Emile Learning | September 03, 2021
Emile Learning, an LA-based education company working to build the 'Netflix of High School', is offering free student access for the month of September.
"We threw all our energy this past year into innovating with this generation of young people in mind," said President and Co-Founder Michael Vilardo. "We think students who try out our product will fall in love with the approach, so much so that they'll continue with Emile well beyond September."
Emile currently offers 20+ AP, Core, and Experiential courses for high schoolers. With September's free access, students will have unlimited access to Emile's entire course library through September 30, 2021. Courses include: AP Computer Science, Introduction to Computer Science, AP Psychology, AP English Language and Literature, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, Algebra 2, AP World History, Acting, Financial Literacy, and several others.
Emile Learning was founded in October 2020 by CEO Felix Ruano, Harvard University/McKinsey & Co. alum, Vilardo, University of Pennsylvannia/Nike/Uber alum, and CTO Jon Quiros, Dun & Bradstreet and Cal Poly Pomona alum.
"We have all seen the impact of TikTok, Netflix, Instagram on Gen-Z attention spans. These companies continue to innovate to stay relevant. Unfortunately, we have not seen that kind of approach in education. Emile is here to change that," said Ruano.
Emile's short-form courses are designed to promote engagement in a digital landscape where scrolling is the norm. By taking best practices from leading consumer technologies and social platforms, Emile is innovating to meet high school students' evolving learning strategies and needs.
Highly-engaging teachers pulled from students' favorite social channels present short-form video content, anchored to key concepts. Quizzes and study-guides reinforce learning. Access to a large online community and a roster of seasoned teachers increases interactivity and feedback. Finally, high schoolers have the option to take the courses purely for enrichment (e.g., to help supplement existing high school coursework) or for transcript-level credit.
Teaching Strategies | December 27, 2021
Teaching Strategies, the country's leading developer of early childhood curriculum, assessment, professional learning, and family engagement solutions, today announced the acquisition of Noni Educational Solutions, a trauma-focused edtech start-up that has developed a groundbreaking, app-based resource designed to support preschool-5th grade teachers working with children who have been impacted by trauma.
The solution, called noni™ for Teachers, was developed in partnership with Adventist HealthCare The Lourie Center for Children's Social & Emotional Wellness, a pioneer in research on best practices for supporting children impacted by trauma and adverse childhood experiences.
"Even prior to the pandemic, more than two-thirds of children had experienced at least one traumatic event by the age of 16," said Jimmy Venza, Ph.D., child psychologist and executive director of the Lourie Center. "In the aftermath of these past two years and the resulting stresses placed on families and children, that statistic is only likely to worsen."
"Now more than ever, teachers need and deserve our support for trauma-informed instruction and coaching. We're excited to welcome Noni Educational Solutions to the Teaching Strategies family. noni™ for Teachers fills a gap not met by any other solution in the market and gives educators the tools and support they need to care for children impacted by trauma and help them regulate behavior so they can learn."
Teaching Strategies CEO John Olsen
noni™ for Teachers is an app-based digital coach and collection of classroom teaching resources that guide teachers through providing trauma-informed instruction. The app uses real-time responsive technology, serving up immediate guidance based on teacher input and giving teachers the ability to track and even predict child behaviors that stem from exposure to toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences.
"We know from decades of research on working with young children who have been exposed to adverse childhood experiences that the teacher-child relationship can actually act as a buffer against the negative impact of trauma," said Kai-leé Berke, co-founder of Noni Educational Solutions and an author of many of Teaching Strategies' curriculum and assessment resources. "Having personally experienced traumatic circumstances as a young child, and eventually teaching and caring for young children who had also had exposure to adverse childhood experiences, I know firsthand what teachers face as students return to the traditional classroom. Addressing the lifelong mental and physical challenges that can result from trauma is essential to a student's success, and we must ensure our educators have the support to do so."
The app also provides intervention and prevention plans, whole-class guidance, support for partnering with families of trauma-impacted children, built-in teacher professional development around trauma and adverse childhood experiences, and resources that address teachers' own self-care and mental wellness.
The app and teaching resources will be available for immediate purchase by schools and programs. It seamlessly joins Teaching Strategies' family of solutions to support social-emotional learning in early childhood education including The Creative Curriculum®, Al's Pals™, GOLD®, ReadyRosie®, and professional development courses.
About Teaching Strategies
Driven by research that shows a child's first eight years form a critical foundation for success in school and in life, Teaching Strategies has been an advocate for the early education community for over 40 years. Today, Teaching Strategies connects teachers, children and families to inspired teaching and learning experiences, informative data, stronger family partnerships, and professional learning through the leading early learning platform and resources. Its products, including the most widely-used curriculum and assessment solutions The Creative Curriculum® and GOLD®, are found in over 270,000 classrooms and reach over 2 million children each year. To learn why thousands of early childhood programs and many states choose to partner with Teaching Strategies to help ensure children's success in school and in life.
About Noni Educational Solutions
Noni Educational Solutions is an education technology start-up that is developing support and resources for teachers and caregivers who have children in their classrooms who have been impacted by adverse childhood experiences. Their mission is to support teachers across the country in providing trauma-informed, relationship-based, responsive care to young children. Co-founded by Kai-leé Berke and Tia Disick, lifelong early education professionals, the company is focused on developing innovative ways to leverage the power of technology to support building the kind of safe, secure relationships between teachers and trauma-impacted young children that lay the foundation for successful content learning.
About Adventist HealthCare's The Lourie Center for Children's Social & Emotional Wellness
The Lourie Center is a private, non-profit agency with a mission to improve the social and emotional health of young children and their families through prevention, early intervention, education, research and training. It was founded in 1983 by the late Dr. Reginald S. Lourie, a world-wide leader in the fields of pediatric child psychiatry and infant mental health, and his renowned colleagues, including Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and Dr. Stanley Greenspan, as an outgrowth of their six-year clinical research project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Decades of extensive research confirm the impact of The Lourie Center's programs for trauma-impacted young children, including an 80% success rate in transitioning children to public school; academic and social gains; and reduced suspension and expulsion rates.
OpenSesame | July 28, 2021
OpenSesame, a market-leading SaaS global e-learning pioneer, announced a $50 million investment led by JMI Equity, a growth equity company focusing on investing in top software companies, with previous investors FTV Capital and Altos Ventures participating. This expansion investment will help OpenSesame speed its global expansion, expand its technology platform through product-led M&A, and continue to create value for its global customers.
Companies across the globe were compelled to rethink how they train and grow their organizations as a consequence of COVID-19 and the beginning of the work-from-home age. As a result, organizations accelerated their adoption of online learning and employee development programs with remote workforces, with a particular surge in demand for more training on diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), and leadership development, enabling a safe working environment and workplace wellness. The most comprehensive and essential solution for global and remote workforces across all sectors is OpenSesame's extensive library of 20,000+ e-learning courses in over 19 languages and new courses from world-class content partners such as TED and Harvard Business Publishing.
To offer customers even more high-quality courses, OpenSesame will increase its investment in partnerships and technology. The business adds unique courses by collaborating with the world's finest content producers and subject matter experts, as well as its curation team, to create courses that meet the unmet training requirements of today's virtual and varied workforces. With AI-curated course lists, OpenSesame has created technology that enables learning administrators to build custom learning pathways for each learner. In addition, the Simon platform from OpenSesame enables learning professionals to build compelling online training courses in many languages that connect with any learning management system.
Through effective online learning in every sector, OpenSesame assists in the development of the world's most productive and respected workforce. OpenSesame assists global companies at every step of the process, with the most extensive library of e-learning courses from the world's top publishers. As a result, OpenSesame has gained additional Global 2000 companies to its client base when the workforce is becoming more virtual. With over 20,000 courses available, the platform serves all industries and markets.
About JMI Equity
JMI Equity is a growth equity company that focuses on top software businesses. Since its inception in 1992, JMI has invested in over 155 businesses in its target markets, executed over 105 successful exits, and raised more than $6 billion in committed capital. In addition, JMI works with outstanding management teams to help them grow their companies into industry leaders.