Ambow Education Announces Inaugural Certification of 100 Strategic Career Planning Consultants

BEIJING, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ambow Education Holding Ltd. (“Ambow”, “Ambow Education” or the “Company”) (NYSE American: AMBO), a leading national provider of educational and career enhancement services in China, today announced that the first 100 trainees have successfully completed the Global Career Quality Assurance program in strategic career planning and received certification since such program was kicked off in late June 2020 on Ambow Huanyujun Education Hub. 

In light of the evolving macro environment now unfolding in the post-pandemic period in China, both individuals and enterprises are facing new uncertainties and challenges finding, identifying and securing suitable employment matches. For individuals this means reassessing personal career management strategies and new potential pathways; for enterprises this accelerates the need to adopt new talent management strategies reflecting new market conditions.

Earlier in 2020, Ambow Education teamed up with Dr. Tom Clawson, Founder and President of Global

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LA County Board Adopts New Regional Blueprint For Arts Education

Press release from the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture:

This Blueprint is an update of the 2002 Arts for All: LA County Regional Blueprint for Arts Education, which focused exclusively on in-school arts education. The new Blueprint presents an expanded approach with strategies that reach beyond school to include arts instruction for all students, across all grade levels, in all public schools; expanded opportunities for arts education after school; year-round community-based arts learning; access to careers in the creative economy; arts-based programs and services provided in collaboration with multiple LA County departments that support children, youth, and families; and a prioritization of historically underserved populations. It is intended as both an aspirational policy statement and a roadmap for practitioners and leaders to advance youth development over the next decade.

The new Blueprint’s goals are to:

  • Develop systems and infrastructure that expand and sustain arts education for all
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Addressing education inequity requires aligning state aid to community need (Letters)

It was unfortunate to see inaccuracies in a recent article quoting Amherst town budget chief Sean Mangano about our research on equity in state education aid, “School funding report draws town’s criticism,” Oct. 8, page A10. As a regional chamber of commerce and a statewide education advocacy organization, we believe that growing inequality and economic uncertainty necessitates a statewide approach steeped in equity.

Our report shows that 14% of state Chapter 70 aid for schools (almost $800 million a year) is not based on community need. This aid goes predominantly to wealthier communities at the expense of students in less wealthy districts where the state has not fully met its responsibility to fill funding gaps. The Amherst and Amherst-Pelham school districts receive 1 percent or about $7.8 million of that total.

The recommendations in our report redirect $25 million of statewide non-needs-based aid toward communities that need it the most.

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A growing crisis is special education

Our daughter Mae is 4. She has Down syndrome, and we are fighting to keep her in school.

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and in any other year we would work with friends, families, and organizations to fund-raise, advocate, and spread awareness for those who share Mae’s diagnosis.

But, of course, this is unlike any other year. As the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic drags on, we have had to work harder than ever to advocate for basic educational rights and services for all children with special needs.

When schools began shutting down in March, families across the nation were faced with the reality that their children with special needs would lose the services and professional therapies that are provided through public school systems once a child reaches the age of 3.

More than seven months have passed since children have experienced a normal school day. Remote learning is

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Malala confirms coldshouldering musician’s ‘thirst traps’

Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai poses for photographs during the Education and Development G7 ministers Summit, in Paris, France, Friday July 5, 2019. France is hosting the rotating presidency of the G7 in 2019. The 45th G7 Summit will be held in August in Biarritz. (Christophe Petit Tesson/pool via AP)
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai is not interested in thirst traps. (AP)

Malala Yousafzai has confirmed a claim that she was shown “thirst traps” of a musician on Instagram that left her unimpressed.

The 23-year-old activist – the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize – reposted a tweet from a Pakistani singer claiming his friend had shown her sexy pictures of him in an attempt to entice her.

Musician Sarjeel tweeted: “Thinking about the time my friend went to oxford for an exchange program, met Malala Yousafzai, and showed her my thirst traps on Instagram, to which she said ‘I’m not impressed by appearances’.”

Yousafzai confirmed the story after it went viral on social media, commenting: “It is what it is.”

Read more: Harry and Meghan discuss how coronavirus impacts girls’ education with Malala

Sarjeel, 21, replied: “I love you @Malala (for curving me and blowing this up).”

Thirst traps

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Why Some Locals Are Miffed About Jeff Bezos’ Free Preschool Near Seattle

Two years ago, Jeff Bezos announced that he  would be committing $2 billion towards the Day One Fund, his first large philanthropic endeavor. The fund, the Amazon founder and CEO wrote, would focus on two areas: supporting existing organizations that provide shelter and food for families without a home, and creating “a network of high-quality, full-scholarship, Montessori-inspired preschools in underserved communities.” 

In the same note, posted on his Instagram and Twitter accounts (his preferred platforms for personal announcements), Bezos said he would build an organization to operate the schools.“I’m excited about that because it will give us the opportunity to learn, invent, and improve,” he wrote. “We’ll use the same set of principles that have driven Amazon. Most important among those will be genuine, intense customer obsession. The child will be the customer.” 

Fast forward today. The Bezos Academy is opening its first school in the

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Amy Coney Barrett says she’s not a ‘pawn,’ NBC News to host town hall with Trump and a closer look at gifted education

Good morning, NBC News readers.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is set to face another round of tough questions on Day 3 of her confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court. President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden spar over the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the campaign trail. And it’s the end of an era for the Soyuz rocket.

Here’s what we’re watching this Wednesday morning.


Trump’s words haunt Amy Coney Barrett as she vows not to be a ‘pawn’ on Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett faced a barrage of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee over more than 11 hours on Tuesday, the second day of her confirmation hearing for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Barrett was sharply questioned by Democratic lawmakers over her personal and judicial philosophies. She repeatedly insisted to senators that she has no “agenda” on issues like the Affordable Care Act, the future

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Intelligent Spend Solutions from SAP to Support IDP Education’s Growth

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WALLDORF, Germany, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that IDP Education, a global leader in international education services, has implemented SAP® Ariba ® and SAP Concur ® solutions to simplify its procure-to-pay processes across its global operations.

Since the global rollout, IDP has increased the percentage of spend contracted with preferred suppliers connected to Ariba Network, helping to increase efficiencies, improve collaboration with suppliers and drive cost savings. Since its phase one rollout in June 2019, IDP’s staff have been able to create more than 4,100 purchase orders using SAP Ariba solutions and submit over 4,900 expenses with SAP Concur solutions.

As a result of its digital transformation, IDP drove cost savings of A$5 million in the first year alone, which equates to

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Podium Education Raises $12M to Help Colleges Offer For-Credit Tech Programs

With the labor market and college campuses reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, the arrival of new online learning platforms teaching in-demand tech skills to undergraduates comes at a fortuitous time.

That’s the case for the builders of these tools as well, like Podium Education . Since launching at the start of 2020, the Austin, Texas-based startup has partnered with over 20 colleges and more than 1,000 students. And announced $ 12 million in Series A funding.

Podium’s premise is simple: offer online classes, with sophisticated design and production, taught by leading experts in technology fields that are attractive to companies hiring in the modern jobs market. It aims to equip all students, regardless of academic focus, with digital competencies.

“We believe that soft skills plus hard skills create the talents that the workplace demands,” said Brooks Morgan, Podium Education co-founder and CEO. “Whatever your passion is, whatever it is that

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Emmett Scott School alumni to be recognized

Emmett Scott School was the first public Black school in Rock Hill. This year is the school’s 100th anniversary

ROCK HILL, S.C. — Friday, October 16th, Emmett Scott School Alumni will be recognized as trailblazers in education in York County. 

In 1920, during a time when Black people were denied education and schools were segregated, The Emmet Scott School was built in York County. Carrying the namesake of Booker T. Washington’s assistant, Emmett Scott was the first public school for Black people in Rock Hill. 

WCNC Charlotte’s Billie Jean Shaw spoke to Samuel R. Foster, a former principal of Emmett Scott School, to learn more about the school’s legacy.

“It was the center of the Black church,” Foster said. “The Black school was the center of activity in the Black community.”

Foster was the principal at Emmett Scott School for three years, up until its closing in 1970. Students who

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