Dave’s Killer Bread Co-Founder Invests in Rising Prison Education Startup

edsurge | February 24, 2020

It’s rare enough for any entrepreneur to lead a company to a $275 million sale—in cash. The odds are significantly slimmer when that person is a convicted felon who previously served 15 years in prison. But that’s how much Dave Dahl sold his family company, Dave’s Killer Bread, for in 2015. Today, it claims to be the largest organic bread company in America. And as much as that has put him in the spotlight as the exceptional prison success story, he doesn’t want to be the only one. Since then, he has volunteered to help formerly incarcerated people get back on track through training and job placement programs. His latest effort involves a $250,000 investment in Nucleos, a startup trying to make online educational and vocational programs more accessible to those behind bars. He learned about it when the company reached out to him last November.

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Many accomplishments in our societies and cultures were achieved by people working together productively and creatively to solve a specific problem—the essence of collaboration. It is more and more seen as a critically important skill. Libbey Kitten, a K–12 science STEM specialist at Powhatan County Public Schools in Virginia, says, “Beyond content knowledge, we need our students to learn how to collaborate, communicate respectfully with each other, take constructive criticism and engage in discourse in a way that doesn’t lead to a fight. In the era of standardized testing.


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Edufront Announces Partnership with Samvid Gurukulam Adopting a Comprehensive Technology Platform for Education

Edufront Foundation | December 28, 2021

The Edufront Foundation announced today the launch of its partnership with Samvid Gurukulam, a school founded by Sadhvi Ritambhara to exemplify an ethos of holistic education in Vatsalya Gram on the outskirts of Vrindavan. The Edufront Foundation will be helping Samvid adopt a comprehensive technology platform to augment its existing approach to education. The Ashraya Society (ashraya.co.in) will be funding the Samvid project, which will make use of technology developed by Edufront Technologies. The Digital Learning Ecosystem of Edufront offers schools the advantages of automating key school management functionalities: an intuitive, easy-to-use and powerful operating system for learning is coupled to a comprehensive educational resource management system. This helps schools organise all their activities in real time through a common platform while making effectual learning readily available to anyone, anytime, anywhere. "We at Edufront are excited to move forward with our partnership with Samvid Gurukulam, and see how our technology can further enhance outcomes in a school with a unique and richly developed pedagogical approach." Shantanu Jha, Founder, Edufront On this occasion, Aastha Bhardwaj, Principal of Samvid Gurukulam, said: "We are delighted to be working with Edufront, who have given us access to a quality of software and hardware not often seen in the region. Our students and teachers have been immediately excited by access to these tools and the possibilities created by our partnership." Edufront offers solutions mapped to NCERT curricula for classes K to 12 with an eye to making learning more proactive, collaborative, and personalised. It also has content mapped to 29 state boards and can be adapted to the needs of school systems. About Edufront Edufront is engaged in the development and adoption of innovative solutions to augment and democratize school learning worldwide. Its solutions comprehensively address the problems that students and teachers face at the administrative and pedagogical levels, from ERP style administrative augmentation to AI based personalised learning modules.

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New resource to help teachers tackle domestic abuse

Education Scotland | August 18, 2020

A new resource has been developed by Education Scotland for education staff to help them understand the role they can play in tackling domestic abuse, which evidence shows increased during the COVID-19 lockdown. The Domestic abuse information for educators resource, created in partnership with Scottish Women’s Aid, outlines the nature of domestic abuse, the indicators and impact on children and young people, and how to respond to potential cases of domestic abuse. For many children and young people experiencing domestic abuse, their early learning and childcare setting, school or youth work setting may be the only place they feel safe. Even in a remote learning or blended learning context, staff can still provide lifelines to these children and young people.

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Global Study: Three out of Four Learners Believe the Pandemic Is Revolutionizing Education, Work

Pearson | August 10, 2020

Pearson, the world's learning company, today said more than three out of every four learners globally say the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed education as we know it. Those findings appear in the second annual Global Learner Survey, which captures the opinions and views of learners worldwide. The survey shows learners believe it’s unlikely there will be a return to the pre-COVID world of entirely full-time in-person work and learning. As they come to terms with this new reality, learners want schools and governments to address inequality in the learning experience, and desire digital skills they believe they will need to thrive in the new economy.

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ONLINE EDUCATION

Parkway School District Optimizes Blended Learning Environments with PowerSchool Solutions

PowerSchool | January 15, 2022

PowerSchool, the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education, today announced that Parkway School District in Chesterfield, Missouri, utilizes PowerSchool solutions to create optimal learning environments for students. Through their partnership, Parkway Schools sees benefits from PowerSchool’s Unified Classroom® Schoology Learning and Naviance by PowerSchool solutions to support district-wide teacher collaboration and student career preparation efforts, respectively. “As a long-time Unified Classroom Schoology Learning and Naviance by PowerSchool user, both solutions have played an instrumental role in improving our in-person, distanced and hybrid learning environments,” said Bill Bass, Innovation Coordinator - Instructional Technology, Information, Library Media, and Federal Programs, Parkway School District. “Thanks to PowerSchool's dedication to interoperability and teaching and learning, we have been able to transform our work and foster more meaningful learning experiences for our students and staff. PowerSchool continues to serve as a trusted partner and resource for our district, and I look forward to working with them for years to come.” Parkway Schools cited PowerSchool’s Unified Classroom® Schoology Learning as an instrumental solution that has helped the district foster improved learning environments over the years, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. With the district’s ongoing usage of Schoology prior to school shutdowns, the district was prepared to shift from in-person to virtual classrooms in a timely and efficient manner, creating a seamless virtual (and now blended) learning environment for students and staff. Additionally, the district said Schoology’s Assessment Management Platform (AMP) enables educators to collaborate with one another to create improved question-based assessments for students. Prior to partnering with PowerSchool, the district used various learning management systems and realized the need for a comprehensive platform to manage student assessments, district curriculum, e-learning efforts and digital content. Since integrating Unified Classroom® Schoology Learning, Parkway School District has seen improvements related to personalized student instruction, teacher collaboration and student performance. The district has also used Naviance by PowerSchool, providing students self-discovery tools that help them uncover their strengths and interests to make informed decisions about their futures. “Parkway School District’s use of our Unified Classroom Schoology Learning and Naviance by PowerSchool solutions truly shows the expanded capabilities educators can have by partnering with PowerSchool. We’re proud to see the continued impact our solutions make for Parkway Schools’ educators and look forward to empowering these changemakers for years to come.” Craig Greenseid, PowerSchool Chief Revenue Officer Parkway School District is a diverse, suburban school district located in Chesterfield, Missouri. The district serves over 17,000 students across 29 campuses within the St. Louis County community. Since its founding, Parkway Schools has received several accolades within the broader St. Louis community, including a designation as a Top Workplace by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Business Health Culture Award from the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition, among others. About PowerSchool PowerSchool is the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education. 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 13,000 customers, including over 90 of the top 100 districts by student enrollment in the United States, and sells solutions in over 90 countries.

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Many accomplishments in our societies and cultures were achieved by people working together productively and creatively to solve a specific problem—the essence of collaboration. It is more and more seen as a critically important skill. Libbey Kitten, a K–12 science STEM specialist at Powhatan County Public Schools in Virginia, says, “Beyond content knowledge, we need our students to learn how to collaborate, communicate respectfully with each other, take constructive criticism and engage in discourse in a way that doesn’t lead to a fight. In the era of standardized testing.

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