New science assessment rollouts highlight need for patience, planning in curriculum shifts

educationdive | April 24, 2019

As students begin taking new science tests nationwide, teachers who have seen early practice tests are concerned they haven’t covered enough material so their pupils are prepared, Education Week reports.More than 40 states have adopted new science standards, but a number of schools say their students have never taken classes on some of these subjects, nor do they have the resources to hire educators to teach them. Additionally, schools are approaching these subjects in different ways, with some blending the different disciplines together and others teaching each as a separate course.Officials in California, which is among states that adopted new science standards, for example, are bracing for learning and testing gaps over the first couple of years as the new curriculum is implemented. Each change in educational policy, from accountability to curriculum requirements, necessitates adjustments for teachers, administrators and students alike. New standards and the tests that come with them can bring a period where learning is disrupted, and where new curriculum may not dovetail with what was taught the year prior.

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The State of Video in Education 2018 report is filled with insights on how educational institutions worldwide use video today for teaching and learning, marketing, admissions, campus life, alumni relations, and more.We created an infographic sharing some of the high level takeaways from the report. Check out how educational institutions view the impact of video on their schools.

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The London School of Economics ,Political Science Partners with edX to Launch Pathway to Undergraduate Degree with MicroBachelors Programs,MOOC

edX | September 23, 2022

The London School of Economics and Political Science, a member institution of the University of London, and edX, the global online learning platform from 2U, Inc., today announced the launch of LSE's first two MicroBachelors® programs in Statistics Fundamentals and Mathematics and Statistics Fundamentals as well as An Introduction to Pre-University Mathematics, its first Massive Open Online Course. LSE is the first university to expand its degree partnership with 2U to launch a series of edX microcredentials that provide learners with a flexible, stackable pathway towards pursuing a fully online undergraduate education.MicroBachelors® programs deliver immediately transferable skills while providing a pathway towards pursuing a full Bachelor's degree. Each of LSE's new MicroBachelors® programs includes four university-level courses from leading LSE faculty. Learners who successfully complete a MicroBachelors® program from LSE and are admitted into select online undergraduate degree programs from the University of London, with academic direction provided by LSE, will be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL), creating an accessible pathway into the degree program. The Introduction to Pre-University Mathematics MOOC, which is free to audit, will expand access to a foundational mathematics education worldwide. It will also teach the competencies required to succeed in university-level courses, including LSE's new MicroBachelors® programs. "Over the past five years, our partnership with 2U has enabled LSE to become a leader in digital education, bringing high-quality education to life online. We've reduced barriers, removed international borders, and extended our reach,Building on our partnership, the new innovative offerings from LSE on edX create an incredible opportunity for us to further increase our global impact by providing a vast community of learners with a clear pathway to gain the critical mathematics and statistics knowledge to achieve academic success." Wim Van der Stede, Academic Dean for Extended Education at LSE The school's initial partnership with 2U has played a role in LSE's strategy to expand its educational offerings and make teaching, learning, and research accessible to people who wouldn't have been able to access the institution in traditional formats. To date, over 26,000 learners have completed online certificate courses offered through LSE and 2U, and over 1,000 students have enrolled in its online undergraduate degrees powered by 2U. The addition of the MicroBachelors® programs and MOOC will help further expand LSE's reach to over 45 million learners around the globe.The launch of LSE's first MicroBachelors® programs and MOOC demonstrate the power of 2U and edX to expand access and increase the affordability of higher education at one of the world's most renowned social sciences institutions," said 2U Co-Founder and CEO Christopher "Chip" Paucek. "Creating new pathways to degree attainment is an essential part of edX's mission to unlock the potential of our community of 45 million learners worldwide, and we're thrilled to expand our partnership with LSE to bring that mission to life through the first truly stackable path to a fully online undergraduate degree. About London School of Economics The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is an internationally renowned university specialising in the social sciences. Its expertise spans a wide range of disciplines from economics, politics and law, to sociology, health policy, accounting and finance. As one of the most international universities in the world, the School's diversity of people, ideas and interests make it an exciting centre for research, teaching and public engagement.    Established in 1895, the original vision of LSE as 'a community of people and ideas, founded to know the causes of things, for the betterment of society' remains true to this day.  It continues to use its research-led expertise to influence governments, NGOs, businesses and others to help tackle the world's most pressing problems. For more information visit  lse.ac.uk .   About edX edX is the education movement for restless learners and a leading global online learning platform from 2U, Inc. ( Nasdaq: TWOU). Together with the majority of the world's top-ranked universities and industry-leading companies, we bring our community of over 45 million learners world-class education to support them at every stage of their lives and careers, from free courses to full degrees. And we're not stopping there — we're relentlessly pursuing our vision of a world where every learner can access education to unlock their potential, without the barriers of cost or location.

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Varo Bank Launches "SaveUp" Financial Education Course in Collaboration with EVERFI

EVERFI | September 17, 2022

Varo Bank, the first all-digital, nationally chartered U.S. consumer techbank, announced today the launch of SaveUp, a free middle school savings curriculum designed in strategic partnership with social impact education innovator, EVERFI. The SaveUp course is the largest initiative to date of the Varo Money Power program, which includes free online financial education lessons for adults and the Russ x Varo Money Power financial education workshops for high school students designed in partnership with NBA superstar Russell Westbrook.SaveUp empowers students by providing them with the tools they need to build a strong savings foundation and will be available to 4,500 middle schools nationwide by June 2024. The course is aligned with Jump$tart National Standards for Personal Finance Education and focuses on middle school students to provide them time to learn and practice savings habits before they start to deal with more pressing financial challenges in high school and beyond. "Everyone deserves the same access to opportunity, and that starts with financial education,Through this joint initiative, Varo and EVERFI continue to advance our shared mission of expanding financial inclusion and helping young people learn the fundamentals of what it takes to build wealth for themselves and their communities. We plan to leverage this program content in the future to broaden the reach of financial education and literacy to a wider audience going forward." Colin Walsh, Founder and CEO of Varo Bank Throughout the course, students will learn the importance of saving, how to budget, how savings can help reach financial goals, and how to open a savings account. This will be accomplished through an interactive learning experience that includes: Self-guided lessons to help students develop simple, actionable strategies. Real-world scenarios that prime students for long-term behavioral change using problem-solving and self- reflection activities. Detailed score reports and offline extension activities to help teachers maximize their impact across all students. Middle school is a time of financial socialization for students as they start to develop their own values and beliefs around money," said Ray Martinez, Co-Founder and President of EVERFI. "Developing the SaveUp curriculum and bringing it to middle schools around the country, is just part of our commitment to help students, especially those in low-to-moderate income populations, build the knowledge and skills they need to achieve financial wellness and stability while providing equal access to the financial services system. About Varo Bank, N.A. Varo Bank is the first all-digital, nationally chartered U.S. consumer techbank built from the ground up, designed to make financial inclusion and opportunity a reality for all. Varo Bank is reimagining the modern banking experience and providing customers with the tools they need to build financial resilience and realize their financial power – with offerings such as Varo Believe, a secured card to help build credit, Varo Advance to help stretch hard-earned dollars between paychecks, the ability to earn cashback at 1,000 merchant locations nationwide, and a newly launched high yield savings account option, more than 38x the national average. A different kind of financial institution – Varo Bank serves everyone striving to build a better future – from those with abundance to people struggling to make ends meet. Varo has been named one of Forbes' World's Best Banks in 2022, Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies, and is on the Inc 5000 list of fastest growing companies for 2022. For more information on Varo Advance, Varo Believe, and other offerings such as Perks, visit www.varomoney.com, like Varo Bank on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @varobank. @2022 Varo Bank, N.A. Member FDIC. About EVERFI, Inc. EVERFI from Blackbaud is an international technology company driving social impact through education to address the most challenging issues affecting society ranging from financial wellness to mental health to workplace conduct and other critical topics. Founded in 2008, EVERFI's Impact-as-a-Service™ solution and digital educational content have reached more than 45 million learners globally. In 2020, the company was recognized as one of the World's Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company and was featured on Fortune Magazine's Impact 20 List. The company was also named to the 2021 GSV EdTech 150, a list of the most transformative growth companies in digital learning. Blackbaud, the world's leading cloud software company powering social good, acquired EVERFI in December of 2021.

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Innovative ReadyMe Program for Association Executives Launches on JUNO

JUNO | August 23, 2022

JUNO, an end-to-end software platform for digital community engagement, has launched ReadyMe for ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership's new self-paced, soft skills program for the next generation of association leaders. ASAE's ReadyMe is the future of learning with digital micro-credentialing, one-on-one mentoring and powerful community connection features tied to an in-person component,. "JUNO's ability to connect learners to mentors and colleagues enriches the experience from a simple online learning management system into a year-round community and sense of partnership with others. JUNO Founder and CEO Josh Hotsenpiller "Disruption equals opportunity," says Michelle Mason, President and CEO of ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. She shared in a short interview here what drove ASAE to choose JUNO and how breaking away from dated technology tools was key. Mason shared why associations must embrace change in order to drive their mission forward. Breaking away from yesterday's outdated technology and embracing the changes we've all seen over the past three years is what fueled the creation of ReadyMe. "JUNO is advancing good in the world through human connection. Digital engagement must connect people to the contacts, content and education they need to grow," Hotsenpiller says. "We believe what got you here won't get you to the future, and we are excited to see where ASAE's leaders go with ReadyMe." JUNO's digital community engagement platform increases member value and revenue opportunities through transformational connection experiences. Networking, Learning, Events and Community software features combine in this end-to-end solution. Features such as micro-learning, certification, gamification, matchmaking, and streaming directly from the platform make it the most robust platform. JUNO's proprietary AI is a recommendation engine that creates a sticky experience, keeping users engaged and loyal. Analytics tools create actionable insights to help clients make data-driven decisions. Experience JUNO with a free account at http://www.connect.junolive.com. Be sure to visit with JUNO executives at the ASAE Annual Meeting through August 22 in Booth #2017. ABOUT JUNO JUNO is a digital community engagement platform for Networking, Community, Events, and Learning. This software-as-a-service solution is embraced by innovative clients ready to make the digital transformation necessary for future success in events, member communications, and learning. JUNO has brought together over 10,000 users across five continents and delivered almost 50 million minutes of streamed content. Organizations like the American Society of Association Executives, the Professional Convention Management Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, Network of Executive Women, American Heart Association, a Big 4 national sports organization among others, have all chosen JUNO to advance their mission.

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