GSV Ventures Raises $180M Fund in Search of Global Edtech Opportunities

With an investment fund, a conference and a constellation of advisory services, GSV may be the closest thing to an omnipresent brand in education investing. But even after over a decade of making and facilitating deals, the Chicago-based firm still sees other untapped opportunities and areas for growth. Specifically, across the ocean. “We’ve been spending … Read more

Biden Pushes Plan to Get Every Educator a Vaccine Dose by End of March

MaryAnn Sansonetti-Wood, like so many other educators, has spent much of this school year frustrated and fearful. She’s been teaching face-to-face since September, behind a cloth mask and a plexiglass barrier. Her middle school—part of a suburban district outside of Columbia, S.C.—transitioned from a hybrid model to four days a week of in-person learning in … Read more

Attention School Leaders: Listening is Essential. Here’s How to Get Better at It.

A few weeks ago, a friend called me to chat. While our children attend different schools, we often call one another to connect (and sometimes vent) about issues we—or our kids—are experiencing. “My son is really struggling with his workload,” my friend said. “So I called the division head to talk about how he is … Read more

A New SEL Program Finds Its ‘Way’ to Schools, Survival and $1.5M in Seed Funding

Patrick Cook-Deegan once wanted to build a school, one focused on helping high school students find purpose through attending to their mental health and well-being. It would be based in Palo Alto, Calif., which was rattled by clusters of suicides among the city’s teenagers. The school board turned down the idea. But Cook-Deegan found other … Read more

Our Research Shows Educators Are Experiencing Trauma During the Pandemic. Here’s How We Can Reduce the Burden.

Educators play a critical role in our communities, but lately—and increasingly— they are burdened with responsibilities more appropriate for other members of the community, such as counselors, social workers, nurses and community organizers. This juggling act is particularly salient in under-resourced communities, where grappling with these issues can be a daily struggle. Since the onset … Read more

Our Research Shows Educators Are Experiencing Trauma During the Pandemic. Here’s How We Can Reduce the Burden.

Educators play a critical role in our communities, but lately—and increasingly— they are burdened with responsibilities more appropriate for other members of the community, such as counselors, social workers, nurses and community organizers. This juggling act is particularly salient in under-resourced communities, where grappling with these issues can be a daily struggle. Since the onset … Read more

How Shakespeare Helps Us Rethink Education

In “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” a comedy that William Shakespeare wrote in the 16th century, the character Biron asks, “What is the end of study?” Questioning the end, or purpose, of education is an exercise that modern students, professors and college leaders engage in all the time. Scott Newstok, professor of English at Rhodes College in … Read more

Are You a Digital Threat to Your College? Read This to Find Out

There are approximately 3,700 higher ed institutions in the U.S. There are about 1,329,900 teachers employed by these institutions. Add in roughly 144,880 administrators, and that means nearly 1.5 million post-secondary educators are at risk of losing their jobs today by performing one single act: Posting on social media. Around the world there were 4.20 … Read more

Which Solutions Will Power the Transformation of Teaching and Learning?

Education technology has exploded in the last decade. And with the onset of COVID-19, technology integration in schools has only accelerated. We are not short on technology products or solutions. All students need to have the ability to access their teachers and their lessons. Yet, Samsung—long the leader in digital displays—believes that education needs smart … Read more

This Week at DE: Week of February 28

Register Now for special events This Week at DE!Undeniably Dairy Virtual Field Trip Hi everyone! My name is Brad Fountain and here’s what’s going on this week at Discovery Education!  You may have seen the announcement, but in case you missed it, we’re pumped to share the new SEL Center available for Discovery Education Experience partners! Social-emotional learning is so important for … Read more