Mexican students to get home-learning program broadcast by significant networks

reuters | August 03, 2020

Mexican students will be educated in the next academic year through a home-learning program broadcast by major networks such as TV Azteca until a drop in coronavirus infections allows for schools to be reopened, the government said on Monday.The decision to keep the nation’s schools closed after the Aug. 24 start of the academic year reflects stubbornly high infection rates and deaths in Latin America’s second-largest economy.

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Though the arts are recognized as a core academic subject in Washington State and across the nation, K–12 arts education is fraught with inequities. Less time and attention are given to the arts compared to other core subjects; support and resources for teaching the arts varies widely from district to district and from school to school. In spite of all we know about the benefits of arts learning—and strong policies to support arts learning—the overall level of arts education is inadequate.


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CORPORATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Wilson Language Training Announces Partnership with Alpine Investors

Wilson Language Training | February 15, 2022

Wilson Language Training (“Wilson”) today announced its partnership with Alpine Investors (“Alpine”), a people-driven private equity firm committed to building and supporting enduring companies. Alpine’s partnership will help to further accelerate Wilson’s vision of achieving ‘Literacy for All’ by expanding its reach to more students and educators. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Wilson Co-Founders Barbara and Edward Wilson will remain significant equity owners with ongoing leadership roles in the company, as well as members of the Wilson Board of Directors. Founded in 1985 by Barbara and Edward Wilson with the goal of improving instruction for students with dyslexia, Wilson is a pioneer and leader in championing the science of reading and continues to empower administrators, teachers and students in pursuit of its mission. Over more than three decades, Wilson has trained nearly 300,000 educators, and certified over 25,000 teachers nationwide in the Wilson Reading System®(WRS), the company’s industry leading teacher certification program that prepares teachers to implement WRS with individuals with dyslexia who struggle to read and spell. Demand for Wilson’s programs is accelerating significantly due to the increased national recognition of programs founded in the science of reading and the continued introduction of new state dyslexia laws across the country. Through this new partnership, Alpine will provide the support, expertise and resources to help Wilson increasingly scale its impact to meet the growing demand for its programs and professional learning services from educators and districts across the country. “We are incredibly excited about the future of Wilson as we continue to expand our ability to reach more students, teachers and administrators in pursuit of our vision of achieving ‘Literacy for All,’” said Barbara Wilson, Co-Founder of Wilson Language Training. “With Alpine, we are thrilled to have found a long-term partner that is not only completely aligned with our mission and conviction in structured literacy and the science of implementation, but that also has extensive experience partnering with education and founder-led companies like ours. Going forward, Alpine will provide us with the added resources, knowledge, and expertise to continue to meet the evolving needs of our customers as we extend the impact we can have across the education community,” continued Wilson. “Barbara and Ed Wilson have built an exceptional company, and we look forward to helping them continue to advance their high-quality program pedagogy, professional learning and commitment to implementation science that have helped countless students learn to read and write over the last three decades. We have a deep respect for Wilson’s mission, vision and culture and are excited to partner together to further invest in their people, programming, professional learning, technology and COMPASS Plan delivery so that they can continue to increase the impact of their mission for students and educators.” Dan Sanner, Founding Partner at Alpine Investors Wilson joins Alpine’s growing portfolio of education companies, which has included but is not limited to Riverside Insights, Perennial EdTech and McKissock Learning. For Alpine, Morrison Foerster acted as legal and debt counsel. For Wilson, Bigelow LLC served as financial advisor and Verrill acted as legal counsel. About Wilson Language Training For the past three decades, Wilson has advanced its vision of “Literacy for All” through multisensory structured literacy programs and professional learning backed by a commitment to the science of reading and implementation. Wilson is an expert in the field of dyslexia and a forerunner in delivering foundational skill instruction for students in K-3 general education classrooms and those beyond elementary grades who struggle to read and spell. The Wilson Reading System ® (WRS), Fundations®, and Just Words® programs build a solid foundation for beginning readers and reduce the literacy gap for struggling students, including those with dyslexia. Wilson’s certifications result in Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner and Therapist credentials, which have been awarded Accreditation Plus by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Nearly 300,000 educators have participated in Wilson courses and workshops, and 25,000 have earned WRS Level I Certification. About Alpine Investors Alpine Investors is a people-driven private equity firm that is committed to building enduring companies by working with, learning from, and developing exceptional people. Alpine specializes in investments in companies in the software and services industries. Its PeopleFirst strategy includes a CEO program which allows Alpine to bring leadership to situations where additional or new management is needed post-transaction. Alpine is currently investing out of its $2.25 billion eighth fund.

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Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—the Inc. 5000

Curriculum Associates | August 12, 2020

Inc. magazine today revealed that Curriculum Associates is on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000. “We’re honored to be recognized for the sixth consecutive year for our industry-leading growth as we work to serve more than 10 million students and educators,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates. “As we begin this academic year amidst a pandemic impacting schools across the country, we are fully committed to doing all we can to support gains for students wherever they are learning.” Not only have the companies on the 2020 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists as well. The 2020 Inc. 5000 achieved an incredible three-year average growth of over 500 percent, and a median rate of 165 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $209 billion in 2019, accounting for over 1 million jobs over the past three years.

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ONLINE EDUCATION

UniAthena enters into a strategic partnership with Acacia University, USA

Athena Global Education: | May 02, 2022

Acacia University, USA, enters into collaboration with UniAthena, a UK-based EdTech provider with a global reach of learners from diverse backgrounds and communities to offer several professional programs and short courses with a vocational or technical focus. Upholding the value of equality of educational opportunity, the UniAthena-Acacia partnership aims to serve the socially and economically underprivileged student community. An inclusive university in a diverse world, Acacia aims at making education accessible to all by giving everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, the chance to study at higher levels of education. It fosters a different type of learning environment featuring extensive collaboration in professional virtual learning communities. Through its strategic partnership with UniAthena, Acacia University will offer: UniAthena's academic programs, comprising accredited Doctoral and Master Level Degrees and Diplomas Professional certification programs Free short courses in various disciplines on the UniAthena platform - A diverse pool of free-to-learn short courses principally designed to upskill learners in specific domains These programs are designed to enhance the learner's knowledge and critical thinking abilities and develop expertise in that optimise. UniAthena continually aspires to be on the cutting edge of education to empower learners, upskilling them for the most in-demand jobs at the workplace. It has developed a delivery model which can accommodate the requirements of people from all walks of life. The programs are delivered through well-crafted Learning Resources and assessed through projects that conform to very high standards. Athena Global Education and Acacia University share the same mission: providing high-quality education through innovative forms of online learning. Both the institutions enable learners to reach their personal and professional goals and also work for the greater good of society. "We are thrilled to join hands with UniAthena and we are confident that this alliance will help us achieve our shared vision. Digital learning has gained momentum in recent years and has been at the forefront of our battle for seamless education during the pandemic years. We believe that Acacia & UniAthena together can open new horizons and opportunities for more learners and assist in their professional growth," - Mr. Tim R Moman, President, Acacia University. "The values held dear by us at UniAthena– Affordability, Accessibility, Flexibility, resonate with those of Acacia, and a partnership between the two will pave the way for a brighter, successful career for the learners. It will equip the learners with skills in high demand at the workplace but in short supply. We both implement the best practices when it comes to design and delivery of programs and are totally committed to the welfare of the students," -Mr. Firoz Thairinil, Founder & CEO, Athena Global Education. UniAthena is a Global Education services platform dedicated to providing high-quality education to students from around the world, from the Middle East to North Africa to the United States. Its academic programs comprise Doctoral and Master Level Degrees and Diplomas from top-ranking universities and professional certifications from renowned bodies. It leverages technology to make the learner's experience an easy and enriching one. About Athena Global Education: Athena Global Education is an Online Education provider offering self-paced Masters, Doctorate, and Microcredit programs in collaboration with European Universities and Reputed Professional Qualifications Authority. Athena is the latest venture of Westford Education Group, a higher education services provider since 2009.

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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY

Ellucian to Acquire CampusLogic, a Leader in Student Financial Success

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. About 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. About CampusLogic 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.

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Though the arts are recognized as a core academic subject in Washington State and across the nation, K–12 arts education is fraught with inequities. Less time and attention are given to the arts compared to other core subjects; support and resources for teaching the arts varies widely from district to district and from school to school. In spite of all we know about the benefits of arts learning—and strong policies to support arts learning—the overall level of arts education is inadequate.

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