Theodore Roosevelt Students Join Gary’s Mayor for UNCF Benefit

EdisonLearning Supports United Negro College Fund

On Wednesday, March 1, Gary Indiana Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson hosted her annual Prayer Breakfast benefitting the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). More than 300 businesses – including EdisonLearning – civic, and community leaders support the UNCF event. Proceeds assist in providing scholarships for Northwest Indiana students.

This year, students from Theodore Roosevelt College and Career Academy attended – shown above with Mayor Freeman-Wilson - Shawana Martin, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Tion Traywick, and Shawn Hampton

UNCF is known as the nation’s largest minority organization supporting higher education, student development and other programs for students attending historically black colleges and universities.  The UNCF Northwest Indiana Leadership Council established in 2007 has raised more than $400,000 and has awarded more than 60 Scholarships to students in Northwest Indiana.

The UNCF administers more than 400 programs including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment and curriculum and faculty development.  Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities.


EdisonLearning to Provide eCourse Curriculum to Indiana’s State-wide Virtual School

New Partnership

EdisonLearning has been at the forefront of the most dramatic advances in American public education for a generation, and continues to establish itself as a leader in virtual education with a new partnership recently finalized with the Indiana Virtual School.

Indiana Virtual School, an online public charter school funded by the Indiana Department of Education, serves 3,700 students throughout the state.  It is the only online, virtual JH/HS education program in Indiana created by public school teachers for public school students.

Shortly, EdisonLearning’s more than 200 eCourses will be available to students at Indiana Virtual.

This new partnership, following the acquisition of the Mavericks in Education schools in Florida, is a significant, positive step in EdisonLearning’s “Pivoting to Growth” initiative point #1 to; Demonstrate top line growth through new sales.


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EdisonLearning to Host Webinar Promoting eCourse Curriculum

Webinar highlighting how innovative online curriculum is advancing the academic outcomes for students with special challenges.

On Thursday, March 2, at 3 pm (eastern), EdisonLearning will kick-off a series of webinars to promote our eCourse curriculum.  In collaboration with the Capital Area Intermediate Unit, the one-hour webinars will feature principals and teachers currently utilizing eCourses in their schools.

Participants will learn from talented educators at Hill Top Academy in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - a K-12 school operated by the Capital Area Intermediate Unit - how they are utilizing innovative online curriculum to advance learning outcomes for students faced with diverse special needs and unique challenges.

Presenters will be:

Dr. John Thompson

Principal, Hill Top Academy

Dr. Thompson began his career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, and later found his way into public education as a work-based learning teacher.  Currently, he is the principal of Hill Top Academy where he leads a staff of 90 professional educators helping to eliminate learning barriers for students in grades K-12.  Dr. Thompson has found online learning to be a vital resource in helping students break through such barriers, that negatively affect their success in school and life.


Holly Brzycki,

Supervisor of Online Learning, Capital Area Intermediate Unit.

Ms. Brzycki oversees the Capital Area Online Learning Association, a regional online learning program for 97 school districts and Intermediate Units in Pennsylvania. Holly has been in education for 21 years as a teacher, curriculum director, principal and supervisor in traditional and cyber schools. She has spent the past 13 years dedicated to online learning, blending her passions of education and technology.

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Black History Month

Thom Jackson on Black History Month

We are currently in the midst of the 41st annual observance of Black History Month.  It is the time when our nation recognizes and honors the contributions of African Americans, and reflects on the sacrifices African-Americans have made to continue our nation’s march toward a day when every citizen is able to embrace the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Over the past four decades, school children have fortunately learned about many remarkable individuals, who for nearly two centuries went unnoticed by history.  In the early 1900’s, the contributions and achievements of African Americans were not included in any education curricula of that time, and largely absent from the national narrative. Dr. Carter G. Woodson challenged this premise, and became the “Father of Black History.”

As one of the founders of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), Dr. Woodson led the movement to establish “Negro History Week” in 1926.  He chose the second week in February for the observance, since it coincided with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Born to former slaves in Virginia in 1875, he helped his family survive working as a sharecropper and miner. Although denied access to public education until moving to West Virginia, he began high school at the age of 19, and completed the four-year course of study in two years. Upon earning his bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Chicago, Woodson went on to receive a doctorate from Harvard University in 1912 - becoming the second African American to earn a Ph.D. from the institution, after W.E.B. Du Bois.

Dr. Woodson was a scholar and an educator.  His championing of Negro History Week was an initiative to make African-American achievements a permanent part of American public history; as well as a catalyst to develop and cultivate new understanding, new knowledge, and new collaboration.

Most assuredly what Dr. Woodson did not realize at the time, was that his efforts to raise black history awareness would have a global reach. Our colleagues in the UK observe Black History Month in October; and in Canada, it is also observed in February.  Additionally, Dr. Woodson would marvel at the new structure located on the mall in Washington, D.C. which is experiencing its first Black History Month, and providing all who visit with a new way to learn about that history – the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Museum, which opened last September, is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.  My family and I visited last month and were profoundly impacted by the breadth and depth of the collections of historical artifacts and narratives.  If provided an opportunity to be in our Nation’s Capital, I would strongly encourage you to visit this remarkable facility to learn how, in many ways, African-American history is the quintessential American history.  Most of the moments where American liberty has been expanded have been tied to the African-American experience.

For us as an education company, we promote learning and achievement each and every day. But our role is not simply limited to the services we provide our customers.  It is more in keeping with Dr. Carter Woodson’s words:

“Real education means to inspire people to live more abundantly, to learn to begin with life as they find it, and make it better.”













Meeting EdisonLearning's New Florida Team

CEO Thom Jackson meets with staff of new Florida-based schools

On January 27, EdisonLearning announced that it had acquired Mavericks in Education, a Florida-based network of six charter schools providing students a unique path to earning their high school diplomas.  The following day, EdisonLearning CEO Thom Jackson met with the school leaders and staff, who are now members of the EdisonLearning team. Thom was joined by members of the Human Resources and Achievement groups, who will play important roles in ensuring a smooth and seamless transition of the former MIE staff members into the EdisonLearning family.

As a result of this acquisition:

  • EdisonLearning has re-established a presence in one of our industry’s top markets;
  • Doubled the size of our Alternative Education portfolio with a total of 6 schools located in North Miami Beach, Homestead, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Palm Springs, and Kissimmee;
  • And, taken on the responsibility to guide nearly 2,500 young people on their educational journey to a high school diploma.