Kentucky Department of Education Expands Partnership with Lightspeed Systems to Keep Remote Learners Safe Online

Lightspeed Systems | August 12, 2020

Austin, TX, Aug. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lightspeed Systems™ (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”), creator of the leading K-12 online safety and analytics solutions, today announced a groundbreaking, statewide partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education to implement their cloud-based Filter statewide across K-12 public schools. Through the partnership, the Lightspeed Filter will be available to almost a million students, teachers, and administrators across the state of Kentucky.

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Questex’s Fierce Education Partners with The EdUp Experience to Deliver a Dynamic Podcast Experience with Higher Education Leaders and Professionals

Questex’s Fierce Education | May 20, 2022

Questex’s Fierce Education, where higher education leaders, administrators and faculty, and those driving technology adoption decisions in a blended learning world, today announces it is partnering with The EdUp Experience, America’s leading higher education podcast, to deliver a dynamic podcast experience to its audience. The podcast will feature thoughts, ideas and insights from higher education leaders and guests ranging from university presidents and CEOs to venture capitalists to education technology entrepreneurs. Fierce Education will leverage EdUp’s podcast platform and interviews on the most important topics in education while opening up EdUp to Fierce Education’s 100,000 weekly newsletter subscribers. “It is a natural fit for Fierce Education to partner with EdUp, The EdUp Experience is constantly and consistently showcasing the leaders in higher education and covering the most pressing issues facing the industry bringing the same passion of moving the industry forward as Fierce Education.” -Elliot Markowitz, head of content for Fierce Education. The EdUp Experience is hosted by Dr. Joe Sallustio and produced by Elvin Freytes. “It is a complete honor to partner with Fierce Education, Elvin and I have made a point to partner with organizations that will redefine how higher education news, professional development, and solutions are researched, explored, and created.” -Co-Founder Dr. Joe Sallustio, who is also senior vice president-global of Lindenwood University. The first two podcast include: Dr. Jennifer Mathes, CEO of the Online Learning Consortium was interviewed regarding the key differences between remote and online learning, and what is emergency response remote learning. Dr. Drew Van Horn, President of Young Harris College on how student’s really feel about the college experience and the importance or responding to their needs. About Fierce Education Fierce Education is the place where higher education leaders, administrators and faculty, and those driving technology adoption decisions in education can access proven methods and best practices as they rethink pedagogy and business models in the new blended learning world. Through its website (www.fierceeducation.com), virtual events and newsletters, Fierce Education focuses on “Rethinking Higher Education in a Blended Learning World.” Fierce Education’s key tenants are: using technology for teaching better and reaching learners everywhere; addressing business model changes required to move forward; and workforce preparation/Back to School Adult Learners reskilling. About Questex Questex helps people live better and longer. Questex brings people together in the markets that help people live better: travel, hospitality and wellness; the industries that help people live longer: life science and healthcare; and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences. We live in the experience economy – connecting our ecosystem through live events, surrounded by data insights and digital communities. We deliver experience and real results.

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CONTINUING EDUCATION

Unrivaled reach across higher education markets: THE acquires Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed | January 11, 2022

THE (Times Higher Education), the world's leading provider of higher education data and insights, is delighted to have completed the acquisition of Inside Higher Ed, the U.S. provider of news, analysis and solutions for universities and colleges. The acquisition brings together two of the leading brands in global higher education, with combined audiences exceeding 50 million unique users per year, encompassing university leadership, faculty, professional staff and students, as well as policy makers and others. Inside Higher Ed, founded in 2004, reaches an annual audience of 25 million, consisting primarily of higher education professionals in the U.S., with its independent news and analysis, industry insights, jobs board and other tools and services. It joins THE's portfolio of companies at an exciting time. With offices in the UK, U.S., Australia and Singapore, THE was acquired by Inflexion Private Equity in February 2019 following a period of rapid global growth. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, THE continues to provide news, insights and thought leadership, and works with thousands of universities globally, collecting data from more than 3,500 institutions, and working with 800 clients across its data, consultancy and hiring services. It is also known for its events, including the flagship THE World Summit Series, which engaged over 45,000 people globally in 2021. Inside Higher Ed will continue to operate independently under its existing brand. The two businesses will bring together their expertise, relationships and insights, and together will have unrivaled reach across the world's key higher education markets. This combined scale and their complementary strengths and services will enable THE and Inside Higher Ed to enhance their shared mission to provide news, information and services that help colleges and universities to analyze and improve their performance whatever their strategic goals. Scott Jaschik, who founded Inside Higher Ed with fellow co-editor Doug Lederman, said: "We are thrilled to be joining forces with THE, especially during this period of growth. We have often collaborated with THE and this new chapter in our relationship will allow us to be more effective than ever at informing the world about higher education, while also expanding our ability to provide essential tools and services to help organizations and professionals be more effective." "The rapid organic growth that THE has seen in recent years has been driven by its evolution into a powerful, global data business. Now, with the backing of our investors at Inflexion Private Equity, we are in a position to further strengthen our position in the market through strategic acquisitions. We see Inside Higher Ed as an ideal partner as we continue to extend our reach and the services we offer. It is a business that shares THE's values and mission to support excellence in higher education, and we look forward to working with Scott, Doug, Inside Higher Ed CEO Dari Gessner and the wider Inside Higher Ed team, so that together we can do even more to support universities and colleges across the US, and the rest of the world." Paul Howarth, CEO at THE ABOUT THE THE is the world's most authoritative source of data, analysis and information on higher education, with five decades' experience dedicated to the field: www.timeshighereducation.com ABOUT Inside Higher Ed Founded in 2004, Inside Higher Ed provides the latest news, analysis and solutions for the entire higher education community: www.insidehighered.com.

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Black CannaBusiness Magazine Partners with Parallel on National Education Series

Black CannaBusiness Magazine | April 21, 2022

Black CannaBusiness Magazine and Parallel, one of the largest privately held, vertically-integrated, multi-state cannabis operators in the United State are collaborating on a national six-week education series aimed at CEOs of color currently in the cannabis industry. The program will launch in Boston, Massachusetts on April 21st, 2022, at Boston Society for Architecture (290 Congress St Suite 200, Boston, MA 02210) at 9am. The Black CannaBusiness CEO Intensive is a free, executive-level series intended to accelerate the growth of high-potential businesses of color in the cannabis industry. Via a six-week online cohort coupled with an in person two-day intensive, cannabis founders and entrepreneurs will complete structured exercises and will receive expert training from leading subject matter experts and practitioners, working in the industry. Developed by the publishers of Black CannaBusiness Magazine and drawing on the experiences of advisors and business leaders in the industry from across the country, this comprehensive curriculum provides the tools to catapult minority-owned cannabis businesses to reach their full potential. About Parallel Parallel is a privately-held, vertically integrated, multi-state cannabis company with a mission to pioneer well-being and improve the quality of life through cannabinoids. Parallel has ongoing operations in five medical and adult-use markets under the retail brands of Surterra Wellness in Florida; goodblend in Texas and in Pennsylvania; New England Treatment Access (NETA) in Massachusetts; and a joint venture with the Cookies retail brand in Nevada. Parallel offers a diverse portfolio of high quality, proprietary and licensed consumer brands and products including Surterra Wellness, Float and Heights. Parallel operates approximately 50 locations nationwide, including 49 retail stores, and cultivation and manufacturing sites. Parallel follows rigorous operational and business practices to ensure the quality, safety, consistency, and efficacy of its products and follows values that put the well-being of its customers and employees first. About Black CannaBusiness Magazine: Black CannaBusiness Magazine is a subsidiary of KRMA Media Inc, a Black woman-owned multi-media company helping Black professionals accelerate their involvement in the cannabis industry through the distribution of curated B2B content, the production of experiential events and the development of original video programming. Our sponsors prioritize diversity and are committed to doing their part to create a more inclusive industry.

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ENTREPRENEURS AND LEADERS

Spire Capital Partners Portfolio Company, O2B Kids, Expands its Georgia Footprint with the Acquisition of Cedars Preschool

O2B Kids | February 02, 2022

O2B Kids ("O2B"), a premier provider of early education services, announced that it has acquired Cedars Preschool (or "Cedars"), a provider of high-quality early education services in Georgia. Based in the greater Atlanta region, Georgia, Cedars operates preschools providing families with an education-focused and industry-leading environment for early education services. Since its founding, Cedars has demonstrated excellence in its program offerings, curriculum, and facilities, evidenced by its Quality Rated Child Care designations by the State of Georgia. Cedars operates eight schools in the greater Atlanta region, and O2B now has 10 schools operating in the state of Georgia. "We are excited to continue expanding our footprint in Georgia by welcoming the Cedars family to O2B. Their team operates exceptional schools providing a premium learning environment for children and families. We are excited to welcome all of the team members of Cedars to O2B. We will continue their legacy by expanding upon their unique preschool offering." O2B Kids CEO Andy Sherrard "O2B is an excellent preschool operator and will be a great corporate parent to the Cedars' schools," noted Thad Joiner, Cedars Founder. "Our management team will gain additional resources to provide enhanced curriculum and learning opportunities for all of our students and families." "Andy and the team at O2B have invested over two decades building a trusted brand that is founded on their commitment to provide families with the highest quality of early education," shared Rupali Varma, Principal at Spire Capital. "In Cedars, we have found a team and organization that shares the same values as O2B, and we could not be more excited to partner with them as we continue to strive to meet our families' needs." About Spire Capital Partners Spire Capital Partners is an active and experienced private equity firm with an investment focus in lower middle market companies within the technology-enabled business services, media, communications, and education sectors. Spire Capital Partners was founded on the principle of partnering with management teams and founders to help effectuate the next stage of growth for their companies. Spire Capital Partner professionals have a broad array of past operating, investing, and advisory experiences that they leverage to assist portfolio companies in accelerating growth, guiding strategic direction, and executing their business plans. About O2B Kids O2B Kids is a leading provider of early education services for children in the Southeast U.S. O2B offers preschool education for children 0 to 5 years old, afterschool enrichment programs for elementary school students, and an unprecedented family membership program for all kids 0 to 13 years old. For one all-inclusive price, O2B provides classes in karate, gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, music, drama, art, science, technology, sports, languages and more. While kids experiment with a rich variety of activities and discover their passions, parents enjoy unrivaled convenience and value. O2B's magical facilities give a safe neighborhood back to kids and deliver valuable enrichment and character-building opportunities to our future generation.

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Regardless of whether out of habit or by conscious decision, we, as a whole, make utilization of different learning methods when we endeavor to store new data in our long-term memory. But not all study habits are made equivalent; some might be more efficient than others, particularly when you factor in the measure of the time it takes to actualize everyone. In a survey, many researchers have recently characterized ten learning techniques according to whether they provide high, moderate, or low utility, based on each technique’s relative efficacy, convenience, and applicability appropriateness to a wide scope of learning circumstances.

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