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The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Responds to Netflix Varsity Blues Docudrama and Anxiety Permeating the College Admissions Process

In response to the forthcoming Netflix documentary “Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal,” the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) commended its members commitment to the highest standards in ethical college advising while calling for greater transparency in the college application process.

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inquirED Provides Guidance on Choosing Social Studies Instructional Materials
New social studies Curriculum Review Guide includes five rubrics for schools and districts to use as they evaluate resources

CHICAGOinquirED, the innovative developer of inquiry-based social studies curriculum, has released a social studies Curriculum Review Guide for schools and districts to use as they evaluate instructional materials.

Schools and districts around the country are rebuilding their social studies programs after years of neglect. They have come to understand that a robust, inquiry-based K–12 social studies program is central to their mission of helping students become active and informed participants in our democracy.

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Journalists Named in Third Class of Higher Education Media Fellows Fellows to Build Career and Technical Education Knowledge to Inform Reporting Projects

CONTACT: Frances Hannan, Program Officer, Higher Education Media Fellowship | 201-587-4755 |

PRINCETON, NJ (Thursday, March 11, 2021)—Eleven journalists have been named Higher Education Media Fellows at the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. These Fellows come from a range of backgrounds, outlets, and geographic locations.

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Disjointed, Misaligned Systems Leave Policymakers in the Dark About Students’ Early Learning
State-by-State Analysis Reveals Wide Disparities in Assessing Academic, Social Development in Pre-K Through 2nd Grade

At a time when the nation is investing significantly more resources into early learning, policymakers have few ways of knowing whether those investments are paying off because of a dearth of dependable information about how much students are learning socially, emotionally, and academically from preschool through grade 2. 

A new report from FutureEd documents the incoherent, misaligned web of early learning assessments that are costly, challenging to administer, prone to misuse by policymakers, and often neglected altogether.

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ParentSquare Expands Executive Team With Amazon Web Services Education Leader Joining as Chief Strategy Officer
Dr. Chad A. Stevens Brings Expertise in Education and Cloud Services to Fast-Growing School-to-Home Communications and Engagement Company

Lauren Zamora

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. (PRWEB) FEBRUARY 23, 2021—ParentSquare Inc., provider of the premier unified school-to-home engagement platform for K-12, today announced that Chad A. Stevens, Ph.D., is joining the company in the newly created role of Chief Strategy Officer.

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Today’s Teens Questioning the Status Quo When It Comes to College
National survey finds high schoolers want lower-cost, quicker paths to careers: 50 percent are open to something other than a four-year degree

MINNEAPOLIS (February 18, 2021)—After experiencing an unprecedented year marked by a global pandemic, racial unrest and a turbulent U.S. presidential election, today’s teens have shifted their thinking when it comes to their educational path after high school.

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Illuminate Education Unveils Research on Actual Impact of Spring School Closures and Learning Disruptions on Student Learning
Losses in math and reading remain prominent in grades K-8 and are observed uniformly across school strata, school-level poverty rates, and race/ethnic composition

IRVINE, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2021) – New research released by Illuminate Education indicates students in grades K-8 are experiencing universal learning losses in math and reading due to COVID-19 disruptions. Losses are consistently greater in math than reading in late elementary and middle school grades and are consistent across geographic and socioeconomic status.

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California is Overpaying Virtual Charter Schools Hundreds of Millions of Dollars a Year, New Report Shows
Study by University of Oregon Professor and In the Public Interest reveals that Californians are wasting at least $600 million per year on nonclassroom-based charter schools that fail to deliver academically

CONTACT: Jamie Horwitz 202-549-4921 (cell),

As one example, Pearson’s Connections Academy online charter schools charges the state $10,300 per student.
The same product in Pearson’s private school costs $4,800.

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VHS Learning Receives $1.4 Million Grant from The Manton Foundation
Nonprofit plans to use grant funding to further support students and educators

Media Contact: Charlotte Andrist
Nickel Communications
Media Inquiries Only: 770-310-5244

Boston — Jan. 26, 2021 — VHS Learning has received a $1.4 million, three-year grant from The Manton Foundation. The funds will enable the nonprofit to better serve students and schools by updating its infrastructure, website, and course offerings. VHS Learning will also use the grant to provide supplemental curriculum and instruction services to schools in rural and high-needs areas.