Center EDGE Selects Latest Cohort for EdTech Accelerator Program


November 7th, 2022 – USC Rossier’s Center EDGE has selected the latest cohort for the EdTech Accelerator Program for the 2022-2023 academic year. Across the previous four cohorts, 80% of founders identify as BIPOC or women and 90% have remained operational post-accelerator.

We congratulate the newest cohort, which includes 16 organizations that work on a wide range of areas from financial literacy to language development to STEM education.  

Read more about the latest cohort below:

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For bicultural kids ages 1-7 at risk of generational of communication, Bilingüe, facilitates native language development through mixed digital and physical play.
ClassEquity is in a EdTech platform that teaches financial literacy and promotes positive social behaviors through hands on classroom learning and earning.
White-label Coding & CSEd platform for the 1 Billion out-of-reach Teens.
CRISPR Classroom is an education technology company closing the gap between STEM innovation and education for students and professionals.
The CTE Entrepreneurship Academy provides supplemental, online curriculum for students in career and technical education programs who are interested in starting their own businesses in their respective trades or fields.
EduMatch is a platform that matches speakers and educators to optimize student learning.
EVT.ai provides automated video editing and knowledge curation using A.I. to transform video recordings (Zoom, etc) into short video chapters with a table of contents, summaries, and other generated content for engaging and accessible online learning and efficient org. knowledge share.
Gateway helps high school students explore their career interests through internships, externships, professional training, and mentorship.
A Web and Mobile app for examination preparation to help West African students ace competitive examinations
Converge uses best-in-class data integration, interoperability standards and visualization to empower districts, educators & students.
AI Generated Assessments for YouTube Tutorials
We create makerspaces that give young children the tools and the opportunity to learn to code with AI in a fun and inviting way.
A game-based learning platform for kids to learn multiple languages and world cultures. Think Disney Meets Duolingo.
A peer feedback tool for a more social, engaging, effective classroom.
An ESG tech organization that Providesa Sustainable Business Game to Learn ESG
The joy of learning technology. We are reimagining digital skills education for all.
Accelerator Program – Cohort #5

Learn more about our Accelerator Program here.

Center EDGE Hosts LA Promise Fund’s Black College Success Initiative for College Essay Writing Workshop

12th grade students from LA Promise Fund’s Black College Success Initiative with their Executive Director Ibert Schultz, LA Promise Fund Staff, and USC student volunteers

October 21st, 2022 – LA Promise Fund’s Black College Success – an initiative that supports Black students from South Los Angeles to and through college – brought dozens of 12th grade students to USC’s University Park Campus for their college essay writing workshop on Saturday, October 15th, 2022. Students met with LA Promise Fund volunteers to work on their college admission essays and gear up for the 2023-2024 application season.

For many students, this was their first time visiting campus and, for some, being inside a college classroom. College student volunteers, who led campus tours, came from the USC Norman Topping Student Aid Fund, USC Black Student Assembly, and USC Latino Alumni Association. Center EDGE is proud to have hosted Black College Success, recruit USC student volunteers to lead campus tours, and provide publication materials to help make their campus visit a positive and welcoming experience.

Want to get in contact with USC Center EDGE? Email us at edge@rossier.usc.edu.

Center EDGE Convenes Over 20 Superintendents, 6 school of education deans, and some of the most prominent education leaders in Los Angeles for a discussion with globally renowned John Hattie on the role of data and evidence in driving student learning outcomes

Superintendents, school of education deans, and prominent education leaders convening to discuss the role of data and evidence in transforming teacher efficacy and driving student growth.

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Attendees waiting for the event to begin.

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Alan Arkatov, Founding Director of USC Center EDGE, kicking off the event with opening remarks.

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Alberto Carvalho, LAUSD Superintendent, describing why this discussion is important and what is needed to support student success.

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Mike Soules, Executive Vice President at SAGE Publishing and President at Corwin Press, introducing John Hattie.

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John Hattie, Emeritus Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne and chair of the Board of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership, providing his introductory remarks.

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Education leaders listening to Professor John Hattie's remarks.

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John Hattie sharing nine big messages on how to leverage powerful evidence to drive teacher efficacy and student growth.

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(L to R) John Hattie, Debra Duardo (Los Angeles County Office of Education Superintendent), and Alberto Carvalho (Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent) participating in a panel discussion.

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Alan Arkatov presenting Professor Hattie with a Dodger's jersey.

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(L to R) Francisco Rodriguez (Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District) and Alysia Bell (CEO of UNITE-LA) engaging in conversation.

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(L to R) Wesley Smith (Superintendent of Newport-Mesa Unified School District), Socorro Shiels (Assistant Superintendent of Achievement, Innovation, and Continuous Improvement of Newport-Mesa Unified School District), and Ramon Miramontes (Superintendent, of the Buena Park School District) conversing.

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September 7, 2022


As schools prepared to welcome their students, educators and families back for the start of a new academic year, Center EDGE convened over 20 superintendents, 6 school of education deans, and some of the most prominent education leaders in LA for an intimate conversation on how to leverage powerful evidence to transform teacher efficacy and drive student growth. To support this important endeavor Center EDGE partnered with Corwin Publishing to bring renowned global education researcher John Hattie (Emeritus Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne and chair of the Board of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership) to speak at the convening. With his synthesis of more than 2100 meta-studies covering more than 400 million students, Dr. Hattie highlighted nine points from his work to set the stage for the discussion (please see clips from Dr. Hattie’s remarks below).

With Dr. Hattie’s groundbreaking Visible Learning research as a foundation, panel speakers discussed how the group could leverage the moment to bring real, tangible change to school communities, particularly around the application of research on not only what works, but what works best for driving student growth. Center EDGE was very proud to have Center Director, Alan Arkatov engage Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and Los Angeles County Office of Education Superintendent Debra Duardo along with Dr. John Hattie in an interactive discussion with attendees.

This initial convening kicks off a series of working discussions that Center EDGE – in collaboration with our partner, Corwin Publishing – will offer LA area education leaders over the course of the academic year.  The outcomes of the series will seek to support educator capacity around leveraging data and evidence for driving student growth.

If you are interested in learning more about this series, contact edge@rossier.usc.edu