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VE and 2gnoMe Technology Platform Partner to Enhance Students’ Interpersonal, Professional, and Leadership Skills

VE and 2gnoMe Technology Platform Partner to Enhance Students’ Interpersonal, Professional, and Leadership Skills

NEW YORK, January 21, 2020 – Beginning January 21, 2020, Virtual Enterprises International (VE), an education nonprofit that transforms students through authentic business experiences, will launch an online platform enabling students to examine their interpersonal, professional and leadership competencies while using machine-learning technology to foster their continued growth. This learning experience system will be available to the 16,500 students from 400+ schools across the country participating in the VE program.

Through a partnership with 2gnoMe (“To know me”) a technology company specializing in the assessment and ...

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Personalized Professional Learning Hits the Mark

Challenges of Effective PD for Teachers 

In K-12, teacher training is at least a $4 billion market, or approximately $1100 per teacher per year. And yet over half of teachers report no positive impact from professional learning on their teaching practice. “Treats them like children” is one of the key complaints about training.

Professionals leave when they do not receive professional development that supports their learning needs. Almost half of all new teachers leave the profession in the first five years. Nationwide, shortage of teachers already exceeds 110,000 vacancies.

Can the best models in adult learning be relevant to ...

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The Missing Piece in Professional Development

PD options and content overwhelms one's ability to keep it together. The big question is how do you know who needs what kind of learning in the first place?

We expect teachers to differentiate learning for their students, but they rarely get learning targeted to their professional needs. The result can be a feeling of resentment about PD in general. “Treats them like children” is among the most common complaints about training. A report by Teach Plus estimates that 56 percent of teachers do not see positive impact from the professional development offered by their school or district.

As districts ...

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New Partnership a Win for All Teachers


A new collaboration between the University of Missouri's College of Education's eMints National Center and 2gnōMe will bring personalized learning to educators across the nation.

NEW YORK, April 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Personalization, or customizing lessons based on the needs and skill level of the individual student, has become the norm in classrooms – yet, that same idea hasn't been extended to the educators themselves.The new partnership, called "Digital-Age Educator" is a cloud-based professional development program with the goal of preparing educators to live, teach and lead in the digital age. This program has received the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) ...

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Hire only fully formed adults: How soft skills improve your bottom line

Under the direction of Reed Hastings and Patty McCord, Netflix prospered with groundbreaking HR policies, which Patty wrote about in How Netflix Reinvented HR (Harvard Business Review, December 2014). The first of five basic precepts that drove Netflix’s HR policies is “Hire, reward, and tolerate only fully formed adults.”

Mrs. McCord was the Chief Talent Officer for Netflix at the time. She believes the majority of workers will try to do the right thing and act in the company’s best interests when making business decisions.

She goes on to say that “Most companies spend endless time and money writing and ...

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Business Insider recently did a piece suggesting startups have gotten "very boring". http://read.bi/PRC3UQ

I don't think the tech industry is any more or less capable of substance than others. It's only the speed at which it moves that sometimes makes it seem void. The offerings come fast and in big numbers, so the fathoms that inevitably disappoint seem monumental.

Like with any other era or industry or sector, it takes some time and dedicated thought to identify the rare opportunity that offers tangible value, makes real street-level change, and can provide growth and profitability. (See what Steve Blank says about ...

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The Key to Success

What’s the key to success? It’s a question that haunts even the most relaxed among us. We all have skills we’d like to sharpen, things we’d like to do, goals we’d like to achieve. But only a select few achieve at an elite level. So what’s their secret? New research shows that those super achievers — the Tony Hsiehes and Marc Cubans of the world — have found the right balance of pride and humility.

But words "pride" and "humility" don’t necessarily mean what you think. According to researcher June Price Tangney, humility is less a trait than a mindset. ...

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What Makes People Happy at Work?

A fully stocked fridge? Unlimited vacation time? The freedom to work from home? In many sectors, particularly the youthful, tech-heavy ones, these are commonplace perks designed to reward hardworking employees. But do they make employees happier? Statistics say no.

Even though the workplace, and our relationship to it, has changed dramatically, employee satisfaction rates haven’t budged in ten years. According to a recent post on 6seconds, employees often read these perks as acts of manipulation rather than benevolence— a means to control behavior. It’s a classic case of misplaced priorities: “The majority of current engagement strategies focus on external ...

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What Makes a Good Leader?

We’re all about inspiring change. So naturally, we’re avid listeners of the TED Radio Hour. And a recent show about disruptive leadership tackled a characteristic we’re often curious about: charisma. What is it, who has it, and how does it affect leadership skills? According to Seth Godin, our common conception of charisma is way off. We assume leaders are naturally charismatic, able to inspire people to follow them on innate ability alone. But studies show that charisma follows leadership, not the other way around. Charisma isn’t always innate; in many cases, it’s something you learn on the job.

Another interesting ...

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Everyone Hates Performance Evaluations

It’s here. A month filled with mountains of paperwork, hours of introspection and far too many awkward conversations. Review season.

A joint study out of Kansas State University, Eastern Kentucky University and Texas A&M confirms what we’ve all been feeling: everyone hates performance reviews. Managers don’t like giving them. Employees don’t like getting them. And even employees most interested in learning and improving — presumably the most valuable employees — are equally discouraged by the negative feedback.

So what’s the problem? In part, it’s procedural - when feedback is one-sided (e.g., from peers to employee), it is natural to become ...

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