Educative | May 20, 2021
Educative, an interactive hands-on skill development platform for software developers and therefore the companies that employ them, today announced a $12 million Series A fundraising round. Matrix Partners led the round with additional funding from new and returning investors, including Trilogy Equity Partners. Lookout founder Kevin Mahaffey, Mercury.com founder Immad Akhund, Segment founder Ilya Volodarsky, and several other angel investors also participated.
Educative has quite 550,000 developers who use the platform, also as a further 1.5 million learners monthly that tap into its free database of short, concise articles on dev topics. The infusion of funding will enable Educative to accelerate its growth within the B2B space where companies including LinkedIn, Samsung, Ford, Visa, GE, and VMware leverage the company's proprietary technology to onboard new engineers, upskill existing ones and develop their engineering managers. the corporate will quite triple its course offerings in 2021 and expand customizable training offerings for teams and enterprises looking to expand the talents of their employees. Educative also plans to rent quite 200 new employees to fuel growth across their global customer base.
"Like skateboarders or swimmers, developers can't learn by watching videos. Instead, they learn by doing. We began to create a learning platform that gives pre-configured training environments within the cloud, making hands-on learning a breeze. Educative now touches 10 percent of developers worldwide," said Fahim ul Haq, chief military officer and co-founder of Educative. "We've experienced accelerated growth over the last year as demand for software developers continues to explode. As remote work, career transitions, and upskilling continue, this investment will help us answer the demand and still deliver quality courses for software developers and therefore the businesses that employ them."
Over the past year, Educative has experienced widespread growth including doubling its user base within the U.S. The platform saw over 100% growth in non-traditional tech hubs like San Diego , Columbus, Charlotte, and Raleigh in 2020. Educative responded by expanding its suite of courses utilized by several technical boot camps and individual learners, also introducing tailored solutions for training, upskilling, and onboarding for businesses.
"Educative has made impressive strides to reply to the challenges related to upskilling software developers during a time when the work market is growing exponentially for knowledgeable programmers," said Jake Jolis, partner, Matrix Partners. "Educative embodies the attributes we value at Matrix Partners — a promising mission, an ambitious team, and a loyal, passionate community. we glance forward to helping Educative continue on its current growth trajectory."
Educative is that the leading provider of online learning platforms that engage users with interactive in-browser coding exercises designed to show, test, and develop the skills of engineering managers and developers. Its interactive courses are designed in conjunction with external tech experts and have text-based training which studies show is significantly faster than video-based courses. employed by individuals and businesses alike, Educative's courses help software developers learn more quickly and efficiently than other platforms.
Cengage Group and Gale | January 13, 2022
The California State Library and Riverside County Office of Education have partnered with Gale, part of Cengage Group, to provide California's more than six-million K-12 students and over 300,000 educators with access to science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) digital resources from Gale. These new resources are part of California's K-12 Online Content Project and are available at all schools (10k+) and public libraries (1.1k+) throughout California to support and strengthen STEAM learning.
The California K-12 Online Content Project is a joint program between the California State Library and Riverside County Office of Education to enhance learning environments through digital resources. The project provides teachers, school librarians and students with a variety of digital information and tools that include: magazines, books, scientific research, newspaper articles, photos, videos, educational tools and more — all aligned with California educational standards and student data privacy laws. Gale is the fourth provider to join the project.
"This investment in California's future is part of Governor Newsom's ongoing work to close the opportunity gap, ensuring that all Californians regardless of circumstance are connected with the tools they need to succeed," said California State Librarian, Greg Lucas.
Gale's STEAM resources include:
Gale In Context: Environmental Studies – understand environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news and multimedia content.
Gale Interactive: Science – manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand biology, chemistry, earth, and space science concepts.
Gale Presents: National Geographic Kids – explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology and space.
With geo-authentication, Californians can access Gale's STEAM resources 24/7 from any computer or mobile device without the use of a library card or password. This enables users to seamlessly access Gale's authoritative content, eliminating barriers to access resources. Additionally, the resources feature integrated workflow tools from Google Workspace for Education and Microsoft Office 365 tools, as well as language translation, downloadable audio and easy ways to share and save content. The resources can also be integrated into districts' and schools' aligned learning management systems, abiding by current California law regarding student data privacy.
"Libraries play a crucial role in making knowledge accessible to empower learning and to enrich lives. The California State Library's K-12 Content Project is a game-changer for students and educators in the state, and we couldn't be prouder to participate in bringing the library to learners."
Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager at Gale
About Cengage Group and Gale
Cengage Group, an education technology company serving millions of learners in 165 countries, advances the way students learn through quality, digital experiences. The company currently serves the K-12, higher education, professional, library, English language teaching and workforce training markets worldwide. Gale, part of Cengage Group, provides libraries with original and curated content, as well as the modern research tools and technology that are crucial in connecting libraries to learning, and learners to libraries. For more than 60 years, Gale has partnered with libraries around the world to empower the discovery of knowledge and insights – where, when and how people need it. Gale has 500 employees globally with its main operations in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
About the California State Library
Founded in 1850, the California State Library has an extensive collection of documents from and about the state's rich history, ranging from books, maps, miners' diaries, newspapers, and periodicals to photographs, paintings, and posters. The State Library also holds federal and state publications, is home to the Bernard E. Witkin State Law Library and the Braille and Talking Book Library and serves as the lead state agency for library-related services throughout California, including the K-12 Online Content Project.
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Cambium Learning Group | January 31, 2022
-Cambium Learning Group, a leading provider of award-winning education technology and services for K-12 markets, today announced its “Remote First” work model, a progressive and responsive approach to remote work. Cambium's Remote First model provides the company’s employees with flexibility, giving most employees the opportunity to choose between fully remote work or a hybrid of remote and in-office work at one of Cambium's office locations. Cambium believes that continuing to allow its employees to determine where and how they work to effectively balance their work and personal lives will continue to support both the company’s goals and employees in the future.
Cambium’s purpose — its reason for being — is to tackle K-12 education’s biggest challenge: helping all teachers and students feel seen, valued and supported. This purpose also extends to the employees, making sure all feel seen, valued and supported. Employees will not be required to work in an office or resume business travel, and the added flexibility is focused on driving innovation, improving equity across the company, and putting people first.
“In response to the pandemic, most Cambium employees have adjusted to a fully remote working environment,” said John Campbell, CEO of Cambium Learning Group. “The transition to fully remote work has required each of us to adopt new ways of working and staying connected. We’re excited that our Remote First approach will provide a more inclusive model based on respect and trust that supports everyone to create a better work-life blend.”
Cambium's bookings are more than five times higher than 2017 bookings, nearing $1B in 2021. Since accelerating its transition to a remote workforce in March of 2020, Cambium has gone on to have its two most successful years to date in 2020 and 2021. This is just one example of how the company’s focus on its purpose — helping people feel seen, valued and supported — wasn't just the right thing to do, it was beneficial for business and employees.
As a result of the growth that the company has seen over the last 2 years, Cambium has invested in its existing talent and added nearly 400 new positions across the US, while looking to add more than 600 new positions in 2022. Cambium’s latest video, “Back to the Future,” highlights Cambium's legacy of impact and serves as a call to action for professionals wanting to join the edtech leader in addressing education’s most persistent challenges. Within Cambium’s Remote First approach, over 85% of Cambium's employees have the opportunity to work remotely.
“Our historic growth last year and throughout the pandemic, is a testament to our employees’ hard work and tenacious dedication to teachers and students. Giving our employees the flexibility to decide where and how they work best is not only what’s best for themselves and their families, but also helps us all produce our best work.”
Ashley Andersen Zantop, COO at Cambium Learning Group
By applying learnings from the start of the pandemic, and adopting a Remote First work model, Cambium has invested in ways to increase support for employee remote home offices. This includes a Remote First Home Office support benefit for expenses incurred so far and those expected in 2022, as well as an enhanced suite of health and welfare benefits including virtual mental wellness visits, enhanced leave packages and other remote-friendly offerings. Cambium’s commitment to a Remote First approach will focus on encouraging all employees and teams who can work remotely successfully to do so, while also providing office facilities for some in-office work and collaboration in select locations.
About Cambium Learning Group
Cambium Learning® Group is the education essentials company, providing award-winning education technology and services for K-12 markets. With an intentionally curated portfolio of respected global brands, Cambium serves as a leader in the education space, helping millions of educators and students feel more universally valued each and every day. In everything it does, the company focuses on the elements that are most essential to the success of education, delivering simpler, more certain solutions that make a meaningful difference right now. To learn more, visit www.cambiumlearning.com or follow Cambium on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Medium. The Cambium family of brands includes: Cambium Assessment, Lexia® Learning, Learning A-Z®, Voyager Sopris Learning®, ExploreLearning®, Time4Learning®, and Kurzweil Education®.