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January 22, 2016

A mixed bag this week but make sure to check out the funding opportunities at the bottom if you have a startup that's looking for a program to help get you started.

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Deborah, Aurelio, & Vicky

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How To Help Kids In Poverty Adjust To The Stability Of School After Break

Meg Anderson - NPR

A little belated, but for educators working with low-income children, something to be mindful of:

"...for students whose families are struggling in poverty, time away from school isn't an exciting blip on an otherwise calm school year. For them, it can be a crippling time of insecurity when it comes to food and shelter."

Cracking District Sales

Alex Rappaport - EdSurge

Sales tips from the CEO of Flocabulary:
1) Know your customer and respect the market
2) Keet it simple and be transparent
3) Sharing is caring
4) Think local
5) Don't knock on locked doors

[FOR LAUGHS] Best Onion Articles on Education

Steve Kolowich - Chronicle of Higher Education

Sometimes the full magnitude of problems we face in education can only be brought to light through humor.

What We Ought To Be

John King - Medium

An inspiring speech from the Acting Secretary of Education at The National Action Network’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast.

Edtech Q4 Funding Debrief

Karis Hustad - ChicagoInno

There were just over $1 billion in investments in Q4 2015, up 300 percent over the $295 million in investments seen in Q3 2015, but this was largely the result of larger deals rather than more deals. In context, edtech funding is still far lower than most industries.


Up to $100,000 for education technology startups post-MVP. Must be based in the U.S. Applications due Feb. 5th.

[FUNDING] Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition

Open to applicants worldwide with dual-track opportunities: Venture & Idea. The aperture is pretty wide spanning local or global needs, public or private issues, Pre-K through adult education, and social or for-profit ventures. Applications due February 23rd.

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