Education Elements in Palo Alto, California, has announced commitments totaling $6 million to expand its blended learning technology services to meet the growing demand for such services from schools nationwide.
The funding — which includes support from Harmony Partners, Rethink Education, and Eff Martin of Anthos Capital, as well as longtime Education Elements contributors Tugboat Ventures, NewSchools Venture Fund, and Wally Hawley, founder of the venture capital firm InterWest Partners — will enable the organization to expand its education consultant and support teams, strengthen its content and technology partnerships, enhance its technology platform, and open an office in Washington, D.C.
Since 2010, Education Elements has worked with schools, educational networks, and districts to adopt blended learning. To that end, it offers a comprehensive suite of design services and an SAAS-based Hybrid Learning Management System (HLMS) that allows institutions to personalize student learning and focus on small-group instruction. Over the next two years, the organization plans to grow its network of forty schools to more than two hundred. Among other things, it will use the new funding to develop additional HLMS features that support schools' blended learning approaches, as well as tools that enhance students' ownership of their own learning.
"We are gratified by the continued support from the investment community in helping Education Elements and its partner schools realize the potential of blended learning for teachers and students," said Education Elements CEO Anthony Kim. "Given the unprecedented student achievement and teacher satisfaction that our first schools have experienced, demand for our products and services has far exceeded our expectations this past year, and we look forward to continuing to ensure that schools and teachers have the support they need to accelerate student learning by integrating novel approaches to technology into their everyday instruction."