Pearson, AFT Square Off Over Company’s Profits, Focus

Marketplace K-12

Pearson 1-year stock price chart, New York Stock Exchange, from Morningstar. Pearson 3-month stock price chart, New York Stock Exchange, from Morningstar. The AFT has spent years fighting Pearson over high-stakes testing and other issues. Statements Fly in Pearson-AFT Conflict.

10 Companies Hiring Teachers Over the Summer

EdNews Daily

If you are a teacher looking for a summer gig, or unique ways to make extra money over your break, please find 10 companies hiring now. Pearson. Their parent company, StudyPoint, has offered personalized and convenient tutoring to students in 25 major cities, dating back to 1999.

Pearson Giving Up Business Publishing to Focus on Education

K-12 Schools - Education News

British education publishing company Pearson has announced that it was in talks to sell its 50% stake in the Economist Group, the company that publishes The Economist, as it moves to focus exclusively on the education sector.

Pearson unveils Beta-4

eSchool News

Pearson has unveiled the Beta-4, the latest revision of a nonverbal measure of cognitive abilities in adults, originally developed by the U.S. Appropriate uses include prison systems assessing the intellectual ability of inmates, companies evaluating the employment readiness of potential new hires, and vocational schools determining placement of students. managing director of Pearson’s clinical assessment group. “A

Pearson Realize course content now works with any LMS

eSchool News

Interoperability certification gives teachers, students freedom to assign and use any Pearson content regardless of LMS. The team at Pearson Realize has been redeveloping its content to earn LTI Certification from IMS.

Tennessee Gives Pearson ‘Emergency’ Test Scoring Contract, Seeks New Vendor

Marketplace K-12

Pearson has been awarded a contract worth about $18.5 The new seven-month contract with Pearson was finalized using an emergency procurement process after the education department collaborated with the state’s central procurement office, according to a “Frequently Asked Questions” document the department released. Pearson, a global education company that counts assessments as less than 10 percent of its total revenues , will score about 1.8 Pearson

Pearson, an Investor in Knewton, Is ‘Phasing Out’ Partnership on Adaptive Products


Now one of its most high-profile content partners and investors, Pearson , is pulling back. Pearson will no longer use Knewton’s adaptive learning engine for some of its digital offerings. The retrenchment delivers a setback to Knewton, for whom Pearson was the first—and most visible—partner. Knewton technology is also used enVisionMATH2.0 , a Pearson offering for grades K-8, but neither company offered specific details on the status of this agreement.) “Our

Pearson asks N.J. students for help designing new digital products

eSchool News

Nine New Jersey elementary middle school students are joining forces with Pearson designers and developers to help the company design features for digital learning solutions. For more information on Pearson’s Kids CoLab initiative, visit [link].

Education Behemoth Pearson to Cut 4,000 Employees, 10 Percent of Workforce

Marketplace K-12

Pearson today announced that it is responding to rocky conditions and poor performance in international markets by laying off 4,000 workers and putting a greater focus on adaptive courseware and classroom products, as well as blended and online learning. The massive cuts will reduce the giant education company’s workforce by about 10 percent, down from about 40,000 employees based not only in the United States and United Kingdom, but Asia and countries around the world.

LAUSD to get $6.4M in software settlement from Pearson

eSchool News

The Los Angeles Unified School District has reached a tentative $6.4-million settlement over curriculum from education software giant Pearson that the school system said its teachers barely used. Unified while Pearson provided curriculum on the devices as a subcontractor.

Pearson Business Strategy Assailed by Investors, Including Chicago Teacher’s Pension Fund

Marketplace K-12

Teachers’ union pension funds that invest in Pearson PLC joined with other public sector investors today in petitioning the education giant to “urgently review its business strategy,” citing the company’s “tumbling revenue and plunging stock prices.” ” The coalition that submitted a shareholder resolution represents 40,000 of Pearson’s voting shares and hails from the United Kingdom and United States. Pearson Agrees to Pay $6.5

Project Hope Alliance Partners with Think Through Math and Pearson Education

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ORANGE COUNTY, CA — SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 — Project Hope Alliance, a nonprofit organization committed to ending the cycle of homelessness for Orange County families through stable housing and youth education programs, recently launched its Soaring to Success pilot program in partnership with Pearson Education and Think Through Math. The program also utilizes the love, mentorship, and support of a caring volunteer mentor, who meets with the student every week for a two-hour session.

New Jersey Resumes Testing After PARCC Computer Problems

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Referring to the shutdown as “totally unacceptable,” Education Commissioner David Hespe said he had been assured by Pearson Education, the company that administers test for all states using it, that the necessary steps were being taken to fix the problems. “I

5 Ways to Customize Your Teacher Professional Development This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

She worked with her principal to have all educators create that stress journal and they found that they actually had control to change many of those pieces that were causing that stress; things like: their meeting schedule, their PD structure, policies around structures for attendance.

Strategy, Serendipity, Sleepless Nights: 3 Edtech CEOs on ‘Great Exits’


PLATO had reportedly spent about $50 million to buy another company to expand the school grades it serviced. But according to Brekhus, now chief product officer at Renaissance Learning, PLATO failed to effectively communicate how Lightspan fit into the company’s strategy. Instead, a small team should handle those questions while the rest of the employees make sure the company continues to meet the day-to-day needs of its customers.

How an Ed-Tech Startup Can Rise Above the Noise at ISTE

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

to share ideas, meet new people and see old friends. As a small company it’s hard to be heard over the noise (and the smell of popcorn). This year we didn’t exhibit at ISTE, but I attended the event to hold meetings and scope out the landscape.

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As Traditional Colleges Grow, Online OPM Relationships Shift


That process can take about three to four years including time to develop the program, according to the company’s founder, John Katzman. “The industry’s evolving where (OPMs) need to be able to meet the school on their terms.” A cool $6,630.

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Twelve Years Later: How the K-12 Industry and Investment Landscape Has Shifted (Part 2)


Twelve years ago, Amplify CEO Larry Berger and I wrote about the “ pareto distribution ” of companies in the K-12 sector. Most revenue was generated by a few winner-take-all companies, then there was a long tail of subscale operators. Supply of new companies has reached a fever pitch.

10 Summer Jobs For Teachers 2017

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These companies are hiring now. Pearson. Varsity Tutors is a nationally recognized company that connects students with personalized tutoring services in both academic and test prep subject areas. Coordinate scheduling for the meetings with students over email.

Storage Wars: Choosing a Secure Student Data Solution

EdTech Magazine

In a recent lawsuit, an Illinois woman and her daughter accuse Pearson, the multinational publishing and education company, of exposing the information of more than 1 million students when it failed to detect or respond to a 2018 data breach. .

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Tips and Scoops from ASU GSV That You Won’t Find on the Agenda


It’s very easy to feel FOMO, across all the panels, keynotes, workshops, receptions and serendipitous meetings in the hallways. How powerful would it be if a CEO who just sold his company for a million dollars got on the microphone and said: ‘I worked really hard for this.

‘Back to School’ Hijinks and Lessons for the Education Industry


But to the BMO’s annual education industry conference, where company executives, investors, bankers and financiers of all stripes descended in their suits and slacks (but very few ties). In rooms on the upper floors were private meetings to wheel and deal.

The Clock Is Ticking for This Edtech Buyer to Find a Deal


If it seems baffling that companies with no revenue can raise money from private investors ( ahem , as some edtech startups did in the early 2010’s), then EdTechX Holdings might just sound outright crazy at first. EdTechX Holdings is a “special purpose acquisition company,” or SPAC for short. It raises money from the public with the explicit purpose of acquiring a private company. That company then becomes publicly-held, usually through a process known as a reverse merger.

Data Driven Instruction: How Student Data Guides Formative Assessments

EdTech Magazine

At the heart of formative assessment is the underlying goal of meeting students where they are in their learning,” notes an anonymous study from Digital Promise. However, companies are developing adaptive learning and formative assessment tools quickly to keep up with the growing interest.

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Podcasting How To’s and Tips with Jeff Bradbury and Vicki Davis

The CoolCatTeacher

We’ve been doing this for seven years now, and it’s been a great opportunity to not only meet people but have people on the show and share their stories. When the power goes out, you’re the last people that the power company comes to.

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SEC launches informal inquiry into LAUSD’s use of bonds for iPads

eSchool News

Unified officials demanded a refund from computer giant Apple over curriculum supplied on the devices by Pearson, which sells education services and materials worldwide. Pearson was a subcontractor to Apple under a contract approved by the Board of Education in June 2013. That fall, problems immediately plagued the rollout of devices to campuses, and questions soon arose about whether Apple or Pearson had an unfair advantage in the bidding process.

Y Combinator’s Newest Batch of Education Technology Startups


Caffeinated founders paced the lobby in colorful T-shirts splattered with their company logos, polishing their pitches for their on-stage presentation and meetings with potential investors. What he has yet to find—but which he says Y Combinator would be willing to invest in—are companies that can help support and run new school models. You won’t find those companies in this batch. The company also has a free vocabulary course.

Where in the World Is Planet3? An Educational Gaming CEO Seeks His Second Act


But at an all-hands meeting at the company’s Washington, D.C. Some employees hoped the company could turn around and stayed on without pay. “We Esther Wojcicki, the esteemed journalism teacher at Palo Alto High School, joined in 2016 as the company’s chief learning officer.

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Bankers, Buyers and Warriors: Reporter’s Notebook From the 2017 ASU+GSV Summit


Nearly a dozen entrepreneurs we talked to said they each received upwards of 20 emails from investment banking groups, inviting them to meetings in private suites. Almost all of the PreK to 12 programming clustered in the Little America hotel, while the post-secondary, workforce training and company suites clustered in the more opulent Grand America across the street. Take Blackboard , which has bought 15 companies since 2014. Bankers, lawyers, researchers and policymakers.

Walmart Chooses Three Colleges Where Its Employees Can Study For $1 a Day


Employees pay $1 a day to participate, and the company covers “tuition, books and fees,” according to an explanation of the program on the retail giant’s website. Since Walmart is limiting its program to majors that are related to business, it is a bit more “related to Walmart’s interests” than similar efforts by other companies, but Gallagher argues that the trend is largely positive. Walmart was one of the first large companies to partner with higher education.

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Colleges Face Investigations Over Whether Their Use of Social Media Follows Accessibility Regulations


Among the newer aspects of these kinds of complaints is whether college social media communication meets accessibility standards.

?5 Policy Headaches and Opportunities for US Education Businesses Under DeVos


Earlier this week representatives from Pearson, the Bill Gates Foundation, the Center for Education Reform, American Public Education, Inc. Here are the five policy implications that edtech companies are watching closely. According to panelists, learning where the buckets of money are hiding under the title grants can be key to meeting educator needs while simultaneously marketing your edtech solution. Perhaps the only clear policy direction emanating from the U.S.

Reflections on 20 Years of Open Content: Lessons from Open Source

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Confusion over the meaning of the word “free” (e.g., ‘if my company uses programs licensed as free software, does that mean I can’t charge customers?’) ’) was the original fear, uncertainty, and doubt that kept companies from engaging in this work. In early 1998, a group of advocates got together for a strategy meeting to discuss how they could advance the cause of free software. Companies are starting to ‘get it’!”

‘Talent’ Has Become the New Theme Uniting Education and Employment


While there are high-profile examples of companies enhancing their tuition assistance benefits—such as the Starbucks deal with Arizona State or Chipotle’s work with Guild Education —that is not the norm (even though it represents a trend worth watching). Instead, companies today are increasingly likely to promote microlearning approaches that provide employees with short-form learning that may eventually stack into a larger credential.

An Update on What You Need to Know about ESSA

Prior to igniting the flame that grew to be Acumen Partners in 2012, Steve engaged in principal leadership positions in leading organizations including Pearson, McGraw Hill, Master Teacher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and EdLights.