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.

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

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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.

Ed tech companies promise results, but their claims are often based on shoddy research

The Hechinger Report

Examples from The Hechinger Report’s collection of misleading research claims touted by ed tech companies. All three of these companies try to hook prospective users with claims on their websites about their products’ effectiveness. Pearson stands behind its findings.

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.

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].

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

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.

AFT Rejected in Attempt to Force Pearson ‘Business Strategy Review’

Marketplace K-12

Pearson PLC today reported lower revenues in its first quarter, and escaped a proposed mandate to conduct a review of its business strategy, after a shareholders’ resolution led by the American Federation of Teachers and a coalition of pension funds was rejected decisively at its annual shareholders meeting. million, which included Pearson’s own discretionary votes. Fallon acknowledged that the one-day delay had been caused by an error made by a Pearson employee.

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.

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

Edsurge

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 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

Think Through Math

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

K-12 Schools - Education News

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

Strategy Shift Leads to Layoffs (and a Rogue Ex-Employee) at Coding Kit Company Pi-Top

Edsurge

A London-based company in the crowded market of do-it-yourself programmable hardware for students seeks to shake off negative headlines as it restructures and changes focus to the U.S. The company first announced its strategic shift with a capital injection of about 3.3

Nine New Lawsuits Target ?Inclusive Access? Textbook Programs, Alleging Antitrust Violations

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Nine lawsuits filed in March, April and May against major textbook companies and retailers take aim at their bulk deals with colleges to offer online course materials, sometimes referred to as “inclusive access” programs.

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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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.

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

Edsurge

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.

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.

When Essential Workers Need Child Care, Child Care Becomes Essential

Edsurge

Meeting the need By the next week, Girn says, Higher Ground went from reopening a center here and there based on need, to repurposing every site across the network. There are considerable challenges,” Pearson adds.

10 Summer Jobs For Teachers 2017

EdNews Daily

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.

As Traditional Colleges Grow, Online OPM Relationships Shift

Wisewire

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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BibliU Raises $10 Million to Scale Online Textbooks

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Founded in 2014, the London-based company provides digital content from 2,000-plus publishers. The company has 33 full-time employees with hundreds of thousands of student users. But with the recent investment, he says his team is ready to scale to meet demand.

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

Edsurge

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.

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

Edsurge

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.

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

Edsurge

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.

Y Combinator’s Newest Batch of Education Technology Startups

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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.

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

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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

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

Edsurge

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

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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.

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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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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