Curriculum Associates Updates i-Ready® to Meet Educators' Needs during School Closures and Beyond

prnewswire | June 04, 2020

Curriculum Associates recently added new features to i-Ready to meet emerging educator needs during school closures and beyond. These features include a new instructional report for educators as well as new reading comprehension lessons for middle school students. Today, the award-winning i-Ready program serves over eight million users nationwide and approximately 25 percent of all K–8 students across all 50 states."We are always listening to our educators and working to improve our programs to meet their evolving needs, especially in challenging times like these with extended school closures," said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates.

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In a world where demand for IT talent outstrips supply, and adaptive skills are highly prized, companies need to be bolder and more deliberate in their workforce strategies. As we are increasingly faced with a growing skills shortage and gap, finding the right blend of people, processes and technology is top of mind for technology leaders globally.​

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Orenda Education Merges With Think Together to Create Scalable School Improvement Nonprofit

Think Together | September 13, 2022

Think Together, one of California's largest nonprofits serving K-12 schools today announced it has completed the merger with Orenda Education, a top school improvement and professional development consultancy. Upon the close, the combined organization will serve more than 200,000 students across the state with more than $150 million in annual revenue. Moreover, the organization will be better positioned to rapidly scale their impact. "We're thrilled to bring our two organizations together in our combined efforts to improve student success and close the achievement gap,This merger is the natural evolution of Orenda's existing relationship with Think Together and solidifies our joint commitment to ensuring that the more than 2 million California students that are performing far below grade level have the support they need during the school day and beyond to succeed academically." Think Together Founder and CEO Randy Barth Over the past seven years, Think Together and Orenda have had an affiliate agreement in place while the full acquisition builds the long-term financial and operational capacities for Orenda to continue to scale. Orenda's work focuses on transformingeducation systems, either across a school district or by cohorts of schools, providing professional development to all levels of district staff, around a specific data-driven but people-centric school improvement model. Think Together partners with over 60 school districts and charter management organizations to provide more than 900 direct-to-student academic and enrichment programs at more than 450 school sites across California, serving more than 100,000 youth. Orenda Education works behind-the-scenes with school district leaders and educators to identify inequities in schools and then transform their systems to ensure all students have access to a premium education. "Think Together has always been an incredible partner, infusing the infrastructure needed to provide an efficient model for changing the odds for kids," said Orenda Education Founder and CEO Dr. Robin Avelar La Salle. "Our two models have always complemented each other but now, we can efficiently scale our vision for all students to receive the premium education they deserve." The acquisition comes as both organizations experience tremendous growth due in large part to new and renewed state investments in education to accelerate learning recovery efforts and provide educators with needed support amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "Now more than ever, teachers, school leaders and administrators need to think outside the box to address the issues impacting students including socio-economic biases, social emotional learning, and more," added Barth. "Providing these much-needed supports to educators means districts and schools can provide the skills they need to teach, lead and counsel during and following a period of great disruption during the pandemic. Recently the U.S. Department of Education reported a dramatic decline in scores from the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) known as the nation's scorecard. Two decades of growth for American students in reading and math were wiped away by just two years of pandemic-disrupted learning, according to national test scores released last week. And, the declines were much larger for students at lower performance levels, widening already-huge learning disparities between the country's high- and low-achievers. Orenda's approach to school improvement has proven to accelerate student outcomes, such as mastery of grade-level standards (measured by math and English language SBAC scores), improved A-G class completion rates, and improved graduation rates. They also provide administrative coaching, teaching strategies, and leadership clinics. To expand these services, Orenda was recently awarded a $4 million Education Innovation and Research grant by the U.S. Department of Education to digitize and distribute their school improvement approach through an online platform that is effective and highly scalable to schools and districts in any geography, and to those who require less in-person support. Think Together adds Orenda to their growing list of services that support student education in and around the school day. Think Together's flagship afterschool programs support students in underserved communities with homework help, enrichment, social-emotional learning and physical well-being, all to enable students to strive for college or a fulfilling career. To provide high-quality programs, Think Together partners with philanthropic organizations like the Joseph Drown Foundation. "Breaking down the barriers to opportunity, equity and access in education by keeping students and their success as the centered focus is one of the most meaningful investments for our future generations" said Alyssa Santino, Program Director of the Joseph Drown Foundation. "Ensuring the educators, leaders and structures around students are supported and inspired and effectively trained with research-based, proven and engaging strategies is imperative for thriving students and communities. We are pleased to partner with Think Together and Orenda Education as they excel in this space and continue to transform the trajectory of students and the schools they attend." Barth sees the combination of direct services to students through expanded and early learning, coupled with equity-based professional development, as an effective combination to supporting student achievement alongside their school district and charter partners. Dr. Paul Gothold, Superintendent of County Office of Education in San Diego agrees. His former district, Lynwood Unified School District, realized astonishing improvements when partnering with both Think Together and Orenda, including increasing graduation rates from 56% to 90.8%, and A-G college eligible rates from 18% to 53%. Orenda provides the technical expertise for true district turn-around. The systems approach and professional development modules to build staff capacity ensures all leaders have the tools and resources to provide a premium education for all students, said Gothold. "With Think Together's financial and operational support, Orenda is well positioned to continue providing much-needed education innovation to schools throughout the state and beyond. About Think Together For over 25 years Think Together has partnered with schools and communities to pursue educational equity and excellence for all kids. As a nonprofit organization, Think Together innovates, implements, and scales academic solutions that change the odds for hundreds of thousands of California students. Think Together's program areas include early learning, afterschool, school support services and leadership development for teachers and school administrators.

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Phenom Expands UKG Technology Partnership, Improving Recruiter Productivity and Candidate Conversions

Phenom | December 06, 2022

Phenom, the global leader in Intelligent Talent Experience, announced today that it expanded its technology partnership with UKG, a leading provider of HR, payroll and workforce management solutions for all people, to include certifications for Job Sync and Hosted Apply. Now, organizations that utilize both Phenom and UKG Pro Recruiting can improve the candidate experience by creating a better application process, while adding automation to reduce manual tasks and improve recruiter efficiency. To improve recruiter inefficiencies, the certified Job Sync integration ensures all job-associated data and requisitions in UKG Pro Recruiting are automatically pulled and posted onto the career site and job boards — eliminating the time-consuming and mundane process of creating flat files and copying and pasting content. To improve the candidate experience, the certified Hosted Apply process moves job seekers seamlessly from a company’s career site to the job application. Data is then reliably transferred between Phenom and UKG Pro Recruiting for recruiters to review, drastically improving conversion rates. “At UKG, we strive to create lifelong partnerships with our customers, helping them create modern people experiences to drive better business outcomes,By cultivating a highly engaged ecosystem of technology partners, including Phenom, we’re able to help create a more seamless and empowering technology experience.” Mike May, vice president of technology partnerships at UKG. As a Certified UKG Partner, Phenom enables organizations to hire best-fit talent faster with its Intelligent Talent Experience platform, while improving recruiter efficiency through: Hyper-personalized job recommendations: Deliver tailored content and job recommendations to each candidate based on their unique skills, experiences, preferences, and geographic location. Intelligent automation: Automate sourcing, screening, interview scheduling, candidate scoring, and answering job seeker questions with tools such as an AI-powered conversational chatbot, and email and SMS campaigns to move talent through the hiring process faster. Candidate pipelining and campaigns: Quickly identify new and silver medalist candidates with intelligent candidate discovery features. Then engage and nurture best-fit talent through campaigns. Actionable insights: Make more data-driven hiring decisions and identify recruiting ROI and hiring trends with career site and campaign analytics. Organizations today are hard-pressed to hire and retain the best possible talent. Improving recruiter productivity and the candidate experience are essential to accelerate hiring and ensure talent finds and chooses you faster,” said Chris Grimes, director, global alliances at Phenom. “Our certifications for Job Sync and Hosted Apply with UKG Pro Recruiting provide the premier, luxury experience that today’s talent expects, and TA teams need to thrive — and we believe it will convert many more passive candidates into applicants. About Phenom Phenom has a purpose of helping a billion people find the right job. Through AI-powered talent experiences, employers are using Phenom to hire employees faster, develop them to their full potential, and retain them longer. The Phenom Intelligent Talent Experience platform seamlessly connects candidates, employees, recruiters, hiring managers, HR and HRIS empowering over 500 diverse and global enterprises with innovative products including Phenom Career Site, Chatbot, CMS, CRM, AI Scheduling, Video Assessments, Campaigns, University Recruiting, Talent Marketplace, Career Pathing, Gigs, Mentoring, and Referrals. Phenom has earned accolades including: Inc. 5000’s fastest-growing companies (3 consecutive years), Deloitte Technology's Fast 500 (4 consecutive years), Business Intelligence Group's Artificial Intelligence Excellence Awards (2021 & 2022), and a regional Timmy Award for launching and optimizing HelpOneBillion.com (2020).

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Prescient Launches Its Learning and Development Platform

Prescient | September 16, 2022

Prescient, a biopharma product and portfolio strategy firm, has announced the launch of its learning and development platform – Prescient Academy.Developing its staff is a strategic priority for Prescient, and its vision is to empower people to fulfill their potential and enable them to succeed. To this end, the firm has heavily invested in a world-class learning and development platform to elevate the capabilities of its people and become a more dynamic partner to its pharmaceutical clients.The Prescient Academy will deliver a blend of learning experiences, ranging from in-person workshops delivered across the firm's global offices to virtual or hybrid events and, crucially, a new digital platform with on-demand resources to support learning anytime, anywhere. The platform will enable Prescient team members to access on-demand digital learning from both in-house experts and external faculty; specialist content to expand their capabilities and expertise; a calendar of learning and development events so they can better plan their learning journey; and a dedicated space for social learning, where individuals can pose questions, start debates or upload content, so everyone at Prescient can continually learn from each other. "It is so exciting to be leading the Learning & Development team as we embed a culture of continuous learning,Developing people is regarded as one of the strategic levers to help Prescient achieve its ambitious growth objectives and enable us to deliver the very best solutions to our clients. I am proud of the work my team is doing, in collaboration with business leaders and subject matter experts across the firm. The platform we are building will ensure our people have the skills to perform at their very best and accelerate the performance of new joiners." Diane Whelan, Director and Head of Learning at Prescient. About Prescient Prescient® is a pharma services firm specializing in dynamic decision support and product and portfolio strategy. We partner with our clients to turn science into value by helping them understand the potential of their molecules, shaping their strategic plans and allowing their decision making to be the biggest differentiating factor in the success of their products. When companies partner with Prescient, the molecules in their hands have a greater potential for success than the same science in the hands of their competitors. Founded in 2007, Prescient is a global firm with a footprint in 10 cities across three continents. Our team of more than 500 experts partners with 27 of the top 30 biopharmaceutical companies, the fastest-growing mid-caps and cutting-edge emerging biotechs, including some of the biggest and most innovative brands. More than 80% of our employees hold advanced life sciences degrees, and our teams deliver an impressive depth of therapeutic, clinical and commercial expertise.

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