Savvas Learning Company Launches New Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum with Innovative Digital Tools

prnewswire | September 09, 2020

Savvas Learning Company, a next-generation learning solutions provider for K-12 education, announced today the national launch of Three Cheers for Pre-K, a ready-to-go pre-kindergarten curriculum that provides a balance of academics and purposeful play to successfully pave the way for kindergarten readiness. Three Cheers for Pre-K, which has been recommended for adoption in Texas, has been thoughtfully designed to support social-emotional and culturally responsive learning through instruction tied to nine developmentally appropriate themes. The program fosters the development of key skills and concepts in the core disciplines of literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies, as well as in other subjects, such as health, technology and the arts — all of which are integrated into weekly instruction.

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Learning Ally | November 24, 2022

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KU launches online Master of Social Work through Jayhawk Global education innovation center

The University of Kansas | October 11, 2022

As social services across the country adapt to address changing health policies, an aging workforce, and shifting social justice theories, the need for well-qualified social work professionals has never been higher. Overall employment of social workers nationwide is projected to grow 12% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. To help meet growing demand nationwide, the University of Kansas is now delivering its highly ranked Master of Social Work (MSW) program in a convenient, online format. Offered through KU's School of Social Welfare, the MSW program has consistently ranked in the top 12% of public institution social work graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report, making it the top ranked program in Kansas. As the longest-running program in the state, its history includes more than 75% of MSW graduates exceeding national licensure first-time pass rates, and 85% gaining full-time employment immediately after graduation. "Our online MSW courses will be taught by the same team of faculty and instructors as our on-campus programs, Graduates who earn their MSW online are equipped with the knowledge to provide counseling and direct services to individuals, families, and groups make changes in organizations and communities; and help shape policies that affect large populations in our society." Michelle Mohr Carney, dean of KU's School of Social Welfare A master's degree in social work prepares graduates for advanced social work practice in one of two broad specializations — either clinical social work practice with individuals, families, and groups; or social work macro practice aimed at social service administration, social policy development, and social advocacy. The MSW curriculum was designed with community and student input to ensure a dynamic, educational experience that incorporates real-world learning experiences and prepares graduates to practice with competency and integrity. The School of Social Welfare strives to be a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion within the university and in our community," says Carney. "We want to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff feel safe, heard, and valued. In turn, they will promote these values in their careers. Through Jayhawk Global, the University's new education innovation center, KU plans to offer many more online degree opportunities giving students the chance to earn a globally recognized degree from anywhere in the world. About the University of Kansas The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. Its mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world.

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USC Law and Social Work Schools Partner to Provide an Educational Opportunity for Students to Focus on Social Justice Advocacy

USC Gould School of Law | September 12, 2022

The Law, Social Justice and Diversity certificate, offered in person at USC’s University Park Campus location in Los Angeles, is designed for those who seek to learn more about law and social justice. This certificate explores the legal framework and regulations around social work and social justice in the United States. The Social Work Administration certificate, offered as an online-only program, provides a working understanding of the laws and regulations that impact social work. This certificate is geared toward leadership-minded professionals in social work and social service agencies. “The interdisciplinary certificates across social work and law will add to students’ existing skills to increase their community impact and help shape social policy,” says Samuel Mistrano, JD, associate teaching professor at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and faculty lead for both graduate certificate programs with USC Gould. “Students will understand how to drive positive change and address societal inequities using practical applications of their academic lessons.” Students in these specialized programs will gain fundamental knowledge of core concepts, essential laws, and emerging issues that shape current policy and professional practice. “The law has a tremendous impact on social work and social justice,Understanding the legal policies will help strengthen professionals’ advocacy for the individuals they serve.” Deborah Call, associate dean and chief programs officer for the USC Gould School of Law. The on-campus Law, Social Justice and Diversity certificate may be earned as a standalone certificate in as few as three semesters or concurrently with an On-Campus Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree at USC Gould or with the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. The online Social Work Administration certificate may also be earned as a standalone certificate in as few as three semesters or concurrently with the Online MSL degree or Online Master of Laws (LLM) degree programs at USC Gould, or with the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Students in both certificate programs will benefit from dedicated academic advising, professional development and career services support, and networking opportunities available from the University of Southern California. About the USC Gould School of Law The USC Gould School of Law is a private top 20 law school with a reputation for academic excellence and a world-class faculty. USC Gould is known for its diverse and collegial student body, its leadership in clinical education, and its supportive and global alumni network. Located in Los Angeles, one of the nation’s top legal markets and a hub for major law and entertainment firms, the Gould School offers a dynamic laboratory for legal training. For more information, visit gould.usc.edu. About the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is a leader in social work and nursing education and research. The school champions social justice for the well-being of individuals, families, and communities through innovative teaching of evidence-based practice and practice-based skills, pioneering transformative research, and cultivating leadership for social change. The school is a recognized leader in academic innovation, experiential learning, online education, and translational research

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