The Story Behind a Petition to Hold College Commencement in Person, Despite COVID-19

Raquel Perez is earning her associate degree in audio engineering this spring. It’s a milestone many semesters in the making. The 32-year-old has spent the last five years pursuing a degree at Houston Community College, balancing classes with paid work and raising her seven children. Propelling her forward through all of that effort was her … Read more

A New Online Tutoring Market Has Emerged — In Construction. It Requires a Surprising Number of Books.

There’s a high-stakes exam that’s created an entire industry selling test-preparation products and services to people willing to shell out big bucks for help honing their skills and strategies. It’s not the SAT, or the MCAT. In fact, it’s not related to academic admissions at all. Yet it has generated lots of online guides and … 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

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

Interplay Raises $18M to Build a Lynda.com for Essential Skilled Trades

Toilets remain one of humankind’s most ingenious engineering feats. But while the most advanced bidets can wash themselves (along with other parts), they can’t fix themselves—yet. Plumbing is just one of many good-paying skilled trades that remain in high demand but which have largely been glossed over by the education technology industry, says Doug Donovan, … Read more

The Pandemic Has Compounded the Turnover Problem in Early Childhood Education

For six years, Ernestina Fuentes had been building out her early childhood program, hiring trained staff, developing a model tailored to children with trauma and eventually earning a four-star quality rating from the state. Fuentes, the founder and director of Herencia Guadalupana Lab Schools in Tucson, Ariz., had mostly avoided the high turnover rates that … Read more

COVID-19 Has Widened the Skills Gap. But It Also Presents an Opportunity to Close It.

America’s skills gap has been widely discussed. The friction between postsecondary institutions failing to properly prepare job seekers and unrealistic employer expectations has led to seven million unfilled openings. Not surprisingly, the challenge worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic, and there are still nearly as many unfilled jobs with near-record unemployment in a recession. When the … Read more

Can Edtech Close the Talent and Workforce Gap in Cybersecurity?

How we protect our data is more important than ever. Attacks on high-value entities, including big businesses and federal government agencies, regularly make headlines. Schools are increasingly targeted as well. Just last month, the FBI, CISA and MS-ISAC issued a joint warning about attacks on educational institutions. Cybercrime damages will cost the world an estimated … Read more

With the Pandemic Shining New Light on Early Childhood Educators, Proponents Look to ‘Radical’ Changes

Along with Dolly Parton, good weather, well-stocked toilet paper aisles and the “stop video” function on Zoom, the pandemic has brought a newfound appreciation—reverence, even—for early childhood educators. Families, fellow educators and the general public have begun to see just how integral child care professionals are to a smoothly functioning economy, says Ashley LiBetti, associate … Read more

Surveys Find Districts Are Using More Edtech Tools — and Teachers Are Bearing the Costs

“Virtual” learning may be on the upswing—corporate VR learning, that is. Teachers are paying out of pocket for edtech tools while using more of them. And educators want to know what actually worked in remote instruction. All in this Edtech Reports Recap. Is That Avatar Annoyed or Are You Just Unhappy to See Me? A … Read more