July 17, 2020 | Volume 51, Number 15

EM Exclusive: Demand for Professional Learning Increases in COVID-19 Era

The COVID-19 crisis had a major impact on the PreK-12 professional learning market in spring 2020, and its ramifications are likely to occur through 2020-2021 and even 2021-2022. In ...

BNED Continues Digital Focus in Fiscal 2021

The outbreak of COVID-19 in early spring compounded Barnes & Noble Education’s (Basking Ridge, NJ) business problems, negatively impacting financial results, but some ...

H1 M&A Activity: Cleaning Up and Refocusing Business

Merger and acquisition activity in the first half of the year could be characterized as a cleaning up and refocusing of business against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic or in ...

Acquisitions Heading into H2

Private investment firms Veritas Capital and Leeds Equity Partners in July combined three education technology firms into a single company under the new brand Anthology (Boca Raton, ...

School Reopening Plans Change Quickly

Schools in many states—California and Florida among them—are due to open in August. Reopening plans—even adjusted for needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic—were sticking to ...

McGraw Hill, Packback Step up Digital Tutoring Offerings

Online tutoring services continue to gain traction, and instructional materials provider McGraw Hill (New York) and Packback (Chicago), which has morphed from a textbook rental ...

The Incomplete List of Tutoring Services

TutorMe (Zovio)Chegg TutorsKhan AcademyLearn to BeSkooliWyzanteTutorWorldTutor.com (Princeton Review)Smarthinking (Pearson)Club ZTutorEyeRevolution PrepPreplyVarsity Tutorsbartleby ...

Recent Professional Learning Opportunities

Companies and organizations have responded quickly to the needs of educators in responding to the disruption in schools this spring caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Amid the ...

Partnerships & Acquisitions, July 17, 2020

K-12 assessment and analytics provider Certica Solutions (Wakefield, MA) in July forged a partnership with Mentoring Minds (Tyler, TX) to offer Certica’s Navigate Item Bank within ...

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