IMS Global Learning Consortium Standards And Initiatives Fuel GG4L’s Impressive First Year Growth

Over 300 Organizations Serving 100,000+ K-12 Schools Globally Joined the GG4L Collaborative to Support Its Sustainable Impact Initiatives

SAN DIEGO, May 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — As a Contributing Member of IMS Global Learning Consortium, and a proud Gold Sponsor of the Learning Impact Leadership Institute kicking off here today in San Diego, the Global Grid for Learning (GG4L) is pleased to announce its impressive growth since its launch less than a year ago, as a result of its adoption of the various IMS Global industry standards and strategic initiatives. GG4L Connect™, a hybrid-cloud data interoperability and governance platform, recently achieved IMS certification for IMS OneRoster® 1.1. 

“IMS Global OneRoster, Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®), Caliper Analytics®, Comprehensive Learner Records (CLR) and Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange® (CASE®) are all essential standards that the whole EdTech ecosystem must leverage to create a secure and reliable infrastructure for data interoperability across the whole spectrum of educational technology solutions,” commented Robert Iskander, Founder & CEO of GG4L. “We plan to adopt all of these standards in our journey to drive sustainable impact initiatives in education.”

“The IMS Global conformance certification program ensures that educational institutions can be confident that their integrations are secure and fully interoperable with other certified products,” said Dr. Rob Abel, chief executive officer, IMS Global Learning Consortium. “Congratulations to Global Grid for Learning for joining in the growing IMS ecosystem by certifying the latest version of OneRoster!”

GG4L is a membership-based collaborative, that is free of charge to all education institutions and government agencies, and available for a modest annual membership fee to any EdTech organization. GG4L leverages its Platform to create an integrated ecosystem of EdTech solutions that could be easily implemented, validated and sustained financially for schools around the world, as they together drive school improvement. To date, over 300 organizations, serving over 100,000 schools globally, have joined as GG4L Members and agreed to GG4L’s membership pledge (https://gg4l.com/pledge-now/) to advocate for open data interoperability standards, secure data exchange and strict student data privacy compliance.

The “Safer Schools in America” Research Grant, launched in November 2018, is GG4L’s first impact initiative aimed to address the need for safer schools. The grant program provides support to selected schools for the implementation and usage of select EdTech products from leading education providers who are focused on school safety solutions for K-12. These solutions will be implemented and studied for a period of 3 years – at no cost to the school grant recipients. GG4L has awarded $9M in grants to 72 schools from 36 school districts, geographically distributed across 16 States, who will start the new school year with EdTech tools in place to help them protect their students by creating a secure grid in and around schools’ academic, social, and physical environments. For a full list of participating EdTech members, corporate sponsors and the Grant Application, please refer to: https://gg4l.com/initiatives/safer-schools/

GG4L Awards EdTech Grants to 72 US Schools Across 16 States

Safer Schools in America, a 3-year national research effort studying the impact of EdTech innovation on school safety, will launch in the new school year

May 15, 2019 | Bay Area, California – Global Grid for Learning (GG4L) is pleased to announce that 72 schools from 36 school districts, geographically distributed across 16 States, who were selected for grants during phase one of the ‘Safer Schools in America Impact Grant’ initiative, will start the new school year with edtech tools in place to help them protect their students by creating a secure grid in and around schools’ academic, social, and physical environments.

In November 2018, in partnership with McRel International, GG4L announced the Safer Schools in America Impact Grant.  The grant program provides support to selected schools for the implementation and usage of select EdTech products from leading education providers who are focused on school safety solutions for K-12. These solutions will be implemented and studied for a period of 3 years – at no cost to the school grant recipients.

“How we provide a safer environment for teaching and learning is always top of mind for educators,” said Dr. Sandra Elliott, GG4L Chief Academic Officer. “We are grateful for their commitment in helping us measure the impact of 40+ new and innovative edtech solutions.”

In line with ESSA requirements, the Safer Schools in America impact initiative will use independent measures of efficacy under an institutional quality research framework to establish best practices that can be shared nationally. The data will be aggregated, anonymized and analyzed by McREL and GG4L and provided in quarterly and annual reports to all stakeholders.

Additional edtech grants will be awarded to more than 200 school districts during Phase II and III. The application deadline for Phase II has been extended to May 31 to allow for last minute requests. U.S. schools and districts are encouraged to apply soon .

The application takes less than 10 minutes to complete and can be found at: https://gg4l.com/impact-initiative-grant-application/.

For more information about the Safer Schools in America Grant Initiative and a list of participating edtech vendors, please visit: https://gg4l.com/initiatives/safer-schools/.

Global Grid for Learning is continuing to make edtech easier to deploy, more effective for teachers and students, and more affordable for districts and vendors. Our next initiative, Future-Proofing Our Schools, available to member schools worldwide, will be announced later in 2019.

About GG4L

Global Grid for Learning (GG4L) is committed to promoting data security in schools. Protecting the data of every user is a top priority. GG4L’s Connect platform makes integrating and deploying education technology safe, easy, and inexpensive. It’s free for schools to use, less expensive for EdTech vendors, and safer for students. As a Public Benefit Corporation, GG4L welcomes collaboration and support from corporate social responsibility (CSR) and philanthropic foundations. Help us keep K-12 data interoperability costs low for schools, while maintaining the security and privacy of student data. Contact us today to learn more about becoming a GG4L Corporate Sponsor at info@gg4l.com

About MCREL

A nonprofit research and development organization that since 1966 has turned knowledge about what works in education into practical, effective guidance and training for teachers and education leaders across the U.S. and around the world. McREL provides schools, districts, and other education organizations with high-quality research and evaluation, professional development and coaching, strategic planning, and assistance with improvement and innovation projects.