K-12 Dealmaking: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Partners With Renaissance

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In this week’s dealmaking news, ed-tech companies unveiled new partnerships. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Renaissance integrated their products as part of a strategic partnership. Also, two Chinese companies partnered with American education companies. Chinese internet company Tencent partnered with Age of Learning, the creator of children’s learning platform ABCmouse.com, while English education company DaDaABC joined forces with McGraw-Hill Education.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Renaissance Form Partnership: Global publisher and content provider Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and pre-K-12 learning analytics company Renaissance have formed a strategic partnership, the companies said in a statement.

The collaboration will integrate Renaissance Flow 360 data, assessment insights, practice and lesson planning tools with HMH’s core curriculum programs, according to the statement. “The integration will enable educators to drive student growth with greater efficiency and accuracy,” the companies noted. 

Renaissance Flow 360 will be integrated with HMH’s teaching and learning platform, Ed: Your Friend in Learning and aims leverage data from every digital learning opportunity within HMH’s next generation math and ELA curricula.

“By combining research-based instructional design, insightful benchmarking and a world-class user experience, we can help teachers and school leaders drive growth at all levels – opening the door for greater equity and increased success for learners,” said Rose Else-Mitchell, chief learning officer at HMH.

Tencent Partners With Age of Learning, Launches Language Learning Program: Chinese internet conglomerate Tencent and education startup Age of Learning, Inc., creator of the online early learning platform ABCmouse.com, have launched of a new ABCmouse English learning program in China, the companies said in a joint statement shared with EdWeek Market Brief.

The new program is an immersive language-learning product aimed at providing Chinese children “with an essential foundation for English conversational fluency and literacy,” the companies said. The English learning curriculum is designed for children between the ages of 3 and 8, teaching English as a second language in the same natural sequence as their native language: listening and understanding, speaking, phonics and reading, and then writing.

In collaboration with Age of Learning, Tencent localized the ABCmouse program for China, including integration of ABCmouse with QQ, China’s instant messaging platform and with WeChat / Weixin, China’s social network and content platform.

“Our goal at Age of Learning is to help children build a strong foundation for success in school and in life. For children in many countries, English fluency is an essential part of that foundation,” said Doug Dohring, founder and CEO of Age of Learning. “We’re extremely pleased to partner with Tencent to bring our unique ABCmouse English learning curriculum to China.

The new ABCmouse English learning program is available on all major platforms, including iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, and computers.

In a similar strategic move…

DaDaABC, McGraw-Hill Education Customize Platform for Chinese Market: China’s DaDaABC, a China-based K-12 online English education platform, officially launched McGraw-Hill Education’s English language teaching system with customized content for DaDaABC’s one-on-one online teaching classes, according to a statement.

The partnership agreement was first announced in December. McGraw-Hill’s Wonders for English Learners aims to build proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing with scaffolding instruction for all language levels. ‘Wonders’ is used in primary schools in the U.S. states of California, Texas and Florida, where English is often the students’ second language, the company noted.

Shanghai-based DaDaABC provides teaching services for children ranging from 4-16 years old. The company also announced that it has established an exclusive strategic partnership with Mad Science, a Canada-based international brand for children’s science education.

In January, DaDaABC raised $100 million from U.S. investment firm Tiger Global Management and New York Exchange-listed education and technology firm TAL Education in a Series C funding round.

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