Voqal Education aims to educate and empower the public to foster a stronger, healthier democracy.
From its beginnings providing free, instructional video to new efforts to support the change-makers in the education space, Voqal Education has strived to fulfill the mission of the Educational Broadband Service (formerly called Instructional Television Fixed Service) for more than 30 years.
Voqal Education Venture Fund
Recognizing that the problems related to inequality in education are numerous, Voqal Education is committed to connecting early stage investors and donors with technology startups. With a goal of reducing opportunity gaps in education, Voqal Education will seed innovators and change-makers already working in the educational space with funding and other resources. Recent investments include:
Austin, Texas-based Nepris is a technology platform that helps expose students to curriculum, role models and information about STEM-focused careers. This technology allows teachers to enter their curriculum needs and then pairs them with professionals with matching skill sets who have previously committed to volunteer time.
Boston-based Education Modified delivers cutting-edge, research focused strategies for every special need to improve outcomes for diverse learners, within a teacher’s daily workflow. The technology plugs into existing lesson-planning packages, and enables teachers to adapt lessons for a vast array of special needs (ADHD, dyslexia, autism, etc.), ensuring every student gets optimized instruction.
Denver-based Pairin has created the Pairin Readiness Management SystemTM, a cloud-based solution for developing and tracking the growth of the essential skills of success in students. The solution measures the growth of these skills to validate program effectiveness, develop non-academic skills and influence the personalization of education for students.
Denver-based, Schoolrunner provides a comprehensive data management system that allows teachers and administrators to input, track and analyze data including evidence-based academic data, attendance, behavior and goal data.
Chicago-based, GetSet provides a social networking platform that strategically connects students to peers who have successfully faced similar obstacles with the goal of improving postsecondary retention and persistence. The technology blends influential peer advice with proven behavioral techniques for developing a growth mindset, grit, resilience and self-regulation.
New York-based, Quill.org provides free online tools to help low-income students become sharp writers. Its mission is to help the 30 million low-income K-12 students in the United States who struggle with writing.
Voqal Education Legacy Projects
Crash Course – Government and Politics
Voqal Education is proud to be an underwriter of Crash Course – Government and Politics. Crash Course is a wildly popular educational YouTube channel started by Hank Green and John Green. The 10-minute videos condense complex topics into quirky, engaging tutorials. As an indicator of its popularity, Crash Course has accumulated nearly 3 million subscribers.
The Crash Course – Government and Politics series began in January 2015 and is hosted by Craig Benzine. The series combines many of Voqal Education’s interests in that it’s educational, free to anyone via the Crash Course YouTube channel and helps viewers understand how their government works so they can become more engaged and empowered citizens. The proven success of Crash Course made it a logical choice for funding through Voqal Education.
Instructional Video Programming and EduOnDemand.org
One of Voqal Education’s longstanding efforts was providing free instructional video programming to schools. As times and technology changed, so did we — following up our programming with free, online instructional video programming via our EduOnDemand.org website. Due to the number and success of online alternatives now available, we decided to focus our efforts in education elsewhere and discontinued our streaming service in September 2015. Discontinuing EduOnDemand.org has allowed us to provide increased support to additional organizations that are already actively creating change in the educational space.