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.
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.
Ellucian | January 12, 2022
Ellucian, a leading higher education technology solutions provider for more than 2,700 institutions around the world, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CampusLogic, a leading Ed-Tech provider of Student Financial Success solutions supporting nearly 800 higher education institutions and improving the outcomes of more than five million students. CampusLogic capabilities help students achieve greater levels of success by eliminating the friction associated with applying for financial aid while opening up opportunities to discover broader financial support in the form of grants, scholarships, and other forms of funding.
With this transaction, Ellucian will extend its current financial aid technology solutions, helping higher education institutions to improve enrollment and completion outcomes. The combined offerings will better support the critical needs of students – to discover, apply and secure the financial resources needed beginning with the enrollment process, through to a degree or post-secondary credential.
"Today's higher education students are facing financial challenges at all-time high levels, with more than 86 percent [in the U.S.] currently receiving financial aid. At the same time, institutions are facing an increase in departures of financial aid staff leaving them with more administrative workload and less time to engage and support the needs of students," said Laura Ipsen, CEO, Ellucian. "Ellucian's success in accelerating the digital transformation of higher education, paired with CampusLogic's financial aid SaaS solutions, provides a more connected and interactive experience creating more speed and certainty for students to meet their financial needs. Integrating CampusLogic's capabilities across Ellucian's comprehensive SaaS offerings creates new opportunities for innovation beyond student financial success to address the issue of student well-being."
"We are thrilled to join the Ellucian team in our common mission to improve student experience across the entire higher education journey. Our solutions improve the student financial aid experience, addressing the number one barrier to enrollment and graduation. As part of Ellucian, we have more opportunity than ever to help schools change lives and make student financial success a national priority."
Gregg Scoresby, Founder and CEO of CampusLogic
"We could not be more excited about the opportunity to work with Gregg and the CampusLogic team, whose mission and culture fits well with Ellucian. Under Gregg's strong leadership, CampusLogic has delivered innovative and pioneering digital solutions for higher education that dramatically improve student financial success. We believe there are significant future benefits that will continue to improve institutions' success and change the lives of students," said Ipsen.
Gregg will join Ellucian in a new role to lead the vision and strategy focused on student success and well-being. Ellucian will continue to integrate with all CampusLogic customers and their partners leveraging Ellucian's Open SaaS Platform with data integration and UI frameworks across the entirety of CampusLogic's solution suite including: StudentForms, Scholarship Universe, CampusCommunicator, RaiseMe Enrollment, ClearCost, VirtualAdvisor and SponsoredScholar. Investing in and growing these solutions is a key part of Ellucian's ongoing strategy and product roadmap.
Goldman, Sachs & Co. LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to CampusLogic. Macquarie Capital served as exclusive financial advisor to Ellucian.
Ellucian is charting the digital future of higher education with a portfolio of cloud-ready technology solutions and services. From student recruitment to workforce analytics; from fundraising opportunities to alumni engagement; Ellucian's comprehensive suite of data-rich tools gives colleges and universities the information they need to lead with confidence.
Working with a community of more than 2,700 customers in over 50 countries, Ellucian keeps innovating as higher education keeps evolving. Drawing on its comprehensive higher education business acumen and suite of solutions and services, Ellucian guides its customers through manageable, sustainable digital transformation—so that every type of institution and student can thrive in today's fast-changing landscape.
CampusLogic delivers SaaS technology that helps colleges and universities remove barriers in the financial aid process. The company currently helps nearly 800 schools increase enrollment, retention, and graduation rates with the most comprehensive platform of Student Financial Success products. The CampusLogic platform includes a net price calculator, complete scholarship management, personalized digital communications, simplified financial aid verification, 24x7 personalized virtual advising, tuition and scholarship crowdfunding, and integrated data visualizations. CampusLogic has received multiple awards, which include the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Inc. 5000, and Education Technology Insights Top 10 Artificial Intelligence Solution Provider.
EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY,ONLINE EDUCATION
NISE | June 23, 2022
The National Certificate for STEM Teaching (NCST) from the National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) has been selected as a winner in SmartBrief’s EdTech Readers’ Choice Awards for 2022. The NCST is one of three co-winners in the professional development category. SmartBrief readers nominated the solutions and platforms they find most effective, and selected their favorite edtech programs in several categories.
The National Certificate for STEM Teaching is an online, competency-based professional development program for preK-12 teachers. It focuses on high-impact STEM instructional strategies that work synergistically across content areas. Designed with working educators in mind, the NCST is personalized, job-embedded, standards-focused, and convenient. Participants can start the 100% online, self-paced program at any time, with support from a virtual STEM coach.
The NCST is part of a unique, stackable professional development solution. NISE’s “STEM Essentials” Micro Certificate online courses can be applied to the NCST, and the NCST can be applied to American College of Education’s (ACE) STEM-focused graduate programs. ACE provides six hours of graduate credit to NCST graduates who enroll in its online STEM Master’s or Doctoral programs. Through this continuum of solutions, NISE provides the only comprehensive, 100% online professional learning path focused on improving and increasing STEM instruction across all preK-12 classrooms.
NISE is more than a certifying body. It is a research-based support system for campuses and teachers seeking to strengthen STEM instruction and outcomes. Based on 15 STEM Teacher Actions that evolved from STEM professional development originally created at Rice University, NISE’s Campus and Teacher Certificates help school leaders and teachers understand and apply research and best practices in STEM, 21st-century learning, and professional development.
CORPORATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Altium | January 13, 2022
Altium LLC announced today that Upverter Education has become an official Google for Education Partner and the first and only browser-based printed circuit board (PCB) design curriculum available on the Google Chromebook App Hub. Google for Education Partners are a select group of organizations recognized for their delivery of high-quality professional development to educators. Upverter Education is now among this select group of partners that provide progressive tools and technologies to more than 100 million students, teachers, and administrators worldwide.
Upverter Education, an Altium electronics design education initiative used worldwide in over 50 countries, guides students through the design, prototyping, and manufacturing of printed circuit boards.
“We're excited that Upverter Education can now be accessed through the Google Chromebook App Hub, making Altium’s free electronics design curriculum and professional tools more accessible to the next generation of electronics designers worldwide. As an official Google for Education Partner, we’ve included tools such as Google Single Sign On, Classroom Share, and Classroom Rostering that makes it that much easier for educators to teach electronics design.”
Rea Callender, Vice President of Altium Education
The award-winning educational program is designed by educators for both individual students and for high school and college STEM educators who are teaching electronics engineering. The modular approach of the program gives educators the flexibility to select units that enhance existing coursework, or to follow the entire six-week course.
Upverter Education covers everything from PCB design to robotics, enabling students to develop hardware engineering skills and design PCB layouts. The curriculum concludes with the delivery of students' hardware designs.
Altium, LLC is a global software company headquartered in San Diego, California, who are accelerating the pace of innovation through electronics. For over 30 years, Altium has been delivering software that maximizes the productivity of PCB designers and electrical engineers. From individual inventors to multinational corporations, more PCB designers and engineers choose Altium software to design and realize electronics-based products.
About Upverter Education
Upverter Education, launched by Altium in September 2020, addresses an essential societal need by empowering STEM educators teaching engineering, electronics design, and robotics with free key tools and classroom resources. The program has been honored with multiple awards in 2021, including the EdTech Breakthrough Award for Best Engineering Learning Solution and the Gold STEVIE® American Business Award in the Virtual Learning Solution category, further validating Altium’s innovative approach to supporting STEM education.