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Black-Led ExecOnline Secured $45M To Further Develop Its Online Executive Educational Programs

Aligned with some major growth plans, New York-based ExecOnline closed a $45 million Series D funding round. Co-founded in 2012 by Stephen Bailey, Mark Ozer, Barry Goldberg, and Julia Alexander, ExecOnline provides executive education programs and training solutions certified by educational institutions. The company partners with business schools around the world to bring democratized access to leadership development at large companies. “We feel like we have a differentiated and compelling story having pioneered this space,” The company’s CEO Bailey told AfroTech in an interview. “We hopefully want to create awareness that there is a new way to develop leaders that can create much more equity outcomes at organizations.” This latest funding round was led by OMERS Growth Equity with participation from previous investors including Kaplan, Osage Ventures, NewSpring and ABS Capital Partners. ExecOnline plans to use the Series D to further develop its online platform, expand its...

Apr 21, 2021

Best After School Tips for Virtual Learners

After your child has been doing virtual lessons all day, it’s time for them to relax and unwind before beginning homework and the rest of their afternoon routine.  Your child can relieve the stress of the school day and enjoy their favorite activities such as playing basketball, playing tag, and walking the dog around the neighborhood.  Another idea would be to give them crafts to do if it’s raining outside after school.  Here are additional ideas. Discuss The Details of Your Child’s Day Bond with your child after school by talking to them about how his school day went.  Ask them what the best and worst parts of their day were.  If there are certain topics or hobbies that interest them, look for ways that the two of you can learn about them and even do them together.  For example, if your child develops an interest in candy making, you can watch online videos or print out a simple candy recipe that you can make together.  Limit other distractions such as the phone or TV when talking...

Aug 22, 2020

This Black Homeschool Teacher Created a Free Virtual African American History Course

As schools across the nation reopen online and in person, most syllabi will likely discuss current events from COVID-19 to the Black Lives Matter protests. However, revising the accuracy of African American history texts in school curriculums is often met with resistance. Less than a month ago, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) even proposed a bill to stop the New York Times’ “1619 Project” from being adopted into school curriculums. As a result one mother and educator, Dr. Sheva Quinn has made it her mission to facilitate transparent conversations surrounding African American history from slavery to modern times. Dr. Quinn created a free online Black history course in 2015 so youth could learn about race in America from educators that looked like them. One white mother told NBC that she enrolled her Black child into the course so they could learn things that she does not feel equipped to teach. Quinn says the course is designed to help students learn why organizations like Black Lives...

Aug 19, 2020