IMPACT EDTECH OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS

European Schoolnet | July 02, 2020

On 6 April, IMPACT EdTech, the European incubator-accelerator that helps EdTech start-ups turn their ideas into market-ready products, has launched its first open call to select some of the most promising EdTech start-ups/SMEs to be supported with up to €195,300 equity-free funding and incubation-acceleration services adapted to their needs. Until 30 June 2020 at 13:00 CEST, EdTech disruptors providing solutions to educational challenges either targeting formal (school-based) compulsory education, or solutions for further formal and informal education can submit their applications through the project website.

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With education’s current focus on testing and results, it’s easy for both students and educators to lose track of what student readiness means. Using Dr. David Conley’s Four Keys to College and Career Readiness framework (Think, Know, Act, Go), our partnership consultants work with school and district leadership teams to develop a common understanding around a holistic definition of student readiness.


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Supporting young people on BTEC and A-level results day

WorldSkills UK | August 13, 2020

Congratulations to everyone picking up their BTEC and A-Level results today, especially those who are in training with us for EuroSkills Graz and WorldSkills Shanghai 2021. “We know that crucial to rebuilding the UK economy will be highly skilled, motivated young people. That is why we have increased our online careers advice and skills development resources to help those collecting their results today, and thousands of other young people throughout the UK, make informed choices about their next steps.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION

ThinkCERCA Adopted by New Mexico Board of Education

ThinkCERCA | January 06, 2022

ThinkCERCA, a recognized industry leader in student reading and writing growth, the New Mexico Public Education Department has approved its writing curriculum for English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Math for grades 3-12. Designed by veteran teachers, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) authors, and nationally recognized literacy experts, ThinkCERCA is proven to help students achieve two years of reading growth in one school year. With this adoption, New Mexico educators now have access to a proven resource for aligning literacy efforts across the curriculum with an easy-to- use platform that engages all learners while driving student outcomes in writing and in reading. Designed to support New Mexico districts and schools in meeting standards, ThinkCERCA includes differentiated close reading and academic writing lessons that were built upon research-based methods for developing students' language and literacy skills. "We have been working with districts like Central Consolidate and Farmington for years, helping these districts show what can happen when teams align around student growth, so it is an honor to be an adopted resource for the state. We're excited to partner with New Mexico districts and schools that believe in the power of personalized literacy instruction to help all students maximize learning." Eileen Murphy, ThinkCERCA's founder and CEO ThinkCERCA's personalized literacy platform offers: direct instruction and self-paced lessons that introduce students to the underlying skills needed to master literacy; a patented close reading and academic writing process that guide students through the process of analyzing content-rich texts and multimedia to construct cohesive argumentative, informational, or narrative writings; and CERCA Slides and Student Guides for helping teachers implement research-based literacy practices into their classrooms, regardless of technology access. ThinkCERCA's lessons are centered around debatable topics that get students thinking critically about real-world issues. These lessons are differentiated for 10 levels to fuel engaging discussions among students of varying readiness levels. ThinkCERCA has patented critical thinking technology and proven results. An independent, controlled study of 26 ed-tech products by LEAP Innovations showed ThinkCERCA helped students achieve an extra year's worth of reading growth in one school year. What's more, SRI Education found that students who used ThinkCERCA saw a 20 percent gain in their writing scores. About ThinkCERCA ThinkCERCA's personalized literacy platform helps educators teach critical thinking skills through close reading and academic writing across subjects. With students and teachers using its platform in all 50 states, the company has partnered with prominent leaders in education, including Follett Corporation, and has been featured by The Atlantic, Tech & Learning, and EdSurge, among others. In a recent controlled study of 26 ed-tech tools by LEAP Innovations, ThinkCERCA was proven to help students achieve two years of academic growth per year on average.

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VIPKid Named to Fast Company’s Second Annual ListOf The 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators

VIPKid | July 29, 2020

Fast Company today announced its second annual Best Workplaces for Innovators list, honoring businesses and organizations that demonstrate a deep commitment to encouraging innovation at all levels. VIPKid, one of the world’s largest online education technology companies, came in at #53 for its global workplace culture that nurtures innovation. Developed in collaboration with Accenture, the 2020 Best Workplaces for Innovators ranks 100 winners from a variety of industries, including computer science, biotech, consumer packaged goods, nonprofit, education, financial services, cybersecurity, and engineering. Working together, Fast Company editors and Accenture researchers scored nearly 900 applications, and a panel of eight eminent judges reviewed and endorsed the top 100 companies. The 2020 awards feature workplaces from around the world with several of the honorees based outside the U.S.

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CORPORATE LEARNING SYSTEMS

University of Phoenix Collaborates With Education at Work to Help Students and Employees

Education at Work | March 14, 2022

Education at Work (EAW) and University of Phoenix have announced an agreement that creates an opportunity for University of Phoenix students and alumni to potentially be hired by EAW. The agreement also includes a tuition program for eligible EAW employees seeking degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level. With this alliance, Education at Work employees may be eligible to receive tuition reimbursement for their degree, allowing them to continue their educational journey and pursue upskilling while maintaining their current employment and career path. In a tight labor market, collaboration between higher education and training companies offers a strategy to enhance employee education and training opportunities to retain and grow talent. Education at Work contracts with Fortune 300 technology, financial services, and healthcare organizations to hire students, provide them with a career-ready skill set, and help cover the cost of their education. “Through our current university partnerships, we have proven the Education at Work experience is a differentiator for university students. Students going through the Education at Work program have higher retention and graduation rates, report higher proficiency in their career skill sets, and are more likely to land that big job post-graduation in comparison to their institutional peers,” - Scott Blevins, senior vice president of partnerships and growth of Education at Work. Together, EAW and University of Phoenix’s Workforce Solutions teams identified student profiles who would best fit EAW hiring needs. More than 30 University of Phoenix students have been hired through Education at Work, so far, in 2022. “In working with the University of Phoenix we are bringing resume-worthy job opportunities to their students across the country. All of us at EAW are thrilled by the caliber of the University of Phoenix students who will surely be top performers for our client programs. We look forward to them graduating from the University of Phoenix and leveraging their EAW skill set to take the next step in their career,” - Jaime Nunez, president of Education at Work. The new agreement includes tuition assistance up to $5,250 per calendar year for all EAW employees and program participants. Under the tuition cap of $5,250, participating employees may take up to eight undergraduate courses or five master’s courses or three doctoral courses within a calendar year at no charge. The agreement provides additional savings as the university waives the resource fees for credit-bearing single courses, certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral courses for participating employees through program completion. “With the labor market seeing a great need for skilled workers, we are thrilled to be working with Education at Work to offer employees and program participants the opportunity for higher education, And we are equally excited to bring career opportunities to our eligible students through our work with EAW." -Raghu Krishnaiah, chief operating officer at University of Phoenix. The University of Phoenix Workforce Solutions team offers companies and community colleges tailored learning and career pathways to recruit, upskill, reskill, and retain their workforce in an affordable and timely manner. Their flexible solutions are aligned to workplace needs and feature live support, career guidance and support tools, education programs, learning pathways, and credit options, including certificates, workshops, single courses, degree programs, or any combination of these tools. About Education at Work Education at Work’s mission is to help college students minimize student loan debt while developing career-readiness skills. EAW partners with universities to employ students in resume-worthy jobs, supporting forward-thinking companies. EAW is part of Strada Collaborative, a nonprofit organization to empower all learners. To learn more, visit educationatwork.org. About University of Phoenix University of Phoenix is continually innovating to help working adults enhance their careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant courses, interactive learning, and Career Services for Life® help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives.

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With education’s current focus on testing and results, it’s easy for both students and educators to lose track of what student readiness means. Using Dr. David Conley’s Four Keys to College and Career Readiness framework (Think, Know, Act, Go), our partnership consultants work with school and district leadership teams to develop a common understanding around a holistic definition of student readiness.

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