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EdTech Thoughts Weekend Reading - 5/29
Week of 5/22 - 5/26
Weekend Reading is coming to you on Monday because it is the Memorial Day long weekend here in the US. The Weekly Update will be in your inboxes tomorrow.
As a reminder, EdTech Thoughts Weekend Reading is a roundup of what happened in the EdTech industry over the course of the week. It includes funding and M&A activities, people moves, and important news articles across early childhood, K12, Higher Ed, and Workforce.
Weekend Reading is the free sister publication to the EdTech Thoughts Weekly Update, which provides an analysis of why these events happened to paying subscribers. I’d love to have you subscribed to both!
Funding / M&A
Kira Learning raises $15M / US, K12 Curriculum / NEA, AI Fund
Ulipsu raises $3.2M / India, K12 Curriculum / Angel investors
Kunda Kids raises $700K / Nigeria, K12 Edutainment / Zrosk, Voltron Capital, Argentil Capital, Kaleo Ventures
Acadeum raises $11.92M / US, Higher Ed Infrastructure / Green Street Impact, ECMC, Pearson
Vias Campus raises $3.3M / US, Higher Ed Infrastructure / Arthur Ventures
uFaber raises $3M / India, Test Prep / Mastermind JPIN, Gray Matters
Cadmus raises $600K / Australia, Plagiarism Detection / Breakthrough Victoria
Opus raises $6.8M / US, Employer LMS / Gutter Capital, Nextview Ventures, Bling Capital
Liceo de Farmacia raises $600K / Spain, Vocational Training Provider / Brighteye Ventures
CareerPaths raises $248K / UK, Mentorships / QVentures
Multiverse acquires Eduflow / UK, Apprenticeship Training
JobGet acquires Heroes Jobs / US, Recruiting Software
360Training acquires ACLS Training / US, Workforce Training
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More states moving to expand access to outdoor preschools. Lots of issues to work through to make this viable at scale, but outdoor preschool sounds incredible / via The Hechinger Report
Related, the Bay Area creates two new funds to support early childhood education / via New America
Philly to pilot year-round and extended-day schools / via Higher Ed Dive
Detroit’s K12 schools still struggling after $1.3B in COVID relief funding / via the 74Million
How are school districts supporting students who thrived/are thriving online? / via the Hechinger Report
Related, Dual Credit is great when it works, but has its own issues to work out to be adopted widely / shoutout and
Pearson and CAE partner on competency-based assessments. Possibly feeling pressure from the recent Carnegie < > ETS partnership on CBE? / via globenewswire
The surprising obstacle to overhauling how children learn to read / via the New York Times
Related, but sort of the opposite - LAUSD expanding use of Cognitively Guided Instruction math pedagogy without clear evidence of effectiveness / via the 74Million
Related, State Funding for Higher Ed rises above pre-pandemic levels / via the Chronicle of Higher Education
The most entertaining job in international education? Head of International for Wrexham University / via Inside Higher Ed
College investment clubs embrace wild ride / via Wall Street Journal
“The modern male is struggling [in school].” Sounds click bait-y, actually has evidence to back it up. / via EdSurge
Is University of Idaho’s acquisition of University of Phoenix a good idea? / via Higher Ed Dive
Community Colleges as a place to optimize introductory courses. / via Inside Higher Ed
Career Karma’s annual State of the Bootcamp Market report. A must-read for anyone interested in the bootcamp space. / via CareerKarma
The AI revolution is already changing education / via the Financial Times
Education Department issues recommendations on AI / via Inside Higher Ed
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Tweet of the Week
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