Newsela Raises $100M to Challenge K-12 Textbook Publishers, Eyes Acquisitions

Business news is packed with unicorns, and Newsela is the latest in education to join the herd after reaching the vaunted billion-dollar valuation. That status comes courtesy of a $100 million investment led by Franklin Templeton and existing investor TCV. Owl Ventures, Tao Capital Partners, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Waycross Ventures also contributed. Newsela, founded … Read more

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 234 Unintended Consequences Of A School Busing Plan

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 234 Unintended Consequences Of A School Busing Plan Drew Perkins talks with Olivia Krauth, education reporter with the Louisville Courier Journal, about their multi-part series detailing Louisville’s decades long efforts at school integration. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: Listen and subscribe on your favorite podcast player including: Also available … Read more

Picking Your Future ‘Classroom’ Will Shape How Students Learn

What’s the most influential technology in education right now? Or, more to the point, what’s been the bedrock of education since, say, March 2020? Video conferencing platforms. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, we all vaulted into online conferencing platforms last year when the pandemic sent us home. Without them, most teachers would not have been … Read more

Our Students Often Have Run-Ins With Police. We Started a Two-Way Dialogue to Help.

Ignacio first came to our alternative education program after a violent confrontation with school resource officers. His choice of friends left him at risk for gang activity, drug use, violence and dropping out. In some ways, he was hanging onto school by a thread. But as he spent time with us in the classroom we … Read more

‘Little Band-Aids’ Won’t Fix the Child Care Industry. New Report Proposes an Overhaul.

The current child care system in the United States is broken, and everyone involved—the children, their parents and especially the workers supporting them—are suffering as a result, according to a new report from the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at the University of California, Berkeley, which was released Tuesday. Despite a … Read more

How Digital Skills Can Promote Cultural Literacy and Create Pathways to Equity

Coding and computer science are typically associated with outcomes around problem-solving and analytical skills. For instruction that yields cultural literacy, we most often look to language arts and social sciences. But Victor Hicks approaches these academic pathways as complementary, not contradictory. With Google’s Applied Digital Skills as his foundation, Hicks prioritizes culturally relevant teaching through … Read more

2U, Guild Education Partner to Expand Online Education for Adult Workers

Employee training programs are usually among the first on the chopping block as companies tighten their belts during a typical economic downturn. But the current crisis is anything but, and an increasingly remote workforce will only accelerate the need for new skills and habits to keep companies running. That’s the consensus among the leading consultant … Read more

More Students Are Using Chegg to Cheat. Is the Company Doing Enough to Stop It?

The pandemic has dramatically altered teaching and learning, and one side effect seems to be a rise in cheating on quizzes and tests, aided by websites designed to help students study. Students were used to being watched as they took tests in-person, says Tricia Bertram Gallant, a board member of the International Center for Academic … Read more

How a Feedback Tool Improves Both Instruction and Student Outcomes for This Math Teacher

In recent years, the focus in math education has shifted from the traditional priority of answering the problem to one of understanding and articulating the process. This has been accompanied by a growing demand for educators to provide quality feedback in a timely manner. And high school math teacher Krystina Wood might have discovered the … Read more

Codecademy, an Early (and Now Profitable) Pioneer of Coding Education, Raises $40M in New Funding

Money has flowed into the edtech sector over the last twelve months. Bumper funding rounds and freshly minted unicorns are grabbing headlines, but there are questions about how long current investment appetite will last. Unlike other edtech startups seemingly on the fast track to big checks, Codecademy has been in the business for over a … Read more