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March 4, 2021

Gale Group Thorndike Press partners with Beanstack and Mark Cuban to sponsor Level Up national K-12 summer 2021 reading challenge. Thorndike Press from Gale, a Cengage company, has teamed up with Beanstack and Mark Cuban to bring schools a national K-12 summer reading challenge, ‘Level Up.' The challenge was designed to lessen the impact of summer slide and keep students engaged and reading all summer long. Schools can win cash prizes, book collections or a virtual visit from Newbery award-winning author, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. The challenge is free, but schools must register to participate. It will run June 1, 2021 through July 15, 2021. [Full Announcement].

February 25, 2021

Gale Group Gale and Bodleian Libraries at University of Oxford announce the Gale Scholar Asia Pacific, Digital Humanities Oxford Fellowships. The Bodleian Libraries and Gale, a Cengage Company, are delighted to announce the launch of the Gale Scholar Asia Pacific, Digital Humanities Oxford Fellowships program. Funded by Gale, the fellowships will support three scholars for a three-month period of research into a digital humanities related topic at the University of Oxford, using the Centre for Digital Scholarship of the Bodleian Libraries. The goal of the program is to encourage emerging digital humanities scholarship in the Asia Pacific region and progress the contribution of non-Western and regional perspectives in the field of digital humanities research. [Full Announcement].

January 26, 2021

Gale Group Gale In Context: For Educators Launches New Teacher Learning Center. Gale, a Cengage company, is helping educators enhance skills for virtual lesson planning and online teaching. The company has launched Gale In Context: For Educators' new Learning Center, an on-demand professional learning hub for finding, organizing and learning how to teach – virtually or in-person – using the content created within For Educators. Now teachers can take control of their own professional learning and find support as they work to use For Educators to drive student learning outcomes. [Full Announcement].

December 2, 2020

Gale Group Shandong University joins the ranks of prestigious universities in China to acquire Gale Scholar. Shandong University is the latest university in China to acquire Gale Scholar, from Gale, a Cengage company, empowering its researchers to make fresh discoveries through digital access to millions of pages from Gale Primary Sources. Gale Scholar offers institutions access to core collections in Gale Primary Sources totaling more than 170 million digitized pages from the vaults of world renowned libraries, covering over 500 years of international history. [Full Announcement].

November 18, 2020

Gale Group Gale Enhances Miss Humblebee’s Academy to Improve User Experience and Deliver Better Learning Outcomes. To help schools, parents and caregivers meet the needs of their early learners and further empower their learning journey toward school readiness, Gale, a Cengage company has made major enhancements to Miss Humblebee's Academy, its award-winning interactive online learning solution for children ages three to six. [Full Announcement].

October 27, 2020

Gale Group Gale Case Studies launches to help higher education instructors bring social justice issues to the forefront of course curriculum. Gale, a Cengage company, is helping college and university instructors develop and strengthen students' critical thinking skills around contemporary social justice issues using historical content. Gale Case Studies, a new online instructional tool launched by the company today, provides faculty with teaching resources to help students critically analyze culturally relevant social justice issues through the lens of primary sources on topics such as LGBTQ+, race, political extremism and public health concerns. This new resource promotes the student growth of transferable, 21st century skills through an interdisciplinary approach that fosters the use of primary sources to interrogate social issues and develop inferences for the future. Read the Gale blog about why Gale Case Studies was created. [Full Announcement].

September 23, 2020

Gale Group Gale Helps Charleston County School District Integrate Social Emotional Learning and Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom and at Home. With mental health issues and racial injustices on the rise, Gale, a Cengage company, is helping the Charleston County School District (CCSD) provide its students and school staff with authoritative digital resources to support social and emotional learning (SEL) and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The district is using professional learning and student collections on Gale eBooks to help educators and learners strengthen their understanding and provide guidance for mental health and racial equity to create more supportive and inclusive learning environments. [Full Announcement].

September 1, 2020

Gale Group Gale launches new online career assessment platform for libraries to help job seekers navigate today’s economy. Gale, a Cengage company, today announced the launch of Gale Presents: Peterson's Career Prep, a new innovative online career assessment platform for libraries – powered by Peterson's® – that gives patrons access to career development tools. Now libraries can provide job seekers with career planning and guidance resources to explore new paths that align with their interests and skills to achieve their professional goals in today's job market. Read Gale's blog about the new platform. [Full Announcement].

June 30, 2020

Gale Group Gale Analytics launches new Interactive Dashboards to help public libraries gain deeper insights into community interests and needs. Gale, a Cengage company, is helping public libraries analyze data more efficiently to better serve their patrons and communities. Gale Analytics has introduced new interactive dashboards that provide public libraries with valuable insights into their service areas. Now library staff can dynamically interact with data to better understand the lifestyles and behaviors of households in their communities to design and market customized library services and resources to fit their needs. [Full Announcement].

June 2, 2020

Gale Group Gale Relaunches Kids InfoBits as Gale In Context: Elementary with Enhanced User Experience to Deliver Better Learning Outcomes. Gale, a Cengage company, has a new addition to its award-winning Gale In Context family of products. Kids InfoBits has been relaunched as Gale In Context: Elementary, with new and improved features that provide young learners with a better user experience to help them build their learning and critical thinking skills. Completely redesigned and built exclusively for elementary school learners, Gale In Context: Elementary provides a more intuitive, kid-friendly platform with a strong focus on learning development and student success. This enables teachers to gradually help students become successful at learning as they transition to higher grade levels, putting them on a path to discovery that fosters future-ready skills [Full Announcement].

May 20, 2020

Gale Group Gale Digital Scholar Lab adds instructional support and gains customer momentum. Gale, a Cengage company, is providing digital humanities students and researchers with a streamlined learning experience for building text analysis projects. The company has added instructional support to the Gale Digital Scholar Lab with the launch of its new integrated Learning Center. Now users have a learning framework that provides step-by-step instruction that helps them navigate and learn throughout the Lab’s workflow. This creates an entirely new structure for teaching best practices, research principles and the iterative nature of digital scholarship, in a manner that’s teachable and repeatable, putting research and learning first. [Full Announcement].

May 4, 2020

Gale Group Gale Statement Regarding Cengage-McGraw-Hill Merger Termination. Although we believed the merger could have helped libraries reach more learners, the future for Gale has never been stronger. As distance learning becomes a new reality, Gale remains committed to providing libraries, educators and students with digital resources and educational technology to support their online learning needs. Our customers are our top priority and we will continue to deliver the high-quality content and service they have come to expect. We continue to operate as part of the Cengage portfolio and our customers will not see any disruption in the services we provide to them. [Full Announcement].

February 26, 2020

Gale Group Gale launches new online learning platform for public libraries. Gale, a Cengage company, announced the launch of Gale Presents: Udemy, a new online learning platform for public libraries – powered by Udemy for Business – that provides patrons access to over 4,000 high-quality, on-demand video courses taught by world-class instructors across more than 75 categories. Now libraries can provide patrons with a personalized learning experience to gain the skills they need to compete in today’s economy. [Full Announcement].

February 5, 2020

Gale Group Gale Wins 2020 Dartmouth Medal and Named to RUSA Outstanding Reference Source List. Gale, a Cengage company, is thrilled to announce that the Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History has been awarded the 2020 Dartmouth Medal for excellence in reference. Additionally, Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives received an honorable mention. Read Gale’s blog about this recognition. [Full Announcement].

December 17, 2019

Gale Group An alternative to LinkedIn Learning public libraries have been looking for - Introducing Gale Presents. Coming Winter 2020, Gale will be launching Gale Presents: Udemy, a dynamic content platform powered by Udemy for Business, that utilizes the best data-driven curation process to deliver over 3,500 high-quality, on-demand video courses across more than 75 different categories. With just a library card (no LinkedIn account needed), library patrons will be able to access these courses for free at participating public libraries. [Full Announcement].

December 4, 2019

Gale Group The University of Johannesburg selects Gale Primary Sources to improve student and faculty research outcomes. Gale, a Cengage company, is helping the University of Johannesburg enrich the research experience of its faculty and students. The university has selected Gale Primary Sources, the world’s largest collection of rare and unique digital archives. Now faculty and students have access to 27 digital collections on topics such as: law, government, political science, history, slavery, labor issues and literature. [Full Announcement].

November 12, 2019

Gale Group Gale delivers vital insights into library activity with Gale Engage launch. Gale, a Cengage company, is helping public libraries engage more effectively with their patrons and communities. Gale Engage, a new cloud-based solution launched today by the company, helps libraries become smarter, more impactful and efficient with patron outreach and engagement. Developed in partnership with Deziner Software, LLC, Gale Engage provides a 360-degree view of library activity across branches, enabling staff to analyze data, personalize marketing outreach and increase engagement with their communities. Read Gale’s blog about Gale Engage. Gale Engage is ILS-agnostic and uses data from common library sources to develop groups, enabling library staff to more easily segment audiences and target email communications, driving more meaningful and engaging interactions. The dashboard provides visuals of key performance indicators and metrics, helping libraries measure their effectiveness. [Full Announcement].

October 22, 2019

Gale Group Gale Streamlines curriculum planning and amplifies collaboration with Gale In Context: For Educators launch. Gale announced the launch of Gale In Context: For Educators, a new product that gives educators a more effective approach to curriculum development and classroom instruction. Fueled by content from the Gale In Context suite of student databases, For Educators provides standards-aligned lesson plans and instructional materials. A specialized toolkit helps educators collect, personalize and share resources quickly and easily with colleagues and students across their district. Read Gale's blog about the development of For Educators. Studies show that teachers spend seven hours per week searching for instructional resources. For Educators removes this complexity by streamlining access to curated and authoritative educational resources within their subscribed Gale In Context databases, empowering teachers with a single point of access to the technology, tools and resources they need, saving them time and effort while enhancing their classroom curriculum. [Full Announcement].

October 2, 2019

Gale Group Gale partners with Mackin to make database content accessible and searchable through MackinVIA’s Deep Discovery. Gale, a Cengage company, has partnered with Mackin, a leading distributor of K-12, print and digital resources, to make its database content available on the MackinVIA digital content management platform. Now MackinVIA customers can search Gale databases using MackinVIA’s new Deep Discovery tool to quickly find authoritative content, delivering better research outcomes for student success. [Full Announcement].

September 12, 2019

Gale Group New study finds large print books improve student reading confidence and comprehension skills. New research released today by Thorndike Press from Gale, a Cengage company, shows that students in grades 3-12 who read large print books developed stronger reading skills, felt more comfortable reading and adopted new, positive reading mindsets. View/download the study whitepaper or infographic.According to the latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing, almost two-thirds of 4th and 8th grade students in U.S. schools are reading at a basic or below basic level. [Full Announcement].

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