Teach For America Leverages Pluralsight One, Uses Technology Skills to Combat Educational Inequality
Oct 3, 2019
SILICON SLOPES, Utah – Pluralsight, Inc. (NASDAQ: PS), the technology skills platform, today announced that education nonprofit Teach For America has partnered with Pluralsight’s social enterprise, Pluralsight One, to support its technology skills strategy to confront educational inequity. To help fulfill nonprofit missions and improve operational and programmatic capacity, Pluralsight One provides global nonprofits and their beneficiaries with access to the entire Pluralsight technology skills development platform.
Founded on a belief in the potential of all children and their right to an excellent education, Teach For America’s goal is to close the educational opportunity gap that disproportionately affects low-income communities by finding outstanding leaders who commit to expanding educational excellence and equity, beginning with at least two years teaching in an under-resourced public school. Teach For America relies on technology to make progress against its mission and recognizes the critical need for continuous technology skill development for its staff. However, traditional ways of technology upskilling is challenging for non-profit organizations, which must work with limited financial resources.
“We were thinking about how to leverage technology to develop our IT staff,” says Minerva Inigo, Manager of IT Learning Development at Teach For America. “We had to find an affordable solution because nonprofit organizations have a very limited budget for a lot of things, including development.”
To execute its technology skills strategy, Teach For America is leveraging Pluralsight One’s nonprofit product, granting its IT teams access to technology skill development resources to keep up with the speed of technology. With Pluralsight One, Teach For America is able amplify impact by getting teams up to speed quickly on technologies needed to build solutions for their corps members and the students they support.
“The ability to provide everyone with access to Pluralsight is a game-changer not just because we can quickly skill up our team to deliver new technologies, but also because it empowers each person to take the driver’s seat when it comes to their own professional development,” said Inigo. “That can make such an impact on someone’s life.”
Leaders at Teach For America identify courses on Pluralsight that deliver the skills teams need to create solutions. For example, getting up to speed with cloud technology allows teams at Teach For America to start thinking more broadly about the future of IT at the organization. “Cloud technology enables us to explore the potential of emerging technology such as Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality in fueling our mission,” added Inigo.
Teach For America is also mapping technology skills to key roles within the organization and are using Pluralsight to create channels with relevant content to help corps members develop and progress in their careers.
“Teach For America’s mission is to end educational inequity in the US,” said Elizabeth Baron, Senior Managing Director of Data Platform in IT at Teach For America. “Pluralsight One looks to end educational gaps all over the world with access to high-quality technology skills. The fact that these two align is a fantastic perk.”
To learn more about how Teach For America and other leading nonprofits are using Pluralsight to advance their missions, visit: pluralsightone.org/stories.
Pluralsight is the leading technology workforce development company that helps companies and teams build better products by developing critical skills, improving processes and gaining insights through data, and providing strategic skills consulting. Trusted by forward-thinking companies of every size in every industry, Pluralsight helps individuals and businesses transform with technology. Pluralsight Skills helps enterprises build technology skills at scale with expert-authored courses on today’s most important technologies, including cloud, artificial intelligence and machine learning, data science, and security, among others. Skills also includes tools to align skill development with business objectives, virtual instructor-led training, hands-on labs, skill assessments and one-of-a-kind analytics. Flow complements Skills by providing engineering teams with actionable data and visibility into workflow patterns to accelerate the delivery of products and services. For more information about Pluralsight, visit pluralsight.com.