New digital platform to help facilitate citizenship, SEL skills

educationdive | April 08, 2020

Composer — a free digital resource from High Resolves, Facing History and Ourselves, iCivics, Generation Citizen and Peace First — enables educators to access a variety of citizenship education materials to produce cross-disciplinary instructional “strings,” with guides and suggestions on how students can practice what they’ve learned through real-world experiences. The tool, produced with funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Imaginable Futures, currently contains a library of approximately 1,000 learning experiences that touch on civics, social justice, social-emotional learning and global competence.

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Many organizations are adopting eLearning to train their employees and this is why they need a Learning Management System (LMS). An LMS is a software application that can be used to plan, implement, and track learning activities. It acts as a centralized system to deliver online training programs.Here is an infographic that explains the functions of an LMS and how having an LMS will support training management in your organization.


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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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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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Vasta acquires Phidelis, a complete platform of academic and financial management for K-12 schools

Vasta Platform Limited | January 18, 2022

Vasta Platform Limited today announced the acquisition, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Somos Sistemas de Ensino S.A., of Phidelis Tecnologia Desenvolvimento de Sistemas Ltda. and MVP Consultoria e Sistemas Ltda. (“Phidelis”). Phidelis is a complete platform of academic and financial management for K-12 schools, providing (i) software licensing and development and (ii) messaging, retention, enrollment and default management, for schools and students. Founded in 2004, Phidelis have provided services to over 35 schools. In 2021, it recorded net revenue of R$ 5 million. In addition to aggregating a digital solution and bringing in new clients, Phidelis’s talented and skilled team will support the development of Vasta’s digital services platform. With this acquisition, Vasta takes another important step towards offering a complete digital solution to K-12 schools. About Vasta Vasta is a leading, high-growth education company in Brazil powered by technology, providing end-to-end educational and digital solutions that cater to all needs of private schools operating in the K-12 educational segment, ultimately benefiting all of Vasta’s stakeholders, including students, parents, educators, administrators and private school owners. Vasta’s mission is to help private K-12 schools to be better and more profitable, supporting their digital transformation. Vasta believes they are uniquely positioned to help schools in Brazil undergo the process of digital transformation and bring their education skill-set to the 21st century. Vasta promotes the unified use of technology in K-12 education with enhanced data and actionable insight for educators, increased collaboration among support staff and improvements in production, efficiency and quality.

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n2y Wows Judges and Receives 2020 CODiE Awards

N2Y | May 21, 2020

n2y, an innovator in the fields of special education and virtual learning, had the honor of receiving the 2020 CODiE Awards in the Best Solution for Exceptional Students category for its Total Solution, and Best Data Solution category for Positivity®. n2y was also proud to be named a finalist in an additional four categories, which included Best Virtual Learning Solution, Best Learning Capacity-Building Solution, Best Cloud-Based Solution and Best ESL, ELL or World Language Acquisition Solution. n2y’s Total Solution supports the whole student across all learning environments—including remote learning settings. While unifying the entire stakeholder team, it supports teachers with time-saving, standards-aligned, differentiated instruction and assessment; compliance reporting; behavior management; relevant symbol-supported resources; weekly current events; and skill building games—all powered by best-in-class professional development. Positivity enhances classroom management and promotes Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to lay the foundation for successful outcomes. It integrates easily into learning environments with online delivery and tracking of proactive behavior strategies that support the behavior intervention process from start to finish.

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Many organizations are adopting eLearning to train their employees and this is why they need a Learning Management System (LMS). An LMS is a software application that can be used to plan, implement, and track learning activities. It acts as a centralized system to deliver online training programs.Here is an infographic that explains the functions of an LMS and how having an LMS will support training management in your organization.

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