New Research from NWEA Projects Major Academic Impacts from COVID-19 Closures for Students, Especially in Mathematics

NWEA | August 04, 2020

New Research from NWEA Projects Major Academic Impacts from COVID-19 Closures for Students, Especially in Mathematics
NWEA, a not-for-profit provider of assessment solutions, released today projections that current school closures due to the COVID-19 global pandemic could result in substantially lower achievement levels for students. The forecasts leveraged previous NWEA research on summer learning loss (also known as summer slide) and used a national sample of over five million students in grades 3-8 who took MAP® Growth™ assessments to estimate potential impacts of the COVID-19 related school closures.

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The six white papers gathered here describe Oregon’s challenge in helping more Oregonians than ever before to attain a higher level of education. These papers, commissioned by the Roundtable and completed in 2005, lay the groundwork for discussions by Oregon’s leaders and citizens about education changes that are needed and those that are under way.These papers were developed under the direction of Jill Kirk, Oregon Business Council vice president and manager of the Oregon Education Roundtable project. Officials, experts, and peer reviewers from Oregon and beyond contributed their knowledge and insights to this work


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VIPKid Named to Fast Company’s Second Annual ListOf The 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators

VIPKid | July 29, 2020

Fast Company today announced its second annual Best Workplaces for Innovators list, honoring businesses and organizations that demonstrate a deep commitment to encouraging innovation at all levels. VIPKid, one of the world’s largest online education technology companies, came in at #53 for its global workplace culture that nurtures innovation. Developed in collaboration with Accenture, the 2020 Best Workplaces for Innovators ranks 100 winners from a variety of industries, including computer science, biotech, consumer packaged goods, nonprofit, education, financial services, cybersecurity, and engineering. Working together, Fast Company editors and Accenture researchers scored nearly 900 applications, and a panel of eight eminent judges reviewed and endorsed the top 100 companies. The 2020 awards feature workplaces from around the world with several of the honorees based outside the U.S.

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IMPACT EDTECH OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS

European Schoolnet | July 02, 2020

On 6 April, IMPACT EdTech, the European incubator-accelerator that helps EdTech start-ups turn their ideas into market-ready products, has launched its first open call to select some of the most promising EdTech start-ups/SMEs to be supported with up to €195,300 equity-free funding and incubation-acceleration services adapted to their needs. Until 30 June 2020 at 13:00 CEST, EdTech disruptors providing solutions to educational challenges either targeting formal (school-based) compulsory education, or solutions for further formal and informal education can submit their applications through the project website.

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MTS AI’s INTEMA Joins NVIDIA Inception VC Alliance to Invest in AI Startups Providing Online Training Courses by Deep Learning Institute

INTEMA | December 16, 2021

INTEMA by MTS AI is pleased to announce that its AI accelerator programme for education has today become a member of the NVIDIA Inception VC Alliance, an association of 200 leading venture funds and investors that has been established by NVIDIA to support the growth of startups across fields ranging from AI, data science, and high-performance computing. The collaboration will enable INTEMA to invest in a potential pool of more than 9,000 of NVIDIA’s Inception programme startup members, a group which comprises high-potential AI startups from all over the world. Additionally, the collaboration opens up access to mentor support and the online resources of NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Institute for INTEMA’s investee and portfolio companies. The acceleration of AI startups is one of INTEMA’s investment strategy tools. INTEMA by MTS AI is a business group for developing AI technologies, it is an AI acquisition and investment vehicle that encompasses MTS AI’s $100m VC fund, accelerator and venture studio. The priority of the INTEMA accelerator programme is to find the best AI teams and bring together promising businesses, young researchers, visionaries, designers, and business customers for AI tech to give them every possible tool to boost the AI sector and build a pipeline of next generation AI products. The accelerator offers founders smart money: monetary investment that is coupled with access to cutting-edge technologies and computing power, as well as deep technical and business expertise through INTEMA’s world-class AI experts including mentors from leading tech companies such as Google, PayPal and Shazam. Founders are able to access investments amounting to $100,000 per project, with the most successful projects being eligible to apply for an additional investment package of up to $500,000 from an INTEMA investment fund. Through their collaboration, INTEMA and NVIDIA Inception will share information about their startup members which will strengthen INTEMA via advertising for the accelerator programme, lead generation, trend watching and new technologies. Similarly, NVIDIA Inception will benefit from a new avenue to present their technologies for new startups. The collaboration will also grant residents of the INTEMA acceleration programme with access to online training courses offered by the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute, including dozens of courses in some of the fastest growing AI segments: video analysis, processing and classification of medical images, deep learning, predictive analysis in healthcare, robotics, manufacturing, and other areas. In turn, members of the VC Alliance will be given a chance to participate in a demo day hosted by the INTEMA acceleration programme and become co-investors in selected startups. Moreover, NVIDIA visionaries will join the INTEMA accelerator’s roster of expert mentors. INTEMA is focused on AI startups in fields such as computer vision, natural language processing, edge computing, biometric user identification, behavioral and predictive analysis, image recognition and processing, while NVIDIA Inception supports all cutting-edge startups. By working together both companies are able to tap into deeper pools of prospective AI talent. “Investors need in-depth expertise in project evaluation, especially for projects at early stages. We want to become a quality filter and seal of excellence for the market and for investors to invest in companies that completed our acceleration programme, and co-invest with us in later stage projects.” Alexey Posternak, Chief Financial and Investment Officer at MTS AI and Managing Partner of INTEMA “INTEMA by MTS AI is a welcome addition to the VC Alliance through NVIDIA Inception. This relationship supports our efforts to help promising startups during critical stages of development as they build and deliver more efficient AI solutions for global businesses and customers,” said Mathew Torgow, Head of NVIDIA Inception VC Alliance. About INTEMA INTEMA by MTS AI is a business group with a focus on developing artificial intelligence technologies. INTEMA seeks to bridge business and developers of AI technologies and lend them support in developing their innovative AI products. Startup founders get a variety of tools, including financial contribution amounting to $100K per project, networking, access to cutting-edge technologies and computing power, and expertise of mentors – experts from leading IT businesses. The best projects may be eligible for extra investment of up to $500K from INTEMA’s fund. MTS AI is a worldwide company for the development, acceleration, and commercialization of AI solutions owned by MTS PJSC. MTS AI is working on a variety of solutions based on computer vision technologies, including a natural language recognition and speech synthesis system, as well as a platform for creation voice robots and smart assistants. About NVIDIA NVIDIA‘s invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market and has redefined modern computer graphics, high performance computing and artificial intelligence. The company’s pioneering work in accelerated computing and AI is reshaping trillion-dollar industries, such as transportation, healthcare and manufacturing, and fueling the growth of many others.

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Edtech Nonprofit ReadWorks Expands Partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

ReadWorks | December 22, 2021

The edtech nonprofit ReadWorks today announces the renewal of its partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). Through the partnership, with guidance from ReadWorks on classroom and reading accessibility, NFWF uses the deep knowledge and expertise of their staff to create original content to share information on conservation nationwide with millions of students. Stories about drone deliveries helping prairie dog populations, protecting baby sea turtles from light pollution, and inspiring kid scientists have been read by nearly 200,000 students across the country in more than 26,000 schools since the partnership began in 2018. This year, ReadWorks and NFWF will create even more new and relevant conservation content to be featured in the ReadWorks library. To explore the texts made possible by NFWF, create your free account on ReadWorks.org. Having NFWF content on the ReadWorks platform makes it easy for teachers to integrate informative passages into any classroom. Students across multiple grade levels engage with the most up-to-date science on conservation while building background knowledge, growing their vocabularies, strengthening strategic reading, and increasing reading quantity – the four pillars of reading comprehension that are the focus of ReadWorks' mission. ReadWorks partners with world-class organizations such as NFWF to improve reading outcomes for students and spread important knowledge. To learn more about our content partnerships, as well as other partnership opportunities in research and development, visit our partners page. About ReadWorks Through its digital platform, ReadWorks provides K-12 teachers and students with the content, curricular supports, and tools they need to succeed in reading - for free. As a result, over 1 million teachers and 13.1 million students are using ReadWorks today. At ReadWorks, our mission is to ensure that all children become successful, joyful readers by working to bridge the gap between research and practice in reading instruction. Log on to ReadWorks.org to access our free resources. About NFWF Chartered by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores the nation's fish, wildlife, plants and habitats. Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, NFWF has funded more than 5,000 organizations and generated a total conservation impact of $6.8 billion.

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The six white papers gathered here describe Oregon’s challenge in helping more Oregonians than ever before to attain a higher level of education. These papers, commissioned by the Roundtable and completed in 2005, lay the groundwork for discussions by Oregon’s leaders and citizens about education changes that are needed and those that are under way.These papers were developed under the direction of Jill Kirk, Oregon Business Council vice president and manager of the Oregon Education Roundtable project. Officials, experts, and peer reviewers from Oregon and beyond contributed their knowledge and insights to this work

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