K-12 EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY SPEND MARKET IS BOOMING WORLDWIDE THE BIGGEST OPPORTUNITY OF 2020

MONROE SCOOP | March 02, 2020

Global K-12 Education Technology Spend Market Research Report 2018 is latest research study released by Advance Market Analytics evaluating the market, highlighting opportunities, risk side analysis, and leveraged with strategic and tactical decision-making support. A detailed study accumulated to offer Latest insights about acute features of the K-12 Education Technology Spend market. The influencing Factors of the report is growth of this market include authorized regulations with respect to the usage of the information, availability of highly reliable products in the market, and increase in operational efficiency of. The study provides information on market trends and development, drivers, capacities, technologies, and on the changing dynamics of Global K-12 Education Technology Spend Market.

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Polygon Debuts to Help Increase Access to Remote Learning Differences Evaluations and Support

Polygon | May 21, 2022

Polygon, a company specializing in remote evaluations and support for dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences, today announced that it closed a $3.6 million investment led by Spark Capital. The round brings Polygon's total funding to date to $4.2 million (with Pear VC having been the largest investor in the company's previously unannounced $600k pre-seed round). The company recently emerged from stealth and will use the new capital to develop its product further and expand its geographic reach. Polygon also announced Spark Capital General Partner Natalie Sandman joining the Board of Directors. "I wasn't properly assessed and diagnosed as very dyslexic until later in life, well after my early education years. Polygon is my attempt to create the service that I wish I'd had access to as a child, The capital we've raised has been used to build our proprietary assessment platform. We're thrilled with the progress, but we're just getting started. Further platform development, additional services, and national expansion will help us provide gold-standard learning differences services to the mass market." -Polygon Founder and CEO Jack Rolo. According to the Yale Center For Dyslexia & Creativity, Dyslexia affects one in five people, representing 80-90% of all learning disabilities (LDs). Only 67% of students with LDs graduate from high school; research has shown that the situation has worsened during the pandemic, with learning loss being most severe amongst students with LDs. A recent BCG whitepaper estimated dyslexia and its consequences to cost California $12 billion in 2020 and $1 trillion over the next 60 years. While experts agree that early diagnosis and support are the keys to success, services in the industry are prohibitively expensive, have inconsistent standards, and lack remote services. Polygon provides remote evaluations and support for dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences with targeted psychoeducational and comprehensive Neuropsychological assessments. Comprehensive evaluations start at $995, which is 5x less than traditional alternatives. Unlike online marketplaces that rely on hourly contract psychologists, Polygon's expert licensed psychologists are company employees. Clinicians are carefully selected over a 5-stage interview process, complete extensive training, and diligently adhere to Polygon's clinical practices. In addition to equipping them with its proprietary remote assessment platform, every member of the Polygon team receives a professional video-conferencing setup, full benefits, and equity compensation. "We identified multiple points for improvement throughout the industry, from assessment to billing and compensation. Polygon has set out to update processes and infrastructure with technology to enable a more efficient, accurate, and fair experience for clinicians and clients," - Polygon Chief Clinical Officer Sharon Witkin, Ph.D. "I was diagnosed with dyslexia at ten years old. It was a life-changing diagnosis, We believe Polygon has the potential to serve a huge number of people with learning differences. Their offering is well-timed with the rapid adoption of telehealth spurred by the pandemic." -Polygon board member and Spark Capital General Partner Natalie Sandman. About Polygon Polygon is a new kind of psychology practice specializing in evaluations and support for dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences. Polygon utilizes technology to provide a better experience for both clients and its team of in-house licensed psychologists. Polygon's mission is to enable every person with a learning difference to reach their full potential.

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upGrad Partners With Golden Gate University - San Francisco to Continue Its Global Expansion

upGrad | April 26, 2022

upGrad, Asia’s higher EdTech leader in a most recent development, has joined forces with Golden Gate University - one of California's oldest private universities to launch 8 new online programs in the areas of Management and Law as a part of its initial expansion phase. For the fourth consecutive year, Washington Monthly ranked Golden Gate University as America's #1 School for Adult Learners at 4-Year Colleges, in its annual College Guide and Rankings. GGU is also ranked amongst the Top 10% US Colleges by multiple publications. The partnership will unlock and deepen upGrad’s accessibility into the local American markets while also expanding its international program portfolio for learners who are based out of diverse geographies. The curriculum will offer an in-depth subject understanding along with industry projects which shall remain at par with the international market and industry requirements. Other career service value additions like 1:1 mentorship and coaching and masterclasses have also been incorporated into the program curriculum to offer wholesome and outcome-driven learning. Furthering its ambition, the global EdTech company and Golden Gate University are jointly awarding more than USD 100Mn scholarships; 5000+ students will be given a 70% scholarship on the tuition fee for these Bachelors, Masters & Doctorate programs. A power-pack of 8 online programs in phase 1, upGrad and the Golden Gate University also aims to take a diversified route to create a mark with its learning content that is expected to be rolled out in foreign languages like Arabic, Vietnamese, Bahasa, and Spanish in the near future. “Golden Gate University has a 120+ years legacy of helping working adults achieve their career aspirations. With this alignment in vision, we are really excited to partner with GGU to offer globally accredited, high quality, low cost degree programs to thousands of learners globally," added Phalgun Kompalli, Co-Founder of upGrad. "upGrad is one of the world's largest online higher education platforms and has always been a pioneer in creating world class learning experiences and outcomes for learners globally. GGU also has a rich history of being an innovator in higher education and we have always leveraged technology to provide better access and quality. upGrad was a natural partner of choice and we are excited to make a global impact with a strong portfolio of programs and with USD100M+ scholarships on offer," - Prof Brent White, Provost & VP Academic Affairs at Golden Gate University. About upGrad upGrad - started in 2015 is a pioneer in the online education revolution, focused on powering career success for a global workforce of over 1.3 billion. It is one of the few Integrated LifeLongLearning Tech Companies in the world - spanning the college learner to the working professional from the age group of 18-50 years and across Undergrad courses, Campus & Job Linked Programs, Studying Abroad, short form to executive programs to Degrees, Masters and Doctoral - with a learner base of over 2 million across 100+ countries and over 300 University partners and a robust enterprise business with a client base of 1000 companies worldwide. upGrad’s Global Learning Engine rests on four pillars - (a) its large repository of original & owned content and IP, (b) its own best-in-class proprietary tech platform, (c) its high touch human-led delivery service backed by coaches & mentors, and (d) an 85% course completion track record, backed by a further 80% career outcomes guaranteed performance. Already termed Asia’s higher EdTech leader it has offices in the UK, U.S., Middle East, India, Singapore & Vietnam, and with presence in many more countries. About Golden Gate University Golden Gate University, a private nonprofit university in the heart of San Francisco, empowers working adults to achieve their professional goals with nationally renowned undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. Founded in 1901, GGU has been a leader in online education for nearly three decades and Washington Monthly ranked GGU first on their list of Best Colleges for Adult Learners for four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). GGU’s primary campus is in downtown San Francisco, with teaching locations in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Silicon Valley. GGU is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

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Level Access Launches Accessibility Education Platform to Deliver Self-Sufficient Compliance to Businesses

Level Access | May 25, 2022

Level Access, the global leader in digital accessibility, today announced the launch of its all-new learning platform, Access Academy. The Access Academy platform serves to help organizations improve accessibility processes without disrupting product roadmaps. Users learn the skills they need, in a non-disruptive manner, to solve their real-world accessibility problems. The integrated training platform includes advanced features like weekly live training sessions, role-based learning paths, and tailored learning. Level Access emphasizes the importance and advantage of creating and expanding equitable digital experiences from the inside out. Access Academy is positioned to be the industry's most engaging platform to deliver digital accessibility training with demonstrable learning retention to organizations and businesses. The platform also seamlessly integrates with accessibility auditing and monitoring tools, empowering teams of all sizes to address shortcomings while building the knowledge and skills required to create truly inclusive experiences. "Our mission is to support the accessibility initiatives of organizations and ultimately create a world where digital systems can be made readily accessible to users with disabilities, Level Access guides organizations to attain compliance while bolstering equity. Accessibility is complicated and can be difficult to learn and apply to practice. Access Academy makes accessibility topics approachable, using proven training and learning practices to ensure retention and applicability to users' day-to-day jobs. With Access Academy, businesses can become self-sufficient, achieving mastery of their own digital accessibility efforts. We are thrilled for the launch of our new training offering and what it means for creating all-inclusive digital experiences." -Tim Springer, CEO of Level Access. From the initial steps of web and mobile app development, the guided planning and self-paced training courses available across Access Academy will help all members of an organization, from designers and developers to product owners and marketing professionals, organically identify what aspects of their digital interface need immediate attention, create a training roadmap, and inevitably develop a workforce confident in their knowledge and skills. Access Academy provides comprehensive training tools and programs that empower accessibility experts, product owners, and development leads in organizations of all sizes to improve accessibility processes and meet compliance, including: Self-paced training courses covering a broad range of topics, including laws and regulations, mobile accessibility, testing tools, and assistive technologies. Guided planning and development of your training road map to build the most impactful training program for your organization's credentials and certifications. Role-based learning paths for all members of an organization, from product managers and developers to designers and marketers. Microlearning modules present key concepts as bite-sized content that keeps learners engaged and reinforces training from full-length courses. Tailored learning credits that can be purchased in advance and redeemed to customize your training and meet your organization's needs. Weekly live training and Q&A opportunities on a broad range of accessibility topics. Opportunity to avail of tailored live training sessions for your organization. Reporting and alerts provide insight into how individuals and teams are progressing in their skill development. Review program performance, gather feedback, optimize, and automatically alert users of completion. Badges and certification for LinkedIn profiles and certification exams for professional development. About Level Access Level Access provides industry-leading and award-winning digital accessibility solutions to over 2,000 corporations, government agencies, and educational institutions. Level Access's mission is to achieve digital equality for all users by ensuring technology is accessible to people with disabilities and the growing aging population. Founded in 1997, Level Access has an unparalleled history in helping customers achieve and maintain compliance with the full scope of accessible technology regulations and standards including the ADA, WCAG, CVAA, AODA, EN 301 549, and Section 508. Delivered through a comprehensive suite of software, consulting services, and training solutions, the company's solutions ensure customer's web, desktop, mobile, and electronic document systems are accessible to everyone. Level Access is endorsed by the American Banking Association, named a White House "Champion of Change" in 2014, and multi-year repeat winners on the Inc. 5000 list of fast-growing companies.

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EL Education's Better World Day Features Students Leading the Way in Creating a Better World

EL Education | May 06, 2022

Thousands of students from more than 100 schools across the country are celebrating Better World Day through presenting learning projects and engaging in acts of service that demonstrate the power of the EL Education vision for public school: a place where children become great scholars and active citizens with the capacity to make a positive impact. This annual, national event showcasing student learning that contributes to a better world features elementary school students tackling food insecurity by partnering with their local foodbank, promoting summer reading by gathering and distributing gently used books, and addressing water quality through testing the water supply and educating their community. Older students are researching and designing a Holocaust memorial on their school campus as well as honoring local Indigenous horticultural practices by collaborating on planting and harvesting a seed garden with members of the native community. "In the midst of pandemic recovery and a rapidly-changing world, thousands of students, educators, and community members are coming together to make real change in their communities, taking on issues that are important to their families and delivering lasting improvement and value, For more than 25 years, EL Education has been proud to support students as they put their academic learning to use to build stronger, more just communities. We organize Better World Day because we know from the science of learning and development that students achieve deeper learning when they have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact." -Ron Berger, Senior Advisor at EL Education. EL Education is also announcing the recipients of three media grants for $2,000 each to EL Education schools or districts that will co-create mini documentaries about their 2022 Better World Day projects. This year's recipients are: Explore PK-8, from Thornton, Colo.; Kuumba Academy from Wilmington, Del.; and Old Sturbridge Academy Charter Public School from Sturbridge, Mass. The documentaries will be previewed on Better World Day at a student-led webinar and screened at the EL Education national conference happening in December 2022. The projects and presentations on Better World Day are models of the kind of learning happening in hundreds of EL Education schools every day: where character development and scholarship are inextricably linked and equally important to achievement. For a full list of Better World Day projects and more on the media grantee winners, go to https://ELeducation.org/news-and-events/better-world-day. About EL Education EL Education is a national nonprofit partnering with K-12 educators to transform public schools and districts into hubs of opportunity for all students to achieve excellent equitable outcomes. EL Education is guided by a vision of education equity embracing the genius in every child and by a reimagined definition of student achievement. EL Education offers research-proven resources and practices, including the acclaimed EL Education K-8 Language Arts curriculum, Core Practices, and aligned professional learning. EL Education was founded in 1991 and currently serves 440,000 students in diverse communities across the country.

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