New school year brings excitement, big changes to SAS Curriculum Pathways


The end of summer is approaching and that means family vacations are wrapping up, and students and teachers will be heading back to school. I vividly recall preparing for the new school year when I was middle school social studies teacher Excited and re-energized for the coming year, I also longed to have the summer break last just a few more weeks. I suspect my students had the same sentiments.

As we enter this second decade in the 21st century, we at SAS are equipping teachers, students, and even parents with interactive, engaging, teaching tools and lessons that ignite interest in learning and maximize the use of technology, which students love to use, both in and out of school.  The latest release of SAS® Curriculum Pathways® includes the most significant enhancements since its 1998 debut.

Available at no cost to all educators, the product has expanded middle school resources, a new interface with enhanced search capabilities, and more interactive tools and lessons across five curriculum areas. Used by teachers in more than 12,000 schools in the U.S, and even a few outside of the U.S., SAS Curriculum Pathways  helps  make learning fun with technology that addresses content and skills students need to master.

I encourage you to share information about SAS Curriculum Pathways with educators you know and use it with your own middle and high school students. The development and distribution of SAS Curriculum Pathways is just one in a long history of examples of how SAS has demonstrated its commitment to schools and students.


About Author

Bruce Friend

Director - SAS Curriclum Pathways

Bruce Friend is the Director of SAS® Curriculum Pathways®, an award-winning education resource that provides online lessons, engaging tools and activities at no cost to educators around the world. As a member of the SAS Education Practice leadership team, his work is focused on the SAS Institute’s vision for transforming education and helping students and teachers utilize technology for more engaging and successful teaching and learning experience. Bruce has spent the past decade working in the field of online learning and digital content. He is a national pioneer in helping to establish the country’s first statewide online program and has been the chief administrator of two state virtual schools. Prior to joining SAS, Bruce was the Vice President of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL); a non-profit organization that provides support to students, parents, and online learning programs. Friend serves as a special advisor on educational technology issues for local and state leaders throughout the country as well as serving on advisory boards for several education programs and schools. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Distance Learning Association serving in the role of Vice President, is on the advisory board for the K12 education division of the Software & Information Industry, and represents SAS on the education committee of the world Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Among Friend’s honors and distinctions: He was recognized for the “Most Outstanding Achievement by an Individual: K-12 Education” by the United States Distance Learning Association. Friend is a two-time recipient of the Florida Principal Achievement Award and was the Florida Virtual School Teacher of the Year. He earned a M.Ed. in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida and a B.A. in Social Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

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