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Intrado Acquires Permission Click Accelerating the Digital Transformation for K-12 Education

Intrado Corporation | January 06, 2022

Intrado Corporation (“Intrado”), a global leader in technology-enabled services, announced today that it has acquired Permission Click, a pioneer in education technology. With this acquisition, Intrado Life & Safety expands its leadership position in K-12 education technology, adding Permission Click’s digital workflow solutions to its SchoolMessenger communications suite of solutions.

Permission Click’s innovative product enables schools and school districts to digitize previously manual processes and forms management, increasing efficiency, transparency, and policy compliance, in addition to saving time for parents and teachers. Permission Click’s executive team and employees will join Intrado Life & Safety to support clients and drive continued technology development and product innovation.

“We are excited to add Permission Click and its team to our Digital Workflows business, expanding our solutions with a powerful tool and advancing our leadership in the education marketplace. The combination of SchoolMessenger and Permission Click solutions is unique in the K-12 education market and beyond.”

Vik Krishnan, General Manager of Intrado’s Digital Workflows business

About Intrado Corporation
Intrado Corporation is an innovative, cloud-based, global technology partner to clients around the world. Our solutions connect people and organizations at the right time and in the right ways, making those mission-critical connections more relevant, engaging, and actionable - turning Information to Insight.

Intrado has sales and/or operations in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and South America. Intrado is controlled by affiliates of certain funds managed by Apollo Global Management, Inc.

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Service-learning model for families receives Congressional Resolution

National Center for Families Learning | November 28, 2022

Creating a community garden; making the route to school safer for pedestrians; organizing donation drives to benefit elderly community members—the common thread that is woven throughout these projects is that they were all carried out by families using a service-learning model developed by the National Center for Families Learning. NCFL is a national nonprofit that supports family success and well-being through education by partnering with communities on initiatives where families develop their literacy and leadership skills. Family Service Learning is a co-designed, research-based learning process in which families identify problems within their own communities and carry out service projects to address them. Challenges within communities are best solved by those who are closest to and experiencing those issues, and the most impactful solutions are co-designed with and by families. On November 14th, Representative John Yarmuth (D-KY) introduced a Congressional resolution that designates November 14-18, 2022, as National Family Service Learning Week. For the 7th consecutive year, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have recognized Family Service Learning as a dynamic tool for families to not only work towards meeting their educational and career goals, but also improve the communities in which they live. I am proud to once again introduce this resolution formally recognizing Family Service Learning Week and the meaningful impact this model has had on education and community-building throughout our country," says Rep. Yarmuth. "As my final term in Congress comes to a close, it has been an honor to represent the Louisville-based National Center for Families Learning and help champion the remarkable work they do. Research shows that we can strengthen families and build a better future for all by tackling these issues simultaneously, with a comprehensive approach that helps learners of all ages. Family Service Learning was developed in 2013 and continues to serve as a vehicle for families to explore their strengths, develop or sharpen skills in leadership, advocacy, and employability, envision solutions to community issues, conduct root-cause analysis, and establish and sustain new community partnerships. Results from an independent evaluation of Family Service Learning have found that Family Service Learning can: Increase formal learning, including content knowledge research and academic skills; Increase technology skills; Increase opportunities to develop work-based skills; Elevate family voice and build social capital through networks of participating adults; Expand self-efficacy and self-confidence. "For seven straight years Family Service Learning has received Congressional recognition, attesting to the value and importance of creating learning opportunities that extend beyond school walls and are grounded in local challenges and inequities facing communities across the country, Positive shifts occur across communities when there's a focus on the lived experiences of individuals who have the potential to shape and influence better conditions, policies, and practices for this generation and the next. When parenting adults grow their leadership capacity and become drivers of change in their neighborhoods, communities are elevated by their influence and ultimately thrive." NCFL's President and CEO, Dr. Felicia Cumings Smith. Education solutions, such as Family Service Learning, are embedded into NCFL's research-backed model programming and pathways in family literacy, family engagement, and family leadership. The organization believes that creating a family learning system of these pathways is key to building and supporting a thriving, equitable community. NCFL recently unveiled its 60x30 vision that by 2030, coordinated and aligned Family Learning Systems will be established in 60 communities throughout the country.

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School Pathways Launches Two-Way Integration with Zoom Meetings

School Pathways | December 05, 2022

School Pathways has created a two-way product integration with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. that allows schools to connect Zoom Meetings with their Synchronous Instruction and Live Interaction calendar in School Pathways' software. Once connected, the Zoom integration will automatically log student participation in online meetings. The passage of Assembly Bills 130 and 167 in California mandated that Independent Study and virtual learning educators provide and track regular opportunities for synchronous instruction and live interaction. While state-specific, this requirement is indicative of an overall trend as online instruction becomes more enmeshed in education following the COVID-19 pandemic. As Zoom is a leading platform for conducting online learning, School Pathways' new Zoom integration allows for streamlined tracking and cuts down the amount of time teachers have to spend logging virtual instruction meetings and participation. The integration also makes it easier to keep engagement tracking and re-engagement plans for students up to date. Having piloted the School Pathways Zoom integration at Visions in Education, Director of Operations Michael Brubaker explains, "I believe that this new feature will really benefit schools, teachers, and students as they schedule and track Synchronous Instruction or daily Live Interaction. "Teachers will benefit immensely from the simplicity and convenience of this Zoom integration,Not only will this result in accurate AB 130 and AB 167 compliance and reporting, but it will also help educators engage with their students on a deeper level." School Pathways CEO Oliver Wreford. About School Pathways School Pathways is a California-based education software company with 20 years of experience in K-12 education. We provide solutions for virtual, hybrid, and independent study programs that simplify school operations and foster student success in a variety of learning environments. In addition to a Student Information System better-built for non-traditional learning environments, we offer software that allows our clients to manage online learning agreements, student activity tracking, re-engagement communications, audit preparation, adult education, and more.

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Tashkent Declaration of UNESCO Sets the Global Agenda for Early Childhood Education Till 2030

UNESCO | November 25, 2022

On the last day of the World Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education held in the capital of Uzbekistan on 14-16 November, representatives of about 150 countries adopted the Tashkent Declaration of UNESCO. This information was provided by the Ministry of Preschool Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan.Earlier, speaking with a welcoming speech to the delegates of the conference, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev said:"I am confident that today's conference will be held in the spirit of frank discussions and exchange of views, new ideas and initiatives, and that specific proposals and recommendations will be developed. Undoubtedly, the Tashkent Declaration, which will be adopted at the conclusion of the conference, will serve as the basis for our joint efforts in this direction. The Tashkent Declaration is intended to set the international agenda for early childhood education through the year 2030. This document has been prepared through a consultative process during the conference and, once signed, will be translated into the six official languages of the United Nations and shared with the UNESCO Member States. "In Uzbekistan, we have the opportunity to send a powerful message to the world based on UNESCO's commitment to make 2022 the year of mobilization of efforts for education. Here in Tashkent, we must determine the model of society we want to live in a society that takes care of its children, guiding them and giving them all the attention they deserve," UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. In the framework of the strategy for global transformation of early childhood care and education (ECCE) system, the Tashkent Declaration established a set of guiding principles: improving the quality and relevance of curricula and pedagogy; ensuring equal and inclusive educational services for all children, and protecting and guaranteeing the rights to access ECCE in emergency situations. These and a number of other tasks are based on such fundamental factors as the development and support of teachers, broad introduction of innovations and state support for the sphere. The provisions of the UNESCO Tashkent Declaration, which set the main vectors for development of ECCE until 2030 – a milestone for the UN Sustainable Development Goals since the moment of signing become a guide for international organizations and relevant ministries of the countries participating in the world community in implementation of the paragraph 4.2 which reads: "By 2030 to ensure that all young girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-school education systems so that they will be ready for primary education.

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Tynker to Combine Live Coaching With Coding Courses to Help Meet Booming U.S. Demand for Coding Education

Tynker | November 23, 2022

Tynker, a BYJU's company and the world’s leading K-12 coding education platform, has launched live coaching from expert instructors – including two free sessions – across all of its e-learning subscription plans for students aged 5-18. The new Tynker Quick Start bundle is part of the company's effort to ensure the U.S. can meet outsized demand for technical skills in the job market, which is outpacing the rate the country’s youth are learning to code. The demand for effective coding education is acute. According to a recent Oxford Study, nearly half of all jobs today are vulnerable to automation. At the same time, jobs requiring technical skills will outpace overall job growth by nearly 300 times between now and 2031. In the U.S., roughly half of students have some access to some form of coding education — but less than 5% of students were enrolled in the 37 states where data was available. Stats like these highlight the pressing need for students to learn coding to keep the U.S. at the forefront of the digital economy. With this enhanced offering, Tynker is doubling down on its mission of ensuring every high school graduate learns to code by 2033. Tynker is currently the only platform to offer bundled coaching with a deep, proven catalog of courses, apps and lessons to accelerate kids’ coding proficiency. Coding coaches are highly educated and trained instructors who help demystify the coding experience and enable budding coders to build confidence quickly. "It’s increasingly essential that every child develops coding skills to meet the demands of the digital economy over the next decade, The strength of the U.S. economy depends on helping students learn how to code now, to meet the forecasted demand for jobs requiring technical skills. When we democratize coding, and guarantee access to coding instruction, we're opening up new worlds for students from every walk of life." Srinivas Mandyam, Tynker CEO and co-founder. Getting Kids Coding Instruction Is Essential for Economic Growth As students learn to code, they gain additional essential skills — including problem-solving, logic and critical thinking — which lead to overall improved academic performance. Many education experts and technologists agree that learning to code can and should start at a young age. Several European countries, including Estonia, Finland, Italy and the U.K., are already incorporating coding into classroom instruction. Tynker’s award-winning, gamified courses and learning platform offer engaging activities for children of all ages – from pre-readers to elementary and middle schoolers to computer science Advanced Placement students. The addition of coding coaches ensures that children start at a suitable level and that learning is fun and engaging while building coding confidence. Tynker is the first and only coding education company to bundle two FREE live coaching sessions with an online learning platform for as little as $15 a month. Tynker is committed to offering the best value in the market, especially for those kids who are eager to learn and could benefit from a structured onboarding approach to coding. For less than the cost of a couple of tutoring sessions, parents can get one year's worth of unlimited coding activities that start with personalized guidance to put their child on the path to success. The Tynker Quick Start Bundle includes: Two expert instruction sessions from a highly educated and trained coding teacher Full access to all Tynker courses, games, apps and lessons (5,000 coding activities) Six organized levels to help kids progress from novice to expert, with skills certification at each level Lessons, instruction and activities that are appropriate for ages 5-18 Discounts that are available during Black Friday (40%) and throughout the month of December (20%). ABOUT TYNKER FROM BYJU'S Tynker is one of the world's leading K-12 creative coding platforms, enabling students of all ages to develop the coding skills to design and power animations, games, music, robots and drones, smart devices, virtual worlds like Minecraft, and more. The company's award-winning platform helps kids engage at home, school, and on the go, while developing critical thinking, problem-solving, and programming skills to help them be successful today and tomorrow. Tynker's highly successful coding curriculum has been used by one in three U.S. K-8 schools, 100,000 schools globally, and over 60 million kids across 150 countries. Tynker's partners include some of the world's most respected brands, including Apple, BBC Learning, Google, Microsoft, Mattel, PBS, Lego, NASA, and more. Tynker is accessible from any computer with an Internet browser, as well as via the Tynker and Tynker Junior mobile apps, and offers both free and paid subscription options. In 2021, Tynker was acquired by BYJU’S, the world’s largest education technology company.

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