Significant Traction in Second Academic Year for Learning Innovation Catalyst (LINC) Accelerates Growth of Scalable, Research-Based School Transformation Methodology and Online Professional Learning Solution
Milestones Include Series A Investment Round, significant growth in key markets in the US and Latin America, and induction of Advisor Dr. Arnetha Ball of Stanford into the National Academy of Education
WASHINGTON, DC – April 5, 2019 – Prior to this year’s ASU GSV Summit in San Diego, LINC (Learning Innovation Catalyst), a research-based SaaS and professional services company aiding school transformation, announced significant milestones in its second year of existence as their initial work positively influences hundreds of schools and thousands of educators and students in the U.S. and Latin America.
“I think we’ve hit a real pain point for so many districts that have made large investments in technology,” says Jason Green, Co-CEO of LINC. “They realize their teachers are either not ready for or not maximizing the instructional benefit of new devices, digital curriculum, or other tools – and this is really an issue of mindset first. Our approach addresses shifts in mindset, practice, and ultimately culture. And that’s led LINC to quickly become one of the most sought after and one of the fastest-growing scalable professional development providers in the country.”
In October of 2018, LINC closed a $1.5M Series A investment round, led by Parliament Capital. José R. Otero-Freiría, Managing Partner of Parliament, says, “We decided to make this investment in the LINC team because we see an incredible opportunity to support the transformation of schools globally led by this young, rapidly growing company.”
In order to scale its teacher and school transformation efforts, in September 2018, LINC launched LINCSPRING, a proprietary SaaS professional learning tool to support educators and provide virtual visibility of professional growth. “I see LINCSPRING as tying together what’s been missing in professional development initiatives for years – a simple and easy-to-use system that fosters community and supports best practices by encouraging educators to undergo deep reflection, apply new learning, and continuously iterate,” explains Dr. Arnetha Ball, Professor Emerita, Stanford University Graduate School of Education, a LINC advisor whose 15+ years of research on the Model of Generative Change informs LINC’s process.
Jaime Pales, Co-CEO of LINC, adds, “The Model of Generative Change is one of the most comprehensive models and bodies of research focused on professional learning that exists today. It recognizes that for any sustainable shift to happen with educators, you must start with deep reflection followed by supported practice.” In recognition of her achievements facilitating learning for learners of all ages, including her groundbreaking Model of Generative Change, in February of 2019, Dr. Ball was inducted into the National Academy of Education, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance high quality research to improve education policy and practice.
Since launching just six months ago, LINCSPRING – underpinned by Ball’s Model of Generative Change – is nearing 2000 registered educators from over 100 schools across 15 districts in the U.S. and several schools in Colombia, South America, contributing to LINC’s fast growth. “We’ve seen definite growth in our teachers’ mindsets and practices,” explains Eric Haines, Manager of Personalized Learning of Frederick County Public Schools (Maryland). “It’s been amazing to witness them truly becoming ‘generative’ practitioners.”
“Schools are at one of their most challenging inflection points ever – trying to keep up with the rapidly changing needs of students, classrooms, and the world. Our goal is to provide a simple, scalable, and affordable solution that supports both short-term sustainable shifts and eventual transformation of schools toward becoming 21st century learning environments,” concluded Green.