Lysol Expands HERE for Healthy Schools Program to Reach 58,000 Schools in U.S. Areas Hardest Hit by the COVID-19 Pandemic

HERE for Healthy Schools | June 25, 2020

Lysol today announced plans to invest more than $20 million over three years to expand HERE for Healthy Schools into every Title I* school in the U.S. reaching 15 million children by 2022. Through education, research funding and strategic partnerships, this program aims to minimize the spread of germs in the classroom. Starting this fall, Lysol aims to reach 50% of Title 1 schools with its Healthy Habits program, expanding to 100% by 2022. At Lysol, we know that the best weapon against germs is knowledge, which is why in 2012 Lysol created the Healthy Habits Program in partnership with the National Education Association (NEA) and National PTA. The Healthy Habits Program includes downloadable activities for teachers and parents of children grades K-5 to help them build illness prevention habits.

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Colleges and universities looking to meet the evolving demands of students and thrive, even survive, in this new postsecondary education landscape often overlook the back-office processes that facilitate education delivery to students.

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Colleges and universities looking to meet the evolving demands of students and thrive, even survive, in this new postsecondary education landscape often overlook the back-office processes that facilitate education delivery to students.

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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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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

Stanislaus County Office of Education Selects PowerSchool Unified Insights™ for Improved Data Warehousing and Analytics

PowerSchool | August 01, 2022

PowerSchool , the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education in North America, today announced the Stanislaus County Office of Education (STANCOE) in Modesto, California, selected PowerSchool Unified Insights™ Student Essentials for enhanced data warehousing and analytics capabilities within STANCOE’s 25 school districts. The organization’s addition of Unified Insights Student Essentials will support STANCOE’s ongoing Global Data Project by providing an integrated data system capable of housing student data and information. Further, STANCOE’s use of Unified Insights Student Essentials will enable the organization to gain a greater perspective regarding learning trends in order to make more data-informed decisions. “Our Instructional Support Services Data Team spent two years researching, reviewing, and discussing potential solutions that would fulfill both the warehousing and analytics needs of our county office and the districts we support aligned with the vision of their Cradle to Career Partnership program. “We desired a data warehouse that updated nightly via a direct connection with the student information system, paired with a dynamic analytics system to visually display data in a meaningful way. We are confident that by implementing PowerSchool’s Unified Insights solution with its excellent warehousing capability and the detailed dashboards that we have found our ideal solution.” Rex Tschetter, Director II, School and District Support, Stanislaus County Office of Education STANCOE’s goal in selecting Unified Insights Student Essentials was to gain the capacity to provide data analytics services that can empower school district leaders to monitor the impact of program decisions toward improving outcomes for students. With Unified Insights Student Essentials, STANCOE can pull role-specific dashboards for STANCOE’s partner districts and site leaders, grade-level teams, classroom teachers, and Differentiated Assistance support teams to inform decisions and support the ongoing monitoring of their impact. By utilizing Unified Insights Student Essentials across multiple school districts, STANCOE is creating a framework that marries data from various sources into a unified system, allowing the data to be disaggregated at appropriate levels (e.g. by district, school, grade level, and student group). These capabilities increase the district’s capacity to base decisions on real-time data as they grapple with questions related to decisions such as course offerings, daily schedules, class sizes, curriculum implementation, student support services, and professional development offerings. “The implementation of PowerSchool’s Unified Insights Student Essentials will be a unifying force leading to mutually beneficial partnerships between Stanislaus County school districts,” said Craig Greenseid, Chief Revenue Officer, PowerSchool. “Ensuring schools have the proper resources to make better data-informed decisions is one of our top priorities, and we look forward to seeing Stanislaus County utilize our Student Essentials platform to do just that.” STANCOE is located in Stanislaus County, California where it serves over 110,000 students spread across 25 school districts, 16 charter schools, and seven schools operated by the county office itself. Its Global Data Project is a collaborative effort between multiple divisions within the county office, including Stanislaus Cradle to Career Partnerships, Child & Family Services, Educational Options, Special Education, and Instructional Support Services. The Stanislaus STATS (Strategic Targeted Assistance to Students) branch of the county-wide project focuses its work on supporting TK-12 education programs. Using a gradual phased approach, the Stanislaus STATS Project seeks to establish productive partnerships with districts across the county. About PowerSchool PowerSchool is the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education in North America. Its mission is to power the education ecosystem with unified technology that helps educators and students realize their full potential, in their way. PowerSchool connects students, teachers, administrators, and parents, with the shared goal of improving student outcomes. From the office to the classroom to the home, it helps schools and districts efficiently manage state reporting and related compliance, special education, finance, human resources, talent, registration, attendance, funding, learning, instruction, grading, assessments and analytics in one unified platform. PowerSchool supports over 45 million students globally and more than 14,000 customers, including more than 90 of the top 100 districts by student enrollment in the United States, and sells solutions in more than 90 countries.

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY, ONLINE EDUCATION

Malaysia-Based Asia School of Business Deploys YuJa Enterprise Video Platform Campuswide

YuJa | September 19, 2022

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s Asia School of Business has selected ed-tech leader YuJa Inc. to provide a video and media creation, storage, management and distribution solution campuswide. The Video Platform will help the institution, which was founded by MIT Sloan and Bank Negara Malaysia, meet its mission of developing transformative and principled leaders as a premier school of management in Asia.In addition to a video and content distribution management platform, the institution was seeking a solution that would work with its existing third-party classroom hardware and technology and that would enable automatic content ingestion. “YuJa pairs well with video content capture and management streaming media processors, which enables institutions to quickly and easily publish recordings for students, automate workflows, schedule recordings and live stream events,We’re excited to work with ASB to help create and deliver their unique ‘Action Learning’ curriculum to supplement experiential and hands-on learning.” Nathan Arora, Chief Business Officer at YuJa, Inc. The institution migrated from a competitor product to benefit from YuJa’s robust, easy-to-use and all-in-one platform with tools for lecture capture, in-video quizzing, captioning, live streaming, and more. ABOUT ASIA SCHOOL OF BUSINESS The Asia School of Business (ASB) is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Established in 2015 by Bank Negara Malaysia in collaboration with MIT Sloan, ASB is committed to developing transformative and principled leaders who will create a positive impact in the emerging world and beyond. ABOUT YUJA, INC. YuJa is a leader in ed-tech solutions. Our platforms provide organizations of all sizes with the tools to educate, engage, inspire and collaborate. We serve learning enterprises within all sectors, including higher-ed, K-12, government, healthcare, non-profit and corporate.

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