miles, about the size of the state of Rhode Island. The district has received national recognition, including from President Obama, for leading the way in the implementation of 1:1 mobile learning and educational technology. Coachella Valley Unified's strategic plan combines technology with new approaches to education, enabling a more personalized learning environment. The Mobile Learning Initiative addresses the following student capacities:

-Critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making
-Written/Verbal Communication
-Creativity and innovation
-Research and analytical skills
-Competent use of technology and concepts

To learn more about CVUSD, visit the links below.

Media Contacts
Baker & Taylor Contact:
Jenny Johnson

Coachella Valley Unified School District
Francinni Zabata

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