Spotivity | December 19, 2022
Spotivity, a Chicago-based tech startup has fully launched the industry’s first research-informed decision engine to help teens find meaningful afterschool engagement while also supporting program providers to lower liability, improve participant engagement, and drive recruitment. spotivity supports teens through its’ “Pocket Genie” the research-informed machine learning recommendation created in partnership with Utah State University under the guidance of Montana Butsch and Dr. Travis Dorsch.
Completed Pocket Genie launched The Genie is a patent-protected algorithm that utilizes key insights from the user to help identify meaningful non-prescriptive pathways for the user to pursue. In short – spotivity makes the unkowns known and peels back the curtain on pathway routes a teen can take. Specific information on the approach can be found in a recently published blog by Dr. Dorsch https://www.spotivity.com/blog/spotivity-a-research-approach-to-access/. As he clearly underscores, “Many children learn that some dream jobs are out of reach while others lack the functional knowledge to even know that some careers exist. In many cases, children don’t have knowledge of or access to the right preparation pathways to even start planning appropriately. The root problem seems to be that the process of finding a career is largely uninformed by evidence-based principles.”
Montana is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, read Education Research at Oxford University, is an Executive Scholar at Northwestern University, and, most recently, an Executive MBA Graduate from Brown University. Upon concluding work at Oxford, he focused on pursuing social ventures in Chicago, which led to the founding of the Chicago Training Center ‘CTC’ in 2006.
spotivity was informed by Butsch’s experience as the founder of CTC. Recent media coverage has centered on the #micdropchallenge www.micdropchallenge.com spotivity is an 1871 member, portfolio company of the Founder Institute, and graduate of the UVI Accelerate Accelerator
Stride, Inc. | January 19, 2023
On January 18, 2023, Stride, Inc., a world leader in education for more than 20 years, introduced Stride Tutoring, a cutting-edge platform created to help students with academics by offering one-on-one tutoring. The company aims to use the platform to reduce the impact of learning loss caused by the pandemic.
Stride Tutoring is the sole online tutoring platform that mandates every tutor to be an active, state-certified teacher. This gives students access to hundreds of teachers regardless of the school they attend or their location.
Jennifer Moore, General Manager of Stride Tutoring, said, "The learning progress that was lost for so many students during the pandemic can only be made up with more support now." She further added, "As a trusted partner to millions of families and thousands of school districts, Stride is ready to introduce more students to the power of personalized learning, at a time when they need it most."
(Source – Business Wire)
Stride's tutors are dedicated to fostering opportunities for academic success, no matter where the students are located. With this platform, families can choose from a large pool of teachers for live, personalized sessions and students and tutors can connect from anywhere with an internet connection. In addition, students can book repeated sessions with their favorite tutors on the platform, allowing them to build a lasting relationship that empowers their success.
Stride Tutoring's interactive communication features are built on more than twenty years of experience in online education delivery and are designed for the safety and success of students. Trained tutors offer lessons in their areas of expertise to give a personalized learning experience to students, helping them advance their academic journey. Built-in feedback channels on Stride Tutoring allow students, tutors, and parents to connect, and parents can also contact tutors directly through the platform's secure messaging features and post-session feedback channels.
The platform provides scalable solutions for high-dosage tutoring for schools and districts, including capabilities such as scheduling small-group sessions during the school day and access to comprehensive student- and school-level reports.
About Stride, Inc.
Virginia-based Stride, Inc., is a leading e-learning provider that supports learners of every age with passionate teachers and individualized learning experiences. In a field where many people have been left behind, Stride drives significant and essential change. The company offers more efficient ways to learn, emphasizing the development of the abilities and confidence that students need to advance in life. This is made possible by the insight and input of parents, students, teachers, boards of education, administrators, and policymakers.
DeVry University | November 21, 2022
DeVry University, its Keller Graduate School of Management and the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today an exclusive education partnership that provides NWSL players and employees undergraduate and graduate education opportunities. The partnership will offer athletes essential skills for their future careers while ensuring they have a flexible learning environment and support required for a professional athlete pursuing higher education. When we signed our first collective bargaining agreement earlier this year, the NWSL committed to creating a league our players were proud to be a part of,” said NWSL Commissioner Jessica Berman. “Living up to that commitment means supporting them in their pursuits on and off the pitch. The NWSL is proud to partner with DeVry University to provide a unique educational opportunity that both aligns with and adapts to the demanding schedules of our elite athletes as they build the skills needed to succeed in their off-field endeavors. We are pleased to see this partnership come together as a product of our Collective Bargaining Agreement to equip Players with the tools needed to transition to post-playing careers,” added NWSL Players Association Executive Director, Meghann Burke. DeVry will offer four eligible NWSL athletes a grant, which will cover tuition, fees and required textbooks as they pursue any graduate certificate at DeVry’s Keller Graduate School of Management. These certificate programs will provide the work-ready, transferrable skills to help players pursue any career path they decide to take off the field.
“DeVry applauds the National Women’s Soccer League and its players for their ambition, resilience and perseverance, We are proud to partner with the National Women’s Soccer League to support athletes beyond the field with our flexible learning pathways and unmatched student support. Together, we will continue to help close the opportunity gap through the power of education.”
Elise Awwad, DeVry University’s chief operating officer.
In addition to the four grant recipients, athletes and eligible NWSL employees can receive tuition savings for undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as family members and dependents of qualifying NWSL students.1 Enrollment sessions will launch in January 2023 and continue through November 2024.
About DeVry University
DeVry University strives to close society’s opportunity gap by preparing learners to thrive in careers shaped by continuous technological change. Founded in 1931, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs onsite and online within six areas of study: Accounting, Business, Healthcare, Technology, Liberal Arts, and Media Arts & Technology. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC, www.hlcommission.org/). The university’s Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation. To learn more, visit devry.edu.
About National Women’s Soccer League
Established in 2012, The National Women’s Soccer League is the premier women’s professional soccer league in the world featuring national team players from around the globe. Beginning play in 2013 with eight original clubs, the league has since expanded to feature 12 teams, including Angel City FC, Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, Kansas City Current, NJ/NY Gotham FC, North Carolina Courage, OL Reign, Orlando Pride, Portland Thorns FC, Racing Louisville FC, San Diego Wave FC, and Washington Spirit.