Massachusetts Passed A New Education Funding Plan. Now What?

WGBH.org | December 05, 2019

Massachusetts Passed A New Education Funding Plan. Now What?
Massachusetts' public school funding formula has changed for the first time since 1993, thanks to a new law passed by the state legislature that adds $1.5 billion to schools, and aims for more equity across the state. How will that money get spent? Former Education Secretary Paul Reville joined Boston Public Radio to break down what happens next. "This will have particular effect in our poorest communities in the commonwealth," he said. "But just having more money doesn't necessarily mean you're going to do a good job. It's how you spend the money that's going to make all the difference." The new formula aims to reduce inequities between districts by infusing more money in communities that face larger costs in special education, employee health care, low-income students, and English language learners.

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Riiid | October 23, 2021

Riiid, a leading AI for education (AIEd) solution company, and BasicFirst Learning, a personalized e-learning platform based in India, signed a partnership agreement to deliver AI-driven education. By integrating Riiid's AI solutions into BasicFirst Learning's online tutoring platform, the partnership will offer a new level of personalized learning experiences for students in the region. Riiid has been a member of Born2Global Centre since 2016. Under the terms of the agreement, two parties will develop an AI-powered test-prep solution for JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) and NEET (National Eligibility Entrance Test), an admissions exam for various technical and medical undergraduate programs across India with over three million test-takers annually. The solution will be accessible through the web, iOS, and Android. In the process, BasicFirst Learning will provide contents, key features, and specifications for the product, while Riiid will provide Al modeling components, such as score prediction and content recommendation, as well as AI algorithm pre-training capabilities. When combined, those components are expected to exert a vast amount of synergy, generating high learning efficacy and personalized learning paths for the users. According to HolonIQ, a global education intelligence platform, India is "an education giant to watch" and is expected to dethrone China as the most populous country on earth by 2022 with more than 1.5 billion residents. Since India's economic growth and development are expected to rely heavily on the education sector, this partnership can serve as a catalyst for capturing enormous opportunities in the Indian education market. "We are thrilled to enter into a partnership with BasicFirst Learning because when AI meets the right platforms, powerful things happen. Because BasicFirst Learning is well aligned with us on the mission of democratizing education for everyone and its learning platform has a strong reputation among local users, we expect our collective efforts to make a major leap in providing personalized learning experiences. We believe this partnership also has a potential to generate a great deal of market opportunities in India." David Yi, CEO of Riiid Labs Elaborating on the partnership, Randhir Kumar, Founder & CEO, BasicFirst Learning said, "We are excited to be entering into an innovative and industry-first partnership with Riiid Labs to provide AI-enabled test assessment solutions to students. Every year over three million students appear for JEE, NEET exams in the country, therefore we are focusing on bringing solution that is student-centric and bring innovation to the current education system. Aligned with our commitment to offering a holistic learning experience, this partnership aims to offer students a one-of-a-kind personalized, focused, and result-driven experience. Our AI-powered learning mechanism is a step towards improved future of students and brings competitiveness among the industry peers". BasicFirst Learning is a personalized e-learning platform in India started by the country's top education professionals and experts in 2017. The company has made quick penetrations in a number of markets including US, UAE, Singapore as well as its home turf in India. Riiid's proprietary AI technology analyzes student data and content, predicts scores and user behavior, and recommends personalized study plans in real-time to help students optimize their learning potential. The company provides solutions for K-12 education, postsecondary education, and corporate training in more than 10 countries across the globe. About Riiid Headquartered in Korea, Riiid is a global leader in AI solutions for education, backed by more than $250 million (USD) in funding and named to the 2021 CB Insights AI 100 list of the most innovative AI startups. Leveraging the power of AI, the company is driving a paradigm shift in education with technology that personalizes instruction for all students, with the aim of democratizing quality education anywhere in the world. The company provides solutions for K-12 education, postsecondary education, and corporate training. As a leading force in AI technology, Riiid has published research papers at top AI conferences including NeurIPS, CSEDU, and LAK. The company has applied for more than 103 patents, 27 of which are registered. In 2020, Riiid established the company's global arm based in Silicon Valley, California, to expand its business across the U.S., South America, Middle East and beyond. About BasicFirst Learning BasicFirst Learning, founded in 2017, is a personalized live e-learning platform enabled with Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Data Analytics for enhanced adaptive learning. Started by the country's top education professionals and experts, BasicFirst provides personalized academic support and high-quality mentor-based content to the students situated at the remotest locations across India. To empower students with the confidence, BasicFirst helps them build a strong scholastic foundation through live one-on-one & one-to-many interactive learning modules, online doubt clearing sessions, and multiple revision rounds. The affordable e-learning platform offers targeted courses for JEE, AIIMS, NTSE, NEET, and Olympiads along with courses for students of classes 6th to 12th. BasicFirst consists of over 150+ experienced teachers/instructors from India's top institutions/ schools that are available for all education boards across the country in all languages including local languages, providing quality education to more than 20,000 students spread across tier 1, 2 & 3 cities in India. About Born2Global Centre Born2Global Centre is a full-cycle service platform for global expansion. Since its inception in 2013, Born2Global has been setting the standard for successful startup ecosystem as the main Korean government agency under the Ministry of Science and ICT. Born2Global has expanded and transformed startups to be engaged, equipped and connected with the global market.

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Teaching Strategies Launches First-of-its-Kind Coaching App to Support Teachers, Children Impacted by Trauma

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.

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Akebia Therapeutics | June 22, 2020

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It is a well-known fact that human resources play a key role in the success of an organization. Every year, companies spend billions of dollars to provide their employees with the needed knowledge and skills. But, in many cases, the training programs are not effective and do not yield the desired results.The whitepaper:Examines the importance of measuring the effectiveness of training programs,Provides a few tips to improve the quality of training programs.