K-12

Siegel Family Endowment Awards Grants to Explore Equitable Alternatives to Traditional Education

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 12:30am

These latest grants apply Siegel Family Endowment's "multidimensional" lens to the learning space, supporting organizations that are reimagining the structure of the K-12 education system.

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  • These latest grants apply Siegel Family Endowment's "multidimensional" lens to the learning space, supporting organizations that are reimagining the structure of the K-12 education system.
  • Focused on reducing education inequality, support from the Siegel Family Endowment will enable educators and designers to continue experimenting with future-forward approaches to education in collaboration with young people and communities.
  • Siegel Family Endowment aims to understand and shape the impact of technology on society by supporting organizations working at the intersections of learning, workforce, and infrastructure.
  • Siegel Family Endowment was founded in 2011 by computer scientist and entrepreneur David M. Siegel, a co-founder of Two Sigma.

Nonprofits and foundations raise $4 billion through GiveSmart

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 5:18pm

WESTMONT, Ill., Oct. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- GiveSmart by Community Brands, an industry-leading fundraising management system that helps nonprofits and foundations reach their fundraising goals, today announced a new milestone of $4 billion raised by nonprofits and foundations on its fundraising platform.

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  • WESTMONT, Ill., Oct. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- GiveSmart by Community Brands, an industry-leading fundraising management system that helps nonprofits and foundations reach their fundraising goals, today announced a new milestone of $4 billion raised by nonprofits and foundations on its fundraising platform.
  • We are humbled to be their trusted partner," says Steve Greanias, General Manager of Fundraising Solutions at Community Brands.
  • The milestone of $4 billion raised has been made possible through partnerships with more than 11,500 nonprofits, schools, and foundations executing upwards of 54,000 campaigns and reaching 25 million donors.
  • Community Brands is the leading provider of cloud-based software and payment solutions to associations, nonprofits, and K-12 schools.

Proliteracy Worldwide Names New CEO, Mark Vineis, To Lead Next Chapter of Growth

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 4:40pm

SYRACUSE, N.Y., Oct. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Today, ProLiteracy Worldwide named Mark Vineis as the new president and CEO.

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  • SYRACUSE, N.Y., Oct. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Today, ProLiteracy Worldwide named Mark Vineis as the new president and CEO.
  • Thanks to Vineis's leadership, Mondo became a progressive and recognizable ELA brand in K-12 education with consistently impressive organic revenue attainment and profitability.
  • "My passion for adult literacy deepened when Diane, my wife, and I began volunteering as adult literacy tutors with local community-based organization, Literacy Nassau ," said Mark Vineis, ProLiteracy President and CEO.
  • ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states, and works with 21 nongovernmental organizations in 35 developing countries.

Affinity Empowering Enrolls First Schools in Tennessee and Mississippi for No-Cost COVID-19 Tests Through Operation Expanded Testing

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 2:33pm

have been enrolled in Operation Expanded Testing (OET) and have begun providing no-cost COVID-19 tests to students and teachers.

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  • have been enrolled in Operation Expanded Testing (OET) and have begun providing no-cost COVID-19 tests to students and teachers.
  • These are among the first schools in Tennessee and the first in Mississippi providing regular COVID-19 testing under OET.
  • Founded in 2011, RePublic Schools serve more than 3,300 scholars in six schools across Jackson, Mississippi and Nashville, Tennessee.
  • "We commend the RePublic Schools for enrolling into Operation Expanded Testing and setting an example for COVID-19 safety in the states of Tennessee and Mississippi.

Anthology Completes Merger with Blackboard, Launches Next Chapter in EdTech

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 2:25pm

The parent company of the newly combined organization will be Anthology, with the Blackboard name continuing as an integral part of its brand portfolio. The Anthology brand represents the collection of the best and signifies the continued focus on creating the next chapter in EdTech. The company will tap its leading global position -- with more than 150 million users across 80 countries -- and a comprehensive portfolio of innovative solutions, to enable institutions to remove the historical barriers between administrative and learning ecosystems and drive learner and institutional success.

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  • By bringing Blackboard and Anthology together, the combination will create the most comprehensive and modern EdTech ecosystem at a global scale for education.
  • The Anthology brand represents the collection of the best and signifies the continued focus on creating the next chapter in EdTech.
  • The company also will maintain its global facility footprint including the main Blackboard office in Reston, Virginia.
  • "The closing of the transaction represents the next chapter for Anthology and Blackboard as our collective offerings can deliver unmatched personalized experiences and insights across the full learner lifecycle," said Milton.

CodeCrew Receives NSF Grant to Increase Computer Science Education in More Than 70 Tennessee School Districts

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 2:00pm

This project will raise awareness for the need to implement computer science across the state and empower local school leaders to design and execute plans to increase their computer science capacity.

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  • This project will raise awareness for the need to implement computer science across the state and empower local school leaders to design and execute plans to increase their computer science capacity.
  • This will result in increased access to and participation in computer science learning opportunities across the state, reaching at least 45% of Tennessee school districts.
  • "This NSF grant and its focus on preparing school districts across the state to teach computer science aligns closely with our Future Workforce Initiative.
  • Computer science education is foundational, and this grant will help ensure we are strategic as we guide Tennessee school districts in bringing the incredible value of computer science education to our state's students."

Study Finds Overwhelming Evidence That Color Blindness Hinders Learning in School, Reports EnChroma

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 1:00pm

EnChroma creators of glasses for color blindness today released the results of a landmark study that clearly demonstrates the negative effect color blindness has on learning for millions of students.

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  • EnChroma creators of glasses for color blindness today released the results of a landmark study that clearly demonstrates the negative effect color blindness has on learning for millions of students.
  • One in three say color blindness affected their confidence in school, and 30% felt like they might be a slow learner before discovering theyre color blind.
  • The evidence is overwhelming that color blindness creates learning challenges for color blind students and that parents, educators, and politicians must become more aware of the prevalence of color vision deficiency, and its impact, and take action, said Erik Ritchie, CEO of EnChroma.
  • In addition to our free color blindness test, EnChroma also offers materials for schools to share with teachers, parents and students to educate them about color blindness, its effects, and how to support color blind students.

Johnson Controls Develops Industry-first AI Driven Digital Solution to Manage Clean Air, Energy, Sustainability, Comfort and Cost in Buildings

Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:35pm

Johnson Controls OpenBlue Enterprise Manager solution helps facilities managers optimize building portfolio performance through advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence.

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  • Johnson Controls OpenBlue Enterprise Manager solution helps facilities managers optimize building portfolio performance through advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence.
  • The solution is a comprehensive suite of applications from Johnson Controls used to monitor and improve indoor air quality, energy efficiency, tenant satisfaction, asset performance, maintenance operations, space performance and the comfort of all occupants.
  • Analytics and AI solutions have historically focused on solving for one goal at a time clean air, energy/carbon, wellness, asset health, comfort, experience, space utilization, etc.
  • "Supporting healthy and sustainable buildings is at the core of Johnson Controls priorities and the solutions and services we bring to market.

Trex Company Encourages K-12 Schools to go Green and Enroll in Plastic Film Recycling Challenge

Friday, October 22, 2021 - 2:05pm

WINCHESTER, Va., Oct. 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trex Company, the worlds largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, motivates K-12 students across the country to participate in the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge and earn an A+ for their schools by learning to give new life to discarded plastic film.

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  • WINCHESTER, Va., Oct. 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trex Company, the worlds largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, motivates K-12 students across the country to participate in the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge and earn an A+ for their schools by learning to give new life to discarded plastic film.
  • Built on green values, Trex decking is manufactured from 95% recycled materials, including a mix of reclaimed wood scrap and discarded plastic film.
  • To enroll in the Plastic Film Recycling Challenge, schools can sign up by simply completing a short form on www.recycle.trex.com .
  • The 15th annual Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge begins on November 15, 2021.

Defeat the Digital Divide Helps Bring Reliable Internet Connections to Schools Nationwide

Thursday, October 21, 2021 - 4:05pm

Defeat the Digital Divide ( https://defeatthedigitaldivide.com ) offers school districts engaging learning tools to build solutions that will enable them to close the gap between those who have access to reliable internet service and those who dont.

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  • Defeat the Digital Divide ( https://defeatthedigitaldivide.com ) offers school districts engaging learning tools to build solutions that will enable them to close the gap between those who have access to reliable internet service and those who dont.
  • But with 42 million Americans unable to purchase internet access no matter their incomes, roughly 16 million K-12 students lack reliable digital connections to their schools.
  • This Digital Divide affects school districts in all types of communities, from rural to urban, and encompasses all income levels.
  • The site also provides background on the technology partners working together to support Defeat the Digital Divide, and more information about their solutions.